Comfortable? Go tribal!

As a woman who sometimes prefers comfort with style, it excites me when trends come out in fashion that allows me to combine both elements into one piece of clothing.

A very noticeable trend on the fall fashion racks this year is rich tribal-themed prints. Tribal patterns are definitely a strong statement – it represents a fierce confidence, showcases sharp colours, and holds the history and heritage of several cultures around the world in a visual way.

One of my favourite tribal pieces is a wrap sweater that I purchased from a cute Wicker Park area boutique in Chicago for $70. Don’t fret ladies – this beautiful sweater is available online on Mod Cloth and a few other web-based stores. With the crisper autumn temperatures, I find myself trying to wrap up in anything plush, warm and cozy on a regular basis now and this piece fits in perfectly with that.

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This certainly kept me warm and on trend this past weekend…


10 Great Apps for a Newbie – My Second Contribution to Dot Complicated

For my second written contribution to Randi Zuckerberg’s Dot Complicated, I wrote a piece about 10 apps that I feel are great for app newbies.

As someone who only joined the iPhone following just over a year ago, I can tell you that I was a bit nervous about the learning curve and wondered what to download first. After over a year with my iPhone, here are my thoughts on what apps are great for newbies and beyond to advanced users…

10 Apps For A Smartphone Newbie

By: Melissa Grosser

Over a year ago, I gave in and bought my first iPhone – a huge adjustment after using my old smartphone brand consistently for four years. As a PC user, I was concerned not only with the learning curve, but also had no idea which apps were important to download right away.

In order to ease myself into this slightly scary new smartphone situation, I downloaded 10 apps (after some research and a lot of recommendations from friends and family) that helped me to adapt and fall in love with the iPhone app experience almost immediately.

Here’s my list:

Find My iPhone – This is a MAJOR necessity for your phone. You do need to install it on another device to track down your missing cell. However, download it on your phone so you can also help others who are cellphoneless. As they say, where would we be without our devices?


Songza – A music lover’s dream. This app streams music for free and creates tons of playlists, offering a little something for everyone. From Motown Hits to 90s Bachelor Pad tunes to a 2000s High School Dance Mix, you will certainly find your own desired sound.

AP Mobile – Associated Press in mobile form? I’ll take it! Whether you are an avid news follower or an individual who checks into current events once in a while, this app makes it easy to get informed and stay on top of things happening around the world.


PicStitch – Whether you are picture-picky or snap photos every minute of your day, it’s fun to organize and display your pictures in a cool way. PicStitch provides tons of photo collage layouts and can export your collages to all of your social media outlets (P.S. This is how people do those 2-pictures-in-1 instagrams!)

Waze – This handy little app analyzes traffic patterns and selects the best route for you based on user-provided, minute-to-minute traffic data. Perfect for commuters who take a different route home every day depending on traffic.


Sudoku – Good for two reasons. 1) To kill some time while waiting in long lines or commutes and 2) to wake up your brain when in-between tasks and hard deadlines.

App Free – To get freebies on paid apps on a regular basis and keep up-to-date on the best apps to download, App Free is a wonderful one to have.

WhatsApp – Just because you have an iPhone doesn’t mean your Android, Blackberry, and Windows friends should be blacklisted from your contact list forever! Keep in touch with them with WhatsApp. Also awesome to text while traveling abroad.


Weather + – Way quicker than turning on the Weather Channel or searching through the newspaper for current weather updates. Click into Weather + first thing in the morning and get information on temperatures, precipitation and other acts of Mother Nature.

Simplenote – Instead of carrying around different lists and reminders and little slips of paper, keep it all on your phone. Simplenote makes it easy to jot down notes, thoughts or anything else that comes to mind.


To see my first published article on Dot Complicated on how to take a vacation away from tech, CLICK HERE

I’ve got the eye of a tiger…

…a fighter, dancing through the fire cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR!  – Katy Perry

Even though I am a classic type when it comes to jewelry, I discovered this unique grouping of tiger-themed pieces today from Kenzo – the 1970s Parisian boutique turned global fashion phenomena.

Sometimes it is fun to stretch your style a bit and incorporate something funky, empowering and forward into your look… like this tiger ring!