Saturday, March 3, 2018

Win a pair of tickets to @NYBG 's The Orchid Show: Orchid Evenings #OrchidNYBG and #SpringIntoPhotography with @Ascending1 #PhotographyChallenge

Orchid Show Signage at New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018 #OrchidNYBG
 New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018
Old Man Winter and that groundhog seem to want to  keep New York City in their Vice Grip of cold weather and this butterfly who is a Spring Baby (my birthday is coming up in April) yearns for signs of Spring and sunshine.

I found some amazing signs of Spring at the Media Preview of The Orchid Show at NY Botanical Gardens this week and I can't wait to share!

Daniel Ost Floral Artist New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018 #OrchidNYBG
Daniel Ost, Floral Artist
The annual Orchid Show, now in its 16th year, showcases thousands of dramatically displayed Orchids in the NY Botanical Garden Enid A. Haupt Conservatory featuring a series of installations designed by one of the world's leading floral artists, Daniel Ost.  Ost uses flowers as a means of expression and his large-scale artworks were tailored to compliment the landmark Victorian Styled Conservatory and it's an explosion of texture, form and colors!

If you read my last post you know I made the switch from shooting with Canon to shooting with Nikon and that March is "Spring Into Photography" month on Ascending Butterfly to celebrate all things Photography. At this point in my journalism career I am just as much a Photographer as I am a Writer and last year's PDN Photo Plus Expo really got me fired up about upping my photography skills. This event was the inaugural run with my new Nikon and I am definitely happy I made the switch.

Orchid Flower Wall Installation at New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018, Daniel Ost, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Flowers, Flower Wall, Orchid, Orchids
Orchid Flower Wall Installation at New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018
So to celebrate you will see tons of activity on my Instagram so be sure you are following me there. I really want to grow my Instagram a bit more this year as it was one of the last social channels I adopted. All my photos on Instagram this month will be hashtagged: #SpringIntoPhotography and #AscendingButterfly - if you would like to join us add those hashtags to your photos.

There will be fun giveaways in honor of Spring into Photography month, and this one is the first one. Whether it's a Digital Camera or your Smartphone, a good photo is about that combo of hardware and a great subject, and I can't think of a better backdrop for a fun photo challenge.

"Orchid Evenings" from 6:30 - 9:30, combines Music by DJ X-RAY, Cocktails (check out the Dancing Lady Signature Cocktail by Edible Bronx's Head Mixologist), Live Performers and the sublime beauty of the delicate orchids that are allowing visitors to make unique connections on themed 'adult only' evenings that allow for a romantic date night, or even a way for singles to connect and meet. Orchid Evenings are being held Saturdays, March 17, 24, 31, and April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 - you are admitted based on the time on your ticket, Entry Times are at 6:30, 7:00 & 7:30 p.m.

$28 for Members and $38 per ticket for non-members, the ticket includes one complimentary beer, wine or cocktail of your choice. Head to the show before your time and hit the gift shop or dine at The Pine Tree Cafe where you can enjoy a special event menu.

If you are into the hashtag trend of taking photos and selfies in front of interesting backdrops like flower walls you are going to LOVE this exhibit, so dress up a bit!

Here's My #FlowerWall #ThinkSpring moment:

Ascending Butterfly #FlowerWal New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018 #OrchidNYBG
A quick video about the exhibit:


Ascending Butterfly and The New York Botanical Garden want to help melt away those winter blues and put some 'Spring' back in your step! Enter to win a pair of passes to Orchid Evenings at The Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden! This Giveaway and ends SOON so you will have a better shot at picking the dates you want to go! Prize does NOT include airfare, hotel or transportation and is based on availability.

Use the rafflecopter widget below to place your entries! (If reading this put the widget to sleep you may need to refresh the page again to get the widget to show up for you so you can place your entries.) Remember Orchid Evenings are on Saturday Night's Only, and you must be 21 years of age or older to claim your passes as there are cocktails being served, this is an ADULT ONLY giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway MY TAKE:

The New York Botanical Garden is one of my favorite 'Urban Oasis' places in Bronx, New York. Being there just adds instant zen to my day. I always love attending the Orchid Show annually, it truly gets me looking forward to all things Spring.

Whether you are single and ready to mingle or lost in love, The Orchid Show has a little something for everyone!

Tip for my "Guy Butterflies": If you are planning to get engaged, this is the perfect backdrop for popping the question!

I took almost 300 photos, so check out Ascending Butterfly's Insta and Pinterest during the month of March for Additional Photos, I knew I couldn't get them all into one post.

Have you ever cultivated an orchid? What is your favorite flower?

(Remember you get extra credit in the giveaway for answering this question as a comment below!)

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FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation has been received to post our recap of the show or host this giveaway, and all opinions are 100% my own!  We were provided media access to the show for editorial consideration. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Made the switch from @CanonUSA to @NikonUSA with a ton of inspiration from @PhotoPlusExpo I am making March #SpringIntoPhotography Month on #AscendingButterflyBlog

Last year's PDN Photo Plus Expo definitely inspired me, like most expos I am hoping to be able to work more closely with some of the exhibitors so I can bring you more in depth coverage on the hottest products instead of a broad overview that doesn't give enough 'meat'.

I am going to make March 'Spring Into Photography' month on Ascending Butterfly and I plan to open with a great giveaway that will help you improve your photos!

I also made the jump from Canon to Nikon - after 7 years of shooting with Canon pretty much exclusively this wasn't an easy thing to do. Before my Canon I had an Olympus Digital Camera and it was also hard making the switch. My Olympus had been with me for a ton of significant life moments and milestones. It was hard to wrap my mind around a new Camera - but my blog had picked up a lot of momentum by then so when my Olympus conked out I knew I needed an upgrade and that camera was a big upgrade.

But I really want to focus a bit more on my photography and my Canon wasn't giving me the same results it was giving me in the beginning. Instead of waiting for it to die out on me totally I thought I would put the decision in my own hands this time.

Just like when my HP desktop died and I switched to a gaming rig laptop from ASUS, I have been finding change to be a very good thing, and I hope it works this way with my new Nikon as well.

I am going to be honest I am tempted by SONY and I still plan to test them out - if you are wondering - *weight* is a factor that swayed me to NIKON - my CANON was *HEAVY* and I wanted something lighter as I do a lot of commuting throughout the city during the day, I wanted a lighter DSLR but I didn't want to give up picture quality.

I also wanted to be able to transfer photos from my Camera to my Phone wirelessly and Nikon has me covered there as well.

So here is my very first photo shot with my new camera:

Tarot Cards, The Lovers Tarot Card, Strength Tarot Card, The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Cards, Photography, Nikon D3300
I keep these Tarot Cards on my mirror, I was so eager to shoot something I grabbed the first thing I saw, but they are pretty good for a motivation Monday right? Who doesn't want love, strength and fortune?


So there is a bit more change on the way as I am contemplating either a site redesign or a complete re-branding. I'm an Aries, so I have a built in need to pioneer and re-invent myself. I have this strong need to revamp literally *everything* this year. On a personal level it's hair, I'm ready for a chop so if it is long enough I will donate the hair to a cancer charity like I did last time with Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

I have been keeping true to my personal and blog theme this year - "Self-Care" and just recently getting over the FLU (which was horrible this year by the way), taking some time for Self Care has been more important than ever.

I will be attending one of my favorite annual events at a New York City Landmark on Tuesday! Another reason I wanted to break in my new camera so I could be ready, this event is a photography lovers dream! If you aren't already make sure to follow @Ascending1 via Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

Spill Butterflies: Do you shoot with a Digital Camera/DSLR or do you mostly use your smartphone for capturing the moment? (Your answer may just sway an upcoming giveaway so answer with care and stay tuned!)

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT sponsored  post, nor is it compensated and all opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway & Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Things that lure this butterfly out of her cocoon: Technology, Travel, Fashion, Beauty, Spirits (Sparkling, Champagne, Prosecco, Sake, Bourbon, Craft Brews), Foodie Fun - really I'm such a *simple girl*.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

#Ad: {21+} Drink Your Dessert During National Chocolate Lovers Month! {#Recipe Printable} #worldmarkettribe #DiscoverWorldMarket

To celebrate National Chocolate Lovers Month, I am partnering with Cost Plus World Market to bring you some cocktails so indulgent they could be considered Dessert! Thanks Cost Plus World Market for Sponsoring this Post. All views are my own.

It is National Chocolate Lovers Month! UM YES, PLEASE!

I love chocolate and I am no stranger to sweet cocktails so I thought I would combine my love of both and bring you two of my favorite Martini's - a Dark Chocolate and a White Chocolate Martini. Perfect for your Valentine or Galentine, or a fun Star Wars Viewing Party - Set out your Martinis and let your friends choose the dark side or the rebellion!

National Chocolate Lovers Month Specialty Cocktails Dark and White Chocolate Martinis, #DiscoverWorldMarket, #worldmarkettribe, martini glasses, barware, cocktail shaker, mirrored serving tray, cost plus world market

A lot of my barware has been those cool commemorative glasses you get at restaurants or bars for ordering a specialty cocktail, cute, but all branded for different places. Not quite the sophisticated set up.

I wanted a more sophisticated bar area with the challenge of being in a super small space, so I converted one of my favorite Cost Plus World Market sideboards into a bar on the inside, I bought a wine rack to put inside the sideboard where I could store wine and spirits neatly and also include my barware. I purchased a mirrored serving tray and my very first set of matching NON-BRANDED Martini Glasses! 

Chocolate Martini's are indulgent, decadent and as sweet as you want them to be, remember to dim down the sweetness and add more 'pow' to the drink you just need to up the amount of Vodka used in the recipe.

National Chocolate Lovers Month Specialty Cocktails Dark and White Chocolate Martinis, #DiscoverWorldMarket, #worldmarkettribe, martini glasses, barware, cocktail shaker, mirrored serving tray, cost plus world market

Above: Even though I refrigerated my Torani Dark Chocoloate Syrup prior to working with it, it definitely started to melt down fast when the vodka hit the glass and my cute design got kind of melded together, I also formed a heart with the dusting of cocoa powder! The White Chocolate syrup also sort of pooled to the bottom so it is a bit hard to see.

A lot of folks like to line the top of the glass and rim it with the chocolate sort of like a margarita, but I can tell you if you are wearing lipstick or lipgloss you do NOT want that! So start your chocolate swirl pattern what I call 'lip length down' so you don't get the sauce on your lips with each sip. Unless you are wearing a truly bulletproof lip stain that won't budge every time you lick your lips.


Chocolate Martini Recipe Printable
AbovePress on the photo above to make it bigger, and it becomes a printable, you will also find this on our pinterest page in the cocktails anyone? board HERE.

I post one recipe, because the substitution is simple, for a darker effect you use more chocolate liquer, and for a lighter chocolate martini, you can eliminate the chocolate liquer or use it in a lesser ratio and/or just use the baileys. If you notice I wasn't specific with the Vodka brand or the chocolate liquer brand because that really amounts to personal taste, most bartenders use Vanilla Flavored Vodka and I am not a fan of it so I use a regular vodka and let the liquer (Godiva is really good) and the Baileys give it the taste profile. Remember your syrup (I prefer Torani) which you are using for decoration, drops to the bottom so it flavors the drink in its own way as well. I do however get specific with the Baileys, it adds such a smooth, rich flavor, and the torani syrups say 'coffe house flavor' but it is NOT overwhelming and it adds such a richness to the drink. With the Dark Chocolate Torani Syrup being a stronger flavor profile and the white chocolate syrup much sweeter.

Sorry that the white chocolate blended into the glass so much you can't see the swirl design, it sort of pooled more to the bottom. Maybe I should have layered it like Sand Art? ;-)

National Chocolate Lovers Month Specialty Cocktails Dark and White Chocolate Martinis, #DiscoverWorldMarket, #worldmarkettribe, martini glasses, barware, cocktail shaker, mirrored serving tray, cost plus world market

I personally freeze my vodka so I know it's cold when I am ready for it, but you definitely want to add a lot of ice to your shaker, this drink is best served and consumed while it is still super cold.


All the elements used to create this recipe, from the sideboard that I converted into a bar, the mirrored serving tray, glasses, syrups and shaker are included below!

Holbrook Sideboard from Cost Plus World Market
Holbrook Sideboard
Above: I fell in LOVE with this sideboard when I attended the Grand Opening of my local Cost Plus World Market in New York City - 620 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10011 in Manhattan's trendy Chelsea area. I had already been eyeing them on the website but seeing them in person definitely put it over the top for me! I fell so much in love, that I ordered two. But I recently decided to repurpose one of them and because I live in a super small space, this is now my foyer entryway table that blends perfectly into my modern zen décor, but the inside is all barware and bottles as I purchased several racks to go inside of it. It is incredibly spacious on the inside, and once I lived with them for awhile in other rooms I realized that several actual 'bars' I had been researching for that space were no where near as spacious and I love that when it is closed you can't tell I am using it for that purpose. So double perk. I also love using this piece to stage my product photos, and the chocolate martini's were put out on this sideboard.

Torani White Chocolate Sauce from Cost Plus World Market
Torani White Chocolate Sauce from Cost Plus World Market
Above: I love the flavor of Torani White Chocolate Sauce and it was fun using it for my White Chocolate Martini - both to rim the martini glass and to flavor the drink. This is sweet in a good way NOT a cloying way! And you will want to use this in tons of other ways, on ice cream as an icing for pastries, and definitely in your coffee/cappuccino

Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce from Cost Plus World Market
Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce from Cost Plus World Market
Above: The Dark Chocolate Sauce by Torani has a bolder less sweet flavor profile than the White Chocolate Sauce and is also delicious, you can definitely use this on other stuff and trust me when I tell you that you will. You will find excuses to drizzle it on almost everything! Once you try this one you won't go back to your regular brand.

Madison Martini Glasses - Set of 6 - Cost Plus World Market
Madison Martini Glasses - Set of 6 - Cost Plus World Market

Above: I always read reviews before I purchase ANYTHING, and the reviews on these were quite positive and I can see why. They are a great value for the money, they are sturdy, definitely not thin or cheaply made, and make a great presentation. I also like using martini glasses for small snacks during a party for an elegant presentation as well. And I have always considered them the glass to present shrimp cocktails in.

Gold Mirrored Tabletop Tray from Cost Plus World Market
Gold Mirrored Tabletop Tray from Cost Plus World Market

Above: I Love this one so much I plan to order another one for my Vanity! It is perfect for all kinds of staging and presentation!

Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker from Cost Plus World Market
Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker from Cost Plus World Market
Above: To mix the perfect Martini every time you want a good cocktail shaker!

also know you guys like non-alcohol alternatives, so I just can't help but to share the amazing post by Laura Leigh on her blog Louella Reese where she creates a copy cat Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe inspired by wildly popular ones at Serendipity restaurants in my hometown New York City!

My Take:

You can pick up all these items at your local Cost Plus World Market location (I am linking you directly to the store locator) or online and they are currently having a sale for 25% off Valentine's Day Shop Food Favorites so you can nab yours for a great discount!

Save 25% on ALL Valentine's Day Shop Food Favorites at World Market! Save an additional 10% with code SAVEBIG10

I am always game to try something new and I like that the Chocolate Martini lets you mix things up a bit. And you can make them to suit your mood, sweet or powerful!

What is your favorite specialty cocktail?

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FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored and compensated post, and all opinions are 100% my own!  I am a member of Cost Plus World Market Ambassador Program. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

With Valentine's Day right around the corner here are some gifting ideas courtesy of the New York #Luxury #Technology Show! @LuxuryTechShow #theLTS

The Luxury Review and The Luxury Technology Show (these links take you to past coverage on Ascending Butterfly of both shows) are two of my favorite VIP NYC events to attend. Some years they work with my schedule, some years they don't but the last Luxury Tech Show did in fact work with my schedule, I normally recap it just before Christmas to get those gifting ideas on your holiday shopping radar, but let's just say holidays 2017 was an incredibly busy time, so I thought I would save my photo heavy coverage for #TechThursday on the interwebs and present these amazing options for Valentine's Day Gifting ideas.

I attend the Luxury Review Show and Luxury Tech Show as often as my insane schedule allows.

Who doesn't want new Tech and a touch of Luxe year round?

You can send your significant other straight to this page and let them know that your Valentine's Day wish list can be found here!

If money is no object here are some pretty cool ways to say I love you this year:

Vidalco International LLC, Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Wines, Bodegas Fernando Castro, LOVE WINES, Moscato, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir
This event always greets Press and VIP's with something bubbly on the way in, more on the brand below:

Vidalco International LLC, Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Wines, Bodegas Fernando Castro, LOVE WINES, Moscato, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir
I am used to the wine brand being Stag's Leap Wine Cellars so imagine my surprise when I spotted LOVE - and come on let's face it, no wine could be more perfect for Valentine's Day than a wine called LOVE right?

Above: Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Wines are produced by Bodegas Fernando Castro founded in 1850 and now managed by the 6th generation of the family, the winemaker is José Luis Galán Fernández-Sacristán. and the wines are produced from grapes cultivated from 60 year old vines. LOVE is sold in Michelin Star Restaurants from Manhattan, to Chicago to Houston! I love when events can introduce me to a 'new to me' brand and I am always game to try out some wine.

There were other 'spirits' to be had including:

Bastille 1789 a Hand-Crafted Rare Whiskey

Above: Bastille 1789 a Hand-Crafted Rare Whiskey Handmade and Finished in French Oak Casks. I am still learning when it comes to Bourbons/Whiskeys I can only tell you what I like, and I am not even going to feign expertise in this category. I did enjoy Bastille and will be adding it to my home bar! This one is to be sipped and savored. (On the Bourbon side one of my favorites is called Larceny)

and another fun new to me:

Cusqueña is a super-premium lager from Cuzco Peru
Above: Cusqueña is a super-premium lager from Cuzco, Peru, the seat of the Inca empire. Brewed since 1911, it uses only the finest natural ingredients, including pure mountain water from a source at 18,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes. I am so happy the Luxury Technology show put them on my radar, I am thinking I need a trip to Peru to try this directly from the source!

and there was even a coming soon: (which has since launched)

True Vodka

AboveTrue Vodka uses the highest quality grain alcohol called “Lux” for the production of TRUE Vodka. It is made from mixed rye and wheat grains in Italy and produced by a 7 times distillation process in Caffo’s Distelleria Friulia. They also use specially purified water from the springs of Tuscany, making TRUE a very smooth vodka.

And just to let you know the press get to preview the event in the late afternoon so we get some time to get our product and booth shots and as many interviews as we can before they open to VIP and guests in the evening and the event ends late so these samples were throughout the course of a long day, and quite well spaced out! Drink responsibly butterflies!

Now that the beverage portion of the show is covered, let's get back to the star of the show, all things Tech and all things Luxe!

A lot of great AUDIO:

Como Audio Amico Wireless Bluetooth Audio Speaker, Speakers, Audio, Technology, Luxury

AboveComo Audio makes listening to music from an iPhone, Spotify, Bluetooth, the Internet, or FM Radio easier with the multi-room, hi-fi audio systems that let you access all of your music content with the press of a button. The Como Audio “Solo” and “Duetto,” are designed to make all of the music content available today accessible, simply by touching a button and from one device. “Amico,” the newest high-fidelity design offers all of the same features as the Solo in a portable, battery-powered, and lightweight system featuring great sound with eight hours of playback. Also newly introduced is “Musica” with the press of a button, all music content is accessible from a variety of sources including Internet radio, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Napster, and Amazon Music (available October 2017), FM RDS, Bluetooth with aptX and features AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) for better sound quality, and NFC for pairing devices. Musica also streams CDs to other Como Audio products throughout the home.

Nuheara IQbuds
AboveIQbuds™ are intelligent, truly wireless earbuds that give you control to hear what you want to hear in the world around you and connect to your digital devices. Nuheara’s Super Intelligent Noise Control (SINC™) technology allows you to dynamically control how you hear the world around you for a better hearing experience. Choose the best audio blend of audio from your digital device with the sounds of the world around you. Enhance your ability to hear speech in crowded restaurants, work events or parties - never miss another word again.

3DEXCITE HTC Vive luxury DS Virtual Vision Immersive Configurator, #getbustd

Above3DEXCITE showcased the HTC Vive luxury DS Virtual Vision Immersive Configurator.With realistic light, shadow and interactions make every second in Virtual Reality (VR) more real and more appealing. 3D Virtual Reality

Domigo A9 wireless home system, Audio, Wireless Speaker, Wireless Speakers, Technology, Luxury, Luxury Audio

Above: Designed by world-renowned acoustic engineer Peter Larsen, the Domigo A9 wireless home system features “beyond HiFi” sound paired with an Android-based smart TV solution, together representing the perfect solution for the modern living room.

MarkAudio-SOTA, Mark Audio, Audio, Wireless Speaker, Wireless Speakers, Technology, Luxury, Luxury Audio
AboveMarkAudio-SOTA is a joint cooperation between SOTA Acoustics and Mark audio Loudspeakers, LTD. It harmoniously brings together a dream team of specialists in each aspect of speaker design — including speaker drivers, voice coils, crossovers, and cabinets — to build best-in-class sounding speakers that have build quality and visual appeal to match.

Helm Audio, Magnetic Sound, Headhpones, Audio
AboveHelm Audio opens up an exceptional, professional-level audio experience to all users — offering premium audio tech at an unbeatable value. Designed by and for producers, DJs, and DIY audiophiles, their planar magnetic headphones and audio accessories are engineered for revolutionary performance and an immersive, dynamic experience. These were quite impressive and I was so hoping a review unit would have arrived by now that I could put through its paces and report back to you on.

Thiel Audio, AURORA Home and the battery-powered AURORA Tour
AboveThiel Audio is a Nashville-based technology and entertainment (woman led) company with a 40-year heritage of award-winning sound and design. In recent years, the company has worked to revise its product line to combine its tradition of high-quality and fine design with the needs of today’s audio consumer. In 2017, Thiel introduced their first wireless streaming products, the AURORA Home and the battery-powered AURORA Tour, both of which feature a connectivity suite leveraging DTS Play-Fi, Apple Airplay, and Bluetooth technologies, enabling users to connect seamlessly from their devices to as many as 16 speakers at one time.

The Norton Core secure high-performance Wi-Fi router

Above: I saw it at The Luxuy Technology Show first, then again at PDN Photo Plus Expo and I finally got a chance to review it thanks to my friends at Best Buy, in case you missed it, my review of the Norton Core can be found HERE. The Norton Core is a secure, high-performance Wi-Fi router that helps protect home networks - and an unlimited number of connected devices, including computers and mobile devices – against malware, viruses, hackers, and cybercriminals. With its network packet inspection combined with intelligence from a global threat database, Norton Core can help fend off threats before they infiltrate a home network. Repeat after me, 'security is sexy' - trust me this makes a good gift!

Kano computer and coding kits for all ages
AboveKano creates computer and coding kits for all ages, all over the world. Kano's mission is to empower a new creative generation to make and play with technology, not just consume it. The company was born from the mind of a 6-year-old who wanted to make his own computer, as simple and easy as LEGO! Can't think of a better Valentine's Day gift for the littles in your life!

Vi the world’s first artificial intelligence fitness companion

AboveVi is the world’s first artificial intelligence fitness companion meant to help people get off the couch and on their feet. Vi lives in bluetooth headphones with amazing sound and space-grade biosensors. Vi has a truly human voice, powered by countless recordings with more added daily - Vi sounds like a friend, not a robot. Put them on, download the Vi fitness app, and Vi comes to life. Vi will talk and interact with you while you run – getting you into a groove, tracking your records, and even boosting your ego when you need it. When you’re not training, you have amazing headphones with 8 hours of battery life and high fidelity sound by Harman Kardon, so you can listen to music or easily take calls.

ShadeCraft SUNFLOWER first robotic solar power shading system parasol
Above: ShadeCraft is a robotics and technology startup based in Los Angeles, California, with a mission to improve people’s lives outdoors. Their flagship product, SUNFLOWER, is the world’s first robotic shading system that tracks the sun and boasts a full set of features that include GPS, Bluetooth and WIFI connectivity, a high definition camera, voice activation and controls, speakers to stream audio, controlled lighting and the ability to charge external devices – all powered through solar energy. I'm thinking this makes the perfect gift to yourself and your home especially if you have a nice pool area!

SoundFloat tech-enabled luxury air lounge
Above: Another cool gift for the pool area is SoundFloat, SoundFloat ( blends cutting-edge technology with luxury design to create the ultimate oasis in and out of the water. SoundFloat is the tech-enabled luxury air lounge that is a comfortable, durable air lounge- just as useful and playful in and out of the water. Outfitted with powerful Bluetooth technology and speakers, you can access your favorite playlists, podcasts, and television shows no matter where you’re relaxing. Charge your devices, make hands-free calls, and more

Almost Heaven Saunas world leader in traditional home saunas

AboveAlmost Heaven Saunas have been manufactured in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia for 40 years. Known for exceptional quality and design, the company produces both indoor and outdoor traditional, water-over-hot-rocks dry/wet saunas. They featured a custom-designed barrel sauna for 6 persons at The Luxury Technology Show and it certainly drew attention! The unit is manufactured from red cedar, has an exterior porch, Finnish digital heater, and more. Almost Heaven Saunas is the world leader in traditional home saunas.

Almost Heaven Saunas world leader in traditional home saunas
Above: Close up of the inside. Sadly this would not fit in my tiny NYC apartment, but I sure could use the warmth right about now!

TOTO USA, Bathroom Fixtures, Bathroom Fittings, NEOREST AC Intelligent Toilet, Connect+ Carlyle II 1G WASHLET
AboveTOTO is the world’s largest manufacturer of bathroom fixtures and fittings with $4.9 billion dollars in annual sales. For the past 100 years, TOTO has been the recognized leader in innovation, technology, performance, and design with products like the NEOREST AC Intelligent Toilet and Connect+ Carlyle II 1G / WASHLET S350e, which enhance the luxury bathroom experience by making people’s lives cleaner, healthier, less complicated and more beautiful. I promise this was taken on the exhibitor floor and not the restroom! :-)

A new hi tech toilet is just the kind of valentine your bathroom has been waiting for!

HiMirror worlds first smart beauty mirror, Makeup Mirror, Makeup Mirrors
AboveHiMirror, the world’s first smart beauty mirror, provides a revolutionary approach to daily beauty. By taking a makeup-free photo, HiMirror detects dark spots, red spots, dark eye circles, wrinkles, pores, fine lines and other complexion elements; offering in-depth, personalized skincare analysis based on the evolving condition of a user’s skin. Additionally, you may get news and weather feed, stream Spotify, and watch YouTube tutorials on HiMirror. With five LED light settings, HiMirror is also a great makeup mirror with suburb lighting. I got to play with it a bit at the show but was so looking forward to the promised review unit on this one.


Electra Meccanica SOLO, all-electric, single-passenger, commuter vehicle, Automobile, Automobiles, Cars, Single Passenger Car
AboveElectra Meccanica’s SOLO is an all-electric, single-passenger, commuter vehicle; not intended to replace your family car, but to supplement your driving experience. Approx. 80% of travel is done single passenger so the SOLO is designed as a commuter vehicle to get you to and from work and around town as needed at minimal expense.With a range of approx. 100 miles between charges SOLO is sure to fit the average commuters’ needs. Priced at approximately $15,500 USD

Electra Meccanica SOLO, all-electric, single-passenger, commuter vehicle, Automobile, Automobiles, Cars, Single Passenger Car
Above: I love the red color on their website and check out the Super SOLO (Halo Car) as well - so futuristic looking! I'm pretty sure just about anyone on your Valentine's Day Buying list would love one of these!

But wait there's MORE, if you are looking to gift a more extravagant vehicle to someone special on your Valentine's Day Gift consider this:

Lexus LS 500, The Luxury Technology Show in New York City #theLTS, Automobile, Luxury Vehicle, Car, Cars, Automobile

Above - There was a Press & a VIP unveiling of the Lexus LS 500! Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 237 dealers offering a full line-up of luxury vehicles. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers seven F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

Lexus LS 500, The Luxury Technology Show in New York City #theLTS, Automobile, Luxury Vehicle, Car, Cars, Automobile
Above: Thought I would nab an interior shot! Sadly Santa did not put one of these under my tree, there's always next Christmas!

And while this may not be 'romantic' it falls under the safety/protection category just in a different way than the Norton Core:

Mobilize Rescue Systems, ANSI Class A kit
AboveMobilize Rescue Systems is empowering bystanders to respond to medical emergencies while the medical professionals are en route. Mobilize Rescue System includes medical knowledge and equipment necessary to manage a variety of injuries and illnesses such as severe bleeding, allergic reactions, cardiac arrest and more. The system was designed according to medical and military best practices, and qualifies as an ANSI Class A kit.

Mobilize Rescue Systems, ANSI Class A kit
Above: I loved seeing how this kit gives full on CPR instructions and I personally think every home needs these products and every car should have one of the mobile kits at all times. You can never be too safe. Much like insurance, it will be one of those things you hope you never need, but are super happy you have it in a crisis!

Reservoir Swiss Watch, Swiss Watches, Automotive, Aeronautics, Nautical, Mens Watch, Mens Swiss Watch
Above: This new Swiss watch brand is taking its inspiration from the functionalities and the aesthetic appeal of measurement instruments of bygone days. Contemporary designs to appeal to Millennials, related to the automotive, aeronautics, or nautical lifestyles. Beyond its incredible look, RESERVOIR introduces an innovative way to tell time, with 3 complications: retrograde minutes, jumping hours, and a power reserve indicator similar to a fuel gauge. An amazing collection, starting at $3,700 retail. I personally prefer watches with a 'large face' and often end up wearing the men's style of watch because they are larger. I like statement jewelry and statement watches too.

Scarpetta NYC presents Raw Yellowtail, Olio di Zenzero & Pickled Red Onio at New York Luxury Technology Show
Above: Scarpetta definitely scored brownie points keeping us hungry Editors fed, especially with this, the Raw Yellowtail, Olio di Zenzero & Pickled Red Onion which was so DELICIOUS!!!

Godiva Chocolate presents at New York Luxury Technology Show 2017
Above: And last but certainly not least, you can never go wrong with Godiva Chocolate, for Valentine's Day or just any day really!

My Take:

The Luxury Technology show always offers up a great mix of high end products across the board.

I am a bit bummed that no promised review units arrived which is one of the reasons I delayed my recap coverage but I did enjoy the brands I met and as I am an Audio Enthusiast, I always enjoy the Audio Brands in attendance.

Whether you are single, married, or somewhere in between, take some time to celebrate YOU on Valentine's Day and do something that requires extra self-care, nurture your relationship with yourself so you can better enjoy your relationships with others.

Which of the items featured above is on your wish list for Valentine's Day?

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