This Adjustable Bag Mate Makes Traveling Anywhere Much More Convenient

NEX
NEX

Carrying a backpack for a long period of time can lead to aching in your neck, back, or shoulders. Plus, keeping essentials in your bag, like a passport or phone, can make them a hassle to retrieve when necessary. NEX, now raising money on Kickstarter, is a three-in-one bag mate that makes traveling with a backpack pain-free and convenient.

This new "bag mate" is designed with air cushions that evenly distribute the weight of your backpack across your shoulders. Since it makes your bag feel 30 percent lighter, it also helps improve your posture.

NEX features functional and hidden pockets to not only make it easier to grab your essentials when on the go, but also keep them secured—since they are much safer on your shoulders than in your bag where people can easily steal them. Each strap is designed with three inner pockets as well as a hidden pocket to store everyday valuables such as your keys or cash.

Cash and keys going in a pocket on a NEX bag mate
NEX

Sometimes a backpack isn't necessary for quick outings, so NEX can act as a cross-body bag as well. Easily clip it on and adjust the fit to your liking, and now NEX can be used when you're simply going out for a run or grabbing groceries. Plus, it's designed with recycled waterproof material, meaning you don't have to worry about your valuables getting damaged due to the weather.

guy walking with blue cross body bag
NEX

With over a week left in its campaign, NEX has already surpassed its goal of $1000, raising over $47,000 as of June 25. By pledging $19 or more, you can get your own bag mate on KickStarter. Shipping is scheduled for August.

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We Would Cross the Galaxy For These Baby Yoda Overalls

Black Milk
Black Milk

The appearance of the creature popularly known as Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian has raised a lot of questions, like what does the Empire want with him? Is he related to grown-up Yoda? And how soon can I own clothes with his face on them? Fans now have an answer to that last question. As Nerdist reports, Black Milk has launched a new collection of Mandalorian-inspired apparel you can buy, which includes Baby Yoda overalls.

Like the Child himself, these short overalls are adorable. They are decorated with cartoon versions of the tiny creature sitting in his floating pod and standing in his oversized robes. The best part of the garment is a secret for the wearer; pull down the front flap and reveal a large image of Baby Yoda (and his frog snack) printed on the inside.

Baby Yoda overalls.
Black Milk

Baby Yoda gear has been slowly trickling onto the internet since The Mandalorian premiered on Disney+ on November 12. The first official merchandise featuring the Child hit the online Disney store late last month, but some fans were underwhelmed by the generic depiction of the character. Black Milk, which has a large line of creative Star Wars swag, has finally delivered a Baby Yoda product that lives up to his online persona.

The Baby Yoda overalls are one of a handful of new Mandalorian items for sale through Black Milk. The same cartoon print is also available on a T-shirt. The third piece in the limited collection features Mando himself with Baby Yoda in his high-tech crib. Here are even more Star Wars items to add to your holiday gift list.

[h/t Nerdist]

Wrap Yourself in the Sweet Smell of Bacon (or Coffee or Pine) With These Scented T-Shirts

adogslifephoto/iStock via Getty Images
adogslifephoto/iStock via Getty Images

At one point or another, you’ve probably used perfume, cologne, body spray, or another product meant to make you smell like a flower, food, or something else. But what if you could cut out the middleman and just purchase scented clothing?

Candy Couture California’s (CCC) answer to that is “You can!” The lifestyle brand offers a collection of graphic T-shirts featuring scents like bacon, coffee, pine tree, strawberry, and motor oil. If you have more traditional olfactory predilections, there are several options for you, too, including rose, lavender, and lemongrass. There’s even a signature Candy Couture California scent, which is an intoxicating blend of coconut, strawberry, and vanilla.

candy couture california bacon shirt
Candy Couture California

According to the website, CCC founder Sara Kissing came up with the idea in 2011 while working in the e-commerce fashion industry, and her personal experience with aromatherapy led her to investigate developing clothing that harnessed some of those same benefits. The T-shirts are created with scent-infused gel, which “gives off a delicate, mild smell—just enough to boost your mood.”

So you don’t have to worry about your bacon shirt making the whole office smell like a breakfast sandwich, but you yourself will definitely be able to enjoy its subtle, meaty aroma whenever you wear it. The shirts are also designed to match their scents—the chocolate shirt, for example, features chocolatey baked goods, while the coffee shirt displays steaming mugs of coffee.

candy couture california chocolate shirt
Candy Couture California

The fragrances don’t last forever, but they’ll stay strong through 15 to 20 washes before they start to fade. CCC recommends using unscented detergent so as not to conflict with the shirt’s aroma, and you can further prolong its life if you’re willing to wash it by hand.

Prices start at $79, and you can shop the full collection here.

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