Conquer Stress. Be Stellar.

I love finding great Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns to support, and this is one right up my alley. I have always been into smart technology and recently have been researching fitness bands. Then I stumbled across the Olive campaign on IndieGoGo which is a band that targets stress and helps you conquer it. Stress is something I don’t cope particularly well with, so reading the story and seeing how well thought out the product will be showed me it was something worthwhile to invest in.

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The details:

Olive sits comfortably and discreetly on your wrist and monitors stress-related data in the background. Olive:

  • Tracks physical indicators of stress based on changes in heart rate, reactions in your skin, and trends in skin temperature
  • Analyzes habits that contribute to stress like your physical activity, sleep, and exposure to light
  • Talks with your smartphone to understand your lifestyle through your calendar, your location, and other available data

All of this information is meticulously stitched together with powerful algorithms to paint a more complete picture of your stress than has been possible, until now.

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Olive measures:

Heart rate and heart rate variability to better understand our body’s stress response through changes in the cardiovascular system.
Skin conductance which indicates our body’s level of excitement. When we have emotional reactions, Olive can detect this in our skin.
Ambient light because exposure to light affects our sleep and body’s natural rhythms, which in turn change the way we respond to stress.
Motion to analyze overall muscle tension. When we are stressed and our body enters a fight-or-flight state, our muscles tense up.
Skin temperature which can change when stress affects blood flow to our extremities.

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Stylish enough for me, featuring some amazing technology, what’s not to love? Have a look at the perks and read up on the campaign for yourselves. Will you be investing?

OUT NOVEMBER 2015

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Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

I discovered Ofelpan a while ago whilst I was spending hours perusing Etsy. It offers affordable handmade clothing imitating high end designers, one of my favourites being Rick Owens. Normally the concept of buying imitation goods is enough to put me off buying anything because the original will always be hands down better in every way. However you need to consider that sometimes you can lust after your favourite designer pieces but will never own them because the price bracket is just too high. I’m still supporting an independent designer and getting pieces for my wardrobe I could only ever dream of. I feel like I am partially selling out, but even eBay offerings for designer labels I adore are still unaffordable.

I find it increasingly difficult to buy anything on the high street as the offerings locally are your standard brands with nothing exciting design-wise. 90% of my wardrobe is bought online these days, a few clicks, swipes and a short wait later my goods have arrived. I love the wait and excitement for parcels. I always feel more appreciative knowing I’m supporting independent designers, maybe because that’s where I would like to be myself one day.

Check out the Ofelpan Etsy store, there’s hundreds of designs for both men and women. What’s your opinion?

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Oversized Grey Draping Long Sleeve Jersey Top £60

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Sleeveless Asymmetrical Draped Long Anthem Dress £80

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Tie Sweatshirt Hoodie £102