5 Must Have Apps That Will Change Your Instagram Game

PLANOLY

I love Planonly because of how minimalistic it is. Think of this app as a visual planner. It lets you schedule all your posts to the exact time you want it posted (days, weeks, or months in advance). Furthermore, the app lets you view your engagement rates for each post(s) weekly, monthly and yearly. Auto-population of hashtags and @Instagram handles is one of the things that sold me on the app. The only con is that I noticed for videos and multiple images, they don't automatically post it however you can go ahead and schedule it and they will alert you when its time to get posted.




FACETUNE

This is one of my favorite of all editing apps. With a little $5 investment you get high-end photoshop editing at your fingertips. Features like the smooth tool, detail, reshape, patch and tone are some of my favorite tools on the app. I always go back to this app most especially for all my makeup posts to get that airbrush finish. With over 32,000 downloads this app has become one of the leading beauty apps. I have so many other beauty apps that I love and that I am willing to share so please leave a comment below of you be interested in that.



AFTERLIGHT

I love Afterlight for brightening, sharpening and adding really cool filters like light overlays, frames, retro, and dusty dreamy filters to my photos. It does cost $2.99 in the App store but trust me it's so worth every penny.


Lightroom/PHOTOSHOP

These are both free in the app store for mobile devices but the free versions are very limiting with what you can do. I will advice making a $10.99/month creative cloud investment (which is what I have) on your desktop so that way you can explore all your creative juices. Gone are the days when we had to make $300 investments to use the photoshop app. I love both of these apps because there is no limiting to what you can do, you can literally make all your pictures look like you're on some island in Santorini and no one will know. If you are looking for a more professional think Vogue cover photo finish, this is the app you need. My main photo in these posts here and here where done in photoshop. Who wants a photoshop tutorial?

I love Lightroom because it lets me organize and have all my pictures in one place. I mostly use presets which I sometimes buy or create on my own for an added umphhh to my photos.



PHONTO

Last but definitely not least is my favorite app for writing on pictures. Completely free in the app store, get creative with the font on your pictures or even youtube thumbnails like here. Speaking of youtube are you guys subscribed to me on there? Please subscribe if you haven't, I have been posting a lot more frequently on there. I have a recent post of a bikini try on the haul, and one on how to apply false lashes here and here respectively.



Do you guys have any of these apps? What are some of your favorite/go-to apps? Which one will you be downloading I have so much more I didn't share but I didn't want to make this post too long. Comment below if you would like me to share more as well as share your fave apps with me also. 

Finally, I hope you all have entered my Giveaway with Jord watches here, so far only a few of you have entered if you didn't know about the giveaway you can read about it here. The winner gets $100, and you still get a prize just for entering the competition so please enter, we still have about 3 weeks left.



                                   Thanks for visiting my blog, See you in the next post ♥ AB!
 

Runway to Real Life: How to Pull off Spring’s Top Trends

 Strut this Spring's Top Trends


‘Tis the season to be perky, ladies, and with so much sun to look forward to, we might as well dive into our wardrobe and commence the spring cleaning frenzy! And by that we mean not just getting rid of those long-forgotten items that have been collecting dust in the back of your closet, but it’s also the perfect time to reconsider some of your spring fashion choices, with a little nudge straight from the runways!
However, therein lies the rub – some, or even a vast majority of those trends are not entirely suited to meet the needs of your everyday life. If you have found a way to take those Saint Laurent glitzy boots to a teacher-parent conference, do enlighten us. That is by no means an excuse to abandon our haute couture dreams, so let’s get down to business and bring these trends into wearable combos!

Pack on those pastels

Don’t be fooled by the subdued nature of this palette, as the sheer variety of shades available makes it close to impossible not to clad yourself in an array of ice-cream hues. From an overwhelming love for lavender, which perhaps stems from this year’s key color ultraviolet, all the way to pure white, what makes this trend oh so sweet is its ease of mixing and matching.
On the other hand, although you can effortlessly stay pretty in pink with a delicious pair of Racil pants, don’t be afraid to leap outside of your pastel comfort zone and experiment with some color-blocking, as well. Start with a single accent in bold red or neon green, for instance, but rest assured, you’ll quickly fall in love with your new stylish rainbow!

Don’t fear patterns



Color is not the only way to infuse your spring look with some fresh runway details. In fact, some of the most daring and beautiful pieces have stolen the spotlight precisely because of their clever use of patterns. For starters, vintage details are here to stay: from retro florals that can splash over your maxi dresses, all the way to delicate polka dots, in black and white to further revive this timeless style.
Other patterns that have kept their simplicity include the famous plaid look, but keep in mind that they have been given a modern makeover for the season. You can start simple with a lumberjack-worthy shirt, and move towards something as daring as a high-waisted tartan skirt, whose contemporary asymmetry brings out a new level of cool in this checkered look.

Stylish layers



Even though we cannot possibly mimic the layering seen among Gucci and Miu Miu models, among many others, this simple principle is the epitome of spring and a very practical way to enrich your look. So, instead of going overboard by piling up a tee, a shirt, a cardigan, and a classy coat, followed by a layered necklace, you can easily think practical thoughts and add some cool, but useful basics to your spring wardrobe.
While your day look may be settled with a simple tank top and a pair of distressed jeans, you can easily take your pick from a wide variety of women’s jackets that will be trendy for the season: the classic biker jacket never goes out of style, while a more sophisticated occasion may call for a printed blazer.

Denim galore


It’s sturdy, stylish, and devilishly sexy, and it’s not going anywhere from the fashion realm any time soon – denim is a preferred fabric for many a designer, and they have shown a distinct preference for denim-dominated outfits. Tom Ford, for example, has offered a few dark looks that are truly pure, head-to-toe denim. And even though it may feel like overkill to instantly step into a top and pants along with a jacket all made of denim, you sure can go back to basics with this durable material.
A form-fitting denim dress makes for an excellent spring pick, while Levi’s jeans are a staple of any collection. Plus, all of these and many other dark-hued items go splendidly well with the sporty, urban vibe that has been taking over the world by storm. Just wrap it up with your favorite pair of Converse sneakers, and you are one logged t-shirt away from spring-tastic!

As you can see, the catwalk trends are not as unreachable as they might seem at first. All it takes is a touch of imagination, some personal alterations to make the trends fit your preferences, and your personal spring collection will be brimming with runway pzazz!

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Beautifully written by Contributor Amy Mia Goldsmith

JORD watches + $100 Giveaway ❤️


Money, fame, power is the top burning desires in the heart of man, but the most priceless of all this is TIME. We have heard time and time again that time waits for no one. A master of time is a master of life. Every day we set goals for what we want to achieve in a day, in a month, in a year. All of these goals are attainable given hard work and persistence, but if it isn't the right time it'll all fall apart.


In my 20 something years of life, I  have realized that time is the most valuable possession a person can have. The older I get the more I realize I wish I could get back all the time I wasted not pursuing my goals and aspirations. All the time I wasted on a partner I had no business getting myself involved with.


With all those harsh realizations also comes the reminder that time is the most beautiful gift we have been given on earth. If I didn't spend time in those relationships, wrong paths, I wouldn't have changed my ways to be on my true authentic path.


As long as we have life, we have the time and power to change anything. For me, to keep track of all my time, I have to always have a watch with me to make sure I am not wasting any more time to pursue the things I love. Even better,  a chic time-piece that keeps perfect unmatched track of my time.



Watches have always been one of my favorite accessories. I could literally fo-go all of my other accessories but I have to have my watch on. Jord watches have unique timepieces crafted from real wood (bamboo, acacia, maple, olive, rosewood, walnut, etc). I chose this dark-sandal wood & emerald set because it fits my style and it's a classic piece.


 I would also like for you, my readers to take utmost control of your time, so Jord and I will be hosting a giveaway below so that one lucky winner will also have a beautiful time-piece to help keep track of your time spent making beautiful memories. 



Giveaway Details

All entrants will have a chance to win $100 gift code to use on the JORD site, one lucky person will win but all entrants will receive a consolation code worth 10% to use on the Jord site once the contest is over! 

We are looking for at least 25 entries in the contest. I will provide a giveaway link below. Please fill out your name and email address on the page that pops up. Finally, follow me on Instagram here, and subscribe to my Youtube channel here to qualify. This giveaway will run for 4 weeks or until all 25 entries are gathered. Goodluck ❤️

Giveaway link ----->   https://www.woodwatches.com/g/aprilbasi


Thanks for visiting my blog, See you in the next post ♥ AB! 

We stayed in the best hotel in Mexico?



It's been a little while since I got back from vacation from Cancun, Mexico and I wanted to share all of the pictures from my Vacation. *Warning* it's a lot of pictures...  haha

My boyfriend, Joseph and I decided to go to Mexico for our birthday weekend in April. I was super excited because it would be my first trip out of the country outside of Nigeria (my home).

We stayed at the Senses Riviera Maya By Artisan hotel, located in the city of Playa Prisió (35 minutes outside of Cancun) the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen; from the lobby to the intimate setting of the bedrooms to the bathroom on the rocks, outside patio with ocean views it as absolutely breathtaking.

We didn't do much on the first day we got there, because we were so tired from the trip so we relaxed and took in all the surreal views.



The next day we woke up really early to the most beautiful sunrise ever. It felt like a dream!


When it started to get bright outside we ran out to the beach because this was one of the main reasons we went there in the first place. haha

How cute is he?


Later in the day we got breakfast and went into the city (Playa del Carmen) to see what city life was like and take photos of course. Sidenote* Taxis are so expensive in Mexico we spent $50 juts to go back and forth from the hotel. You're better off using a shuttle from your hotel for $6 roundtrip to get around.



The city of Playa Del Carmen was so beautiful and the people were super nice. This might be ignorant of me but I was surprised to see mainstream stores like Zara, H&M and Victoria Secret.

We walked around till later in the evening, soaking up all the fun activities. I also got a henna tattoo, I'd always wanted to get one hehe... Later we got back to our hotel and had dinner at the restaurant in our hotel. We ate so much food and it was all free (well all inclusive). Make sure to get that when you travel.



Next day, we proceeded back to the beach, tanned, and really just relaxed.




All their food was so yummy!


After eating we got a massage  and relaxed even more (what are vacations for lol)


On our last full day, we went into the city of Cancun to be real tourists and eat some local food. 




These tacos were so good but sooo spicy I literally cried as I ate them. Of course, I had to have an original Spanish Môdelo Espècial!

Next day we flew back to the USA :-) This trip was so fun as you can tell from the photos, and I will definitely redo it again. I will say though if you're a solo traveler be careful when dealing with the locals and always ask for the price of things in pesos because they would try to trick you by increasing their prices in dollars once they can tell you're a foreigner. So just be careful but ultimately have FUN!!!!


N'echi ya, anyị laghachiri na United States :-) Njem a tọrọ ụtọ dị ka ị nwere ike ịgwa site na foto ndị ahụ, m ga-agbanyeghachi ya ọzọ. M ga-asị na ọ bụrụ na ị bụ onye njem njem nlezianya kpachara anya mgbe gị na ndị obodo na-emekọrịta ihe ma na-arịọkarị maka ọnụahịa nke ihe dị na pesos n'ihi na ha ga-anwa ịghọgbu gị site n'ịba ụba ahịa ha na dollar ozugbo ha nwere ike ịsị na ị bụ onye mba ọzọ . Ya mere, kpachara anya mana n'ikpeazụ nwee FUN !!!!

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