Outdoor Adventure in the Orvis Womens Spring Line [Giveaway]

I received complimentary product from Orvis for this review. Who is ready for warm Spring weather, and a chance to get out and have some outdoor adventures?  The Orvis Womens Spring line offers fantastic fabrics, colors, and designs to add to your ready-for-anything wardrobe this season.  Taking their inspiration from nature, many of the Orvis designs are just as comfortable and practical on the trail as they can be stylish and attractive for traveling, shopping, or work at the office. Let me show you some of the great women's clothing pieces (and hat!) I selected from the Orvis Spring line, and why I think they are so cute and versatile.  That's right... they don't just make fly fishing gear, ladies!  Orvis features a range of outdoor pants, shorts, shirts, pullovers, vests, and field jackets. #SpringIntoOrvis ~ drirelease® Tops Let's start with the Orvis technical fabric I was impressed with, drirelease®. For warm weather hiking, camping, or biking, I prefer to wear a … [Read more...]

High Sierra Introduces Great Outdoor Apparel

High Sierra has been making outdoor gear and backpacks for some time now, and has built a reputation of quality at a value.  This Spring they've branched out, and they are now offering some great outdoor clothing.  This is an exciting development, as these thoughtfully designed pieces are being sold at reasonable price points.  And from what I've seen, they aren't skimping on quality in the process. The Spring line from High Sierra introduced some awesome new pieces, a couple of which my daughter and I have been trying out these past few weeks.  The items we sampled were made from fantastic fabric, with solid construction and a well designed fit. High Sierra Women's Lizze Pullover The  High Sierra Women's Lizze Pullover is to die for.  The fit is spot on, and true to size.  The Lizze envelopes you in a sleek, smooth exterior.  Inside it cuddles you with a fuzzy, cozy interior.  Made from space-dyed stretch fleece, this thick soft fabric is very warm yet it breathes and dries … [Read more...]

The Versatrail: KEEN’s New 10 Ounce Hiking Shoe

My first glimpse of the Versatrail was seeing instagram photos from home, as outdoor gear enthusiasts posted photos during the Outdoor Retailer show.  The KEEN Versatrail hiking shoe definitely has a great look, and is available in men's, women's, and even kid sizes.  What about fit and performance? I've been testing out a pair the past few weeks, and have been quite happy with them.  Here's my overall review of the Versatrail, KEEN's new lightweight hiking shoe. KEEN Versatrail ~ New Lightweight Hiking Shoe   The great thing about an attractive, lightweight shoe like the Versatrail is how versatile it is.  (See what I did there?  Oh wait... maybe it's what KEEN did there...)  I love having a low height, easy on, comfortable shoe with a great tread like this for everyday casual wear. I may not be fortunate enough to have a hike on the day's agenda.   But in theory, if the opportunity spontaneously arose, I'D BE READY.   I believe that's called "adventure ready". … [Read more...]

GCap™ Prevents Kid Spills for On-The-Go Moms [Giveaway, Ended 2/16]

Here's a momprenuer and product you can really get behind.  A tiny little thing that's easy to take along with you, is reusable, and retails for only $6.  It's called the GCap™, and the best part is:  it can end messy spills for your toddler or small child, no matter where your adventures take you. The GCap™ comes in a small carrying case, is BPA-free, and is stretchable enough to fit over any virtually any bottle size.  My 5 year old son tested his out around the house on everything from water bottles, to Aspire sports drinks, to milk containers. Just pop a straw in the middle, and even if the container tips... it won't spill.  At first, it was a little work pushing the straw through the x-cut spot for it.  But I expect with use, this looses up a little. Dishwasher safe, and easy to rinse clean, I think this is a great product for families and moms on the go.  My kids are milk drinkers (one's good about drinking white milk, the other insists on chocolate).  Whether we are … [Read more...]

Kick Start Your Year With The Ultimate Carry-On & Workout Bag

Haiku Bags has become one of my absolute favorite brands for making well designed, high quality, outdoorsy stylish bags.  Their line is perfect for an active lifestyle, equipping you on your day's adventures whether they take you to the office, traveling, or exploring the outdoors.  I love the plentiful storage and organization pockets, multiple carrying strap options, and thoughtful design features. Their use of CyclePET® fabric, made from 100% recycled clear beverage bottles, makes them an eco-friendly choice.  Each season brings new embroidered design accents and colors, each with the unique Haiku flair. I've been using the Haiku Passage Duffle for a few weeks now, and it's one of absolute favorites.  This is a fantastic multi-purpose bag that is beautiful, durable, and works equally well for travel or the gym. Haiku Passage Duffle Features At-A-Glance The Haiku Passage Duffle currently comes in either black or cactus.   Here are some of it's core features: CyclePET® … [Read more...]

prAna Sustainable Gift Guide

PrAna is a men and women's clothing line, that aims to equip you for fitness, travel, and adventure.  That about covers all the good stuff!  In addition to quality craftsmanship and attractive designs, they pride themselves on their sustainability. What does that mean exactly? Well, this concept appeals to me so I gave it some serious thought.  I've concluded that to me, "sustainability" (as it applies to clothing) means when we, as consumers: Blend old garments with new. Purchase quality pieces that will last. Select timeless, versatile styles that can serve many purposes and won't soon be outdated. Consider the materials used in making of clothing - choosing recycled, eco-friendly fabrics. What does sustainability mean to prAna? prAna's Sustainable Clothing prAna's clothing aligns nicely with all the sustainability concepts I outlined above.  I love that they use fabrics like organic cotton, recycled wool, and recycled polyester. "By using materials and … [Read more...]

Ella’s Wool Keeps Outdoor Kids Warmer

When a mom from Norway gives you a tip on how they keep their kids warm in winter, so they can still have fun playing outside - you listen.  Because you know she knows what she's talking about.  That's why I was so intrigued with the story behind Ella's Wool.  Founder Vibeke K Johansen wanted to share this solution with all parents, so their children can play outside year-round and stay warm, too. That solution is wool.  The most natural, warm, soft and reliable thing you can dress your kid in when it’s cold.  A single, thin layer of super soft merino wool under your kids’ clothes can make all the difference.   Ella's Wool offers a quality line of onsies, undershirts, long johns and more for young children. Ella's Wool Tubes An exciting new addition to the Ella's Wool lineup is a type of soft pants called Tubes.  Tubes are thick, unisex wool rib-knit pants that come in a nice size-adaptable design.  Becca told me that every child in Norway has at least two pairs of Tubes.  … [Read more...]

Ecoths Gift Guide & Instagram Giveaway [Ended 12/8]

  As an Aventura Ambassador, a couple of years ago I was excited to see the development of their new men's line:  Ecoths.   This great looking mens collection offers the perfect complement to the outdoorsy chic woman dressed in Aventura.  The garments my husband has tried have all been very soft (many of the shirts of 100% organic cotton), comfortable, and include design details that set them apart from any other brands he's worn. Based on the same eco-friendly principles as Aventura, I appreciate that Ecoths also has a unique socially conscious initiative to fight hunger.  For every Ecoths piece purchased, they donate 3 meals. In just their first year of business 2014, they donated over 48,000 meals throughout the US to food banks in their sales reps territories. The best part is, Ecoths is now available for online sale directly from the AventuraClothing.com site... which makes viewing and shopping for these awesome styles easier than ever.  So if you are looking … [Read more...]

The Merrell Jacket She’ll Love

For years, Merrell has been my go-to maker of awesome hiking boots.  They know outdoorsmen and their adventure needs well, and definitely build a quality, comfortable boot.  Now they've also branched out to offer a clothing line.  I was recently able to try out the gorgeous Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket, and have been enjoying its use in higher altitudes where we've found early snow. If you're looking for a great gift for that outdoor lover in your life (maybe even for yourself?)... this is a Merrell Jacket she'll love. Merrell Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket The Silversun Featherless Puffer jacket is made from 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation - 600g fill power.  This technology mimics or surpasses the performance of natural down in fill power, loft and performance when wet, and certainly seems to deliver as a down alternative.  It kept me cozy warm when I recently tried it out on a sledding adventure.  The temperature that day was in the 30's.  The jacket was … [Read more...]

Veyo Mittyz Easy On, Stay On Gloves for Little Ones [Giveaway, Ended 11/30]

Veyo Kids took a fantastic concept, and designed an easy way to keep your little ones' hands warm this winter season.  They encourage families to #GetOutAndPlay, and in order to do that during the winter months, when there's all that FUN SNOW to play in... first you have to dress to stay warm.  Ideal for little ones age 6 months to 4 years, Veyo Mittyz are the perfect glove for children. No more "You HAVE to wear mittens" arguments. No more tears over icy cold fingers.  No more incredibly frustrating sessions of trying to wiggle tiny fingers into tiny gloves or mittens.  Veyo Mittzy come in fun designs your child will want to wear. And you'll love how easy they slip on. There's no thumb hole, but they still provide a paw like shape that gives kids mobility to grab things. Like that sled rope! I appreciated that Veyo Mittzy are nice and long, which completely covers the wrist area that often leaves an exposed gap at the cuff.  Doesn't happen with the mittzy.  They extend half … [Read more...]