The more time I spend in a Buick
, the more I want to own one. We had an opportunity to test out the brand new 2016 Buick Enclave
this past August during a family travel adventure to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York.
If we didn’t have two kids in tow, I would have loved to be buzzing around in a blue Cascada Convertible
, which is so far, my favorite line. That said, when there’s four of you and two of them are children, the Enclave
couldn’t be a more perfect choice. It certainly was for us!
She was a 2016 model and so her gleam shone wherever we went, whether it was in a sun-filled parking lot, on a golf course (above) or on a shady street.
This car is ideal for family road trips, largely because there’s plenty of space and luxury amenities throughout that simply make your trip so easy and more importantly, seamless from smart packing and organization to navigation and technology.
Separate Back Seat & Individual Charging Stations
Unlike previous cars we’ve used for road trips including…
Of course I knew about Kensington’s computer accessories and even some of their ergonomic solutions
, which I wrote about recently
, but I didn’t realize they had anything “stylish” in their line. While they do carry useful and more functional roller bags and backpacks, they also have a chic tote which any woman would love to use for her geek gear. What’s nice about this Jacqueline LM650 Laptop & Tablet Tote fom Kensington
is that while it’s designed to fit your laptop or tablet (or both), there’s still plenty of space for other things. AND, it’s incredibly organized.
The bag is much larger than it looks and I was surprised by how spacious it was when it arrived. The full-size carry bag is made of dermal faux leather and comfortably holds up to a 15.6-inch laptop and up to a 12-inch tablet in a dedicated, padded compartment.
I had hoped it came in leather of course, but the nice thing about faux leather is that you don’t have to worry about the exterior so much if it rains. There are multiple other pockets to store your personal items including a security pocket for smartphones. A luggage…
Meet the oh so comfortable shoe company Waldläufer
(valt-loy-fer) from Germany, which is handcrafted in Europe, an important factor for many people. The design aesthetic is let’s just say a combination of sophisticated, comfortable and durable.
Waldläufer footwear uses handcrafted finishing and meticulous precision throughout every manufacturing phase, which shouldn’t be a surprise coming from a German manufacturer, since they are known worldwide for fine craftmanship and high quality products.
Their shoes are made using top quality leathers tanned with organic processes helping them to remain soft and breathable. One of the things that really struck me when the hiking shoes arrived, was just how soft and comfortable they felt, even before I put them on. Every shoe style is designed and constructed to create an optimal fit (they don’t just say this — they mean it)
and walking experience, going so far as to manufacture each model with a particular shaped foot in mind in order to create the best feel and look for each wearer.
Below is the PAM
hiking shoe I have worn four times now — they are OH so comfortable that I took them with me while I explored some of the East Coast…
No truer statement could epitomize wildlife photography than the one by Ralph Waldo Emerson below. The review of the Sigma lens below features Trevor McCall-Peat who has spent the past two weeks testing it out and here are his thoughts.
“Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Trevor: I am working with the Sigma Team to bring two aspects of gear testing together: A range of new lenses and the most testing conditions in the wild. Our challenge was to put them to work. I took some time to read up on these Sigma products and the reviews available on various sites. My excitement to try them out for myself grew with each review. Over the coming months I will be heading out into the field, armed with a variety of Sigma lenses and sharing some of my thoughts.
I have read nothing but exceptional reviews and comments about the new range of Sigma lenses, and it certainly seems as though they have done an outstanding job in accommodating a photographer’s every need when investing in a lens. Having said this, I look forward to putting all of what I’ve read about these lenses to
We have been testing out the Boostcase Hybrid Power Case for iPhone 5/5s
priced at around $99.95. Bottom line, it extends your iPhone battery and what traveler doesn’t need that? We’ve tested out a couple of brands in the past, some with marginal luck initially, and others which had better performance, but we’re always looking for updated technological advances, better battery performance and of course, fun designs and color.
The Boostcase is an innovative two-piece design that includes an ultra-thin snap case with a battery sleeve that you can attach in a single click. The case gives your iPhone 5/5S lightweight protection, while the sleeve delivers 150% more battery life whenever you’re on the move.
One of the things we loved most about it is that it’s stylish, slim-fitting AND comes in multiple colors — so many phone accessories seem to be made by men, for men. This one is eloquent and tasteful.
It’s rechargeable 2200mAh battery sleeve adds over 150% more power and easily attaches/detaches from the snap case using a patented locking system. You can switch between standby and charging with a multi-purpose play button. Like most products in its category, they…
I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of ergonomic solutions lately, largely because I spend far too much time behind a computer monitor, whether that be my external one plugged into a docking station at home, or my laptop or iPad when I’m on the road. Frankly, it’s important to have ergonomic products set up to alleviate the stress on your body regardless of where you are. We’ll be exploring some solutions that are more suited for serial road warriors at a later time but here, we’ll explore a couple of Kensington products that is designed to help you get a little more comfort at the keyboard.
Let’s start with their Kensington Monitor Stand
that uses something they refer to as a SmartFit System
. They have a couple of other options as well, which include a standard monitor stand that isn’t adjustable and extensions from the wall that can be adjusted so you can move your monitor up or down or side to side. The Monitor Stand with the SmartFit system pictured below allows you to measure where you need to sit to be the most comfortable and provide the least strain on your arms, hands, neck and shoulders and then…
How would you like to wear these lusciously luxurious and feminine Lotus Pearl Earrings
next time you head out to dinner or for a special occasion? Sterling Silver features freshwater pearls, lotus posts and floral details, finished with tiny drops of blue tanzanite. The pair is offered in Sterling Silver (my favorite as I’m a bit biased to silver given my skin type), as well as 24-kt Gold Vermeil, which is also lovely. Both sets of earrings feature freshwater pearls, hibiscus posts and floral details, finished with tiny drops of blue tanzanite and are about 2.5 inches in length.
I fell in love with the jewelry offered by a company new on my horizon, E. Shaw Jewels,
the creation of precious gemstone, one-of-a-kind jewelry designed by a mother-daughter duo in New York City. We love businesses run by women so were thrilled to learn about the all female tag team who are both artists. Eva and Elizabeth create thoughtful, precious and uniquely meaningful jewelry designs and all pieces are made in the USA. Below are the Lotus Pearl Earrings with a gold finish.
While both choices above are elegant…
If you’ve ever been into a Sephora, you may have seen the HUM Vitamin and Supplement
line on shelves. They take a personalized approach to supplements, starting with asking you to take a Hum quiz which helps you discover vitamins and supplements to help improve your skin, hair and body. After you take the quiz, you are assigned a personal Nutritionist who answers nutritional questions to help you better achieve your goals. Their products are GMO and gluten free and they tout that they’re 100% natural.
They sell products for dry skin, anti-aging, blemishes, weight issues, detox and cleanse, hair health and overall body. This is how the process works:
Take a 3 Minute Quiz: this helps them create a personal vitamin and supplement profile.
Free Nutritionist Report: Your personal registered dietitian then reviews your data and sends you a personal profile and nutrient recommendation.
Based on that report, you can purchase the supplements that you’d like to try out. Here are some of the products we are putting to the test over the next couple of months.
The 21 Day Cleanse
: It boasts digestive enzymes to help with weight control…
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