As a business woman in the technology field, I have found that having the latest, newest gadgets can be fun, but isn’t always necessary. Sometimes you don’t need all the gimmicks, just a pad and paper will do. Other times, when we have the right tools in our hands, it can take our business and our lives to new heights. I’ve tried new technology which has made my life confusing and more complicated, and I’ve tried new technology which made all my dreams come true and filled a real void in my life I wasn’t even aware was wasting my time.
So after some personal trial and error, I’ve put together a list of my favorite tech gadgets which are not only fashion forward, sophisticated and fun, but serve a real need and purpose in terms of functionality.
So without further ado…. let’s shop!
The Leaf is one of my favorite gadgets because not only is it a fitness tracker which tracks steps, but it tracks stress level, sleep level and even your period. To top it all off it is also a fashionable accessory. The Leaf can be worn as a necklace, clip or bracelet. I prefer to wear it as a clip because I have smaller wrists but it’s adorable any way you wear it.
It’s shaped after its namesake and made of natural wood and stainless steel. Depending on which model you choose, you’ll get a light wood with silvery steel or a dark wood with either gold or rose gold colored steel. It comes with your choice of a necklace or a proprietary bracelet, which is made of premium leather and comes in light or dark colors to match the wood of your Leaf.
If you need style ideas, Instagram is chock-full of Leaf wearers who can’t get enough of its stylish wooden body, stainless steel case, and attractive leather wrap bracelet. Some wear it styled as a bracelet, others a broach or even a necklace.
The app which pairs with the Leaf is actually easy to use and easy to set up. The app suggests activity and sleep goals based on recommendations from the CDC and World Health Sleep Foundation. The base goals are 20 minutes of activity a day and seven to nine hours of sleep each night. You can, of course, be an overachiever and set your goals higher.
From then on, the piece tracks your progress on a scale from zero to 100 on the main screen of the app. A tap on the activity bar shows you a breakdown of all your activity for the day in graph form, with detailed stats and cards for individual activities below. Activity tracking, which is the Leaf’s core function, is solid. The app keeps track of how long you’ve been active, how far you’ve walked, and how many calories you’ve burned.
Its reproductive health feature starts off with the information that you have input into your app – the length of your cycle and your period. Leaf’s learning algorithms adapt to your cycle through time and give you increasingly accurate predictions, even if your cycle is irregular. The app lets you have an overview of your fertility, premenstrual and period days and gives you hints on how it affects other aspects of your health.
The stress you might experience throughout the day is calculated, taking multiple factors into account. What time you went to bed and how much sleep you got, as well as how active you’ve been and the number of steps you’ve taken, play an important role in the calculation.
If you’ve meditated or done any breathing exercises, and you have the reproductive health feature turned on, these values will help calculate your stress level too.
Leaf helps you cope with stress by encouraging you to learn and practice deep breathing technique through guided meditation exercises. Controlled breathing not only keeps your mind and body functioning at their best, but it can also lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calm and relaxation, and help you de-stress.
The Bellabeat Leaf Urban Smart Jewelry Health Tracker is available on Amazon.
I’ve been obsessed with essential oils and aromatherapy for years. My least favorite thing about having a diffuser is remembering to turn it on and off. This diffuser solves that problem. It is powered intelligently and it is WiFi connected. You can control it’s features, like LED color, mist intensity, timer settings, scheduling and more, directly from your phone. It is also compatible with Alexa and Google Home and can be controlled using just your voice. The tank is huge so you can get up to 12 hours of continuous mist.
It’s vaporizer emits 360° frequencies so that it evenly diffuses your home. It is also a much healthier alternative than heat diffusers which can actually damage the essential oils making them less beneficial.
The best part is that it creates schedules. I have mine timed to switch on before I get home at the end of the day with lavender oil so I can walk in and instantly feel relaxed and at ease.
The Smart Wifi Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser is available on Amazon.
Personal alarms are a must these days. The Ahh! Larm! Is my favorite. I have it on my key chain and when I’m leaving a meeting late or in a Target parking lot after dark, I feel a lot safer having this adorable deterrent in my hand. This chic alarm looks more like a fashion accessory than a personal alarm, which can be great for disguising how paranoid you are. The Ahh!-larm! is designed to be a personal safety alarm which is easy, convenient, and while cute, is tough enough to withstand your busy lifestyle. It’s most important feature is that it is easy to use while in stressful situations. While I pray no one ever needs to use it, it’s great to know that I will be able respond quickly if in danger. It’s SUPER loud at 115 Decibels!!! How loud are 115 decibels? Well in comparison, an Ambulance Siren rates at 100 decibels (inside the ambulance, windows down), a Chainsaw is 110 decibels. It’s definitely loud enough that it will attract attention and discourage an attacker, but also not damage your own hearing. It can attach to your key chain, car keys, purse, or diaper bag – Always close, always reliable! If you don’t have a personal alarm you are missing out.
The Personal Safety Alarm for Women – Ahh! larm! Self Defense is available on Amazon.
This wallet amazing. Made from genuine leather and offered in about 9 different tasteful colors. It’s luxurious looking and makes access to my cards easy, instead of being stiff and difficult. My favorite part is that it is an RFID blocking wallet with advanced military grade proprietary blocking material. RFID chips in our credit cards are great and they make the checkout process quick and painless, but they can also make us easy prey for scammers who can scan our cards if not protected. An RFID blocking wallet will provide peace of mind in a time when technically savvy thieves can remotely steal our data with relative ease.
Safety & Privacy: Equipped with advanced unique military grade proprietary blocking material, engineered specifically to block 13.56 MHz or higher RFID signals and protect the valuable information stored on RFID chips from unauthorized scans.
The Genuine Italian Leather Long Bifold RFID Blocking Wallet is available on Amazon.
This is by far the most amazing watch I have ever owned. I am not the biggest fan of wearing jewelry, let alone watches, but I’m obsessed with my Kate Spade Smartwatch. The set up could not have been easier. You turn it on, download the app on your phone and literally click “next” to all of the prompts and Voila!….the watch is set up. Once it’s up and running, it is super user friendly and easy to swipe up, down and all around for it’s various functionalities. This watch does it all. Time, weather, steps, downloads apps, etc. You can receive and send text messages, screen and answer phone calls, and since it is voice activated, you can ask it anything you want and/or tell it what you want it to do. The voice activation feature is very strong and spells out your instructions on the screen, very rarely making an error.
What I love most about this watch is the customization features. There are tons of pre-loaded face designs. Within the pre-loaded designs, you can change the colors of the time, background, notification alerts, etc. You can save your changes add them to your saved faces. You can also design the watch around what you are wearing. You simply open that app on the phone and turn the color wheel to the color of your outfit, the color of your purse as well as the color of your jewelry. You then set it to a daytime look or nighttime look and the watch will spit out a custom face design for you. If you don’t love it, you click next and keep searching until you find one you like. I cannot stop playing with this feature! It’s so much fun to have a watch that has the ability to look different every day! Truly like having 100 watches for all of your outfits!
I cannot say enough great things about this watch. It’s very fashion forward and definitely makes a statement when you wear it. The price is comparative to other smart watches, but I believe you get so much more with this design. So far, I have nothing negative to say and would recommend this watch to anyone looking for a fun, stylish watch.
The Kate Spade New York Scallop Touchscreen Smartwatch is available on Amazon.
I hope you enjoyed this list of my favorite tech gadgets specifically geared towards women. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to comment below. We would love to hear from you.