The New iPhone Is On The Way, And It’s Going To Be AMAZING

Actually, THREE new iPhones are apparently in the works.

8 Things You Need To Know Before You Splurge On The iPhone 7

Everything you need to know about the new cool kid on the block…

Trend To Watch: Marble Prints

What comes to mind when I say the word “marble”? Luxurious, elegant and classic would be a few words that I associate with it – three very positive descriptions, might I add. So, is that why marble print has become so popular lately?

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Real marble is, of course, very expensive and can usually be found in high-end kitchens and bathrooms, but faux marble and marble prints can be found on pretty much anything at the moment. From sneakers to phone cases and wallets, marble is one of the biggest trends of 2015. Here are a few of our favourites:


Asos Marble Print Dress

If you love wearing black and white, then this asos marble print dress is a must-have for your wardrobe. It’s a perfect combination of modern and classic – you really can’t go wrong with it.

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Rebecca Minkoff Wallet

Wallets can be a fashionable accessory, too! Think about it, how often do you take out your wallet? Often enough to justify buying this marble print Rebecca Minkoff wallet.

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Marble Candle Holder

Bring a bit of luxury into your home without spending a fortune with this pretty marble and copper candle holder. Better yet, buy three and make them the centerpiece on your table at the next dinner party.

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Vans Marleaux Sneakers

While colorful sneakers have been ruling the streets, the trend is moving towards black and white. But, if monochrome is too boring for you, these marble Vans might be just what you’re looking for.

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Marble iPhone 6 Case

A marble iphone case – nothing special you might think? Well, what if I told you that this wasn’t a print, but real marble? That’s right, if your iphone wasn’t expensive enough, this marble case will do the trick and make your phone the ultimate luxury item in your handbag.

Images via Sant Magazine, Asos, The Iconic, Royal Design, Vans, Native Union

Smartphones Are Making You Dumb: How To Combat It

Bad news for phone addicts – a new study shows that the device in the palm of your hand is killing your IQ. If you’re ever guilty of watching TV while browsing Facebook and using Google to answer every life question, research suggests it could be making you, ah… Dumb.

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A study by the University of Copenhagen has found that digital multitasking – having one eye on the telly and the other on your Instagram feed – is having a serious impact on your brain. Researchers found that using multiple devices releases a hormone that is likened to being high on drugs. That’s not all: Every time you multitask, you’re rewiring your brain. Flicking between gadgets causes information to be stored in another part of the brain, establishing new cognitive habits.

“Our brains could, thanks to our reliance and overuse of technology, be heading for the scrap heap,” one of the researchers told the Daily Mail. And to top it off, scientists at the University of Waterloo believe resorting to Google to answer life’s questions is lowering our IQ. Nice.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Here, we speak to tech queen Megan Iemma of Tech Coach HQ about the four best ways to take control.

  1. Don’t Google Everything

To Google or not to Google? Megan Iemma says it’s important to develop “digital resilience,” and be discerning about when, and how you use search engines. A recent study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that most humans will opt to exert as little mental effort as possible. This can result in an over-reliance on search engines (we’ve all Googled questions we could solve ourselves).

“I think the bigger issue is critical thinking skills,” says Iemma. She believes that truly productive people know how to use search engines properly and aren’t ‘trigger happy.’ “Go beyond the first page of Google and try a combination of keywords, rather than just typing the question straight in,” she says.

  1. Have a Zen Inbox

Guilty of checking your emails every 10 minutes, and jumping when you hear the ping of a new message? It’s time for an inbox overhaul. Creating a zen inbox is simple: Write an ‘out of office’ message that lets friends and colleagues know exactly when you will check your inbox. Be specific and set two times – 8am and 2pm are ideal so you have time to action any tasks. Add to the message that any urgent notes can be directed to your mobile or receptionist.

It might seem stressful at first, but changing your email habits will cause you to be more task-focused, rather than reactive as new messages come through. “It’s a more productive way to check and respond to emails,” says Iemma. “Research has shown we are less stressed when we stick to about twice a day rather than constantly checking it.”

  1. Try the 7til7 Challenge

Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation has launched the 7Til7 Challenge, which asks Australians to ‘disconnect to reconnect.’ Participants are encouraged to take time out from technology between 7am and 7pm, to reflect on our relationship with devices. Sure, that might not be realistic if you hold down a full time job, but start small by switching off social media notifications during the day. You’ll be surprised by the results.

  1. Use One Screen at a Time

For years we’ve been told how important it is to hone the art of multitasking, but new research suggests that when it comes to devices, screen-on-screen action should be avoided. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that more than 80 per cent of mobile users are guilty of using multiple screens at once.

The answer? When you arrive home, dock your mobile on the charger in a separate room. At work, try to turn off Facebook notifications so you don’t have too many devices vying for your attention. It’s a tough habit to break, but your future self will thank you.

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10 Of The Coolest Things You Can Do With Your Phone

It makes phone calls, sends text messages and of course you can browse the internet from it, but did you know your mobile phone can also do the following 10 things?

1. Take a screen shot

Have you ever wanted to quickly capture a web page or a piece of text that made you laugh? Whether on your iPhone or iPad, simply hold the home button and the on/off button at the same time to take a screen shot. It will immediately save to your camera roll so you can view again when you like.

2. Create a passcode with letters 

Rather than choosing a set of numbers for your passcode, opt for a memorable word instead. This can come in useful if you break your phone and have it fixed by Lovefone. To set it up, just go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off the ‘simple passcode.’ Go to set passcode and a full keyboard will appear instead of the number pad. When you next need to unlock your phone, this keyboard will reappear and prompt you to enter the code. 

3. See which planes are overhead

Ask Siri, “What flights are above me?” or say, “Planes overhead,” and it will pull up a chart featuring each plane’s flight number, altitude, and angle.

4. Get a quick charge

Tired of waiting for your iPhone to charge? If you’re in a rush and need to charge your phone, put it in Airplane mode and plug in for a faster charge time. 

5. Take rapid photos 

According to The Telegraph, a recent poll revealed that 5.4 million British tourists upload their pictures within just ten minutes of arriving at their holiday destination. Rapid shots come in handy whilst on holiday so you don’t miss a special moment. Simply hold down the camera capture button to take photos in burst mode – you’re guaranteed a good shot!

6. Have your emails read to you

Just say the magic words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your messages aloud to you!

7. Use the volume buttons for a perfect selfie 

According to the Metro, a new survey has revealed that on average, women delete five selfies before settling on the sixth, which they deem good enough to post online. It can be difficult to take the perfect selfie by touching the capture button so use the volume buttons instead!

8. Customise the vibration

Do you tend to have your phone on silent or vibrate more often than having it on loud? Never fear, now you can customise the vibration pattern so you can work out who’s calling you without even having to look! Just go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration.

9. Choose flash alerts

Set your phone to emit a bright LED flash instead of playing a sound. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll down and turn on ‘LED Flash for Alerts.’

10. Shake to delete

Did you change your mind about that text message half way through? Simply shake your phone to activate an ‘Undo Typing’ box.

6 Wedding Apps You Need Now

Planning a wedding is already stressful enough, especially if you aren’t actually using the services of a planner.

Rather than spending a small fortune on one of your own, there are a number of applications you can download right onto your phone which can really help. We’ve culled down our list of six wedding apps you need to purchase, right now!

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This ones just for the bride, and will track down your local hairdresser, nail salon, and beauty parlour along with reviews for each store. Ideal if you’re living in the city, Eastern suburbs, or Lower North Shore.

Wedding Budget

The perfect app if you’re on a strict budget, and need to know how much money you’re allocating to each part of your wedding. You can easily create as many lists as you like, and it will control your spending.

Weddy Free

Specially designed to organise every single aspect about your big day. Easily manage your guests, food, and even gifts on this free app.


The ultimate planning app which easily syncs up your gift registry (in Australian dollars), and provides instant support for every aspect of your wedding. Ideal for couples who want to keep everything in order, and control their spending.


Organise all of your wedding pics into one handy app which can be used by both the bridal party even your guests. It’s a simple way to share all the photos from your wedding, which can be downloaded on both your computer and smart phone.

Wedding Countdown Widget

Who doesn’t want a countdown to the biggest day of their life? This fun app appears on your home screen, and counts down the seconds until your wedding day. Cute!

Image via The Lodge At Brothers Cove

4 Free Pregnancy Apps For iPhone

When I was pregnant for the first time, I subscribed by email to receive updates on my pregnancy from a few different sites. I craved the reassurance that the symptoms I was experiencing were normal. I loved looking at the descriptions of my baby week by week, browsing pictures, imagining how big he must be and what he looked like.

Now receiving updates is even easier – all you need to do is download an app for your phone and you’ll have a wealth of info at your fingertips. Here are four great apps for iPhone to help you stay informed and connected during your pregnancy.

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Pregnancy +

It’s super simple to set up – just put in your due date and you’re good to go. There is a size guide, baby images, a description of your stage of pregnancy, useful tips. You can add your appointments and keep track of your weight. You can even select baby names you like from a list organised by gender and by country of origin.

My Pregnancy Today

This is an app by BabyCenter that allows you to track your pregnancy day by day. You need to sign up as a BabyCenter member to use this app. In addition to pregnancy tracking and images, this app offers animated videos of what is going on in your womb, as well as real birth videos. In fact, it was a BabyCenter video (animated, not a live birth one) that I used to explain childbirth to my children when I was pregnant with my third baby.

What To Expect

No doubt you’ve read or at least heard of the popular pregnancy book ‘What to expect when you’re expecting’. This is the book’s official app and it offers a lot of the information for free. Like the previous apps it has a pregnancy tracker, description of each stage of your pregnancy, images and videos of your baby’s development. You need to provide your email address before you can start using this app.

Bub Hub

While the previous 3 apps are great for keeping track of your pregnancy calendar, this one is for you if you want to get more social. It gives you mobile access to the Australia-based Bub Hub online forum where you can you can share your joys and frustrations, and connect with other likeminded mums-to-be.

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iPhone Addiction: Fact Or Fiction?

Have you ever broken out into a cold sweat when you’ve misplaced your iPhone or left home without it? Or have you cried bitter tears if you’ve ever damaged your beloved iPhone beyond repair and then couldn’t get a replacement within an hour? Did you experience an actual stab of physical pain? Do you still get a buzz when you see “sent from my iPhone” on the end of your emails? And, are you akin to a crack addict each time Apple releases its next, new model iPhone?

Girlfriend, I hate to be the one to break it to you – but, like me, you might be a tad too enamoured with your smartphone. And we’re not alone – news has just hit that Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in just three months, according to the company’s recently released, new fiscal third-quarter report.

This new smartphone technology – thank you, Apple – has revolutionised the way we do business, for one. Now, you can easily organise your entire working life via the swipe of a fingertip. What’s more, smartphones bridge the gap with loved ones, helping us to much easier connect, anywhere, at any time.

There’s a lot to love about the new technologies, but can they also prove too much of a curse? Are we so obsessed with our iPhones that we’re damaging our relationships by constantly checking our phones morning, noon and night? Are we missing out on experiencing actual joy, with real-life humans, around us? Are we so busy Instagramming everything we see, eat and experience, that we’re losing touch with our loved ones? Then there’s the extreme lack of social etiquette and unkindness of having your head buried in your palm, when your husband, mother, business colleague or child is talking to you.

I recently read about a big society wedding at which guests had to surrender their iPhones pre-ceremony, not to be returned until reception end. Inspired idea, I thought – but I’d find that hard to do, myself. So, is our intense consumer devotion to the iPhone an actual addiction?

Psychologists differ on their thoughts on the subject, but say it is possible to develop an iPhone addiction, although the impact would not be anywhere near as dire as in the health impact of alcoholism, or financial impact as with gambling. It’s more about the social impact, such as the negative impact on our relationships.

And, as with addiction to drugs or cigarettes or food, the chemical driver of our iPhone mania is said to be the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine. Right, I must fly – I’ve got to check my Twitter/Instagram and email!

What do you think? Is our iPhone fixation a negative or a positive?

Image via www.pixabay.com

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