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3 Reasons to Stay Cool in Knockaround Shades!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knockaround Sport Premium Sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only choose three things to have with me, I can say that sunglasses would definitely be one of them.  A pair of shades are a necessity in my life since they are great for days when I don’t feel like putting on eye makeup or making eye contact with strangers. 😉  Plus they make me feel stylish and fabulous when I’m trying to accessorize. 🙂

So I was really excited to try out the new Knockaround Premiums Sport sunglasses because I most definitely never go for a run without grabbing a pair of sunnies. Here are three reasons why you’ll love them, too!

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  • Cool Colors – The Knockaround Premium Sport collection comes in all types of rad colors to match all of your cute athletic wear – and, of course, athleisure wear too! 😉 I tried the Aquamarine/Fuchsia combo and they were just right for summer activities like hangin’ by the pool and running in the bright sun. But don’t worry, they come in all black too in case you like to roll around Men in Black style. 🙂

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  • Comfortably Cool – Not only do they come in sweet colors, they fit comfortably and stay put during long, sweaty (Japan Summers can be rough) runs and workouts. I didn’t have any issues with them sliding or moving around during any of my activities.  They also didn’t feel too tight/loose or like they were digging into my face/head.

Cool Cost – The main thing I love about Knockaround shades is the cost!  I love wearing sunglasses, but I’m not always the best at keeping up with them.  Plus, I like to keep a couple of pairs in my car and in the house so I’m never without my shades.  So at $20 a pair, it’s pretty affordable to have a decent collection. *Keep reading, for a special code. 😉

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And just in case you’re into tech and specs, I’ve included those here for your reference! (*directly from knockaround.com)

  • Glossy aquamarine frames
  • Fuchsia K logos
  • Aquamarine rubber nose pads
  • Polarized fuchsia mirrored lenses
  • Super lightweight polycarbonate material
  • UV400 protection
  • FDA approved impact resistant lenses with laser etch logo detail
  • Protective pouch included

Still unsure?  Well, I’ll also throw in that these sunny guys also survived a brutal climb up and down Mount Fuji!  So if they can hold up while hiking the highest peak in Japan, then they can probably survive any activity! 🙂

Ready to try them out?!  Use code “Bibraveknocks3” for 20% off your order!  But hurry because this code expires soon.  Also, join me on #Bibchat on Twitter on October 8th for your chance to win your very own pair! 🙂

Overall, I love my Knockarounds for pretty much any activity.  I’ll probably grab some in a couple of other colors to keep it classy.  I do recommend to keep them stored in the handy pouch that’s included or else your lenses will get scratched up or worn out looking.

For the record, the other two things I would bring on a deserted island: a person good at building boats and a large supply of margaritas. 🙂

~SM

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From Japan with Love

You may have noticed that the scenery has changed a bit in my pictures and that’s because it HAS! That’s because a few months ago I relocated from sunny Southern California to The Land of the Rising Sun (seriously, the sun rises crazy early).

So I thought I would share what I’ve been up to and what I’ve learned over the last few months!

Trains are the way of life.  I’m still trying to navigate the train systems – like figure out if I need to be on a local or express train.  I had never been on a train before living here, so this has been quite the experience.  There is also train etiquette – everyone is pretty quiet and you don’t invade other people’s space.  They are also very clean!  This is kind of surprising since public trash cans aren’t as common as they are in the U.S.

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Noodles are on every corner.  You won’t find many drive thru fast food restaurants here with the exception of a McDonald’s here and there, but you will find sushi and noodles spots everywhere!  And ramen is amazeballs here!

No drink refills.  Unlike dining in the U.S., you will have to pay for each cup of soda in most restaurants.  But you will get unlimited water and many places have pitchers of ice water right on the table!  Also, there is no tipping and the servers rarely check on you because they want you to enjoy your meal without being interrupted.

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Treats are everywhere!  While we are on the topic of food, you will also find donut shops, ice cream, pastries, crepes, etc. on almost every block.  Sweets are a big deal here and it’s all delicious!  You will also find KitKat bars in all types of flavors like wasabi and wine flavor!

Starbucks isn’t the same.  You will find Starbucks all over Japan, but their drink options aren’t quite the same as they are in the U.S. (no pumpkin spice lattes here) 😦 And the drinks are also a little sweeter than they are back home, but I’ve tried some interesting flavors as well like the Almond Milk and Granola Frappuccino!

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Vending machines.  Speaking of coffee, you can find it in any vending machine.  Cold or HOT!  That’s right, you can get hot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate right out of the vending machine!  And you literally can’t walk more than 10 steps without passing a vending machine in Japan.

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Toilets.  Toilets are either really fancy or really primitive.  😉

Playgrounds.  The parks in Japan are unlike anything you’ve ever seen!  So much larger and complete with streams, bouncy areas, zip lines, roller coaster slides, etc.  Even the adults have a great time!

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Manhole covers. You can find art everywhere you look, including the street!  Even the manhole covers are beautifully painted!

Nature.  You really don’t have to go far to appreciate the nature in Japan!  There are gardens everywhere, beautiful forests, and the trees are so unique and gorgeous!

Temples.  Temples are everywhere and they are quite sacred so do as the locals do as respect the grounds.  Also visit the Big Buddha! It looks just the way it does in the history books!

Narrow Roads.  The roads are pretty narrow here which takes some getting used to…as well as the whole driving on the left side of the road deal.  There’s also tons of pedestrians so you gotta watch out for people riding bikes and crossing the street.

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Tokyo.  Tokyo is enormous.  There are so many different districts and things to look at…you could easily get lost for days in this city.  Harajuku has some pretty amazing shopping spots and the architecture is unique and beautiful!  Shibuya Crossing (Pedestrian Scramble) is insanely busy and a great place to sit and watch all the traffic!

The people.  The people here are so friendly and many will try to speak as much English as they can when speaking to you. They are so polite and will help you if you are lost!

I’m still adjusting to this new life, but trying to enjoy the ride. 🙂  Stay tuned for more updates on Japan and I will continue to share the SWAG as much as I can!

And continue to enjoy the view! 🙂

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Have you been to Japan?  What was your favorite part?

I’m off to explore!

~SM

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