1. New Sneakers
Target | Sports Bra: Target | Jean Shorts: Target (Similar) | Sneakers: Amazon | Necklace: Kendra Scott | (Front view of this outfit here)
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The last time I went hiking was on our Los Angeles Trip when we hiked to the Hollywood sign. I wore my usual travel sneakers, the Nike Internationalist (shown in this post), and they are not meant for trail hiking so I didn't feel very sure-footed. They're great for city walking, but they don't have much traction at all so I knew I needed a new pair for my Utah trip last month since I knew we'd be hiking something a bit more rugged than city streets. I'm not an avid hiker by any means, so I didn't need "real" hiking boots, just one step up from city sneakers. I wanted them to be under $75 and I wanted a fun color since my neutral travel outfits get pretty boring. With some help from Rachelle, I settled on these New Balance Sneakers from Amazon:
2. New Target Favorite:
In the hiking outfit above, I'm wearing one of these relaxed racerback tanks from Target:
Skye swears by these tanks and after seeing a few of the ways she styled the colors she has (e.g. marled grey, stripes, white), I gave them a shot. They are the perfect relaxed-but-not-baggy shape and a good length for a front tuck or even untucked with the shirttail hem. For the most part I've worn mine for lounging, sleeping, or as active wear (hiking, dance class, etc.) so they haven't been photographed for the blog or Instagram but for the current sale price of $7 they're a great buy! I recommended getting the same size as you would in Express tops. Sometimes Target Junior's Sizing runs smaller for me (like the Long and Lean Tank - I size up in those), but with the relaxed fit on these my normal size was just right.
Also, FYI the product listings online are a bit confusing since they have different colors listed under different product names (I have no clue why since they're all the same in person), whereas in store all the colors are on one display rack together like so:
3. New Book Recommendation
Last week I mentioned I was starting this book, The Kind Worth Killing:
Available on Amazon
I finished it on Monday, which is record timing for me! I usually read maybe 1-2 books a month, but I made some extra reading time over the holiday weekend and I couldn't put this down. The ending felt a little rushed for me, but it was still reasonable. Some reviews compared it to The Girl on The Train, and I didn't feel that way other than the suspense and twists. It's not exactly a summer beach read, but it's a good page turner. It's also set to become a movie eventually.
4. New Independence Day Tradition: Patriot Jet Boat
Image via: Flagship SD
This 4th of July, our local friends were all out of town (or worse, had permanently moved out of town!), so we were on our own and wanted something fun and different to do. Back when we did our Easter Cruise, we saw these Patriot Jet Boats and decided to keep it in mind for summer. (You can do it all year but I would have been freezing.) We decided to give it a try on the 4th, my ten year old was pretty upset that we signed up for it without asking him. He's risk averse, hates roller coasters, etc. and did not think this would be fun at all. He ended up loving it and asking, "Can we do this every 4th of July?" when it was over. So if you're a local or a San Diego tourist and want something fun and exciting to do to beat the heat, I highly recommend this. Just plan on wanting to shower after the ride because you will get drenched.
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Before you go, don't forget the $640 Nordstrom giveaway is still open. Head over to this post to enter. One lucky winner will have a great time shopping the Anniversary Sale this year!