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Inner Waves Organics Yoga Gear is Comfy, Stylish & Functional

February 2, 2016 by  

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I love new discoveries of brands I’ve never heard of, particularly ones dedicated to holistic living and all things organic and sustainable. Meet Inner Waves Organics, a family-owned clothing company who caters to yoga, yogis and wellness addicts around the world. I came across a fun colored jacket on the web, which is what initially drew me to their site. They call it the Lokahi Jacket, which they’re discontinuing (it’s on the short side which doesn’t work for average sized folks), although it’s a cute fit for the petite among us. They offer a similar jacket which is a little longer in length and hangs comfortably at your waist. This super soft, jacket is made from a 100% organic French terry fabric and is designed to be worn as a perfect cover-up for after class or as a stylish, carefree, comfortable jacket, complete with flat lock seams which accentuate the cut and fit. (this was what I most loved about it btw). Their mid-way workout tops are also fun and come in four colors. I must admit, I can feel the difference in the quality of the material — the organic cotton feels…

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Harman’s AKG N60NC Noise-Cancelling On-Ear Headphones for Travelers….

January 13, 2016 by  

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We’re fans of both AKG and JBL headphones by Harman and were excited about their latest – the Everest Elite 700, which we included in our annual Holiday Gift Guide round-up this past year.  We thought we’d also look at the AKG N60NC headphones since they are noise-cancelling on-ear headphones designed with travel in mind. The AKG N60NC headphones deliver AKG superior sound while also utilizing best in class active noise cancelling to minimize the disruptive sounds encountered on everything from planes to trains. The other fabulous feature for travelers are their 30 hours of battery life, a godsend for those long flights and layovers. And, apparently when immersing yourself in your music for long stints, the N60NC can still be used in passive mode after the battery dies out. Accented with premium material such as aluminum, memory foam and leather, it is also fairly lightweight as well, another great feature for avid travelers. In addition, these premium headphones come with a 3D-Axis folding mechanism, a fully-accessorized travel package, a one button universal remote/mic cable and a USB charging cable.
The headphones reduce ambient noise especially when travelling to create


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WÜSTHOF Knife Sets in African Blackwood, a Kitchen Must Have

January 8, 2016 by  

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Over the holiday season, we discovered German-made WÜSTHOF, top-of-the line precision-forged knives for chefs and foodies alike. Truth be told, this brand is far from new. They’ve been around since 1814 passing the business down from family generation to generation in Solingen Germany. Chefs I know love them and recommend them highly so we wanted to put them to the test. They didn’t arrive in time for our holiday products deadline, otherwise we would have surely included them in our Annual Holiday Gift Guide. That said, we were able to use them between Christmas and New Year to prepare a number of dishes, from Pecorino cheese and salami platters to baked ham and turkey. All of their knives are made from full tang, high-carbon stainless steel with bolster to add balance and weight. The new Precision Edge Technology (PEtec) enhances the blades sharpness by 20%, so they’ll last twice as long. Each knife also features a computer controlled cutting edge to ensure the final edge of the blade is precise and uniform from the tip to the heel of the knife. And, each knife blade is completely buffed & polished by hand. What else is cool is that each knife…

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Paperless Post, An Elegant Way to Send Online Invites

January 5, 2016 by  

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You’ve probably all used some kind of online invite service before, whether it be to have friends over for a simple, small gathering at your home or for a larger anniversary or birthday event. Let’s be honest, not all online invites are the same. I find that just as many traditional paper cards can be “kitsh” and tacky in their sayings or design choices, so can digital cards. If you want something more elegant and high end, you’ll find that it costs more and sometimes that cost can be significant depending on how upscale you want to go. Paper cards with a bit more of an elegant twist include Minted, Red Stamp, and Greenvelope although we’ve yet to test them out. Apparently Greenvelope does digital invitations as well though more known in my northern California and New York circles, is Paperless Post. It could be because the company is based in New York and has been around now since 2009, certainly not the oldest in the space by far, but they’ve been creating momentum nevertheless. While Paperless Post helps you create both online and paper stationery that reflects an individual aesthetic, I feel that they’re more known in the online…

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Lens Gear Review: Sigma 35 mm DG HSM Art

December 26, 2015 by  

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The Sigma 35 mm f 1/4 lens is the archetypical telephoto lens that is widely used on Safari, to something a little more, well, little. In the wilderness, it’s not all about the tight close-ups of eyes, or the head-shots of beautiful big cats. Sometimes we need to take the whole landscape into consideration, or focus on the little things that cross our path. Variety is the spice of life, and today we are spicing things up with a review of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art prime lens. Nick Kleer headed out into the bush with this lens to play. Amanda Ritchie: Being used to using the larger telephoto lenses for shooting wildlife photography, what was your first impression of the Sigma 35mm? Did you do anything differently as a result? Nick Kleer: I paired the Sigma 35mm for Canon with my Canon 7D Mark II . It has been interesting using a short lens as I have never shot with one before. It has forced me to use my imagination a little more and has resulted in a few shots that I would normally not take. AR: Being a smaller lens, how did it feel out in the testing conditions


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We Blog the World 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

December 15, 2015 by  

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It’s that festive time of year again and over here, we’re gearing up for parties, events and weekend getaways. December is full of plenty of entertainment options, delicious food and wine tasting events. We’ve been keeping our eye out for interesting products over the course of the year, to bring you a fun and creative curation of gift choices for the 2015 Season. Our line up this year includes 20 Products that caught our eye from 14 brands, ranging from style, kitchen and clothing to food, gear, shoes and bags. The categories include Time Telling Favorites, Party Time, Wellness Travel, Fashion & Wear,  Adventure Wear & Gear, Practical Travel, Beauty, Wine and Technology. Time Telling Favorites include Danielle Wellington, Q&Q Smile Solar, What Watch and RumbaTime Watches. Our Party Time short list boasts the Lumina 3 in 1 Electric Fondue Set, Boos Cutting Boards, California Olive Ranch Olive Oils, the Crosley iJuke Box Premier, Vinturi Wine Aerator Sets, Sugarlands Moonshine & Candles, La Tienda Kitchenware & Food Bundles and Wine we’re loving from California right now stems from the wineries of Peju, Jordan, Cannonball, Portalupi and Angels and Cowboys. Since we will be expanding our coverage of Wellness in…

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Meet Danielle Wellington Watches for an All Classy, Elegant & Stylish Look

December 3, 2015 by  

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With leather darker than the deepest parts of the ocean, the Classic Sheffield from Danielle Wellington is a true stand out. Their watches caught our eye as we were looking for additional stylish products, fashion and jewelry to test out as we expand our Style & Wear section of the site. Danielle Wellington’s watches are beautifully elegant, whether you’re looking for a man’s or woman’s choice. What I love about their line is that they take a minimalistic approach to their design and the fact, that you can wear them at a formal event, playing a game of tennis or enjoying a sunny day on a boat or at a country club. The other great feature about Danielle Wellington’s watches are their interchangeable straps, so you can get a different look and feel easily and quickly…..and it’s light and convenient to pack additional straps rather than a couple of watches. Below is the men’s Classic Sheffield, which comes with a black leather strap, with an option for either a rose gold or silver case which is around 40 mm in diameter. The dial color is in a muted and soft eggshell white and it is water resistant up to 3…

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Learning Your Camera: Photo Tricks for the Perfect Silhouette

November 29, 2015 by  

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If one looks at the portfolios of the world’s top wildlife photographers, you’ll see that they have one common thread – variety. Conditions aren’t always perfect in the field. Difficult light, rain, un-cooperative animals that just don’t seem to face the camera when you want them to, the odd bit of grass covering the leopard’s eye… the list goes on. What is crucial therefore, is an ability to make the conditions work for you. When the light starts fading, only the best and most expensive equipment can really handle it. Entry-level and even decent amateur cameras will soon start struggling, and increasing the ISO can lead to grainy images. One doesn’t have to have $10,000 worth of equipment to be able to take great shots in low light though. Trying something slightly more artistic can get you a photograph that has way more impact than a simple animal portrait. Although there are a number of creative roads to go down in low light, I’m only going to focus on one here, silhouette photography. Still one of my favourite images this year, on the airstrip, with the rising sun behind this beautiful cheetah. Mike By ticking only a few boxes,…

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