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Crosley Vintage Radios & Jukeboxes, a Fun & Creative Way to Listen to Music

June 25, 2015 by  

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Impressive sound meets outstanding vintage design in Crosley’s tabletop radios. While they have an impressive collection of vintage radios, I was inspired by one of their simpler models, largely because red was such a retro color for kitchens way back when (and well I still have one) and because it is the closest design to the radio I grew up with in the 1970′s except for the vibrant red color of course.
What I love about Crosley is the fact that they embrace color and y’all know if you’re regular readers, that we love fun colors and designers and manufacturers who think outside-the-box. Crosley is definitely an outside-the-box kinda company and is based in of all places, Kentucky, which I “heart” because of my involvement in Louisville’s Idea Festival every year. Just like the radios of yesteryear, the on and off switch is a right/left turn dial, not a switch and the right dial controls the stations. If you care about speed to get to where you want to go, this probably isn’t for you, but if you love great design and are nostalgia in any way shape or form for old fashioned products that…

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IMO Camera Straps Are All Things Vibrant, Fun, Creative & Functional

June 23, 2015 by  

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I came across these IMO Camera straps by accident and fell in love with their design and so, of course I wanted to test them out. If you’re regular readers of We Blog the World, you know we love color, great design and products and style catered to women travelers, since so many product manufacturers limit their options to neutral colors or black. Have a look at this Classic Damask Navy option and the nice leather edging to it at the end – classy! This option also comes in a Classic Damask Brown option as well. This jacquard ribbon strap is bottomed up with neoprene which is very soft and comfortable and the length is adjustable from 40 — 50 inches. The Fashion part? Around 26.5 inches and the width is around 1.6 inches. The nyon webbing is 13 inches on each end. I also learned that they’re not a U.S.-based company, so it was cool to find a creative new discovery with a new twist in….Hong Kong!  Their tagline of sorts is: Personality + Functionality and their straps are tested to hold heavy cameras, so even though they’re gorgeous to look…

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A Wealth of Data & Cool Products at the Digital Health Summer Summit

June 22, 2015 by  

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I’ve experienced some of Digital Health Summit‘s energy, largely at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, where it has grown in size over the years and now represents some of the most innovative technologies happening in the health, wellness and medical arena. Last week, they held their Digital Health Summer Summit in San Francisco, which consisted of a full day of panel discussions, keynotes and something they refer to as Digital Health Playground, which is an expo of companies showing off their latest products. Photo credit: LearnersOnline.com The reason I’ve been so interested in digital health lately is not just because of the marketing and communications work I’ve done for HAPILABS and Kolibree over the past few years, both of which announced the world’s first in their respective categories (connected fork and connected electric toothbrush). This world obviously got me into deeper into the world of quantified self and devices that measure everything you do, from the quality of your breathe, to your sleep patterns and the steps you take every day. While I find quantified self interesting and in some cases, leaps ahead of our time, empowering individuals about their bodies in ways that…

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Embrace Sophisticated Comfort on the Road with Rockport

June 18, 2015 by  

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Rewind the clock to the beginning of my career, where I was promoting products about as far away from technology as you could get. I started in the agency world and we were known for crisis communications, retail and healthcare, so in addition to companies like McDonald’s and Bausch & Lomb, we represented Rockport Shoes although I wasn’t on the team. The Rockport team loved the shoes and wore them with pride and not just because they were a client. Bottom line, they were known for comfort back then and they continue to be known for comfort today. One of the things I’ve noticed in footwear in recent years, particularly sneakers and running shoes, is how screeching bright the colors are – neon pinks mixed with oranges, florescent greens, turquoise and hell, why throw in a little red for good measure. Unless you’re a teenager, there’s no chance in hell that they’re going to go with an outfit. You could argue that when you exercise, you don’t really care about whether your exercise shoes match your outfit, but as a traveler who has limited space in their bag on the road, you need to pack as few pairs of…

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Mack Earplugs For a Good Night’s Sleep on the Road

June 7, 2015 by  

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Anyone who has ever used earplugs over the years has probably run across Mack, at least in the U.S. They’ve been around since 1962 and have so many choices to choose from in their product line, it can get a tad confusing. Traveling as much as we do, we deal with urban noises outside our hotel windows and from neighbors when the walls are far too thin, as well as loud music, early morning maids chatting loudly through the hallways and of course, snoring. After a little digging and going back and forth with Mack’s marketing guy, I learn that many  find the moldable silicone to be the “best”.  In fact, apparently, Mack’s Pillow Soft Moldable Silicone Earplugs are USA’s #1 Selling retail earplugs and USA’s #1 Doctor Recommended earplugs for sleeping with a snoring spouse.  That said, the NRR rating is only 22, which is on the lower side as far as numbers go and yes, the higher the number, the more sound is blocked in theory. According to my source, most people report that they block noise as good or better than earplugs with higher NRR ratings while others claim…

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Heys Luggage Boasts Dynamic & Vibrant Styles With Stellar Wheels

June 6, 2015 by  

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OKAY frequent travelers, get ready for a fresh take on roller luggage! Take a look at Heys Luggage, an elegant, chic and beautifully designed brand of bags, ranging from sassy vibrantly colored bags to hard luggage and soft roller bags in a variety of sizes and colors. Frankly, I hadn’t heard of Heys before doing a nose dive into luggage brands last Fall. Serial travelers who have been on the road for more than two decades all know about the most sustainable and reliable brand at the time, Samsonite, which was pretty much a household name for luggage when I grew up in the seventies and eighties. In fact, I reviewed Samsonite back in November 2014 and reposted the same review in late April 2015 with a quick update after using their bags for several more months. The industry might be swarming with new brands today, but not all of them use high quality materials or most importantly, wheels. Note that the Heys brand takes great pride in their advanced technological wheels (they are good, I have to admit), their chic designs and fabulous colors. I couldn’t agree more – there’s nothing more boring than finding a solid,…

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Your Golden Ancestry & What To Do When You Find Your Roots

June 6, 2015 by  

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I’ve always been fascinated by ancestry for as long as I can remember, but probably moreso because as a child, I knew very little about my blood mother, who we used to all refer to as my “real” mother. In fact, story has it that she simply disappeared when I was around 2 and that little was known about her except that she was living in Florida and from French descent. I always probed – what do you mean by French descent? The response was always the same — “her mother spoke French, her father was French, they lived in Canada for awhile, dunno.” So I was left wondering whether they were French Canadian or French European, but always thought the latter and later learned that her parents and grandparents were more old school French that I originally imagined and that on my father’s side, my great grandmother who I knew personally until my teenage years when she died a ripe old age, had an ancestral past with the French Huguenots. No wonder I was so taken by the French Huguenot history and culture when I roamed through Europe like a bohemian nomad in my early twenties.

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Jockey, Great Stylish Activewear For Any Getaway Trip

June 4, 2015 by  

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I had always thought of Jockey as a clothing brand for guys in college and their early twenties and truth be told, they do serve a younger market and have primarily been an all men’s clothing line for years. Most people know Jockey for their underwear and they do offer a number of great underwear choices for men. Crikey, every man I know must have a pair of Jockey briefs. Recently on a trip to Puerto Rico, I went decked with tons of Jockey active wear and sleepwear to try out knowing that I had a number of activities lined up, from hiking and swimming to yoga and lounging by the pool. Little did I know until I did a little digging, that they offer a wide array of choices for women and while their line may have more appeal for people in their twenties, there are plenty of choices I’d happily wear, especially their casual tops, hoodies, leggings and shorts. I quickly learned that Jockey has camis, capris, jackets, pants, robes, shorts, tank tops, tees, v-necks, bras, sports bras, shapewear (since I’ve been increasing our foodie write-ups and restaurant reviews, I won’t say no), sleep…

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