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Discord – The Emoji Effect

Discord, one of the most popular brands among Gen Z, has just released The Emoji Effect – a study of 16,000 users worldwide to further understand the magic behind emojis and why they’re beloved by so many.

Among all of the interactions taking place on Discord, one of the most popular behaviors is the use of emojis. ✨Increasing “emoji power” is one of the most popular perks of Nitro 🚀, Discord’s paid subscription offering, which allows people to boost their emoji library (or create and upload their own custom emoji!) with every new community they join. Nitro offers users access to over 500 million custom emojis, and fun fact: they share over 455,000 emojis every minute –that’s over 7,600 emojis used every second. 🤯

With emojis being a universal language anyone can understand, Discord wanted to learn more about the larger role they play in finding friendships, boosting confidence, and connecting with communities (particularly among Gen Z).

To further understand the magic behind emojis, Discord surveyed 16,000 people around the world 🌎 to understand why they’re beloved by so many.

📊 Key insights from The Emoji Effect include:

Emojis are the Secret to Building Connection, Trust, and Togetherness Online. No matter who you’re speaking to, or where your conversation is taking place, emojis are the secret sauce to building connection, trust, and togetherness online – 63% of people surveyed say emojis help them connect with interest-based communities, while 73% feel emojis help bring people together.

Emojis also help strengthen connections and relationships with friends, family, significant others, love interests, classmates, and coworkers. Next time you’re talking to your mom 👩🏽, boss 👨🏿‍💻, or favorite Discord community member 🧑‍🤝‍🧑, consider throwing in a few emojis!

Younger Generations are Likely to Feel More Honest, Expressive, and Comfortable Using Emojis. Younger generations are often digital natives and for this reason, may have a better understanding of what emojis bring to a conversation. They can also help explain the proper use of even the most cryptic emojis. 🙃🤠

Globally, Gen Z (61%) and Millennials (68%) believe that texts with emojis allow them to be more honest compared to texts without them, and Gen Z (65%) and Millennials (69%) can communicate their feelings better through emojis than written messages.

Emojis are Taking Over Written Language. Emojis offer greater personal expression, sometimes even more than written or verbal words. While 57% of people say they can better express their personality through emojis than through words, 70% say emojis can help make messages clearer. 😎🤏😳🕶🤏

Emojis are More Powerful Than Likes. Sharing our thoughts, actions, and interests is a common aspect of online culture. However, with sharing often comes the desire for validation. And emojis may be the new, preferred way to co-sign virtually: 57% of people get a bigger confidence boost when receiving emojis than a Like on a photo, and 43% say emojis provide more validation than a text or verbal statement.

A boost in confidence can be a powerful feeling, and providing that feeling to another person may be as easy as sending an emoji. 😍🔥👑

Emojis Serve as Conduits to Communicating with Friends & Partners. With their ever-evolving definitions and fluid meanings, emojis allow people to adapt different tones and meanings in every conversation – 79% of those surveyed say the emojis they use differ depending on who they are talking to. While the majority of people switch up their emoji use, 44% have a set of go-to emojis they like to use. 🫂💬

Emojis are Key to Making Digital Communication More Human. With the rise of virtual communication, the nuances of in-person conversations are often lost, creating confusion and misunderstanding. Emojis are the missing link 🔗 to making digital communication more human. Over 67% of people believe they can let their guard down when they see others using emojis, and 63% believe compliments shared with an emoji feel more genuine.

Including an emoji in your next message can also help mimic in-person mannerisms: 7 out of 10 people feel that emojis help mimic in-person conversations in a virtual setting, a benefit that’s particularly important when building remote connections is increasingly common. 🤝

Emojis Help Show Us Who Our Real Friends Are. The jury’s out: the true test of finding your BFF is with emojis. Over 65% of people are inclined to agree you’ve reached true friendship status when you start using more emojis with someone. In addition to strengthening existing friendships, emojis also help build new friendships – 43% of people are more comfortable talking with people that use emojis. So break the ice with your new friends and send that emoji. 👉👈🧊🔨

Emojis Serve as Powerful Mood-Boosting Tools. Emojis have a positive effect on our emotional state, and 72% of people agree that receiving an emoji when they are feeling sad brings a simile to their faces. It’s no wonder that 40% also agree that emojis can make them feel more cared for than a hug.

While many of us use them when feeling happy, humorous, and excited, 56% say they’re likely to use emojis when trying to cut the tension in a conversation. So whenever you need to brighten 🌞 your spirit 👻 (or someone else’s), use an emoji!

Custom Emojis Build a More Expressive and Inclusive World Online. Custom emojis are the future and help unlock more personal feelings of connection and community. When asked about custom emojis, people agreed they allow for diversity and inclusivity (84%), the ability to be unique (83%), and self-expression (81%).

While the custom emojis seen on Discord have yet to infiltrate the universal language of standard emojis, the benefits and interest surrounding them indicate a growing desire for their use in the coming future – 76% of people say custom emojis are easier to use than even text! 🧑‍🎨📈🔮

Dolce Gabbana × Jujutsu Kaisen Anime Capsule Collection in 360 MAGAZINE

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DOLCE&GABBANA X JUJUTSU KAISEN

Innovation, Made in Italy and the Japanese culture meet in the new Dolce&Gabbana x Jujutsu Kaisen Special Collection, creating new synergies between art and style.

The Jujutsu Kaisen universe, which became highly popular in Japanese culture, has inspired Dolce&Gabbana in the creation of a new – yet coherent with the brand’s DNA – Special Collection. Dolce&Gabbana’s vision meets the Japanese creative universe, from the Mix&Match to the street style aesthetics of many vibrant and contemporary districts of Tokyo, among which Shibuya and Harajuku. The seemingly distant creative universes of sartorial excellence and pop culture, intertwine uniquely in this Collection, introducing a new form of beauty. Symbols and stylistic elements, that can be traced back to the identities of the various characters, are translated into garments and accessories with a strong personality.

The Collection introduces a special no gender aesthetic: cotton and jersey T-shirts and sweatshirts are combined with nylon jackets. All personalized with screen printing, digital 3D prints and ideograms, symbols of the Japanese universe. All these elements create tactile games and a three-dimensional thickness. The art of anime and the innovative spirit of the younger generations talk with the Italian manufacturing tradition.

The Collection creates new links between fashion and art, culture and lifestyle. The Dolce&Gabbana x Jujutsu Kaisen Special Collection will be available in selected boutiques in Japan starting end of April.

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Jaxx – Too Often

21-year-old artist Jaxx recently debuted his new single “Too Often,” on January 21. Showcasing a vibrant vibe throughout, Jaxx expresses how better days are ahead and how he’s on his way to living out his dream. He sings, “’Bouta live my dream, yeah like that, gotta feed my team, count up fast, better days I know you wish you had.”

The single has rose to notoriety quickly, catching spots on Billboard’s Fresh Picks. Billboard noted that Jaxx “combines expressive melodies and free flexes on his playful and confident new single.” The single gained praise from Teen Vogue as well, landing a place on their Best New Music, mentioning that the single “drips will the feel-good swagger.”

The limitless vibe that is ever present in “Too Often” has made it a hit. Listen to “Too OftenHERE.

About Jaxx

Originally from Arizona, Jaxx had a prospective pro skateboarding career before the thought of making music even crossed his mind. When he reached his later teen years, his older brother began delving into making music, which inspired Jaxx. He decided he would go after this newfound dream, recording his first few songs on his iPhone in the church parking lot.

His first song that gained traction was “Ride With Me,” a melodious song all about loyalty, that achieved over 100K streams. Jaxx continued his journey in the music realm with popular singles “Road 2 Nowhere” and “Like This!” Later joining forces with Internet Money, Jaxx released “Domino,” his 2021 out-of-this-world single that achieved more praise than he had ever seen before.

As what goes for the future, Jaxx aims to continue to grow his career and his fanbase, which is already on the rise. Heading into the studio often, Jaxx has been able to expand his career and really prep for what’s to come. He truly deems the best of his work has yet to come. “Since I’ve been making music, every song keeps getting better, I’m more excited to put out new music than I’ve ever been.”

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Holiday Wish List

Now that it’s fall, it’s officially that time of the year. The holidays are still a way’s away, but the must-have items are coming out earlier and earlier and your list seems to get longer and longer. It’s never too early to start shopping for the best Christmas gifts of 2021! Whether you’re looking for the latest toys, present for your wife, your kids, or even your boss, this 360 MAGAZINE list will be your one stop shop to find the coolest gift ideas.

Check out our favorites below, and we hope you pick out something nice for yourself as well!

Leica Q2 ‘007 Edition’

Leica Camera has unveiled a new Leica Q2 ‘007 Edition’ to celebrate the release of the 25th Bond adventure, No Time to Die.  Limited to 250 pieces only, the camera exudes understated elegance – just like James Bond – marked by Leica’s signature minimalist design.

The new camera features the iconic 007 logo on the deck cap and the famous Bond gun barrel design on the lens cap. Each of the limited-edition cameras will be individually numbered, making the “007” camera a sought-after collectable. The camera comes in a customized and handcrafted case designed by the British luxury suitcase brand, Globe-Trotter. Inspired by the bespoke cases that are featured in No Time To Die film, both the camera case and camera are finished in the same ocean green leather colorway.

A combination of both photography and cinema, this makes a perfect gift for anyone who is a film major or enthusiast! Available for purchase on the official Leica website.

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Oakley × Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes II and Oakley has released the second iteration of the MVP quarterback’s Signature Series, Contrail. The new eyewear is inspired by the MVP’s limitless talent and includes features that honor the Super Bowl LIV Champion.

The Signature Series Collection launched in early 2021 with the bold design of Oakley’s Sutro Lite frame. Ahead of the brand’s third season partnership with the NFL, Oakley is adding Contrail to the collection, a modern design available in matte black with metallic gold icons to celebrate the unconventional success of the Kansas City Chief’s player. The frame features a lightweight, durable C-5 alloy frame and Prizm lens technology engineered to enhance color and contrast while discoverable Mahomes details on the Contrail include an etched lens with II for Mahomes and a signed microbag.

Modern yet timeless, the Patrick Mahomes Signature Series is available on Oakley.com and in Oakley retail stores.

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Casio EDIFICE × Scuderia AlphaTauri Racing

Super-charge your speed and precision with this special Casio EDIFICE watch designed in collaboration with the F1™ team Scuderia AlphaTauri.

Made with the same type of 6K carbon fiber used in the floor and wings of the Scuderia AlphaTauri racing machine, the EFR571AT-1A puts the latest motorsports technology right on your wrist. Fluorescent yellow — the color that crew mechanics use at the track for safety — highlights key components, providing the stand-out visibility required by racing teams who have to make every second count. The yellow stopwatch button and second hand ensure easy, no-fumble timing. The last 15 seconds on the dial are also highlighted, in a nod to the F1 rule that crewmembers must leave the grid 15 seconds before the formation lap starts.

This special EDIFICE delivers what you need to manage your day with the confidence of an F1 driver. Available for purchase here.

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Lids × Chris Godwin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowler and Super Bowl LV Champion Wide Receiver, Chris Godwin, has partnered with Lids and is not the retailer’s newest brand partner.

Godwin has created seven custom embroidery designs exclusively with Lids. Along with his signature and a #14 jersey number available in a variety of design options, these exclusive designs will also include a ‘World Champion’ badge as a nod to the Bucs fanbase following their 2021 Super Bowl LV win.

Fans can embroider any one of the designs on a hat or jersey of their choice at hundreds of Lids locations across the country starting today (available at any location that offers on-site custom embroidery). Through this partnership, Lids contributed a flat donation to Godwin’s charitable foundation, Team Godwin Foundation, which provides at-risk animals a second chance through advocacy and financial support.

More information here.

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THE COMFY

Nothing keeps you cozy on chilly fall mornings like the wearable blanket that started it all! The Comfy Teddy Bear Quarter Zip is everything you love about The Comfy Teddy Bear, but with the added flexibility and style of a zip.

Fun, cozy, and will keep you warm while couch surfing on a cool night. It is unisex and stylish enough for all your needs, from sitting on the porch or a quick trip to the store. Luscious, high-quality sherpa wraps you in a giant hug while the quarter zip gives you flexibility, you’ll never want to take it off.

Available in a variety of colors and patterns here.

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LOL Cartel

Recording artist and MTV’s Ridiculousness host Chanel West Coast has announced the release of her new LOL Cartel unisex capsule collection. Conceptualized and designed by Chanel herself, the new streetwear line showcases fun, expressive lifestyle apparel that speaks to the laidback and feel good vibes of the West Coast. 

The new drop features a wide array of classic silhouettes such as sweatpants, sweaters, hats, shirts, t-shirts and more in custom-dyed designs and bold color combinations, emphasizing the young and vibrant inspiration throughout. Each piece has been designed with high quality fabrics and materials, and was crafted to be unisex, ensuring a mix-and-match capsule collection that can be enjoyed by people of all genders.  

Shop here.

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Tenacious Toys

Tenacious Toys is the premier online retailer specializing in limited edition art toys in vinylresin and PVC, as well as imported action figures and one-off custom toys.

Started in 2004 in New York City, Tenacious Toys services thousands of customers worldwide each year with the most reliable fulfillment of bullet-proof packages. Tenacious Toys offers customers a robust program of rewards and freebies, as well as multiple payment options during checkout.

Perfect holiday gift for a friend or partner who loves to collect! Shop Tenacious Toys’ latest collection here.

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EATABLE

Celebrate flavors worthy of your everyday celebrations with the 100% natural, delightfully grown-up popcorn from EATABLE.

Inspired by the flavors of happy hour, each bag features the sophisticated notes of your favorite cocktails without the alcohol. They start with non-GMO corn kernels that are air popped to perfection, imbue them with a sweet candy or caramel spirit infused coating, and then painstakingly hand-sift each batch to ensure those hard unpopped kernels never make it to your mouth. 

Give your movie night a sophisticated twist, upgrade your book club’s charcuterie board, or toast Team USA with the mixed pop of your choice.

EATABLE Highlights:

• Crafted from locally sourced, non-GMO corn kernels

• Twice baked recipe creates the perfect crunchy texture

• Grab and go bags are ideal for snacking, picnics, barbecues, and more!

• Comes in a resealable bag for freshness you can taste

• NO artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

• Flavors include:

• Whisky on the Pops

• Pop the Champagne

• Pop the Salt & Tequila

• Pop Goes Sangria

• Poppy Caesar

•Poppin’ Rosé all Day 

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Sea Witch Botanicals

Sea Witch Botanicals is committed to being a role model in the shift toward sustainability and ethical business, and transparently dedicated to environmental justice. We are a small, tenacious team that believes you don’t need sinister synthetics or animal byproducts to have a clean home, a beautiful smelling space, or luxurious self-care. All of our products are crafted with only plant-based ingredients and packaged for optimum waste-reduction. 

Sea Witch Botanicals aims to keep the world’s water healthy by providing natural home and body products that are good for you, and the environment. With a huge range of scents and products, find your match of incense and candles here.

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N.Peal Cashmere Knitwear

Know a Bond fan? These gifts would be right up their alley. Exclusive cashmere knitwear brand N.Peal is launching its Navy Ribbed Army Sweater and 007 Combat Trousers as worn by 007 in the upcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die, releasing in theaters October 8, 2021.

Available in a blend of 90 per cent superfine Merino wool and 10 per cent cashmere, the Navy Ribbed Army Sweater  features canvas patches on the shoulders, cuffs and elbow and is augmented by a drawstring neck. The 007 combat trouser is made from 100% Cotton, features-Gun metal zips and poppers- 3 pockets, two zipped and one poppered – Epitomises the modern and informal utility look and marries perfectly with the N.Peal commando sweater.

Modelling its design on British Military Commando sweaters & Combat Trousers, N.Peal developed these pieces with No Time To Die costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb.

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CASIO G-SHOCK

As the most nostalgic time of the year nears, what’s a better way to remember your childhood than to purchase old trinkets? Casio has released a few timepieces that are reminiscent of the 90s, and will surely bring you back in time.

Based on the larger men’s style, the GMAS120SR-7A is a compact G-SHOCK model in the transparent style that became popular back in the ‘90s. This model features a rose-gold metallic finish with a design that makes it the perfect accessory for work and play. 

The square design of the GMS5600PG-1 is reminiscent of the classic G-SHOCK 5600. This model has a metal covered bezel and incorporates standard G-SHOCK shock resistance in a small, lightweight watch that is comfortable to wear. The mirror finish of the case and bezel add a touch of elegance to the watch’s casual look. 

The BG169G-4B offers the nostalgic BABY-G style in an eye-catching pink band and face. Featuring 200-meter water resistance, this model has an ion-plated metal ring and with a face protector, creating a face that is dynamic, yet classically BABY-G. The wire face protectors on the case allow for worry-free wear at the beach, pool, or in other high-activity areas.

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Pureaty Naturals – Biotin Hair Serum

One of those products that went viral over quarantine, none other than this biotin hair serum from Pureaty Naturals.

According to more than 5,000 five-star Amazon ratings awarded for its ability to regrow hair even in nearly bald spots after a month of use. Shoppers say it makes a huge difference in their hair’s strength and thickness, rescuing thinning hairlines from intense shedding and encouraging growth like a “miracle serum.” 

Prior to trying the Pureauty formula, one person says that nothing seemed to help their drain-clogging hair loss. Within two weeks, the cycle turned around: “The results are AMAZING! I legit only had like two strands fall out per shower.” They continue, “The only downside: I didn’t find this product sooner. I could not be happier. Thank you so much to whoever made this. You literally saved my depressed soul from losing my hair.”

Another person “desperate” to reverse their chemo-thinned hair says their hair loss is now so minimal, the results are “hard to believe.” But by all accounts it doesn’t much matter what’s behind the hair loss — the Pureauty’s hydrators, including the glycerin and squalane mentioned above, keep your scalp optimally moisturized regardless. As the last person concludes: “Thank you, little bottle of serum.” 

Shop Pureauty here.

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Tubble Royale Inflatable Bathtub

Give the gift of a portable tub, Tubble! Imagine taking a private hot bath in the snow after skiing or on your balcony over looking the city! Tubble was designed for urban living but is also great for outside adventures (veranda, porch, balcony, living room, cabin, glamping, RV). With the Tubble, you can take a bath anywhere-anytime. You just need a water source! Tubble is great for contrast therapeutic bath (hot to cold and vice versa) any type of therapeutic bath is an option. Fits a 6’ tall person or two people very comfortably! Quality materials (like a yoga mat) makes it more comfortable than a regular bath. Lightweight when empty, travels easy, and holds 60 gallons of water when full. Perfect for the holidays.

Available on Tubble and Amazon.

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nutpods

You know the holidays are near when you see Pumpkin Spice on the shelves again. Keep the good times pouring with nutpods unsweetened Winter Collection flavors; Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha and Holiday Nog. The party goes on to the last drop. All three are creamy, foamy, and free of dairy and sugar.

Shop here.

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Cornbread Hemp

The CBD industry has become an oversaturated $2.1 billion market notorious for a lack of consumer awareness, large corporations, and countless athletes/celebrities fronting brands (without any real involvement in the company). However, a few smaller CBD brands are setting themselves apart through a purpose-driven mission and commitment to product quality.

Cornbread Hemp is one of the rare few that has been able to gain market share as an underdog, in large part due to its signature Flower-Only™, full spectrum, and USDA-certified organic hemp. They are going down a different path, not cutting corners, and offering a product that is light years ahead of what you see at your local convenience store.

The founders at Cornbread Hemp have made taking on corporate CBD as one of their causes to ensure that consumers know what is in the product they are ingesting or rubbing on their bodies. Co-founder Jim Higdon has said that “what most consumers don’t know is that corporate hemp manufacturers produce substandard products, only to dress them up with the term ‘Whole Plant.'”

Shop Cornbread Hemp here.

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ZAGG

Know someone that got the new iPhone? Here’s a quick gift idea. ZAGG, the global leader in accessories and technologies that empower mobile lifestyles, introduced screen protection and protective case solutions for the new Apple iPhone 13 miniiPhone 13iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. ZAGG also announced screen protection for the Apple Watch Series 7 and iPad mini (6th gen).  

ZAGG accessories for these Apple devices are available beginning today on ZAGG.com with some products arriving in the coming weeks. Consumers may find ZAGG InvisibleShield and ZAGG Gear4 products at Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Best Buy, and Walmart stores nationwide.

ZAGG backs its mobile accessories with an industry-leading limited lifetime warranty and will replace the product if it ever gets worn or damaged for the life of the device. With more than 250 million screen protectors sold worldwide, ZAGG InvisibleShield is the #1 selling brand for smartphone screen protection in the U.S. and has set the industry standard for screen protection. Shop here.

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Oakley Coyote Boot

Born more than 20 years ago, the Coyote boot was built to function like a sneaker while still offering an iconic combat-inspired product. The boot is not meant to be just for anyone, it was created for a purpose with a will to run alone and to run with the pack.

Designed to take on any adventure whether in the city or in the wild, the Coyote boot itself features an EVA midsole and slip-resistant rubber outsole which moves naturally with your foot, while providing plush shock absorption. The lightweight material and genuine leather offers ventilated comfort while the rugged nylon laces stand to rough wear to complete this durable, everyday boot. In addition to the regular colorways, The Coyote Boot will also offer three new limited-edition colorways featuring vibrant, neon soles: black/neon green, coyote/neon orange, and sage/neon light blue. 

A gift made for any adventurous friends or partners, the Coyote Boot is available in select stores and online here.

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PUMA

The second PUMA collaboration with Black Fives collection celebrates the way teamsin the Black Fives Era expanded their reach beyond neighborhoods where they began, into cities and towns throughout the United States. This seven-piece collection encompasses vintage-inspired designs with historical graphics and authentic logos maintained by the Foundation. Banner graphics showcase Black Fives teams along with cities they played in across the U.S. from Los Angeles to New York.

The Black Fives Foundation’s mission is to research, preserve, showcase, teach and honor the pre-NBA history of African Americans in basketball. Items in the collection include multi-colored hoodie and sweatpants, shorts, T-shirt, long-sleeved T-shirt, cardigan, and a black Suede Mid Black Fives, which includes a pop of color on the sole and team logos on the formstrip.

The collection launches globally October 8 in stores and online.

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Affirmicious

Has this last year taken a toll on your friends’ spirits? Are you on the lookout for a gift that inspires change and growth There’s nothing like the holiday season to spread a little cheer, and with Affirmicious and their uplifting Zodiac Affirmation Card Decks you can help nip negativity in the bud.

Each deck of fun and focusing cards is tailored to the personality of a specific Zodiac sign, offering positive statements and reminders to help change the flow of your thoughts the more you practice them. 

  • Features 100 personalized affirmation cards per set
  • Cards are based on the unique traits, needs, and energy of each Zodiac sign
  • Reinforces and emphasizes your positive traits
  • Helps put an end to negative self-talk
  • Fun for Zodiac believers and dabblers alike!
  • Available for all 12 Zodiac signs

Shop here.

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spermidineLIFE®

This holiday season, give the gift of natural cell renewal from the inside that supports health and beauty from the outside. Cell health affects growth of our hair and nails, and the appearance of our skin.

A new supplement, spermidineLIFE® by Longevity Labs, is the world’s first natural spermidine-rich wheat germ extract dietary supplement that supports our bodies rejuvenation and renewal of cells from the inside, which supports health and beauty health from the outside.

spermidineLIFE® is an all-natural, clinically tested supplement that supports brain, heart and organ function, helps reduce inflammation, improve immunity, detain the effects of aging, improve the growth and appearance of nails and hair, and support skin firmness. MSRP: $99 (subscription price $89)

Support cellular renewal through spermidine supplementation with a simple two-capsules per day dose.

  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
  • Free of artificial colors or flavors
  • Free of lactose, nuts, and caffeine
  • 100% GMO-free product
  • Available in a convenient monthly package

Shop here.

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Privé Revaux

Founded on the belief that head-turning style shouldn’t be a luxury reserved for a select few, celebrity foundedPrivé Revaux continues to provide affordable and effortlessly chic eyewear. A great gift that has been given the golden seal of approval from a variety of celebrities from Billie Ellish, to Common, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes, J. Lo, Dwayne Wade, Rachel McAdams and more. Countless styles have been worn and loved by the a-list, and with its inexpensive price point, it’s an easy gift that your loved ones will delight in.

Join the a-list and gift Privé Revaux this holiday season. Shop here.

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Barton Perreira

Barton Perreira is an independent brand that sees things differently, taking the time to invest in craftsmanship that produces nothing less than the finest eyewear in the world. Meticulously crafted by hand in Japan, a single pair of Barton Perreira frames takes weeks to refine. Barton Perreira’s weightless fit originates from the use of Japanese titanium without any composites to construct the most durable frames available today. Barton Perreira premium lenses are created through a hand-dipped double staged process that results in a stunning gradation of color.

Distinguished for their passionate attention to each one-of-a-kind detail, Japan’s leading artisans ensure every facet of Barton Perreira eyewear is brought to life with precision and virtuosity. Available here.

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Skechers × JGoldcrown

Spread love and comfort this holiday season with Skechers x JGoldcrown: BOBS Too Cozy slippers featuring the iconic #Lovewall heart design of muralist James Goldcrown. Feel warm and fuzzy inside and out with this gift that gives back – for every BOBS from Skechers item purchased, a donation is made to help save shelter animals’ lives nationwide through Skechers’ partnership with Petco Love. The BOBS from Skechers movement has raised more than $7 million to help more than 1.3 million shelter pets in the United States and Canada.

The casual vegan slippers feature an allover print of the artist’s signature design, soft microfiber suede-textured upper with a faux-fur trim, striped midsole and cushioned Skechers Memory Foam™ footbed, providing ultimate comfort while you sip cocoa by the fire. Treat yourself and your loved ones to the Too Cozy styles which make the perfect welcome gift for out of town guests joining you for the holidays.

Retailing at $50 on Skechers.com.

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DIESEL

DIESEL has recently introduced a stylish new way of listening to music or taking phone calls on the go with their new True Wireless Earbuds. Comes in two color variations, black and red, both featuring the silver ‘D’ logo detail. The case is compatible with wireless charging and doubles as a charging portal. The earbuds are sweat and splash resistant, equipped with voice assist and has a total battery life and playback time of 32 hours. This fashion tech accessory will make for the perfect stocking stuffer and will retail for $128 and will be available at DIESEL stores, online at diesel.com and at select fashion, tech and electronic retailers worldwide.

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SKECHERS

Skechers new GO Lounge™ footwear and apparel deliver the cute and cozy looks we are all craving as the temperatures start to drop.

Available in a variety of designs and colors, the cozy GO LOUNGE styles feature the brand’s Comfort Technologies for ultimate ease and support at home or on the go. Skechers line of GOLounge™ apparel compliments the footwear with its all-around comfort designs and tranquil color story.  

Skechers GO Lounge pairs feature a Patented Skechers Arch Fit® contoured footbed with podiatrist-certified arch support. Developed with 20 years of data and 120,000 unweighted foot scans, the contoured footbed helps mold to your foot to reduce shock and increase weight dispersion. Apparel is designed with signature Skechers fabrics delivering incredible fit and features with a luxe lounging feel.

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AveSeena

Inflammaging is AveSeena’s NEW Green Caviar Facial Oil Elixir is the only oil to beat inflammaging (Inflammation + Aging) and is formulated with peptide complex Matrixyl 3000™, sea sourced Green Caviar Algae Oil, Vitamin C, retinol replacement Bakuchiol and Squalane offering key nutrients essential to skin’s strength and defense system.

This vegan, gender inclusive, certified clean Elixir is a multi-nutrient loaded anti-aging facial oil that addresses skin concerns including fine lines & wrinkles, dryness, dullness, uneven texture and signs of inflammaging. It is also the only oil to feature the ingredient Matrixyl 3000™, as it typically is only used in cream-based skincare products.

Additional Green Caviar Facial Oil Elixir benefits:

  • 100% of respondents felt that it was easily absorbed
  • 90% said their skin looks better overall
  • 80% stated the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles is visibly improved
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Signed By McFly

Say no to generic gift cards, scratchy sweaters and ugly underwear this holiday season and give the gift of style with Signed By McFly. The fashion label offers everything for men and women – from puffer jackets to athletic wear, socks and hats as stocking stuffer gifts, swimwear for any tropical travel, sneakers, and cozy sweats for holiday lounging.

The Bronx-based, black-owned fashion label creates genderless designs that have caught the eye of professional athletes, musicians, and celebrities worldwide. Drip style with Signed By McFly’s Alphabet Varsity Jacket, crafted to keep you cosy and cool! The Bronx-based, black-owned fashion label creates genderless designs that have caught the eye of professional athletes, musicians, and celebrities worldwide. Available nationally at signedbymcfly.com

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Triptech

All the functions you need! Flipside Sticks to Your Current Phone or Case by Adhesive for Instant use A slim, snag free design Protection from shattering drops with our Finger Ring, the most vertical and stable viewing kickstand. Triptech’s portrait stand gives you the option for a different view Impact stand allows hard touch for emails, games, and texts. Never be without a GPS mount because it goes with you!

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Simon Ardem

This fall, Simon Ardem is launching the New York Fall Collection, a capsule collection of one-of-a-kind rings and bangles inspired by Central Park landmarks.   

The New York Fall collection features all-natural-colored diamonds. With graduated placement, to resemble the myriad of warm fall colors; each piece is a tour de force. The North Meadow Ring is named after one of Central Park’s largest open areas with a countryside-like feel. Its fancy orange brown round diamond is surrounded by an open field of billowing brown and white diamonds, capturing the essence of space and fall’s natural beauty. The Great Lawn Ring features a brown Ascher cut diamond, surrounded by an ombré arrangement of smaller diamonds, reminiscent of how the Great Lawn appears amongst the hustle of the city. Another classic spot, Central Park’s Cop Cot is a historical wooden shelter surrounded by greenery, and the Cop Cot Ring celebrates its placement through an abstracted, diamond view, featuring rounds and cushion cuts in champagne, yellow, white, and a mix of graduated browns.

Find out more here.

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Session Goods

To celebrate the brand’s fourth birthday, Session Goods has taken their award-winning, iconic design, smoking accessory line and created a limited edition run of all black and white bongs, pipes, and cleaning caps.

This series was created to explore the beautiful styling of their modern products by purposefully indulging in stereotypical designer aesthetics of monochromatic black and white. These two contrasts have inspired countless artists, designers and brands and conveys class and refinement. Fashion can be so much more than clothing and accessories. Session Goods new Designer Series intersects fashion and cannabis – two things that are important to many but rarely connected. With thoughtfulness that flows through every fine detail, this matchup is timeless, sleek, and effortlessly trendy. Intersecting fashion and cannabis is a new phenomenon.

All sold on Session Goods.

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Gemmist

This holiday season, give your loved ones the gift of ultimate pampering with exclusive gift sets from Gemmist, including recently launched salon grade haircare products made to tend to your tresses this holiday season and all year round. Offering two bundles for the ultimate self-care queen, or the person in your life looking to give their hair a little extra love, Gemmist makes shopping easier for you as all products can be ordered online on Gemmist.com and delivered straight to your door (21+ ONLY).  

Start your self-hair journey with the Scalp Balancing Bar, made to exfoliate and stimulate the scalp  while nourishing hair from the root. After brushing out your worries with the flexible detangling brush, deliver essential moisture and tame frizz with the Crème Styler. After a day spent celebrating at holiday soirees to the fireplace with glee, spritz on the new Hair Freshener to instantly refresh hair by capturing unwanted odor molecules to make hair smell clean, even when it’s not wash day.

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Eco Lips

Eco Lips Makes Christmas 2021 More Sustainable with First Holiday Line that Comes in 100% Plant Based Tube

Christmas is just around the corner! And in case you’re looking for more sustainable ways to celebrate the season, Eco Lips has the answer for you.

The certified B Corp, also known as the nations’ largest independent organic lip balm manufacturer, has recently announced the upcoming launch of its 2021 Holiday offering–Candy Cane Organic Lip Balm line. Bursting with deliciously sweet minty flavor, this quintessential holiday lip balm flavor features invigorating peppermint, which leaves a pleasant tingling sensation, and warming vanilla to comfort and soothe dry lips.  It makes for a perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift for yourself or loved ones.

As with other Eco Lips products, Candy Cane Organic Lip Balms are made with certified organic beeswax combined with hydrating Fair Trade Certified™ coconut oil to nourish, moisturize, and restore lips back to health. They also come in the brand’s revolutionary Plant Pod, a patented 100% plastic-free, plant-based packaging that looks and acts like a regular tube. 

Candy Cane Organic Lip Balms will be available on Eco Lips’ website and will hit retail in the weeks following its online release. Each set of 3 tubes will sell for $9.99.

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In Good Conscience

Officially launching November 16, In Good Conscience is the perfect self-care gift + stocking stuffer for everyone on your gifting list. The modern personal care and body wash brand is designed for universal appeal and for all bodies. Each body wash is designed with clean beauty standards, steeped with select naturally derived ingredients and gently scented with all natural aromas. 

In Good Conscience body washes come in three sensorial aromas, Mandarin Rose, Rosemary Bergamot and Peppermint Sage, offering a unique aroma for everyone on your gift list. Additionally, in the spirit of the holiday season, each product purchase supports the brand’s mission of cultural sustainability, and contributes a portion of product proceeds to non-profit community organizations driving social impact for under-resourced communities of color.

Product Highlights:

Made in America 

Size: 12 FL OZ / 355ML

Naturally clean: Clean formulas that are highly natural, sensorial & ingredient transparent (100% natural fragrance, formulas free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and with naturally derived ingredients, cruelty

Features Babassu Oil, known for it’s lightweight hydration and anti-oxidant properties and sustainably sourced from the Dominican Republic

Universally Essential: Inclusive, everyday products for all skin types & tones

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Barebells

Holiday Crisp is a limited edition for the Holiday Season. Barebells’ Holiday Crisp will be available for purchase starting November through their website, GNC, Trader Joe’s, and select gyms. Barebells protein bars are rich in protein with 20 grams of protein, no added sugar, without palm oil, and only 200 calories. They suit everyone who wants to give their taste buds a real treat but this year it’ll be a special holiday treat with the same great taste and health benefits.

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Barbie

Choosing a holiday gift for your daughter, niece, or younger sister? Barbie has your back. Most recently, Barbie made an appearance at The LA Auto Show to unveil her new Extra Convertible designed by Barbie designer Judy Choi, with a life-size version, designed by Mattel’s vehicle team. Cars have always been an important part of the Barbie brand – Barbie got her first car in 1962 and since then has had everything from convertibles to campers, beach buggies, and more. Now, kids everywhere can give new meaning to the phrase “passing with flying colors” by sporting their own Barbie Extra Cars, available now at Walmart for $30

When it’s time to take Barbie’s Extra looks on the go, the convertible’s trunk includes spaces for shoes and a trendy top. For Barbie’s furry friends, the Extra Convertible features a pet pool at the rear. The car is the latest extension of the “Barbie Extra” line, which launched in November 2020.

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Banana Phone

Is your goal to win the office’s white elephant this year? Looking for a screen-free phone alternative? Discover a whole bunch of fun while supporting gorilla conservation with the first ever bluetooth enabled Banana Phone!

The Banana Phone is both a bluetooth mobile handset and a speaker that can connect to virtually any smartphone so you can take calls, listen to music, or activate Google or Siri when your hands are full. Best of all, a portion of all sales go to support Gorilla Conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Banana Phone Highlights:

  • 60 ft Bluetooth range 
  • Make phone calls or play your favorite music 
  • 20 hour talk time 
  • 120 hour Idle time 
  • Connects to iPhone and Android via Bluetooth
  • Rechargeable via micro USB (cable included) 
  • 2% of all revenue is donated to Gearing Up for Gorillas to support Gorilla Conservation in the democratic Republic of the Congo while working with 1% for the Planet

Available to purchase on Amazon and ShareASale.

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Cheegs

Cheegs is a Minneapolis based apparel company with a mission to better people’s lives through clothing. Cheegs understands the impact that clothing can have on the trajectory of your day and engineer clothing to work with you, not against you. Using innovative fabric technology and versatile designs, Cheegs offers clothing that provides unmatched comfort, utility and durability, all while ensuring a minimal footprint. Re-imagine business attire with optimal comfort.

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TableTopics

For the perfect stocking stuffer, we’re introducing you to the TABLETOPICS® Holiday Conversation Trio PackThese festive questions will add sparkle to the holiday table and bring family and friends together in new ways. Discover, reflect, reminisce, and share laughter through the season and beyond.

For ages 6 and up, this pack is a boxed set of 3 to-go editions – each containing 40 question cards. MSRP $20 from Amazon and major retailers nationwide, including Barnes & Noble. 

  • Thanksgiving with Family: Add a special ingredient to your traditional Thanksgiving with these engaging conversation starters.
  • A Very Merry Christmas: Bring friends and family, young and old into the conversation with these festive questions about everyone’s favorite time of year. 
  • New Year’s Eve: Pop the champagne! Whether your guests are “old acquaintances” or new friends, these conversation starters will inspire humor, reminiscence, and resolutions.
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Reebok

Dropping Friday November 26, the new Question Mid “Class of ’16” sneaker honors Allen Iverson‘s induction into the Hall of Fame in 2016, as well as the city of Philadelphia where he spent the bulk of his professional career.

The new Question Mid “Class of ‘16” blends colors representative of each of the five professional teams Iverson played for. Beneath a clean execution of his signature shoe, the Question Mid is laced with the red and blue accents, signifying Iverson’s return to his Philadelphia roots to finish off an illustrious NBA career. Dropping November 26, the sneaker will be available globally in adult and kids unisex sizing from Foot Locker, Champs Sports and EastBay.

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At Home With Ray

Offering home goods and accessories with an artistic edge, At Home With Ray is the brain/love child of Kris Roufa, designer and maximalism extraordinaire that has a true flair for the unexpected. 

You can’t quite put a label on Roufa’s overall aesthetic. She is clearly unafraid to let her delightfully curious imagination shine through in her designs. You’ll find elements of nature intertwined with bold unapologetic colors. You’ll enjoy sharp modern lines paired with soft feminine touches. At Home With Ray is kind of like the cool kid that doesn’t even have to try to be cool. 

Scarves, twillys, cocktail napkins, table runners, stationary…you’ll find treasures within the At Home With Ray collection that you’ll cherish forever and want to save for your grandchildren. Visit AtHomeWithRay for more information and to enjoy the full line of quirky goodies.

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CMY Cubes

Meet CMY Cubes – the makers of the most curious and utterly magnificent sensory toy you’ll ever get to handle. 

These seemingly magical color-defying cubes, tetrahedrons, icosahedrons, and more are captivating the world, seeing 1200% growth in the first six months alone. The almost instant success came from a mixture of launching a first-of-its-kind product that is extremely visually appealing and good digital marketing, thanks to Saper’s experience in the industry. Shortly after launching, CMY Cubes went viral on TikTok & Reddit, which launched CMY into the market quickly.

Highlights:

  • Each face is coated in electromagnetically subtractive materials that appear as cyan, magenta, or yellow
  • As you twist and turn it creates all-new color combinations
  • Use it to teach color mixing, light refraction, angles and geometry, and more!
  • Available in a myriad of shapes to suit your taste

Purchase here.

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Skechers

Skechers is committing to help our planet through a multi-year partnership with environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with a minimum commitment of $800,000 to help the organization achieve its mission to protect our world’s lands and waters. TNC impacts conservation in over 70 countries and territories, operates more than 100 marine conservation projects and has protected more than 125 million acres of land.

To further reduce the Company’s environmental impact, Skechers has created Our Planet Matters, a new collection of sustainable men’s, women’s, and children’s product which utilizes recycled materials in its designs.With this initial offering of casual lifestyle and performance product, The Comfort Technology Company™ hopes to encourage shoppers of all ages to take steps to become more environmentally conscious.

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adidas Headphones

adidas Headphones announced its first-ever true wireless collection, debuting with the help of Grammy Nominated hip-hop recording artist, Quavo. Best known for being the front man of hip-hop/trap trio Migos, as well as for his skills on the basketball court, Quavo perfectly embodies what makes adidas Headphones the ideal choice for those with an active lifestyle, as well as a passion for creativity and sport. 

Debuting alongside adidas Z.N.E. 01 ANC ($189), are two additional pairs of earbuds, each developed to enhance sport performance while offering all-day comfort: adidas Z.N.E. 01($99), an accessible pair of true wireless earbuds built to withstand various aspects of daily life and adidas FWD-02 SPORT($169), a sleek pair of true wireless earbuds designed with insight of adidas Runners to lock in place and help runners of all levels push forward. 

adidas Z.N.E. 01 ANC and adidas Z.N.E. 01 are available now for purchase on adidasheadphones.com, while adidas FWD-02 SPORT will be available early next year.

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G-SHOCK

Inspired by the colors of the national flag of Benin, Hachimura’s father’s home country, the new, limited-edition GM110RH-1A is based on the original metal forged case design of the GM110 and adds a polished copper IP bezel. The new model comes with two interchangeable urethane bands, the first being a black textured band with a metal copper IP buckle and the second, a West African Kente-cloth motif band inspired by the traditional clothing of the region. 

The new GM110RH-1A also offers G-SHOCK features, such as shock resistance, magnetic resistance and 200M water resistance, a full auto calendar, 3-year battery, world time, 24-hour countdown timer and more.

The GM110RH-1A retails for $420 and will be available for purchase in December at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.

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Kidrobot

Kidrobot brings your favorite Dungeons & Dragons characters to life with an all-new collection of plush toys & collectibles.

Pre-order the new 3″ Vinyl Mini Series 1 here now.

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INDOGGO Gin

Share the love this holiday season by gifting your family, friends, or coworkers a bottle of Snoop Dogg’s INDOGGO Gin. Unlike any other Gin in the world, INDOGGO is a remix of seven botanicals and all-natural fruit flavoring mixed with a laidback California style, compliments of the Doggfather himself. 

With the holidays right around the corner, we are all looking for ways to relax and unwind while surrounded by family and friends. INDOGGO Gin by hip-hop legend, Snoop Dogg is a gluten and sugar free delicacy that will make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift to your family, friend, or coworker. After maintaining his place in the public spotlight for over 25 years, the “Gin N Juice” singer ventured out into creating his own spirits brand with the mission of making a Gin that exemplifies a laidback lifestyle that is easy to mix, easy to drink, and hard to forget. Experience warm holiday cheer unlike any other while experimenting with all the possible cocktail combinations that INDOGGO offers, including, “The Doggfather, “The Long Beach Lemonade,” and “The Laid Back.” Give the gift of warm holiday cheer unlike any other with INDOGGO Gin.

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GAUCHO

Gaucho – Buenos Aires is a brand for tomorrow’s originals.  It’s values — strength, resilience, optimism — run through everything they make, from the quality of its leather to the fearlessness of cuts and unending passion for Buenos Aires’ fashion heritage. They’re here for entrepreneurial spirits and self-starters, and for people who want their fashion to feel as good as it looks. In complementing your style now and inspiring your future choices, it gives you the confidence to realize whatever version of you you’re working towards. 

GAUCHO has exclusive gifts for men and women. The brand carries different accessories, such as colorful scarves made of exquisite silk foulard at $265, leather saddle and tote bags starting at $325, Gaucho classic wide brim hats at $165, and leather belts at $175.  All accessories are available for both men and women.

The luxury brand is set to open in the Miami Design District January 2022. Visit GAUCHO – BUENOS AIRES, a luxurious lifestyle brand known for its leather goods, including clothing and accessories for both men and women.

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Champion × Hasbro Gaming

The perfect combination of comfort and holiday tradition is encapsulated with the new collaboration between Champion and Hasbro Gaming. Created for those who love playing board games and relaxing in comfy loungewear, the Champion x Hasbro Gaming collection features four board games – Monopoly, Twister, Scrabble and Candy Land.

The collection includes a range of head-to-toe Champion looks with products varying from apparel and footwear. Designed keeping the whole family in mind, Champion constructed the collection for fans of all differing ages ranging from adults, youth and toddlers. Each piece encapsulates the unique essence of each game paired with that signature, classic Champion flare.

The collection is available now on Champion.com, and can be found in select Champion retail stores and retailers. Adult sizes range from XS-2XL and prices range from $30-$80.

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Hazo Maximalist Bag

Looking for a sustainable fashion gift this holiday season? From Baobab Roots comes the Hazo Maximalist Bag.

Baobab Roots is a brand that prioritizes sustainability while operating with a global mindset. Created to encapsulate the beauty and signature look of the African Baobab, aka the tree of life, this line of handbags is devoted to their conservation.  Designed in Africa with leather sourced from Italy, all Baobab Roots bags are manufactured in the United States. The bags are not mass produced as to reduce the companies carbon footprint.

Hazo Maximalist Features:

•  Produced with Italian leather

•  Produced in small batches to ensure quality control

• Transforms from crossbody to clutch using removable straps

•  Metallic silver spike and stud hardware that is sure to make a statement

•  Showcases two large compartments, one zip pocket and a leather credit card sleeve for easy, practical storage

Baobab Roots donates a portion of each purchase to aid organizations that safeguard the endangered Baobab Trees in Africa and Elephants without Borders.

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Cloney × LL COOL J

35 years after LL COOL J’s debut album, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021. To commemorate this accomplishment, LL COOL J’s Rock the Bells and Cloney worked together on a limited edition collection.

The collection includes streetwear such as hoodies ($185) and trucker hats ($95). The aim of the collaboration is to encapsulate LL COOL J’s iconic street style and success in the music industry.

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Maurice Lacroix × Junghans Watches

Now represented by Paul Wilmot Communications, both Maurice Lacroix and Junghans have a selection of affordable, high design watches.

Maurice Lacroix

After being in the watchmaking business for over 40 years, Maurice Lacroix knows how to construct a modern style of watch. In 2016, they recreated their Calypso watch from the 90s, re-released as the AIKON. Styled for Millennials that have ambition and talent, and for those who aim to take over the world’s major cities. The electrifying energy that encompasses these cities has been named a supplier of inspiration for the Maurice Lacroix team, and something that the team continues to relate its image with.

Junghans

Founded in 1861, Junghans has been an innovating timekeeping for over 160 years. Changing the game since the early 1900s as the worlds largest clock manufacturer in the world, Junghans was also the official timekeeper in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. Adding to the list of successes for this company, they also invented the first radio-controlled wristwatch in 1990.

The current collection references the long history of Junghans while keeping a contemporary touch. Meister watches and timepieces of max bill are some cases of pieces that have been reinvented. These Bauhaus originals were created back in 1956 with Swiss designer Max Bill. Today, they are produced in an almost unaltered design.

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Blowfish Malibu Vegan Collection

Grow your wardrobe this holiday season with Blowfish Malibu’s vegan collection. Showcasing a variety of boots for the holiday season, Blowfish Malibu has a wide range of footwear that will be sure to enhance your closet.

Warm up this winter season with Chillin-SHR, a comfortable Chelsea-inspired ankle boot, with a low pancake wedge and shearling details.

Incorporate the fall style into your closet with Venom-C, an ankle mini-boot with cutouts and a cushioned footbed.

With a reimagined version of the combat boot, Rauly is modernized and showcases a new tonal welt and a snug lug sole.

The collection does not use any type of animal products or by-products in the shoes, even down to the glue and outsole. The boots are made from man-made materials, 100% cruelty free and guaranteed to maintain their value, appearance and comfort. All styles apart of the collection are formally registered with the Vegan Society.

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Stündenglass Gravity Infuser

From Stündenglass comes an assortment of brand new gravity infusers that are hot on the market. Designed with a 360° rotating glass hookah, the structure of the hookah generates kinetic motion via water displacement with resisting airflow technology paired with the natural force of gravity to dispense smoke. Included with the range of infusers is an aluminum hookah bowl kit and glass bowl that can connect to smoking or vaporizing devices with a 14mm male joint.

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Signed by McFly

Sick of your partner stealing your hoodie? Or guilty of being a hoodie thief yourself? Score some style you can both enjoy this season with Signed by McFly‘s range of unisex hoodies, sweats and sneakers. Buy it for yourself or give it as a gift to your bae so you can both stay stylish and cozy all season long! The Bronx-based, black-owned fashion label creates genderless designs that have caught the eye of celebrities such as Doja Cat and Post Malone. Please let me know if I can send you any designs or images. 

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Blundstone

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to get that last-minute shopping complete, and Blundstone has something for everyone on your list. If you’re in the NYC area, the Blundstone Pop-Up Shop located in SoHo at 250 Lafayette Street, has endless pairs of boots that are as comfortable as they are stylish. 

With a wide range of colors, styles and prices, there’s a pair for every family member, friend and colleague.

#558 – Built to stand the test of time, the #558s are turned up to the max. All the durability. More comfort. More shock absorption. These boots will become your best companion.

#584 – Built to weather the elements, the fully waterproof #584s are sturdy boots packed with features. Genuine shearling footbeds and Thinsulate® insulation will keep your feet toasty and dry.

#585 – Most admired for a reason, these boots are a companion for life. A dialed-up version of our Original boots, the signature #585s deliver all the durability with superior comfort and outstanding shock absorption.

#1630 – Rain or shine, the #1630 boots are admired for their rustic black leather and brogue accent details. Made for whatever the day throws at you, this boot offers outstanding comfort and durability.

#1671– Our Women’s heeled boots combine legendary comfort with rugged, yet distinctly feminine looks. With a sleek design and contoured fit, these boots come in soft, supple leathers that feel as good as they look.

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Uber Appliances

From mini-fridges for your at-home office space to air-fryers for your home-cooked meals to a sorbet & frozen ice cream maker for a little fun with the kids, Uber Appliance has you covered.

The Sleek and highly functional Uber Chill Personal Mini Fridge/cooler is capable of housing up to six 12 ounce cans of four 16.9 ounce bottles of your favorite beverage. Utilizing state of the art and environmentally friendly thermo-electric peltier technology, this mini fridge is capable of cooling or warming the contents within a reasonable amount of time, making it convenient in almost any occasion. In addition to this, the portable unit comes with both standard home and car power cables for ultimate portability. This is a great mini fridge for the bedroom, this small refrigerator is great for a kids room or simply for having refreshments or snacks withing close proximity (as a dorm fridge, or a cubicle mini fridge).

Features:

Compact yet roomy 4-liter size, holds up to six 12-oz. cans or four 500-mL. bottles 

Features heating and cooling options to keep contents cool or hot. Both options are preset optimal temperatures Portable Plugs into 12V car or Home outlet (Built in AC/DC transformer) Both cord’s included

Eco Friendly High quality Solid-state thermo-electric cooling system keeps drinks at optimal drinking temperature 

Retro styling perfect for bedroom, office or dorm. Features a removable shelf and a self-locking recessed door handle

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Aquasonic

Electric toothbrushes are not made equal. Some are powerful, others are stylish, and some are portable. But what if one electric toothbrush has all these incredible things? Aquasonic black series provides all those features and more:

  • 40,000 VPM Smart Toothbrush – Beauty, brains and power. The Black Series is a world class modern electric toothbrush packed with the most up to date technology. It features an ultra-powerful and industry leading motor producing 40,000 vibrations per minute , lithium-ion battery, ultra-fast wireless charging, 4 mode operation, smart vibration timers, 8 DuPont engineered brush heads and bristles, and a custom travel case; all with a sleek ultra-slim, lightweight and IPX7 rated waterproof design.
  • Accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs – We put our money where your mouth is. Investing in premium oral care technologies has earned the Black Series the prestigious ADA seal of approval. It has shown efficacy in removing plaque and helping to prevent and reduce gingivitis. Black Series goes beyond just cleaning teeth – it provides complete oral care with unique modes that include one for whitening and polishing teeth and one for improving gum health.
  • 8 DuPont Brush Heads & Travel Case Included – Every Black Series toothbrush comes with 8 brush heads engineered by world famous DuPont; a world leader in quality & materials science. Each brush head lasts 4 months so 8 will last for over 2.5 years. Also included is a convenient custom hard shell travel case made of BPA Free plastic with space for two brush heads. AquaSonic can last 4 full weeks (2 min/2x a day) on a full charge so it’s perfect for on the go travel with the included travel case
  • Modern Tech for a Healthy Smile – Black Series brings toothbrushes into modern times with its built in enhanced features. A lithium-ion battery, ultra fast wireless charging (forget outdated USB charging), 4 distinct brushing modes and a smart vibrating notification timer are some of the enhanced features built in to the sleek and ergonomic waterproof black satin handle
  • What’s in the Box – 1 AquaSonic Black Series Smart Toothbrush, 1 wireless charging base, 8 DuPont Brush Heads, 1 Travel Case, Instruction and Support Contact Manuals

Read full-depth review of Aquasonic here in comparison to other brands such as Sonicare and Oral-B.

Aquasonic is available for purchase on Amazon currently.

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Skechers

Inspired by the designs of Chicago street artists, the Skechers X Hoop ‘Til It Hurts! charitable footwear line will have kids feeling great from the inside out because a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Hoop ‘Til it Hurts Foundation. Gear up for the big game in the Powershot – Skech-Hops, featuring a mid-top leather lace-up front with adjustable strap in black and red or white and blue signature graffiti design styles. Get a boost of comfort and style in the Skech-Speed which includes a lace-up leather and mesh upper and an eye-catching tech design coming in blue and black styles.

The sneaker styles retail for $65 and can be purchased on skechers.com.

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Casio G-SHOCK x Kanoa Igarashi

Casio G-SHOCK has created their second exclusive extreme sports watch in collaboration with pro-surfer Kanoa Igarashi.

The partnership between G-SHOCK and Igarashi created the GBX-100KI, which is modeled after the GBX100. This new model is perfect for your loved ones that enjoy surfing, and showcases the use of Mobile Link functions, which allow the watch to be linked with a smartphone app. In the app consumers have the option to rack information vital to surfers such as tide data and sunset/sunrise times.

The watch itself has many unique designs that are distinct to Igarashi, like the number 50 on the band’s lug side, which is Igarashi’s number on the WSL Championship Tour. The dial, case back and band tip even highlight Igarashi’s inscribed signature. The GBX-100KI utilizes regular G-SHOCK features; 200M water resistance, shock resistance, world timekeeping and a 2-year battery life.

The new GBX-100KI retails for $200 and can be bought at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.

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EHT Says Don’t Buy Children Phones

“Choose safe toys for your children, not wi-fi connected toys or smartphones,” is the message the Environmental Health Trust is sharing after recently winning a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit. The court ordered the Federal Communications Commission to explain why it ignored scientific evidence showing harm from wireless radiation. Included in the evidence that the FCC ignored are studies on the impact of wireless exposure to children.

Because children’s skulls are thinner and their brains and bodies contain more fluid, they potentially absorb more cell phone microwave radiation. The American Academy of Pediatrics has made recommendations that parents should limit cell phone use by children, keep the phone away from the head and instead of streaming wirelessly, pre-download games and videos so children can use the technology more safely in airplane mode.

Studies at the National Institutes of Health National Toxicology Program found cell phone radiation led to cancers in the hearts and brains of male rats. DNA damage was also found. In 2021, a study by the Environmental Working Group published in Environmental Health, analyzed the NIH NTP study and concluded that U.S. safety limits needed to be 200 to 400 times stronger to protect children. A Yale Medicine study found that mice prenatally exposed to cell phone radiation had increased hyperactivity and impaired memory.

“Cell phones were never pre-market tested for long-term safety,” said Devra Davis, Ph.D., president of the Environmental Health Trust, a scientific think tank that promotes a healthier environment through research, education and policy. “Safety limits for radiation were set 25 years ago, based on 35-year-old science and using a model of a large, adult male. Over a dozen countries inform parents to limit their children’s exposure because they are more vulnerable and will have a lifetime of exposure,” Davis explained. “Parents assume they’re buying devices and toys that have been deemed safe but no U.S. health agency has ever completed a systematic evaluation of the health risks of wireless radiation.”

While all cell phones have fine print warnings about keeping a distance between the phone and the body, the instructions are easy to miss. For instance, the Apple iPhone 13 should not be closer than 5 mm. The Amazon Echo has a distance of 20 cm, or about 8 inches. Laptops and many wi-fi toys advise keeping an “8-inch distance” from the body. When cellphones and wi-fi devices are held close to the body, the wireless radiation absorption can exceed U.S. safety limits that were set for adults more than two decades ago.

Because smartphones, smart toys and other smart home devices have become ubiquitous in our daily lives, we rarely think about how this technology works. But it’s not holiday magic—it’s wireless microwave radiation. All wireless devices from smartphones to wi-fi and connected dolls and stuffed animals are two-way microwave radios that send and receive a type of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation called radio frequency (RF radiation or microwaves).

Many physicians are cautioning about how this daily exposure will affect children’s health in the long term. Before buying your child a cell phone this holiday, be sure to learn the facts. EHT has resources for parents on how to reduce exposure at home.

GLOBAL LIVE STREAMING APP, LIVIT, ANNOUNCES LIVE LOUNGE CONCERT SERIES

App Home To Over 45 Million Users Will Host Interactive Live-Streamed Music Events With Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, VASSY & More

Watch Live Lounge Starting Friday, August 6 at 7:00PM PST on the LIVIT App

Global live streaming and entertainment platform LIVIT, operated under the 17LIVE brand, announced today that they will be hosting a live-streamed concert & interactive event series featuring global superstar Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, multi-platinum, award-winning singer/songwriter VASSY, and more. Presented by 17LIVE, the interactive Live Lounge events will begin on August 6th and will be produced at CreatetheLAB in Los Angeles. Each concert will be live-streamed exclusively on the #1 streaming platform in Asia on the LIVIT Official Account in the app, found HERE.

17LIVE is the leading platform for rising music artists, entertainers and influencers that has more than 45 million users in Asia and is rapidly growing across the United States with their U.S. centric brand LIVIT. Exclusively on the LIVIT app, they will be hosting this series of three-hour long events, consisting of multiple performances, interview segments, and Q&As that will allow fans to have a live, intimate experience with their favorite musicians. 

The August 6th Live Lounge presented by 17LIVE will feature VASSY and hit-making singer-songwriter Josh Cumbee. Best known for her vocal prowess in viral collaborations with dance music heavyweights such as Afrojack and Tiesto, VASSY recently reached the 1 billion stream milestone with her single “Bad”, which was her collaboration with Showtek and David Guetta. The pop artist released her hit track  “Chase” this summer with Aussie producer duo Bonka (The Chainsmokers, Timmy Trumpet). The track is currently sitting at the #1 position on the dance airplay radio chart and reached #1 on the dance Aria charts in Australia. Josh Cumbee built his career as a producer and songwriter for world-class artists such as Madonna, Kygo, Rita Ora, Armin van Buuren and Adam Lambert, and recently wrote the worldwide hit ‘Wondering’ for Olivia Rodrigo. Having worked in genres including ballads, dance music, rock, K-pop and C-pop, Cumbee is a songwriter and producer of exceptional talent who has had #1 hits in Korea, China, Italy, has a Latin Grammy nomination under his belt and more. He recently released ‘Sound Of Your Name (with Vicke Blanka)’, his first collaboration with another artist as a solo singer-songwriter.

On August 27, Live Lounge presented by 17LIVE will host the first-ever showcase for global superstar Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, which is a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment. With over 15 billion cumulative global audio and video streams, the Norwegian artist is known for chart-topping hits like the multiplatinum “It Ain’t Me” [with Selena Gomez], “Higher Love” [with Whitney Houston], “Like It Is” [with Zara Larsson & Tyga], and “Lose Somebody” [with OneRepublic]. Kygo’s showcase will feature performances by Palm Tree Records artists Frank Walker, Forester, Haywood, and Petey Martin. Toronto-based DJ/Producer Frank Walker has captivated fans across the globe with his club-ready collaborations such as “Like Gold” with Loud Luxury and Stephen Puth, along with solo releases like “Dancing In The Dark” which was recently nominated for a Juno award. Los Angeles-based indie electronic duo Forester has already made a lasting impact in the scene, blending acoustic instrumentation with electronic elements that transport the listener to wide open spaces, allowing for introspection as well as the desire to dance. They dropped their sophomore album ‘A Range of Light’ on December 4th and have earned  over 20  million total streams across their catalog.

“I’m excited for my artists to have the opportunity to show the world what they’re capable of.” – Kygo

Songwriter and producer Haywood has penned hits for everyone from Katy Perry and Kygo to BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez and is now a solo artist. The New Zealand-born and Australian-raised songstress introduces a glorious and glossy sound of her own on a series of 2021 singles for Palm Tree Records punctuated by her skyscraping vocals and punchy lyrics. Nashville-based Petey Martin wrote/produced “Ashes” by Celine Dion for the Deadpool 2 Motion Picture Soundtrack, “Bigger Than” by Justin Jesso & Seeb, and five songs on Kygo’s ‘Golden Hour’ album, including the lead single “Like It Is.” He made his debut as an artist collaborating with Matoma on “Keep It Simple” and released his introductory  single “Come Back Home” on Palm Tree Records featuring two-time Grammy winner Lauren Daigle.

“I’m excited to partner with 17LIVE to host our first-ever Palm Tree Records showcase and be able to live stream it to millions of people around the world while interacting with users of the platform.” – David Rishty, President of Palm Tree Records

CreateTheLab is a custom-tailored production studio in Los Angeles with multiple stages. The events will be invite-only with press, influencers, and artist teams in attendance in-person; with millions of viewers watching on LIVIT around the world.

Head of U.S. Operations for 17LIVE, Armin Collosi, says, “We are thrilled to launch the Live Lounge concert series with some of the most respected music artists in the industry. Our platform is quickly becoming a special place for talent of all levels to showcase their creativity, and we are proud to provide the platform where they can be their most authentic selves. With the return of live music, LIVIT has created a unique concert experience that will allow fans to interact in new ways with their favorite artists. We look forward to seeing all the amazing performances we have scheduled this summer.”

Powered by Taiwan-based 17LIVE, a leading global social entertainment company, LIVIT was launched in 2019 and has more than 45 million registered users across the globe. As the largest live streaming platform in Asia, LIVIT is expanding to multiple international markets. LIVIT plans for its North American operation to be a curated space where artists can collaborate, interact directly with fans and grow their careers. No matter who you are, or which corner of the world you reside in, you can connect with anyone through LIVIT’s media platform to showcase your talents and passions and realize your dreams. LIVIT is available for free download on iOS and Android.

About 17LIVE:

17LIVE operates the largest live streaming platform in Developed Asia. Anyone with a talent or a passion to share can be an artist and the Company’s mission is to empower artists and entertain the world through its platforms. The Company’s live interactive platforms include its flagship live entertainment streaming app 17LIVE, Meme Live and live streaming shopping platforms HandsUP and FBBuy. For more information about 17LIVE, please visit https://about.17.live/.

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HARD ROCK TRIO THE WARNING NEW SINGLE – EVOLVE

As they continue racking up fans, followers, and acclaim from the media and music icons alike, the Monterrey Mexico hard rock sister trio The Warning have emerged to unveil “EVOLVE,” their new single released via LAVA/Republic Records.

“We wrote ‘EVOLVE’ about humanity’s dangerous obsession with evolving,” the band said. “And how sometimes that evolution leads us to slowly leave our humanity behind. Is this dehumanizing evolution right or wrong?”

Produced by the legendary David Beneath (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, Breaking Benjamin), “Evolve” is a musical journey led by Daniela Daniela “Dany” [guitar, lead vocals, piano], Paulina “Pau” [drums, vocals, piano], and Alejandra “Ale” Villarreal [bass, piano, backing vocals]. Dany’s vocals simmer with intensity, building tension before exploding into a chorus that unleashes the full force of the energy the sisters bring to every performance. With its signature changes and transformational truth-telling, “EVOLVE” is a track that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats throughout the entire sonic ride. The video, recorded with 16 iPhones and a drone, is a dangerous, fast-paced trip that visually amplifies the anxiety of “EVOLVE” in stunning fashion.

“EVOLVE” comes hot on the heels of the release of their Lava Records debut single, “CHOKE,” for which the band took part in a streamed event/interview with legendary rock tastemaker Matt Pinfield. “CHOKE” cracked over a million streams right out of the gate, drawing acclaim from Loudwire, Rolling Stone Mexico, and Billboard Argentina. Adding to the praise, Pau was called out by the band’s musical peers Olivia Rodrigo and WILLOW for her stunning drum covers of their songs “brutal” and “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” on TikTok.

Coming soon: the band has been tapped by Metallica for a cover of “Enter Sandman,” the track that first sent the trio into viral music stardom. The single will be featured on The Metallica Blacklist album, the 30-year anniversary reissue of Metallica’s iconic self-titled 5th album, also known as The Black Album. The reissue is set for release on September 10. In addition, fans will be able to catch The Warning on the road as they perform at the Welcome To Rockville Festival, open for the Foo Fighters in front of a 60,000-person crowd at Mexico City’s Foro Sol, and at a two-night sold-out run at the Troubadour in January 2022.

Stay tuned for more music and news to come as The Warning continues to surge to the forefront of hard rock!

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About The Warning

The Warning infuse rock music with a much-needed shot of adrenaline. The Monterrey, Mexico trio of sisters—Daniela “Dany” [guitar, lead vocals, piano], Paulina “Pau” [drums, vocals, piano], and Alejandra “Ale” Villarreal [bass, piano, backing vocals]—charge forward with head-spinning riffs, unpredictable rhythms, stadium-size beats, and skyscraping vocals. They stand out as the rare presence equally at home on network television and on stage at Heaven & Hell Festival. If anybody can usher rock’s comeback along, it’s these three ladies. After exploding online with one viral moment after another, The Warning parlayed this momentum into a series of independent releases, including Escape the Mind EP [2015], XXI Century Blood [2017], and Queen of the Murder Scene [2019]. They graced a stacked bill at Mother of All Rock Festival as the only Mexican band and opened up two sold out Monterrey shows for The Killers and for Def Leppard in Mexico City and Guadalajara. After quietly amassing over 120 million YouTube views and 10 million streams, they surge to the forefront of hard rock with a series of new music being released on LAVA Records in 2021.

About Republic Records

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G).  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

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BLXST LAUNCHES CURATED GUIDE TO LOS ANGELES

Now Available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

LINK: https://apple.co/BLXSTGUIDELA

Today, rising hip-hop artist and burgeoning West Coast icon Blxst launches his Guide to Los Angeles in Apple Maps. 

An immersive map personally curated by Blxst of his hometown, the Guide invites fans to experience Los Angeles through the eyes of the rapper, singer, and producer. Captured in stunning black and white images by renowned hip-hop photographer Travis Shinn – known for his portrait work as well as the iconic XXL Freshman covers, of which Blxst is a 2021 class member – the one-of-a-kind experience will guide users on a journey through some of Blxst’s favorite spots across the city. 

“Excited to give my fans a closer look at my favorite spots in LA with this new Guide in Apple Maps,” says Blxst. “These businesses, restaurants, and shops are a great way to see and enjoy the city from my perspective.”  

From local hidden haunts that defined his upbringing to must-visit independent and Black-owned businesses, Blxst’s Guide to Los Angeles spans various neighborhoods while spotlighting restaurants, shops, and other essential stops, including:

  • Coolkicksla – an essential stop for streetwear enthusiasts in Fairfax District, sporting sneakers, clothing, and gear
  • Crossroads Kitchen – modern vegan dining in Beverly Grove crafted by acclaimed chef Tal Ronnen
  • Earle’s Restaurant – a must-try restaurant that has served hot dogs, burgers, and vegan alternatives to the Crenshaw community for over three decades
  • Enigma Tattoo – the first Black-owned tattoo shop in Beverly Hills, founded by Kat Tat of Black Ink Crew
  • Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area – an expansive state park located in the Baldwin Hills Mountains
  • Simply Wholesome – a Black-owned, family-operated health food store and restaurant located in Windsor Hills
  • Slauson Super Mall – a South Central staple and swap meet hosting a variety of vendors selling apparel, jewelry, and more
  • Westfield Culver City – formerly known as Fox Hills Mall, an outdoor shopping center located in Culver City that is home to stores, restaurants, and events

Further enhancing the experience, Blxst’s Guide to Los Angeles will be accompanied by a striking outdoor and digital campaign, creating an audio and visual journey through the city as Blxst sees it.  

To experience Blxst’s Guide to Los Angeles on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, click here. Serving as a companion piece to the Guide, fans can also visit an interactive multi-media experience online where they will be immersed in ambient sounds of the city and hear Blxst tell stories about each location in his own words.

About Blxst

Blxst began his solo music career in Los Angeles in 2015, rapping, singing, writing, and producing. From self-editing his videos and artwork to mixing and mastering his sound, he’s been on an unstoppable run, gaining notoriety for his productions and collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, YG, Eric Bellinger, Mustard, G Perico, Mozzy, and Russ. 

Last year saw the release of his highly anticipated debut EP, No Love Lost, an expansive and emotive collection of music inspired by past relationships and his hometown of Los Angeles. Paired with a four-part cinematic series of videos to bring the project’s overarching narrative to life, its quintessential West Coast vibe received acclaim from fans, press, and tastemakers, cited by Pigeons & Planes as “one of the best projects of 2020.”  

With more than 500 million streams across his catalogue, including the breakout single “Chosen” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga which has racked up over 95 million streams globally, Blxst has solidified his position as the next must-watch musician out of LA. Receiving praise from Billboard, BET, Complex, Pitchfork, and more, in 2021, Blxst was announced as an XXL Freshman Class member and an Amazon Breakthrough artist. This fall sees Blxst embarking on his first-ever North American headlining tour, which sold out in less than an hour. 

About Guides in Apple Maps

Guides are curated lists from trusted brands and partners that offer recommendations for the best places to eat, shop, and explore around the world. Apple Maps now feature thousands of Guides from brands like FatMap, The Infatuation, National Park Foundation, Thrillist, and more. New Guides are continuously published in Maps, and they automatically update when new places are added, ensuring users have the latest recommendations. 

Additionally, Apple users can save places to My Guides, create their own personal Guides, and share them with friends and family while planning a trip. 

To view Guides on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, just open the link on that device. Apple users can also discover Editor’s Picks or browse through all Guides publishers by tapping the search bar when they open the Maps app. 

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Smartphone Subscriptions

Smartphone Subscriptions Have More Than Doubled In 5 Years – 11% CAGR from 2016-2020

Smartphones have become abundant in today’s society, giving us the ability to control many aspects of our lives with just our fingertips.  Today’s smartphones act as a portal to our everyday needs and desires; from banking to shopping, from work to leisure, from hobbies to passions, our smartphone allows us to connect with the world more than ever before. According to data presented by BuyShares, smartphone subscriptions in 2020 has more doubled since 2015 to 6.1B units globally, growing at a CAGR of 10.54% in the 5-year period from 2016-2020.

Smartphone Subscriptions Have Doubled From 2015 to 2020 – 6.1B in 2020

The title of the very first smartphone belongs to the Simon Personal Communicator (SPC) which was produced and launched by IBM in 1994. A few of the SPC’s main features still remain as staples of modern-day smartphones, but the SPC would be unrecognizable as a smartphone among today’s generation of devices.

The iPhone’s launch in 2007 is what many consider the first version of the smartphone as we know it today. It was the first phone to offer access to the internet in its entirety and not a scaled-down version of it. For the first time ever, you could browse the internet just like you would on your desktop computer or laptop.

Smartphones became mainstream soon after the iPhone’s launch and are now ubiquitous in today’s society.  Swedish telecommunications company, Ericsson, estimates there to be 6.1B smartphone subscriptions in the world in 2020, over 101% more than 2015’s smartphone subscriptions. In the 5-year period from 2016-2020, smartphone subscriptions grew at a CAGR of 10.54%.

In the year that the first iPhone was released, it is estimated that 122M units of smartphones were sold to end-users. In 2018 that figure ballooned to a record 1.56B smartphones sold. 2019 posted similar numbers to 2018 but experienced a 10.5% YoY decrease in the pandemic ravaged year of 2020. The number of smartphones sold to end-users is projected to bounce back and increase by 11.4% YoY in 2021.

China Has the Most Smartphone Users with Almost 1 Billion

China has an estimated 912M smartphone user in 2020, the most in the world. China’s smartphone penetration rate in 2020 stood at 63.4% which is the 8th highest in the world. Of the top 20 countries with the most smartphone users, the USA had the highest penetration rate of 81.6%. 15 other countries from the top 20 list, posted smartphone penetration rates of above 50%.

As of 2020, Newszoo estimates that there are 3.6B smartphone users worldwide. The same estimates project smartphone users to rise by almost 20% by 2023 to 4.3B. The smartphone penetration rate globally in 2020, stood at 46.45% compared to just 33.5% in 2016.

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information here.

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GAME+ RAISES COMPETITIVE GAMING STAKES

Available on iOS and Google Play, Game+ provides a safe and secure marketplace for gamers to play for money 
Today, Game+, the app that enables skill-based head-to-head gaming competition for money, officially launched. Available now to download on iOS and Google Play, Game+ offers members a secure marketplace where they can create or accept gaming challenges for money and have their winnings automatically transferred to their account.

“Video games have always been a passion of mine, are surging in popularity, and are inextricably woven into the very fabric of our culture,” said Karim Sanford, Co-Founder and President of Game+. “We built Game+ to bring a secure, on-demand, competitive marketplace to the category that enables gamers to test each other’s skills for money while removing barriers to access any winnings.”

To use the Game+ platform, upon successful identification verification, gamers will create an account and receive a Game+ Discover® prepaid card that can be used everywhere Discover is accepted – at stores, online, or to get cash at ATMs nationwide.  Members who sign up can receive 5% cashback on purchases, subject to terms and conditions.

Once members’ accounts are set up, they will be able to use the app to send challenges to friends, choose from a library of over 50 games, select the gaming console or mobile device they want to compete on, and set the amount of money they want to put on the line for the game. The game is then played and the winner reports the results to the app, which automatically transfers funds to the winners’ account. Game+ members can participate in competitions across a variety of device formats including Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iPhone and Android.

In addition to facilitating competitive skill-based head-to-head challenges amongst friends, Game+ enables users to compete in challenges with the broader community for money. The platform currently supports dozens of popular games including FIFA, Madden, NBA 2K, Call of Duty, Fortnite, Halo, Tekken, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., and Rocket League. Members will be able to join hubs for their favorite games and create challenges. In the same way they’d challenge a friend, their game will then be shared with the community, providing industry defining, on-demand competition.

Game+ solves two of the thorniest problems in facilitating gaming for money. First, it provides a bank-level financial backend that enables payments to move quickly and safely to winners’ accounts, without excessive delays or hidden fees. And just as importantly, Game+ ensures fairness by vetting all users much as a bank would, and by creating a dispute resolution system in which judges review evidence from disputed matches to determine the winner. Game+ is a clean, trusted community where members’ funds are safe and their matches are fairly decided.

The Game+ app is certified compliant with the age verification and geolocation mandate under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). The certification was completed earlier this year by a leading independent lab – establishing a new standard for legitimacy and trust in the space.

The Game+ app is available to download on iOS or Google Play (standard data rates may apply). You must be 18 years of age or older to create an account on Game+. Game+ is not available in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, or Tennessee.