Due to the nature of our work, finding a bag that fits everything we usually need and staying stylish seem like an impossible task. On top of all that, durability is of utmost importance.
There are very few brands out there though that are able to strike that balance. One of them is Peak Design, a brand known for professional-grade camera accessories, including bags that can neatly fit a camera or two.
Josh has long been looking for a backpack that’s structured but also sleek enough for him to take anywhere: big events, client meetings, and airports. The Everyday Backpack is a good match, especially since it comes in all black. He also loves that wearing it makes him easily identifiable as a techie. One thing he would have loved though is a little bit more expandability, so he can pack an extra set of clothes during long-haul flights, or a monitor for solo coverage.
As for Chay, she regularly switches between totes from her own bag brand and sturdy, sometimes ugly backpacks depending on the occasion or the destination. A bag like the Everyday Tote can be both and more. While she loves how durable this tote is, a more elegant material and shape would have been a better choice for her style.
Josh: Red alert
I recently got these statement sneakers that Chay did not approve of because I rarely have items in my wardrobe in bold colors. But that’s precisely why I got them — not only do they come in one of my favorite colors, they also go well with anything and everything I wear. They’re the easiest way to change up how I look on the daily.
Chay: Dress it down
This is probably what I look like on a regular work day: with my hair in a messy bun and a pair of slip-on sandals I can easily wear when we have to quickly shoot some clips outside. On longer days I carry a backpack to house my laptop, camera, tripod, and video head that thankfully the Everyday Tote can handle.
Josh: Fly high
I probably spend more time in airports and planes now than I do in my own apartment. There are a few instances where I go from airport straight to a series of meetings that require me to look a bit more put-together than usual. The all-black Everyday Backpack is sleek enough to impress at a meeting and has sufficient compartments to fit some essentials: laptop, camera, cables, extra lens, and the phones I’m reviewing.
Chay: Packed light
I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing jeans regardless of how versatile they are; they’re uncomfortable and they rarely fit my body type well. But it’s forgivable during short flights, especially when I have to pack light. I’d rather be in jeans on the plane than fold them small and tight to fit my bag.
In videos and in real life, I wear the same basic tees that come in different shades of three colors: blue, black, and gray. Thinking of what to wear on a daily basis isn’t something I have a lot of time for.
Chay: Wrap it up
Dresses are always my go-to whenever I feel lazy putting together an outfit. The problem is a lot of my existing dresses border on business casual and are too warm for the tropical weather. I got a few of these wrap dresses recently that have a very summer-y vibe that a pair of white sneakers and heavy duty-looking tote won’t ruin.
PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone
It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!
That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.
Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.
PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.
The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.
On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.
Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.
Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.
But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.
The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.
This titanium strap elevates the way your Apple Watch looks
And doesn’t deplete your savings
Although Nomad is best known for its beautifully crafted Horween Leather accessories, that doesn’t stop the company from trying other things like the Tesla Model 3 wireless charger from six months ago. This time around, the company dabbles in something familiar but still different — its first metal Apple Watch bands.
The new straps come in silver and space gray, and fits the 42mm/44mm models. There’s no word yet on rose gold and gold bands, as well as straps compatible with the smaller 38mm/40mm models.
The company promises the metal bands to be as light as possible, while maintaining that premium feel and durability thanks to the use of high-grade titanium.
The straps come with Nomad’s custom lugs and over twenty titanium links — ten of them removable — that you can customize according to your wrist size, as Nomad is including the link removal tool in the package.
InvisaWear: Great-looking smart jewelry that doubles as a panic button
Protected and in style
Who knew that something this pretty can potentially save your life?
These beautiful pendants are not just accessories. Called InvisaWear, these trinkets also double as panic buttons.
Designed specifically to be discreet, this different type of jewelry is the product of a harrowing experience. Rajia, InvisaWear’s CEO, was leaving an event when she was catcalled by a group of men in a car. As she was walking, the car stopped and one of the catcallers started to get off. Thankfully, Rajia, was able to get to her car and drive off unharmed. But, that incident left a mark on her: She felt completely helpless in the moment. Thus, the idea of an easy-to-reach panic button for everyday wear was born.
All you need to do is install the InvisaWear app, choose up to five emergency contacts, pair your jewelry to your phone via Bluetooth, and you’re all set.
With a quick double-click on the back of the charm, this accessory will send an SOS message to five contacts which will include your GPS location. You can even enable 911 functionalities that will automatically connect your emergency contacts to 911, who’ll then be able to view your location.
The best part is that you can wear this every day without ruining your #OOTDs or tarnishing. These dainty and useful charms are made with brass and are plated with either 14K gold or rhodium with cubic zirconia.
Check them out here.
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