Wearable Protection Thwarts Mosquito Bites

With the joys of summer come the perils of mosquitoes. Annoying as they are, these pesky insects can also spread West Nile virus, encephalitis, dengue fever and the recently identified chikungunya virus. So protecting yourself when outdoors is essential.

Of course, wearing mosquito repellant is one technique to keep the blood-thirsty pests at bay. But many people are put off by the smell and greasy residue of these lotions and sprays, not to mention the chemicals that they contain.

A better alternative for these folks is mosquito protection that you put on rather than spray on. This special clothing creates an impenetrable barrier between you and bugs that allows you to enjoy the outdoors in peace. And unlike chemical repellents, the protection won’t wane over time.The Wearable Mosquito Net

Our exclusive Wearable Mosquito Net is a pullover and head covering that features fine 1.2-mm netting to shield the skin from mosquitoes without the use of harmful and malodorous chemicals. Pair the lightweight shirt with these Mosquito Net Pants for head-to-toe protection.

An ideal unique gift for your favorite horticulturist, The Gardener’The Gardener’s Bug Thwarting Hats Bug Thwarting Hat has a mosquito net stowed under the brim. When insects start to bite, the netting can be deployed, extending over the 2″-wide brim by 16″, providing ample coverage for the entire head and neck and closing snug to keep mosquitoes, gnats, and other troublesome garden insects out.

Add Warmth to Your Home During Winter’s Bitter Bite

Heated Mattress PadDangerously cold wind chills…whiteout conditions…canceled flights…sky-high heating bills. For much of the nation, 2014 has opened with wintry weather like we haven’t seen in decades.

In our last article, we told you about some products to keep yourself warm. Now we’d like to tell you about some of the best items that make the surroundings of your home warmer, while allowing you to dial down the thermostat.

This heated mattress pad earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it generated the most consistent warmth and was the most comfortable. Panelists who slept on this mattress pad lauded its soft cushioning and virtually undetectable heating elements. Perhaps our favorite feature, the king and queen sizes allow two sleepers to set their own temperature preferences.

Sooner or later, however, you’ll have to leave that warm bed to get in the shower. Imagine stepping out of your shower to a fluffy, warm towel or toasty heated robe. The Best Heated Towel Warmer earned its rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it left towels the warmest and produced the most consistent heat from the outer to the inner edges of two rolled towels, effectively heating the entire towel surface. The Heated Cotton Robe has rechargeable heating elements strategically placed in the front and back to deliver full-body warmth.

One of the best ways to get warm is to cozy up on the couch with someone special. And your couch becomes extra-cozy with The Heated Furniture Cover. Made from soft microsuede, this quilted cover drapes over the back, seat and arms of furniture and has a textured backing to secure it in place. It adjusts to four temperature settings and is available sized for chairs, love seats and sofas.

And don’t forget to throw another log on the fire. The Foldaway Firewood Rack holds up to a quarter cord of wood in season and folds to merely 6-1/2″ wide for convenient storage in warmer months. A waterproof 600-denier reinforced nylon cover protects the wood from rain and snow.

Finally, how about a reclining chair that will warm you, massage you, and rejuvenate you, even on the most brutally cold days? The Heated Full Body Massage Chair combines the invigorating touch of a massage therapist’s hands with the restorative sensation of hot stone therapy. When not in use as a massager, this chair converts easily into an elegant recliner with leather-like upholstery that conceals its massage functions.

The Soaring Spirit of Amelia Earhart

Bomber JacketWhen Amelia Earhart was born in Kansas on this day in 1897, no one dreamed that someday trans-Atlantic flight would be not just possible, but a commonplace activity. During Amelia’s childhood, the Wright Brothers made their historic powered flight at Kitty Hawk, NC, and soon after, aviation grew through the use of planes in World War I.

The young Amelia, with a tomboy’s heart, was no stranger to challenging conventions on how a lady ought to behave. She was known for climbing trees, “belly-slamming” her sled on a snowy hill and hunting vermin with a .22 rifle. She even kept a scrapbook of newspaper stories about successful women in male-oriented fields, including engineering, law and management.

Nevertheless, she initially chose a traditional woman’s career of the day, working as a nurse’s aide in a military hospital in Toronto. During the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic she contracted a severe case of pneumonia and chronic sinusitis, spending nearly a year recovering. It was during this time that she attended a flying exhibition. When a WWI flying ace put his plane in a dive from the sky toward Earhart and her friend, Amelia stood her ground. “I did not understand it at the time,” she said, “but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by.”

Two years later, Earhart took her first flight and it changed her life forever. Almost immediately, she started taking flying lessons and within six months saved enough money to buy her first plane.

Knowing that as a female, other aviators would be judging her, she also purchased a leather bomber jacket so that her appearance would suit the role. Feeling the new jacket needed to look well-worn, she slept in it a number of nights to more quickly break it in.

We’ve replicated The Amelia Earhart Flight Jacket in every detail. Made by the same company that supplies leather jackets to the U.S. Air Force, this coat is a variation of the classic A-1 jacket made famous by pilots in the era of open-air cockpits. Many A-1s had collars that buttoned around the neck, but Earhart’s version introduced a brass-zippered, full-neck collar with knit trim, and added a side entry pocket to the two traditional button-up patch pockets. The outer shell of supple lambskin leather has been vegetable-tanned to reveal its natural grain, while the wrists and waist are soft knit. This is no ordinary women’s bomber jacket…it celebrates an American heroine, too.

As Earhart became further renown as an accomplished aviator, she set many records and firsts, not the least of which was to be the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic in 1928, and the first woman to do so on a solo flight in 1932.

Tragically, her career and her life came to an end in 1937 near the end of her attempt to be the first woman to fly around the world. On July 2 of that year, she and her navigator were due to land on Howland Island when overcast skies and intermittent rain showers made celestial navigation difficult. It is known that Earhart’s plane was running low on fuel. The U.S. Coast Guard ship supporting her flight was able to hear her radio transmissions, but apparently the pilot could not hear the ship. After one last transmission, Earhart was never heard from again, though it was not until January 5, 1939, that she officially was declared dead.

Recently, photos taken of Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the mid-Pacific, suggested that Earhart and her navigator may not have crashed into the ocean, but instead made an emergency landing on the flat coral atoll. A group of researchers from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery continues to search for clues that could reveal Earhart’s final resting place. Was she wearing her beautiful bomber jacket on that final flight? That’s a mystery the world may never know.

Even at 67, the Bikini Is Still Turning Heads

Louis-Réard-bikiniIn a man’s world of the 1940s, scientists engaged in a desperate race to create the biggest blast with the smallest amount of material. Its detonation would shake civilization to its core, challenging notions of morality and humanity. Hydrogen bombs and world mass destruction? No. The goal of these learned men with the precision and singularity of mind of nuclear scientists: create the world’s smallest beachwear, the bikini.

Women would no longer have to roll up their sleeves or their shorts on the beaches of Nice and San Tropez. In the mind of the 1940s engineer, man was doing womankind a serious favor: the elimination of tan lines. In trade, they would create a fine summer view.

French designer Jacques Heim first experimented with a two-piece design based on the French Polynesian “pareo”, a style of beach wrap. His design was the parent of the bikini, named Atome because it used the smallest particles of fabric to cover his models.

But it took the French automotive engineer turned fashion designer Louis Réard to create a media event. Monsieur Réard was no stranger to fashion, helping to run his mother‘s shoe shop Les Folies Bergères in Paris. Like any meticulous engineer of the day, he experimented with many suit designs before minimizing the elegant style to less than 30 square centimeters of spaghetti strap and fabric triangles cut high to show off the derrière and Venus’ best asset, the navel.

Monsieur Réard tested different names.  None satisfied his desire to create an explosive promotion. And then it detonated in his mind. He remembered the American bomb tests in 1946 at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific. The Bikini name sounded exotic, feminine, and reminiscent of the French Polynesian islands.

The original bikini was made of cotton cloth with a splashy newspaper headline print, part of Réard’s clever promotion. He coupled this with the suit’s debut on this day in 1946 (It would take the more modest U.S. until the 1960s to allow this daring suit on our shores) at a beauty contest at Paris’s famous Piscine Molitar. Only the follies dancer Micheline Bernardini of the Casino de Paris had the daring and experience to smile proudly and model the suit for the event. All other models refused. Réard even had a skywriter advertise at his events, writing, “Plus petit que le maillot de bain le plus petit au monde!“ (Smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit!)

Monsieur Réard stated that a two-piece bathing suit is not a bikini unless it can be pulled through a wedding ring. His design was so popular that his shop remained profitable in Paris until 1984.

Whether it’s a bikini, a t-back, a v-back, a c-back, a thong, or a nostalgic resurgence of the monokini, this summer sunglass-shielded eyes will gaze appreciatively while self-made models absorb the recommended daily allowance of ultraviolet energy. We can all thank science, thank the men in lab coats, and thank Monsieur Louis Réard for his hard work, his sense of promotion, and his French sensibility to create beauty out of weapons of mass destruction.

Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses

Does space-age technology matter when it comes to sunglasses? These are The Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses, based on glasses created by NASA, that protect your eyes while simultaneously aiding their vision.

Clarity Enhancing Bifocal SunglassesUsing the technology NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed, these bifocal sunglasses filter the blue and violet light rays that can impair vision, yet they allow the green, yellow, orange, and red light rays that enhance sight to reach your retinas, allowing objects to appear more distinct, and diminishing distortion. While traditional sunglasses are darkening your vision, these enhance vividness whilst blocking 100% of harmful UV rays. When not protecting your eyes, they come with both a soft pouch and hard case for storing, so you can keep them safe as well.

You choose the bifocal diopters you prefer — 1.5, 2.0, or 2.5 — and with stainless nickel-silver gunmetal frames and adjustable non-slip nose pads, they’ll look and feel as great as they perform. So don’t darken your vision with regular sunglasses, sharpen it. With The Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Clarity Enhancing Bifocal Sunglasses

Carbon Fiber Money Clip

The Carbon Fiber Money Clip keeps your cash organized while preventing identity thieves from hacking your personal information from your credit cards.

Carbon Fiber Money ClipUsing low-cost, modified scanners, hackers attempt to obtain information from Radio Frequency Identity-Enabled cards (RFID) that include debit, credit, access control, and government issued IDs. The carbon fiber material used in The Carbon Fiber Money Clip blocks most radio signals, keeping cards and IDs safe from unauthorized access. Its flexible clip, which will never weaken or break, holds up to 20 cash bills, while the included wallet has six slots, capable of holding up to 10 cards and IDs. There is also a small pocket to neatly organize receipts. The money clip’s lack of bulk even make it ideal for placing in a front pocket, adding further security by keeping it out of reach of pickpockets.

It’s difficult to be too cautious in today’s increasingly insecure world. Keep your cards and safe, even from electronic identity thieves, with The Carbon Fiber Money Clip from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Carbon Fiber Money Clip

Faceless Watch

This is The Faceless Watch, the watch that disguises itself as a bracelet until prompted by the touch of a button for time and date.

Faceless WatchAvailable in both Lady’s and Gentleman’s models, the Faceless Watch features LEDs hidden in the band that illuminate to show the hour on the top row, and the minute on the bottom row. Press again and the month and day appear in the 1/2″ lights.

Faceless Watch

 

 

Made of stainless steel, the band has a durable electroplated finish, and can be adjusted to size, by a professional, with the two included additional links. The Lady’s Faceless Watch features a 3/4-inch wide band, while the Gentleman’s model is 1 full inch wide. Both are available in two colors: Black, featuring red LEDs, and Brushed Nickel, with its blue LEDs.

A truly unique timepiece, The Faceless Watch from Hammacher Schlemmer adds style and functionality to any jewelry collection.

The Faceless Watch

R2D2 Cufflinks

Everybody’s crazy about a sharp dressed Jedi Knight. And these are The R2D2 Cufflinks they’re all wearing this season.

R2D2 CufflinksNot just your ordinary accessory, the R2D2 Cufflinks each pull apart to reveal 2GB of USB storage, perfect for hiding secret plans to destroy death stars, or for keeping holographic images of intergalactic queens safely. The quality silver-plated enamel cufflinks are officially licensed by LucasFilm. Whale-back closures keep them secure, and they’ll be presented to your rebel leader in black gift boxes.

Stand out from the wanna-be Jedi Masters at your next black-tie affair, with The R2D2 Cufflinks from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The R2D2 Cufflinks

Genuine Turkish Bathrobe

This is The Genuine Turkish Bathrobe, imported exclusively by Hammacher Schlemmer. It is made from 100% Turkish cotton in the Denizli region of Turkey.

Genuine Turkish BathrobeStep out of the shower and into 1/2-inch high looped pile; most towels have only 1/4-inch pile. The Genuine Turkish Robe has not only excellent absorbency thanks to its exceptionally high 69,000 loop pile count, but also helps to conserve body heat. At 22 ounces per square yard, this Turkish robe is also 60% heavier than other robes. The convenience of machine washing and tumble drying will add to the softness and absorbency each time you wash the robe.

Measuring 52 inches long, our Genuine Turkish Bathrobe has a shawl collar, raglan sleeves, and is belted. For a special personalized gift, the robe can be monogrammed as well. Whether for your own luxurious experience, or to present to a loved one, The Genuine Turkish Bathrobe swaddles in warmth and comfort.

The Genuine Turkish Robe

Front Pocket Wallet

This is The Front Pocket Wallet from Hammacher Schlemmer. It is the wallet to be worn when keeping valuables out of the reach of pickpockets is a concern.

Front Pocket WalletWith its curved and tapered end, the Front Pocket Wallet slides perfectly into either front pocket of a pair of pants, eliminating the threat of the nudge-and-grab technique used by wallet thieves. The soft satin leather has the pliability to mold to the curve of your thigh, making it unobtrusive whether you’re sitting or walking. Listen to what Michelle in Washington, D.C., whose son needed a better solution than his conventional wallet, had to say:

“My son was forever removing his old wallet because it was too bulky and wouldn’t sit in his front pocket comfortably. He LOVES this wallet because it’s slim, holds everything he needs, and fits perfectly in the front pocket of his trousers. He says this is the best gift he’s ever gotten – definitely a satisfied customer!”

With an ID window to hold your drivers license, three slots for credit cards, and a 10-inch long bill compartment, it has all the storage you’ll need for a more comfortable, everyday wallet. The Front Pocket Wallet keeps your money away from others, yet remains within your easy reach.

The Front Pocket Wallet.