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How I'm Wired: Maxboost (+ a Giveaway!)

As the battery percentage on my iPhone dips throughout the day, my anxiety level rises - the two are directly correlated. So, I've come to rely on a stash of chargers tucked in every imaginable location - bedside, in my bag and at my desk. Realistically, though, a charger serves the intended purpose only when an outlet is nearby. I don't know about you, but I've been known to sit on airport floors and crawl under restaurant tables to power up - it's borderline embarrassing!

All that's a thing of the past now, though - at least since I've been toting one of Maxboost's new Ambrosia battery cases. Unlike other battery cases, which are bulky and add weight to your device even when they're not in use, the Ambrosia cases provide an extra boost of power only when you need it - the unique two-piece sliding design allows you to add or remove the battery casing while a slimcase protects your phone when the battery pack isn't needed. And while a matching slimcase comes with the Ambrosia, you can also choose from countless designs on site, all compatible with the Ambrosia- there's one to suit anyone's style.

When fully charged, the Ambrosia is nothing short of a gamechanger, adding a full 7 hours of talk, 10 hours of web browsing or 30 hours of music playback time - simply put, I don't leave the house without it.

Explore Maxboost's tech accessories here and for a chance to win an Ambrosia of your own, valued at $99.95, by Liking Maxboost on Facebook and leaving a comment below (pro tip: they also host daily giveaways, Monday-Friday on their Page!)

I'll choose a winner at Noon EST on Friday, August 22 - good luck!

While all opinions expressed are my own, this post was produced in partnership with Maxboost.

Summer MVP: Urban Decay NAKED Flushed

Everywhere I turn these days, it seems SOMEONE is being wildly alarmist and decrying the "end of summer." And while I understand that times change, and seasons turn, the last day of summer is officially September 21 - thereby, by my calculations, there's actually a full month and a half of summer left. 

Now admittedly, your beach time will likely wind down after Labor Day, but there are a few solid vestiges of summer that I plan to hold on to for as long as possible - most importantly, that sexy sunkissed glow. Mine comes c/o Urban Decay's NAKED Flush palettes, four trios of bronzer, highlighter and blush made with micronized, jet-milled pressed powders. They can be used individually or blended together to create the perfect flush.

My favorite is, surprisingly for a pale girl like me, the deepest of the bunch, Strip. I swipe a fluffy brush across both the highlighter and blush, adding just a touch of bronzer, for a fresh and radiant glow that (I'd like to think) screams "Italian Riviera."

Urban Decay's NAKED Flushed Palettes are available at Sephora stores or online for $30/each.

En Pointe: Diana Vishneva for Kérastase Paris

Ballet is clearly having a moment, and with good reason. Unlike most forms of athletism, dancers marry strength with glorious grace and discipline. All things considered, it makes perfect sense that Kérastase Paris has tapped ABT Principal Dancer Diana Vishneva as the face of their latest collection, Discipline.

Designed to deliver control and elegant movement to hair that's otherwise 'untamable' and 'unmanageable,' Discipline is an in-salon ritual and at-home regimen perfected by L'Oreal Advanced Research over the course of 8 - EIGHT -  tireless years. All that effort paid off with a pampering formula that leaves hair soft and sexy, with controlled volume.

My favorite product in the at-home regimen is the Spray Fluidissime, a lightweight styling spray perfect before heat-styling - or air drying, though admittedly, that's off-label use.

Diana's campaign (video here) and the Discipline Collection debut this month at Kérastase Paris salons nationwide.

The Summer Top So Perfect I Have It in 3 Colors

When Aritzia gets it right, they get it RIGHT. Time and time again, if I've found a piece to love (this happens most often with the Wilfred collection), I feel compelled to buy it in multiples. In this instance, it's this - THIS thoroughly boho, Isabel Marant-inspired, cotton blouse.

This blouse has been a summer savior of sorts - it's forgiving of my trouble zones, gloriously comfortable and flattering with shorts or a jean (skinny, boyfriend - it's agnostic in that way).

It's on sale now, but selling out fast  - right this way.

Facing Your Fears: Trapeze School New York

While I'm admittedly no daredevil, trapeze has long been on my 'bucket list'. I knew all along, on some level though, that unlike boxing, ballet or a baking class at Momofuku, I'd need company - and adventurous company at that - friends that could drive me to be a bit bolder, to face my fears and take the proverbial leap. So, a solid crew and I booked a private Friday evening class last week at Trapeze School New York South Street Seaport.

Along with the hazards of jumping off a platform 23 feet in the air, the South Street Seaport location is outdoors - thereby, glaringly public and touristy. So, whether you panic or soar like a bonafied member of the circus, your failure or success will be fodder for tourist entertainment - you'd better be okay with it. In case you're wondering, I fell somewhere between the two extremes - I was bold enough to go first, and okay with diving off the platform (that's me in the pink pants above!), but at the end of the day, couldn't do much more than hang and swing. In short, trapeze was not my strong suit.

If you're tempted to take a class at Trapeze School New York, consider the following:

  • Climbing the latter to get to the platform, 23 feet in the air, is almost scarier than throwing yourself off said platform. If you have a fear of heights, focus on the ladder when you're climbing; don't get distracted by your surroundings.
  • Focus is key! Your class will have a TSNY staffer on the lines, who'll also be calling to you with directions on when to swing your legs, hang, and let go. Once you're flying, it can be hard to hear what he/she is saying, so do your best to focus and be respectful of noise levels in class.
  • Celebrate your success! As one of my fellow flyers reminded me, you're brave for even taking a trapeze class. Enjoy a post-fly cocktail and the glorious views at Watermark or a celebratory dinner at Trading Post, one of my favorite restaurants downtown.

Learn more about Trapeze School New York and book a class here.

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