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BIKES BY DESIGN

By: Grace M. Castro

Over at my house, we’ve been a little obsessed over bicycles. Ever since we had an amazing day at the beach riding rented beach cruisers, we’ve been hooked. Even after we finally purchased our own bikes, it has not stopped us from searching obsessively for “thee” coolest bike. The hunt can be a bit addicting, especially when you remember being a kid and getting the chance to pick out your first bike? How great was that?!

Bikes have definitely gotten a lot sleeker in design and now with customization services at your online fingertips you can mix and match colors and accessories to your liking. As much as I love brand new bikes, I also have a special place for vintage bikes. Here are a few I found and recently added to my wish list.

 

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COVER ME!

By: Grace M. Castro

If you follow me on Twitter @gcastromiami you knew the moment I spilled a full cup of coffee on my 15’ MacBook Pro. Indeed it was a great start to the morning. NOT!

It was the most dramatic experience of deep felt loss I’ve ever undergone for something that did not have a live beating pulse. It was devastating because the fear of possibly losing everything I had saved on my computer, over many years, was incomprehensible.  A little dramatic huh? Well, yes. My baby’s photos were there, my life’s work, ideas, creative brain dumps and so much more. And yes, I'm one of those people that fails time after time to back-up their computer. Insert "idiot" here. 

Fast forward a few days, it “sort of” worked out. Even though I had to buy a new computer, my information was saved. I had to downgrade to the 13” size, which happened to work out very well. I’m enjoying it so very much. Not having to lug around something heavier than I need puts an extra spring in your step. I also use to have the 17”, a beast to carry if you’re always on the go.

So it was only a matter of time before I started to accessorize. Today, I ventured to Office Max to see what laptop covers they had available to protect my new piece of candy. Although I saw nothing that protects against unexpected coffee spills, I spotted a  few $50 cases and not much of a selection. SMH (that's shake my head)…”no way” I say and decide I’d rather jump on Etsy.com to see what I can find cheaper and at the same time support a handmade crafty entrepreneur. I was right. Talk about pages and pages of options. I am definitely going to find something a lot more stylish and a deal. Check out what caught my eye under $50! Maybe you’ll find something too. If you like something, click to buy.

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FREAKER USA

Image source: Freaker USA

Image source: Freaker USA

By: Grace M. Castro

How many times have I said, “I love Shark Tank”? Lots, just see my Twitter account on Friday nights when it’s on.  By the way, a new episode airs today. Tune in.

To my surprise, Shark Tank reruns air on Thursday nights too on ABC. I was excited to see Freaker again, a brand I thought was really fun and fresh atheistically…it is right up my alley in terms of the type of design I love...I like their logo, website, and videos.  What is Freaker you ask? Well, they are “global leaders preventing moist handshakes and sweaty beverages”, of course! And their “never-ending journey” is made better by their stylish and functional drink insulator. What? OK, I must admit, you’ll have to check out their website to understand. Also, check out their videos…it’s what sealed the deal for me as a fan. Oh, and if you're family, you can expect a "Freaker" for Christmas. Now, how does that sound?

Image source: Freaker USA

Image source: Freaker USA

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THIS GRACE LOVES GRACE BONNEY OF DESIGN SPONGE

By: Grace M. Castro (originally posted on July 12, 2011 on ArboledaFest.com)

Design Sponge is one of the top blogs of all blogs, for all things design. To add, there are chic DIY projects galore. All a must try. But what's the news? Grace Bonney, who started the sight in 2004, is now bringing her eye for design to the pages of her upcoming book, Design Sponge at Home. Order your copy now. We will.

LINK COURTESY OF: Rose Flash Blog 

XO/grace 

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