I love my Nike Free running shoes (and no, I don’t get paid to mention them) so when I found out you can personalize them I was even more excited. Gone are the days when you have to pay an artist located in Tribeca a year’s wage to get a pair of custom painted sneakers – now it costs you about $20 extra to come up with your design and all from the comfort of home. A ‘must have” for anyone who wears sneakers for exercise or pleasure.

NikePick materials, colours and even have a one-on-one design session with a consultant for you or a group thanks to NIKEiD studio.

ConverseThe Converse MAKE project is pretty irresistible. And they have some funky kids options.

Not satisfied? New Balance and Reebok have also joined in to offer online design services.

And ever wondered what happened to one of the original “design sneakers”… LA Gear! Introduced in 1992 the immortal L.A. Lights, was the shoe line from L.A. Gear that featured red LED bulbs in the heels that blinked every time you took a step. Alongside Reebok’s Pump series, the wildly popular sneakers dominated the shoe scene in the early ’90s with athlete endorsers such as Karl Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to keep the company going and they filed for bankruptcy in 1998. LA Gear has since eased its way back into the market, and re-released the classic L.A. Lights hoping to take piece of the retro market.

MUST HAVE MONDAY – Casting your Pod!

Want to learn something on your commute to work? Try exchanging your music playlist for a podcast – it’s as simple as that. With over 150,000 on iTunes alone available across 90 countries, there is something for everyone’s taste. And the great news is… they are free!

Here are some of the top ranking ones if you need some inspiration.

Ricky Gervais (still one of the all-time biggest download records)
Inside the Magic
This Week In Tech
Planet Money
WTF with Marc Maron
This American Life
Stuff You Missed in History
The Morning Stream
Splendid Table
Greetings From Nowhere
Feast of Fun
Film Sack
Tech News Today / The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
Anything BBC


Call me old fashioned, but I still like to write, as a keyboard just doesn’t seem to have the same flair or creativity compared to having a pen in your hand. There are some new great digital pens around that capture everything you write and make up it easy to upload to your computer, but here are some others that may take your interest.

Inkless pen – This solid metal ‘nib’ of this particular metal pen is made from metal alloy rather than silver. It leaves a mark on most types of paper and works best on standard copier/printer paper. The mark it leaves looks like that of a pencil however it cannot be erased.

Cramp free pen – This pen eliminates the strain usually associated with writing for long periods of time by employing the weight of your hand to provide downward pressure. The ergonomic pen has rubber grips on three sides for your index finger and thumb, ensuring reliable, smooth writing without hand cramps for left- and right-handed writers.

Colour Picker Pen (by jinsu park) – Innovative concept pen allows you to scan any color from your environment and instantly use it for drawing. The color is detected by the RGB Color Sensor inside the pen, then the red, green, and blue inks are mixed together to create the desired color.

And here are some interesting facts I have “penned” -

1. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
2. More than 2 billion pens are manufactured in the United States annually.
3. There are 5 main kinds of pens used worldwide; ballpoint, fountain, soft-tip. rolling-ball and specialty pens.
4. In World War II, pilots used ballpoint pens because they do not leak at high altitudes.
5. In October, 1945, Milton Reynolds, after a previous visit to Buenos Aires where he discovered the Biro pen, (invented by Laszlo Biro) copied the product in 4 months and launched his own massive campaign in New York City, selling USD 100,000 worth in the first day.
6. Black ballpoint pens manufactured by Parker have a lifespan five miles long of writing before the ink dissipates.


Sound familiar… “Can you bring me a present home please Mummy?” The promises of gifts after you have been on a business trip need not be that hard, just stick with the mantra – old is still good! Here is some inspiration for children’s toys.

Barbie Doll
Introduced in 1959, Barbie’s real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts

• Barbie has four sisters Skipper (1964), Stacie (1992), Kelly (1995) and Krissy (1995)
• Barbie’s first pet was a horse named Dancer; since then, she has had more than 50 other pets
• Barbie’s first boyfriend, Ken, debuted two years after Barbie in 1961 and was named after the son of Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler. Ken and Barbie broke up on Valentine’s Day in 2004 after being together more than 43 years
• The best-selling Barbie doll ever was 1992 Totally Hair Barbie, with hair from the top of her head to her toes (over 10 million sold)
• Barbie had the fastest growing fan base in Facebook history – 80,000 fans in six weeks
• Mattel sells an astounding 1.5 million Barbie dolls each week — that’s two dolls per second.

Rubik’s Cube
Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s cube, was a lecturer in the Department of Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in Budapest when he created his now-famous cube. The cube (which has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different possible configurations and only one solution) made Rubik the communist bloc’s first self-made millionaire and Hungary’s richest private citizen.

The founder, Ole Kirk Christiansen, hit upon the LEGO® name in 1934. He took the first two letters of the Danish words LEG GODT, meaning “play well”, and put them together.
• There are about 2,350 different elements in the LEGO range – plus 52 different LEGO colours
• More than 400 million children and adults will play with LEGO bricks this year
• Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would reach more than five times round the world
• On average there are 62 LEGO bricks for every person on earth
• The world’s children spend 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks
• With a production of about 306 million tyres a year, the LEGO Group is the world’s largest tyre manufacturer

Crayola Crayons
The average American child spends 28 minutes a day coloring and wears down about 730 crayons by the age of 10. Parents and schools purchase 2.5 billion crayons each year.

Unemployed architect Alfred Mosher Butts invented the game of Scrabble, which he first called “Lexiko” and later “Criss-Cross Words,” in the 1930s. Entrepreneur James Brunot acquired the game in 1947, but it wasn’t until 1953, when the president of Macy’s — now owned by retail giant Federated Department Stores — discovered the game on vacation that things really took off. More than 100 million sets have since been sold worldwide

The most popular toys of all time…
• 1900-1909 Crayola Crayons
• 1910-1919 Raggedy Ann Dolls
• 1920-1929 Madame Alexander Collectible Dolls
• 1930-1939 View-Master 3-D Viewer
• 1940-1949 Candy Land
• 1950-1959 Mr. Potato Head
• 1960-1969 G.I. Joe
• 1970-1979 Rubik’s Cube
• 1980-1989 Cabbage Patch Kids
• 1990-1999 Beanie Babies
• 2000- Present Razor Scooter

MUST HAVE MONDAY – A Chic Looking Desk

We are stuck at our desks longer than anywhere else so it makes sense to invest in making them look a bit more stylish, and adding our own personal touch. Martha Stewart has just released her personal collection for Staples and there are some great pieces (at affordable prices) that will make any workspace look chic.

My favourite things –
Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Dry Erase Decal Gray Border, Flourish – $3.99
Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Vertical File Folders Assorted Blue Patterns, 2 Tabs – $4.99
Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Damask Notebook, 8-1/2″ x 11″ – $6.99
Martha Stewart Home Office™ Blair Desk, Sand Gray – $299.99

MUST HAVE MONDAY – New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is underway and a few trends and must have pieces have emerged.

The runways are filled with structured pieces including jackets, trousers and capes and this transcends into the big influence of military as the new big thing. Showcased by Rag & Bone, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger.

As always with trends, the key is not to dress as a soldier, rather use one piece and add it to an existing outfit that it will work with.

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MUST HAVE MONDAY – Simply Chairs

Look stylish and be comfortable when you work… one of the world’s most expensive office chairs is a Pininfarina (retailing at $1,500,000) Its revolutionary design includes a seating surface made of fabric used by Olympic athletes for durability, comfort, coolness, and range of motion, a gel developed by Bayer Leverkausen that matches the human body’s countour.

If you are looking for something that costs a little less, you can still look classy in the Herman Miller Embody chair or the Herman Miller Aeron chair.