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Planoly: An Easy-to-Use, Glamorous Tool for Instagram

As a busy blogger and business leader, Instagram has become a fun, essential platform for me to stay connected to my growing community. As much as I love creating a tablescape, there’s absolutely nothing as thrilling as receiving all of your wonderful suggestions, compliments, and comments on my designs!

Staying on top of all that content and making sure that I post high-quality material can be tricky, though. I know that my followers deserve the best, and I always strive to deliver timely, consistent content.

That’s why I’ve started using some social media tools to make it easier for me to post regularly, upload high-quality content, and respond to your fabulous ideas as quickly as possible. When it comes to my design-focused lifestyle posts, I can always rely on the beauty and simplicity of Planoly for managing my Instagram account! I’ve put together a quick overview of this useful app to highlight some of its key features that I use on the regular.

Focus on the Visual

One of the reasons I really love Planoly is that, when scheduling out posts to publish, I can easily visualize how all of my Instagram posts will look together.

As a design and travel addict, I care about how each individual image will appear on your screens, but also how all of my posts look next to one another. I like to think of my Instagram posts as both individual portraits and significant parts of the larger gallery that is my Instagram page.

With Planoly, I can literally drag the different scheduled images around on my screen so that each piece complements the ones beside it. It even allows me to see all of the different images from my Instagram history together, ensuring that every piece is aesthetically delightful and on point.

Connecting with My Community

Planoly makes it easy for me to stay connected with my Dream.Design.Discover community without having to continuously check back on old posts to view comments. I now get all my comments in one centralized “inbox” that I can access from my desktop or smartphone, which makes it easy to keep a conversation going and be as responsive as possible to my followers!

This commenting feature even lets me star specific discussions so that I can easily find them later. If someone recommends a fabulous designer swimsuit in December, I can quickly find it again in June without scrolling for ages.

Best of all, Planoly catches typos, offering an extra level of screening to catch any embarrassing mistakes.

Easy-to-Understand Visitor Data

Planoly does a great job simplifying the stats we want to know and making them easily digestible. From “most liked” and “most commented” to “likes received,” Planoly summarizes user data using the standard social media lingo that we’re already accustomed to.

These simple stats help me better understand which posts my community members absolutely love, which ones make them want to engage with me, and which ones weren’t a big hit. Perfect information for planning future posts!

Instagram Like a (Social Media) Boss

Of course, I can also curate and repost other users’ content that I absolutely love! Another bonus? Planoly is one of the least expensive Instagram management tools available.

Planoly makes it easy for everyone to make their Instagram accounts shine—even those users who aren’t that tech-savvy!

Try it out free for 15 days (free trial) and let me know what you think.

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Beauty & Wellness App Must-Have!

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PRiv Dream Design Discover Blog Lifestyle

Had to share this beauty secret…especially since it involves technology!

PRIV is a one-stop destination for all your beauty and wellness needs. PRIV brings your favorite services, along with our highly-vetted professionals directly to you; anytime, anywhere. Looking and feeling good has never been easier or more affordable.

You can PRIV one or more of these services at a time:
HAIRCUT | Regular grooming or a style shakeup
BLOWOUT | Whether you want a blowout, braid or updo
NAILS | A basic manicure to gel with nail art
MASSAGE | From a midday office break to full relaxation at home
MAKEUP | For your Saturday night or your Wedding day
FITNESS | From yoga to boxing
STRAIGHT SHAVE | A beard trim or a straight shave and style
SPRAY TAN | From a sunkissed glow to a beachy bronze

PRIV is available in following cities: London, Los Angeles, New York, Hamptons, OC and Austin…and I’m sure more to come!

I know you will absolutely love the experience…so try them out and let me know what you think in the comments below.

xoxolisa

 

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Digital Life-Changers

These app will make your everyday life just a little bit more productive and easier. Enjoy!

 

 

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1.Dark Sky
Dark Sky uses state-of-the-art technology to predict when it will rain or snow — down to the minute — at your exact location, and presents it to you alongside the most beautiful weather visualizations you’ve ever seen. Watch weather patterns evolve globally, or right down in your neighborhood, in Dark Sky’s stunningly smooth map simulations. Pull storms back and forth through time — and into the future — to see what the weather has in store for you.

 

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2. Pocket 
save for later and put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket.
And Save it directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter.

If it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet or computer. You don’t even need an Internet connection.

 

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3. Evernotes
Easily gather everything that matters. Clip web articles, capture handwritten notes, and snap photos to keep the physical and digital details of your projects with you at all times.

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#TechTalk: Introducing the Canon VIXIA Mini

My New Favorite Sidekick: Introducing Canon Vixia – Mini

Last week I ran into Alexandra from @hrhcollection, the founder and beautiful blogger of shopwithhrh.com. We made instant friends because of her sidekick. I am a victim of gadgets of information technology, productivity apps and all #TechTalk. So after connecting with her on Instagram, I went online to order the new discovered genius.

The all-new VIXIA Mini makes it easy for you to be the star, so come on out from behind the camcorder and take the stage! Whatever your thing is – music, dance, sports, cooking, video blogging – the VIXIA Mini helps you capture it with maximum impact.

Use its expansive fisheye lens to make sure you and everything around you appear in the shot, or to spice up your video with a funky look other camcorders can’t offer. Looking for a more conventional option? Just tap the touch screen and crop-in.

Either way, your videos and photos come out looking great because the VIXIA mini provides Canon quality you can depend on. And it’s got superb stereo sound to match.

Plus, with a tiltable screen and adjustable stand it’s a one-stop imaging solution that even shoots hands-free. But what good is shining so brightly if you’ve got no audience? That’s why the VIXIA mini has built-in Wi-Fi®, so you can share your creativity with the world. Via Canon

Technical Description 

The versatile VIXIA mini gives you both Wide and Close-up shooting modes. Wide mode captures virtually everything within its frame, shooting at approximately 16.8mm for videos and 15.4mm for photos (35mm equivalent). Expansive video shot in Wide mode has a 160° angle of view (170° angle for still images), adding a whole new level of playfulness and creativity at the edges.

Get those sweeping landscapes or wide group shots with ease, and then switch to Close-up mode for a cropped in, centered 1920 x 1440 image that emphasizes your subject (35.0mm for videos, 32.1mm for photos). With the VIXIA mini, you can toggle between the two modes at any time, simply by touching the LCD screen. Via Canon

Favorite Features:

  • Built-In WIFI
  • Touch screen drawing onto the screen
  • Editing options and filters
  • Super small and fits into my clutch

xoxolisa

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My 12 Favorite Instagram Follows For Creativity & Inspiration

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Instagram is my favorite place to seek out inspiration. Below I have rounded up some of my favorite creative Instagram accounts that brighten up my feed. Each of these beautifully curated accounts are filled with inspiration, lust for life, color, and style.

12 Creative & Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow Today: 

@dennistheprescott

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@linda_lomelino

@shawnayamamoto

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@townandcountrymag

@allthingsdecor

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@uploseandstylish

@jodianne_

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@nectarandstone

@hooraymagau

@kerriehessillustration

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@wedding_paper_chic

@thedailyedited

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What are some of your favorites to follow?

xoxolisa

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Order a Doctor Housecall like “Über”

I am so exited to share this app with you guys… The app that delivers doctors to your doorstep.

“Heal” is the smart phone app that delivers a doctors to your door within 30 minutes, similar to the on-demand car service Über.

But instead of only a car, a doctor shows up at your doors step. Basically, a traditional doctor that does house calls. After downloading the app and adding credit card info to your profile, you are easily set up and ready to go. Simply request a doctor, and a family doctor or pediatrician will arrive shortly. You can check his ETA on the app the same way you would do it on the Über app.

The service is available for a flat fee of $99 per house call. The doctors are available from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. I know… I are probably thinking how genius is this?heal app blog post ddd

Heal started in Los Angeles in February and expanded to San Fransciso and it’s planing a roll out it in a total of 15 major cities across America this year.

The roster of doctors affiliated with HEAL are associated with respected hospital such as University of California in Los Angels, Columbia, and others.

For an additional $19 the doctors will pick up the prescription for you and will just file the paperwork with your insurance.

Heal is one of the few new applications and services responding to the growing patient dissatisfaction with access and wait times at doctors’ offices.

For more information about the app, visit getheal.com. 

How brilliant is this new service? Doctor House Calls for $99, with just the click of a button.

I think it’s a game changer of the health industry.

What are your favorite apps?

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SHYP – The Best App Since Über

Today I’ve discovered the most amazing app that I need to share with all of you…

SHYP is probably the best new iPhone app since Über.

Do you wish you were a better friend by remembering to send birthday packages on time but can’t fit in a stop at UPS? Want to launch your own online business but hate the idea of multiple weekly post office trips? Are you tired of frustrating experiences and outrageous FedEx costs?

I’ve finally found the solution to these package problems: SHYP!

To explain it in a nutshell, SHYP is Über for packages!

SHYP is a San Francisco-based company that utilizes a mobile app to provide an easy, on-demand shipping experience. The app cuts out a time-consuming and frustrating visit the post office by picking up packages and shipping items for you through USPS and other major carriers.

Shyp is the easiest way to send anything, anywhere in the world.

The best part? They pick up your item for only $5 at your doorstep. But wait, it get’s better! SHYP will pick up a max of 20 items for the same pick-up fee and create a custom box for your items. On top of this, you receive a tracking number, and the package is insured for up to $1,000.

Voilà!

Do you sell on eBay or Etsy or frequently ship out gifts and items to your family and friends? Then this app will change your life! It’s like having your own personal assistant for your boxes.

I am loving this!

Have you tried it…?

Comment below to share your SHYP experience or your favorite life-changing app!

xoxolisa