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Fun Products to Get You Ready for the 2020 School Year

Get back-to-school ready with a few essential products that will get you glowing and rolling. Whether it’s skincare, hair products or, in this day and age, being on top of tracking your health and symptoms, we’ve got all sorts of recommendations.

ROCK THE LOCKS

The makers of PiggyPaint, a non-toxic, kid-friendly nail polish brand recognized and trusted by parents to produce safe, quality products, introduces Rock the Locks! Rock the Locks is a fun hair care line with bold packaging that kids love, and safe, clean ingredients that Moms trust. No harsh chemicals, no worries!!

  • Infused with Essential Oils & Super Fruit Extracts
  • FUN packaging and yummy scents that kids love!
  • Clean ingredients that parents trust: zero harsh chemicals
  • No Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Dyes or Petrolatum
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Made in USA
  • Professional quality
  • Formulated for all hair types

Rock the Locks includes 7 fun products:

  • NOT SO KNOTTY Conditioning Detangler–Tames the toughest tangles while conditioning & adding body and moisture.Take your hair fromknotty, to smooth& enjoy beautiful shine.Available in 3 yummy scents: Pineapple Banana, Green Apple, & Funky Fruit.
  • DON’T MESSY WITH ME Texture Paste–Gives extreme hold without weighing hair down. Great shine & control!
  • CURLS WANNA HAVE FUN Curl Boost–Curls & defines waves without weighing hair down. It’s humidity resistant and perfect for unruly hair.
  • SHAKE& SHIMMER Glitter Hairspray–Shake it up and add some shimmer! The funGlitter Hairspray provides great hold, shine, and yes –GLITTER!
  • TOTAL SOFTIE Leave-in Conditioner–Is infused with the power of coconut oil for deep moisture detangling.Smooths, tames fly-aways & leaves hair super shiny.

Available: CVS.com, RockTheLocks.com, PiggyPaint.com ($4.99 -$9.99)

For more information visit RockTheLocks.com

7TH HEAVEN FACE MASKS

Our 7th Heaven Peel Off masks instantly purify and refine skin. In fact peel off masks are gentler and more effective in removing dead skin cells than scrubs, whilst leaving skin incredibly purified and smooth. Discover all the natural goodness in our Peel Off mask collection to nourish and pamper skin to perfection.

Fun 7th Heaven Peel-Off Masks

  • Silver Easy-Peel Off – provides a helping hand at purifying and deeply cleansing pores to banish dirt and peel away dull, dead skin.
  • Glitter Easy-Peel Off – blitz away dirt and grime to reveal a radiant fresh complexion.
  • Rose Gold Easy-Peel Off – balance and nourish normal, combo & dry skin.
  • Gold Easy-Peel Off – will make you feel good as gold by minimizing the appearance of pores, as well perfecting tone and complexion.
  • Also check out the Pink Oxygen Bubble Mask – hydrate with refreshing grapefruit and detoxifying oxygen bubbles.

How to Use:

  • Clean and dry face.
  • Empty entire sachet and apply onto skin.
  • Relax and leave mask to dry completely.
  • Gently peel off.
  • Use weekly.

About 7th Heaven

7th Heaven is a line of face masks that are effective, inexpensive and loaded with natural ingredients. Known for “wow” fragrances and innovative ingredients, 7th Heaven is a division of Montagne Jeunesse LTD., a UK-based company that has been in business for 30 years, making natural beauty products with a minimum impact on all forms of life. The brand is sold in mass market and grocery outlets throughout the US including Walmart and Ulta Beauty. Products sell for under $3. 7th Heaven is a cruelty free company and member of BUAV/Leaping Bunny and PETA.

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TRU+MED TOUCH-FREE INFRARED THERMOMETER

With Covid-19 causing limited in-person classes, it’s important that when you do have contact with your classmates, that you are clear of Covid-19 symptoms. That’s where the Tru+Med Touch-Free Infrared Thermometer can help.

Non-contact, infrared, handheld thermometer allows quick, easy and convenient temperature readings. A 6 beep sound and light alarm allows for easy identification of high body temperature readings over 100*F. The newest features include 32 reading memory and available test mode allows for recalibration. Large LED screen for easy reading.

Tru+Med Thermometer

COVID-19 Outbreaks at Colleges

Back-to-school season is in full swing; college students are moving back to campus and preparing for class. However, as we’ve all probably heard plenty of times in the past few months, these are unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic is still very much present, and though students have been back at school for only a short time, many universities are already facing outbreaks. 

To start, The University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill has already switched to entirely remote learning after 130 students tested positive for the coronavirus during the very first week back. Even though residence halls were at limited capacity and less than 30% of total classroom seats were being taught in-person, case counts skyrocketed. Last week, footage of UNC students on a slip and slide, playing volleyball, and gathering in groups without face coverings outside of the Hinton James Residence Hall was revealed. A day later, a cluster of COVID-19 cases at the dorm was reported- the fourth reported in three days. One of the clusters was identified at the Sigma Nu fraternity. 

Meanwhile, an Oklahoma State University sorority house was put under quarantine after 23 members tested positive for COVID-19. The entire Pi Beta Phi chapter house is in isolation for two weeks, and one member who lives elsewhere is also in isolation. 

“This was expected,” Monica Roberts, OSU director of media relations, said, “When you bring back 20,000 students, there will invariably be more cases related to campus. We’ve prepared for this for five months and have protocols in place to manage the situation. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our campus community and transparency in communications.” 

Prior to move-in, OSU students received a mandatory COVID-19 test and 22 tested positive and had to either quarantine in their dorm rooms or in an isolation room. 

The University of Connecticut evicted several students after they learned of a party in one of their residence halls.

“It’s something everyone coming back to campus knew would happen,” editor-in-chief of UConn’s student newspaper Peter Fenteany told CNN, “But it’s not something that I expected on the first weekend.”

“According to the report we reviewed this morning, students were not wearing masks, closely assembled, and endangering not only their own health and wellbeing, but that of others at a time when UConn is working to protect our community and resume classes in the context of a deadly global pandemic,” UConn’s Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Eleanor JB Daugherty, and Executive Director of Residential Life, Pamela Schipani, wrote. 

Penn State University saw hundreds of students gather outside of the freshmen dorms on Wednesday night to party. The party lasted about an hour before it was shut down. The gathering took place two days after move-in and the same day that a fraternity on campus was suspended for hosting a maskless social

“I ask students flaunting the university’s health and safety expectations a simple question: Do you want to be the person responsible for sending everyone home?” Penn State President Eric Barron questioned, “This behavior cannot and will not be tolerated. We have said from the beginning health and safety is our priority, and if the university needs to pivot to fully remote instruction we will.”

“Penn State created this situation by deciding to bring all students back to campus,” said Sarah Townsend, a professor and organizer of the faculty group Coalition for a Just University, “And now the very least it should do is immediate testing of all students on arrival, followed by 10% daily surveillance testing throughout the semester. Enough of the magical thinking.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that many university settings, including dorms, are at high risk for viral transmission.

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The Business Comeback After COVID-19

Business Turnaround Expert Cites Keys to a COVID-19 Comeback

By Merilee Kern, MBA ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor

The September 11th attacks. The Great Recession. The COVID-19 pandemic.

All three of these seismic and tragic events have resulted in heartbreak to humanity, including loss of life and our emotional well-being – both individually and collectively. Of course, accompanying these global crises were monetary meltdowns reminiscent of the Great Depression that commenced in 1929 and lingered until the late 1930s.

After a “relatively” calm 70 years, the United States economy has suffered three devastating developments inside the last two decades, alone. There have been wars fought throughout the world and inflation escalations along the way, to be sure, but the start to the 21st century has suffered escalating and unusually concentrated economic calamities – some that have profoundly altered the very fabric of our lives, both personally and professionally.

Indeed, on the business front, such periods have been among the most – perhaps the unequivocal most – trying of times. Amid current circumstances as the coronavirus rages on around the globe, I recently connected with internationally-renowned business restructuring executive James “Jim” Martin, founder of ACM Capital Partners with offices in Charlotte, Denver and Miami. Having spent the last three decades leading international middle-market companies through periods of distress and transition to actualize stability and growth, Martin is uniquely well-positioned to share insights on how business can rally to best assure a “COVID comeback.” Here’s what he had to say.

MK: First, before addressing the current coronavirus situation, what can you tell us about how you’ve helped companies navigate previous “rough waters?”

JM: Relative to the September 11th attacks back in 2001, I’ll share a representative example of a strategic pivot that didn’t just help a company survive, but actually drove profit. After that horrendous event, I stepped in to assist a large aviation maintenance repair-and-overhaul facility whose revenue had been cut fully in half immediately following the attacks – the result of many carriers permanently parking older aircraft (including the 727 fleet). The sizable challenge presented was to maintain a 1000-person labor force while allowing the industry the necessary time to recover. To do so, we created a captive subcontracting company to which we transferred one-third of our labor force. During our troughs, we contracted this labor to our competitors and, during peak periods, we utilized this labor for ourselves. Thus, not only were we able to retain our skilled, well-oriented labor force during the recovery, but that very staff actually provided additional, supplemental profit. The end result was that we sold the business for $138 million, which provided our new investors with a 33 percent internal rate of return (IRR).

Less than a decade after 9/11, amid The Great Recession in 2008, I entered another industry that proved to be among the most brutalized by a global economic downturn: automotive supply. My client was a key supplier to the “Big 3” U.S. auto manufacturers.

At the start of 2008, the industry forecast was the production of 18 million vehicles in North America. Come summer, however, it was clear the automakers would not come near reaching that forecast due to the financial crisis. This did not come as a complete surprise to us, though, because – amid our firm’s protocols – we had had already fully immersed ourselves in our client’s industry and employed forecasting tools alerting us of trends … this one in the wrong direction. So, we were privy to the situation well before management and others within the industry. By late June 2008, we instituted cost-cutting maneuvers and furloughs that enabled the company to withstand the industry’s brutal second half of ’08 that would result in two of the “Big 3” automakers filing for Chapter 11. Despite the industry producing less than half – as much as eight million – of its original vehicle-production forecast, our client not only survived, but ultimately grew and prospered.

MK: Turning attentions to COVID-19, what do you feel is integral for businesses to survive and recover?

JM: For businesses to recover from the coronavirus shutdown, it’s going to take a two-pronged approach: both financial and human capital. Starting with the financial, it will be a “loan-ly” world for those not well-versed in the intricacies of SBA, PPP and other “economic disaster” lending. Consider how expeditiously those programs were rolled out. Then consider how even more quickly they were scooped up. Did anyone really read those loan documents in full, or even halfway through, initially – or even to this day?

My guess is at least half of the companies receiving COVID-related loans took a very “CliffsNotes” approach to these agreements. The result is there’s a solid chance funds were used incorrectly, which is going to make a lot of the loans, shall we say, less “forgivable.” For example, if your company’s payroll roster is shorter today than it was pre-virus, the portion of the loans forgiven is likely to be less.

And while your mind may rush to claiming ignorance and throwing yourself upon the mercy of the government to which you already pay taxes, realize that third-party capital is likely to participate in this market through securitization. This means that thousands of SBA loans could be bought, then packaged to be sold to the secondary market, at a discounted rate, no less. If this happens, understand that the purchasers will have the full intention of holding their borrowers (i.e. small business owners) to paying back 100 cents on the dollar.

So, those companies who received loans and are required, but unable, to pay them back in full may be exposed to either foreclosure or, worse, a “loan to own” scenario. In other words, much like the agreement that comes with your big-tech user agreements, like those prompting users to “click agree,” the fine print matters.

What this means to recovery is that, once again, cash is king: gather it, preserve it, cease lines of credit, liquidate what you can, negotiate costs down with suppliers. And if your company had a healthy bottom line pre-COVID, than a professional familiar with these trenches can help you look to refinance or bring in equity.

With all of that said, the key to a COVID-19 recovery is going to be adhering to the rules of a lender’s road, as well as the ability to navigate the red tape when you veer off that road. If you have read all the fine print and properly managed your loan, congratulations! You’ve acquired some really cheap capital. For those who didn’t do their research, however, this road to recovery likely will need some paving.

MK: What about the human capital you mentioned?

JM: Yes, and then we arrive at the human capital. Lots of companies today are excessively top-heavy. Remember the part about removing emotions from this process? Companies that quickly recognize cuts need to be made will be better positioned to recover than those who dawdle. Again, compiling and preserving cash is going to best position a business for recovery.

This is an instance where it’s especially beneficial to know when to pull triggers (best if earlier than others) and to make decisions that are not based on emotions—a tall order for many CEOs, which is why many turn to turnaround experts. However it’s undertaken, what’s certain is that reducing human capital is painful, but it is also often necessary and almost always beneficial.

The upside is that, when the virus no longer exits, businesses can already be well-positioned for a fairly quick recovery. Maybe not v-shaped sans a vaccine, but quick relatively speaking due to the downturn having been so specific to one singular causing factor.

MK: Tell us a bit about your role as – and general value of – a turnaround expert when turmoil strikes a business.

JM: During times of difficulty, owners and executives can greatly benefit from specialized knowledge that’ll help them best navigate those unchartered waters that are often entangled in a lot of red tape. So, turnaround experts bring to the table a litany of tried-and-true “been there, weathered that” experience and expertise. There’s simply no substitute for engaging with a partner whose entire mandate is ensuring your company’s survival and success during some of the most grim and challenging times it might experience – those professionals who are willing to spend sleepless nights figuring out how to ensure the company meets payroll; who’ll work around the clock to keep the company’s doors open; and who can tackle challenges without being hindered by emotions that understandably weigh on a business owner or manager. It takes this kind of specialized expertise, experience and grit to lead companies through periods of distress and transition, to stability and growth.

No stranger to corporate chaos, during Martin’s own three decades as a globally-regarded turnaround expert, he has reportedly created and restored nearly $1.5 billion in value to lower middle-market companies; raised an additional $1 billion in capital; and managed mergers and acquisitions in excess of $500 million – all collectively representing his company restructuring portfolio valuation in excess of $3 billion.

Today, as the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on business operations far and wide, take heed that there are various key strategic and creative tactics that can help businesses not only weather the storm, but even emerge stronger and more financially secure on the other side.

About Merilee Kern:

Forbes Business Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist who reports on noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all categories, both B2C and B2B. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the nationally-syndicated “Savvy Living” TV show. As a prolific consumer and business trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. You can connect with Merilee at www.TheLuxeList.com and www.SavvyLiving.tv

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Bed Bath & Beyond has products, services, and solutions to help everyone get ready for on or off-campus living. As seen in 360 MAGAZINE.

Bed Bath & Beyond

By Armon Hayes

Post quarantine, many global citizens are adapting to the New World Order grand opening. College students, in particular, are navigating this semester, presenting new challenges, and subsequently shaping the future. COVID-19 has not only impacted economics across the board, but education as well.

Bed Bath & Beyond has products, services, and solutions to help everyone get ready for on or off-campus living. This is a crucial decision that many students will face, so it’s important that Bed Bath & Beyond makes college shopping easier and more convenient with great services and solutions. Bed Bath & Beyond is here to help with essentials, across the country students share faves and recommendations of what they couldn’t live without at school. Check out recommendations HERE.

No need to lug stuff from home to school. Students can pick out what they love online or at their local store and pick up at a store near campus to build a personalized workspace, whether students are home or away. From bedding to lighting, and décor, find everything needed to make a space cozy, functional, and authentically “you”! Utilize the Dorm & Apartment Checklists: A favorite resource among students and parents. These checklists have all they need for dorm or apartment life. Get it in-store or purchase online.

Whether it’s building a study-at-home setup or outfitting a new space, as of late, Bed Bath & Beyond outfitted live-work space for 360 Magazine. Gifting included Wamsutta collective comforter, designed with glamping in mind – a tent inspired bed set that’s beyond practical with deep cargo pockets, each at the head to store bedtime necessities. It is army green, which is the perfect neutral and ideal for anyone who enjoys snacks in bed. To complete the set, there are matching pillow shams with ringlet outline details. The awesome extras were two Dawson UGG pillows reminiscent of their iconic footwear and comfort.

They are experts for all thing’s college and solutions to help everyone get ready for on or off-campus living based on a student’s needs and budget. Save with Bed Bath & College Savings Pass: Get 20% off every purchase. Receive a great value on made-to-last items when shopping with the College Savings Pass! Unlimited use in-store or online through 9/30/20! Sign up HERE.

Jean Button illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Hollister Back-to-School

Hollister Co., a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), and the global teen brand celebrating the spirit of an endless summer, is partnering with TikTok stars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio and Noah Pugliano for its new back-to-school campaign – leveraging the platform that has rapidly grown in popularity among its teen audience.

Charli, Dixie and Noah will serve as the brand’s “Jeanealogists”, together with science educator and television personality Bill Nye. The trio’s “experiments” in Hollister’s Jean Lab, led by Bill Nye, determined the science behind the brand’s perfect denim fits. This content will be featured across Hollister’s social channels and in store. Every aspect of the jean fits were tested and approved by Charli, Dixie and Noah, alongside other teens, to ensure they make teens as comfortable and confident as possible through features like smoothing pockets, curvy fit styles, new soft stretch fabrics and more.

“The ‘jeanealogy’ experience was amazing for us because Hollister has always been one of our favorite brands. We’ve been buying their denim for years and even borrowing each other’s. We loved being able to perfect our favorite denim and share it with everyone else,” said Charli and Dixie. Charli and Dixie’s favorite jean fits, which they hand-selected and marked with their official “stamps of approval,” will be featured in stores and online starting today, July 16.

As part of the partnership, Charli, Dixie and Noah are also launching the #MoreHappyDenimDance – a TikTok challenge choreographed by Charli that encourages users to celebrate comfort, and to share their “happy dance” when they slip into the perfect pair of Hollister jeans. Hollister fans who participate in the challenge will have the chance to be selected for a virtual meet-and-greet with Charli and Dixie.

“We are thrilled to partner with Charli, Dixie, Noah and Bill, as they combine the excitement of TikTok with the nostalgia that our teens love,” said Kristin Scott, President, Global Brands at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “This is the start of a longer-term relationship with Charli and Dixie, both of whom share our passion to spread positivity and build confidence among teens – especially during the uncertainty that surrounds this year’s back-to-school season. Additionally, as one of Hollister’s original brand agents in 2017, we are excited to have Noah on board for an even more robust partnership.”

Throughout the fall, Charli and Dixie will also be participating in various Hollister digital activations, in-store shopping events, and more. For more information on Hollister’s back-to-school campaign visit www.hollisterco.com, and follow the brand on Instagram and TikTok to learn more about the #MoreHappyDenimDance challenge.

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A&F cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained herein or made by management or spokespeople of A&F involve risks and uncertainties, and are subject to change based on various important factors, many of which may be beyond the Company’s control. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by applicable law, we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise our forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties related to the duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company and the factors disclosed in “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS” of A&F’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020, in some cases have affected, and in the future could affect, the company’s financial performance and could cause actual results for fiscal 2020 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of the forward-looking statements included in this press release or otherwise made by management.

The quintessential retail brand of the global teen consumer, Hollister Co. believes in liberating the spirit of an endless summer inside everyone. At Hollister, summer isn’t just a season, it’s a state of mind. Hollister creates a carefree style designed to make all teens feel celebrated and comfortable in their own skin, so they can live in a summer mindset all year long, whatever the season.

Hollister is a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) and is sold through approximately 540 stores worldwide and www.hollisterco.com globally. 

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Back-to-College Tips

6 Ways to Make Back-to-College Better

By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor

It’s about that time for our co-eds to head toward, or back to, university life—whether that be an on-campus dorm or off-campus dwelling. Whichever the case, here are a few lifestyle-enhancing and productivity-boosting finds that can make this upcoming year an A+.

Embroidered Collegiate Pillows

Here’s a wonderful way to get those bright eyed students excited for back to college—whether that’s campus life or taking the fall semester online: embroidered Collegiate Pillows available at catstudio. Working alongside each university, catstudio has created some fabulous, officially licensed hand-drawn artwork celebrating college life and the essence of each college. Their original, licensed art embodies the spirit and uniqueness of each school—the architecture, education, sports, history and traditions. Created on tea-colored background, the 16 x 20-inch pillow is accented with black piping, and finished with a zipper closure. Plus, you can make this already great gift ever even more ideal by personalizing it. Just consult with your local monogram shop and easily add to the back—initials, graduation class, personal note, logo and more. Beyond these spirited and decidedly decorative pillows, catstudio’s collegiate collection also includes zipper pouches, dish towels, glasses, thermal bottles and fine art prints that any co-ed is sure to adore The company’s collegiate gift line is personal, thoughtful and meaningful. What’s also admirable about this company is that a percentage of each purchase is donated back to each respective school, serving to fund scholarships, student activities or recreational programs.

Blue Light Glasses

The human eyes are not designed to be exposed to blue light emitted by computer screens, phones and television constantly. This strong blue light causes eye fatigue, dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches, which are all symptoms of digital eye strain also known as Computer Vision Syndrome. Beyond damaging the eyes, exposure to blue light at night disrupts the circadian rhythm that regulates the release of melatonin, preventing rest and degrading sleep quality. One great way to safeguard your student’s eyes while simultaneously sporting stylish frames from Pixel Eyewear. This company provides breakthrough lens technology that filters at least 50 percent of blue light and up to 95 percent at the strongest wavelengths, without the yellow tint. They provide a clear, surgical protection that allows wearers to focus on their work instead of ensuing migraines. The lenses of the eyewear also have a super-hydrophobic outer layer, which is a nanotechnology that reduces smudges and repels water and dust. This means no more constantly taking the glasses off for cleaning and wiping. The premium anti-reflective coating eliminates computer glare and reduces stress on your eyes all the while. It’s time to experience the world in High-Def. Each model is designed, engineered and built with comfort in mind. The full lens features, among those already mentioned, include glare elimination; UV light blockage; scratch, fingerprint and smudge resistance; water, liquid, dust and particle repellence; and a reduction of color and image distortion.

Wireless Charging Stand

STM Goods, a leading designer of innovative bags, cases and related products for consumer electronic devices, recently announced the latest addition to the company’s growing line of power and cable accessories. Their new ChargeTree wireless charging stand can power up to three different items: an iPhone or other wireless ready smartphone, AirPods/AirPods Pro, and Apple Watch—all simultaneously on one slim stand. It’s a handy, small footprint solution for eliminating wires and the need to use separate charging units to repower these devices individually. The ChargeTree is Qi certified to work with Qi-enabled devices and also plugs into the power source with a USB-A to USB-C cable (a one-meter cable is included). ChargeTree is also compatible with AirPods in a wireless charging case and will function with most phone cases (non-metal) up to 5mm thick. Slim and sleek, the ChargeTree leaves a small footprint that takes up minimal space on a desk or nightstand. If you’re like me, multi-tasking is a way life, so this multi-device charger will help ensure your go-to tech is fully juiced when you need it.

External Hard Drive

No matter the student’s major, rest assured there will be a need to access, store and transport digital data. Ensure they don’t run out of hard drive space with Western Digital’s G-DRIVE Mobile USB-C External Portable Drive that’s available in 1TB, 2TB, 4TB and 5TB capacities. With a plug-and-play USB-C-ready port (that’s USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 3 compatible) and with speeds up to 140MB/s for super-fast file transfer and backup, this mobile hard drive offers portable storage in a stylish design to complement any computer. It actually includes both USB-C and USB-A cables to make it universally compatible. Its sleek and beautiful aluminum case provides sturdy, portable storage that’s designed to travel well. And with up to 5TB of storage on-the-go, you’re instantly ready to back up your favorite documents, presentations, videos, photos, music and more, wherever you go. It ships Mac ready, but is easily reformatted for Windows. Plus there’s a 3-Year limited warranty to ensure your student’s productivity will never be stifled.

Copper-Infused Dual Filter Face Mask

Copper Compression, a designer, manufacturer and provider of a wide range of copper-infused recovery wearables and self-care solutions, now boasts anti-bacterial, reusable and washable copper ion-infused face masks. Copper is broadly recognized for its natural ability to destroy bacteria and the mask’s dual filter is among the highest protection available today. The non-medical mask, reportedly embraced by doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians, has also reportedly been favored among fitness, fashion, and foodie elites. The mask features a four-layer structure with a protective copper-infused cotton outer layer. Its middle layers include a high-efficiency bacterial filter and supportive lining creating dual filters, which blocks fine particulate matter over a five-year period. The interior of the mask is made with a soft, 100 percent cotton-lining and provides extra space for ventilation and moisture absorption, making it extremely comfortable for extended wear. The copper protection infused within each fiber maintains its hygienic potency throughout the lifespan of the product and never washes out. Each mask comes with a certificate of conformity, ensuring its standards meet the consumer product and safety commission.

The company’s other helpful copper-infused products that’ll help keep students feeling their best by lessening slumping and realizing better posture. This includes their unisex Full Posture Corrector with Support Bars, which provides comfortable specifically designed to reduce pressure on joints, discs and muscles, while providing the necessary protection. Their Slim Back Brace with Extra Support Bars is also helpful. This non-intrusive design effectively engages your core and lower back muscles, giving you back pain relief without feeling cumbersome. Steady pressure from the brace also stabilizes your lower back muscles, giving you better balance and improved posture.

Allergen Vacuum

Help your college-bound kiddo feel well and stay focused by avoiding those annoying allergies that can infiltrate their dorm or apartment. One highly effective tech solution is RAYCOP, which has advanced its allergen vacuum technology with its new, hand-held RS Pro model. Mattresses, pillows, blankets, upholstered desk chairs and other cloth furniture are the perfect home for allergens like dust mites and pollen. The RS Pro is the reported to be the only allergen vacuum that eliminates 99.99% of these and other allergy-causing irritants. In fact, the RAYCOP RS Pro emits heat of up to 158° Fahrenheit—a temperature that instantly kills dust mites and eliminates pollen—plus it uses the same UVC light that hospitals use to combat bacteria and viruses. Safety measures built into this and other RAYCOP products ensure the UVC sanitizing light and heat can be safely used in a residence. For even more efficacy, the vacuum also includes HEPA filtration and air redirect suction technology to protect fabrics while reducing allergens. The RS Pro is the latest in Raycop’s line of handheld vacuums. With advanced RayClean technology, this model combines a multitude of features–heat, UVC sanitizing light, HEPA filtration and our Air Redirect Suction Technology—to kill dust mites and pollen completely. This can lead to less dependence on medication and a more comfortable, clean environment.

About Merilee Kern:

Forbes Business Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist who reports on noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all categories, both B2C and B2B. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the nationally-syndicated “Savvy Living” TV show. As a prolific consumer and business trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. You can connect with Merilee at www.TheLuxeList.com and www.SavvyLiving.tv

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Sean Dubravac, 360 MAGAZINE, ImPOWER Youth, Beverly Hills

ImPOWER Youth Fundraiser

At Caffe Roma Lounge in Beverly Hills, ImPOWER Youth hosted their annual “Back to School Fun-draiser”. ImPOWER Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth to believe in themselves and discover their full potential through mentorship, exposure to opportunities, and life skills development.


Nearly 200 people came out in support of ImPOWER Youth and their programs in leadership development, financial literacy, and community building.

To learn more about ImPOWER Youth, visit impoweryouth.org

*Photo courtesy of Sean Dubravac

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Back to School Bluetooth Essentials

“If Bose and JBL had a child it would be 1MORE. Excellent battery life with a comprehensive yet crisp sound.”360 MAGAZINE

1MORE Adds New Headphone to the Piston Fit Series and Introduces First Portable Speaker

1MORE, the most awarded headphone company from CES the past two years, launches a Bluetooth version of the beloved Piston Fit Headphone as well as its first Portable Bluetooth Speaker, which features a true stereo mode

1MORE, a global premium consumer audio company, today announced the release of its new Piston Fit Bluetooth Headphone, and first speaker, the 1MORE Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Just in time for anyone going back to school, these Bluetooth essentials provide an affordable option for superior audio quality while studying in the library, commuting to campus, playing games or hosting a movie night. For $29.99, the Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones can be purchased on or on Amazon. 1MORE’s Portable BT Speaker is available on 1MORE.com for $99.99 or as a bundle of two speakers for $149.99.

“With the introduction of our first-ever Portable BT Speaker and reimaged Piston Fit Bluetooth headphone, we’re excited to continue expanding our product line-up. These additions really embody 1MORE’s mission to provide quality products at pocket-friendly prices for everyone, even students, to enjoy,” says Tyler Runyon, Marketing Director for 1MORE USA.

1MORE Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphone Specs:
• Titanium Composite Dynamic Driver – A 10mm dynamic driver with a titanium composite diaphragm balances powerful bass and exquisite detail, reproducing crystal clear sound in an ultra-compact design for enhanced efficiency.
• Reliable & Convenient – Using the latest Bluetooth 5 technology means these headphones are optimized with better transmission and connectivity to Bluetooth enabled devices.
• Fit & Design – Extremely lightweight earbuds with 45° oblique-angled nozzles naturally lay in your ear canals for a tight, secure fit during extended use. While not in use, the magnetic earpieces clasp together for convenient and worry-free storage around one’s neck.
• Durability – Aluminum alloy earpieces provide a sleek but sturdy build, while the grooved tangle-free neckband cable reduces friction. The added IPX4 water resistance ensures long-lasting resilience from all directional splashing.

1MORE Portable BT Speaker Specs:
• Multiple Pairing Modes – Choose between a single speaker in mono mode or pair two speakers in true L/R stereo mode for a fully immersive surround sound experience.
• HiFi Sound Quality – A true, active two-way design includes 1 plane woofer + 1 tweeter in a compact system that provides crisp highs and rich, thumping bass. Coupled with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, and separate amplifiers for the woofer and tweeter, the highs, mids, and lows are adjusted dynamically to create clear and natural sound no matter the listening volume.
• Virtual Bass Technology – Outfitted with Virtual Bass technology that produces apparent low frequency sounds under 70 Hz to provide a more complete low end experience.
• Acoustic Design – The saucer style design allows for 360° sound dispersion, creating a full range of coverage throughout all areas of a room.
• Grab and go – Keep the speaker on your table to listen to music while at home, or use the built-in tether when heading out and attach it to anything—a backpack, bike, or your wrist.

Like with all 1MORE’s products, the Piston Fit Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones and Portable BT Speaker are expertly tuned by Grammy-award winning sound engineer, Luca Bignardi, so that listeners hear exactly what the artist intended. For a full list of product specifications and features visit 1MORE.com and 1MORE’s Amazon Storefront.

ABOUT 1MORE
1MORE specializes in acoustic design and development, smart software and wearable audio products. Born with a profound mission to deliver superior quality audio at a consumer-friendly value, 1MORE has shipped 38 million headphones globally in over 25 countries in just the past 4 years. Additionally, 1MORE’s products have received multiple industry and design awards including prestigious CES Innovation awards, RedDot, iF Design awards and other major industry accolades. Visit 1MORE at 1MORE.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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New Era × NFL

This year’s sideline collection celebrates the NFL’s 100th Season by honoring the decades each NFL franchise was established, giving fans a retro yet modern look on gameday.

The New Era 2019 Official NFL Sideline Collection is available at neweracap.com neweracap.com
, as well as major sporting goods and headwear retailers for a retail price ranging from $27.99 – $39.99 USD.

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Kings Island’s Newest Roller Coaster

Thrill-seekers will experience a new level of excitement when they visit Kings Island in 2020. Joining the world-class line-up of coasters at the park is Orion®, one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 ft.  The park makes the announcement in honor of National Roller Coaster Day, August 16th.

Orion will plunge riders down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds of up to 91 mph. Racing along 5,321 feet of track; it will be Kings Island’s tallest, fastest and longest steel coaster.