Chilli Beans Sunglasses Photoshoot project

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I am so addicted to Chilli Beans sunglasses brand, so I decided to do a personal “non-commercial project” for their sunglasses and opticals !

It’s my first time to direct a photoshoot, I hired a photographer and a model both based in Dubai. I have chosen Madinat Jumeirah as a location for the photo shoot.

unfortunately the weather and sunlight did not help at some points which forced us to edit the pictures to modify the colors of the sky and some backgrounds.

Hopefully our next project will end up being much better than this. Below is the presentation of our project.

Director: Kalopsia Blog Team .

Photographer: The Crew Dubai

Model: @Maqreed

Brand: Chilli Beans

Master & Dynamic MW60

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Master & Dynamic aren’t quite at the level of a Beats or a Bose in terms of brand recognition, but they’re not unknown. You can find them in the Apple store and it’s not uncommon to see someone walking along rocking this brands headphones. Their products are quickly gaining recognition as they usually pair solid sound quality with very pretty design. We recently reviewed their brass in-ears the ME05 earbuds and figured we should take a look at their newest over-ear option, the MW60s. Personally I have always been a fan of B&O BeoPlay head phones but I decided to go with Master and Dynamics this time just for a change as I loved the design and was impressed by the reviews !

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What’s in the box

The box that the headphones came in is less like a box, more like a secret agent briefcase complete with combination locking system. It’s a travel case made in partnership with the brand Zero Halliburton and if you want to feel extra cool, it’ll cost you a few bucks more at the point of purchase. Opening it made me feel like James Bond accepting a secret mission. Inside the briefcase you’ll get the MW60s, a carrying pouch for the headphones, a 3.5mm audio cable, micro USB charging cable, an even smaller carrying pouch, and of course, the instructions and warranty information. Thankfully it didn’t self-destruct after I removed the headphones. If you decide not to opt for the baller traveling case, the regular consumer packaging is just a simple white box with the headphones pictured on the front. Simple and classy.

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Unfortunately, these beautiful headphones are not without their cons. The MW60s aren’t heavy, but they’re not light. I found that a small shake of my head causes the ear cups to flip outwards, forcing the headphones off of my head. Of course you probably won’t be shaking your head too often, so it might not be too big of an issue. Still it’s worth mentioning considering the price of the MW60s. They’re not exactly the kind of headphones you’d want to replace if they slip off of your head and break.

Connectivity

The MW60s aren’t just your average pair of Bluetooth cans. They’re designed with a special antennae on the left ear cup that’s supposed to increase the standard range of 30 feet by roughly four times. Over 100 feet of range is a bold claim to make but Master & Dynamic back it up, kind of. As long as there were no walls in the way I couldn’t get these to skip if I tried, and trust me I tried.

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Battery Life

Master & Dynamic claim a battery life of 16 hours, but in our testing we got closer to 14 or 15. This is still a really solid battery life and will probably last the average person a good number of commutes before they’re forced to charge them back up. Keep in mind, should you find yourself low on juice you can always plug in the included audio cable and continue listening to music.

Sound Quality

Testing was mainly done on portable devices like phones and tablets, but (spoiler alert) I liked the sound so much that I also tested them on my Scarlet 2i2 audio interface just to really see what they can do.

To wrap it up

Master & Dynamic is the best headphone I have ever purchased. (I previously used B&O, Bose and Beats) there is no comparison between Master & Dynamic and any of them.

You can buy this stunning headphone for $549 by clicking on the link below.

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This is Ground: MOD 2 and The Voyager Review.

 

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I have recently ordered a laptop case “MOD 2” , an extra organizer for the case and a bag “The Voyager” from the mad scientists of tech organization “The best description I have found for the brand This is Ground” this post is a review for both products.

This Is Ground’s Products aims to deliver a sleek and simple solution to your daily carry needs by offering elegant and easy access to your tech and small EDC. Does it deliver? We here put it to the test to find out…

For the last few months This Is Ground’s Voyager bag and the second version of their popular laptop Mod has been my pretty constant companion. Both travelled with me to work, cafes, meetings and my business/leisure trips. TIG have made absolutely Smart and stylish products that are made in LA, using materials and hardware sourced in the States. Broadly speaking the TIG Bags and mods do exactly what it says on the box – namely protect and carry the daily essentials, all the while acting as a good-looking folio/portable office.

The Voyager:


– The Voyager weekender sized bag that’ll not only store the stuff you need — but also help you get them easily without the hassle we all suffer from when we try to find particular thing in our carry-ons, The Voyager Bag from This Is Ground is a weekender-sized utility bag that comes with an integrated Karma Go WiFi unit “optional”, keeping you connected and collected at every turn. A pouch on the front, inspired by the brand’s Tech Dopp Kits, organizes all of your cords and gadgets. Inside, there’s enough room for five days of clothing. Made in Los Angeles of buttery soft leather, the Voyager is available in four color options, and — if you happen to love annoying WiFi logins at the airport — can also be purchased without the Karma Go for a little less. Though, once you get a taste of having your own good-looking WiFi network everywhere you, you’ll wonder why all your bags aren’t this smart. I tried carrying it on daily basis as a business bag and also as a weekender literally in my recent trip and it never failed.

MOD laptop 2:


If you love a good flat lay you’re going to like the Mop Laptop 2. When closed it’s got the clean lines of a traditional leather folio – but unzip the solid UCAN zip, open up the Mod and you’re in stationery organizing heaven. One side is dominated by the dedicated laptop pouch – with its protective raised lip of Buffalo Felt. There’s also a canvas-lined pocket designed for a tablet, but it works just as well for a diary or notebook.

The ‘spine’ has two Romag magnets embedded in it so you can plug and play with any of This Is Ground’s specialized carry inserts. TIG assures us that these magnets won’t affect your electronics. The other side of the Mod has three pockets, suitable for phones, glasses, hard drives, notebooks and the like. There’s also some slots for business cards and space for pens, headphones and cords.

The outside of the Mod has a clever diagonal slit pouch designed for bulkier chargers, or for things you need frequent access to. There’s also a removable leather strap which clips onto D-rings that can be hidden away should you prefer to go strapless (as I must confess I did).

However, when I looked at it as a laptop case with benefits the Mod really made sense. Diary, pens, notebook, laptop and the other essentials all went in there. So if I had meetings, or went to work in a café all I needed was the Mod. It looked good and I could access anything I needed quickly. It’s kind of like a corporate bug-out bag.

Who This is Ground carry-ons Suit

TIG goods are clearly designed for career carry, and if you’re a professional or creative type who’s looking for something above and beyond the usual laptop sleeve and bags, then their products are definitely the perfect thing for you.

Who It Doesn’t

If you’re into active gear, on a budget or simply carry lots of odd-shaped objects on a regular basis you should probably keep looking.

The Not So Good

The biggest stumbling block many will have with the TIG products is the price. For example the MOD 2 a 13-inch model is priced at $450 USD. Add in one of their modular inserts and a fancy monogram and you will end up with $500. That’s getting close to the ‘luxury’ space. The leather, while soft and with a nice grain, has scars and other blemishes, and the stitching and cutting is in places irregular. While none of these elements are deal breakers, it doesn’t live up to the glossiness of their Instagram account. It seems to me that This Is Ground is trying to straddle both the artisanal maker and mid-tier luxury market segments, and as a result their promise is compromised.

Others to Consider

One of the greatest strengths of the This Is Ground products  in general is that there’s not a whole lot like it out there. Sure, there are millions of laptop solutions and bags – something like the Hard Graft All in One Laptop Folio comes to mind, but it lacks the organized storage. Also the variety of colors TIG offers is unbeatable as other brands force you into one or two options. TIG products “the major carry-ons” come in six magnificent colors: Cognac, Bomber “over worked brown leather”, Pacific “Blue”, Toffee, Charcoal and French Grey.

Conclusion:

This Is Ground products offer plenty of function for the café workers and will certainly impress in meetings. Add to that the there’s nothing like it out their in terms of design, functionality and organization. This makes their goods irresistible for organization freaks like me, and price won’t affect your decision whether to buy any of what they offer or no. All in all the highly priced products are incomparable to high end brands when it comes to organizing your daily carried stuff.

Brilliant Idea for sunglasses storage

I am obsessed wit sunglasses and opticals and I am addicted to a single brand called Chilli Beans, since I was a kid I loved building crafts like coffee tables, storage boxes etc… however I struggled big time to store my sunglasses properly so I can find them easily and pick the one I need for the day easily.

This is my collection :

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I used to keep them in their original cases all stored in boxes, it was very hard to find the one I wanted !

Then I came up with an idea of creating a a display. First thing I did is ordering an led light string from Amazon, then the cabinet and decoration from IKEA.

This is how it looks now after installing the light string and the decorations:

Over each box I hang the sunglasses models that I would find in that box for example (mirrored, aviators, beachy .. etc) the pictures below will show how it look inside these boxes.



I store the cases separately.

 

 

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Cool Magazine Cover Pillowcases

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If you ever dreamed about being on a magazine cover… let’s say this is the next best thing. These magazine cover pillowcases have a youthful feel about them and can turn out to be a fun and inspired present for all your “fashionable” friends.

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These designs can transform their users into Esquire, Playboy, Vogue and even Times personalities, since the person on the cover is missing, therefore allowing the pillowcase owner to become the star of the evening. Sleeping like a media personality may not actually occur, but it is worth giving it a shot. The pillowcases can be purchased online here, for $ 39,99.

Sunglasses & Accessories Giant Chilli Beans Now Open in Kuwait !

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Chilli Beans, the largest Brazilian chain specialized in sunglasses, created in 1998 by Caito Maia, as of 2012 the brand has 500 stores throughout Brazil, as well as sales points in Portugal, the United States, Angola, Colombia and more Recently Kuwait.   

In its 14 years of operation, the brand has had important examples of success, such as operations in all Brazilian state capitals and more than 25 sales points in large states such as Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.

Since its creation, Chilli Beans has invested in innovation. With the first kiosk at the Villa Lobos Shopping Mall, the brand introduced in the Brazilian eyewear retail the breakthrough concept of self-service, in which the consumer can handle the product, try it on and have a full shopping experience before buying it.

Another of the brand’s investments since its creation is the fast fashion production: Chilli Beans launches more than 10 new sunglasses models every week, with a wide diversity of colours, prints and graphics. In addition, it releases five types of watches and an average of three prescription glasses models weekly.

Since 2010, Chilli Beans has developed a partnership with Mattel, to create Barbie and Hot Wheels sunglasses for the Kids line.

Other co-branding partnerships have been established with Brazilian stylists, designers and artists. At present, the brand has a collection signed by world-famous stylist Alexandre Herchcovitch, one of the principal names in Brazilian fashion. From April 2012 onwards, Chilli Beans will start selling products signed by Ronaldo Fraga, Isabela Capeto and Carlinhos Brown.

Chilli Beans concept influence people to change their sunglasses and optical frames as often as they change their outfits, offering stylish mix of products at affordable prices. The products meets the highest standards quality.

Personally I like te materials of their products and the details in their designs, each piece has something special in its design, every single piece I have seen so far.  And I can tell you that this brand is addictive, I have so far bought 3 optical frames, five sunglasses and 2 watches since they opened in kuwait ! I have pepper in my veins 🙂

Chilli Beans branches in Kuwait are located in 360 Mall first floor in front of Marks and Spencer, the other point of sales is in Marina Mall.

Chilli Beans Kuwait have a page on facebook which is : Chilli Beans Arabia

Also They have an instagram account: @Chillibeanskw

The pictures below shows some of Chilli Beans Sunglasses, Frames and accessories. Also You will See Tom Hanks and Neymar wearing Chilli Beans Optical frames.

Awesome Icy Vest !

This vest is just amazing for those who work out doors in an extremely  hot climate  like here in Kuwait.

The vest have sleeves to contain ice cubes that will ensure keeping you cool no matter how hot it is around !

They are available on amazon for $ 64.23. if you are interested in ordering it CLICK HERE

Mega Bulb By Sofie Refer

Mega Bulb is a classic glass pendant light, a piece created by designer Sofie Refer. Using the shape of the first electric lamps, the lamp bulb is handcrafted and imperfections in the glass create unique objects. Minimalist, functional with Scandinavian classicism, the Mega Bulb is a timeless piece of design, being a perfect companion for the kitchen chef or lighting large rooms and spaces. It has won numerous awards like the “GOOD DESIGN award” and “Wallpaper Design Award”.

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