Spark Sessions – Canada’s First Fashion & Beauty Blogger Conference

Over four months ago, I joined a group of 7 bloggers in Canada to create, plan and manage Canada’s first ever fashion and beauty blogger conference. The conference is called Spark Sessions and it has definitely ignited the spark in Toronto and in Canada, bringing together over 170 bloggers who are passionate about content creation, brand partnerships and most importantly, finding your own voice.

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THE SPARK SESSIONS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

(Photo Credit – James Rubec)

As a relatively new blogger (The Domestic Peach turns 6 months old this month), I have truly enjoyed the experience working with some of the top bloggers in my country on the committee, forging new friendships and learning more about this world of online dialogue.

With an incredible opening speech from Canada’s fashion icon Jeanne Beker, two days packed with in-depth information sessions and plenty of networking, the first year of Spark Sessions has been wonderful and is already being recognized on a top event for Canuck bloggers.

Here is a visual sneak peek of the conference, showcasing our venue, The Centre for Social Innovation, and two of our amazing sponsors – Almay and Smart Set.

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Thank you to everyone who attended Spark Sessions this year and sending my love to my fellow committee members: Marissa Anwar (Chic Darling & Thiry Six Months), Anjali Handa (Rock that Look), Anum Khan (Summerxskin), Deanne Castro (My Fash Avenue), Elaine Atkins (Toronto Beauty Reviews), Jenny Jovanovic (Crazy Style Love), and Nicole Wilson (Dainty Girl).

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON DOTCOMPLICATED.CO 

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

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh – My second article in Remark has arrived!

Over a week ago, I gave you all a visual preview of the article that I wrote for Remark Magazine, retelling the tale of my two weeks in Vietnam and offering up the best sights, spots and travels that I experienced during this adventure.

The summer issue of Remark Magazine was just released this week, which included my Vietnamese adventure feature.

To check out my article and the rest of Remark’s sizzling summer issue, click here:  http://issuu.com/remarkmagazine/docs/remark_issue_2

My article is on page 29.

Enjoy!

xo

Melissa

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