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

October 16th, 2012 by Christen

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.        

Mission Impossible: SoCal #ToyotaWomen Experience (Day 2)

October 8th, 2012 by Christen 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

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.

Customize Your Summer In The City With The Toyota Prius C!

June 27th, 2012 by Christen

We take "Fun" SERIOUSLY...

On June 21st & 22nd – bloggers, readers & friends embarked on a Summertime journey to take on Coney Island and Six Flags Great Adventure theme park. Driving the 2013 Toyota Prius C… This is our #ToyotaFun story…  
TOYOTA FUN at Coney Island

TOYOTA FUN at Coney Island

Thursday's heatwave continued with highs in the 90's and there was no better place to be than the beach! The Toyota Prius C tossed up great gas mileage in the city (up to 53 mpg) while coasting on the highway was comparable with up to 47 mpg.   Waking bright & early, there were only a few things on Friday's agenda... fun, Fun and more FUN! Hopping in the ‘Habanaro’ colored Prius C was surprisingly quick, easy and fun! See, you had myself (a 5’10”, long-legged driver) alongside three passengers of all widths, sizes & lengths fit comfortably inside of a compact city hybrid – that just doesn’t happen (outside of television commercials anyways…) While en route to the New Jersey Turnpike – headed to Six Flags, the real Prius C lessons were learned by drivers’ trial & error. LESSON 1: Explaining to an State Trooper that you’re driving over the speed limit because you’re odometer is in KMH vs MPH won’t save you from a ticket. I did not, (I repeat) DID NOT get caught speeding by a New Jersey State Trooper. However, driving at 220 KMH while trying to convert KMH to MPH is asking for a speeding ticket & one way ticket to jail. Somehow, I'd been driving the first full day in KMH but after realizing that the Prius C has an abundance of customization in it’s dashboard system, pressing & holding the “Trip” button on the steering wheel made it easy to switch from KMH to MPH (of course having that option is cool simply because you never know when you’ll need to monitor your KMH speeds in the US…LOL). LESSON 2: LIFE IS BETTER WHEN IT’S ENTUNE… From searching for a local Chick Fil La to listening to Pandora stream though your car speakers, Toyota’s Entune system let’s you connect with your vehicle in a whole new way.     LESSON 3: A TECHIE’S DREAM HYBRID… The Prius c comes decently equipped with features you might not expect in a sub-$20,000 car, including Bluetooth, hill start assist and USB inputs. With a 3.5-inch screen that serves as your control center in the instrument panel, it depicts the typical trip computer that hybrid drivers will recognize, including a graphic to show whether your driving style is using engine power or electric power, or if it's recharging the battery. The Prius c also features a new driving "score" to show how efficiently you're driving.   All in all, the experience opened our eyes to the efficiency, style & the fact that owning a small compact hybrid like the Toyota Prius C doesn't limit your adventures, it actually allows you to create new ones that perfectly fit you!
Toyota Prius C At Six Flags

Toyota Prius C At Six Flags

If you could go anywhere in the world in a Toyota, where would you go?

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 Toyota. #ToyotaWomen #ToyotaFun    

Divas Drive In Heels: A SoCal Experience With The Toyota Camry SE

June 20th, 2012 by Christen

It's been two weeks since I've enjoyed the sunny weather of Southern California, all courtesy of Toyota! The beautiful beaches, delectable dinners & fabulous fashions of Beverly Hills are all but a distant memory until next time. As a member of the Toyota Women's Leadership Influencer Network (TWIN), I got the inside look & input on Toyota's social media, philanthropic & diversity initiatives.

Did you know that Toyota is leading the way in efforts to create a pleasant shopping process by making the shopping experience more desirable for women. Think about it. When was the last time you've been to a car dealership? As a woman, did you feel "looked over"? Were you asked "Where's your husband?" or "Is He going to need time to make the decision?" During the Toyota TWIN experience, women bloggers from across the country were brought together to discuss the buying habits, expectations, fears & triumphs of women consumers. As the discussions carried from the classroom to the road, we learned about Toyota's long-standing commitment to making it's shopping experience social, seamless and flexible for it's consumers.

During the ride & drive experience at Toyota's North Campus in California, I had the opportunity to speed through the streets of LA in a variety of Toyota vehicles. One of my favorite experiences included the (ever so matching) Toyota Camry SE.  Designed to fit you and your 21st century lifestyle, check out my behind the wheel Camry SE experience below...

Are you interested in your own Toyota driving experience?  Check out soon the latest in Toyota Driving Experiences coming to a town near you or visit your local Toyota dealer today!

What do you like/dislike about the car buying experience?  How would you like to see dealers and brands cater to you (the consumer) better?


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 Toyota. #ToyotaWomen    

Divas Drive In Heels: Toyota Has Something For The Ladies…

June 5th, 2012 by Christen As you know, we know a thing or two about cars and how women feel about them!  From the buying process to the styling process - we try to keep you up to date with the latest automotive news from technology enhancements to lifestyle partnerships and beyond.  Naturally, the good folks at Toyota values the female consumer and enlisted to be apart of the Toyota Women's Influencer Network.       What is TWIN?  TWIN is a cool new advocate discussion group focused on cars, car shopping, driving, and the Toyota brand. Toyota has been part of many major milestones in our lives, from our first family road trips, to getting our driver's license, to buying our first car. Toyota wants to hear about your experiences, learn from your history, and know what you think about their brand. And their cup holders. And their interiors. And what's under the hood. And technology. And going green, saving money, family fun, vacations... pretty much everything about cars, car shopping, driving and what's important to you. We know you have opinions to share, and we're here to listen! While at TWIN Camp this month in Los Angeles, CA we'll get the latest in style and technology news from Toyota as well as have a few exciting opportunities for our readers to get to know Toyota in a new and exciting way! Want to keep up with the TWIN experiences as they happen?  Be sure to follow the #ToyotaWomen hashtag on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to see all the exciting behind the scene events & more! TOYOTA TWIN PRIUS V

Toyota Prius c brings Hype Machine’s Fast Forward to Brooklyn Bowl! Music, Bowling & Fun!

May 23rd, 2012 by Christen

  The Toyota Prius c and Hype Machine are throwing the first-ever Fast Forward event at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. In just one night, you'll check out a lineup curated by StereogumGorilla Vs. BearI Guess I'm Floating, and Consequence of Sound; a special DJ set from Awesome Tapes From Africa; plenty of Prius c fun, and still have time left over to bowl a few frames. Free event to all attendees! Hype Machine's Fast Forward is the best way to sample music that bloggers are talking about, fast.  

RSVP HERE:  Get there early for the swag! First 150 guests receive League Night gift bags courtesy of Toyota Prius c!




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