Tech Support | Must-Have Tech Accessories

We’re always looking for fun and functional accessories for our mobile phone and life in general. Anything that will help make life easier and a bit more fun is always welcome in our lives. That’s why we’re excited about the following tech accessories. We love the iRig Voice Microphone for adding music to our lives, the TYLT Syncable-Duo for keeping us less cluttered, and the Ringly Smart Ring for not missing out on the important things while staying stylish.

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Who doesn’t love karaoke? And while you can embarrass yourself in a public setting (mostly after a few drinks), IK Multimedia gives you the blessed opportunity to keep that embarrassment in a more private setting of yourself or close friends ad family with their iRig Voice Handheld Microphone. The affordable, lightweight yet durable microphone comes in a variety of fun colors: Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink and White, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices. If you love to sing, turn your mobile device into a portable vocal studio or karaoke machine just plug your iRiG Voice into the headphone jack on your device. The iRig Voice comes with EZ Voice app but works with dozens of karaoke, sing-along and music making apps. get this fun device for $39.99 each on http://www.ikmultimedia.com/shop/.

TYLT SYNCABLE-DUO

Are you tired of carrying around several cables for your different devices? Then you will love the TYLT SYNCABLE-DUO, a 2-in-1 cable for charging and syncing your smartphones and tablets. Available in four vibrant colors: Black, Green, Red, and Blue, the SYNCABLE-DUO comes equipped with both micro-USB and Apple Lightning connectors, so one cable is all you need for your Android or Apple devices. The soft-touch, tangle-free flat cable is Apple MFI certified and is available in three sizes: 1 ft, 2 ft, and 3.3 ft sizes. Kiss the problem of messy cables goodbye for $24.99, $26.99, and $29.99. Get yours and begin your tangle-free like at the TYLT online shop.

RINGLY SMART RING

We love the latest cool launches in wearable technology and are truly excited about this latest fashion accessory to enter the Wearables market – the Ringly Smart Ring. Ladies, you will love the very stylish Ringly notifies you when you get texts, emails, calender reminders, and phone calls that matter most to you. Crafted with 18K gold plating and semi-precious stones, the device comes in five colors: Black Onyx, Rainbow Moonstone, Pink Sapphire, Tourmalated Quartz, and Emerald, and four vibration patterns. Ringly features a chic, classic silhouette that is elegant enough to compliment any look. You can pre-order your Ringly online now with the onyx, moonstone, emerald and pink sapphire retailing for $195.00 and the limited edition Tourmalated Quartz available for $260.00. Women are truly excited about this cool new device as Ringly reached their pre-sales goal of $60,000 in less than eight hours. We personally can’t wait.

No Bartender? No Problem, Grab a LIQS Ready-to-Drink Shot

There’s nothing better than hanging out with friends, having a great time sharing laughs and celebrating having fun, whether you’re having game night at home, having a girls night out, hanging out at the beach, or at a party. Good times like these call for delicious cocktails, but no one wants to or should drag around full bottles of alcohol. When you want to celebrate and a bartender is not readily available, why not travel with your own bar with delicious portable cocktails from LIQS Cocktails? Say hello to the LIQS Ready-to-Drink Shot, a collection of low calorie, low sugar, kosher 50ml shots that are made in the USA with premium vodka and tequila.
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These on-the-go, natural flavor cocktails are the brainchild of Michael Glickman and Harley Bauer and are available in Tequila Cinnamon Orange, Vodka Cucumber Lime, Vodka Lychee Grapefruit, and Vodka Kamikaze. These portable shots of cocktail convenience come in ready-to-drink shot glasses that gives you the ability to take the party anywhere. LIQS combines top-shelf spirits with natural flavors for instant deliciousness any time, anywhere.

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The Tequila Cinnamon Orange boasts 120 calories, 7 grams of carbs, 6 grams of sugar, and combines the subtle spice of cinnamon with fresh orange to create an irresistible balance of spicy and sweet; the Vodka Cucumber Lime boasts only 90 calories, 3 grams of carbs, 2 grams of sugar, and combines the cool, refreshing cucumber with the burst of citrus of lime, and a super premium vodka for a light and refreshing cocktail; the Vodka Kamikaze boasts 100 calories, 5 grams of carbs, 4 grams of sugar, and vodka, triple sec and lime juice, infused with the finest citrus and a hint of natural vanilla that will surprise and energize your taste buds; and last but certainly not least, the Vodka Lychee Grapefruit also boasts only 90 calories, 3 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of sugar, while the citrus of grapefruit balances effortlessly with the subtle sweetness of the lychee fruit. Expect two more exciting flavors of LIQS to launch later this year.

The LIQS Cocktail Shots comes in a 3-pack and retails for $7.99. Next time you have a get-together with friends or family, grab a LIQS Ready-to-Drink Shot, and toast to the good times.

 

Off to the Races w/ America’s Best Racing #TogaTrip

Right before Fashion Week took over our lives (and our minds), we had the pleasure of attending and enjoying a lovely day at the races thanks to America’s Best Racing. The road trip to the historic Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York included free passes to the track, free programs, a wonderful VIP brunch, and delicious cocktails from Prosceco and Bloody Mary Bars at Fasig-Tipton, a historic horse auction facility near the Saratoga Race Course, where horses are sometimes sold for millions, and VIP access to the Paddock, where we got up close to horses and jockeys.

After the 3-hour ride up to Saratoga Springs, we arrived to our fab Fasig-Tipton brunch, we learned the basics of how to play the races and knowing what the odds mean from Tom Amello from Trackfacts, and female jockey, Taylor Rice, (who raced later in the day) shared her experiences being a female jockey (check out our video below).

Taylor Rice briefly shares her family’s history in horse racing and her experiences as a female jockey

After brunch, we had a very brief walk to the beautiful and historic Saratoga Race Course where we were ushered to our own private luxury suite with a perfect view of the race course, and an in-suite person to place our bets with.

The day continued with learning more about horse racing and betting (for example, we particularly learned about how horses can be scratched and disqualified for bumping into another horse), winning and losing (for us mostly winning) and the amazing visit to the paddock and more views of this historic landmark.

The Saratoga Race Course grounds offered a wealth of horse racing history and knowledge; Jockeys, owners, trainers and horses were celebrated and immortalized with placards held by lawn jockeys and cemented into the ground, these placards provided history of the horses lineage and ownership

Before this trip, we did not consider ourselves fans of horse racing but there is no denying the fun we had thanks to the wonderful people of America’s Best Racing. for anyone second guessing an enjoyable day at the races, let our amazing experience implore you to add this experience to your bucket list.

Save Water, Drink Beer: The Village Voice’s Presents Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

Calling all beer lovers and aficionados. It’s time to celebrate all things malt and hops. It’s time again for the Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festivalwith an outstanding lineup of 125+ Beers from over 70 Brewers. This year marks the fourth annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer tasting event which takes place on September 27th. It’ll be a day of unbelievable Beer Porn.

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From 2:00PM – 6:00PM, you get to enjoy brews from the following: 508 Gastrobrewery, Ace Cider, Alphabet City Brewing Company, Asahi, Ayinger Brewery, Bad Seed Cider Company, Bayou Teche Brewing, Bear Republic Brewery, Boulder Beer Company, Braven Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, Broken Bow Brewery, Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brew Shop, Brooklyn Brewery, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Crispin Cider Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Dyckman Beer Co., Empire Brewing Company, Founders Brewing Company, Goose Island Beer Company, Gun Hill Brewing Company, Harlem Blue, Harlem Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewery, Ithaca Beer Co., Keegan Ales, KelSo, Beer Company, Krombacher Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lake Placid Brewery, Lindemans Brewery, Magic Hat Brewing Company, McKenzie’s, MOA Brewing Company, Narragansett Brewing Company, Original Sin Hard Cider, Other Half Brewing, Paulaner Brewery, Queens Brewery, Radeberger Brewery, Radiant Pig Craft Beers, Rockaway Brewing Company, Samuel Smith Brewery, Saranac Brewery, Shiner Beer, Shipyard Brewing Company, Shmaltz Brewing Company, Singha, Singlecut Beersmiths, Sly Fox Brewery, Steadfast Beer Co., Stevens Point Brewery, Transmitter Brewing, Two Roads Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company, Wolffer Estate Vineyard, Yonkers Brewing Co.,Coney Island Brewing Company, Eataly Birreria, Finback Brewery, Flagship Brewing Company, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Heartland Brewery, Otter Creek Brewing Company, Rekorderlig Cider, Sixpoint Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company and Wolaver’s Fine Organic Ales.

Of course, one cannot live by beer alone, so the Brooklyn Pour Food Truck Courtyard is set up to be at the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival and will include local favorites Valducci’s Famous Original NYC Pizza and Phil’s Steaks, with more food trucks available for purchase. You can’t have beer and food without some fun so enjoy the official BKPour Game Area, presented by Dave & Buster’s, featuring beer pong, air hockey, Beirut, basketball toss and more. Plus a souvenir Brooklyn Pour tasting glass, official event photo booth, Brooklyn Pour’s first-ever Insta-Bingo competition and DJ sets from Jonathan Clarke, On Air Personality at NYC’s Q1043, and 106.7 Lite FM radio stations.

The craft beer celebrating event will feature three ticket options. The $85.00 VIP ticket allows guests entry one full hour early, at 2 pm, plus access to the private VIP lounge with a private bar and mezzanine overlooking the event, complimentary snacks courtesy of SCRATCHbread, Ovelia Psistaria, and Paulaner Brauhaus, a Gift Bag and more. The $65.00 Early Entry ticket will allow guests entry into the main room of the event at 2:30 pm, a full half hour earlier than the event’s door time. The $55.00 General Admission ticket allows entrance to the event at 3 pm until the event finishes at 6 pm. That’s hours of non-stop, beer drinking fun. Will you be attending the Village Voice Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival?

Loads of Fun | SWASH™, the 10-Minute Clothing Care System

Honestly, the title should really be loads of cool because this innovative device is amazingly cool. There’s huge news in laundry care from P&G and Whirlpool. The two leading laundry care corporations launched a revolutionary, at-home clothing care called the SWASH™. The SWASH™ System is a revolutionary at-home clothing care system that reduces wrinkles, refreshes fabric, restores the fit lost after wear and preserves clothing, in just ten minutes with the push of a button. Slim enough to fit into any living spaces, the SWASH™ Clothing Care System completely cleans and dries your clothes in 10 minutes and reduces or eliminates the need for ironing, allowing you to save on dry cleaning and preserve the original color and fabric of your clothes. In other words, say good to your dry cleaning bill.

The SWASH System gently holds your clothes in place while a uniquely designed cleaning solution from the SWASH PODS cup is used through an advanced spray technology. Next, a rapid thermal drying function combines and recirculates an express heat system with airflow to dry your clothes quickly.

Unlike washing machines, the SWASH system plugs directly into a standard 120-volt wall outlet and requires no water, alleviating the need for plumbing or professional installations. The beauty of SWASH is that can be used on a variety of fabrics including denim, wool, polyester, Lycra, cotton, cashmere, sequins, delicate beading and lace. To prove the power of this innovative home device, P&G and Whirlpool collaborated with famed Hollywood stylist Kate Young (pictured below with Lauren Scruggs and Jason Kennedy), to get the word out on SWASH.

The SWASH system, which comes in Shadow (black) and Linen (white) and will retail for $499.00, initially launched exclusively at Bloomingdale’s stores and on Bloomingdales.com and will be featured at select Delta Sky Club lounges with availability for sale nationwide at Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond starting this month. The SWASH PODS cups, which are available in three scents – Awaken, Recharge and Unwind – will retail for $6.99 for 12 cups.

Give a Child the Gift of Health w/ Walgreens’ #GetAShot, Give a Shot Campaign

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We are always highlighting a good cause, especially when you can help someone by doing something you’d normally do anyway. We love to celebrate charitable efforts like shop for a cause, tweet for a cause, etc, which is why we’re highlighting Walgreen’s #GetAShot, Give a Shot Campaign. It’s getting to be the time of seasonal flu and time to get yourself and your family immunization shots. The great part of this campaign is that for every flu shot or any other immunization you get at Walgreens, they will help provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life program. It’s hard to believe that not every child has access to medicine for preventable diseases but that my dear readers is a harsh reality. While diseases like whooping cough, measles, and meningitis are curable with a short walk to your neighborhood Walgreens for a shot, it is not so easy for families in developing countries.

Did you know that 1 in 5 children around the world still have no access to the lifesaving vaccines? That two of the most common causes of child death are the very treatable pneumonia and diarrhea? That 1.5 million children die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases? That’s one child dying every 20 seconds. No family should go through the heartache of losing a child, especially when it’s because of something that is preventable with an immunization shot.

With over 8,215 drugstore locations nationwide, Walgreens is not only the most convenient location to receive these lifesaving vaccines for you and your family, it is also the most philanthropic. Your immunization can help this very charitable campaign to reach its goal of providing up to 3 million vaccines to kids that need it most. Walgreens offers vaccines for several of the most well-known preventative diseases with no appointment necessary and provides you with all the information you need to stay healthy.

So while you’re picking up your essentials at Walgreens, make a pledge to get your flu shot at their Immunization Center and help provide the gift of health and possibly life to child.

Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines | You Can Take it With You

Have you ever attended an event or party where the only alcohol they’re serving is exactly what you don’t drink? As Bloggers, we get invited to many things but a lot of the time it’s an alcohol-sponsored event, and if you’re like us, you do not like beer, whiskey, or gin. As lovers of wine, we were super excited to find out that something as wonderful as Zipz Wines exists. Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines are amazing, premium, single-serve wines that you can enjoy indoors, outdoors and on the go, thanks to its innovative and non-traditional packaging.Zipz_AllVarietals

Zipz Wines is available in four varieties, a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Pinot Grigio, and a 2011 Merlot, all of which come individually wrapped and covered in a patented Clean Wrap™ that keeps the wine fresh and the glass clean, making Zipz perfect for enjoyment anywhere.

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You may be thinking, “but what about the taste?” well, all four wines are absolutely delicious. The Chardonnay has aromas of tropical fruit with notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, lemon grass with hints of hazelnut and cloves. This medium weight white wine boasts crisp citrus, melon, pear and crème Fraiche flavors. The Cabernet Sauvignon delivers varying aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and vanilla with various layers of spice and a hint of herbs. A multi-layered, medium-bodied wine that boasts textures of ripe blackberry, mocha, toffee, and vanilla. The deep, rich, ruby-colored Merlot features warm cherry aromas, accented with notes of mocha, red licorice, sage and toffee with flavors of black cherries and plums that are balanced with caramel and toffee from the oak. Last but certainly not least, the clean and crisp Pinot Grigio gets a bit tropical with both aroma and flavor.Notes of mango, pear, orange spice, lemongrass, and pineapple perfectly compliment the  flavors of tropical fruit, apples, pears, and a nice orange citrus note that is balanced with minerality and a wonderful round finish.

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How portable are Zipz Wines and where did they go with us? We took it to our front porch, the racetrack, and a friend’s house, traveling with ease in our handbag with no fear of spillage. Another key note is you can securely reseal your Zipz wine to save it for later without spilling a drop or having your wine get stale. You can’t tilt a half full, regular glass of wine without losing the contents.

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Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines are currently available in several states or you can just buy it online at Zipz Wine or Amazon.com. A case of Zipz Wines comes with 12 glasses and retails for $39.99, that’s less than $3.50 a glass. That alone is a reason to raise a glass and toast to this innovation and non-traditional creation.

Get connected to your health goals & healthy choices w/ walgreens #balancerewards

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A few weeks ago, I noticed that my clothes were fitting a bit more snug than usual, as a blogger, it wasn’t hard to find the culprit of this weight gain. I sit for hours on end on a computer, and although I try to eat healthy snacks, I sometimes revert back to old habits. However, I am making some headway in being more active. With the help of my Jawbone Up fitness device, Walgreens’s healthy snack offerings, and their #BalanceRewards app, I am well on my way to getting back to making healthy choices and earning points to continue on a healthier wellness and lifestyle journey.

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Thanks to the healthy choices program located in the Walgreens #BalanceRewards app, I am able to connect and sync my fitness device, mine being my Jawbone Up Wearable Device, to the Walgreens app to better keep track of the following: what I eat, my calorie intake, how long I’m inactive, how many steps I’ve walked, other workout activities, my sleep patterns, and my favorite notification – a vibrating reminder to get up and move around if I’ve been idle for too long.

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Along with keeping active, I’ve been trying to eat healthy as well and Walgreens is a great resource for finding what you need to. As you can see in the photo at the beginning of this post, I’ve been keeping my energy up with almonds, hydrating with water, taking a daily gummy multivitamin for overall wellness and tracking my steps with my Jawbone.

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Ever since I’ve started this regime, I find that I walk a lot more. I use my time between attending events to take advantage of walking the city. I’m very proud to say I have walked over 20 NYC blocks on several occasions, all for the chance to reach and/or surpass my daily goal of walking 10,000 steps. Some days I do get stuck behind the computer so I periodically get up to walk around the apt, go up and down the stairs, or do a little dance just to keep myself active, all while earning points towards my Walgreens Balance Rewards.

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Unfortunately I have only reached my goal of 10,000 steps (5 miles) once because this week has been what I like to call “the calm before the storm”, aka the week before NYFW, but so far I have earned 760 points and I know I will being earning much more towards my $5.00 reward.. I fully expect my step count to be triple next week, which means earning rewards faster. How much points you earn it completely up to you, all you have to do is be active, the more you walk, run, spin, etc, you more points you earn. What could be better than that?