June Bracelet by Netatmo

Zink Magazine February 2014 issue

Zink Magazine February 2014 issue

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With the promise of warmer weather just around the corner, your dreams of days spent on the beach will soon become a reality. This time however, instead of starting bikini season off with a bright red burn, make sun protection fashionable and easy with the JUNE sun-coach by Netatmo. This pretty little piece of technology can be worn as a bracelet or a brooch and tracks the wearer’s sun exposure to better help manage the sun’s effects on their skin. The JUNE jewel, designed by jewelry designer Camille Toupet, chicly conceals a UV sensor that connects wirelessly to the wearer’s smartphone with a companion app. The app provides a clear and easy way to analyze the wearer’s sun exposure throughout the day and at which points the UV is most intense. It even makes recommendations for sunscreen SPF and other helpful skin care hints based on the wearer’s skin type. The JUNE jewel is made of an alloy metal, finished in gold, gunmetal and platinum, and comes with both a leather and a silicone strap. Netatmo launched the JUNE bracelet at CES 2014 in January causing quite a stir and even winning awards for “Wearable Technology” and “Tech for a Better World.” The sun-coach will be available in the spring of 2014 and will retail for $99. Netatmo.com. 

That Loving Feeling

Zink Magazine Winter 2013 Issue

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From their loving smiles to the glint in their Swarovski crystal eyes, each Ploosh purse is bound to bring you joy and comfort with a twist of sophistication. Ploosh purses are designed with the express goal of bringing their owners a feeling of warmth, like that of a child with their favorite stuffed animal. Each Ploosh is handmade to order out of genuine Italian leather and Swarovski detailing. The sophisticated stuffed animals come in three sizes, the small being perfect for use as a clutch while the large will undoubtedly bring you joy as a part of your household décor. The toys come in a variety of colors and styles including a chic matte black elephant, a sexy red suede hippo, and an adorable pink ballerina hippo.  Whether you are getting one for yourself or for a friend, Ploosh really is the best way to bring a stylish smile to someone’s face. 

Liquid Dessert

ZINK Magazine Spring 2014 issue

ZINK Magazine Spring 2014 issue

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At last there is a way to combine dessert and drinks into one smooth and tasty cocktail. ZING Red Velvet Vodka offers the decadent taste of red velvet cake without the guilt. When combined with vanilla simple syrup and milk or cream to make the Vanilla ZING cocktail, you’re taste buds will swear you’re indulging in the real deal. The rich and sweet ZING Red Velvet Vodka doesn’t just boast a distinctive flavor. The vodka also comes in a unique bottle complete with an LED light feature to give the vodka a red velvet color. Perfect for any holiday get together, ZING Red Velvet Vodka is available now at select bars, restaurants and retailers.

VANILLA ZING:
2 oz ZING Red Velvet
1 oz Milk or cream
.50 oz Vanilla Simple Syrup
Cinnamon stick or Vanilla bean

PREPARATION:
Shake first three ingredients and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a stick of cinnamon or a vanilla bean.

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Invisible Bike Helmet

ZINK Magazine Spring 2014 issue

ZINK Magazine Spring 2014 issue

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The Swedes have officially made wearing a bike helmet cool. Design duo Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin’s set out in 2005 to create a helmet that cyclists would actually want to wear. They polled the public to find out what they most wanted to change about current helmet designs, and found the need for an “invisible” helmet to be very real. “Cycling is something we do every day,” said the engineers. “Although people are well aware of the risks on the roads, the vast majority are choosing to cycle without a helmet. When it comes down to it, people do really want to protect their heads in road accidents, but there are limits. It isn’t the cyclists who need to change, it’s the product.”

What began as a joint master’s thesis after studying at LDH, the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University in Sweden, is now a very real product available for purchase. The Hövding helmet resembles an infinity scarf you might already wear and comes in a variety of colors and patterns, allowing cyclists to match their helmet to their personal style. Upon impact, the hood-like airbag made of an ultra-strong nylon is released and covers much more of the head than a traditional cycle helmet. The airbag provides soft and gentle shock absorption, while maintaining its strength against multiple head impacts during the same accident. The Hövding is available for €399 online at Shop.Hövding.com.