Celebrating Earth Day

shutterstock_123176776This April 22nd marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the day has encouraged billions of people to participate in Earth Day activities every year, making it the biggest civic observation in the world. Earth Day has sparked the passage of many profound legislations aimed at preserving our Earth, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, among many others. The event is orchestrated by the Earth Day Network, which promotes year-round environmental conservation and action worldwide, including promoting greener schools and green economic policies and protecting our air and water.

There are many ways you can participate in Earth Day and advocate for the preservation of the environment all year long. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to do your part in protecting the earth.

1. Plant a Tree – Trees pose many benefits for humans and the environment. Trees reduce pollution and energy costs, provide carbon sequestration and cleaner air and water, and cool the air, water and land. They also help decrease soil erosion and the accumulation of sediments in lakes, rivers and streams, as well as provide a home for biodiversity. Choose a tree that is native to your area and can withstand your climate conditions.

2. Clean Up Liter – Participate in a clean-up event in your community. You’ll be working with others to remove litter from roadways, parks, or waterways that have accumulated since the previous clean-up. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to participate in the clean-up with you.

3. Buy Earth-friendly & Recyclable Clothing – Preserve the environment by wearing shoes and clothing made of earth-friendly and recyclable materials, such as hemp, organic cotton and natural fibers. There are many brands that produce apparel and footwear without using materials and processes that could cause harm to the environment, including prANA, Kalso Earth, Merrell and Dr. Martens, just to name a few. Visit ShoppingBlitz.com to shop these brands of shoes and clothes online.

4. Conserve Water – Conserving water is a simple act that goes a long way. Less than 1% of the Earth’s water supply is fresh water that can be used by people, while the rest is salt water or frozen. It’s important that we all do our part to conserve water. Many communities around the world do not have access to clean water supplies. Also, producing and transporting clean water and processing waste water requires a lot of energy. You can reduce the amount of water you use by taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth and shave, only running laundry machines and dishwashers when they are full, using refillable water bottles instead of bottled water.

What other ways can you celebrate Earth Day and preserve the environment year-round?

 

Celebrate the Awesomeness That is Dad

Give Dad the gift of appreciation this Father’s Day! Whether it’s your biological Pop, a step-Dad, a father-in-law, mentor, etc the man deserves a little recognition. A well thought out gift and a day of ease is in order. A great Dad is a rare find, celebrate the one in your life!

Father's Day

1. Royal Robbins Desert Knit Polo Shirt
2. Kenneth Cole Reaction U-Turn Reversible Leather Belt
3. Life is good Epic Grill T-Shirt
4. Merrell Articulus Shorts
5. Salomon Checks Shirt
6. Royal Robbins Windjammer Jacket
7. UGG Byron Moccasins Slippers
8. Columbia Leka Hills Graphic Hoodie Shirts

Recipe To Chill: Get Outside and Live

Recipe To Chill: Get Outside and Live

Take a little time this season to get outside and breathe some fresh air. Turn the cell phone off and get off the grid. We have the perfect recipe for chill: mix equal parts of the great outdoors, the best-rated gear, your best buds and more than a sprinkle of your favorite libations. Go Live.

Featuring: Salomon, Mountain Hardwear, Merrell, Patagonia and Sierra Designs

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.

Hiking & Trail

Whether you’re trekking in Asia, rambling the moors of Britain, bush-walking in the Outback or thru-hiking the Appalachian trail, the love of hiking is universal. For outdoor enthusiasts like ourselves, the serenity that hiking brings is an unparalleled experience. At Shopping Blitz we believe in supporting people and their lifestyles. That means offering them the most durable, time-tested products at competitive prices. We get that weekends are sacred and what we choose to do with them is special. So let us help support your habit and get you communing with nature in the best gear available.

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