Elle’s Top 3 iPhone/iPad Apps for 2012

Top three appsYes, I’m a geek at heart.  Though most of you that know me personally know that I’m kind of a fashionista-geekdiva hybrid all the way through….  Since it’s the eve of the eve for the upcoming New Year and I’m here sitting on the sofa messing with apps on my phone; I thought I’d share my top three faves with you!

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In no particular order, the first one I’d like to tell you about is Flava!  I love Flava because it allows me to “journalize” what’s going on in my life.  Yes, it’s a diary but it’s got some cool additional features that no written diary has to offer.  For one, you can add videos and photos! Another is you can see a slideshow of pix in your journal with music that you pick.  I’ve had this app since early this year and it’s been a blessing to have for recording some of this past year’s best experiences.

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Black Friday

love is the new blackSo it’s Black Friday everyone!  Shopping craze has started and it’s in full motion.  It’s been said that the term “Black Friday” came from Philadelphia, sometime before the 60’s.  It was originally used to describe the madness and mayhem in regards to pedestrian and vehicle traffic that occurs on the day ater Thanksgiving.  Later on though, the term began to be used to refer to the point in time when retailers would start to turn a profit, meaning they were “in the black”.  Suffice it to say, Black Friday has become a “holiday” of shopping to many of us.  A day of deals, crowds and the beginning of Christmas shopping madness.

As such, I’ve decided to make this post all about the color BLACK!  Though, not really regarded as a “color”, it is my favorite hue to dress up in….  So elegant and classy and easy to match with any accessory of choice – black OR NOT.

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The Beauty of Tumblr and Tumblr 101 (Part 1/2)

Yes, Tumblr has some of the most beautiful blogs out there.  It appeals to the visually-stimulated part in us.  In fact, Tumblr’s bloggers post and “reblog” some very beautifully-inspiring and shoppingly-motivating photos.  Inspiring because the photos ignite the simplest of emotions in me.  Some of them inspire me to dress up, some inspire me to get artsy and start a craft or a lifelong skill such as drawing, that I’d pushed aside because of life’s daily obligations. Some of these photos also ignite long lost memories of my childhood because there are photos posted from my past that I hadn’t seen in ages!  What Tumblr does for a lot of us is it gives us a digital option to save magazine clippings online!  🙂  Funny thing is, Tumblr also makes me want to shop more, which is why I said some of the blogs were “shoppingly-motivating”.  For some of us, that may not always be a good thing but it’s like having your girlfriends showing you photos of great fashion ideas or products!  What do you do when your friends show you some great stuff?  You go out and buy them!

Anyhow, enough of me telling you how great Tumblr is.  As promised, here my Tumblr 101 Setup Tutorial.  Let me preface this by saying that the following is written purely for the Tumblr newbie.  I won’t go into detail with some of the advanced setup processes, mainly not to overwhelm any beginner blogger.

So!  Let’s get started!

First of all, go to http://tumblr.com

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I’ll Tumblr For You

I first opened up my Tumblr Account about a year ago but never really did anything with it.  At the time, I didn’t really know how to get started, how to start posting entries or what the norm was.  So, I left my account unattended…..  Needless to say, I lost some precious time saving many visual images that inspired me.  I lost that time to save links to websites that had great information that I wanted to “collect” as well.  If I were to sum it up, Tumblr is ia visual time capsule of all things we want to save and share…

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The photo above is a screenshot of Elle’s Lookbook on Tumblr.  If you take a look at the photo, you’ll notice the  photos I “blogged” (blogged is the term Tumblr bloggers use when they post photos, quotes, notes, etc to their Tumblr blogs). 

 

Now, if you click on a photo, it will either bring you back to the website that the photo was linked to OR it will bring you back to whomever reblogged the photo before I reblogged it to my Tumblr page.  I know, it all sounds too confusing but once you jump in, I tell ya, you will so enjoy it!  It is like having a collection of your favorite books!  For me, it’s a collection of photos that inspire me and photo links to websites that I want to go back to eventually.  Now, I didn’t think much about Tumblr until I started noticing people “liking” or taking interest in my posts.  Each day, I have new followers and they are reblogging my photos on their Tumblr pages because they find it “moved” them.  Originally, I loved Tumblr for the collecting factor, but now; I love it even more for the sharing power it has.  I love it when one of my photos is shared over and over again because someone found it interesting enought to “collect” as well!

I’ll be making a Tumblr tutorial post soon and I’ll show you all the tips and techniques.  It is really easy!  Don’t let it’s plain and empty pages when you first sign up intimidate you.  It is so simple, it’s crazy!  Until then, please visit me on Tumblr and you’ll get a glimpse of what I love and what I love to share…..

 

Welcome to Elle’s Lookbook! I’m So Happy You’re Here!

There is so much beauty in this amazing world we live in.  Ever since I was a little girl, I couldn’t get enough of fashion and art. I guess you can say that I am a definite right-brainer….

Anyhow, you know how some people collect tea cups or paper weights?  Well, let’s just say this is my collection of what I feel inspires me…what I feel is beautiful, inspirational and rocks my world. I share it here in the hopes that at least one of the items I post or talk about inspires you, too…. or at the least, someone you may know?

I live a great life and it’s not because I was born with a silver spoon. My parents have worked hard and have taught me to do the same, and as a result; my family and I have always been able to “manage” a great life… My friends have always encouraged me to start a blog and share bits and pieces of my life, my fashion and beauty tips; but mostly just the plain ol’ life tips…

As such, here goes! I thank you so much for dropping by and I hope to hear from you, your comments and support are going to be priceless treasures!

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