No doubt about it, SPRING has sprung and it’s in full effect. Every year around this time most people get into “out with the old and in with the new” mode. It’s a time to deep clean homes and really get organized for the new season. If you haven’t gotten your spring cleaning game tight yet, I’ve got you covered with spring cleaning and home organization accessories that I’m totally crushing on right now. All of these favorites are in my home and get major use in keeping my home spring clean and organized all year long.
Nothing says “An organized adult lives here” quite like a luxe serving tray. It’s the perfect organization accessory that compliments any style of home. Placed on a accent table or ottoman, it instantly doubles as a entertaining accessory for serving food and drink – plus it’s a great way to keep random items like remote controls, keys and other gadgets in its place. (I purchased a faux alligator tray like this one and it immediately upgraded my ottoman into a classic entertaining area.)
I love boxes! Big boxes, little boxes – boxes for your jewelry, glasses and more. Nothing says “you’re officially organized” like a room filled with these stylish and chic containers. I typically keep a variety of boxes in my home for files/paperwork, small accessories, cords and more. Some of my favorites are boxes from Kate Spade, Ikea, HomeGoods and even these from Amazon are perfect for organizing accessories with a little style.
Not all penny banks are for kids. I believe that every adult home should have a bank or nesting area for spare change hidden in pants pockets or weighing down your favorite designer bag. I’ve always kept a penny bank on deck to purge my purse of pennies, dimes and quarters at the end of the day. These chic ceramic banks for your spare change will do its part to keep your home clutter free, are the perfect organization accessories – plus it’s a great way to keep change accessible for that unexpected morning coffee run.
With everything going digital, it’s so easy to forget just how much photo prints makes a space look and feel special. On the other hand, if you’re like me and find a photo kiosk you probably print way more photos than you need. That’s when a surplus of photo frames come in handy. Adding a custom gallery wall in your home is a great way to organize and display your favorite photos for friends and family to enjoy this season and beyond. I scored my gallery wall frames (tutorial here) from Ikea but you can get a full set of frames from Amazon here.
No matter if you’re in a spacious home or small NYC apartment, every home could use a little organization with a chic ladder bookcase. Whether you use it to store home electronics, a small book library or framed photos that didn’t make the gallery wall, its a great way to add storage space that doesn’t clutter a room. (If you follow me on Snapchat, you know I loooove a good bookcase and these ladder bookcase units from Amazon looks a lot like mine that were super easy to assemble and look great in any room.)
These are just a few of my favorite organization accessories to keep my space so fresh and so spring clean. How do you organize your space in time for spring? Drop your favorite organization accessories, tips and tools in the comments below!
While some accessories to customize and highlight your style may come and go, smartphone accessories are here to stay. If you’re anything like me, you obsess over finding the most stylish iPhone accessories (or other accessories for #TeamAndroid) that’ll stand out from the crowd of common and standard protective smartphone gear. Since joining team Gold iPhone last year, I’ve been analyzing and obsessing over the latest in bling-worthy cases and accessories and finally I’ve found my favorite mix of illuminous iPhone cases that’ll make any girl feel bright and golden and I’m sharing them with you below!
I’ve shared my love for this chic Trina Turk case before – and because I continue to received compliments and questions about it, it’s simply my favorite iPhone accessory! Fashionably guard your Apple iPhone 6 with this Trina Turk chrome case, which features a slim, sliding 2-piece hard shell for easy docking and removal and a stylish print. ($29.99)
This Isaac Mizrahi collection case exclusively from Best Buy is another favorite. The chrome and floral palette is a super flirty compliment to any Spring or Summer style moment. Personalize your Apple iPhone 6 with this Isaac Mizrahi New York CO8485 case, which features a printed floral design for a fashionable look. The hard shell exterior and TPU interior will undoubtedly keep your cell phone safe from scratches and bumps. ($19.99)
This Case-Mate gold leaf accessory could be the most popular of them all. I’ve seen plenty of my favorite D&D readers rocking this subtile bling case and since it by one of the leaders in stylish mobile accessories – it’s no surprise it made the list of my favorite gold iPhone cases. With a translucent finish and 24K gold leaf highlights, this Case-Mate Karat CM031453 case outfits your Apple iPhone 6 with a stylish appearance. The polycarbonate shell and TPU bumper offer defense against bumps and shocks. ($49.99)
Sometimes all you need is simple style and protection and that’s what this Dabney Lee gold iPhone case gives you! It’s a sleek outer shell case that protects with minimal bumper or interior shells. With a variety of options, you can find the perfect Dabney Lee case to suite your stylish mood at DabneyLee.com.
What are some of your favorite gold accessories to tote all day? Did I miss any? Don’t be stingy, share your favorites in the comments section below!
There are tons of Apple iPhone and Apple Watch consumers spending thousands on the latest accessories to customize their gadgets. Outfitting your technology with accessories that reflect your personality is not only a great way for self-expression, but it’s also a way to showcase your personal style.
No other company gives consumers the opportunity to showcase their personal style quite like Case-Mate. I’ve outfitted plenty of my gadgets with Case-Mate cases and accessories from the iPhone 3 to the iPhone 6s and now my Apple Watch has a few stylish options to choose from too!
The Turnlock Band for Apple Watch 38mm is a “totally rad” ode to the 90’s in vibrant “shocking pink”. The bangle-styled band creates a fashionable look that’ll add a flair to any Apple Watch wearing wrist. The signature logo-engraved metal charm is also a cute add on for this slip-on style watch band.
The flexible elastomer band for 38mm Apple Watch fits wrist sizes up to 7.75 inches, however small wristed gals beware, one size doesn’t fit all. The band was a little too loose for my particular taste, as it commonly twisted and twirled around my tiny wrist.
As cute as it looks, I also wonder if my watch was actually able to measure some of the health measurements like heart rate and exercise — since the watch never actually stayed in place flat against my arm, there’s possibility that there’s a lapse in data recorded from the Apple Watch sensor on the back of the watch.
Overall it’s definitely a cute accessory to add to your Apple watch band collection. Since the Apple Watch is fairly new, I’m sure there will be more than plenty of enough options coming out of the Case-Mate collection.
For now, you can get your hands on your own Turnlock band or the Rebecca Minkoff band collection or check out my personal favorite – the Milanese Loop band. Add a few of your favorite bracelets and bangles to create a stylish arm party of your own.
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I love styling my Apple Watch accessory with bright bands and plenty of bling, and if you’re anything like me, then the Turnlock band from Case-Mate is definitely a stylish accessory that you’d want to add to your accessory closet too.
Are there any new Apple Watch accessories that you’re a fan of? Share your tech style tips in the comments section below.
So you’ve pre-ordered your iPhone 6 (or you’re currently camped outside the Apple store) either way, you can’t invest in a new phone without tricking it out with all-new gadgets, now can you?
A few of my favorite accessory companies are already jumping on board to create iPhone 6 products. From cases to wallets I’m downright excited to start dressing up my new (soooo close) iPhone with some of these amazing iPhone 6 accessories below.
Grovemade Cases ($49-$129): If you decide you want to go a more natural route, Grovemade is making leather and wood cases for your new toy. Show off the most of the phone with just a bumper made of maple or walnut.
Case-Mate Wallet Cases ($60): Handcrafted from premium leather, the Wallet Folio for iPhone 6 presents a timeless, sophisticated look. Featuring multiple slots for cards and cash, this contemporary design redefines the boundaries between form and function for the modern commuter.
Otterbox Defender Series Case: The Otterbox can survive even the worst smartphone abuses. Butterfingers everywhere rejoice, they’ve got the iPhone 6 covered!
Case-Mate Karat Cases ($50): Treasure the luster and dazzling display of 24 karat gold. Each iPhone 6 Karat case offers a truly unique design with genuine gold leaf highlights thoughtfully placed to create this translucent and radiant finish.
Zazzle Cases ($40-$57): If it’s just a cute or customizable case you want, Zazzle is ahead of the curve. They’re already offering a variety of stylish options for the iPhone 6 and we’re drooling over several of them.
Did you pre-order the iPhone 6 or 6 plus? What iPhone accessory can you not live without? Share your thoughts below!
Running about town and need to charge your device on the go? The QBracelet looks like a stylish piece of wrist candy, but is in fact a portable charger capable of delivering juice to your iPhone or Android device.
New startup Q Designs seeks to help solve a problem that many people have: we sometimes need to power our mobile electronic devices, but we don’t want to carry external battery packs or bulky charging cases. Q Designs’ solution, the QBracelet, looks like an ordinary bracelet, but it is actually a high-tech charger that can juice up your electronic device discreetly.
The QBracelet will work with iOS and Android devices at launch. No cord is needed, since inside the bracelet’s clasp there is a lightning adapter for Apple products and a micro-USB port for Android devices. Depending on the device being charged, Q Designs, the company behind the QBracelet, claims that the bracelet’s internal lithium-ion battery will deliver a charge of up to 60%. The bracelet itself takes up to 90 minutes to charge and will last for about 30 days in standby mode.
The QBracelet has the fashionable look and feel of a jewelry piece before anything else – even if it didn’t charge your phone, it stands as a fashion accessory based on its style and design alone. We conceptualized the QBracelet based on the idea that every useful object should also be a beautiful object, and we believe that merging technology with fashion in smart ways will push the fashion industry forward. — Q Designs co-founder and COO Alessandro Libani
Offered in black, silver and gold, the water-resistant device comes in three sizes: small (1.23 ounces), medium (1.41 ounces) and large (1.59 ounces). Today the QBracelet is available for pre-order for $79. (Pre-Order HERE) It will retail for $99 once it launches. Pre-orders will ship in time for the winter holidays.
Welcome to my bedroom, where the “magic” happens. I’m talking late night rendezvous with Roku, and where sensual evenings are set by 90s slow jams and soft lighting from my MiPow PlayBulb. Sexy huh? In a world filled with connected devices, it was only a matter of time before technology invades our most private and serene spaces, our bedrooms. Nowadays, it’s all about the connected home and I’m now using tech to help me save money, improve activity and enjoy life!
Looking for ways to create your very own connected home experience? I’ve been able to integrate my favorite tech accessories into my bedroom without geeking it out and now I have a few suggestions on how you too can use them to stay connected in your bedroom or connected home below.
Charge Up Your Bedside Mannor with Contort Power 2 :
The Contort Power 2 USB HUB and AC Outlet is one of my favorite space saving accessories in my bedroom. It’s a great way to keep my devices charging and close by with it’s 2 usb hub outlets. The unique design transforms a standard electrical outlet from two power source outlets into three. (Plus its my favorite grab and go accessory anytime I’m headed out to a coffee shop or on the go and need an extra outlet of power.)
The Quirky Contort Power 2 can be found for $24 at HomeDepot.com.
Set the mood with sight and sound using the MiPow Playbulb:
When I first learned about the MiPow PlayBulb at CES in January, I never knew just how much I’d love and need this dual-purpose home accessory. The Playbulb is a fresh new Bluetooth Smart LED speaker light allowing you to combine you light with music and control both from your mobile device. The familiar light bulb shaped design and technology delivers a combination of stylish looks and good function in one. It’s wireless and cord-free, you simply screw it into any lamp-socket and operate it just like a normal light. You can play music from your iOS, Android or most other Bluetooth-enabled devices and is an ideal accessory for student dorms, apartments or any small spaces in need of light and sound.
The MiPow Playbulb can be found for $79 at MiPow.com.
Movies, Cable Tv and entertainment for days with Roku 2:
Last month, I was gifted with a Roku 2 and I really didn’t give it much thought about using it. I already binged on Orange is the New Black earlier this summer, and since that’s my only reason for using Netflix, streaming entertainment wasn’t too high on my priority list. That is until, a Time Warner Cable outrage threatened my reality tv consumption for a week. Luckily, not only does my Roku 2 offer 1000+ of entertainment channels and movies including Hulu Plus, Netflix and more – but it also streams live tv shows include in my Time Warner Cable service.
Get an upgraded TV experience with a Roku 2 available for $69 at RadioShack.com.
Control Your Home With Belkin WeMo
Who doesn’t love the power to control your home automation with the press of your smartphone button? That’s exactly what Belkin WeMo gives you – the power of a connected home, one gadget at a time. The WeMo Insight Switch sends notifications to your smart device showing how much energy your electronics are using. You also have the ability to turn your electronics on and off and monitor their behavior, all you’ll need is a Wi-Fi or 3/4G connection. I use my WeMo to control my air conditioning unit and pre-cool my home on hot summer days, I also use it to control those energy sucking gadgets that consume energy even when they aren’t in use. I save money and stay connected with home automation no matter where I am.
Get started on your journey to home automation with the WeMo Insight Switch available for $49 at Belkin.com.
Stay Connected With Your TV Using The Samsung Galaxy S5
I hate it when I lose my cable TV remote control! It happens more times that I care to count, but instead of wallowing in my failure, I simply grab my Samsung Galaxy S5 smart remote app and reconnect with my shows instantly. The Samsung TV Remote App lets you consolidate your remote devices and navigate the possibilities of your home entertainment system right from your Galaxy S smartphone or Galaxy Tab. Now everything you need to maximise your entertainment experience can be controlled all in one place, making the hassle and confusion of multiple remotes a thing of the past. (It’s been a few days since I’ve seen my original cable remote control, and I ain’t worried bout nothin! LOL) The app is free and available in Galaxy Apps store.
What tech would you invited to create your connected home? Share your favorite gadget finds and home automation wish list below.
Not all Bluetooth speakers are created the same. From size to sound quality, with so many options on the market, how do you choose which speaker is right for you? Meet the customizable Bluetooth speaker that doubles as portable power source – the PowerSound II portable speaker.
The all-new PowerSound II is both a portable charger and Bluetooth speaker that provides a stylish alternative to any office space, outdoor BBQ or more. With a 3,200 mAh battery on board, it will charge your smartphone at least 3-4 times. The high-capacity lithium polymer battery allows for hours of use without an immediate re-charge. The battery meter will keep you in the know, so you’re always aware of your battery levels to ensure that you always have a charged up speaker ready to go.
In addition to the Bluetooth module, the PowerSound II also features a Near Field Audio capability, which allows direct play through induction. For Android users, this is HUGE! No need to connect via Bluetooth when you can use your NFC enabled smartphone to share your music. It also boasts speakerphone functionality. So there’s no more need to strain your ears using your smartphone speaker option, when you can get quality sound for conference calls hands-free using the PowerSound II.
The PowerSound II offers an additional feature that you won’t find on other Bluetooth speakers, you can custom create your own PowerSound II device! Add a custom family photo to your PowerSound II speaker for the perfect gift for moms, dads (or grads) this season! Even small businesses can add logos, corporate mottos and more to brand their company in a fun and unique way.
I’m not the only fan of the PowerSound II, the PowerSound II is a CES Innovations and Engineering award winner for 2014. As a customizable, multifunction Bluetooth speaker, you can purchase the PowerSound II online for $99.00. For a limited time only, PowerStick is offering free customizing for your next PowerSound II purchase. Simply visit PowerStick.com enter coupon code “FATHER” for your free personalized PowerSound II speaker today.
CES Unveiled LAS VEGAS is the Official Media Event of the International CES and is attended by more than 1,200 media to cover boundary-breaking innovation from more than 70 exhibitors from around the world. Press come to catch the latest products in one room and get a preshow look at what will be making headlines during CES. There were major companies highlighting the best in fitness, gaming, desktop computing and more. We scoured the showroom floor for the haute and stylish accessories that you want to see. The female-friendly standouts at CES Unveiled includes washable headphones, stylish UV protection jewelry, and a funky Bluetooth boom box better than anything you’ve seen before.
Humlan by Urbanears
Humlan is a brand new concept in headphones from Urbanears. Humlan’s headband and ear cushions can be removed and thrown in
with the wash,just like your favorite T-shirt. Your listening experience is guaranteed to befresh and clean, even if the music you listen to is not. Humlan’s slim on-ear fitmakes it super easy to wear, and its angled speakers deliver a clear and precisesound. Because Humlan belongs to the Urbanears family, it also comeswith some handy features like the ZoundPlug for instant music sharing and microphone and remote for picking up calls and hands-free talking.
June By Netatmo
Discover when and how to protect from UV rays, avoid sun damage and prevent premature skin aging. With JUNE on your wrist, measure sun intensity in real time and monitor your total daily sun exposure. JUNE is designed in the spirit of a diamond, with facets that glimmer and shine like the rays of the sun. Versatile, JUNE can be worn as a bracelet or as a brooch and comes in three glamourous colors – platinum, gold or gunmetal. The JUNE App gives tailor-fit sun protection advice based on your habits and skin type.
The bracelet observes the habits of the user and the companion App determines the recommended sun protection for their skin type whether it be applying SPF, putting on a hat,wearing sun glasses or seeking out shade. JUNE will be available in the second quarter of 2014 in select fashion, beauty and consumer electronics stores. Suggested retail price is $99. The JUNE App will be available for free download and will be compatible for iPhone 4S and above. Discover more at netatmo.com.
iHome Retro Bluetooth Boombox
iHome keeps it Retro with their newest addition to their Portable Bluetooth speaker assortment, the Retro Boombox Series. The new series was engineered with dual two-way stereo speakers featuring two 4 Inch woofers, and two 1 Inch tweeters. Powering these four speakers is a built-in class D digital amplifier providing users with incredible depth, and detail on whatever they choose to listen to. Compatible with the latest bluetooth streaming formats, the iHome series retro boombox is a perfect compliment to your bedroom, office, garage, or wherever you want to listen to some cool tunes from your tablet, or smartphone. If your old MP3 player does not have bluetooth, fear not, iHome equipped this retro ghetto blaster boombox with a 3.5mm mini-jack (Aux In) input for all non-bluetooth compatible devices. In addition, this stereo speaker system features a built-in FM radio, 5 band graphic equalizer, USB smartphone, tablet, iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc. device charge port, and can accompany users anywhere. The rubberized finish on this boom box was intended to survive the rugged conditions of outdoor usage. Suggested retail price is $199 for more visit ihomeaudio.com
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When functional style meets creative design, that’s a recipe for stylish success! Samsung, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, and New York-based designer Alexander Wang revealed the finished product following months of collaboration with some of the industry’s most creative contributors. The limited-edition Alexander Wang Wallie gym sack is the first co-created bag inspired by crowd-sourced sketches and images created using the GALAXY Note II.
Alexander Wang resourced the ‘collective inspiration’ of a select group of Samsung smartphone users for his latest collection. Called the ‘Wallie’, the gym sac has a drawstring closure, reinforced leather corners, and a black and gray print on the lambskin finish.? The bag’s abstract print was produced by Wang by combining different images (photos, doodles, patterns) created using Samsung’s Galaxy Note II smartphones by a group of his close friends, stylists, photographers, and others.
“The abstract print really captures the energy of New York City,” the designer explained. “This collaboration is a great example of how technology and style can come together in an unexpected but really meaningful way.” The bag will go on sale this August The bag is available in select locations from this month, and proceeds from the sale of the $550 bag will go towards the Art Start charity, that uses the arts to nurture the creative talents of at-risk children and youth.
Not that there is a shortage of iPhone cases out there. You might be tired of seeing them. But, just in case you were tired of the random & bland iPhone cases out in the market and wanted one that stands out of the crowd, you search ends here. Belkin has the solution for your lack of creativity. Meet the Lego Builder Case for your iPhone 5.