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Life. Sucks.

There’s no denying it. There’s no hiding it. At some point in everybody’s life, it just sucks to be where we are. We are all handed a tough situation every once in awhile, and for some that happens to be more often than for others. It really, truly, super sucks to have to deal with it. It’s annoying, frustrating, irritating, aggravating….the list could go on and on. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to make the best of what we’re handed.

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In the moment, when you’re faced with a difficult situation, it may seem ridiculously unfair or impossible to overcome. But nothing can be accomplished if you spend all of your time feeling bad about it. There’s really no point to focusing on feeling upset about the situation, as that won’t get you out of it.

You can be bitter and sour about it if you’d like, but it won’t make the experience any better for you or anyone around you. It’s best to take a breath, grit your teeth, and smile. Do your best to find something positive. Find that silver lining. Sweeten the deal for yourself in some small way. Think “because of _____ I’m going to be able to do _____” or “now that I’ve had experience with _____ I’ll be better able to handle a situation like ____ in the future”.

So the next time you find yourself with a pitcher of lemon juice, find a way to dilute the sour and sweeten the situation for yourself. You’ll be much happier (and as a result so will others around you) sipping on lemonade.

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There Are More Fish

More often than not, my QOTW posts are closely tied to how I’m feeling at the time or something that’s going on in my life. This quote is an old one, everyone has heard it. But nevertheless, it’s a good one.

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Most people take this quote to relate to a breakup, and with good reason. There will always be another person out there that you are compatible with, you just have to “toss your line out again”. Today, for me, it does mean this. A new friend of mine recently lost the partner she’s had for four years, and I of all people know how difficult that is. So if she’s reading, or if you guys out there are Β having problems with a new breakup, know that I’m here for you. Know that, while it hurts now, it will get better. That one person was not the only one in this world of billions of people capable of loving you and making you happy.

But turning from the semi-cliche for a moment, this saying can also be tied into opportunities that didn’t work out. An interview that didn’t end in a job offer, or a house tour that didn’t end in a lease signing. There are more interviews. There are more houses. Sometimes you just have to sit, relax, and let the opportunities come and bit your line.

Have a great week everyone. I hope you catch lots of fish. And I hope one is a keeper.

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Picas App Review

We live in a world of filters and photoshop. It’s rare that we see actual art, yet there are thousands of apps and filters that are designed to make our photos look like paintings or drawings. Needless to say, not all of them are created equal. And, to be honest, for a long time I was really skeptical of them.

I was approached about a month ago by a representative of IObit, requesting that I give their app, Picas, a go. In order to get a better grasp of how the app functioned and felt, I was also provided with a special code that gave me a month of access to the premium features that they offer.

Picas- Free Art Photo Editor

Picas is a free art photo editor. It can turn every your photo into artworks! With deep neural networks and artificial intelligence, Picas offers variety of different effects, filters and styles for enhancing pictures. Picas easily allows you to share your artworks on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or simply save to albums to use where you like.

Have you ever imagined that Picasso would paint you a portrait? Or Van Gogh paint Manhattan as starry night?

Picas helps you create artworks easier than ever!

The general idea behind Picas is to make photos that you take on your phone appear as though someone has drawn or painted them in some sort of way, giving selfies a whole new look.

Here’s a listing of all of the features mentioned in the app description:

What makes Picas outstanding:

  • Be an artist and create artworks for daily life
  • Deep AI and neural network algorithm integrated
  • 100 more creative and fantasticΒ artistic filters
  • Free to crop and fine tune the intensity of filters
  • Super fast photo processing
  • Clean UI easy to use and share

With VIP subscription you can:

  • Create HD images unlimitedly
  • Enjoy 10 exclusive art filters per month
  • Enjoy thunder speed processing photo
  • No watermark
  • No ads

Pretty neat huh? Using AI to help make your photos look like actual art? How cool is that?! If you want access to the VIP/Premium features like no ads or watermarks, there’s a $9.99 charge. For the sake of this post I left the Picas watermarks on the photos. I unfortunately don’t remember the names of the filters I used…but they’re all fairly straightforward.

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The filter above turned my selfie look almost like a painting…see those “brushstrokes”? I makes me wonder how it would look if it was printed onto canvas…idea maybe? We’ll see. The great thing is you can adjust how strongly you want your chosen filter to be applied, which I had to adjust on the images in this post. Some of the filters come on a little too strongly, but depending on your preferences full filter could be exactly what you need.

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It was interesting to play around with the different filters, from ones that looked like sketches, watercolor, to this one above that made the photo of Harli look like it she was painted in some modern art style or recreated in a digital program. (I kinda want to get this one framed, it’s so interesting looking!)

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Obviously Picas works well on both people and pets, but places too! Ya’ll know I have a certain fondness for the Japan section in Epcot, I can almost never resist taking a new photo of the buildings every time I go. The filter I used on this picture made it look like it might belong on a Japanese tapestry….maybe πŸ˜‰

So what’s the verdict? What did this geek think of the Picas app?

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Overall, it’s a great app. It handles photos really well, and there are quite a few neat filters to use and play around with. It does take a little playing around with to really get the feel of the app, and to get a grasp of what pictures are best to use with certain filters. For example, the cartoony/modern art filter I used on Harli looked suuuuper wonky on both my selfie and the Japanese landscape regardless of how much I toned down the filter.

It is definitely what I would call an “acquired taste” kind of app. You wouldn’t think that it’s that big of a deal, but once you get into it the appeal definitely becomes a little infectious. The only thing I wish I could do is mix different filters on the same photo at the same time. Sure, you could put a filter on a picture, save it, and then apply a new filter on top, but that takes a little too much time.

All in all, Picas is a fun and quirky app. While it takes some getting used to, once you know how it works it’s almost addictive. You guys should definitely check it out! You can :click here for the iTunes download: or :click here for the Google download: ! ❀

Have a great weekend loves!

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*I am not affiliated with IObit, nor am I receiving compensation for writing this 100% honest review*Β 

Not All That Glitters Is Gold…Sometimes It’s Holo ;)

Holo everyone πŸ˜‰

Today I’m bringing you this simple but shimmery (not to mention holo) St. Patrick’s Day inspired look.

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This look was achieved using the items below!

  • SaGreena The Teenage Witch by Wet n Wild Fastdry
  • The Gold & The Beautiful by Wet n Wild Fastdry
  • Intergalactic Dust by Polish Alcoholic
  • Shamrock Stencils by Whats Up Nails

Intergalactic Dust (the holo top coat) is 100% optional, if you prefer something a little more toned down. But after I topped everything with The Gold & The Beautiful I felt like it was missing just a little something…so obviously a holo top coat was completely called for. πŸ˜‰

I hope you guys all have a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day this Friday!

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T.G.I.F – 3 Ways To Spend A Friday Night

TGIF!!! It’s finally Friday fellow geeks! We’ve made it through another week of grueling work! Friday nights are probably my favorite part of the week, symbolizing the end of work and beginning of play! Here are a couple of my 3 favorite ways to spend a Friday night.

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Β 1) Board Games & Drinks With Friends

This is probably my favorite of all three. There’s just something about getting a group of friends together to gather around the table to play some great board games while sipping on our favorite drink. We usually end up playing Pandemic, Risk, or Betrayal at House on the Hill, depending on who comes over. Every once in awhile, we get tired of losing to Pandemic or give up on another long game of Risk to swap over to a good old round of Ring of Fire. πŸ˜‰

2) Video Game All-Nighter

When we aren’t feeling entirely social and don’t want to spend money going out, Zach and I will often decide to spend the night in, playing video games until the wee hours of the morning. These nights will more than likely include delivery pizza or Chinese, depending on the mood and tons of soda. We know that our bodies aren’t going to be able to do this for too much longer, so we figured that we’d better enjoy it while it lasts.

3) Movie Date & Ice Cream

Sometimes nothing beats an old fashioned date night with a movie and ice cream afterwards. We haven’t done this in a while (ok, mostly since we got our OLED TV last winter…it kind of puts the theaters to shame πŸ˜„ ) but when we both feel antsy and need to get out of the house, sitting down to watch a movie on the big screen (accompanied with a similarly sized popcorn because I’m addicted to movie-theater popcorn) and watching a good movie. Nothing tops off the night quite like the cherries on top of some ice cream at our local shop, conveniently placed only a short walk away from the theater….so we can walk off that popcorn and soda to make room for ice cream. πŸ˜‰

What is your favorite thing to do on a Friday night? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great weekend loves!

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