With more than 850,000 images, Art.com boasts an immense variety of ready-to-hang wall pieces and decorative artwork along with professional custom framing and mounting services. Choose pieces from a massive selection of media and styles, including photographs, vintage art prints, and abstract pieces, or search by subject matter for items such as iconic album covers and movie prints. An artist search can help perusing patrons snag fine-art prints from Matisse and Munch or one of the pulp pieces by Andy Warhol, best known for his daring depiction of infamous midcentury gunslingers the Elvis triplets.
The site's Photos to Art feature lets shutterbugs upload digital snapshots to the site and select a custom frame using a quick interface that offers more than 25 custom frames, a range of sizes, and more than 80 museum-quality mats. In addition to framing uploaded photos, Art.com can also print them on a canvas stretched across wooden support bars and protected with a gallery-grade UV finish. Patrons can view mockups of their custom portraits to ensure they'll match the walls on which they'll hang. Art aficionados can also choose prints from a moody lot of black-and-white beauties before encasing them in a variety of smart frames. Purchases are protected by Art.com's return policy, which guarantees 100% satisfaction.
“Yoga is an intimate opportunity to connect with the inherent elements of joy, freedom, and expansion,” says Kreg Weiss, one third of My Yoga Online’s founding team. This philosophy drives the company’s diverse teaching staff, who star in an online archive of instructional yoga videos ranging from beginner-friendly Hatha yoga to more advanced modalities.
This system effectively gives members a portable yoga studio they can access from their computers and most mobile devices. In addition, members can also check out videos on Pilates, dance, and meditation. In an effort to transform its far-flung members into a cohesive community, My Yoga Online also hosts a vibrant online community where members can post personal milestones and share tips and tricks with one another. The company’s most recent addition to their wellness services is the Whole Health section, which gives members personalized guidance on topics such as weight loss and stress reduction.
At a moment's notice, contestants from the Emmy-Award-winning show Top Chef appear in Top Chef University members' homes, ready to give one-on-one cooking lessons. Though users will meet stars such as Spike Mendelsohn and Stephanie Izard, they don't have to wipe down the counters or season their neglected cast-iron pans in preparation. That's because the school's 200 lessons are all online videos, streamable to any computer.
Top Chef contestants walk members through a slew of cooking methods in 12 one-month courses, each composed of videos ranging from 5 to 30 minutes long. The easy-to-follow curriculum starts with basic cooking techniques such as sautéing and braising, ending with more advanced recipes for modern and ethnic cuisines from Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais. Each video comes with a printable recipe to save and cherish, along with a Top Chef Certificate of Completion.
The name itself is a fusion of two soul-feeding concepts: "Gaia," the Greek goddess of the earth, and "I am." This fusion is represented in Gaiam's logo, the Flower of Life, symbolizing the planet's connection with the people who call it home. Founded more than a quarter-century ago, Gaiam's goal is to provide students of wellness with everything they need to achieve mental and physical fulfillment, from premium yoga mats and fitness gear to eco-friendly workout clothing and inspirational DVDs. Of course, there's also a full range of casual clothing and sustainable home goods such as organic cotton bedding and towels. Gaiam also features a selection of fair-trade jewelry and décor for everyday green living.
It can take years to fully appreciate a mother's love. As people grow older, though, they begin to remember hugs, home-cooked meals, and other maternal kindnesses with greater fondness. Pearls by Laurel, a jewelry company that specializes in bracelets designed for mothers, offers customers a way to thank the women who raised them.
Genuine Swarovski pearls are the focal point of these bracelets. The pearls echo the hues of the 12 birthstones, which shoppers can mix and match to create personalized adornments. Each pearl's color stands for something; August's peridot-green pearl denotes a kindhearted temperament, and September's sapphire-blue pearl stands for purity and wisdom. The Pearls by Laurel website makes it easy to design a bracelet for your mother, grandmother, or the kindly neighbor who mistakes you for her son. In three steps, you can create a piece of jewelry tailored to her wrist size, birthstone, and favorite colors. All bracelets come with a lifetime guarantee and 30-day return policy.
Kids often have very short attention spans, quickly losing interest in their toys and trading them in for the next flavor of the moment. But Pleygo has found a way to keep up with their constantly changing demands. Founded by parents, the company rents out hundreds of trending LEGO sets, including collections that depict scenes from Batman, Harry Potter , and Star Wars. Through three levels of membership, parents simply queue up an online wish list of desired LEGO sets, and then kids wait for the first to arrive. All of the pieces—plus 10 spares, in case some get lost—come freshly sanitized in a mesh bag with a print-out of assembly instructions. Kids can exchange sets as often as they'd like, building an exciting new tower each week if they so desire, much like Donald Trump. And parents need not worry about racking up mailing charges, as shipping is included in the membership—each set arrives with a pre-paid return shipping label.