AND WE BACK!!!! I’ve been away from the blog for a few weeks as I have been travelling and taking some time off the whole social media thing (I mean.. as much as one who is totally consumed by it can) – And I want to start off 2018 with a bang, and why not with of course, one of the most talked about devices of the year! That is the iPhone 8! I recently got my hands on the new device (in the prettiest colour of course gold) before my most recent trip to Miami (for Art Basel, Holiday, New Year & a little bit more lol) as I wanted to really get acquainted with the new and up to date device while abroad, and what better way to get familiar with something than to just dive into it.

 

 

First and of course, foremost when it comes to devices for me, I pay closest attention to the camera! The iPhone 8 has a 12-megapixel camera with the 8 Plus featuring a dual set of lenses (like its predecessor the iPhone 7 but..), both of which bring brighter, sharper pictures, especially in low light which is a big +++ for me since I love snapping pics at night (for some weirdly innately nocturnal reason, my friends call me Vampira because I love to be out in the night lol!). The 8 Plus has the Portrait Lighting feature in beta that creates a depth map to separate the subject from the background as the shot is composed for professional portrait shots WITH a major plus of different lighting effects that can be chosen before and after photos, not unlike filters which I think is super cool… Both possess 4K 60fps capabilities and is calibrated for AR.

 

 

Inside is Apple’s new A11 processor and GPU, which has increased from four cores to six, making it much faster than its predecessor. Both 8 and 8 Plus have Touch ID sensors along with a noticeably louder speaker, TrueTone technology and supports wireless charging (which I am still so excited to see in action, as I’ve been sticking to the traditional swing of things!) via an inductive Qi charging pad sold separately. Alongside iOS 11, the device contains a much-needed improvement in Siri and a P2P payment feature.

 

With support for LTE speeds up to 450Mbps, The iPhone 8 will start at $929 CAD for a 64GB model, with the 8 Plus starting at $1059 CAD for 64GB of storage. Both models will also have larger 256GB models, which will sell for $1139 and $1269, respectively. Stay tuned to my next post within the next couple of days to see some of my favourite photos from Miami to see all the memories captured from my new iPhone 8+! To learn more about the iPhone 8 click here!

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You know I love a good dinner party! There is nothing like getting together with some of your favourite friends and foods, especially when it involves a celebrity chef such as the renowned Chef David Rocco! Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest at Best Buy Canada’s OVERLY chic (no seriously did you see the first photo in this post!? That was the dinner table!!) dinner party in celebration of the Best Buy’s large selection of appliances ranging from popular appliance brands at prices that fit anyone’s budget, and in just about every style and size you can think of!! The brand teamed up with David Rocco to curate and showcase a selection of key #BestBuyAppliances that are available at Best Buy, showcasing the range of products available at a Best Buy near you!!!! I was so happy I got to see some of my blogger besties #SELFIE!!!, pr faves and of course, get acquainted with the goodies available at Best Buy, especially since becoming a homeowner it’s always good to be in the know for when I finally decide to man up and domesticate myself and cook a damn meal!!! Oh and did Chef David Rocco ever make a killer meal! I was in foodie heaven! If you ever get the pleasure of having him cook for you… ASK FOR THE #BEATRISOTTO!!!!

 

Whether you’re replacing an old fridge or completely renovating your kitchen, you can get all your appliances at Best Buy and BestBuy.ca.

See below for David Rocco’s favourite must-have appliances for creating delicious gourmet meals:

 

 

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You know I love a good collaboration AND YOU KNOW I LOVE MY BALMAIN… So you can only imagine my excitement when I learned that Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, teamed up with Apple on a limited edition BALMAIN x BEATS headphone! I was SHOOK! “Our diverse army has no limit and crosses all boundaries, from culture tradition to modern fashion and music. Balmain and Beats – welcome to my new adventure” – said Olivier, Balmain’s creative director… Balmain has always created hype with anything he touches and it is no different hear (see what I did there!?!?!? lol)… The quite literally, designer earphones, are clean and simple with the perfect touch of signature Balmain shine!!!  Enough typing! Time to plug them in and play SZA – CTRL at full control and jam out to my new favourite headphones!!! In the mean time learn more about the Balmain x Beats headphones and see the other styles online here !!!!

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the launch event for the new collaboration between Microsoft Surface and GelaSkins at GelaSkins’ headquarters in Toronto’s west west end! It was a high-energy event filled with a bunch of creative people and good vibes!!! To launch Surface Studio in Canada, Microsoft Surface partnered with GelaSkins and six Canadian artists to create a new line of skins that were created on Surface for the Surface line of devices. The six designers, Candice Kaye, Sam Shuter, Lloyd “Tablloyd” Arbour, Soteeoh, Claire Desjardins and Darshie Designs were provided with a Surface device to design their art!! It was so cool to see what the artists came up with while at the event… Also another plus was during the event, one large-scale canvas print from each artist was available so that guests could bid on them to win during a silent auction…and the proceeds from the silent auction went to benefit SKETCH (a Toronto non-profit focused on youth arts)!! I personally got to try out one of the Surface Studio devices as the event and was floored when I used the DJay Pro software by Algoriddim and everything worked so smoothly on the touchscreen.. Another thing that really got me (I am so geeky for admitting this) but I literally was dying over the zero-gravity hinge that allows the device to move at the literal touch of a finger #OMGAWD lol!!! All in all, it was a fun evening with good people and cool tech 🙂 Here are some pictures I took and some from the photographer of the night! Enjoy Xx








Photos courtesy in part x Evan Bergstra

To learn more about Microsoft Surface [click here]

and/or their collaboration with Gelaskins [click here]

(until the end of April, you can get 30% off a GelaSkin

from the Surface Collection using the code MSFT30!)


 

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So the last couple of months I have been fortunate enough to have been getting to use and wear the highly coveted Apple AirPods! I can’t lie.. I was super happy when I got them early because they were so coveted but I was actually a little hesitant because I know how much of a SPAS I am and that I literally lose so many things, especially with how hectic my life has been lately travel/work/etc.. I finally sucked it up and accepted that I may lose one or both but at least I got to experience them LOL!!… Now, again, I am going on a couple months and some weeks of wearing them (got them in January) and have to say I am actually really really happy about how things have gone! I have been wearing them through airports, through trains, to/from fashion shows and they actually have ended up being more convenient then the burden I assumed them to be.. Of course, I am a bit more aware but I have to say they stay in when I am on the treadmill, when I am running around the city, when I am basically doing anything.. Another plus is the battery life, they on their own can stand multiple episodes of me streaming my netflix and keeping up with the kardashians.. They keep going from boarding to landing on my flights to Miami and actually have been easy to use during phone calls/etc… I MUST ALSO SAY.. THIS IS NOT A PAID OR SPONSORED POST… I am actually sharing this because I think good things should be shared.. OH AND THE BIGGEST PLUS!?!? Never having to untangle wires again #HALELUYAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! On a side note.. I am also doing a collaboration with Browns Shoes & Puma and am helping give away a pair of tickets to see The Weeknd live in concert in Canada!! So if you have a few minutes go check out my recent instagram and enter for your chance to win!!! XOJAY

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Beats has gotten another wave of the apple touch in a clever, cute, clean and fun campaign video showcasing their new rage of wireless products… ‘Got No Strings’, is the new global campaign from the brand showcasing all the benefits of living wirelessly. The campaign stars the all new Beatsx, Beats Solo3 Wireless, and Powerbeats3 Wireless products alongside an international cast of carefree A-listers effortlessly moving through their daily life, empowered by the new wireless line-up from Beats.

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If you guys have been reading my blog and/or following me on social media for some time now then you know HOW MUCH of a little GEEK I am when it comes to technology! I have been and continue to be fortunate enough to work with some absolutely insanely amazing tech brands and when I get to see new products and technology it just gets me so excited!! As you can imagine.. When the wearable tech trend started becoming a ‘thing’ I was so excited because of how I have always loved combining fashion and technology…. A couple days ago I had the pleasure of attending Best Buy’s second annual Wearable Tech Expo and fashion show where tech pro’s and style mavens came together to showcase just how wearable, wearable tech really is. Stylist Afiya Francisco and wearable expert, Tom Emrich, did an exceptional job at pairing, sharing and showcasing just how simple and quite fluid it is to incorporate and integrate wearable technology into every day life & style choices… Learning that one of the most popular and most easily integrate-able pieces on the market right now is the smart watch made total sense. As time has progressed, they have been getting more and more stylish and personable.

In the middle of Yonge & Dundas square, BestBuy set up a one of a kind runway, stage and booth experience where me and my fellow blogger friends (See pic above!) were able to check out some of the hottest wearable tech products from brands such as Samsung, LG, Noon VR, Merge VR, Osmo and more.. All are, of course, available at Best Buy Canada. During the show! We were treated to a huge fashion platter or just how these fab pieces can be worn throughout the day, during different activities and mixed with such different styles!

For more information about the show and all the latest on
wearable technology check out Best Buy Canada in store and online.

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Hey guys!! Happy Monday :):):):).. If you follow me on social media (instagram, twitter, snapchat, etc.) you will know that before the weekend I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new Hermes Apple Watch!! I had been using the Apple Watch since it came out but the fashion obsessed freak in me obviously wanted the Hermes edition because well.. HELLO HERMES!!!! lol!! So of course I am familiar with the device as it is still quintessentially the same…BUT.. The little differences? They are great.. I do enjoy the new little features like the ‘HERMES P A R I S’ face and well of course, the key element.. The packaging and the interchangeable straps! I have to say that Apple & Hermes, did not compensate or cut corners on any asset of this collaboration..

The packaging is undoubtedly a real authentic Hermes experience. Even the dust bag the extra straps comes with is spot on to when you purchase real leather goods/straps at your local Hermes boutique. And the quality!?!?! Once I felt the straps there was no second guessing.. I also have to say!! I thought it was quite clever that the second hand doesn’t tick but rather slowly glides clockwise as luxury time pieces do!!! DOWN TO THE DETAILS!! lol… I have to say.. I have seen a lot of designer x tech & vice versa collaborations but I really have to give props to Apple & Hermes for this one.. It is a collaboration that is done to the best possible degree and makes so much sense.. It just works and for that I give it a big ol’ ONE HUNDO P!!! Now that I have unboxed the pieces I am going to be utilizing the device and seeing the wearability and functionality vs the style and design… So stay tuned to my social media & etc for more!!!!!

For more information bout the Hermes Apple Watch visit;
http://www.apple.com/ca/apple-watch-hermes/

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As you know, I am never one to shy away from having a seriously geeky, geek out session when it comes to my tech goodies! On that note… today we are going to discuss a couple of my favourite things on the new iPhone 6S. My thoughts (but of course!) and assets that give y’all a reason to upgrade from it’s predecessor.. I’ve been using the device for a couple weeks now and as expected, have been having a seamless user experience… Obviously I am familiar with the operating system and interface so that was completely easy to roll with.. On the other end, I’ve always carried a champagne (gold) iPhone.. This time around I thought, why not.. So I went with the Rose Gold.. Yes, it’s basically pink, but I absolutely love it and it’s about the abstract eye..It’s Rose, like the champagne OK! And.. I do, indeed love my fancy self a glass or three lol of ROSE every now and then okay lol! Aside from the general things there are definitely some things that I am quite impressed by and genuinely was intrigued to learn about with the new iPhone 6S.. Normally I just use and go.. Rarely do I look for things to learn or generally want to learn new features about things lol… Yeah.. I am the kind of person that never updates their phone for better description lol!

3D TOUCH // One of the most discussed features has to be the new 3D touch element to the device. Things like the new ‘peek and pop’ feature (which is quite self explanatory but just incase we are missing a marble or two) is probably one of my favourite new features on the device. This feature literally allows you to peek and pop at windows, messages, etc. Basically you get the chance to view something before having to commit to fully opening it and losing the current page you are on. Another reason I love it… Probably the most vein but amazing is on instagram! Do you know how when you are looking for something specific in a picture or just generally a specific picture so you scroll down in single image mode but then.. Oh snap… You accidentally press something and it goes back a page and back to the top of who ever’s profile you are creeping #OMFGTheStruggle LOL!!! Now with ‘peek and pop’ you can scroll in gallery mode and add pressure to individual pics to make pop up preview window.. (I totally made a video tutorial below lol #FanGirling)..

CAMERA & VIDEO QUALITY + LIVE PHOTO //Probably one of the most important aspects of the new iPhone 6s to me (lol #DUH) would probably has to be the camera quality! The new iPhone 6s features a 12 mega pixel iSight camera bringing us up 4 mega pixels from the iPhone 6, which as you know, when you trying to get and edit the shot makes you realize that every little bit of detail and quality count!! There is now a 4K video resolution feature which makes for amazing quality video.. Also, another big jump is the face-time camera going up 3.8 megapixels to a total of 5 megapixels.. (it is 1.2 megapixels on the 6)!! So basically what this means is MORE OUTFIT & SELFIE POSTS lol!! Next… If you are unfamiliar with this feature basically what it is, is a photo that moves.. The device takes a series of photos or a very short video that when played put on play-back moves slowly. This is really cool for trying to do 3d movements!! Overall and obviously y’all know I am so into the device and can’t wait to learn more new things as I continue to use it!

For more details and a full range of specs http://www.apple.com/ca/iphone-6s/

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This week, I want to share a cool new device in facial grooming and hair-care that has really grown on me since first using it last week! Enter the Philips BeardTrimmer 9000 – I was sent this cool laser device last week and upon trying it out was quite satisfied with my experience. I’ve never really used a beard trimmer before, I have always kept it super classic with the good ol’bladed shaver when it came to trimming any hair growth on my face but then this little gem came long and switched up the game! This the trimmer has an award winning design that features (definitely my one of the coolest features) laser light guidance that projects a sharp line of light to point out where the hairs will be cut!.. Naturally aside from using this for the face I have used this for my hair lines, from my sides to any little designs I do towards the ends of my hair.. Especially since, I have tried shaving my head myself the last couple of times (that is coming up on the blog soon) this is great for helping me with those little areas towards the back of the head when I need to get it right on the line UGH! lol… O.k. and the best part.. The people over at Philips put a LOL worthy photo of me together for me to see what i would look like with a full on beard lol!! Please continue reading for this LOL moment and some features & tech specs on the device!

Product Features:
– Dual sided trimmer for ultimate precision and detailing
– The world’s first laser light guidance for getting the style right
– LED display shows your chosen hair length and battery level
– 100% water-resistant for easy cleaning
– Skin-friendly, self-sharpening blades for the perfect trim

Oh… and heres that LOL picture of me with a full on stubbly stash lol!!!

Tech Specs:
– Setting display and precision zoom wheel
– 60 minutes of cordless power with 1 hour charge time
– 0.4mm precision length settings
– 2 combs: stubble and beard
– 17 lock-in length settings

To learn more about this device check out Philips.ca

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