Best Places to See the Fall Foliage

For any outdoor enthusiast the transition from summer to fall is an exciting one. Nothing beats a long walk in the woods witnessing the magnificent artistry of nature first-hand. A slower pace and the refreshing crisp air makes fall the ideal season to get outside and appreciate it in all its glory. There are plenty of places across the country to get your fall foliage fix; just make sure to plan your trip so it coincides with peak season for the best views. While scenic drives are great, there is nothing like being immersed in nature to truly appreciate the experience.

Wilamette Valley

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Wilamette Valley is a 150-mile long valley located in Oregon. Bordering the region is the Cascade Region to the east, the Oregon coast range to the west and the Calapooya Mountains to the south. This mecca of natural beauty will afford you many breathtaking views and adventure seeking opportunities. After a day spent breathing in the fresh air, make sure to indulge in the region’s world-class wine country. Lush farms and vineyards abound, along with farm-to-table cuisine and local breweries. The best time to visit is mid-October.

New England

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The Northeast is known for its changing seasons, but nowhere is more celebrated than that of New England. From Maine’s Acadia National Park to Vermont’s scenic byways, there is no shortage of fall foliage opportunities. While many will take advantage of the region’s numerous scenic drives there is so much the area has to offer. Taking a hike on Vermont’s Long Trail, is an experience like no other. The trail transverses the length of the state. After mile 10 you will quickly learn why experts rely on specially made gear like Drymax’s Hiking HD Socks. With an anti-bunching instep and Drymax’s specially designed dual layer moisture removal system, your feet will stay dryer and pain-free longer. Peak season hits around early October.

Colorado

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From late September to early October the Rockies are in full bloom, most notably the northern and central ranges, including the Front Range. The area has no lack of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Check out Estes Park for golden hued aspens, nights spent under the stars, and a chance to get up close and personal with some wild Elk. Rent an off-road vehicle to check out local fly-fishing and bird watching spots. Grab non-slip traction gear like these cleats from Stabilicers and take advantage of the numerous mountaineering and climbing opportunities.

 Central Park

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While it may not seem like an obvious choice, there is no better view of fall then from the heart of NYC’s Central Park. A romantic setting to say the least, the park offers various idyllic settings to enjoy the season. For a memorable walk, start at the imperial elm trees surrounding Strawberry Fields, then make your way to the wooded whimsy of the Swedish Cottage Marionette theater, with a stop at the famous Bow Bridge for a picture-perfect opportunity. Late October is peak season for the city so make sure to bundle up in fashion with the Columbia Zenith Vista trench coat.

Wherever your leaf peeping travels take you, Shopping Blitz has everything you need to make this fall a memorable one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Fashion Must-Haves

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The wait is over – the season for brisk weather, beautiful foliage and pumpkin treats is finally here! With the fall season many exciting activities await, and no matter what the season has in store for you, Shopping Blitz wants you to enjoy it in style and comfort. Check out our wonderful list of fall fashion must-haves; you can buy our featured shoes and clothing online at ShoppingBlitz.com!

Fall Fashion Must-Haves for Women

Women’s Chooka Top Solid Mid Boots

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Don’t let the rain spoil your fall fun! You won’t mind sloshing through puddles and damp leaf piles with these spectacular rain boots from Chooka. Chooka’s Top Solid Mid Boots are so cozy and stylish that you may even find yourself wearing them when the sun’s out. These rain boots feature an easy pull-on construction, natural rubber upper, moisture-absorbing cotton lining, and leather pull and straps for adjusting the calf. Let’s not forget the removable padded footbed and non-skid rubber soles that increase traction on wet surfaces.

Whether you’re running errands or out exploring the vibrant foliage, your Chookas will be your go-to shoe on wet autumn days. Retails for $65.00.

Ibex Izzi FZ Top Sweatshirt

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The Ibex Izzi FZ Top Sweatshirt is a top you’ll always want within arms’ reach – that is, if you aren’t already wearing it. Featuring an exclusive blend of Merino, nylon and Spandex, it is perfect for lunchtime outings, evening runs and just because it looks and feels great. The Izzi FZ has a full-zip front, as well as snaps at the collar and cuffs. Plus it has hand-warmer pockets, and its lightweight material and relaxed fit will keep you comfortable and toasty all day long. Retails for $164.95.

Dansko Prima Clogs      

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The Dansko Prima Clog is perfect for the office and everyday wear. The Prima features the same construction as Dansko’s popular clog, but with a more tapered silhouette to give you the same outstanding comfort with a new sense of sophistication.  The anti-fatigue rocker bottom propels the foot while walking to protect the feet, legs and back during long hours on your feet. The roomy toe box permits your toes to wiggle freely for a healthy, more comfortable fit.

For those days when you need a shoe with comfort and sophisticated style, go with the Prima Clog. Retails for $144.95.

Stance Socks

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To Stance, socks are much more than a garment that’s seldom thought about – they’re a fashion statement.  Stance is all about creativity, individuality and expressing yourself, and that vision is deeply portrayed through their fun and unique sock styles. And, who better to represent that vision than Rihanna, the brand’s latest spokesperson and contributing creative director.  Express yourself this fall with our stunning sock designs from Stance, as well as the latest Stance collections from Rihanna.  Styles vary from $12.95 to $16.95. Shop Stance Socks here.

Fall Fashion Must-Haves for Men

Hush Puppies Style Chukka Boots

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Take on the fall season in style with the Style Chukka Boots from Hush Puppies. Whether you have an important business meeting or are enjoying a weekend junket, these shoes will keep you looking great right down to your feet and match perfectly with suits, jeans and everything in between. This contemporary dress style comes with two pairs of laces –  a mathcing tone and colored accent laces – and features a round toe shape and soft linings, as well as a flexible and durable leather and rubber outsole.

The HPO2Flex cushioning comforts conform to the way you walk for flawless fit and comfort. Retails for $140.00.

Neff Fold Heather Beanie

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The Neff Fold Heather Beanie is great for those causal, brisk fall days. Whether you’re going for a hike or pumpkin picking with the kids, the Fold Heather Beanie will compliment your style and keep you warm at the same time. It’s extra soft and light with a slightly ribbed knit texture and features the iconic Neff logo tag. Retails for $18.00.

Columbia Dotswarm II Full Zip Jacket

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The Columbia Dotswarm II Full Zip Jacket is not your average fall fleece. The Dotswarm II is a soft, rugged fleece that keeps you warm and cozy, thanks to the thermal-reflective lining that reflects your body heat while maintaining a high level of breathability. This jacket combines Columbia’s patented thermal-reflective technology with a soft and comfy MTR fleece fabric for the ultimate fall jacket for dynamic activity in chilly temperatures. Retails for $50.00.

Johnston & Murphy Cawood Loafers

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The Cawood Loafer from Johnston & Murphy features a classic design that’s suitable for professional and casual settings. The shoe’s full-grain leather upper with a moisture-wicking lining provides supreme breathability, while the dual side goring allows easy entry and a flexible stride. It also features a molded, foam-cushioned footbed for all-day interior ease, as well as a rubber sole for enhanced traction and breathability. Retails for $99.93.
Shop these great fall finds and much more by visiting www.ShoppingBlitz.com!

Fall Favorites 2014: The Denim Shirt

We love fall here at Shopping Blitz. Sure we love the cool weather hikes, warm drinks and playing in fallen leaves, but what we really live for is replenishing our fall wardrobe! Blame it on years of back-to-school shopping, but once September / October hits we are pulling out our wallets and drooling over the season’s latest offerings. This year we are especially into simple, neutral pieces that can be reused for fall and winter. Remember simple does not have mean to boring. To us a classic piece is worth its weight in gold.

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Case in point: the versatility of a good denim shirt is almost immeasurable. You can wear it with it your colored skinny pants and an awesome pair of booties for a drool-worthy casual look. Tuck them into a pair of dress trousers and add some knock-em-dead heels for a classy look all your own. The options are endless! Tell us your favorite look. We love learning new style tricks!

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Like what you see? Shop the Outfit!

1. Royal Robbins Lily Muffler Shirt
2. Life is good Vintage Denim Popover Shirt
3. The Sak Jezebelle Diamond Boot

Shopping Blitz: Travelogue 2013

Seems like everyone is trying to fit in last minute vacations lately. September is known for mild weather and cheaper prices and therefore our favorite time of year to travel! Vacation time is precious, especially for those of us in North America who try to dissolve a year’s worth of stress in one jam-packed week or extended weekend. The key to having a killer time is planning, planning, and more planning! Planning the perfect destination, excursions, budget and of course the all important packing list. Let us help with this last bit. With Shopping Blitz’s wide range of products it is your perfect one-stop shop for all things travel. Check out a few real-life ensembles our Staffers chose for their late summer/early fall jaunts! Travelogue 2013

Day At The Lake:
Sanuk Yoga Serenity Flip-Flops

Hiking Trip:
Columbia Trail Turner Shell Jacket
Salomon X Over Ltr Sneakers
Ahnu Montara Boots

Night On The Town:
Earthies Veria Too Sandals
Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening Strengthening Serum
Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm

Saved By The Bell: Back 2 School Essentials

It’s that time again, the season dreaded by children and teachers around the globe. Back to school! Those frenzied days when flip-flops and swimsuits are traded in for backpacks, loafers and binders. We feel your pain and while we’d love to hold onto summer as long as we can it’s time to plan for fall.

You Are Never To Old To Rock A Cool Backpack

My favorite consolation as a kid when school shopping was the chance to pick out a brand backpack. Each year I’d choose a different style to match my new persona. Which of course had changed drastically during the summer months. The only thing that never changed was that it had to be a JanSportThat being said I got a huge kick when I realized that JanSport was still rocking the backpack world and creating cooler and funkier designs than ever before. Because let’s face having the right backpack really can make the difference between social escalation and isolation, in other words sitting at the cool kid’s table or being regulated to no man’s land next to the bathroom.

The Right Footwear Can Make The Difference

So many kids and parents focus more on clothing and forget the importance of footwear. The right shoes can help a kid make the soccer team, strut their stuff in the hallways and often garner the confidence to create lasting friendships. My go-to choice for versatile footwear are styles that can be dressy, sporty and casual. New trends this year include hi-top sneakers and tall lace-up boots. And don’t forget to include feel-good accessories like funky socks and killer headphones for listening to your ready-made back to school playlists.

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From Top Right:  1. Fila Hi Triple Sneakers  2. JanSport Superbreak Backpacks  3. Diadora Beanie 4. Dingo 9″ Boots 5. The House of Marley Rise Up Over-Ear Headphones

6. JanSport Tulare Backpacks  7. Stance Blondie Socks 8. Stance Screaming Hand Socks  9. Capezio New York Arglye Thigh Hi Socks

Product Spotlight: Naturalizer Juletta Boots

Since turning 30 this gal has begun to let go of her tomboy past and embrace the temptress that is fashion. Fueling the flame are all the amazing styles popular this Fall. I find that I want it all in my closet, from the cute dresses over tights and tall gorgeous riding boots to funky flats with colored jeggings. Slowly I am beginning to weed through my shoes and replace the clunkers with classic pieces that I can manipulate into any style I am feeling at the moment.

My most recent purchase from the SB warehouse is the Juletta boot from Naturalizer. These boots are part of the reason that at my age I am developing a shoe obsession. My mother would be so proud! These babies are just stunning. I have somehow wheedled them into most of the decent parts of my wardrobe. They make so-so dresses smile and give old skirts a new lease on flirt. The other ladies in the office and my girls out of it have been experiencing the dreaded shoe envy. Which is no place for a fashionista on the rise to be.

What really set my new boots a part for me was how surprisingly comfortable they were. Normally I am not happy unless I am in flats or flip-flops but these boots have become an extension of my feet. After some research I discovered that for over 80 years Naturalizer has been creating shoes known for their comfort. All Naturalizer footwear features their exclusive N5 comfort system—five essential features that help in providing all day comfort: extra cushioning, breathable linings, balance, flexible soles and lightweight material.

I have no problem running around in them every day at the office and then effortlessly carrying them over into my social time. Which is feat unto itself. Shoes that are day and night friendly are clutch. I never have to bring a change of shoes when wearing the Julettas, unless I am heading to the gym. Which is not enough to even talk about! But since these boots make my legs look so good I try to not let it get me down.  Happy Fashion Hunting!

Product Spotlight: Dr. Martens Marie Pumps

Dr. Martens‘ Posie collection was created to give it’s owners a lightweight pump perfect for the summer. But I don’t listen to so-called fashion rules and neither should you. I wear what I want when I want. I see no reason why I cannot layer under these beauties and carry them into the fall. Coupled with some knit or cabled tights from Capezio and you will be set for an adventure in any season.

The Marie Pumps come in several colors, and while I am partial to Blueberry & Blackcurrant they are all functional and fabulous in their own ways. A slip-on shoe that can hold its own with a pair of blue jeans or under a skirt or dress. It is versatile and stylish while allowing the wearer the ability to express their individuality.

Fall Darkness is Upon Us

Each new season brings with it exciting new color pallets and cuts, accessories and must haves. Here is our take on the designer catwalks, which we hope will advise you on the styles to come for the upcoming Fall season.

One of the most important trends seen on the runways is the overall use of dark colors. The designers have fallen in love with the goth look, and given us the darkest blacks they could muster on both clothes and shoes. For those who think black is a Karl Lagerfeld signature and not to be taken lightly; dark purples, reds and blues are a few more colorful options.

What covers our bodies is foremost, an over-sized coat, jacket or a sweater. As big as you feel comfortable with, in black preferably, but a nice camel tone might be just the thing if you are looking to cheer up the overall look. One other silhouette to keep in mind is the accentuated waist, sometimes exaggerated to the extreme by additional padding of the hip area. If you are naturally curvaceous that might not be necessary, just show off your assets!

The rest of the ensemble should be fitting, with pants cut of above ankle and skirts mini. You should also try to incorporate at least one fall piece made of luscious brocade or satin with embellishment to your wardrobe, and the brave among us may splurge on a nice pantsuit in the luscious fabric. Leather is taking center stage as well, be it real or fake, and get a jacket – or pants, why not? If you are not as bold, you can always add a leather accent to your wardrobe, like a great high boot or an over-sized bag.

Something is to be said about matching ups and downs this fall, as the runways were full of matching pants and shirts, skirts and jackets. We are not talking about color blocking, but pattern mania, that seems to have taken over even the tamest of designers. Tip: Just make sure it matches.

One last thought that was obvious to the fashion-show goers is the fur. Again, fake or real, it’s up to you, but don’t think donning your mother’s fur coat is going to do the trick. Fur is used as an accent, be it a shawl or a cuff on the shirt, some have made their trimmings fur, the others whole sleeves. The same goes for booties and bags, they have been enveloped in fur and are being worn with pride.

Aside from the fur and the leather accents, shoes on the runways tend to be too high-heeled for a working girl to wear, so your better bet would be to get a more reasonable heel – or a flat – with some studs. Booties are also one of the staples of fall, and were seen with wedge heels, which are more comfortable to wear anyhow. If you are a lover of high boots, be our guest, it is only going to add to your fall glamor.