By now, I’m sure you know how much of an automotive enthusiast I really am! From luxury chariots to muscle cars, I love em all! Last week, I was invited to attend a Heels And Wheels media retreat in Malibu, California to test out some of the hottest cars from Jaguar, GMC, Lexus, Mazda and more! [Heels And Wheels invites women automotive journalists from across the country to take part in a 2-day media drive for networking and fun in the sun.]
Discover a sneak peek of my favorite #HeelsAndWheels2015 moments below…
Chief Engineer Allison Rahm shares the phenomenon behind the 2015 Dodge Charger.
The 2016 Mazda6 was a standout surprise – I was absolutely amazed by this drive!
Rene Syler whips around the corner in the 2015 Land Rover Discovery…
The 2015 GMC Canyon SLE is a leading pickup trucks with 17% of owners being women.
Auto journalists, PR reps, brand specialists and we’re all women!
With so many options to drive, you’d be surprised to discover which car was my absolute favorite, which ride was perfect for new parents and which AWD vehicle left more to be desired. That’s why I’ve shared more photos, first impressions and more on our official automotive channel for everything cars, trucks, wheel-related and more, you can find it on DivasDriveInHeels.com.
Check out more from Heels And Wheels at DivasDriveInHeels.com.
Hello Friday! There’s no happier time of week that the day that we welcome the weekend! As the days get longer, my dresses get shorter (Hey, I’m pre-gaming for summer!) With my favorite mid-Spring (not-quite-summer) frock and sneakers, I’m ready to take on the weekend in style!
Check out a few of my favorite shots from this week’s shoot with the Fiat 500 L below!
Covered in Happiness from head-to-toe.
I love easy style! Chances are you’ll find me in everyday wear that easy to throw on and go! Since I’m a tall curvy girl, it’s important that my style feels chic and confident no matter what. So pairing a short and sleek shirt dress with wedge sneakers was just the style and comfort I needed!
Can you believe that on my way to another shoot location, I just happened to come across this colorfully graphic wall and said, This is it! The similarities between my shirt dress and this mural were uncanny – so of course an impromptu photo shoot was meant to be!
Shirt dress: Prabal Gurung x Target (Sold Out)
Shoes: Nike x Undercover Dunks (Sold Out)
Steppin to the beat of my own drum…
For more on the 2015 Fiat 500 L visit DivasDriveInHeels.com soon!
Hello Weekend, is that you? I’ve been waiting on you (at the door) all week long!
Cheers to the weekend & I’ll see you all next week!
There’s nothing I love more than a nice drive paired with beautiful weather, and when you add a flowing maxi dress to the mix – you’ve got the perfect combination for an amazing Spring day. Recently, I purchased this beautiful chiffon frock and I must admit, I’m in love!
For me, Spring is all about flow and coverage – many Spring days can get rather warm, while the evening temps require a light sweater or jacket. Because of this, wearing a long-sleeve chiffon-style dress is totally worth it as it covers and protects without being too hot and heavy.
Check out a breakdown of my Spring look below:
Earrings & Necklace – Charming Charlie
Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviators ($170)
During a very recent trip to Los Angeles to celebrate the arrival of the new 2016 FIAT 500X, I found myself gaining a wealth of knowledge that not only introduced the latest Fiat, but also shed a little light on the parallels of technology, love and life. The All-New FIAT 500X crossover combines classic Italian style with power, size and the capability of an available All-Wheel-Drive system—a FIAT first in America.
Check out five things I learned about love and life, inspired by driving a Fiat 500X in Southern California below…
5. Love comes in many shapes and forms. As a tall woman, it’s easy for me to fall in love with large trucks and SUVs – but once I sat inside for the 2016 FIAT 500X for the first time, I realized that sometimes great things come in small packages. Designed at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, the all-new Fiat 500X leverages the character and iconic features of the Fiat 500 into a larger and more capable package. Featuring comfortable seating for five, the 2016 Fiat 500X interior also provides unmatched utility, featuring a large rear cargo area with a height-adjustable rear cargo floor, second-row 60/40 split seats and fold-forward front passenger seat. Who knew all of this was hidden in such a compact package?
4. Grab the keys to your happiness and go!
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer
I’ve enjoyed driving every since I was a baby, so it’s only natural that I enjoy driving today! As an infant, I would cry my eyes out at night, that is, until my parents put my in my car seat and drove me around town. I’m told that after only 10 minutes of driving around, I would fall asleep and sleep the entire night through. Fast-forward to today, with over 17 years of driving experience behind the wheel, driving is truly my therapy for calming my mind and focusing on my happiness. Who knew that finding my happiness behind the wheel, I’d be able to take something that I love and create a successful career from it! (DivasDriveInHeels.com)
3. Don’t look back! The rearview mirror was designed to give you a sense of what’s behind you. But even the mirror doesn’t give you an accurate view of just how far away you are from what you’re leaving behind. (If I wouldn’t have quit my job 5 years ago, I wouldn’t have traveled the world and would be stuck at a desk that I hated. Who knows where I’d be today.) Since objects are typically closer than they appear, my takeaway from a moment in the Fiat 500X – When you’re driving full speed ahead, look forward to what’s to come and never look back.
2. Take time to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds around you. Sure the Fiat 500X comes loaded with technology and convenience, to make the most of any trip. The Fiat 500X is available with features like Uconnect 6.5 radio with a 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen and navigation, Bluetooth streaming audio, Uconnect Access Via Mobile, a 3.5-inch color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, and heated front seats and steering wheel. With all this goodness inside the Fiat 500X, it’s easy to forget about the world going on around you, but take the time to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds around you – I’m sure you won’t regret it.
1. Finally, you’re the one behind the wheel, take control of where you want to go! Of course there will always be variables that impact your success, but the one thing you’ll always have control of is your perception and reaction to what impacts you. That’s your steering wheel. While people are staring at that glass of water figuring out if it’s half empty or half full, I’ve already drank the water and quenched my thirst for life. The moment you take control of how you perceive situations and react accordingly, you create and control your own rules, and can go as far as you want!
It’s amazing how you can learn some of life’s important lessons just from living life in the moment. Hopefully this moment of learning inspired by my exhilarating drive in the all new 2016 Fiat 500X will inspire you to find time to live life to the fullest and take advantage of every moment given. Want to learn more about the Fiat 500X – check out my review of the 2016 Fiat 500X and discover how it combines iconic Italian style with functionality, performance and all wheel drive confidence at DivasDriveinHeels.com/2016Fiat500X. Like what you see? Discover more from the all new Fiat 500X and family of Fiat vehicles online at FiatUSA.com and connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today!
In celebration of the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards, long time supporter Chevrolet hosted an exclusive media brunch honoring NAACP President’s Award winner – Spike Lee. During the intimate luncheon hosted by Jocelyn Allen and the General Motors Diversity team, media learned about the unique creative connection between Spike Lee and General Motors (the Academy Award-nominated director also serves as CEO of Spike DDB, Chevrolet’s ad agency of record).
Held at the Langham Huntington Resort Spike Lee; Jocelyn Allen, the director for Regional, Grassroots and Diversity Communications and director for Diversity Marketing and Communications Center of Excellence for General Motors; Martin J. Davis, design manager of Exterior Lighting, North American Exterior Design for General Motors; Vivian Pickard, president of the General Motors Foundation and director of Corporate Relations hosted the candid conversation where Lee shared his thoughts on his ad agency’s partnership with both Chevy and Cadillac as well as the special honor recieving accolades from the NAACP.
Lee discussed the importance of highlighting diversity and the accomplishments of African-Americans citing his directorial debut of the “I Throw Like A Girl” documentary / :60 second Chevrolet commercial featuring 13-year old Little League phenomenon Mo’ne Davis. Lee also addressed his start in the ad industry citing NBA legend Michael Jordan’s Nike commercials as his first steps into the world of ad creation.
In addition to creative conversation, media guests were treated to an exclusive walk around tour of the latest Chevrolet vehicles, including the haute candy apple red 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 and all-new 2015 Chevy Tahoe.
From highlighting the illumination of Chevrolet’s latest designs to African-American leaders paving the way honored at the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards – the Chevrolet / NAACP media luncheon shined a light on leadership, creativity and the advancement of industry trailblazers that will inspire the next generation of game-changers for years to come.
The 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country is one stylish wagon for active users of all ages!
What happens when you work and play with your mom on the road? This week’s Volvo cross country experience in California, that’s what! During an amazing cross country experience spanning California roads from Napa Valley to the mountains of Lake Tahoe – my mom and I had the chance to experience the 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country in its natural active environment. Check out our first impressions halfway through our road tripping experience with Volvo below…
Global automakers brought their A-game to the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Journalists were treated to elaborate vehicle unveilings surrounded by dozens of floor-to-ceiling digital walls with music that raised the roof at the transformed Cobo Center. There were trucks, super cars, hybrids, plug-ins and driverless reveals that captured the attention of the connected media on digital cameras, personal mobile devices, Google glasses, tablets, GoPros, photo cards and more! There was even a car “built” at the show via 3-D printing. Discover my top five hottest cars found at the Detroit Auto Show below!
Maserati Alfieri 2+2 Concept
The concept made its debut last November at the Los Angeles Motor Show, and looks absolutely stunning! It’s still a couple years away from actually going on the market, but we’re more than willing to wait for the gorgeous Maserati Alfieri concept to arrive.
Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
Looking for a slightly more souped up version of the previous Porsche 911 Targa, with performance upgrades across the board and a 430-horsepower 3.8-Liter flat-six engine. It’s here! The Porsche 911 Targa, with its robotic retractable roof, made a fresh appearance at NAIAS in the form of the Targa 4 GTS and Porsche fans will be ecstatic to see this beauty in person!
Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion
The belle of the ball – F015 Luxury in Motion is a car that is as futuristic as they come, with a sloping, rounded body it’s even more futuristic on the inside. Want seats that can swivel to face the back seats, interior space and luxury sets the trends that we’re going to see a whole lot more of in the next few years.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
If you love a good convertible with speed to match, then you’ll love the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. An update to the 4C, the Spider is a 237-horsepower convertible with your choice of tops to take off—a retractable soft top and a carbon fiber top that you’ll either need to ride with or leave at home.
The R-Design exterior includes a number of distinguishing details, such as grille, lower front spoiler, window in silk metal, and a R-Design dual tailpipe surround, integrated bright roof rails and mirror covers in matte silver. 20-inch or optional 22-inch R-Design alloy wheels complete the stylish, dynamic look.
Want to see more? Check out our full list of hot rides found at the Detroit Auto Show at DivasDriveInHeels.com.
Have you checked out the North American International Auto Show yet? Which new reveals are you excited to see in person? Share your thoughts below!
What’s the next huge leap in technology for automakers ? Connectivity, Gesture-Control and Car sharing! Auto insiders and journalists got a sneak peek at what’s to come with a previewing cars of the future today at CES 2015. Just one small preview has opened the floodgates of what we could possibly expect next week at the North American International Auto show and more major announcements later this year. But for now, let’s take a look at which major brands are making blazing their way through advancements and beyond below:
BMWS OF THE FUTURE WILL HAVE SAMSUNG TABLETS AND GESTURE CONTROL
BMW showed off a couple near-future technologies that’ll be available on cars in the next few years. The first doesn’t really sound futuristic at all — it’s just a generic Samsung tablet, but the magic is in how tightly BMW’s managed to integrate it with the car’s systems. The “Touch Command” system includes the small Android tablet and a dock in the rear seat, allowing rear passengers to change climate settings, switch radio stations, adjust their seats, and more — in other words, it’s basically a portable iDrive controller for when you’re getting chauffeured around. [Read More.]
HYUNDAI WILL LET YOU START YOUR CAR WITH AN ANDROID WEAR WATCH
The app gives drivers the ability to access remote vehicle operations right from their wrists, such as starting and stopping the engine, locking and unlocking the doors, and activating safety features like flashing the headlights or honking the horn. Users will be able to locate their car or call roadside assistance from the app as well. [Read More.]
The F 015 Luxury in Motion — yes, “Luxury in Motion” is part of the car’s name — is basically a sleek pod with a huge passenger compartment, a fortuitous side effect of an imagined future where we spend most of our times chilling out in cars while they drive us around all by themselves. Mercedes actually calls the cabin “lounge-like,” thanks to four rotating seats that can face each other. [Read More.]
Discover more automotive previews and news you can use at DivasDriveInHeels.com! Looking for more breaking news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2015? Visit DivasandDorks.com all weekend long and even connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more today! You don’t want to miss the action from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2015!
One thing that’s sure to be a big hit at this year’s CES 2015 and upcoming North American International Auto Show is the innovative upswing in connected cars. Automakers and brands did not hesitate to share the latest innovation and features that next generation vehicles will have available sooner than later. After introducing the new iteration of its Smart car platform, Sync 3, last month, Ford mainly looked at the big picture today, discussing the ways cars would collect data in future to adapt to road conditions, help find parking and customize insurance for drivers.
BMW showed off new touchscreen and gesture controls for its iDrive interface, while Pioneer joined the fray with the next generation of its NEX series in-dash multimedia receivers, featuring Android Auto integration. Parrot also promised Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in any car with its new RNB 6.
After driving its autonomous car from San Francisco to CES, Audi used its presser to herald the future of driverless cars (even calling one on stage with a smartwatch) before moving on to the new Q7 featuring Android Auto and an Audi Tablet to control interior features.
Mercedes Benz unveiled the beautifully futuristic F015 Luxury in Motion “car of the future”. The spacious silver bullet of a body was remarkably open inside, with rotating chairs for passengers that made it more akin to a futuristic lounge room than a car. The futuristic driving experience is here and now and will be rolling off assembly lines before we know it.
Looking for more breaking news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2015? Visit DivasandDorks.com all week long and even connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more today! You don’t want to miss the action from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2015!
Last week, I got the chance to hang out heavy with the Dodge Brothers and 2015 vehicles in celebration of 100 years of automotive brand. Throughout my driving experience, which took place in Washington, DC and Dallas, Texas – I had the chance to put the pedal to the metal in a high speed chance in the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit (check out the video), drive the fastest sedan in the world the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat and more!
[MUST READ: High-Speed Chasing In the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit]
In Dallas, TX this diva rocked out “cowboy style” to Mötley Crüe with the guys at Gas Monkey Garage (Check out the video)! The Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey Live exclusive event was not only a concert, but it also featured a huge car show filled with classic and tricked out Chargers, Challengers, Vipers and more! Check out the gallery of all my driving fun below and for a full recap of my drive in Dallas and DC visit DivasDriveInHeels.com.
[MUST READ: Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey Live With 100 Years Of Cars]