8 Essential Apps for People in Long-Distance Relationships
For long-distance couples both new and established, being away from the one who makes your heart the happiest for an extended period of time can be tough. Luckily, it’s 2015, and modern technology has brought us a selection of the best apps designed to help you manage your LDR. You might still miss your loved one’s hugs and the way they laugh at your stupid jokes, but these eight apps will help make you smile from miles away.
1. Avocado: Named for the Aztec symbol of love and fertility, this app is designed to encourage consistent communication between you and your boo regardless of the distance. It’s synced with Google Calendars so you can create lists, schedules and reminders together, as well as exchange private messages and personalized photos to express your current mood.
2. Between: This app helps you and your S.O. share a personalized, private digital world. Aside from basic text and picture messaging, one of the most notable features in this app is the Memory Box, which lets you review all your fave photos with your partner. It also includes a weather update feature so you can see whether your partner is experiencing rain or shine — kinda cool!
3. Couplete: This app is great for adventurous couples who are constantly seeking new activities to experience and places to explore together (when they are together). For those who are in an LDR and are always coming up with awesome date night/travel ideas, this app can help you create wish lists and maintain a life-log to document your relationship (with all of the cherished memories in between) and help you get through the burden of long distance.
4. LokLok: Once you have your partner’s schedule figured out (i.e, knowing when they wake up in the morning or when they’re getting out of a meeting), surprise them by sending a cute little personalized doodle that’ll appear on their lock screen. The app works like a customizable whiteboard on your phone that you can send to whoever you want, whenever you want! It may not include any text or voice features, but it’s perfect for those who have a goofy or artistic side to their personality and want to mix up their long-distance interactions.
DL It: Free for Android
5. Skype Qik: No time for a full-on Skype sesh? No problem. Skype Qik is like a hybrid between Snapchat and Skype — you can pre-record and send video clips to your partner that can be immediately erased or archived for up to two weeks. The group chat feature can help bring in close friends to the conversation to create new memories and help make the long distance more tolerable. Add in music, text and photos to the conversation to keep it fresh. And most importantly, don’t forget to remind your partner of how good of a dancer + lip-syncer you are — you know how much they miss seeing you bust out those kickass dance moves.
6. Sesame: Can’t stop thinking about your darling while you’re halfway across the world? Send them a little somethin’ somethin’ when they least expect it! Waking up to a special package at their front door on a Tuesday morning from the person who they love and miss so dearly is guaranteed to bring a smile to their face. Choose from a selection of gift themes to match their personality, or customize your own to make something extra special.
7. HeyTell: Texting is a great way to keep in contact with your friends and family, but nothing beats hearing the sweet sound of your lover’s voice. Send and receive voice messages using this app that can be as public or as personal as you’d like. If you have limited connection with your partner or are in completely opposite timezones, you can save and replay any sweet or sultry message they send you whenever you miss them or need a little pick-me-up. Bonus: The app’s latest update allows messages to be sent to Apple Watches (score!)
DL It: Free for iOS
8. Vibease: After countless dirty texts, Skype sessions, thoughtful presents and hand-written cards, you can’t help but crave an intimate connection with your bey. This v. adult app is designed to send custom vibrations (yes, that kind) to your partner, no matter where they are in the world, as long as they’re wearing the special vibrator that is synced to the app. It’s small in size so you can wear it anytime, and it’s considered to be one of the quietest vibrators in the market — so no one will know what going on underneath it all.
Ever used one of these apps? Or do you use something else that’s not listed? Tell us about your experience and comment 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)