Sure, looking for the perfect gadget that matches your every need is important. But, you want to know what’s also vital? Finding a bag that will perfectly house all these gizmos and gadgets.
There’s a slew of bag options available these days, but finding one that fits your style — and all your stuff — is especially a challenge for girls. Most of the time, laptop bags just look too sporty for my casual taste. Not that I want something feminine; I just don’t want my pack to scream “I’m-going-to-do-sports!” when I use it every day or when I travel for leisure and event coverage. I’ve long been in search of the perfect neutral bag that can house all my gear and yet be presentable enough in whatever scenario I’m in.
Lo and behold, Solo’s Cameron Rolltop bag has been doing all that for me for the past few months.
From casual to girly, my everyday wardrobe changes on a daily basis. Thankfully, this bag is neutral enough to match those different #OOTDs. I actually love that this bag is a little “manly” as that adds a good contrasting detail to my (sometimes) feminine looks.
There are two pockets up front: the first has card slots inside and the second has pockets for pens and other tiny things, plus a clip that will hold your keys so you never have to fumble around in your bag to find them! The two open side pockets are also pretty useful — one has become the permanent place for my power bank, and the other, a spot for my water bottle. Even with my laptop, an external hard drive, and a slew of cords in the bag, this thing can still fit a change of clothes for the gym.
Yep, it’s pretty spacious! What did I tell you:
I’ve even lugged this thing around on my travels! The padded back features a slit that allows you to attach it to your luggage for effortless carrying. I’ve literally brought this bag around on coverage from country to country and it’s definitely proven its worth.
You don’t even have to worry about ruining the bag; it’s made of waxed canvas that’s supposed to look better with everyday wear and tear. (Yes folks, that aged look is in!) I especially love that the bottom is made from a different (easier to clean) material so I can put it down anywhere without dirtying it. Solo New York also has a five-year guarantee from defects for each purchase.
If you’re looking for a bag that’s stylish, durable, and can fit your laptop, plus all other stuff in between, the Cameron Rolltop bag from Solo New York may be for you.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 accessories for every mood
Take your pick!
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! 😉
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:
Beats Decade Collection is now available in Singapore
A tribute to Beats’ beginnings
Since its launch in 2008, Beats by Dre has grown to become one of the most iconic headphone brands in the world. When you see its red logo, you instantly recognize the brand even if you’re just a casual observer. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Beats releases the Decade Collection.
The existing line of audio devices of Beats joins the collection, namely the Beats Studio 3 Wireless, Beats Solo 3 Wireless, Powerbeats 3 Wireless, Beats X Wireless, and urBeats3. All of these are available in black with red accents, a color combo synonymous with the Beats brand.
Good news is, all of the items in the Beats Decade Collection are now available in Singapore. Here are the prices for each:
- Beats Studio 3 Wireless — SG$ 478
- Beats Solo 3 Wireless — SG$ 398
- Powerbeats 3 Wireless — SG$ 268
- Beats X Wireless — SG$ 198
- urBeats3 — SG$ 138
These models are now available at all Beats authorized dealers across Singapore.
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