May, 2013

May 13

The Olivia


Face it being a blogger can be quite trying physically. You need all your kit, smartphone, charger (I never home without mine), tablet, laptop and camera so you need a trusty bag that will hold all your tech stuff. However, it can’t be any old bag, a rucksack just won’t do now will a battered holdall. Other brands have come to our rescue such as Knomo and Marshall Bergman and now Jill-e Designs have joined the club of classy tech accessories. They have launched a stylish new collection of leather bags designed specifically for Apple products. There are five bags in the collection which have been created using lush leathers and are available in a variety of chic styles. Whether you have an iPad, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, there is plenty for you to choose from. Interestingly enough, each bag also has its own name.

Emma is a cross-body model, made in blue and black which is perfect for the 11” MacBook Air and iPad. Olivia is made in black and is a perfect fit for your 13” MacBook. You can either carry it over the shoulder, at your side or like a backpack. Veronica is available in black and is a stylish messenger with on-trend accent quilting for the 15” MacBook Pro. Jeremy is a briefcase style with spacious, accessible zippered compartments for the 13” MacBooks and iPad. It is made in black. Bennett has that trendy messenger style that is very fashionable. It comes in brown and black and is perfect for the 15” MacBook Pro.

I was gifted the Olivia by the PR rep and I was pleasantly surprised to see how soft the fabric was. The bags does look very solid and and it has enough room to carry all your cables and accessories. This would be the perfect bag that I would take with me when I am travelling abroad because the intense padding really protects your laptop and I would feel very secure leaving it on the overhead baggage container on the plane. Jill-e Designs started off designing luxury bags in 2007 for photographers who were looking for the perfect bag that could hold their kit safely but also matched their creative style. This their first step into tech bags and tt can be safe to say that they have taken off with a bang.

For more information about Jill-e Designs visit their website.

May 13

Tech at Press Days

Marks and Spencer's press day

Marks and Spencer’s press day

Press days or previews are no longer about showing off your fashion and beauty collections for the up and coming season. These days you need a bit of a novelty in order to get the interest of the journalist or blogger. With several events on most days it is the press day that has the wow factor that will generate the most buzz. Last week Twitter and Instagram was full of images and comments from the Jo Malone launch for their new fragrance, Peony and Blush Suede. When I got there I could see exactly why. It was pure decadence otherwise known as Cologne meets Couture. The room was covered in thousand and thousands of peonies which had been flown in for the stunning installation creating a divine smell. I am still swooning. Brands are now using technology as a way of making an impact. There is the obligatory tweet screen which contains people talking about the brand but an effect that brings out the personality of the brand.

As well as a stunning A/W collection, Marks & Spencer boasted a café and a stacked fridge full of M&S goodies. They also had a tweet screen and a bar with iPads for journalists and bloggers to encourage them to look at the M&S website and stay and work in the cafe area. However it was their use of Twitter that caught my eye.

“The iPads in the cafe were set up in case any guests wanted to tweet, browse the Marks and Spencer website, browse our Style Edit ,” a spokesperson from M&S told me. “We wanted to create a comfortable environment where writers and bloggers could pick up some lunch, grab a coffee, stay and work, post blogs or file copy for their pages. The feedback we got is that press enjoyed seeing their tweets on the screen and were also interested in which pieces were popular with their counterparts at other publications. From an M&S perspective it was great for us to get a real-time feed of the pieces the press loved at our press day.”

At their last press day New Look knocked the ball out of the bag by hosting a Google Hangout in the middle of the event with Muse TV. Now how cool and trendy is that? This season they took things a step further by issuing a ‘like’ scanner to everyone and asked them to scan all the items that took their fancy so they can analyse trends. With summer on its way (fingers crossed) all the beauty brands are talking sun care and Boots are on it. They have numerous products on the market to suit every skin tone and type. At their press day a few weeks ago they were showing off their new app which helped you work out you sunscreen was the best match for your skin. As I am a bit of a divvy with sun cream I found this to be very useful.

May 13


Snap Your Stay Cool Find favorited

Imagine that you are in a different city for a business trip or a lovely day out and you decide to spend the night. This means looking for a hotel. Normally you would go straight to Google but an exciting new app can save you a lot of leg work. HotelTonight is an app that shows you all the great deals on top class hotels in the area that you are currently located in. You are provided with a list of availability as well as the prices including all the hot deals. HotelTonight does all the work for you so you have all the information at your fingertips as opposed to spending time researching and comparing prices. Details on hotel rooms are updated each day at 12pm local time. Making a booking is very simple – it takes less than 10 seconds, just three taps and a swipe from app launch to get you a room. Rooms can be booked until 2 am local time and you can book up to a five-night stay on the app. All hotels are personally vetted by HotelTonight staff, given a style category (like Basic, Hip or Luxe) and illustrated by mobile-optimized hotel photos. Visitors can also leave comments about their stay and upload images while sharing them through Social Media.

Launched in 2011, HotelTonight is the leading last-minute hotel booking app and it is the only hotel booking app that’s made for mobile from the ground up. It is consistently a top travel app in the App Store and Google Play. The app has an average App Store rating of 5 out of 5 stars and 4.4 out of 5 stars in Google Play. It has proved so popular that they have added fifteen new European destinations to its roster. This brings the total reach of the app to 12 countries and 100 destinations worldwide.

HotelTonight is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and on Google Play for any Android device.

May 13

RHA Headphones


The SA950i headphones from RHA is certainly a sleek piece of equipment. Black and sophisticated, it is contains all the ingredients you need to make the perfect set of headphones. The SA950i features 40mm titanium-coated drivers and dynamic neodymium magnets in a compact supra-aural design. The on-ear model may be lightweight but it is very effective as it is engineered to produce studio quality sound. The creators did not lie because the sound from the SA950i is amazing. Excellent bass and wonderful pitching. They are also very comfortable to wear with contour-forming ear cups attached to adjustable chrome sliders as well as a detachable, fabric braided cable with in-line remote. Unlike some other on ear headphones, the SA950i feels great on my head, there is no tugging and adjusting involved and the ear cups feel very soft and almost bouncy. I love the fact that the cable is detachable and that I can adjust the length of the cord.

The impact of the Beats legacy is that on ear headphones are now in vogue as opposed to inside headphones. You no longer look like a looney strolling down the streets listening to your favourite beats. In fact the first thing that comes to mind when I see someone sporting on ear headphones is what brand they are wearing. RHA is a small British audio company who design and engineer high-specaudio products from their Glasgow base. Their products are available in Apple Stores as well as amazon. The SA950’s come with a three year warranty.

For more information about RHA go to their website.

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