The “App Life” is strong thanks to a steady stream of new lifestyle apps aimed at those who want to do the most by taking advantage of what offers the most. Depending on your interests, you can curate your own lifestyle suite of apps to make life easier, more enjoyable and a little more fashionable.
However, in 2016 it was estimated that an average of 1,000 new apps were submitted to the Apple App Store each day. Download and delete may work as a strategy to finding the best of what supports you and your lifestyle but our guide saves you the effort. It does all the work for you and who doesn’t love that.
Meditation – Headspace
The creators’ goal for Headspace is to help everyone live a happier, healthier, more enjoyable life. And they believe that the health of the mind is crucial to achieving that happy life. The app features meditation sessions for as little as 10 minutes designed to suit various moods and lifestyles. Headspace can be used on a computer, tablet or phone, thus making it accessible anywhere.
Fashion – Cloth
If you have ever said, “I have nothing to wear,” maybe you just needed better organization and visuals. This app will help do just that. You may be surprised to find that you really do have something to wear after all. It also becomes your personal outfit diary.
Grooming – Priv
This on-demand beauty app allows you to book everything from makeup artists, manicurists, hair stylists and personal trainers who are all vetted professionals. Whether it’s for you personally, as part of a wedding or a corporate event, the best part is they come to you!
Food – HelloFresh
If you want to eat out less and cook more healthy meals at home, this app and subscription service makes it possible. They deliver a box of delicious recipes with the exact amount of fresh ingredients needed to cook them on a weekly basis. Recipes typically take 30-mintes to cook. Choose from different plans starting around $9.99. Their endless recipes accommodate all tastes, even vegetarians, and with the subscription, delivery is free.
Travel – HotelTonight
At first this app was ideal for last minute travelers looking for deep discounts, for the “I need a hotel on a whim” desire. But the app has now expanded its reach into future reservations of up to a week away. You can also select multiple nights for longer stays.
Decor – UrbanStems
With a commitment to the environment, customer service and design, you can now send or receive fresh flowers that will last longer and cost less with this app that cuts out the middle man. Their fresh approach also brings better designs than the typical online florists. They even send you a photo confirmation of your bouquet. UrbanStems is currently expanding so look for more cities soon.
Network – Shapr
It’s considered the Tinder of professional networking thanks to a swipe-right, swipe-left functionality that allows you to either pass or meet with potential professional contacts. Fueled by connecting to your LinkedIn account, the app chooses 12 potential matches for you every day based on your interests and location.
Bobby Says …
When in doubt about an app, remember to check a few vitals before committing to a download. Reading the reviews and checking the number of downloads in the app store can be a first indication of its value to others.
Also, find out if this is really a free app or if it requires in-app purchases. And consider checking its social media presence to see how the app engages with its community and what kind of following and response it has on different platforms, like Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You can always ask a friend if they have heard of the app and what they are using.
By Bobby Ciletti, travel and lifestyle expert and founder of TheDaysoftheChic.com. Twitter @BobbyCiletti