Archive | April, 2010

It’s ALIVE! Polaroid Gives Birth To A New Generation.

29 Apr

After two decades of silence and a few less-than-noteworthy comeback attempts Polaroid and its instant film empire has made a resurgence and look out world because the New PIC300 is ready to make a flash.  There is an unexplainable feeling that one gets when taking part in that point-shoot-wait action associated with instant film we all knew and loved.  Whats more to love about the latest Polaroid Product- its price.  Retailing for $90 ( film costs $10 for a ten-pack) the PIC300 is an affordable “tech toy” and speaking of toy lets talk about the exterior.  Its bright,  candy colored plastic body seems to be aimed at a younger market and the film is a slight letdown.  I will admit I teared up a bit to learn that Polaroid tweaked the size of the film-the print is 2.1 x 3.4-inches (with a 1.8 x 2.4-inch image) versus the old 3.5 x 4.25 (3 x 3.1 image size).  But have no fear the big fat white border at the bottom of the original photos remains.

Although Polaroid made a significant mark on my childhood I am not sure I am convinced. It was Christmas Eve some years ago that I was given my first Polaroid Camera as a present from my aunt, I believe it was Xmas 93′ and I would have been around eight years old.  The joy and excitement of an instant picture that I had captured myself was almost too much to bare.  A few years later Polaroid released the iZone camera in 1999 and boy did I have to have one.  It came in so many cool colors, was long, lean and produced instant pictures on sticker film. It was  a pre-teen dream!

Years later as an adult there seems to be some kind of injustice involving not being able to have those pictures at your fingertips i.e. on your laptop, camera and ipod.  And is reliving a childhood fantasy worth sacrificing your ability to make copies of the alleged photo?  Product capabilities aside, Welcome back Polaroid. We’ve missed you.

The Great Jelly Comeback

18 Apr

For those of us 90s kids out there who are all grown up- Major designers are giving us a real treat this spring by bringing back the iconic jelly sandal.  Fortunately, the 21st century version of the “Jelly” is versatile and bright leaving us the option yet again to snatch up every color and style known to man just as we did when we were twelve.  Unlike the short-lived attempt at reviving the jelly a few years ago in 2008, this Spring 2010 trend is making a huge impact due to the fact that major designers have joined in on the jelly revolution. From cherry red Givenchy jelly gladiators to Jimmy Choo jelly thongs this century’s jelly shoe has a whole knew personality.

Beside the obvious perk of being at the lower end of most designer brands’ price points ( Tory Burch’s “Reva” jelly flat retails for $98.00)- if you get them dirty, just rinse them off! Head to your nearest department store ( Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and more) to pick up your perfect jelly.

Designer Brands with Jelly Shoes this spring:

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Juicy Couture

DVF

Tory Burch

Givenchy

Jimmy Choo

And more…….

5 Simple Ways to Get Clean and Go GREEN

9 Apr

5.  Lather up with Burt’s Bees Shampoos: All natural, non-toxic and biodegradable  ingredients are the key to every shampoo and conditioner made by Burt’s Bees.  Incorporating ingredients like antioxidant rich pomegranate and good amino acids in soy protein all natural shampoos and conditioners like these keep your hair and the planet healthy.  Burt’s Bees provides products for fine hair, color treated hair, dry hair you name it.  Making    the switch to a natural and organic shampoo is easy on your mane and your wallet.  A few other great brands offering Eco-friendly alternatives are Aveda, Alba and Organix.

4. Rub-a-dub-dub with one of Dr. Bronner’s “Magic all in one soaps”.  Offered in both liquid and bar form these soaps are my absolute fave!  I was given my first bottle of Dr. Bronner’s in my stocking one year to take on a backpacking trip and it has been a vital part of my hygiene repertoire ever since.  These vegetable-based fair trade soaps come in over 8 scents such as Citrus and Lavender (Peppermint is the best!! It leaves you feeling all clean and tingly).  And now Dr.Bronner’s offers much more in organic body care than just soaps.  New products include Lotions, Shave gels, lip and body balms and more.

3. Brush Those pearly whites with Tom’s of Maine toothpaste.  With lots of variety and guaranteed naturally sourced ingredients these organic toothpastes are effective products utilizing ingredients that are gentle on both your body and the earth.  Like other name brand toothpastes Tom’s offers anti-cavity, whitening, sensitive, anti-plaque and even fluoride free for our little guys.   Tom’s prides itself on not using any artificial colors, ingredients or preservatives.  If we refuse to eat food products with all of those then how can we justify brushing our teeth with them?

2. Give your BO some all natural DO.  Toxin and alcohol free deodorant used to just be for hippies and treehuggers right?  Well know with all the horror stories of people being poisoned by their deodorant there is no better time than the present to jump on the organic deodorant band wagon and trust me, as a user myself they work exactly the same, if not better. There are many brands available but the best in my opinion which was introduced to me by someone special is the “No Offense” alcohol free deodorant by Origins.  It is light yet effective and has a fresh, clean scent.

1. Pamper those pointers with a environmentally healthy Nail polish remover.    Manicures have become a necessity for women these day and I for one am guilty.  Nail polish has become the new easy and fun way to accessorize any outfit and wear this season’s hottest colors but all those polish changes are not only rough on your nails but mother earth too.  Most polish removers use a harsh chemical known as Acetone.  In recent years companies have fought chemical complaints by producing Acetone free removers but even these still contain ingredients that are toxic to our planet.  A fabulous Eco-chic brand, Peacekeeper Cause-Metics has a Eco-easy nail polish remover that gets the job done Hun.  This stuff is fantastic- gets right to work without that horrible acidic smell.