Tory Burch for Fitbit

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Last Christmas I was really having an intense internal debate with myself as to whether I wanted to get a Fitbit or not. I did a lot of research and decided that for the time, I was ok without one, but I’m seeing more and more people around me with them, and it’s giving me a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years) and have recently been considering buying one again. I could probably just steal my mom’s though since I’m willing to bet $100 hers is sitting on her bathroom vanity, and has been ever since she got it for Christmas.

The point of these little guys is to help you stay active. Count your steps, track your calories, track your sleep, all that fun stuff. It syncs with some specific wireless scales, which is honestly the thing that I was most intrigued about when I was doing my research. Step on the scale and it automatically records your weight to whatever app you have connected to it. Pretty cray. You can also sync it up with your Walgreens Balance Rewards account and get BR points just for walking, how awesome is that?!

But the reason that this post is happening is because Fitbit really isn’t the most attractive product for a lady who likes to hit the town. A bulky plastic band on your wrist isn’t the classiest of fashion accessories when you’re out at a fancier event. So of course, leave it to Tory Burch to solve this problem. My aunt posted on my Facebook about it earlier this week, and then I got an email from Fitbit announcing the collab about 5 minute later, and then it was all over the internets the rest of the day. Points to my aunt for being ahead of the crowd.

Anyway, they’ve designed two equally cute Fitbit covers (navy and pink) to really jazz up your tracker. But on top of that, they’ve created a gold cuff that is seriously to die for. Though for $195 I don’t think I’ll be grabbing one anytime soon, especially seeing as I don’t even have the actual Fitbit yet.

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And now for the Pièce de résistance, a golden pendant necklace. This is just taking it to a whole new level, who woulda thought you could wear your fitness tracker around your neck instead of around your wrist!? Genius people, genius. Everything is still on pre-order, but I think that I’m likely going to be getting myself a Fitbit so that come Christmas this year, I’ll have the perfect gift to ask for. I need that cufffffff. Someone get me that cuff.

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Do you use a Fitbit? What’s the best part? Or maybe you use a different fitness tracker, what kind? Would you buy one of these trendy covers or is it an unnecessary expense? Let me know in the comments below!

L

App Review: Makeup Genius

App Review: Makeup Genius

Last week I read about a L’Oreal’s new Makeup Genius app on Refinery29 and felt like it might be a game changer in the beauty field. I’m always looking out for apps and advancements around beauty because I think it’s a bit of an untapped market when it comes to emerging tech since it is such a “hands on” concept. So when I read about Makeup Genius, I had to check it out for myself.

First and most importantly, it’s free. The number of people I know that refuse to pay for an app is absurd. I look at apps as, is this going to make my life easier? Yes, ok, I’ll pay. Is this going to prevent me from having to look at stupid ads the whole time, Yes, ok, I’ll pay. I know a lot of people aren’t as liberal with app spending, but luckily this one is free.

The idea behind it is test driving makeup before you buy it. Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “oh yeah, I did that on my computer when I was 15 with a really sweet program I got for Christmas. I could even change my hair color!” Yeah, well, so did I. The difference is, that program looked pretty unrealistic. And this app is freaky accurate. It allows you to try on almost the whole line of L’oreal products including, eyeliner, shadow, blush, lipcolor, liner and gloss. The accuracy of whatever crazy algorithm they’re using is mezmerizing, you can move your face to the side, bring it closer and further, blink and move your mouth and it all sticks! It’s very close to seeming like you’re just looking in the mirror. Plus, whenever I try to test a drugstore makeup in the drugstore, I feel like I’m about to be arrested. That a bunch of cops are going to bust out and haul me off to jail for trying a new foundation on my wrist. It’s so frightening!

Anyway, the app scans your face really quickly when you first open it and then it’s off to the races! I could seriously play with this for hours. Most of the looks I create, I end up looking like a drag queen or a clown because I tend to just stick with mascara, top liner and a bit of blush/bronzer. So playing with this is more of an entertainment factor for me. But for others who generally wear L’Oreal products, it’s an awesome test kitchen. You can mix so many different things together for millions of potential looks. They also have pre-made looks that you can flip through. The option to add to cart is included, but no actual option to buy, you can just email the list to yourself. You can also take a selfie or video to send to friends. This is probably the best part, in my opinion. And isn’t that the only one that counts?

I think I read that Makeup Genius has been about 10 years in the making, so the fact that it is so accurate right out of the gate doesn’t surprise me. When you’re going to release something as sophisticated as this, you’re going to want to make sure it’s right off the bat, and they nailed it. So go download it, play with it, then make your boyfriend play with it so you can finally see what he’d look like in drag. Is that just me that is interested in seeing that? Ef.

L

8 Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following

Hey there ho there. Instagram is my jam, I think you might know that by now. You probably do too. But a lot of people only follow their friends. This is good, but there are others out there, that you could and should be following. They’re probably cooler than your friends, they’re definitely cooler than mine! Just kidding, my friends are the bomb.com. But here are some of my favorite accounts that I think you should mos def (yep) start to follow. Some are great photographers, some are funny guys and some are cayooooot! I’m going to do a separate post specifially on Chicago Instagrammers to follow soon, so keep an eye out. Until then, take a gander at these!

@youdidnoteatthat
This anonymously currated account is seriously my new obsession. Girl is posting all sorts of pictures of skinny-minis “pretending” to love on sweets and snacks. A few celebs and a lotta bloggers, but honestly, I find it hilarious and most probably true. I don’t think I’d consider myself one of those girls that doesn’t eat the ice cream. Because let’s be honest, I think it’s obvious that I eat the ice cream. Sorry I’m not sorry. Check out this profile on the account that was recently on The Cut.

@graybenko
this photographer/mom posts super cute pics of her kids. but they’re also supes hilares.  and a lot are really just beautiful.

@muradosmann
this guy and his girlfriend live. the. life. but what’s awesome is he and @yourleo have an ongoing photo they take in all their amazing globe trotting adventures #followmeto. warning: this will make you sad about your life.

@Australia 
a compilation account by Tourism Australia of different users taking gorgeous shots all around the land down under. For most this will just be a beautiful landscape shot to admire, while for me, I get to see places that I visited while studying abroad there, always makes me feel a little warm inside.

@thuglifeforevs
this austin, tx photographer emily blincoe stages really cool color shots. she chooses a color and organizes random objects of that color in a pleasing manner (yeah I said pleasing manner, sometimes i like to act like i’m college educated (i am), or british.) she has a lot of other really fun reoccurring series, and a lot of great shots of her adorable pooch.

@natgeo
this is just what you think it is, the official national geographic instagram account. it’s a compilation of photographs taken by its photographers with really interesting and in-depth captions to give you a great description of what’s going on.

@itslavishbitch
this kid. ha. the epitome of spoiled little rich kid flaunts his wealth in the rudest, most annoying way ever. he’s the poster child for total dick move.  apparently he can only take a poopski in Pelligrino…gimme a breeeeeeak! the thing is, I can’t look away! his captions are the worst (best?) part though.

@mommasgonecity
this one is so cute. Jessica Shyba snaps adorable shots of her lil guy napping with their pup. you’d think it would get old quick, it does not.

App Review: VSCO Cam

As you many of you may know, I’m a huge fan of using my iPhone to capture my daily goings on. But sometimes the built in camera just isn’t enough and the filters on Insta are great, but in my opinion are a little too “trendy” for me. So for awhile I was using Camera+ which is a pretty good upgrade from the built in, but still wasn’t getting the job done like I wanted it to, I wanted more! So I found a new solution, enter VSCO Cam.

VSCO (Visual Supply Co) Cam has been around for about a year, but I’ve really only had it for the past six months or so, and really just realized its full potential after I drunkenly downloaded the entire set of filters for $5.99, whoops! Except not whoops, more like, Best. Drunk Move. Ever.

This app is simple. Everything is easy. But I will warn that when you first download VSCO Cam it definitely takes a little bit of getting used to. There are no labels on anything, just icons. So I recommend exploring for a bit when you first download it to get a feel for what it’s capable of.

I’ll start with the camera. I’ve recently started using VSCO as my main camera. The reason for this is that it’s much more extensive. I can touch to focus. I can turn on a grid and I can shoot in 1:1 ratio. Yes all of those things can be done in the iPhone camera. But I can also touch where I want focus my exposure, there is a new Tilt and Level feature that ensures I’m shooting my photos so that they’re properly aligned. I can turn on a mode for if I’m shooting in a darker setting or a brighter setting. Basically it gives you a lot more options to help make your shots that much better. So chic.

Then comes the part I love the most, the editing. There are a bunch of free filters to start off with. They don’t have cool names like Mayfair or Nashville, but their simple names (C2, F5, B6 etc) work just as great, if not better. You can flip over to the store and pick up a few more free ones, or purchase some. Like I said, I decided while drunkenly falling asleep in bed that I needed to have them all. I think they’re still the same price right now, 38 filters for 6 bucks. Not bad if you ask me, and unquestionably worth it in my opinion. It just gives you so many more options and I love options! From there, you can flip through your different filters to see what they look like on your image. Once you’ve decided on the right one, you can tap it again and up pops a slider on a 1-12 scale to let you decide if you want to pull back the intensity of the filter.

Now that you’ve got your filter, you can go even more in depth with your editing. All of your tools are icons like I mentioned earlier, so you have to tap them to see what they are. You start with your mainstays like exposure, contrast, saturation. But you also have your cropping options and your rotation options in here as well. Then it gets interesting by adding in temperature, fade, vignette (and not a gross vignette I’ll add), and tint. You can adjust shadows and highlights and sharpness and grain. And everything is done with an easy to use slider. Check out how different the same photo can look with the use of the different filters and editing tools. The top three are a pic my sister took while she was in Surrey, BC. She only used the tools, no filters needed. The others are mine, and I most def used filters.

I will throw in my two cents on what I think isn’t working for the app. Originally the creator had made a point to say that VSCO was made for editing and Instagram was made for sharing. But recently they’ve made a change and added “Grid” which is there not-so-great attempt at competing with Insta’s sharing capabilities. Unfortunately it’s just not doing it for me. No ability to like or comment. No way to see who is following you. It’s just not the experience I’m looking for when I’m trying to share my images. But honestly, it’s whatever, just don’t use it for sharing, use it for editing, what it was made for.

But when we get down to it, it’s essentially a light room on your camera. And it’s free. Does it get any better than that? Go download this right now or we can’t be friends anymore. Just kidding, we can, but my photos will most definitely look cooler than yours, so it’s really your call.

L

Put A Case On That Phone Girrrrl

Everyone has an iPhone. At least that’s what I tell myself because I’m an Apple person and don’t believe in Android devices, so in my brain I think that everyone in the world has an iPhone. So that is what I’m basing this post on. If you don’t have an iPhone, well, I’m sorry. But really, I’m not sorry. Your Android commercials make me mad because sometimes they make me think that they’re better than an iPhone, but then I come to my senses and realize that they’re not. They’re just not. Apple rules all, and that’s what I know.

I’m one of those people you hate because I continually drop my phone and have yet to have a screen break. I know that by typing these words I’m jinxing myself. But I’m even surprised myself that it’s never happened. I guess it’s a waiting game now. But, you can in fact help yourself avoid the cracked screen of death by using a case. Some people aren’t fans of using cases because they’re bulky, or they cover up the beauty that is an iPhone. I’m a big believer in cases, sans Otterbox because those are just unnecessarily bulky and in my opinion, absurd. But there is a site that you may or may not have heard of called Society6, it has some of the best iPhone cases on the market, and they’re all $35. I guarantee you, whatever your style is, they’ll have one that you love. If I had a million doll hairs, I’d buy up half of them and change them everyday. I firmly believe that your phone case is an accessory. Here’s a simile that I just came up with, pretend you’re back in junior high language arts. Phone cases are to phones as eyebrows are to faces. I actually don’t even think that’s a simile, but just go withit. All you have to know is that they’re THAT important. If you don’t believe that your eyebrows are important, we need to chat, but that’s a post for another day. In the meantime, I’ve picked out some of my favorite cases from Society6. Take a look, I promise you’ll find one that you love!