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The glass is always half full when tables are arrayed with glamorous glasses. Adorn your summer table with these Hollywood Regency-inspired golden chevron highballs from C. Wonder. They’re straight-up gorgeous and would be a worthy vessel for any retro cocktail you’re serving up poolside. And bring those cocktails out chilled, thanks to this impressive new refrigerator from Samsung. It’s got four doors (like a sedan, but chillier) and a whopping 31 cubic feet of space. And when your guests ask for bubbly water, they can serve themselves straight from the door, thanks to the built-in Soda Stream sparkling water dispenser. Now you can skip the doses of high-fructoses and serve up natural sodas in your stylish glasses.
Quirky couple and design dynamic duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz know what other tech manufacturers still don’t— that speaker docks don’t have to be black and boring. In fact, they can be whimsical and downright fashionable, as is this Flower Freaq from the Novogratz collection at Soundfreaq. This device is an equal-opportunity connector, charging/docking up to two iOS or Android devices, or letting passers-by stream audio via Bluetooth… no docking necessary. Use the AC adapter, or the rechargable battery if you’re away from walls, and with beautifully clear stereo sound, this speaker is pretty bloomin’ fabulous.
From the Shop
KitchenAid 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer
Sony DPT-RP1 Digital Paper
Mulberry Silk Sleep Eye Mask
Summertime is in full swing, and there’s a long list of gadgets I consider a must-have for enjoying the season. Here’s a Today Show clip from last year— still love all each one of these ideas for summer at the beach or having a killer backyard BBQ.
There are those gadgets that catch your eye and inspire Ooohs, Aaahs, and shortness of breath (4K TVs, I’m talking to you). And then there are those gadgets that, without fanfare, become absolutely invaluable, and you wonder how you ever got along without them.
I’m a digital lifestyle expert. That means I spend a lot of time making tech simple for people looking for simpler, more connected lives. In all aspects of my work, I answer all kinds of technical questions for families on the run. Recently, I was chatting with an busy executive who emailed me about personal scanners. As we went back and forth about the pros and cons of each model she was considering, she suddenly blurted, “I don’t know, Carley — this tech stuff is exhausting sometimes. Is any of it going to make me happier?”