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The name of the site pretty much sums it up. We are SURVEYORS of STYLE; each one of us on a common quest of stylish products and services. All of our Surveyors have varying backgrounds, diverse areas of expertise and inimitable personalities. However, two things they all have in common are discerning tastes and fashion flair.

What we do.

We traverse the globe in search of stylish products and services from food, apparel, travel to technology for the purpose of sharing our own reviews and recommending those products and services to our readers.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

TYLT Energi Travel Charger

When I travel, I am on my phone constantly. As soon as the flight attendant says we can turn on our electronic devices, I’m there. Then from tweeting pictures and texting people to Googling a random dubious “fact” someone is telling me, my Droid is practically glued to my hand. Naturally, all of this drains my battery and I end up scrambling for a convenient place to plug it in.


And that is why I decided to try TYLT’sEnergi Travel Charger with Built-In Battery. The device is roughly the size of my palm, so it’s small enough to toss in a purse or carry-on for easy on-the-go charging.


One of my favorite things about this charger is that it’s self-contained. The part you plug into your phone (TYLT calls it a Flex Charging Arm) tucks right into the charger. And the charger’s outlet prongs fold into the Energi as well. There’s nothing to find when you need it (or lose when you’re not using it, if you’re forgetful like me).


Part of the brilliance of the Energi is that it can be used three different ways:

1)      1) As a travel charger

2)      2) As a home wall charger

3)      3) As a battery pack (which lengthens the usage time of your phone)


Originally, I thought that I would only need the Energi while traveling. Then, last night, I was curled up on the sofa, sick to my stomach. My phone was dying and the cord isn’t long enough to be plugged in while I use it. Out came the Energi, and I was able to cordlessly charge my phone while still using it to bemoan my sorry state on Twitter. 


I’m in love with this little gadget, but like any relationship, there’s always one little thing you wish you could change. For me and the Energi, it’s the color. Plain black is fine (yawn), but TYLT’s other products are available in so many great colors, I wish that they had spread the hue love to the Energi.


Rachelle Mathis | Editor-At-Large | AllRomance Ebooks Best Selling Author  
"Like the long extinct dodo birds that were native only to the islands of Mauritius prior to roughly 1681, I am both utterly fearless and defenseless. Someone once told me that my analysis of possible faux pas is unrivaled. I believe in a loving God, handwritten thank you cards, and conducting yourself in the manner becoming of a lady." To contact Rachelle, send an email to rachelle@surveyorsofstyle.com.



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Travel Style Tips

Since I'm a stylist (and a frequent traveler) a question that often lands in my inbox is "how to dress stylishly, yet comfortably while traveling?" 

First of all, I enforce a strict NO sweat pants or track suits policy on myself and my clients. You can still be stylish and comfortable without looking like you're going to bed. There are a lot of jeans now made of soft, distressed denim that are comfy and I always recommend wearing a scarf or bringing one in your carry-on. A button-down cami or soft pullover sweater is a great option that you can remove if temperatures rise. 

Shoes: I always wear comfortable heels while traveling and carry a pair of slippers or chenille socks to put on while on the plane. If heels are are not comfortable for you, opt for flat shoes. There's plenty of cute ones out there! And don't forget your sunglasses to protect those pretty peepers. 

I also never hop on a plane without a large carry-on big enough for magazines, tissues, socks, slippers, books and a small fleece blanket.

Happy stylish traveling! See you in the air. 


Laura Hunt | Editor-In-Chief | Fashion Stylist | Image Consultant | Travel Aficionado
"I love anything to do with fashion and style. I love people. I love to write. I possess the gift of gab. I discovered a way to combine those things and turn them into a full-time career. My two favorite pairs of shoes are from opposite ends of the spectrum. One are suede peep-toe Ferragamo's that could feed a small village for what they cost, the others are espadrilles I found in a thrift shop for $8.00."
To contact Laura, send an email to laura@surveyorsofstyle.com.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Eat24Hours - Food Delivery Service

"Hungry for food delivery? Order food online. It's free." 

Those were the first words I read about Eat24 when I did a random Google search for food delivery service almost two years ago. I just moved across the country to Los Angeles, it was pouring down rain, I was sick in bed and home alone. (Think Macaulay Culkin...minus all the Christmas cuteness and cowlick.)

They got me at food, online and free

Signing up for an account took just a few minutes and the next thing I knew, a plethora of food choices were right at my fingertips. Exactly 45 minutes later, I had hot soup with all the fixin's delivered to my front door. Just like a Richard Gere and Julia Roberts accidental Pretty Woman courtship, that one delivery began my dirty, little love affair with Eat24. (Minus the slippery escargot and thigh high boots.) How did I survive before Eat24? I'm not even sure. I just placed my 112th order with them yesterday. Not that I'm counting or anything.

As with anything in life, not all things are perfect (except for Bradley Cooper, of course) so there have been minor bumps and scratches along the way. When I say minor, I mean one or two. Once a restaurant took nearly two hours to deliver food to me. Two hours isn't much really, but when you're starving and promised food in 45-60 minutes, two hours is long enough to make you want to throw a tantrum...or take up smoking. But, the good news is that Eat24 won't just drop you like a bad habit the minute things go wrong. There's awesome features such as food order tracking and live chat. The few issues I had were resolved quicker than some Hollywood marriages last. Yes, I went there. 

With 20,000 restaurant menus in more than 850 U.S. cities, Eat24 gives you over a million dishes to choose from. I don't know about you, but I see that as giving me hours to do other worthy things with my time. Like watching more Bradley Cooper movies. Oh, um, errr, I mean work and be productive. 

So you go ahead and get your "work" done and Eat24 will get the food done. Sounds like a match made in food heaven to me. Oh, be sure and follow Eat24 on twitter too. You'll be glad you did. Sticking with the food theme, their tweets are pure hilarity on a bun.


Laura Hunt | Editor-In-Chief | Fashion Stylist | Image Consultant | Travel Aficionado
"I love anything to do with fashion and style. I love people. I love to write. I possess the gift of gab. I discovered a way to combine those things and turn them into a full-time career. My two favorite pairs of shoes are from opposite ends of the spectrum. One are suede peep-toe Ferragamo's that could feed a small village for what they cost, the others are espadrilles I found in a thrift shop for $8.00."
To contact Laura, send an email to laura@surveyorsofstyle.com.




 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Tag™ Junior Reading System

The Tag Junior Reading System is LeapFrog's electronic reader for toddlers and smaller children (ages 1-4). The $29.99 price tag seemed reasonable, especially given that it included a sample book. This book is the same size as the regular ones, but each page is a preview of other available books; this includes Dora the Explorer, Winnie the Pooh, Sesame Street, Cars, and more. 


Not only does Tag Junior read the words, but it’s also highly interactive. You can pass the reader over anything on the page, even if it’s just a barn and the reader will describe it. The Animals Around The World book is absolutely adorable and informative. Example: If you click on the pig; “Pig! Oink, Oink! A baby pig is called a piglet.” 

There are also several points in the books in which the reader will play an educational song. This is my daughter’s favorite part and she will put the Tag Junior down and dance around it while it plays.

Like other LeapFrog products, the Tag Junior is customizable to some level. Because Tag Junior is a simpler instrument, you can only program it to say your child’s name and download the audio for the books.


The latter is my one issue with the Tag Junior. It only has a storage capacity of about 5 MB. Each book is over 1 MB, and the small book sets are over 3 MB. This means you can only hold a few books at a time, no matter how many you own. The  idea of unscrewing the back, plugging in the USB port, waiting for LeapFrog Connect to load, and then downloading and adding the book each time my daughter wants to switch is a pain in my “bottom” (to use kid-friendly terms). 



But, here’s the thing, she LOVES the Tag Connect. It transports her little toddler self to a world she couldn’t otherwise have on her own. So this mama will put up with the minor annoyance in exchange for that payout. 





Rachelle Mathis | Editor-At-Large | AllRomance Ebooks Best Selling Author  
"Like the long extinct dodo birds that were native only to the islands of Mauritius prior to roughly 1681, I am both utterly fearless and defenseless. Someone once told me that my analysis of possible faux pas is unrivaled. I believe in a loving God, handwritten thank you cards, and conducting yourself in the manner becoming of a lady." To contact Rachelle, send an email to rachelle@surveyorsofstyle.com.


Trunki: Kids Travel Products

It’s a toy. It’s luggage. It’s Trunki.

Trunki was designed with the worries parents go through at the airport in mind. How do I keep my child from wandering off? How can I carry both her and her luggage? What will we do when she gets bored?

The answer to all of those questions is a piece of luggage that a child can ride-on. Parents can pull Trunki along by a strap, or the child can scoot it with their feet. It’s practical for those infinite stretches from gate to gate, as it keeps little legs up and rolling rather than plodding along. And Trunki is useful for delays and long waits, because your child can entertain themselves with it (Trunki’s website suggests setting up a small obstacle course!) And let’s not forget that it carries their clothes, toys, books, and other travel necessities. 

Trunki is offered in so many colors that I had a hard time choosing just one. We finally settled on the Trunki Ruby (ladybug style), but they have tie-dye, pink, orange, blue, yellow, purple, and more.
When reading reviews before I purchased Trunki for my own daughter, I saw that many parents of older kids had commented that the 75 lb. weight limit seemed way off, as their 60 lb. children were splitting the sides.  My daughter is less than 30 lbs., so this isn’t even remotely an issue for us. However, I think a 50 lb. weight limit seems more reasonable. I can’t imagine our Trunki holding anywhere near 75 lbs. 

Trunki is a great option for parents with travel on the brain, but for those with older and/or heavier children, caveat emptor.



Rachelle Mathis | Editor-At-Large | AllRomance Ebooks Best Selling Author  
"Like the long extinct dodo birds that were native only to the islands of Mauritius prior to roughly 1681, I am both utterly fearless and defenseless. Someone once told me that my analysis of possible faux pas is unrivaled. I believe in a loving God, handwritten thank you cards, and conducting yourself in the manner becoming of a lady." To contact Rachelle, send an email to rachelle@surveyorsofstyle.com.