Slim Keyholder by Keysmart




I’m always on the lookout for a better way to slim down on things I carry in my pocket (hence my interest in Coin to slim my wallet), and now a sweet product to address my bulky key ring. Keysmart has come up with a simple yet ingenious idea of organizing your keys in a Swiss army style stacking arrangement. The simple, clean design keeps your keys slim and organized without adding hardly any more bulk or weight.

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I’ve been using it for about a month now and couldn’t be happier. The solid aluminum construction (or sleek titanium) looks great, my keys slide out effortlessly, and I can add or remove keys at my leisure. Now I just need one for my work set!

Pocket key organizer by Keysmart – $25

James Kennedy Steel Art

Australia metal art cutout

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A big fan of the unique finishes of steel, especially when paired with other modern amenities in the home, so I couldn’t pass these up. Clean cutouts of different continents allow you to pair them and create your own geographical map.

James Kennedy Bio
Born in Quebec City, James Kennedy inherited his passion for art from his mother. Later touring with Cirque du Soleil for three years, his artistic influences matured. He then formed K-One, a design and production company ultimately creating the wall sculptures you see here. Unique techniques of transferring photographs onto steel allows for a subtle geographic continent cutout. The one of a kind oxidized steel piece has a unique finish applied to each piece of steel.

Product Details

— Solid steel sculpture
— Each piece possesses unique color variations and markings
— Each piece will oxidize and build character over time
— Measurements are 12″L x 12″W x 0.5″H

Continent Cutout Steel Art by James Kennedy from $390

All Your Cards in One – Coin

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Coin multi card storageI’ve been trying to bring a minimalist simplicity I enjoy in other parts of my life to my wallet for years now. It evolved from the tri-fold wallet, to the bi-fold, then to the card wallet. I’ve toyed with the idea of a simplistic money clip, but I’ve never been able to fit all of my cards in there. I mean, you have your ATM card, 2 credit cards (one Visa, one Amex), drivers license, health insurance card, transit card, not to mention the actual cash needed in the city. That is may paired-down list too! Gym membership card, car insurance card, business credit card, starbucks card… you get the idea.

Coin takes care of all of this with it’s scanner, storage and reader solution. It is no bigger than your existing card, but it carries up to 8, with unlimited stored within the mobile app for transfer whenever. It also has advanced security features in case you lose it. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this to become a reality.

$50 Pre-order (with this link) – Coin

iOS7 iPhone Tips

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After being pretty happy with iOS6 on my iPhone5, I decided to update to iOS7 after watching their teaser release video. A sucker for clean, intelligent design, it looked like a wonderful upgrade although I wasn’t totally sold on the new color palate.

Settings > Software Update > iOS7 is all it took, and 45 minutes later, I had the shiny new iOS7. The whole process was totally painless, easy and intuitive. The new operating system gives you a few quick tool tips when you first start it up, and the teaser video lets you in on how things are structured a bit differently than iOS6. I am totally in love with the fonts, small (and large) design changes, but the colors, icons and overall display feels a bit washed out or like that feeling after you look at the sun too long.

The new platform does feel familiar, and I am able to navigate it almost as if nothing has changed, but it has. Here were a few helpful tips that I found useful to know.

How’s that battery life?

  • I haven’t seen any change with my battery life, but that is only because I know how to turn off all of those apps running in the background. Here is how you do that:
    Double-click your home button and you can flip through all of your running applications. Flick the previews up to quit them. Easy.
  • Another tip is to turn off Background App Refresh, or select and turn off apps you don’t really care about.
    Find it in Settings > General > Background App Refresh
  • Finally, turn off AirDrop since your phone will constantly be searching for other phones to connect to. Swipe from the bottom up to open the Control Center and double tap on the AirDrop logo, select off to turn it off.

Lock Screen Info

    So much is available in the lock screen, you can cut down your code-entering to a minimum from here on out.

  • Swipe down- You get today’s calendar along with recent events under ‘all’ (updates, messages, texts, etc), along with missed calls.
  • Swipe up- Access to so many settings! Including airplane mode, wifi, and bluetooth toggles; brightness; media controls along with handy apps like a stopwatch, calculator, flashlight and camera.

John who? Restore full names to alerts

    Not all is honky-dory in iO7 land. You may notice your alerts come in with only first names, not good if you know lots of Sarah’s, Dave’s or Stacey’s.

  • To restore recognition back to your contacts, do this: Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars
    Under the Contacts section, select Short Name and then select the alert option you prefer. Done!

Cool New Mail Features

    You have much more control over filtering email now, which is fantastic!
    Hit the ‘edit’ link in your mail app and you will find all kinds of filter shortcuts like unread, flagged and drafts. Now you can see at a glance your new emails out of the thousands in your inbox.

What’s up with the Calendar?

    A bit confusing at first, the new calendar views are incredible. Before, you had 3 types of views: day, month or list. These still exist, but you can zip around to use it more as a planning calendar too.

  • View today? Click ‘Today’ in the bottom left corner.
    To see your day view, click on the date, and you are there.
  • Month view? Click the name of the month (either in the top left corner, or on the calendar itself).
  • List view? See that magnifying glass in the top right corner, it is your list.
  • Year view? Click on the month, then year, and bam, you have a yearly view.

Overall, a great update, just click where you want to go!

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iOS7 is FREE! Apple

Modern Standing Desk Design – Focal Locus

Focal Standing Desk

I’ve been into the upright standing workstations lately, but most of these office furniture designs leave a bit to be desired. Given the health benefits of standing over sitting all day, I think it is something I could really get into. I already have a cheap standing desk, but if I had my way (and didn’t work at a non-profit) I would opt for the Locus Workstation by Focal.

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Not only is it a wonderful design allowing one to stand, lean or sit, it’s just pretty! Of course there are plenty of accessories to gussy up your office workstation and really bling it out if so inclined. So if you are at a chic startup, architecture or design firm, I think you just found your new desk.

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Locus Workstation starting at $1,980 complete from Focal

Colored Shoe Laces for Dress Shoes

Mens Dress Shoes

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There are many ways to add subtle color accents to dress up your outfit, to show a bit of fun, color or style. Many times you find them on jacket linings, button hole stitching, and bright fun socks, but enter a new (but actually old and traditional) way to add a little color.

Dress shoes can be spruced up with colorful laces, with varying degrees. Subtle color combinations such as dark brown cap-toes with caramel laces, beige oxfords with salmon laces, or oxblood wingtips with grey laces. I prefer the understated, yet complementary colors, but there may be an occasion when I want to dress up those grey suede shoes with a pair of blue laces to go with a white polo for a more casual look.

It’s a personal thing, as most of these are, so do what you feel comfortable with and wear it confidently.

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$8 from hook+ALBERT or Maxton Men

iPhone Photo Lenses by iZZi Gadgets

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With the iPhone and other smartphones quickly replacing the point and shoot cameras with their high quality sensors and fancy megapixel outputs, iZZi Gadgets has turned the iPhone into an SLR style camera. Acting as a fully covered aluminum case complete with tripod mounts, the iZZi Orbit provides you with a 180 degree fisheye lens, a wide angle lens and a 2x telephoto lens.

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iPhone 5 Orbit Photo Lenses Case by iZZi Gadgets from $239.00

iPhone 5 Minimalist Mod-3 Metal Case

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I just upgraded to an iPhone 5 and love the slim, light feel, however, it seems so delicate! If I was to drop it, I’m sure I would hate the outcome, but all of the iPhone cases out there are horrible! Either they completely cover up the beautifully engineered lines of the phone, or are practically pointless, just adding bulk and weight. Who buys a slim, light phone only to put a bulky, heavy case on it?

Finally, a beautiful minimalistic case for the iPhone 5 which only serves to protect! This Mod-3 Design Radius Case for the iPhone 5 is a complimentary work of art. The design compliments the phone with aluminum construction and it’s minimal weight leaves the bulk behind. The architectural webbing on the back spreads the impact from any meeting it may have with the ground. The aluminum raised corners protect all sides of the phone (provided it doesn’t fall on an jagged rock).

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Mod-3 Radius iPhone 5 Case priced at $69.00 from Mod-3

Nu-Flame Modern Tabletop Fireplace

Clean Hurricane Candle

Nu-Flame Cero

Steel Glass Flame

Nu-Flame Tabletop Candle

Is it a candle, a mini fireplace, a huge lighter, a flaming art piece? It could be all of the above. Nu-Flame combines glass, wood, steel and fire to create these tabletop fireplaces that burn clean bio-ethanol fuel. This means a clean, smokeless flame in unique patterns to create dazzling ambiance.

Place it on your desk, inside or outdoors, even mount it on your wall for a modern take on a medieval lighting feature. Find their whole line at Nu-Flame or get a great deal from Touch of Modern.

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Cero, Irradia and Caldo Fireplaces by Nu-Flame from $89