Review: The Vader Mission Belt

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As far as accessories go, the belt is one that you would probably find in every man’s closet. It may be something that is not worn every day, but at some time you will need that finished look that can only be accomplished with the right belt.

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You may think that all belts are the same, but there is one that has features that set it apart from the rest. The innovative design of the Mission Belt, developed by Nate Holzapfel in Provo, Utah, is set to take the belt world by storm.  The revolutionary quality of these belts is that it has no holes, which avoids the cracked leather and stretched holes from normal wear and tear of other belts.

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Despite not having fastening holes, the Mission Belt is totally adjustable with a customized fit of ¼ inch increments – it will fit you before and after Thanksgiving dinner. The belt’s closure system is based on ratchet action and it has a release for quick removal that gives the piece a cool mechanical feel. The Mission Belt also offers a selection of interchangeable belt buckles, so you can change the look without getting another belt.

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The particular piece I got to try out is the Mission Belt Vader. It is a classic-looking black belt with a sleek metallic buckle rocking a delicious black acrylic finish. The leather is 1.25 inch wide and has a synthetic coating for the buckle to slide over without fail. It is a totally customizable fit and comes in S-XL. The Vader is fantastically priced at $34.95 and you can feel good that the company is dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger around the world.

I highly recommend the Vader for the man pursuing some innovation in his accessorizing efforts!

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Review: Live Ultimate Camucomplex Radiant Skin Fruitscription Crème

For any woman who is beyond her 20’s, the subject of aging skin becomes a reality. Some women are looking to avoid the signs of aging, while others are looking to minimize and possibly reverse any damage that has been done to their skin over the years with sun exposure, free-radicals from environmental pollution, or just not having taken a preventative approach to skin care.

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For finding the fountain of youth in a jar, there are certain ingredients that you should be looking for. The Live Ultimate Camucomplex has an impressive list like powerful anti-oxidants of the super fruit Camu Camu, Acai, Pomegranate, Mangosteen, and Noni. It is a fact that Vitamin C is a very important ingredient when it comes to promoting cell renewal and maintaining healthy, resilient skin. Even Dr. Oz sings the praises of “C” as an essential vitamin in skincare that increases collagen production, which in time can counteract the formation of wrinkles. Also, this particular vitamin has the ability to fade age spots and repair sun damage that has occurred over the years. Studies have found that topical application of Vitamin C is more effective on skin than taking it orally.

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The next quality that you would want in an anti-aging skincare cream is hydration. Hydrated skin is younger looking and healthier skin. For example, the difference between a plump grape and its counterpart, the raisin, is hydration. The Live Ultimate Camucomplex Fruitscription Crème has many ingredients that contribute to hydrating the skin. Aloe has the ability to hydrate the skin, but also to absorb quickly without leaving any greasiness. The Shea butter that is in this product contains the essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and C that nourishes the skin. Vitamin E also has the characteristics of protecting the skin from environmental pollution and an anti-inflammatory action that prevents premature aging, just as the green tea extract does.

Brighter, hydrated, and protected skin equals younger looking skin. Some products can be outrageously expensive, but The Live Ultimate Camucomplex provides an all natural solution for only $39.95.

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Key Accessories Can Be Chic!

When thinking about accessories, key chains don’t normally come to mind, but they are an important part of everyday life.  We use keys for just about everything and as time goes by, we seem to accumulate more keys each year.

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One innovative way to keep your keys organized is with the KeySmart.  It is a patent pending design that seems to be using a similar design to the jack knife/ multi-tool, but specifically for keys.  The keys are attached to either end of the holder and have the ability to flip out and back, keeping the holder’s slim shape that would easily slide into any pocket or purse.  Specifically, the KeySmart 2.0 model comes in the bright color selections of blue, orange, green, and purple, but also in neutrals like black, slate, and titanium.

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The KeySmart is crafted of aircraft aluminum and stainless for durability with the ability to expand for more than four keys.  And at a mere $19.98, it is organization plus economy! I suspect I’ll be using my blue one for a while to come.

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The next key accessory is by J.W. Hulme and is constructed of 100% rich brown leather with brass hardware.  It has a “dog leash” style finding on one end and the key ring on the other.  The ingenious part is the loop that it forms, which allows it to be snapped onto a larger object that may be too big for the other closure.  For $38 at East Dane, it would be a great gift for those looking for a bit of luxury.

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Lastly, the Lobster Claw Key Fob by Jack Spade is a simple but effective design.  Available in a nickel or brass finish, both key chains have a substantial lobster claw clasp that is opposite the key ring, which can easily hook onto pant-loops or a backpack. I chose this style for my teenager after they “misplaced” the only set of keys to the car and I had to have it towed home. This fob is better for heavy-duty key grouping while the KeySmart definitely reigns for streetwear use.

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4 Ways ASAP54 is Changing the Way Women Shop Online

Commerce is changing rapidly and responsiveness is the new trend. People don’t just buy because advertisements tell them what the new trend entails – social platforms have provided a new era of organic, word-of-mouth marketing. Ecommerce has exploded in the last 10 years, providing opportunities in entrepreneurship with low start-up costs via ecommerce platforms.  If you have something to sell, whether it is software, information products, or even fashion, there is an ecommerce platform that can turn goods into cash.

A new mobile application has emerged as the first ever to provide fashion and social trend setting functionality to the consumer on the go. ASAP54 is a new mobile application that combines the social fashion community with the latest in visual recognition technology, allowing women to hunt down and share fashions instantaneously. This powerful application is revolutionary in many ways, but mostly provides an amazing experience for fashion enthusiasts and new comers alike.

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Inspiration – Pinterest was the pioneer in visually appealing inspiration for individuals across the globe. For ASAP54, think Pinterest specifically for the fashion industry, with a little social love on the side. Women are not just shopping anymore for fashions set forth by clothing brands across the world – they are living the experience of trend-setting ideas. Inspiration for fashion creates real-time, current clothing trends that allow women all over the world to express themselves through style and have fun with friends while doing it. Sometimes words are not enough and a picture is worth a thousand of them – ASAP54 solves this problem with flying colors. If you’re still not inspired through social interactions with friends, there’s no reason to sweat – ASAP54 offers a unique team of in-house stylists that will cater to your every desire.

Point-of-Sale Buying Opportunities – When women shop for fashion it can be a lengthy process where emotions are high and credit cards are out – they want to buy but don’t have a safe, secure opportunity to do so online. Does this fit me? Will I truly get what I want? How does this look on me? All of these questions are answered with ASAP54, where women are able to customize their fashion purchases and safely commit to the transaction with the help of professional, in-house stylists doing the heavy lifting for them. The experience is personalized and customer service is amazing.

Mobile Consultation – Whenever you wanted advice on fashion in the past, you needed to go to a department store or specialty clothing store to ask a sales associate about different fashion trends and how you look in them. Well, not with ASAP54 – you’re able to ask friends, find styles that work for you, and consult with professionals free of charge. The entire shopping experience is brought to your fingertips, on the go, and with the click of a button. Talk about convenience with a personal touch.

Top of the Line Technology – Before ASAP54, women shopped while looking at still JPEGS on a crowded site, full of choices but lacking design elements. These sites like Amazon and eBay, although effective in simple purchases, don’t provide women with the mobile shopping experience that they deserve. ASAP54 provides users with the top visual recognition technology in the industry, allowing women to crop images and find designs from those cropped collections of styles accumulated in their digital closet wish list. The application is free to download and is worth the time to investigate – whether you’re interested in the next big trend or just interested in finding a style that matches your personality. The app is available at www.asap54.com and contact information is also available for women interested in the next big thing.

Matthew Hall has worked in eCommerce for years, and now shares what he has learned through his writing. For businesses looking to get ahead, he highly recommends adopting a solid electronic shopping platform, and rather than building one from scratch he recommends visiting www.fastspring.com.

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Men’s Fashion Review – Oakley Holbrook Matte Black Sunglasses

When talking about eyewear, Oakley is one of the very familiar names in the industry. The company was started by a man named James Jannard in 1975, out of his own garage. He started out selling his equipment designs to the motor-cross community, then, he expanded his sport-oriented items to the ski slopes.

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One of Oakley’s current sunglass styles is the Oakley Holbrook Matte Black Sunglasses. This particular style was developed by the merge of ideas from snowboarding superstar Shaun White and the creative directors of Oakley. And boy are they snow-cool!

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The Oakley Holbrook sunglasses are a nod to the vintage styling of the original Oakley Frogskins, but they are the cooler cousin. The 1950’s/1960’s squared-off frame is flattering to most face shapes and is constructed of a stress-resistant material with lightweight “Plutonite” lenses, which filter the maximum amount of UV rays from the sun. The “black on black” is a classic look, but the Oakley Holbrook also comes with other lens colors like purple, orange, blue, green, and red for those who like the brighter fashion colors. My favorite aspect of these shades is the tiny silver details in the corners of the rims and near the hinges.

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As for the pricing, the price tag of 95 Euros at www.sunglasses-shop.co.uk is equal to about $129 USD, so it is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to the Oakley brand name. From a fashion stand point, the Oakley Holbrook sunglasses are the type of style that are for the sports-minded, as well as for those who just like to look cool around town.

Also, do check out Sunglasses-Shop’s current contest for a chance to win a VIP experience with Ferrari at the Grand Prix!

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Fashion Review – Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses

The Ray-Ban Eyewear and Sunglass Company was founded in 1937 and has their headquarters in one of the fashion centers of the world: Milan, Italy. The Ray-Ban sunglasses have been celebrity favorites from Bob Marley in the 1950’s to Tom Cruise in the 1990’s and still remain a top eyewear company.

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With the polarization of their lenses, Ray-Ban sunglasses have become a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts like bikers, joggers, golfers, and drivers. They are especially popular with the water-loving population for their ability to reflect the light and block the glare.

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Men’s Fashion Review – H&B London British Racing Green Billfold Wallet

When you are out shopping for men’s wallets, there are the basic styles of bi-fold and tri-fold. Essentially, it is just a matter of preference. The bi-fold is a little wider in shape, but the tri-fold is a little thicker to carry. Also, there aren’t usually a huge selection of leathers except for black and brown. One exception to the rule, thankfully, is the British Racing Green Billfold Wallet by H&B London.

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Its rich green color, which happens to be close to the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013, is something that will blend well with the deep browns and tans of the Fall/Winter season. It is made of Buffalo calfskin, which is a heavier leather and much more durable than other, more widely used leathers. It has a substantial amount of card storage what with cozy eight slots and the interior is lined with a navy silk, making it even more of a luxury accessory.

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