Keen to Get Outside!!!

August is coming to a close and with evenings that are getting cooler, you can feel autumn right around the corner. As much as I love summer, I am keen to move on to layers and plaid. Here on the west coast, it is so dreary and wet from November to March, so now is the time to get outside to do those last few fun things on your summer bucket list.

With many lakes and rivers in my area, summer and autumn is often spent enjoying the water in some fashion…kayaking, boating, fishing or just relaxing on a floatie. My pup Beau is a huge fan of the water (however not baths so much lol) and I usually walk him along the dike most days so that he can swim. This adventure is in a canoe, which Beau doesn’t completely understand because he would prefer to be inside the water instead of floating on top of it. Poor guy…

However, Beau is game for anything as long as we are together. That’s what I love about him the most.

As with any adventure, proper footwear is key. Since I was a young girl, the KEEN Newport sandal has been what I grab for these types of activities. In fact, my whole family had a pair. I wish I had time to go through old photos to find a pic of us all in them…but I didn’t get a chance. I am sure there are a few of these gems in a photo box somewhere.

The KEEN Newport sandal was the first shoe they ever came out with 15 years ago in 2003. Oddly enough, not much has changed with the Newport since that time. They look almost the same, are as comfortable as ever and still have the classic also bungee closure. They are also still perfect for on the land or in the water

To celebrate 15 years, KEEN has brought all-new materials to the Newport. They have upcycled rice husks in the outsole and webbing made from recycled plastic bottles. What’s not to love about this!?!

In case you are wondering…Beau and I don’t always dress the same, but when we do it is cute! Lol! 

The KEEN Newport sandal isn’t just a sandal…it’s a way of life. It’s knowing you are going to be ready for any water adventure. Having a good shoe, the one of the most important things when it comes to enjoying the outdoors comfortably.

Thanks to Braedin for taking Beau and I out in his canoe on this lovely but very smoky day. I love the pics he got of us. I am definitely getting one of these printed for the gallery wall.

One of my favourite things about the Newport sandal is that you can throw them in the washing machine to keep them looking (and smelling) fresh. Beau often needs a bath for the same reasons after a day in the water.   ?

What is your favourite water activity? I really want to try to SUP with Beau. Now that he is getting older I think he will cooperate and stay on the board. Adding that to the summer fun list for next year.

This post has been sponsored by KEEN. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #KEENnewport

Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for recipes, dogs, sustainability, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.

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  1. Katie wrote:

    These pictures are too cute! I don’t think my two dogs would sit still long enough- they would jump in the water haha!


    Posted 8.28.18 Reply
  2. I love seeing the pictures from all of your adventures! This looks like so much fun and its awesome that your sweet pup got to tag along!

    Posted 8.28.18 Reply
  3. I’ve seen so many people wearing these but never thought to ask what brand they were. I love being outside, too. I’ll have to get myself a pair!

    Posted 8.28.18 Reply
  4. Annaliese wrote:

    Your hair in these photos!! I am OBSESSED! So good to have a good pair of outdoor footwear.

    xoxo A

    Posted 8.28.18 Reply
  5. the_odditty wrote:

    Your hair looks so good and those photos! 😩

    Posted 8.28.18 Reply
  6. Ash Neverson wrote:

    Oh I love your pictures!!

    Ash |

    Posted 8.29.18 Reply
  7. Deborah wrote:

    I have a tubing trip coming up and these would be perfect for that trip!

    Posted 8.29.18 Reply
  8. VarunaJithesh wrote:

    Nice and Perfect looking outfit..

    Posted 8.30.18 Reply
  9. Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew wrote:

    I love this hairstyle on you! Such darling photos!

    Posted 9.4.18 Reply
  10. ShayShayTries wrote:

    1. Cute Doggo but 2. I’m def not cut out for these sandals I live a far less outdoorsy life lol. The dozens of bikers and hikers in my town swear by these though!

    Posted 9.4.18 Reply
  11. Briana Trevino wrote:

    What awesome pictures! I so want to do this one day soon, so beautiful!


    Posted 9.4.18 Reply
  12. Those shoes are perfect for a day of adventuring! I will have to tell my brother about them, he loves being in the water. Your braid is absolutely beautiful, by the way!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
  13. Tara Liston Fuller wrote:

    Beau is such a perfect little sidekick!

    Posted 9.4.18 Reply
  14. Hannah Becker wrote:

    I love canoeing!!! What great pics 🙂 I need these shoes!!!! Beau is adorable!!! The perfect skipper!

    Posted 9.4.18 Reply
  15. Morgan Miller wrote:

    I’m not a big outdoorsy person but I always agree on having the proper footwear 🙂 Your pic are beautiful1

    Posted 9.4.18 Reply
  16. Beau is seriously so cute and adventurous! Those sandals looks amazing for outdoor activities. My aunt lives in the Amazon and they looks like an amazing gift for my little cousins that live there too!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
  17. Carly Ned wrote:

    These sandals look awesome. And I love how versatile they are – they can get wet?! Perfect for kayaking. I love kayaking as well.

    P.s- I’m in love with your pup! 🙂

    xx Carly

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
  18. First, your outfit is sooo cute! Second, I have never been kayaking and want to go so badly before it officially starts to get cooler outside. I feel like spending time in nature is so comforting to the soul! Love this!

    Posted 9.7.18 Reply