The fairest in the brand

The fairest in the brand

If you’re going to sell products with supposed beauty benefits, your brand should probably look beautiful too.

Which is why American ‘nutraceutical’ company Borba has replaced its bright, slightly gawdy appearance with a crisper, cleaner aesthetic. Cue square bottles, small white labels and an uncluttered layout.

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Writers’ block

Writers’ block

Write a sentence. Scroll through Twitter. Write a sentence. Check your emails. Write a sentence. See how many bids your velour jacket is fetching on eBay.

Anyone who has to write for a living will know that completing your work for the day and having ready access to the internet do not mix.

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Hotel California

Hotel California

You’ve just arrived at your hotel. A nice porter has carried your bags to your room. And he’s now hovering by the door expectantly.

If this situation is enough to bring you (and your wallet) out in a cold sweat, you’ll be delighted to hear that Aloft Hotels has announced the debut of robotic butlers, or Botlrs, at its Silicon Valley location.

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The status quo

The status quo

‘Best day ever!’ ‘Luv my hubbie!’ ‘OMG my mates are da bomb!’

If your Facebook feed is a constant stream of over-the-top proclamations about your friends’ amazing, wonderful, perfect lives, you’ll understand where new short film ‘What’s on your mind?’ is coming from.

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Bumped not stirred

Bumped not stirred 1

Let’s talk bumps. No, not the kind you slow down for in the road. Or the pregnant kind. The bumps we’re on about are flavoured additives that give your drink an extra boost.

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A twist of lime

A twist of lime 1

What do Paul Smith, Issey Miyake and Diane von Furstenberg have in common? Aside from being top fashion designers (duhhh), they’ve all collaborated with Evian to create limited-edition water bottles.

Latest to join the watery ranks is French fashion brand KENZO. Inspired by the brand’s new collection, the bottle features a bright geometric design. And it’s not just there for show, either. The purple lines apparently symbolise the French Alps, while the lime pattern stands for the mountain spring water.

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The fast and the furiously hungry

The fast and the furiously hungry

Need curry paste in a hurry? A bottle of fizz in a flash? Jalapenos in a jiffy? ShopWings, launched last week in Munich, is a new online grocery service that delivers within two hours of your order being placed.

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Head over wheels

Head over wheels

Anyone who’s driven in India (or attempted to cross the street there, for that matter) will know the country doesn’t have the highest levels of road safety.

Enter The Good Road, an initiative supported by Castrol and the Bangalore Traffic Police.

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See-mail

See-mail

Remember how exciting it used to be getting real post? No, not bills. Or direct mail. Or slips from the post office saying your Amazon order has been taken to the depths of beyond. Real post, in nice envelopes, with real handwriting and personal messages.

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Plane sailing

Plane sailing
Left your passport at home? KLM will pick it up. Not sure whether to take a cardi on your summer hols? Check the KLM tailored weather report. In danger of missing your flight? Let KLM collect you on a motorbike – even if you’re flying with a different airline.

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