Clóda Scanlon, 21, Irish Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger, UCC Student, Cork City.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

App-sessed


Today I am back with a different type of blog post than usual!
So I will be showing you the apps I have on my iPod - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!!

As someone who spends majority of their time with a devise in their hand, I would like to think I know a thing or two about apps - or rather I'll just show you the ones I have came across over the last few years.

Social Media

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Ahhhhh yes, the Fantastic Four, the old reliables, the ones we all spend just a little bit too much of our lives on - but we love 'em!! 
Tbh I would be so lost without them all.

Facebook will always be the ultimate!! Where it all started (after Bebo that is...).
Everyone from your 6 year old cousin to your granny are on Facebook nowadays - but that's brilliant. 
Facebook has the answers to solve all your problems it seems.
Wanna catch up with an old school pal? - Fb
Wanna let everyone know that you went to Ed Sheeran? - Photo album on Fb
Wanna get the latest news from around the world? - Fb
Wanna watch cute videos of baby goats doing backflips off each other? - Fb
Wanna people for pretty much anything? - Fb

The list is endless but it's your one-stop shop for keeping up with people without actually having to talk them! Isn't it crazy how social media can make you less social?

Instagram my beloved Instagram. A blogger's paradise in my opinion. I adore aesthetics and carefully planned themes. I love that it's just a creative corner of the internet where amateurs are often the best photographers.
It's also my main source of fashion, travel and lifestyle inspo. It's the one place where you can govern what and who pops up on your feed.

Snapchat - the quickest way to chat to someone or get a message out there!
I love Snapchat for keeping up with my friends and of course following fellow snapchatters.
Will our lives ever be the same again after the beauty & dog filters??

Twitter - I love how this is totally different to the other social media apps. It's a great place for a rant and for voicing your opinion. It's also one of the only ways to get the attention of a celebrity quickly.

Photography

Have you ever wanted to know a bloggers best kept secret?? How they get the perfect photos!!

Ok .. no it's totally not a secret haha, but I have been asked quite a lot lately what apps I use to edit my photos. It's not just all about the apps though.
1. Investing in a really good camera or a phone that has a great quality camera is key.
2. Natural daylight is key for brightness and no unwanted tones in your photos.
3. The following apps.. 
4. A lot of practise - and you're good to go!

VSCO

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If you haven't heard of VSCO, then you haven't lived. To be honest it has changed my visual outlook on life. If you want to create and explore cool themes for your Insta feed then you need to hop on the VSCO bandwagon. Basically it's an app where you can apply beautiful filters to photos, and lots more editing tools. 
I don't like to use it to the extreme which is great because you can decide how intense you want the filter to be. So let me show you a before and after photo when using this wondrous app.

Unedited..

Edited using VSCO - Look how much more life the second picture has compared to the first?
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Snapseed

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After editing a photo with VSCO to change the tone or the mood of the photo, I sometimes then like to use an app called Snapseed. 
This app allows you to add brightness or warmth to specific aspects of the photo rather than adjusting the whole photo. Showing you examples of what I do explains it best.


So as you can see, for this photo I wanted just the ground to be brightened rather than me being brightened. Snapseed is a god send for subtle changes!!
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Here is another comparison. I used VSCO to change the tone and then Snapseed to brighten the whole photo - it creates a whole new vibe!


Touch Retouch

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Up until now, all the apps I have told you about are free in the App store. This one however you have to pay for. Being the stingy student that I am I usually never pay for apps, but this was the best €2 I ever spent!

Basically with Touch Retouch, you can remove unwanted objects from your photos.
Sometimes when I am shooting a look, I think the photos are great until I come home later to find that someone or something was in the background of my photo. So yeah, this app is a blogger's absolute dream!!!
Watch the magic happen..


That bin was never there... hehehe...
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 Nor were those people ever in the background of my photo..


UNUM

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So this one is for the Instagrammers, the bloggers, the visualists.
UNUM is the perfect planner for Instagram. It allows you to easily plan your theme and aesthetic before uploading to Instagram, as well as scheduling posts. You link your Instagram account and off you go!!


Everything else..

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Duolingo - For anyone interested in learning a new language, Duolingo is a fun, interactive, free way to start.

Headspace - a fantastic app for positive mental health, motivation & meditation. 

Olympus Share - For people with an Olympus camera, this app makes life so much easier. You can transfer photos straight from your camera to your phone and it acts as a remote control if you have no photographer.

iMusic - I use this to listen to music. To be honest it's not the best in the world. It has been crashing a bit lately but it's still an old reliable for creating playlists.

Popsugar Fitness Active - This app is brilliant for doing workouts and setting yourself fitness goals from the comfort of your own bedroom.

Mytaxi - I use this every week. Ireland's most reliable Taxi app.

Foto Store - An Irish company that prints photos from your camera roll and sends them out to you within a day or two.

Fastscanner - I only discovered this gem a few weeks ago when I didn't know how to use a scanner in the library. I was informed of this app. You take a picture of the sheet(s) you want to scan and it turns it into PDF form. Simples.


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So there it is, some of my favourite apps. I'm in no way an expert or being asked to promote any of these but I really think people should know about these handy apps if you don't already.

What are your favourite apps?? I would love to know! 
Leave me a comment below as I'm always keen to have something else to help me procrastinate and not study.......

Until next time.
Clóda
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

All About The Deets


Hi everyone, happy Easter!!
I'm back today with a fashion post, and as you can tell - it's all about the details!
So usually my fashion posts focus on a certain top or certain item of clothing, but I decided to focus on some of the accessories I've been loving lately!


I love this! It's so important to love what you do, and boy do I love blogging!
Content creation, photography, outfit planning, aesthetic themes, shoots - I've just fallen so in love with it all lately and I'm really happy with where my blog is going!

I adore this bag from Springfield!
 It's the first time I've gotten to shoot it since purchasing it in Madrid. I think it's a bag that will never go out of style!


Dainty necklaces are by far my favourite.
I love this Infinity Heart from an Irish store called Bow Pow. You should definitely check them out if you like quirky jewellery. You can also get 20% off when you use the code "orangeobviously20" at the checkout, exclusive to my followers.


Dupe of Dreams
Isn't this dupe of the trendy Gucci belt just divine?? I just can't get enough of it.
As soon  as I saw it, I had to have it. But being a student, I obviously couldn't justify buying a designer belt! So I picked up the most perfect duplicate from Love Cherish in Charleville!


Matching the red bralette with my red lippy was the key to tying this whole look together.
My belt, bag and shoes do the talking - but the red just creates the vibe and makes it a fun look.






Isn't this the coolest photography?
Big shout out to Ailbhe from The Red Brunette for all the photos. The shoot was so much fun today - check out her blog to see the photos I shot of her too!


These shoes are literally giving me LIFE right now!
I think they look very Valentino-esque or something!
Can you believe that they are from none other than Penneys for €22!!!!And they are Limited Edition so grab them quick if you want them!
I saw a very similar pair in River Island for €60 so these are an absolute steal!
I'm going to live in these for the summer!



Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.
It was something a bit different to usual, but I might do more posts like this as I really enjoy photography of up-close detail shots.

Clóda 
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