Tag Archive: Samsung

Aug 17 2014

My Style: When JD Met Tommy

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I spend a lot of my time in jeans, from skinny to boyfriend and even the odd flared cut, in dark blue, light blue, red floral print, grey, and even a stripy pair, I just love them, but this summer I have really been embracing the good weather **where the hell has it gone** and trying to wear more summery, girlie looks.

Last week, when the sun was shining, I wore this Tommy Hilfiger beauty that I found on Amazon’s dress store, yep that place where you buy books, blu-rays, and the occasional Barbie, **I call it the online shop for the three B’s**, has opened The Dress Shop, which has thousands of dresses from brands including Cacharel, French Connection, BCBG, Great Plains, Yumi and Hoss Intropia.

It was hard to just choose one out of thousands, but it was easy to find this short-sleeved blue and white checked dress using Amazon’s easy-to-navigate search for the ‘Occasion’ with dresses for work, evening, special occasion, and casual, which is so perfect for summer dresses. You can also ‘Shop by Trend’ choosing from lace, fit & flare, colour pop, pastels, or just white, basically they have a dress for everyone and for all occasions.

What I love about this dress is that it can be dressed down with gladiator flats and a matching skinny belt, or with fancy black heels and a statement necklace, it really is a versatile piece for my wardrobe that will definitely be perfect come winter time as well.

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I actually wore this for a day lounging in the park reading magazines and listening to music, which was the perfect opportunity to try out my new bright blue Monster N-Tunes headphones. I love the on-ear style, especially these ones as they are lightweight as well as being super comfortable with the padded cushions. I also loved that they come with tangle-free cables, you probably don’t believe me but trust me they really work, it is one of my pet-hates having to untangle my headphones for 10 minutes before being able to use them.

I also got to take out my new Moschino case out for my Samsung S5, this case is a limited edition style and features a peace pattern, and I love that it has a handy card pocket on the inside so you just need to take your mobile out with you on a night out. The only thing I need to get use to is the flip style, it makes it a little uncomfortable while on the phone. The best bit though is when you close the case it also turns the screen on and off, so saving battery, which is always needed with me!!!

Want to see how jealous JD got of Tommy scroll down to the bottom for a great photobombing gif!

So what do you think of my Tommy Hilfiger dress and new gadgets?

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My Style: Tommy Hilfiger dress, Amazon (c/o) // Flats, F&F // Skinny belt, New Look // Watch, Citizen (c/o) // Bracelet, Links of London // Glasses, Retro54 // Samsung S5 Moschino case, Samsung (c/o) // Monster N-Tunes Headphones, Monster (c/o) // Straw bag, Cath Kidston // Black cat accessory, just a regular moggy!!! //

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Apr 23 2014

Technology: Healthy Living With The Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear Fit & Gear 2 Neo

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I have kind of caught the Samsung bug, I loved the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom with its 10x optical zoom, then I was seduced by the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 not only is the screen perfect for updating my blog, the camera is amazing and I have become a scrapbooking whiz, but now my heart belongs to another, the new and improved Samsung Galaxy S5.

With its slightly bigger screen, fancy fingerprint security, improved camera, and incredible ultra power saving mode that will give you up to an extra 24 hours of juice – this is one great smartphone, oh and I nearly forgot this handset is water-resistant, yep you can  dunk it water for a short time, however I haven’t tried that out for myself.

For me any smartphone has to have a great camera and I thought it would be hard for any phone to compete with the Note 3, which I love, but this beauty does with its 16-megapixel camera. Key features that I love: It has a selective focus function, which means you can change the focus of your photos after you have taken them, so to either blur the foreground or background, I love anything that makes a better Instagramable piccie!!! Plus the camera also has fast auto-focus, so action shots are easier to capture, I can’t wait to try this out during fashion week. There is also a random Virtual Tour function, unless you’re an estate agent I am not sure when I would use this – but hey, never say never.

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But aside from the great handset, the S5 also launched with two wearable devices – the Gear Fit, a fitness-tracker smart band that can notify you of e-mails, phone calls as well as Twitter updates, and the Gear 2 Neo smartwatch, which you can do everything the Gear Fit does as well as make phone calls, yep it is very Michael Knight from Knight Rider.

The Gear 2 Neo is a much improved on the debut smartwatch, it is slimmer and more stylish, you can even change out the straps, so it does feel more like a conventional watch, while still having the added benefits of being able to read your e-mails and text messages, see who has hearted your Instagram pic, as well as take a phone call. But for me it is just a tad bulky for everyday use.

There are number of features I loved, other than notifications on my wrist, from the music player that connects with Bluetooth earphones – it really does make working out easier, as well as the personalised fitness S Health platform connectivity – from the pedometer counting your steps to tracking exercise activity from running to cycling, and if you want to you can even measure your heart rate. I do like that you can set yourself personal goals that can be measured on the wearable devices and then viewed within the app on the S5. I really love reaching my steps goal.

For me though it is all about the Gear Fit, I love how comfortable and light this device is to wear, I wear it day and night, and it is easy to personalise with any look as you can change-up the clock face, the wallpaper and colour – so from coordinating with my manicure to matching my bright pink trainers I love switching it up.

Much like other fitness-trackers, the Gear Fit is acts like my personal coach, it tracks my exercises like the Gear 2 Neo, counts my steps, checks my heart rate, as well as having a handy sleep function that measures whether I have had a good night sleep or not, lately I have been doing well as I have been around the 90% motionless for my nightly rests. I had been using the S Health app on my Note 3 to calculate my steps but using the Gear Fit has been more accurate and easier to make my goals. I also think it has been pushing me to achieve those goals as well – when I see that I am only half way through my goal I walk to the shop rather than drive.

If I had to buy one I think it would be the Gear Fit, it is slimmer and looks more like jewellery, so I can wear it with a watch, plus it does nearly everything that the Gear 2 Neo does except make and receive calls, which to be honest I am not sure how often I would do. I think it comes down to which one you think is more stylish, if you like big watch faces you will probably like the watch, if you are looking for something to work with the rest of your arm party the Gear Fit would probably work better.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available nationwide and comes in four colours – charcoal black, electric blue, shimmery white and copper gold.

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**I was gifted the Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo, but all opinions are my own**

Nov 05 2013

Visual Diary: Remember, Remember The 5th Of November

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“Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot!”

It might be less about the assassinate plot, or even the lighting of bonfires, but fireworks night is a big draw in my house. I remember as a kid going to professional displays in Salford with my family, famously calling the Roman Candle firework a Roman Catholic – it has stuck and still makes everyone giggle, becoming obsessed with bonfire toffee lollies, and getting completely giddy making patterns in the air with my sparkler.

Now each year my boyfriend does a big display in the garden and the family come to stay, and each year it is bigger and better than the last, goes on for longer – this year was close to two hours and we had to do food in the interval.

Each year I attempt to take pictures, sometimes they’ve come off, but none have come out as well as these taken with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone/super-duper camera. Not only did I not miss out on the action messing with the settings on my SLR, but I came out with some incredible shots thanks to the fireworks setting in the camera’s pre-set Smart Modes.

I can’t believe how well the patterns of the sparklers came out or how vivid the mini explosions of colour are and I was so surprised that it managed to capture the red streams of one of the finale rockets. That 10x optical zoom and low-light sensor were working on overtime!!!

Are you a fan of fireworks?

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Sep 17 2013

LFW SS14: Day 4 & 5 – Nicholas Kirkwood, Samsung & Channelling Geek Chic

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Not to worry though as I joined the masses and followed the amazing coverage via my Twitter feed and in Burberry’s case watching the live-stream, which I still can’t believe was filmed using the new iPhone. But I did fall in love with Burberry’s gorgeous coral pink shade, the petal confetti ending and seeing Sienna Miller squished next to Harry Styles from One Direction on the front row.

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Tuesday, the final day of LFW, was a little busier with a couple of shows at the Somerset House and a trip over to the new Topshop venue in Regents Park. In the downtown I soaked in the brilliance of this season’s The Apartment, which is bigger and better than ever and has been a brilliant place to hang out between shows, catch up with friends, discover new brands to adore – from Dower & Hall and Birchbox, and generally be pampered by the professionals, and fed by the likes of Pizza Express and Green & Black’s.

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Starting off Day 5 was a presentation by Nicholas Kirkwood and Samsung, the footwear designer has created some cool accessories for the new Samsung Note using his signature black and white chevron. More than a presentation, this was more like a conversation with the footwear designer, and we got to hear about his inspirations, why shoes, and also plans for the future – he would love to design his own Samsung mobile in the future.

I also got to try out the new Samsung Gear – a watch that can show you your emails, text messages, call someone, and can also take sneaky pictures.

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I then hot-footed it over to Topshop’s new venue, thank you press bus for being such a life-saver this season, to see Brazilian designer Lucas Nascimento’s spring/summer 2014 collection inspired by Brigitte Bardot in Jean Luc Goddard’s ‘Le Mepris’ wearing just a bath towel.

Styled purposefully as being caught in a state of undressing the models wore their slip dresses with the straps falling of their shoulders, and there was a dress that looked like a bath towel wrapped around the body. For me the stand out pieces had to be the structural jackets, the yellow and orange colour palette as well as the tiered dresses.

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Rounding off a fabulous London Fashion Week, probably my favourite fashion week in a number of years, I went for a dress-down look – inspired by a last day of school wearing my Donna Ida jeans and a comfortable ASOS jumper with stars on the elbows. Finishing off my look my fav Dorothy red Topshop shoes and tie-dye socks – all about embracing the geeky girl that I am!!!

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My Style: Mabel, Ida Donna Ida (c/o) // Red shoes, Topshop // Grey jumper with star patches, ASOS // Glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Coat, Dorothy Perkins // Grey socks, Topshop // Bracelets – Claire’s, Dower & Hall, Kate Spade (c/o) // Smartphone, HTC One Red (c/o) //

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To round-up my spring/summer 2014 diary I have put together my last highlight reel using HTC Zoe on my HTC One – with all my best bits from Day 4 and 5 at LFW:

Stay tuned for more LFW coverage – I have reviews from all the shows I attended as well as a spotlight on the trends heading our way for spring/summer.

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[Pics: courtesy of Burberry/my own]
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