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Unusual Things You Can Bring on Your Next Summer Vacation

Going on a summer vacation can be really exciting and fun. One gets to let go of the daily stresses and enjoy themselves for a few warm days in the sunshine. Part of what can make or break the perfect summer vacation is how well one can pack and what they pack for the trip. There are always the essentials that everyone should pack on. But there are also some slightly unconventional items that some people might not think would be important for a summer vacation but they could actually prove quite beneficial. 

Carry-on Air Conditioner

As much fun as being in the warm sunny temperatures while on vacation can be, things can get a little too much sometimes. Certain holiday destinations have extremely high heat conditions which can be unbearable for some people. One way to overcome this issue is to simply invest in and pack a portable air conditioner in your luggage. It might not seem like a normal thing to pack while you head out on your vacation but it sure can be a lifesaver. This useful yet ever so slightly unusual gadget is small in size and quite practical to travel with, so it won’t be too much of a hassle. 

Portable Wifi Hotspot

Almost everyone nowadays has a virtual presence which they access through their smart devices every single day. If you cannot live without internet access and cannot risk your summer vacation destination not having strong enough wifi if any, then this might be quite a necessary item to pack on your next holiday. The mobile gadget would allow you to access the internet at your preferred speed like you are used to at home. You can arrange a good deal with your mobile carrier before you leave for your vacation if you are planning a trip abroad. 

Dryer Sheets

Not many people would think to pack dryer sheets with them on their summer holiday but they can actually prove to be more beneficial. Some people would not like to admit it, shoes sometimes stink; it is a fact. And especially when you’re on vacation and you’ve been in the same shoes for an entire day of walking, running or doing any form of physical activity without getting a chance to change socks or shoes for a long period of time. This is where dryer sheets come in handy. One can simply put the sheets in the shoe and leave it there for a few hours to absorb the moisture along with any bad odors. A couple of hours later you’ll notice the quick results and you can say goodbye to smelly shoes. 

Vacations are about spending a good time away from any routine and daily stress causers. Although, there are a few unusual items out there which you may not think can be helpful to pack on your trip but can prove to be quite essential when you consider it carefully. Do some research in advance to check the weather conditions at your vacation destination and pack accordingly. Remember to pack as lightly and efficiently as you can to avoid the travel hassles. 

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How Live Technology is Revolutionising Consumer Experiences in Fashion, Retail and Beyond

Over the last few years, the fashion industry has been one of several global markets that have embraced the possibilities of modern-day technology. Above all else, augmented and virtual reality equipment has become central to the future direction of retail shopping, with the technology providing simulated environments that are enhancing the consumer’s overall experience.
As a result, we’re going to look at some of the technology that is currently changing the fashion industry. Moreover, we’ll also consider how similar real-time advancements are being utilized within other contemporary sectors.

Live Developments Within Fashion and Retail

Five years ago, Tommy Hilfiger, a premium clothing company from America, became the first major global fashion retailer to provide customers with virtual reality headsets in their stores. Through using this technology, the company allowed prospective consumers to view their latest fashion catwalk for their newest collections as if they were experiencing it live. In regard to in-store experiences, Gap released their DressingRoom app back in 2017, which offers the prospect of digitally trying on new items. By imputing personal data into the app, such as height and weight, the development then generates a virtual model with desired clothing on, allowing the shopper to view the item and its fit before deciding whether or not to buy it.

Due to the very nature of the fashion industry, the implementation of augmented reality isn’t purely limited to accessories or clothing. In 2017, IKEA launched its newly-developed app, IKEA Place, for IOS devices. The application itself allowed for users to browse through the company’s catalog of furniture and virtually place any item within the desired room of their house through their mobile device. Furthermore, for in-store shoppers, the Swedish retailer has created a high-definition, interactive showroom which utilizes the power of virtual reality in seeking to offer shoppers more life-like exploration and visualization techniques.

What’s Happening Beyond Fashion?

As highlighted above, real-time technology is enhancing user experiences across a wide array of different sectors, and the gaming industry is no different. VR headsets have, in particular, altered the outlook of the market by providing more realistic gaming activities that are more immersive than traditional console alternatives. Moreover, NetEnt games developer have been able to create real-time titles within the iGaming sector that also seek to promote realism through their casino-focussed developments. Their live blackjack and roulette variants feature some of the most advanced gaming software to offer an authentic in-house casino experience from your desktop or mobile.

Away from the fashion industry, various sectors have accepted the potential of virtual reality equipment and have since implemented it into their respective markets. Within the health sector, computer-generated environments have significantly altered training methods. According to statistics from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, 30 percent of graduating surgeons are unable to operate independently following the conclusion of pre-existing training methods. By using VR technology to replicate the medical activity, there is no risk of any operational issues occurring because the live training is being conducted in a controlled, safe environment.

The Future of Consumer Experiences will be Centred Around Live Experiences

Ultimately, the fashion, gaming, and medical industries all demonstrate that replicating real-time experiences through either VR technology or other advanced software heightens immersion levels among consumers and aspiring surgeons. While each market is very different in what they’re seeking to provide and achieve, each will continue to benefit from implementing the latest technology over the coming years.

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HVD GIFT GUIDE

Champion’s new offerings show ❤ with exclusive Reverse Weave hoodies as well as a limited-edition Oversized Wrap Logo perfect for couples and/or BFFs who like to match! #TWINNING

 

Reverse weave hoodie is comfortable, durable and extremely stylish. Definitely for the grown and sexy. (model: Armon Hayes)

Amtrak wants to show customers how much they love them by offering a Valentine’s Day Buy One Get One Free Sale. Thursday, February 13, through Monday, February 17, customers can buy one coach ticket and get the second free for nationwide travel between March 9 and August 30, 2020, with no blackout dates. Customers can receive discounted tickets by using the code V214 at checkout or at amtrack.com/valentines-day-sale.

To support the campaign, Oakley released a new eyewear collection, Origins, capturing the brand’s iconic heritage and progressive approach to innovative design reimagined in present day style. Led by Sutro Eyeshade, a sport performance piece inspired by the iconic Eyeshade originally introduced in 1984, this new collection pays homage to Oakley’s journey rooted in a love of sport and passion for optics.

In addition, Oakley will be launching City of Origins, a branded, immersive retail space in Los Angeles on Fairfax Avenue that celebrates the new collection and Love of Sport. Opening February 21st, the pop-up retail space will feature intimate conversations, workshops, exhibitions and more, including the first ever photography exhibition by Evan Mock, surfer, skateboarder and model, a one-on-one talk with Team Oakley athlete and pro-surfer, Sage Erickson, and more. 

The Sky Dreamer, available on PUMA.com and at Foot Locker in the U.S., is equipped with PUMA Hoops technology, including the brand’s signature ProFoam cushioning and high-abrasion grip for peak stability. It also features forefoot webbing for stabilization and lockdown. The Sky Dreamer will retail for $130.


The pack also features a robust and playful collection of unisex apparel for kids and adults, including a Reebok x Tom & Jerry padded woven jacket ($140), short-sleeve t-shirts ($28), a hooded dress ($60), crew neck sweaters ($55), and hoodies ($60). Each piece is inspired by Tom & Jerry cartoon colorways and the collection’s matching footwear styles.
 
The Reebok x Tom & Jerry collection is available at Reebok.com and in-store at select retailers worldwide beginning February 15th.

This Valentine’s Day, Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in New York City (NYC) is offering an exclusive deal for single guys. Anyone who is single this Friday, February 14th can stop by Primal Cut – the upscale restaurant inside Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club on 60th Street in NYC – and enjoy a romantic dinner with a Sapphire girl. The meal for the female entertainer will be paid for by Sapphire.

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GUCCI × LION’S SHARE FUND

Gucci, one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands, has joined The Lion’s Share Fund, a unique initiative raising much-needed funds to tackle the crisis in nature, biodiversity and climate across the globe. 

Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses and UN partners, the Fund aims to raise over $100 million per year within the next five years for animal conservation, biodiversity and climate by asking brands to contribute 0.5% of their media spend every time an animal is featured in their advertisements.

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, said: “This partnership with Gucci marks the continuing evolution of this innovative fund, which provides a unique opportunity for brands across all industries to join forces and help preserve and protect biodiversity across the globe. Wildlife populations are half the size they were just 50 years ago, and their habitats and ecosystems are destroyed at an unprecedented rate due to human activity. The Lion’s Share is an idea that is as innovative as it is simple – and it makes a real impact on wildlife conservation.”

Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, said: “The Lion’s Share Fund is an important addition to our conservation strategy. Nature and wildlife provide Gucci with inspired creation that is an integral part of our narrative through our collections and campaigns. With the increasing threats to the planet’s biodiversity, groundbreaking initiatives like The Lion’s Share Fund have the potential to be transformative by organically connecting the business community with direct action to protect our natural habitats and most threatened species.” Bizzarri continued “In a similar way, since 2018, Gucci has been totally carbon neutral across our supply chain and we offset our remaining emissions every year through REDD+, which protects critical forests and biodiversity around the world.”

Launched in September 2018, the Fund is already having an impact, providing a grant to improve critical radio systems for law enforcement officers protecting wildlife in Mozambique’s Niassa Nature Reserve and helping reduce the elephant poaching rate to zero, and providing a grant to help secure land for endangered orangutans, elephants and tigers in North Sumatra in Indonesia.

Animals appear in approximately 20 per cent of all advertisements in the world, yet despite this, animals do not always receive the support they deserve. The Lion’s Share gives brands the opportunity to take urgent and significant action and play their part in protecting our planet.

For more information, visit TheLionsShareFund.com.

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The Hottest Looks Straight from the Catwalk for Spring/Summer 2020

Some people mistakenly assume that fashion is about conforming to the crowd. Believing that style is something shared by the masses, they shy away, writing it off as shallow, frivolous, and unimportant. Anyone who has ever had a flair for it, however, knows that this is not the case. Art made (quite literally) material, it is a way to express oneself, to make a bright and unashamed mark on the vibrant world around you. 

The catwalks are, of course, where fashion is done best. Providing a glimpse into the minds of the most talented and fantastical designers, their shows are a source of inspiration – one that all of us can sip from. Sharing sartorial delights and chic ideas, here are a few of the looks you might want to add to your own wardrobe in spring/summer 2020.

Neon 

Observers often ask themselves what the season’s key color is, but for spring/summer 2020, there isn’t one single shade to steal the limelight. Instead, it’s a certain palette that’s proven popular: neon. With an explosion of eye-catching color seen on catwalks ranging from Christopher Kane to Valentino, this a trend that’s bright, vibrant, and unashamed of making a statement. While the head-to-toe look might not be quite as easy to carry off in a more everyday environment, add a few key pieces to your wardrobe this spring to bring it up to speed.

Elegant and ethereal

Sometimes a fashion is not easily defined as a simple color or style: it’s more about an aesthetic. Elegant and ethereal is one of them, with diaphanous white dresses proving all the rage for spring 2020. We saw this everywhere from Alexander McQueen to Miu Miu, with ivory and porcelain outfits helping to bring a dreamy and romantic vibe to the stage. It’s not only about choosing the correct shade, however; lace, satin, and a delicate drape are essential to nailing the look this summer season.

Astrology and the occult

Another trend we saw repeated was intricate, zodiac-inspired outfits. The models’ garments were based on the occult and supernatural elements celebrated by those who believe in divination and destiny. The popularity of psychic readings has held a steady course for many years, helping people to find a clarity that might otherwise elude them in their daily lives. TheCircle suggests this might be because we have all at some point felt like we had something of a sixth sense. Now it seems the fashion world wishes to capture that sphere, with the astrological symbols and star-spangled constellations that typically accompany it and flowing navy and black silhouettes dotted with rich silver and gold detailing.

If you can’t stretch to such material masterpieces with your own meager budget, one way to incorporate the look into your wardrobe this summer is to pair long, dark dresses and/or leather skirts and trousers with richly detailed jewelry, such as extravagant earrings and arm bangles. Think witch meets fortune teller, and you’ll have got the look to a tee.

When it comes to updating your look this summer, a number of new and exciting styles are set to dominate in clothes stores and on the catwalks. Their diversity is key, as it allows you to find a fashion to match your preferred aesthetic, giving you the ability to remain on-trend while still expressing exactly who you are.

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FUNAI Android TV

Funai further expands range of Android TV devices in North America with 2K, 75-inch and Hands-free voice control later in the year

Funai Corporation, Inc. today announced the expansion of their 2019 Android TVTM device line-up with the Google Assistant. The range will be extended with small screen 2K 5505-Series and large screen UHD 5704-Series, and in the second half of 2020 with the Hands-free voice controller 6705 Series (43- to 75-inch). All products will be available in the United States and Canada. The 5-Series features seven display sizes ranging from 32-inch to 75-inches, and the 6-Series offers five displays ranging from 43-inch to 75-inch — and all will be unveiled at CES 2020, January 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Philips Android TV televisions deliver the most technologically-advanced viewing experience, providing access to apps, games, and more, right from the TV. Users can access over 500,000 movies and shows and over 5,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store (Subscriptions may be required for certain content providers.) Easy-to-use voice search and personalized recommendations mean users spend more time being entertained and less time hunting for something good. With Chromecast built-in, users can easily cast movies, shows, and photos from their Android or iOS device to the TV.

The new Android TV 5-Series televisions all include the Google Assistant, with a Google Assistant voice button on the remote control, allowing customers to do more with their TV. The Google Assistant allows users to quickly access favorite movies, shows, or music with their voice. Easily find and enjoy vacation photos on the big screen. Control devices around the home like dimming the lights from the comfort of the couch, or asking your personal Google Assistant questions and get answers, including the weather report or sport scores. Users can even manage tasks like viewing their schedule and adding appointments without picking up another device. Just press the Assistant button on the remote to get started.

The 6-Series televisions include an integrated far-field, echo-cancelling microphone array giving users hands-free voice-activated access to the Google Assistant, so there’s no need to touch the remote control to control your TV. Dual noise-cancelling microphones are embodied at the bottom bezel of the television, capturing voice commands while eliminating background noise – including the TV’s own audio.

The integrated Auto Echo Cancellation has been fully integrated with the quad core TV IC to optimize the response time and accuracy of the Google Assistant. In the center of the microphones are four LED to inform users of the status of Google Assistant, even if the main display is powered off. In addition, users can ensure privacy with a mute button that when engaged cuts off the power to the microphones and illuminates in orange providing you with full privacy control.

Users simply say, “Hey Google,” to activate their personal Google Assistant to quickly search and access entertainment, ask questions, control other smart home devices, such as the Philips Hue Play, Nest thermostat as well as other Google Assistant compatible products. And even add products to their Google Express cart from anywhere in the room. With Chromecast built-in, users can wirelessly cast photos, movies, apps and more directly from their smartphone. The built-in Google Assistant is ready to control all smart home devices.

“These new Philips TVs deliver an unmatched level of convergence between television, entertainment and multi-zone connected home control,” said Peter Swinkels, Director Product Planning, Funai Corporation, Inc. “This new series gives users instant access to their favorite entertainment programs in 4K, while also offering convenient, centralized voice control smart lights, thermostats, cameras, and more.”

The Philips 4K UHD Android TV series also features HDR 10 and is equipped with Bright Pro, a backlight boost that brightens the image by up to ten percent compared to standard LED displays, delivering exceptional brightness and contrast even in brightly lit rooms.

Connectivity options include HDMI, antenna RF, Wireless 802.11ac dual-band MIMO, Ethernet and USB multimedia, and audio options include digital optical and Bluetooth 5.0 for optional headphone, keyboard or other accessory connectivity.

To learn more about Funai’s latest smart home entertainment technology, and to see the full range of new and award-winning lifestyle technology products, visit www.funai.us.

For more information, please visit https://www.usa.philips.com/.

About Funai Corporation, Inc.

Funai Corporation, Inc., located in Torrance, Calif., is a subsidiary of Funai Electric Co., Ltd. and is the exclusive licensee for Philips consumer televisions and home video products, with marketing and distribution rights in North America. Funai Electric Co., LTD. established in 1961, and headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is listed in the Tokyo Securities Exchange First Section (Ticker 6839), as a designer and manufacturer of innovative consumer electronics and OEM products. The diverse product and technology portfolio is composed of televisions, Blu-ray players, thermal inkjet modules, microfluidics dispensers, and electric vehicle modules.

Google and Android TV and Chromecast are trademarks of Google LLC.
All trademarks and copyrights are the property of the respective owners.

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HELLO KITTY × BLOOMINGDALES

To celebrate Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary and the limited-edition #OPIxHelloKittyCollection, we will be hosting a meet & greet with Hello Kitty at the OPI x ghd Nail and Hair Bar inside Bloomingdale’s Flagship on Saturday, December 14th. Celebrations will include Hello Kitty inspired nail and hair services by appointment, treats and giveaways!  

To celebrate the momentous occasion, we will be sharing exclusive gift offerings and giveaways only available between the hours of the event (1:00pm – 5:00pm.) There will be a giveaway for the first 45 guests who purchase a manicure or hair service, in which they will receive a premium Hello Kitty gift inclusive of the OPI Holiday ’19 Nail Lacquer Mini 4-Pack Gift Set, Hello Kitty Water Bottle and Café Cookies.

We’ll also be gifting the first 200 guests to post a static Instagram using #OPIxHelloKitty, tagging @OPI and @HelloKitty one complimentary bottle of OPI nail lacquer from the collection.

We’ve attached additional details below, please let us know if you have any questions or might be interested in covering the event!

DATE: Saturday, December 14th

TIME: 1:00PM – 5:00PM

LOCATION: Bloomingdales | 1000 Third Avenue 59th Street and Lexington Avenue | OPI x ghd Nail and Hair Bar on the 2nd Floor

Champion × Luka Sabbat

Champion is partnering with actor and global influencer Luka Sabbat next month for the brand’s 100th anniversary celebration, which includes dropping a limited-edition capsule collection designed by Luka Sabbat.

The collection will be available exclusively to shop at Champion’s New York store starting on November 13 and the Los Angeles Champion store starting on November 14, including hoodies and t-shirts for both men and women.

Inspired by Luka’s experience visiting the youth in Art Start’s ‘Emerging Artists’ program, the collection’s designs celebrate what it means to be a team and those who thrive on collaboration. Classic Champion staples, such as iconic Reverse Weave hoodies, feature a unique design and a personalized quote crafted by Luka, “Imagination comes easy to the individual, but the creativity to make it happen takes teamwork.”

About Champion x Luka Sabbat and Art Start Partnership

Forming part of the year-long Champion 100th Anniversary campaign, global influencer Luka Sabbat has partnered with Champion and non-profit organization Art Start to create an exclusive collection of Champion apparel, benefitting the organization with a charitable donation of $25K from Champion. Having attended Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, Luka champions education in the creative arts which has formed the foundation of the project. Together with Champion, Luka mentored stand-out youth from Art Start’s ‘Emerging Artists’ program and inspired by their stories, created a design that will be sold in the Champion New York and Los Angeles stores. Additionally, Luka will star in a film celebrating the creative process, which will launch on Champion’s Instagram on November 4th and make an appearance at the brand’s 100th anniversary grand finale event taking place in November at the Champion SoHo store to debut the collection with Art Start.

About Champion’s 100th Anniversary Campaign

Throughout 2019, Champion continues to celebrate a century of teamwork with the launch of its centennial anniversary campaign – “100 Years for the Team,” exploring what it means to be a team in 2019 from the perspective of participating clubs, squads and crews all around the world. Throughout the year, Champion has recognized and highlighted teams on social media to celebrate their team stories.

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ROBERT GRAHAM × STAR WARS COLLECTION

Luxury American eclectic lifestyle brand, Robert Graham, is thrilled to announce the launch of a Star Wars inspiredcapsule, in collaboration with Lucasfilm. The collection, in anticipation of the final installment in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will be available to the public for purchase starting November 16, 2019. Early access for VIP Collectors kicks off in select stores on November 14.

Best known for their signature “wearable art” and embellished sport shirts, Robert Graham utilizes an iconic trademark style throughout the capsule collection, as seen in pieces like the Skywalker sport coat, the Lord Vader sport shirt, The Princess Leia Limited Edition and the Darth Vader Lightsaber T-shirt. The capsule will feature three men’s button downs ($248-$348), two men’s sports coats ($1298), three men’s T-shirts ($128), two women’s shirts ($248-$398), one women’s T-shirt ($128), one women’s reversible bomber ($498) and five pocket squares/silk scarves ($68-$248). The Star Wars x Robert Graham capsule collection will be sold both in store and online at Robert Graham, as well as at Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom and DXL, and select participating specialty retailers.  

“We are excited to launch the collection in synch with the release of the much-anticipated movie,” notes Robert Graham president, Andrew Berg.  “The goal was to join forces with Star Wars and share the Robert Graham DNA with new brand fans.”

In celebration of the capsule launch, Robert Graham will host an exclusive in-store event (featuring stormtroopers) for select media, influencers and consumers at the Robert Graham Venice Beach store (1326 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice Beach, CA 90291) on Saturday, November 16th. All other Robert Graham stores will also have the complete collection and will celebrate the launch on this date.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates.  © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

About Robert Graham:

Robert Graham represents the American Eclectic lifestyle brand-where craftsmanship, luxury and style intertwine. As a true design house since 2001, we’ve been inspiring fashion by developing unique garment-making techniques and complex textile patterns. Our creative seasonal collections encompass men’s sportswear, premium denim, footwear, outerwear, loungewear, accessories, and women’s sportswear. With eye-catching mixed fabrics, one-of-a-kind trims and stunning embroideries, Robert Graham embodies luxury at its finest. Each product is unique, character-filled and distinctly Robert Graham–with “knowledge, wisdom, truth” embedded in each garment.

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1More Speakers

1More shakes up the portable speaker market with bundled units.‘ – 360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery


If you are in the marketplace for a portable Bluetooth speaker, then 1More is your choice. With impeccable sound quality and the ability to hang them around your student residence or apartment, this speaker system is the bang for your buck. You can purchase one speaker for $99 or 2 for $149.

If you listen to songs with heavy bass, then look no farther. The bundled, packaged audio system at high levels will last for approximately 4 to 6 hours before having to recharge. It’s like having a Bose and JBL Bluetooth system combined. Each loudspeaker has a tweeter and a subwoofer so when you pair the two, the sound quality is reminiscent of a small home theater, especially if you hang them diagonally apart with one being higher than the other.

Unquestionably one of the best in the industry, they store easily in small bags when you travel. Great for outdoor BBQs and you can hang on your bike or scooter so you can enjoy music while on a drive to the beach.

They charge relatively fast and are exceedingly durable. We found out this first-hand as the speakers would hop off our glass table or edge of a kitchen countertop. If they descend, the face will sometimes pop off in order to absorb impact. We recommend you hang speaks on a bait/hook or a doorknob to keep them intact.

By far one of the best products for people-on-the-move, attending college and/or residing in small urban spaces.

Buy NOW.