A Sweet Farewell to the Summer Hiking Season, with Danner

Say a sweet farewell to the Summertime hiking season with these inspiring photos from Dottie Bond at Danner Blog captured while hiking on the coast of Maine. Then click here to get free shipping on your next order of Danner boots at ShoppingBlitz!

Travel photographer, Dottie Bond, takes us on a 5-day tour of Maine. What do you think of when you think of Maine? I have always thought of lobster rolls and sailboats, coastal fog and thick-bearded lumbermen and the spruce-firs that line the Appalachian Trail as it snakes towards its northern terminus at Katahdin. My visits to the state over the years have confirmed this impression: Maine is a Vacationland par excellence.
So when the opportunity to spend a few days exploring coastal Maine arose, I jumped at it. After attending a wedding in Camden with my friend, Kate, and my dog, Romulus, we headed northeast along the coast to Acadia National Park where we began our 5-day odyssey. We slept at the Seawall Campground on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island—known as the “quiet side” of Acadia—right down the road from the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse. There were wild blueberries and vistas of rocky outcrops galore. We stood atop Cadillac Mountain and lunched at Jordan Pond House alongside families beset with squealing kids who cried out for popovers and blueberry crisps. Each day we watched the sun rise and set from a new vantage point along the Atlantic—Bass Harbor, Schooner Head, Thunder Hole. When we were not welcoming the day or biding it farewell, we lazed around Bar Harbor enjoying slow, idle hours sipping coffee while basking under the midday sun. This was summer done right.  ..

Source: Sweet Summertime on the Coast of Maine — Danner – Blog

Top Summer Hiking Gear

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With the beautiful weather and sunny skies, summer is the perfect time to hit the trails. Whether you’re embarking on a single-day hike or week-long backpacking trip, tackle the trails with our featured hiking gear from Shopping Blitz

Men’s Columbia Peakfreak Nomad WP Sneaker

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The Peakfreak Nomad WP Sneaker is a great men’s hiking shoe for summer. This hiking sneaker features Columbia’s very best waterproof breathable construction and is designed to deliver lightweight, comfortable protection on all types of trails. The high-traction outsole and supportive and cushioned midsole provide high energy return, while the Omni-Tech technology keeps your feet dry and comfortable on even the longest hikes. Retails for $90.00.

Women’s Hi-Tec Fusion Sport Mid Waterproof Boot

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The Fusion Sport Mid Waterproof Boot from Hi-Tec takes hiking to the next level. This hiking shoe is incredibly comfortable, while providing superior support and protection on all types of terrain. The Fusion Sport Mid Waterproof Boot features a suede and high performance mesh upper and waterproof and breathable bootie membrane, so you can focus on the hike and not on your feet. Retails for $79.70.

Camelbak Classic 70 oz Hydration Pack

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In the hot summer heat, it’s very important that you stay hydrated during your hike. The CamelBak Classic Hydration Pack is perfect for keeping yourself hydrated on long hikes. The hydration pack holds 70 fl. oz. of water and features the Antidote reservoir that easily snaps closed. The low-profile design provides incredible comfort and stability and is ideal for hikers who travel lightly. Retails for $58.95.

Mountain Hardwear Cooling Ravi Flap Cap

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Mountain Hardwear’s Cooling Ravi Flap Cap keeps you cool, while shielding your scalp, neck and eyes from the sun. Featuring the innovative Cool. Q Zero technology, this cooling cap delivers an instant and continuous cooling sensation to keep you comfortable throughout your trek. The neck gaiter provides additional protection, while the brushed stretch nylon fabric with a soft, cotton-like hand and wicking finish supplies extra comfort. Retails for $40.00.

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4 Great Travel Apps to Help You Plan Your Next Vacation

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Today, people can turn to their mobile device for almost anything. From shopping to reading the news to tracking your workout, nowadays there’s an app for everything – even traveling. In fact, when it comes to planning and booking a vacation, an app can be your best friend. There are tons of travel apps out there designed to make planning a vacation and finding the best deals that much easier. To help you plan your next vacation with ease, here are some of our favorite travel apps at Shopping Blitz, the top place to shop for clothes online.

Localeur

If you want to skip the tourist attractions and head to the local scene, then Localeur is the app for you.  Localeur is a community of locals who want to help travelers experience the best places to eat, drink and play. Right now the advice is limited to 14 major U.S. cities, but if you’re traveling to one of its featured destinations it’s definitely worth taking advantage of. Each local has a photo and profile that explains who they are and what their interests are. There are lists about essentially everything, from “My Favorite Brooklyn Dance Floors” to “Miami’s Awesomely Authentic Tanqueria’s”.

TripIt

TripIt lets you be your own travel agent and organize every single detail of your trip, from car rentals to lodging accommodations to restaurants. TripIt caters to every kind of traveler and enables you to have all your travel details in one place. You can create a custom itinerary on your own or forward the email confirmations of your flight, train tickets, rental car and lodging to plans@tripit.com and they’ll create the itinerary for you.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest online travel platform, where millions of travelers from around the world rate hotels, restaurants, bars and attractions on a 5-star ranking system. With these travelers’ rankings, TripAdvisor has created curated lists of the best attractions in every city. On TripAdvisor, you can also search over 200 sites to find and book the best hotel prices and flights.

Airbnb

Airbnb helps you rent unique accommodations from local hosts in over 190 counties. Airbnb has over 1 million listings, with rental options ranging from castles, yurts and watchtowers to apartments, rooms and sofas. The app provides travel accommodations for every budget.

 

Cool Job Series: The Lifeguard

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This month on our #CoolJob Series, Shopping Blitz is recognizing the lifeguard. Lifeguards are responsible for the safety and rescue of swimmers, surfers and water sport participants at beaches, lakes, swimming pools and water parks. Lifeguards are extremely strong swimmers and certified in water rescue and first aid.

While supervising people in the water, lifeguards spend most of their time in the hot sun. Lifeguards need clothing and gear that will protect them from UV rays and keep them cool and comfortable in the heat, so they can focus their attention on keeping swimmers safe. At Shopping Blitz, where you can shop for shoes and clothes online, we have the best products for staying comfortable and protected in the heat.

Aloe Up Pro Ultra Sport SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen 6 oz

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Excessive sun exposure can cause premature aging, dark spots, sun damage and even cancer. Since lifeguards spend several hours a day in the sun, it’s important that they protect their skin with sunscreen. They also need a sunscreen that won’t sweat or wash off easily. The Aloe Up Pro Sport Broad Spectrum Continuous Spray Sunscreen provides sun protection at the touch of a button. Its proprietary formula enables a quick and easy application with no pumping or squeezing required.

The sunscreen dispenses at any angle and applies clear. Retails for $14.95.

Men’s Columbia Palmerston Peak Shorts

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The Men’s Columbia Palmerston Peak Shorts will keep lifeguards comfortable, whether they’re in the water or on the sand. It features quick drying properties and Omni Shade UPF 50 sun protection to provide extreme comfort and protection. The interior mesh brief delivers additional comfort, while the two zip closed security pockets provide safe and secure storage.

An elastic waist with nylon webbing detail allows a perfect, classic fit. Retails for $29.99.

Women’s prAna Lahari One Piece Swimwear

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The prANA Lahari One Piece Bathing Suit is the perfect bathing suit for a lifeguard. Made from stretch, quick dry fabric, this swimsuit is extremely comfortable, lightweight and fast drying. It also has a UPF rating of 50 to protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays, and an empire band that supplies ample support.

This swimsuit is not only functional and comfortable. It’s also incredibly stylish and flattering, so you’ll want to wear it even when you’re off the clock. Retails for $85.00.

 

Summer Beach Essentials

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Heading to the beach this summer? A great beach trip involves fun and sun, as well as a little preparation. Before you embark on a tropical beach vacation or take a day trip, make sure you are packing these must-have beach essentials.

Aloe Up Pro Ultra Sport SPF 50 Lotion 4 oz

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While you may want a bronze summer tan, too much sun exposure can be disastrous for your skin. Excessive UV exposure ages the skin and increases your risk of cancer, which is why a good sunscreen is so essential. The Aloe Up Pro Ultra Sport SPF 50 Lotion is an SPF 50 sunscreen containing 35% by volume per Aloe Vera Gel, which allows the product to penetrate your skin and breathe without leaving greasy residence. It’s water and sweat resistant and provides full UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Protection. Retails for $13.95.

Grand Trunk Parasheet Single Beach Blanket

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The Grand Trunk Parasheet Single Beach Blanket was designed with beachgoers in mind. Unlike an ordinary blanket that allows sand and dirt to get ground into their fabric and tends to smell mildewy when wet, the Parasheet is made from super-durable parachute nylon, allowing it to remain tidy and funk-free. Parachute nylon fabric is extremely lightweight, quick drying and resistant to mildew. Retails for $24.99.

Grand Trunk Sun & Beach Shelter

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The Grand Trunk Sun & Beach Shelter is designed to protect you and your family from UV rays while at the beach. The removable PU-coated floor provides a clean, smooth spot to sit. But, if you’d rather sit directly on the sand, you can just fold up the floor and set it aside. This beach tent also includes an overhead mesh gear loft to keep smaller items organized, as well as the ground stakes essential for pitching. Retails for $99.99.

Buff Sport Series Water 2 Gloves

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If your beach trips involve water sports, then the Buff Sport Series Water 2 Gloves are a must-have item. The gloves naturally contour to your hands and protect them from sunburn, blisters, cuts and other on-the-water hazards. These gloves provide UPF 50+ for ultimate UV protection. Their stretchy, breathable fabric keeps your hands cooler and drier than wearing no gloves at all, and the unique grip and half finger length mean you can keep them on all day long. Retails for $28.93.

Columbia Thundercone Backpack

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Need somewhere to pack and organize all your beach essentials? Choose the Columbia Thundercone Backpack. The Thundercone features Omni-Shield advanced repellency, dual water pockets, a sternum strap with rescue whistle, a foam padded back for support and comfort, and an internal organizer and tablet organizer. This lightweight and durable backpack provides ample room for storage, as well as serious comfort and support. Retails $69.00.

Visit us online to buy shoes, clothes and gear for the beach from the world’s top brands!

 

 

Get Dad Ready For Summer

As the weather heats up and Father’s Day approaches, it’s only natural to get your Dad into some stylin’ new gear. We have everything you need to keep Dad cool and comfortable this summer.

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1. The Wolverine Dixon Short Sleeve Shirt is perfect for weekend barbeques, a day spent fishing or some time at the driving range. Made of 100% cotton poplin, this shirt is easy to iron and is an enemy to wrinkles everywhere! The shirt features two chest pockets for stow away space and side pleats for a flattering fit.

2. The Mountain Hardwear Piero Shorts are comfortable without the muss and fuss, just like Dad likes it. With lots of pocket for storage and an inseam gusset for mobility, these shorts will soon become his favorite! Other features include built-in UPF 50 sun protection and durable stretch canvas fabric.

3.  Clarks Wave Tour Sandals are made of supple nubuck leather with a breathable synthetic lining, for Dad’s more active days. It’s curved sole reduces shock and foot fatigue, while its rubber outsole provides maximum traction and stability. Great for both casual and Dad-approved adventures.

4. A pair of Diesel Eyewear Injected Sunglasses will 100% bring Dad’s coolness quotient up several notches. These aviators are made of an overlap of injected and matt metal, creating a distinctive design. Cool and practical, sounds right up any Dad’s alley!

 

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

Our Hats Off To You

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Shopping Blitz is introducing several new hat brands, from classic to resort, dress, vintage, street style and fashion. We have something for everyone from brands you can trust.  Stetson, the originators of the classic rancher hat, break tradition with their Bandera Silk Cashmere Cap. A flat cap with a newsboy shape, this gem is perfect for a trip to an upscale pub with your mates!

The fedora has a long, storied history attached, none more so than the ultimate style icon of the era, Frank Sinatra. In his image, the Sinatra line features headwear any gentleman would be proud to display.

Dust off your top hat and tails! The Scala Classico Wool Felt Top Hat is just the bees knees! Looking for that something extra on your wedding day? Go no further. Nothing says class like a well-crafted top hat.

Women no pouting, we have plenty for you! Whether you are looking for the perfect beach hat or head wear for your next garden party, look no further than the Etsis Day Escape Hat. Need the perfect hat versatile enough for the vacation of your dreams? Try the Scala Collezione Big Brim Ribbon Pool Hat, ure to make you feel and look like a million bucks!

Looking for something a little more Boho? What Sinatra did for the fedora, Carlos Santana does for the Boho floppy. With a leather braid brim and seamless design this hat screams effortless cool.

For the vintage lovers and hat aficionados we offer up the classic Felt Pill Box Hat with rhinestones and black netting. Also known as a ‘Church Hat,’ this beauty is appropriate for any special occasion where making a statement is of the utmost importance. Looking to make an entrance and leave an impression? The Felt Hatanator Hat was designed for flair! This wool felt beauty has a feather and rhinestone ornamented trim. Perfect for the races, a night on the town or anytime one needs to express their inner diva.

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way

Summer is a hop, skip and a jump away – are you all set for the bikini season or still scrambling to beach-proof your body in less than thirty days like the rest of us? If the latter refers to you, don’t despair! We have all you need to get moving and grooving!

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way!

Get Closer to Your Beach Body the Shopping Blitz Way!

Check With Your MD
Well, we don’t exactly carry doctors on our website, but we highly recommend that you see one anyways – you wouldn’t believe how many people end up in emergency rooms with avoidable injuries. Get the OK from your physician and make sure there aren’t any pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or high-blood pressure, that need to be addressed before you begin any exercise program.

Get In Gear
Workout gear, that is. Brands like Under Armour – with their Signature Moisture Transport System – keeps you comfortable and dry by wicking away sweat as you perspire during workouts. Make sure to get an ample amount of  tees and shorts as well as comfortable sneakers –  you want to avoid the “I don’t have anything to wear” excuse at all costs! If you plan on exercising in the daytime, don’t forget the sunscreen and some shades to protect your eyes as well. For those working out at night, we carry reflective apparel and footwear  to keep you safe and visible after hours.

Monitor Your Heart Rate
I wasn’t too fond of doing this myself at first, but it is important. According to medical professionals, closely tracking your heart rate during exercise can help you derive more from your workouts.  You heart rate tells you how fast you should be moving, when it’s time to slow down, and how in (or out) of shape you truly are. Luckily, brands like Soleus make water resistant HRM watches that can do the leg work for you.

Get Lost
No, please come back! I mean get lost in whatever it is you are doing to fine tune your bod.  Find an exercise routine that you love (or at least don’t hate) and make it fun! Blast your favorite tunes while doing workout videos at home or load up the iPod for gym sessions. Grab a buddy if you don’t want to do it alone, or join an online support group with like-minded individuals to track your progress and get encouragement. Stay at your own pace, keep a smile on your face and make this your best summer yet!

 

Product Spotlight: Teva Cozumel Beaded Flip Flop Sandals

I won’t lie when things get quiet around here at Shopping Blitz headquarters I often find myself daydreaming. My swivel chair morphs into a hammock and the concrete floor becomes the softest, whitest sand
I have ever seeTeva Cozumel Beaded Flip Flop Sandalsn. My coworker’s snores become the sound of waves crashing and my cubicle dissolves into miles of pristine blue water. And like that I am on vacation! Nothing gets me in the mood for my mini retreats like promoting some of my favorite summer gear.

I recently stumbled across Teva‘s new Cozumel Beaded Flip Flop Sandals while browsing our new product selections. What drew me immediately was the unique design and flow. From the waterproof leather uppers to the Mush midsoles promising comfort no matter where the warm weather takes you. These sandals invoke for me not only lazy days at the beach but adventure, road trips, letting loose and letting go. In the words of the ultimate adventurer Jack Kerouac, Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” 

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