5 Must-Download Apps This Week, Including the Grossest App Ever + More!
Kicking off the week with a major glimpse at the new apps and updates coming to our next iOS devices was a blast, but we didn’t take Tuesday – Friday off, y’all! We still had a whole week left to discover downloads that make our phones go “whoa.” These ones might tickle your home button, too. Check out some of our favorite of the week, from the classy to the gassy (huh huh), we got you covered with a healthy helping of What’s App-ening.
1. NYT Opinion: The latest app spinoff c/o #TheGreyLady lets you scroll through the Times’ Op-Eds with ease. Read more about Maureen Dowd’s edible adventures in exclusive writer Q&As and browse “Op-Talk,” the app’s second stream of curated commentary from across the web. There’s even a Pocket-like function called “My Reads” which lets you save articles to peruse later.
Cost: Free for iOS but the subscription to the Opinion section is $1.50 a week
2. Fart Code: What a way to follow up the NYT, right? This disgusting app is setting out to teach your kids about nutrition in the grossest way possible: through their, um, gas. It sounds sickening, but the idea behind it is genius. Kids can hold the app’s scanner up to food and it will tell them what healthy vs. nasty things are in it by predicting how seriously smelly their situation will be after ingesting it. Then, they can text their findings to friends to spread their newfound knowledge. Which is better than telling them the old-fashioned way.
This could revolutionize the way kids choose snacks and eventually shop for themselves. As the app puts it, they want you to “get smart from your fart.” We guess, “Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart” was in need of an update…
Cost: Free for iOS
3. Talkz: Are talking stickers the new selfies? What about the new GIFs? Or how about the new texting? Talkz says, “well, kinda” to all. We say, “well, how about the new emoticons?” The app’s stickers (think, emojis on ‘roids) will deliver any message you type for them in their own voice. Tell your friend you’re on your way in Ah-nold’s signature growl and then share how funny that little sticker is straight from your iMessage with their sneaky social buttons.
4. Looksery: Forget slapping a filter onto videos after you’ve recorded them… or touching up your makeup pre-FaceTime sesh, this app uses face tracking and transformation technology to apply video filters you can edit in real-time. When it launches (Looksery is on Kickstarter right now) you’ll be able to use it to record gorgeous video + have some seriously styled video chats.
Cost:Pledges start at $5 for the app (which will be free if and when it launches) with an expected delivery date of July for iOS and November for Android.
5. Ojoo: You know that friend who’s really into walking tours? And who’s made you a believer of how awesome they can be? They’re going to FREAK out with this app that lets you create, play and share guided tours and mapped out city games from your phone. It sounds niche, but the possibilities are endless: bachelorette party scavenger hunt? Super fun field trip for teachers + students? The nerdiest-cool way to explore your city with friends visiting?! We are into this awesome idea.
Cost: The app isn’t available just yet, but you can sign up now to get early access!
At this point, we can’t actually remember a time when Flappy Bird existed, we just know that everything else in the pop culture world has been Flappy-ized since then. The latest reincarnation to fly onto the scene is Feisty Chicken, an Orange Is the New Black-inspired game released by Netflix to celebrate the show’s second season return this weekend. Now we know what we can do while our Chicken Kiev cooks.
What was your favorite app download this week? Which of the above are you ready to DL? 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)