They say the best things in life are free,聽but聽try telling the gorg pair of boots you just splurged on that. This week I鈥檓 serving up a slew of free apps but a couple recent upgrades worth dropping some dough on a yearly subscription to really enjoy. Get ready to聽download some life improvers and a few聽apps that just might inspire you to make聽all-new 2015 resolutions.


1.聽Clyp: As a J School grad who ran her way through multiple recorders (oh, and as a child whose favorite toy growing up was a Talkboy, let the record state), Clyp seems like a shoulda coulda woulda that I鈥檓 at least psyched exists now. The app encourages聽you to quote, 鈥渞ecord, discover and share the sounds in your life,鈥 so while you may see its surface value in noting聽your notes to self, Clyp wants you to use it for more than that. Capture a jam session, a podcast pilot or a soundbite worth sharing then do so through the built-in community or on Facebook.

DL It: Free on Android and iOS


2.聽Blinkist: If the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying聽was set in 2015, this is the reading app J. Pierrepont would have in his back pocket instead of that pamphlet. Like an Oyster for the Leaning In crew, this monthly聽online service offers up succinct but satisfying summaries of nonfiction books in the business, self-help, psychology + more fields聽that could transform your commute into a whole new learning experience.

DL It:聽The app is free to DL on Android and iOS, but a monthly membership rings in at $50/year


3.聽HeartThis: What if you could shop Pinterest 鈥 no, reeeeally shop Pinterest? This app brings that experience to your聽smartphone with the ability to build a board of dream聽duds that you can bring into your real-life closet in a couple taps. Follow brands and stores and sift through millions of their products to 鈥淗eart鈥 your favorites and then get notified聽when they go on sale.

DL It: Free on iOS


4.聽Detour: We were pretty pumped about this app when it was in mega beta and now that it鈥檚 DL-able we鈥檙e basically jumping for joy 鈥 which we鈥檙e then channelling into carefully plotted out steps around the beautiful city we call Brit + Co Home. Detour takes you on one with hour+ audio walking adventures聽that you can embark聽on solo or synced up with friends. Narrated by local celebs and experts, the location-aware app guides you through neighborhoods and experiences, uncovering secrets and stories you didn鈥檛 know about the streets you walk down daily.

DL It: Free on iOS, coming soon on Android; only available right now in San Francisco, for $19.99/year


5.聽Reserve: We love OpenTable like the next diner but if your already-elevated palate needs an app to match it, this is the download best suited for you. Like a mobile dining concierge, you tell it where you want to dine and it does the dirty work of trying to squeeze you in. Oh, and no splitting the check five ways here, folks 鈥 Reserve charges your card on file and you鈥檙e good to go.

DL It: Free on Android and iOS

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