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By Olwethu-Thando Klaas
New York Fashion Week taught me the value of being well-connected and charged. It’s more than how well your camera captures images that counts with your smartphone choice. You have got to have gadgets that adapt to weather, overuse, wardrobe malfunctions, and especially those which provide accurate directions around the bustling, overwhelming city.
I am taking no chances with every fashion blogger’s number 1 bucket list event: Paris Fashion Week. Only the best tech will do.
Here are my Top 5 picks:
Fitbit Flex 2
The Fitbit Flex 2 is more than a pretty accessory (even though, that helps). It can monitor your sleeping to better your overall health. I need to figure out how to improve my sleep especially because of the jet lag from travelling more than 15 hours abroad.
I’d also be really interested to see how much walking I do in the amazing city of romance. (Will the Fitbit Flex 2 know if I get swept off my feet?!)
Sony Xperia XZ1
15+ hours of flying. I repeat: 15+ HOURS OF FLYING!
I cannot get through all that time by relying on the merely okay selection of television shows and movies on airplanes. I plan to be entertained!
With the Sony Xperia XZ1’S full HD & HDR display I’m all set for a truly stimulating experience during my travels to and around France.
Olwethu’s Top Pick: Sony Xperia XZ1 with Cover – R5999
MiPower Cube 9000 MAH MicroUSB Powerbank
This is one of the things that will save not only your life during fashion week but those around you. Good charging deeds may lead to an invite, and then who knows?!
All I’m saying is that there is no harm in being prepared for the inevitable battery low notification that heralds utter panic when you’re in a foreign land.
Olwethu’s Top Pick: MiPower Cube 9000 MAH MicroUSB Powerbank – R999
Best on a budget: HI 2000 MAH Powerbank – R99
JBL T450 Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones
Just look at these headphones. They are one of thee most chic headphones you could rock and roll out in, while in Paris. Parisians don’t do over-the-top. Their style is classic and controlled in its use of colour, pattern and texture. These headphones adhere to that style aesthetic, making them a perfect choice for Paris Fashion Week.
If you are a solo traveller like me; immerse yourself in the wonderful landscapes and city you visit with music.
Olwethu’s Top Pick: JBL T450 Bluetooth on-ear headphones – R899
Best on a budget: hi Earbuds with Mic – R99
Lexar 633X 200GB MicroUSB Card
There’s nothing worse than trying to capture the perfect moment only to see a ‘memory card full’ message AND missing the moment you were trying to capture.
I don’t have time for small memory cards, which is why I choose microSD cards like the Lexar 200GB MicroSD Card. It goes from camera-to-phone with the quickest of switches and results in efficient uploads in high resolution. Even if you aren’t a blogger, you’ve got to love the freedom to snap more than necessary amounts of memories, at your leisure.
Olwethu’s Top Pick: Lexar 633X 200GB MicroUSB Card – R2799
Best on a Budget: Kingston 32GB C10 MicroSD card + adapter – R249