Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we have compiled a list of gift ideas, sites that have Mother’s Day deals and experiences for mom. Below is our 2019 Mother’s Day guide to help you all find the perfect gift for mom!
Hallmark has these very cool 3D pop-up cards that are perfect for mom. Before May 4th, Hallmark will sign & send personalize a handwritten hallmark card. You type it, they handwrite it, you choose a handwriting style and Hallmark mails it for you. You can still, however, order a card not personalized for mom after May 4th for Mother’s Day delivery as well. They also have mother’s day gifts that are under $15, $30 including flowers. To shop Hallmarks Mother’s day collections please visit: https://www.hallmark.com/mothers-day/.
Rank and Style selections include the best in bath, body, and self-care for any mom at any stage of her life.
The Rank and Style team used their data-driven algorithm factoring in best-selling buzz, editorial selections, and real user reviews to create a vetted list of the best Mother’s Day gifts around that are certain to make your mom smile. To view the top their top ten Mother’s Day gifts list please visit: https://www.rankandstyle.com/top-10-list/best-mothers-day-gifts.
Teddy the Dog T-Shirts for Dog Lovers
For the Mom who has a dog or if your mom is a dog lover, Teddy the Dog t-shirts are the perfect Mother’s Day gift. “Mom Loves Me Best” features Teddy sporting his tattoo dedicated to mom while “Mom’s the Word” shows Teddy followed by his two mini-mes. Choose the design that fits your mom best. Both graphics are available for women’s apparel and accessories. Pricing for the t-shirts start at $32.00 and can be purchased here: www.teddythedog.com.
Though Kut from the Kloth is mostly known for great fitting denim they also have apparel that is stylish and affordable like sweaters and outerwear for mom.
This year and in time for Mother’s day Kut from the Kloth highlighted some extraordinary women, mothers, and all walks of life with amazing stories that #InspireMore with their Heritage Demin launch! This video is a snippet of what KUT has been working on to showcase this exciting new movement. To shop all Kut from the Kloth products please visit: https://kutfromthekloth.com/. To shop their Heritage denim please visit: https://kutfromthekloth.com/collections/premium-heritage-denim.
Bollie’s The Perfect Robe
The perfect robe for mom and the title of the robe says it all, it truly is the perfect robe. It’s not overly bulky and a robe you can wear year round with it’s short sleeves and hemline. Bollie’s The Perfect Robe has a flat neck-line, made with fabric that keeps you warm with no bulk and with one pocket designed to fit your phone. It retails for $64.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/products/the-robe-ii.
Region Backpack by Solo
The Region is a lightweight sporty backpack with a modern design that has a fully padded 15.6″ laptop compartment, quick access pocket, interior organizer section and side mesh pockets. The Region Backpack has a back strap that easily slides over luggage for travel and available in black, deep burgundy and grey. It’s available at solo-ny.com for $64.99.
Kendra Scott Jewelry
Kendra Scott jewelry for Mother’s day have gifts for mom at $50, $75, $100 and “Perfect Gifts for Mom” gift guides.
You can also customize a Kendra Scott “Charm Piece or “Color Bar” for Mom as well on their site. To shop Kendra Scott’s jelwery designs and to check out their gift guides for Mother’s Day here: https://www.kendrascott.com/.
If you’re looking for high end jewelry and have some cash to spend BodyBloom Jewelry is a great gift idea. BodyBloom Jewelry is a Persian-inspired fine jewelry line by designer Farbod Sarreshteh who brings his unique, high-quality ideas to life with incredible materials and regal designs.
Every piece is designed with only the finest gemstones and metals. Each unique piece is available in 18k yellow gold, 18k white gold, 18k rose gold, and platinum. Most pieces also offer the option of polished or matte finishes for each metal as well, giving you a customized experience. BodyBloom Jewelry starts at $1,600 for a ring and can be purchased here: http://bodybloomjewelry.com/shop.
Adero: Intelligent Organization System Using Smart Tags and Taglets
Adero turns any bag into a smart bag through a system of Smart Tags and Taglets along with an easy to use app. Just place a Smart Tag on your bag (diaper bag, travel carry-on, gym bag or backpack). Then stick Taglets on the things you want to leave behind, such as wallet, passport, headphones or laptop.
User can just press the Smart Tag to know if everything is in the bag and when it lights up green it means everything is all together. Adero also works as a tiny personal assistant by sending push notifications to remind you to grab your bang for activities. Pricing for Adero is $79 for starter, $119 for standard, $199 for deluxe and can be purchased here: https://www.adero.com/.
Sleep is something a mom, especially a new mom don’t always have the luxury of. The costs of not sleeping are well known, the benefits are hard to argue with. From reducing inflammation to boosting weight loss to helping increase mental alertness and slow the signs of aging, quality sleep will give mom a new lease on life. Rem-Fit Mother’s Day guide helps what kind of mattress, pillows and base are the best for moms. To check out the guide and their mattress, pillows and base products please click here.
If you are looking for more of a fun and different experience for mom and not so much the average gift for Mother’s Day check out https://www.getmyboat.com/. GetMyBoat, known as the “Airbnb of Boats,” with over 130,000 listings in 184 countries. They offer everything from fishing trips to stand-up paddleboard rentals to luxury charter cruises. For Mother’s Day, a brunch onboard can also be arranged. GetMyBoat users can book an experience on their app or on their site at https://www.getmyboat.com/. I think GetMyBoat is more unique than the normal limo experience.
We hope this Mother’s Day gift guide helps you all find the perfect present for the mom in your life. Happy Mother’s Day 2019!
Source: Hallmark, Kendra Scott, Kut from Kloth, GetMyBoat, Rem-Fit, BodyBloom, Teddy the Dog, Solo, Bollie, Rank and Style, Adero
With spring in full swing and summer on the way, we compiled a short list of some smart gadgets and accessories for
The 318 Helmet SH50 is a smart bike helmet featuring an integrated bone conductive speaker, rear alerting lights and accompanying smart APP. Model SH50 comes in 4 colors, Blue, Black, Yellow and White as well as two sizes, Medium (55-59cm) and Large (58-63cm). It includes one BC30 Bluetooth remote controller – accompanying app is required to utilize all smart features. It can be purchased here: https://www.fitechsports.com/product-page/sh50-smart-bike-helmet.
Silca Viaggio Travel Pump | $275 |
Silca has created a supremely portable travel pump with a Bluetooth-enabled gauge, folding feet and a clever removable handle. Inspired by the durability and portability of their iconic 1960’s-era Pista pump, the Viaggio is sure to be a travel companion for years to come. It can be purchased here: https://silca.cc/products/viaggio-travel-pump#.
The two ultra-bright LEDs cast 1700 lumens in an optimized beam to light the trail, road or street. Head. The Li-ion USB rechargeable battery has a 2-hour run time on high mode. The 3-level battery indicator shows when it’s running low. Includes quick-change cartridge battery, micro USB charging cable, and H-34 FlexTightTM handlebar mount. To purchase please visit: http://cateyeamerica.com/CatEye-Volt-1700-HL-EL1020RC-1700-lumen-Headlight.
The ABUS 440A U-lock 100db alarm system featuring the 3D Position Detection System. The core of the lock is ABUS’ reliable steel lock body and 12mm round shackle, which is tough enough to deter theft on its own. The intelligent alarm system is powered by long-lasting coin cell batteries for ease of use. Small bumps trigger warning beeps, while continued movement triggers the full ear-splitting alarm. Customer can add in the 100db alarm (as loud as a circular saw). It can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Abus-ABUS-U-Lock-440-Alarm/dp/B07JZVMK6G.
Perfect for those long distance rides, a new generation of the PowerWatch that uses Dual solar/thermoelectric-powered battery harvesting to power the most advanced smartwatch you never need to charge.
- Integration with third party apps and platforms
- Heart monitor
- GPS tracker
- Full color LCD display
- Calorie counter
- Sleep tracker
- Market-leading water resistance (200m)
- Aircraft-grade aluminum casing, sapphire glass face
- Customizable strap
It is available at: PowerWatch.com and shipping out on June 2019.
HEX NEW Kindred Collection Bags |Pricing Varies (see below)|
Featuring sneaker and gym duffels, backpacks, slings and waist pack models. The NEW collection features a subtle tonal-patterned neoprene, light in weight and water resistance. Below are three of the new collection that would be ideal for biking depending on the size you need.
- Kindred Signal Backpack – $89.95
- Kindred Sneaker Sling – $59.95
- Kindred Waist Pack – $34.95
To shop their collection please visit: https://www.hexbrand.com/collections/kindred-collection
Floyd’s of Leadville CBD Gems | from $54 |
Easy and tasty CBD for recovery. Floyd’s of Leadville Gems are available in 10 or 25mg versions, perfect for tossing in your travel kit for cycling, backpacking or any time the anti-inflammatory and relaxation properties of CBD fit into your travel plans. The Floyd’s Leadville CBD gems can be purchased here: https://floydsofleadville.com/shop/.
From wherever car headlights are approaching FLECTR 360 wraps razor-thin around the rim. The two-piece FLECTR 360 wraps around the rim from both sides and overlaps onto the rim vertex. Wide-angle and gap-free reflection guaranteed. To purchase please visit: https://www.flectr.bike/collections/flectr-360/products/flectr-360-set.
Shower Pill |10 wipes/Box for $9.99|
After a long ride especially during the summer a towel really doesn’t do the trick. The Shower Pill wipes are proven to kill 99.9 percent of germs, while leaving skin feeling clean, fresh and moisturized. The wipes contain aloe vera and witch hazel to help sooth your skin. To purchase the Shower Pill Wipes please visit: https://www.showerpill.com/.
We hope this guide helps you all with your future rides this spring and summer! Remember to stay hydrated and keep safe out on those roads. As much as we would like to think people understand the cycling laws while driving some don’t, so be careful but have FUN!
Source: ABUS, FiTech Sports, Cateye, Silca, flectr, Floyd’s, MATRIX Power Watch, Shower Pill
beGlammed On-Demand Beauty Service App
If you don’t have time before the big date try out the beGlammed. beGlammed is the leading on-demand beauty service app that delivers professional hairstylists, makeup artists and nail stylist straight to your door. Tap the app to book a personal beauty team and get pampered on demand in the comfort of your home, office, hotel, or any other location. beGlammed offers $50.00 and can be booked via their app or online at https://www.beglammed.com/.
MyCheelle Refining Sugar Cleanser is a natural sugar and intoxicating Vanilla-infused cleanser that gently exfoliates surface impurities as it transforms into a creamy and foaming lather which leaves skin radiant and refined. I’ve been using this a while and the trick is to make sure you blend it in fully so that there are no sugar crystals left and it’s a full lather. It leaves your skin very soft after using it just once! MyCheelle Refining Sugar Cleanser is boosted with anti-aging Matrixyl® Synthe’6™ Peptide, bioactive Plant Extracts, and Hyaluronic Acid to help keep skin hydrated. It cost $25.00 for 3.5 fl oz and can be purchased here: https://www.mychelle.com/collections/cleansers/products/refining-sugar-cleanser.
If you are looking for a skin care line that’s more than a daily scrub definitely check out The Spa Dr. The Spa Dr.’s skin care line is powerful, yet gentle and packed with natural, plant-based ingredients that leave your skin clean, nourished, protected and simply beautiful. Here are The Spa Dr.’s four easy steps:
- Step 1 Clear – Cleanse and clear your skin without disrupting its natural barrier with this gentle cleanser.
- Step 2 Nourish – Smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for younger-looking skin with this antioxidant serum.
- Step 3 Renew – Rehydrate tired, dry skin with this enriched moisturizer.
- Step 4 Enhance – Revitalize dull skin.
The Spa Dr.’s four step skin care line starts at 199.00 and can be purchased here: https://store.thespadr.com/collections/the-spa-dr-products
C ADVANCE Anti-Aging Intensive Serum has a revitalizing blend of Activated Silk, 10% vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, C Advance visibly smooths the look of fine lines, dark spots and wrinkles for a more radiant, even-toned appearance. I’ve also been using this and I can see a difference with fine lines and dark spots after continuously using it. It costs $122.00 and can be purchased here: https://silktherapeutics.com/collections/all-products/products/c-advance.
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Bio Brightener Baked Powder By W3LL PEOPLE
Bio Brightener Baked Powder gives you a beautiful glow and it provides invisible coverage with a matte radiance that blurs imperfections and minimizes pores. Brush it on for a soft, luminous, healthy glow that imparts a flawless, no-makeup makeup look. The feather light texture feels weightless on skin and blends effortlessly. Magnolia Bark and Squalane enliven and nourish the complexion for long-term benefits. I use this every day and can’t do my daily makeup without it. It costs $24.99 and can be purchased at their stores or online here: https://www.thedetoxmarket.com/products/bio-brightener-baked-powder.
Super Stay 24 Color’s long-lasting liquid lipstick formula with Micro-Flex technology stays fresh through 200 bites, 120 sips, and countless kisses. Though not like the other lip stains by designers it holds up to the 24 hour promise. I have been using this lipstick for years and it never fails sometimes stays on longer than 24 hours. It cost $10.49 and can be purchased here https://www.maybelline.com/lip-makeup/lipstick/superstay-24-liquid-lipstick.
Barely Xtensions offers the ultra-seamless difference in hair extensions featuring a revolutionary Micro-Thin Skin Weft technology providing the smoothest application on the market allowing the extensions to lay flat to the head for a virtually undetectable finish. Made of 100% premium quality Remy human hair. They start around $165.00 and can be purchased here: http://www.barelyxtensions.com/.
Badelettes thigh bands prevent chafing and look like vintage lingerie. The no slip silicon will keep them in place so you can take your place in the fashion week hall of fame with no rubbing and no chafing no matter how many shows you try to pack in your schedule. It is $16.95 for a pair and can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/2MBxkLF.
Luvyle is a forerunner in the online fashion world and is known for offering impressive discounts on trendy women’s dresses and accessories. They have sexy dresses starting in the $20.00 like this Red Lace Dress with High-neck that is only $25.00! They are offering free shipping for orders over $59.00 and to shop their fashion line please visit https://www.luvyle.com.
We wish you good luck on your BIG date and hope these suggestions helped you prepare for it! Happy Valentine’s Day Hi-Tech Chic fans!
Source: Luvye, Barely Xtensions, Maybelline, Badelttes, MyChelle, Silk Therapeutics, W3LL People, beGlammed, The Spa Dr., Smashbox
We have put together a small list of sites where you can still get your holiday gifts in time for the 25th. They range in a variety of tastes and price to help you shop and budget for the holidays. Below are some last minute sites that are still shipping in time for the holiday.
Each month, you’ll receive a box jam-packed with over 300 LEGO® pieces as well as at least 5 unique Build Challenges and LEGO® Story to bring it all together. You’ll also find fun contests, Staff Picks from the previous month, and LEGO® games! There are six key features that you’ll find in every box! Hover over each image below to get a sneak peak of what’s inside! Important Note: If you join today, your first Challenge Box WILL arrive in time for Christmas! To shop or to learn more about the Lego Challenge box please visit: http://boosterbricks.com/join-the-club-bfl/?afmc=bfl.
Amazon has a variety of last minute deals that they are posting live. If you’re a prime member you also get faster shipping. To check out their last minute holiday gift deals please visit: https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=LMD18_GW_Desk_Dashboard_EN?node=11516390011&pf_rd_p=7454219f-3448-4cdc-bc9f-442f8b7ffd6b&pf_rd_r=PC2N0CF0NSNW2BCQ2DV8.
On the GiftNow site, you send a Holiday gift instantly via email, text or you can print it out. They get to choose their size and color (or exchange it) before it ships. This is perfect for someone that has picky taste. To shop their last-minute holiday gifts please visit: https://www.giftnow.com/.
Gift Tree has a variety of Holiday gift baskets from snacks to wine. They also have flowers and personalized gift options that will make it just in time for Christmas day. To shop their full holiday collection please click here.
Cloud 9 Living has over unique 2,000 indoor or outdoor experiences for every taste, budget, and style. All you do is enter your hometown or where you want to go and it brings up experience for that particular city. Take $15 Off Orders $199+ by using code: INSTANT15. Please visit https://www.cloud9living.com/ to shop through their experience.
Funky Chunky Hand-drizzled, gourmet popcorn packaged in a variety of tins, boxes, trays and packs. They offer free 2 day shipping for orders over 100.00. To check out their Holiday themed gifts please visit: https://funkychunky.com/collections/perfect-holiday-gifts.
All last minute purchases $40 and over will receive FREE priority shipping for delivery on or before December 24*. Order before December 19 at 11:59 p.m. EST and get Sock Fancy just in time to put under the tree. If you want to learn more or shop their collections please visit: https://sockfancy.com/.
We hope this helps you while you’re doing last minute shopping. Happy Holidays from all of us at Hi-Tech Chic!
Source: Amazon, BoosterBricks, Sock Fancy, Cloud 9 living, Gift Tree, Funky Chunky, GiftNow
Halloween is coming up and for those that celebrate we have 3 interesting DIY original costumes ideas by Sharon Stone, a fashion stylist and personal shopper from S2 The Style Agency. Instead of doing the sexy nurse or one of the Kardashians as a costume why not try for something more unique.
Sharon blends her knowledge of high fashion with a love for vintage and offbeat finds with three different DIY costumes which include Fashion Icon Iris Apfel, Fashion Icon Coco Chanel and a great couple’s costume of John Lennon and Yoko. Below are Sharon Stone’s Tips for the 3 DIY Halloween Costumes.
- Iris Apfel -Fashion Icon
- Her image is larger than life. Bold, Colorful, one of a kind. Iris is a fun costume idea for any fashionista who loves to play with layers, textures, baubles & style!
- Drama/Oversized/Bold/Statement: Excess is the key, so layers & layers of jewelry
- Jewelry Keywords: Chunky bead, Large plastic links, Statement, Tribal, Boho, African, Mardi Gras, Cuff Bracelet, Bangle Bracelet
- Great resources: Thrift Shops, Resale Boutiques, Amazon, Etsy, Party Store
- Large Round Glasses, Ethnic Boho jacket (quilted and oversized is great) & long skirt or wide leg pants
- Cropped Silver wig /Amazon, local wig store or Ebay
- Bright vibrant lipstick – drugstore
- If desired may carry a cane (thrift shop), wrap it in matching color duct tape from Michaels
- Coco Chanel , another fashion icon in the Fashion ” Hall of Fame” . Coco was renowned for her multitudes of pearls, her classic black elegant wardrobe, and a red lip.
- Vintage Clothing, or Vintage look; all black – local vintage boutiques or antique malls
- Cardigan or tweed jacket – designer resale or thrift store
- Oodles of pearls – Ebay, thrift shop or party store
- Cuff bracelets on both wrists from Resale, Ebay, or Thrift. Do the same with small pearl or button earrings
- Shoes should be Oxford Style, with or without a heel, and black tights.
- Cigarette as a prop
- John & Yoko, visually stunning all in white with their timeless message of peace & love. Fun idea for that free-spirited couple, and pretty cozy too!
- White Cotton pj’s & white cotton bathrobe can be found in Ebay & Amazon
- Wigs at wig shop & round glasses at Party /Costume Shop
- White bed sheet large enough to drape behind both
- Clever signs re: peace & love
These are some unique costume ideas from Sharon Stone and I doubt you would run into someone else with these costumes at your Halloween event. For more information Sharon Stone visit https://s2thestyleagency.com/.
Source: S2 The Style Agency, Sharon Stone
Fall Fashion depends on where you live, some may get a full fall with the change of seasons or you may live in a city where there may not be a transition from one season to another. Regardless of those who love the transition to fall fashion wherever you may be in the world, we compiled a list of products that may interest you. Below we have combined different women and men’s fall fashion pieces from accessories to apparel to beauty care that you can carry through the beginning of winter.
Doctor Lip Bang offers a variety of electric and nourishing chapsticks, lip tints and their newest ULTA exclusive, the Lip Freak Buzzing Lip Oil! Each one of their lip care items are packed full of the highest grade natural ingredients with no harsh chemicals or preservatives. Though this may be mostly for women but for men, especially that ski or outdoor sports, I would check their lip care system out. Their lip care item starts at $7.95 and can be purchased here: https://www.ulta.com/lip-freak-buzzing-lip-oil?productId=xlsImpprod19011105.
DeadSoxy: Fashionable Socks for Men, Women and Youth
DeadSoxy produces a high-quality stylish socks in a variety of colors and patterns designs for men, women and youth. Their socks are naturally antimicrobial, odor free, retain their shape, wick away moisture, do not shrink, do not fade, and offer a gentle compression.
DeadSoxy’s ComfortBlend Design spreads the elastic out flat to prevent the band from digging into the foot. They also have created the unisex fit that is invisible and guaranteed to stay on. Their socks start at $14.00 and to shop the men’s, womens’ and youth socks please visit: https://www.deadsoxy.com/.
The UnbelievaBrella™ Reverse Umbrella utilizes a unique reverse open and close system, the water stays away from you by funneling into the umbrella when it’s closed. With a rubber-coated C-shaped handle for hands-free use and steel and fiberglass construction. New for 2018: Black/Red and Black/Charcoal with the same grippy hands-free C handle! They retail for $20.00 and can be purchased here: https://shedrain.com/products/unbelievabrella-reverse-umbrella/.
Tenth Street Hats: New Fall Hats for Men and Women
This Fall Tenth Street Hats fashionable wide-brimmed and wool felt hats in black, deep blue’s, and burgundy are a great accessory for both men and women. Their men’s and women’s hats are handmade with the best materials, come in a variety of styles and colors plus start at $30.00. To check out their fall line at Tenth Street Hats for women please click here. To shop their fall line for men’s hats please click here.
Dazi: New Men’s Neck-Tie’s Collection
Dazi has on-trend designs that will keep you looking sharp and have a new collection for the fall to check out. Dazi ties come in a variety of styles and colors from a day at the office to a night out on the town. They retail for $28.00 and up and can be purchased here: https://www.daziusa.com/collections/new-releases.
Scarfy Chick: New Fall Handmade Scarfs
Scarfy Chick’s new Fall Collection features color palettes inspired by the various fall nature like the Redwood forest to hues of the soft gray reminiscent of morning fog or cascading waterfall. The fall collection offers sedate pastels of soft brown, ivory, gray, vibrant reds, greens, and blues of the Northwest. The collection offers handmade accessories on etsy and designed to complement woman’s existing wardrobe throughout the fall and winter season. Their fall scarfs start at $42.00 and for more information or to shop Scarfy Chick, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/scarfychick.
Kut from the Kloth debuts jeans that feature innovative FAB AB technique for a flatter, slimmer, more comfortable fit. The newest fits just launched include the Diana relaxed fit skinny and the Mia slim fit skinny. They retail for $98.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.kutfromthekloth.com/fit/fab-ab.html.
Rebel Pink: Bold Women’s Fall Fashions Inspired by New York City
To add a little more color and sequin to your fall fashion besides the normal natural colors check out Rebel Pink that brings the city to your closet. Their latest fashion line is inspired by the graffiti & street art of New York. They offers bold fall styles like their Sequin Joggers, Sequin Jersey, Oversized long printed hoodies, and my favorite the Pearly Pink Hoodie Jacket. They have various fashions that will change up your fall waredrobe. Their products range from $30 for a crop tank top to $200.00 for the Pearly Pink Hoodie Jacket. To shop their product line please visit: https://rebelpink.com/shop/.
Whether you’re a women or a man skin care especially when changing seasons is crucial. Hanacure is an All-In-One Facial skin care treatment is designed to fight the most common skin concerns with innovative age-defying technology. It is created with equipped with CO2 OctoLift™ and removes impurities to make the skin look reinvigorated, more firm, lifted, smoother and evenly toned. It includes: 4 Lifting Serum ampoules at 1ml each, 4 Gelling packs at 6ml each, Brush, and 4 Single-use applications. It retails for $110.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.hanacure.com/products/the-all-in-one-facial-set.
Barely Xtensions: Instant Fall Hair Extensions
Fall usually brings in new haircuts or styles but what happens if you had a bad haircut or went too short. If this has happened to you-you may want to consider clip in hair extensions by Barely Xtensions while your hair grows out. Barely Xtensions offers instant length, various hair colors, and thickness and especially if the shortest layer of hair is about 6 inches long. The extensions retail for $164.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.sallybeauty.com/brands/barely-xtensions/. To learn more about Barely Xtensions please visit: http://www.barelyxtensions.com/.
There were so many new high-end fashions from New York Fashion week (not listed) that you can check out here: http://nyfw.com/.
We are hoping to get samples of the above to review and feature so please keep checking back. We are also starting our annual Holiday Guides. If you would like your product featured please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax free weekend is in a couple days and if you’re needing to do some back to school shopping this weekend is the time! For this back to school season we decided to split the guide into two different editions; College and Grade School. We have already published our “College Edition” back to school guide yesterday and here is our “Grade School Edition” guide to help you with you all with back to school shopping!
Halo Baby headbands are very comfortable, light in weight and made from the same buttery-soft fabric as the signature and solid halos from Urban Halo. Each headband comes with a very cute detachable flower that can be worn on its own and the headbands come in three sizes. These are great for girls in pre-school and elementary school! The flowers are $10.00 for a three pack and $15.00 for the headbands including the flower. They can be purchased here: https://www.urbanhalo.com/product-category/halo-baby/. They also have halo headbands for men and women as well starting at $15.00 as well with a variety of colors and sizes. To check out their adult line please visit: https://www.urbanhalo.com/product-category/signature-headbands/.
Little Goodall fashion line features trendy clothing for boy’s and girls from the size of 2T to size 9. Their line consists of clothing including dresses, skirts, coats, shorts sets, shirts and accessories. This Austin based company’s clothing line is affordable and they have a sale area on their site where I found a girls dress for only $28.00. To shop their site for boy and girl fashion please visit: www.littlegoodall.com.
Feltman Brothers’ classic heirloom fashions features quality fabrics, exclusive designs, and attention to detail for babies and toddlers. Feltman Brothers’ vintage-style clothing is classic and affordable like the Sailor Dress (last one of the picture, goes for only $62.00! These outfits would be awesome for the first day of pre-school for boys and girls as their sizes are from baby till size 4T. To check out their collection please visit: www.feltmanbrothers.com.
The Döse Multi-purpose Stackable Containers are an easy, hassle-free, and mess-free way for kids to bring along juice, trail mix, and other snacks to school. They are easy to sterilize and clean in the dishwasher and free of BPA, Phthalate and PVC. It is stackable, interchangeable, and compact enough to fit anywhere. Döse features three compartments with a large storage capacity of 4oz, a protective cap with a flexible silicone handle, and a funnel cap for easy pouring. Retails for 9.99 at bbluvgroup.com.
The BubbleBum inflatable car booster seat weighs less than one pound, inflates in seconds and fits into a child’s backpack. BubbleBum also includes belt positioning clips in place of arm rests, so it’s possible to fit three boosters across the back seat of a car, minivan, or SUV. BubbleBum was also announced the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) “Best Bet” in their booster seat evaluation report, where they’ve branded BubbleBum as one of the best for safety! BubbleBum helps ensure that EVERY child has a safe booster seat on EVERY ride. Retails $29.99 at bubblebum.co/us/.
Experience Real History™ has interactive AR products that give users the power to visit the Alamo as it was in 1836 through an unparalleled union of historical scholarship and technology, the perfect learning history tool for the kids! The new Experience Real History: Alamo Edition offerings include:
- 3 Card Collector’s Random Card Pack – Includes 3 AR experiences
- Collector’s Reality Card Set – Includes 7 AR experiences
- Limited Edition Augmented Reality Mini-Board and Card Set – Includes 11 AR experiences
- 3D Augmented Reality Board Set – Includes 17 AR Experiences
Prices range from $8.99 – $34.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dtoys-and-games&field-keywords=experience+real+history+Alamo
Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope: A must have for the student in a lab coat. The Plugable Digital USB Microscope lends to efficient observations and can enhance projects with clear images and videos of microscopic cells and samples. The microscope features a 0x-250x magnification range, 4 dimmable LEDS for lighting, and a USB 2.0 interface with a 4 ft cable. They retail for $49.99 and be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/PLUGABLE-MICROSCOPE-FLEXIBLE-OBSERVATION-MAGNIFICATION/DP/B00XNYXQHE.
the BuddyPhones WAVE headphones are waterproof, has a range of 30 feet wirelessly, over 20 hours of battery life and features four distinct SafeAudio listening modes. They come in pink, blue, green and orange, perfect for boys or girls. They retail for $79.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.buddyphones.com/products/buddyphones-wave.
T-Goal is a smart wearable sensor that collects your in-game soccer data, allowing you to adjust and plan your training. The T-Goal sensor is small in size which allows players to wear it during training or in-game. T-Goal can track several metrics through it’s dashboard by connecting to the T-Goal app and go out and play. T-Goal has a Kickstarter campaign and their early bird pledge special is $ 105.00 and includes; 1 T-Goal sensor, 1 wrist strap, 1 calf sleeve and 1 compression shirt (Retail is $150 USD, 47% Off). If you would like to purchase a T-Goal please visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/t-goal/t-goal-modern-soccer-data-tracking-wearable?ref=creator_nav.
The Tracer Locator uses cellular network technology to keep tabs on people, pets and assets without dependency on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi communications. The outer surface is extremely durable and water resistant. It is capable of two-way voice communication and location tracking anywhere in the world. The battery lasts up to 1 year. It doesn’t ship till September and retails for $119.00. To pre-order please visit: https://www.databytesinc.com/product-page/tracer.
We wish you all good luck in the new school year and keep checking back on Hi-Tech Chic for new product reviews and our annual holiday gift guides.
Source: Tracer Locater, Urban Halo, T-Goal, Plugable, Experience Real History, Bubble Bum, Dose, Feltman Brothers, Little Goodall, Wave
It’s back to school season and with tax free weekend coming up it’s time to start shopping for the new school year. Just like previous years we have put together a back to school guide to help you with your shopping woes. Our college edition guide will consist of a range of products for your dorm room, campus fashion and functional items you need to survive university life. Below are our findings for Back to School 2018:
#AskMe Tees™ are designed to help tackle the awkwardness of meeting someone for the first time in a light-hearted way. Each t-shirt topic is meant to be a conversation starter. You pick topics of interest, understanding that your t-shirt is an open invitation to talk. This is perfect for college orientation! The retail at $25.00 and you can purchase them here: https://askmetees.com/pages/collections.
hipsi is a body slimming flat belt that hides behind your tightest t’s and no flap to get in the way. The adjustable elastic belt works with all the pants in your closet. You can mix and match strap colors and buckles to complement your outfits which makes it the perfect multifunctional belt for college. The belt with buckle retails for $50.00 and can be purchased here: https://hipsi.com.
The Origamei Dress is a wrinkle-resistant foldable dress which doubles as a small clutch, perfect for college life on the go. They come in a variety of colors and styles to choose from. Origamei launched their Kickstarter Campaign and available to pre-order on Kickstarter, starting at $48 (40% off retail) for a limited time, at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/origamei/origamei-the-foldable-dress-for-the-minimal-travel?ref=pr.go2.fund&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pr.go2.fund.
Comfort Touch Scarves combines knitting and heating technology designed to keep people warm. Comfort Touch’s flagship product, a line of scarves, are scheduled to be available fall, 2018. Made with premium natural wool, the scarves are knitted with a small, safe, and strong heating wire that is powered by a small low-voltage rechargeable battery. Scarves retail for $169.00 and can be pre-ordered here: www.inlabdesign.com.
Showaflops flip flops are designed to be worn in community shower which is perfect for dorm life! The cushioned soles feature the same drainage holes and soles as their flip flops collectkions. Showaflops retail between $24.00 – $34.00 and can be purchased here: http://showaflops.com/flop-shop/.
Bend & Hook Hangers keeps your small closet organized while also keeping your clothes wrinkle free. The Perfect Hanger from Bend & Hook can hold up to 20 lbs and eliminates the shoulder bumps that normal hangers leave! It is $49.99 for a 24 Pack and can be purchased here: https://bendandhook.com/.
CleverMade LaundryCaddy holds up to 55 lbs of laundry which is about 2 loads of laundry. It opens and closes in an instant due to the built-in patented SnapHinge. It retails for $24.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.clevermade.com/products/snapbasket-laundrycaddy-collapsible-tote-carries-up-to-30-lbs?variant=28340020865.
Lorena Canals’ functional and trendy organizational basket that double as a decoration is perfect for your new dorm room or apartment. Made with all natural materials and free of any chemicals and environmental hazards, these baskets solve the problem of not having enough decorative storage space. They are perfect for organizing books, arts and craft supplies, chargers, and more. They retail for $49.00 and up at lorenacanals.us/.
The UnbelievaBrella™ Reverse Umbrella utilizes a unique reverse open and close system, the water stays away from you by funneling into the umbrella when it’s closed.
With a rubber-coated C-shaped handle for hands-free use and steel and fiberglass construction. New for 2018: Black/Red and Black/Charcoal with the same grippy hands-free C handle! They retail for $20.00 and can be purchased here: https://shedrain.com/products/unbelievabrella-reverse-umbrella/.
Bluetooth Headset: The Plugable Bluetooth Headset is ideal for the student on the move. Keeping in touch with family and staying fit can be a challenge for students away at college; the Bluetooth Headset makes it easier to have a chat with friends and family, or play their favorite tunes while walking across campus. The headset can be paired with smart phones, tablets, music players and boasts 5 audio equalization presets, dynamic bass boost, passive noise cancelling, and HD voice for calls it retails for $29.99.
Katana Safety is transforming personal safety with a multi-level security system that fits on the back of your smartphone. Stepping in where traditional solutions like pepper spray fall short, the portable tech tool combines a lightweight shield with a built-in alarm, a mobile app with a GPS-enabled locator, a messaging center and a 24/7 response center which contacts local authorities when prompted. The KATANA APP lets you manage your Katana Circle, share your location when necessary, and manage alerts. It retails for $99.00 and can be purchased here: https://invite.katanasafety.com/v1/.
Plugable USB-C Docking Station with Power Delivery: The Plugable USB-C docking station allows students to utilize multiple devices and an extra display for big projects through one single USB-C. The docking station includes 5-USB ports, so tech savvy students can connect their favorite externals and charge all their devices at once. The Plugable USB-C Docking station features one HDMI output, one USB-C port with power delivery, one gigabit ethernet, headphone, and microphone ports. It retails for $179.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Plugable-rSpecific-Chromebook-Thunderbolt-Supported/dp/B076HXWR9M/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1531945426&sr=8-16&keywords=plugable+docking+station.
We hope this guide helped you all find something great to start off the school year and good luck to all those heading back to school in the fall!
Source: Plugable, Origamei, Katana, hipsi, CleverMade, UnbelievaBrella™, Bend and Hook, Comfort Touch, Lorena Canals’, Showaflop, #ASKMe
July is the busiest month for moving and with so many apps and companies out there how do you know which one to choose? Our suggestion is to choose a few competing real estate apps most popular within your region. We choose to try out the Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps since I am in the market to buy a new home. Our goals was to see which first, had the most properties listed for sale in the search area and also which had the most intuitive search platform for an app. Below is a brief description of each:
- Zillow®, the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. Home search engine includes: Buying, Renting, Selling
- Trulia® helps buyers and renters find a place where they will love to live. With insights sourced straight from locals and over 34 neighborhood map overlays like crime and schools. Home search engine includes: Buying and Renting
- Realtor.com®is the resource for home buyers and sellers offering the comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help clients find or sell their home. Home search engine includes: Buying, Renting, Selling.
- Redfin was one of the first map-based real estate search engines launched. They hire their own agents to help clients buy and sell the right home, at the right price. Home search engine includes: Buying & Selling.
After downloading Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps I signed into all four using my Facebook account which made signing in a breeze. Each app after you sign in goes directly to the search page where you enter your desired neighborhood or area and filter options. Each app has these same filters and search options regardless if it’s selling or renting when searching for a home.
Type of Property
- Price Range
- Property Size
- Home Type
- Year Built
- Property Status*
- Mortgage or Payment Calculators
- HOA Fees
- Parking/ Gargage
- *The property status can include if it’s pending, just sold or new construction of its foreclosed but that information depends on each property. Once you click on an individual property you will get more detailed information, each property is different.
Below is a small break down of the other features that the different apps have.
|APPs||School Info||Days on Market||Price Reductions||Open House||3D Tours|
If the filter option is not your cup of tea Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps all have the draw options where you can highlight the area you want with your finger. I thought this feature was awesome since my personal home search isn’t just one zip code, it’s the one next to it as well.
On my search for my future home I started with Zillow first before thinking I would be using all four in my search for the perfect home in my area. I loved the mapping, the “Zestimate”, and their property payment history. I found a property that had drastically gone down in a year that was amazing though not for me. I went on several open houses and also drove by the properties but wanted more options so I downloaded the Realtor.com app.
I thought the Realtor.com app would have the same listing but I was incorrect. It had separate listings within my area I had never seen on Zillow. It also had as part of the map the option to make it 3D, map crime and points of interests. Though they had some listings I was curious for more options.
I downloaded the Redfin app using the same filters on their search mapping system. Unlike the other two Redfin they had the “satellite” option for their maps which was an interesting way to look over your future neighborhood. My last stop was Trulia which had similar listings than Zillow so I ended my home buying app downloading party for now. I am still searching for my perfect new home in Austin and will continue to use these apps until I find it!
Since I am not looking into selling a home I can’t give you a review on that portion of their app. Zillow®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps are the ones you can look into if selling a home as Trulia does not offer that service. I would check with all Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps for further information and for updates to their apps. We all know updates for apps are inevitable and may further your home searching needs. Happy home hunting, selling and buying this summer!
Even though July 4th has past the last day of summer is September 21st so there is still time to purchase summer style pieces or pool and lake accessories. This year we have combined different price points for swimwear and accessories for the beach or pool. We also included some men’s and kids summer must-haves as well! Below is our 2018 list of Summer Must Haves to keep you stylish and beach or pool ready!
Summer Apparel, Swimwear & Cover-Ups
Lucky Brand Swimwear for Men and Women: (M: $59.00 & Up/ W: $78.00 & Up) When you think of Lucky Brand you think of denim but this season they have some great swimwear for men and women. They also have great kimonos and cover-ups decently priced. To shop Lucky Brand women collection click here. For Men’s swimwear collection click here. To shop Luck Jeans, in general, please visit: https://www.luckybrand.com/.
IBKUL Men’s and Women’s Summer Apparel: ( $60.00 – $125.00) IBKUL Men’s and Women’s Apparel features patented iceFil technology that makes all of IBKUL’s pieces keep the body up to 5 degrees cooler, perfect for the summer. Their appearal has suncare breakthrough UPF 30 protection and comes in a range of florals, dots, stripes, and pastel prints. They have some new patterns for summer as well to check out on their site. IBKUL men’s and women’s pieces are available online, at Dillard’s departments stores, and specialty boutiques/pro shops in your area.
Gottex’s Swimwear Apparel: ($108.00 & Up) Gottex’s body-contouring swimwear collection uses bonding technology to create suits that mold perfectly to the body for an au naturel silhouette. The Diamond in the Rough Red Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit is a great fit and decently priced at $108.00. To purchase their swimwear or to check out their other collections please visit: https://www.gottex-swimwear.com/.
NAYALI’s Bells Beach One Piece Swimsuit: ($145.00) The Bells Beach is a one-piece swimsuit with a low back suit that offers tons of support plus can be worn as a bodysuit as well. The Bells Beach swimsuit features supportive & adjustable straps, body contouring lines & details, medium curved coverage on seat to flatter, and removable bra pads shield. The NAYALI full collection focuses on premium active, swim, and athleisure for fit women who are D-Cup & Up. internal shelf bra that actually fits & lifts. Their site is located here: https://nayali.la/collections/all/1pc.
Strait Swim Swimwear: ($180.00 – $190) With the Strait Swim collection you can choose from high-waisted cheeky bottoms or a full coverage bottom piece. All prints are actually hand drawn with watercolor by a local Australian artist and each print is sold with a story of the Torres Strait islands which inspired each individual print. Though on the high price end THE MURRAY one piece has a great silhouette and can be worn as a bodysuit as well. To shop their collection please visit: https://straitswim.com/our-swimwear/.
Beach & Pool Must-Haves
Swimsuit Travel Bags: ($19.99) BandaBeau’s waterproof and antimicrobial swimsuit bags have a water-absorbent exterior made from the same fast-drying swimsuit fabric and comes in a variety of coordinating beach-inspired prints. The travel bag is designed to tote soggy swimsuits, wet flip flops or sweaty gym clothes, and it also doubles as a beach pillow when filled with a tee, tank, sarong, etc. Includes a convenient drawstring wrist strap and can be purchased here: https://bandabeau.com/collections/swimsuit-travel-bags.
The Wickelfisch bag allows you to store your beach towel, keys, dry clothes and more. Wickelfisch USA is available in two sizes, in a variety of vibrant colors and customizable for names, logos or any design. To shop their collection please visit: https://wickelfischusa.com/collections/all.
Towel Tamers: ($29.99) The bandeau bikini-inspired towel band wraps around the top of a lounge chair to keep wind-blown beach towels in place – it’s fully adjustable and made from a stretchable, swimsuit fabric, and comes in a variety of vibrant prints to ensure one’s beach chair stands out in a crowd and saves your seat at a crowded pool. It also has a hidden zippered pocket and compact enough to store in a beach bag. They can be purchased here: https://bandabeau.com/collections/towel-tamers.
Lounge Chair Towel Cover: ($59.99) BandaBeau’s lounge chair-length beach towel features a plush 100% cotton top and an absorbent base for drying off post-swim. The Lounge Chair Towel Cover is double sided beauty that’s 90” inches long and can be purchased here: https://bandabeau.com/collections/lounge-chair-towels.
Sandusa Beach Towel Bean Bag: ($89.00- $119.00) The Sandusa Beach Towel Bean Bag’s cotton toweling has a waterproof nylon backing so you can jump straight on the bean bag while at the beach or pool. It has a waterproof and sandproof underside so sand will just slide right off. Large enough for two, or available in a junior size for the kids. It’s perfect for the entire family! To shop their beach towel bean bag’s click here.
RinseKit Portable Outdoor Shower: ($99.00) Though, the RinseKit Portable Outdoor Shower isn’t really a “must have” it should be for men and women alike along with parents because no one likes sand getting in your car or home. It holds 2-3 gallons of warm or cold water, pressurized Spray for 4-9 minutes, and no pumping or batteries needed. Please click here for more information or to purchase.
We hope you all have a Happy National Pool Day tomorrow and a fabulous summer!
Summer is in full swing and July 4th is just around the corner which means there may be a summer party in your near future. Fashion-wise there is always a struggle to look fabulous in the heat especially if you live in a city with over 100-degree weather. We gathered a few fashion pieces that can help you look amazing throughout the summer listed below.
The Oversize Denim Boyfriend Jacket (Alaska Wash) is perfect for those cool summer nights on the beach, park or lake. This 100% cotton silhouette denim jacket retails for $69.00 and a summer 2018 fashion must have. We also received a sample of their Flounce Hem Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) and Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny (Floresta Wash) to review. The Flounce Hem Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) retails for $55.00 and currently on sale for $36.85. The Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny (Floresta Wash) retails for $59.00. To shop their denim collection please visit:
Sonnet James designs durable, machine-washable dresses for mothers who want to be playful with their kids and feel beautiful. Crafted out of four-way stretch modal-spandex, the dresses have flattering lines and instead of dry-clean-only silk-chiffon, lace or wool-crepe, Sonnet James dresses are made from soft, stretchy, durable, and easily washable fabrics. They are the perfect dresses for fashionable mothers and pricing starts at $108.00. To shop Sonnet James designs please visit: https://www.sonnetjames.com/.
Similar to a pair of Daisy Dukes I wore back in the 90’s the ALLISON SHORT DESTRUCTED LACE SHORTs have a lace detail trim on the bottom of the shorts. Crafted in their signature cotton denim with a mid-rise fit. They retail for $69.00 and can be purchased here: http://www.kutfromthekloth.com/new-1266/allison-short-destructed-lace-short-phenomenon-wash.html.
The new Sumba Warrior Collection is great addition to your summer yoga waredrobe with tops starting at $68.00. A percentage of sales from the Sumba Warrior Collection goes directly to The Sumba Foundation.
The Domingo Zapata Collection includes playful prints and a larger selection with pricing starting at $58.00. A percentage of sales from the Domingo Zapata line goes directly to Kiva.org. To shop the Sumba Warrior Collection please visit: https://joriki.com/collections/sumba-warrior/products/ikat-ombre-top. To shop Domingo Zapata Collection please visit: https://joriki.com/collections/domingo-zapata.
Lightweight jewelry for the summer is crucial for the fashionista. The Split Earrings No. 2 has two split pieces brought together to create a whole square. Made by hand and made to order in the USA the Split Earrings No. 2 retails for $54.00. For more information on the Hyworks See Through Jewelry Collection please visit: https://www.hyworks.com/shop-all.
One of Isabelle Grace Jewelry’s newest items is the Gemstone Spike Lariat that retails for $74.00. The Gemstone Spike Lariat is available in Rose Quartz, Labradorite, Moonstone, Black Onyx, Blue Chalcedony, and Green Onyx. Chain options are sterling silver or 14kt gold fill, in lengths of 15in for a choker style look, 16in or 17in for a little longer drape. To shop the Gemstone Spike Lariat Necklace please click here.
PARA’KITO’s MOSQUITO REPELLENT PARTY WRISTBANDS
PARA’KITO makes stylish mosquito repellent wristbands for kids, adults, and sports. The bands can be worn around the wrist or ankle and are inserted with the PARA’KITO pellet of 7 all-essential oils (Citronella, Rosemary, Geranium & more), offering a pleasant smell with over 2 weeks of protection. PARA’KITO products are waterproof, refillable and affordable, with each product priced under $20. They are 100% natural, which means NO DEET, NO GMOs and NO alcohol. They also make a clip-on and roll on gel bug repellants. To shop or purchase a PARA’KITO wristband please visit: https://us.parakito.com/.
The Topanga cooler tote is the perfect beach bag and cooler all in one! It’s made of durable polyester with complementing stitching accents to enhance its simple yet sophisticated lines. The interior is made of heat-sealed PVC for no leaks and can carry 24 soda cans. All materials meet federal and state product safety standards. It can also be used to carry your wet swimsuits and towels. The TOPANGA COOLER TOTE retails for $22.95. For more information or to order the Topanga Cooler tote please visit: https://www.picnictime.com/product/topanga-cooler-tote/#.
Lay-n-Go is a patented activity mat, cleanup, storage and carryall solution in one. We have already listed this product on our “2018 Graduation Gift Guide” but this is also perfect for summer activities and travel. See the features below:
- Completely opens and the patented edge contains your important items
- Quickly closes for easy carrying and storage
- Washable and wipeable high quality fabrics
- Velcro® storage pocket to stow the drawstring
- The COSMO (13″, 20″, 22″) is the ultimate cosmetic bag…smart, chic & washable.
- The WIRED easily organizes all your chargers, cords, thumb drives, etc…
- The PLAY products manage large toy collections and features pockets and carry straps.
- The LITE (18″) personal play mat is perfect for life on the go
AMERIBAG TEARDROP SHAPE BAGS
The Ameribag Teardrop Shape Bags are great for short hikes, going to the pool or lake when you just need a small bag for your belongings. Ameribag’s signature teardrop shape bags were designed in collaboration with chiropractors with the goal of comfort in mind to no longer get neck aches or lower back pain. The Ameribag features include:
- Microfiber, leather, or distressed nylon material
- Ergonomic design, different sizes for different body types
- Teardrop design distributes weight along the length of the back, not putting a strain on the shoulders
- Hidden zipper and pockets for added security
Throughout the summer we will be reviewing more technology, lifestyle and fashion products so keep checking back on Hi-Tech Chic for new product updates! We hope you all have a fabulous 4th of July!
It’s graduation season, for most who have loved ones graduating and going to college the question you may have is “What should I get them?” Money is always nice but gifts that are practical for their adult life or college experience are a better gift. They may think you are boring but in the end these gifts will help them get through their first year as an adult and being away from home. Below are some great gift ideas we have pulled together for graduation gifts for all.
Lay-n-Go is a patented activity mat, cleanup, storage and carryall solution in one. This is perfect for dorm life, storage is key! See the features below:
- Completely opens and the patented edge contains your important items
- Quickly closes for easy carrying and storage
- Washable and wipeable high quality fabrics
- Velcro® storage pocket to stow the drawstring
- The COSMO (13″, 20″, 22″) is the ultimate cosmetic bag…smart, chic & washable.
- The WIRED easily organizes all your chargers, cords, thumb drives, etc…
- The PLAY products manage large toy collections and features pockets and carry straps.
- The LITE (18″) personal play mat is perfect for life on the go
The CleverMade LaundryCaddy holds up to 55 lbs of laundry perfect for dorm or roommate life post graduation! It retails for $24.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.clevermade.com/products/snapbasket-laundrycaddy-collapsible-tote-carries-up-to-30-lbs?variant=28340020865.
Dorm showers are not pleasant! One of the ways to avoid getting anything from your dorm showers are solid flip flops that do not slip! Showaflops, may be a great communal dorm shower solution. The Showaflops retail for $24 – $34 and can be purchased here: http://showaflops.com/
Collars, pockets, between buttons, pant creases, skirt hems, and every thread in-between can now be pressed in your dorm room or apartment. Currently, Collar Perfect is the only small travel-able ironing solution. It’s currently $34.95 and can be purchased here: https://www.collarperfect.com/.
Urbanhalo headbands have some unique designs to keep your hair pulled back and prevent sweat dripping down you face as you’re going from one part of the campus to another. Urbanhalo headband features include:
- Signature blend of superior sweat-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry.
- Adjustable width allows you to customize your look.
- Ultra-soft and crazy stretchy
- Handmade with love in the USA
Prices for the Urbanhalo headbands start at $15.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.urbanhalo.com/product-category/signature-headbands/
UDOQ CHARGING STATION FOR ALL DEVICES
The UDOQ Charging Station is one of the first patented one-size-fits-all station for charging and docking all Android, Apple, smartphones, tablets, music players, smartwatches, eReaders, and other devices. The UDOQ CHARGING STATION organizes up to 12 devices in one station without tangled cables at: https://udoq.com/shop-2/. For more information visit their website at www.udoq.com.
The countless hours a new student will have to spend on the computer to complete their studies impacts their vision over time. The glasses block harmful blue light and 100% UV light without compromising fashion. Gunnar Blue Light Glasses Key features:
- Adjustable silicone nose pads provide a customizable fit and comfort
- Hand-crafted stainless steel frame construction generates proper strength, optical stability and flexibility
- Lightweight construction and proper weight balance guarantee long wearing comfort without pressure points or fatigue
- Wide format lenses create a panoramic viewing field for high resolution viewing
- Proprietary patented GUNNAR lens material and tint
- Blocks harmful blue light and 100% UV light
- Ultra slim temples distribute headphone pressure to ensure headset compatibility
Please visit https://gunnar.com/product/infinite-designed-by-publish/ for more information or to purchase Gunnar’s Blue Light products. Pricing starts at $49.00.
The BINDLE BOTTLE has:
- Dual-walled & vacuum-insulated construction
- Surface stays “sweat-free”
- A liquid capacity of 24 fl. oz.
- Scent-proof storage compartment of 3.3″ H x 3.2″ W and ships with a standard loop lid.
The BINDLE BOTTLE is $39.00 and can be purchased here: https://bindlebottle.com/products/the-bindle-bottle?variant=43831802832.
- No uncomfortable headphones, earbuds, or headbands
- Compatible with a unique playlist of Dreampad music designed to filter out high frequencies
- Comes with a music app including 10 soundscapes designed to increase deep sleep
- Backed by peer-reviewed research, including one study at Columbia University Medical
- Shown to be effective at reducing stress, falling asleep faster, staying asleep longer
- Used effectively in hundreds of clinics, including pediatric hospitals of Duke, Stanford, and Harvard
- Featured on ABC’s Shark Tank
- 30-day money back guarantee
Pricing starts at $129.00 and can be purchased here: https://dreampadsleep.com/.
Best of luck to all those graduating in 2018!
If you haven’t shopped for Mother’s Day it’s this weekend! We know how hard it is to shop for Mom’s especially when there are so many gift options out there. For the Mother’s in your life, we created a great gift guide with different price points to help you get the perfect gift for the Mom in your life. Below are some options to give you a few Mother’s Day gift ideas.
The new SHUPPERZ app allows consumers to connect with “Super Shuppers” who can act as their very own personal shopper. This includes high-profile fashion influencers like Cici NYC (who has over 100K Instagram followers). These personal shoppers have insider knowledge of all the in-store sales and promotions and will personally pick out the best options for your mom. SHUPPERZ is available to download on Google Play and the Apple store.
Urbanhalo headbands have several different unique designs to keep your hair pulled back without the headache. Urbanhalo headband features include:
- Signature blend of superior sweat-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry.
- Adjustable width allows you to customize your look.
- Ultra-soft and crazy stretchy
- Handmade with love in the USA
I just received a pair of these to review and cannot wait to try them out on my daily walk! Prices for the Urbanhalo headbands start at $15.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.urbanhalo.com/product-category/signature-headbands/.
For the active mom the BINDLE BOTTLE may be a great gift for Mother’s day. The BINDLE BOTTLE has dual-walled & vacuum-insulated construction that keeps drinks hot or cold for hours. The surface stays “sweat-free”, has a liquid capacity of 24 fl. oz., waterproof, scent-proof storage compartment of 3.3″ H x 3.2″ W and ships with a standard loop lid. The BINDLE BOTTLE is $39.00 and can be purchased here: https://bindlebottle.com/products/the-bindle-bottle?variant=43831802832. We recently received a BINDLE to test out so stay tuned for our product review.
The NYL Shimmer Scrub is blend of organic sugar and oils exfoliates, moisturizes, improves circulation, and leaves behind just a hint of shimmer. You can also use the scrub in place of your shaving lotion. Shave when the sugar has melted, then rinse. Speaking first hand this scrub is amazing and the shimmer gives your skin a vibrant glow. It is currently $36.00 and to purchase the NYL Shimmer Scrub click here.
On Mother’s Day most give flowers to the mom in their life but they don’t last! Give the gift that keeps on giving with the BloomsyBox monthly flower subscription. A BloomsyBox flower subscription has blooms that are hand-picked to order and arrive at your door within 48 hours of being cut from the farm. You can choose from 3, 6, or 12 month options for the blooms and prices start at $39.00 a month. For more information or to purchase a subscription please visit: https://www.bloomsybox.com/subscribe/gift/314949381.
ANTOP’s Photo Frame HDTV Digital Antenna Combo is a compact digital photo frame that is 4” x 6” photo secure. The amplified antenna receives free uncompressed local broadcast high definition over-the-air TV signals from networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, Univision, and others. Below are a few more product specs.
- Multi-Directional reception pattern, 50-mile reception range from broadcast origination point
- Smartpass Amplified with High Gain and built-in 4G LTE Filter
- Supports HD, 1080P, and 4K ULTRA HD TVs
- Available in black (AT-204BB) or white (AT-204BW)
- 6 ft. coaxial cable, power adapter and stand included
The ANTOP AT-204BB/BW Photo Frame & HDTV Indoor Antenna is available through selected retailers and on www.antopusa.com for $39.99.
For the active mom Misfit is running a Mother’s day special where customers can get 25% OFF the Misfit Path plus you can take an EXTRA 25% OFF all sale items with code LOVEMOM25. They also have a Mother’s Day sale as well located here: https://misfit.com/mothers-day-sale-2018. For more information on Misfit products please click here.
Sleep is always so important for moms especially for new moms. The Dreampad is a clinically proven, technology-based smart pillow solution that helps you combat sleep. It is designed to rest your mind and improve your sleep with the hidden sound technology in this pillow. Dreampad actually triggers the body’s relaxation response and helps you power down at night. Pricing for the pillows start at $149.00 and can be purchased here: https://dreampadsleep.com/dreampads/
For the “soccer mom” in your life the Vivitar DVR 914HD 4K ActionCam. The Vivitar DVR 914HD ACTIONCAM has 16.1 megapixel, 1440p action cam, 170 degree wide angle lens and waterproof case. The Vivitar DVR 914HD ACTIONCAM comes with assorted mount clips, uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and records to a Micro SD card. It has built in Wi-Fi and a remote control to allow you to stream to any android, iOS, smartphone or tablet. The action cam can be purchased at retailers like Walmart, Target and Amazon. For more information please visit: http://www.vivitar.com/p/where-to-buy. We also received one of these to review so stay tuned for our product review of the Vivitar DVR 914HD ACTIONCAM.
Though this may seem like an odd mother’s day gift LIVIA may help the Mom in your life who struggles with abdomen pain for years to come. LIVIA is an FDA-approved and clinically proven treatment that relies on electromagnetic pulses instead of drugs, to distract your nerves from feeling the pain. It’s based on the gate control theory that uses unique micro-pulses to keep the nervous system “busy.” When the nervous system is busy, menstrual pain signals can’t pass through the nerve gate and aren’t felt. They have a Mother’s Day Sale going on with 20% off on the LIVIA which is priced at $153.00. To purchase please visit: https://mylivia.com/product/livia-kit/.
If the mom in your life is a technology geek Wellbots is doing a Mother’s Day special with $50 OFF all products in this category (except for iRobot whose prices have already been lowered) with coupon code ILOVEMOM at checkout. Wellbots chose these smart products based on their performance, brand, quality, and excellent customer satisfaction. You will find the best selection of DJI drones; iRobot, Neato & Ecovacs robot vacuums; Airmega/Coway air purifiers; Dolphin, Hayward, Zodiac pool cleaners; Hobot, Winbot window cleaners and more. To shop their Mother’s Day sale items click here.
We wish all the Mom’s out there the best Mother’s Day! I am doing product reviews and unboxing on most of these products so keep checking back on Hi-Tech Chic for those articles!
Source: Urbanhalo, Bindle, NYL, Vivitar, LIVIA, Wellbots, Misfit, Dreampad, ANTOP
Festival season has already begun as soon as spring started. In the past we have covered the Austin City Limit’s Festival, SXSW, FIESTA and Outside lands, therefore, we have become great at making our own versions of a festival kit for each event. We created a guide of beauty options for a DIY Festival Kit plus a list Festival Kits already curated.
DIY Beauty Festival Kit Guide:
If you want to make your own festival kit here are some tips and ideas to consider when making your very own festival beauty kit. Finding the right bag or purse is important to start your DIY kit with. To make your life easier of entering and re-entering festivals a clear purse is a great option to carry your festival kit around. One to consider is the Game Day Divas Clear Clutch Purse which goes for $38.00. To check out their purse or to purchase one click here. Below is a list of some item options to consider for your DIY Festival Beauty Kit:
- Portable Suncreen Packets like Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30 Protection lotion, Travel Packets 24 Packs for 14.10 through Walmart. Click here to purchase.
- Anti-Bacterial Gel
- Kleenex Ultra Soft Slim Wallet Tissue or travel size baby wipes
- Shout Wipes
- Small disposable rain poncho
- Chapstick with SPF (ChapStick has an enormous amount of options: https://www.chapstick.com/)
- Mini Makeup Compact (Sephora has a great selection)
- Perfume Rollerball (if you wear perfume)
There are several other options to put in your DIY Festival Beauty Kit and suggest checking with Sephora for “mini” and “travel sized” beauty products. You can find them here: https://www.sephora.com/shop/travel-size-toiletries
Curated Festival Beauty Kits:
VERB Festival Kit $25.00
This set contains a 5 oz/ 182.8 mL Sea Texture Spray and 2 oz/ 60 mL Ghost Oil. https://www.sephora.com/product/festival-kit-P429966?skuId=2069862&icid2=products%20grid:p429966
SEPHORA FAVORITES Festival Hair $25.00
This set contains a 1 oz/ 28 g Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, 0.35 oz/ 10 g Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1, 1.7 oz/ 50 mL IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel, 1 oz/ 30 mL Living proof T.B.D. Multi-Tasking Styler, 1.5 oz/ 43 g Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam, 2.4 oz/ 72 mL Verb Sea Spray. https://www.sephora.com/product/festival-hair-P429269?skuId=2041374&icid2=sephorafavorites_fromthebrand_us_skugrid:p429269
OUAIDesert OUAIsis Festival Kit $28.00
This set contains a 1.7 oz/ 50.27 mL Wave Spray, 1.4 oz/ 39.7 g Dry Shampoo, 0.85 oz/ 25.14 mL Rose Hair & Body Oil and a Jen Atkin x Chloe + Isabel Ponytail Piece (limited edition). https://www.sephora.com/product/desert-ouaisis-festival-kit-P429270?skuId=2030807&icid2=products%20grid:p429270
PHILOSOPHY Festival Ready Kit $39.00
A trio of travel-ready companions, featuring a purifying cleanser, an exfoliating mask, and moisturizer with SPF 30. https://www.sephora.com/product/festival-ready-kit-P428933?skuId=2042885&icid2=products%20grid:p428933
Tips and Items to consider to bring to the festival or outdoor concert:
- Bottled water (if the festival allows)
- Travel size first aid kit
- Mini Flashlight
- Dry Shampoo or baby powder for your hair when it gets greasy
- Water proof hoodie (in lieu of the Rain Poncho)
- Ear Plugs (if you’re standing right next to the stage this helps you for the next day recovery)
- Poo-Pourri (for those using a Port a Potty at the festival)
- Comfortable shoes and if it raining or if you own a pair of Goulashes bring them.
- Pack and dress for layers (weather can be unpredictable at times)
- Download the Festival App for navigation (if they have it)
There so many other items I’m sure I will continue to add to this article so please check back on Hi-Tech Chic. Happy Festival Season to all and for those going to ACL 2018 see you there!!
Source: Sephora, Walmart, ChapStick, Philosophy, VERB, OUAIsis
During South By Southwest (SXSW) it is incredibly hard to find a place to dine or drink that isn’t packed or doesn’t have a private party. That is not to say you can’t find something during SXSW as Austin has a people to restaurant ratio of 634. As Austinites we wanted to put a list together of restaurants and bars to dine or hideout at during SXSW in surrounding downtown Austin as well as downtown proper. For your viewing pleasure here are some restaurants and bar suggestions to help make your SXSW experience easier!
South Congress, South 1st and South Lamar Districts
Most people who visit Austin usually check out the South Congress (SOCO) District and the South Congress bats. Unfortunately, during SXSW the street is packed especially with the infamous Continental Club and other live music performances throughout the street. If you don’t mind the wait you can visit Homeslice, Guero’s, South Congress Café, Vespaio, Enoteca and many others. There is also a new hotel, South Congress Hotel that also has a bar and two American restaurants. If you want to avoid the crowds South 1st and South Lamar districts have some great restaurants and bars that may not be as packed. Below are a few alternatives to South Congress.
Threadgills offers soul food like fried green tomatoes and chicken friend chicken. Threadgills is massive however it is also a music venue so it gets packed during shows. Lunch, till March 14th, will be pretty easy to get seated. After that there will be live music during the day and night. Some of the shows are free so check out their live music line up by clicking here. They have a private parking lot and located at 301 West Riverside Dr., Austin, TX.
Phoebes Diner: https://www.phoebesdiner.com/
Their cuisine features an upscale type of diner with dishes like SOUTH FIRST Tator tots that include red-eye gravy, Swiss cheese, fried egg, pickled chiles & guacamole. This is just one of their amazing dishes they serve and to view their full menu click here. You can make a reservation or walk in but know there will be a wait. Note they are only open till 3pm. Phoebes is located on Oltorf and South First.
Wine Belly: http://austinwinebelly.com/
Wine Belly Offers Spanish-Mediterranean style food and an internationally-curated wine list. Though it may look small from the entrance they also have a back area and a patio. It is located right next to Phoebes on South 1st and Oltorf.
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (ABGB): https://theabgb.com/
ABGB offers craft beers with 6 always on tap and various other beers on draft changed out throughout the year. They also have ciders and wines plus a great food menu that consists of fresh pizzas, salad, sandwiches, small plates and pasta specials. They are located at on Oltorf in between Lamar and
Toss Pizzeria & Pub” http://tosspizzeria.com/
Though Homeslice is well known Pizzeria in Austin it gets hard getting a table there without a wait. Toss Pizzeria & Pub features large 20” New York-style pizza. They have a full-bar with 10 Texas draft beer options and craft cocktails all made with hand-squeezed juice. Their restaurant is spacious and they have a private parking lot. Located at 2901 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (South. 1st St. District).
Backbeat is a two-story bar that includes a cocktail lounge and rooftop patio in the South Lamar district. They have a happy hour and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Backbeat can also accommodate private parties and events ranging from 8-150 people. Limited on-site parking is available, with extended parking options behind the building near Lamar Square Drive. Located at 1300 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704.
St. Elmo Brewing Company: http://www.stelmobrewing.com/
St. Elmo Brewing Company features a bar, beer hall, spacious outdoor beer garden and their resident food truck, Soursop. Soursop Food Trucks serves Pan Asian cuisine like fatty pork, thai chicken wings and La Koreanita burger St. Elmo Brewing Company also features pour-over coffee, housemade mineral water, and soda. It’s Located at 440 E. ST. ELMO ROAD, AUSTIN, TX 78745. It’s more south, just over Ben White, but the commute to Congress Ave. is still reasonable plus it won’t be as crowed as downtown.
Downtown and UT
If you can’t escape downtown there are still some great dining and drink options to hideout at during SXSW 2018. Restaurants near the Austin convention center are always packed and the wait is long. Rainey Street’s restaurants and bars for the majority are booked with private parties throughout SXSW. Below are some options that may not be as packed.
Eureka offers craft beer and small-batch spirits. Their American menu consists of gourmet burgers, signature plates, salads, and desserts. Eureka, though located on Sixth Street is half a mile from the convention center and more distance from Rainey Street so it’s less populated. The restaurant in very spacious and I went here a few times last SXSW and it was easy to get a seat, plus they offer group seating. They are located at 200 East Sixth Street, Austin, Texas.
The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen: http://www.grovewinebar.com/
Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen is a casual neighborhood restaurant that offers a vast menu that consists from small plates to entrees. They have an extensive wine list that also includes wine flights. Though it’s located on Sixth Street it’s on the opposite end and more than a mile away from the convention center. What makes Grove unique is they take few reservations so patrons will always have a place to sit plus they have a year round patio. Located at 800 West Sixth Street, Austin, TX.
Café Josie: https://www.cafejosie.com/
Café Josie serves America cuisine like Smoked Meatloaf, Smoked Poblano Hummus, and Fried Chicken and Biscuit. Walk-ins are welcome as they keep a portion of the dining room and patio available just for walk-ins. Café Josie is located at 1200 B West 6th Street, Austin, Texas and open for dinner only. Note: Z’Tejas Mexican Restaurant is also located within a block of Café Josie but there is usually a wait. Not a good option if you wanted to be seated immediately.
Clay Pit: https://www.claypit.com
Clay Pit features Contemporary Indian Cuisine like Samosas and Tandoori Chicken. It is located near UT in the historical “Bertram building” and the restaurant is pretty spacious. It’s located close enough to all the SXSW action but far enough from the major crowds on 6th Street, the Convention Center and Rainey Street. Located at 1601 Guadalupe St. Austin, Texas.
ATX Restaurants Worth the Wait
If you don’t mind the wait here are a few options that may test your patience waiting for their scrumptious food during SXSW but worth the wait. Some take reservations and some you just have to show up early before they open and wait in line for a couple hours.
Franklin Barbecue: https://franklinbbq.com/
Franklin Barbecue is one of the best BBQ places in Austin and known for their brisket but also has sausage, ribs, pulled pork, and turkey. Doors open at 11 a.m. for lunch only and will remain open till they are sold out, normally 2or 3pm. There is a line that starts before they open as early as 9am if not earlier. Good news is you can now preorder here: https://preorder.franklinbbq.com/. Franklin’s is located at 900 E. 11th, Austin, TX 78702 on the east side.
La Barbecue: https://www.labarbecue.com/
La Barbecue brisket, spicy sausage, giant ribs, and various different sides. If Franklin’s line is too long here another downtown BBQ spot but you will have to wait in line for La Barbecue as well. The line wraps along the far wall, and there are outdoor canopy tents for the times the line extends past the doors. It’s located 2027 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX.
Moonshine Grill is classic American comfort food that includes such dishes like The Original Moonshine ” Corn Dog” Shrimp®, Chicken & Waffles and Ranger Cattle Texas Wagyu Meatloaf. You can make a reservation but if not the wait was normally an hour or so during lunch and dinner times. It’s right across the street from the convention center and on the way over the Rainey Street. Located at 303 Red River Street, Austin, Tx 78701.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya: http://ramen-tatsuya.com
Ramen Tatsu-Ya is a ramen Japanese soul food restaurant on South Lamar. It is one of the BEST ramen shops in town but they have a long line every day, rain or shine! Located at 1234 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX.
If you’re trying to stay away from downtown during SXSW The Domain outdoor mall up north offers several high-end restaurants and hotels. To check out the list of what dining and hotel options are available visit their site at http://www.simon.com/mall/the-domain.
There are so many restaurants I wanted to add to this list but the list got so long I’m not sure people would read a 3000K article. We may post a part two of this article with more dining and drinking options during SXSW 2018 if we have time before the festival. See all you SXSW attendees Friday, I can’t wait!
Source: SXSW, Threadgills, Café Josie, The Domain, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, Moonshine Grill, Franklin BBQ, La Barbecue, Eureka, Claypit, The Grove, ABGB, St. Elmos Brewery, Backbeat, Toss, Winebelly, Phoebes
It’s insane to realize Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation seasons are just around the corner. To make your Mom’s, Dad’s and Grad’s gift buying easier we made a gift guide. The gift guide will include an assortment of unique ideas for both men and woman plus we included the price for each product.
Boy Smell’s Candles: https://www.boysmells.com/thecandles/
Boy Smells candles are a proprietary blend of coconut oil and beeswax. The pricing for these unique candles start at $29.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.boysmells.com/thecandles/
Trollbeads Mamma Mia Collection: https://www.trollbeads.com/en-us/new-arrivals/mamma-mia%21-bead/TGLBE-20088.html
Trollbeads is the original, high quality bead-on-bracelet brand with hundreds of beautiful beads to pick and choose from therefore each is a personalized work of art. This is a Limited Edition release for Mother’s Day 2018. Limited Editions are rare or unique beads which are only released in very small quantities.
They also just launched their first Trollbead for Father’s day! The Mama Mia bead retails for $45.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.trollbeads.com/en-us/new-arrivals/mamma-mia%21-bead/TGLBE-20088.html
Sephora Rollerballs and Travel Sprays: https://www.sephora.com/search/search.jsp?keyword=Rollerballs%20%26%20Travel%20Size&mode=all
Perfume Rollerballs and Travel size scents are not just for women anymore. Sephora has several different male scents and if you’re shopping for someone who travels this is a great solution to not take an entire bottle of cologne. To check out Sephora’s men’s sprays and rollerballs click here.
Sophie the Giraffe by the So’pure® collection: https://www.sophiethegiraffe-usa.com/shop/
For new Mom’s or Dad’s this will maybe help you get through the teething stage of your new born. The So’pure® collection offers products made from100% organic cotton, corn fibre and 100% natural rubber. They have several gift options to choose from, not just teething rings. Their products start at $12 and can be purchased here: https://www.sophiethegiraffe-usa.com/product-category/so-pure/
Alvy Luxe: https://alvyluxe.com
I always love getting clothes as gifts. Alvy Luxe offers a broad range of affordable dresses, tops, bottoms, bodysuits, jumpsuits and two-piece outfit sets. Choose from the brand’s more casual items or their mesh, chiffon and crepe and heavy embellished styles for more formal events. Their product have a various amount of ranges so to check out their clothing options please visit: https://alvyluxe.com.
MirrorCast Media: https://www.mirrorcastmedia.com/
This is PERFECT for the sports fan in your life! MirrorCast Media uses MirrorProjection® technology that sends all video and audio wirelessly from your phone directly to your TV, essentially turning your phone into a wireless home-theater system Currently they have 50% Off the ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE that includes 2x MirrorCast Media Devices for $99.99 with FREE SHIPPING when you order. To order or learn more click here.
Upspring 911 is a portable USB charger, LED flashlight, and solar-powered or hand crank powered radio. This not only is a cool Father’s Day gift but also for those graduating and heading to the University dorm life. Given the natural disasters we have had as a nation this is a very practical and smart gift for only $91.00 currently. To purchase or learn more about this product please visit: https://www.buyupspring911.com/.
Ketra Smart Home Lighting: https://ketra.com/
Ketra, the LED lighting manufacturer and known for their accurate Natural Light, has just launched its smart home capabilities that are now available with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Crestron, and Lutron. Pricing varies on the different Ketra products so I suggest visiting their site located here:
Heron Preston: https://www.heronpreston.com/en/USBlack backpack in nylon with orange belt at front. Blue suede trim throughout. Carry handle at top. Twin adjustable shoulder straps. Retails for $942 and available now here: https://www.heronpreston.com/en/US/men/products/hmnb002s186550441019.
We hope you all have a great Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Graduation celebration. Keep checking back for post on SXSW 2018!
Source: Heron Preston, Sephora, Troll Beads, Ketra, Upspring 911, MIrror cast media, Boy Smells
I realized that after a year of random seizures it was time to bite the bullet and get a Medical ID. Searching for a stylish Medical ID bracelet or accessory is still a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, I found Lauren’s Hope site that had an array of different styles to create your personalized Medical ID.
In 2001, Lauren’s Hope, introduced the very first interchangeable stylish medical ID bracelet. The goal was to create a Medical ID brand that was fashionable plus made to suit all ages. Their Men’s, Kids and Women’s line are stunning.
If this is your first time getting a Medical ID engraved you may have a few questions. Per Lauren’s Hope’s site below are what you should consider to include in your engraving.
- Your First and Last Name
- Medical Condition(s)
- Treatment Considerations
- Food and Drug Allergies
- Emergency Contact Number with area code
To help you with Medical ID here are some common abbreviations provided by Lauren’s Hope:
ALGY/ALGYS – Allergy/Allergies
AVR – Aortic Valve Replacement
ASA – Aspirin
A-FIB – Atrial Fibrillation
BP – Blood Pressure
CA – Cancer
CKD – Chronic Kidney Disease
COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CHF – Coronary Heart Disease
CF – Cystic Fibrosis
DEFIB – Defibrillator/Defibrillation
DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis
DNR – Do Not Resuscitate
EPI – Epinephrine
EPIPEN – Epinephrine Pen (auto-injector)
HBP – High Blood Pressure
HTN – Hypertension
ICE – In Case of Emergency
IV – Intravenous
MVP – Mitral Valve Prolapse
NKA – No Known Allergies
NKDA – No Known Drug Allergies
NO NSAIDS – No Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
PCN – Penicillin
T1D/T2D – Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes
TCN – Tracheotomy
TX – Transplant or Treatment
VWD – Von Willebrand’s Disease
This all may seem overwhelming at first, no one expects to buy themselves a Medical ID especially so young but a Medical ID may save your life. To be honest I was a tad scared realizing a Medical ID was a necessity. I just received my first engraved Medical ID cuff and LOVE IT!
About Lauren’s Hope:
In 2001, Lauren’s Hope introduced the very first interchangeable medical ID bracelet, and overnight, people who had grudgingly worn, or even refused to wear, the standard, plain metal medical ID bracelets of the past suddenly had attractive, durable, stylish options they could enjoy wearing and change to suit their mood, outfit, or activity.Today, more than 400,000 people wear Lauren’s Hope medical IDs every day. Their expanding line of medical IDs include: bracelets, necklaces, anklets, charms, bag tags, and more to come!
Source: Lauren’s Hope
The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” act recently passed was confusing to most people and rumors that charities will be impacted by the new “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” negatively. There are also rumors the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” will be beneficial for charities. Though we aren’t sure of what the 2018’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” will impact our communities we still should keep donating to charities throughout the year. Given the recent scandals in our nation to women, we decided to kick off the year of the women with charities that help women and children globally. Below is the list and links to donate:
Dining for Women is a global giving circle that funds grassroots projects working in developing countries to fight gender inequality. Dining for Women celebrates the power of the individual to see an injustice and act to change it. To contribute to this cause click here.
Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring all girls access to sports. If you would like to contribute to Women’s Sports Foundation click here.
The Ripples Foundation believes that by empowering women, they can empower whole communities. Women hold the key to educating their children, the next generation who will go on to shape the future of Africa through youth and community development. To donate for this cause click here.
The Invisible Girl Project’s mission is to rescue girls, pursue justice and end gendercide in India. Contributors can either Sign the Petition to end Gendercide in India, become a donor or sponsor a girl. To donate to the Invisible Girl Project and to learn more click here.
FemArt Gallery is a Non-Profit Organization that promotes women artists through Exhibitions, Education and Community Outreach. FemArt Gallery desires to create community outreach programs that will bring awareness of talented women in visual arts. Contributors can either “Partner with Us,” sponsor, volunteer or donate. If you would like to donate or want more information about FemArt Gallery click here.
There are millions of other charities you can give to during 2018 but I found these charities unique. Happy New Year!
While helping a pal shop for a secret Santa gift for a colleague I stumbled upon amazing gifts that give back during the Holiday season. The goal was to find a gift under $25.00 and not a gag gift. Since the person receiving the gift loves candles, I decided to look into a variety of stylish candles. Never did I know that there was so many candle companies out there that also give back to charities and communities. What a way to give back and gift someone as well!
Below are the candle companies I found that give back when you purchase one of their stylish candles.
The Crystal Lidded Glass Candle Pot benefitting St. Jude is made of pressed glass with hand poured with 100% scented paraffin wax and has a 30-hour burn time. For every Crystal Lidded Glass Candle Pot benefitting St. Jude they will donate 50% of the purchase price directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, helping to support research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. If you would like to purchase the Crystal Lidded Glass Candle Pot benefitting St. Jude click here.
The Love Is Love Filled Candle features an allover pattern of multicolored and gold hearts topped by a gold rim. The ceramic vessel has an ocean inspired scented wax. For every Love Is Love Filled Candle you purchase, Pottery Barn will donate 50% of the purchase price to The Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization working to end discrimination against LGBTQ people. To purchase the Love Is Love Filled Candle or for more information click here.
Kobo Candles “Yuzu Ginger” is the scent of fresh, cool Japanese citrus combined with shredded ginger and an element of eucalyptus. The candles come in a clean egg shaped glass and is matt bone white in color. KOBO Candles donates a portion of their profits to charity every year. Each GIVE line candle (with its unique code) entitles you to log onto Kobo’s website and YOU decide to which charity Kobo will donate to. It retails for $28.00 and for more information about KOBO Candles click here.
Crate and Barrel’s collection of soy candles are handpoured and soy-blended. The scent of the Grapefruit and Basil 3-Wick Scented Candle has a three wicks and has a tang of grapefruit, peppery spice of basil mingle, lemon zest, green leaf, garden mint, herbs and blond woods. It’s currently on clearance for $24.97 and can be purchased here. Crate and Barrel has partnered with Feed America and with a $5 donation it provides 50 meals for Americans facing hunger. Also, 100% of your donation* will go directly to a Feeding America member food bank serving your local community. For more information please visit: https://www.crateandbarrel.com/feeding-america.
Charity Wick’s 16 oz. candle is made with all natural, kosher 100% soy wax with a lead and zinc free self-trimming cotton wick with a burn time approximately at 150 hours. Charity Wick lets you decide which charity you want to contribute to by state or cause. The candle cost $`19.99 and $6.00 of the purchase price will benefit Freedom Guide Dogs. For more information or to purchase a Charity Wick please visit: http://www.charitywicks.com/Fields-of-Lavender_p_5272.html.
Charity Ribbon Candles are custom made with 100% Soy Wax. Along with being a soy product it also is cruelty free dyes and cruelty free oils. This particular Charity Ribbon Candle for Breast Cancer retails at $16.00 and 5 percent of sales are donated to the charity of your choice. They have several other charity candles to choose from which is located here: https://www.etsy.com/market/charity_candles. To purchase the Charity Ribbon Candle for Breast Cancer click here.
There are several other candle companies out there that also contribute and give back to the community. This is just a short list of companies we found interesting for their different causes. What’s life without a little diversity?!
Source: Sephora, Etsy, Crate and Barrel, Charity Wick, KOBO Candles
Back-to-School is fast approaching and parents or college students are already preparing for the school year. The first day of school is always one of the most important days of Back-To- School. I recall everyone on the first day of school looking dapper with their new clothes and showing off their new technology for the year.
Below is a list of unique products to check out for Back-To-School to make sure you are stunn’ on the first day of school!
Cate & Chloe’s Jewelry for Back-To-School
Cate & Chloe is affordable, yet sophisticated jewelry that is made for the everyday woman with their simple, versatile and elegant pieces. Below are three necklaces that would be a perfect accessory for back-to-school.
- Jordyn “Independent” Necklace: The Jordyn’s gold plate and marble crescent moon stone with CZ accent stones are the perfect combination of simple, yet bold. The Jordyn “Independent” Necklace retails for $60.00.
- Jacqueline “Confident” Necklace: The Jacqueline is gold plated and has an arrow pendant with black natural stone and round double arrow pendant to give you a fierce confident style. The Jacqueline “Confident” Necklace retails for $ 45.00.
- Annabelle “Magical” Earings: The Anabelle’s unique blue stone shapes and gold plated layers earrings are a great way to make any outfit pop for back-to-school. The Annabelle “Magical” Necklace retails for $45.00.
Misfit Shine 2 Back-to-School Special
Misfit is running a Back-to-School 25% off sale for the Shine 2 using the code WORKPLAY at time of purchase. The Shine 2 is a fitness tracker, part smart device that is tucked behind low-profile anodized aluminum disc that is touch sensitive plus it can tell time.
Shine 2 Key Features Include:
- Automatically tracks steps, distance, calories, and light and restful sleep
- Vibration alerts for call and text notifications, movement reminders, and alarms
- Smart button enabled to control connected household devices
- Swimproof, anodized aluminum disc with multicolor LED progress display and time
- Non-charging, replaceable battery last up to 6 months
- New 2017 Version featuring re-engineered Sport Bands for maximum comfort and security
10% DJI Drone’s Handheld Products Education Discount Program for Back-To-School
The DJI Education Discount program is available to students, educators, and academic research staff with an approved educational email address. It allows the purchase of DJI products with a 10% discount through the DJI Online Store. Apply from August 22-24, get a special 12% Education Discount when you buy Spark! Discount returns to 10% apply after August 24.
The promotion starts today and students can purchase through the DJI online store at http://store.dji.com/education. Here are a few ways how students can capture their special moments on campus:
If you’re looking from some tech inspired jewelry for back-to-school check out www.CircuitBreakerLabs.com. Circuit Breaker Labs turns circuit boards into beautiful pieces such as cufflinks, key chains, jewelry, money clips and more.
Below are a few unique accessories to make you stand out on the first day of school.
- Circuit Board Bracelet: A piece of recycled circuit board was cut into a circle to create this piece. The board nestles in a silver plated bezel under a layer of clear, glassy resin, which forms a domed top coat. The Circuit Board Bracelet is regularly priced as $37.00.
- Circuit Board Cuff Links: Dress up your first day of school with these Circuit Board Cuff Links. Pieces of recycled circuit board have been cut to fit into small silver plated settings. The circuits are covered in glossy resin, which provides a beautiful yet protective finish. The circuit part of each cuff link is 3/4 inches (16 mm) across. The Circuit Board Cuff Links retails for $45.00.
- Circuit Board Robot Necklace: What geek doesn’t like robots? The Circuit Board Robot Necklace is a recycled circuit board that was cut and shaped into a circle. It nestles under a layer of clear resin, which forms a domed top coat. The robot pendant is 2-1/4″ (5.5 cm) tall and is attached to a silver chain that is 24 inches (61 cm) long. The Circuit Board Robot Necklace retails for $35.00.
Their pieces come in Copper ($35-58), Sterling Silver ($55-215) and Plated Silver (from $29) and are available for purchase on their website at www.CircuitBreakerLabs.com.
For those students moving into their first dorm or apartment ModularClosets.com can help you maximize your small space to a functional non-cluttered room. ModularClosets.com’s, closets are easy to assemble. All you need to assemble a closet module is a Philips screwdriver & 10 minutes. Each closet module arrives in a single, neatly packed box. The closet features all pre-drilled components, the simple cam-lock assembly system and added dowels.
One closets I think is ideal for a dorm closet is the Modular Closets Wood Shelf Tower Closet Organizer System. It is an all plywood closet shelf kit with modular closets drawers. Design your closet by using the shelf tower with drawers, attaching hanging units to it & maximizing your closet space. The ModularClosets.com products come in different sizes and pricing starting around $40.00
This wraps up my Back-to-School Guide Part 1. I’m hoping the above products will be sent to me to do a full featured product review.As back to school becomes closer I will keep posting product guides and product reviews on Hi-Tech Chic so continue to check back!
Good Luck to all the Back-to-Schoolers!
As we kick off summer the endless dilemma is always lack of storage since we are in an age of smartphones taking selfies and videos constantly. I encounter this on the regular since I love taking videos and “live” photos. I had to face up to the reality and find a better solution to extend my storage.
It’s hard to decide which flash key or stick that will fit your personal needs. If you have an iPhone I found the market has more lightening cord wired flash drives than you think. What about the Andriod lover? The three below flash drives are indeed compatible for Android including apps for both. I reviewed the below 3 flash drives and here are my findings.
There is no WiFi needed! What?! No WiFi needed at all to use this product? Per Picture Keeper, Mobile backup solutions in the cloud have a serious limitation and they only work if you have an internet connection. Picture Keeper Connect files are not stored online, you maintain total control of your photos and videos. It also allows users to share photos and videos with family and friends without using a data plan.
Picture Keeper lets users:
- Access to connect anywhere
- Easily transfer files to new devices
- Free up storage space on mobile devices
- Keeps your files and photos in one secure place
- iOS, Android™, Windows® & Mac® compatible
- Comes in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
- Retails starting at $119.00 and be bought on their site
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a great storage device for iPhone or iPad users that need some extra storage or just a way to backup photos and videos without using the cloud. The drive has both a flexible Lightning connector that works with most cases and a USB 3.0 connector to plug into your Mac computer or PC.
The iXpand Flash Drive features and specs include:
- Automatic Photo Backup
- Encryption software that lets you password-protect files
- Comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage capacity
- USB 3.0 High-speed Transfers
- Supports popular video formats (.WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
- The app makes it easy to manage photos and videos
- Helps free up space on your iPhone or iPad
- Retails starting at $49.00 and can be bought at Best Buy
SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick. SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick lets you stream video or music to as many as three other devices at the same time, or gives you access to all your media. Since the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick can share content with multiple devices at once it’s easy to connect and share with friends mobile devise and stream music or videos to three smartphones, tablets or computers as long as they’re somewhere in the vicinity.
The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick allows users to wirelessly:
- Access media or transfer large files
- Stream HD videos and music
- Save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device
- iOS and Android compatible using the Connect Drive App
- Storage sizes including: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 200GB or 256GB to choose from.
- Retails starting at $29.99 and you can purchase them at Best Buy.
After testing all three drives the flash drive that works for me personally was the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. Its ease of use for my iPhone made storing media easier and quicker.
For more information about SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick or their other products click here. If you are interested in more information about the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive or would like to purchase the SanDisk click here. To check out the Picture Keeper Connect or purchase it click here.
Source: Sandisk, Picture Keeper, Best Buy, Forbes
The first day of summer was this week and it’s time to start planning for the heat, summer trips or vacations and summer parties! Below is a summer must have guide that will help you out through the summer.
Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is an easy-application, waterproof liquid liner that stays on all day and night. The easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when—no smudges, feathering, or running. The thin, marker-like tip is easy to use, even for the beauty beginner, and delivers any look—from a thin line to a bold, dramatic stroke. Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day. I have been using this eyeliner for over 4 years and it has never failed me!
Pinch Provisions Summer Kit $24.99
The Pinch Provisions Summer Kit is a 15-piece kit of essentials that will have you all set for summer. From SPF 30 sunscreen to a mini phone USB fan and a flip flop fixer to dry shampoo, this kit will help you avoid blunders through summer. It also comes with a shiny, bright blue, zippered bag with a “SECRETLY A MERMAID” headline.
This set contains:
- Mini phone USB fan
- SPF 30 sunscreen
- Aloe gel
- Flip flop fixer
- Blotting tissues
- Foot wipe
- Mini comb
- Hair bands
- Bobby pins
- Dry shampoo
- Shemergency tape
- 2 x Blister bandages
- 2 x Deodorant towelettes
- 2 x Facial cleansing towelettes
Don’t worry men I have you covered with the Pinch Provisions Minimergency® Kit For Him. It is a personal care kit for men that contains 13 essentials for grooming on the go. It comes packaged in an aluminum flip-top tin with an embossed mustache icon.
This set contains:
- Safety pin
- Nail clipper
- Breath freshener
- Pain reliever
- Mending kit
- Adhesive bandage
- Stain remover
- Hand cleansing Towelette
- Extra buttons
- Dental floss
- Shoe shine towelette
- Deodorant towelette
- Lip balm
This season most women’s fashion that is popular is the off the shoulder look and why not since it’s one of the sexiest features of a woman. Bikini.com has a wide variety of swimwear including several off the shoulder one pieces or two pieces to choose from. Their swimwear starts around $66.00 full price however they do have some cute ones on sale as well if you are trying to be budget conscious. You can also save 10% if you subscribe to Bikini.com’s newsletter.
Bumble and bumble Summer’s In The (H)air: Fine Hair Set $29.99
The Bumble and bumble Summer’s In The (H)air: Fine Hair Set is a summer texture-enhancing travel trio, featuring a primer, conditioning cream, and spray for the ultimate beach waves.
This set contains:
- 2 oz/ 60 mL Bb. Prep Primer
- 2 oz/ 60 mL Bb. Don’t Blow It Fine (H)air Styler
- 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Surf Sprayfine to medium hair a hint of grit and plenty of body—with no heat required.
The Safe Sun on the Fly kit is a five-piece set of Sephora’s favorite sun care products in convenient travel sizes, featuring sunscreen, moisturizer, lip treatment, and CC cream with SPF plus a waterproof reusable bag.
This set contains:
- 0.24 oz/ 7 mL Clinique Pep-Start Hydro Rush Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
- 0.17 oz/ 5 mL COOLA Classic Face Sport SPF 50 – White Tea
- 0.57 oz/ 15 mL Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40
- 0.406 oz/ 12 mL IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ in Medium
- 0.07 oz/ 2.2 g Fresh Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15
- Travel bag
Maggie Snaps $36.00
Maggie Snaps are a great way to secure your sarong or wrap to avoid it flying open when you are at the pool or beach! Maggie Snaps magnetically fasten fabrics safely and invisibly. They will not pierce, penetrate or damage the finest fabrics and will stay in place all day until removed. Below is more specs for the Maggie Snaps.
- Everlasting – will not break or degrade
- Patented design is a world first
- Starting at $20.00 on Amazon
- FREE shipping on orders over $25.00
NOTE: Maggies are designed to be worn on the inside of your clothing. If the ball Magnet is worn on the outside of your garment, there is a risk of loss to metal objects.
DAZI White Floral Skinny Tie $28.00
Going to the Hamptons or to a summer wedding? The right tie is a must. DAZI Skinny Ties has a great collection of skinny ties for guys looking to step it up fashion wise at summer parties and weddings. I received a sample of the White Floral Skinny tie and though it looks feminine most dudes say they would wear it for a wedding. It also has a cute matching pocket square for only $14.00.
The LIFESAVER portable water bottle is an essential item for hiking, camping, vacationing or hitting the beach. LIFESAVER portable water bottle uses ultra-filtration technology to remove viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites to produce instant clean, drinkable water. LIFESAVER truly turns contaminated water into refreshing, clear water in just seconds!
Eco Carbon Wireless, Bluetooth, Waterproof, Floating Portable Speaker $129.00
The Eco Carbon is a rugged, wireless, waterproof and floating Bluetooth speaker with an integrated LED Flashlight. It has a 12 hour battery life and can charge most mobile devices on the go! The Eco Carbon truly is a rugged speaker and perfect for camping, the beach, the lake, or hiking; their products NEVER fail!
The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick allows users to access media or transfer large files, stream HD videos and music, and save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device. Delivering up to 256GB* of extra capacity. This is perfect for all the summer trips and vacations you have planned because of the storage capacity. No more “Wait, I need to delete a few photos to take more” moments again with the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick.
Keep checking back because I know there will be more summer must haves that either just launched or unknown products that should be known! Have a FANTASTIC summer from Hi-Tech Chic!
Source: Eco Carbon, Maggies Snaps, LIFESAVER, Scandisk, Bumble and Bumble, Sephora, Dazi, Stila, Pinch Provisions, Bikini.Com