Spring Picks

Last week we got a taste of Spring in Atlanta with temps of 70+ degrees. While the weather quickly shifted back to normal, that didn’t stop me from dreaming of a few new fresh items for Spring! Now, I’m definitely not saying I will purchase all these items…; but, they are “wants” and on my wish list. I stalk these websites regularly to check for sales. Hope you enjoy! Click the images to shop.

#nordstromeverything (mostly 💁🏽‍♀️)

Leather Slip on Sneaker by Frye – $200

Shoulder Bag by Saint Laurent (LOVE the color) – $3,150 😳 🤑

Fresh White Tee by  Banana Republic – $30…. do yourself a favor and buy a couple of other colors as well.. black, gray, stripe, blue, red. #nowonsale for $17.70!

Tote Bag by Banana Republic – $60 Perfect for trips to the pool/beach. #nowonsale for $35.70!

Hair Ties by Slipsilk -$40

White Sneaker by Reebok – $70Red Roses cologne by Jo Malone… it’s PINK – $70

Light Jacket by Member’s Only –  $85

Eyeshadow Pallete by Smashbox – $30

 

Sandal by Vince Camuto – $120

iPhone Clutter

Does your phone look like this? Did you know iPhone clutter is a real thing? I can’t imagine how people function with all the extra “stuff” on page 1, page 2, page 3 …. 😳🤔

There are a couple of principles I operate by phone by: 1) No clutter and 2) My iPhone will not dictate my actions. How does this work you might ask? First, I don’t keep apps on my phone that I don’t regularly use (the Internet icon still works for one-off tasks) and secondly, alerts/notifications/badges are kept to a BARE minimum. I don’t want to pick up my phone and be given “directives” (i.e. check your email, respond to this notification or that notification). There are a couple I do allow: phone rings (obviously) and calendar alerts (THAT’s IT! no, not even text messages!)  Note: My default response for all notifications is “No”. This is important because if I’m bored and pick up my phone, I get to decide what to do (i.e. read a book, watch a video, check my email).

My main page is kept very simple and each app is intentionally placed with the things I want to encourage myself to do. Some are entertainment-related, most are not. You’ll notice a simple black background (makes it easier to identify apps) and NO directives. These are all applications I use on a daily basis so they warrant “home screen” placement. Please note, it’s not full…. this is intentional. Similarly, my lock screen is a simple white background. I can easily see the time and date which is usually what I need to see quickly (if I’m not wearing my Apple watch). Another screen I use often is widgets (swipe left). My chosen info is weather, calendar and activity.

HOW TO TURN OFF IPHONE NOTIFICATIONS

Now, I have exactly two screens of apps to flip through. The main page above and a second page with nice to have apps that I do use pretty frequently. These apps are placed into folders to further reduce clutter. I intentionally made the image below as big as possible so you can see the “no clutter” principle still being applied to this page…

It’s almost Spring – start your cleaning routine by decluttering your phone!

Social Bucket List

“Most people only travel a few times a year 😞, but we talk 👭 and read 📚 and dream 💤 about it all the time 🙋🏽. We realized that every dinner, 🍝 Instagram feed 📷 and glossy mag 📰 is full of inspiration💡, but it all tends to be lost 👀 in space 🚀 when we finally stand there at the airport. ✈️”

 

anVcaaK8Soo very true! Now there’s an app, Soon, that helps you keep track of all the cool places you want see or things you want to try or do! Think of it as your personal social bucket list, stored right on your phone (iOS only). You can add books, movies, restaurants and more!

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Learn more by watching Soon in action below. Happy Sooning (?) !

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quote mashable, picture and video techcrunch

Invitations the Easy Way

How do you invite people to the events you organize? Forget paper invitations – no one really uses snail mail anymore. Then there are invitations sent through email that get lost or even worst, those emails incite the dreaded reply-all. We won’t talk about group texts so finally, there’s word of mouth – you know, the events no one really takes serious until the last minute because of the informality of the “announcement”. Can you relate? If so, that’s about to change!

Invtd is a mobile application for iOS and Android that makes invitations super easy! After you download the free app, you simply enter all the details (location, time, etc.) then select the guest list directly from your phone’s address book. The selected parties will receive a text message inviting them to your event and you’ll get a push notification when they RSVP. There’s even an option to add the event to your calendar after you RSVP. How easy is that?! (Note: The invitee does not have to download the app to RSVP).

Check out the demo below for a brief tutorial and Happy Inviting!

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Relationship with Things

It feels like everything I own is on the same team.

This is a quote I read in an article titled, “Every Thing You Own is a Relationship You’re In.” When I read the title, I was like yes! It makes me feel a little better about my annual purges because I keep only the things I absolutely love and also “like things” – meaning the things I wear over and over again and only the pieces that play nice together (mix-and-match). For example, now that I’m down to 4 handbags (all designer – hehe), they are definitely on the same team! What team? you may ask? The Fabulous Team, of course! No matter which one I grab they are all amazing (to me) and can coordinate with everything else – not necessarily matchy matchy – or add a little swag to any outfit and I ALWAYS feel amazing and fabulous! That statement is seriously so profound. That’s what your THINGS should do for you!!!

Our possessions are more psychological than physical. What a thing is is much less important than what it does to your mind when you own it. But it’s hard to see what each item does when you’re feeling the effect of a thousand such relationships at once. That’s why you need to audit every single object on its own, and why owning fewer things is better overall.

I definitely recommend you read the article in its entirety, click here for that. And if you’re up for it, read the comments as well – that’s where the true action takes place! Simply your things and your life! #readAnything #loveit

The real value in things is the experience they create for us.