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California Road Trip Style Giveaway ($750 value)

There’s really nothing like a California road trip, it’s one of my favorite times to try new cars and take in the scenery. After a big week in LA with Extra TV and Sunglass Hut, James and I took a road trip to Palm Springs in the new 2018 Lexus GS 350 F Sport.

Nic + Zoe, Instax + Ray-ban giveaway!

Going back to my Boston roots, I packed some new pieces from Nic + Zoe who do casual chic so well. Cool and comfortable is my go-to when doing any road trip as well as sunglasses. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite road trip must haves and doing an Instagram giveaway.

Up for grabs is my entire Nic+Zoe outfit, Sand Dune Cardi sweater, Laid Back pants and Stripe Mix top, Ray-Ban Blaze Aviator and the Instax Mini 70 instant camera + film connected to my new Pretty Connected ‘Lara’ camera strap, ($750 value) on Instagram!

Sorry guys, dog and car not included!

Rules: Open to US residents only, all local state and federal rules apply. Winner will be picked at random April, 20th 2018. Head to instagram.com/prettyconnected to officially enter. Good luck!

More on the 2018 Lexus GS 350 F Sport:

When it comes to cars, I’m more of a comfort gal. My boyfriend can attest that this ride has some fury under the hood and handling that makes canyon carving fun. Since we were driving in LA and Palm springs, a desert roadtrip was in order. So its fair to say that this car strikes a nice balance between comfort and excitement.

It is such a smooth ride but when you change it from eco mode into sport, the instrument panel changes, as if the car has been woken up and is ready to break some rules. There were more than a few times when we took off and tested the claimed 0-60 time of around 4.5 seconds. The F sport adds quite a bit of performance with a growling 5.0L V8, tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and while we didn’t try out the base model, this one kept us giggling with its acceleration and tight handling. With the paddle shifters in Sport mode, its truly a joy to drive on the open road.

The interior is simple and refined and roomy enough to cart around all of our belongings without much hassle and it comes with the suite of safety tech you would expect – lane departure, warnings and the like. The controller for the infotainment system is a bit awkward and hard to use while driving, I hope that they update that design soon.

I loved everything about this car and the only thing that we disagreed on was the look of the front – for some reason James is very opposed to large grilles on cars, and this one has the ‘spindle grill’. But personally, I like it.

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