Ten Must-Have Productivity Apps for Fashion Bloggers

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As a fashion blogger, you focus on time management, while staying on top of trends and creating a great visual presentation for your blog. In addition to all the social media apps on your smartphone, here are 10 apps that will inspire you and increase your productivity:

1. Flipboard

I absolutely love this app and use it every morning while drinking my coffee. It’s a really great combo – caffeine and new information – that energizes me and instantly makes me a nice person in the morning. Flipboard allows you to customize your daily social media reading in magazine format. It is a very efficient tool whereby you can stay informed about the top celebrity news, as well as fashion and technology trends. Here, you also can connect your favorite blogs, as well as updates from other social media accounts, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

2. Instapaper

Riding the subway every morning? Save a few interesting articles to the instapaper app. This app’s amazing feature allows you to access your articles without the Internet.

3. Style.com
If you love fashion, Style.com is one of the greatest apps to stay informed about trends, in addition to current and emerging designers. Every fashionista needs this application.

4. Polyvore
This is an addicting social media networking app, which allows you to discover trends, create style sets and share them with fans, fashonistas, interior designers and artists around the globe. Industry players will also appreciate its advertising potential.

5. Animoto
This awesome app creates a video at the speed of light via your mobile device.

6. PicCollage
With this terrific app, you can quickly craft mood boards and collages with images instantaneously . You can customize the background, frame and effects. Then, share your creations with your fans.

7. Dropbox
High-resolution pictures are easily managed with this application. You can safely and securely store and share images with your teammates and friends. The images are shared privately and you control accessibility.

8. Instaquote
Now you can create stylish quotes and instantly share them via Twitter or Instagram. You can also save them in Dropbox.

9. Fashion Network
Watch fabulous fashion shows from New York, Paris, Milan, London, Los Angeles and the Miami Fashion Weeks by using this app.

10. Pinterest
An extremely user-friendly application for marketing your work, Pinterest also provides visual inspiration and styling ideas. Collect beautiful images, create your own boards and share them with your fans!

What are your favorite smartphone apps that you use on a daily basis?

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When You Can’t Fake It

I spend a significant amount online monitoring fashion trends and new startups. I’ve noticed an increase of Asian online stores selling designer replica products. One of those website descriptions reads:

 “… is an online shopping destination that you need to bookmark and visit again and again. Our mission is to bring heart to commerce and become the better origin of fashion inspiration. Inspire and be inspired by cool girls the world over.

Here are the hottest single product recommendation, the fabulous treasure to share, come visit the baby, and love with beautiful people found the fashion, sharing fashion, looking for fashion to catch up with the trend; share the shopping experience, record your fashion diary, practicing fashion and beautiful heart Sutra, do the most beautiful.”

A better origin of fashion?!

First of all, that company can claim no authenticity. These are shameless replicas of top world designers, such as Valentino, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen and many others. Second, the website is full of grammatical errors, which make me cringe. What a sign of unprofessionalism and ignorance. Finally, I’ve noticed that the company targets fashion bloggers and social networks for fashion enthusiasts from all over the world. The exposure to all of this is like the spread of an unpreventable virus.

I have always been against replicas. The top designers and world-recognizable brands invest a tremendous amount of time and effort to build their brands and reputations.  They typically have a long history and passion for design at the core of their name (brand). I respect that.

My message for the customer: first, you don’t have to spend a tremendous amount of money to experience the design of luxury brands. There is a reason that famous designers collaborate with other retailers, such as H&M, Macy’s, Target, etc.  If you purchase a replica, you only show ignorance, lack of taste and disrespect for designers.

My message to fashion bloggers: Would you buy fake apparel just to get your name out there?

If so, your choices are not sustainable in the long run.  If you are thinking of a long-term career as a stylist or fashion blogger, support the designers and learn as much as possible about them, including the personalities of their brands, as well as their histories.