As everybody who works with me knows, I am a litttttttle bit sound-sensitive. I tend to obsessively fixate on strange and repetitive noises and can’t deal if there’s lots of ambient chatter in my work zone. I should probably work and live in a soundproof booth, but alas, that’s not a possibility at the moment. Instead, I’ll settle for a pair of these colorful Fanny Wang headphones. Available in nearly a dozen colors, Fanny Wang’s headphones provide superior sound along with noise canceling protection. And they look pretty cute, too.
It took me seven years East Coast winters to figure out, but ear muffs are essential to staying warm when the temperatures drop. You could be bundled up in your warm coat, gloves and scarf, with two sweaters and long johns layered underneath, but if your ears are exposed, you will still feel frozen. Not even listening to your favorite song on your iPod will distract from the feeling of your lobes growing painfully numb. I hope the genius at American Eagle Outfitters who realized the obvious and created earmuffs with built-in headphones got a promotion and a raise. Now listening to your favorite song will keep your ears from getting frostbite and falling off. Rad! [$19.50, American Eagle Outfitters]
Headphones are now considered a necessary accessory. But those large over-the-head headphones are too ostentatious for some. For ladies who prefer to subtly jam, we have Harajuku Lovers Space Age In-Ear Headphones. True to the Harajuku Lovers aesthetic, the ear buds are super, super cute! And you can change the body of the little Harajuku girl to coordinate with your outfits. But here’s the real question: how do these ear buds sound? Well Monster headphones have a great reputation, and if you try these, you’ll never want to listen to your plain white Apple ear buds again.
Many people adore ear buds and their in-ear headphones brethren. Not I. I’m starting to think that my ear canal must be oddly shaped, because they just refuse to stay in place for more than 10 seconds. And yes, I’ve tried the kinds with variable size. So I am all about old fashioned, over the skull headphones. My favorite that I’ve found so far are UrbanEars from Urban Outfitters. They come in eight colors, ranging from bright turquoise to pristene white. And they sound pretty darn good.
Don’t let your iPod steal the show. Instead, let your headphones take center stage with these ridiculously adorable ear buds from Fred Flare. Take your pick from tiny ladybugs, strawberries, or cupcakes, bling them out with some flashy jewels, or, go quirky with sushi roll charms and rubber duckies. Switch ‘em up as your mood changes—just like jewelry!
Noisy roommates or a snoring partner can make catching some zzzs next to impossible. And to make matters worse, lack of sleep is no excuse for your cranky attitude at work the next morning. There’s a quick fix for this dilemma, though. SleepPhones Headphones have hidden earphones safely housed in a fleece headband, so you can comfortably sleep while your tunes drown out any noise.
Amazing music comes out of Sweden (The Sound of Arrows and Robyn to name two faves), and now we’ll be able to listen to tunes from the country through stylish Scandinavian headphones. Urbanears aren’t your basic earbuds. They’re made from colored steel and finished with a smooth, matte rubber coating, and each pair comes with a microphone and a remote so you can use them with your phone. But we think the biggest selling point might be the 14 available colors. [$40+, Karmaloop] Keep reading »