The Haute List: The App Edition — Ten of our favorite Apps

With the app store growing by 20,000 new apps per month, it’s hard to navigate through the ever changing madness. We’ve handpicked 10 of our favorite apps that we think you should download if you haven’t already.

1. Uber

Requesting a ride has never been easier. With Uber’s new uberTAXI and uberX, you can compare rates for different vehicles and get fare quotes in the app. At a party and don’t know the address? You can easily set up your pickup location, without having the exact address. You’re able to check the progress of your Uber and be notified when they are there.

2. CamMe

Get the perfect selfie or group shot with CamMe, a hand-gesture driven camera app that lets you take amazing pictures from a distance without touching the mobile device.

3. Find My iPhone

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t’s happened to all of us, and no matter how many times it happens, you still have a small panic attack everytime. Losing your phone can feel like losing an arm, even if it is stuck between the couch pillows. Find My iPhone eases that anxiety by allowing Apple users to sign on to an online account to get the GPS coordinates of your phone’s location.

4. ShopStyle

ShopStyle makes online shopping quick, easy, and fun, giving you access to millions of products and brands from top retailers on your phone or tablet. Browse the latest trends, shop the hottest sales, and dress for every occasion. Whether you’re filling your wardrobe wish list, hunting for a great deal, or just browsing the latest trends, ShopStyle is the perfect way to get your shopping fix on the go.

5. Textalyzer

Sometimes you have one too many cocktails. Sometimes you text your ex. Most times, you absolutely regret it the next morning. Textalyzer creates a “Don’t Text” forbidden list that prevents you from texting anyone on the list unless you complete a series of puzzles and mind tests. If you fail, the app saves your text for 12 hours before you can hit send. The best friend you always wanted.

6. Evernote

The standard notepad that comes with your smartphone just doesn’t cut it. Looking for an upgrade? Evernote is the super notepad that allows you to keep text, voice, and photo notes accessible from any desktop or device.

7. Nike Training Club

There are a multitude of fitness apps on the market. However, Nike Training Club encompasses all your workout needs. The app features cardio, core, strength, balance, and flexibility exercises, workout videos, a training schedule, and even allows you to create your own workouts.

8. Poynt

Dinner? Movies? Shopping? Gas off the freeway? Poynt is a local search app that let’s you find businesses, movies, restaurants, gas stations, and events near you whenever and wherever you need them. It’s so easy, that they provide the phone number, address, directions, and even movie showtimes and trailors to find a movie fast, plus gas prices show up when you want to find the best price.

9. Lulu

Want to research the guy you’re about to go on a date with? Want to share how you feel about a guy, anonymously? Want to help your guy friend get a date? Well this is the app for you if you love a good ol’ entertaining, gossip app. You can review that hookup from last month anonymously, save heartache from a player, or read informing things about a man you just met.

10. tripadvisor CityGuides

This is the ultimate travel app for traveling abroad. Don’t have wifi or a roaming plan? Not to worry– you download the city that you’re in and it has all the information already downloaded so you don’t need to use data while sightseeing. The only con with this app is that it only has major cities, so smaller cities will not be listed.

Fashionisto of the Month: Fashion Consultant & Entreprenuer, Colin T. McDonald

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Our Fashionisto of the Month is a Stylist, Host, Writer, and Entrepreneur that goes by the name of Colin T. McDonald. From Upstate New York, he moved to NYC 5 years ago and began working towards his goal of creating an agency to help brands and designers gain exposure in a hard industry to be noticed in.

What does fashion mean to you? It’s a way for people to express themselves – an art form. I have a powerful fashion mantra that I use all of the time: image + confidence = style. Anyone can take an image or style and if they have the confidence to pull it off, they can inspire others and be a trendsetter.

What made you start your company & blog? Working in fashion 7 years (PR, styling, commentary, fashion editing, blogging, YouTube (Style TV), hosting Jennifer Hudson, Billy Baldwin) I wanted to create an agency to help brands and designers gain exposure in a hard industry to be noticed in. All those clients under the agency  use different mediums to get exposure and influence press which helps gets them out there even more.

Where do you get your inspiration? Magazines, art galleries, streets of NY (street style), internet (bloggers/social media).

Do you consider yourself an artist? Somewhat. I’m always looking to create things and help brands advance and grow.

What is your greatest accomplishment?  I’ve also interviewed Jennifer Hudson and Billy Baldwin – it’s very cool to have people share their personal stories with me. Most recently, I’d say starting my agency/blog a little over a year ago and being mentioned on Fox News, as well as my YouTube channel, Style TV. I give people the opportunity to have an all access look at the things they may not have the chance to see.

What are some of your goals? Short term: to grow my agency, gain more clients and brands, a bigger following for my blog/Style TV.  Long term: to take Style TV to national level (LA, NY, DC correspondents are already working). In a few years, I’d love to cover international fashion events as well as grow the blog, and have more features up – ultimately to be the premier fashion consulting agency in NY.

What are some of your biggest challenges? Being able to juggle everything. I have so many different hats to wear: styling, pitching a shoot to a client, coming up with blog posts, coordinating with Style TV, etc. Right now I’m a one man show, so maybe in the future I can hire someone to help me out with everything.

Who are your top three favorite designers? Tom Ford – I love him as a designer and trend setter. Christopher Bailey for Burberry – the distinguished, fresh, young look he brought to the collection is why it has been so successful. Most recently, Marisa Minicucci – the Grand Dame of Montreal fashion – who just expanded to the U.S. market and is getting lots of press features for her luxury, high-end jackets (MM: Minicucci x Marcanio).

What are some of your favorite fashion websites, magazines, or books? Harper’s Bazaar, In Style, GQ, ImageGranted.com (worked with him as DC style correspondent), The Glamourai, GrungyGentlemen.com, and Business of Fashion.

Three words that describe your style: chameleon (rocker, conservative) enjoy mixing styles, classic with edgy, classy with modern. likes to put own touch on traditional styles (cuffing pants, studded loafers, rolled up sleeves).

Any future projects or pieces we should look out for? I’m covering an event tonight for Style TV and interviewing Chanel Iman. I’m also covering an event handing out style awards for visual style center. On the blog, I plan on incorporating more look pieces and possibly partnering with upcoming designers.

Advice for other bloggers or fashion business owners? Fashion is one of the toughest industries to break into – it is a very small, select circle and trying to tap into it is hard. With knowledge, passion, dedication, and following thru. You will see progress. Just understand that things don’t happen overnight, and that having the passion and hard work to see things through/get out there is what will take you far. The industry is changing (online, magazines, blog, etc) so knowing how to incorporate these different channels into your business is a must.

 Colin’s Haute List

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gym (hour a day)

macbook (life takes it everywhere, can work from anywhere)

music (stress, can unwind and break away with pandora)

new york (inspiraton/meeting people luxury of the city)

boconi wallet (black alligator custom initial wallet)

calvin klein underwear

pierre hardy silver metallic high-tops

lanvin bermuda shorts

ray-ban aviators with green metallic finish

Get in touch with Colin:

Website: www.colintmcdonaldagency.com

Blog: www.stylesource.me

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Colintmcdonaldagency

Twitter: www.twitter.com/colintmcdonald

If you would like to be considered for a Fashionista of the Month,   please email info@hautevisual.com with the subject “Fashionista of the Month.”

Fashionista of the Month: Kimberly E. Stone, Founder of Poshglam

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Our fashionista for this month is Kimberly E. Stone, creator of the innovative and highly popular site POSHGLAM. Kimberly has launched a unique platform that not only promotes emerging designers, brands and artists – but also includes a witty, engaging tone with valuable inside knowledge of the fashion industry.

What made you start your blog rather than be a designer? 

I still do design from time to time. I wanted to first pay homage to designers that already exist. I knew that paying dues is a large part of getting into the fashion industry and I did not feel that I was ready to put my designs out there at the time. Being successful in fashion requires a combination of things: talent, design, marketing, publicity, timing – and I found that I was more interested in the marketing side of the business and really delving into how the web is dynamically changing the way we consume products and interact with brands. I wanted to better understand the evolving product life-cycle and assist emerging designers in marketing themselves globally utilizing the web as a vehicle for catalyzation.

What has been your greatest accomplishment (so far)? 

It is very exciting, I’ve met some wonderful people that have changed my life and enhanced my love for fashion, style and luxury as well as built relationships with people all over the globe. I call them my “virtual BFFs”, I would do anything for them! My greatest accomplishment has been establishing a recognizable brand and doing what I love. Giving people just like me a voice in the fashion industry, I’m thrilled everyday!

What are some of your goals (short and long term)? 

My short term goal is to become more immersed in the art of design, I’m taking classes here and there, and developing my critical eye. I have an appreciation for all fashion & design but have begun to crystallize my opinions on not only what works, but why.

I’m also playing with the idea of growing POSHGLAM as a communal presence. My peers have launched their social platforms, some have been very successful, others seem to have launched prematurely before the market was ready. As I focus on making the site more robust, I make a point to ensure that the market timing is perfect and I don’t want to introduce anything that my audience isn’t receptive to yet, the web evolves everyday, and so does online behavior. As the world of web changes, we (POSHGLAM) focus on adequate and disruptive evolution as well.

What are some of your biggest challenges? 

The application of theoretical business versus real world practice and learning how to balance the two is something I’m working on. I also try to make sure that any advice I receive whether it is from people I interact with or things I read on the internet, applies in today’s real-time market.

Who are some of your favorite designers? 

Burak Uyan (shoe designer)

Angel Jackson (handbag designer)

Melody Ehsani (jewelry designer)

Rachel Roy (fashion designer)

Mara Hoffman (Swimwear)

CC SKYE (Jewelry)

What are some of your favorite fashion websites, magazines, or books? 

British Vogue, Elle, Harpar’s Bazaar, I love graphic design…books on graphic design and imagery. I see art, design and fashion everywhere. It’s a cool perspective to have. My perception is altered by fashion, I guess it’s my filter, like rose-tinted lenses.

What do you do when you’re not blogging or working? 

When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling as well as trying new foods. I also like to invent things – working with an engineer and coming up to solutions for problems. Everyone always wants me to be their “business coach”, I always decline. I’m really annoying when it comes to business and getting things done, and they are even more annoying, when it’s not done…adequately.

Three words that describe your style: 

I would say: Polished, Artistic, and Enthusiastic.

What are some of your favorite beauty products? 

Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye LinerGuerian has a great Terracotta , Chanel Foundation: VITALUMIÈRE-AQUA, Brownberry Spraytan (guilty pleasure)

Any future projects or pieces we should look out for? 

I still like to design for fun, I will be collaborating with emergent designers and creating various handbags, shoes, jewelry etc. Also, I’m getting back into modeling, stay tuned!

What advice do you have for other bloggers or fashion business owners? 

My advice for any entrepreneur would be to have a plan of action. Not necessarily a business plan which does have its place, but a plan for market integration – knowing when and how to start. If you have an idea, ensure that it’s authentic and then run with it – because if you wait eventually someone else will come up with that same idea and produce it. There really is no time like the present because there will never be a perfect time for you to put your idea out there.

 

Kimberly’s Haute List

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1. My Primpette Pillowcases

2. Merlot, A great glass of merlot full of aminos

3. Archipelago Candles

4. Ahava dead sea salt body wash

5. Cartier Stationary (can’t live without)

6. Sweet & Spicy Cocktails

7. Mussels (one of my favorite dishes)

8. A great business book (always buying them)

9. Guiseppe Zanotti Shoes (love them)

10. Narciso Rodriguez for her (best fragrance in history)

Fashionista of the Month: Joann from Love Fashion | Live Life

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Haute Visual’s February Fashionista of the Month is Joann Doan, also known as Jo, from her blog, Love Fashion | Live Life. She is a coffee addicted, shoe obsessed, Marketing Expert by day and Fashion Blogger by night. For those of you who know her, she has a comfortable, casual, and chic style with a fun smile and personality. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and is currently getting her MBA in Marketing Management. We love to see beautiful women with a strong education and keen sense of style, all while helping the community at the same time.

What does fashion mean to you?
I believe that fashion and style are different but go hand in hand together. Fashion is what designers provide you at every fashion show every season. What you do with their amazing designs represents your personal style. Fashion is a creative outlet that gives people the opportunity to express themselves as individuals. Fashion gives people the chance to stand out from the crowd. Fashion for me is my passion and my personality. As I go through different phases of my life, my fashion and style change accordingly to match that. It’s an ever changing and evolving process.

What made you start your blog?
I named my blog Love Fashion | Live Life because it’s a pretty accurate description of me and my life. I love fashion and I like to live my life to the fullest. I started my blog when I was going through a career change and finally had the time to invest in something that expressed my likes/dislikes in fashion. I wanted to create a personal fashion diary that not only shared my personal style but also showcased my life adventures. I also felt that I have a practical, yet trendy sense of style and fashion tips that I wanted to share with others. And so, the blogging began.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspirations come from a lot of different places. Some very typical inspirations are celebrity trends and fashion magazines. Other inspirations come from the things or people that are in my life. Travel, art, books, movies, and even strangers – they’re all part of what inspires me on the daily. Oh and for sure, Perez Hilton. He’s a fabulous woman.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
I have a couple. 1. I met THE Christian Louboutin and he signed my heels “To Princess Joann” AMAZING moment in my life. 2. I got to style for Senhoa which is a great organization that fights modern day human trafficking. (Watch here: Senhoa Video Shoot)

What are some of your biggest challenges?
Honestly, balancing corporate life with blogging life. To have great material, photos and locations for a fashion blog takes a huge time commitment while juggling a full time Marketing career. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

What do you do when you’re not blogging or working?
Go on life adventures, kiss my bf, try being a foodie then think about joining a gym.

-Advice for other bloggers or fashion business owners?
Other fashion bloggers: keep doing what you love. The market isn’t saturated. Anyone can blog but it takes a little something special to incorporate their personality and love into it.

Favorite Fashion Magazines: People Style Watch, W, Harper’s Bazaar + my 2 guilty pleasures – In Touch, Life & Style

Fave fashion websites: Refinery29, Polyvore, Lookbook.nu

What’s your favorite item in your closet?
My faux fur coat from Lush Clothing.

Favorite beauty product?
Too Faced Bronzer in Sun Bunny.

Jo’s Haute List:

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1. Manolo Blanik Hangisi Jeweled Pump – classic must have
2. Schutz Akshya Sandal – purchasing as we speak
3. Valentino Rock Stud Pump – saving for these beauties
4. Balenciaga by Nicolas Bhesquiere Gold Rings – a ring party to die for
5. Celine – must have luggage bag
6. Jeffrey Campbell Soiree – clear shoes without being a stripper
7. Chloe perfume – my signature scent
8. Clear Clutch – my next DIY project
9. Luna Boutique Eye of the Tiger Sweater – for an extra RAWR to my outfits (not picture)
10. Beetlejuice Pants – who doesn’t want beetlejuice pants?! They’re happeningggg!

Check out Jo’s Blog: www.lovefashionlivelife.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/princessjoaner
Twitter: www.twitter.com/joanndoan
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/joann-doan/17/403/70/
Instagram: @joanndoan

If you are interested in being featured as a Fashionista or Fashionisto of the Month, please email info@hautevisual.com with “Fashionista of the Month” in the subject line for more information!