We used to do a lot more book reviews here than we have recently, largely because I haven’t had much time to read and it needs to be relevant to where WBTW is heading, which is all about having balance in our lives when we travel. Mindy/body/spirit balance is key to longevity and key to happy days on the road, particularly if you travel often. Here are five great finds, some newer than others, but life lessons are timeless. Let’s start with a new author I recently discovered in an OLD bookstore in New Hampshire
on our trip back east this summer: Skye Alexander.
The Best Meditations on the Planet
By Dr. Martin Hart
and Skye Alexander,
think of this book as your own personal encyclopedia of specific meditations for physical, emotional, and spiritual health and healing. They offer 100 techniques to beat stress, improve health and create happiness in just minutes a day. A lot of people avoid meditation because they think there’s ‘something’ to learn, or they won’t “get it”
fast enough, or they’re too busy or too frustrated when they start to meditate and start to get antsy real quickly. I’d fall into the latter category more than the others…
Meet the ever so comfortable Aetrex Shoes
, where you can literally feel the difference in every step. We wore a few pairs of their sandals frequently out on a recent trip back east, putting them to the test on the trails of New Hampshire
as well as on the streets of Newport Rhode Island,
which included walking down many uneven cobblestone streets that New England is so well known for.
Let’s start with the Danika Laser Cut Slide Wedge Sandal
, which comes with adjustable straps, a forefoot elastic for extra stretch, an adjustable double band slide, the Aetrex Healthy 3 (will explain this in a minute) and its bottom is a lightweight cork sole. The key word here is lightweight and it really is super light
, which is a godsend for avid travelers. The other thing we love is its short 2 ¼” heel. They were perfect for me during our sailing lessons in Newport
and I’d typically only recommend a flat footed rubber sole for a boat. With the easy to remove straps, I could easily kick these on and off but their durable soft soles that have good traction worked in this case and…
Since we’re planning on expanding our technology coverage on the site in the upcoming months, from mobile and gear to laptops, cameras and more, I thought I’d get a sense of what’s happening on the monitor scene lately as there have been so many advancements and for the first time in years, I missed CES this past year.
I’ve never used any of Acer’s products, so thought I’d start with one of their flatscreen large external monitors to see how it performs, particularly with clarity and vivid colors in mind. After all, when I return from a trip, what’s the first thing I do? Edit photos and upload, so having my photos really pop from the screen is a top priority.
The more photography I do on the road, the more important it is to view those images on a monitor that truly makes them shine. We opted for the Acer XB270HU
to start with for a myriad of reasons. First, I wanted a monitor that was at least 27 inches, preferably 32 inches, which is a great size for an external monitor, especially if you’re keen on watching movies or doing anything in the creative…
Isn’t it true that we tend to feel better when we spend time in a sunny environment. Sunshine gives us Vitamin D and C and boosts our energy levels, lifts our moods and helps us perform at our best. That said, we need to be careful about over exposure and make sure we’re always plastered with SPF.
When you travel between time zones, days and seasons, simply put — you just don’t get enough light. Introducing a cool new product we tested out recently called The HumanCharger,
which gives you UV-free, blue-enriched white light when you need it most.
Historically, humans are designed to rise and fall with the sun but when we travel, we extend our days, live through our nights and gallivant across the globe. Our natural body clocks are at odds with modern routines. As a result, energy levels dim, moods flatten, and our minds have to fight through a fog.
Scientist and engineer Juuso Nissila
and Antti Aunio
launched Valkee Ltd
to fight through the long, dark winters of their home in northern Finland. Inspired by our brain as the central ‘mood’ system and our body as the timekeeper, Human Charger –
I recently discovered a wonderful sterling silver jewelry line that offers a variety of fun and diverse pieces, from statement chokers and elegant necklaces to bracelets, earrings and rings. What’s unique about these guys is their diverse offerings – you’d be hard pressed not to find something you fall in love with from their line. I find that most jewelry lines stick to one style, whether that be quaint and elegant or bold and loud — Sterling Forever
I don’t know about you but I don’t like being pigeonholed into one style or another and sometimes I’m in the mood for a more delicate look (when I’m traveling in New England for example) and sometimes I opt for a bolder look when I’m on America’s west coast or in southern Europe. Rarely do I love so many pieces from one line, so hats off to Sterling Forever’s designers and curators. I’m impressed!
Let’s start with my favorite, their Turquoise-Studded Choker
. I was surprised at the weight of this sure to turn heads
statement piece; wearing it made me feel like I owned any joint I walked into. Why? The first time I wore it was at…
Every time you have a facial, you might find yourself wishing you had one of those anti-aging machines they use on your skin to get a smoother, less creased look, particularly around your eyes and mouth area.
A void in professional, at-home solutions for hair removal and face care, prompted Home Skinovations to expand on their product line which resulted in the launch of a Home Pulse Light technology line of products from Silk’n, including the Silk’n Hair Removal Device, the first at-home light based hair removal device approved by the FDA and other energy-based medical beauty and wellness devices for enhancing facial appearance, body aesthetics, wellness and vitality, all in the privacy of your own home.
Since the launch of its first product, Home Skinovations, added innovative light, RF and LED based products, including Silk’n FaceFX, an Anti-Aging device, and Silk’n Blue, a blue light Acne device, both of which we tested out at home.
FaceFX is an at-home solution that aims to provide longer term skin rejuvenation results. It has been clinically tested and its goal is to improve crow’s feet, lines under the eyes, cheeks and virtually any other problem area
I discovered a great new skincare line that is great for anti-aging from Osmotics Cosmeceuticals
. We tested out a few of their products, my favorite one being their Blue Copper 5 Prime Instant Exfoliating Facial.
Blue Copper 5 Prime Instant Exfoliating Facial
Blue Copper treatments combine the anti-aging benefits of copper with a powerful “5″ chain peptide which works on reducing the signs of aging. Almost immediately, I felt an extra firmness, elasticity and radiance following the exfoliating process. They tout a 2 in 1 ultra-gentle exfoliator which also has ingredients for hydrating the skin, which is so important as we age.
Gentle mannan particles speed cell turnover and remove embedded impurities, eliminating dry, dead skin cells, minimizing pores and improving texture without irritation. If you have particularly sensitive skin, this is meant to really help.
Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches
LOVE THESE! Who doesn’t want reduced puffiness and lines around their eyes? Patented overnight treatments reduce discoloration and collagen breakdown, and they say, improve facial wrinkles up to 50%.
The patches help to saturate expression lines and deeper facial wrinkles with skin-smoothing, bioavailable Vitamin C.
Typically, when I offer travel photography advice, it’s creative in nature. On the other hand, today’s tips are just as much about making your life easier as making your travel photography better. Although some of these may seem obvious for frequent photographers, other might feel counterintuitive, or even wrong. But trust me—this works!
Shoot in RAW—But Only Store JPEGs
I’ve recently become a big advocate for shooting in RAW, a format that allows you to make big edits to your pictures with only a small change in their quality. Unfortunately, the edits you can make to RAW files aren’t the only thing “big” about them: They can easily exceed 50 MB in size, each. (By contrast, average JPEGs tend to come out of the camera around 5 MB or so.)
Unless you carry an extra hard drive with you (more on that in a second), these files will overload your computer extremely fast, so delete them from your machine after you’re done editing. Reduce the burden of your travel photos on your hard drive even further by using an image resizer, which doesn’t necessarily reduce their physical dimensions, but removes unnecessary information within the…
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