Category: Product Reviews

Gift Perfection for any Occasion

For the women in your life, from daughters and sisters, to friends or co-workers, Sterling Forever is gift perfection. Their line of jewelry is inspired by inspired by high-end jewelry designers, celebrity favorites, runway trends as well as by their own style experts who travel the globe. There are pieces that are on trend–fun and sexy and easy to mix and layer. And there are beautiful classics to delight more conservative tastes. This jewelry is at home in the office and simply elegant for nights out on the town. Another gift that any woman would welcome is a...

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Stocking Stuffers I Loved

I love filling Christmas Stockings with little gifts that I would appreciate. So this year, I stuffed stockings with things I wished Santa would give me. For example, who wouldn’t love a pair of Pudus slipper socks? They are available for men and women, have an extra- plush faux fur lining and non-slip grippers for safety. Unisex Regular size (Women’s 5-11 ; Men’s 6-10) For my “clean-living” friends, it was the Zion’s Health’s ClayDry Deodorant. It’s aluminum-free and vegan, using essential oils and ionic clay minerals to maintain freshness. The deodorant comes in scented and unscented varieties. Almost every...

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Happy Home for the New Year

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to spruce up your home for the holidays, because I do it every year. In the weeks between Halloween and mid-December, I look around my apartment to see what looks tired or dull and make a plan on how best to brighten things up for the New Year. A real find came from Classic Slipcovers, which offers a line of high-end slipcover products that dressed up tired sofas and chairs and made them look almost new. The quality here is far above what I found in the slip-and-slide versions I had previously...

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Simple Luxuries for Fall

Luxuries don’t necessarily have big price tags; they simply need to make life more comfortable or more pleasurable. Flowers always make me feel good, whatever the season, and flowers from the supermarket don’t cost much and are a true luxury–so I make sure to have flowers in my apartment year. Arcopedico is one of favorite footwear brands. I love their vegan booties in winter and now I’m practically living in their Lolita shoe, which suggests a “dressed up” look without sacrificing sold comfort. For maximum comfort, it’s Arcopedico’s Sec V, which is like a combination sock and shoe. Since...

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Beauty Hacks for Spring and Summer

Spring has sprung and with it came a legion of products from the beauty and skincare industry. Some are based on tried-and-true ingredients and techniques, some are the result of new science—and some…well, some are downright quirky. I have tried a few of these new hacks, but I am intrigued by all the promises and results that come with the season’s offerings. As Korea has become a virtual hotbed of skincare creativity, I’m quick to try products that come out of Seoul. I especially like the Vitabrid Dual Serum, which combines two serums in a unique Twist-to-Mix bottle. The...

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Travel Hacks: Don’t Leave Home Without Them

Frequent travelers have learned to pack efficiently, yet there are some items you don’t want to leave behind. Sunscreen.  TIZO Sheer Botanicals SPF 45 is free of chemical sunscreen filters and is reef-and planet-friendly. The silicone-free formula uses only mineral sunscreens titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to reflect UVA/UVB rays away from skin rather than absorb UV rays like chemical blocks. The tinted lip protection is effective and smooth to apply. Another sunscreen I like a lot is CōTZ, because it, too, uses only the minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to reflect UV rays away from the skin,...

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Create a Summertime Bedroom With Lacoste and Saaya

The bedroom that felt so warm and inviting last winter can now, during the summer feel…too warm. The lush fabrics—the velvets and wools and damasks–that made your bed so cozy in January can be stifling in July. The rich colors that brightened your winter bed on your bed—burgundy and emerald green or navy and red, for example—now seem…wrong. Enter Lacoste, the iconic brand best known for crisp and stylish sportswear. As this year marks the 85th anniversary of René Lacoste’s designs –in particular, the sporting classic L.12.12 polo shirt—the company has now added Lacoste Maison and created a line...

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Ezra Arthur Wallets: Heirloom Quality Gifts Any Man Would Love

Ezra Arthur Hand Made Leather Goods are Heirloom Quality In this age of disposables, there are still American companies using premium materials to handcraft heirloom quality products–articles made to last a lifetime. Ezra Arthur is such a company, owned by four brothers who honor their family legacy by producing lifestyle accessories made from the finest materials, which are then manufactured by hand. Each and every product is carefully examined and inspected before being offered for sale. For this Father’s Day, an Ezra Arthur wallet, cash fold or passport wallet would be a gift to treasure for many years to...

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Robb Vices: Luxury Gifts That Keep on Giving

Robb Vices. The name is sexy, the marketing is smart. The son of Robb Report’s publisher has taken the popular concept of subscription boxes and created a product that reflects the magazine’s content of luxury-things-to-have. Subscriptions can be month-to-month—or for three-, six- or 12-month periods. For about $100 a month (depending on the subscription chosen), subscribers (or gift recipients) receive a box filled with unusual and desirable surprises—handmade Italian Finlay & Co sunglasses, Euro-styled Bluetooth speakers, technologically-wild writing instruments designed by Ferrari’s Pininfarina, to name a few. All the rarities have been carefully curated—so as to guarantee delighted pleasure...

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Luxurious Sound Quality Master & Dynamic Headphones

Headphone sound quality is something we take for granted. Our earbuds are tethered to mobile devices listening to our music libraries, watching Netflix or just having a good old-fashioned phone conversation. Holiday headphones were at the top of my shopping list for my special someone and when I was invited to test the MH30 Foldable On-Ear Headphones (Retail $299 USD) by Master & Dynamic, I couldn’t refuse. I do not enjoy headphones that rest inside the ear; I prefer over the ear and haven’t been thrilled with my own personal set. Within a few days of placing my order,...

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Etymotic’s MK5 Isolator Earphones Deliver High End Sound for a Low-End Price

New high-fidelity, low profile earphones for sports and travel I travel a lot and during long-haul flights, I plug into my vintage iPod for entertainment and usually listen to favorite audiobooks. Since engine noise can make listening difficult, I use noise isolating earphones. I’ve tried a borrowed pair of the big Bose earphones that cost about $450, and though they did a perfect job of delivering excellent, uncluttered sound quality, I decided against purchasing a pair due to their size and price. I did buy the company’s SoundTrue earphones for $130 from an online vendor—and subsequently returned them because...

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