I need technology and social media like a fish needs water. Doing homework seems almost impossible without the Internet. I love connecting with my far-away friends using Facebook and Skype, Twitter and Instagram help me establish relationships with my blog readers, and Tumblr gives me a place to jot down all my thoughts and ideas.
Technology plays a crucial role in my daily routine — especially during New York Fashion Week. Each year, the media lounge at Lincoln Center is bursting with journalists and bloggers frantically trying to put together their fashion show coverage. Although you can brave Fashion Week the analog way (it’s easy! All you need is your notebook, pen, sketch pad, invites, map, show schedule, camera… get the idea?), technology makes covering the shows so much easier — and your bag lighter.
Here are my favorite apps to use, especially during Fashion Week. Hopefully, you budding fashionistas will be able to make them work for you, too:
Teux Deux: I. Love. Lists. I have the worst memory in the world, and I’d be virtually lost if I didn’t write stuff down. Enter Teux Deux, my single favorite to-do app. Designed by the wonderful Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss, this minimalist, no-fuss, design-y app is about as simple as you get — and it’s a huge productivity booster.
Solar: During Fashion Week it’s essential to know the forecast so you can dress appropriately, and Solar delivers it in a gorgeous, simple way. Though it only displays the weather three days in advance, in just a few quick gestures you’ll have yourself an accurate, hour-by-hour weather prediction.
LinkedIn CardMunch: For networkers on the go, this app is perfect for making sure that you stay connected to everyone you meet. Simply snap a picture of a person’s business card, and LinkedIn finds them and add them as a new connection. It’s genius, I tell you.
Instagram: Not gonna lie, you probably already have Instagram. Since its launch not even two years ago, it already boasts millions of users around the world. This photo-sharing app is perfect for connecting with the people around you, and it’s really fun to use, too.
Blogsy: I can’t bring my laptop with me to Fashion Week, so Blogsy helps me to draft articles just using my iPad. It flawlessly integrates Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube into your blog posts. Now, if only typing on iPads was this easy…
Paper and Notability: My favorite note-taking apps! Paper won Apple’s Design Award in 2012, and it’s an absolute joy to use. It helps even the worst artists among us (cough, cough) create stunning sketches. You can jot down any thought, and Paper turns it into art. Notability is my go-to app for school work, but it’s also a great tool for Fashion Week. Snap pictures, doodle, use text, highlight… the list goes on. Use it to record show notes or organize ideas.
Style.com: I mentioned this one in last week’s post; it’s essential for any fashion fan. It’s impossible to attend each and every one of the 200+ shows during Fashion Week, and Style.com brings you looks from hundreds of collections at lightning speed. If you’re into trendspotting, you don’t have to wait for the magazines to tell you what’s “in” — here, you can try to decode the trends yourself!
Snapseed: I’ve used dozens of photo editors, but this one takes the cake. Besides being free, it’s easy to use and helps make your simple photos really pop. It offers powerful editing tools like tilt-shift, filters, image-tuning, and the ability to adjust specific parts of the photo. Also, if you’re feeling lazy, just click “automatic,” which instantly makes your photo shine.
Pocket: Too much time between fashion shows, but not enough to digest long, drawn-out articles? Pocket solves both dilemmas. Simply save your favorite articles for offline use when you have some downtime. I use this constantly during long car and train rides!
Gmail: Almost all fashion show invites arrive digitally, and I’d be lost (and invite-less) during Fashion Week without my handy, dandy Gmail account. Google has stepped up their app design, and their simple-but-effective Gmail app for mobile is practically perfect.
What are your favorite fashion — and non-fashion — apps? Share them in the comments below.
About The Girl in the Check Scarf:
Sarah Justine is a 17-year-old student/fashion blogger with nothing to wear, who reads The New Yorker, and schemes of going to Paris. She’s been blogging daily for three years at www.thegirlinthecheckscarf.com, and in March of 2012 she was named “One Of The Top 10 Bloggers Under 18” by guestofaguest.com. She is a TED attendee, fashion and technology geek, aspiring trend forecaster, and constant wearer of black clothing. She is currently a senior in high school and resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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