Recently, I found myself assisting other New Yorkers construct skyscrapers, small sheds and bridges connecting a small metropolis of LEGOs inside of New York’s Highline park. At the time, I was so excited to build with all white LEGOs and thought the idea of adults constructing with building blocks was childhood fun too good to limit to kids.
If you’ve ever found yourself reminiscing on the wonder and joy you experienced building with Legos as a kid – I have good news for you! EverBlocks are the toys (and building accessories) of the future.
These large-scale modular building blocks are like giant Legos meant for more grown-up applications, like coffee tables, dividing walls or even home bars. And just like the tinier bricks of our youth, they can be assembled and disassembled with relative ease.
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EverBlock offers a full-size block (think: a foot-long version of the classic Lego brick) a half-size block, a quarter-size block and a smooth-top finishing cap block. The full size features eight “connector lugs” that interlock with the bottoms of other blocks. To avoid disastrous toppling over, EverBlock recommends aligning blocks over seams between blocks for more stability.
At just four shapes and sizes, these giant blocks certainly aren’t a replacement for the thousands of elements in the Lego range. But at such a large scale, just a few blocks do the work of hundreds of tiny bricks and ignite DIY furniture creations of epic proportions!
Can you imagine the creations you can construct with these blocks? I’m already planning on creating some sort of entertainment area, office furniture, doggie play area and more! What are you looking forward to creating with Everblocks in your home? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
High tech goes high fashion with the Case-Mate Rebecca Minkoff Notification Bracelet. This wearable keeps you connected to your smartphone and notifies you about things that matter most, right on your wrist.
So keep your phone out of sight and your bracelet front and center. You’ll never be “fashionably” late for work or class again!
Stay connected even when your smartphone is in your pocket or purse. This chic, eye-catching jewelry wearable bracelet gently vibrates when you have an incoming call or text.
The jewelry wearable is specially designed to connect to your iPhone® via Bluetooth to discretely alert you of calls and texts. Just download the companion app and select up to 25 contacts whose notifications you want to receive. Go from day to night in style. With a battery life of up to 30 days per charge, this fashionable wearable is perfect for your busy lifestyle.
Key features include:
• Call and text notifications
• Bluetooth® connectivity
• Long-lasting battery
• Fashion-forward design
Featuring a gold link and black enamel studs, Rebecca Minkoff’s signature design adds instant chic to any outfit. Available for $120 online at ATT.com. (Just in case you want to get this diva an early holiday present!) What do you think about the bracelet – is this the ultimate style meets tech accessory for you? Share your comments below!
Creating the perfect selfie is one of the most coveted social media moments that everyone wants. Sharing the perfect selfie online can contribute instant profits and even instant fame. Don’t believe me, just ask Kim Kardashian – who has just become the queen of Instagram (over taking Beyonce) to become the most popular person on the photo-sharing app with 44.1million followers. What is she famous for again? Selfies. (I mean, she wrote an entire book about selfies for goodness sake!)
No matter how many selfies you snap or share there’s always new apps and photo editing secrets to improve how you share your best assets online. Check out a a roundup of the best apps for selfies to love your self(ie) all over again below!
FaceTune – Let’s face it! Every selfie won’t be post-worthy, but it can be with FaceTune! This app lets you airbrush your way to flawless greatness…and as one of the top selling apps on iTunes – it’s no secret why this app is #1 on our list! Professional photographers and graphic designers constantly photoshop models to perfection, and now so can you! Without the expensive price tag or complicated tools, Facetune gives you the ability to retouch and add artistic flair to selfies and portraits with ease, from the convenience of your iPhone. (Download FaceTune in the iTunes App Store.)
Photofy – Photofy is one of my favorite apps that I use weekly! It’s a super-easy photo editing app for personal users and businesses that combines all the features you need in one app: Filters, Light Effects, Photo Mirror, Fit (Insta-size photos to square for easy sharing to Instagram), Text with 90+ free fonts, Meme editor, Collage maker with over 70+ free layouts, and the world’s largest collection of overlay content (40,000 graphic elements). (If you’re a Blogger, entrepreneur or marketer – Photofy is must have for creating great content on the go!) (Download Photofy in the iTunes App Store.)
Afterlight – Looking for a power packed app with more features than you can handle? The Afterlight app comes equipped with 128 frames, 74 filters, 78 textures and a host of cropping/editing tools that are sure to create an impressive selfie no matter what! What makes Afterlight unique? Afterlight has Fusion filters, allowing you to mix tools, filters and textures to create your own personal filters, making each photo as unique as you! (Download Afterlight in iTunes App Store)
ColorSplash – If creating striking photos and playing with colors is your thing, then the ColorSplash app is for you. Color Splash lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color. Use your finger as a brush to “paint” sections of your image black and white, or to bring back the original color. (Download ColorSplash in the iTunes App Store)
Visage Lab PRO HD – If you were to download just one beauty app, Visage Lab PRO HD would be it! Visage Lab PRO HD is a professional beauty laboratory for your facial photos. Remove pimples and wrinkles, outline the eyes and whiten the teeth in seconds, with all operations made automatically! After automatic enhancement has been performed, you can compare the before and after photos to evaluate the changes. Finally, share your enhanced photos with the world via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail or save it to your photo album. (Download Visage Lab PRO HD in the iTunes App Store)
Of course photo-editing apps aren’t essential to loving your true self. After all, too much airbrushing eliminates what makes us unique and beautiful in our own way. These are just a few of my favorite photo-editing apps that’ll get you excited about loving and sharing your best self(ie) online over and over again. Did I miss any of your best apps for selfies? Share them in the comment section below!
Ready or not, Back To School season is here! Books, school supplies and home office supplies are expensive and could cost you if you’re not taking advantage of cost-saving deals! But even with all the deals in the world, unless you’re getting shopping sprees of freebies, you and the student in your life could stand to save a few extra bucks this school year, right? If you’ve ever searched for the ultimate money-saving hack – then you’ve found it here!
Digit is a FREE mobile app that automates your savings in a way that you won’t realize you’re saving. Digit first links up to your bank account, reviews your payment history and predicts your income and cash flow. After Digit’s system understands how much you spend every day and how you try to manage your money, it calculates all your possible daily savings opportunities. Everyday, Digit takes out small amounts of money (anywhere from $5-$50) that you may not have realized you didn’t need or use. After Digit takes out the dough, it puts that cha-ching into your savings.
I’ve always searched for ways to save money (without the agony of being responsible and depositing saving account funds myself). If only there was a way to save money without feeling like we have to take extreme measures by doing things like skipping meals or not going out with friends ever again. Actually, there is a way, and it goes by the name of Digit.
The whole idea behind Digit is that you’re saving little by little on the daily without feeling like you’re restricting your normal use of money. So you’re still buying your lunches, groceries and gas, but you’re saving too! Your savings stash goes into your personal FDIC-insured Digit account. Digit doesn’t store your password or go through your savings. The account is entirely yours with no minimums and no fees.
Digit always checks in with you and lets you know how much it’s been able to save for you via regular text messages. But if a particularly rainy day hits, just text the word “Withdraw” and your money will be in your pocket by the next business day. Sounds like we’re all going to need a bigger wallet. Ready to get started with Digit? Start your back to school savings and earn $5 when you share this money saving app with others HERE.
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Do you struggle to save money these days? Check out 8 more ways to help you save money for back to school shopping here. What will Digit help you save for?
Samsung is so certain that iPhone users will love the latest Galaxy smartphones, that they’re willing to give iPhone users a 30-day trial run with a Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ or Note 5 device of their choice!
During the 30-day test drive, users will get to try out the phones with a free data plan. There are no obligations and the offer is not tied to a single carrier. It costs $1 to participate in the trial, which works with a subscriber’s current wireless carrier.
The program is an effort by Samsung to boost sales at a time when consumer excitement over smartphones has waned. Meanwhile, sales of the iPhone and a decline in premium pricing have kept people from purchasing phones from the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.
The program is for iPhone users only, and if you’re interested, you have to register using your iPhone’s Web browser. Included in the box that delivers the Samsung phone is a smart switch cable to let you move your photos, apps and music onto the new device.
If you’re an iPhone user who is interested in taking advantage of Samsung’s offer, you can sign up here.
8 Reasons Why Your ‘September Issue’ Is Making Major History With Black Women! #BlackGirlsRock #BlackGirlMagicAugust 20th, 2015 by Christen
September is arguably the most important issue of the year, publications pull out all the stops for the first month of fall. Advertisers spend a majority of ad dollars for the ‘September’ issue and ultimately it’s the issue that makes (or breaks) fashion magazines. This year, eight of the coveted ‘September’ issues feature black women on the cover – larger than any previous year.
What’s even better is that all the ladies featured are women we look up to for different reasons. Kerry Washington came at us with an inspirational quote on body acceptance, Serena just won Wimbledon for the sixth time, Misty Copeland is the first black ballerina to become the American Ballet Theater’s principal dancer and don’t even get us started on the inspirational power that is Beyoncé. Black Girls Rock and to see a variety of shades, representing women walking so many diverse journeys in life is more than empowering, it’s validating, reassuring and exciting!
Black Girl Magic is running rampant, in addition to this welcome shift in September issue covers, we’ve also noticed more attention being paid to non-celebrity women in glossy mags. Elle’s September issue showcased 35 women under 30 who are uber successful in their respective industries. Redbook also went a similar route, using the winners of their second annual Real Women Style Awards on their cover. If these changes are going to be concurrent with the issues published throughout the rest of the year, you can go ahead and sign us up for subscriptions to them all.
Does diversity sell? Is this a trend that’ll continue or just coincidental hype? What’s your favorite September issue cover you’ve spotted so far? Share with us in the comments below.
According to Fast Company, there are over half a million new businesses (530,000) created each month. That’s a whole lot of entrepreneurs!
I realized at an early age that the entrepreneur lifestyle was for me. In 3rd grade, I made the decision that there would be no one who could out match my hustle. Almost 30 years and 5 businesses later, I’ve been recognized as a top leader among my career peers, featured in business magazines and held public speaking forums across the country on the art of the entrepreneur enterprise.
Let’s face it, the entrepreneur life ain’t for everyone, there are long hours, private ideation sessions, and plenty of research required to build a successful business – and then there are business secrets that’ll help you avoid the mistakes of others and expedite your road to success. What’s the secret to Divas And Dorks’ success? Discover secret apps in my arsenal that fuels this successful business and discover why they’re secret apps every entrepreneur needs to succeed below!
Pennies Personal Money, Budget And Finance Manager: If you can’t keep your personal finances in order, how do you expect to get your business budget together? Budgeting shouldn’t be hard work or boring. That’s why in Pennies you won’t find any charts, graphs or complicated diagrams. It’s personal finance made easy, it’s your money made simple. Should you spend or should you save? Pennies shows your spending and finance health with bold colours, helping you slow down or speed up to keep you on track. (Download Pennies App)
Shoeboxed: Get rid of your binders, folders and archaic filing systems and go digital (and green!) with Shoeboxed. Paper, receipts, business cards, forms, books = unnecessary clutter on my desk. There were days in the past where I simply wanted to take it all and trash it in one swift sweep of my arm over the top of my desk. This gem of a tool let’s you easily scan, take pictures using your mobile device, or even send them via snail mail anything and everything that you would like to save but not necessarily keep on your desk or in a drawer. (Download your free trial of Shoeboxed today)
Evernote: Evernote is my lifesaver and enables me to work more productively. First, what I love about it is that it works both for my personal and business life, and helps me manage the operational pieces of both. Also, I use it on the go. Life is fast and busy for all of us, and Evernote lets me carry everything with me. Wherever I go, I have all the information, checklists, and notes I need. It’s always there for me 24/7. (Download Evernote app)
Moleskine Timepage: The most elegant calendar for your pocket and wrist, Timepage is a calendar designed to make every day more enjoyable and easy to navigate. Have all your calendars in one place, seamlessly integrated with weather forecasts, maps and contacts. (I have six different calendars, so you know I need something simple and seamless that’ll work for me!) Even on the Apple watch, you can see your day-by-day schedule for the next week, discover the weather, see how long until your next event and travel details and wrist tap reminders…ALL ON YOUR WRIST! Genius! (Download Moleskine Timepage)
17Hats: What if there was a secret app that combines many of the apps you are likely using into a single flawless interface. It’s creators have built 17hats with the entrepreneur in mind. They have given us a suite of functions to from from sales leads to research and information gathering via an online questionnaire on to a proposal to hand off to your potential client. 17Hats doesn’t stop there – the ball continues rolling downhill to contract, invoicing and finally payment. It’s like a fortune 500 company CRM system but designed for the single DIY’er. It also doesn’t carry the big fortune 500 company price tag. (Download your FREE trial of 17Hats)
Dropbox: Who doesn’t have a Dropbox account? But did you know you can run your entire business, using The Cloud? What would happen if your hard-drives were to be damaged in an accident or natural disaster? Would you be able to recover from lost data and time? You really need an off-site backup system in order to safeguard yourself against that kind of vulnerability. An automatic backup is by far the easiest. Don’t make the mistake of buying storage space, computer storage and flash drives when Dropbox has everything you need and is as mobile as you! (Upgrade for FREE Dropbox storage)
PDF Reader Pro
BONUS: PDF Reader PRO Edition: There’s no longer an excuse to delay the closing of a deal! This app allows you to electronically edit and sign documents easily and securely. It also records and stores each document’s history, so you have automatic audit trails — saving you the time and trouble of backtracking in case the need arises. (Download PDF Reader PRO Edition)
These are just a few of my favorite apps that I can’t manage my hustle without. Why make the same mistakes and try and fail with other apps when these award winning apps can get you on the right path to entrepreneurial success? These apps aren’t just for business either, use them to manage family budgets, trip itineraries, photos, everyday receipts and more! Being an entrepreneur isn’t just a career move, it’s a lifestyle!
Did I miss any other secret apps for entrepreneurs? Share your favorite apps for entrepreneurs below!
Yesterday, Samsung hosted a range of fashion tastemakers to unveil the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Hosted by model Bella Hadid and iconic fashion photographer Steven Klein the event at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Soho also elebrated the launch of Samsung’s fall Lookbook featuring the brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Samsung Galaxy Note5. The Lookbook, which was shot by Steven and features Bella Hadid and model Xiao Wen Chu, is themed after different emotions and beautifully portrays the fusion of technology X fashion in a high-end, editorial way.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ blends form and function with industry leading features, including: the best screen technology, the most advanced camera for high quality photos and videos, the latest fast wireless and wired charging, and an incredibly powerful processor. With increased 4GB RAM, both smartphones offer the most powerful capacity and processing power on the market, enabling users to enjoy more seamless multi-tasking, keep up with messages, post updates to social networks faster, and enjoy graphic-heavy games without suffering lag time.
When asked about his inspiration behind the lookbook, Klein replied, “Some people think of technology as impersonal, but it is actually highly personal and emotional. Technology, like Samsung’s, connects people like never before. It’s this sense of connection that inspired us to highlight the range of emotions that even something as simple as a text message, photo or phone call can evoke”
As showcased through this lookbook, the fashion and technology worlds are more inextricably intertwined than ever before. Both industries emulate impact and inspire the other, further developing this increasing synergy between these great two cultural forces. Through the creation of this lookbook, Samsung continues its long history of bringing fashion and technology together through innovative collaborations and fashion-forward technology. To view Samsung’s fall Lookbook, you can download a PDF version here.
Galaxy S6 Edge+ Stand Out Features
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Thinking about getting your hands on the New S6 Edge+ soon? Share your comments below!
Available on most wireless carriers globally August 21st the Galaxy S6 Edge+ has 32GB or 64GB storage options available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.
For more info visit Samsung.com
Are you ready for a Power Twitter party unlike any other?!?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you (like most of America) have been watching this summer’s hottest show on TV – Power starring Omari Hardwick and 50 Cent on Starz. Each Saturday we’ve been blown away by the drama and scandal that follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick during his quest to transform his drug business into a legitimate nightlife empire.
This Saturday, we’re fired up and ready for the anticipated season finale of Power and there’s so much left to be answered. Will Ghost and Angela have their happy ending? Will Kanan & Dre get the best of Ghost? What about Tasha? All of these questions will be answered and more during our Power Twitter Party and Digital Sorority will be right there tweeting all the juicy goodness LIVE!
Join Digital Sorority and Rosa Regale on Twitter for a Twitter party like no other! Filled with plenty of trivia, live commentary and Rosa Regale gift packs this #PowerTV #RosaWatchParty is one you don’t want to miss!
A twitter party is only as fun when you’re tweeting with your favorite Power starz and super fans too, right? Catch up and keep up with the action with some of our favorite #PowerTV commentators below:
@Power_Starz | @OmariHardwick | @JosephSikora4 | @CKAgbohOfficial | @NaturiNaughton
@HelloBeautiful | @MadameNoire
Follow @DigitalSorority @KelaWalker @GorgeousInGrey and @DivasandDorks for all the fun and join us Saturday, August 15th at 9pm for the #PowerTV #RosaWatchParty.
<BONUS> Before the #PowerTV Finale and #RosaWatchParty at 9pm on Twitter BLAB with @DigitalSorority and chat all things Omari, Curtis and Power. Using Google Chrome, Log onto Blab.IM at 8pm and take the open seat with us! http://bit.ly/PowerBlab
Looking for gift ides for any occasion? Discover Best Buy gift ideas that’ll save the day and save you some money below!
Is it me or does it seem like there’s a birthday party around every corner these days? It’s back to school, it’s summer vacation, it’s birthday season and it’s your job to find the perfect gifts for everyone! Lucky for you, you shop at Best Buy to find the perfect back to school gifts and birthday gifts for the ones you love! After all – Best Buy has tools to help you find the perfect gift ideas for anyone.
The Best Buy Gift Ideas Experience features gift ideas inspiration to help you easily find the perfect gift for any occasion. Knowing what will make the perfect gift can sometimes be hard! The new gift ideas page is here to provide the gift inspiration you need with lists of great birthday gift ideas for ‘Him’, ‘Her’, ‘Kids’, and ‘Teens’. This helps you quickly zero-in on the right gifts for the right people. And just in case you have a price point in mind, Best Buy offers lists to help you find gifts in the range you are looking for. Including: Gifts under $25, gifts from $25-$49.99, gifts from $50-$99.99, gifts from $100-$249.99, and gifts over $250. [See Best Buy’s Deal of the Day—A Great Deal Each Day, Online Only]
Looking for a gift to up their tech savvy. Best Buy’s Top Tech Gifts list will inspire you with the latest and greatest in technology. Let’s say you want to surprise the birthday girl or guy with a back to school Apple – MacBook Air ($899.99) – Simply tell your loved one to create and share a birthday wish list, so that you can get them the gifts they really want! If all else fails, you’ll never go wrong with a gift card! Click Gift Card and instantly buy a Best Buy Gift Card to ship to them, or an ‘E-Gift Card’ that will be delivered instantly via email.
Now that you’re in on the secret for summer birthday and back to school gift shopping. Start creating your gift lists and knock out easy gift shopping today! Shop Online at BestBuy.com
Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.