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Travel Shoe Review: Arcopedico

Friday June 13, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 2 Comments

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Arcopedico travel shoe review

If you are a frequent flyer, you know the rules of packing light and probably travel with carry-on luggage so as not to be a victim of lost luggage. Not to get personal, but maybe your feet swell a little during flight? I’ve found a pair of travel shoes that are lightweight, comfortable, fashionable and flexible. The folks who design Arcopédico Shoes asked me to review their LS Shocks travel shoe.

Comfortable travel shoe

We’ve all seen what happens to a half full bottle of liquid shampoo after our luggage has spent time in a non-pressurized airplane compartment. The air expands in the bottle, forcing the liquid out, resulting in a mess of goop in your luggage.

While airplanes transport us in pressurized cabins, our bodies still feel the pressure. As pressure increases with altitude in a plane, our feet tend to swell. The LS Shock Arcopédico Shoe protects feet with flexible, circulation-supporting shoes. With its sock-like fit on the top of the foot, blood-flow is increased, which makes for happy feet.

Made in Portugal

Handmade in Portugal, Arcopédico Shoes feel like you are wearing a bedroom slipper. The knit upper with twin arch-supporting construction helps prevent foot fatigue while traveling. The knit shoes are washing machine friendly – although I have not washed my shoes yet! Arcopédico Shoes have slip-resistant polyurethane soles lined with anti-microbial SanSmell deodorizing technology that won’t leave you with stinky, sweaty feet.
 

"Arcopédico Shoes"

Arcopédico Shoes review

Family owned Arcopédico Shoes

Arcopédico Shoes is a family owned business that was formed in 1983 by Manuel and Virginia Simas. During a trip to Portugal, the Simas realized that they needed to create a successful travel shoe, one that was flexible, reliable, supportive and ultra-comfortable. After over 30 years in the business of crafting shoes for world traveling women, Arcopédico has created the perfect line of footwear.
 
 
Where to Buy

Arcopédico Shoes (LS Shocks)

Suggested Retail Price: $99

 

Arcopédico shoe photos and review written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Arcopédico Shoes supplied me with this travel gear for review.

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Whobert’s Path — A Traveler’s Treasure

Wednesday June 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM | 0 Comments

Whobert's Path, free from Grio Games, is a great traveling companion.

Whobert’s Path, free from Grio Games, is a great traveling companion.

Parents traveling with kids — picture this scenario: You’re at a crowded airport gate. The flight attendant just announced that your flight is delayed, again. Your kids are bickering over what to play on the iPad. He wants Angry Birds. She wants Candy Crush. You’re sick of them playing these mindless games over and over. You reach for the iPad and open Whobert’s Path. Moments later they are playing the challenging memory/concentration game and your guilt is assuaged.

Whobert’s Path, developed by Grio Games is a free, exciting new memory game with gorgeous graphics and pleasant music (seriously), focuses on matching tiles to help Whobert, a lost wizard, regain his memory and get home.

It’s not just for kids either. Casual gamers bored with gem-swapping and runner games will find Whobert’s Path thrilling, challenging and addictive. Why not give your brain a workout while playing a beautifully designed game.

Whobert's Path develops concentration and memory.

Whobert’s Path develops concentration and memory.

Whobert’s Path has 10 themed episodes (like nautical and mystical adventures) with constantly changing obstacles on 126 increasing levels!  It’s fast-paced, fun, and tricky.

Let’s face it, there’s a lot of downtime when it comes to traveling — long car, train, and plane rides, lines, and delays. And when traveling with kids, wouldn’t it be put to better use feeding those cerebral cells?

It’s a free download at the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android. Check out the rave reviews!

This post was contributed by Lisa Crovo Dion or Friscomama. I work with Grio Games to get the word out on Whobert’s Path (and play it myself!).

Photos courtesy of Grio Games.

Whobert's Path is challenging and beautiful to look at.

Whobert’s Path is challenging and beautiful to look at.

 

 

Stella and Dot for Travel

Monday June 2, 2014 at 2:02 PM | 2 Comments

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Nancy D. Brown wearing Stella & Dot Wild Hearts scarf with gold Somervell necklace and Soiree gold stud earrings.

It’s not often that I’m dressed up wearing makeup, jewelry and fancy clothes. I’m more comfortable wearing a sensible pair of travel shoes, clothes that won’t wrinkle on an airplane and simple earrings. My idea of dressing up an outfit is adding a gorgeous scarf. Scarves keep me warm, allow me to be appropriately and respectfully dressed when traveling abroad and add color to an otherwise basic wardrobe. My new best friend is Stella and Dot for travel. While the San Francisco-based company specializes in jewelry, they offer colorful print scarves and great totes and travel bags.

Stella & Dot Personal Stylist

My friend and Stella & Dot Personal Stylist, Jane Reid, is coordinating a Stella & Dot Online Trunk Show.  Shopping online is easier for those of us who opt for travel over shopping at the mall. If you need help finding the perfect accessory or have questions about the travel apparel, Jane will give you a complimentary style session.
 

"Stella & Dot" bag

Stella & Dot Getaway bag with Briggs & Riley carryon.

Stella & Dot travel apparel

As travel is a large part of my job as a freelance writer, I have mastered the art of packing light. I tend to travel with solid colored outfits and accentuate with scarves and just the right piece of jewelry or pair of earrings. Jane let me borrow her Stella & Dot “Hang on” travel organizer, perfect for holding my cosmetics and earrings – it even comes with a built in hanger (yep, that’s why they call it the Hang On) for hanging on the hotel towel bar.

I packed a couple of Stella & Dot scarves, the red & black Luxembourg scarf – Wild Hearts and the black and blue Luxembourg scarf  – Cerulean Tiger. Both scarves are 100% Rayon for a wrinkle-free look day and night.
 

"Stella & Dot" tote

Stella & Dot Avalon Tote

Stella & Dot travel gear

I typically travel with my laptop computer and absolutely love the Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer bag because I don’t need to remove my computer from the bag during airport security screenings.
 
This trip, I brought Stella & Dot’s multistripe getaway bag with me to The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. With top zip closure, one exterior slip pocket and one interior zip pocket, my laptop fit easily in the travel bag and I sailed through the airport. (I also got a lot of compliments on the bag, as it served as my pool bag and spa bag, with its interior spill resistant material.)

An added bonus for this travel-savvy gal, I brought Stella & Dot’s Avalon Tote with me to Colorado and slid the geranium-colored tote (I call it a purse) inside my Getaway bag. Once in my hotel room, I stashed the Getaway bag and used the tote as my purse. Again, lots of compliments on my cute red bag!

"Stella & Dot" Elephant Pouf

Stella & Dot Elephant Pouf

The Elephant pouf held my charging cords, although it would serve perfectly as a cosmetics bag, too. Whether you are looking for travel scarves, travel bags or fashionable and reasonably priced jewelry, you might want to check out my online Stella & Dot trunk show. The online show is only open during the month of June, so check it out and let me know your favorite Stella and Dot for travel!

Where to buy online

Stella & Dot www.stelladot.com