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Double Wall Tea Cup with Glass Infuser and Lid - Hands Safe Tumbler Keeps Beverages Hot or Cold - Enjoy the Flavor of Your Drinks in Crystal Clear Borosilicate Glass Without Metal or Silicone Taste - Simple Design is a Breeze to Clean - Perfect Teacup for Brewing Fine Loose Leaf Teas - 10 oz
Double Wall Tea Cup with Glass Infuser and Lid - Hands Safe Tumbler Keeps Beverages Hot or Cold - Enjoy the Flavor of Your Drinks in Crystal Clear Borosilicate Glass Without Metal or Silicone Taste - Simple Design is a Breeze to Clean - Perfect Teacup for Brewing Fine Loose Leaf Teas - 10 oz
Offered by The Immortalitea Company
Price: $24.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to Look at and Works Well, September 1, 2015
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I was attracted to this Double Wall Tea Cup by the lovely photo of what looked, at first glance, like a bonsai tree inside the cup. It was gorgeous and as my British husband and I drink tea quite frequently, I was eager to try it. We actually have a circulating tea maker we use when making tea for several people. But when you’re making a cup just for yourself you don’t want to take the time to clean out filters and wait 10 minutes for the tea to circulate before you can pour it. So we were excited to try the immortalitea Double wall tea cup.

It arrived in a box big enough for half a dozen cups. The box had two compartments: one with the cup the other with the lid and infuser. There is also a free gift/offer voucher that enables you to log on to try one of their teas for free. (You still have to pay for shipping though.)

The tea cup is interesting because it’s a single hollow piece of glass with a small hole in the base (probably to let air circulate and prevent expansion and contraction from damaging the glass). The infuser fits perfectly inside the cup. Instead of holes, the infuser has very thin slots that let the infused tea dissipate through the cup. It also has a lid that fits over both the cup and the infuser to keep the scent and flavor inside while the tea is brewing. It’s an elegant piece about the size of a regular tall cup.

Using it is very simple. Boil the water (10 – 12 ounces is enough). While you’re waiting, put the infuser in the cup and put loose tea into the infuser. Once the water boiled, pour in the water and cover with the lid and wait a few minutes. You will see the water darken as the tea is infused. When the tea looks ready, carefully remove the lid and raise the infuser. Be careful because both the lid and the infuser become quite hot even though the cup itself does not.

Our tea was quite soggy as the leaves soaked up about 20 -30% of the water from the cup. So you do need to compress it to squeeze the water out of the leaves. For us, this is a simple matter since we take our tea with honey and the tea spoon we use for the honey can also be used to squeeze the water out of the infuser. Once you’ve done that, empty the infuser in the bin and your ready for a lovely cup of tea.

The cup works very well and is simple to use. When empty, it feels a little top heavy and could be easy to knock over. When it has liquid in it, it has some weight to it and that makes it far more stable. All the parts are easy to wash by hand (we mostly use the dishwasher as a large natural drying rack) and it makes quite nice tea indeed. The double wall keeps the heat of the tea away from your hand though the infuser is quite hot when you remove it from the cup. My one concern is the small hole at the bottom of the cup and whether moisture and dirt might eventually find their way in between the walls. I will update my review if anything of that nature develops over time.

But overall, I think it’s quite nice to look at and works well.

Disclaimer: This tea cup was provided in exchange for a fair and impartial review.
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Bluetooth Headphones TOSHENG In-Ear Wireless Hands-free Phone Earphone Sport Earbuds (Blue)
Bluetooth Headphones TOSHENG In-Ear Wireless Hands-free Phone Earphone Sport Earbuds (Blue)
Offered by TOSHENG
Price: $19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound good and are very convenient, August 31, 2015
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In recent years I’ve had a few ear phones from Samsung and Apple as well as more expensive ones by Monster and have been underwhelmed. The sound I heard wearing them tended to sound quite flat. Some of this is because I prefer to use over-ear headphones with big drivers with good range and bass. But sometimes I would like to have some ear phones to take with me. I haven’t tried wireless headphones before; they are typically quite expensive and after my previous poor experiences with a broad range of wired earphones I was reluctant to try different, more expensive ones.

When the opportunity to try these Tosheng in-ear wireless phones came along, I decided to give it another go.

Firstly, when the packaging arrived I was quite impressed. From the start you get the impression that Tosheng are making a real effort. The packaging is frustration-free but carefully designed to feel special and upmarket. There is a neat box with separate compartments, and a tasteful silver logo is printed on two separate compartments. The box itself has rounded edges so it almost looks like a bamboo box. It’s a nice touch that I appreciated and it gave me a positive first impression before I even saw the earphones.

The two compartments inside the box contained the earphones themselves and what feels like a water-resistant drawstring bag. A tiny ziplock bag with two extra sets of ear plugs and accessories to support the earpieces in your ear. There is also a very small but legible folded instruction pamphlet and usb cable.

A quick flip through the instructions told me to charge the earphones for 1.5 hours before using the earphones and that the unit comes with a short micro USB cable for that purpose. A simple diagram shows the various features and buttons and I was intrigued by the tables at the back of the manual that go over the hands-free functionality.

Setup

After a charge the earphones were flashing red and blue somewhat like a police car. The light was surprisingly bright. This is basically the state the earphones are in when looking for a Bluetooth pairing. Pairing with a device was easy enough on my Android phone, so long as Bluetooth is enabled.

If you go to Bluetooth settings in android and press search for devices button you will see the earphones listed as G6 with a headset icon besides it. Press on G6 on the list and a female voice in the earphones will announce Bluetooth connected. (I accidentally changed the language to what was Chinese at one point while mashing the buttons) but managed to get it back to English again.

I found out that the small rocker switch for +/ – volume(short press) or next/previous track (long press) has a language function if you long press in between. The button on the face of the right earphone has all your hands-free mobile phone controls which take some time to master if, like me, you don’t normally use a handsfree headset.

These earphones sound decent out of the box and with an equalizer app like Bass Boost for android you can tweak the ranges to get more bass and midrange to produce a pleasing sound for most types of music. I listen to Rock, Hard Rock, 80’s and 90’s pop and RnB and was very satisfied with the sound quality.

The other big plus to having wireless earphones so your cable will not snag on your clothes or the edge of the table when you get out of your chair. Neither will it snag on the door handle when you try to squeeze through before it closes. It does add a lot of freedom and they don’t look bad either. The small drawstring carry case is nice because it is small and will easily fit into your pocket. It will even fit into the annoyingly small pockets women’s jeans tend to have. And the bag keeps dirt and moisture away from the earbuds when you’re not wearing them.

Overall, I am very happy with these earphones. It’s been a long time since I found a pair that were worth carrying about. The only slight issue I had with them was that the rocker switch is a little vague on the top side but it works just fine. Finding the buttons can also be a bit tricky at first but with subsequent use you soon learn where they are and no longer have to search for them.
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Presonus Audiobox iOne Channel
Presonus Audiobox iOne Channel
Price: $99.99
42 used & new from $69.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty impressed, August 30, 2015
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After almost two decades I recently started playing the guitar again, rather than just listening to it being played. I bought an electric guitar and (while re-learning how to play) discovered a whole new world of audio production and effects that simply didn’t really exist back when I last played. Before trying the Presonus Audiobox I had been using a Real Tone USB cable which was developed to use your guitar with the video game rocksmith as a learning tool. It can also serve as a basic recording tool. So I’m a relative newbie.

The idea behind the Presonus Audiobox iOne is to provide a simple, digital interface for the musician/ audio person on the move; a simple box that can interface with your mobile devices anywhere: at the studio, at a gig, at your workstation. To do this they focused on the most important features: simplicity, ease of use and portability.

The Device.

The Presonus Audiobox iOne is a small box about the size of a stack of 5 CD cases. It’s made from a wrap-around sheet of aluminum that sandwiches a plastic block of electronics for protection and incorporates grippy rubber feet on the base to keep it secure on a flat surface. It has a distinctive marine blue metallic finish that is synonymous with the Presonus brand.

Controls on the device are minimalist.

Power LED: This light flashes blue when a device such as a tablet or computer is hooked up and provides a suitable 5v power source. Mobile devices need a separate USB source to provide enough power to drive the Audiobox such as a phone charger outlet adapter like you get with your phone or tablet. When there is both power and an instrument plugged into the device, the power LED changes from flashing to solid blue.

Inputs: On the front you have your two inputs: Channel 1 and 2 in the form of a large Mic (XLR socket) and instrument socket (which accepts ¼ inch (6.3mm) mono TS or stereo TRS plugs). You can buy an adapter or cable to convert the Mic to accept another instrument if needed.

Channels: Each channel has its gain control knob (similar to volume but with both positive and negative adjustment of the source signal) and accompanying micro LED which lights up green but changes to red if your frequencies peak beyond a safe range. This is a useful warning indicator when hooking up to a big amp.

Two Illuminated Toggle buttons: There is the 48v mic channel boost (for certain types of microphones; check this as you can damage your mic if it doesn’t support it) and Direct switch for monitoring as you record and mix between playback and input signals.

Large Master Volume Knob: This controls output volume to your amplifier or powered speakers. There is also a separate headphone volume knob and 1/4 inch (6.3mm) headphone socket.

On the rear of the unit you have two USB sockets. Type A for your mobile devices and a powered Type B for Desktop computers and external power sources. There is also a socket for a third-party lock you can purchase separately and two ¼ inch TS sockets for Active Monitors (powered speakers) or amplifier.

Overall I like the design and layout except that the buttons and knobs stick out about ½ inch from the face of the box. As a result, they can get caught on something when stuffed in a bag. It would be nice if they had a push-down option to let them be recessed into the box. That would probably knock up the price though.

Setup and software.

The Presonus comes with one USB Type A to USB Type B cable for providing power. You will have to supply your own for hooking up your mobile device. Also included are minimalist instructions printed on a couple of letter size sheets which include a serial number. You have to sign up and register your device on the Presonus webpage where you have access to the full manual in PDF format. They also provide drivers and software for you to use with your audiobox for Windows, Mac and mobile iOS devices.

This is where you get some extra value for money in the form of Progression 3 and Studio One 3 Artist edition. You also get Capture Duo for iPad which is a two-track recording app that can send your recording wirelessly to the Personus iOne. Overall, there are about 5gb of downloads if you include all the instruments and effects in the form of add-on soundbanks. They are listed individually and can be downloaded separately. So you don’t have to download everything at once.

The main software that comes with the Personus is Studio One v3 which is their DAW software. The Artist edition lets you do everything with the supplied soundbanks that you could want but I was still slightly disappointed. I’m really interested in realtime guitar effects which typically come as a plugin for DAW software and let you replace various guitar effects pedals with plugin effects you can run in real time. Unfortunately, the Artist addition of Studio One does not support third-party VST or other common format plugins. To use those you have to buy an $80 upgrade or the pro version.

Other than that quibble, the only real limitation in the DAW software are that the Presonus iOne is only able to record two tracks at once. So if you’re doing a multi-track recording you will have to spend some extra time creating, storing and importing your tracks. But you’re not restricted otherwise.

Conclusion

The Presonuse Audiobox iOne works very well for me. It’s a big step up from my Rocksmith Realtone cable. Sound quality when recording is pretty simple. The iPad software is quite basic but gets the job done and transfers tracks wirelessly so long as you use the Presonus software. I don’t have an iPad of my own so I used it primarily with me XPS 15 notebook. The sound-banks that come with it are comprehensive and sound good. The DAW is a little complicated for a beginner but not that bad. In the end, the only thing that was disappointing was that there no support for third party plugins such as Guitar Rig, Amplitube, Amp Room and Positive Grid Bias Desktop and FX. There are shareware and donationware DAW applications that will let you use those plugins since Presonus uses the ASIO standard API for very low latency audio input and output. It just seems a shame that Studio One has the plugin feature removed because $80 for an addon is quite a bit when there are free though admittedly less polished and not as well supported alternatives out there.

Overall I am pretty impressed with it, especially given its price which at the time of this review is $100.


Thrive Face Balm
Thrive Face Balm
Price: $14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worked for my husband's sensitive skin, August 29, 2015
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My husband has sensitive skin so shaving every day makes his face sore and sometimes makes him break out so he prefers to shave two maybe three times a week. Unfortunately, that means he has stubble that requires a bit of work and irritates his skin.

So I thought I’d get him Thrive to try. It comes in a small 2.1 bottle with a cap you pump. It’s a lot like a hand soap bottle only smaller and the pump itself has a tiny hole that produces a small pea-sized squirt or balm. He says one squirt will cover his whole face, especially when it’s damp.

The balm is not thick or greasy. It spreads and is absorbed quite quickly so after a few moments he doesn’t feel it on his skin. It did a good job of soothing his skin after razor burn and prevented irritation so he didn’t feel the urge to fiddle with his skin and allowed it to relax and heal. He noticed that the last few times he used it he didn’t get any acne the day following a shave either which is a big plus.

Thrive has a fairly strong aroma at first but it isn’t unpleasant. It reminds us both of some herbal teas with a hint of citrus. One of the nicest things about a good tea is the aroma so no complaints here except that the dogs like it so he has to keep them at arms reach the first 20 minutes or so after applying after which the scent is very subtle. Since herb teabags are also good for soothing the skin I’m not surprised that Thrive smells like this. It makes sense, especially for my husband who is not a patient man and refuses point blank to use tea bags to be ok with something quick and pleasant like this balm. It only takes a moment for him to add after his shave and leaves him with a very pleasant scent.

I expect the aroma is made with minimal, if any chemicals, simply because my husband’s skin is quite sensitive and chemicals make him break out most of the time. Thrive didn’t.

All in all a good product and, given that he can use a tiny bit to cover his whole face, the price seems reasonable as well.


[Update Version]Car Mount,Ipow Long Arm Universal Windshield Dashboard Cell Phone Holder with Three Layers Strong Suction Cup for Iphone 6 Plus/6 5 4 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge/s6 S5 S4 S3 Note Nexus Etc
[Update Version]Car Mount,Ipow Long Arm Universal Windshield Dashboard Cell Phone Holder with Three Layers Strong Suction Cup for Iphone 6 Plus/6 5 4 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge/s6 S5 S4 S3 Note Nexus Etc
Offered by Ipow Official
Price: $11.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works with items of various sizes, August 28, 2015
This universal windshield dashboard mount comes in a small box. Inside, you will find the swan neck bendable arm with suction cup attached and a separate rubber gripping clamp that attaches to the ball end of the arm via a threaded cup. Assembly is straight-forward. There is a small instruction manual in a cute manga cartoon style to guide you through assembly.

I have to confess I was quite confused by the claw grip till I tried it. It works much like a paper binder clip where you squeeze the tabs at the back and the longer claws spread at the front. The spring tension is strong so people with weak hands or injuries might have trouble but otherwise it’s fine.

The jaws of the clamp easily open wide enough to accommodate my LG G3 phone. One nice thing about this system is that it can easily grasp anything from a fraction of an inch to 5.5 inches. So it can just as easily grip my GoGear Ariaz medial player or anything else you might want to mount on your dash. The grip is lined with rubber for good firm hold without risking scratching any polished surfaces. If you loosen the balljoint at the back, you can rotate the clamp to any angle and retighten it and can tighten it to any degree that you want.

The suction cup is pretty interesting because it’s not just a rubber cup for smooth polished surfaces. The contact surface of the cup has a sticky gell like surface that can actually work on some lightly textured surfaces like your dashboard if your dashboard is clean. Be warned that the suction cup easily picks up dust and has to be washed off with running water to remove it. If you try to clean it with a cloth, you are probably going to get lint stuck on the gell suction cup. On the plus side, if you wash it with liquid soap, the gell becomes even stickier which for me meant that it stuck to my dashboard really well although it didn’t stick very well to the windshield.

To activate the suction sup you simply place it on the surface and push down the lever to force the air out and create suction. It works very well.

If you get the cup dusty then it will leave a dirty ring on the windshield. So you do have to be careful to keep surfaces clean. It ships with a thin circle of clear plastic attached to the suction cup to keep it clean. I recommend keeping the disk as long as you can because when you remove the suction cup from your car you can reattach the plastic circle to prevent dust collecting when not in use.

I like this Holder because you’re not limited to just holding a thin rectangular device like a phone with with it. You can grip a flashlight and aim it and it will hold it steady while working in your car etc. At first I was uncertain about the clamp but when I actually used it I was impressed with how well it worked.

Given the price, this seems like a good buy.

Disclaimer: this product was provided by the manufacturer in exchange for a fair and impartial review.
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Wolverine Men's Basic Milled Leather Strap Belt, Brown, 40
Wolverine Men's Basic Milled Leather Strap Belt, Brown, 40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the belt but it's a little different from the photos, August 27, 2015
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The belt I received differs somewhat from the one in the amazon photo. To show the differences between the belt in the amazon photos and the one I received, I attached my own photos to this review.

The brown belt I have is of a dark brown leather, extremely rugged, and is made of thicker leather than I am used to. It is roughly 3/16” (4mm) thick 1 11/16th (43mm) wide with an extra 1/16th 2mm) of reinforcement along the holes. The reinforcement is an extra strip of the thick leather the belt is made of but on the inside to reinforce the row of holes. As a result, the holes should not elongate quickly if you do the belt up tight and are straining on the belt somewhat when sitting.

The outside of the belt has a strong texture and a satin polished finish while the inside has no special treatment. The name Wolverine with paw print is discreetly debossed into the leather buckle loop. The leather loop on the buckle won’t fit some designer dress trousers or suits. This belt is better suited for jeans and other casual and outdoor wear than for dress pants.

I have the it in size 40 as it was recommended to size up one from your actual waist size. I wear 36” and the next belt size up was 40” which ended up being a tight fit on the islet or the hole closest to the buckle (meaning I am almost too thin for the belt). When I use the second to closest hole, the fit of the belt is very relaxed.

As I mentioned earlier, my belt differs slightly from the amazon photos. The amazon photo shows a polished finish to the inside of the belt and the Wolverine and paw deboss has additional black printing while mine does not. Mine is also a darker brown with less reddish ginger. I have provided additional photos to illustrate these differences.

I really like this belt. My husband is always a bit apprehensive about what size to buy and usually purchases belts in walk-in in stores because he can try them on first. So this was a bit of a risk. Still, it paid off.

The quality is excellent. Opening the packaging and holding the belt for the first time was a pleasant surprise. It is of a very tough and solid construction. My husband joked that in an emergency he could tow his car with this thing. It’s that strong and that well-made.

I will caution you that if you have a waist under 36” you will want the next size down from 40”.

Disclaimer: This product was provided free of charge in exchange for a fair and impartial review.
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EMIE® Memo *Just Shake it!* 10000mAh Ultra-thin 12mm Adorable Compact Portable Power Bank Silicone Cover External Battery with Smart LED Indicator for Apple iPhone 6/6+/5s/5c/4s/4 (Lightning Cable NOT inluded); Samsung Galaxy S6/S5/S4, Note 4/3/2, HTC One, Moto X, Nokia, LG, Blackberry and other Mobile Devices (Pop Art)
EMIE® Memo *Just Shake it!* 10000mAh Ultra-thin 12mm Adorable Compact Portable Power Bank Silicone Cover External Battery with Smart LED Indicator for Apple iPhone 6/6+/5s/5c/4s/4 (Lightning Cable NOT inluded); Samsung Galaxy S6/S5/S4, Note 4/3/2, HTC One, Moto X, Nokia, LG, Blackberry and other Mobile Devices (Pop Art)
Offered by Emie Official
Price: $79.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can charge an android tablet 1.4 times, August 25, 2015
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This is a festive-looking battery pack. Brightly colored triangular shapes decorate the cover in an artistic fashion reminiscent of an Mondrian or Matisse cutout work. The size is similar to a modern iPhone 6 or Galaxy S 5/6 and contains a 10,000mah li-poly battery. It is simple to use since it has a micro usb input socket on the side for charging and a regular Type A socket on the plain grey front edge alongside a long thin LED indicator light. The battery pack comes with a single usb cable for charging both the power bank and any device that accepts a micro-usb for chargin. There is no on/off switch. Plugging a suitable device in activates it at which point the LED light illuminates green for a few seconds before turning off again. To check the remaining charge during use just shake the power bank or tap it gently against something to activate the LED. When the power pack runs low on power the LED light glows Green. When it’s somewhere mid capacity it glows blue and when fully charged Red.

Technical stuff

Lion Poly is one of more modern types of battery that has high current draw and charge rates without generating excessive heat while also being light weight even compared to the more common Li-ion batteries. I have come across them most often in the more expensive hobby grade radio controlled vehicles where high capacity, fast charge times and high current draw combined with light weight means that motors can be more powerful and longer lasting motors that run on conventional batteries. On the bottom of the case it states this battery has 1.5 amps input and 2.1 amps output.

This battery pack is 10,000mah; the iPhone 6 is powered by a small 1800mah battery while the Galaxy S6 has a much more substantial 2550mha battery. Even so, this pack should be able to recharge each from empty to full capacity several times without the need for a power outlet.

Quick test

To test it I used my Asus ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10. It’s a 10.1 inch android tablet that has a power-hungry HD screen and intel Atom processor. The battery in the tablet is rated at 5000mah and from empty took about 4 hours to charge from the power pack. After watching a video for a few hours till the battery ran out I plugged in the power bank and charged again. It charged my Asus to 40%, meaning that its output was about 7000mah total which is close to expected when you factor in the energy that is used during the charging process.

Conclusion.

This is the best 5v battery pack I currently own. I had a 4200 mah, and 6000mah one previously. They were smaller and would charge my phone to full capacity once but not my tablet. This Emie 10,000 mah power pack charges my tablet almost 1.5 times and should be able to charge my Android phone three times with a fully charged power pack.

Disclaimer: This Power Pack was provided by the manufacturer in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Bamoer European Style DIY Jewelry Silver Plated LOVE Snake Chains Charms Beads Bracelets For Woman Girls 7.87IN 20 CM
Bamoer European Style DIY Jewelry Silver Plated LOVE Snake Chains Charms Beads Bracelets For Woman Girls 7.87IN 20 CM
Offered by yinzhiyun
Price: $6.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Bracelet for a Young Girl, August 24, 2015
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Costume jewelry was once considered “junk” but is now a sought-after accessory because it is seen as a way to make a statement. Seen in this light, the statement you would be making is an openness to Eastern culture (this bracelet definitely has a modern Asian feel to it) and lack of fear of colors. The brightly colored beads on the bracelet are definitely cheerful. Another plus side to the multitude of colors is that the bracelet goes with just about anything.

The clasp is particularly clever. It is a wedge in one of the beads that says “Love”. When I first looked at the bracelet, I thought there wasn’t a clasp at all; that’s how well hidden it is.

I think this is a lovely bracelet and could make a great gift for a young girl who is just starting to wear jewelry.

Disclaimer: I received this bracelet free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
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Swiss Legend Men's 10013-BB-11-SB World Timer Collection Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch
Swiss Legend Men's 10013-BB-11-SB World Timer Collection Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch
Price: $159.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clerks Gawk at It, August 24, 2015
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This is currently my husband’s favorite watch. I think he liked it immediately thanks to its somewhat understated look. It actually looks much better in person though the body is a little thicker than he is used to. The glass doesn’t bulge too much though, so there isn’t much distortion when you look at the time. The body and strap are a brushed black metal with the faintest, barely noticeable aged-bronzing on the edges of the strap. The strap is easy to remove thanks to its pinch-type latch where you squeeze the edges at each side to release. When closed, the latch is not that obvious and blends in with the rest quite well. There are some chrome details. The outer Tachymeter bezel is chrome, as is the bottom half of an inner bezel.

The main face has two chrome hands while a small upper left dial counts 30 minutes, small upper right dial the seconds in a minute. A lower center dial displays the day with a date window between the day and 4 o’clock position.

There are 12 fairly large and well defined hour markers with luminous accents similar to the ends of the hands. The luminescence is quite weak which is ok; this watch tries to be understated rather than draw attention to itself though I can’t say it has entirely succeeded. On a ring around the 12 hour markers you have 24 hours printed. And a ring around that has various popular cities around the world listed for setting time zones.

The time zones are set with the single left hand winder. Unfortunately for me at least, the text is too tiny for the timezones to be very useful without a magnifying glass. The time-zone winder rotates the entire ring around inside the watch probably so you can offset it for easy reading.

On the right hand side there are three controls. The upper button starts and stops the stopwatch while the lower one resets to 0. The reset is not instantaneous as the second hand smoothly completes its 360 degree rotation back to 12. The stopwatch second hand is for the stopwatch only despite being a thin hand that is viewed in the main face. As previously mentioned, the second hand that runs all the time is in the small right hand face.

The main dial for setting the time comes extended with a collar that you have to remove to activate the watch. The collar is too fiddly to do by hand but a pair of tweezers or needle nose pliers can remove it with the gentlest squeeze. Then you can set your time, day and date easily enough. When set you need to screw it down to its locked position which will prevent tampering and seal the watch from the environment. The watch is water resistant up to 330 feet, but only when the winder is screwed to the locked position.

The watch has a five-year warranty which is void if the adjustment knob isn’t screwed down to its locked position.

The watch looks much better on his arm than on its own. Despite being more of an understated design I have noticed a couple of cashiers at local stores gawk at it which was a bit odd. It’s a nice timepiece that he always wears when we go out. He tells me that part of the reason he does so is that it’s much nicer and more polite to be able to glance at a watch discreetly while driving or sitting at a table than digging a bulky phone out of a necessarily deep pocket somewhere on your person and can make for a nice fashion accessory.

I really like it.
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Mosaic Brown Glass Uplight Accent Lamp
Mosaic Brown Glass Uplight Accent Lamp
Offered by LAMPS PLUS
Price: $34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Functional yet Elegant Lamp, August 22, 2015
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I really like this vintage torchiere desk lamp. It has an Art Nouveau look to it, with its amber and caramel mosaic that’s mounted on a short classic-looking pillar-like stand. It looks a lot like a goblet that emits light. I also appreciate the that it’s an uplight lamp as that means it can provide sufficient though not overbearing light for our entire study even though it is a desk lamp because it bounces the light off of the ceiling which creates a diffuse light throughout the room. The 40 watt light-bulb whose light is further muted somewhat by the mosaic means that the light does not provide so much glare that you have to squint at the computer screen while at the same time providing sufficient light to read by.

The lamp also comes with an CFL fluorescent light bulb. Mine came in the mail after I had been using the lamp for a couple of days so I was initially confused so if yours comes after you’ve had the lamp for a little bit, don’t worry; it really is yours. It’s a nice little bonus the lamp manufacturer throws in. Not that this little lamp needs it but it is a nice touch.

The study is where my husband and I do most of our work which means it's filled with computer and electronics. Nonetheless, we it want to look as elegant as possible. This lamp is functional yet elegant and I greatly appreciate that.

I highly recommend it.
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