Astro is the world’s only true “pure audio” portable speaker. While all other portable speakers digitally change the song to fit the speaker, the team behind Astro has changed the speaker to fit the song. Astro uses hardware instead of software to control volume distortion, so that you can enjoy your favorite music in its purest form. With Astro, there was no need to overcomplicate the design; it’s all about producing the best sounds you’ll ever hear with a beautiful, minimalist approach.
Astro only comes with an “On/Off” button because that’s all you’ll need. You control everything from volume to song selection through your devices anything that has Bluetooth is compatible with Astro! Android phones, iPhones, tablets or computers if it has Bluetooth, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the sound and the system.
- On/Off button
- Works with Android phones, iPhones, tablets, computers or any device with Bluetooth
- Listen to Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, YouTube, iHeartRadio and much more
- Up to 16 hours of play time on single battery charge, and it only takes 2.5 hours to fully charge
- Get up to 66 feet of wireless range
- Includes loop for carrying or hanging
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Astro is as simple as it looks. Each speaker comes with a charging and auxiliary cord because that’s all you’ll need!
You can either use the auxiliary cord to play your music or just push the button on top to turn it on and connect it with your devices’ Bluetooth. That’s all there is to it!
Shooz is the World’s First Modular-tech Travel Shoe, developed with an innovative patented design and the highest quality materials to create a customizable, zippable shoe that’s perfect for traveling. Choose the desired sole to go with the Shooz skin of choice and use the ergonomic, custom zipper to create shoes unique to your readers for any occasion. Skins take less space than a t-shirts and can be packed flat to fit in any bag making Shooz the perfect travel shoe.
Ideal also for the urban explorers, your readers head to work with a classic pair of wingtips, change into running shoes for an afternoon jog and then slip into a pair of moccasins for a casual night out. With Shooz, we’ve refined all of these shoes and turned them into one stylish, interchangeable design.
Edoardo lannuzzi, founder and designer of Shooz explains the concept “I’m a designer and I consult clients all over the world mainly for fashion products and branding. I travel very frequently and only with hand-luggage and I like to be always stylish and ready for business meetings but also for sport and leisure, which is why I created Shooz. I’ll wear a pair at my feet and bring my Shooz skins flat in my suitcase with each of them taking the space of a t-shirt, this way i can be ready for any occasion and yet travel light and compact.”
As far as development goes, no detail has gone unnoticed, each pair is made in Italy with top-of-the-line, quality materials including Italian leather, bio- cotton, an anti-shock sole and an Aquaguard waterproof zipper that protects the interior of the shoe from water and humidity.
Launched through a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter which raised $106k in November 2015, Shooz is now looking forward to the opening of its e-commerce platform at www.shoozmadeinitaly.com.
BOLT is what we call a Wearable. It is fashionable bracelet crafted in genuine leather with different finishes on its clasps such as 18K Gold, Silver or black Rhodium. Once open, BOLT turns into your Apple Lightning cable allowing its User to sync and/or charge any of your Apple mobile devices compatible with the Lightning port.
Now that we established what it is and what BOLT does, it is generally accepted that we created an innovative product;
But BOLT is innovative not because of the nature of the technology; the true origin of its innovation is based on the dissimulation of its technological nature into a fashionable accessory which does not convey or suggest that it is a technological product.
This may sound contradictory but the main reason why BOLT has been so commonly accepted by consumers regardless of their age, gender, culture etc. is because the BOLT bracelets do not create an identity fracture in their everyday lives. To the contrary, BOLT is successful because it fully integrates, if not complement One’s style & fashion sensitivity while offers a solution to a daily need – charging your iPhone!
To understand further why this simple notion is crucial, one need to understand the why behind the fashion industry success. Fashion has a direct impact on Cultures and People’s social representation of themselves. This is the reason why Brands are so successful – the most important has always been the embellishment of One’s confidence and representation in the eyes of Others.
You may hear that brands connect culturally and emotionally with their target demographic; it is because as brands, we do not sell only a product who offers only physical properties, brands sell a lifestyle and therefore a social status.
And People customize their social representation and how they portray themselves in our community by purchasing specific products landing them different social attributes. The most successful brands and products are the ones that were able to create an aspiring lifestyle while creating a product that has either a quality of craftsmanship difficult to replicate and/or an added value to its User.
CHARLES DARIUS™ or BOLT does not have any largely admitted brand equity in the consumer market for the simple reason that we are new in the market scene and have not yet had the opportunity to communicate in mass who we are and what we stand for; so we are not polarizing.
This is the premise of why BOLT is innovative, it was able to offer a solution to a need we all have (iPhone users to not say everyone who has a mobile phone) while being able to compliment it’s Wearer/User social everyday attributes; in other words, BOLT is fashion accessory before being a technological tool, you can wear BOLT without compromising yourself and your style. In another hand if you were to wear Google Glasses, well that’s another story!
I was so inspired by a lot of great musicians when I was young. When I saw them achieving greatness, I was completely motivated to work hard as well. So now when I am in the spotlight, I make use of my influences and bring energy to my fans and “Get Everybody Moving” in finding their passions and chasing after their own dreams.
This is difficult to answer, because there are so many aspects that contribute to my success…including my team who work with me on perfecting a track. But definitely, having the opportunities to learn to play the piano, drums, and guitar over all these years allows a lot more possibilities in my music.
I couldn’t imagine growing up any other way. I’ve been singing and playing music since I was 3 years old, and this is what I live for. Of course I love being an artist and the ability to have a voice that reaches and influences the world. But with fame, there comes a lot of responsibilities. It’s a challenge to learn how to filter out different voices around you and stay focused on improving myself and my career every day.
Get to know yourself better and always remember who you are. Do not try to fulfill everybody’s expectations, always focus on what you are supposed to be doing.
I think my team really helps me stay grounded and stay true to who I really am. My managers were the ones who discovered me, and really know me, so they help me stay humble and remember my roots. Because I am very hands-on with my music and career it’s very hard for someone to compromise my beliefs. Working with such a close-knit team (my second family), who have been with me since day one, keeps things very simple and straight forward. My managers are with me for most of my business meetings as well and we discuss together what deals and partnerships really represent my brand and style.
Just don’t take it personally. There will always be two sides to everything—compliments & criticisms. The only thing you should be focused on is remembering why you are doing what you are doing. I think as long as your ultimate goal is to inspire, make the world a better place, and make beautiful music, there is really nothing to be scared or ashamed of.
Having the chance to finish 73 shows during my X.X.X. Live Tour all over the world has been the best travel experience for me. It just doesn’t feel like work at all, it is more like… your own culture & music has the capability to bring you to different places; this makes me really happy and proud.
The whole experience broadens my horizon. Art and culture from different countries bring in new ideas and inspirations into my life, which is really important when it comes to creating my music. Traveling means exposing myself to new cultures and it empowers me; it gives me energy and makes me more courageous.
My first bucket list item would be meeting penguins at the South Pole. The second would be watching northern lights in Finland; it would definitely be one of the most breath-taking experiences. Thirdly, I will definitely make sure that when I revisit Iceland, I will go with a diving license. Getting close to the nature and all these natural creations always makes me realize how big and amazing the world is and how small and irrelevant my problems are.
Only invest your time and your effort in things that are making the world a better place.
‘Je ne sais quoi’ is a pleasant, indescribable quality that cannot be created; you either have it, or you don’t. As a savvy but witty business mogul, television personality, creator and innovator, Draya Michele has a certain je ne sais quoi about her and has become the buzz about town we simply can’t get enough of. The self-made millionaire has created an empire like no other. From her widely publicized role on VH1’s hit show Basketball Wives to the launch of her swimwear line Mint Swim, an upscale fashion brand, to her endless philanthropic efforts with Headbands of Hope and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She has been volunteering her time at CHLA to play with the kids and pass out headbands. Headbands of Hope was founded in April 2012 and for every headband purchased, one is given to a girl/boy with cancer and $1 is donated to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. Draya has surpassed the limited stint of an ordinary reality star by effectively using her platform to create a lifestyle marked by success.
RAINE: You are a self-made millionaire. At what age did you make your first million and what was the golden ticket to your success?
MICHELE: I made my first million at 29 years old. The golden ticket to my success was the way in which I used social media to post my collection online for people to see.
RAINE: As a millionaire entrepreneur, what are the top three lessons you have learned about managing your money?
MICHELE: In the past, I used to be an impulse shopper, but now I like to take my time to shop around for the best deals. I have also learned not to loan out money with the expectation that I will get it back, because 90% of the time you don’t get it back. Lastly, I feel like it is so important to save for your retirement.
RAINE: When it comes to surrounding yourself with people that will help you grow your business and money; what team members should every entrepreneur have?
MICHELE: You have to surround yourself with people that are supportive and opinionated so that you aren’t wasting time and money putting out the wrong product. Also, it helps to have a great accountant and business manager to help advise you on your business.
RAINE: What was an event that seemed like a major obstacle at the time that you were able to overcome?
MICHELE: As a fashion industry outsider, people found it difficult to take me seriously. After two years of persevering as a designer, people started to take notice.
RAINE: What are three things that you do not leave home without when traveling?
- Chap stick
- Eye Mask
- IPhone charger
RAINE: What inspires you most as an entrepreneur?
MICHELE: I am most inspired by the finance and business aspect; money will get you up and motivated in the morning. Also, I am inspired by social media and seeing what is going on in the world; trends and checking everyone out.
RAINE: You love sharing your knowledge with other young business owners. Can you explain why?
MICHELE: It is important to share what I learned because I learned the hard way. I wasted so much time and made so many mistakes. I just think that it is important to return the favor and help young girls and show them the way to gain success.
RAINE: What’s one piece of advice that someone has shared with you that has contributed to your success?
MICHELE: Someone told me that if you are not ready or do not have the resources that it is ok to help someone do theirs in the meantime. I think it’s alright to help someone else get their life together, so when it’s your time, you will be ready.
RAINE: What is your ultimate financial goal?
MICHELE: I would like to set up a retirement that is big enough so that I can live the same lifestyle as I am currently living. Also, I want the company to grow into something big enough to pass on to my children, as well as introduce them to the business while they are still young.
Keiynan Lonsdale is having quite the year and has been involved with several hot projects, some of which have been released within the last year, and others that will be released in early 2016. Lonsdale landed the role of Uriah in the Divergent film trilogy, where he played opposite Shailene Woodley as a fellow ‘divergent’. He will be returning this March as the same character in the newest installment of the series, Allegiant.
This up-and-coming star can also be seen on the CW hit show The Flash, where he plays the iconic DC Comics character Wally West. When he’s not acting on television or the big screen, Lonsdale can be found working on his music. While growing up in Australia and listening to Michael Jackson (like the rest of us), Lonsdale kindled a passion for music and recently released his first EP album HIGHER Vol. 1.
For several years he worked with MTV News, attending and hosting music festivals and interviewing such musical artists as Disclosure and Miguel. In between juggling his professional life in the film/TV and music industries, Lonsdale stays active with local dance classes and hanging out at the beach with his friends. It is clear that Keiynan Lonsdale is a busy man on the rise who comes armed with a fully loaded, well rounded resume.
RAINE: Was there a time that you questioned your decision to become a creative entrepreneur?
LONSDALE: When I was twenty, I was really struggling with it all. This was about one-and-a-half years before Insurgent. I was working all the time and then one day my mind just stopped and I couldn’t see myself going beyond where I was; I felt very lost. At a point I really started to question myself, asking “Wait – is this possible and am I good enough and if I am, how the hell am I going to get there?” I was dropped by my old managers in LA and Sydney, which added to the self doubt.
RAINE: What are some of the things you have learned over time that have helped you attain success?
LONSDALE: My mum always taught me to write out lists and write out my thoughts, so I would write out my money plans for the next few months; what money I was getting in from what job and what I was spending each week. I knew what I could spend and to make a plan and have it there. Doing that, you will really know what you can achieve financially and how you can change that. You need to write everything down and be aware of how much you are spending.
RAINE: How did you put together the right team to help manage your money?
LONSDALE: It came from years of meeting new people and having teams that just didn’t work out, including managers. It took all of those experiences to recognize who could genuinely represent me, and then trust those people I gave financial control to. It occurred organically. I didn’t rush into building a massive team right away. It started in Australia, then extended to management in LA, then later to a few agents and now a business manager to help me to be smart with the financial side of things. I didn’t study business so I had to learn the right questions to ask. It takes everyone being on the right page and communication is key.
RAINE: Any travel hacks that improved your experience?
LONSDALE: I feel like I haven’t traveled enough. I have been fortunate to live in different cities due to work. Make sure that wherever you are, you make it feel like home, unless you want an escape; do the opposite.
RAINE: Tell me about Flash. What went through your head when you finally knew you got the role?
LONSDALE: After I knew it was 100%, I ran around the house. I feel that it doesn’t matter how many good things people say to you; If you don’t have the job, you don’t have the job. I was just super excited. I was able to become a part of the DC Comic World, to play a superhero. To play a superhero is what every kid, and maybe every adult, wants; to have super powers. Inside Tip:
In terms of my character, you will see a lot more of Wally doing his own thing outside of the West family, and how that affects the West family.
RAINE: Any words of Wisdom to share?
LONSDALE: Remind yourself constantly why you want to be doing this. What do you love most about this? If you are not inspired, you will not move forward and be motivated to get things done. Find your inspiration and make it count.
As a booming metropolis in the heart of the South, Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, and home to SCAD FASH, the largest museum dedicated to fashion in the United States. Atlanta has a similar feel to other Southern cities such as Charlotte, NC and Houston,
TX, however, it is infinitely more eccentric. At the heart of it all is a flourishing arts scene and near limitless opportunities for growth for entrepreneurs throughout the city.
While there is plenty to enjoy if you are a history and/or architecture enthusiast, Atlanta is equally endowed with a vibrant nightlife and a culturally diverse environment filled with world-class museums, parks, fine dining, and shopping to create a city with Southern charm and sophistication. Apart from the fantastic cuisine you can find on every corner in Atlanta, you can also view a plethora of art and other exhibits. SCAD FASH is one of the best examples of the interesting entertainment the city has to offer. With nearly 10,000 square feet at its disposal, SCAD FASH delivers mind-expanding, beautiful works of art made by SCAD students to the public. SCAD FASH embraces and celebrates the craft and importance of fashion; a connecting thread knowing no boundaries of language, age or culture.
As Domenico De Sole, chairman of Tom Ford International stated, “SCAD FASH exemplifies the university’s commitment to fashion for both students and professionals.” SCAD FASH is a teaching museum, which provides students of every shape and size the tools and avenues needed to create uniquely inspired individual pieces and bodies of work. The museum is a key contributor to the overall success and intensive program at SCAD, which provides a diverse and year-round program, including over 40 majors and 60 minors from textiles to jewelry design; more than any other art and design university.
Current exhibitions at SCAD FASH include A Fashionable Mind: Photographs by Jonathan Becker and Be Yourself; Everyone Else is Already Taken by London-based artist Daniel Lismore. Recent past exhibits include an Oscar de la Renta exhibit, shown this past fall. SCAD FASH is a significant global player, using worldwide connections with contemporary designers, filmmakers and other creative professionals to fortify the university, its students and the city of Atlanta.
Oscar de la Renta: Tulle and silk taffeta robe de style Fall/Winter 2012. SCAD Museum of Art Permanent Collection. Gift of Oscar de la Renta
Thinking about taking a cruise?
If so, read on to discover the best cruise ships for the discerning cruise traveler. If not, it’s definitely something that should be on one’s bucket list. If the right ship is chosen, royal treatment awaits. Cruises serve the busy person perfectly. It allows for little pre-planning but returns ultimate pampering, unforgettable experiences, inspiring destinations, and limitless activities. From butler service to rock climbing onboard, there’s something for every style of cruiser. If you want more than standard buffets and karaoke nights, then look for your ultra luxury liners when booking your next ship.
Cruise Compete, one the most notable cruise review resources, has gathered the top ten ships from the ultra luxury sector. For those judicious cruisers who select and critique this sector, even those ships have variable rankings. The reviews are from thousands of travelers, who provide insight into cruise lines, ships, amenities, service, dining and the destinations they visit.
More details can be found on Cruisecompete.com.
|1. Crystal Cruises||Crystal Serenity||4.89|
|2. Regent Seven Seas Cruises||Seven Seas Voyager||4.83|
|3. Paul Gauguin||MS Paul Gauguin||4.81|
|4. Regent Seven Seas Cruises||Seven Seas Mariner||4.78|
|5. Regent Seven Seas Cruises||Seven Seas Navigator||4.75|
|6. SeaDream Yacht Club||SeaDream I||4.72|
|7. Seabourn||Seabourn Spirit||4.62|
|8. Silversea Cruises||Silver Shadow||4.57|
|9. Crystal Cruises||Crystal Symphony||4.56|
|10. Seabourn||Seabourn Sojourn||4.56|