Tech Accessories You Shouldn’t Live Without from Logitech

We find there are several things that get us excited but none other than tech toys. We love checking out and sharing our experiences with new tech products or just highlighting cool gadgets, especially if there is a fashion aspect to it. We had the pleasure of attending a Logitech event to preview what’s coming for the holiday season and what tech accessories you shouldn’t live without, and we can’t wait to show you some of the amazing giftable gadgets Logitech has to offer. These make great gifts for back-to-school, birthdays, and the holiday season. Today we will be highlighting the small gifts that make everyday life a bit easier and fun.

Logitech® case+wallet – turn your phone case into a slim, stylish wallet to keep your Credit and/or Bank cards, Metrocard, Membership Rewards Cards, Cash and Business Cards, etc safe and cash at your fingertips. A phone case with a wallet will make sure that you never leave home without some of your most important items. Surely, it’s a must-have? The +wallet boasts an instant magnetic coupling that instantly unites your phone and wallet into one pocket-friendly design with its Magnashield technology, which protects the contents of your wallet by creating a barrier to prevent demagnetization.

Logitech protection+ Case – bring extra protection and convenience to your Samsung Galaxy S®5 or Apple iPhone® 5 and iPhone® 5s with these slim, yet ultra-protective, outer shell phone cases with hard polycarbonate body with impact-resistant polymers in each corner and impact-absorbent channels. These cases also exceed the U.S. Military drop-test standard, protecting your phone from drops up to 1.8 meters high.

Logitech® +drive – make hands-free driving easy, and keep your phone secure and visible at the same time with the Logitech® case+drive. Mount the +drive to your windshield or dashboard and remove it with a flick of your wrist when you need it. Instant and magnetically adhere it to your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s +Case for quick accessibility and visibility as you drive.

Logitech +trip – compatible with the +case with a hidden metal plate, the +trip quickly clips to any air vent in your car thanks to a magnet that securely holds your smartphone secure and in view.

Bemo Social Camera – stay in the moment as you capture it right from the palm of your hand and with one touch. Each camera is rugged, water-resistant, portable (clip it on your anywhere, hang it on a lanyard, or slip it easily into your pocket) and comes in three fun-loving colors.

We’re so excited to try the Bemo Social Camera, especially as NYFW is coming up next month. Who knows what exciting things we’ll capture on this little device. We’re also looking forward to showing you more from Logitech.

Party for FREE w/ Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR at the Finale Celebration Party

Who wants to party with Kiehl’s and celebrate the Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR “motorcycling philanthropists” when they finish their multi-state ride in New York? Inspired by Kiehl’s history with motorcycles, spirit of adventure, and philanthropic heritage, the company embarks on the fifth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR aka #LifeRide5, an 11-day, multi-stop charity motorcycle ride taking place from August 2 – 12, 2014. With the help of Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals, and FIJI Water, the riders are making their way from Milwaukee to New York City, with the mission to continue to heighten AIDS awareness and raise funds for amfAR. There’s nothing sexier than a hot man on a hot bike raising money and awareness for a great cause….I mean Tyson Beckford straddling a motorcycle (huge cheers to the two female rides as well).

Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA and Kevin Robert Frost, amfAR CEO leads the #LifeRide5 motorcycle enthusiasts who are fighting against HIV/AIDS. This year marks the fifth for this amazing charity event’s riders include:

  • Tyson Beckford, model
  • Ben Cohen, World Cup Rugby Champion
  • Jay Ellis, actor
  • Kevin Robert Frost, CEO, amfAR
  • Conrad Leach, artist
  • Vanessa Marcil, actor
  • Gilles Marini, actor
  • Scott Niemeyer, producer
  • Grant Reynolds, actor
  • Katee Sackhoff, actor
  • Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA
  • Teddy Sears, actor
  • Jesse Lee Soffer, actor
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner, actor

On August 12th, the day after the Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR’s Dedication of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, the riders will be making three stops in New York ending with a finale celebration party in the Meatpacking District

Stop 1: Kiehl’s at Macy’s Herald Square – 11:30am – 12:30pm
Stop 2: Kiehl’s Rally: Kiehl’s Flagship Store, 109 3rd Avenue – 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Stop 3: Finale Celebration: 22 Little West 12th Street – 6:30pm – 9:30pm (see above flyer)

 Kiehl’s will offer a Celebration Discount of 15% off all purchases at each LifeRide stop store for two days: the day it is hosting an event and either the day before or after (check with each store for details.) In addition, Kiehl’s will offer the 15% Celebration Discount at remaining Kiehl’s retail stores nationwide, and Kiehls.com, Aug. 9th and Aug. 10th. Kiehl’s will donate that 15% difference to amfAR, up to the $125,000 total donation. If you can’t attend a ride event, you can join the fight against HIV/AIDS:

  • Follow Kiehl’s to support amfAR! Kiehl’s will donate $1 to amfAR for every follow they receive on their @Kiehls Twitter account (up to $15,000).
  •  Use your hands to find a cure! Follow Kiehl’s on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to play. Tag your image #HandsOn #contest and they will donate $1 for every participant (up to $10,000 of the overall donation). Rules on how to play can be found on our social media platforms.
  • Or make a purchase of a Limited Edition product to benefit amfAR. A Limited Edition Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, a jumbo size of the company’s classic formula and customer favorite, is available for $28.50 at Kiehl’s retail stores and specialty store partners nationwide, and Kiehls.com with 100% sale profits, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR. The Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve will be available in a specially designed 7.8.oz size, and features a red cap.

YOU’RE INVITED: Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR’s Dedication of The AIDS Memorial Quilt

In 1987, Cleve Jones and friends came up with the idea for a memorial in memory of those who had died of AIDS so they will not be forgotten. This memorial is known as The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Twenty-seven years later and this extraordinary memorial, which includes more than 48,000 panels from every US State and over 28 countries, continues to be an uncommon and uplifting dedication to those who have lost their lives to AIDS. Now for the first time in nearly two decades, New York City will host The AIDS Memorial Quilt, with a display on Governor’s Island, thanks to Kiehl’s.

You are invited to join the riders of Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR at the open-to-the-public dedication of The AIDS Memorial Quilt on Monday, August 11th at 4:30 pm hosted by The NAMES Project Foundation CEO, Julie Rhoad. The event will feature a special Unfolding Ceremony and Reading of Names. The event also invites you to volunteer your time if you want to get involved at the dedication; please contact The NAMES Project Foundation at (404)688-5500 ext. 224 or volunteer@aidsquilt.org.

For those of who who can’t make it to this event on August 11th, The Quilt will still be on display on Tuesday, August 12th from 10am – 4pm.

The Soda Report | The Four All-Natural Ingredients of DRY Soda

When it comes to getting and being healthy, we have to give up a lot of our favorite foods and drinks, much to our displeasure. One of the biggest things people give up is soda because of its high sugar content, artificial ingredients, and calorie content. As someone who sometimes needs a soda every now and then, it’s very difficult to give it up. Because of this, we’re always looking for new ways of enjoying the bad-for-you beverage, while remaining healthy. That’s where DRY Soda and it’s delicious four all-natural ingredients come in. You read that correctly, there are only FOUR ingredients in these sodas, created by Founder and CEO, Sharelle Klaus.
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So what exactly are these ingredients that make up this groundbreaking range of sodas? DRY Soda’s four all-natural ingredients include purified carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural flavors extracted from fruits, flowers or herbs (see flavors below), and a clean preservative. That’s all! These four ingredients make DRY Soda a less sweet, lightly carbonated, craft soda. A special formulation that is certified gluten free, OU certified kosher, caffeine free, and sodium free, which allows the brand’s unique soda flavors (of which there are eleven) to stand out. It contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar of traditional soda, 11-19 grams of sugar to be more precise. In fact, did you know the word DRY means less sugar in wine-lingo? Hence the name. DRY Sodas also only have 45-70 calories (depending on the flavor, and as shown on each can and bottle).

The eleven flavors of dry were developed to pair beautifully with the flavors of foods and spirits, making DRY the perfect soda to sip on its own, pair with a great meal or mix into signature cocktails. The flavors include: Lavender, Wild Lime, Blood Orange, Rhubarb, Juniper Berry, Vanilla Bean, Cucumber, Pear, Apple, Ginger, and Cherry. Discovering each of the flavors is surprising, every time you think you may have found your favorite, another one delights you. So far our top favorites include Lavender, Vanilla Bean, Wild Lime, Apple and Pear.

Two of DRY’s flavors, Cherry and Pear, are in their new Discovery Pack, a curated selection of DRY’s best-selling flavors which contains tasting and pairing notes and recipes, and were developed by former “Top Chef” and restaurateur Richard Blais – you may remember him as the runner-up from season 4 and winner of Top Chef: All-Stars, season 8. This Discovery Pack is similar to the variety packs made popular by craft beer makers which highlight seasonal favorite flavors.

You can purchase DRY Soda’s amazing flavors at select retailers such as Whole Foods, Krogers, Fairway, Balducci’s, etc  and online on www.drysoda.com. A 12-pk of DRY Soda’s slim aluminum Cans retails for $15.00 and 24-pk of DRY Soda Bottles retails for $32.00.

Retro Cool | Meet THE BRICK Phone from Binatone

If you haven’t noticed, there’s been quite the resurgence of 80’s and 90’s inspired style hitting the market, not just in fashion and beauty, but in technology as well. One of our favorites of these retro tech products is the  BRICK Phone from Binatone. Although it features the cool nostalgic look of the 90’s, the BRICK is a very modern phone. It can be used either as a bluetooth handset for your smartphone or as a powerful mobile phone when you insert your own SIM card, making the BRICK a 2-in-1 device that makes an amazing emergency phone.

Here’s what we love about this retro phone: unlike today’s smartphones, the BRICK offers 14 hours of talk time and one month standby time (over 700 hours without the need for charging); it is Bluetooth compatible with iOS and Android phones, works with any 2G SIM card, boasts a large speaker and a micro SD slot that allows you to load and play your favorite music from your smartphone, gives you the capability to access your smartphone contacts, includes an FM radio, an LED flashlight, and some very cool retro games, including SNAKE

We recently read about a teen who feel asleep with her phone under her pillow, which of course proceeded to catch on fire. Because the BRICK has a bluetooth range of 33 ft, it can remain near you without overheating, while your smartphone is at a safe distance away from flammable fabric. The 2-in 1 original BRICK mobile with 1 month standby retails for $69.99 and can be purchased online at shop.meetthebrick.com.

Long, Hot Summer? Cool Down with a Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Popsicle

Yesterday was a very hot day. Before the rains came down and saved us all from melting, our lips were practically glued to bottles of water. While water did help keep us hydrated, we needed much more to cool down. One of our favorite frozen treats to help us stay cool and happy on those scorching summer days are Popsicles. We have enjoyed quite a few this summer and are always on the lookout for new, fun recipes to try. While Popsicles are always fun for kids of all ages, we’re concentrating on ones for the 21-and-over crowd. We came across two Popsicle recipes created by Molecular Mixologist, Rob Floyd – Basil Hayden’s® Berry American Popsicle and Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Chocolate Popsicle, that are sure to be a hit during these sweltering summer days. They’re frozen cocktails on a stick – what could be better! Are you ready to enjoy a Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Popsicle this summer?
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Whether you’re at the pool, relaxing on your back/front porch, or entertaining friends, these Basil Hayden’s Bourbon popsicles will make great summer treats. the perfect snack to cool you down from the heat the best way we know how – with bourbon! The recipes, which are made with Basil Hayden’s trademark spicy bourbon and delicious fruit or decadent chocolate, are very easy to make and we’re sharing them with you today.

Basil Hayden’s® Berry American

7 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 1/2 parts Elderflower Syrup
2 parts Water
2 parts Fresh Lime Juice
4-5 Strawberries, medium size
12 Blueberries
Poke a hole in each blueberry and soak in 4 parts of bourbon for 30 minutes. Set aside.
Add strawberries to cocktail shaker and muddle.
Add fresh lime juice, Elderflower syrup, remaining bourbon and water to the cocktail shaker and shake hard.
Add to the popsicle molds.
Add three bourbon-soaked blueberries to each mold and freeze.

Basil Hayden’s® Spiced Chocolate

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
16 parts Low Fat Milk
1 1/2 parts Unsweetened Chocolate
1 1/2 parts Sugar
1 bar of Dark Chocolate (4 oz bar)
4-5 dashes of Chipotle Chili Pepper
In a saucepan over low heat, combine milk, unsweetened chocolate, sugar and dark chocolate.
Warm, and stir continuously until all ingredients are combined (Do not boil).
Remove from heat and let cool.
Add bourbon and chipotle chili pepper and stir.
Add to popsicle mold and freeze.

Are your mouths watering yet? Why not try one or both of these delicious Popsicle recipes this summer  as temperatures continue to rise, you’ll thank us for it.

Everything’s Coming up Rose Gold | Lenovo’s Rose Gold Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

Late last year we highlighted the very cool Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10, it’s amazing features and capabilities. Today we’re focusing on the new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ in the stunning and fashionable Rose Gold color. This warm pinkish-gold tone is so very hot right now and is an extremely subtle and sophisticated color. It compliments everything and is truly the most universally flattering, colored metal.

Like the Yoga Tablet 10, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ boasts the innovative, multimode design, which places the battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the device, a 32GB EMMC hard drive, a 1.6M front facing camera, a 3 Cell 9000mAH Li-Polymer battery, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless network card, and Bluetooth Version 4.0. But the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ offers so much more. Get ready for a 8.0M rear facing camera that offers crisp, clear video chats, a 10.1″ FHD IPS LED Backlit (1920×1200) display for dazzling visuals in everything from direct sunlight to low-light, a 2.0GB LPDDR2 800 MHz memory, Android 4.3 operating system, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8028 Processor (1.60GHz 1MB).

Your mobile commuting will last longer thanks to the epic battery life of the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. Its battery lasts up to 18 hours so you can go all day, well into the night, without recharging allowing you to watch videos longer than with competing products. While in Stand and Tilt modes, you can stream TV, watch movies or browse YouTube clips at a comfortable angle on the wide, 178 degree viewing angle, thanks to the display’s in-plane switching (IPS) technology.

The Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ also allows you to immerse yourself in audio that’s unlike most tablets with its front facing speakers, and Dolby® Digital Plus enhancement. With its preloaded apps, you can do more with your Yoga Tablet 10HD+. With SHAREit, you can share files quickly without network charges or a WiFi connection, while SYNCit backs up and restores your contacts, SMS messages, and call logs.

Can’t function without a keyboard? With the optional, wireless, Accutype keyboard, you can turn your Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ into a productivity machine, a stylish Bluetooth accessory that also serves as a cover for your device.

Brighten Up w/ the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device

When it comes to our teeth, we try to keep them healthy by making sure to get regular check-ups with a local dentist (like this Oak Street Dental – Central Point Family Dentist). We also make sure to brush and clean them properly especially since we are afflicted with a strong addiction to tea and somewhat sensitive teeth (note the slight irony), it has been a fight to keep our chompers sparkling white, especially since we love to smile. After trying numerous teeth whitening toothpaste and strips which only whiten our teeth by one level and in lots of pain (no more strips for us), we decided we needed something better – in comes the GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device.

This revolutionary teeth whitening device assures long lasting, professional teeth whitening results from the convenience of your home and without any teeth sensitivity. Using their patented G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic) technology, which combines professional elements of heat and light built into a one-of-a-kind, closed system mouthpiece that accelerates the whitening process, the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device prevents the whitening oxygens from escaping off the tooth surface, attacking the stains and making the whitening process more effective and efficient. When paired with their innovative whitening gel G-Vials that contains a minty fresh, stay-put formula that adheres to your teeth without getting on gums and other soft tissue, the device whitens your teeth up to five times more than regular teeth whitening options. This also means you will experience no tooth sensitivity, as is painfully common with other whitening products.

As we write this, we are on our way to a whiter, brighter smile (yes, even after two cups of tea earlier and probably two more cups later) with just four 8-minute whitening sessions per day. Whilst we would be happy with other products, especially after asking “are crest whitestrips safe for pregnancy“, we’re seeing results in just a few days that we were never able to see in a few weeks of using other products. The basic teeth whitening system, which includes a Mouthpiece & Case, GLO Dock, 10 G-Vials for 40 applications, GLO Lip Care, Dock, Power Supply, USB Adapter and Travel Bag, retails for $199.00. GLO Brilliant also has a Complete Whitening Set (which includes everything previously stated above plus an Everyday GLO™ Teeth Whitening Maintenance Pen, GLO Whitening™ Antioxidant Superberry Toothpaste, and a GLO Whitening™ Antioxidant Superberry Toothpaste – Travel Size, for $239.00. Both sets, along with individual products are available at GLO Science/Shop, Sephora, and Sephora.com.