Father’s Day Shopping Guide

Father’s Day is coming up soon, but that doesn’t mean you need to wait until June to start thinking about gifts. This year, ditch the neckties and opt for something a little more fun and exciting instead. Stumped as to what you should buy for that dad, stepdad, or grandfather on your shopping list? Don’t worry, a lot of people are, which is why we have chosen some fun and unique gift ideas to help get you started.

The Eighth Wonder

You may be thinking “underwear for dad? I know, something about that may not seem right, but trust me on this one. On their web page, The Eight Wonder proclaims that “ultimate comfort and top-shelf, signature fabrics are combined to make The Eighth Wonder a perfect 10.” Whether your dad’s an outdoorsman in need of long johns for staying warm, or the type of guy who prefers lounging around the house in his boxers, you’ll find a style that is just right for him. Your dad may just love his new underwear so much that buying some from The Eighth Wonder becomes your new Father’s Day tradition.

Artstar Abstract Art

Does your dad have a more whimsical, fun-loving nature? Would he like to spruce up his man-cave or office? If so, you’ll find a good number of art pieces available from Artstar that will appeal to his sense of fun and adventure. Perhaps your father is more of a contemporary guy who would enjoy a cityscape scene of New York or Paris. Maybe he’s a wannabe surfer who would prefer something from their beach or “surf’s up” collection. Regardless, you’ll find Artstar’s abstract art visually appealing and awe-inspiring, and may even want to pick up a few pieces for your own collection.

Uncommon Bond Zipper Tees

Every dad love t-shirts, especially if they’re a little out of the ordinary. The zipper tees offered by Uncommon Bond look very much like classic t-shirts, yet contain an unusual twist-zippers down each side. Think how practical these zippers will be when dad needs to cool off when performing yardwork or even playing a few rounds of “shirts and skins” basketball. These t-shirts come in a variety of colors, and are ideal for wearing anywhere, whether at work, running errands, or just hanging out at the park.

Acustom.com Chinos

Your dad has probably worn the same old tired pair of jeans for years. Maybe he doesn’t know how to shop for clothing, or just doesn’t know that chinos from Acustom.com are available in a multitude of colors. Let this be the year that you change his life forever by giving him a pair of chinos that he can then wear golfing, to a job interview, or even while taking your mother for a night out on the town.

This Father’s Day, resign yourself to giving dad a gift that will fundamentally transform his life. Any of the above gifts will do just that, while at the same time being very affordable and practical.

Buying for Mom – A Couple of Options

Although Mother’s Day is celebrated once a year, there is almost always a last-minute scramble of sorts by family members to ensure that they find the perfect gift. If you have been struggling to decide what to purchase for your mom this year, this handy gift guide will provide you with a great starting point – regardless of what your mom’s preferences may be.

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Is your mom a person who will never leave the house without donning at least one stylish piece of jewelry? If this is the case, why not splash out by giving her a beautiful watch that has been crafted by one of the most sought-after jewelry stores in Beverly Hills, namely Chris Aire? Any of the 36 watches in the Aire Parlay and Aire Traveler GMT ranges will provide the perfect accompaniment to a smart outfit. In addition, once you have chosen a watch, there are numerous other exquisite pieces of jewelry to choose from, such as earrings, necklaces and rings that can be added to your gift selection.

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www.ArtStar.com

A lot of moms who enjoy and appreciate art simply cannot afford to pay the high prices that are charged for original pieces – regardless of how small they may be. However, if you take a look at this site, you will notice that they offer a wide range of contemporary art pieces at highly affordable prices, in conjunction with a wide range of size options and frame designs. Art Star only works with the best contemporary artists around, and each piece sold by the site is signed and numbered as well. Art Star offers free shipping directly to your (or your mom’s) door anywhere within the U.S., so you will not need to worry about having to cover the cost of that when you are placing your order.

Regardless of what type of gifts or tastes your mom might have, at least one of the above mentioned options are sure to put a smile on her face this Mother’s Day. When purchasing gifts, it can be a good idea to get them wrapped with attractive paper to add just the right finishing touch. This holiday only comes around once a year, so go ahead, make a great impression and give your mom the best gift possible.

To Vie For: A New Way To Shop

Launching in Time for Mother’s Day, ToVieFor.com delivers a new and unique way to save.

Are you shopping for Mother’s Day yet? Do you consider finding the best deals somewhat a game? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, visit ToVieFor.com. This online retailer offers a wide selection of merchandise, yet provides you with a cutting-edge way to negotiate prices that adds an element of suspense to your shopping experience. If you want to save money and have a great time shopping, you will love the way ToVieFor works.

The Shopping Experience

Browse the ToVieFor website to find merchandise that interests you. You will find photographs and descriptions of products in a variety of categories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, and accessories. In order to purchase items, there must be a current sale taking place. The description will also include a button that you can click to enter the sale. If an item is not currently being sold, the anticipated sale date will be displayed, along with a button that says “notify me.” Clicking this button will trigger an email just before the sale begins.

The Sale

Click the item from the home page that interests you and enter the sale. Upon entering the sale, you will see the price displayed, and will also notice that it is going lower and lower as more people share the sale via social media. That’s right! As you invite your friends to check out the sale, the price gets reduced. The more shoppers you and your friends invite, the lower that price can go.

You may then wait until the price reaches your predetermined level, with the catch being that you must make your purchase before all the items in stock are sold out.

Playing the Game

The goal is to wait until the price is as low as possible without the product selling out. Since you do not know how many items are in stock, and cannot view other people’s purchases, this makes timing your selection very important. When the last item is sold, a button will appear letting you know it is on hold. That button will remain for two minutes while the final buyer checks out. If that person does not complete the transaction, the sale will continue. Act fast if that happens to ensure you are able to snag the final item at a very low price.

Shopping at ToVieFor.com can be a great way to have some fun, while also scoring some incredible deals. Buy your mother something fun and exciting that she is sure to treasure.

Stylish Tech Gadgets We All Love

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Although many tech gadgets are released to the consumer market each year, not all of them end up being as popular as their inventors and developers would have hoped. On the other hand, there are normally a few of these devices that gain popularity to the point where virtually everyone ‘has to have one.’ Below are a few examples of these.

Joe’s Jeans #Hello Jeans (pictured above)

These days, the jeans you wear should no longer be ‘just a fashion statement; they should be able to charge your smart phone as well. Joe’s Jeans has come up with a pair that not only flatters your curves; they come equipped with a phone-charging slot above the right back pocket. The jeans have been designed with a discreet slot that houses a slim-sized battery that connects to the hidden phone pocket. Company founder and creative director, Joe Dahan, stated, “The demand has been so high that we’ve added more #Hello styles to our upcoming collections. We will be expanding #Hello in upcoming seasons to include a variety of rises, fits, colors, and prints to give our customers more options for their wardrobes.”

Incipio Backup Battery Device

If you’re tired of having your phone die on you while celebrating good news with your bestie, this handy gadget can ensure that scenarios like this become a thing of the past. The Incipio is no ordinary backup battery device though – it doubles as a protective case for the iPhone 6 range as well. It provides up to 3000 MAH of power, which means that you will be able to browse the internet, watch a video or two and still have that much-needed chat with a friend. These devices are available in 7 eye-catching colors.

Warm Light Lamp

Are you used to burning the midnight oil when it comes to getting work done or meeting deadlines? If so, you may be exposing yourself to harsh levels of light that will have a negative effect on your sleep. However, the Aerelight A1 lamp is a great gadget that not only provides you with brighter light than most other desk lamps; it doesn’t give off any glare whatsoever, meaning that it won’t cause eye strain either. An added bonus is that when you are done working, you simply touch it to turn it off – and it even has the ability to wirelessly charge a wide range of smart devices.

ChargeHub

As more and more people are working from community spaces instead of traditional office environments, the need for numerous charging devices has increased substantially. ChargeHub is the ultimate in convenience when it comes to ensuring that you always have somewhere to keep your laptop or phone battery’s juice topped up. It not only enables up to 7 devices to be connected simultaneously; a variety of different devices can be charged at the same time – and users can choose their own color and shape when placing orders.

If you’re a gadget addict and have been looking for something different, the above mentioned devices are sure to fit the description – in addition, you will most likely be the envy of everyone around you as well.

The Top 5 Places to Visit on Spring Break – in Panama City

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Over the years, Panama City has become known for being “The Place to Be for Spring Break.” As a result, the area is usually frequented by college students, younger couples and anyone else who enjoys a good party. Below are a few of the best spots to be in this area if you are looking for the party that never stops.

1. Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel and Convention Center

This hotel is known for welcoming students through its doors to occupy more than 300 available rooms during spring break. It is also well-equipped in that mini-fridges; microwaves and wireless internet access are available in all rooms, ensuring that everyone can be kept in the loop with regards to where the next party will be taking place. The front of this hotel is on the strip and the back opens out right on to the beach, which makes it extremely convenient for revelers.

2. Holiday Inn Resort

Known for being ‘the place to stay on spring break,’ this hotel also caters for the hordes of students who head to Panama City at this time of year. Every day, party goers can look forward to numerous pool parties, contests, prizes and other forms of party related entertainment that are hosted here. Another advantage is that the Holiday Inn is situated close to many popular night clubs.

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3. Beach Bash Music Fest

If you’re looking for a jam-packed session of non-stop entertainment in Panama City, the Beach Bash Music Fest is the place to be. A range of national performers take part and the pre-party is not to be missed. Not only are there two days of nothing but fun; there is a great after party to be had as well.

4. Casa Loma

Booking accommodation here for spring break provides you with free access to many of the parties that will be taking place during this time. This hotel is close to many of the super clubs and night clubs, ensuring that the fun never stops. If you want to take an hour or two to recover from last night’s party, you can do so in the hotel’s hot sauna or heated lagoon style pool.

5. Club Lavela

With more than 48 bar stations, 10 theme rooms, a variety of non-stop live music performers and DJs, Club Lavela has become the biggest night club in the country – as many as 6,000 people can be accommodated at a time. As a result, anyone who visits for spring break will certainly not be disappointed. Numerous events are specially organized to take place during this time of year at the club.

Although spring break is a time for everyone to get together and enjoy the party of a lifetime, it is essential for revelers to remember that alcohol should be consumed responsibly. Access for some events may need to be booked in advance, as they are known to sell out soon after being advertised.

The Top 5 Places to Visit on Spring Break – in Tampa

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Although spring break is usually associated with a bunch of college students going on an all-week party binge, this is not always the case. Many singles and younger couples take the opportunity to enjoy a min-vacation or getaway at this time of the year as well. Below are some great spots to visit in this area.

1. Downtown St. Pete

Enough restaurants, art shows and a fantastic selection of shops can be found in this part of Tampa to make this an all-day outing. Downtown St. Pete is situated on the waterfront, which makes it a perfect spot for taking a few vacation photos or simply enjoying a little time away from the hustle and bustle. If you are in need of a little liquid refreshment, you can take a seat in one of the many coffee shops for a while.

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2. Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Bar

Not only is this the only barefoot beach bar in the Tampa area, you will be able to spend some time on the private beach relaxing or partying as well. There are TV’s available in the bar, so you will be able to keep up with your favorite sports teams while sipping a beer or two. If partying or playing on the beach has helped you work up an appetite, you can enjoy a meal of fresh seafood such as fish tacos, oysters, sliders and much more.

3. Blue Martini

Situated close to the International Mall, this club has become one of the most popular entertainment spots during this time of the year. On themed nights such as Latin Night, club goers can enjoy free salsa lessons, lively DJs and an array of live bands to keep them going through the night – so be sure to pack your dancing shoes.

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4. Fred Howard Park

Although there are many beaches in the Tampa area, Fred Howard Park is known to attract more than 2 million visitors each year. If you’re looking for somewhere to chill after a heavy night of partying, you can spend a few hours here basking in the sunshine. There is a picnic area, a kayak launching spot and an area to engage in a little wind surfing as well, so there is something for everyone to do here.

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5. Hogan’s Beach

If you’re looking for a venue that’s thumping 7 days a week, this is it. The restaurant and bar area cover 20,000 square feet, making it one of the biggest party attractions in Tampa. It offers an indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar area, beach access and DJs who will keep you entertained day and night. Tiki bars and dance floors are available as well, ensuring that everyone who walks through the doors will have a great time.

The owners of these venues have ensured that as much entertainment as possible has been provided. As a result, most people who have spent time in them are usually eager to return the following year. When consuming alcohol, it should always be done so responsibly.

*Photo at top courtesy of springbreak247.com

How to Shop for an Electric Car to Own

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Electric cars have become one of the most coveted types of vehicles over the past few years, which have resulted in ownership levels of them soaring – with more than 120,000 units being sold in the past year alone. If you have been considering purchasing one, here are a few handy hints and tips to ensure that you get the best deal possible.

Range or Traveling Distance

Although the new generation electric cars have vastly improved ranges that they can travel before needing to be charged, it should still be one of the first aspects that you inquire about while shopping for one. While there are quite a few vehicle manufacturers who are entering the electric vehicle market, none of them have been able to provide ranges as extensive as those offered on the Tesla Model S (up to 270 miles on a single charge) and the Tesla Model X (approximately 250 miles per charge). Most other models currently on the market offer range of less than 100 miles per charge.

How or where it will be charged

Electric cars will need to be plugged into a dedicated outlet to charge, and the frequency will depend on how much it is being driven. While there are more and more charging points being installed around the country, it is important to ensure that there will be enough of these along the routes that you will be traveling regularly. Two other types of charging units that are commonly used are AC level 1 and AC level 2. While AC level 2 is able to charge a vehicle substantially faster than those that use AC level 1 units, it is necessary to have dedicated charging equipment installed in your garage for them.

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Warranty and Battery Life

In most cases, manufacturer warranties for these vehicles will cover the electric drive components and battery, and most warranties last for anywhere between five and eight years. If a manufacturer or dealership does not provide you with definite answers pertaining to whether these components are covered under warranty or not, it may be best to purchase an alternative model. Pricing on replacement batteries can range from around $5,000 to almost $30,000 – depending on which vehicle it is for.

Dealer Reputation

Many vehicle manufacturers have released electric vehicle models, so there are a few to choose from. However, it is important to base a decision on the existing reputation of a vehicle dealership, as these vehicles cannot be serviced by private auto repair shops. If a particular dealership has a reputation for poor customer service or does not honor warranties on existing products, it may be best to choose another vehicle brand from a different dealership instead.

After purchasing an electric vehicle from a reputable dealership, you will be able to look forward to many years of affordable and luxurious driving pleasure. In addition, you will also be doing your bit for the environment by choosing electric over gas power.

The Top 5 Places to Visit on Spring Break – in Miami

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If you’ve been looking forward to enjoying spring break in the Miami area this year, but have been undecided with regards to where to go or what to do, the selection of venues listed below may provide you with a few ideas.

1. South Pointe Park and Pier

If you’re looking for a venue that is relatively quiet and family friendly, this park is open daily from sunrise to around 10 pm each night. Bikes can be rented to ride on the trails going through the park and there is a great water park inside, which is ideal for warmer days. The park is pet friendly as well, and there are many grassy areas available for impromptu family picnics. If you would like to just sit back and watch the scenery, there is plenty bench seating available throughout the park and along the pier itself.

2. Lincoln Road Mall

Regardless of whether you are on spring break vacation with your family or a group of your best friends, the Lincoln Mall is sure to have at least a few shops and attractions to suit you. Spend a few hours browsing through the stores and afterwards, you can choose one of the many available restaurants and eateries to satisfy your thirst and hunger – shopping is hard work, after all!

3. Ocean Drive

If you’re looking for non-stop night life, dining, shopping and beach activities, this will be the ideal place for you to be. Regardless of what time of the day or night it is, you can be sure to find a few activities to keep you entertained, and if you’d like to take a break, you can do so while sipping drinks at one of the many rooftop bars in the area.

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3. Little Havana

When visiting this neighborhood, you will find that there are numerous unique shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars to spend time at. If you’re a Latin movie buff, you will enjoy spending time over at the Little Havana Paseo de las Estrellas (Walk of the Stars), which commemorates some of the popular Latin American writers, actors, musicians and artists.

4. Casa Bacardi

If you’re traveling with a group of your best friends and all of you are over 21, why not stop off at the famous Casa Bacardi, where the world’s most famous rum brand originates from? Tours through the facility are free and they are available every day. You will be able to go behind the scenes and see how this rum is made, and a few sample products are usually available as well.

5. Virginia Key Beach

Situated near the Miami Seaquarium, this is one of the most popular beaches in the Miami area. As a result, some parts of it can become crowded, but if you are willing to explore a little, you can usually find a relatively quiet spot to relax in if you have had enough of the spring break crowds for a bit.

Regardless of whether you will be going on spring break with your family or best friends, Miami has a little of something to keep everyone occupied for hours on end.

A Woman’s Guide to Men’s Essentials

Listen up, gentleman. Spring is just around the corner and that means it is time for a little clean out. No stress, we’re here to help. Whether you’re a dude who needs a closet overhaul, or a girl who is looking for the perfect gift for their man, we have rounded up our favorite essentials that are perfect for any guy in need of a pick-me-up.

Common Projects SneakersOriginal Achilles Low – Available at Mr. Porter for $410

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These are still a must have in our book. Made with Italian Nappa Leather (the same quality as your expensive dress shoes) ensures these will be extremely comfortable and last forever.

The Eighth UnderwearThe Slim Boxer – Available at The Eighth for $55

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Hand made in small batches in NYC, these are about to become your new favorite thing. Available in the softest fabrics, including sea island cotton from Thomas Mason (our fave) they have a slightly shorter side seam which means they have a nice neat fit, no bunching or discomfort.

G-Shock WatchG-Shock S Series GMDS6900SM-1 – Available at G-Shock for $99

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The unofficial watch of the Navy Seals, it’s indestructible and classic. Under $100, you don’t have to be worried if your girlfriend steals it and never gives it back a la Selena Gomez in her new “Hands to Myself” music video.

Jack Black Pit BossDeodorant – Available at Jack Black for $16

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This stuff works wonders. It is safe for sensitive skin types, long lasting, doesn’t transfer to clothes and smells amazing– but not too strong — so there’s no chance you’ll end up smelling like you just came from the Jersey Shore.

Garrett Leight Sunglasses –  Brooks Sun – Available at Garrett Leight for $315

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We get it, you hate having what every other bro on the block has. Leave it to the cool kids at Garrett Leight California Optical to design some of our favorite frames out there. The founder, Garrett Leight, son of Oliver Peoples founder Larry Leight, continues to churn out new must have styles, and best of all — you can customize your frame color and lens to create one of a kind eyewear to fit your style.

Master and Dynamic HeadphonesMH40 Over Ear Headphones – Available at Master and Dynamic for $399

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We love the minimal aesthetic and superior sound quality of these headphones. They are sleek, and minimal without sacrificing style or sound, and are a cool way to visually signal you are working hard at the office.