Resources

Since I started blogging in the summer of 2012, I’ve used and tested many products and applications. By now, I finally have a solid setup of working tools that I love using every day. 

Below you’ll find a list of these tools, plus a few other recommendations, which range from lifestyle programs and travel essentials to fitness and diet resources. This is the good stuff that I keep recommending (asked and unasked) to my friends and everyone I meet.

Most links will lead you to a resource’s original website, while the 馃洅 emojis bring you to the resource’s Amazon product page. Book titles are directly linked to the Amazon store. 

Last updated: December 30th, 2016*

*Please note that this page is a work in progress. Next update is scheduled for summer 2017.

 

Blogging

Writing


Simplenote
– notes app
Whenever I want to make a quick note, I use Simplenote.
My list of working priorities for the week is on here as well. Keeping the later in Simplenote, helps me stay away from “the real to-do list” (read: the infinite, overwhelming one). Except for my priorities list, however, I don’t use Simplenote to store any notes. The scribbles on here either get deleted or copied to OneNote.

Pages
– word processor
Pages is what I use to edit my blog posts before copy/pasting the final draft into WordPress. Link-heavy articles, like this one, though, I prefer to edit directly in WordPress. I write my first drafts by hand before typing them out on the computer, by the way.

Grammarly (premium plan) – grammar checking tool
I use Grammarly to check all my writing, that is, not only my final drafts but also my e-mails. This tool always finds a few (crucial) grammar mistakes that I missed or didn’t even recognize as such. I love it because it makes me hit those send and publish buttons with much more confidence. It’s like having my own editor (a position previously filled by Mr.G).

Google Drive – cloud storage
Where I save my final drafts. I never save anything on my computer, by the way, and every file I own is backed up in at least two different places. 

Photography


Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100M II
– camera  馃洅
This point-and-shoot camera is the only camera I’ve used for the last 2,5 years. It’s compact, takes great pictures, and has built-in WiFi. 

Adobe Photoshop CC – photo editing software
I may say I use Photoshop to resize my images and adjust brightness and contrast levels, but the truth is, I essentially use it to retouch my wrinkles. 

(For more photography resources: Photographer for a Month: A Journey into Learning to Shoot Strangers)
woman reading kindle on couch 
Canva
– graphic design tool
I use Canva to add text to my images, like in this photo above. The many templates and example layouts make designing in Canva a far more fun and straightforward process than, for instance, Photoshop does. Once you’re familiar with the interface, you can create anything from a social media post to a magazine cover and have the result looking super pro in no time.

Multiplicity Photography Tutorial
The tutorial that I used to clone myself in the same picture. (It’s not difficult.) 

Amazon Drive (unlimited storage plan) – cloud storage
I use both an external drive and Amazon’s Cloud Drive to store and backup all my images. (That’s two backups of the same content in two different places.) I also have the Amazon Drive mobile app installed on my phone, which gives me access to all my photos, wherever I am.

Social Media

Mosaico – Instagram planning and curating app
Before Mosaico, I had to use a complicated workaround to check whether or not my “next planned Instagram post” would fit my feed. I looked ages for an app like this one and at some point even considered hiring someone to make it for me. 

VSCO – photo filter + editing app
The photos on my Twitter and Instagram are nearly all edited in VSCO (and on the phone). My editing routine doesn’t involve much more work than adding a filter (C1, H3 or K1) and adjusting exposure, contrast and temperature levels. 

路 QuickTime – media player by Apple
When I want to upload a video of me browsing my blog, usually to announce a new blog post on Instagram stories, instead of using my phone’s camera to film my computer’s screen, I use QuickTime to make a proper screen recording.

Dropbox – cloud storage

More

OneNote – digital notebook

Silvia Falcomer Photography

Reading & Listening

Kindle E-reader – eBook reader

Audible – digital audiobooks shop and app

Spotify – music streaming system

Sonos – home sound system

Language Learning

路 “Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It” – Gabriel Wyner

Anki – flashcard program

Forvo – online pronunciation dictionary

路 “Practical Spanish Grammar: A Self-Teaching Guide” – Marcial Prado

Lifestyle

路 “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron – 12-week creativity course

www.theminimalists.com – website about minimalism

Headspace – meditation app

Quote Cards by kikki.K

Fitness & Diet

路 “The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman” – Timothy Ferriss 

I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program by Sarah Wilson

Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines – 12-week exercise and training plan

Nike+ Run Club – running app

Skin Care

路 “The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin” – Charlotte Cho

Travel

Google My Maps

MUJI travel bottles

Nixplay Seed 10 inch – digital photo frame 馃洅

Philip Kingsley Swimcap – haircare

Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil – haircare

Banana Boat Every Day Faces + Banana Boat Every Day (body) – sun screen

路 Electrolyte capsules, protein powder and magnesium 500mg
I use PURE Electrolyte Replacement Capsules and Prime Whey Isolate from LushProtein.

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