Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April Q&A

1) I finally made the switch to an iPhone & am looking for the best apps to download that are practical for everyday use - specifically, I'd love any organizational & money-saving tools.

Coupon & Shopping Apps
Retail Me Not - pull up coupons while you're shopping in store (works for restaurants too!)
Ebates - earn cash back for all your purchases while shopping online
Slice - sync this app with your email & it will track all your packages, save online receipts & record your purchase history so you can view all your online orders in one place

Photo Editing Apps
Snapseed - photo editing, enhancements & special effects (my favorite is the selective brightening tool)
Afterlight - great for making basic edits like cropping, sharpening & adding contrast
VSCO - the best app for photo filters (my favorites are S2, J4 & A6)

My Water - helps you track your daily water consumption & reminds you to be drinking throughout the day
My Fitness Pal - because I'm doing intermittent fasting, I like using this app to make sure I'm still getting in enough during my eating window (there's also a step counter; you can keep track of your macros & add in your daily workouts to adjust for calories burned)
Paprika Recipe Manager - organize your favorite recipes, make meal plans & create grocery lists (it has a built-in web browser so you can search for recipes online & then simply click a button to download & save it to the app)

Organization Apps
Google Keep - I'm a compulsive list maker so this app allows me to create multiple to do lists & set time based reminders for myself so nothing slips through the cracks
Family Organizer - allows you to sync schedules across devices & keep everyone's activities & events on one calendar
Key Ring - stores & consolidates all of your membership & loyalty cards so you don't have to keep them in your wallet

2) As much as I love the convenience of shopping at the mall, I hate when I end up wearing the same thing as one of my friends.  Can you suggest some smaller online boutiques that carry affordable styles?

3) I'm a college student on a limited budget & even though I'm working part-time, I still have to be very frugal with my purchases.  I'd love to get your recommendations for drugstore beauty buys that are just as good as the more expensive brands.

I really think that the drugstore brands have stepped up their game over the last few years - I personally use over half of the products below on a daily basis and actually prefer them over higher-end beauty products.  The ombré blush shown here is my latest obsession (I bought it in Mauve Me) - it is the most flattering color, as evidenced by the examples on different skintones in this article.  Here are some more of my favorites:

4) I really love how you complete your looks with unique pieces of jewelry, but I don't have a lot of money to spend on accessories.  Can you share what your top 10 favorites are that would be versatile to wear with many different outfits?

This is a tough one for me because some of my jewelry has sentimental value & I have quite a few vintage pieces too. But, if I had to narrow it down to the items I wear the most this time of year, here's what I would suggest investing in:


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