5 apps helping me stay sane during lockdown

No, no – I’m not including Deliveroo or UberEats here, but I do appreciate their timeliness.

Supercook: This is a brilliant app. I’m actually jealous of whoever came up with this idea because it’s pure genius. This free app allows you to input all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry and out comes all the possible recipes you can make. Just the other day, I was about to declare yet another trip to the grocery store when I decided to check my app: no, actually, I can make about 800 recipes. And then off I went to make a one pot basil and garlic pasta using up what I already have. It’s very innovative and can expand your cooking repertoire. Another feature I love is that you can choose one ingredient to focus on as well!

Headspace: If you haven’t heard of Headspace, it is a great app for anxiety. The free version of the app focuses on mindfulness and meditation for beginners. The key word is beginner for me. I always use to sit and listen to a short YouTube meditation for all of three minutes before giving up. However, their guided meditations are extremely helpful and can help you dip your toes in. They also break down meditations based on your mood – whether it’s for relieving stress, while you’re panicking, walking home or just something to do before bed. I’ve gone from 5 minute meditations to 10 to 15 and onwards.

Otter: Depending on what job you have, I’m always in Zoom meetings, interviews, and staff briefs throughout the day. Otter is a well-known app among journalists because it records AND transcribes at the same time, which is a godsend for journalists who rather not transcribe an hour long recording. However, for me, it’s also useful for any Zoom meetings where you might need to take notes or write up meeting minutes. It makes working from home that much easier.

Mend: Mend is primarily used for breakups or burnout, but its free version allows you to journal and unlock videos to help you through a rough time. For me, it was a double whammy for both getting over someone and dealing with burnout simultaneously, so I took some time to start journaling about my feelings, and it was very therapeutic. If you’ve never journaled and save your deepest thoughts on your notes app, then give this app a try because you get to both document your feelings in a healthy space, but also get useful advice along the way.

Pinterest: Classic, right? For me, social media can be so toxic sometimes. During the pandemic, there’s been times when I’ve needed to be away from the news and in need of a mental break. Pinterest, however, is the perfectly curated inspiration I could never get sick of. You know how people encourage others to make a mood board to create the life you want to live – it’s a lot easier to manage through Pinterest. From its outfit ideas, mental health advice, affirmations, quotes, recipes and exercises, you can get the same content you get from Instagram and TikTok without the toxicity we’ve all experienced: comparing our blooper reels to everyone else’s highlights.

Interview with Hey! VINA CEO Olivia Poole about her Tinder-style app for female friendships

When I was working on my dissertation, I was researching on all the platforms where I could meet women my age. I was looking for fashion and beauty opinions on a school assignment, but was surprised when I stumbled on this app called Hey! VINA. It’s sort of like Bumble BFF, but it’s so much more aesthetically pleasing with its pastel colors, and it allows women to connect after filling out detailed profiles about their interests. It also allows women to hold group events and gatherings, which can definitely take the pressure off of making friends. I spoke with the founder of the app, Olivia Poole, who gave me some insight behind the app and why women should embrace the support for one another.

Can you explain why you thought there was a need for the app? I launched Hey! VINA in 2016 because I knew firsthand how difficult it is to find friends as an adult. At the time, I had moved to San Francisco and I didn’t know anyone, let alone have an inner circle that I wanted (and needed) so badly. After starting a women’s only wine night series, Ladies Who Vino, I realized the power of bringing women together in a safe place. I created VINA to scale that experience out to the world! I decided that using a dating app like interface but with the sole intention of women’s friendship was the way to go, because I tried (and failed!) at messaging the other cool girls on other dating sites to be friends. The results proved that I was onto something—as VINA reached 100,000 downloads in its first week on the App Store.

What is your favorite feature of the app?
I love our personality quizzes! They help you see how people’s personalities fit into the equation of being a good match, plus they’re a lot of fun!

What advice would you give for someone who is going to be meeting their first VINA?
Remember that the vina you’re about to meet is here for the same exact reason as you! You both downloaded Hey! VINA for a reason and you’re here to make a connection and develop a friendship, so don’t be nervous because you’re both looking for the same things in life! You already have VINA in common, so just let the conversation build from there!

Can you explain how VINA is a bit different than Bumble BFF?
Our members say they love Hey! VINA because we’re exclusively focused on women’s friendship, so the platform is very feminine and designed with that sole goal in mind. They also love how we show so much more than photos, plus they love being able to host and attend plans created by other people in the community! Lastly, many of our members aren’t looking for dates, so they’re not comfortable having a dating app on their phones.

You can download the Hey! VINA here using Google Play or the Apple Store.

5 Apps Every Journalist Should Be Using

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  1. Lightroom: If Instagram isn’t cutting it with the filters, people should download the Lightroom app because it’s free if you have an iphone. You can change a photo drastically with changes in lighting, radiance and tinting. Additionally, you can edit photos professionally on your phone if you need to blog or edit quickly on the go.
  2. Hootsuite: I run a few accounts on Instagram for my major. If you have to manage social media for a business like I have to, this app allows you to schedule all your posts. Rather than having to remember throughout the week, you can load your posts up on a Sunday night once, and the posts will update automatically.
  3. Canva: Canva is perfect for making aesthetically pleasing promotional posters and graphics. Some designs are $1.99, but there are a ton that you can use for free. For a social media savvy app, it’s much easier and quicker than InDesign and Photoshop.
  4. TapeACall: As a journalist, I need to transcribe phone calls sometimes. TapeACall is perfect for recording your phone calls effortlessly. It does cost money to record your calls freely, but it’s so worth it if you’re constantly doing interviews. Definitely remind your sources they’re being recorded beforehand as well.
  5. WordPress: This might seem like an obvious one, but posting on the WordPress app is so much more convenient if you need to do a quick post. This is one of the best mobile apps I’ve seen that is just as good as the computerized website.

ALSO, I recently got an article written about me, and I linked it below. I’ve been the editor in chief for Cardinal Points, a staff writer for DoNorth magazine, an editorial assistant for Saranac Review, and a social media manager for the literary magazine ZPlatt. I also used to co-host a radio show and have been a teaching assistant for three different classes.

Here’s the link to check it out: http://cardinalpointsonline.com/singh-builds-confidence-through-leadership/

 

 

 

Girl’s Night Out Playlist

Cheers to the weekend. For today’s post, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite songs to listen to while I’m getting ready to go out. Before I get to the playlist, let me give a shout out to the Airtime app, which allows you to video chat with up to five other friends, and you can share music so everyone can sing songs together. Please check out the link, and see for yourself.

50 Cute Girls Night out Outfits and Ideas to adopt this year:
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Girl’s Night Out Playlist: 

  1. Cold Water ft. Justin Bieber and MØ- Major Lazer
  2. Bonfire – Felix Jaehn
  3. I wish (My Taylor Swift) – The Knocks
  4. Work ft. Drake – Rihanna
  5. One Dance ft. Kyla and Wizkid – Drake
  6. 2 On – Tinashe
  7. Loyal – Chris Brown
  8. 1 of 1 -Tyga
  9. Mamacita – Tinie Tempah
  10. Hymn for the Weekend – Coldplay
  11. Toothbrush -DNCE
  12. Dirty Talk – Wynter Gordon
  13. Panda – Desiigner
  14. Closer – The Chainsmokers
  15. Into You – Ariana Grande
  16. This Is What You Came For
  17. Cool Girl – Tove Lo
  18. All In My Head (Flex) – Fifth Harmony
  19. Me Too – Meghan Trainor
  20. Too Good – Drake ft. Rihanna
  21. Make Me – Britney Spears ft. G- Eazy
  22. Middle – DJ Snake ft. Bipolar Sunshine
  23. No Money – Galantis
  24. Light It Up – Major Lazer ft.  Nyla and Fuse ODG
  25. Perfect Strangers – Jonas Blue ft. JP Cooper
  26. Candyman – Zedd & Aloe Blacc
  27. I Wanna Know – Alesso ft. Nico & Vinz
  28. Back 2 U – Steve Aoki & Boehm ft. WALK THE MOON
  29. Gyal You A Party Animal – Charley Black
  30. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya

Where to find the best phone cases….

Scarlet & Gold is a lifestyle and gift brand that includes placemats, notebooks, scripture cards, and other stationery items. However, I started seeing some more artsy phone cases pop up in their Instagram account and discovered their amazing designs. Here are some of their patterns that I thought were chic and unique. The iPhone cases are between $20.00-$35.00, so check them out!

http://www.scarletandgoldshop.com/iphone-cases/

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TIGER LILLY | IPHONE CASE

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BIG PALM | IPHONE CASE

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BEIGE DIPPED | IPHONE CASE

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GREEN & GOLD IKAT | IPHONE CASE

Also, I looked at some of their products on sale and thought the ones below were too precious not to post.Check out more by clicking on the link below:

http://www.scarletandgoldshop.com/sale/

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These Lowe Notes are only $1.00 now! Between the quotes and the artwork, I’m obsessed with this brand!

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This $14.00 notebook is also super pretty and I love the shades of blue and green.

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This $12.00 placemat is fun and still chic.