NOW HEAR THIS | The Coolest On-Ear Headphones

There are some amazing headphones out that will surely make your audio and video listening experience a mind-blowing one and I’m not just talking about the music. Electronic accessories such as headphones have also become fashion accessories. In a bid to showcase our personality and individual style, we have discarded the typical headphones (we all remember the days when you knew someone had an iPod or iPhone from at least a block away by their white in-ear phones). While we love popular products, as humans, the urge to show our individuality is strong, which is why something as simple as a pair of headphones can show the world who we are. I will highlight three of the coolest On-Ear Headphones I recently discovered (I might do a follow up on In-Ear styles later down the line)House of Marley On-Ear Headphones

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When you think of Bob Marley, you think of great music, a man of individual style and mind, and a man who loved the earth and the people who inhabit it. The House of Marley brand offers a collection of earth-friendly, innovative audio and lifestyle products that adhere to equality, unity, authenticity, sustainability and charity and uses natural, earth-friendly and renewable materials in its products and packaging. Above are just two of the awesome on-ear styles available from the brand.
The Positive Vibration On-Ear Headphone (seen above in Rasta), comes with or without an Apple-compatible three-button remote with microphone and retails from $59.99 – $79.99. Positive Vibration is designed and built with recyclable aluminum, steel, and canvas that adds to durability and comfort features ultra-soft ear cushions to provide comfort and isolation from outside sounds while the 52″ braided fabric cord helps reduce tangles. It is specially engineered to cut down on static so you get that clear sound and features a 17Hz – 20kHz frequency response that adds clear sound reproduction and 50-mm dynamic moving coil speaker drivers deliver detailed sound with great bass. The Stir It Up On-Ear Headphone (shown above in Harvest) features most of what is listed above for the Positive Vibrations with a few differences. The Stir It Up features a 15Hz-22kHz frequency response, 40mm dynamic moving coil driver, ultra soft leather cushioned earcups, durable canvas headband, FSC certified Beech Wood accents, Apple-compatible three-button remote with microphone and a 3.5mm gold-plated connector. This style retails for $199.99.

Monster Diamond Tears On-Ear Headphones

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You know what they say – Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and this incredibly stunning diamond-designed on-ear headphone from Monster is in a class by itself. Created in collaboration with Korean Pop Mogul, J.Y. Park, this cutting edge headphones are “edgy like diamonds, smooth like tears”. The Monster Diamond Tears features ControlTalk Universal Cable and Apple ControlTalk Cable, for calls through your headphones, uses no amplification or noise cancellation circuitry that adds other frequencies and colors the sound, so you hear the music, pure, potent and uncompromised, just as the artist created it in the studio. No-hassle, tangle-free cables let you move freely and a low profile, the right-angle connector that allows a snag-free, secure fit and two folding hinges on the headband allows for easy storage. Like Diamonds, these are not cheap, the Monster Diamond Tears retails for $349.95.

Denon Global Cruiser On-Ear Headphones

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What’s better than a non-tangling cord? No cord at all. That’s right, Denon introduces a wireless on-ear headphone. Denon’s new Globe Cruiser On-Ear Headphones feature Bluetooth® 3.0 wireless connectivity, noise canceling circuitry to block out ambient noise, an integrated amplifier, a 10-hour rechargeable battery (a charging cable is included). It also features Denon’s patent-pending new Control Wheel which functions much like a volume control and provides easy use and full wireless control over Smartphones (Play / Pause, Answer Call / Hang Up). The integrated microphones on the ear cup to allow for crystal clear phone conversations. An audio cable is included for when wireless connectivity is not allowed (for example, when getting on a plane). The Globe Cruiser’s pentagon-shaped memory foam ear pads are removable, which allows you to fold the headphones flat to put away safely in it’s carrying case. So whether you’re running errands or running across the airport, eliminate getting tangled in wires as you switch between listening to music and making important phone calls. The Denon Global Cruiser On-Ear Headphones, which come in the above Silver as well as black, will be available next month and will retail for $499.00

TIGI Launches Hair Reborn Collections

One of my favorite hair brands, TIGI (I’m a huge fan of their Catwalk Sleek Mystique Haute Iron Spray) has launched a new collection of hair products created to restore, revive and awaken your hair, bringing you back to healthy looking, shiny hair – your hair, REBORN.

The complete collection features products for three hair types – Weak, Damaged Hair, Normal to Dry Hair and Frizz Prone Hair. As someone who is a victim of frizzy hair (humidity is my enemy), the below Frizz Prone Collection of hair products was recommended for me

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This Hyper-Distilled formula contains Seriseal Silk Protein and acts like as a silk mesh between the hair fibers, binding down the cuticle for exceptional manageability. The result is velvet smooth with a luminous shine that lasts up to 14 days. Products in this journey include Treatment of Smoothing, Sublime Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner and Smoothing Texture Refine Masque.


WEAK, DAMAGED HAIR

The above products are for weak, damaged hair. As someone who always blow drys, colors and straighten her hair, some products from this colelction were also suggested to repair the damage I’ve done. This formula with Hyper-Distilled technology contains ProLipid 3 – a complex made up of Keratin , Keravis, and Babassu Oil. The ProLipid 3 assists in rebuilding protein levels deep within the core of the hair fiber and helps protect from future damage. Hair is restored to its strongest after 30 days. Products in this journey include Deep Restoration Shampoo and Conditioner, Reparative Nocturnal Therapy (treats damage as you sleep), and Treatment of Restoration.

NORMAL TO DRY HAIR

If you have normal to dry hair, the above products are for you. This Hyper-Distilled technology and MicroMarine compound (sea kelp, aloe vera, babassu oil, green tea polyphenols) is high in lipid content. In dry hair, it targets and helps replenish lost lipids for weightless moisturization. The result is sublime hair that is hydrated and has luminous shine for at least 7 days. Products include Treatment of Moisture Balance, Hydra-Synergy Shampoo and Conditioner, and Time Extend Moisture Lotion.

For more information on the three TIGI Hair Reborn collections, visit http://www.tigihairreborn.com.

Summer Must-Read Book | “Where We Belong” by Emily Giffin

One of my favorite authors of what most call “Chick Lit” is finally coming out with another summer beach read. Emily Giffin, best selling author of the Something Borrowed (which became a motion picture movie starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, etc), follow-up, Something Blue, Baby Proof and my favorite, Love the One You’re With, is coming out with the highly anticipated, Where We Belong.

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Where We Belong is an “unforgettable story of two women the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together.” In this book, we get to meet Marian Caldwell and Kirby Rose. Marian is a thirty-six yr old TV Producer who believes her life is just as she wants it to be…until she opens her door one night. Kirby is a determined eighteen yr old who holds a key to the past Marian thought she left behind. “As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.”

Naturally, I’m ecstatic I got my hands on an advance copy at the Spa Week Media Event, which allowed us to get a copy signed by Emily Giffin herself. Where We Belong will be released on July 24th (you can pre-order a copy at Amazon.com) but meanwhile, why not get acquainted with Emily Giffin’s other books (pictured below), which are all available now

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Rimmel London’s New Spring Product Launches

This season, Rimmel London has the hottest new beauty looks. Coming out of London are bright, beautiful emphasized eyes offset by a gorgeous natural glow. With high impact eyeshadow shades, a precision liner, an ultra-plumping mascara and custom cheek color, Rimmel London’s latest collection has everything you need to spotlight your eyes, accentuate your cheeks and get noticed this spring.

Volume Flash ScandalEyes Mascara ($6.99) – Get scandalous lashes that cause a stir with this ultra volume-boosting formula that gives even the skimpiest of lashes a shaped, plumped, exaggerated finish. The secret? Scandal’Eyes Mascara is made with a supersized blend featuring triple the collagen and keratin of other mascaras on the market, and a flexible new MaxDensity brush that’s longer, wider, denser and 50% bigger than Rimmel’s biggest brush. Instantly, lashes appear up to 12 times fuller and outrageously exaggerated. Available in Black and Extreme Black


Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow ($5.99) – The boldest eyeshadow pigments you’ve ever seen, packed with multi-reflective pigments, each intense, vibrant eyeshadow shade coats lids in dazzling color. The dual-use shadows work wet or dry, allowing you to customize your color. Impervious to creases and smudging, the ultra-glam shadows last up to ten hours, taking you from daytime pretty to nighttime knockout. Available in Black Cab, English Oak, Royal Blue, Green Park, English Rose, Purple Reign, Heart Of Gold, and True Union Jack.

Match Perfection 3 Tone Blush ($4.97) – Wake up your face with a flush of customized natural cheek color. Featuring three shades in one, Match Perfection 3 Tone Blush features Smart-Tone technology that adapts to your unique skin tone and blue sapphire pigments for radiant true-to-you color. The blendable formula makes harsh lines a thing of the past and expert sculpting easier than ever. Available in Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Dark at Walmart.

Exaggerate Eye Liner ($6.00) – Pin-point precision eye definition, this breakthrough liquid liner features an ultra-fine felt tip designed to absorb maximum liquid liner and deposit intense pigment for bold, exact application and majorly amplified eyes. Made with moisturizing sorbitol and glycerin, the gentle blend not only beautifies eyes, it cares for sensitive lids too. Available in Black.

Adrianna Papell For E! Live From The Red Carpet Design Contest Winner Unveiled

In September, the Adrianna Papell For E! Live From The Red Carpet launched a nationwide search for designers to submit red carpet looks for their Spring 2012 collection. After a rigorous nomination process through hundreds of submissions, they have finally announced a winner – Natalie Palter, a freshman fashion design student at Marist College in New York, was chosen the winner out of 700 designs for her Grecian goddesses-inspired gown.

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Natalie noted “I have been designing ever since I could hold a crayon. I wanted to design a dress that would not only flatter any woman’s body, but also make her feel like red carpet royalty.” The gorgeous blue gown delicately drapes the female form, while crystal baguettes accent the décolletage and natural waist.

Jaynee Berkman, President of Adrianna Papell states, “We look forward to incorporating the winning design into the Adrianna Papell For E! Live From The Red Carpet collection. It complements our current style offerings and will be available at Lord & Taylor and other fine retailers beginning in June.”

The First Runner-Up, Genovena Christoff will receive a $1,000.00 cash prize, and the Second Runner-Up, Jamie McClure will receive a $500.00 cash prize.

Additional information on Adrianna Papell can be found on the brand’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/AdriannaPapell and website, http://www.adriannapapell.com. The entire Adrianna Papell For E! Live From The Red Carpet collection can be found on E! Online, http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/redcarpet/bring_out_your_glam/product.jsp#fashion.

Tassimo T20 by Bosch Home Brewing System

For those of you who like me, do not drink coffee, is a single person living in the city and is pained to give up $5 for a cup of tea from Starbucks, you’re going to love the Tassimo T20 by Bosch ; you can make your own at home for 1/4 the price. As winter makes it appearance (somewhat), curling up with a hot cup of Chai Tea or Hot Chocolate is a necessary treat. Of course being a single girl that’s always on the go, I don’t have time to wait for a kettle to boil every time to make one cup of tea. Plus when my coffee-loving mom comes to visit, each of us can enjoy our respective beverages without ruining each others. These are the reasons I’m in love with the Tassimo T20 by Bosch

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“The Bosch® T20 Home Brewing System is designed with an eco-friendly, on-demand water heater for fast brewing. It’s easy, too; just pop in a T DISC, and the T20 reads the barcode and brews the perfect cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte, espresso, tea, or any one of our coffeehouse-style beverages.”

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I was very excited when Tassimo sent me this T20 Single-Serve Brewer, I’ve been dying to try one of these machines every since I laid my eyes on it and I have been enjoying some lovely cups of Chai Tea and Hot chocolate since I got it. Tassimo offers 12 distinctive beverage brands and a wide variety of hot and cold beverage choices, including coffee, real milk cappuccino and latte, espresso, crema, tea, iced coffee, and hot chocolate – an amazing variety of beverages to satisfy an assortment of tastes. As I stated before, I am not a coffee drinker, so to have a machine that allows my favorite hot drinks whenever I please is an amazing thing. See below for video of my first cup of Chai tea using the Tassimo T20 (please forgive the unsteadiness and the bit of rambling – I was trying to do everything while holding a video camera – sometimes you just need an extra pair of hands)

The Tassimo T20 features include:

  • Bar code technology allows the Tassimo machine to prepare each beverage with the exact pressure, temperature, water, and time duration, so each and every drink is perfect
  • Instant heat-up and fast first cup
  • Customize your beverages with a single touch of a button
  • Noise reduction system for quiet preparation of beverages
  • Low energy consumption: zero-watt hours in standby mode and an on-demand heating element
  • Height adjustment and removable cup stand allows you to use the cup or travel mug of your choice
  • Automatic cleaning and descaling with use of a special T DISC keeps your beverages tasting clean
  • Removable cup stand and splash cover lets you customize the color to suit your kitchen (mine didn’t come with extra colored covers so if yours doesn’t, make sure you call Tassimo)
  • Removable 1.5 L water tank

The Tassimo T20 comes in three colors – Black, White and Grey and retails for $99.99. It can be purchased directly at www.tassimodirect.com or at retailers such as Macy’s, jc penney, Best Buy, Bloomingdales, Bed, Bath & Beyond, P.C.Richard & Son, Target, etc.

Burt’s Bees Launches güd Products

The days of bland, boring natural skincare products are gone. Burt’s Bees is known for their skin-loving natural products but now they bring us some güd stuff your skin and nose will love. What is it about güd products that will make it your new favorite line of skincare products? Like Burt’s Bees, all güd products contain all natural ingredients, there are no parabens, petrochemicals or phthalates. What makes the güd products different are the luscious scents; the fragrances are addictive. The güd line of products – Natural Nourishing Shampoo, Natural Softening Conditioner, Body Wash, Body Butter, Body Lotion, Body Mist, and Foaming Hand Wash and Hand Cream – come in four scintillating scents that are sure to make every day not just a güd one but a great one:

Floral Cherrynova™ (Japanese cherry blossoms and Almond milk)

Top Notes – Juicy Bing Cherries, fresh Green
Mid Notes – Rosewood, White Floral Bouquet
Dry Notes – Warm Milk Accord, Creamy Musk

A perfect scent for those of you that are more sweet, flirty and romantic. Be memorable in Floral Cherrynova.

Orange Petalooza™ (blood orange and hyacinth)

Top Notes – Blood Orange, Pomelo, Green Tea
Mid Notes – Orange Flower, Rose, Hyacinth
Dry Notes – Musk, Sandalwood

Have a more sunny disposition? Or maybe you need a fragrance with more of an energizing aspect, then the double dose of citrus from Orange Petalooza is for you.

Vanilla Flame™ (vanilla and creamy rice milk)

Top Notes – Black Currant, Sweet Orange, Coconut
Mid Notes – Rice Milk Accord, Jasmine
Dry Notes – Tonka Bean, Musk, Vanila

There’s nothing lovelier than a soft sensual fragrance and the classic vanilla-with-a-twist scent of Vanilla Flame will sate your desire for a luscious scent to indulge yourself in.

Pearanormal Activity™ (Pear and Acai Berry) – Exclusively for Target

Top Notes – Bartlett Pear, Dewberry, Raspberry
Mid Notes – Rhubarb, Acai Accord, White Flowers
Dry Notes – Apricot, Musk

Pamper yourself in this invigorating fresh and fruity fragrance; giving you the best of a sultry and refreshing scent, Pearanormal Activity will enchant you and those around you.

I learned about the above amazing products from Garrett Putman, Senior Global Brand Manager at Burt’s Bees (looking fabulous in his Orange Petalooza inspired Jeans) at the product launch event

These four heavenly aromatic skin and hair collection launch this month and these amazing products are available for a very wallet-friendly price range of $4.99 (Foaming Hand Wash) to $11.99 (Body Butter). Be-forewarned though beauty lovers, be prepared for a little more attention – longer hugs, people standing and sitting as close to you as possible, an ego inflating amount of compliments, etc because one whiff of these scents off your skin and everyone will want to be around you. So where can you get your hands on these very aromatic and affordable products, go to Target, Walgreens, gudhappens.com, Drugstore.com, Ulta Beauty, etc.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful and joyous Christmas. May you be surrounded by love and good times. Thank you all for being a reader of MyLifeonandofftheGuestlist.com and may we continue our journey beyond 2012

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Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel