Battle in my ears !

16 Feb

Powerbeats by DreLike you, I have 2 ears, one phone and one iPad.
I don’t like holding my iPhone to my ear … I can’t play games, take notes, … while in conversation … That’s why I always use earphones.
I have the Yurbuds ($69) when I workout at the gym. They are waterproof and won’t fall during the effort thanks to the twist and lock system. The buds in silicone are pleasant to wear, easy to wear them all day long.
BUT there’s the wire which is always tangled … not cool.

I also use the New Era by Jawbone ($99), a super light bluetooth earpiece. Great to wear all day long, listening to music and talking to my contacts. This is a great earpiece that can be connected to up to 8 devices (the New Era will switch from one phone to another to take the call, I love it!). But it’s so tiny that I have to be careful not to lose it.
The autonomy is only 4 hours … a little bit short if you are a heavy user …

I’ve been recently introduced to the Powerbeats Bluetooth headset ($199) and I must admit I LOOOVE it!

Powerbeats by Dre Powerbeats by Dre Powerbeats by Dre

The round the ear solves the issue of the popping out buds while running. Checked!

No more tangle and knots, the headset is bluetooth. Checked!

The headset comes with 3 different sizes and shapes of buds. After some tests, I found the ones fitting my inner ear. I can wear it all day long. Keep it in while talking. When I take them off, I leave it around my neck and it stays put.

The autonomy is 6 hours. Enough for a full day at work with a mix of listening to the radio whole on the way to the office and back home as well as conference calls. The Powerbeats are fully charged in about 90 minutes, 15 minutes of charging time will give an extra hour of listening to the music.
Checked!

The cable linking both earpieces is made of silicon. While doing sport I wear it on the back of my neck, while talking on the phone I put in front of me to have the mic closer to my mouth.

So who wins the battle ? The Yurbuds, the New Era or the Powerbeats ? …
The Powerbeats because it replaces all my earpieces for my daily uses: talking, listennning to music, skateboarding, … I kept my Yurbuds while on the plane when watching tv shows.

PS: little downside of the Powerbeats is the fact that the headset can only be linked to one bluetooth device at a time … call me picky … still I love my Powerbeats!

Power me up!

11 Feb

Resurgence by OtterboxThe big downfall of an iPhone, and basically every smart phones, is the battery life. It’s built to last … But it’s never enough …
We use our phone for everything nowadays, from GPS direction in the car or while walking, to listen to our favorite music, to play or work on presentations … Basically this thing we have in our hands almost 24/7 is meant to be hungry for energy.

I have an external battery that works perfectly to power me through the day and even more (the Sherpa50 by GoalZero) but sometimes I can’t carry it with me because it’s big and I’m wearing my girlie outfit that matches my girlie purse … I have to dress up

I found the case that allies military standard protection of the phone and also a rechargeable battery (2000 mAh): the brand new Resurgence cover made by Otterbox!

Resurgence by Otterbox Resurgence by Otterbox Resurgence by Otterbox

Otterbox is well known in the protection field of our beloved phones and now enters the world of extra power!

The brand Mophie was the first to capture this market and already offers 3 battery cases for iPhone 5/5s.
. The juice pack helium 1500mAh protective case (up to 80% extra battery life) for $79,95
. The juice pack air 1700mAh (up to 100% extra battery life) for $99,95
. And the juice pack plus 2100mAh (up to 120% extra battery life) for $119,95.
Power is cool, but not at the price of putting my phone at danger when it falls (because it happens).

The Otterbox Resurgence is supposed to solve 2 problems with one case: a high level of protection and extra power at the same time ($99,95).

Resurgence by OtterboxThe Resurgence case is not just a case, it’s a military grade two-piece protection that will protect your phone from heavy falls with a 2000mAh extra battery.

The 4 LEDs on the front of the case show the power status by 25% increments.
The Resurgence comes in 4 colours: black, glacier, teal shimmer and satin rose. I went for the teal shimmer.

ChaseIT because
. It’s a real relieve to have an extra battery when you need juice and don’t want to carry a charger or an extra battery.
. I love it because the Resurgence brings top protection against unexpected fall of the phone …
. And also because for once you can choose colours and not just black

Resurgence by OtterboxThe only downside is the fact that the cable is not the same as the iPhone so now I need to carry 2 cables with me … And that’s a pain. Maybe I’m too picky … But I forgot it home again this morning …

For our info, the iPhone 5 comes with a rechargeable battery of 1440mAh.

Reflection in my socks?

4 Feb

HeiselDo you ever walk at night dressed in dark colours?
Have you ever jogged at the crack of dawn anxious to be seen by the cars during your jogg?
Do you ever walk with your doggie in a pitch black street in the middle of the winter?
All those questions have the same answers: safety and fashion first! And you know what? Heisel got the answer!Heisel

It all started with Sylvia Heisel.
Sylvia is a pioneer and veteran in fashion, not any fashion but smart fashion using innovative and smart material.
The lines of clothes designed by Sylvia combine advanced technology materials and manufacturing techniques.
Creativity, technology, sustainability and style are leading the way!

So let’s follow her footsteps and discover Heisel line
From T-shirts to hoodies, pants and parka, Heisel also creates suome great and accessible accessories that will bring safety and comfort to our life (saving you from the ugly yellow safety jacket).

I was attracted by the polka dots reflecting tennis socks ($16) and the reflecting beanie ($36).
Those accessories are great while running, biking or just walking and will attract the attention of the cars when the sun goes down.
The beanie is great for winter to keep your ears warm and you will stand out at night … safety is not a game!Heisel

PS: Heisel clothes and accessories are also a stunner while moving your body on the dance floor!!
If you are into D.I.Y., check the reflective threads ready to be knitted, sewn, glue to your clothes to create your very own reflective outfit.

More infos on Heisel
. Heisel official website
. Twitter @heisel_co
. Instagram heisel_co
. Facebool Facebook.com/heiselco

Thanks to Diego and Sylvia for their help.

 

ChaseItOrBChased 2014 xmas list

1 Dec

And it’s this period of the year again when we send Santa hints about what we would like to receive in our socks our under the xmas tree.
I prefer to play it safe and to write a letter with references of the products that I would like, as well as straight links to the website … Mom if you read this, you now know what to do ;-)

1. To be on time at the office and to do much more with a watch than with a regular watch, I definitively need the Apple Watch. It will be released early 2015 and I decided to go for the Sport Watch (silver aluminum case with the green band). Starting at $399.
2. When all is out, and there’s no more electricity, I definitively need the Yeti Solar 150 generator by GoalZero (it works with the Nomad 20 Solar Panel). It will tackle the 911 situations when I need to charge my MacBook Pro, my iPad and iPhone and hubby’s tech gears too. Priced at $199

Watch by Apple

Apple Watch

Sherpa 150 by GoalZero

Sherpa 150 by GoalZero

3. Beddit by Misfit is great to spy on my sleep. Heartbeat, deep sleep vs light sleep and awakening periods. You’ll have it all on the app.
No more discussion if you snore or not, the app will know it all!
Just wrap the band around your mattress and go to bed counting sheeps, the Beddit will do the rest. $149, available now.
4. I already own the Biscuit (I love it, it follows me everywhere like my shadow) and I would like to experience a longer board. My eyes fell on the Pescadito by Hamboards. This model is priced $425.

Beddit by Misfit

Beddit by Misfit

Pescadito by Hamboards

Pescadito by Hamboards

5. To run like a rabbit on the treadmill at the gym, I would like the Nike Lunarglide6 Flash3.
They are also really cool if you wear them outside at night as they are reflecting in low light, $140.
6. I’m into reflection big time and the Gear-016 Dots 3M socks will be a great match with my Nike. The socks are organic with 3M reflective dots, $16.

Lunarglide Flash by Nike

Lunarglide Flash by Nike

Polka dots socks

Polka dots socks

7. To see things from above I definitively need the brand new Bebop drone by Parrot. To be released soon. Price TBA.
8. Also glowing in the dark, the supercool Fixie bike Zulu by Purefix, $340.

Bebop drone by Parrot

Bebop drone by Parrot

Zulu by

Zulu by Purefix

Wishing you great holidays!

It’s squeaking!

25 Nov

Biscuit by HamboardsAs you may know, I’m a beginner at land-surfing and this summer was dedicated to masterize the art of standing on a board without breaking my leg, arm or wrist.

Biscuit by HamboardsI must admit I succeeded after a lot of patience and hours of practice.

Now, as any board, mine is squeaking a bit, and I hate that!

So I went on YouTube to find the solution and apparently the key is to use household paraffin. I decided to hike to CVS and the only paraffin I found was “Hawaiian scent”, so let’s go to Hawaii.
Basically, the guy on YouTube said to peel the paraffin with a cutter and cover the bolts and nuts with the paraffin chips. It smelled good, worked a bit but I wasn’t fully satisfied as it was still squeaking …

… still squeaking until the big Pete Hamborg from Hamboards shared with me one of his secrets and I will Biscuit by Hamboardsshare his enlightenment with you too!
To stop squeaking, use lip balm!

I clean my bolts and nuts from the paraffin and started the process all over again with the lip balm and … I’m back to land-surfing in peace and silence, it worked!!!

If you are not into skateboard, this works too with a squeaking door … Just saying.

PS: Thanks Pete!!!

More infos on my Biscuit skateboard by Hamboards

Turn it down or not?

17 Nov

Dubs Acoustic Filters by Doppler LabsHave you ever been in one of those situations?
. You go to a soccer game and you are lucky enough to be seated next to a very loud fan (shouting his lungs out in your ears during the entire game)?
. You go to a very loud concert and come back home with ears pain and headache?
. You are working on a super important file at work and you need total concentration but your colleagues around you are making as much noise as a bees hive at peak time?
. You want to sleep on the plane but it’s so loud in there that you can’t?

All those situations have the noise level in common.
So what can we do to tune it down ?

So far you could use regular earplugs, but you look like a grandpa when using it and you don’t hear anything around you anymore … You are deaf.
We have the DrDre headphones on, but here goes the concentration … or you can switch to the brand new DUBS Acoustic Filters by Doppler Labs

I just received my DUBS and I’m excited to test them out.

Dubs Acoustic Filters by Doppler Labs Dubs Acoustic Filters by Doppler Labs

1. I’m on the plane back from sunny Florida, I’m tired and want to rest and sleep a bit, I put the DUBS in and crashed in a coma for the next 3 hours.

2. I’m back home at the office and I wear them to escape the ambient noise.

Dubs Filters, great when you travel

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great when you traveling

Dubs, great when at the office

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great when at the office

3. I’m in the metro and want to concentrate on writing this review, DUBS in and I start to write in peace.

4. I’m going to a party where the noise is loud and the people shout in your ears to cover the music and talk to me, DUBS in again.

Dubs Filters, great in the metro

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great in the metro

Great when watching the game

DUBS Acoustic Filters, great when watching the game

The uses of these plugs are numerous, and, as me, you’ll find yours.

But what are the DUBS ?

The DUBS are protecting me from the noise around.
The DUBS Acoustic Filters use dynamic attenuation to reduce the overall volume while preserving sound fidelity, basically you can hear everything but with a decreased volume.
The noise reduction decreases by an average of 12dB.

What are the DUBS Acoustic Filters properties
. easy plugged and stay inside your ears (no right or left ears),
. light and extremely comfortable, so comfortable you simply forget them,
. small but technological with the 17 individual parts made of stainless steel, ABS, polymer foam and silicone.

I now carry my DUBS in their little box in my pocket and they go wherever I go.

The DUBS are as useful as they are cute.  You can even pick your colour between teal, blue, pink and white. I think I’ll get them all so I won’t forget them in my pair of jeans.
The price is very right and set on the fair price of $25.

More info
. Official website DUBS Acoustic Filters
. Follow @wearDUBS
. Like FB/weardubs
. Instagram WearDubs

Ever tried Tiger nuts?

3 Nov

Homemade HorchataHave you ever tried Horchata drink ? I haven’t !
Until I took a short trip in Valencia (Spain), where I found an Horchata kit in El Corto Ingles supermarket.
I didn’t  really know what it was but the bottle was cute and it said on the sticker that it was an authentic drink from Valencia!
Super excited, I brought it home and made my first Horchata (1 portion of concentrated Horchata for 4 portions of very cold water).
And it was a revelation! I love it!

Horachata kit Horchata kit Horchata from Valencia

Not only does it taste great (kind of nutty) but it is also a healthy drink.
Check this out:
It is a plain and simple drink with no preservative nor coloring, it is non dairy and gluten free.
Horchata keeps blood cholesterol under control, it’s a source of fibers, proteins, magnesium, zinc and vitamins B1 C and E.
It also helps with the digestion.

But now that I’m back in Paris, there’s no Horchata around (there’s the brand Chufi but it’s dairy …) so after looking everywhere desperately, I found a Spanish online grocery store selling the famous tiger nuts that are used to make Horchata.

I decided to try making my own Horchata.
I bought a hand mixer, a strainer and I’m now ready to tackle the Horchata like a real Valencia girl … that I’m not!
I received my tiger nuts (through the mail), I just need to add water and sugar.
The proportions are the following
. 250gr chufa (tiger nuts)
. 125gr sugar (I make it light with only 25gr)
. 1L water

Socking the nuts add water Photo 1-11-2014 5 55 03 pm

I’m trying to pay attention to what I eat so I reduce the sugar in my alimentation.
I cut the amount of sugar drastically in the recipe (and it was way too sweet anyways).
. Phase 1, let’s soak the nuts in water, when it is soft, rinse them and put them in a bowl.
. Phase 2, pour the 250ml of water in and use the blender. The mix turns white right away.
. Phase 3, add 750ml of water and blend.
. Phase 4, use the strainer to reject the paste of the nuts to only keep the liquid.
. Phase 5, add the 750ml of water, sugar, stir and here you go, fresh Horchata home made!

More infos
. Follow @balensya
. Official website balensya.es
. Like their page fb.com/balensya

PS: Nutrition facts
. 400kcal per 100g, 4.15% Proteins, 26.54% Starch, 21.23% Glucose, 24.13% Fibre, 4.77% Water
. MINERALS: Magnesium 1070mg/Kg, Sodium 206mg/Kg, Potasium 7100mg/Kg, Phosphorus 2557mg/Kg, Calcium 179mg/Kg

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