Today’s Object of Desire: Viddy DIY Pinhole Camera

August 21, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

viddyLet’s face it, you’re addicted to Instagram. That’s okay, everyone has a vice. You’ve probably perfected the art of taking pictures with your phone and choosing what filter to put on them. Let’s take a couple steps back in time, shall we? You should be the first of your friends to get the Viddy DIY Pinhole Camera. You’re probably thinking that the Viddy looks like it’s made out of cardboard. That’s because it is. The DIY pinhole camera is exactly that, do-it-yourself. After you’ve constructed the camera, you have the ability to shoot pictures in both 35mm and medium format film. There’s an app to download that shows you how long you have to hold down the shutter for an amazing exposure. Neat.

Today’s Object of Desire: Om/One Levitating Speaker

August 14, 2014 | 9:56 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

om-one-levitating-speaker-cropped-thumb-768x512-43622We really are living in the future. Seriously, this is something out of an old sci-fi movie. The Om/One Levitating Speaker works. It really does. It is an levitating speaker. There are no strings, wires, or fishing line. It is straight up levitating. It uses a magnetic base and metals to lift the orb speaker. Honestly, there’s not much there in terms of speaker technology, but it floats. What else could you want? It utilizes Bluetooth to play music from your favorite app. Also, it’s still in production, as in the company just surpassed its goal on crowd-funding. So, you’ll probably have to wait a bit to purchase it.  

Today’s Object of Desire: Oral-B Smart Toothbrush

August 7, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

oral-b-smart-toothbrush-cropped-thumb-768x512-43364Yes, we’re talking about a toothbrush today. Hear us out, though. Proper dental hygiene is sexy. If you have jacked up teeth, you’re probably less likely to find your one true love. The Oral-B Smart Toothbrush will help you get there. Why the smart toothbrush over a regular one? Well, as ridiculous as it sounds, this toothbrush connects to your phone via Bluetooth. It keeps track of your brushing habits and helps you improve them. Hey, some people are lazy or forgetful. It tells you what you’re doing wrong, if you’re applying too much pressure, and you can set up customized timers and routines. This is the fanciest toothbrush we’ve ever seen.

My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store Grand Opening Ceremony Tomorrow

July 31, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedWe’ve mentioned it before, but we thought we would do you the favor of mentioning it again. My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store is holding its Grand Opening ceremony tomorrow morning, Aug 1, at 10:00 a.m., even though they’ve been open for a month, already. If you are one of the first 50 people through the door, you will receive a 50% off certificate to be used on everything in the store (no limit) on a designated day. The 3,200-square-feet store is the perfect place to find discounted clothing, shoes, household items, and furniture. It’s amazing what these Valley sisters have to help out the community. Their philanthropic efforts have been amazing over the years. Now, they are all passing the savings on to you.

My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store | 985 South Alma School Road | Chandler 85248

Today’s Object of Desire: Samsung UHD S9 105-Inch Curved TV

July 31, 2014 | 9:57 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

samsung-105-curved-tv-cropped-thumb-768x512-43002You don’t need this TV. No one needs this TV. It is completely impractical and honestly, a little ostentatious. We might only be saying that because we’ll never be able to afford one. You might, though. The Samsung UHD S9 105-Inch Curved TV is a testament to man’s technological prowess. The 105-inch TV is curved, giving you a movie theatre vibe. The 5,120 x 2,160 resolution will let you see things you never thought possible. It is 4k ready and comes with a smart remote control. The Clear Motion Rate 1440 allows you to see live action like never before. The $120,000 price tag will make you cry yourself to sleep. 

Today’s Object of Desire: Super Andy Warhol Sunglasses

July 24, 2014 | 10:01 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

super-warhol-sunglassesAndy Warhol was a pop-culture icon of the 1960s. Not just because of his art, but also his style. You wouldn’t seem without his signature shades. Now, you can honor him with a pair of Super Andy Warhol Sunglasses. There are four styles to choose from, ranging from the classic Way Farer to a more eccentric smaller frame. The interior of the frame of each pair has a signature Warhol print on it. These are all hand-made in Italy, so be ready to spend a pretty penny on them.

Today’s Object of Desire: Mega Hammock

July 17, 2014 | 9:52 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

mega-hammock-cropped-thumb-768x512-42723With all the monsoons as of late, fire restrictions up north have been lifted. Do you know what that means? It’s time to go camping. For those of you who love the outdoors, we have a product that you should seriously consider purchasing. This is the Mega Hammock. Yes, it is an oversized hammock. Just look at how big that sucker is. It can comfortably hold up to three people. Each hammock is handmade to order, so, there is a plethora of colors and sizes to choose from. As with any hammock, you might want to be careful about rolling onto whoever you share it with.

Today’s Object of Desire: Cloud

July 10, 2014 | 9:59 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

cloud-cropped-thumb-768x512-42282This may be one of the most innovative products we have ever seen. When it’s monsoon season here in AZ, how many times do your friends say “OMG, I love the rain. I love storms”? We’re guessing a lot. Now, you can a storm in your home. With Cloud, the room of your choosing can be turned into the perfect, stormy atmosphere. Every time you walk by or when you use the remote, the cloud will react with thunder and lightning by using lights and powerful speakers. Since it is a Bluetooth system, when you’re not feeling a storm, you can stream your music to be played, literally, through the cloud. 

My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store Is Officially Open

July 9, 2014 | 10:02 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

unnamedOn July 1, My Sisters’ Charities Thrift Store officially opened its doors to the public. Bargain hunters, savvy shoppers and designer divas have already been shopping for great deals on some great clothes. It doesn’t stop there. On August 1, the store will be hosting its Grand Opening event. Starting at 10:00 am, the first 50 customers through the door will receive a 50% off certificate to be used on everything in the store (no limit) on a designated day. The beautiful thing about this store and their others is that the sisters love to give back to the community. They’ve donated 32% of their net profits from the My Sister’s Closet stores to charity this past year. They even held their first fundraiser back in April at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, to benefit SWCC and Defenders of Wildlife. Shopping at any Sister’s store will be a bargain and you’ll know that money will go somewhere good.

Today’s Object of Desire: Synek Draft System

July 3, 2014 | 12:01 PM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

synek-draft-beer-system-cropped-thumb-768x512-42285It’s here. It’s finally here. An easy way to have craft, freshly poured beer in your home. How many of you have a Kuerig? The invention of Kuerig has saved us all countless time in the morning. Think of the Synek Draft System as the Keurig for beer. The rise of home brewing in recent years has lead to this masterpiece. The Synek allows you to have draft beer on tap in your home without having to lug around a giant keg or be restricted with your beer options. Using a filling bag instead of a growler, it is chilled and pressurized and tastes exactly like it does at the bar. If you can, grab one of these for your Fourth of July party, tomorrow.

Forget About Frizzy Hair After the Pool

July 1, 2014 | 11:45 AM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

GoldMineBIG_1024x1024With the Fourth of July happening this Friday, chances are you’ll find yourself at the pool. It wouldn’t be the Fourth without a BBQ and pool party. A common annoyance of being in the pool is the frizzy hair that comes after. After you’re done hanging out in the water, you sometimes want to go out. Drybar’s GoldMine promises to alleviate that problem. It’s made with a Nori Red Algae (Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract) that restores elasticity, softens and adds shine as a leave-in conditioner. It leaves a multi-dimensional shimmering effect with two types of light-reflecting, super-fine Mica. It’s perfect for any type of hair. All you have to do is put it on damp hair, mid shaft to ends, before blow drying or you can put it on dry hair for a shimmering finish.

Today’s Object of Desire: Hey Joe Coffee Mug

June 26, 2014 | 9:55 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

hey-joe-coffee-mug-cropped-thumb-768x512-41881Today’s object is dedicated to all of you caffeine addicts. If you’re the type of person who really needs their coffee in the morning, the Hey Joe Coffee Mug is the best way to start your day. Why is that? This is a mug that actually brews the coffee. Yes. It brews coffee in the mug. Powered by a rechargeable battery, it heats the coffee to your liking and is then ready to drink. It’s really not that expensive either. Running at about $69, it’s just a bit more expensive than a normal thermos you would buy at Starbucks. We can imagine this being a huge hit during the winter.

Today’s Object of Desire: Made in USA

June 19, 2014 | 9:53 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

20140528_SCR01388_MADEUSA_largeEvery four years, the world’s top nations face off in the World Cup. It is time when patriotism runs high and fans come together to cheer on their nation. The USA has defeated their rival, Ghana, from the last World Cup and we move on to our next round against Portugal. That game will undoubtedly be difficult, so, it is important that our players know that we are rooting for them. Sport your USA pride with this “Made in USA” t-shirt from Homage. It is made right here in the US and you should sport it at the local bar or viewing party. The US’s next game is this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. We only have one thing to say: USA! USA! USA!

Today’s Object of Desire: Batman Tumbler Golf Cart

June 12, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

batman-tumbler-golf-cart-2-xlToday’s object of desire is dedicated to dad. In case you’ve forgotten, Father’s Day is this Sunday. Here is a gift idea, though, it is way farfetched, but awesome nonetheless. The Batman Tumbler Golf Cart is the perfect gift for a dad who loves comics and golf. While playing 18 holes, dad can also pretend he’s Batman. It’s win-win situation. With its go-kart motor, this cart can reach speeds of 38 mph. Sure, it doesn’t have the cool weapons or jet propulsion and that’s okay. It does have leather seats, though. Be ready to spend close $20,000 on this bad boy. We think dad is worth it. Do you?

Today’s Object of Desire: Beats Solo2 Headphones

June 5, 2014 | 9:44 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

beats-solo2If you’ve been paying attention to the news, then you know that Beats Headphones by Dr. Dre were just about by Apple for an incredible $3 million. Let that number sink in. Beats do seem to have superior sound quality and it is quite the status symbol to own a pair, but that’s not why we’re bringing them to you today. These are Beats Solo2 Headphones. It seems as though Dre knows what he’s doing when it comes to sound. The new Solo2s utilize a more dynamic sound and a comfortable enough to wear all day. You can pick yours up for $200.

Quench Your Hair this Summer at Mane Attraction Salon

June 4, 2014 | 11:59 AM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

ManeAttractionSalonIt’s hot out there. You know it. We know it. Everyone in the Valley knows it. The worst part is that it is barely even June. That’s means, it’s only going to get warmer. The dry heat can wreak havoc on your hair. To combat, Mane Attraction Salon wants to quench your ‘do’. Anyone who purchases a $36 summer blowout special between Memorial Day and Labor Day will receive a complimentary Bumble & Bumble Quenching Masque hair treatment. It’s the perfect way to keep your hair healthy and hydrated. It restores the natural moisture barrier to provide flexible softness, strength and glorious detangling.

Today’s Object of Desire: Mspa Inflatable Hot Tub

May 29, 2014 | 9:51 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

mspa-inflatable-hot-tub-2-cropped-thumb-768x512-40902There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting into a hot tub after a long day. The problem with hot tubs, though, is that it seems like no one has one. That’s where the Mspa Inflatable Hot Tub comes in. The only things you need for the Mspa to work is a water source and power outlet. Seems easy enough, right? You may think it being inflatable would compromise the structural integrity, but the triple-layered laminated PVC skin suggests otherwise. This bad boy has a total of 110 air bubble jets that will keep you relaxed throughout the duration of your soak. It’s also significantly cheaper than your standard hot tub, coming in at under $700.

Today’s Object of Desire: Aero-X Hoverbike

May 22, 2014 | 9:52 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

aero-x-hoverbikeThe future is here, friends. What do we mean by that? Feast your eyes upon the Aero-X Hoverbike. Yes, that is a bonafide hoverbike. A bike that hovers. Like, in the air. Has our point come across yet? The Aer0-X is everything the kid version of you has always wanted. It can fly 10 feet in the air and travel up to speeds of 45 mph. If you need to turn, just treat it like a motorcycle and shift weight to the side you wish turn. The practical uses are endless with the hoverbike. Mostly, we would use it for fun. As you might expect, the Aero-X is not cheap. Coming in at $85,000, it’s the price of a luxury car, BUT, it’s a freaking hoverbike. Also, you have wait until 2017 to purchase this bad boy.

Turn Heads With the Smoky Eye Look

May 20, 2014 | 11:53 AM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

image007When your makeup is done really well, every eye in the room is looking at you. In a good way. Learning that art can be a difficult process. That’s why Citrine Natural Beauty Bar teaches these classes. On Thursday, May 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., you can learn how to get the smoky eye look. It’s perfect for that fancy party or just a night on the town and will surely impress your date, friends, and pretty much everyone there. For $85, Citrine will teach you how to get the look while providing drinks and small bites. The hands-on course will also give you the materials and makeup to create the look for you to take home with you. That way, you’ll be ready for the weekend. Go out there and get ’em, ladies.

Today’s Object of Desire: Kohler Touchless Toilets

May 15, 2014 | 9:48 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

kohler-touchless-toilets-2-cropped-thumb-768x512-40385If you thought we were above writing about toilets, you are sadly mistaken. The toilet could be considered the throne of your castle. We’ve sat on some pretty uncomfortable ones in our day. Sometimes, toilets can be beyond disgusting, depending on the company you keep, of course. The Kohler Touchless Toilets makes it so you don’t ever have to worry about any of that again. The cool thing about Kohler is that you can either purchase a completely new toilet or you can get a conversion kit for your current throne. Like many public restrooms, these use a motion sensor to flush when you’re done. What an age we live in.

Get a Free Hair Cut for Correct Spelling

May 14, 2014 | 11:56 AM | Him | By Maxfield Barker

image009Sorry ladies, this one is for the guys. Keep It Cut seems to be doing a lot of interesting campaigns, as of late. We like this one a lot. Have you ever seen the National Spelling Bee on TV? It’s so popular that ESPN hosts it every year. Talk about pressure for those young… Athletes? Anyway, National Spelling Bee Week is coming up soon, May 25 through May 31, to be exact. To celebrate the competition, any guy can get a free a hair cut at the men’s salon during that week, so long as they can spell a word correctly. Honestly, we kind of want to go just to try and spell some words. It’ll be like we’re in grade school again. The free hair cut is a nice prize, though.

High-End European Men’s Fashion Is Coming to Scottsdale

May 13, 2014 | 12:14 PM | Him | By Maxfield Barker

image013Let’s face it, not every guy has a lot of fashion sense. That’s okay, it happens to the best of us. Perhaps you know someone who needs to ditch the old jeans and ratty t-shirt look. A new European men’s clothing store will soon be opening its doors in Scottsdale Quarter. Suitsupply has locations all over the world and will make Scottsdale one of its newest spots. With Amsterdam being the source of their humble beginnings, Suitsupply’s other locations include the Meccas of the fashion industry, like Milan, London, and New York. Set to open on May 22, the new store will have everything guys need to complete their wardrobes like suits, jackets, trousers, shoes, shirts and accessories. A lot of guys won’t admit it, but there are plenty of dudes who like fashion. We can see Suitsupply becoming a pretty popular destination.

Today’s Object of Desire: Modern Sprout Plug-In Planter

May 8, 2014 | 10:31 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

modern-sprout-plug-in-planter-cropped-thumb-768x512-39640Everyone needs a little green in their lives. It’s amazing how just a couple plants can really liven up the room. Even if you don’t particularly have a green thumb, the Modern Sprout Plug-In Planter makes it easy for you. You really only need two things for this. First, you need a window that provides some sunlight. Obviously, plants need sunlight to live. Second, you need an outlet to plug this bad boy in. You can choose from weathered gray wood, reclaimed wood, gloss white, or a chalkboard design for the planter. Inside, all of the necessary components for a hydroponic system that will take care of all the hard stuff for you.

Pamper Mom at The Spa for Mother’s Day

May 5, 2014 | 12:06 PM | Her | By Maxfield Barker

Spa at Gainey VillageThis is another friendly reminder that this coming Sunday, May 11, is Mother’s Day. You better hurry up and make those brunch reservations because they’re going to fill up fast, if they haven’t already. If you’re still looking for a gift for mom, the gift of relaxation is always a good idea. Consider getting her a treatment from The Spa at any location of the Village Health Club & Spa. There will be a special rate for the Ginger Champagne Breeze Package, a whipped citrus infused sugar and Shea butter body polish that’s followed by a wrap of mint, champagne, and Shea butter and finished with a moisturizing ginger sorbet scented body milk. The package includes a body treatment, manicure + pedicure, facial and massage to pick and choose from. You can choose a single treatment for $89, two treatments for $159, three for $240, which includes lunch and champagne, and four for $310, which also includes lunch and champagne.

Today’s Object of Desire: Riedel Boa Decanter

May 1, 2014 | 9:52 AM | Shop & Style | By Maxfield Barker

riedel-boa-decanter-cropped-thumb-768x512-39779Today’s object is all about bringing you the vino. This might be the craziest looking decanter we’ve ever seen. That makes us really want to buy it. Some of you may not care whether your wine is opened or has enough aeration. Once you get a load of this one, you’re mind will change. The Riedel Boa Decanter is not only cool looking but also serves a greater purpose. Its unique shape opens of the wine in just moments. Shaped like a snake to commemorate the Chinese year of the snake, the glass is all blown by mouth, a very difficult process. It can hold up to 69 ounces of vino and will be the perfect conversation piece for your next party.

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