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Amanda DePerro

Amanda DePerro

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Amanda DePerro is a Midwest-based freelance writer and journalist who loves video games, gardening, and true crime. She is a recovering dog person who is owned by a small gray cat named Beemo. During the course of her career, she has written about immigration, health care, the arts, real estate, cuisine, and more. Please reach out to The Manual editorial staff with any questions or comments about Amanda’s work.

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The Best Mattresses for Side-Sleepers Who Need Support

Do you sleep on your side? in order to reap the benefits of side-sleeping, you really need to find the right mattress -- one that provides adequate support. We figured we’d do you a solid and compile of list of our top picks from some of the best online brands.
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Ducati XDiavel S Motorcycle Review

With the XDiavel S, Ducati asks, "Why not be comfortable when you have the power of a neutron star supernova waiting to be unleashed under your right fist?" Ducati didn’t build a Harley-Davidson-like cruiser — it built a Ducati cruiser. It is it’s own category. Let us explain.
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KTM 1290 Super Duke R Motorcycle Review: Unleashing the Power

Roads are meant to be fought. Do that fighting with the Super Saiyan-like KTM 1290 Super Duke R, a naked motorcycle ready for any fight.
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2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed Review

The 2015 Continental GT Speed. Yes, it’s a swoopy luxury coupe – or convertible – that packs all-wheel drive, four sumptuous leather seats, and a 626-horsepower W12 engine into a 6,400-pound, breath-taking sled. Amazingly, that, though, is just the tip of the iceberg.
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Learn How to Wear a Seersucker Suit for National Seersucker Day

For advice on how to wear a seersucker suit — that timelessly stylish thin cotton fabric — we talked to the experts at Haspel. Consider this your guide to all things seersucker.
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Spy and Discrete Just Released the Season’s Best Goggles

The all new Discrete and Spy Bravo goggles are the best ski goggles on the market this season. Hit the slopes looking like a pro in these vision savers.
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Shrine Co’s Bags are a Perfect Fit for Footwear Fanatics

The Shrine's Weekender and Sneaker Duffel are aimed squarely at sneakerheads, so we stuffed them with our favorite kicks and made a weekend of it.
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Health Warrior: Run Stronger, Work Out Harder… with Chia!

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Marshall’s Haute Sauce: Genuine Labor of Love

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Feel Good Friday: Maker’s Mark Gets Cozy

By virtue of a partnership with One Warm Coat, Maker’s Mark is poised to collect new and used coats for anyone in need.
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The Ultimate Cigar Book: The Ultimate Gift for Cigar Lovers

If someone you know considers himself a cigar aficionado, then we have the perfect gift: The Ultimate Cigar Book by Richard Carleton Hacker.
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The Manual Wind: Tissot PRS 516 Automatic Chronograph

Tissot is synonymous with value. The Tissot PRS 516 Automatic Chronograph is their latest timepiece worth the money.
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Johnnyswim talks their new live album, their son, and injuring David Letterman
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Harry’s First Ever Dopp Kit Is As Awesome As You’d Imagine

Harry's introduced its first dopp kit
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James Bond: 7 or so Reasons to Care About His “Spectre” Footwear

James Bond Danner Boots: 7 Reasons You Will Want Them
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Get Perfect James Bond Style in Just Two Coats

Get The Perfect James Bond Style in Just Two Coats by Billy Reid
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I.W. Harper: Bourbon So Delicious You’ll Forgive it For Leaving

After 20 years abroad, I.W. Harper Kentucky Bourbon is stateside. If you've ever wondered what redemption tastes like, try a glass of I.W. Harper neat.
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Bespoke Catering with Riviera Caterers CEO Andrew Cavitolo

Riviera Caterer's CEO Andrew Cavitolo shares how he updated a fourth generation catering company into a high-end, bespoke event service.
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Custom Knives by Middleton Made Knives

Explore the hand-crafted knives of South Carolina native Quintin Middleton and his company Middleton Made Knives.
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Here Comes the Artillery: A Conversation With Human Cannonball Brian Miser 

We spoke with human cannonball Brian Miser about life as an adrenaline junkie, his Guinness World Record, and his recent partnership with Captain Morgan.
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Rocky: Returning to Our Roots

Ever tried playing the piano with your toes? Keep reading, and you'll see just how unique these boots really are.
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Mayberry Distillery: It will lift your spirits

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Rugged Travel: Red Oxx Mfg.

We stumbled on Red Oxx Mfg. earlier this year, and their line of burly travel luggage has been slowly replacing every other bag we own ever since.
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The Manual Wind: Clè de Cartier

After a few years without a major line-up changing release, Cartier unveils the Clè de Cartier to stir newfound desire. Now available at Cartier dealers.
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Sperry and RAINS know you want comfort even when it gets wet

While you may not be able to deal with summer ending, the wet weather is on its way, so Sperry teamed up with Danish rain gear brand RAINS on some sneakers.
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Brumby Rockers: Relax in Style

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A​lpha Industries Teams Up With Ben Sherman On Bomber Jacket Collaboration

Heritage outerwear brand Alpha Industries has teamed up with Ben Sherman to re-create the MA-1 Bomber Flight Jacket.
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The Manual Wind: Shinola Runwell Stone Dial Watches

Out of the Detroit comes the Shinola Runwell. Newly equipped with colorful stone dials to make for an affordable, fashionable timepiece.
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Kevin Russ: Trekking the World With an iPhone

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The 60th Annual Okmulgee Invitational Rodeo & Festival: A Visual Essay

The Manual's Creative Director Ivan McClellan tells a visual story of his recent trip to the 60th Annual Okmulgee Invitational Rodeo & Festival.
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Slow cars rule: Why more horsepower doesn’t equal more fun

Despite our fixation on it in all things automotive, horsepower is woefully overrated.
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Outrageous futuristic homes that are actually available for purchase

In this post, we’d like to present a few sweet-looking homes of the future that are either available now or will be soon.
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On Your Feet: Premium sneakers from Louis Vuitton

They may cost you, but the Louis Vuitton Frontrow sneakers are built from the highest quality materials, with a flashy touch only LV can provide.
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Meet Up Monday: Elise Fife, Founder/Designer, Albion Thorne

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The Manual Wind: The Modern Tool Watch – Tudor Pelagos

There is an art to the dive watch. Tudor has taken its history and reimagined the modern tool watch to create the Tudor Pelagos.
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My Car Does What? New Site Can Help Identify Your Car’s High-Tech Features can help folks keep up with the ever-increasing sophistication of modern automobiles.
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Woodies: The Fastest Funded Dress Shirt in History

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On Your Feet: Greats keeps the hits rolling with The Royale 2.0

Greats brand swapped out some lighter, more breathable materials for summer, and dressed their flagship shoe in smooth Italian leather.
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Pack It In: Alpine Fly Fishing

We took some advice from some alpine fly fishing experts in Salt Lake and headed for some mountain lakes in in search of monster rainbow trout.
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How About Some Homemade No-Churn Ice Cream?

Chef Leslie Bilderback's new book shows you how to make your own ice cream, sorbet and gelato without the help of an ice cream machine.
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Cole Haan launches Pinch Apparel


Bourbon Bliss: Russell’s Reserve 1998

Master Distiller Jimmy Russell gives The Manual the inside information on the Russell's Reserve 1998 special edition bourbon.
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Off the Beaten Path: The Top 4 Sites to See in Honolulu

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TGIF Shopping: AETHER Apparel Is Upping The Ante For Spring

AETHER Apparel's just-launched SS15 collection includes a wide range of clothing from activewear to casual outerwear.
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Stay Loud: Skullcandy

We hit the slopes in Jackson Hole with Skullcandy earlier this year, and we got hands on time with their latest new products while hitting the powder.
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TGIF Shopping: Introducing The Debut Collection From Curated Idea Merchants Unlimited

Introducing the just-launched, debut collection from new lifestyle brand, Curated Idea Merchants Unlimited.
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Indiana Jones Has a Brand New Bag (Or Several)

Whether you’re going on a business trip or a supernatural archaeological caper, these new bags from Filson are ready for adventure.
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City Surfers: Q&A with Brooklyn’s Union Surfboards

When you think of the world’s surf meccas, Brooklyn probably doesn’t come to mind. That’s exactly where the gentlemen of Union Surfboards have set up shop.
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Coastal Life: Howler Brothers

Whether you're chasing dawn patrol surfing or late evening fly-fishing, the gear from the new Spring Line from Howler Brothers is exactly what you need.
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Why Spend Thousands On A Tricked-Out Adventure Trailer When You Can Rent One For Hundreds?

Are you eager to enjoy the outdoors, but not so eager to sleep on the ground? Off The Grid Rentals has you covered.