By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor
Summer is here so it’s time to get out there and enjoy the hot weather (in some cool summer styles, of course)—and also use some of the extra down time to redecorate, boost your self-care regime, connect with friends and family over fab food, and ensure all is clean and spiffy on the homefront. Here are a few finds that can help improve life on all of those fronts.
Discount Glasses – NFL Styles (www.DiscountGlasses.com) – $20.98
What better way to show your team pride than with officially licensed NFL-style glasses from DiscountGlasses.com, an online optical retailer dedicated to making savvy shoppers look amazing. By providing competitive prices, DiscountGlasses.com gives you the ability to purchase multiple pairs of stylish eyewear to show off whoever you are, however you’re feeling, or who you’re rooting for on any given day. Simply go to the Web site, choose your favorite team, and receive the direct-to-door shipment so you’re ready to head to the stadium and cheer them on in their quest for the Lombardi Trophy. If football isn’t your thing, check out hundreds of other affordable, trendy and quality styles on DiscountGlasses.com, including brands like Maui Jim, Prive, Body Glove, Lunettos, and more. If you need prescription glasses, they also make it easy to upload your prescription online ensuring that your sunglass needs are met.
The Suitcase Life Merchandise (www.TheSuitcaseLifeStore.com) – Prices vary starting under $10
Are you a girl who lives for travel? Are you a lady who loves adventure and fabulous vacations? Are you a woman with wanderlust in her soul? Then check out my own TheSuitcaseLifeStore.com where you’ll find all kinds of chic travel accessories plus fashion, tech gadgets, drinkware, office gear and other swag showcasing your joy for journeying—however near, far, long or short. From travel bags and tags to fashion and accessories to mugs, mousepads, portable chargers and much in between, The Suitcase Life has you covered in fabulous form! Gadgets and gear from TheSuitcaseLifeStore.com will help you celebrate—and display—your enduring desire to Travel, Explore, Shop, Eat and Repeat!
Pela Case (www.PelaCase.com) – Starting at $30
Helping lead the way with environmentally sustainable tech accessories is the Pela Case, the world’s first zero-waste compostable phone case. It is made from Flaxstic, a compostable bioplastic elastomer that uses flax straw materials. Pela Case protects your smartphone from scratches, everyday wear and tear and even the occasional drop. It will biodegrade in an industrial compost facility or in your very own backyard composter, making it a trailblazer in the move toward a plastic-free future. Pela Case is also as stylish as it is eco-friendly, available in many different colors and styles for various iPhone and Android models. You can feel good about your purchase knowing that Pela gives back as this company is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, which means they will be donating at least 1% of their sales to environmental non-profit groups.
Triple S Ranch Napa (www.TripleSRanchNapa.com) – Rates vary
Visit the Triple S Ranch in Northern California and be transported back to a time and place when people lived off the land in California’s scenic wine country. A time when buildings and objects were as beautiful as they were functional, and there was freedom to slow down, contemplate and enjoy life. Triple S Ranch is an ideal venue for an event that seeks intimacy and the ultimate eco-luxury experience. Three miles west of Calistoga, this incomparable boutique resort comprises 20 private acres overlooking stunning views of the Napa Valley. The grounds include majestic old growth trees, verandas and patios for outdoor celebrations, and buildings from the 1800s that have been lovingly restored and updated to offer every amenity but without sacrificing old world charm. Fabulous extras include a swimming pool, gym, infinity 25-person hot tub, a restaurant-quality kitchen, outdoor pizza oven, organic gardens and an outdoor fireplace.
Great Soles (www.Great-Soles.com) – $12.00-$16.00
If you’re looking for more stable footing while wearing socks, Great Soles’ non-slip grip socks are for you The company was conceived in the Pilates studio, created by two sisters to fill the need for a quality non-slip grip sock to improve practice and performance through better balance and control. When you’re in the zone, the last thing you want to worry about is slipping and losing your equilibrium! Whether during Yoga, Barre, Pilates, or just lounging around the house, Great Soles help lock in stability and balance. They offer a myriad of on-trend styles, colors and fabrics, plus an extremely reasonable price-tag. This company also gives back with the Great Soles Giving campaigns that support cancer research and education to find more effective treatments and the search for a cure.
Rindle Waves (www.RindleWaves.com) – Prices Vary
Rindle Waves is the embodiment of “Modern Art with Meaning.” Where special audible moments are captured allowing you to keep them forever as contemporary art! This company combines sound plus superb materials to make a personalized piece of art like none other. Their Sound Wave Art is made from taking any sound and converting it into a visual display of the volume and sound. The audio you provide, be it your own voice, a baby’s heartbeat, your favorite song, or anything audible is converted to a visual representation of the entire sound, song or other to make your custom piece. Every sound wave is completely unique, making it a perfect personalized gift for any occasion such as a wedding, anniversary, new baby, graduation, holiday…the list goes on. Available in a variety of print types, including paper, canvas, wood, and metal, other options include color scheme choice, the inclusion of multiple lines of text, to integrate a photograph and for professional framing. All you have to do is choose the print type, provide the audio info (Artist and Song) or upload your personal audio with or without a photo and accompanying text! You will receive proofs via email for your review and approval. Once they get your seal of approval, the custom piece of art is made and shipped to your door. Rindle Waves is much more than a sound art maker. They are a moment maker. An art experience, that will touch the heart.
MitoQ (www.MitoQ.com) – Prices Vary
MitoQ Limited is a New Zealand-based company that’s introduced MitoQ, the world’s first mitochondria-targeted antioxidant skincare and supplement range now available worldwide. Mitochondrial health is a new and exciting field of supplementation that has the potential to have a significant impact in the anti-aging, health and well-being markets…and our individual lives. By slowing the gradual damage associated with oxidative stress in your body, MitoQ supports optimal organ function for improved long-term health. Improving mitochondrial performance supports optimal organ health, increases energy output, improves recovery and builds resilience against the free radical damage associated with aging and disease. MitoQ reports that it’s backed by over a decade of independent research, costing $60 million and producing over 200 published papers in respected medical journals. Without your health you have nothing, so this can help you look after it now so you can benefit up ahead and get the most out of life.
Local Hive by Rice’s Honey (www.LocalHiveHoney.com) – Starting at $6.99
For centuries, honey has been hailed for its many health benefits and Local Hive by Rice’s Honey is a great option, Family run for generations, this company’s natural, raw, unfiltered American honey is thoroughly tested to ensure there are no antibiotics or pesticides. In addition to raw and unfiltered Clover, Wildflower and Amber honey, the company also bottles over 12 local varietals from around the country, and only partners with local beekeepers. The Nor Cal honey, much like its climate, has a flavor that is warm and mild. Besides honey, pollination is the greatest gift bees give. That’s why a portion of all proceeds from every bottle goes toward supporting PACE, a non-profit organization working to protect all pollinators. Local Hive is committed to offering only the best honey, from only the best sources and can be found at leading retailers like Sam’s Club, Walmart and Costco.
Barley+ Muesli and Bars (www.BarleyPlus.com.au) – $5.99
Did you know there are different types of fibers to support gut health? Soluble Fiber and Insoluble Fiber are two types that are important for a healthy gut. Barley+ Muesli and Bars, a delicious range of nutritious breakfast, contain these and other various different fiber types important for good gut function. BARLEYmax is a non-genetically engineered Australian super grain that contains prebiotic dietary fiber to help feed the good gut bacteria found in your stomach. There are three delicious flavors of both the Muesli and Bars. My favorite is the Pink Lady Apple and Macadamia! Barley+ products have been known to aid people with weight loss, gut health, better mental mood, and healthier well-being. Find them in Shaw’s, Wegmans and on Amazon.com.
Peatos (www.Peatos.com) – Starting at $1.29
Snack healthier this season with Peatos, which make a great healthy addition to your summer picnic basket. They’re a new twist on an American classic: yellow cheese-flavored crunchy puffs. But Peatos is a non-GMO option that is higher in fiber and protein, but contains less salt, fat and calories than the leading chip brands along with no artificial colors or flavors. Peatos starts out at an elevated state: replacing the corn base of other corny crunchy cheese puff snacks with a nutrient-dense pulse base. Peatos are a combination of peas, beans and lentils that together create a tasty better-for-you snack. They deliver the “junk food” taste you crave with the nutrition you need and want! Having just launched in March 2018 at the Natural Product Expo, Peatos is a revolution in snacking. To suit any preference, they’re available in a variety of flavors: Classic Cheese, Fiery Hot, Masala and Chili Cheese.
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.***