A Completely Biased Review of the Mobile App, Path
As you may know, I'm a pretty big fan of the app, Path. Not only do I use it more than any other app on my phone, but my husband has had a little something to do with it as well ;) While most of our tech posts here on Brit + Co. are completely unbiased, let's just be clear about where I'm coming from on this one. However, I'll spare you the overly enthusiastic gushing and instead keep it short and sweet. Without further ado, here's what's really awesome about Path and its newest app release:
Wait…what is Path?
Path is a modern journal for your mobile phone, letting you share your personal moments with your closest friends and family. Sound like just another social network? It's not. You can literally only connect with up to 150 people, and most users generally have much fewer, making it all about the people who truly matter to you.
Why do I personally love Path?
Without getting too far into the aforementioned "gushing," all I will say is this: I have never felt closer to my family as I have since I started using Path. It's the way that my parents, siblings, and best friends stay connected, even while we're thousands of miles apart. I get to take a peek into people's more personal lives that they would never share on Facebook or Twitter, and that's really special to me.
What do I share on Path?
Not going to lie — my Path feed is 80% Pixel photos. The other 20% generally includes check-ins with friends, date nights, new experiences, epic food, and sneak peeks into the stuff we're doing here at Brit + Co :)
What's new with Path 2.5?
As of late last night, Path released a few awesome updates, including: more awesome photos and videos (bigger, more filters, better editing tools, and quicker camera snaps), the ability to share which books you're reading or movies you're watching, and a "nudge" feature which lets YOU ask a friend to post something, an interesting change of pace from other social networks.
What do I love most about the new release?
Cards on the table, I was able to test out the new app prior to its official release and have been using it for a few weeks now. While seeing what my friends are reading and watching is pretty cool, I have to admit that I'm most obsessed with the bigger photos, new lenses (OMG I LOVE THE HOLGA LENS) and camera editing tools. This new suite of tools will seriously make anyone feel like they are a pro photographer…or a pro model. And they're free, too, which is always a plus. I haven't yet been fully able to play with the "nudge" feature since it wasn't working broadly within the beta, but I'm most excited to start nudging my friends and family to post photos or text when they check in places or arrive in new locations.
If I could change one thing about Path, what would it be?
While I am actually tapped out at 150 friends right now, I do wish that more of my closest friends would use it and use it frequently. I have a few close girlfriends from growing up whom I haven't gotten to check in with as often as I'd like. Seeing their fleeting Facebook updates doesn't really tell me what is truly happening in their lives. Don't get me wrong, nothing beats a good face-to-face chat, but Path is the second best thing to that :) Ladies, if you're reading this right now… join and start posting!
Anything else to add? (Do you like how I'm interviewing myself?)
As a Path groupie, I can honestly tell you that the 50+ employees working there are absolutely phenomenal people. Ironically, it's been through Path that I've been given a glimpse into their lives as they've grown up over the past two years. The people that work at Path care deeply about its users, its quality, and its mission. Many of them have even been sleeping at the office lately as they've been tackling growth issues and preparing for this launch! I don't think the hard-working individuals at tech companies get called out often enough, but these people should. They truly fit my favorite motto: Live what you love, and you will love what you do.
Hi, I'm Brit, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co. I'm a young mom of two, tech nerd and design-inclined lady who has a zillion hobbies and curious about... just about everything! My mission from the beginning has been to unlock women's creativity and courage to try new things so that they can find the path to their true passions.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)