I’m a marketer’s dream in that when I find something I love or that works really well I want to shout it from the roof tops and share with everyone I know.
I’ve come across some some amazing products and apps that have made my life better over the past year and have been wanting to share, so without further adieu, here are my 12 game changers of 2015!
DryBar Buttercup: This is by far the biggest game changer in my day-to-day routine. I bought this set in November after zapping my T3 in South Africa (forgot about the voltage change–whoops!) I have really thick hair and the Buttercup took my dry time down to 25 min from 45! Reclaiming an extra 20 minutes of my morning was well worth the investment. I’ve also noticed less frizz and more shine. Truly no complaints or regrets on this one!
FRAME Denim: The most flattering and well-wearing brand of denim I’ve found. These are my favorite black jeans (they actually stay black after washing) and these are my go-to everyday skinnies. They have the perfect amount of stretch but don’t stretch out–I hate when jeans start to sag by the end of the day.
Mizon Snail Repair Cream: I’m so suspicious when people claim “miracles in a jar”, but this has been just that for me. This was my first stop on the K-Beauty (Korean Beauty) train and now I’m fully on board. I saw a dramatic difference in my skin–an overall glow-ier and more even tone. This is like Photoshop’s blur tool in real life.
Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil: I might be into K-Beauty lately, but I’m not into a 10 step routine. When I want to put in minimal effort and still wake up with happier skin I put a few drops of this oil on before bed. It was such a savior on our long haul flights to and from South Africa.
Timer: I spend a lot of time on the computer for my job whether it’s drafting floor plans, or sourcing products for a design scheme, and accurately tracking my time is essential. I think we all know how easy it can be to get pulled down the rabbit hole online and I’ve found an old school timer to be the most effective way to keep to task. The one I use has intervals of 60, 30, 15, and 5 minutes and knowing I’m racing against the clock helps me to work more efficiently.
Wunderlist: I’ll always favor a written to-do list for my daily tasks, but for longer term to-dos I love Wunderlist. Each of my projects has its own list where I put down everything I need to do over the course of a project from start to finish. I also use it personally and have lists for each place we want to travel and add notes whenever I come across something of interest like a restaurant, shop, or hotel in that country/city. You can also share lists which is super helpful for things like grocery lists or household to-dos.
Pocket: Before Garrett introduced me to Pocket I perpetually had 6+ browser windows open and I’m 100% sure it wasn’t doing me any favors in terms of productivity or overall mental clarity. Pocket is basically like Pinterest for articles. Whenever I come across something I want to read, I save it to Pocket and tag it based on the category and topic so I can easily find it later. No more open tabs for things I “definitely want to read later”.
Classpass: I’m a late adopter on this one, but Classpass has been a total game changer for me in terms of getting back into an exercise routine. I had a favorite barre studio I went to regularly in DC, but when we moved down here I got lazy and post holidays it was time to make a change. I signed up for Classpass last month and have loved exploring different studios here in Raleigh. I’ve narrowed it down to about 5 favorites which means with Classpass’s 3 visit/studio rule I can get in a work out 15x per month at my favorites. Three to four workouts a week is realistic for me, but I can always add in new studios or types of exercise along the way if I want to up my workouts/month. It’s such a value for $79/month!
Headspace: If you’ve been interested in trying meditation but are kind of weirded out by the process or don’t know how or where to start I would highly recommend Headspace. I’ve been using it for almost a year now–you can start with a 10 day free trial to learn the practice–and I really notice a difference in my focus and reduction in my anxiety levels when I am meditating. An added bonus, the instructor has the most adorable accent!
Luggage: My sister gave me an amazing wedding gift: a piece of luggage of my choice. I did tons of research and decided on Briggs & Riley because of their excellent reviews and lifetime warranty. After a lot of waffling, this is the piece I ended up going with. The rolling duffle with a zip-off compartment is genius. After 11 flights in 2.5 weeks during our South Africa trip, I feel confident in saying I put mine through the ringer and it handled like a dream. No damage at all, and the medium was big enough to handle everything I packed while being light enough for the smaller planes we took. Better yet, I was able to use the zip-off compartment to segregate dirty clothes which was so key for a long trip. We’re planning on getting one for Garrett, too.
Hotel Tonight: When I need a last minute hotel, Hotel Tonight has become my go-to. A hotel clerk actually tipped me off to the the app to help me find a better rate when I was booking a room day-of–isn’t that so nice? Anyway, I’ve used it to find amazing deals (at non-shady hotels) in NYC, DC, & VA, but you can search anywhere! Lately I’ve been keeping my eye on deals in Charleston. I should also add that it doesn’t have to be for same day booking, now you can look a week or two in advance. This isn’t sponsored, but if you’d like $25 off you can use my code: LSPEACE2 and I’ll get $25, too.
Hopper: I’ve been using Hopper to find the best deals on airfare. You simply put in your travel details–departure city/arrival city/dates–and Hopper finds the best deals. My favorite part of the app is that it advises if you should book now or if prices will likely drop in the future. If they might drop, just save the trip and Hopper will keep searching for deals and send an alert when it finds the best price/time to buy. It’s like your own travel agent working silently in the background!
I hope some of these may be helpful to you, and if you’ve stumbled across any game changers of your own please share!