By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor
With reports citing that 2019 will be a pivotal year for consumer technology, here’s a look at some noteworthy lifestyle-enhancing solutions that are well-suited for Valentine’s Day gifting.
Rowkin True Wireless Earbuds (www.Rowkin.com)
True wireless headphones from Rowkin are a perfect gift or get for Valentine’s Day or any occasion. The Ascent Charge+ model features an ergonomic fit primed for security and comfort. Constructed with a premium mylar diaphragm driver as well as an acoustic cavity, these earbuds produce dynamic sound and impactful bass with the benefit of touch controls. The case is Qi-compatible for wireless charging (comes with a Qi wireless charger in the box) while also doubling as a power bank to keep your other devices charged courtesy of USB-C rapid charging. The Ascent Charge+ also features a mobile app for locating your earbuds and personalizing your sound profile. The Ascent Micro model also has many similar features to the Ascent Charge+ but is even more compact for easy portability! While small, the Ascent Micro charging case keeps your earbuds charged for up to 17+ hours.
Aquio Bluetooth Speaker Water Bottle (www.AquioBottles.com)
USA-designed Aquio water bottles with detachable Bluetooth speaker, powered by iHomeAudio, are manufactured with high-quality stainless steel that is also notably BPA-free. Available in four fashionable colors–midnight, seafoam, merlot and blush–it is an ideal hydration bottle for those who lead an active lifestyle and love taking their music with them on-the-go. Aquio’s removable speaker is powerful, IP67-rated waterproof, sand-proof and features designer weather-resistant premium woven acoustic fabric. Its rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of wireless audio playback time. The 16-ounce bottle, designed to fit all cup holders, is double wall steel-insulated maintaining temperatures up to 14-hours for hot liquids and a full 24-hours for cold. Aquio’s mission is to reduce the world’s reliance on disposable plastic water bottles by making reusable bottles fun and fashionable.
iHome Zenergy Aroma Bluetooth Therapy Speaker (www.iHomeAudio.com)
Create a calming environment throughout your home with the combination of light, sound and aroma therapy. iHome’s iZABT50 Zenergy Bluetooth Speaker features six different sound therapy tracks designed to calm you mind, lower your breathing and heart rate and prepare your body for sleep. You can also select from seven different 115 Lux, full-color light therapy modes designed to align your circadian rhythm at night and improve your mood throughout the day. iHome’s Zenergy Aroma Bluetooth Therapy Speaker features two audio sources: built-in sound therapy and Bluetooth wireless audio streaming from your mobile device. It also includes aromatherapy to help create a calming environment with the use of essential oils (initial 5ml lavender supply in the box), with absolutely no water needed.
Owl Cam Automobile Security Camera (www.Amazon.com)
Owl Cam is a first-of-its-kind device combining video security with an instant emergency response service to assist in the event of an automotive accident or other security or emergency situation. Owl Cam sits on your vehicle’s dashboard, capturing 24-hour footage with real time updates sent directly to your smartphone. Doubling as a travel buddy, Owl Cam also makes it easy to download and save high-definition photos and videos of the funny and meaningful moments or breathtaking views throughout your road trips. Features include dual-facing HD cameras, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, instant video access from anywhere from your smartphone, a 14-day video loop, voice capture and naming, anti-theft floodlights and also the assurance that your videos are 100% private: only you can see, share, or delete them.
iHome Beauty Vanity Mirror Magnify Voice (www.iHomeAudio.com)
With built-in Alexa technology and a Bluetooth speaker to boot, you can look your best while enjoying your favorite music or other audio with the iHome Beauty Magnify Voice. Use the USB port to charge your mobile devices as you prepare for the day. The distortion-free mirror has both 1x and 5x magnification for the best beauty routine, as well as a removable 3.5″ 10x detail mirror for more precise grooming. Bright LEDs with high and low settings provide natural looking light for a look that’s right in any situation. You can also stream audio wirelessly via Bluetooth from your mobile device. The built-in microphone, digital voice echo cancellation and “answer and end” controls make speakerphone use a pleasure. Plus, the bright LEDs and audio work independently while operating on an AC adapter.
StyleCraft Shmedium Travel Flat Iron (www.StyleCraftUS.com)
Reportedly a celebrity and salon-stylist favorite, the breakthrough StyleCraft Shmedium travel flat iron is a first-of-its-kind device. Its palm-sized making it perfect for travel, plus it has plates that are longer than most standard flat irons for easier, faster styling. Also well-designed, it protects and conditions the hair while it smooths, shines and defrizzes—all simultaneously. Shmedium can be used every day, including at the office or gym for touch-ups, and has universal voltage for series travel. The device features Tri-Plex Fusion (TPF) technology to revitalize and restore hair from the inside-out, as well as a unique ceramic complex for mega doses of negative ions to close and seal the cuticle. Plus, it has advanced Tourmaline infusion emitting 20 times more negative ions than traditional tools for a silky and shiny result. Also cause-conscious, a portion of the profits are donated to Art in Action—a non-profit organization benefitting children.
Ellie Fashion-Tech Activewear Subscription Box (www.Ellie.com)
Ellie.com offers monthly activewear subscriptions allowing members to liven up their fitness routines with one of three featured outfits from top-quality activewear brands like Marika, Bally Total Fitness, Balance Collection and Zobha. Clothing that Ellie.com offers, like Marika Activewear specifically, integrates the latest in fashion technology and best raw materials to create apparel that looks as good as it feels. Through an extensive patent portfolio, clothing Ellie and Marika offers push the boundaries of innovation. This includes Elasta-Tight–comfortable, shape-enhancing fabrics that sculpt the body in all the right places; Dry-Wik–technologies that separate sweat from fabric, promoting quick evaporation; and Shape Tek–a power-mesh system with a superior stretch designed to create a natural and slimming appearance. Affordably-priced and effortlessly chic, Ellie’s subscription box pricing starts at just $40 per month for a quality and stylish 3 piece outfit, including a legging, sports bra and seasonal tops ranging from tanks, tees, hoodies and lightweight jackets. For an additional $10, select the 5-piece option and get two fun fitness accessories to compliment a pre-styled 3-piece outfit
As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided at no cost or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***