Lane Four Swim Shop's interior is flooded with swimwear, goggles, and all the gear necessary for successfully treading water. With a set of Tritan swim fins ($19.50) firmly gripping their feet and anti-fog, custom-fit Speedo Speed Socket goggles ($19.95) strapped onto their faces, swimmers will be well equipped to paddle safely across unexplored seas. Environmentally friendly Speedo Endurance Jammers ($38) comfortably clench men's thighs with fabric that's highly resistant to stretching, fading, and attack sharks, and ladies can slip into a Dolfin Uglies one-piece ($27), available in brightly colored, assorted prints to help wearers blend in with coral reefs. After slipping out of the flippers, dry off with a tube towel ($20.50), an easy-to-tote towel made of micro-fiber suede for fast drying.
If memories are treasures, pictures from Couture Portrait Studio are the treasure chests that hold them for generations. Families, high-school seniors, expectant mothers, and precocious newborns arrive at the studio to be immortalized in two dimensions. However clients wish to remember the present moment, the Couture photographers customize sessions to suit their needs.
One of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites 2010, Livemocha opens the door to multilingual mastery thanks to comprehensive lessons and a helpful online community that has grown to more than 15 million people. Through programs such as the popular Active course, students work to build conversational fluency in one of 38 languages, from French to Urdu. Courses include proven educational content from publishers such as HarperCollins. Cultural notes and practice with native speakers help students grasp conversational subtleties, such as the difference between a Spanish trill and the mating call of a blue jay.
Called “fun and fashionable” by Examiner.com and “fun for your wrist” by The Diego Files, Tikkr’s stylish, water-resistant timepieces have been popping up on wrists all across the globe. These colorful watches were dreamed up by Cory Stout during a trip overseas, who told Adored Austin that the idea chose him. Of the trip, he said, “On my last day [in China], I went to this underground mall to grab some gifts.” It was there that he found the watch that inspired his timekeeping revolution. Stout’s fashion-forward watches are outfitted with minimalistic white or black faces that display only the hours of 12 and 6 and rest atop a stainless-steel back plate engraved with a special Tikkr message. Each Tikkr watch face can be dropped into 23 flexible silicone watchbands, which pop in funky colors such as glow in the dark, El Diablo red, and Anti-Establish Mint. These vibrant, interchangeable bands help trendsetters match their watch to any outfit and prevent them from getting lost within a jungle of arm hair. The durable Tikkr tickers have been seen gracing the wrists of everyone from professional athletes to beauty queens, but when asked by Adored Austin who he'd gladly give a Tikkr watch to, Stout promptly replied "Zack Morris from Saved By the Bell."
Blue Nile?s online site, which Forbes called ?an elegant site with a vast selection of diamonds and fine jewelry," pairs an extensive selection with tools and information that make buying jewelry a straightforward and enjoyable experience. The company, whose rise was profiled in the New York Times, stocks loose diamonds and jewelry and works to empower and educate patrons with a detailed jewelry guide.
After arming shoppers with information, Blue Nile?s site displays an array of conflict-free diamonds mined with environmentally sound processes. The Build Your Own Ring feature lets shoppers insert a loose gem into a setting of their choice, and the finished ring displays on an illustrated hand. Pre-set jewelry graces monitors in vintage-inspired and classic designs, and all orders ship for free with insurance. A 30-day return window assuages fears that an item will look different in real life or won?t get along with other jewelry.
In the three decades since he left his job as the COO of a multimillion-dollar development company, Brian Tracy has delved into the study of success, honing his own experiences with insights from the masters of fields including economics, business, and psychology. Confident in his own research, Tracy now travels through countries across the globe, delivering seminars and leading workshops for more than one million people in 58 countries, including for companies such as Toyota, Bank of America, and Verizon Wireless. He’s also condensed his wisdom into a slate of at-home courses, with DVDs and Web videos serving as virtual coaches until technology allows for the creation of miniature Tracys who deliver lectures from shoulder perches. Available lessons help pupils best personal hurdles by optimizing their time management, jump-starting their personal development, or honing their leadership abilities.