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I’m totally into Yoga now. The Lenovo Yoga 11s that is!

I’m totally into Yoga now. The Lenovo Yoga 11s that is!

As a writer and blogger, one of my biggest challenges when traveling is which electronic devices to bring. I do all of my blogging and writing on a laptop. I read on a tablet which of course can get very heavy on my arms. I even like to watch movies to pass the time when insomnia kicks in and that can lead to over heating my laptop if I’m not careful about how I set it on my lap or the bed. This usually leads to a VERY heavy laptop tote and the joy of unloading all of it when I hit airport security. Or at least it did.

A few months ago I was sent a Lenovo Yoga 11s to try out. It was love at first pose. Check out what this amazing machine can do. (Warning! You  may geek out like I did.)

Just a glimpse of its 360 degree movements.
Just a glimpse of its 360 degree movements.

There are 4 modes (or poses) the Yoga 11S works in that make this machine truly a 4 in 1 machine that I can’t believe I ever did without.

There is the laptop, tablet, tent and stand.

Now it is obvious what the laptop mode does. It is a laptop for those of you who haven’t had enough coffee yet to have figured that out.

The tablet is just what you think it is. The machine completely folds over 360 degrees to a tablet mode. My first worry was what about the keyboard while in tablet mode? Well, the Yoga actually disables the keyboard when it goes into tablet mode and gives you an on screen touch keyboard.

These two features alone would make it a must have for me but after working with the machine, I realized how much I like the tent and stand modes, too.

The tent mode stands up so that you can use the touch screen to scroll through information (such as instructions or recipes) while you multi-task. (And if you know me, you know I need ALL the help I can get in the kitchen.) It can also  be one of the modes you use to watch videos. YouTube is great in this mode.

And finally, you have the stand mode. This is my favorite for watching movies. Put simply, you fold the keyboard under so it is lying on a surface and you have unrestricted access to the screen. I, personally, do not like trying to watch a movie or tv show on my laptop and dealing with the keyboard getting in the way. This solves that problem. (And helped me watch every season of Breaking Bad without getting mad.)

Lenovo 11s 4 modes
A brief look at the modes the Lenovo Yoga 11s has to offer you

Geek speak:

The first thing I should tell you was this was my first experience with Windows 8 on one of my computers. I just jumped right into the fire with this. However, with the touch screen and ease of use in all modes, I am getting used to it and really enjoy it for this machine. So just to recap, let me share the highlights.

  • A unique dual-hinge design allows for 360 degree rotation allowing you  four different “modes” or Yoga poses. (If you do that to your laptop, you’ll probably void your warranty so I recommend only doing it with the Lenovo Yoga.)
  • It comes with 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3339Y Processor (Meaning, you’ve got some powerful performance here.)
  • Lenovo® Motion Control lets you flip through photos and pages or rewind/fast forward music and videos with simple gestures. (I know! I totally geeked out at that, too!)
  • Integrated stereo speakers supporting Dolby  with 11.6″ multimode high-definition (1366 x 768) display, 16:9 widescreen with IPS technology (In non-geek speak that means it can ROCK a movie or music!)

And the more details tech specs  can be found at Lenovo online.


Disclosure:  Now, y’all know I don’t do many reviews. In fact, I hardly ever do them anymore. It isn’t some big stand I’m making. I just choose to use this space to only review things I personally love and have either bought myself or would buy for myself because it is something I believe in.  I received the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s in exchange for participating in this campaign. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own. I am also part of the Lenovo INfluencer Network and have worked with Lenovo as a brand ambassador since 2009. 

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Rivet & Sway Review – Buying prescription glasses has never been so cool & easy! (And inexpensive with this 20% off code!)

Rivet & Sway Review – Buying prescription glasses has never been so cool & easy! (And inexpensive with this 20% off code!)

I’ve worn glasses since I was in junior high. And if you do the math, that was a few years ago. *ahem* I wasn’t a fan because there really weren’t any cute frames at the time. I also played sports and hated wearing my glasses.  Let’s face it, add to that, I didn’t appreciate how expensive they were. I remember one basketball game in particular when I took to the court with my glasses still on my face. As soon as I realized that, I took them off and slid them across the court to my Dad. You could hear the collective gasp of every parent in that gym for miles. Seriously, it was as if all the air was sucked out of the gym in that moment. Because scratching or breaking glasses back in the day, was expensive and quite the ordeal. But not anymore, ladies. Now we have Rivet & Sway.

I’ll be honest. I usually wear contacts. Not because I dislike glasses but because my glasses were 11 years old. And dated. And gave me headaches. So when I was offered an opportunity to be a Rivet & Sway Original Blogger and receive a new pair of prescription glasses for free in time for BlogHer a conference that can’t be named, I jumped on that. I knew I needed a new pair. But truthfully, I hate getting new glasses. I stand there staring the eleventy billion choices with no guide as to what would look good on me and usually just walk out without even purchasing any. Rivet & Sway not only takes all the mystery out of shopping for new frames, they make it fun! AND they customize it so well, they can offer suggestions based on your face shape and width. From there, you choose the color you like best. Once you have narrowed it down to your favorite 3 pairs, you order the Try On At Home Kit. Yes, you read that right. They send trial pairs right to your house. You can go shopping for frames in your pj’s, y’all!

This is the what you see when you open the box (after FedEx 2 day shipping!):

rivet & sway try on kit
Photo courtesy of Teresa of (Thank you!)

The packaging itself grabbed me from the beginning. Now that I had my 3 pairs I could try on to find the perfect match, I did what all good bloggers and those who use social media do, I took to Facebook and Twitter to get the opinions of the masses. Here I am in my 3 different try-on pairs:

They are Derring-Do/style – Licorice/color (top left), Little Voice/style – Rip Curl/color (top right), and Sweet Spot/style – Copper Penny/color (bottom left)

As chance would have it, Facebook and I chose the same pair. Are you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering which pair I chose?

Rivet & Sway Choice #2

I chose the second pair. The  Little Voice in Rip Curl color which basically means with a blue & white swirlish design. I love them! I wore these all over NYC and BlogHer a conference that can’t be named. That is saying something for a gal who used to only wear her glasses in emergencies or when I knew no one would see me. With my new Rivet & Sway glasses, I wanted to show off my swagger. (Because trust me, I have swagger in my new glasses!) I even wore them to one of the largest parties at BlogHer a conference that can’t be named.

Showing off my glasses swagger at a party with my peeps!

But how easy is it really? VERY!

Getting new frames in these easy steps:

  1. Go to Rivet & Sway and create your account.
  2. Use their online tools to choose what you feel are the best for your face shape/width.
  3. You will need to provide a credit card but it is just for a 99 cent deposit. I mean, they are sending you hundreds of dollars worth frames, y’all.
  4. FedEx sends you your try on kit with 3 pairs of frames within 2 business days.
  5. On the  Rivet & Sway website, enter your prescription (You’ll need your PD, too. You can find that here if your doctor is weird about giving it to you.) and the super styling frame you chose. (*Note: If you love one frame and a different color, you can change that up, too.)
  6. Once you choose your favorite frames, you simply ship back your kit of trial frames. 
  7. For just $199 you get the perfect frames for you brought right to your door in 2 business days.
  8. Get your swagger on and enjoy seeing life in a brand new way!
But wait! This gets so much better. See #7 up there? Let’s change that! Use the following code and get 20% off! YES! This gets even better. (I love this company, y’all!) This is the code: CWHOUB1237B13B but it expires on August 26, 2012. That’s soon so get moving over to Rivet & Sway. I know you’ll love it as much as I do. The entire experience from start to finish was so easy! It’s what all the cool kids are wearing. (Truth be told, when I shared this story with a friend of mine, she actually told me she wished she wore glasses so she could go this. For real, y’all. We’re some serious trend setters here!)
rivet and sway original bloggers
These are the group of Rivet & Sway Originals.
We have swagger!

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free pair of Rivet & Sway glasses in order to  review the product. As always, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are honest and my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this review.