There’s An App For That? 3 Apps To Help You Step Up Your Style Game

There’s An App For That? 3 Apps To Help You Step Up Your Style Game

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As a person who loves using technology to not only better my life, but the lives of my loved ones too, I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest coming out of the tech-sphere.

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With that being said, let me let you in on a little secret, I’m obsessed with downloading apps and I literally download dozens each day. I know you probably think I’m exaggerating, but I swear its true and when people say “There’s an app for that” trust me, there is.

These days apps can help you do everything from learn how to cook to organize your daily schedule and more and considering the sheer volume of apps that can be found in both the iOS and Android marketplace, its not hard to miss out on the ones that are truly worth downloading.

Luckily however, you have me and here are the top 3 best fashion apps to help you step up your style game.

Stylebook

Do you remember the scene in Clueless where Cher Horowitz used a computerized closet application, the likes of which literally blew our minds in those days, to choose her OOTD? Well this app will give you all of that and more! To use it, you simply upload pictures of your clothes into the app, and then use the images to virtually plan and choose your outfits. Additionally, the app also allows you to create packing lists and keep track of what you wore when. If you’re like me and you tend to forget what items you own, this is the app for you.

The Hunt

I’m the type of girl who will see an outfit on Instagram or on TV and absolutely have to get it. Unfortunately, sometimes its hard to find exactly what you’re looking for and that’s where this app helps. Makers of The Hunt call it the “cure for outfit envy,” for a reason. The app allows users to share images of items they want, while other users help them find out where you can buy that outfit and how much it costs. Awesome right?

Polyvore

When I’m in a style rut this is one of my favorite apps to go to. Polyvore is sort of like an online mall on steroids. The app let’s users create beautiful, trendy fashion collages by mixing and matching different products from different brands. Better than that however, Polyvore has over 20 million users which gives you 20 million fashionistas to gain inspiration from and its shopping section allows you to filter through by color, size, product style, brand, store and more.

Are there any fashion apps you you swear by? If so, comment below.

Seven Signs You Should Sign Off Social Media

Seven Signs You Should Sign Off Social Media

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For as long as most of us can remember, social media has played a huge role in the way we interact with each other. Ever since the late 90’s, we’ve used networks like Friendster, hi5 and later on Myspace, to connect with old friends, make new ones and much more. Looking back however, it’s safe to say we never anticipated just how big of a role social media would play in our day to day lives.

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Nowadays, everyone from the youngest elementary school students to the oldest senior citizen home residents uses social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to do everything from playing video games to sharing bits and pieces of their personal lives and accessing new and exciting information.

Social media has completely taken over modern day life and it seems like we never got the chance to really sit down and think about whether or not we actually wanted or even needed this technology and more importantly, whether or not it was actually good for us.

Although some people think it may be a little too late to ask these questions, considering the widespread usage of social media in all aspects of society, others like 18-year-old Australian model Essena O’Neil, think there’s no time greater than the present. Recently, the model who had more than 500,000 Instagram followers and 200,000 YouTube subscribers, uploaded a video to YouTube announcing that she was quitting social media because she “had never been more miserable”.

Despite having a seemingly perfect life online, Essena found that social media was negatively affecting not only her general happiness, but also her mental health and wellbeing and she’s not the only one.

In September 2015, beauty, fashion and lifestyle vlogger, Raven Elyse, uploaded her own video to YouTube explaining to her subscribers that her recent absence from social media was a result of her own mental illness which required her to log off and take a break.

If you’re starting to wonder if social media is negatively affecting your life, read below and learn the seven signs telling you it’s time to sign off.

Sign #1 – You’ve been feeling depressed and anxious

Everyone gets sad from time to time, but if you notice that your depression and anxiety increases with your social media usage, then you may have a bigger problem on your hands. Research shows that Facebook has the ability to make us view our lives negatively. Studies have even concluded that “those who have used Facebook longer agreed more that others were happier, and agreed less that life is fair, and those spending more time on Facebook each week agreed more that others were happier and had better lives,” interesting right?

Sign #2 – You’ve become more self centered. No one wants to hear all about you all the time 

Can you remember the last time you had a conversation with someone that wasn’t all about you, your life, your dreams, your goals, etc.? If not, then social media may be the culprit. ASAP Science reports that social media has increased the amount the average person spends speaking about themselves and although it’s good to share your life with your friends, family and even strangers, no one

Sign #3 – You socialize less

Social media allows you to constantly keep in touch with people all over the world, but unfortunately it’s in a way that minimizes the importance of face-to-face interaction. Because of the lack of body signals and other nonverbal cues people who spend a lot of time on social media networks are less able to effectively communicate in person. So If you can’t remember the last time you did something on a Friday night other than participate in Twitter After Dark or lurk around on Youtube I seriously suggest you log off and call up a few of your friends to have fun.

Sign #4 – You have a short attention span

For years now scientists have reported that attention spans are getting smaller and smaller. Research indicates that our brains aren’t able to fully focus on two things at once, and instead multitasking causes our brain to quickly switch from one task to another. If you’re constantly getting distracted away from more important things, such as school and work, by social media then that’s a definite sign to turn of your screen.

Sign #5 -You’re broke/spend all your money on games or shopping

Studies have shown that there may be a relationship between heavy social media use and lower self-control which lends to impulse buying. If you’ve notice that all of your money is going to games popularized on social media, like Candy Crush, or to buying all of the clothes, accessories and makeup you see others flaunting online then maybe social media isn’t for you.

Sign #6 – You feel physically ill

I’ll be willing to bet money on the fact that the majority of you reading this blog post right now most likely checked one of your social media profiles within the last thirty minutes. Heck, I’ll even be willing to bet that a lot of you took at look at either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram within the last fifteen minutes. Research shows that we spend entirely too much of our free time on social networks and by constantly being glued to the computer and phone screens we also become inactive and thus unhealthy. If you feel like social media is contributing to any physically illness that you have you should definitely sign off and see a doctor.

Sign #7 – You have low self esteem

Most of the time then people post on social media they’re presenting an idealized, unrealistic version of their life. Unfortunately, a lot of social media users don’t realize this and instead of interpreting it as entertainment, they compare themselves to others and think less of their own lives. If social media likes, comments and follows have become a large part of how you view yourself and your life, then it’s time to sign off.

There are many positive and negative effects to consider when discussing social media. Networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be used for good or bad, but its entirely up to the user. If you notice any of these signs that you should sign off social media, don’t take them for granted. Speak with your doctor or a trusted family member or friend if you can’t handle it on your own.

Do you think social media is bad for society? Comment below!

Single During Cuffing Season?

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Go ahead and call me basic, but Fall has got to be one of my favorite seasons of the year.

I can’t be the only one who loves when the leaves start changing color and the sweet scent of Pumpkin Spice Latte’s begins to waft out of every Starbucks within walking distance, can I?

Aside from my personal favorites, there are many other aspects of Fall that make it an exciting time of year for everyone. There’s the start of baseball season, football season and even cuffing season.

If you don’t know what cuffing season is, Urban Dictionary defines it as the time of year when, as the weather starts getting colder, “new relationships start and old relationships turn into engagements.”

To put it simply it’s the time of year when everywhere you turn, everyone is hooking up – except you.

Being single during cuffing season can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a number of benefits to being single that most people don’t notice because they’re too obsessed with the perceived notion of how great being in a relationship is when in reality….

Relationships are expensive.

When you’re dating another human being, it’s expected that you’ll dedicate at least a small amount of your time to enjoying their company.

While that’s nice and everything, think about how much money you could save on food, movie tickets, concert tickets and more if you were only buying for one.

It’s really a no brainer, when you’re single the only person you have to worry about treating is your self and wouldn’t you rather it be that way?

Relationships are restrictive.

Relationships are all about compromise, but there are times in your life when you may want to do whatever the hell YOU want to do.

When you’re single, you can do what you want, go where you want and even flirt with whomever you want.

Use this cuffing season to really find out who you are. When you’re not constantly trying to live up to the expectations of who someone else wants you to be, you are free to be yourself.

Relationships are fattening.

Let me clue you in on something, relationships make you fat. I say that because it seems like our dating lives are completely centered around food and no matter how hard we try, we can’t stop eating.

Whether you’re going to dinner, breakfast, brunch or lunch, when you’re in a relationship you somehow end up spending a large amount of time sitting across from each other at restaurants and a larger amount of time trying to fit back into your pre- relationship clothing, post breakup.

Okay I’ll admit it, sometimes being single sucks, but if you try to look on the bright side it doesn’t have to be all bad.

Are you booed up this cuffing season? Comment below!

5 Reasons to Stay Fit During Fall

5 Reasons to Stay Fit During Fall

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Ladies, I know you’ll all pretty much agree when I say the Summer of 2015 is OVER. Now before you get all technical about it, I know that summer doesn’t officially end until September 22, but from what I can see all the signs point to it being just about gone. You know the signs I’m talking about, you can feel a slight chill in the air, school buses and kiddie carpools have taken over the morning commute and most importantly, you’ve magically put on a few pounds. 

At the beginning of the summer, we were all pretty much dead-set on having a perfect bodies. However by the end of the summer it was obvious the majority of us chose to forgo fitness in favor of food, friends and fun. The scary part about this is that if we continue on this way, by the end of the year (especially after feasting on all the amazing holiday food) we may be so far removed from our fitness goals that we won’t even be able to dream about fitting into a bathing suit next summer.
Here’s five reasons why you should keep your summer workout routine going into fall.
Get Better Sleep
Don’t you try to deny it, we both know you partied pretty hard this summer and there’s no judgement over here because so did I.After being on the go nonstop for about three solid months, it should come as no surprise that your sleep schedule is a bit off and you may be feeling a bit more tired than usual.
Exercise will not only help you fall asleep faster, but will also improve the quality of your sleep. My only advice is that you refrain from exercising a few hours before bed because it stimulates your body in a way that may actually prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression
 
This time of the year can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder in some of us and honestly we can all get a bit stressed out and down from time to time because we’re only human.  Instead of wallowing in your feelings however, perhaps maintaining an exercise regime can help brighten your days.
When you exercise regularly, your body releases tons of feel good endorphins which are perfect for improving your mood and reducing negative feelings and emotions. Exercises like yoga are perfect for this, but if you notice you’ve been feeling down for a longer period of time than is usual, don’t hesitate to contact a medical professional.
Better Sex Life
 
During the colder months of the year we may all want to spend a little more time under the sheets if you know what I mean and regular exercise can help make your time spent unforgettable. 
Increased blood circulation can improve your arousal and the increased strength and flexibility will have you doing things you’ve never dreamed of. As a bonus, your time in the bedroom can also count as a short workout session. Win!
Get Beautiful Skin
 
Beautiful skin is one thing that definitely shouldn’t be seasonal. Exercise increases circulation and reduces inflammation meaning that the improved blood flow will help carry waste products away from healthy cells and your skin cells will stay nourished and beautiful.
Increase Your Confidence 
 
I can list a million reasons (wanna know all tips – visit his website here) for keeping your summer workout routine that will make you want to hop on a treadmill A.S.A.P, but the most important reasons is it will make you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
Exercise doesn’t even have to be hard! All you need to see results is 45 minutes a day of moderate cardio, such as running or dancing, five days a week.

Breaking the Rules: How to Rock White After Labor Day

Breaking the Rules: How to Rock White After Labor Day

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Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dying for a three day weekend and luckily for me Labor Day Weekend 2015 was EVERYTHING.
Labor Day, which was celebrated this year on Monday, September 7th, is a national holiday honoring the American labour movement and all of the hard workers in the USA.
In honor of being honored, I spent the weekend hanging out with friends, having one on one time with Netflix and paying a visit to every barbecue within a three block radius.
While enjoying all of the deliciously free food at a friend of a friend’s poolside barbecue party, I overheard two women in an intense argument with a man who just spilled barbecue sauce on one of their all white ensembles.
The man, who was very apologetic I may add, asked the women why they chose to wear all white attire to a barbecue party (cause you know, SAUCE), to which they replied “We had to because these outfits are brand new and you can’t wear white after Labor Day.”
I nearly choked on my potato salad when I heard that one because I just couldn’t believe there were still people alive who followed this fashion rule. I mean really?
I’m the type of girl who believes personal style > every fashion rule to ever exist. So if you’re like me and you know you’ll be wearing white after Labor Day and any other day you choose, read below.
White Blazer
For me, blazers are a wardrobe staple. I like to mix them up with everything from body con dresses to skinny jeans for a trendy, yet classic look. Lately, I haven’t been very inspired by the blazers in my closet and I think adding white may breath life back into my style. The white blazer shown above, is from LucLuc. You can also get the jeans from Topshop and the shirt from Yesstyle.com
White Jeans
 
I actually haven’t worn a pair of white jeans since I hit puberty in fear of you know who. But now that I’ve put my childish fears aside, I’m ready to revamp my style and add a new level of chic. Wear white jeans with a denim shirt and bold accessories for a look that works day and night.
Little White Dress 
My closet is filled with more little black dresses than I care to admit to you right now. I used to wear them so much that they started to make me feel a little less than fabulous. When I decided to buy a little white dress I never knew just how much it would open me up to a new world of style possibilities. If you feel like I did, a Little White Dress can drag you right out of your fashion rut. Dress it down with a pair of Converse sneakers or dress it up with a pair of killer heels for instant versatile style.
Wearing white after Labour Day is definitely not as a big an issue as it used to be, so don’t be afraid to break some rules and have fun with fashion.
Comment below to share how you wear white after Labour Day!