Brand Spotlight: Q&Q SmileSolar

Q&Q SmileSolar is an amazing brand that combines their passions for innovation and global happiness to create products that are loved by many.

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By using recycled materials, Q&Q SmileSolar develops well designed watches that are completely solar powered.  Say goodbye to changing your watch batteries.  So long as you have access to an hour of sunlight, you’ll have 3 months worth of power.

By changing light into energy, the watch needs no battery replacement, making it a green option for all.

My husband and I recently wore our Q&Q SmileSolar watches on a recent trip to Bermuda.  These water resistant watches were perfect for all of our aquatic adventures in paradise!

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Q&Q SmileSolar is on a mission to create moments of happiness to the world.  One way they do this is by supporting people by making donations.  When anyone purchases a Q&Q SmileSolar watch, a portion of the proceeds is donated for TABLE FOR TWO to deliver school meals to children in Africa.

Being able to own a great timepiece at an even better price, while also being able to help people around the world, puts Q&Q SmileSolar on my favorites list!

Get your own at Store.Smile-QQ.com.

 

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WOODn’t It be Nice?

If you’re anything like me, you love searching for, finding and ultimately wearing unique pieces that standout.  If you’re anything like me, you LOVE watches!  From antique timepieces to digital tickers, I’m all about that arm candy.
I recently came across a brand of watches that utilizes a material I rarely see in a wristwatch – wood. JORD Wood Watches are wildly unusual in the best possible way.
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My JORD watch, Cora, is made from purpleheart wood which is sourced from the Solomon Islands and has a naturally rich purple color.  The opaline Mother of pearl face provides a beautiful contrast and showcases the luxe nature of natural materials.
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My JORD watch is such a special part of my jewelry collection.  Check out www.woodwatches.com to add a wood watch to your special collection of timepieces.
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CitySeat a Cyclist’s Treat

Summer is here and so far, it’s hot! Whether I’m riding my bike through Central Park, snagging a CitiBike downtown, or begrudgingly hitting up a SoulCycle class to get my booty into summer shape, there is only one thing I know – my seat is sweaty, sticky and in need of a bubble bath!

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In Kindergarten we learn that sharing is caring.  And, today’s entrepreneurs have taken that lesson to brand new heights.  From shared rides and shared bikes to wear and return clothing and jewelry, we seem to live in an age where we share everything.

It makes me wonder, how sanitary can this possibly be?

Well, CitySeat has come up with the perfect solution, and I took one for a test ride on a recent getaway to Asheville, North Carolina.


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CitySeats are portable, padded bicycle seat covers that allow any cyclist to ride comfortably and in style.  There are so many patterns to choose from, all offering a fun aesthetic that allows your bike to stand out from the pack.

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This Edge Padded CitySeat is part of the brand new line.

Get your CitySeat bike cover at http://www.cityseat.com  #RIDEON

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CitySeat. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Modern Milliner

As a lifelong New Yorker I am supposed to subscribe to the ethnocentric idea that there is no city on earth that compares to the city that never sleeps.  In my early twenties however, I spent a brief period of time living in London.  The Old Smoke entered my lungs and nearly a decade later, a small piece of London still lives within me.  The history, the art, the beauty and the strong sense of tradition instilled within Brits is unlike anything I have ever seen.

Keeping history and tradition in fashion alive and well is Allon Zloof, a man to whom I believe has earned the moniker, The Modern Milliner.  In 2013, Zloof, who stems from generations of designer hat-makers, revived the centuries-old business, Tom Smarte, bringing fine British hat design into the 21st Century.

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From the heart of London, Tom Smarte creates urban hats for a cosmopolitan look.  
From Savile Row to Hoxton, Tom Smarte’s English hats style travels well and is equally at home in Paris, Tokyo and New York.

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As a testament to the pure craftsmanship that goes into Tom Smarte hat design, I recently took one of my perfect fedoras for a lengthy bike ride from Manhattan’s picturesque Upper West Side to its ultra-trendy Meat Packing District.  It was a particularly windy day as I rode my fixed-gear beach cruiser along Riverside Park’s visually stunning waterfront.  With this kind of weather, I would typically be holding on to my hat (pun intended!) with great fear that my headpiece would soon be floating down the Hudson River.  However, my Tom Smarte fedora did not budge as its design and fit is so refined and well perfected..


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Allon Zloof’s enormous passion for preserving only the finest hat making skills and traditions are what makes Tom Smarte products so special.  While the brand gears toward men, I firmly believe these marvelous hats are perfect for women as well.  Allon couldn’t agree more, even his wife often wears his perfectly fitting Tom Smarte hats!
Be sure to visit www.TomSmarte.com to get a hat of your very own!
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How to Keep Your White Kicks White

Don’t kick your dirty white kicks to the curb just yet.  From tennis shoes to slip-ons, the white sneaker trend is going nowhere fast and The Eden Edition has the down-low on how to keep your stark white footwear crispy all year round.

I eagerly unpacked my brand new pair of Backyard Footwear Tivoli white canvas sneakers but with that extraordinary excitement came rapid heart palpitations and a surprising shortness of breath indicating my massive fear of sporting my new kicks on the streets of New York City!  Everyday in Manhattan feels like that iconic scene from the opening credits of Sex & the City when our beloved Carrie Bradshaw gets splashed by a large, dirty puddle, courtesy of our lovely city buses. It’s nearly impossible to remain spotless all day which is why I carry a tide pen with me everywhere I go, and wish I could somehow waterproof and stain-proof my entire body from head to toe.  Okay, perhaps I’m not the most careful person in the world, but I’m a busy woman with places to go and people to meet!
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The shoe of the Seventies is the sneaker of today.
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So, if you’re like me and are incapable of keeping your whites white, then definitely utilize the tips below.  Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can!
PREVENTION
The first step in keeping those white kicks spotless is prevention.  Protect your new shoes before they hit the streets.
1. I recommend Scotchguard to protect the fabric.  And remember, once is not enough.  Repeat this crucial step every few weeks to keep your footwear protected from the dangerous variables of the great outdoors.
2. Your shoes are like your skin.  To prevent damage, you must keep them away from the sun.  Believe it or not your shoes can get a tan just like you (not me, I strictly burn).  To prevent any kind of sun damage, it’s best to store you white shoes inside.
KEEP UP
As much as you try to prevent a stain on your white athletic shoe, accidents still happen.  We all step in dirt or drop a piece of food near our feet on occasion.  That is when the following tips will come in handy.
1. Do you believe in Magic?
He might be bald and muscular, but Mr. Clean is more than just eye-candy.  Who knew?  Use Mr. Clean Wipes, Magic Erasers, or a washrag dipped in vinegar to erase unappealing spots and stains
2. Toothbrush = Best Friend
I have multiple toothbrushes, but only one is used on my teeth.  For diamonds, I use a soft-bristled toothbrush and Windex at the recommendation of my jeweler (works like a charm)!  For my tennis shoes, I dip a separate toothbrush in warm water and gentle soap and I lightly scrub those hard-to-reach areas.  In the case of more severe stains, use a very gentle shampoo.  I promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
3. Living Life on a Shoestring
The washing machine might be the world’s greatest invention, but when it comes to your white shoelaces, you’ll want to avoid that convenient mechanism like the plague.  Wash those shoelaces the old-fashioned way, by hand.  Let them air dry and they’ll be as good as new.
It might seem overwhelming, but ultimately, you can’t go wrong utilizing the tips above!  Did we miss anything?  Would love to hear how you keep your shoes clean!
xoxo,
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Brand Spotlight: Elegantees

As many of you know, Instagram has become a new obsession of mine!  While perusing the profiles of other influencers on the highly addictive app, I came across a wonderful company called Elegantees.

Have you ever wondered who actually makes the clothes you buy?  Well, with Elegantees, you shall wonder no more.
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Elegantees is without a doubt an amazing outlet for trendy yet simple cotton tees for everyday wear.  But what sets them apart from other retailers selling similar products?  It’s the women who ardently and passionately sew each garment.
Based in Nepal, the sewing center employs survivors of sex trafficking, providing hope to victims as well as a positive source of income that reinforces independence, a healthy self-image and confidence.
After reaching out to Elegantees to learn more about their mission, they shared with me this inspiring story of survival, hope and resilience:
Growing up in a Hindu home, Mary’s parents would not accept her back home after she was rescued from trafficking because of the bad karma she might bring back into her family. Mary was heartbroken by this every time she attempted to regain acceptance. Then she learned to sew and was introduced to the Gospel and through this she gained confidence and hope. Mary sent money to her family and this surprised them so much they accepted her again. For a woman to earn an income in Nepal is a rare thing… Today, Mary’s relationship with her family has been restored and better than ever. She is an inspiration to many women.
Who knew a t-shirt could save a life? Check out www.Elegantees.com to shop amazing styles and above all else help other women find a path to both happiness and success.
See some of my favorite tees below!
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Let’s Go Orange (and blue)!

Nothing excites a Syracuse University alum more than one of 2016 NYFW’s biggest trends, the colors orange and blue!  Luckily my closet is filled to the brim of my two favorite colors.  Designers like Opening Ceremony, Jeremy Scott and Tory Burch covered their runways with stylish models clad in the beautiful and spirited color combination.

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From contrasting pants and shirts to dresses flawlessly combining the colorful hues, get ready to see an ample amount of “Syracuse” couture lining the windows of Saks, Barneys and Bergdof’s.  I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time…

Embracing the trend is one of Instagram’s most fashionable Social Influencers:

 

Kinza |@Latresor | Algeria / Norway

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Kinza and her sister, Zozo (@mczozo) are personal style bloggers at http://www.lesfleursdor.com.  The pair have an eye for both style and a bargain.  The outfit above, which appears haute couture is actually a steal!  Her dress is from Mango, trousers from Bik Bok, jacket from Monki, shoes from Zara and adding in some additional style, a vintage handbag.  If there’s anything The Eden Edition loves completely, it’s something vintage, and of course, a good deal!

In fact, if you think dressing on a budget won’t get you attention, well, you couldn’t be more wrong!  While in Oslo Runway, international street style photographers were eager to take pics of the sisters.  David Nyanzi (@davidnyanzi) posted one of their photos, making the girls beyond excited!

We do not wear expensive brands from head to toe.  We are concerned with style and the ability to combine different garments together.  Even if it is bought on budget it can still look good.

Kinza reminds us that Norway has very long winters, and most embrace neutral tones.  Therefore, she goes for color… and these colors are right on trend!  Known as the “Fashion Sisters,” Kinza and Zozo are extraordinarily ambitious and determined to encourage and inspire women from all walks life.  In 2014, they founded the socially oriented women’s organization CLÉ WOMEN with a friend Sheery K.  They hold seminars and events that address relevant issues and works toward empowering women in everyday life and work.  Their goal is to create a community of women who inspire and support each other.

Kinza and Zozo are such an inspiration to us here at The Eden Edition.  Their goals are ambitious but their desires are pure.  Women helping women.  We couldn’t agree more!
Kinza leaves us with a few words wisdom:
If there is something you really want, then do it.   The only thing you need is to set yourself a goal and work toward it. Never give up.  You will fail many times but it is important to continue. That’s when the success comes! Trust us🙂
Go Kinza and Zozo!  Check out their blog and Instas!  You won’t be disappointed!
Also, GO ORANGE (and blue)!!!
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