Road Testing The Kia Forte

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Driving: 2015 Kia Forte EX ℅ Drive STI

Kia totally made my trip to California last month. They loaned me a brand new 2015 Kia Forte EX to cruise around Los Angeles and road trip to Palm Springs with. I like how sleek this car was for us. It had “welcome lights” like the Kia K900 I drove in December. Emily got a kick out of the lights illuminating automatically as soon as you approach the car. I used the sun roof while Emily drove to get some sick road shots. I just stuck my hands up and clung to my phone for dear life. Check out our sun roof shots below along with a bonus passenger seat shot.

We took advantage of the ventilated seats when we got hot and then the heated seats when we got cold. Lol the weather was very up and down. The steering wheel is also heated in this bad boy. Pretty much the only thing I disliked about this car was the stereo system. I like to connect via bluetooth and with the other cars I’ve been driving they usually reconnect automatically to my phone when I get back in. No matter what I tried, it was always on radio default. Plugging your phone in directly to the car circumvents this issue though. As always the backup rear camera is indispensable, the car letting us know we needed gas totally saved our butts. Along with the navi to tell us where to find the closest one. We got really great gas mileage out of this car for all the driving we did. Started with a full tank and only filled up twice I believe. The Kia Forte starts at $15,890.

photos by Emily Malan and myself

Thank you to Drive STI for the car loan! All opinions are my own.

We Could Go

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Wearing: Open Stitch Tunic Sweater via Express | Monki Faux Leather Shorts | Isabel Marant Bekett Calfskin Velvet Leather Sneakers

My travels always seem to begin with three words…”we could go”. Why not? Palm Springs has been on the list for a while and I’m happy that I got to check it off. I hope to go back soon, it’s a very charming place. Plus it’s home to the best pancakes I’ve ever had in my life. I have a few more outfit posts to share from our adventures there, just trying to space it out. Give you guys a little variety. I can’t believe we’re almost through February already. I’ll be leaving for Austin in 3 weeks. These are the most up in the air plans I’ve ever had in that I don’t have a return ticket yet haha. But I’m so ready!

photos by Emily Malan

Set In Stone

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Wearing: Marled Open Stitch Tunic Sweater via Express (similar, similar) // Monki Faux Leather Shorts // Isabel Marant Scarlet Leather Suede and Calf Hair Wedge Boots (black, black)

Hope you’re all having a lovely Friday. Aren’t we all so blessed to have received Drake’s latest album last night? Twitter made it even more fun of course. It’s been on repeat ever since. Here are some more Joshua Tree/Palm Springs shots. In the moment shooting, I was so happy to put on this sweater as it was a little chilly, I didn’t realize I didn’t properly change-up my look from what I wearing before hand. That’s what I hate about shooting multiple looks in one day. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do though. I do love this sweater. It’s a fabulous red and you can’t go wrong with a chunky knit. It’s still really wearable in Miami too because it’s open knit.

P.S. Only one more set of rock photos :p

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photos by Emily Malan