My favorite Apps that help me to develop my brain

1:42 AM
Looking at how to keep your brain busy and sharp in 2019? Well, I have a few secrets that help me continue learning and developing my knowledge in languages, strengthening my memory and opening doors to a healthier mind and body. If you are new to my blog then you must not know that before I started this blog, I barely spoke English. But I was brave enough to continue my journey to learn English in order to communicate with my other-half on different topics freely, and not wanting to feel shy to share my fashion adventures on this blog. My English may not be perfect, but with the help of my editor (my husband), he helps make clear what I want to say. 

Anyway, I would like to share these apps that I use on a daily basis:

  • Elevate is one of my favorite apps because it helps me master new words every day. Besides expanding my vocabulary, it creates a visual memory to help learn quickly. It also has some math exercises to help increase your ability to calculate faster. With Elevate, I learned how to read fast in English. I would advise using this app for anyone (even native speakers) because it develops your brain. 
  • Lumosity is another app for your brain. It has different types of games that help you to strengthen your memory.
  • Duolingo is the perfect app to learn languages. I have been using it to refresh my memory of the German language and also learning Spanish by using it only 15 minutes a day. Of course, it is not enough to learn the language in a year but definitely provides a good base.
  • Down Dog is another one of my other favorite apps that helps me to exercise, especially when I've spent a ton of time sitting behind a computer. It helps to stretch your muscles and strengthen your core. You can choose how long you are willing to exercise and it also the option to download videos in order to exercise when you don't have access to the internet.
  • Left vs Right is another app to keep your brain sharp. I love playing these games when I am taking a break.
  • AudioBooks. If you have no time to read books, I would advise trying AudioBooks.  It might be sometimes hard to adjust the voices to understand what they are reading, but this app definitely helps your brain learn how to concentrate, thus saving your time.
  • Youtube Subscriptions to Exercise, Yoga, Learning Languages, Mediate. I've used the Youtube app for quite a long time because I'm able to check my subscriptions for exercise, for listening to the news, finding inspirational reports, or even learning about other countries, history, etc.
  • NHK World is the newest app on my phone that I loaded in December last year. My mother-in-law was watching Japanese news and I got curious. She mentioned that this channel has own app and I downloaded it. Since then, I have been using it to listen to what's happening in Japan and Asia. 

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Vince Pleated Skirt | Shopbop

Shash Rio Fringe Earrings | Shopbop

Lace and Mesh Top | Shopbop

Staud Bucket Bag | Shopbop

Why waking up early is better

10:49 AM
Why does waking up late waste my day? Since we arrived back from Seattle, I had some serious jetlag and wrestled with sleeping at weird times or waking up later in the day. I would wake up very early in the morning and go to sleep very early in the evening. At first, I wandered around and didn't know what to do while my husband was sleeping, but then I realized that I should use my time to read a book or exercise. Following 2 weeks of this crazy schedule, I understood that waking up earlier is actually great because I'm able to do things that I otherwise never found time for. Believe me, I love sleeping and am a natural night owl, but my jet lag helped me realize why I am wasting my day. 

Now, I wake up at 7am, drink my vitamins, and relax in bed while reading the news and checking my Instagram until 8 am. After I get up, I dress up and make breakfast. Around 8.30 am, I continue reading my book while enjoying my breakfast. After my breakfast is done, I open my computer and read my emails. I work on my computer for about 1-2 hours to schedule my tweets, write a blog post or use Pinterest. After I get tired of the computer, I switch to my phone, replying to my friends, parents or do some brain exercises like learning a new language. After my phone time, I go and do stretching exercises. Stretching helps me deal with my back and shoulder pain. After some energizing stretches, I decide to do errands in the house like cleaning or laundry. After I feel like my house is clean enough, it's time to get lunch. Normally for lunch, I eat leftovers from last night. Like a bad habit, I watch something on Youtube for the next 30-40 minutes. Later, I decide to return to reading my book, working on some projects/hobbies, and enhancing my social media presence. Closer to the evening, I start to cook dinner for us. After dinner, we watch one episode of Game of Thrones and around 10 pm, I am ready to sleep. This schedule makes me feel like I'm getting the full use out of my day. I hope to keep it up!

What is good about waking up earlier?

+ time to read
+ time to exercise
+ less time on the computer
+ time to learn something new
+ time to feel organized

What kind of person are you? Early or late bird?

 Faux Fur Coat Free People | Shopbop

Schutz Boots | Shopbop

Turtleneck | Neiman Marcus 

 Skirt | Outnet

My favorite instagrammable spots in Seattle

9:02 PM

Dress | Magali Pascal Blazer | Mango Sunglasses | Mango Turtleneck | Shopbop
 Sneakers | Shopbop  Bag| Woyoyo

If you have no idea, Seattle is my second home after my home country. My husband is from here, and we visit fairly often to see friends and family. Every time we come to Seattle, I always get excited, because Seattle isn't only famous for having the best coffee that's recognized around the world, but also for boasting fresh seafood that you can't find anywhere else. When I come to Seattle, I just can't say no to tasty raw oysters. I didn't grow up by the ocean, but Seattle made me love seafood. Anyway, since we don't live here, taking pictures for my blog can be tricky. But there are few spots that I always keep reusing whenever I am back. 

My favorite instagrammable spots in Seattle:
  • Pike Place Market is one of my favorite spots, despite the very crowded streets and mobs of tourists, you can always take amazing pictures and try delicious meals. 
  • Gum Wall is one of most disgusting walls in the world, but it's quite unique and colorful. If you are looking for something fun for your background, definitely go there. 
  • Lake Washington is another of my favorite spots in Seattle because you can get a perfectly clean background if you are looking more for a minimalistic style.
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass is always fun to visit. I usually go there if I have to bring someone who is from out of town and visiting provides a good reason to take pictures as well.
  • Alki Beach. If you need to shoot some of your beach outfits, I advise you to drive to West Seattle and get your fun-in-the-sun (or rain?) pictures. It is beautiful in the evening during the sunset, and the city skyline provides a dramatic backdrop. Also, if you end up shooting there, make sure to stop at one of my favorite stores - Alki Surf Shop. Kahuna Dave (owner/ founder and my father-in-law) would love to share with you my love story of how I met my husband. Don't forget to purchase his personally-designed shirts. Give some love to local businesses, and ask for the "royal sendoff."
  • Museum of Pop Culture. If you need a cool futuristic background, make sure to go to the Museum of Pop Culture. The building itself is one-of-a-kind, and you can capture the iconic Space Needle in the background. 
  • Pioneer Square is one of coolest spots in Seattle. You will find a lot of nice spots there. I would advise you go there either early in the morning or during holidays. Be forewarned though, there can be homeless people hanging out - like, an inordinate amount.  They are generally harmless, but just be prepared to navigate that.
  • The Great Wheel can work as a perfect background for your photos. And also don't forget to take a ride to get the best view of the city. 
  • Volunteer Park Conservatory is the ideal place for when it rains/snows all day. I used the conservatory a couple of times before when I wasn't into layering. 
If you know any other cool places to shoot in Seattle, please leave them in the comments section below. A gorgeous bag you can get from Woyoyo Brand based in Tbilisi, Georgia (they ship internationally).

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