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The Growth of Indian Culture, Trends & Style

August 27, 2014 by  

They’re everywhere on American television, to the surprise of their compatriots. People of Indian origin have rapidly vaulted to the second largest ethnic minority on U.S. television, trailing only Spanish-speaking actors. With its influence rising, like the Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi pictured above, India is poised to become a culture and style trendsetter.
This trend can be traced all the way back the 60s, when The Beatles journeyed to India and became one of the first trendsetters to propagate such style influences as the sitar, nehru jackets and yoga, now practiced by more than 100 million people worldwide. An analysis of 106 popular TV shows, including a list provided by TV.com, suggests that 25 Indian and one Pakistani TV actor, rank only second to the 49 Hispanic- or Spanish-surnamed actors employed by this sample of TV shows. Parminder NagraParminder Nagra was one of the first British Indian actors to invade American television, starring in the medical drama ER for six years until the series ended in April 2009. She rose to international prominence in 2002 after starring in Bend It Like Beckham. Parminder Nagra who starred in the medical drama ER for six years, represents the…

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Behind the Scenes of Yoga Culture & Where It’s Heading

August 26, 2014 by  

Propelled by the vagaries of the Time Compression Ubertrend — the acceleration of life, yoga is now practiced by 200 million people worldwide, including over 100 million in India and 20 million in the U.S. In a time-compressed world, the meditative powers of yoga are now celebrated by an estimated 20 million Americans who practice this 5,000-year-old art, nearly triple the 6 million identified by a 1994 Roper poll. lululemonVancouver-based lululemon athletica, whose wares have been featured on “Desperate Housewives,” opened its first store in Vancouver in 2000, Today, the chain has 120 stores in North America, 75 of them in the U.S., and 10 stores in Australia. Shown above are the company’s popular “Groove Pants.” Here are some yoga market facts:
  • Market size – The economy has impacted the yoga market. A 2008 poll commissioned by Yoga Journal magazine found that the number of people practicing yoga had declined from 16.5 million in 2004 to 15.8 million almost four years later.
  • Expenditures – Yoga’s mainstreaming has fueled demand for fashionable apparel, similar in character to the “athleisure” trend identified with the hip-hop set. Women are realizing that yoga apparel, known for sleek design and comfortable

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Stylish Yakima Bike Racks, a Step Beyond Robust & Functional

August 14, 2014 by  

We discovered Yakima bike racks after several hours of fishing on the web and a couple of days of researching options for travelers. Since we’re doing a lot of car travel in New England this summer, we thought we’d test out a couple of bike racks and give them a spin. We’re starting with the Yakima, since we loved their variety of choices, making it a godsend for people with more than one kind of vehicle. There are various options for how you affix a bike rack to your car (for newbies) and for those who have tried more than one type, you’ll love the fact that Yakima gives you choices within each category. First, there’s the roof racks for people who like to put their bike on a pedestal but only have a car. The hitch racks go on the back of the car and albeit they can be a little pricier, they are very easy to assemble, install and load. There’s also one that connects to your spare tire and for those who have trunks, they offer racks you can use on the back of the truck to keep them securely fastened while you drive.  …

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Meet the Fun & Comfy Arcopédico Shoe Line, Ideal for Women Travelers

August 11, 2014 by  

I discovered Arcopédico recently and since I’m always on the look out for great clothing, bags, accessories, shoes and technology gear for travelers, the Arcopedico shoe line jumped out. In my research for comfortable travel shoes, I kept reading comments that suggested that they’re the most comfortable pair of shoes they had ever worn. Hmmm! Such kudos from so many people had me intrigued. Here’s the thing! Comfort more often than not, does not mean stylish, unless of course you care about design, which this Portuguese family run business certainly seems to. After browsing through some of their designs (boots, sandals and walking shoes), I realized that a lot of thought not only went into the material and the comfort, but also the way the shoe looked, right down to color choices. Ever notice how often you fall in love with a product design, a dress or a pair of shoes only to discover that they don’t come in half sizes, so it doesn’t fit quite right or it only comes in two colors, the opposite spectrum from what you want or need? Both pairs of shoes I’ve been testing out bake my feet in comfort but the…

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Ztylus So You Can Shoot Better SmartPhone Photos

August 5, 2014 by  

I just discovered the ZTYLUS, a nifty product that adds “photographic lens” value to your Samsung Galaxy and iPhone. Essentially, the fixture brings additional quality and options to your smartphone. Imagine a professional grade camera rolled into one sleek and versatile unit. The device is designed for those who have outgrown the limited capabilities of your smartphone camera but not quite willing to tote around a relatively large camera.
ZTYLUS offers the power and flexibility of an interchangeable-lens system while improving your mobile photography experience without the bulk design.
It comes with a shell that your iPhone slides into and a lens attachment. It simply affixes itself to your smartphone and within a few quick button clicks, it offers you four different lenses, each one marked by its initials.
  •  FL – Fisheye Lens
  • CPL – Circular Polarizer Lens
  • W/M – Wide Angle & Macro
Here is a video that will give you a thorough overview of all the lenses and their functions.  Though the case featured is for the Galaxy S4, the same principles apply to the iPhone case. Ideal for travelers, its a small, flexible and gives you a boat load of options with a few turns.

iStick Gives a Huge Boost to Your iPhone & iPad Memory

August 2, 2014 by  

Meet the ever so cool iStick, a new product I discovered at CE Week early this summer, that was funded through Kickstarter in May. Designed for both the iPhone and iPad, the iStick touts its claim as the world’s first USB flash drive with an integrated Apple Lightning connector. What does that mean exactly? Essentially it means more storage for your iPhone and iPad, but quickly and easily. Unlike so many gadgets I discover or get pitched or try out (and am disappointed), this is dead easy. Everyone has used a USB flash drive of course and we use them to transfer large files like photos or videos between computers. iStick claims fast transfer speed and what’s great is that it doesn’t require the Internet to work and your data is never sent through 3rd party servers. I got my paws on a 32 gig one recently and it is that simple.  Simply slide it into the bottom of your iPhone and expand your memory instantly.   iStick turns from an ordinary USB flash drive to a flash drive that is Apple MFi certified to work with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. You can transfer music…

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SCOTTEVEST Travel Jackets & Vests for Men & Women Boast Up to 24 Pockets

July 16, 2014 by  

The SCOTTEVEST SeV Lola Jacket recently arrived on my doorstep, a very soft and and lightweight jacket with 17 pockets — yes 17. It’s a great option for women travelers who want something lightweight they can pack for colder travel months. In addition to the 17 pockets, which are customized so you can pack all of your travel amenities and gadgets you need on the road, there are other great features to the jacket.   Rather than having to prioritize what will fit in the two side pockets that most alternatives offer, SCOTTEVEST jackets pockets are sectioned off inside with places to store everything you could possibly need on the road. The jacket comes in three fun colors – Sparkle (light grey), Rhapsody (purple blue), and Fluff (a bright white). The pattern is quilted honeycomb nylon outer with Polyfill for extra warmth and the interior and zip plackets are lined in contrasting yellow color. Imagine having access to things you use frequently without having to carry a bulky day bag or purse, such as lip balm, phone, camera, gloves, credit card, keys, wallet, phone, earbuds , sunglasses, pen, notebooks (inside the small PadPocket which is included) and more.…

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ScreenGuardz Pure Anti-Glare Protection for your iProducts While on the Road

July 3, 2014 by  

If you have an iPhone or iPad, it’s worth checking out the ScreenGuardz Pure Anti-glare screen protector, which features precision surface etching to reduce glare, a clear matte finish to reduce fingerprints, and extreme impact and scratch protection,  represents the best anti-glare screen protection available.. The surface of ScreenGuardz Pure Anti-glare is etched to create “ridges” that scatter light as it hits the screen. The etched surface is also naturally resistant to fingerprints and smudges. It supports the following products and is able to resist falls, thumps, bumps and hits, a great insurance against the possibility of a broken screen, the last thing you want to deal with when you’re on the road. BodyGuardz was founded in 2002, in Draper, UT. What began as a small line of screen protectors for a limited number of devices, grew into a solid organization that provides thousands of protection products to mobile device users throughout the world. BodyGuardz was recently placed on to the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in 2011.  

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