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Life Tools
Favorite tools and objects I've selected with care and use with pleasure.

Leica 18471 D-Lux, C, D-Lux 5 & Leica 18191 V (DLSR)
4 stars for these digital Leicas. Did lots of research. Made in Japan, not the German made $6000 version, tho as I learn to love them, maybe some day. As of January 2015 I've been using the newest Leica D-Lux 18471 and it is fantastic. Easy to use, not too heavy, love the results. For years I used the Leica D-Lux5 for my travel camera and this year upgraded to the smaller lighter Leica C and LOVE IT for travel!. I got the matching case which snaps in place and hang the camera/case around my neck for easy shots while walking and moving around. Back home, I use the Leica 18191-V (a DSLR) for website photos In all cases I am loving the quality of the photos, the ease in use, and most recently the video aspect. Watch for more video clips coming up on this site and on Facebook.
Briggs & Riley 27" Suitcase
When my 9 year old Eagle Creek suitcase bit the dust I was sad to hear that they no longer make the version I have come to know and love. But I am happy to say that this Briggs & Riley is an updated and upgraded improvement. Only 11# with just the right amount of inner and outer pockets it makes the ideal replacement. Both Katherine and I got one, she chose the green, I got the red...after swearing I will never buy another black suitcase ever again! The smaller carry-on and accompanying duffle are recommended too.
Baggalini Rolling Tote & Hanging Toiletries Bag
In the never ending search for the idea travel gear, I've been looking for the perfect rolling bag that meets today's carry on standards, and this one is just perfect. It is well made AND light weight, has sturdy wheels and a practical configuration of compartments. My computer slides in and out easily. The handle clicks in and out quickly, and even when packed, it is light and easy to roll or carry up stairs. It fits into the overhead compartment in small planes and is small enough to put under the seat in front and still have leg/foot room. This line of bags is designed by former flight attendants, so everything is thought out and it comes in GREAT colors. Not expensive either. I love it for weekend and overnight trips too.

The hanging toiletries bag is part of my essential travel tools. Just the right size and very sturdy, I've developed a system for organizing it, and re-fill and re-stock as soon as I return from a trip so it is ready to go for the next time.
Kiva Cosmetic Bag
This is where the make-up products go. Easy to organize, functional to use. This is a new item in my travel kit, works so well Katherine got one too. I pack this with mostly non liquid/gel items and it goes into my carry-on.
Bose Companion Speakers
I listen to music, books on tape and streaming radio as well as watching movies in my studio, and these little speakers are absolutely fabulous. Not too expensive (only $99.) and the sound is excellent. 4 stars, 2 thumbs up, I love these so much, I want another pair for my kitchen too!

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