Monday, July 17, 2017

Personal Shopping the Bivouac Way

Personal Shopping- Now Made Easy at Bivouac


Are you leaving for a big trip soon? Gearing up for your next adventure? Or do you have an event coming up where you have to dress to impress?


Look no further! Bivouac is here to help with the start of our personal shopping services! We’re ready to handle all of your shopping needs to make your experience as quick and easy as possible. From offering fashion advice to selecting everything you’ll need for a successful trip, we are equipped with a knowledgeable staff that is excited to help.


What exactly will our personal shoppers do?


Firstly (and probably most importantly), they save you time. No more browsing around not knowing exactly what you’re looking for. We know how busy you are, so with the help of a personal shopper, we will pre-shop the store for you after discussing your needs and style. Then, at your convenience, we will present the items to you in-person at the store to make sure we’ve selected the perfect items for you. You can test and try on, plan out your outfits, and add accessories to complete the look.

So, what are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment with a personal shopper today and get ready to tackle your next adventure. We will help you pack and prep in no time!

Book your appointment here!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Introducing Free Same Day Delivery


Don’t have time to pick up in-store? Don’t worry - Bivouac is now offering FREE same day delivery within a 5 mile radius of the store! Whether you need a product last minute for a trip or just don’t want to deal with parking downtown, we’ve got you covered.


When you are placing your order online, enter your billing and shipping addresses. If your shipping address is within a 5 mile radius from Bivouac, a “Free Same Day Delivery” shipping method will appear.


Once your order has been received, a staff member will get in contact with you to schedule a delivery time! *You must be home to sign for the delivery*


We look forward to continuing to make your shopping experience with Bivouac as convenient and enjoyable as possible!

Learn more here




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Become a Bivouac VIP Today!

Haven’t you heard?! You can now earn points & rewards for shopping local at Bivouac!


It’s simple: all you have to do is enter your phone number next time you’re at Bivouac and you’re all set. You’ll instantly start earning points with every dollar spent. After earning more and more points, you will receive rewards that can be put towards your next purchase! See? It’s that easy!


For every dollar you spend, you receive one point. Once you earn your first 200 points, you will receive your first reward - $10 off your next purchase! Rack up even more points and the rewards increase.


By becoming a Bivouac VIP, you will also earn access to special insider deals, double point days, and much more! It’s time to start rewarding your lifestyle… become a Bivouac VIP Member today!




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Currently, you can only redeem your points on in-store purchases. If you have an existing rewards account with us and have made an online purchase, simply email us at info@bivouacannarbor.com with your name, phone number, and online receipt number and we will be happy to add the points to your account!


If you are not an existing member but want to earn points on your online purchases, follow this link to FiveStars to register. Let us know that you have registred by emailing us at info@bivouacannarbor.com and we will add your online purchase to your account.

If you’re not from the Ann Arbor area and (sadly) can’t come visit us in-store don’t fret! You can still sign up on FiveStars and order online. However, points can still only be redeemed in-store at this time. If you earn a reward and want to use it on a purchase, simply call us at (734) 761-6207 and we will happily place an order for you over the phone and use your reward.

Click here for more information!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Exploring Peru and Machu Picchu


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Peru is a hot destination right now.  The allure of visiting one of the 7 Wonders of the World is drawing tons of people to visit Machu Picchu.  When planning my trip to Peru I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I knew the main attraction was taking the classic picture on the famous Machu Picchu. Besides that one moment I didn’t truly understand how amazing Peru can be!  I definitely would say the Incan Ruins and the Peruvian food were really the highlights of my trip.


I booked my trip through nativepathstravel.com (Bivouac’s recent travel partner).  One of the perks is having a packing list curated by the professionals at Bivouac, so I knew I would be well prepared for my trip.  A couple standouts from that list are:


  • Wool baselayers (crucial for layering and for multiple day use without the smell)
  • Sunscreen (while the expected temperature only said 60 degrees, the sun is VERY STRONG because of the elevation)
  • Water Purifier (unless you want to buy 50+ bottles of water, bring a purifier and water bottle)

City Sights


I arrived in Lima at around midnight and couldn’t wait to check in to my hotel to drop by bags. I stayed in Miraflores, a vibrant neighborhood with many restaurants and bars, so after checking in I went out to explore the town.  If you want to try a local Peruvian beer my favorite was Cusquena Dorada!


My city package included private car and tour guide so the following morning I visited the archaeological museum Larco Herrera, Catacumbas at San Francisco Church, and the various neighborhoods around Lima.


For lunch we stopped at a outdoor mall overlooking the ocean, Larcomar. I had an Incredible lunch of Conchitas a la Parmesana at Popular, and for dinner I ate at Huaca Pucllana which is located at a Pre - Inca ruin site from the 5th century. The local favorite cocktail is called Pisco Sour, as the name suggests it is a sour but refreshing. I ate Alpaca and Guinea pig for the first time and I have to say, they taste like chicken. Just kidding. They are both unique and delicious though.


Planes, trains, and...boats


The next morning I took a flight to Cusco, located at 11220 feet above sea level. I met up with my guide who suggested I chew some coca leaves to help prevent altitude sickness.  


We spent the day in Cusco and visited temple of the sun or Coricancha, the ruins at Tambomachay, Q'enko with huge rock carvings, Sacsayhuaman which overlooks Cusco and is home to the Sun festival, Inti Raymi. Every June 24th, locals recreate the traditional Inca ceremony to celebrate the god Sun.  Dinner was at the MAP cafĂ© which was another highlight meal of the trip, having one of the best dinners I’ve ever had.


The next morning we travelled to the Sacred Valley, only an hour away from Cusco is Pisac.  We stopped at hillside Andean farm and I got to feed llama, alpaca, vicuna, and look at some local tapestries.  We also visited the archaeological ruins and then the local artisan market where I got to try a local delicacy of corn on the cob with Andean cheese.  The kernels are 4 times as big as american corn, and empanadas baked in clay ovens with smoky flavors.
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After, we headed to a Inca salt mine, Maras.  On our way back from the salt mines, the guide spotted potato harvests, therefore it was “Huatia” time,  which is a traditional way to celebrate the harvest by building a stone oven, make a fire inside and wait for it to go out before throwing some potatoes inside and bring the oven down. Wait for an hour or so before digging in between the stones and dirt, finding these beautifully cooked fresh potatoes.


After lunch at Pakakuna Restaurant in the outskirts of Urubamba, we took off to Ollantaytambo., the only Inca City that is still inhabited today.  Visited more ruins and went to our hotel to get a good night rest before Machu Picchu.



Next up, Machu Picchu!
We embarked on an early morning train ride to Machu Picchu, otherwise known as Aguas Calientes. We had to get off at kilometer 106 since originally planned 104 was blocked by a landslide.  We took a 4-hour hike on part of the Inca Trail and stopped at a hidden Waterfall.  (picture)Huinay Huayna. We hiked to the Sun Gate which has great views of Machu Picchu.


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My next adventure was a guided 9-hour bus tour to Puno.  We stopped at Racchi ruins climbed to a viewpoint and the Temple of WIracocha. I was definitely ready to check into Casa Andina, a premium hotel, at the end of the day.  


Last on my list was to visit Lake Titicaca, the highest natural lake in the world. We chartered a boat and toured around the lake. We  stopped to visit various reed islands and had  the opportunity to sample a freshly caught trout by a fisherman who served it with potatoes. Have I mentioned the food was fabulous?!


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By now we are at day 10 of my trip and all that is left is flight to Peru then DTW. Trips like this are so paradoxical and have a way of making me feel I was gone for so long, yet also feeling like I was there such a short time. This is why I am grateful for cameras. Taking pictures helps me remember all I did and saw, and blogging about it helps ingrain it into my memory.


To me, traveling is a way of life, but I don’t always want to take ordinary trips. Sometimes I need the wild and unknown, sometimes the luxury of a 5-Star hotel, yet don’t want to be left to totally navigate myself in a culture I am not familiar with and being surrounded by people whose language I don’t speak can at times be intimidating. This is why having an arranged trip with a local guide can make, and will make all the difference. They know the culture, language, and all the best places to go!

- AJ Davidson



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bivouac's Father's Day Gift Guide

As June comes into full swing, there’s plenty to be excited about from the weather finally starting to warm up to the school year coming to a close. To add to the excitement, we also get to celebrate those special men in our lives - our fathers! Stop by Bivouac from now until Sunday, June 18th to find him the perfect gift to say thank you! From the preppy dad to the outdoorsy (or somewhere in between!), we have the perfect selection of gifts to show him some much deserved appreciation!

The Preppy Dad
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 Treat your dad to a classic look starting with this lightweight button down from Vineyard Vines (a Bivouac favorite). Paired with a pair of premium denim from Seven for All Mankind and the Sperry Top Sider Gold Cup Boat Shoe, your dad will be ready for a night out on the boat. To finish off the look, add the Vineyard Vines Anchor Belt and one of our stylish Jack Mason watches, available in a variety of colors.

Adding Kiehl’s into you dad’s day will leave him feeling fresh with the Body Fuel, Age Defender, and Original Musk Scent!

Get The Look In-Store!
Vineyard Vines Classic Tucker Performance Shirt
Vineyard Vines Anchor Belt
Sperry Topsiders Gold Cup Boat Shoes
Seven for All Mankind "The Straight" Denim
Kiehl’s Body Fuel, Age Defender, and Musk
Jack Mason Watch

The Trendy Dad
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For the dad who’s always on the go, but still wants to look good doing it - start with a pair of premium denim from Bivouac! The Graduate straight leg jeans from AG are a comfortable and stylish fit he’ll never want to take off. For a (subtle) pop of color, try the popular Schott Bomber Jacket! A pair of Sperry sneakers and classic Rayban aviators will polish off the look.

If your dad already seems to have his style figured out, you can’t go wrong with a Swell bottle. It will keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks steaming hot for 12 hours (yes, they really do live up to the hype). Another unique idea is a package of Whiskey Stones! After a few hours in the freezer, these stones can be added to any drink to keep it cool without melting and watering it down like ice would! They’re perfect for those summer nights out on the patio.

Get The Look In-Store!
Schott Bomber Jacket
Faherty Pocket Tee
AG "The Graduate" Denim
Aviator Raybans
Detroit Grooming Co. Grooming Oil
Trixie Milo Whiskey Stones
17oz. Swell Bottle

The Outdoorsy Dad
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We have the perfect assortment of gifts for the dad who loves the great outdoors. Start with our linen Patagonia shirts that are perfect for the warmer weather with their lightweight, breathable fabric. For added comfort, try a pair of our Arc’teryx shoes and some Smartwool running socks… both perfect to keep him going on the trails. And, when there’s a moment to relax, he can string up one of our Grand Trunk Hammocks and crack open his new Yeti Rambler (which has been keeping his favorite beer cool for him all day).

Get The Look In-Store! 
Patagonia Warm Weather Wear Linen Shirt
Arc’teryx Shoes
Camelbak Lobo Backpack
Grand Trunk Double Nest Hammock
Smartwool PhD Running Socks
Smith Sunglasses
Yeti Rambler


The Michigander
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We have the perfect collection of gifts for Great Lakes lover to show some mitten state pride. From the local diehard wolverine to the Michigan craft beer lover, we’ve got a wide range of apparel and accessories to show some Michigan pride

Get The Look In-Store!
Retro Brand Michigan Sweatshirt
Michigan Awesome “Hand Crafted” T-Shirt
Michigan Awesome "Michigangster" hat
Block M Yeti

Faherty Linen Shorts

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Trip to Cinque Terre

Written by Ryan Schaller, Men's Technical


Inevitably, when Americans think of Italy, they first think of pasta, Rome, and maybe even Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love. Italy, however, has so much more to offer. Hidden among the Italian Riviera, along the western coast, lies the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO world heritage site. Cinque Terre is made up of five small fishing villages set up high into the cliffside. Last July, I was privileged enough to hike through some of the Cinque Terre trails and its imagery still remains indelible in my memory. 


I chose to stay in La Spezia, a smaller urban area near Pisa, but also close to Cinque Terre. There, I was easily able to rent a relatively inexpensive Airbnb for the week. The small city of La Spezia was a great home base complete with fantastic calzones, shopping, and even a large harbor. From La Spezia, I was able to take a train to the first village of the Cinque Terre chain: Riomaggiore. The train takes roughly 10-15 minutes and once in Riomaggiore, it’s extremely easy to transfer between the other villages of Manarola, Carniglia, Vernazza, and Monterrosso. The villages are linked together by both hiking trails and a train. The hikes themselves were relatively challenging, but being able to stop and relax in each village was a huge bonus. I started the day off around 9:00 a.m. and was able to get through all the trails save for two, opting to take the train between Carniglia and Vernazza, and from Vernazza to Monterrosso. Because of the fact that the hiking trails are set up high on the cliffside, some trails close with the seasons due to debris, landslides, etc. and when I went, I was unable to go through several trails. Nevertheless, I was extremely happy to find that it wasn’t necessary to get a guide, since the trails are full of signs and usually crowded with other hikers and tourists. A tip for future travelers: bring lots of water and plenty of sunscreen! These are two things I didn’t purchase enough of beforehand, and the consequences were brutal, especially under the Italian summer sun. Regardless, the trails offer periodic stops where hikers can beach and swim at the lower points to cool off. The villages too provided much rest and relaxation in between hikes. 


Focaccia bread, white wine, and pesto. These were my three staples throughout the trip. After finishing the day in Monterrosso, I headed to a beachside restaurant called Cantina. I ordered the pesto pasta, and although the meal was expensive for the portion I received, the quality of the food was well worth it. Earlier on in the day I also snacked on Italian prosciutto and focaccia bread, both of which were fantastic. Finally, I ended up finishing the day by watching the sun set over the Mediterranean with calamari in hand. I subsequently took the train back to my Airbnb in La Spezia that night with many hopes to return to Cinque Terre in the future. A presto Italia!


Monday, May 8, 2017

The Perfect Way to Say Thank You This Mother's Day!

Written by Alissa R. and Katie S.
Women's Fashion Employees

It’s finally springtime! With the warm weather comes sunny days, blooming flowers, green grass, and of course, May 14th, a day to celebrate the most special person in our lives - our moms!

Bivouac is your one-stop-shop for all-things Mother’s Day. We’ve gathered a few of our favorites that will be perfect for your mom, wife, or that special woman in your life. Whether she’s stylish, athletic, comfy, or all three, we’ve got something for her.




For the young, fashionable mom:




Our AG top has a light, airy feel, and won’t weigh down your wife as she chases your youngins around. It has a buttoned keyhole in the front for a little bit of a spicier look. The shirt is perfect for a day on the town or dressed up with dark jeans and our new, featured Dolce Vita 3-Strap Sandals (stylish and comfortable!) for a dinner date.



To add a more personal touch, try adding one of our delicate initial necklaces - a perfect gift that she can wear everyday. Find her initial, or get her your son or daughter's initial, complete with his or her birthstone (birthstone charms available in-store!). That way, she can have a little part of her child no matter where she goes.

Get the look here:







Wallin and Buerkle Initial Necklace In-Store Only

For the active mom who’s always on the go:


Our Patagonia dress is light, breathable, and a thin cotton material to whisk away unwanted summer sweat. It’s perfect for days sitting outside on the patio, or even athletic enough to wear on the go. Dress it up with nice sandals and a sweater for a perfect date night outfit! 

Our Kavu Rope Bag is perfect an active day, whether that means taking a day trip through Nichols Arboretum or a day of running errands. With an adjustable shoulder strap and multiple, easy to access pockets and components, this bag is comfortable and functional without sacrificing style.

Get the look here:


For the yogi mom:


Any yoga-obsessed mother or wife will love a new yoga mat, paired with our adorable, embroidered Prana yoga bag. It will be easy for her to carry her mat to and from the studio. It might even make it easier for her to convince her to go to a yoga class with her!

Get the look here:



For the mom who deserves a moment to relax:


Our moms and wives deserve a day off every once and a while, since we know how much they do for us each and every day! Bivouac has the perfect assortment of gifts to treat your mom to a relaxing day off. Pair one of our Voluspa candles with a set of matches for her to take a deep breath with one of her favorite books or a glass of wine, poured into our popular Jac Vanek wine glass! She will thank you!

To add onto her day of relaxation, Kiehl’s is a go-to. Whether it’s the popular Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask or some Creme de Corps Body Lotion, you can’t go wrong! Add some Kiehl’s products into the Vineyard Vines Makeup Bag for a perfect pampering kit.

Get the look here:



Decorative Matches In-Store Only

Vineyard Vines Makeup Bag In-Store Only

Assorted Kiehl's Products In-Store Only



And finally, the most important thing to give your mom this Mother’s Day is a huge “Thank You!" We have the perfect cards to say thank you for everything, from dealing with our meltdowns to supporting us along the way.

Flair and Paper Greeting Cards In-Store Only







Monday, May 1, 2017

Hiking the AT With Joshua Tree

Written by Natalie Burr, Women's Technical Employee

Before I left for the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail less than two weeks ago, I picked up a couple last minute items at the Bivouac. These were mostly small things that I hadn't put much thought into, unlike the months of planning that I took for most of my gear and my itinerary. Among the little things I picked up were the Joshua Tree climbing salve and SPF lip balm, two additions to my gear that have proved essential so far. I started using the lip balm right away, and the difference was instantly noticeable. Going from the cold and dry Michigan weather to a humid Georgia winter should have made my lips get chapped and crack easily, but they actually felt softer compared to the previous lip balm I used.


My first night on Springer Mountain, the temperature dipped below freezing. Still, I woke up able to smile and talk with the other hikers I met without splitting a lip or even feeling like my lips were chapped! That first morning was also when I tried the climbing salve for the first time. In the store, I was enticed by the climbing salve's mild but herbal scent and by the short list of easily recognizable natural ingredients (all of the Joshua Tree products are all organic, and the headquarters recently relocated to Michigan so you're buying local - as if I need another reason to love these products!). Trying out the climbing salve didn't disappoint. The company recommends using the salve to moisturize and soften calluses, typically for rock climbing, but that didn't stop me from covering my hands with the salve where my trekking poles were giving me hot spots. In the coming days, I used the salve for the chafing around my hips from the belt on my 30+ pound pack, and of course, to give my feet some TLC while they toughened up. Despite the small size of the salve, I have yet to run out - a little dab of it goes a long way. Joshua Tree Skin Care also offers a huge variety of salves targeted to different activities, so you can choose from cycling, gymnastics, music, water sports; they even have salves tailored specifically to paddling activities and for pets! Check out the variety here: http://www.jtreelife.com/collections/salve


Using the climbing salve and the mountain mint SPF 15 lip balm has made the past two weeks that much easier, making skin care a big category to add to the list of things that I don't have to worry about on the trail! I've gotten several other hikers hooked on the climbing salve, too, and when I run out of mine, I can't wait to start trying all the different Joshua Tree Skin Care products available at the Bivouac! The selection of Joshua Tree products on the website can be found here: https://www.bivouacannarbor.com/joshua-tree.html

Happy Trails!


Monday, April 3, 2017

How to Travel Light Without Sacrificing Style

Written by Krysia Hepatica
Buying and Marketing Manager

I don’t want to brag or anything, but I pride myself on being an expert in traveling light. I managed to travel to Paris for 10 days and only brought a carry-on. Getting everything I bought back home was a bit trickier, but manageable! I know, you are probably thinking, well, sure if I left half of the stuff I wanted to bring behind, I could pack light too. Not the case! I am in no way, shape, or form skimping on my essential luxuries when I am heading to the Fashion Capital of the World! Packing light is about choosing the right items to pack and being efficient.


TSA Approved


I am a self-proclaimed skin care addict. I blame my mother. She was always buying the newest skin care products from one of cosmetic counters at Hudson’s when I was growing up. I have a specific product for every use, like Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream for the morning, and a different product at night. Of course, traveling with large, clunky skin care products is a pain, and against the TSA regulations. But, I manage to fit everything I need into my TSA approved 3-1-1 bag because I fill several small 0.5 to 3 ounce containers with all of my favorite things.


Luggage


I have a few pieces of rolling luggage I alternate using depending on just how minimalist I can be. Most airlines require your carry-on to be 22” or less.


My current favorite is The North Face Rolling Thunder. It’s small, a mere 19”, but a work horse. The rugged exterior can handle the perils of travel and being tossed into all potential modes of transportation, planes, trains, and automobiles.The pull handle glides smoothly and is designed so smartly that when it’s full, it stays upright; it does not tip over. It also has a concealed zippered pocket on the top that I put a small umbrella in and just leave there, because getting caught in a downpour may make your trip slightly less than fantastic.


Fo my personal bag, I usually carry an urban backpack, or an oversized black tote. Both fit my flying essentials:


  • Makeup bag
  • Earbuds
  • Eye mask for in-flight napping
  • Kindle or book
  • Snacks


How To Pack


I usually wear my heaviest shoes and layers on the plane so I don’t have to carry them, and let’s be honest, the plane is usually freezing cold! The bulkiest items I am not wearing on the plane get rolled as small as possible. It sounds counter-intuitive, but rolling causes less wrinkling than folding. The exception, of course, being business suits.* I then start filling them into the perimeter of the suitcase, and put shoes in the middle stacking as flat as I can. I then place everything else in any open spaces; it’s like Tetris for travel!


Accessories




I also always fit in a pack towel because if you do any wash in the hotel sink, wringing the item out in the microfiber towel will cut down significantly on drying time.


If you are going to another country, you may need to bring along adapter plugs so you can use your electronic devices. You may or may not need a converter (converts 220 to 110 volts). If you are bringing electronics like a smartphone or laptop, your charging cord probably accepts both wattage (double check!) But if you are bringing a hairdryer, or other small appliance you will need a converter.


If you are bringing bulky items that won’t be useless if wrinkled like a down jacket, compression bags are awesome.


Again, rolling your white dress shirt or suit* will wrinkle it into oblivion, so use a packing folder to keep it pressed.

Little Luxuries


If you are away from home on business, you may want to bring a few comforts. Lole makes a wonderful travel yoga mat if you can’t image skipping practice. It’s thin and lightweight and meant for use on a carpeted hotel floor.


A small scented candle can also make it homey. I love Voluspa’s Pomegranate Blood Orange for a fresh and uplifting fragrance.


Don’t forget to pack your Joshua Tree’s Shimmer Lip Balm, made with natural and organic ingredients. It has a hint of tint and shimmer while still hydrating your lips.

Bivouac specializes in travel apparel and equipment. Whether you are hiking Peru or sightseeing in Europe, you can find everything you need and expert staff to help outfit your adventure.