it’s been reported that about 77% of americans own smartphones. how crazy is that?! i still remember a time when flip phones were cool (mine was covered in pink stick-on rhinestones) and texting wasn’t a thing. those were the days!

i’ve been an apple convert for years now, and am currently debating upgrading my iphone 8 to a version of the X. pretty much the sole purpose being for the better camera. which is why i haven’t done it yet, i’m not sure i can justify updating my phone only for a camera (but we’ll see, never say never!).

in the meantime, i wanted to share a few of my favorite smartphone apps! anybody else feel like the app store is very over-saturated and overwhelming? i always end up downloading 5 different apps (that essentially do the same thing) to see which i like best. does that make me crazy, or super smart? good news is, you won’t have to do that. these five apps are tried & true favorites that i either use every day, or at least once or twice a week.

one // unfold
i’m sure many of you have heard about this app, but lately i’ve become obsessed with it. basically, unfold allows you to create various types of layouts for your instagram stories. the app boasts that they offer 30+ templates, which is true but there are a lot of in-app purchases. they do provide a few templates for free with initial download though! what i love most about this app is that it’s perfect for sharing multiple forms of content (photos + videos) and making it all look simple, clean and modern. it’s also extremely easy to use and user-friendly, even if you’re not a graphic designer or creative-minded person!

two // daily horoscope
let me preface this, i’m not a huge astrology person. i have a hard time believing that everyone can just be written into certain boxes of personality traits based on their birthday. but i am intrigued by horoscopes. i’ve read my horoscope on many different websites and apps, but nothing has really compared to the daily horoscope app.
most days when i check the app, my horoscope eerily applies to something that’s going on in my life. what’s nice about this app is that they offer daily horoscopes, weekly horoscopes, and monthly horoscopes. as well as descriptions and characteristics of each sign. personally, i prefer the daily horoscope. i don’t love looking too far in the future, i’m more of a live in the moment kind of girl!

three // liketoknow.it
this app is from the rewardstyle powerhouse, adapted from the liketoknow.it platform. if you’re like me, and follow bloggers for major fashion & home decor inspo, this app will be your new favorite! when you sign up and download the app, you have instant access to real, shoppable content from bloggers, influencers, and celebrities who are in the liketoknow.it community. follow your favorite influencers so you’ll never miss their posts, or search for specific products to see them styled in various ways on different people!

i was an early adapter to this app (i like to believe i’ve been following along the liketoknow.it journey since it’s inception!). that being said, my favorite feature is relatively new: the “wish list” section. it’s low key changed the game for me! the wish list allows you to save products that catch your eye, and then organize them into collections (or folders) to easily browse later on. i don’t know about you, but i always forget which items i’ve been eyeing or that i liked seeing on my favorite influencers. so to be able to save products directly from an influencer post into my wish list and to have it all in one place, is so convenient! and also dangerous for my wallet!

four // goodreads
anybody else love to read as much as i do? if the answer is yes, you’ll want to download this app immediately! goodreads is known as the largest site for readers and book recommendations. you can find new and interesting books by browsing personalized recommendations based on books you’ve read and your favorite genres. other features include: seeing what your friends or fellow users are reading, writing book reviews, and keeping track of what you want to read as well as what you’ve already read.

i use this app mainly to keep track of books i’ve read, and what books i want to read. i am a major book worm, and before i was introduced to this app, i had a lot of trouble remembering which books i had previously read. in some cases, i’d even pick up a book and start reading it, only to realize i’d already read it before (ugh nothing worse). i also struggled with not knowing which books to read next, i would just kind of take a shot in the dark. this app has relieved all of that, and more. i love being able to look back through the books i’ve read, see which i’ve liked (and not liked!) and also buy new books based off ones i’ve marked as “want-to-read.” i’ve written one or two book reviews through this app as well! it’s truly my reading holy grail.

five // dunkin’
i’m curious, does anybody truly believe that america runs on dunkin’? i feel like there’s much more truth behind the statement: new england runs on dunkin’. anyways, i love dunkin’ iced coffee (caramel swirl is my weakness). and the dunkin’ app. i am spoiled and have a drive thru right near work, so my morning routine includes stopping for an iced coffee pretty much every day, despite the season.

the app allows you to pre-load money onto it, and pay for your order directly with your phone. you just pull up a bar-code, and present it to the person working the cashier. you can also order dunkin’ for pick up through the app, which is really nice if you don’t have a drive thru near you. when you order through the app, you can skip the line in-store and go directly to the pick-up area, where your order will be waiting for you. it’s allll about convenience for me these days!

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