In the Trenches: Mix & Match Your Rain Essentials

No longer reserved for men on the British front lines, trench coats have become a wardrobe staple than can carry you comfortably through three seasons. This waterproof garb pairs well with casual and dressier outfits alike, and have broken all gender and age wardrobe barriers. What’s not to love?

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Though the classic khaki trench pairs well with everything, some days call for a jacket with a little more personality, like the Columbia Zenith trench. With a removable hood and thermal lining, Columbia’s version of the trench coat keeps some of the classic elements of the  standard trench, while enhancing it with a little modern technology – think Omni-Shield shell to resist stains and a pocket specifically designed for media devices! Over black leggings and silver flats, you’ll look instantly put together!

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How about those cold, rainy mornings where you just can’t get out of bed? This is where the trench coat thrives! Stay comfortably dry while adding a punch of color in this beautiful Helly Hansen Welsey Trench, a Scandinavian take on the trench that doesn’t fall short on style or functionality. Paired with a belted dress and rain boots and you’re set to brave the elements with pizazz! Make the transition into warmer weather a fashionable experience and shop on!

 

No Boot Shortage at Shopping Blitz

For most Americans this winter will go down in history. Before one storm can be cleared away another one lies in its wake, enter apropos nicknames like Snowmageddon and Snowpocalypse. No matter what you call it, it sucks and supplies normally fully in stock are dwindling. One such staple is the all-important winter boot.

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According to the New York Times as reported by Jezebel.com, “We are completely short, completely out of stock at this point,” said Brian Rosener, the manager of the Eastern Mountain Sports store at Broadway and 76th Street who has worked at the store on and off for 15 years. “This is the most thorough sell-through that I’ve seen.” Rosener also added “It’s been a tough winter to stay ahead of the curve. We’ve gotten very good at apologizing and finding other stores to get the products in.” The thought of all those East Coasters slogging through the rest of the winter without the proper footwear makes us sad. Luckily here at Shopping Blitz we are well stocked to keep feet warm and dry. winter boots

1. Teva Jordanelle Waterproof Boots

2. Helly Hansen Snowcutter 2 Winter Boots

3. Teva Lenawee Waterproof Winter Boots

4. Rocky Blizzardstalker Steel Toe Boots

5. Patagonia Snow Drifter Waterproof Boots

6. UGG Australia Hamric Waterproof Boots

 

 

Winter Camping Essentials

Winter has officially arrived with a bang and with low enough temperatures to make the hardiest folks shiver. Instead of cowering next to the heater and praying for spring (my personal plan of attack) its best to meet the season head on! One of the best ways to beat the cold is to embrace it with activities that keep your endorphins pumping. One of our favorites is winter camping. Who doesn’t love a good campfire and a chance to commune with nature? You may think that once the temperature drops so does camping season. Not so!

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Winter camping is truly an art. The key to enjoying and getting the most out of the experience is preparation, the right gear and the right ratio of caution and adventure. First tip is never go it alone. Solo camping can be cathartic in warmer months but a buddy is a must on a frigid expedition. Always keep an eye on the weather. While often unpredictable, it helps to have an idea of what you are getting into. Make sure to pack an all-weather radio to keep your group in the loop. As well, be aware of avalanche danger. Weather can be fickle and despite the best laid preparations, atmospheric changes can affect weather predictions. Check out Avalanche.org for tips and education.

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They key to staying warm and getting the most comfort out of your trip is layering! When dressing for extreme temperatures its good to remember the three W’s: a wicking layer or base layer which consists of thin material made to keep moisture from the skin; a warm layer to keep the heat in and a waterproof layer to keep you dry. Another important component is versatility in clothing. Nothing you put on your body should be a hindrance, only a protection. Any clothing you pack needs to allow for variations in conditions. Other key essentials are weather-appropriate sleeping bags and tents, without which the jig is up. Accessories such as hand warmers, neck gaiters, cozy socks and protective gloves should never be overlooked.

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