Did you ever fight for the remote?

23 Mar

of course, the battle takes places at home everyday but … Also when you stay in hotels …

Playing with the remote at the Conrad, Miami, I incidentally hit a page saying “Do you want to connect and use your phone as a remote control?” Yes, I do!

I downloaded the free app “stayConnect” and add the code you see on the screen … Less than 30 secs later I was the master of the TV from my phone. love it!

  

Follow the trail

9 Mar

chia pudding on the left and granola on the rightI love trail mix. It’s an easy way to eat healthy food as a snack.
Recently I discovered the granola and its a revelation.
I though granola was not for me because the oat (it didn’t look good to me, not sweet enough for me … Whatever).
Then, my best friend in Melbourne introduced me to the 1111Granola. I though this could be the new best friend of my breakfast and go along like horse and carriage with my chia pudding.
The 1111Granola is made home made with love by the owner Rob Rabba.

my bff for the breakfast Mango and granola soy cherry yaourt topped with chia seeds and granola

2 varieties are available so far Macadamia & Cranberries as well as Puffed Quinoa & Macadamia.
I’m a fan of the Macadamia & Cranberries, a mixture of macadamia nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Blended carefully with dried dates, cranberries and apricots. Our gourmet mix is coated with natural honey and spiced with cinnamon.
The Puffed Quinoa & Macadamia is Gluten Free with puffed quinoa, rice puffs and rice flakes, mixed with macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, blended with dried dates, cranberries and apricots. It’s is coated with natural honey and spiced with Cinnamon.

Did you know that granola is NOT muesli, granola is baked until crisp and sweetened unlike muesli! So now, we know the difference.

More info
. Official 1111granola website
. Follow @1111granola
. Instagram 1111granola

Brighten my day … And my pictures

5 Mar

Photo 4-03-2015 8 45 33 pmDid you know that you can adjust the light WHILE taking a picture on your iPhone ?

Yes, you can and I didn’t know it.
My good friend @mamadougsakho tipped me off yesterday and I want to share it with you because it’s really useful.
Go to the camera mode
. When the iPhone is idle, touch the home button and lift the camera icon from the bottom right to the top to reveal the camera mode
. Or walk your way through you iPhone to switch the camera on
In the camera mode, aim at your subject and
. Focus on the subject, by tapping the subject, a yellow square will appear and the subject will be sharper
. Optimize the light (brighter or darker), aim at the subject and tap it, leave you finger on it and see a little sun appearing. Then slide up and down to brighten or to darken the picture
Photo 4-03-2015 8 46 02 pm Photo 4-03-2015 8 46 28 pm Photo 4-03-2015 8 46 52 pm
Can’t be easier.

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!

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