Posts Written On August 2014

New Essential Camping Apps @VZWNYMetro

New York is the third most populous state in the U.S. with approximately 19.65 million residents according to the United States Census Bureau, but almost half of that population lives in the 300 bustling square miles of New York City. That leaves tens of thousands of square miles of virtually uninhabited natural landscape to enjoy the great outdoors.

Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, wants to encourage New Yorkers to venture outside of the city walls in a camping journey this summer. To make sure you’re well prepared, Verizon has compiled a list of must have apps to take with you, including:

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AllTrails is THE app for finding trails nearest you. Browse through 50,000 trail guides (United States & Canada) for outdoor activities including everything from hiking and mountain biking to fly-fishing and snowshoeing.

Camping Trip Planner
Configurable camping planner with everything needed for any outdoor camping trip. Comes pre-populated with more than 225 camper items. This is all you need to ensure you don’t forget anything.

This application allows you to use your device camera to emulate a spyglass. It provides a very simple method to increase or decrease the zoom of your mobile or tablet.

MyNature Animal Tracks
View actual tracks in the wild, reference illustrated gait patterns, range maps, digital images of animals and listen to each animals vocalization. Search by track size and shape in seven different illustrated categories to identify over 46 animals across North America.


Play Games with FunnyBoneToys

Funnybone Toys – card Games, toys, and gifts for lovers of Good Design. Funnybone Toys was created as a specialty in the toy and game market: a true combination of form, function, and beautiful minimalist design. The launch of Funnybone Toys, based in Denver, CO, set out to create a US-based company that could mesh these elements together. Funnybone Toys is a company that makes games to stimulate fun and creativity,” says President Julien Sharp. “We designed the games so that no matter the age, people can enjoy.”

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 2.36.39 PMRecently, I have put in effort to get off the computer, iPad and phone and get outside. Doing fun things with friends is easy but getting off your device is hard!  We are all addicted to FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and constantly checking email, Instagram and Twitter. To break this habit and pick up a new healthy one – I introduce to you Funny Bone Toys!  There are a variety of good old fashion games with a new modern design perfect for at the park, someones house or by the pool even.  Playing games require REAL interaction, conversation, eye contact, jokes, competition, team work and a sense of play. All factors of a good relationship.  Your friend will appreciate spending REAL time with you. Get OFFLINE and play a game!  These are my recommendations below.

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Disruptus – which asks players to look at objects and ideas and use different approaches — as determined by the roll of a die — to innovate. Disruptus draws inspiration from the very important practice of ‘disruptive thinking’. Disruptive thinking is one of the most powerful ways to innovate. It has been used to create ideas and objects like digital music, camera phones, and car sharing programs. Not only being used in corporations to help employees and teams be more innovative, it’s also beloved by families and has won the Party Game of the Year 2013 by Creative Child Magazine and a Laugh Out Loud Award by Tillywig Toy Reviews.

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Also for you crafty types – instead of emailing, send your friend a surprise snail mail and decorate it with Rolli!




Love this Idea! For the PUPS!

Turkish company Pugedon has found a way to lend a helping paw to dogs and humans alike! The strays of Istanbul (who rely on locals to feed them) have a steady source of food thanks to a new “vending machine” that releases food and water in exchange for people’s recyclable bottles. The cost of the food is covered by recycling the bottles, pups are fed, and people are encouraged to do their part to help the environment. All in all, a pawsome win-win situation!


In the Biz: Project Runway Designer Spotlight Angela Sum @byangelasum

Where are you from/where do you live?
born in HK, raised in Toronto (moved there at age 8), moved to NYC after uni, moved to LA just 4 months ago.

If there was a theme song in your life, what would it be?
–I really don’t have a good answer for this!  ‘Feel this moment’ ft Christina Agu

What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?
–Stay hungry, stay humble.  I think because of my humble beginnings (having to work for a lot), I appreciated every bit of opportunity I got.  I worked hard in everything I did.  I did really well in Waterloo comp and well in the finance-tech world, but I never settled, I didn’t get comfortable.  I still brought lunch almost daily, and I kept my rent cheap.  I wanted to prepare for the day I wouldn’t have a comfortable pay check and might not make income for years.

What is the key to being successful/to stand out in your industry?
It’s not one thing.  Talent itself won’t be enough.  I think it helps to be realistic and to be practical.  You need to plan but you also need to be flexible and adaptable–that’s something I’m learning since the corporate world was a lot more clear.  I’m still just starting so, I can’t say I’m successful or stand out enough quite yet to answer this question.

What is your favorite quote?
I really like this one I saw recently: Never trade respect for attention!

Where can people find you online?
twitter/instagram @byAngelaSum –on its way to be re-worked
After so many years doing fashion as a side hobby, I’m finally starting up my line, so watch out for a new collection on