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Holiday season just started! My 2018 xmas list.

3 Dec

The turkey day is over, everybody has recovered from the food coma, Black Friday is over, the Xmas tree has been lit at the Rockefeller center … it means that the hunt for the perfect gift has just started!

Here’s my list

1. The weighted blanket aka the Gravity blanket. To fall asleep faster and deeper naturally thanks to the tiny micro beads inside the blanket that will hug your body.

2. I broke my Apple Watch serie 1 and it’s true I was always watching my wrist when I was not watching my iPhone … but I miss it. Need to close the rings, need to know what time it is in Paris and when I have my next appointment … $399 for the Apple Watch serie 4 GPS 40mm.

3. I’m a sneakerhead and I would like a private session with Dexter the Creator to customize my Van’s. Please Dexter? Dexter is one of the creatives of Surgeon Studios founded by Dominic “The Shoe Surgeon” Ciambrone.

4. Winter time calls for comforting food. What comforts me is ramen, and the first ever one star Michelin ramen joint is Tsuta Tokyo in Tokyo! I always wanted to visit Japan …

5. CO and fires claimed too many lifes lately and it’s time to protect your love ones with a detector. I chose the battery-powered Nest Protect ($119) because it combines CO and smoke detection as well as an off site monitoring through the iPhone.

6. Follow your luggage even closer than your airline. No more lost luggage with Airbolt, a Bluetooth TSA-compliant lock which let you track your luggage on your phone (iPhone and Android). Exists in 4 colors, $78,99.

7. To protect my brand new iPhone XR, I would fancy the Rockform Predator ($119). Design, light with a magnet to stick it all over ..

8. The brighten my interiors during the cold, blustery, snowy winter, I need the Pina Colada lamp (flamingo pink, $90) by The Goodnight lamp.

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I don’t want to part!

9 Jul

2018-07-01 18.07.28If you are not a skater, keep reading!!!

When you start skating, you think about wheels, tricks, bearing, bushings, washers and decks …

But … what about all the shoes you will buy because you skateboarding demands passion, hard work, pain and also shoes!

Riding is easy, it’s wearing out the soles.

When you try tricks, the whole shoes is at risk …

  • toes side because of the ollie,
  • toe caps because of the flips,
  • sole because of the grip tape …

basically you can buy a new pair of shoes almost every month without forcing …

OR you give a try to Shoe Goo which will make you shoes last longer … and that’s why it’s also interesting for you who don’t skate and have holes in your shoes!!

I discovered shoe goo when I ripped apart my brand new Vans pro after a few attempts of heel flips … since then I put it everywhere and my shoes last longer!

My keyboard is blue …

9 Apr

I’m back at the office with real colleagues, a desk, a badge, … the whole shebang.

I’m flying light and my weapons of choice are the iPhone, iPad, airPods, a rite in the rain notebook and a space pen.

It was time for me to upgrade to a keyboard … a bluetooth keyboard that I could use to type as fast as light on my iPhone and iPad.

And at the end, there was ONE … the K480 bluetooth keyboard by Logitech.

The K480 allows the connections of up to 3 bluetooth devices.

Let’s unpack the “beast”.

There’s 2 colors to chose from: black or white with a lime trim.

I went for black, it looks more “serious” (don’t want to stress my new colleagues).

The yellow area is intended to be used as a stand for the cell phone or tablet.
I guess it depends on the cover protecting your devices … mines are too thick so I prefer to use it to store my pen or my airPods buds …

The connection between the keyboard and the bluetooth devices couldn’t be easier.

Just keep pushing the bluetooth button and look for the keyboard in the “bluetooth devices” list proposed on your phone and tablet.
You just connected your first device!

Then turn the dial ring to 2 and connect your second device.

You can even connect your computer.
I don’t have one so 2 devices will do.

The keyboard is cool and right now I’m learning its shortcuts … all different depending if you are connected to the phone or tablet and depending on the app you are in … it takes a bit of time to get used to it, but it’s cool.

Switch from one device to another by turning the wheel.

Then the virtual keyboard disappear from the screen of your device and the keyboard is the lead.
You still need your fingers to tap on the screen where you need to start writing.

The autonomy of the keyboard is supposed to last up to 2 years on 2 AA batteries.
There’s a button on the back of the keyboard to switch it on and off.

It’s is worth it’s $29?

Yes, because

1/ it rests my wrists, and gives a break to my thumbs

2/ it’s easy to use and it’s efficient
BUT
3/ it’s made for the office and not on the go (it’s too heavy and there’s no keyboard protection)

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My 2017 xmas list

4 Dec

It’s that period of the year again! Time to dress the Christmas tree, drink dairy free eggnog and make THE list … momma you are on!

  1. I’m into jerky big time! Love the Three Jerks Jerky, Dick Stevens jerky, Chef Cut … but I would like to make my own … I need a dehydrator not a smoker (you don’t get the right temperature). My buds at Fleishers (Fleishers Craft Butchery) advised me to get a Cabela’s dehydrator. Let’s go for the 10-tray Deluxe at $199
  2. I’m moving to NYC next January, at the peak of the winter season and coming from Florida it will be a thermal shock!! To be prepared I need the Shelburne Parka from Canada Goose ($950)
  3. Back at the office with a real desk, colleagues, coffee machine, … I need to stay active and avoid back pain with a stand up desk. The Focal Upright Locus bundle is for me ($1,969)
  4. The Pyramid 25th year anniversary edition, you know the Vans that glows in the dark!
  5. What about a Velosolution pumptrack in the backyard? I don’t have the backyard yet, so meanwhile, I’ll visit the pumtrack in Brooklyn but keep it in mind for later …
  6. What do you need in your gloves box? What’s missing home? The Survival Axe Elite of course! It’s a 30 tools in one which will help you break a windows, hammer a nail, open a can, cut the seat belt in the car … and even a blade … for only $65 (exists in 2 colors army green or black/gold).
  7. With all my urban adventures, I need my beauty sleep. To count faster the sheep, I need the SHEEX LUXURY COPPER™ features ultra-soft PRO+IONIC™ bedsheet. Those are breathable, moisture-wicking sheets to keep me cool, dry and comfortable while I’m sleeping. Cherry on the cake, be aware that the copper releases ions that may decrease oxidants in the body ($209,99 for the queen size).

Wishing you an happy holidays!

Walking on clouds 

2 Dec

… or skating on cushion?

For the past months, I’m trying to do tricks with my brand new skateboard and it hits hard on the feet, ankles and knees …

Watching the videos on YouTube to improve my style, I discovered the FP insoles which promised the almost total absorption of shocks thanks to their smart insole (impact neutralizing artificial cartilage … as they say on the package).

In no time I ordered the KingFoam insoles (7mm thick).
How does it work? The shocks are converted before reaching my body … sounds promising.
I received my smart insoles, inserted in my skate shoes (Vans Old Skool) and off I was to practice my moves (ollies, shuve it, frontside 180, …).
The technology is called arti-lage (artificial cartilage foam) which absorbs up to 90% of impact energy before it reaches the body.

The foam adapts to each step.

The absorption of shocks is far more important than any other insole on the market (check the cool test by Braille benching different insoles).

Do I like it?
YES!! and I wear them everyday. It really change the game and I keep them for walking during the day. The price is reasonable and ranges from $24,95 to $44,99 and I love the design.
PS: it works also if you don’t skate 😉

More infoFP insoles websiteFP insoles Instagram

What are the odds?

2 Nov

I never play any games or lottery as I never win, the odds seem to be against me …
Once upon a time, there was this super cool safety bag I discovered on Kickstarter …

It was called the Loctote bag and was basically a drawstring bag … or so you thought … actually it’s a personal safe. It will safely store your valuable (at home, at the beach, at the hotel, …) and you can be sure that they will wait for you to come back.

So, once upon a time … Loctote organised a contest, I participated and … against all odds, I won!

I just received my Loctote drawstring bag before Christmas and now I’m sharing its uses with you.

First, this bag is made with a very resistant material.
So resistant that you can try to cut it open with your sharpest knife and it won’t leave a scar (watch your fingers though). You can’t also try cut its strings, won’t work. No more slashing!

Second, the Loctote bag comes with 2 grommets. You will secure it tight with a provided 3-number lock, no more unwanted hands in your bag. Then you can tie it to a pole, a chair, … whatever that is heavy and difficult to move. You can rest safely nobody will run away with your Loctote bag.

Third, the Loctote contains an interior pocket which is RFID-blocking. Perfect to store the payement cards and passports. No more picking data.

Fourth, the Loctote is water resistant. Even better.

Away, I use my Loctote bag as a personal safe when I travel as I need to store the valuables l don’t want to carry with me like my passport, bank cards, cash, …. I tie it to some fixed or very heavy furniture in my hotel room and I can have a ride on my skateboard with peace of mind.

At home, I store my social security card, check book, …
Thanks Loctote, it’s a great versatile bag perfect for home and away … and I am an happy winner.

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The art of recovery!

30 Oct
Photo Oct 28, 6 11 25 PM

911-kit

No pain, no gain or the art of recovery!

I’m a wannabe skateboarder and that doesn’t come cheap!

Muscle aches, bruises, road rash and cuts, … you name it, I got it!

Here’s the content of my 911-let’s survive the daily minor injuries!

1. Muscle ache and bruises? Let’s go for the Epsom salt in a hot bath.

Don’t have a bath tub? Just mix the salt with water and apply with on a compress.

2. Bruises? Try the green clay by the Clayers. Apply the clay, like you would spread Nutella on your soft taco and let it dry watching the TV.

3. Road rash? Here comes the green clay again. It works on burns, bugs bites and cuts.

It’s also antibacterial to avoid infection.

You can also use the bag balm on the cuts, road rash or even dry lips.

4. Lumps after a shock? Soak your Dr Cool compression wrap in the water, put in the freezer for 20 minutes and wrap it around the lump. Sizes and colors available!

The KT Tape, for the muscle aches … check their PDF guide depending on where you are hurt to apply the tape appropriately. Keep it 3-7 days. It gives you good support all day long.

5. Also to reduce muscle pain, the compression short from Skins is quite handy.

6. Regarding the shocks in the ankles, knees and hips while trying to land, I trust my PF insoles to reduce the vibrations by 95%!

I hope you won’t need all of this but if you do, you know what to do! Stay safe!

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