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Kapture Kickstarter Campaign, New Wearable Technology!

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About a year ago, my friend Matt Dooley (who also writes for Cincy Chic‘s “brother” publication, Cincinnati Profile) told me about this idea he had: A watch-like device that records audio. He sent me some prototype pictures, asked my opinion of the concept, etc. I liked the concept and gave feedback on the look from a fashionista perspective. 🙂 My team even wrote a Cincy Chic story about the beginnings of the concept!

Since then, Matt has essentially made this his full-time gig with his co-founder Mike Sarow, partnering with my amazingly talented friends at the PB&J PR/Marketing firm and also Cintrifuse, a co-working business incubator and innovation campus downtown.

Basically the idea has developed into Kapture, a wearable technology accessory (looks like a watch or bracelet) that’s constantly capturing audio. When you want to save the last 60 seconds of audio (like your child’s first word, something funny your friend just said…or verbal proof that your husband promised to clean the dishes! haha!) all you have to do is touch the device and it will download that sound bite to the application that’s accessible from your PC or mobile device.

They have several chic and sleek designs (so excited that my fashionista insight helped! I’m LOVING the white band and gold grill design!!) and it’s getting some really impressive reviews:

– “A twist on the wearable tech and quantified self movement.” TechCruch

– “Put down the smartphone” Mashable– “Sure, your smartphone has the ability to record voice memos, but using it means you have to know ahead of time about something you’ll want recorded.” Uncrate

– “Shi*t people say gets a product” Upstart Business Journal

– “Candid moments are elusive gems of Internet content. So how do we capture more candid content more frequently?” Designed by M

– “Fashion (Finally) Meets Function: Ten Tech Pieces to Upgrade Your Wardrobe” Vogue Magazine

But they need your help to take the business to the next level. There’s a Kapture Kickstarter campaign going on right now. This project will only be funded if at least $150,000 is pledged by Thursday Oct 3, 12:52pm EDT. Currently they’re at the half-way mark. So, that’s where you come in. Click here to pledge whatever you can. Below is a list of what you get when you support the campaign. Also, check out the interview I did with Mike and Matt about the product and the campaign. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE support these local innovators! They’re brilliant minds and genuine people, and I truly think this product has a very bright future – but they need your help to make it possible!

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Pledge $5 or more
STAY CONNECTED: Give a little support and stay connected to all of our updates and progress.

Pledge $35 or more
SWAG BAG: Get a sick Kapture T-Shirt AND a Limited Edition Poster OR Laptop Decal. FREE SHIPPING to US, Add $15 for international shipping.
Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $75 or more
EARLY SUPPORT: (1) Kapture device in Black or White with App for $75 when you support us now. Hurry, limited quantity. FREE SHIPPING to US.
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $99 or more
BLACK/WHITE KAPTURE: (1) Kapture device in Black or White with App.
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $110 or more
EARLY HOT COLOR SUPPORT: (1) Kapture device in a trendy color: HOT ORANGE, SEAFOAM or HARD YELLOW, with App
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $125 or more
CUSTOMIZED LOOK: (1) Kapture device in any available color: HOT ORANGE, SEAFOAM or HARD YELLOW, BLACK, WHITE with Kapture app. BONUS ITEM – receive a second band/grill in any color so you can start a custom look.
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $149 or more
BANDS & GRILLS GALORE: (1) Kapture device in Black with App, plus every color Band and Grill (White, Hot Orange, Hard Yellow, Seafoam). Your style deserves the options…
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $199 or more
CHROME GRILL: (1) Limited Edition CHROME Grill with a Kapture device in any color. Plus, SWAG BAG reward (see above).
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $225 or more
NAME YOUR COLOR: (1) Limited Edition Kapture device with app in ANY color you want (really!!) BONUS ITEM – receive a second band/grill in any available color so you can start a custom look. Plus SWAG BAG reward (see above).
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $249 or more
COLLECTOR’S EDITION: Get (1) of the first 100 Kapture devices off the production line – authenticated, individually numbered, and signed by the founders (with App, color Black). Plus, SWAG BAG reward (see above).
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $299 or more
GOLD GRILL: (1) Limited Edition 14k Gold Grill with a Kapture device in White. Plus, SWAG BAG reward (see above). “Stay golden Ponyboy!”
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $399 or more
BETA TESTER: Be in our Beta Test Market and get your black Kapture device with App months before everybody else. Provide input to the final design. Plus SWAG BAG reward (see above).
Estimated delivery: Jan 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $1,999 or more
BE A STAR: Co-star in our first national advertising! This is your big break. Plus, receive (1) Kapture in color of your choice with App and SWAG BAG reward (see above). *Execution of advertising on or before March 2015.
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Pledge $4,999 or more
INCUBATE with KAPTURE: Join the Kapture team for one month and learn how to get your hardware idea off the ground. Also, receive (1) Kapture device in any color with App and SWAG BAG reward (see above). *Limited to one person per pledge, Room and Board not included, on or before Jan. 2015, Cincinnati, OH.
Estimated delivery: Mar 2014

Maison Joseph Drouhin Wine Relaunch, Campaign to Win $5k!

imageI’ve been getting into wine for the past few years, and running an online business, I’m always on social media. So, when I saw that Maison Joseph Drouhin — a vineyard and winery based in Burgundy, France — is re-launching two of its signature wines, Laforet Chardonnay and Laforet Pinot Noir, with a social media campaign, you know it had my attention.

Instagram Contest: the #SummerOfLaforet Instagram contest will take place from 7/1 until 9/30. The contest is SUPER simple: follow @MaisonJosephDrouhin, post “summer-themed” pics, picture with the most “likes” by September 30th earns its poster $5,000! There will also be runner up prizes at the end of July, Aug, and Sept earning the post that has earned the most likes within that month $1,000. Check out the hashtag #SummerOfLaforet to join in on the fun, and for more contest details, visit www.summeroflaforet.com
Happy Hours: Maison Joseph Drouhin will also be hosting a series of casual happy hours, many of which will have live music, in cities across the country. Both wines will be offered for $5 per glass (which is significantly discounted compared to the usual price of between $10-15). The idea is to create a casual environment in which new consumers can discover the wine and learn about the style of the famed region from which it comes (Burgundy).

My hubby and I had the chance to enjoy the relaunched Maison Joseph Drouhin Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Pete likes his reds and I’m typically a sauvignon blanc (white) gal, but I thought I’d try something new. It was lighter and not as “oaky” as Chardonnay can tend to be. I did like it – especially when it was super cold (perfect on a hot day like this Saturday was!). Then we tried the Pinot Noir, and that was our absolute favorite. We used our wine aerator, which infused it with oxygen and gave it great flavor. We grilled out steaks and this paired perfectly with it. Yum yum yum… definitely recommend!

By the way, I’m “amy_scalia” on instagram if you’d like to follow… I’m kind of obsessed with my dog and shoes, so don’t say I didn’t warn you! 🙂

Review: Nourish-mintℱ Rehydrating Lip Glaze

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I just went on a two-week long beach vacation (I know I’ve mentioned it in a few blogs since I’ve been back… just rubbing it in! haha!) I don’t know if it was the salty air or being wind-blown for two weeks straight, but my lips were super dry when I got back.

So, I did some digging and found that Aveda has a new line of  “nourish-mint” products. I found their nourish-mint rehydrating lip glaze, which is infused with plant emollients and is clinically proven to moisturize, plump and smooth the look of fine lines, while also refreshing with an organic vanilla and mint aroma and flavor. After eight weeks of use, it promises to significantly:

  • Increase lip moisture by an average of 25%
  • Tap peptide technology to plump lips by an average of 13%-for lips that appear naturally fuller
  • Smooth the look of fine lines by an average of 26%

Extra benefits include:

  • Glide on smooth for even color release and a satin shine
  • Nourish with pomegranate oil
  • 100% recycled newsprint shell

So, I ordered a tube ($18) in a really gorgeous color (Spiced Plum). I’ve been using it for the past two weeks and I honestly already see a difference. I don’t get that cracked/peeling lip feeling, and they feel minty cool right after I put it on and that lasts for about an hour. They stay really hydrated, even with only a few reapplications throughout the day. So, I highly recommend it!

They also have lip liners and lipsticks in this “nourish-mint” line, but I’m more of a gloss girl! I also took advantage of some of their offers on their site where you can get free samples and shipping. Click here to learn more about that!

 

Review: Skinn Cosmetics’ All-In-One Palette Of Perfection

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I don’t know about you, but I have a huge drawer of makeup that I sift through everyday to find the perfect shades to match that day’s outfit. Not only is it time-consuming, I also started realizing that I’ve had some of this makeup for going on 1o years now (gross!). So, I just did some major purging of the makeup drawer to refresh and simplify my morning beautification routine.

I started looking for all-in-one kits that have everything from eyeshadows and lip colors to bronzers and blush. That’s how I came across Skinn Cosmetics’ All-In-One Palette Of Perfection: Face Forward.

It’s appropriately named because it truly is perfection. It’s encased by “mock-croc” patent leather, so it’s super chic and all my concealer, blush, bronzer, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lip color and lip gloss is all wrapped up in this elegant little compact… much better than an entire drawer full of old makeup, right?

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  • The super concentrated concealer provides excellent coverage, able to hide the most stubborn of blemishes and discolorations.
  • Two blush hues give you the perfect splash of color for day and a more dramatic cheek for the evening.
  • The bronzer provides the perfect touch of warmth for a glowing and radiant complexion.
  • Three cream eyeliners create elegantly defined lines for that soft, sultry smokey look.
  • Twelve Luxe Premier eyeshadows deliver rich color and anti-aging actives that may be worn without fear of developing crepe eyelids.
  • Lips will look their fullest with twelve of the latest lip colors packed with collagen-boosting ingredients and Vitamin E and aloe. What you’ll get: supple and luscious lips.
  • To finish, the palette contains the sold-out Million Dollar Smile lip gloss. Complete with a blu-ray pigment that makes teeth appear whiter, the gloss can be worn alone or on top of any of the lip colors.

This retails for $42.50 and just became available online at skinn.com. Since it just launched, it’s their “spotlight” product of the month and you can get it for the spotlight price of $24.50! Winning!

Review: ShaveTech USB Rechargeable Travel Shaver

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I recently went on a beach vacation and packed super light. What more do you need than a swimsuit and flip flops, right? Well, you need a shaver too because they don’t call it a bikini line for nuthin’! haha! 😉

I typically like to just have a carry-on for trips like this so I don’t have to pay to check a bag (I have a million other ways I’d rather spend that $50). I didn’t want to get flagged at baggage check for bringing a disposable razor through. Plus, bringing the shave cream, razor and my post-shave antiseptic wasn’t going to fit in the bag. So, with perfect timing, I got asked to review the ShaveTech USB-powered razor for the blog. I figured, worst case scenario, if it didn’t work I could just buy a razor once I got there. shavetech-logosize

Luckily, I didn’t have to! I actually really liked it. While it didn’t get AS close of a shave as a brand new razor, it did work really well (even in sensitive areas like my bikini line). It’s about the size of a smartphone and is recharged with a built-in fold-in fob that plugs into the USB port of a laptop or tablet. This is perfect  if you travel abroad because its USB charger means that no overseas outlet adapters are necessary (as long as your computer is charged!).

Battery life is rated at approximately 30 minutes. Make sure you plug it back in after about two shaves or 25 minutes (manual says to not charge it each night and to let it run out of steam first) because it does shut down mid-shave without warning, leaving you with one partially shaved leg which won’t be in style any time soon! haha! 🙂

The ShaveTech travel razor is available for purchase on the ShaveTech site in black or white (mine was black and I loved it – super sleek!) for $29.99!

Fabufeet Friday: NightCare Foot Cream, Gel Heel Socks

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I know I usually post about shoes on Friday with “Fabushoe Friday,” which I did do here today… but it’s just as important to keep your feet as fab as your shoes! So, I’m writing about a couple new products I tried out that I highly recommend!

There’s a company called NightCare that makes a great foot cream and these “gel heel socks” that are perfect for keeping your feet well-moisturized and beautiful for the open-toed season! The way it works is that you put on the foot cream at night and then slip on the heel sock. It has a gel pad on the heel to keep the cream from absorbing into the sock. They come in cute fabric designs too… I got the animal print ones and they’re super cute!

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The “gel heel” inside the sock

It works really well and it kept my feet looking fab for my entire 2-week beach vacation (which is great because the sun, sand and salt water usually dry and crack them!). I definitely recommend them!

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You can get them on the company’s website – click here for the leopard heel gel socks ($19.99) and click here for the 6oz NightCare Foot Cream ($6.50). Happy pedi pampering!

Red, Pink and Blue + High Heels in High Places Recap!

Amy Kirchen never ceases to amaze me. As I mentioned before here on the blog, she had a 2-year anniversary party for the boutique in May called “High Heels in High Places.” Mint snakeskin brocade, nude florals and chic whites were in full bloom and were worn by the many admirers of Amy’s custom and prĂȘt-Ă -porter creations.

Amy Kirchen is always bringing the latest trends to her boutique in Milford. I love it because it’s a mix of both vintage and modern… things you’d see Jackie O wearing, but could still be worn today. The best thing about her boutique is that it’s super affordable…. so, you can look like a million bucks without spending it!

Her collections and custom designs are housed in the back of her boutique. And while they’re not as affordable as the boutique items you’ll see in the front, you do get what you pay for. I saw that first-hand when she made my Dancing with the Stars dress. When I got asked to compete, my first call was to her so we could create a fab dress together. She came up with a breath-taking design, we tweaked and perfected it to hug every curve (but still keep everything in! haha!), and it turned out better than I could have ever imagined! The entire experience was amazing as I got to see the entire design process play out! So, if you have a wedding or special occasion coming up, click here to get her contact info and give her a call!

I also wanted to give a big thanks to Amy’s team for our recent 2013 Red, Pink, and Blue fashion show on the Purple People Bridge to benefit heart, breast and diabetes health. Amy created a Studio 54, 70’s glam-inspired runway show full of dynamic colors, high-waisted silhouettes, and splashes of sequins. Amy mixed boutique pieces with custom wear and together the 1970s were reborn on the People Purple Bridge! I will definitely be heading to Amy Kirchen Boutique to get some of those 70s-meets-today looks from the show!

Click here to see pics from the Red, Pink and Blue show and see below for a few pics snapped at Amy Kirchen’s anniversary event!

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Get Snapped this Summer with Anne Gregoire Photography!

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It’s my favorite season of the year: SUMMER!!! Where everything is blooming, everyone is sunkissed, and families spend a little more time together. Because of this, I always try to book a photo shoot every summer with my hubby and pup.

I was referred to check out Anne Gregoire Photography by a friend and I’m just blown away by her pictures on her Facebook page! So cute (and summery!) and it’s exactly the style I love.

After chatting with Anne, I learned that she’s a portrait/lifestyle photographer specializing in fun Child, Family and High School Senior photography. She said she especially loves capturing those sweet, natural moments between parents and their kids. Her style is a mix of posed and candid shots, as every session is customized to be a unique experience. She works closely with clients on outfit styling, location scouting and session prepping.

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Speaking of sessions … that’s one of the things I love about her. The sessions are all inclusive, as clients receive the photo session and the CD with the images. So, there’s no up-charging or gouging you when you want prints of the photos she took.

Check out her site at www.annegregoirephotography.com or “like” her on Facebook to see her fab images and to continue to receive info on upcoming specials.

Oh, and she told me she’d offer a FREE 16×20 Gallery Wrap with the purchase of a photo session to any of my friends or readers, so make sure you mention that if you book her. Here’s her email address if you’re interested in learning more, want to book, or have any questions: annegphotography@yahoo.com

 

Ask Amy: Does the no!no! Work?

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A friend posted this question on my Facebook page, so I’m sharing it as an “Ask Amy” post, which I like to do when people email or message me on social media. Feel free to contact me – info is in the column to your right – if you have a question you’d like to ask!

Lora B. asked: so, I have a burning question you may know the answer to!! Do you know anything about the no!no!, and if you do, what do you know? i’m on the purchase fence….

My response: Funny you should ask! I actually tried it about a year ago, and to be honest I’d only recommend it if you’re removing fine hair (like peach fuzz). It didn’t work on any hair that was remotely coarse. Later, I talked with my friend at Sephora (where I got mine) and she said they stopped carrying them there because they got so many returns and complaints. So, my advice would be to just say “no” to no!no! and go get laser hair removal instead.

Hope that helps!

 

Review: Karma Wellness Studio

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Let me just preface this to say I NEVER win things. Well, about a month ago, it was my lucky day because I entered to win a day of pampering from Karma Wellness Studio at an event… I got a call the next day saying I had won! It included a Wellness Massage, detoxifying facial, body scrub, and chakra balancing treatment. Pinch ….me …. NOW! Of course, I booked my appointment immediately because I was so super excited! 

So, I arrive for my day of pampering, and the owner Rebecca Geiger met me to show me around and explain my services. She couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating. I told her about areas like my neck and shoulders where I hold tension because I sit at a computer all day, and she asked a few questions to learn more about me and what I’d like to get out of my sessions.

I started off with the full body Wellness Massage, which Rebecca actually did herself. I like a deep tissue massage, and she was REALLY good at that. I felt like a new woman after that, but I still had the whole day still to go! I then went to Rebecca’s assistant who did my facial using some amazing naturally-scented detoxifying products (I ended up getting the lavender scented mist they used because it smelled heavenly).

Then, it was time for the full body scrub. This wasn’t something I’d typically get at a spa, but after having it done I’m in love. It was especially nice having it done right when summer starts and you’re starting to show more skin. I feel like it sloughed off all that extra old man winter skin. (I did see that one of their other body wraps is a “Fit and Firming” anti-cellulite treatment, which I might have to try out before my upcoming beach vaca! haha!)

Last but not least,  I went back to Rebecca for my chakra balancing treatment. Now, we’ve written about this before in Cincy Chic, but I’ve never actually had a full chakra balancing treatment done with Reiki. I was excited to try it out. On Karma’s site, it says ReikĂ­ is “the Japanese term for universal life energy. It is believed that every thing and every being is made up of energy. In the human being, there are seven main energy centers that regulate all systems of the body. The technique is a light touch performed over the clothes or incorporated into a Wellness Massage. This alternative therapy will make you feel extremely relaxed and give you a feeling of euphoria.”

I was intrigued! I don’t know if I’ve ever felt euphoria before this treatment, but now after having the treatment done, I’m a believer. I have never been more relaxed in my entire life. I was like my mind quieted and my insides turned to jelly … that’s the best way I can explain it. Definitely awesome and worth trying out.

They’re located in Mt. Washington at 2067 Beechmont Ave. Floor 2 Cincinnati, OH 45230, and you can call (ask for Rebecca, she was really great!) at (513) 233-9355. Their website is www.karmawellnessstudio.com if you want to learn more about them and their services!