Would You Use an App to Track Your Period?
One of the latest apps to receive big money in a recent round of funding has been downloaded over 100 million times, has 45 million people registered and generates 2.5 million comments a day with its 3.2 million daily active users. And most of them are probably women. That’s because the app we’re talking about is Dayima, a period-tracking, female-focused mobile health destination from China.
Although it’s not the first to provide a way for women to track their cycle, the attention paid (not to mention that $30 million in funding paid…) to Dayima, whose CEO Chai Ke was one of 2014 Forbes China’s 30 Under 30, could mean a significant surge in female-focused health tracking around the world. Going beyond just keeping a calendar of your menstruation cycle, Dayima is its own social network, community and content creator. The site features a range of articles — everything from the truth behind period products to a sun umbrella buying guide — while a handy word cloud offers links to hot health topics like fitness, insomnia, PMS, backache and even postpartum.
Do a search for “period” in our hometown, US of A App Store and you’re greeted with hundreds of results. There are apps meant to help you understand your ovulation like Kindara, which puts “your fertility in your hands,” and the cutely-designed Clue that tracks your cycle and shouts out your period and your fertility window. There are also more simple, less fertility-focused apps like Period Tracker or iPeriod that provide a digital way for you to keep your cycle straight and note associated moods, symptoms and weight gain or loss.
While it would take some tweaking to become popular in the US, what we like about Dayima is that it goes beyond just being a glorified, girly calendar, but isn’t all about ovulation either. It’s a digital destination for health news, concerns and content created with women in mind that offers a place for them to connect on those topics. With a greater focus on digitizing all of our vitals and health info, there’s an opportunity for a female-focused app or two (maybe after a domino of acquisitions) to rise to the top of the “women’s health” category. Either way, we wouldn’t mind test driving a US version of Dayima… maybe, next month?
Sooo… we want to know! Do you or would you use an app to help track your period? We’re all friends here! Share below!
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)