So, remember that time I quit the iPhone and said how freakin’ amazing the Samsung Galaxy S4 is? Well, it’s been a while and now I’ve gotten to try the Motorola Droid Turbo and HOLY COW, this phone is so much better! I love it, and all of a sudden my Galaxy S4 seems so slow and old and yucky and light years behind.
There are lots of cool techy features about the phone that involve words like resolution, processor, RAM and Kavlar, but you can read about that somewhere else. I’m going to tell you what I like about the phone, and I do not plan on using any of the cell phone jargon. Here goes something.
1. It has awesome voice control! You can set a voice command, or launch phrase, to whatever you like to get your phone’s attention. My phone responds to, “Excuse me, Mr. Wonderful.” I say that simple phrase and Mr. Wonderful lights up and is ready to fulfill my needs. It is ridiculously accurate, once I whispered my launch phrase to a friend and it responded. It’s so nice to have someone…er something, that always listens.
2. This is related to #1, but it needs it own number: Voice commands! For example, these are some conversations that happen between me and my Mr. Wonderful….
Excuse me, Mr. Wonderful. Take Me Home. (Google maps will then route me home.)
Excuse me, Mr. Wonderful. Call Peter my love. (Calls Husband)
Excuse me, Mr. Wonderful. Take a selfie. (selfie cam turns out, counts down and takes pic without me pressing a button)
Excuse me, Mr. Wonderful. Play Taylor Swift, Shake it Off. (video on, baby stops crying)
I especially love this feature in the car. I typically keep my phone attached to this little device that connects to my AC vent so I can see the maps or whatever. I can have complete texting conversations without ever needing to look at or touch my phone.
3. It knows when you are driving. Yup, it will recognize the speed and background noise and go into driving mode. For example when someone calls or texts you it will say, “Text from Mom, say listen if you would like to hear text”. Everything is hands-free and it works so well.
4. It takes great photos. Here are some photos I took that have not been retouched in anyway.
5. Everything seems faster. Maps, google, facebook, instagram and even texting seem so much faster.
6. The battery last a very long time. They say it lasts 2 days, but I use my phone a lot, so it lasts me all day, which is better than any other phone.
7. It’s bigger and prettier. The screen looks amazing.
8. It chargers much faster. It has a “turbo charger”.
It does lots of other neat tricks, but I guess you’ll just have to get one and find out what they are!
A new book was recently suggested to me for review. I love new books and I love reviews, but I’ve got to be honest when I say I wasn’t so sure about this one. The book is titled The 30-Day Ultimate Closet Guide, which is pretty self-explanatory. I am definitely a lover of organization, especially when it comes to my clothes and accessories, but my closet is already super organized. Every article is separated by color and silhouette, my shoes have their own designated spots and I throw out pieces regularly. How helpful could this book be to me? Before saying, “no thanks”, I decided to check out the website and the YouTube introduction video. Two minutes later, the author, Brittany Witkin, had me hooked.
Here’s what sold me:
–After the 30 days, you will be able to grab, go and look your best without having to think about it. My closet may be organized, but I still spend hours dwelling over what to wear. I would LOVE to not have to think about it because I don’t actually have hours to dwell, which means I usually wear the same tank top, workout shorts and flip-flops 3 times a week…or 5 days a week…
–This is where you begin to upgrade your look. I really really want to believe that I’m on top of the latest fashions and that I’m a hot cool trendy Mom. (Although, typing that sentence made me feel the exact opposite.) Anyways, I’m pretty hip, but I can admit that since having Luna, my style has been centered around whether it’s breastfeeding friendly and cheap enough that I don’t care if it’s covered in spit-up. You may find this hard to believe, but baby-friendly doesn’t equal chic and sexy.
–It’s 30 days. There are lists, calendars and print-outs. It’s basically a big challenge and something I can add to my planner. Need I say more?
–There’s a style-guide and fail-proof online and in-store shopping lists. In case you don’t understand, this mean I get to shop. I get to shop for things that I know will look good on me. SOLD.
–There’s also talk of coffee, snacks, wine and friends. Yes, yes, yes and yes.
After instantly downloading the book and reading the first couple of chapters I sent my first “partner-in-crime closet invitation”. (i.e. I told Husband he had to do it with me.) We share a closet so the entire project may be somewhat wasted if only half the closet gets organized. Lucky for me, Husband likes getting rid of crap just as much as I do so it wasn’t to hard to convince him. Also, he is always brutally honest with me when it comes to fashion. I trust his opinion when I say “does this look good on me?”
The included 30-day calendar is flexible and allows you to choose the best time for you to do the most time-consuming steps. Since we have Luna and lots of plans (including a trip to NYC) this month, we’ve decided to do as many steps as we can when we have the time. Our goal is still to be in done in 30 days, or sooner. I originally planned to write one big review at the end of the process, but after completing most of the steps for week 1 today I knew I had too much to share already.
Week 1 focuses on cleaning out all the clutter. I am 100% in to this challenge/project/guide so I am following Brittany’s rules to the T (well…mostly). She says to throw out anything you haven’t worn in 6 months, that isn’t seasonal or your wedding dress. So I did, except I did bend the rules a little. Since I have been either breastfeeding or pregnant for the last year in a half I allowed myself to keep some things that I absolutely am 100% positive I will wear, but just have not been able to yet (thanks a lot Luna).
Husband and I began with 4 labeled garbage bags (trash, sell, giveaway, gross hangers) and ended with ELEVEN full trash bags. ELEVEN. And, we literally cleaned out our closets 6 months ago and got ride of 4 full trash bags. It’s disgusting how much junk we have stored for no good reason. I already feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my closet’s shoulders. Our drawers and closet looks so clean! Also, kind of empty… I have to admit I’m a little scared! Even though, it’s a little scary to throw out so much so quickly, it’s also exhilarating. I no longer have to dig through shirts I know I’m never actually going to wear. Plus, I am really looking forward to the next few weeks.
In the next 21 days or so, I will be learning how to put together new outfits from what I already own, learn what looks best on my body type and hopefully purchase some new pieces that will tie the new look, new me and new closet all together! Yay me! I’ll be keeping you updated throughout the process.
I highly encourage you to check out Brittany’s site, TheStyleShaker.com and her book that was just released on Amazon. If you try the guide, please let me know how it works for you. Stay tuned!
ALSO….this is completely off topic, but I don’t really have a post that is on this topic so whatevs. There’s this really cool phone, the OnePlus One, it’s a 64GB unlocked cell phone. It works on any GSM network. It’s crazy fancy, supposed to be the best phone available, water resistant, ridiculous camera, big screen, yada yada yada, BUT it’s an invite only phone. So, even if you want to buy one you can’t unless someone sends you an invite. (Spolier alert: I have some!) The phone costs $350, but there’s no contract, so that’s cool. Anyways, I have six OnePlus One invites. Here’s the deal: If you want one of these invites then do the following:
We live in a society where we need our phones, iPads, iPods, laptops or TV’s at every moment of our life. Be honest, you have taken your phone to the bathroom, texted over dinner, and talked to a friend while paying your barista. Sometimes I tell myself I am going to give up my phone for one day, turn off the TV, step away from technology and have a break…. but then, I remember I am terrible at breaks. I can’t stand being alone with my thoughts or sitting in silence. Forget it…I love my phone and the distractions it so often provides.
The worst part about being addicted to technology is when your source of connection dies. Now what? How can I keep my mind off of my own anxiety without reading other people’s problems on Facebook? What if I need Sex and the City to calm my nerves at night? Where else can I type in my symptoms and freak myself out if not Google? Does this mean I have to sit in the subway in silence with no sort of diversion?
A couple of weeks ago my answer would have been “yes”, but I have since discovered a glorious answer to this stupid, yet real, problem. The JuiceCan.
The best thing about the JuiceCan is that it comes in lots of pretty colors. You can get one to match every bag, and I got my favorite color: yellow.
There are several more cool qualities in the JuiceCan though; it’s more than just a pretty accessory. First of all, it has enough power in it to charge 3 iPhones.
It’s also possible to get multiple cans, attach them and create a super powerful JuiceCane…get it?
There also 2 USB outlets and 1 mini USB outlet. Husband and I can actually charge our phones at the same time, while sitting in a restaurant…or on a train….or in my purse. You get the idea.
Just for kicks, there is also an LED flashlight on top. This has been surprisingly useful to find the lost bobby pins, pills and change in the dark crevices of my bags.
The JuiceCane/Can is currently holding a campaign on Indiegogo now to raise money to create, promote and sell their product. Support them here. It’s a great product we can ALL use. I know I need it.
Anyone else use their wireless devices too much? Or perhaps just enough?