• New York

    How Cotton Sweatshirts Compare To Other Fabrics

    When deciding on what material to use in the sweatshirts that you sell in your store, there’s no shortage of materials from which to choose.

    From natural fibers like cotton and linen, to synthetic materials like nylon and polyester, there are seemingly endless options. Cotton is one of the most popular, loved for its breathability, softness, and comfort.

    Here is a look at the different sweatshirt materials available, and how they compare to cotton. 

    How To Choose the Best Material Sweatshirts for Your Brand

    When deciding what material of sweatshirts to sell in your store, such as crewneck sweatshirt bulk from Bella + Canvas, there are many factors to consider.

    Some things to weigh include:

    Target Market: What are your customers doing in their day-to-day lives, as they wear your garments? Do they need more of an athletic material? Or, is something more comfortable and breathable preferable for them?

    Manufacturing Methods: The different methods used to make materials can significantly impact their feel and durability. For example, ring-spun and combed cotton are much softer and more durable than Carded Open End (COE) cotton. Take notice of the materials used, and aim for higher quality. With durable, comfortable garments, you and your customers won’t mind paying a bit more for clothes that will last. 

    Customization: If you want to customize your hoodies with embroidery or printing, consider the results on different materials. Printing a design on a nylon hoodie may be very difficult, something you may want to avoid. However, cotton and cotton blends can be great for screen printing, direct-to-garment (DTG) printing, and embroidery. If you want a minimalist feel with sparse designs, you may be able to consider a wider range of materials.

    Cotton Characteristics

    Cotton is extremely lightweight, soft, breathable, and comfortable. Used to make everything from underwear to bed sheets, it’s also a favorite fabric for sweatshirts.

    It moves with the body, making it ideal for lounging at home or being out and about wherever the day takes you.

    While it’s lightweight, it’s also insulating, making it perfect for layering and staying warm in the winter months. However, its breathability also means it’s great for wearing in warmer seasons.

    Plus, it’s the best fabric for printing. It is ideal for brands that want to use graphics and other designs to take their cotton sweatshirts to the next level.

    Bottomline, cotton is a perfect fabric for sweatshirts.

    Cotton vs. Linen

    Like cotton, linen is a natural fiber, made from flax. And like cotton, it’s very lightweight yet durable. 

    However, there are a few differences.

    • Linen is a bit better at moisture- wicking.
    • Cotton has a smoother feel than linen.
    • Linen fibers are hollow, meaning they’re not as good for insulating as cotton.
    • Linen sweatshirts are best for summer months and need to be heavily layered in the winter.
    • Cotton sweatshirts are suitable for year-round wear – good at insulating, yet are breathable at the same time.

    Linen is a great, lightweight, breathable fabric. However, the fibers’ hollow nature limits its wearability to being more ideal for warmer months. If you’re searching for a great year-round material for sweatshirts to sell in your store, cotton is the better of the two.

    Cotton vs. Nylon

    Nylon is a very durable fiber. It’s made from synthetic plastics and can easily be molded into various shapes. As a material, nylon is a durable, elastic, and will wear extremely well over time.

    However, as a synthetic fiber, it’s not at all breathable and will repel water. This means a hoodie made from pure nylon will be very hot and can quickly make the wearer sweat. It may be better used as part of a blend in an athletic style, but for an everyday sweatshirt, cotton is a much more breathable, comfortable material.

    Cotton vs. Polyester

    Polyester is another synthetic fiber, loved for its durable, shrink-resistant, anti-crease, and anti-shrinking properties. It’s also very soft and can be great for incorporating into sweatshirts. Polyester is often used to make fleece fabrics, which are desired for their coziness.

    Compared to cotton, polyester will hold its shape much better. However, since it’s a synthetic fiber, it can easily make the wearer hot because it insulates heat.

    The pros and cons of polyester makes it best as a fabric when used in combination with cotton. Together, cotton and polyester can make some of the most breathable, soft, and durable hoodies.

    Cotton vs. Wool

    Wool is a very insulating, cozy fabric. Merino wool is especially soft. Because wool fibers naturally scale or overlap, they have moisture-wicking properties that won’t cause bacteria buildup that can make fabric smell from sweat.

    These characteristics make wool a great material for many cold-weather garments.

    On the other hand, many people find wool itchy and challenging when it comes to fabric care. Wool can’t be thrown into the washing machine like a cotton sweatshirt. It must be hand-washed with a gentle laundry detergent and laid flat to dry. If not, the fabric can shrink, stretch, and wear out quickly.

    Wool is also more expensive than cotton, meaning you (and your customers) will pay more per sweatshirt.

    Wool garments are best for those who are ready to invest the time and care they require. Otherwise, cotton is a lower cost, low-maintenance material for sweatshirts.

    Cotton and Cotton Blends are the Perfect Fabrics for Sweatshirts

    When comparing cotton to different materials, it’s easy to see why cotton is often the favored material. It can be made into just about any shape. Its breathability, movability, and softness also makes it hard to beat.

    What if you could make the best cotton even better? The answer – fabric blends. 

    Specifically, cotton and polyester blends create the ideal combination of softness, insulation, breathability, and coziness. The cotton gives the fabric enough breathability, while the polyester adds structure and warmth.

    Many fleece materials are made with a cotton-polyester blend, giving the fabric all the advantages of both fibers. When searching for cotton-polyester blends, look for those with a higher ratio of cotton than polyester. This will help ensure the fabric is still breathable, yet gives all the added elements for which polyester is loved.

  • Los Angeles,  New York,  Technology

    The new Sennheiser IE 200 – an ideal choice for audiophiles looking for clarity, detail, and impact at home or on the go.

    The Sennheiser IE range continues its history of excellence with the all-new IE 200. The newest member of the IE family shares considerable DNA with its renowned siblings but seeks to bring pure listening pleasure to a broader audience. With exceptional detail, clarity, and impact, users can now expect quality and features that are usually reserved for top-of-the-line devices.

    “The Sennheiser IE 200 represents an open invitation for everyone to enjoy high-end sound,” says Jermo Koehnke, Sennheiser Audiophile Product Manager. “With balanced, true-to-life audio reproduction, users will be able to hear the details that they’ve been missing in ordinary headphones.”

    Quality fit for audiophiles
    The IE 200 enables seasoned hi-fi enthusiasts and newcomers alike to experience new dimensions of sound quality. Based on 15 years of Sennheiser TrueResponse Transducer technology, the IE 200 features a 7-millimeter extra-wide band transducer for exceptional quality. A hallmark of the IE family, the latest addition to the in-ear lineup continues to bring superbly balanced and realistic audio to an ultra-compact form factor.

    ​With IE 200, nothing stands between the user and discovering new sonic landscapes. Harmonic distortion is almost non-existent, with a natural frequency response curve typically found in earphones costing significantly more. Furthermore, the IE 200 can appeal to a variety of listening preferences thanks to its unique dual-tuning feature. Audiophiles can mount the included ear tips in one of two positions, giving them control over the balance of their audio experience – from deep and emotional bass response to texture-rich treble presence.

    Comfortably Connected
    With an exceptionally comfortable fit, IE 200 is made for uninterrupted listening sessions. Able to accommodate ears of all sizes, their inconspicuous design boasts a proven ergonomic design that promotes a secure seal and lasting comfort. Viscoelastic foam and silicone ear adapters in multiple sizes block ambient distractions while maximizing low-end response. A revised, braided cable reduces handling noise, and terminates to widely a 3.5mm stereo plug and MMCX connectors for connection to countless audiophile devices.

    Pricing and availability
    The Sennheiser IE 200 has been available for pre-order globally on January 6, 2023, and will go on sale from January 31, 2023, with an MSRP of $149.99 USD.

     

     

  • Books,  Los Angeles,  New York

    Children’s Book About International Adoption Paves the Way for Meaningful Conversations

    Families that have navigated their way through international adoption know that it’s a complex process that takes time and involves multiple agencies — which can make it difficult to explain to children.

    Award-winning author Julie Connor adopted her son from Colombia when he was 5 months old, and she used her own experiences to inform her new children’s book, The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise: An International Adoption Story. In it, Connor uses simple language and colorful illustrations by Saman Chinthaka Weerasinghe to explain the process of international adoption in a child-centric but realistic way.

    “Most books about adoption are for parents; they’re not for children,” Connor said in a recent interview. “I wanted a book that showed the whole range of people involved in the adoption process: the biological mother, the adopting parents, the social workers, even the U.S. consul who has to give an internationally adopted baby a visa, the grandparents and even the family dog — I wanted to bring the whole cast of characters for a story in, so my book does that.”

    Designed to be read by parents to a child adopted from a foreign country, the story traces the separate emotional journeys of the prospective adoptive parents from the United States and the biological mother from another country who makes the difficult decision to give up her baby for adoption.

    “Experts urge that children be made aware from the earliest possible age that they are adopted, and this book sets out the complex story of an adoption in an easy-to-understand way,” Connor said.

    Suitable for sharing with children ages 2-8, The Baby with Three Families, Two Countries, and One Promise introduces children to other important people in the adoption process, including foster parents, social service workers, U.S. consuls and grandparents.

    In the final pages of the book, the adoptive parents tuck their baby in at night, telling him his story: he has three families, two countries and a promise to visit the country of his birth in the future.

    Connor urges adoptive parents to make the story their own as they read it by substituting the names of people, countries and other details.

    “Adjust the book to make it as different and as personal as your own adoption experience has been,” she said. “The author is smiling as you are adapting her book.”

    About the Author

    Julie Gianelloni Connor is an award-winning author and the owner and publisher of Bayou City Press in Houston, which focuses on travel writing, Houston, history and international affairs.

    She previously spent 33 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, first with the U.S. Information Agency and later with the U.S. Department of State. She had nine overseas assignments in seven different countries: Israel (twice), Paraguay, Guatemala, Indonesia, Colombia (twice), Malaysia and Chile. In Washington, D.C., she worked on a variety of matters, ranging from nuclear non-proliferation to narcotics control to women’s issues.

    Connor is also the author of the award-winning guidebook and memoir, Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike. She has one son, James, and two cats, Halloween and Charles Augustus V.

    Learn more at https://julieconnorauthor.com, or follow the author on Facebook (JulieConnorAuthor), Instagram (JulieConnorAuthor) or Twitter (@JulConnorAuth).

  • Health,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Qunol Taps Legendary Skateboarder & Entrepreneur Tony Hawk as Brand Ambassador

    #1 selling brand of Turmeric and CoQ10 supplements1 partners with celebrity brand ambassador

    Qunol, a wellness brand offering a rich selection of nutritional supplements, announces their partnership with legendary skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk as the brand’s newest ambassador starting January 1, 2023. Hawk was originally introduced to the brand when his doctor suggested taking CoQ10 to pair with his statin medication. Hawk tried other CoQ10 brands but settled on Qunol with its Ultra CoQ10 that offers 3x better absorption than regular2 CoQ10. “I take a statin every day to manage my high cholesterol, but statins can deplete my CoQ10 levels, so my doctor recommended taking a CoQ10 supplement. I choose Qunol because it has the #1 cardiologist recommended form3 of CoQ104” says Hawk.

    Hawk began to dive deeper into Qunol’s variety of supplements, one of his favorites being Turmeric. He has been doing extreme sports like skating, surfing and snowboarding for most of his life. It’s no surprise Hawk’s highly active lifestyle has taken a toll on his body, and this partnership supports Qunol in its mission to provide overall well-being and transformation for all individuals and focus on bringing health and wellness to the forefront of their lives. Hawk’s holistic approach to wellness aligns with the beliefs and benefits of Qunol with their clean and nourishing supplements, including gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Turmeric Gummies are a personal favorite of Hawk’s, “Skating for over 45 years has obviously taken a toll on my body. I take turmeric to help with healthy joints and inflammation support. I enjoy the Qunol Turmeric gummies which have superior absorption compared to regular5 turmeric. They taste great and are helpful to my recovery after a heavy skate session” says Hawk.

    Qunol strives to provide the highest quality supplements, and many Qunol products are designed with a unique formula that delivers higher absorption than regular supplements. Because of this, Qunol supplements allow your digestive system to better absorb the nutrients to help you get the full benefits. Their Ultra CoQ10 is 3x higher absorption than regular2 CoQ10 and their extra strength turmeric have ultra-high absorption compared to regular5 turmeric. Their most recent launch adds high absorption magnesium to their portfolio. Qunol firmly believes it’s not what you take, its what you absorb that matters!

    First launched in 2006 with a single product of liquid CoQ10, the brand now has an expansive line of CoQ10, Turmeric, Magnesium, and Sleep products that come in a variety of forms including liquids, capsules, soft gels, and gummies. Qunol is the #1 selling brand of both Turmeric and CoQ10 supplements in the US1. While CoQ10 supports heart and vascular health as well as energy production, Turmeric boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, improves skin health, and can help reduce temporary inflammation. Magnesium promotes bone, nerve, and muscle health, while Sleep Support helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer so you can wake up refreshed.

    Qunol is available in a wide variety of major retailers including Walmart, Costco, Amazon, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, BJs, Sam’s Club and more as well as direct to consumer at www.qunol.com.

  • food,  Health,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Adding The Goodies from Primal Kitchen into Your New Year Recipes

    New year, new pantry? Clear out the clutter and stock your shelves with a colorful lineup of cleaned-up condiments, dressings, sauces, and more from Primal Kitchen. Your taste buds (and your 2023 goal list) will thank you.

    This is my Primal Kitchen Holiday Box, go with me and see what’s inside. 

    Primal Kitchen Plant Based Caesar Dressing

    Creamy, zesty and delicious, the new Primal Kitchen® Plant-Based Caesar dressing reigns with delicious flavor and high-quality ingredients like avocado oil, organic apple cider vinegar, organic coconut aminos and organic herbs and spices. This vegan and Whole30 Approved® caesar dressing is perfect for drizzling classic romaine salads, tossing roasted vegetables or dipping crudité.

    Primal Kitchen Buffalo Ranch Dressing

    Ranch and buffalo lovers will rejoice with our latest dressing drop. Primal Kitchen Buffalo Ranch Dressing is made with avocado oil and high-quality ingredients with no dairy, sugar*, gluten, soy or canola in sight. Dunk homemade sweet potato fries, dip chicken tenders or drizzle on your favorite salad for a zesty, no dairy dressing delight.

    Primal Kitchen Cheez Sauce

    Enjoy the same extra creamy, classic, cheesy goodness of mac & cheese, broccoli cheddar, and loaded baked potatoes with the new PRIMAL KITCHEN® No Dairy Cheddar Cheez-Style Sauce. Avocado oil and simple, high-quality ingredients combine for a velvety vegan cheez style sauce that is keto and paleo, Whole30 Approved and contains no dairy, gluten, soy or canola oil, just the good stuff.

    Primal Kitchen Spicy Queso

    Feeling spicy? Take a dip! Primal Kitchen is heating up the chip aisle with No-Dairy Spicy Queso-Style Plant-Based Dip! Vegan, sugar-free, and made with creamy pumpkin seed butter, this medium-heat, no-dairy, cheesy dipper is the newest snacking sensation.

    Primal Kitchen Snickerdoodle Collagen

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with cinnamon: PRIMAL KITCHEN® COLLAGEN FUEL® Drink Mix now comes in Snickerdoodle!  Made with creamy coconut milk powder and vanilla extract, it’s like we compressed a batch of these deliciously decadent cookies into every scoop of this Keto Certified and Paleo Friendly powder. Each serving contains 11g of type 1 and 3 collagen to support hair, skin, and nails, and blends beautifully into smoothies, stirs into scrumptious shakes, or couples well with coffee.

    Primal Kitchen Olive Oil

    “Olive” at first sight! Add the PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Extra Virgin Olive Oil to your cooking collection of favorite fats. It’s Whole30 Approved®, Certified Paleo, Keto Certified, and Certified Organic. Non-GMO Project Verified and NAOOA Certified for quality and purity, the Primal Kitchen variety is an easy, high-quality companion for all your cooking. Drizzle, sizzle, dunk, and dress!
    This decadent favorite is made without dairy, soy or canola for real food flavor. Top Eggs Florentine, drizzle on asparagus or add a dollop to poached salmon. My favorite recipe with this Hollandaise sauce. Intensely satisfying to savor on a lazy Sunday morning after half-finishing the weekend crossword, this keto eggs benedict eases you into the day of rest without any anxiety over a broken homemade hollandaise sauce. Primal Kitchen’s keto-friendly, no dairy Hollandaise Sauce brings ready-made ease to your breezy brunch.

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Warm the hollandaise sauce in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally while you prepare the other ingredients.
    2. In a skillet over medium heat, warm the slices of ham for about 3 minutes per side.
    3. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized pot over medium heat, bring three inches of water to a simmer. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the water.
    4. Crack 1 egg into a small bowl. Lower the bowl gently into the simmering water. Use the same bowl to crack the other egg—lower the other egg in the simmering water.
    5. Set a timer for 3 minutes. When the time is up, use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs. Place a clean kitchen towel underneath the slotted spoon to catch any excess water.
    6. Place the poached eggs on top of the ham slices. Spoon the warmed hollandaise sauce gently on top of the poached eggs. Sprinkle the eggs with paprika and chopped chives.
    7. Serve the keto eggs benedict with slices of avocado on the side.
  • Beauty,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Your skin will thanks you everyday for this routine! This Filipina-owned skincare brand will be one of your favorites.

    New year, new start. A new skincare routine that brings your skin to the next level. Craft a Fresh Start skincare set from Pili Ani helps you to set up this new skincare routine that you will thank yourself everyday!
    Nowadays, sleep is a luxury. But who says it has to be expensive? With Pili Ani Night Essentials Set – Craft Sweet Dreams, you can give the gift of a good night’s sleep to family and friends in the beginning of the new year.
    Beloved in the Philippines and internationally, both of these sets contain the brand’s hero ingredient, elemi oil, which is known for its ability to detoxify skin. The oil, which is derived from the sap of the bark of Philippines-native pili trees, is scientifically proven to help stimulate circulation, flush out harmful toxins and impurities and help to prevent breakouts, irregular pigmentation, and dull skin.
    “In the Philippines, Elemi oil is known as affordable frankincense due to its firming and antibacterial properties,” said Rosalina Tan, Co-Founder. “As the first beauty brand in the world to use elemi oil in our products, we’re excited to continue bringing the ingredient, which is our country’s best kept secret, to the rest of the world with the launch of this skincare in the United States.”

    Pili Ani Fresh Face Set

    • Gentle Facial Cleanser 20ml
    • Purifying Toner 20ml
    • Moisturizing Tinted Pili Lip Butter 3.5g
    The plant-based, Gentle Facial Cleanser, cleans and moisturizes complexions and keeps skin hydrated. It is gentle and mild on the skin due to its low pH level, which is between 5.0 – 6.0. The Purifying Toner leaves complexions purified without a dry feeling, as it is primarily composed of aloe vera, in addition to elemi oil to help refine the skin’s texture and balance its natural oils.
    Both the Gentle Facial Cleanser and the Purifying Toner are 100% natural, dermatologist-tested and formulated using hypoallergenic ingredients. Tone without the sting using Pili Ani plant-based, aloe vera-infused Toner. Formulated with Elemi Oil, it’s naturally antibacterial and skin-balancing, making sure your skin is clean and fresh while retaining its moisture barrier. This is the second step to your fuss-free skin prep, starting with our Gentle Facial Cleanser.
    Lips are better with butter. Infused with Elemi Oil and made with Pili Ani proprietary Pili Butter formula, this clear Lip Butter in Mint will give you more moisturized lips in just 3 days. Plus points: It doesn’t contain menthol, so it’s perfect for sensitive lips!

    Pili Ani Night Essentials Set

    • Self-care Night Recovery Oil 15ml
    • Moisturizing Pili Lip Butter 3.5g in Mint
    • Essential Oil Blends 6ml in Sweet Dreams

    Self-care Night Recovery Oil (SCNRO) contains the highest concentration of antioxidant-rich and ultra-hydrating Pili Oil in the entire Pili Ani skincare line. This PM face oil with soothing botanicals minimizes breakouts and neutralizes redness while brightening and moisturizing the skin. Wake up to a calm, dewy, rejuvenated complexion. In the daytime, replace SCNRO with our Ageless Concentrate as your AM face oil.

    Lips are better with butter. Infused with Elemi Oil and made with proprietary Pili Butter formula, this clear Lip Butter in Mint will give you more moisturized lips in just 3 days. Plus points: It doesn’t contain menthol, so it’s perfect for sensitive lips!

    Ready-to-use Pili- and Elemi-infused blends in convenient roller bottle for a cozy mood and moment. Enjoy a restorative night with Sweet Dreams.

    About Pili Ani:
    Finding natural skincare products that are good for you and good for the planet just got a whole lot easier. Crafted for beauty and sustainably sourced, Pili Ani products support the lives of Filipino farmers, as well as the sustainable and organic practices that keep their Pili farms thriving. Pili Ani’s products’ hero ingredients are Pili oil and Elemi oil, which bring people their heathiest, most beautiful skin. The oils comes from the pili tree, which is indigenous to the Bicol region of the Philippines.