Snap App Happy

App Happy, Apps, Phone Apps, Photo Apps, iPhone, Photography, Blog A Book Etc

The app market is saturated to the hilts with free and not so free photo editing apps. There are also plenty of posts about peoples most used and favourite editing apps. So . . . here are mine!

Snapseed

Google+, Snapseed, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

For dramatic stormy skies and scratchy vintage like finishes this is the app for you. Not only is it free but if you like the sort of app where you can just upload straight to many social networks this is great.

Pixlr-o-Matic

Pixlr-o-matic, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Add-ons plus minor twists and turns this app has pretty much everything you need to transform a plain Jane photograph into something spectacular. My favourite filter is . . .

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Although I had to pay for this app (About £1 – I think!) there are a few nice features on this app. However the one disappointment is despite paying already for the privilege of taking up storage space on my phone if I were to use certain fonts I would have to pay more.

Click Serendipity

Click Serendipity, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

This is an app that I have neither used or owned however have looked and seen great things about it – I am still thinking about making the purchase but with so many other apps available for free it won’t be happening any time soon.

VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam,App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Lots of rave reviews for this lovely little app, however I am still waiting for it to show me it’s best. Maybe it is time to sit and play about with it a bit.

Retrica

Retrica, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

This app was introduced to me by some colleagues and although it is more about the instant photos rather than uploading and saving photos (saving on the memory) it isn’t really much different from instagram. The resemblance doesn’t stop from instagram even down to the apps icon.

What are your favourite photo apps?

GIVEAWAY: Goody Bag with Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The lovely people from Penguin put on a lovely vintage themed party for the interview of the lovely Maya Van Wagenen by the awesome Jo Elvin (Glamour Editor). Whilst there we were all given goody bags with a copy of the book and the opportunity to have a little chat with Maya and get her to sign her book. The lovely Maya signed a copy for me and personalised it and also signed two more copies for my readers.

The book is receiving rave reviews and Maya is truly inspirational especially for her age. She seems wise beyond her years and a pleasure to listen to when speaking. This young lady is poised and ready for action and I am pretty sure there will be a lot of that on the literary scene as she is well and truly on fire.

On the night we were given the hashtag WWBD – little did I know that when I actually checked on the social networking feeds that was also being used for What Would Beyoncé Do? – Quite frankly as fabulous as Beyoncé is I couldn’t give a rats backside what she would do in her current situation as it is none of my business. So with attention back on the lovely Maya we cracked on!

The Giveaway

What’s Included

- Signed Copy of the book Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

- Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide

-  June’s Issue of Glamour (With a hilarious editors letter from Jo!)

- Red Bird Makes Vintage Style Brooch

- Sweeties from There’s Only One Amy Law’s

- WWBD Armband

popular giveaway

Not a bad lot for a freebie so get those entries in ASAP for your chance to win this great goody bag – there are two up for grabs so go for it guys! And SPREAD THE WORD far and wide – the more entries the better!

So the giveaway is running from Thursday 22nd May at 07:00am until Thursday 29th May – sadly this competition is only open to UK residents as postage is too expensive to the USA. Click on the link below to go to the page for entries :D

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Grand Designs @ The London ExCel

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Thanks to the lovely Nick from Power Cases I actually found out that this was on. I really do need to concentrate more on the social scene for events and such things! Killing two birds (no animals were harmed during the writing of this post – had to be said!) so to speak as I had to pick up some bits for other people I headed off to the show just to collect and run. HOWEVER – once there with the press room calling I got my golden ticket and was away like wildfire with my camera. This post is going to be heavy on the photos and light on the words. So this is what I saw on the day . . .

old skool

In a little corner these lovely vintage looking items were placed. My only problem was the price tag being almost £10k!!!

garden loving

So many beautiful things for the garden and pretty much something for every corner of a broad imagination and a lot of money.

kitchen crazy

for the love of vodka

a little pizzazz

light

That’s about it from my little trip to Grand Designs! There were some amazing sights but overall I have to say most of the stuff is heavily over priced and most people would most likely be able to reproduce if a little effort was put in!

Did you go? If so what was your favourite part? Did you buy anything?

2nd & Not Last Read-A-Thon

Yesterday marked the end of my second and most definitely not last read-a-thon. Dewey’s Read-A-Thon is international and a whole host of people joined in the fun of setting themselves colossal reading goals. Some read for charity and others just for fun. For the second time I was lucky enough to be a co-host and once again the experience was truly amazing. Being able to converse with and cheer on so many different readers in just a two-hour period was great. There are blogs that have been added to my reading list and I am sure that I will be reading for a long time to come.

Not only is it a collective of bibliophiles but within that community of book lovers friendships have started or been cemented from previous talks and word is spread far and wide that the book community is here to stay. There has been controversy that has been slightly damning to the reputation of book bloggers vs ‘real’ critics. Personally as a book blogger I think it is sad that people find it necessary to say such hurtful things about people who just really like to read and share their opinions with each other. However as we live in a society of ‘kick a man whilst he is down’ such is life.

Moving on from the negativity this Read-A-Thon provided myself and over 700 others the excuse to block out the real world and settle in with as many good books as our eyes could rest on.

My final number is a meagre 1.5 as I am still reading the second book however between tweeting for support, instagramming and just generally keeping an eye out on the social side of things my reading was abandoned slightly. It didn’t help that I also overslept but hey ho!

If you have taken part in Dewey’s Read-A-Thon please do get in contact as I would love to hear about your experience. If you were unable to take part there will be another one in October – for dates check the Read-A-Thon websiteIf there are any other Read-A-Thon’s that you are thinking about taking part in please do let me know as any excuse to sack of daily chores and read is welcome over here!

Now I will leave you with a little tune that has been a favourite for some time and just popped into my head as I was writing this post! It is a slight change from the original!