March 14, 2014

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Going to SXSW? Take 'me' with you!

Let the fun begin!  Outdoor music festivals and concerts have such energy...can't wait to get there myself!  And they're so much more fun when you don't have to cart that bag around and micromanage it all day (and night), right?

Now that you're here, you know how you can. Secret agent PortaPocket...at your service!

Who are you most excited to see and hear at SXSW? Tell us below :)

xoxo,

@PortaPocketGal

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March 12, 2014

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Where are you heading for spring break?

It's almost that time again!  Even though snow's still on the ground here in Chicagoland, it's only a few weeks before co-eds are out of school and heading off to beaches or bars...(or sometimes both)!  We don't have a college age child quite yet, so not in that mode, but are looking forward to spending some time together doing some fun things in the city.

Sue (& Angelina) at the Field Museum, Chicago!

My 9 yr old enjoys seeing Sue, the famous resident T-rex over at the Field Museum, so this may be our chance for a repeat visit. Of course, you know what will be "riding shot gun" with us! ... ;)  PortaPocket always helps. Keeps my iPhone, ID and essentials safe, and lets me enjoy a hands-free day out with my daughter.

Ahh...freedom! 

So... where are going for spring break this year?  We'd love to hear (...and live vicariously)! 

 

March 04, 2014

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Magic for Mardi Gras

                                         

Today is Fat Tuesday and NOLA is having the biggest party right NOW! If you're lucky enough to be taking in the festivities on the streets of New Orleans, you want to be sure to keep your important things close. Throngs of people can (and do) lead to throngs of theft opportunities. Don't leave yourself open to a problem by not thinking ahead. 

Now that you know about PortaPocket, you know how to be proactive... and safe. Yay!! Solutions!

We've had Louisianans seek us out and get outfitted with PortaPocket cases before the krewes get going in full swing. What could be better to keep your goodies where they're good, especially while you're riding on the floats, enjoying the parades, and watching the spectacles. Just because you are getting a little tipsy and having a good time doesn't mean you have to end up worrying all night about where you put your things. Just wear what you need, and you're good to go. ;)

February 27, 2014

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Oscars coming! What's the best thing to wear under your outfit since SPANX (... & even for Ellen, too)?

Glam gals walking down that red carpet seem to have it all put together...the dresses are gorgeous and the ensembles impeccable. Who doesn't have fun just taking in the whole spectacle? Even though they may seem to be beyond mortal at times, those startlets are just people. And they suffer from the same human condition that the rest of us do.  To look as fabulous as possible, no doubt many of them are sporting undergarments to accomplish this. With Oprah having propelled SPANX to worldwide success a decade ago, that's probably the brand of choice. But as fantastic and confidence-buillding as those shapers may be, they still can't solve all women's issues or give gals peace of mind in a different category...

WHERE do they put their STUFF?!

Let's be real. How many outfits (and especially dresses) ever have pockets? Or pockets that actually work. And fit the things you need. Like your cell phone, among other things. And sure, while gals do indeed carry designer purses, a bag is rather difficult to mind all night, especially when stars are out dancing or getting a little tipsy at those after-parties.  And don't think their honey is standing right there with that tampon when they make an emergency dash to the restroom!

Smart gals know the solution.
Demo here.

Oscars red carpet dress

 

February 20, 2014

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Something else that can save your life...

Did you hear about this interesting new company? Cuff is creating jewelry that houses a small device that can be squeezed in order to alert those close to you when you might be needing assistance. See the article here.

How about that!  Founder Deepa Sood says "We don’t believe that we should be forced to choose between smarts and beauty when it comes to wearable accessories."  (thank you, Deepa!)

Kudos to this creative company that's also bringing function back into fashion (cuff.io).  I applaud their purpose and appreciate the need. It's yet another example of how communications within our world are becoming increasingly intertwined with wearable technology.

It's truly a new age out there.  And we're excited to be a part of it!

What other developments do you use coming down the pipe in the wearable tech space?
Comment to share :)

 

February 15, 2014

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USA Olympic Speedskaters Performance & Under Armour -- is it the suits?

I'm sure you've heard the controversy at the Sochi Olympics...the US speedskating team's lackluster performance is surprising, so many involved are scratching their heads and questioning why they are winning no medals. The team has been wearing some specially designed "Mach 39" suits from Under Armour, which in concert with defense contractor Lockheed Martin, had created the "fastest speed skating suits in production," specifically for these 2014 Winter Games. But now these suits have come under fire and have been blamed for posssibly adding unnecessary wind drag while the athletes are racing.  So it must be this equipment's shortcomings, right? Well... not so fast...

In a recent race, US women speed skaters in the 1000 meters had covered up the questionable vent on the suit's backside with fabric in order to eliminate the potential wind drag issue, yet ended up with a similar result as when the suits hadn't been adjusted.  It seems that the variable has been eliminated. So what could it be then?

When things don't go our way it is easy to point the finger at external forces and lay blame elsewhere, but never on one's own shoulders. Under Armour has been making high quality sporting gear for over a decade and I personally own and enjoy wearing many of their items. And while no, I'm certainly no elite athlete, and my use of their gear never means my achievements in life are dictated by a fraction of a split second, I've never had a problem with the quality of their garments and feel they are simply getting a bum rap here.

While it's true UA pants never have enough functional pockets (especially for women) and they can't comfortably and effectively fit a cell phone while you work out (which is the exact same problem that ANY sportswear maker's pants have!), I think Under Armour is a good brand. And a decent company. And it's not their fault. Let's not make them the scapegoat.

 

February 03, 2014

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Welcome to our new site!

It's been a long time coming but we are thrilled to say we've now put together a more comprehensive and easy to use website that we hope you'll like. This is it! 

Of course nothing is ever done, so please stop back often to see new photos, products and more. We'd love for you to join us on this amazing ride.

Cheers! 

 

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