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.
Reliable Ovo 150GT Portable Steam Iron & Garment Steamer (www.ReliableCorporation.com)
Here’s a super handy mini multi-tasker. It’s an iron. It’s a steamer. It’s both! But don’t be fooled by its charm. This portable powerhouse travels light and takes out wrinkles without taking up space. The Ovo 150GT Portable Steam Iron & Garment Steamer makes the ideal travel companion for you this summer and beyond. With a patent-pending heating system, you’ll get impressive steam volume in the palm of your hand, without the worry of spitting or leaking. Other features include a unique 2-in-1 case that works both as an iron rest and as a travel pouch and an ample water tank that provides continuous steam for up to 10 minutes. The iron rest features heat-resistant silicone so you can put it down without worry. Whether you’re on-the-go or at home, the Ovo 150GT will help ensure you’re wardrobe ready.
The Suitcase Life Merchandise (www.TheSuitcaseLifeStore.com)
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!
Jelly Cylinder Nano Jellyfish Tank (www.JellyfishArt.com)
Summer is a great time to take in the beauty of marine life, so for ocean-lovers (and those who just like amazing, awe-inducing décor enhancements), JellyfishArt.com has created one of the coolest interior adornments. Envision something with the nostalgia and intrigue of a lava lamp, combined with the thrill of “living” art. This company has made the concepts of jellyfish tanks a simple reality for any home or office décor. These are interior-design-friendly, modern, cutting-edge aquariums that are easy to set up and maintain. As an all-inclusive kit, the Jellyfish Cylinder kits include three sustainably aqua-cultured, live Moon Jellyfish and everything you need to set up the aquarium. The Jellyfish are express shipped directly to your door and are backed by a 10-day “Arrive Alive Guarantee.” These JellyfishArt.com kits are a truly unique gift for the holiday season, especially for that person who seemingly has it all.
Pela Case (www.PelaCase.com)
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)
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)
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)
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.
iRobot Roomba 980 (www.iRobot.com)
Another great iRobot product that lets you relax while stepping up the cleaning of your home is the Roomba 980 model. This Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum is capable of cleaning and navigating an entire level of a home (up to 2,000 sq. ft.), seamlessly recharging and resuming as needed until the job is done. With the companion iRobot HOME App, users can view new Clean Map Reports on their phone, which show the dirtiest areas of the home leveraging iRobot’s patented Dirt Detect technology. The Roomba 980 also features Carpet Boost mode, in which the motor will automatically boost its suction power when on carpet and rug, where dirt is harder to reach. At just 3.6 inches tall, the Roomba 980 is designed to clean under beds, sofas, toe kicks, and other hard-to-reach areas. Cliff Detect sensors prevent the robot from falling down stairs or tumbling over drop-offs. The iRobot Roomba 980 vacuum gives you cleaner floors, throughout your entire home, all at the push of a button.
iRobot Braava Jet 240 (www.iRobot.com)
Who wouldn’t love a robot, especially one that cleans the floors while you get to relax on the couch? This smart device is great for mopping and sweeping in particularly dirty spaces, like kitchens and bathrooms. It has three cleaning modes: wet mopping, damp sweeping and dry sweeping. Plus, its square shape and compact size allows it to get into hard-to-reach places, including under and around toilets, into corners, and below cabinets. What’s also pretty cool is that the iRobot Braava Jet remembers obstacles in its path and slows down to gently clean along furniture, walls, and fixtures before returning to its starting point after completing a cleaning run. And, if it encounters a problem it’ll automatically shut off. All you have to do is fill the water reservoir, select the right cleaning pad for the job, press clean and the robot will do the rest! This device is also compatible with the iRobot HOME App via Bluetooth.
Styptic Balm (www.GetGlyder.com)
We know a clean smooth shave isn’t always what you get when you pick up your razor, and getting a cut while shaving not only stings—it’s annoying, especially right before a wedding, date night or an interview. That’s why Glyder has invented Styptic Balm, a product formulated with premium natural ingredients like Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Argan Oil to help stop the bleeding from shaving cuts and to nourish skin, leaving it fresh and smooth. Glyder has developed a patent pending formula of wound sealing antihemorrhagic agents that help promote platelet plugging, which helps heal and seal your nicks and cuts. This same technology is used by the American military to treat wounds so you know it’s tough! The Styptic Balm comes in an ultra-grippable and retractable tube, enabling the formula to roll on just like lip balm without making a mess. Simply rinse it under warm water to keep it hygienic, retract it back in the tube and get on with your day.
MesoLyft Lip (www.MesoLyft.com)
Lips need a Lyft? Consider MesoLyft’s revolutionary micro-needle skincare technology. As we age, we lose collagen and elastin, which are the building blocks of radiant skin. MesoLyft’s micro-needles and serum condition the skin’s surface for a non-invasive boost back to beautiful. MesoLyft Lip enhances lip volume and texture instantly, with no tingling. It hydrates dry chapped lips and makes lipstick go on and sit better and longer. MesoLyft Lip Enhancer is formulated using mango butter to both condition and plump the lips. Silicones make them feel extra soft and silky, and Aloe Vera soothes the area after gentle exfoliation by the micro-needles. This veritable magic wand instantly creates a luscious pout. To use, just roll over the entire lip and around the lip line to instantly plump lips and smooth fine lines. After 3-4 weeks of continued use, there’s a noticeable long-term smoothness. You can use it daily as often as needed.
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)
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.
True Story Foods (www.TrueStoryFoods.com)
Summer is a wonderful time for family get-togethers and enjoying the outdoors. But all those summer foods that we grew up with aren’t always healthy. Thankfully True Story makes foods we love in guilt-free form so we feel good partaking—and sharing with our friends and family. Their Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog is made with organic, 100% grass fed beef. These plump, skinless hot dogs pack a wallop of flavor and a smidgen of spice in every juicy bite. The Organic Apple & Wildflower Honey Chicken Sausage is slightly sweet with chunks of tender apple and whispers of wildflower honey. Made the artisan way, True Story takes time crafting their meals and snacks to bring out the natural flavor. Their delicious foods are always gluten free, dairy free, soy free and never use nitrates, nitrites, carrageenan, starch or fillers. True Story Foods partners with farmers who are committed to good farming practices.
Barley+ Muesli and Bars (www.BarleyPlus.com.au)
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.
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.***