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Emilio Estefan and Monster Release Sound Machine Headphones

Emilio Estefan and Monster Release Sound Machine Headphones

I have a distinct knack for taking the longest possible amount of time to take between two points. Take my voyage to Fox Cities, Wisconsin this morning, for example. The flight itself is under 2 hours, a pretty similar route as one may take to get from NYC to Chicago. However, factor in last night’s thunder storms (and the ensuing delays), and the LGA backlash this morning was nothing short of epic. My 10:20 am flight ended up boarding closer to 12:30, and by the time we had completed our runway queue (on both ends of the voyage), I found myself arriving in my hotel at nearly 3:45 (a half hour to collect myself before my first activity). Under many a circumstance, this would be me moaning and groaning right now about the epic waste of time the day was, but...

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Who is your favorite zombie princess?

Who is your favorite zombie princess?

Well sifting through my email this morning, I came across information on WowWee’s new zombie princess collection — and despite being 30+ — knew I had to have them all. Especially since – and tell me if I’m crazy, I sort of look like Zombie Cinderella! WowWee is actually zombify-ing princesses from loads of popular fairy tales  in their The Once Upon a Zombie collection, including Zombie Little Mermaid, Zombie Belle, Zombie Rapunzel, Zombie Sleeping Beauty, Zombie Cinderella and Zombie Snow White. The fully articulated zombie dolls will include crystal eyes and rooted hair AND come with a doll stand and comb. So awesome. The Zombie Princesses will cost $19.99 each and will be available this fall. More info...

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I challenged myself to 24 hours off the Internet (and survived!)

I challenged myself to 24 hours off the Internet (and survived!)

After weeks of writing and tweeting about my desire to find a greater zen and a higher sense of purpose, I wondered if the first potential step was A BREAK. I’m desperately terrible at unplugging — I’ve ruined multiple trips for friends because of it. Picture 2010, when I take a close friend of mine as my date on a 8-day Caribbean cruise press trip. She has a traditional 9-5 office job, and took a week’s vacation – and planned to be on vacation. I, however, brought my computer, BlackBerry, and spent more ship credit that week on data than alcohol (that’s saying a lot) – at one point, as we were sitting poolside, she lamented about the calories in her pina colada. “Don’t worry about it! We’re on...

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In honor of (almost) Valentine’s Day: A Love Story + Giveaway (Sony Xperia TL!)

In honor of (almost) Valentine’s Day: A Love Story + Giveaway (Sony Xperia TL!)

Oh, love. Sometimes I love the idea of love, sometime I hate it — but it usually is dominating everything I do. The last decade has brought about many new technologies that have changed the way we listen to music, read a book and even how we meet new people. Back in the day, people would strike up a conversation by commenting on the book you were reading or discuss an interesting article in the newspaper, nowadays people are intrigued by your new smartphone or tablet. Case in point, Duane and Hope had worked in the same building for two years, but finally broke the ice when she asked him about his Sony cell phone. They started dating and are now happily engaged, thanks to that  phone! In honor of Valentine’s Day and the nearly 100 million people that...

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Valentine’s countdown: The gifts your man really wants

Valentine’s countdown: The gifts your man really wants

A lot of people see Valentine’s as a reason to feel badly about their relationship status (same goes for New Year’s Eve, actually) – but I look at it as a way of celebrating love. That’s all kinds of love – for a special mate in your life, but also for your best friends, your family, your puppies, everyone. And what’s to hate about a holiday about love? Love is my favorite thing! But if you do have a special guy in your life, you may just be looking for the ideal gift — check out my Valentine’s Gift Guide for the special man in your life. It’s my latest for...

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The best snowy day surprise ever? Meet my new Dell XPS 10!

The best snowy day surprise ever? Meet my new Dell XPS 10!

Every so often — in a midst of a woe-is-me-I’m-cold-and-it’s-nasty-and-I-hate-my-hair day, something pretty great will happen. It’ll be good enough you’ll sorta kinda forget that there’s a blizzard out the window and you just may be taking your life in your hands getting home. You still want to stick around just a WEE bit longer, because, well,  here is so much better than out there – and here is currently sort of great. Yesterday, it was by all accounts rather ugly out — after a very long, wet day, my last stop before heading home to Brooklyn was the Dell Lounge at the Empire Hotel. Throughout New York Fashion Week, there’ll be an array of suites for media to relax and recharge their devices — and...

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Giveaway: 90-day MoviePass subscription (that’s unlimited movie access, any movie!)

Giveaway:  90-day MoviePass subscription (that’s unlimited movie access, any movie!)

We’ve barely picked up all the wrapping paper from Christmas, and I’m already working on Valentine’s Day gift roundups (and so is life in the belly of the beast…whatever that means) – one of the items that I’m going to be including in my LovingYou roundup and had to share here because it’s SO awesome a gift for the guy in your life is a MoviePass membership — actually, it’s  the PERFECT Valentine’s Day gift for anyone who loves going to see the movies. Here’s how it works: You just hit up www.moviepass.com/gifts to select the option of your choosing. The gift recipient will need a smartphone and then they can use your MoviePass at any theater nationwide that accepts major credit cards. Once you...

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Do you have a pink gadget-loving girl on your gifting list?

Do you have a pink gadget-loving girl on your gifting list?

Well, they’d probably get along rather well with me! But other than that, you may want to check out my latest StyleUnited post,  5 Fashionable Gadget Gifts for the Holidays!

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Giveaway: Samsung Galaxy Express from AT&T

Giveaway:  Samsung Galaxy Express from AT&T

Know someone who wants to get onto the tech bandwagon, but maybe isn’t quite ready to make the leap to an iPhone? Throughout December, I’m trying to embrace 30 days of giving by having as many really fun  gift-idea giveaways as possible and what’s better than a new gadget? If you have a friend or relative who is new to the world of smart phones, a great transitional piece to surprise them this holiday season may be Samsung Galaxy Express from AT&T. The Galaxy Express a good entry level smartphone — it’s easy to use, on a clear 4.5 inch super AMOLED Plus screen, plus it uses AT&T’s lightning fast 4G LTE for easy and quick uploads to social networks and has tons of great features. Plus, one of my fave gift-friendly aspects...

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Giveaway: Win an iPad Mini (or a $329 Apple Gift Card – Your Choice!)

Giveaway: Win an iPad Mini (or a $329 Apple Gift Card – Your Choice!)

Despite living my life in the realm of social media — I’ve never been so great at making videos. Blame it on my previous lack of iPhone prowess, but I spent way too many “recording sessions” sitting in front of my MacBook, on my bed, speaking into my webcam. Thank God for options, and when Givit (www.givit.com) emailed me about their free app offering a much easier way — I thanked the universe and heavens above. This app lets users create personal video highlight reels on iPhone by  tapping-to-clip the best of live or recorded video, choosing effects and add music, and then sharing the finished video on Facebook, YouTube or via email. It captures clips live as they are shot, removing the need for later editing and making video...

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