Almost three (!) years ago I shared five apps that I use to keep my sanity, so I figured it was time for an updated list of my favourite apps. Since, as everyone knows, three years is basically an eternity in tech.
Some of those apps still earn their keep on my phone such as Remember the Milk, Google calendar and Google drive, but I’ve swapped out a few other apps for more updated versions and added a few that I didn’t know I needed before.
Posted in Tech
Tagged apps, reviews, tech
White tank top, Everlane $20 / Silk pants, thrifted / Tali wedge pump, Cole Haan $170 / Pearl earrings, Etsy $16
Woohoo, a real live OOTD photo! As I’ve mentioned before I’m not usually in front of the camera (and I never know what to do with my hands or face in photos, thank god for pockets) but these pants were such a find and a flat layout just wasn’t doing them justice.
Recently I’ve had a lot of discussions with other women who are thinking about getting into the tech space (come on in, the water’s fine, the jobs are plentiful and the salaries are good!) and one of the things that everyone seems to vocalize in one way or another is that they don’t want to be stuck in a corner, be ordered around and just be another solitary cog in the machine. They visualize development as pasty white dudes huddled silently in a basement somewhere and are turned off by the idea of tech. Hell, I would be too if that was the reality.
I want to dispel the myth that every dev shop is like that (obviously there are exceptions, and the stereotype had to come from somewhere, but I prefer to avoid those). While most dev teams are full of people who are a little… eccentric (and certainly I’m lumping myself in that category) in general they tend to be one of the best teams to be on in a company and are incredibly creative and collaborative.
I play on the NYC field hockey team* during the summer, and this year is the team’s ten-year anniversary! The woman who runs the group sent out a request for t-shirt designs to celebrate and I submitted a few of mock-ups of my ideas.
Heaven Tank Dress, Hye Park and Lune $79 / Bucket Tote, Esby $375 / Bi-stretch Pull On Pant, Bassike $480 / Provence Dress, Archerie $282 / Nori Dress, Sonnet James $108 / Tank Suit, Study NY $240 / Delos Necklace, Another Feather $150 / Maxine Crop Top, Elizabeth Suzann $125 / Madison Maxi Skirt, Groceries $98 / Whisper Sweet Nothings Bralette, Only Hearts $87
Even though I’m currently working as a front-end developer I originally started my career as a graphic designer. Old habits die hard so I still do the UX and design for most of my personal projects, and every once in a while I’ll lend a hand at work just to keep my skills from getting rusty.
Usually I’m the first to say that people who create stock photos, fonts, icons, and kits deserve every penny they charge. However if it’s just for my own little side project without the assistance of a corporate card, I like my assets to be cheap or better yet, free. So here are five of my go-to resources when I’m working on a project.
One of my favorite features from my bank are their fraud alert texts, where they’ll text me if there is suspicious activity on my credit card and require text confirmation before re-enabling it. Unfortunately, this has been happening a lot recently due to a few life events that have been racking up my spending this past month (what do you mean most normal people don’t go out to “catch-up” drinks three times a week, buy two sets of plane tickets, and get hit with a huge prescription co-pay in the same week? :face palm:)
So while thankfully I budgeted for all this nonsense, it’s still something I’m keeping an eye on because I don’t want this spending pattern to become my new norm. As Francis Bacon said, “money is a great servant but a bad master” which I’ve always interpreted as meaning “don’t get taken for a ride on the hedonic treadmill, keep money in its place as a useful tool”. Even though I know a few people stop by my little blog for my thoughts on minimalism, I hope that it’s abundantly clear that I’m far from being an expert on the subject. I’m still working through my own trouble areas, which is why I found this article to be so pertinent.