One of the perks of being a Style Coalition blogger is that I occasionally get to try new products, such as getting to try out the new DROID RAZR by Motorola in purple for a week or so. For starters (after I squealed about the deep purple color — fashionable without being too girly!), I couldn’t believe how thin it was — my own beloved Android looks incredibly old by comparison! The other thing that immediately jumped out to me was how clear and crisp the screen was, and how easy it was to type. (By comparison: my own phone’s native keyboard inexplicably has the “English to Spanish” key right next to the spacebar, much to my annoyance — I was constantly accidentally switching to Spanish while texting someone. And as much as I want to like the Swype technology, it’s ultimately just way too inaccurate, so I’ve recently started using the SwiftKey X app with my Android.) The Razr has something much closer to the iPhone keyboard, though — big, clear, easy to tell which letter you’ve hit, etc.
So a few months ago, I got to meet the founders of this new site, Hoseanna, and was introduced to what I seriously think is a great idea: letting busy women put some of those fundamental things (the ones you buy again and again) on auto-ship. That way, you don’t have to waste valuable mental space (or that even rarer commodity: free time) over these things — they just magically show up at your door on your schedule.
When the site launched it was just a curated hosiery collection (hence the name, Hoseanna) — but the site recently expanded. They still have legwear (now with more brands, including Berkshire, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Hue, and more). But the new site delves into some of those other little things that women hate to buy (and especially hate to ask their significant others to buy): feminine care like pads and tampons, as well as intimate things like condoms and lubricants. They even have a bunch of brands in the “health and beauty” category — you know, the items that even YOU manage to grab the wrong item off the shelf, no matter how much you think you know what you want. Alba, Aveeno, Biore, Blistex, Burt’s Bees, Carmex, ChapStick — you can put it all on auto-ship. I also like that the box includes a monthly surprise treat — and that now, as a bonus, you can earn shopping dollars for future Hoseanna purchases when you refer a friend.
This video explains what they do a bit better (and a bit more amusingly) than I do…
Don’t forget that we’re currently running a giveaway with the service — click here to enter to win a $50 shopping credit to try out Hoseanna!
I’ve long been a fan of the fashion of Mad Men (see my 360 Review of first-season character Rachel Menken) and so I was super excited when I heard about the Mad Men/Banana Republic collaboration coming out. Well, ladies, the wait is over — the collection hit North American stores on August 11. There are so many pieces that are great for work — the perfectly spiked pumps, the collections of pearls, and the clothes, my God, the clothes.
Personally I’ve been craving the blue begonia print dress for work — love the fuller skirt with the more fitted top! — as well as the lace tipped dresses (the gray is particularly nice, I think). The cardigan sweaters and tie neck tops are classics, and I’m loving the ever-present bracelet sleeves, which make me want to start wearing elbow-length gloves, stat. [Read more...]
So yesterday, I went to the LensCrafters on 45th and 5th Avenue and had a lovely experience. First, I saw an optician, who took my latest prescription. She had a few fun new tricks up her sleeve, including a way of seeing my eyeball without dilating my eye.* She actually showed it to me on the screen to show me healthy blood vessels and nerves (I didn’t think to take a picture of it — it looked kind of pretty, though, a bit like the Aurora Borealis or something). All in all the fitting went by really quickly. [Read more...]
So even though I normally wear contacts for photos/videos I take for the blog, the truth of the matter is that I’m in glasses a lot of the time. This is, in part, due to some complications I had with my eyes a few years ago (which we really should talk about on the blog some day; I would never want anyone else to go through what I did!) — I basically went from wearing contacts about 80% of the time to now wearing glasses about 80% of the time. I have so many pairs of glasses I view them as accessories! [Read more...]