Sony makes very impressive bluetooth speakers. The XB series speakers are very cool! They feature IPX water resistance, easy pairing, party chain, concert hall sound, and lights that change according to the music. The sound quality from the XB-41 is great! Very good bass, clear mids, highs and lows. Sound you expect from Sony. The sound is nice and loud, best of all it remains clear when the volume is turned up!
The Oympus Pen F is a throwback to the beautiful original Pen series of camera. This is a breathtaking camera that is perfect for travel, street photography, or general walking around. The camera will grow as far as you want to go. There are advanced features that rival the bigger cameras. The sensor is made by Sony and will creative beautiful images that can be enlarged.
The build of the camera is something else and typical Olympus. It's a thing of real beauty. While there are dials that make it look traditional, the camera relies heavily on menus. This takes a little getting used to.
The beauty of the Micro Four Thirds system is that it remains compact, light, sharp, and easily adaptable. By purchasing adapters, (such as Nikon to MFT) for around $10 - $20 ,you can use millions of classic lenses made for classic cameras going back 50 years. This can save you a boat load of money and make your photography very creative! There are some beautiful vintage lenses out there on Eekbay.
Merrell boots are great! I have a pair of the "ice" boots with Vibram soles and after a while they fit like a glove. I use these boots year 'round, great for hiking, walking, and outdoor chores. if you can find them on sale, even better! I prefer the boots with the Vibram sole because of the grip in winter. The boots are totally waterproof and insulated, therefore excellent for cold winter days/nights.
I picked up boots for my wife and daughter. They love their boots just the same. When we go for hikes/walks, the boots perform great!
H&M's clothes are horrible! Very cheaply made using inferior materials. Most of the clothes are made in South Asia (India), the markup is ridiculous! I am not sure how people can spend their money in a store like H&M. It may be trendy but its not worth the price paid.
My first encounter with a Zara store was in NYC. Had no idea what this store was all about. A Zara store opened in a local mall. It is two floors of men's and women's apparel. Walking in, the store looks impressive. However, taking a closer look, it is way overpriced!! I looked at a men's sweater and noticed the thread starting to fray. It was rather thin and made in India. Clothes made in South Asia tend to be lower quality and cost pennies in those nations. The markup is ridiculous! Zara is absolutely not worth it, no matter how trendy it may be. Honestly, I prefer quality clothes found in a Lord and Taylor.
Most people call them Timbs, I call them "Lands". Either way, I am a fan of Timberland gear. I did not think i would like it because the brand is more fashion. I have tried boots made by Wolverine, Carhartt, etc. I find they last a year or two before the tread starts to wear out. Luckily, I did not pay much for them. While, boots are mainly for winter, snow blowing the drive-way, wearing to work when there is a good snowfall. I end up using boots for cutting grass in the summer, gardening, and hiking.
This year I splurged on Timberland Pro Boondock 6" Composite Toe boots. I don't work in an overly rough and tough environment, however I do live in a region where the snow flies and it gets mighty cold!! I am pretty safety conscious, therefore I like the composite toe. Pricey boots but worth it!
The Lands Boondock are phenomenal! They feature 400g of insulation, safety toe, waterproof, electric hazard protection, tannery leather, with toe cap protection to guard against abrasion, and Timberlands exclusive anti-fatigue system. They are heavy boots and feel solid. Walking in them is surprisingly comfortable, thanks to the anti-fatigue system. You can keep them on all day without hurting your feet.
My wife owns a pair of Timbs Goretex women's boots and been using them for 5-6 years. They are great boots, Goretex makes them waterproof, yet they are comfy to walk around in and great in winter!
As an early Christmas gift, I received a Timberland cap for winter. LOVE IT, I wear it all the time. I may try other Timberland apparel in the future.
Paul Mitchell typically makes a quality product. However, the gels are lacking. This particular PM Gel does not hold and ends up flacking. The price is also higher. I have noticed that other PM styling gels do the same thing. I purchased this at CVS twice and moved on. My hair is thicker, therefore I required quite a bit of this gel. Even after a haircut, I needed quite a bit.
The "Glue" part of GOT 2 B Glued is an understatement. This is like plastic for your hair. Your hair to the touch becomes a solid mass! It holds nicely but is very thick. At the end of the day, it dries up and flakes horribly. The scent is also NOT great. I went through a few tubes of this before moving on. Pacino's Hair Styling Gel for Men is so much better!!
I discovered Pacino's Styling Hair Gel in the Men's grooming section at the local Target store. I wanted a gel that would provide good hold (I have thicker hair), not turn to dust and look like dandruff later in the day. I have tried everything from the classic Studio Line by L'oreal to GOT 2 B Glued (Yellow).
Studio Line by L'oreal - throw back to the 80's. Does not hold
Got 2 B Glued - This is serious stuff and your hair becomes plasticky. Tough to clean out!
Paul Mitchell - Tried various PM types of gels. Either they don't hold or they create dandruff. Very pricey!
Other brands - No hold, create dandruff, or just plain yucky.
Pacino's is nice! It holds my hair in place, does not dry out and the scent is not overbearing. The gel tube is good sized so it lasts a while, it is more expensive compared to many common hair styling gels but worth it.