9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

Casual outfits don’t have to be boring. If you’re thinking about your usual jeans and t-shirt combo in dissatisfaction, think again. There are many affordable and creative ways to dress up every casual outfit out there. Here, we’ll break down nine of the best tips to elevate your closet. 

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

  1. A Pair of Cool Earrings

Rock any outfit with statement earrings. Pick out some hoops, dangles, or even studs, and you’ll be dressed to impress. If you’re feeling brave, check out your local thrift shop or antique store to see if you can find unique vintage earrings. We recommend triangle dangle earrings from the 70s to rock out in style. 

  1. Add a Little Pizzazz With Your Flats

Flats are one of the most comfortable shoes. Women’s flats, such as loafer flats or ballerina flats, are must-haves for your closet. Flats add the flavor you need to spice up any casual outfit. Whether you’re wearing a pair of skinny jeans and a white t-shirt or a fun and flirty summer dress, flats are the perfect shoe to pair with these casual outfits.

  1. A Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are the epitome of cool. Add one of these to any outfit to look ten times better than you did before. If you only wear cruelty-free clothing, check out vegan leather jackets that’ll look just as awesome as a 100% leather jacket. 

  1. A Set of Arm-length Bangles

A collection of sparkly and shiny bangle bracelets will add some edge to any casual outfit. However, we recommend that you don’t go overboard with this. It’s not a good look to cover your arms with so many bracelets. Use the jewelry you wear to complement your outfit and showcase your personality. Go for brass or copper tones to remain trendy and stylish. 

  1. A Chunky Belt

If your simple outfit needs a little sprucing up, consider adding a decorative belt. Find a chunky gladiator-style belt to stand out, and consider adding neon colors to make your outfit pop. You can also wear a modern black belt with a pair of boyfriend jeans for a fashionable look. 

  1. A Modest Paisley Scarf

Jazz up any outfit with a lightweight paisley scarf. Ensure you purchase a scarf made with quality fabric, so it lasts a lifetime. Scarves can be significant statement pieces. It’s best to go for materials, patterns, and color schemes that speak to you the most. Your scarf might even be a conversation starter if you stick to what feels genuine. 

  1. A Statement Watch

Any outfit looks ten times cooler with the right watch. For girls, we recommend anything with gold and silver accents for a luxurious feel. For guys, go for stylish watches and rock that minimalist look. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, try finding a second-hand watch online.

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

  1. A Suede Satchel

The 90s are back too, and everyone looks cool with a satchel. Channel that studious look and walk around town with an aura of sophistication. We recommend these gender-neutral companions that go with pretty much everything.

  1. A Catch-Their-Eye Tie 

If you have to wear a business suit most days, consider adding a bit of your personality into the memo with a colorful tie. Catch their attention while still blending in at work. 

Adding excitement to your casual outfits is all about statement pieces. It doesn’t take very much to turn a boring outfit into a fashion-forward one. Remember, when you need to elevate an outfit, consider your personal style and the tips above. 

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Hello, fellow wine lovers. Did you know that National Drink Wine Day is in three days? That’s correct, February 18th is the day we celebrate the joy of drinking wine. Of course, you don’t have to only drink wine on this day; we think it’s the perfect day to highlight personalized wine accessories to add to your home bar. We recently got the most adorable personalized elephant corkscrew from Lazer Designs, which we’re completely enamored with and we think it’s a must-have. You can either get one for yourself or give it as a gift. It makes a great token of appreciation to the wine lover in your life.

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Is this just too adorable and wouldn’t it make an excellent addition to your wine bar? Lazer Designs specializes in the custom engraving of high-quality products, like the above Kikkerland corkscrew. This handy wine key is more than just looks good and it’s a wine corkscrew/opener and bottle opener. It features a sturdy wooden panel that’s perfect for engraving, as you can see.

Personalized Wine Faves From Lazer Designs for National Drink Wine Day

Lazer Designs offers a wide range of products. All of which can be customized with a name, design, favorite saying— almost anything, really! In honor of National Drink Wine Day, we’ll be concentrating on some of their wine accessory offerings. Of course, we love our Elephant Corkscrew, but for those who love fishing (or for a pescatarian who only drinks white wine), there the Fish Corkscrew; love a good bar display, you’ll love the Barrel 4-Piece Wine Tool Set, which includes a corkscrew with a knife, decanter, bottle Stopper, and foil cutter; wine glasses lovers will adore the 16oz Premium Stemmed Wine Glass or the 17oz Stemless White Wine Glass, both of which can be personalized how you want; lastly for those who don’t want a manual wine opener and want to get to your wine faster, the Electric Corkscrew Wine Opener is just what you need.

There are many more cool wine accessories you can personalize that will take you far beyond National Drink Wine Day.

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

MaskFone: The World’s First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

We all are too familiar with those who do not like wearing face masks. In truth, it can be bothersome when trying to eat or drink, communicate if you are deaf, avoiding maskne, or making and receiving phone calls. Unfortunately, face masks are a necessity for our health and the health of others and are needed. Thankfully, companies are stepping up with fast innovation to help us deal with life wearing face masks. There are face masks with straw holes for drinking and masks with clear windows for communicating with the hearing impaired. Now there’s a face mask made specifically to take and receive phone calls and listen to music without having to take it off. Say hello to MaskFone, the world’s first true wireless headphones and mask in-one.

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

You read that correctly; this mask is designed with a built-in microphone to take phone calls while wearing it. There is no need to take off your mask while on a call. While virtually attending Pepcom and CES, we were introduced to this wonder-gadget. We instantly wished we had this in 2020; our mask experienced would’ve been more tolerable. With this groundbreaking, optimal face mask from Binatone, you can enjoy maximum protection against airborne health risks (thanks to its 5-layer filtration system) while enjoying a more convenient and serviceable way of taking phone calls and listening to music.

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

The MaskFone brings together Hubble Connected’s patented technology which includes a built-in microphone that eliminates muffled audio, and PM2.5 filters or medical grade N95 Filters (sold with the MaskFone Premium). You can also just buy the N95 Filters separately to up your protection level. The Bluetooth connected earbuds boast 12 hours of playtime, is IPX5 water and sweat resistant, a built-in microphone, crystal clear audio, voice projection technology, and are Google, Alexa & Siri compatible. Its sleek and clean design combines functionality and fashion.

The face mask comes with the aforementioned filters with replaceable filters. It features hidden cables, and controls that fall along the jawline, a comfortable fit that forms to all face shapes, magnetic earbud holders, adjustable neoprene ear hooks, a stabilizer for an extra secure fit, and is made from washable and durable twill fabric. Plus, its innovation combines several key industries – fashion, technology, health, and safety. As Tim Gunn always says, “make it work!” and Binatone certainly did. Of course, we didn’t expect anything less from a company that’s a leading global manufacturer of innovative IoT, smart home, and consumer electronic devices for the baby, home, personal audio, and lifestyle camera categories.

MaskFone - The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

The MaskFone is available in small/medium and medium/large. The Classic with 3 included PM2.5 filters retails for $49.99 and the Premium with 3 included N95 filters is $69.99. Both are currently available on www.Maskfone.com. They will be launching in stores and online at Target and Amazon by February 1st, with additional retailers to follow. Trust us when we say this is the only face mask you will need in 2021.

 

 

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

The demand for wireless audio has grown vastly in the past decade. Wireless audio is safer than holding a device to your ear and provides greater privacy. Moreover, wireless audio provides better audio production than speakers, making them the audio system of choice for video conferencing.

Even more importantly, wireless audio can help people with hearing loss use their cell phones. Roughly 36 million Americans have some amount of hearing loss. For many of these users, the better sound quality of wireless audio earbuds can be essential for cell use.

However, wireless audio devices come with a few drawbacks. Most wireless audio devices are designed to fit over or in the ear. This means that some people cannot use them because the devices are too large, too small, or improperly shaped to fit the user’s ear. Wireless audio devices are also notorious for being misplaced or lost. This leaves the user without an audio device for driving, exercising, or other activities that require the user’s hands to remain free.

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

JBuds Frames from JLab Audio is intended to remedy many of the problems inherent in conventional wireless audio devices. JBuds Frames attach to the user’s eyeglasses along with the earpieces. Unlike conventional earbuds or wireless audio devices, this minimizes the risk of loss. By attaching the wireless audio devices to the eyeglasses, the audio devices are only as likely to be lost as the glasses. When you wear JBuds Frames, you’ll have two Bluetooth true wireless audio devices that operate independently and that you can attach to the temples of any pair of eyeglasses, sunglasses, or other eyewear.

By fitting to the user’s eyeglasses, JBuds Frames provides a universal fit that can accommodate any user. The lack of universal fit among traditional earbuds and wireless pieces that are designed for the ears can leave many users with no way to communicate via phone. About 15% of adults over the age of 18 have hearing trouble. This amounts to about 37.5 million Americans. For many of these adults, conventional earbuds or wireless Bluetooth earpieces will not fit into, or over, their ear.

JBuds Frames are a perfect solution to that problem. While the device can help users hear more clearly, the open-ear design also allows the wearer to be aware of their surroundings as they listen to audio content. This can be extremely helpful for those who like to listen to music or podcasts while they exercise or work but still need to be able to hear when the phone rings or a loved one calls from the other room.

JBuds Frames from JLab Usher in a New Era of Audio Eyewear

As JBuds Frames attach to the user’s own glasses, they are endlessly adaptable to the user’s style. Whatever the style of your eyeglasses is, JBuds Frames can adapt to them, allowing you to keep your desired style. This is just as important as the function of the device, as style matters to most users. While devices have been created that integrate wireless audio into eyeglasses, manufacturers usually provide a limited selection of eyeglass styles. This makes sense because the device manufacturers are usually more concerned with the technology inside the wireless earpieces than the style of the eyeglass frames. As a result, the frames can look cheap or use colors or patterns that are simple so they can match anyone’s needs.

The removability of the Bluetooth pieces also allows you to use them with whatever pair of glasses you want to wear. Whether you have multiple pairs of stylish eyeglasses or you like to switch between different sunglasses, you can use JBuds Frames at all times. When you wear them, you can enjoy over eight hours of playtime and conveniently-located buttons to accept or decline phone calls, adjust volume, and switch between JLab’s Signature and Bass Boost EQ settings.

JBuds Frames provide many benefits compared to conventional wireless Bluetooth earbuds or even eyeglasses with integrated earpieces. This new device from JLab will be previewed during the 2021 CES event. You can expect them to be available early in spring 2021 and retail for $50, which is $150-$200 below comparable releases. Check out a preview of the new JLab JBuds Frames on their website.

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

Valentine’s Day is just about a month away — and some of us might expect a beautiful bouquet for the occasion, as 37% of flowers purchased are given as gifts. But before February even arrives, you could treat yourself with an even more fashionable kind of present. Now that Loewe, a Spanish luxury fashion house, has finally debuted its much-anticipated capsule collection based on the beloved animated film My Neighbor Totoro, the world may seem just a little bit brighter. That said, you’ll need to save up if you expect to splurge on one of these pieces.

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

A Japanese animated film with a cult following, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters who relocate with their father to the countryside in order to care for their ailing mother. After wandering into the forest, the sisters befriend some local spirits — including Totoro, a large creature (resembling a cat or rabbit, depending on who you ask) who helps the girls and goes on adventures with them. The film is easily one of Studio Ghibli’s most famous, as Totoro acts as the studio’s mascot, though films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Magic Castle have also seen widespread acclaim. While art therapy has been around since the 1940s, Studio Ghibli has been delighting audiences since the mid-1980s. And for many, the studio’s films have brought a sense of comfort during difficult times.

Loewe Luxury Fashion Accessories

Those who are familiar with the work of Studio Ghibli or who have an eye for Japanese influence will be enchanted by the most recent capsule collection from Loewe, a fashion brand helmed by designer Jonathan Anderson.

According to a statement Anderson made to Vogue, “…There are the values that My Neighbor Totoro as a whole stands for. I believe certain ideas the film conveys, such as the environment seen through the eyes of children and the concept of adventure, are very significant, especially in these times of uncertainty.”

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

The collection is now available on Loewe’s official website, as well as the Selfridges website and in select stores, and includes ready-to-wear garments and accessories all designed with the iconic characters in mind and featuring images plucked right from the film. There are casual sweatshirts, stylish leather bags, ethereal blouses, quirky shoes, and even biker jackets available for purchase; despite the fact that motorcycle accident fatalities reached 5,172 nationwide in 2017, many fashion-forward consumers enjoy the look of a leather jacket (even if they’ve never been on a motorcycle themselves).

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

While the collection perfectly captures the essence of childlike whimsy, it also comes with a steep price tag. Pieces start at $350 and exceed $9,000 — so if you’re simply seeking Studio Ghibli merch, it might be better to look elsewhere. But if you’re a lifelong fan and you’ve got a stimulus check to spare, you might be able to snag yourself something special from this in-demand collection.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Everyone knows that 2020 was a tough year for New York City. As the first major U.S. city struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, NYC saw its streets empty, subways go dark, and hospitals quickly overwhelmed. The city that never sleeps seemed to suddenly enter a months-long slumber, that is until the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests in the summer. The days and weeks after that saw thousands upon thousands march against police brutality in New York, often facing more violence from the NYPD. The turbulent presidential election closed out the year, with many New Yorkers working hard to get out the vote and ensure that our country’s democracy continued.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Through all of these ups and downs in 2020, the people of New York City prevailed. They stayed strong, supported one another, and helped pave the way for other cities across the country to also overcome these issues.

To celebrate this courage, Go Dash Dot has debuted a limited-edition bag inspired by New York City and its residents. The New York Lenten Rose Tote is a sophisticated, modern bag that speaks to the classic NYC experience. The design of the bag features leather trim, a glossy black finish, and compartments for laptops, phones, and water bottles. The bag also has a separate shopper tote that is compacted in a key chain and expands to a full-length nylon bag. It’s both functional and stylish, echoing the key characteristics of the iconic city it honors.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

“I wanted to create something that celebrates the strength of New York while reflecting the humanity we showed during the worst of 2020,” said Hannah Fastov, the founder of Go Dash Dot.

Fastov also says that the limited-edition bag symbolizes the New York Lenten Rose, a dark flower that starts blooming during the last six weeks of winter. The bag also comes with a charm depicting the flower. This rose signals the beginning of a new season and, to many New Yorkers, the start of a new chapter as they look towards life after the pandemic. While quality content can boost a company’s blog’s traffic by 2,000%, this type of hopeful symbolism may also work in bringing more attention to Go Dash Dot and its community-driven approach to business.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

This past year, Go Dash Dot made international headlines when it donated a significant portion of its inventory to New York healthcare workers. Not only did these healthcare workers have to handle New Yorkers’ typical medical issues, such as UTIs, which are the most common type of healthcare-associated infections, but they also had to fight the coronavirus. As a new virus causing a pandemic, this was no easy task. Fastov herself delivered many of the donated bags to emergency rooms throughout the city. Strapped around the waists of doctors and nurses, her bags assisted healthcare workers by allowing them to carry all of their essential tools and belongings as they saved lives.

“As a young, female entrepreneur with a small business that was just starting to gain traction, the COVID-19 outbreak was not only devastating to the business but my confidence as a leader. It was up to me to be strong for my team, who inspired me with their commitment, loyalty, and resolve. We got each other through it, which is what New Yorkers do every day,” said Fastov.

To save her own business, Fastov had to innovate on the services Go Dash Dot provided. The worst of the pandemic prevented many fashion brands from creating, producing, and selling their usual products, and Go Dash Dot was no different. The company started offering make-up tutorials, cooking classes, and fitness workouts. These types of services were in high demand during the strictest times of the COVID-19 lockdown, so Go Dash Dot helped people trapped at home learn how to cook in their kitchens and supported some of the 80.2 million Americans who are physically inactive to get some movement into their daily routines. Go Dash Dot also created summer cocktails and sponsored flash sales of their most popular bags by collaborating with other media platforms.

A completely unique accessory, there are only 100 New York Rose Lenten Totes for sale. You can now purchase this stylish bag that allows you to keep up with your fast-paced NYC lifestyle by visiting Go Dash Dot’s site. Honor the resilient city that we all love, and treat yourself to a bag you’ll use for years to come, by checking out the New York Lenten Rose Tote today.

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

What a relief to say goodbye to the previous year and welcome brighter and hope-filled days of the new year. As we are only a few days into the new year, we’re still experiencing the effects of the old year. While we adjust to this possible new (hopefully temporary) way of life, we can still combine a fashionable aspect to our function and safety requirements. We’ve been utilizing one company’s wonderfully fashionable and functional products to make sure we’re safe during the pandemic and beyond. Finders Key Purse features stylish purse accessories that decorate the outside of your bag to prevent keys from falling to the bottom, personal pepper sprays, contact-free tools, and personal panic alarms.

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

The Finders Key Purse accessories provide a simple solution to old and new everyday problems. Their range of products includes Finders Key Purse Keychains, Purse Hangers, Key’P Safe Contact Free Tools, Personal Panic Alarms, Personal Pepper Sprays, Drink Test Kit, and even Purse Protectors. Whether you just need to quickly and easily find your keys; reduce your germ exposure with contact-free touching when using hook-handle doors, ATM touch screens, elevator buttons, gas station & checkout touchpads, and more; and alert people to possible predators and protect yourself from assailant attacks.

Finders Key Purse: Fill The New Year with Fashion, Function and Safety

During this pandemic, we’ve been using the Key’P Safe Contact-Free Tool to open doors, press elevator buttons, and doorbells. Check out our use of their Contact-Free Tool in action on our Instagram. Our tool is attached to a Monogram BLING  Finders Key Purse which features shiny silver letters on a black background, bordered by swirled shiny nickel and crystal details. Like the alphabet, there are 26 offerings in this collection. You can also get the original designs, Bling designs, and ones made with Swarovski Crystals. There are options for fashionistas, shoe lovers, brides, dog and cat lovers, Breast Cancer survivors & supporters, and so much more. They are so popular that over 11 million have sold.

The Pepper Spray offerings are made with the same ingredients used by law enforcement. It shoots up to 16 feet away and contains invisible UV dye for assailant verification days after use. It also features a locking mechanism to prevent inadvertently spraying. The Personal Alarm features a 120 Decibel alarm, bright LED flashlight, replaceable battery (12V alkaline), and has a keyring attached.

Like the Finders Key Purse Keychains, the Purse Hangers come in a wide variety of designs, including the Monogram BLING. All of these items are wonderfully affordable and they make excellent gifts for any occasion. Visit www.finderskeypurse.com for more information on everything they offer.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

When the holiday season starts, one of the hardest decisions you need to make is where to direct your spending money. While big-box stores and large online marketplaces like Amazon offer convenience with quick delivery and pick-up options, you don’t get a sense of doing good with your money.

Instead of opting for convenience this year, you can use your hard-earned money to support people who need it, especially WOC. There are about 28 million small businesses in the United States and when you buy from any one of them, you can know that you brought a smile to a business owner’s face. By buying from a woman of color, you can know that you helped someone who doesn’t get the advantages that a white, male business owner does.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

There are female artisans of color in every community but you may not always know that they’re there. One brand is dedicated to making sure that the talent of these women is brought front and center. TCTLE, pronounced “tac-tile,” is a brand founded by Deepa Shanbhag and is dedicated to supporting creative women of color. Shanbhag was inspired to build TCTLE after years of finding that she was often one of the few or the only WOC on a creative team for a job. Her goal with TCTLE was to help keep other women from feeling like the “other” in the creative workplace. For individuals and organizations that are looking for new talent, TCTLE hosts a free global directory of WOC in creative professions.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

TCTLE is also an online store. TCTLE partners with other WOC business owners and sells some of their products through the online store. Some of the WOC whose items are available for purchase on the site include Lorenia Henriquez of Luni, Katherine Kisa of K Kisa Fine Art and Craft, and Tehmina Brohi of Istani; pictured above with Deepa Shanbhag. To further help communities of color, 10% of each purchase is donated to an organization that helps people of color. Right now, TCTLE is donating to the Coronavirus Care Fund, set up by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. About 55 million Americans in 12 different industries are deemed “essential” at this time and this fund was started to help some of those workers. The fund provides emergency assistance to domestic workers, such as nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers, so that they can stay home and stay healthy during the pandemic.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones this year, look no further than the goods from the artisans on the TCTLE store. About 86% of people say that receiving flowers makes them feel special but any of the gifts from these talented artisans are sure to evoke that feeling of being special as well. The store carries a wide range of gifts, including colorful hats, unique charm necklaces, bold bangles, and comfy scarves. When you purchase from these artisans, you’ll also get to know a little bit about them, bringing you even closer to the people you’re supporting.

Consider what’s on your loved ones’ wishlists this year and find something they’re sure to love at TCTLE’s store. Not only will you be making your loved one happy but you’ll be supporting a WOC artisan and lifting up essential members of our community. You can truly spread some holiday cheer by purchasing from TCTLE this year.