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A Deep Dive into Chatbooks with Co-Founder

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Sitting with the co-founder of Chatbooks, Vanessa, in a noisy, yet quaint coffee-shop in Union Square, my eyes were opened to a new world. Guilty, as many in my generation are, of snapping hundreds of photos in any given week, letting them pile up on my phone’s SD card and never sharing them outside of my phone – many of us have promised ourselves when we have time we will organize them. With the emergence of the Cloud, and other electronic back-up devices, many have learned the hard way that in this digital age, you must back-up! Especially if you use a digital camera that requires a compact flash or SD memory card.  The best Micro SD cards have every type of memory card you can think of at affordable prices.

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But what happens to all of those filtered selfies, vacation photos, and snaps of friends on a spontaneous night out? They often get lost in the cyber world. Never to be printed, and soon to be forgotten. A busy mom of seven, Vanessa contributes the idea to start her company to her family. “Scrapbooking was my hobby as a young mom, and my first three children have very well documented childhoods. But my seventh child didn’t even have one printed photo!” In this digital fast-paced world it becomes increasingly difficult to scrapbook, a tradition in her family for generations, so she needed a super simple way to translate all those iPhone photos to a tangible item to be shared with family and friends.

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Founded in June 2014, about 1 million books were sold in their first year. Understanding the millennial tendency to spend more time editing their Instagram posts than curating a family Scrapbook, Chatbooks makes it easy by connecting the App right to your social media accounts, and My Favorites on your phone. For only $8 for a 60 page 6×6 book filled with your favorite memories, the decision-making is almost erased. Everyone can be a contributor to the creation of the memories, allowing multiple people to add photos to a new edition.

Looking to document a whole summer in one book, or add some extra flair, Chatbooks has an option to create a Custom Book, with added photos and a hardcover. For mindless magic, setting up the Chatbooks Ongoing Series service, you are able to create amazing books automatically, receiving notifications as you get close to 60 so you can edit or add captions. If you want the book as is, you can just sit back and it will ship as soon as it is ready, with no shipping fee! It is almost too good to be true.

 

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While Vanessa attributes the business idea to being a mother, and not wanting to let the memories slip away, Chatbooks is the perfect solution to millennials and entrepreneurs everywhere. The ideal client is anyone with a smart phone, which according to PC Magazine, will be 70 percent of the global population by 2020. For small business owners, stylists, and artisans – it serves as the ideal solution to displaying your work to potential clients and employers.

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Images courtesy of Chatbooks

Get a Virtual Makeover with Styled by Trendage

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We have all wished we could try out the trendy and in-style hairstyles before we make the big change. We have also all wished we could see how our “considerable” online purchases would look before we hit the checkout, but sometimes our fear of the unknown stops us. Will that big cut and bangs actually look cute or should you just leave your hair alone? Do you really think that new pleated denim skirt will look good with your white knee-high socks? Now you can find out for free without ever having to leave your house.

 

Styled by Trendage is a brand new fashion app that is changing the game for shopping. No more going to the mall to try on the cute shirt you saw online or having to wear clip-on hair pieces before you spend the cash on those highlights you’ve been dying to get. Made for fashion-forward millennials, Styled by Trendage allows you to see various hairstyles and clothing on yourself with a simple selfie.

How the app works

All you have to do is take (or upload) a picture of yourself and let the magical technology of the app do the rest. By scanning your face, the app is able to give you various hairstyle options as well as show you different articles of clothing on yourself from top brands. And don’t worry, you won’t have to upload any awkward body selfies or worry about full-body scans on the app. By entering your personal height and weight information you will be able to see just how you would look with the best styles, which includes featured clothing from retailers and brands such as Nordstroms, Amazon, Topshop, Converse, Rent the Rack and more.

Once you’ve got your picture uploaded, begin searching and swiping to try everything on! Go from blonde, wavy curls to a brunette, choppy bob with the swipe of your finger. You can also earn discounts to your favorite featured stores just by swiping to try things on!

Straight out of a movie

After dealing with the drawbacks of always having to try on clothes at the store, app creator Amanda Young and her team set out to bring their dream to reality. Inspired by the 1995 movie, Clueless, Young wanted to recreate Cher’s magic closet. With the technology available today, she has created an easy to use and fun app that ensures you won’t have to go to the mall just to find out you don’t like anything.

Other benefits

Aside from seeing how great you look without having to go to the salon or out shopping, as well as easily gaining discounts for your favorite brands just by using the app, Styled by Trendage has some really awesome perks. Young hopes this app will help those love who they are by becoming a part of the Body Positivity movement. Her goal with the app’s ability to customize to your own body shape is to help people stop comparing their bodies with others. She wants to move past the “fashion models” and allow people using her app to see what they themselves would look like with the clothes on instead of trying to be inspired by others wearing the brands or look.  

Overall, this app has us head-over-heels in love. With its clever concept and fun designs, you won’t ever want to leave your room to shop–unless it’s time to make that big purchase!

The Styled by Trendage app is free for all iPhone users.

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Get a Virtual Makeover with Styled by Trendage: Featured image and all images courtesy of Trendage

The 5 Best Beauty Apps to Download

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Whatever your passion is, you can guarantee there is some type of technology to help you get ahead in the game. The beauty world is no different. There are so many apps that can help you get your beauty fix wherever you are. From dermatology listings, shade matching, and even an online beauty community, we put together the 5 best beauty apps to download right now. 
Sephora to Go

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Courtesy of Sephora


This app, available on iPhone, iPad, and Android, is perfect for when you just can’t make it into your nearest Sephora store. With this app, you can find your favorite products, read reviews, and also keep track of your Beauty Insider rewards points.
Lifebooker
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Photo courtesy of Lifebooker.com


Needing to find a new place for all your beauty needs can be stressful. Lifebooker makes it SO much easier. It is virtually an online catalogue of a myriad of services from teeth whitening to hair removal to manicures. Perfect for the girl on the go, the app lets you put in a location and find a place near you to get your glam on. Available on not only your desktop, but iPhone and Android, too.
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Photo Courtesy of the Nail Snob App


Have you ever had a favorite nail polish and when it comes time to buy a new one you completely forget the name? This is where Nail Snob comes in handy. An app specifically for organizing your polish collection, all you do is scan the barcode of your current shades, take a pic of your nails with the color on so you can always go back and find the name/brand of a past shade. You can even share your favorite colors on social media and discover new ones to try.
Bella Shoot
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Photo courtesy of Bellashoot


This app is perfect for anyone looking to get into the beauty biz or simply get advice from other beauty lovers. You can upload tutorials or beauty tips and can even keep track of your favorite looks. Inspiration on the app comes from all over the world so you never will feel lost for a look ever again. Bella Shoot is available on your desktop and iPhone.
Visada
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Photo Courtesy of Visada


The most important thing when embarking on your beauty journey is to know the science of your skin inside and out. Visada helps you do this all with one selfie. By uploading a selfie onto the app, you can then find out what type of skin you have and what products will help or harm you. From there, you can get recommendations on product prices and reviews as well as what celebs are wearing what. Available on both Android and iPhone, this app definitely helps you put your best face forward.
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Featured Photo Courtesy of Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com

Fashion Meets Technology

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In 2001, Apple released the first iPod, a brick-shaped mp3 player whose later incarnations would go on to become one of the most influential devices of the 21st century. At the same time, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, two young celebrities whose fame was beginning to skyrocket, were sporting all-denim ensembles at the 28th Annual American Music Awards. While both Apple’s iPod and early-2000’s celebrity fashion were both hot topics, they had yet to become intertwined. Cut to today, where fans of Timberlake and Spears scroll through photographs of the stars on red carpets in sleek suits and tailored dresses, scroll through websites and apps searching for similar fashions—all while listening to the newest albums on the same electronic device. Today, fashion and technology are nearly one, forever influencing one another, forever on a path toward merging completely.
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SLEEK AND SMART
With all the fashion forward apps out there—and all the online shopping to do—you’re going to need a chic way to access all of that coveted online content. The Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro is sleek and stylish. Carry it with you to class, work, hangouts, or family get-togethers and be ready for whatever the day brings. This tablet, developed with Ashton Kutcher, features a 13.3” screen, an 8-watt sound system with a subwoofer, and a built-in Pico projector. The YOGA Tablet 2 Pro even allows users to choose from four different interaction modes—Hang, Hold, Tilt, and Stand—for a more enjoyable experience. lenovo.com
LOU app
AN APP FOR THAT
Mobile apps are one means of integrating both fashion and technology. On the fashion app, LOU, users can view what big-time designers, bloggers, and models are posting to their various social networking feeds, including Instagram, Twitter, and blogs, all on the same screen. Users can “favorite” photos and luxury products they love and even purchase products they absolutely must have—all on the same app. LOU will even alert you when your favorite products go on sale! loulookbook.com
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WATCH OUT
Running back and forth from deal to deal will burn a lot of energy. With the new Apple Watch due for release early 2015, shoppers will be able to track their physical exertion with fitness apps. The watch will even make exercise suggestions based on wearers’ daily movement. But Apple Watch is about more than fitness; it’s also about style and personal customization. The high-tech watch is available in three different collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. Consumers will be able to choose different faces, bands, and even sizes—38mm or 42mm—to make the watch fit their personality and lifestyle. apple.com
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BAG LADY
Another wearable piece of technology is the Everpurse. The Everpurse, which comes in a variety of designs, is essentially a stylish mobile phone charger. Inside the purse, there is a special charging pocket, which, when you drop in your cell phone, instantly charges your device. The Everpurse can even charge an iPhone 5 up to three times over, making it the perfect accessory for travel. And when users return to their homes at night, all they have to do is place the Everpurse on top of the Everpurse mat to recharge the bag overnight. Easy, efficient, and stylish! everpurse.com
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“Fashion Meets Technology” originally appeared as “Stylish Tech” in Cliché Magazine’s Dec/Jan 2015 issue.
Photograph courtesy of Everpurse

Find Your Cuddle Buddy with the Cuddlr App

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Ever had the overwhelming urge to just want to cuddle, but there seems to be no feasible options for you? Or those Tinder matches of yours are just a little too aggressive when you’re just looking for some PG-rated activity? Well, it’s time to find your cuddle buddy with the Cuddlr app.
Yupp, you read that correctly, an app that helps you find someone in your area to cuddle with. The location-based, social-meeting app was created by Charlie Williams along with Jeff Kulak and Damon Brown in hopes to bring people together for gentle, no-pressure intimacy.
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    How it works:


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“Tap to request a cuddle from a specific person or respond to someone else’s request. If you both agree, you can shoot them a brief message like “let’s meet at the park” or “I’m wearing a green shirt”. Cuddlr will then show real-time walking directions between the two of you. Once you meet and have a cuddle, you can give a thumbs-up if everything went ok, or in the event of a somewhat too-grabby cuddle, you can report the user. That’s it! The app also lets you share a picture of the cuddle, and, when you’re ready, you can ask for another cuddle through Cuddlr ” (Cuddlrapp.com).
Currently the app is only available for download for Apple users, however will soon be made accessible for Android users.
Your next cuddle buddy could be around the corner (literally)– Are you DTC? (Down to cuddle?)
Photos courtesy of Cuddlr

Will the App Replace the Album?

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lady-gaga-applause-singe-cover-bigLady Gaga’s Artpop album/app combo debuts this November, and Jay-Z’s latest album was released as an app to a number of Samsung customers, which has everyone wondering if the app will ever come close to replacing the album. Even David Gilmour and Calvin Harris, names not exactly synonymous with the avant garde, unlike Gaga and Jay-Z, who both have a flair for the modern art and drama. Not that Harris and Gilmour aren’t willing to change, or even trendy, but they are odd names to see attached to the switch.

The largest problem with the album-as-app concept is that, if everyone releases their album as a separate app, you’ll be inundated with apps, and have no way to mix and match your favorite songs from different albums into a playlist, at least not without a third-party app developed for that specific purpose. And that just means another app to add to the collection. Logistically, the app album is a nightmare, as coding an app isn’t as trivial matter as we might want to believe. It is far more likely that the app will be the new concert DVD, or the new deluxe box-set album, rather than the new CD, as the app will always be an extra. What you want when you buy an album on iTunes, or even as a CD, is the music. You don’t need any of the flair that comes with a box-set, you don’t need to see taped performances, and you don’t need any of the numerous peripherals that the music apps are said to have. All you want, when it comes down to it, is the ability to play the music whenever you want, in as convenient a fashion as possible. We already have that.
Image courtesy of www.ladygaga.com

Cliché Magazine App is now on iTunes!

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Cliché Magazine App is on iTunes!

We are finally on iTunes and now able to give our friends the opportunity to download our app for FREE! Once you download the app, our app will be in your Newsstand. At that point, you can download any or all of our issues, past or present!
Please visit the app store or click HERE to go to our app. One last thing….please give us a review, we would greatly appreciate it!
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