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Everlane Twill Snap Backpack

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The NEW Everlane Twill Snap Backpack is here.

I have used the older version of the Snap Backpack since I got it back in December. I think I’ve used it more than any bag I’ve ever owned. I still love my Archival Clothing giant tough canvas Rucksack but this Everlane one is the most versatile one I’ve had.

With a padded Laptop sleeve, side pockets, front pocket, inside pocket and enough main compartment room to carry my Camera, an extra lens my laptop and other randoms, it’s the perfect everyday bag.

I’ve traveled to Vietnam, Iceland, road tripped and everyday carrying of things with my bag and it hasn’t let me down yet. For the price of $65, the looks, space and durability, you can’t go wrong. It’s highly recommended.

Purchase the Everlane Twill Snap Backpack ($65)

EasyAcc 10000mAh Battery Pack

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If you live in NYC, travel a lot, and/or you have a job that has you running around all day, it’s probably a good idea to add a backup iPhone or iPad charger (works with other devices too) to your bag. There are backup battery cases but I’ve never liked the added bulk. These are more versatile and shareable. Friendship!

I searched for a long time for a powerful enough / cheap enough / cool looking backup battery and ended up not caring about looks and just going for power/value. The EasyAcc will charge your iPhone 5-6 times before it needs to be charged again all for under $30 dollars. Recharge the battery using USB or wall charger and you’re back in business.

I’ve been charging people’s phones using mine whenever someone’s dies. Unknown brand, but has been a workhorse and has great reviews on Amazon. It can also charge other USB devices/phones.

Hope it works out for you!

Buy it now: EasyAcc 10000mAh Battery pack ($29.77)

ps. There’s a million options on these. I just tried to find the most powerful/cheapest that would be reliable. This was that for me.

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash

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Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash - I’ve finally found an affordable, long lasting (4 months / 2 times a day), 99.5% natural face wash that smells nice and doesn’t freak me or my skin out.

I like this company a lot. They’ve put a lot of thought into their ingredients and brand and I appreciate it all. I’ve been using it now for 4 months and I’m going to be sticking with it. Since I have skin that if you touch it slightly funny it can get irritated it was nice to find this. A lot of stores are stocking it in NYC and around the USA, so it’s easy to get as well.

Benefits:

  • Thoroughly cleans without dryness or irritation (sulfate-free)
  • Robust alpha/beta hydroxy acid complex dissolves dead surface skin cells, leaving skin brighter & clearer
  • High % of aloe soothes irritated skin
  • Concentrated formula should last 3-4 months (2x/day)
  • Zero toxins, no irritating synthetic chemicals
  • 99.5% natural, 51% organic

Smell: An enticing blend of premium, whole essential oils including cedar, spearmint, lime, lemon, rosemary, black spruce, owyhee, vetiver and lavender.

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash over at Amazon. ($26)

Also now that the winter is over I recommend their Fortifying Face Balm which is very light and soaks in nicely.

For more info visit their site.

Everlane: Slim Fit Denim Oxford Shirt

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Another hit from Everlane

Their new Slim Fit Medium Denim Oxford Shirt (pictured in the top left) is great for Spring. The price ($55), fit / overall experience/quality is great once again. They also have other patterns and lighter solids as well.

As always with Everlane’s button ups, I wish they would shorten their Small size 1/2in to 1in on the length (just a personal preference/my body).  I would say try it no matter what since they make it Free shipping if you grab more than one item.

Grab one over here and look at all the Slim and Regular fit Oxfords they just released.

I’d also suggest their Snap Backpack and their T-shirts are all I wear now.

Two Apps For Sending Cash to Each Other

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Below are two services that make it easy to send money quickly to each other. Request or send money to roommates, co-workers and friends; like that friend who never, ever has cash, ever.

Square Cash (Free Email/iOS/Android) - The free, fastest and easiest way to send anyone money from your phone. All you need is their email address and your debit card. (From the creators of Square.)

All you need to do to get started is either send an email (explained in the image above in three steps) to whomever you want to pay, download the Square Cash app or go to their website (via the website they’ll even give you $1 to get things started so you can fully see the process). It’s as easy as getting an email, then clicking a link to enter your debit card. You are now setup. Next download the app if you’d like.

Now you can open the app or just email someone, type in the amount you want to send or request (from one person or a group), type in their email address when your email opens and click send. You’ve now sent or requested money.

The best part about Square Cash over others is actually getting people to use it. Since you don’t need an app, an existing account, or a link to your bank account using an account number / routing number, you can request the money from any friend as long as they have their “smartphone” and debit card with them (or they can do it at home later). Another benefit over other services is that you don’t need to “withdraw” a balance. It automatically shows up in your bank account in 1-2 business days (which is faster than Paypal or some others.)

So in those vague “I’ll pay you back” moments, or any time you want to collect money from friends and they don’t use Paypal, Chase Quickpay, Venmo, this is the easiest thing to have them use.

(For those worried about security or “can’t someone just spoof my email address, this and that, whatever,” read their FAQ on their security measures. also thanks to Mark for opening my eyes to using this on #spiritquest2015.)

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Venmo - (Free iOS, Android, Web) Before Square Cash this was my favorite to recommend and it’s still a great way to make payments to friends using the App. This is more for people that will pay or request more often between a group of friends using the app. Examples of paying your roommate rent, co-workers going to lunch, splitting the bill between multiple people, etc.

To get started with Venmo you can signup on the web or download the app. You’ll need your bank account and routing number to receive money and send money. You can use a credit card but there is a small fee to send payments that way.

Once you’re all setup you can search for friends using the app via Facebook contacts or your address book. Venmo is a social payment app so when you send a payment you can add a comment (usually we just put silly stuff, but it is useful when sending so the receiver knows what they’re getting paid back for and it’s a nice way to keep track of it all.) And that’s that. Once you receive money you can withdraw it whenever you wish. It’s fast (usually within 24 hours) and similar to Paypal (who also recently bought Venmo).

Recap:
- Square Cash is great to pay someone back quickly with just their email address if they don’t have Venmo already. Perfect for someone who doesn’t want to go through a complicated setup (adding bank accounts etc), bother with withdrawing balances, downloading an app etc. FREE.

- Venmo is great for setting up reoccurring payments to co-workers and roommates, splitting bills between multiple people etc. A little more work but fast and easy once it’s setup. FREE (credit card payments have a small fee.)

As always if you have any questions just send me a quick note on Twitter @mattrubin.

How I Back Up My Computer and iPhone

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Friends, this is just a simple reminder, Backup All of Your Stuff. This isn’t geared towards any specific person, just in general. It’s cheap and/or free.

Below is my setup as of now. I’m constantly refining it and finding new options, but for now at least use one or all of these.

Computer Backup:
Time Machine - Mac Only (Use any external, they’re cheap)
Backblaze (for offline automated backups similar to Time Machine. Also check out Crashplan)
WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 4TB External HD (RAID 1 Mirrored, for all media)
G Drive External 1TB (For Additional Photo backup)
Dropbox - For files I want accessible everywhere. (Not a full backup but can be. Runner up: Google Drive.)

iPhone:
iCloud Syncing - Please make sure this is turned on. Address book is turned on (people still post on Facebook, even if they have an iPhone, after it’s lost or stolen, to request phone numbers) And for the love of all that is holy, make sure FIND MY PHONE is turned on as well.
iCloud Backup (More into this these days vs using iTunes. For friends who don’t ever backup, it’s a very affordable $20-$40 a year -  set it and forget it option. Highly suggested for those who care about their Camera roll and other iPhone settings staying. Also removes the need for iTunes)
iPhoto Import (For my precious mobile photos)
Picturelife - for additional Camera Roll backup/syncing that is Cloud based. (Sync over Wifi or Cellular. Also check out Loom, Dropbox, Flickr)
Rdio - For all my music in “The Cloud”.
Google Music - since I am free from iTunes syncing for now and I use Rdio, the free version of Google Play Music is a good way to keep anything that isn’t available via Rdio (all of Dragcity ahem) always available via your phone using the Google Play Music App. (Free)

In closing, just do one or all of these. Thank you in advance. If you have any questions feel free to Tweet @mattrubin.

I’ve used this since the beginning of November and it’s fully replaced Retailmenot when searching for coupons (for now at least). It provides Coupons and cash back that changes amounts daily. Every 3 months they cut you a check or Paypal and I’ve already got my first check.

It seems like a no brainer, coupons and cash back, doing what you’re probably doing anyway, shopping online. So you might as well signup and try it. Hopefully it saves you some money and you get a little more back.

ps. Though a little intrusive (and I’ll probably uninstall it after the holidays) but there is a bookmarklet for Chrome where you don’t even need to visit Ebates.com 1st. You just go to your regular sites and they will automatically let you know about coupons and cash back availability.

Amazon Prime Free Trial

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So I was thinking this morning Amazon Prime offers a 30 day free trial. It’s November 25th so if you start it today you can have wonderful FREE 2 day shipping and access to Prime Instant Video during the holiday shopping time (gifts, groceries, anything). It’s easy to cancel, so you might as well use it!

I’ve had it for years and never looked back because of the FREE 2 day shipping alone and the $79 dollar price tag. Add in the movies as well and it pays for itself.

Amazon Prime trial, start it now.