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This week, I made the switch to Samsung from Apple after winning Samsung’s latest Galaxy S5 phone and Note Pro 12.2 tablet in an online giveaway. Working in digital marketing, I’ve organised many competitions in my career. From sending a free bouquet of flowers for every 100th online customer to devising a fun, interactive way to enter to win a trip to Dubai, there’s definitely always a winner, but never had I thought it could be me!

Vans iPhone Case

I’m an Apple girl through and through – iMac at work, MacBook at home, iPod at the gym – and up until earlier this week, iPhone everywhere! While I’m sad to say adieu to my much-loved iPhone and Vans iPhone case, I realise it’s time to move on.

With the impending headache of me moving my life to Android now, there is a silver lining – with new tech comes new tech accessories!

Samsung Galaxy Covers

Clockwise from top leftPink Monster Case £15, Whole Lotta Horror Case $35, Watching Case $35, Surfboard Phone Case £20, Gold Glitter Herringbone Phone Case $35

Street StyleEarphones

Clockwise from top leftTed Baker Dover In-Ear Headphones £60Frends Ella Earphones £85Skinny Dip Mint Rope Earphones £15Happy Plugs Rose Gold In-Ear Headphones $40Frends Taylor Holographic Headphones £180

Sequin Clutch Bag

Tablet Cases

Clockwise from top left: American Apparel Large Leather Envelope Pouch £54, ASOS Monster Face Tablet Case £7.50 (Was £15), Sophie Hulme Envelope Clutch Bag £64 (Was £160)Skinny Dip BOOM! Embellished Tablet Case £7 (Was £18)

Images source: Pinterest

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January can be disheartening – we’re back at work, we’ve blown all our money, we’re still carrying a hangover from all the parties (maybe) – but there’s something about the prospect of a new year that triggers the desire to start anew and forget the past. And with that, I swear by these get-organised-and-get-going accessories to setting 2014 off on the right foot.

Get An Organiser (Better yet, make it a Filofax)

FiloFax

I’ve carried a Filofax for many years and my A5 Sienna travels with me every day round London-town storing many-a post it notes, rogue receipts and important business cards. I find writing things down makes me remember them better so here’s to another year with it by my side.  If I can make a suggestion when choosing a Filofax, it’s to get a real leather one, it will age like that great leather jacket you love in your wardrobe and really, you only ever need to buy this once.

Left to Right: A5 The Original Organiser Filofax £80, A5 Alice Temperley For Filofax “The Affair”, A5 Osterley Organiser Was £190 Now £95

Back It Up

USB

I don’t have much luck with hard drives, I’ve lost data twice now, not necessarily by not backing up, but by relying on just one device to hold all my precious editorial work and photos over the years. Because of this, I have many USB sticks and memory drives scattered round my desk at home and at work, plus one that I particularly carry round with me (my beloved Swarovksi crystal lock USB). For me, I always opt for the more blingtastic USB keys, I simply love a gadget in disguise.

Left to Right: 8GB Bendy Robot USB £11.25, 8GB Gold Bullion USB £5.50, Kate Spade Bow Tie USB $50

Clutch This

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clutches

Begin the new year with a clean slate and get yourself a flat pouch clutch. Making a statement on its own accord by simply being simple yet utterly desirable, if you want to get fancy, you can get yours monogrammed which Anya Hindmarch happily offers as a service on their bespoke range, go texturised or carry a print. Also doubling as a stylish travel wallet (most will easily store those cumbersome and wide airline tickets in their crisp state), it’s the ultimate piece for organised everyday style.

Left to Right: Whistles Shiny Croc Clutch £60, Givenchy Coated Canvas Pouch £220, Anya Hindmarch Joss Zip Top Pouch £350

Take Note

NotebooksMake a resolution to sketch, write, jot, and draw more this year. These books should get your creative juices flowing as it’s simply stylish from the start!

Left to Right: Nancy and Betty Typewriter Notebook £3.50, Urban Outfitters F***ing Beautiful Notebook £6, Ooh Deer A4 Artemis Notebook £12

I originally wrote this piece for the luxury e-tailer Cocosa when I was the Editor there, but I think any tech-savvy person-on-the-go will appreciate this!

Although I don’t like to admit, I’ve become one of those people who are constantly glued to their smart phone. Firstly, I’m a bit of an organiser, my life is neatly organised within my iPhone’s 3″ x 2″ screen, and with that I tend to my emails, update my Twitter feed or, have a quick chat with friends. Secondly, as an Editor I live to be connected, clued in and forever on the pulse of what’s trending in fashion, technology, culture, you name it – I want to know it all.

While there’s the failsafe Apps that keep us all on to go such as Time Out and Spotify, there are a select few that help me do that little bit more. So, here are my Top 5 must-download-now iPhone Apps

5. Snapseed

Sure Instagram is fun, really easy to use and an absolute social media must-have, however when there’s just not enough saturation on my Hudson filter or I’ve taken a photo worth salvaging but can’t fix through insta-filters, that’s where Snapseed comes in. Like having Photoshop on my mobile, Snapseed is a quick photo editing tool where I have full control over how I spruce up my daily snaps to pure photo perfection!

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4. Fancy

For last minute invites or accidental forgotten birthdays, Fancy is perfect for finding unique and utterly cool products and gifts – everything from fashion to tech to homeware and much more. Product listings tend to show products “in action” so it’s typical to find street style product photography for extra inspiration and got-to-have-it appeal.

Fancy

3. Buzzfeed

One of my favourite websites so naturally, this is one of my favourite Apps. An absolute hub for endless everyday entertainment, Buzzfeed captures and delivers viral content through the medium of imagery, articles and video. An absolute essential for those who want to be in the know on what’s trending online and the ideal space to curate conversation starters from.

2. Coffee In Touch

If you have a true love for coffee and a diary filled with meetings like me, this wonderful App locates your current position and tells you where your nearest coffee houses are complete with ratings, reviews and even a real-time update whether the cafe is open or not – all without a single Starbucks in sight!

Old Shoreditch Station1. Pocket

Where content is king, this App is truly indispensable – and my number one, must-download pick. The brilliance behind Pocket is that it seamlessly syncs with all my devices, be it phone, laptop or desktop. Working just like a Pinterest board, it saves all the amazing content and links I find on the go but don’t have the time to read, all in one place. The ideal lifestyle App this Editor thinks everyone should have!

WalletImages source: Instagram / Fancy.com