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Kaboo Fashionable Tech Bags {+ GIVEAWAY}

July 18th, 2012

Prepare for some serious spoiling today, I’m so thrilled to present the gorgeous Kaboo Bags for our readers! {+ AWESOME Giveaway so keep reading}

Ladies, I was so thrilled when Kaboo Bags wanted to showcase their bags right here on Boutique Cafe. The sample bag that was sent to me (called The Roxie in red) is 100% my new “go to” bag, in fact I’ve been toting it everywhere and loving it!

These gorgeous bags by Kaboo (named Olivia, Riley, Roxy and Tina) are jam packed with stylish features including trendy Chevron printed fabric interiors, great pockets for all your necessities, comfortable straps, gorgeous colours and styles so chic you’ll want every bag in their line up. Kaboo also has an added bonus, it’s a tech bag too! This classy line of handbags is smartly built around your ability to safely tote your iPad or tablet along with you in a perfectly sized pouch. Genius!


These gorgeous tablet bags are fashionable and functional. I absolutely am in love with mine and it’s ability to show off my style, as well as service the connectivity I need while on the go. – Daria

**Exclusive Boutique Cafe Readers Code! Purchase any Kaboo Table bag, and use code “BoutiqueCafe25” to receive $25 off your purchase!!

***GIVEAWAY: Win a Kaboo Tablet Bag of Your Choice!!
The wonderful people at KabooBags.com are giving one of our lucky Boutique Cafe readers the Tablet Bag of their choice! I’m so excited, aren’t you?!!


Each person can leave up to five separate comments…increasing your chances of winning! One comment per task completed.

• Leave a comment here on Boutique Cafe with what you like about the Kaboo bags.(tell us your favorite bag, we’d love to hear)


Facebook about the giveaway and come back and leave a comment below saying you did.
Tweet about the giveaway and come back and leave a comment below saying you did.
• Follow Kaboo Products on Pinterest
and come back and leave a comment below saying you did.
• Visit Kaboo website and PIN your favorite bag(s) to Pinterest
• Jump up and down yelling “I NEED A KABOO BAG!!” and email us a photo of you doing it to: boutiquecafe@gmail.com :)

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: July 31st (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen. Must be a resident of the USA or Canada for shipping.


Oooohhh! Somebody wants to WIN that Kaboo bag :) I LOVE when you send me these fun pictures as part of your entries! Good luck Stephanie Cox!

And the winner of the Kaboo bag of her choice is….Anisa Febrina! Congratulations Anisa, and your comment:

“The Tina in black is gorgeus! The tech pouch is awesome. Love it! xoxo” was the winner

Thanks so much to everyone for entering, and for your patience over the past few days. I fell into a vortex but I’m back and we have LOTS of great stuff coming up. XOXO

No bars in no places

January 12th, 2010

logoDuring the past nine years we’ve lived in three houses but all in the same neighborhood. The first home had crappy cell phone reception, the second (only a few blocks east) had great reception. Our current home has the crappiest reception yet—and it’s only about one block away from the first one. In fact, our entire street has pathetic reception no matter your cell phone carrier. Trust me, we love T-Mobile but would change in a heartbeat if it meant more bars in more rooms. If we’d known this home had bad cell phone reception it just might have been a deal breaker. Totally serious.

zBoostSo what’s a girl and her technologically advanced husband to do? Follow up on a recommendation from a friend to try out the zBoost from Wi-Ex. Another cell-phone-reception-challenged neighbor had used this gadget to give him a few more bars inside his home so we were anxious to test it. Wi-Ex was happy to send us their zBoost YX510, which “extends a zBoost Cell Zone for single or multiple users in homes or offices.” Basically it should give you more bars in more rooms. This unit claims to increases indoor signal coverage for up to 2500 square feet and is compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices. Other benefits:

  • Increases voice and data transmission for any U.S. phone or wireless data card

  • Decreases dropped or missed calls

  • Easy to set up

  • Extends phone battery life (uses less power when signal is stronger)

Question of the day is did it work? Well, yes and no. First, the zBoost was fairly easy to install. Actually, it was cake for me since I simply handed it over to my husband with a “hear you go—go do your thing” and he had it working in no time. We have found it has helped with improve our signal coverage so we can make and receive cell phone calls better than we could before.

zBoost_homePreviously we’d sit on the front porch if we wanted to actually hear someone on the other end or do the “can you hear me now?” thing, hang up and call them back using our home phone. Now we can hold a decent conversation but the signal is still a bit weak. We’re at about 2 or 3 bars, which is better than no bars but definitely not as good as 4 or 5. I tend to stand by a window or in my kitchen while chatting, and if my husband wants to hold some serious convo about the latest YouTube video on some nifty homemade gadget or the cool CGI in Avatar, he heads to the basement where the signal is the strongest.

So is the $300 price tag worth it for the fully decked-out zBoost YX510? If you rely on your cell phones as much as we do, yes. An average signal is better than no signal at all and the Wi-Ex zBoost is cheaper than moving yet again. But if you’re only a casual cell phone user (do any of those still exist?), then you might want to stick to your home phone or find a more affordable option like a couple tin cans and a really, really long string.

If you’re looking for a few more bars in other places, Wi-Ex does offer some cool options for the traveler (zBoost for your car) and international users, plus they also offer commercial solutions for businesses. You can check out all the zBoost options at Wi-Ex.com.—Emily

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