The Galaxy Note 9 has just been announced and you’re convinced you need one. You’re definitely getting it once they’re available and you can’t be happier. What now?
Well, time for some phone outfits! Er, you know, phone cases. 😅
Thankfully, Samsung has also released a slew of accessories for their newest flagship. Take your pick!
Flashy and sophisticated
When to use: For days when you’re feeling extra
Samsung’s signature cover has always looked good…
… and now, there’s a Clear View Standing cover for the new Note. It’s so shiny!
You can check notifications on your phone without even opening the cover and control stuff from the side of the case.
In some regions, there’s also a lavender version of this case and it looks as amazing as the rest of these.
By the way, did I mention that these cases also double as stands? Yep, awesome.
A rugged solution
When to use: On hikes, beach trips, or random adventures; or for use when you’re inherently a klutz
Are you all about protecting your phone? Are you just plain clumsy?
This Protective Standing Cover may be for you.
They’ve been tested and given a military rating so this means your precious Note is all protected — believe me, I’ve seen this case smashed in front of my face and it survived. 😅
There’s also a tiny stand, which snaps out easily so it won’t ever break. Perfect for comfortably watching stuff on your phone anytime, anywhere.
Even with the case on, you can still do wireless charging! And, I’m going to say it: Reminiscent of Rimowa luggage solutions, these cases make quite an impression.
Au naturelle with a twist
When to use: On lazy days when you’re keeping it real
This is the Note 9’s “just got out of bed look.”
A barely there case that will make sure your phone is protected.
Simple but detailed
When to use: Everyday office look as part of your power dressing
This good-looking case adds a touch of detail to your wardrobe. It’s all in the texture!
This is Samsung’s LED view cover. Of course, you’ll be able to see notifications through the case.
Not only is it pretty, it’s also pretty functional. There’s a card holder, too.
You can control the phone with shortcuts even without opening the case.
There’s also a violet version available in some regions.
Fun and cutesy
When to use: For everyday gallivanting in the metro; the best accessory for casual #OOTDs
Samsung’s version of the silicone case with a colorful twist — an easy cover that adds protection and character to your phone.
It comes in black, blue, white, and violet.
Classic-looking and comfortable
When to use: You’re feeling timeless
For the leather lovers, Samsung has something for you, too.
Their Leather Wallet Cover is made of genuine Italian calf leather.
It has an inner lining which protects your phone and a useful pocket that keeps cards.
There’s also a red one (in some regions) if you want to sass it up.
Bonus: Since I’m on a roll, I didn’t want to stop at cases. Here are some more Note 9 accessories you might find useful.
Wireless Charging Pad
When to use: You’re living your best life and traveling everywhere
This multi-function charging pad will not only charge your Note 9, it will also power up your Galaxy Watch.
Wireless Charger Duo
When to use: For your everyday life because it’s the most efficient thing
Charge your phone and Galaxy Watch wirelessly, and at the same time!
HDMI to USB-C Cable/Adapter
When to use: You’re doing a presentation at work or Netflix and chilling
No need for docks! Project whatever’s on your Note 9 on a bigger monitor with just a cord.
Enjoy your Note 9! 😉
Travelon: Stylish anti-theft bags that look good with your outfits
Keep your gadgets and gizmos safe on every trip
We’ve all heard the pitch: Travel bags that will protect your valuables, must-haves for any trip that’ll keep your gadgets and documents safe, ultimate strength bags that can’t ever be slashed, and so on…
As a traveler, I care a lot about my stuff’s security. However, I never really bought into the whole travel-safe bag hype for one reason: Most bags I’ve seen which advertised said safety travel features weren’t really good-looking in my eyes. I wanted travel-friendly packs that weren’t only functional, they needed to look good with my travel #OOTDs.
In an almost cosmic coincidence (I say this because I have a bunch of trips lined up), I discovered Travelon.
This brand carries a number of travel bags and lo and behold: I actually liked a lot of the bags on display in their store. This travel bag they sent me home with is one I’m particularly fond of.
The bag comes from Travelon’s tailored collection and comes in five different colors: onyx, sapphire, plumrose, aquamarine, and sable (which we have here). I love how muted this hue is, perfect for more dressed-up looks.
As good as it looks, this bag is also one tough cookie with slash-resistant panels built into it. Just how strong is it? Well, we tried it out and let’s just say shenanigans won’t cut it (literally).
Even its detailed straps are slash-proof so you can be sure they stay on your shoulders.
Unique to Travelon is their locking hardware. Zippers are fitted with clasps that act as an extra precaution. Your bags won’t be opened as easily because of this. You can lock it on either side of the zipper…
… or lock the two handles together.
Inside, your stuff is always organized. You won’t believe the number of pockets this bag has.
There are card compartments, a slot for your passport, even a pen holder, plus another zippered pocket. These compartments also block RFID meaning the information on your passport and credit cards are safe from scammers who will attempt to get your info through a random scan.
There’s even a key holder because there’s nothing more infuriating than having to rummage through your bag for your keys.
All these features packed into an unassuming good-looking bag.
This particular bag is priced at US$ 80 which isn’t bad, most anti-theft bags are priced similarly.
And, if you’re going to spend, might as well spend on something that looks good, right?
This is a notebook that will charge your phone because why not
One good-looking and useful planner!
The good old notebook is being given an update.
If you’re still sentimental about stationery, or if you’re the pen and paper type of gal and you still can’t shake your organizer habits, this folio might be right up your alley.
The Tesmo notebook is a good-looking journal. The outside is bound by a durable leather material, there are slots for your pen, cards, and notes, plus you can easily refill the pages with standard A5-sized paper. What’s so different about this organizer then?
Place your phone on the notebook and you’ll find out. This organizer doubles as a wireless charger. Basically, it will charge any Qi charging-capable device — that means your iPhone X and most Android flagships — without even plugging in the phone.
With an 8000mAh battery capacity stored away in its cover, this notebook also allows simultaneous charging of up to three devices. It’s equipped with all the ports you’ll ever need: micro-USB, USB-C, and Lightning adapter.
It’s the journal that every career woman needs — well, okay, not exactly need. It would be cool, though. And, it’s honestly one profesh-looking planner. It comes in gray, black, and brown (pictured).
Check out their Kickstarter page here.
7 home workouts you don’t need a gym membership for
Stay home, get fit — it’s a win-win
Finding the right gym is tough. Many things factor in: distance, traffic, exercise crowd, costs, exercise specialties, available equipment — my concerns could go on. But, these shouldn’t stop you from exercising! (Girl, they’re not valid reasons to slack off and you know it!)
What if I told you that it’s possible to get a good workout, even in the comfort of your own home? Yep, it’s possible.
Whether it be a lazy day, or just because you’re not into working out in public, here are some moves to get you going. All for a healthier you!
What you’ll need: An interval timer app and the resolve to push yourself to the limit during high intervals
Simply put, High-Intensity Interval Training is a method of working out that calls for intervals of rest and high energy which allow for effective exercise. Don’t believe me? Here’s a quick explanation:
That being said, you can actually design your own work out based on your preferences, so long as you exert enough effort during the high interval period.
Personally, I go for full fifteen minutes of home HIIT sessions with one-minute high-intensity activities and 50-second rest intervals. I usually do a combination of high knees, jumping jacks, and jump squats to get my heart going. Every now and then, I just change it around to keep myself from getting bored. Of course, you can’t expect me to time while I’m exerting so much physical effort, so I always have the Interval Timer app (Android, iOS) and my workout playlist going every time I do this.
Resistance band training
What you’ll need: Resistance bands and the whole world as your playground (or yeah, your house).
Think giant rubber bands you stretch and pull around to get your heart going. You use the bands as resistance for each movement which eliminates the need for weights or big gym machinery. It may sound simple enough but it’s real exercise, I swear!
Of all the workouts I’ve tried, I found resistance bands to be the most convenient. Not only are they cheap and easy to use, you can also bring them anywhere without a fuss (ideal for people who travel a lot, too). You can buy a variety of types and colors online. I got mine off Amazon for around US$ 10 — a legitimately small price to pay for fitness!
If you have no idea how these bands work, I gotchu:
More good news is that most resistant band brands also offer guides and videos. For example, Fit Simply has a curated list of moves you can do here. Another brand, Belus Active (which are bands that come in pink!), has a roster of personal trainers with exercise demos here and their Instagram account is updated with more mini-workouts you can do with their bands.
Speaking of Instagram…
Self-curated Instagram exercise routine
What you’ll need: A lot of random Instagram browsing time and will power to actually do the exercises
So let me tell you something you probably already know: There are a lot of fitness people on IG. That’s actually a great thing! There are so many mini-workout posts and all you need to do is try them.
When mindlessly browsing through Instagram (yes, I know you do this, too), keep an eye out for these mini-workout posts. When you see one you’d like to try, save it in a special “Workout” Instagram folder and just go back to it later on.
It helps to follow certain Fitness IG people. My personal favorites are @shona_vertue, @carlyrowena, @stef_fit, and @kayla_itsines. Following hashtags like #homeexercises or #homeworkout also give you more options.
What you’ll need: Loud speakers on your phone or computer and a lot of dancing attitude
For those who have moves, Zumba is the way to go. This fitness routine burns a lot of calories without you even noticing. A combination of aerobics and Latin dance, this is definitely a fun way to get your blood pumping without even realizing you’re putting in effort to exercise.
Zumba itself has a number of routines online that you can learn. Time to get dancing!
Exercise app workout
What you’ll need: Chosen exercise app and the patience to find the workout sessions you want to try
These days, there are a number of great apps that can guide you through different workouts. From variation HIIT exercises and body weight exercises to weight training, there’s an app for that! My favorite one remains to be Nike+ Training Club. It not only gives a number of different exercise sets for varying fitness levels, it also walks you through each routine. Workouts are classified by specific fitness goals to make it easier for you to find your routine of preference.
Wearables’ built-in workouts
What you’ll need: A snazzy fitness wearable that has this function
These days, even sports watches have full exercise programs built in, and all you need to do is wear the thing, start the program, and do what it tells you.
Even if you’re clueless, these wearables will show you how to do each movement on their tiny screens; some would even vibrate to signal the end of an exercise. It’s literally a training coach on your wrist! Watches like the Samsung Gear Sport, Fitbit Ionic, and Fitbit Versa are equipped with this function.
What you’ll need: A yoga mat, yoga pants, and YouTube
Aside from being meditative, Yoga is a great workout for those who prefer something more calming and less high energy. Not only does it improve muscle strength, flexibility (which is great for people with scoliosis, like me), and balance, it’s even proven to decrease stress.
There are tons of videos online that walk you through a session; all you really need is to follow along. Here’s one for newbies like me:
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