The best of…yoga essentials
Hobo Gym Tote From Calia by Carrie Underwood
This hobo-style tote is “as beautiful as it is functional,” with interior accessory pockets, a removable bag for sneakers, and a front pocket to attach a yoga mat. It’s available in three colors, with rosegold detailing.
Gaiam Studio Select Dry-Grip Yoga Mat
For Bikram yoga devotees— or anyone who gets sweaty, slippery hands during downward dogs—the search for a mat that really grips is over. This “extra cushy” pad has a stay-dry surface that wicks away moisture.
Outdoor Voices Shapes Bundle
Fold yourself into new poses with the help of these yoga blocks made entirely from lightweight, antimicrobial cork. Unlike most yoga accessories, this bundle—a rectangular block, a triangular block, and a roller—“looks like art, not pool floaties.”
Athleta Stealth Bra
Finding a supportive sports bra can be difficult for well-endowed women, but Athleta’s Stealth Bra does heavy lifting without appearing heavy-duty. Its wireless design features a hookand-eye back closure and mesh-lined removable cups.
Vie Active’s Riley Compression Tight
These cropped compression tights don’t just look sophisticated. They’re made of lightweight fabric with antimicrobial technology that will keep you feeling fresh. Double side pockets and a key pocket keep your valuables close.
Tip of the week…
How to save on car rentals
▪ Don’t prepay. Rental prices often drop, so don’t pay for a car the moment you reserve it. Instead, visit AutoSlash.com and enter the details of your reservation. The site tracks price changes and competitors’ rates and will email you if you can save by rebooking.
▪ Rent blind. You can save up to 50 percent by booking through Hotwire.com, provided you don’t mind having to pay before learning which rental company you’ll be using.
▪ Avoid airport rentals. When you rent at an airport, rental companies tack on airport tax of up to 25 percent. Pick up your car elsewhere, though, and you won’t pay the tax even if you choose an airport drop-off.
▪ Book longer. Oddly, renting a car for three days often costs more than renting for a week—because business travelers are less price-sensitive than vacationers. Just know that returning the car early usually triggers a price hike.
Source: The New York Times
And for those who have everything...
“Attention chess lovers and history buffs”: This extravagantly bejeweled chessboard is ready to be played, not just displayed. Named after a historic clash between the armies of Alexander the Great and Persia’s Darius III, the Battle of Issus Chess Set was created late last century by a master jeweler who poured 14,000 hours into crafting its figurines, using 14 pounds of gold and 11 pounds of silver while accenting the work with pearls, garnets, turquoise, rose quartz, and enamel. Each figure is unique, down to the character’s shoelaces, and the set is being sold with a mahogany table and two antique leather-upholstered chairs.
Five fixes for common annoyances
▪ uBlock Origin is an “incredibly powerful” ad blocker that’s faster than the more popular Adblock Plus and lets you customize settings. (For Chrome and Firefox)
▪ Silent Site Sound Blocker automatically mutes tabs that aren’t open so you no longer have to hunt for a video auto-playing somewhere on one of the dozen sites you’ve opened. (Chrome and Firefox)
▪ Page One merges multipage slide shows into a single-page display on Chrome or Safari. Re-Pagination does the same for Firefox.
▪ Magic Actions fixes everything that’s annoying about YouTube, suppressing ads, removing comment sections, and letting you control the volume with your mouse wheel. (Chrome and Firefox)
▪ Social Fixer will make your Facebook experience “leaps and bounds better” by hiding sponsored pages, scrubbing political posts, and filtering your feed for important news.