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Full Throttle In The Fastest Cars In The World With @Dodge

November 3rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon



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



[MUST READ: Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey Live With 100 Years Of  Cars]


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5 Gadgets You Need Stashed in Your Glove Compartment NOW

September 25th, 2014 by Tech Staff

So it’s Fall and you’re already stressing out about getting your car winterized (wasn’t it just summer yesterday?)  Automobiles come with responsibilities like oil changes, headaches like dead batteries, and mild anxiety about getting scratches and smudges your new (expensive) toy. Whether you’re a professional driver, auto aficionado, worried parent, or 16 year-old who’s yet to be in a bind, these five gadgets will help put those fears to rest.


JunoPower: JunoJUMPR


World’s thinnest car battery jump starter keeps your automobile and mobile devices powered up when you need them

  • Lightweight lithium polymer battery houses an impressive 6,000 mAh capable of jumping a completely dead car battery in minutes
  • 5V 2.1A output charges power hungry devices such as smartphone, cameras and tablets
  • Features a built-in LED flashlight for working in the dark
  • Compact device measures 5.5” x 3” x .6” and weighs in at a mere 7 ounces
  • Sleek battery pack fits perfectly into any purse or luggage case
  • Available at: | Price: $99.99



Toddy Gear: Toddy Smart Cloth

Toddy Smart Cloth

Carefully handcrafted microfiber cloth provides effective, scratch-free cleaning for iDevices, windows, lenses and other sensitive surfaces


  • Built for cleaning extremely sensitive surfaces including iPhone, glasses, windows, car surfaces
  • Protected with the AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology – a durable, environmentally friendly way to instantly wipe away dirt and smudges
  • Plush microfiber material on one side to clean and silk microfiber on the other side to buff and polish
  • No messy/damaging sprays or fluids necessary
  • Features an antimicrobial coating, protecting the cloth against microorganisms that contribute to mold, mildew, and other negative effects
  • Available at: | Price: $9.99 (5×7) $14.99 (9×9)






Blackfire: Clamplight Junior

Clamplight Junior

Innovative and versatile LED flashlight lights up every situation by clamping to virtually anywhere, making chores easier and play better

  • Quality grade CREE LED’s provide 100,000 hours of bulb life and up to 100 lumens
  • Resilient spring clamps securely to shelves, doors, pipes, branches and a plethora of other objects, keeping both hands free and flashlight out of the way
  • Two axis swivel head pivots and directs light where you need it
  • Nonskid feet lock open and convert into a stand when there’s nothing to clamp to
  • Braced with high impact ABSplastic with non-slip TPR for a comfortable yet rugged look and feel
  • Maximum portability allows you to fit in a belt, pocket, or anywhere else
  • Available at: and various retailers | Price: MSRP $18.99



Bracketron: Mi-T Grip Mount


Bracketron: Mi-T Grip Mount

The perfect universal mounting solution for your smartphone or other portable device


  • Features Temporbond, Bracketron’s patented, breakthrough technology that allows you to mount the holder on any smooth or textured surface including your dash and windshield
  • Allows you to view your device hands-free in portrait or landscape mode
  • Provides full access to all device controls and ports
  • Unique grip with rotating head securely holds your device with or without a case
  • The mount’s compact size makes for easy portability from car to car or when traveling
  • Available at: | Price: $29.95



Lemur Monitors: BlueDriver


Turn your smart device into a professional-grade auto diagnostics tool

  • Allows users to wirelessly read and clear diagnostic trouble codes without having to spend money at the mechanic
  • Download the free BlueDriver app and plug in the BlueDriver – it’s that easy!
  • Generate vehicle specific information such as code definition, possible causes and repair recommendations
  • Check for whether or not your vehicle is ready for local emissions test
  • BlueDriver is the first line of defense for today’s mechanic and is an affordable diagnostic tool for that fits in your pocket
  • Works with all makes and models (sold in U.S. and Canada) that are 1996 or newer
  • Pairs via Bluetooth with Apple devices (running iOS 7.0+) and Android devices (running Android 4.0+)
  • Available at: | Price: $99.95



What are some of your favorite gadgets that you keep in your car at all times?  Share your favorite must have auto tech below.

#NAIAS2013: The North American International Auto Show Is Here!

January 18th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

It’s the Super Bowl of the auto industry, with the international premiere of over 50 new cars – the North American International Auto show is in full swing and we’ve got the hautest rides from Cadillac, Chevrolet and more below…

Want to know which ride had the entire show buzzing from day one?  Without a doubt, it was the debut of the 2014 Corvette Stingray!

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2014 Corvette Stingray (Photo by Tom Hawley for Chevrolet)

Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Corvette Stingray at a special event Sunday, January 13, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The new Corvette is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It will accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds. It’s expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.   Check out the electrifying debut of the Stingray below…


Check out more from the special event on

naias north american international auto show cadillac ats

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is unveiled prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012.

In addition to unveilings, this was a huge weekend for the Cadillac brand as well!  Detroit makers dominated as the 2013 Detroit Auto Show opened up with the annual North American International Car and Truck of the Year awards. The 2013 Cadillac ATS was awarded Car of the Year  by NAIAS as well as ‘Urban Car of the Year’ at the Urban Wheel Awards.

Cadillac also unveiled the new 2014 Cadillac ELR based on its 2009 concept electric vehicle this week.  Not only did Cadillac premiere the most stylish electric vehicle which will go into production later this year, it also won the Eyes On Design Best Production Vehicle Award as well.

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The 2014 Cadillac ELR wins the Eyes On Design Best Production Vehicle Award Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Cadillac)



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Calling All Divas – And Has Arrived!

January 2nd, 2013 by Christen Rochon


IT’S OFFICIAL!  After experiencing a full year of travel and automotive adventures – the dream of expanding the team, brand and family of online infotainment is here. and has FINALLY arrived!




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Women buy 52% of all new cars sold in the U.S., influence more than 85% of all car purchases and are the fastest growing segment of buyers for new and used cars. All told, women have full or partial say over a staggering $80 billion worth of spending on cars.  Isn’t it time to discover a new spin on the auto news that matters most? is a safe and reliable source for expert automotive advice, research with the style that you can handle.







Created in January 2013 to fill a void that existed in print and new media – a celebration of men & women who enjoy a unique outlook on travel and entertainment. the web’s first lifestyle travel hub online, for women interested in exploring the world from as close as her backyard to as far as she’s willing to journey.




 With aims to share the unexpected truths about travel, is an open forum for travel experts and novice alike to celebrate adventurous living experiences and more online.  Grab your passport and toothbrush and get ready for a wild traveling time with


We’ll keep you updated with news for both sites on Facebook and Twitter, but if you’re looking for in-depth news regarding our traveling and automotive adventures definitely check out both sites daily!


General Motors Wants To Grant Your Holiday Wish During Diva Days Of Christmas!

December 13th, 2012 by Christen Rochon



It’s one of our biggest giveaways for the season and we’re beyond excited for our loyal readers!


Just in time for the holidays, Divas And Dorks has partnered with GM Northeast to grant one loyal reader the ultimate holiday wish by giving away $500 in cash and a General Motors (Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, etc.) car/truck for a week. Need to travel for the holidays? Need some wheels to get to a charity event? Maybe you just need some extra cash to buy gifts for others or a gift for yourself. Whatever it may be, We’re here to help you!  GM is ready to bring holiday cheer to our friends in the northeast, so any wish goes!


How Would You Like To WIN $500 & A GM Car/Truck For The Week?




Entering is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3….


1.  To enter, you must submit your holiday tweet wish via Twitter using #GMNER and #DivaDaysChristmas.   For example “My holiday wish is to drive my holiday gifts to my parents in DC! #GMNER #DivaDaysChristmas”. Add photos or video to your tweets to make them stand out!


2.  You must post the link to your holiday tweet wish the comment section below…. now until December 14th 2012.

3.  Visit and post the link to your holiday tweet wish the comment section below….now until December 14th 2012.

We’ll be selecting ONE winner from the comments sections and announcing our winner on Monday, December 17th!  If you’re in the mood for winning, don’t forget to enter to win more in our Diva Days of Christmas here.



Contest Rules: In order to qualify, you must live in the Northeast area. You can NOT be a relative of Divas And Dorks, LLC contributing writers, editors, publishers or anyone that works for General Motors or MSL.  Good Luck!!!


Diva Does NASCAR… A Toyota Racing Experience (#ToyotaWomen)

October 16th, 2012 by Christen Rochon

This Camry has the speed I need! Can someone say Divas Drive In Heels!

There comes a time, when after trying something new you’re rewarded with an uncontrollable surge of electricity and unexpected feeling of pride – and for me, this weekend’s NASCAR experience was IT! It’s no secret that I’m a fan of fast cars (I’m from the Motor City…duh!) however, being immersed in hundreds of technically-supercharged cars and learning about the business and community that makes NASCAR then multi-billion industry that it is. Over the weekend, I was an invited guest of the Toyota Racing Team to for a weekend of NASCAR fun during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Charlotte, NC.


The fabulous lades, also know as Toyota Women!


50 Shades of Chocolate: So the M&M guys wouldn’t let a Diva drive away in their car, but they did pose for a chocolatey photo!


Vroom, Vroom! Toyota Racing Style!


Kicking off this fast-paced Toyota Racing experience included fun in the sun at Joe Gibbs Racing Shop for a NASCAR fan fest! At Joe Gibbs Racing, fans got to interact with several of NASCAR driving superstars including Kyle Busch and Joey Logano – and we got to pick the brain of the man himself – Coach Joe Gibbs.During an intimate Q&A session, we were introduced to several unique members of the Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota Racing Team. Bryan ‘Boris’ Cook shared the highs and lows as a NASCAR Digital Marketing Manager, while Maggie Martin discussed the ins and outs of being a Sponsor Services Account Manager for Dollar General (the title sponsor behind Friday’s Nationwide series race). Breaking one of the many myths of NASCAR (you know, the one that says African Americans aren’t into NASCAR racing) – Toyota Racing’s Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. explained his start and love of racing. As the first African American driver to earn a pole in the NASCAR Nationwide Series – just two weeks ago, he has a lot to celebrate (in addition to is 19th birthday just last week.)



Kristi, Amanda & I with Toyota Racing’s Darrell Wallace (via @TweetingMama)


Upon arrival to the Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night, luxury accommodations quickly followed as I was ushered to the Toyota Racing Suite to enjoy the Dollar General 300 / Nationwide Series Race and dinner in grand style.



Time to watch those Toyota boys win this race!



Fraternizing With The Enemy:  Oakley NASCAR Driver Jason Bowles


As the start of the race begun, even from the comfort of the Toyota suite I  heard the roaring of these monster engines as each car rounded lap by lap.  By the time the drivers were 180 laps into the race, it was clear that a Toyota Racing driver could pull off the win!  With just 5 laps to go, Toyota Women guests were escorted down toward the racetrack and inside the winner’s circle to join the rest of the Toyota Racing team in celebration of the Toyota Racing WIN –  front and center with none other than Joey Logano!  We took photos with Joey and the team, I even got to ask M ZMAX about her racing jumpsuit (I’ve got a costume idea in mind…LOL)  ALL in all, there’s no other words that could describe my first NASCAR experience other than amazing, surprising and absolutely spectacular.  Talk about a great day for a Diva To Do NASCAR for the first time.



Yes, I photobombed (kinda sorta – but not really) Joey Logano during his Winner’s Circle interview!



Check out a few of the candids & official Toyota Racing / Toyota Women experience photos below…


(credit: DivasandDorks/Instagram and Toyota Racing)


Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Toyota.





WE’RE HIRING! And We’re Looking For A Few Good Divas…

October 16th, 2012 by Christen Rochon

It’s Official! 2012 Has Been An AMAZING YEAR For Divas And Dorks, LLC!

We’re Expanding And We’re Looking For A Few Good DIVAS To Grow With Us!



We are currently shifting through applications to fill 5 – 7 freelance writing opportunities for, (automotive site) and (travel site).  Prior blog/article writing experience is necessary.  If you’re a fan of fashion, technology, travel and cars – this could be the perfect opportunity to work with a great team while enjoying what you already love!  For more details, complete the inquiry form below & we’ll be in contact soon!



 If you cannot view the form above, CLICK HERE

Qualified Applicants Will Be Notified No Later Than Monday, November 4th 2012.

Cadillac Is Bringing Something New To A Backseat Near You…

October 10th, 2012 by Christen Rochon

If you’ve been following my misadventures in babysitting via Twitter or Instagram (#DivaDoesBabysitting) over the last few days, you’ve been sure to see me rolling in the New 2013 Cadillac XTS. From stylishly riding throughout the streets of my hometown to striving from the “Aunt of The Year” award transporting my nieces and nephews around in their “spaceship” – the Cadillac XTS has gotten it’s fair share of points & stares.



Well, Cadillac is bringing a little something new to the backseat of it’s kid-friendlier Cadillac SRX – in the form of Blu-ray entertainment. The new 2013 Cadillac SRX luxury vehicles will soon start rolling off the lots, they’ll boasting something never seen before in an automobile – a Blu-ray player. The CUE in-vehicle entertainment system in Cadillac vehicles has been expanded in the SRX to include a Blu-ray player, but that’s far from the only entertainment upgrade. In the backseat, there will be two 8” touchscreen displays that can be flipped up. They can also display different things – one passenger can play video games, while the other listens to music or watches a movie. There will only be one Blu-ray player, so if you’re using that, two different movies can’t be viewed simultaneously. A connector cable sold separately will allow passengers to connect their mobile devices to the displays and watch their own movies that way.



M0bile devices can be connected without the extra cable to play music, and each passenger has room to connect their own device – in fact, you can have up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices connected to the car at once. A simplified remote control to handle all of that content has been made simple enough that kids, who will undoubtedly be the main beneficiaries of these features, can use it easily. No more, “Are we there yet?” outbursts or sleepy kids in the backseat, you can now look forward to highly entertained kiddies – just hope you don’t have to worry about them fighting over the remote…


Say goodbye to the days of children sleeping in the back of your Cadillac… With a new Blu-ray system…sleeping with be the last of your worries!



Looking for more tech savvy car news? Stay tuned…



Mission Impossible: SoCal #ToyotaWomen Experience (Day 2)

October 8th, 2012 by Christen Rochon

What happens when you stick a city girl deep in the canyons of Southern California on a camping trip?  Well, when Toyota offers you a unique “glamping” experience in the heart of Southern California, you can expect an unforgettable experience of outdoor fun & camping memories, no matter what!  (In case you missed it & you’re wondering about what happened on Mission Impossible: SoCal #ToyotaWomen Experience (Day 1) CLICK HERE.)


Glamping: Shorthand for glamorous camping; luxury camping.




As we began Day 2 of our #ToyotaWomen Experience, many of us had an idea of what a “glamping” experience would entail but had no clue or prior camping experience at the el Capitan Canyon Resort specifically. Luckily, that didn’t even matter, because the el Capitan Canyon Resort absolutely did not disappoint.


From the outside, the log cabin decor gave the ambiance of lumberjack fun – however, the decor within each cabin was far from forrest-like. In fact, my luxe bathroom came complete with a bubblers dreamy 3ft deep bathtub bubble bath, huge vanity mirror and a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding campgrounds and forrest. During the day, the campgrounds were filled with hummingbirds floating around with glee, curious deer poking around from behind trees and knucklehead woodpeckers (one in particular was so intent on breaking through my bathroom window, that he may have suffered a self-inflicted concussion and knocked his self out cold…LOL)



There was no terror in this cabin in the woods…


In true “glamping” fashion, I decided on pairing a little extreme camping fun with some well needed relaxation. With a variety of options available, which included hiking, biking and more I decided on something a little out of the ordinary for this diva…


I took a paddle, a kayak and went for a dip in the Pacific Ocean…




… And I can’t swim!



Ready to take my kayak into the deep Pacific Ocean!


Talk about extreme! LOL! Lucky for me, the great guys at Santa Barbra Adventure Company were excellent teachers, guides and made me feel comfortable while kayaking up and down the Pacific coast! In between exhausting strokes, I spotted schools of fish, pelicans hunting for prey & even a few sea lions. During the kayaking excursion, I’m happy to say that I held my own while paddling up and down the 1 1/2 mile stretch of pure Pacific Ocean goodness.



Toyota Women with The Guys of Santa Barbra Adventure Company. (via @SBAdventureCo)


To reward my body after the extreme “glamping” adventure, I had to chance to wind down with a relaxing 60-minute deep tissue spa massage, followed by a moment to relax at the pool and enjoy dinner and a bonfire at the el Capitan Canyon Resort. It’s amazing, how a camping experience (no matter at what age) can teach a person so much about themselves and others. There’s no way I would’ve ever considered kayaking in the Pacific Ocean or would’ve made such great friendships with amazing women from across the country, if it hadn’t have been for Toyota and this SoCal #ToyotaWomen experience.


If introducing this Diva to a great automotive brand while broadening horizons with unforgettable experiences was the goal of the Toyota Women’s Influencer Network program, then I’m proud to say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.



Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Toyota.

Mission Impossible: SoCal #ToyotaWomen Experience (Day 1)

October 2nd, 2012 by Christen Rochon

Four bloggers with four different perspectives, ready to take on the road in the 2012 Toyota Camry


What happens when you wrangle a diverse group of bloggers from across the country for a unique Toyota drive? Things, stop getting polite and start getting real…


Toyota Women – Leila, Lizz, Chelsea and Christen at the beach…

On Monday, a special group of bloggers were given a mission – a mission to prove how the 2012 Toyota Camry could stand up to an end-of-summer, all-girls road trip up the California coast. Lizz (, Leila (, Chelsea ( and I, set off on an adventure heading north on Highway 1 from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara, California. Not only did the Camry withstand four statuesque bloggers with big personalities within it’s plush leather-trimmed, ultra-suede seats but it also engulfed the massive luggage trail of 4 suitcases, 5 backpacks, a pail and shovel within the spacious 15.4 cubic ft trunk. Camry is more luxurious,with a redesigned interior.It’s more advanced,with new available multimedia systems with EntuneTM. And the Camry Hybrid LE now offers an EPA-estimated 43 city mpg rating – which means getting the most out of your gas no matter where your inner city road trips may lead you.



Stopped seaside for a few quick surfing lessons…


While on the road, we discovered a few oceanside sights as well as stopped by a local Super Mega Target to shop & purchase donations for the Santa Barbra Food Bank. Toyota partnered with Target to supply each of us with $25 gift cards to make the donation purchases, and Target accommodated each one of us with an additional $10 in credit towards the purchase of additional food/personal items to donate. Our #ToyotaWomen mission garnered close to $1,000 worth of donations for those in need in Santa Barbra at the Santa Barbra Food Bank.



The Toyota/Target partnership donated close to $1,000 in food and items to the Santa Barbra Food Bank.

Upon arrival to Santa Barbra, we had intimate vineyard tour, wine tasting & dinner at the  Sanford Winery in Rancho La Rinconada. Renowned for its Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir – Sanford Winery is a sacred jewell that has helped put Santa Barbara and the Santa Rita Hills on the map of the world’s great wine regions.


Sanford Winery Grapvines cover over 100 acres of land here in Santa Barbra



Toyota women enjoyed a beautiful sunset and dinner at Sanford Winery


Upon conclusion of dinner, we settled into a unique retreat of “Glamping” (Glam + Camping) at the el Capitan Canyon Resort just 20 miles north of Santa Barbara off the Pacific coast. Armed with the challenge of enjoying the glory of nature in a Southern California environment, we wondered if we could experience the natural beauty of the environment in a camp-like surrounding with all the luxury comforts of SoCal we have come to enjoy and expect?



The Toyota Camry and ToyotaWomen take on “Glamping” at el Capitan Resort…What will happen next?


That’s a mission that only be answered after Day 2. See what happens next, after Day 1 of “Glamping” is complete & discover what challenges are in store for Day 2 of the SoCal #ToyotaWomen Experience….(To Be Continued…)



Curious to see what happens next?  Follow DivasandDorks on Twitter & Instagram for the latest #ToyotaWomen photos and check soon for updated photos, links and more…

Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Toyota.



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