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I Found The Perfect Winter Boots For Me And Him At Simon Premium Outlets

November 16th, 2015 by Christen

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Simon Premium Outlets through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Simon Premium Outlets, all opinions are my own.


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It’s no secret the Simon Premium Outlets have an amazing selection of stores like Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Coach, J.Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, Nike, Burberry, Vera Bradley, The North Face and more – but did you know that there are over 65 locations housing hundreds of premium stores throughout the US?


This past week, I traveled to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in search of the perfect gift for my brother. He’s one of my closest siblings and with his birthday coming up, he really deserves a nice gift.  I know that he’s had his eyes on a pair of exclusive Timbaland boots that were released and sold out almost immediately – so the challenge was to find these limited-edition winter boots just for him.  After searching high and low throughout a few different stores, I finally located the Timberland boots perfect for him.



The exclusive Timberland boots are crafted with premium Quartz leather and organic dyes. They’re the most creatively designed and chic Timberland boots to date. Over the last couple of weeks the Internet has gone nuts over the new wing boots by Timberland officially called the Icon 6” Waterproof Brogue Boot. I actually discovered the Brogue boot for the first time on Facebook and immediately fell in love with the color, intricate design and silhouette of the boot.




There’s just something about the wingtip on a chestnut-colored Timberland boot that looks and feels just right.  I fell so in love with his gift that now I wanted a pair of my own! But first, I had to enlist the shopping help of my Facebook friends.  Who says chic Timberland men’s boots aren’t for girls?  After an overwhelming response to my tom-boy Timberlands – I definitely had to grab a pair for myself!  They say it’s better to give than to receive – but I think giving a gift and buying a gift for yourself is a win-win for everyone!



Find the perfect gift this season for a loved one (or for yourself) at the closest Simon Premium Outlets location near you.  Want to score a sneak peek of VIP exclusive coupons and sales? Get social by following Simon Premium Outlets on Facebook and Twitter or visit online today.



Hey Chicago! Kick Off The Holidays With Me At Macy’s Family Fun Day

November 4th, 2015 by Christen

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

Macy's Holiday

Tis the season for merry thoughts and holiday cheer at one of my favorite stores in one of my favorite cities ever – Chicago!  Join Macy’s for an afternoon of family fun with lots of activities for the holidays. Get creative at their crafts table where you can create holiday ornaments, color, and more. There’ll also be balloon twisting and more Macy’s holiday family day fun to enjoy!  Of course, this weekend is a great time to get the jump on your holiday shopping – why not submerge yourself in an abundance of sweet holiday cheer to fuel your shopping at Macy’s?


Who doesn’t love getting the jump on a good holiday tradition?  Join me at Macy’s (State Street) this Saturday, November 7th at 2pm for plenty of jolly holiday fun!


Macy's Holiday


111 N. State Street

Chicago, IL 60602


The holiday season is upon us! Tis the season for Rudolph’s red nose and cookies for Santa! What are some of your favorite family traditions for the holiday season? Do you watch Charlie Brown all cuddled up in the living room or decorate sugar cookies to give out to friends? Does the whole family wear matching clothes and go take pictures with Santa? This is the time to share your traditions and favorite aspects of the holiday season. For more information, visit

Discover The Five Best Apps To Celebrate Your Holiday Weekend With Friends

September 3rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

Summer has barely settled in and we’re already celebrating its’ untimely end.  There’s no reason why you can’t celebrate your summer with full vigor and use a few handy apps to help you make the most of your holiday weekend.  Check out the best new (and not so new) apps that’ll help you ring in the end of summer holiday fun below!




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FLIO: Traveling this holiday weekend?  Long layovers have met their dream app in the form of this sneaky download that annihilates the need to sign into WiFi in airports, skipping right to the step of a free connection. They also throw in the added bonus of info about the city you’re in and even discounts for food and duty-free goodies.  Free on iOS



Dot: This sweet little addition to your smartphone is a whole new way to answer the question, “where are you?” and an even better way to answer “where have you been?” The app lets you plot points of interest on a map — anything from your secret picnic spot to your top bagel place to your the city street art that gives you the feels to your favorite place to get caught in the rain with piña coladas. Make your dots a series to inspire a stranger’s walking tour or to show your friends visiting from out of town all the underground, just-for-you hotspots. Free on iOS

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Anti Mosquito

Anti Mosquito – Sonic Repeller: Just in case you have a plan for a picnic or outdoor camping fun, this app could be a lifesaver.  No, this app doesn’t emit a spritz of Deet every few minutes, it claims to keep lady mosquitos (the ones hungry for humans) at bay with a buzzing sonic repeller. The Today show tested it out and, whoa, it did not work (watch the gross video here). Reviews are split in the App Store, so we wouldn’t recommend going into the great outdoors with just this. Free for iOS


YPlan: You know that friend that you don’t hang out with all the time, but when it’s time to party, you’re like, “Yo, girl, wuz up?” This is that app. But even better. It’s a going out gateway that wants to hook you up in the moment so you have a good tonight, every night. Open it up and it offers ideas and a two-tap purchase system for events nearby, happening that night. A couple coworkers and I used it to nab tickets to an after hours science museum event this week, and right this second, I could go get a flight of beer and apps (the other kind of apps) for only $19 at a brewery in my ‘hood. Free for Android and iOS



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Companion: “Text me when you get home” is a common sign off among friends after a night out, even if you regularly fall asleep before you send that dancing girl emoji/had so much fun tonight, girl assurance. In its second version but buzzy in the last couple weeks thanks to back to school, Companion is a simple app that wants to make sure you never walk home alone again by signaling to selected contacts that you’re okay. Plug in your destination, pick your people and the app will ask you if you’re okay along the way. If you don’t respond your “Companion” gets a heads up. If you need more than best friend backup, there’s also a direct line to the police. While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend walking around with your smartphone out if you already feel unsafe, this is at least a much better option than Spotify.  Free on Android and iOS


What new apps are you looking forward to taking advantage of this weekend?  Share your favorite holiday apps in the comments section below!



Holiday Hack: How To Get Family And Friends Into Decorating Your Christmas Tree

December 24th, 2014 by Lifestyle Staff

Christmas tree

how to decorate christmas tree

The holidays are about family, friends and celebrating togetherness!  One of the best parts about Christmastime is decorating the tree. But that can be such a pain to do by yourself. A great way to get the job done and have fun is to turn it into a friends and family affair with a small tree-trimming party.

If you hate the pre-holiday planning and decorating or post-holiday clean up, why not get your friends involved. (and why not start with your friends and family first?)

Watch as Christen Rochon shows us how to effectively plan the perfect tree-trimming party (read: trick your friends into decorating your Christmas tree). Watch the video below.

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 how to decorate christmas tree


How To Host A Stress Free Holiday Dinner Party At Home [VIDEO]

December 18th, 2014 by Lifestyle Staff

Now that we are officially counting down the days until Christmas, it’s time we start prepping our homes for our friends and family to arrive. But gone are the days that we are all slaving in the kitchen cooking Christmas dinner for hours the night before, just to fall asleep on our guests the next evening.

How To Host A Dinner Party

[Must Read: 3 Budget-Friendly Ways To Get Your Home Holiday Ready At The Last Minute]

Watch how Digital lifestyle expert, Christen shows us how she’s getting her adorable New York apartment ready for dining with her besties. Watch the video below.

[Must Read:  How To Get Away With Stress Free (Last-Minute) Holiday Shopping]

Now that you’ve got a few tips on how to host a dinner party (and help you through a busy holiday of hosting duties) are you ready to get ready to the holiday hosting fun with family?  What are your plans for the holiday season?  Share your favorite holiday ideas and tips below.


Three Holiday Tech Gifts That Can Help Your Kids In The Classroom

December 18th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Toys and games are sure to be on kids’ gift lists this holiday season. Many parents will hope to mix in something practical with all the fun, aiming to give a gift that can help children of any age do their best in school. With technology in common use in classrooms across the country, many parents will shop for laptops, notebooks or other devices that can help facilitate learning.

58% of students use a laptop, notebook or Chromebook for school at lest 2X per week.  

71% of Elementary school students

67% of middle school students

56% of high school students 

Would like to use mobile devices in the classroom more than they do now….

(via 2014 Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey)

With the wide range of learning tasks students tackle daily, it’s important for parents to choose devices with maximum flexibility. Windows is the most commonly used operating system in the workplace and a vast library of educational materials are Windows compatible, so it makes sense for children to learn on Windows 8-enabled devices with Intel inside. Three types of devices stand out for parents looking for computing flexibility:

HP ProBook


Smaller, lighter and more economical than full-sized laptops, today’s notebooks still pack a great deal of computing power in their compact frames. Products like the HP ProBook Notebook PC allow students to perform basic word-processing tasks, access online learning tools, and share notes and assignments with peers and teachers. Durable yet lightweight, their typical small size allows them to fit easily into backpacks and be used in classroom settings without taking up too much space.

Dell Venue


With their versatile touchscreen interface, tablets inspire creativity and facilitate collaboration among students and educators. Teachers who use tablets in class are able to personalize lessons to appeal to the learning styles and interests of multiple students, rather than approaching a lesson as one size fits all. For younger students who have not yet mastered a keyboard, touchscreen tablets provide an easy way to accomplish tasks. Styles like the Dell Venue 11 can also feature handwriting recognition, making note-taking fast and easy for older students and helping younger pupils practice handwriting skills.


2 in 1s

For older students who do more typing, 2 in 1 devices like the Lenovo Yoga or Asus Transformer provide the convenience of a notebook and the flexibility of a tablet. These devices are lightweight with a touchscreen interface, like a tablet, but can be also used like a traditional laptop through a detachable, flippable or rotating keyboard. Having both functionalities within one device facilitates creativity, note-taking and collaboration.

Not sure which of these device types might best suit your student’s needs? Consult with your child’s teacher. In many classrooms across the country, teachers are already using technology in their lessons. Your child’s teacher may be able to advise you on what type of device would best mesh with what he or she is already using in the classroom.

What sort of educational gifts are you looking to buy the kids in your life this season?  Do you  believe that educational tech gifts make the best gifts for kids or are traditional gifts more up your alley?  Share your thoughts below.

The Gifts We All Want! The BIG Holiday Gift Guide Is Here! #BigGiftGuide

December 17th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Can you believe Christmas is just six weeks away!  Have you begun your holiday shopping yet?  If not, don’t worry! The entire Divas And Dorks team has scoured stores and the internet to find the best holiday gifts (so you don’t have to!)  We’ve searched high and low for the best Christmas gifts of the year for practically anyone on your holiday list.  Looking for a nice gift for that special man in your life?  We’ve got you covered!  Not quite sure what to buy for the office exchange?  We’ve got all the gift ideas you’ll ever need this season!

We’ve got our biggest holiday gift guide EVER!  Filled with 12 huge pages of tablets, wearables, smartphones, holiday fashions, beauty and more!

Make sure to log on to, starting Thursday, November 20th – as we’ll unveil the best in unique and stylish gifts for any budget plus a chance to win some of the featured technology, fashion and more from The BIG Holiday Gift Guide below.


Gaming Guide for Kids Of All Ages (GIVEAWAY)

Watches, Bracelets, Pendants and More – Wearable Gifts For The Entire Family

Home Entertainment Gift For The Entire Family  

Quirky Holiday Gifts For The Oddball In Your Life

Smartphone gifts for Everyone on Your List (GIVEAWAY)

Easily Accessible Last minute gifts under $50


Did we mention that you should probably check back everyday?  We’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint:  Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear?  We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before!  You won’t want to miss out!)  Starting Thursday, November 20th make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!


Who’s been naughty or nice on your Christmas list?  Need help finding the perfect gift this season?  Tweet us “Hey @DivasandDorks I need your help finding the perfect gift! #BigGiftGuide”  for personalized help finding the right gift this year! 


Quirky Holiday Gifts For The Office Oddball In Your Life #BigGiftGuide

December 5th, 2014 by Christen

If you know me, then you know I’m about as quirky as they come!  Thankfully the great people at Quirky has tons of products for the quirkiest friends and family on your holiday gift list.  Quirky’s products are created and brought to life by real consumers like you and me, trying to solve real life problems.



Quirky Space Bar

Space Bar

You may have seen me talk about my office space and how the space bar has been a great addition adding space and additional power/usb support.  The Space Bar from Quirky, is a sleek desk accessory that minimizes clutter while providing additional USB ports for your computer. After a long day of work, slide your keyboard into the space below the shelf and store your office miscellany—keys, digital camera, etc.—up top. ($99.99)



[Must Read: Watches, Bracelets, Pendants and More – Wearable Gifts For The Entire Family]



Quirky PowerCurl


PowerCurl is a cord wrap for the whole family of MacBook® power adapters (Air®, Pro®, Retina®, et. al.). It makes it easy to unplug and pack up quickly, without having to untangle a mess the next time you set up shop. Its sleek, new look even features a silicone cover that keeps unsightly cords concealed. ($5.00)




[Must Read:  Easily Accessible Last minute gifts under $50]



Converge is a powerfully useful docking station that shows off your electronics while they charge. Excess cables slip in easily, stay in place, and remain out of sight. Plus, all of your gadgets face you, so you can…  ($69.99)


pivot power

Pivot Power

You know what makes sense? This. Reclaim your outlets with Pivot Power, a flexible surge-protecting power strip that bends to fit every sized plug or adapter without wasting a single outlet. That means no more plug traffic jams or blocked outlets—even those big ol’ power bricks are welcome. ($29.99)



In addition to making great gifts for others, these gifts would make great additions to your home or office as well!  Are you looking for more gift ideas this season?  Check back daily as we’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint:  Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear?  We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before!  You won’t want to miss out!)  All December long, make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!

Who’s been naughty or nice on your Christmas list?  Need help finding the perfect gift this season?  Tweet us “Hey @DivasandDorks I need your help finding the perfect gift! #BigGiftGuide”  for personalized help finding the right gift this year! 

Get Amazing Deals At The @BestBuy Holiday Shopping Event This Saturday #BBYShoppingEvent

November 6th, 2014 by Christen

Can you believe that one of the biggest shopping days of the year is just around the corner?  If you hate the long lines, aggressive shoppers and overall Black Friday shopping experience why not get a jump on your holiday gift list and save money in the process instead?  Join savvy customers in the know for the Best Buy Holiday Shopping event this weekend!


Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event


I have plenty of gadgets on my gift list for family and friends this season and I’m excited about the chance to get some major gifts scratched off my gifting list at the Best Buy Holiday Shopping event this Saturday!  On Saturday, November 8th from 1pm – 4pm Best Buy customers can preview and shop the Holiday Collection from the biggest brands including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Sony.  There will even be specialized experts on hand in-store to answer all of your questions and help you find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list this year!


Find holiday deals on the hottest gifts and get a few special treats for yourself including:


•          Get a $100 Best Buy gift card when you buy any Apple® MacBook Air 1,2

•          Get a $50 Best Buy gift card when you buy the new Apple iPad Air 2 or iPad Air 1,2


•          Purchase a 55-inch Samsung UN55H6350AFXZA HD TV (SKU 4323009) for only $799.99


•          Save $200 when you buy a Sony XBR55X850B 4K UHD TV (SKU 5005006) with a Sony PlayStation 4.

•          Select PlayStation 4 games on sale for $24.992 (regularly $39.99)

Geek Squad  

•          Get free Geek Squad Smart Device Online Setup (valued at $49.99) with the purchase of Geek Squad Protection for Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

•          Get free Geek Squad Virtual Smart TV Set Up (valued at $149.99) with the purchase of Geek Squad Protection.

•          Get 20% off Geek Squad Protection with the purchase any Geek Squad TV Installation service.

One day offers in stores only (not valid on-line)

Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event


Are you looking forward to saving big on your holiday shopping this year?  Which of the amazing Best Buy Holiday Shopping event deals are you looking forward to taking advantage of this Saturday? Share what’s hot on your holiday shopping list below!


Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


Celebrate The Holidays With A Best Buy eGift Card

December 19th, 2013 by Christen

Christmas, Chanukah, Chinese New Year…Best Buy not only has the latest in gaming, electronics and accessories – but also a wide variety of Best Buy eGift cards celebrating the holidays (no matter which holiday you celebrate.)

best buy egift card

Best Buy eGift cards come in practically any denomination that you want to send & it’s the perfect way to send joy and happiness this holiday season!

Best Buy supports events which they believe are of importance to employees, customers, and communities.  The upcoming Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year is one of those important celebrations.  For Asians all around the world, including Asian-Americans, Lunar New Year not only celebrates the beginning of the year but also the ending of winter and the anticipated arrival of spring.  It is one of the most important holidays celebrated in countries such as China, Tibet, Korea, and Vietnam.

Best Buy eGift card - lunar

This upcoming year, Lunar New Year, which is based on the phases of the moon, falls on January 31st 2014 of our Gregorian calendar.  Best Buy is helping celebrate the event with an Asian-inspired eGiftcard, available for purchase or gifting from

Don’t miss your chance. Give it to win it. Daily gift card prizes up to $10,000.  Buy any Best Buy gift card, $25 & up, then enter for your chance to win.

Best Buy eGift Card

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.




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