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Great Design Meets Beauty With Foreo’s Luna Mini

September 16, 2014 by  

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I discovered Forea at a consumer electronics event in New York earlier this summer and fell in love with their fabulous design – they don’t just focus on high quality performing products, but pay attention to how they’re made and how they look as well. Their LUNA face brush is designed to give you clearer, brighter and healthier-looking skin by getting rid of the dirt, oil and makeup residue at a deeper level, while not being too harsh. It also helps to clean pores out of blemish-causing impurities. The colors are also fun – pink, blue, magenta, purple and a cool gray. The Luna mini is available for around $139. We’re very curious about their upcoming toothbrush, which we’d love to test out when they release it. Have a look! Aren’t you curious as well?


Coleman Quickbeds, Perfect For Camping or as a Guest Bed

September 12, 2014 by  

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We recently tried out a standard queen blow up mattress and a single quickbed from Coleman, a brand we absolutely love!  The queen didn’t hold up to evening after evening of sleeping, however it was only around $20 and we did also test it out in the water on an upstate New York lake, so it could be the reason it didn’t hold its air. We mainly wanted to use the mattress on lakes and pools on our New England trip this summer however so we didn’t hold this mattress up to Coleman’s quickbed standards, which are largely used as real sleeping mattresses, either as a second bed or when camping. AND, for lake floating, it was perfect! Not to be used in the water and more of a solution for dry camping or in a house as a second or guest bed, the Coleman Quickbed Twin Double High Airbed and Pump Combo and it not only kept its air but was incredibly comfortable. We can actually say that it is one of the most comfortable beds you’ll ever use in a tent on the road and I’d feel comfortable putting any guest on it in my home. It…

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Add Zest to Your Sound With Jet Bluetooth Speakers by Damson Audio

September 7, 2014 by  

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The Jet is the first wireless real stereo set of Bluetoooth speakers and despite the fact that they are only 7.5cm tall, with a diameter of 5.8 cm, they emit 20 watts of power per speaker. In other words, a whole lotta sound comes from a small package, blasting out enough sound to fill large rooms. Designed in of all places Yorkshire England, Damson Audio has come out with a real gem here. I discovered them at CE Week in New York this past June and fell in love with their combined creative design and size, all of which delivers high quality sound. Touted as the world’s first true wireless stereo speaker system with a right and left channel, the two speakers can be placed as far as 10-metres apart and will communicate with each other to deliver in-sync stereo audio. Jet uses Damson’s Incisor Diffusion Technology which amplifies sound by using almost any surface you place it on, alongside a traditional driver to capture the mid and high range frequencies. They connect via Bluetooth so you can access all your favorite music from all of your smart devices. There is a built…

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A New Smart Bicycle Helmet Design With Life-Saving Features

September 5, 2014 by  

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SmartHelmet Intel Intern Aniket Borkar modeling the Smart Helmet Students at Oregon State University and Intel interns collaborated 0n a smart helmet with life-saving features. For the past half year, a group of five undergraduate students from Oregon State University has been working with interns at Intel to create a smart safety helmet for cyclists. In a perfect world, the primary function of the helmet — to detect a crash and communicate to emergency contacts — would never be used. The job of today’s bicycle helmets is to provide protection to the head in a crash. The group of interns wants to extend this functionality, especially when used with smaller children, as well as provide tests to determine if a rider involved in a crash may have suffered a concussion and requires medical attention. Viewed as a “smart helmet,” which is connected to a smartphone, the prototype uses sensors (e.g., accelerometers) to detect a crash and communication hardware to automatically dial a predefined emergency contact. Built into the helmet are above-the-ear speakers, a microphone, an LED headlamp and a 3.7V, 2600mAh lithium-ion battery. The team also created a custom logic board that incorporates…

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The Growth of Indian Culture, Trends & Style

August 27, 2014 by  

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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  

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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  

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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  

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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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