RECIPE: BROCCOLI TAHINI SOUP

This soup will give you all the feels - and none of the guilt. Nutrition expert Mikaela Rueben gives us the rundown on how to get this indulgent bowl of yum. 

Broccoli Tahini Soup

Makes: 2 Litres

Ingredients

-2 tablespoons olive oil, separated

-1/2 white onion, finely chopped

-4 cups chopped leek — approximately 2 stalks

-1 tablespoon garlic, pressed

-1 + 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, separated

-1 + 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, separated

-2 teaspoon cumin

-6 cups broccoli florets (approx. 2 large crowns)

-1 litre mushroom broth

-2 cups spinach

-1 tablespoon lemon juice

-1 can coconut milk

-1 teaspoon lemon zest

-1/4 cup tahini

Directions

1. Put one tablespoon of olive oil into a large pot over medium heat, allow to heat up for about 15 seconds.

2. Add in and sauté the onion and leeks together for 15 minutes.

3. Add in the garlic, 1 teaspoon sea salt, cumin, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, and one more tablespoon of olive oil and stir well, allow to cook together for 7 minutes.

4. Add in the broccoli and combine thoroughly for one minute, cover with broth and heat until the liquid boils, only allow to cook for a maximum of 15 minutes.

5. Reduce the heat and add in the spinach, coconut milk, lemon juice and lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika. Stir well for at least a minute then stir in the tahini.

6. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender.

7. Serve warm topped with an olive oil drizzle, a pinch of sea salt, and fresh lemon zest.

*Optional – If you like a little more texture to your soup, steam or roast a few extra broccoli florets and add in before serving.

 

LIVIN IN NADI X

If you're anything like us, yoga pants are a second skin. We shop in them, lounge in them, and pretty much live in them. So to help keep your style game on point and switch it up, we chatted with lifestyle maven Larissa May of Livin Like Larz to get the lowdown on ways to style Nadi X. We might never take off our pants again. 

Be sure to follow us on Insta at @wearablex as Larz takes over our story on Wednesday 3.22! You can also find Larz on at @livinlikelarz and her boutique agency @halfthestory on IG. 

BORROWED FROM THE BOYS: Throw on a sporty bomber, and even pair it with a baseball cap if you're feeling low pro. 

BORROWED FROM THE BOYS: Throw on a sporty bomber, and even pair it with a baseball cap if you're feeling low pro. 

GETTING HIGH ON KICKS: High-top sneakers give the pants some street style. If you're feeling a little extra, don a knotted crop-top to complete the ensemble. 

GETTING HIGH ON KICKS: High-top sneakers give the pants some street style. If you're feeling a little extra, don a knotted crop-top to complete the ensemble. 

SPORTS TO STREET STYLE: Rock a killer pair of sunglasses - I'm feeling rounded lenses right now. Throw on a leather jacket for added edge and call it a day.

SPORTS TO STREET STYLE: Rock a killer pair of sunglasses - I'm feeling rounded lenses right now. Throw on a leather jacket for added edge and call it a day.

TUNE IN AND CHILL OUT

Stress happens to the best of us, and quieting that inner voice of anxiety can sometimes seem daunting. The good news is, it's easier than you think - and to help you get in the habit of meditation, we broke it down some easy steps to get you started. Mindfulness is closer than you think; and these tips will get you on the road to inner peace. 

1. START IN A QUIET PLACE: This can be a room in your home, an outdoor setting, or any dedicated space that creates a relaxing environment. It's key to return to this place constantly during your meditation routine to form the habit of focus. 

2. SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT: Visualizations are a powerful way to bring a sense of calm, so imagining objeects like a flower or the ocean can help usher in your inner peace.   

3. KEEP ROOTED: Sitting with a straight posture is the most commonly recommended body position while meditation. Relax your arms by your side, and keep your back straight and shoulders rolled back. This stillness will help center you and keep your mind from wandering. 

4. JUST BREATHE: It's important to be mindful of deep, natural breaths that lead you to a state of relaxation. Slowly breathe in and out, observing the patterns of your breath and allowing the energy to flow. 

You can meditate anywhere from 10 minutes to multiple hours - the length of your practice is determined by you and what feels right. It's important to feel physically and mentally comfortable, and be present in all your experiences. 

HOME SANCTUARY

Achieving mindfulness is more than just internal - it's learning to attach to your surroundings in a peaceful and meaningful way. To help achieve that sanctuary in your own home, lifestyle expert and bicoastal stylist Natalie Decleve gives us tips on carving out your very own meditation space. Check out her advice on creating that sacred energy, and be sure to follow us on Instagram @wearablex as Natalie does a takeover next week! 

SET YOUR TIME

"Having a set time everyday is super important to establishing space in your practice," said Decleve. "Carving out time in the morning before you read your emails, for example, is key to setting the tone of the space you choose."

CHOOSE YOUR SPACE

Finding a designated spot that's decluttered and relaxing; it could be an entire room, a corner in your home or an outdoor space. "The space should be quiet and comfortable, and could be anything from a cushion the floor or the corner of your bed - whatever feels right to you, just make it consistent" said Natalie.  

ACCESSORIZE WITH THE ESSENTIALS

Once you've chosen your spot, it's important to add elements that create an inviting atmosphere for all of your senses. "Burning candles, sage or Palo Santo wood help set the mood," says Natalie. "I personally love Modern Ritual candles, each one comes with their own audio meditation(remove practice) based on an intention." She also recommends having earbuds or meditation music nearby to center your clarity. "I love the Insight Timer app's guided meditations, or finding Kundalini kriya's on Spotify.  

Get more inspirational lifestyle insights at Decleve site, nattystyle.com. 

 

EQUINOX DETOX: SPRING INTO CLARITY

After a long winter of indulgence, your body may be in need of hitting the reset button. To guide this detox, Colombo-based Yogi Amrita Amalean offers these poses to help our bodies begin anew. 

"The traditions of yoga reach back thousands of years, widely recognized in India where people use it to maintain physical and spiritual well being," said Amalean. "It is only recently, however, that its rich healing properties have been marked in Western society - and with research and scientific principles to back data up, we today can understand more about what it does for our bodies".

Amalean urged that certain yoga postures activate the lymphatic system, which is the body’s plumbing and removal system. This activation flushes out toxins, eradicates pathogens and boosts immunity. 

Gravity also plays a role in detoxification, so inverted postures such as headstands or plow pose can be beneficial to aid in lymph movement. "This reverse blood flow is an excellent way to expel toxins from the bottom up," said Amalean. 

Try these postures below to eliminate toxins, rinse and flush out pathogens - leaving you feeling your best going into a new season. 

Legs up the wall pose: (Viparita Karani) – Lying on your back, position your bottom a few inches from a wall, extending your legs up the side of the wall. This pose works wonders to reserve blood flow, flushes out lymph fluid build up behind the knees and groins

Shoulder stand: Using a folded blanket beneath your shoulders, lie on the ground with your knees bent and feet planted by the sit bones. As you exhale, press your arms into the floor and push your feet away from you, drawing your thighs into your chest. Inhale while slowly straightening the knees, floating your heels to the ceiling until your legs are straight up. Hold for 30 seconds. 

Marichyasana twists- Sitting down with your legs straight out in front of you, bend one knee with the your foot planted into the ground. Keep the straightened leg rotated inward with the foot flexed upward, while the bent foot swings over the leg to twist over the straightened one, creating a front twist in your torso. Wrap your opposite arm around the bent leg, pressing fingertips into the floor to deepen the twist. This tones and massages the abdominal organs and improves functioning of pancreas, kidneys, and intestines.

 

 

SEXUAL HEALING

While we all recognize yoga for fostering balance and alignment, there are also many benefits that serve you intimately. The art of Kundalini yoga blends spiritual movements, dynamic breathing and meditation to build conscious vitality. This practice charges sexual energy - and has the potential to transform your intimate life. 

We compiled a Kundalini routine that will awaken you, your partner & your body will thank you for.

RECLINING LEG LIFTS

While lying flat on your back with your arms alongside your body, slowly lift your legs and inhale as they rise straight up. Slowly lower them while exhaling, keeping a very deep conscious awareness of controlled breath. Keep the legs parallel as they left and lower.  

CAMEL POSE

While kneeling, slowly raise your arms and move all the way back, arching your back and reaching for your feet. Let your head stretch as far back as it can. Breathe slowly and deeply, while keeping your thighs squeezed in towards eachother. Hold 30 seconds, and as you release to sweep your arms back slowly inhale.

THE DIVINE GRIND

Sitting in a cross-legged position with hands on your knees, begin making sweeping circles at the base of your torso. Move your navel to the front, side back and opposite side, while breathing rhythmically as you complete each cycle. This opens your hips and gets blood flowing to your lower pelvic region. 

 

JET SET GO WITH ADITI SHAH

As much as we love traveling, the stress of jet setting can leave our bodies feeling a little stressed. Between the pressure of arranging plans and long rides in airplanes, it doesn't take long before aches and pains may start to set in.

To minimize that, NYC based yoga instructor Aditi Shah offers these life saving tips to keep the stress at bay - letting you enjoy stretch the most out of your travel plans.

 

SUN SALUTATIONS

 

SUN SALUTATIONS

"I like to begin with a warm up or sun salutations. Sun salutations include alternating forward and backward extensions, energizethe body and tone muscles, organs and the spinal column," says Shah. "Starting in this way opens your body to any deeper subsequent poses."

STANDING POSTURES

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After being in the air, it can feel calming to the nervous system to feel our feet on the ground. Even simple standing postures such as tadasana, virabhadrasana 2 or trikonasana can be effective. "Be sure to distribute weight evenly through the feet, spread and relax the toes and feel the body rooting down."

DEEP TWISTS

"Travel can sometimes adversely affect our digestive systems. Twists are a great way to invigorate the digestive organs and also stretch muscles along the spine." While sitting flat, cross one leg over the other, twisting your torso in the opposite direction. This creates a deep stretch to the upper abdomen and back muscles. 

BACK BENDS

"Sitting for long periods of time can often lead to back pain, neck tension and hunched shoulders," says Shah. "Even the gentlest of backbends can help to open the chest, shoulders and throat." 

REST

Last but not least, every good yoga practice incorporates a final resting posture. Before taking on a traditional savasana, Shah suggests trying viparita karani, or legs up the wall, to ease lower back pain, relieve any swelling in the feet, reverse the blood flow in the body, and allow the legs to rest.

JUST BREATHE...

In the turmoil of our daily routines, it's easy to get bogged in the minutiae of our frenzied schedules. We rarely take time to stop and recognize the connection that grounds us to ourselves and one another. To honor this, Wearable X along with our team of Xperimenters held our first ever meditation and sound event, led by the inspirational wellness leader Melody Weir at Palihouse in West Hollywood. 

This was a particularly extraordinary evening made possible by many people- and we cannot thank you enough.  We look forward to hosting many more Xperimenter events coast to coast - and hope to keep in touch with every one who made this happen. This is only the beginning.

 

 

Ditch the resolution.

Once the clocks rolled us into 2017, many of us set resolutions - vowing to commit healthier choices and ditch bad habits. But this isn't always the most mindful road to transformation. We spoke with Jen Kluczkowski, Founder/CEO of Mindfresh, about a new way to commit to your goals, and it involves setting intentions.

Jen Kluczkowski, Founder/CEO of Mindfresh

Jen Kluczkowski, Founder/CEO of Mindfresh

 

"Moving throughout our days intentionally ensures we're always heading in the right direction.  When setting intentions, I suggest bringing others into the equation since it can provide additional layers of accountability + inspiration," says Kluczowkski. "If someone important to us benefits from our intention too, it's makes it easier + more exciting to live it every day."  

Each morning as soon as you open your eyes, think about what you want to accomplish today + who it will help if you do.

Set an intention by drawing awareness to gratitude, love, or self connection - focusing on the journey rather than the goal.

Commit to a realistic lifestyle changes, and incorporate minor daily transformations that will help you slowly realize your progress.

Involving others in your journey helps the intentions become less overwhelming, and connects us to a larger purpose and awareness.

To see more of Kluczkowski's tips on making your 2017 the best ever (and all around general mindfulness anytime, anywhere), check out her new series Mindfresh Digital. 

SMART AF

If CES is an indication of what's the come, one thing is clear: The future is female - and it's smart AF. 

The Consumer Electronic Show is 50 years old, a mature and yet still relatively antiquated when it comes to the ratio between men and women. With this in mind we came together to celebrate women in technology. Refinery 29 is 11 years old and the readers are changing their lives as they get older. With this in mind the technologies for these women have changed. See our best in show list of technologies from fertility tech, aromatherapy tech, travel tech and much more.

Nadi X strikes at pose in the Refinery 29 suite

Nadi X strikes at pose in the Refinery 29 suite

Our very own Nadi X is a line of yoga tights with embedded technology in both the pants and bra. The technology recognizes the pose that you are in and assist the wearer with haptic feedback or directional vibration on how to move into the pose correctly. The bra also has a meditation feature that encourages the wearer to be focused on their inhales and exhales.

Refinery 29 Smart AF Suite  

Refinery 29 Smart AF Suite  

Tap is a platform that allows attendees and staff at large scale events to get accurate, real-time insights on all points of engagement.

Tap is a platform that allows attendees and staff at large scale events to get accurate, real-time insights on all points of engagement.

The Q Braclet doubles as a cell charger, making sure you're never left in the red. 

The Q Braclet doubles as a cell charger, making sure you're never left in the red. 

Play your ovulation cycle by ear: The Yono earbud predicts your fertility cycle and homonal health.  

Play your ovulation cycle by ear: The Yono earbud predicts your fertility cycle and homonal health.  

the first in-ear basal thermometer keeps fertility tracking and BBT charting seamless and effortless. The YONO fertility thermometer is the only wearable earbud to measure Basal Body Temperature, which may be used in predicting ovulation, natural family planning and understanding female hormonal health. YONO provides a seamless and effortless solution to get your BBT data. Simply wear YONO earbud during sleep - everything else is taken care of by YONO! Free YONO Fertility APP compatible with iOS phones. 

The 4moms self installing car seat adjusts automatically, leaving you and your little one worry free. 

The 4moms self installing car seat adjusts automatically, leaving you and your little one worry free. 

The self installing baby seat created by non other that 4 mothers. The 4momsTM self-installing car seat installs itself correctly by automatically leveling and tensioning, verifies installation before every ride, and then continuously monitors its status during use to ensure it is always correctly installed, giving you complete peace of mind every time you put your baby in the car.

Keep the sting away with Buzzy, an all natural pain blocker.

Keep the sting away with Buzzy, an all natural pain blocker.

Buzzy® is a breakthrough pain blocker that provides natural pain relief in seconds. Buzzy® was invented by Amy Baxter M.D., emergency pediatrician and pain researcher. Buzzy® helps with cosmetic injections, IVs, burning from medications, and even muscle soreness.

Safety comes first with Siren, an alert ring that sounds an alarm in dangerous situations.  

Safety comes first with Siren, an alert ring that sounds an alarm in dangerous situations.  

This ring discreetly houses a startling, unbearably loud alarm that can be activated in less than 2 seconds. SIREN may serve as a powerful deterrent during the first few critical moments of an attack, or whenever you feel a protective advantage is necessary. Simply twist the top of the ring 90 degrees and not only does it make a noise defining sound but it also send a pin of your location.

Swarovski Crystals collaborated with Muse heart to create a multi-functional smart ring that offers heart-rate monitoring, photography remote control, and a connected cloud platform among other features.  

Swarovski Crystals collaborated with Muse heart to create a multi-functional smart ring that offers heart-rate monitoring, photography remote control, and a connected cloud platform among other features.  

Nadja Swarovski and her team have invested heavily in young up and coming designers, sustainability and women. Including an energy harvesting crystal, Touch Crystal, and Display-Changing Crystal. Muse Heart smart ring is a multi-functional piece that offers the following: heart rate monitoring, photography remote control, one-key loving code, one-key SOS, call reminder, phone locator, and Morse Code. The users of Muse Heart are connected with each other over a strong cloud platform which creates an interactive and interconnected society of users.

Kuri makes home life easier with his smart activated voice control for music, thermostat and light adjustments. 

Kuri makes home life easier with his smart activated voice control for music, thermostat and light adjustments. 

Not yet released, this new device will operate a smart home similar to the Amazon Echo Dot with intelligent voice activation. Ask for the weather, news, music, light control, thermostat, etc.

The Rochambeau BRIGHT BMBR helps wearers stay equipped by connecting to an IoT cloud platform. 

The Rochambeau BRIGHT BMBR helps wearers stay equipped by connecting to an IoT cloud platform. 

L: The Vitruvi Diffuser emits essential oils for every facet of your daily life.  R: HelloMind App uses a series of questions to help create impactful change on your psyche through guided self analysis. 

L: The Vitruvi Diffuser emits essential oils for every facet of your daily life.  R: HelloMind App uses a series of questions to help create impactful change on your psyche through guided self analysis. 

The Vitruvi Ultrasonic Diffuser is founded by Sara Panton and Sean Panton a brother and sister team who believe their products should be multipurpose and should be good for you and the planet. They source traditional essential oils from over 30 countries and formulate them in contemporary ways for every facet of your dynamic life. From waking up, working at your desk, creating your own skincare or washing your dishes - We help you weave the science and benefit of scent and essential oils throughout your days. 

The HelloMind app answers a series of questions and then has the choice of 250 different guided experiences. Leveraging a proprietary technique known as “Result Driven Hypnosis,” HelloMind creates deeper, more impactful change on a person’s psyche than possible with conventional psychology by focusing on self analysis.

URB-E is a foldable, compatible electronic scooter to keep urban dwellers on the go. 

URB-E is a foldable, compatible electronic scooter to keep urban dwellers on the go. 

Made with airplane grade aluminum, The URB-E is redefining scooters. It is the FIRST metro compatible and folder scooter for all urban dwellers. URB-E can travel up to 20 miles per hour, charge multiple devices from its battery bank, and includes a handle for easy carrying.

The EO2 art frame makes gallery art accessible to everyone, moving it from the museum to your home. 

The EO2 art frame makes gallery art accessible to everyone, moving it from the museum to your home. 

Social media for art. Refinery29 created a collection on Electric Objects, and displayed across EO2s, for their CES exhibit. How? They created their own art, uploaded it to their Electric Objects account, and displayed them on EO2. The R29 CES playlist will be featured in the EO app so everyone, at CES and beyond, can enjoy their collection.

Through pairing the app with your personal set of smart luggage, Raden allows you to use location detection, manage the weight of your baggage and lock/unlock from your phone. Mezi is your personal travel assistant.   

Through pairing the app with your personal set of smart luggage, Raden allows you to use location detection, manage the weight of your baggage and lock/unlock from your phone. Mezi is your personal travel assistant. 

 

Raden - Raden delivers a seamless travel experience by pairing the world's best materials with technology. Through pairing the app with your personal set of smart luggage you can use location detection, manage the weight of your baggage and lock/unlock from your phone. 

Mezi - Tell Mezi where you'd like to go and enjoy end-to-end travel assistance, from booking your flight and hotel, to reserving top restaurants and entertainment, to taking care of cancellations or changes to plans along the way. Right there in real-time with you.

Sensoree MoodSweater

Sensoree MoodSweater

The Moodsweater’s high, cowl-neck collar is embedded with LED lights that bathe the wearer in biofeedback while simultaneously communicating emotion to others. Located around the larynx, the visual interface creates a new form of speaking. SENSOREE’s GER sensor promotes extimacy – externalizing intimacy by relaying feelings to the outside world through the language of light and color.

Also for the fashion forward was Armoire - is a “closet as a service” for busy women, providing an endless stream of high-end, everyday rental clothes that are tailored to customers’ preferences. Using machine learning algorithms, Armoire takes the hassle out of getting new clothes by curating personal style recommendations. You simply choose clothes from the manageable and personalized selection, wear as long as you want, then exchange for a new set of clothes. Armoire makes it easy to look great – with constant wardrobe variety and minimal time investment. A special offer for our bosslady readers - fill out your style form here, and use promo code REF29 to get an extra item in your first send.

Twist adapts your light to your life, helping you sleep better and wake up more energized. 

Twist adapts your light to your life, helping you sleep better and wake up more energized. 

Twist Light and Twist Speaker are the first adaptive lighting products that mimic the sun to help you sleep better and wake up energized. Through simple, easy-to-use technology, Twist light bulbs blanket your home in dynamic, healthy lighting and multi-room wireless audio.

Netamo Healthy Home Coach 

Netamo Healthy Home Coach 

Netatmo Healthy Home Coach measures the vitals of your home and alerts you when something needs to be fixed. Air quality level, humidity, temperature, noise, you know precisely how healthy your rooms are. Thanks to its easy App you know at a glance if your home is healthy or not. You get notifications when something needs to be fixed and advice on what you can do to get a healthier home.

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff Activity Tracker - Rebecca Minkoff has been a trail blazer when combining the physical and the digital. Reconnect to real life, while staying connected to your virtual one. This leather double-wrap bracelet looks like a piece of jewelry, but that pretty stone buzzes your wrist to notify you when something needs your attention. You can customize those alerts to specific contacts, or have it warn you when you’re getting too much screen time. And yes, it’s a fitness tracker, too. 

Rebecca Minkoff Charging Tassel - Never be without a charge again. This leather tassel cleverly has a USB and iPhone cord designed into it, so you can give your phone a boost wherever you are. Clip on to your bag on those crazy, on-the-go-days (read: every day). 

Rebecca Minkoff Glow Selfie Case - Bright idea: a phone case that helps you take the perfect selfie. For real. This case features GE lighting all around the edges to brighten your mug at the push of a button. Duck face never looked so gorgeous on you. 

Kate Spade & SOI Light

Kate Spade & SOI Light

Everpurse x Kate Spade - You know that one spot at home or work where you always place your bag? With Everpurse, that special place now keeps you charged all day long. Place your handbag on top of the mat to recharge your bag. In the morning, slide your iPhone into the SmartPocketTM. Everpurse keeps you charged on the go, so you can charge ahead.

SOI handbag light - All the women know this issue. They love their purse, often it's huge. And they can't find what they're looking for in this bag. That's where SOI comes into play. SOI is the automatic handbag light. No buttons or switches. It illuminates automatically when you're searching for something and then goes off automatically, once you have found it.

Thanks to all the amazing women-led companies who partnered with us in this event; the future is looking better than ever. 

4moms

Yono

Buzzy

Shell by BellaBeat

The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

SIREN Ring

Swarovski

EO2 Frame

Everpurse x Kate Spade

SOI handbag light

Rebecca Minkoff Activity Tracker

Rebecca Minkoff Charging Tassel -

Rebecca Minkoff Glow Selfie Case

Sensoree MoodSweater

Armoire

Netamo Healthy Home Coach

Vitruvi Ultrasonic Diffuser

HelloMind App

Twist

URB-E

Raden

Mezi

Kuri Robot

BrightBomber

 

 

closing out 2016

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2016 was nothing short of entertaining. We began by announcing the launch of Nadi X at CES in Vegas last January - and its been full speed ever since. Along the way, we launched Fan Jersey at Super Bowl, the EU version at the Cannes Lions, and managed to headline dozens of events worldwide.

As we come to a close, the year couldn't end any better: We are thrilled to be launching Nadi X for pre-sale in 2017. As an Xperimenter, you are the touchstone of our company, and we want to hear from you. What poses do you find most difficult? What sizes would you like to see? Drop us a line and let us know; your input will help shape what we share with you for the next year - and beyond. 

WHATS GOING ON

These last couple of months have been event-ful, to say the least.

Earlier this month, Wearable X CEO Billie Whitehouse presented at WGSN Futures. With the focus on the evolution of retail for a new generation, this panel featured some of the most renowned names in design - and we were thrilled to be a part of it. The need for a retail experience that adapts seamlessly with our lifestyles and evolves with us is more important than ever, and with that comes the need for smart design.  

We also had the opportunity to present at Elevate NYC, presented by Fortune Magazine & IBM. The panel centered on discussion around forward thinking design, and what it means to be in a society that's "data driven". Wearable X is founded on the pillar that data should not be the central purpose behind apparel - rather, we believe in learning how to use technology to connect deeper with eachother and ourselves.  As tech evolves into a more ubiquitous presence in our everyday lives, designers must work harder to understand how to create efficiency without disruption. Most importantly, this must be done with a sense of humor. The language we create for the body goes beyond software and data; it's about creating a heightened sense of connection. 

To support this notion, brands must re-think the way they're connecting with their audience. At 4A Create Tech, we joined a panel to discuss just that - and how innovation in tech is changing the landscape of advertising. How are we reaching people beyond the traditional mediums of two dimensional messaging? The necessity for brands to resonate with their audiences in new and unprecedented ways is crucial, and that affects the design in communication. We spoke about translating that connection through touch and apparel, lifting the resonation beyond a two dimensional model. 

To round things out, we had a MAJOR "pinch-me" moment when we got to live out a dream and present at the New Yorker Tech Fest alongside some of the most brilliant minds in innovation. With a lineup that included Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix), David Chang (Founder of Momofuku), and rap legend Nas, we triumphed the notion of creativity for the skin. What does it mean to create art not just for the eyes, but for our senses? And how do we use that data to empower us? As we explore the ideas of technology as a means to heighten our emotion and experiences, those are the central considerations for all designers and brands. This notion of technology as empowerment is the foundation going into 2017, and we can't wait to share what we have in store.  

I DON'T THINK YOU'RE READY FOR THIS JELLY

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The holidays are here, but that doesn't mean your eating habits have to get you on the naughty list (or "Nadi" as we like to call it). Treat your senses to this healthy berry relish - it will have you jamming out in sensory overload. Literally. 

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Instructions

Combine half portions each of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, red onion, and cilantro. Blend. Pour in sugar, vinegar, honey and lime juice. Mix together and pour over remaining half of berries (mix).

Chow down with your fave chips - or eat it by the spoonful like us. We won't judge. 

 

Cannes Lions 2016

Fan Shirt debuted in its first live game when Slovakia played England in the 2016 Eurocup.  100 football fans got the opportunity to experience the real time football action through haptic feedback on their skin. It truly elevated their experience of the game and their reactions exceeded our expectations. It is always amazing to see the pure joy, excitement and surprise on people’s faces when they experience our Football Fan Shirt.

News Corp Boat 

News Corp Boat 

Billie Whitehouse our CEO and co-founder presented as part of the Adobe sponsored stage on designing for experience. She followed Stefan Sagmeister’s keynote with an inspirational talk about the next step in wearables and the future of haptic feedback. Next to this venue, Billie was part of several industry leading panel discussions with - amongst others - OMD, Facebook, Nissan, GoPro and P&G.

We:eX Co-founder Billie Whitehouse speaking at the Adobe stage

We:eX Co-founder Billie Whitehouse speaking at the Adobe stage

OMD Panel 

OMD Panel 

Our experiential booth at the entrance of the Palais de Festival proved to be a great touchpoint for a highly interested audience from various industry backgrounds. We received great feedback from the hundreds of people that stopped by for a demo. The reaction to what we are now making possible for the sports’ fan was very enthusiastic with an immediate desire to get one of their own. Football Fan Shirt isn’t just the future of football; it’s the future of sports and fan experiences in the broadest sense.

Fan Shirt is demonstrated at the We:eX Booth 

Fan Shirt is demonstrated at the We:eX Booth 

 
 

Super Bowl to Fashion Week

Fashion and technology have always been synonymous. Although one might move faster than the other, for Wearable Experiments one needs the other to survive. Last week we launched our Fan Jersey (USA) at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, California. This event is one of the most fashionable events on the US social calendar. Beyonce performed and we presented to everyone from the professional teams to the crowds at the Bud Hotel.

Super Bowl 50 is the week before New York Fashion week, and on Feb 9th Wearable Experiments won the Wearable Award at Show Room Prive in Paris.

The rest is history! And fashion week continues...

CES 2016: Empowering the Millennial Woman

Refinery29 reaches more Millennial women in the US than any other platform. With this in mind we created the Dreamers' Suite at CES. We designed the space to feature products that spoke to a millennial woman and the dreams she is aspiring towards. In order to do this, Wearable Experiments curated the space with the 5 senses in mind. In order to create meaningful memories, you must attempt to “play” with the senses.

We:eX co-founder Billie Whitehouse testing Archetypes customizable fragrance.

We:eX co-founder Billie Whitehouse testing Archetypes customizable fragrance.

 

Millennials have matured in an age where seamlessly integrating tech into everyday life is a natural occurrence. Particularly for the millennial woman, these advancements help mobilize her world, shaping everything from the clothes they wear to the food they eat, to the home they create. To this end, the products we curated in the suite spoke to those needs, creating a dream apartment suitable for functionality and style. 

Stay stylish while keeping juiced up: these Rebecca Minkoff bracelets transform into portable chargers for your phone. Also pictured: Mira Fitness bracelet monitors and tracks healthy activity with its sleek design.

Stay stylish while keeping juiced up: these Rebecca Minkoff bracelets transform into portable chargers for your phone. Also pictured: Mira Fitness bracelet monitors and tracks healthy activity with its sleek design.

Enjoy a quiet night's sleep with Nora - a smart pillow expander that activates when you snore. 

Enjoy a quiet night's sleep with Nora - a smart pillow expander that activates when you snore. 

Click & Grow is a countertop gardening system that allows the organic food connoisseur to grow vegetables right at home. 

Click & Grow is a countertop gardening system that allows the organic food connoisseur to grow vegetables right at home. 

Eight uses smart sensors to analyze temperature conditions for the perfect night's sleep. Spire, is a tracker of your emotional state.

Eight uses smart sensors to analyze temperature conditions for the perfect night's sleep. Spire, is a tracker of your emotional state.

The Avano precision cooker will ensure food is always cooked to the optimal temperature. 

The Avano precision cooker will ensure food is always cooked to the optimal temperature. 

Keyrious: Surprise a loved one with hidden clues locked away to reveal dream surprises. 

Keyrious: Surprise a loved one with hidden clues locked away to reveal dream surprises. 

Romy FIGURE is your very own at-home beauty consultant, formulating with real-time serums that correspond with your skin's immediate needs. Also pictured: Nails inc spray-on nail polish creates a professional style manicure while saving you time. 

Romy FIGURE is your very own at-home beauty consultant, formulating with real-time serums that correspond with your skin's immediate needs. Also pictured: Nails inc spray-on nail polish creates a professional style manicure while saving you time. 

Misfit's Shine2 allows you to monitor it all: From tracking sleep activity, to fitness progress - and even recording daily meals. 

Misfit's Shine2 allows you to monitor it all: From tracking sleep activity, to fitness progress - and even recording daily meals. 

The smart Q watch and rose gold bracelet from Fossil are designed to keep you stylish and connected.

The smart Q watch and rose gold bracelet from Fossil are designed to keep you stylish and connected.

Archetypes fragrance appeals to your custom personality traits; Swarovski's Unseen skull cap tracks and measures your brain activity. 

Archetypes fragrance appeals to your custom personality traits; Swarovski's Unseen skull cap tracks and measures your brain activity. 

The Current Residents uses 3D printing technology to produce statement jewelry.  

The Current Residents uses 3D printing technology to produce statement jewelry.  

The intelligent sleep mask from Neuroon uses biometric sensors to improve your sleep patterns. 

The intelligent sleep mask from Neuroon uses biometric sensors to improve your sleep patterns. 

MAS Holdings, manufacturer that specializes in conductive pathways and making technology soft.

MAS Holdings, manufacturer that specializes in conductive pathways and making technology soft.

Billie Whitehouse displays Thinx, underwear designed to keep you fresh and sanitary. 

Billie Whitehouse displays Thinx, underwear designed to keep you fresh and sanitary. 

Francis Bitonti uses 3D printing technology to re-imagine fashion in the digital era. 

Francis Bitonti uses 3D printing technology to re-imagine fashion in the digital era. 

Stay gluten-free with Nima's portable gluten sensor. 

Stay gluten-free with Nima's portable gluten sensor. 

Stay charged and well-connected while traveling with Away's smart carry-on luggage.  

Stay charged and well-connected while traveling with Away's smart carry-on luggage.  

Behmor connects to your phone to brew the perfect cup of coffee to satisfy even the most discerning java snob. 

Behmor connects to your phone to brew the perfect cup of coffee to satisfy even the most discerning java snob. 

From left: Solencia's Lucy follows the sun to always keep the room lit. With Root's indoor growing system, you'll never worry about neglecting plants again. 

From left: Solencia's Lucy follows the sun to always keep the room lit. With Root's indoor growing system, you'll never worry about neglecting plants again. 

Swarovski partnered with Frends to create head phones.

Swarovski partnered with Frends to create head phones.

Tink dress by Studio XO, Richard Nicol and Disney 

Tink dress by Studio XO, Richard Nicol and Disney 

Breakfast in a pinch: print the perfect pancake with Pancake Bot. 

Breakfast in a pinch: print the perfect pancake with Pancake Bot

We:eX was thrilled to reveal the launch of our latest product, Nadi - form correcting tights designed to encourage optimal alignment. Also pictured: Muse's brain sensing headband for meditation. 

We:eX was thrilled to reveal the launch of our latest product, Nadi - form correcting tights designed to encourage optimal alignment. Also pictured: Muse's brain sensing headband for meditation. 

The companies in the suite were selected because they personalize technology, thus creating relationships with their audience by making it a part of their everyday lives. 

Technology where the human body is the interface!

"All myths, he argues, illuminate layers and dimensions of existence that are often missed by our narrow human vision." 

The Power of Conversation: A Lesson from CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien

We are looking into the layers of communication beyond human vision.

We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped with our weekend experiment in September!  @rekorderligusa @polarseltzer @chambordchannel & 

@juicepress.

 

It was fabulous working with  @thehighlifeproductions and @lealzie in suuch a sensational space @thinkriseny #riseny

There is a yin and yang with all energy and matter, movement and stillness, push and pull. When it comes to validating a product or idea there is a push and pull between what you think is right and what people actually want, so we like to go to the community first with some of our ideas. We don't want to be distracted by technologies but we KNOW we want to have them. Here are my 5 tips to curing your addiction to your smart phone as seen in Refinery 29.

Is there such a thing as soft and feminine Technologies?

This is our question that we have been posing at global conferences around the world. Recently we were in Palo Alto with this question at the Institute For The Future, in Toronto for WEST Conference, Berlin for IFA, Financial Times Conference New York and WIRED UK and we must be doing something right because we were on the cover of Retail Detail Magazine. 

Thank you for being involved in our research into soft and feminine technologies. Male or female we are made up of male and female energies and hormones. We want to know when and how you want to use soft and feminine technologies?

What have we found out?

You are extremely active, not everyone has assistance, you spend a lot of time and money on your technologies and on your bodies.

Our results came from all over the world!

Most of you are not part of the "quantified self" movement nor do you have to be! You care about form and you seek relaxation and presence. 60% of you that are wearing some kind of tracker, believe it is accurately quantifying your life.

Why do we care?

Technologies have yet to use the skin as a soft and feminine interface. This is what Wearable Experiments does! We are a technology company that wants to allow technologies to interface with humans in the most unobtrusive way. Our journey began with Fundawear, an intimates product that transfers touch for long distance couples, we then took this expertise in touch and translated it to fans, connecting them to the emotional feedback of their favourite team with the Fox Alert Shirt. Over the last year we have been experimenting with the technologies that speak to the elements that make us truly human; intimacy, self awareness and entertainment. Our unique combination of software and “hard”ware has allowed us to create an interface on the body. This is not the quantified self, this is the exploration of self!

 Quantified Self as written for SMG Technologies 

“The unexamined life is not worth living”.

The Socrates quote is one of my personal favourites. It is the mantra that led me to the quantified self (QS) movement back in 2011. I have always been impressed by self-aware people and therefore it was easy for me to relate to QS ways of thinking.

The idea of quantified self refers to the counting and assessing of all daily activity to get a better understanding of who and what you really are. The idea is to look at every aspect of your life and there is no doubt some of the things you discover will scare you. You must assess things like how much TV you watch, how much time you spend looking into a mirror or how dependent you are on your smartphone. One popular manifestation of the QS movement is to track the number of steps you have taken in a day, for instance.

It goes without saying that times are changing and I firmly believe that you simply can’t expect a long and full life without working for it.

However, in the age of QS maybe we should be examining the examiners more closely?

One of the major issues arising for QS is that 90 percent of all data visualisations on the internet are false, skewed or simply wack.  As much as I love a good statistic, I now say most of them with a hint of jest. So I believe we should take a more concerted look at the stats we are being presented and what data is being measured.

Numbers are themselves only symbols of something far more complex. There are a lot of companies that only offer consumers the end data and in most cases it comes from one source. What is needed for the QS movement to be truly successful is software that sits between the data and the visualisation.

These products will change the way we look at ourselves as individuals and the world around us for the better. In order for them to take hold, however, the mass-consumer mindset needs to develop. The general public need to be made more aware of how every element of life affects human performance, whether you are a shop-keeper, a tradie or banker. We can all learn more about our own health and wellbeing and in learning more we’ll be able to lead healthier lives.

So, that brings me to the question – is ignorance bliss? I don’t think Socrates would agree and nor do I. If what you don’t know can’t hurt you, then what you do know has lots of room for interpretation. The interpretation is dangerous.

There are so many ways to gather data; so many products that claim to do different things, so how can you be sure of who to trust? How do you know the information you’re receiving is the best fit for what you’re trying to achieve?

This is where I get excited because in order for us to get a better understanding of what we’re trying to achieve and what data is being captured, we must look to wearable technology. No, think beyond the gimmicky watches or bands or anything that is solely wrist based. They have their use, absolutely. But they are not the be-all and end-all.

As the founder of and chief designer for Wearable Experiments I have to care about data more than any designer has ever cared before. I have to care about the accuracy, the safety and the meaning behind wearable technology data.

I am doing everything to look beyond what is already being quantified – heart rate, skin temperature, oxygen levels – and try to find ways of going deeper. For instance, we are yet to discover a non-intrusive way to quantify hormones. Your body is affected by these unknowns every minute of every day but the general awareness of how these affects present themselves is exciting.

I’m not saying it’s an easy task, there are some enormous variables in the equations, but it’s the kind of level I think we need to go to. One day I would also love to see the addition of emotional intelligence to this data. Going this deep will allow us to eventually democratise the data.

I don’t believe everything I read on the internet so take this with proverbial grain of salt – in the next five years more sensors and trackers will be produced than babies born…! The world is moving towards a universal acknowledgment of quantified self. From my perspective, more needs to be done in order to truly understand the data and to truly make the QS movement worthwhile.

It is that very notion which underpins my excitement for working with SMG Technologies. SMG has created an innovative and advanced product that offers a level of insight on data from multiple platforms that, in my opinion, is unrivaled globally. And I am not alone in that thought. The sports-specific product, SportsMed, for instance is used by some of the world’s best athletes and teams including Ellyse Perry, the Queensland Reds and West Ham United F.C. SMG has taken the learnings from the sports fields and created products for a whole range of industries including insurance, education and health.

So, keep your eyes peeled for the innovative companies that are leading the way in creating the next wrung of wearable technology and predictive analytics software. If your immediate thought is “why would anyone ever need that?” It’s most likely something you should take another look at!


 

The summer of wearable technology and sensory design.

“The year has been nothing short of an emotional roller coaster. We have come to realise that our emotions are an enormous part of our design process. We design for them and with them. This may seem obvious, however our experiences of the last 3 months have taken us all over the world to discuss why sensory and emotional technology is so relevant not only to fashion and design but also to all aspects of our lives.” Billie Whitehouse, director & designer, Wearable Experiments

Wearable Experiments has been working on some serious manufacturing over the last three months. Our vision is to make technology invisibly integrated into our clothing. This allows for a seamless experience from the skin. Our future back mentality has allowed us to travel to Antwerp in Belgium to present for Retail Detail and the Belgian Fashion Congress. Billie Whitehouse was interviewed inside The Loop, the future of retail; looping from in home experiences to in store and mobile e-commerce. Kanaal Z interviewed Billie on Belgian TV after her presentation to the major players in Belgium’s fashion capital.

Cannes Lions 2015 saw Wearable Experiments on stage at Le Palais with Emily Baltz, artists and sensory story teller, and Sophie Kelly, CEO of The Barbarian Group. They shared their tips and insights into stretching creativity. 1) talk to strangers 2) do something awkward everyday 3) watch people 4) be insatiably curious 5) go to bed with dead people (aka books) 6) LOVE the people you are designing for 7) If by the time you release you are no longer embarrassed by the product, you waited to long!

Forbes was kind enough to include us in their key learnings from Cannes Lions 2015.

We have been getting out of our creative comfort zones! And we have just released a new product.

The NL Fan Jersey is for the Ladies Rugby 7’s. This was showcased at Cannes connected Athlete panel at the Carlton. It is the latest in sports technology that goes beyond quantification and into entertainment in the fourth dimension. The emotions and action of the game is replicated into the chest of the fan jersey through haptic feedback motors. The remote connection is powered by Bluetooth Low Energy that communicates with the custom software.

Where: The shirts will be showcased in The Hague at The Store of The Future in collaboration with Q and A Research and EY commencing June 23rd.

“We believe this is the future of sports entertainment. And so we believe this should be a part of the store of the future.”. Frank Quix

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This collaboration is important for female sport, with the rise of female empowerment comes the celebration of technology and emotions. This technology is about the emotional connection between sports athletes and fans. “Sports are emotional, we created The NL Fan Jersey for the ladies rugby 7’s team to affect your emotional experience of the game. This is achieved through designing the experience for your senses. Sensory experiences are the future of sports entertainment.” Billie Whitehouse Director & Designer, Wearable Experiments.

Billie presented a keynote to Microsoft in a private event that overlooked the bay of Cannes. Wearable Experiments have been working towards building a community around mindful technologies that go beyond quantification and into augmented experiences. 

PS Swan goals being met at R29 Villa!

PS Swan goals being met at R29 Villa!

2015 Hey Whats Up!

The time for wearable technology and brands is now!

This is the year of Wearable Technology and finally the brands are on board. Levi's and Google, Tory Burch and FitBit, Rebecca Minkoff, Tag Heuer and Android,  only validates what the New York Times said about Wearable Experiments. 

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2015 has been running full steam ahead.

Behind close doors we can tell you that we are in the middle of a production run for one of our biggest clients. We are making our electronics thinner, softer, smaller and more easy to use than ever before. We are constantly working towards making our electronics invisible inside our garments.

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While managing these production runs we have managed a few different lines of work and promotion.

In February we hosted a workshop at Stanford's D.School for the TEI Conference.

The “students” were the likes of Intel, Samsung and Google. It is such a pleasure to present on the importance of design to companies leading the way.

Innovation across fashion, beauty, lifestyle and sports is our expertise. We hosted the Future of Beauty with Refinery 29 for the Neutrogena Innovation Summit. We included companies such as FaceCake, Samsung, Microneedles, Illumask and iGrow. Refinery 29 are working closely with our team in New York to elevate the voice of Wearable Experiments to millennials.

 

I presented in front of 500 people at the Brite Conference at Columbia University. Post the presentation Forbes Magazine compared We:ex to Steve Jobs and Jerry Seinfeld. “Serenity Now!!!”

I spoke before Steve Wozniac at the WorldWebForum in Zurich. Where we met with Hugo Boss, FIFA, Cisco, Synergy and Densu Aegis about how to build the Alert Shirt for Soccer, Rugby and the Olympics.

At SXSW we presented on the future of textiles with Outlier’s Abe Burmeister, Rebecca Pailes-Friedman from Pratt Institute and Colin Nagy from Barbarian Group. Softness and drape are the most important parts of designing with electronics. We are excited about the future of these industries combining. Entrepreneur mag summed up our panel here.

 

We also discussed data, sports, health and fitness with Visa, Under Armour and My Fitness Pal. In March we presented on the future of fan engagement at the Business of Sports Conference.

In other events…

In April we hosted a wearable technology workshop with PSFK. See details here.

In May we journeyed to Miami's Emerge Americas, to San Francisco for the Event Marketers Conference and to Amsterdam to work closely with the Female Netherlands Rugby Team.

This June we will be presenting at the Cannes Lions with Barbarian Group and many more exciting stories to come...

 

NYFW

The week that was!

The Moncler Grenoble SS15 show has got our hearts melting, showcased during Valentines Day the highly dramatic performance is very reminiscent of our NAVIGATE Story in collaboration with the UNLIMITED MAGAZINE

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Fusing sport, tech and fashion!

The Tommy Hilfiger SS15 show looked more like a Super Bowl stadium rather than a catwalk show, complete with the white marked astro turf, bright lights and big screens. The youth centric collection had models decked out in edgy American Football inspired outfits. The highlight being of course the high tech playback screens to capture the energy charged runway show.

 

Still excited by some super charge!

Tommy Hilfiger's recent collaboration with solar power manufacture Pavillion, has gotten us excited about the future of Wearable Tech in high fashion garments. The launch of two jackets one for women and the other for men, has allowed 'fashion conscious' user the ability to charge their portable devices on the go! The removable solar panel of the jacket is not only a more efficient way of charging your devices but a step towards a sustainable future.

Rebecca Minkoff's affordable high tech fashion bracelets were made in collaboration with tech-savvy case maker CASE-MATE. The careful consideration of design is the only way to approach wearable technology. This accessory is designed for those of you that need a way to discreetly charge your phone during dinner.

We shared a panel at FashionTech NY with WGSN and the Rebecca Minkoff team to discuss the future of technology and fashion.

We attended the opening of the new Fendi Maison on Madison Ave. The pastel colours pulled at our hearts while Karl Lagerfeld brushed past us in the crowd. Follow Instragram: @BillieWhouse for the personal photographs.