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3 reasons why Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II is one of my 2021 must-haves

Add this to your wearable collection!

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The coming year just has to be better than this one. After all, there’s no way to go but up after the shit storm that was 2020. I can’t speak for everything but when it comes to wearable tech, things are already looking pretty good. Literally. The Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II came out last month with new designs and improved features that had fans of the first generation impressed.

Honestly speaking, I’m glad I got to take this one for a spin the past few weeks and I just know that I’ll be using it more often in 2021. Here are some reasons why I could hardly leave home or go one day without wearing them:

It instantly adds flair to any outfit

This year was already difficult as it is. Still, I found myself in the middle of a big move from Berlin to Manila by November. This meant having to live with limited wardrobe options until our shipment arrives. And that would take two months.

We also had to move from a hotel to a temporary flat, and now to more permanent accommodations. Such is the life of people with nomadic careers and I’m not gonna lie — it’s no walk in the park. Especially when it comes to the wardrobe and luggage weight limit dilemma.

Mixing and matching my pieces have always been fun. But I have to admit that it was in having the Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II that added that flair into some of the outfits I have already worn before. It practically goes with anything.

Earrings from @merriambatara, top and shorts from Zara

Even on days when I feel lazy to dress up but need to go and see the outside world, I just add these sunglasses and the whole look is easily elevated.

Pro tip when you’re working with few pieces: Go with basic colors and cuts that make it easier to pair your tops with your available bottoms. Opt for basic pieces.  This gives you the freedom to dress them down to look casual or to accessorize for something more glamorous. Dresses in plain hues also go a long way just by changing your hairstyle, shoes, and jewelry.

Not just for the outdoors

We’ve been spending a lot of time at home lately and that has allowed me to embrace the athleisure trend. While the Huawei x Gentle Monster Eyewear II Myma is classic enough for my usual wardrobe, it can easily be worn with sporty outfits as well.

With bright, tropical sunshine always finding its way into our homes here in Manila, I find myself opting to do my writing by a window to score a tan.

I can listen to music or an audiobook as I do so without bothering my husband when he’s also working from home. Not gonna lie — it did take a while for him to get used to me wearing it around the flat. But it’s a fashion choice that also saves me from the early development of crow’s feet.

I can also connect it to our TV and even to my phone for some music. Lately, I’ve committed to basic barre workouts in the morning. Even tried them once while sporting these sunglasses and it worked out pretty well. It was even quite the lifesaver when the sun decided to go on full blast.

It stays on as the arms are gently hooked behind my ears. It also works well even as I use it as a makeshift headband to push my hair away from my face. As long as the ends of the arms touch the back of your ears, you’ll hear your music just fine.

Top from @onepeloton, leggings from Lululemon

Convenience

It’s especially useful when I’m walking our dog Juancho. It keeps me connected while making sure I have a firm grip on the leash. I can listen to music and even take calls with just a few taps. I can even adjust the volume and change tracks on my Spotify.

We all have days when we prefer to be introverts. Walking around Manila with a mask and this pair is also a surefire way to avoid being recognized by your friends.

When it’s not in use, I pop it in the case and toss it into my tote. It gives me up to 5 hours of playback before I need to charge it again. I can wear it for hours without any discomfort, too.

It’s not a must-have for everyone. Surely, some would say this is pretty much non-essential tech. But for people who value style and convenience, this is a great addition to one’s wearable collection.

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Hot & Straight: Garment steamers to keep your clothes wrinkle-free

For your delicate dresses and suits

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Garment steamer

Not everyone is blessed to have a Samsung Airdresser or LG Styler at home. Both of which are cabinets that clean, deodorize, and straighten your well-loved clothes. Especially for delicate fabrics such as silk and satin, and even the likes of your dresses and suits. For these, we turn to garment streamers.

A clothes iron isn’t generally a bad idea, but there’s a little chance of burning your soft fabric when you use a garment steamer. And it’s perfect for when you’re prepping for an event. Straighten out those sleeves, pleats, and ruffles — and look prim and proper with wrinkle-free clothes.

Xiaomi Zanjia GT-301W

Xiaomi surely makes clean-looking small appliances. The Zanjia GT-301W is a minimalist, lightweight, and portable garment steamer that’s perfect for your white and neat aesthetic.

Garment steamer

You can hold it with just one hand, and despite the small size, it blasts 1200W of powerful steam — effectively removing wrinkles on your clothes.

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Midea Handheld Steam Ironing Machine

Known as a household brand, Midea took it up a notch by producing a portable yet elegant-looking garment steamer. This garment steamer can be folded easily so you can look posh while you take care of your clothes during your travels.

Garment steamer

It also packs so much steam power with steam volume up to 22g/min, making it easier to iron out creases swiftly.

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Philips STH3010/70

Surely a trusted brand, Philips also has a candidate in the steamer category. The STH3010/70 makes for a well-rounded garment steamer — compact, portable, blasts 1000W of steam power and steam volume of up to 20g/min.

But more importantly, it boots up quickly and the steam plate can be safely pressed across all kinds of ironable fabrics — bedsheet and curtains included.

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Dowell CSH-35 Fabricare Lite

Looks may not be its strongest suit, but the Dowell CSH-35 Fabricare Lite puts a strong focus on functionality. It has a large capacity for a travel steamer — sporting a 280ml removable water tank and 1500W of power.

It’s also easy to operate with its single button, it comes with two levels of steam settings, and takes care of your clothes with its three layers of Fabricare technology. Certainly, it removes creases, sanitizes, and refreshes all your fabrics.

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Tefal Access Steam + Handheld Garment Steamer DT8100

Stay wrinkle-free with Tefal’s garment steamer in a short amount of time, thanks to its ultra-fast and efficient setup. It packs 1600W of steam power and releases a steam flow of up to 26g/min.

It’s perfect for last-minute steaming at home and it allows you to move conveniently with its 3 meters cord, so you’re not limited to steaming in one corner.

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Blow & Dry: Handy, stylish hair dryers for easy blowouts

They deserve to be in your home and in your purse

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Every now and then, we’ll need a quick blowout to maintain good hair — whether it’s prepping for an event, a quick touch-up before your Zoom call, or about to run an errand and in a bit of a time crunch.

It’s not every day we’ll need a fabulous blow-dryer that will cost us an arm or leg. Or purchase an expensive one and call it an investment. (Guilty as charged!)

Sometimes, what we need are hair dryers that work. Fast and easy, just the way you’ll like it.

Panasonic EH-NA27 Nanoe Hair Dryer

Carol, GadgetMatch’s Lifestyle Editor, swears by Panasonic’s lineup of Nanoe hair dryers. While her personal choices are a bit chic and ritzy, there are affordable options that certainly do the trick.

The Panasonic EH-Na27 brings in its patented technology, gathering water from the air, and uses it — along with negative ions — to create Nanoe droplets and Double Mineral Ions. It’s the secret to shiny and bouncy hair!

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Mi Ionic Hair Dryer

If you’re looking for an affordable yet good-looking hair dryer, say no more. Xiaomi’s Mi Ionic hair dryer solves all your dilemmas: a portable form factor, minimalist and classy design (especially in that white colorway), high volume, and quick-drying technology.

Since it’s an ionic hairdryer, it’s supposedly safer and better compared to ceramic ones — and it won’t leave your hair smelling burnt.

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Soocas H5/H3s Hair Dryer

Chay, GadgetMatch’s Creative Director, shared how her GadgetMatch in 2018 was not a phone but a hair dryer. Yes, it was a Soocas hair dryer, which recently had a product refresh.

To Chay, the Soocas hairdryer ticks her three main considerations in looking for a hair dryer: price, power, and design. And more importantly, it doesn’t stop working from overheating despite having an affordable price tag.

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Philips Drycare Advanced Hair Dryer HP8233/00

Philips has been around for years, and they certainly produce hair dryers within your reach. The Philips Drycare Advanced hair dryer comes with a professional power as if you have your own hairdresser.

It also comes with multiple temperature settings for less hair damage and a long-lasting look. And more importantly, it sports technology that has an anti-frizz effect to help you achieve that shiny-looking hair.

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Imarflex Hair Dryer HD-2210C

If you prefer it classic and generic like any hair dryers found in your mom’s closet, Imarflex retained that familiar look with its hair dryers. The HD-2210C comes with Ionic haircare system and easy toggle between hot and cold temperature settings.

It makes for the perfect hair dryer for a quick and easy blowout, especially when you’re in a hurry. And it certainly won’t break your wallet.

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The Starbucks x FILA collection is what we need for hot summer vibes

Live life and have fun in a distinct style

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Starbucks x FILA collection

Hold up! Hot girl summer ain’t over yet.

For the first time, Starbucks is collaborating with FILA on an exclusive, co-branded collection of sporty-street-summery style essentials.

Starbucks x FILA: 12 oz Double Wall Ceramic Mug (PhP 1,095), Mesh Bag [Lazada Exclusive] (PhP 1,595)

The Starbucks x FILA collection blends rich brand heritage with classic and modern design. Wearing FILA’s signature white, navy, and red, the collection showcases bold yet timeless designs as seen in the drinkware and lifestyle accessories.

Surely, you’d love to get your hands on these accessories if you’re a fan of timeless yet distinct styles. It’s evident in these tumblers, cups, pouches, and bags!

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Starbucks x FILA collection

Starbucks x FILA: 20 oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle (PhP 1,595), 24 oz Plastic Cold Cup (PhP 895), Pouch (PhP 795)

Starbucks x FILA collection will be available starting July 20, 2021, at select Starbucks stores across the Asia-Pacific region while supplies last. In the Philippines, it will also be available in the Starbucks flagship store on Lazada.

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