Friday, December 12, 2014

Plug and Feather Watches

I'm always excited when I get an inside scoop on a new product and when it's still in the making it's even better!  Recently I was contacted by Plug and Feather about their new Kickstarter campaign to help fund their own factory.  If you don't know, Kickstarter is a wonderful website that helps people crowdfund their projects.  Currently, Plug and Feather are running their Kickstarter until January 2nd to get their watches onto the market.
  
The handmade watches are truly incredible, made with gorgeous stones set into the face of each watch.  Don't let their beauty fool you, these faces are quite rugged; the face "resists compression (crushing), tension (pulling apart) and torsion (bending)".   Seriously though, these are works of art you can wear all day.

My personal favorite is the Carnelian face.
The best part is, you can share this with your friends!  It's petty, but sometimes I don't like sharing new fashions I find because I don't want people looking exactly like me.  Plug and Feather totally avoids this. "In fact, every watch face has been milled from a different sliver of stone giving it a set of marbling and coloring that is entirely unique to that very piece. No two watches are exactly the same."
Crazy right?
They also come with leather bands (totally my preference)

Impressed?  I certainly was!  Hop over to their website and their Kickstarter.  Seriously, the watches are only $99 through the Kickstarter (much less than that Michael Kors one I know you've been eyeing.)  
While the watches won't ship until ~April, they would make fantastic Christmas presents, and what better Christmas present to the guys over at Plug and Feather than helping them make their company a reality.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Theory of Everything

Whew, glad to be done with the semester!  Finishing up a ton of projects kept me quite occupied, but I'm back!
The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of year.  If I had my way, there would be lights and tress and Christmas music all year round.  I won't bore you with what I've been up to lately (it's been kind of busy), but I will tell you I did take time to go see a movie with Doug over Thanksgiving.  I don't actually go see movies in theaters often; maybe once or twice a year, but this was totally worth the $12.  I'd been looking forward to seeing "The Theory of Everything"  since I saw the trailer over the summer.

Even that trailer made me cry, so I knew I had to see it.  Besides, I absolutely loved Eddie Redmayne in Les Miserables, so I was excited to see him play Stephen Hawking.  Before the film released I read up a lot on the production and how the actors felt about it (yes, I am that big a nerd).
Eddie Redmayne met Prof. Hawking a couple of times, studied what muscles went when and how he talked before he lost his voice (this interview from Buzzfeed is amazing).
The thing that stood out to me though, was that Stephen Hawking's voice is copyrighted, and the producers actually couldn't use his exact voice in the film.  However, when Prof. Hawking saw the film and all the work that had been done, he decided it was good enough that he would let them use his voice.  This was amazing to me and I knew that if Stephen Hawking would let them use his voice, it must be an amazing film.

I was not disappointed.

"The Theory of Everything" did a remarkable job portraying the life of one of the world's greatest minds before, during, and after the onset of his ALS.  The emotional challenges Jane and Stephen faced building their family and living their lives with and in spite of ALS was incredible.  I won't spoil the film, you really should see it, but it has opened my eyes to what we are capable as humans.

The film isn't playing in a ton of theaters, but if you have the chance you should really go see it, it is definitely worth it, and bring some tissues because you will go on an emotional rollercoaster.
"There should be no boundaries to human endeavor.  However bad life may seem, while there is life, there is hope." -Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking