4 Reasons Why I Love the iPhone 6 Plus

IMG_8039A friend on Twitter recently asked me to share why I chose the iPhone 6 Plus over other models, which made me think about how reliant I am on my phone. I’m not the most tech-savvy person, but if you’re in the market for an upgrade and considering the larger device, I highly recommend it.

SIZE

At 5.5 inches, size is obviously a key feature of the iPhone 6 Plus. I previously had the iPhone 4S, so it was a huge jump for me. It definitely was an adjustment, but not anything that I didn’t get acclimated to in a matter of a few days. I can still text with one hand, and it fits in almost all of my pockets, though I typically keep it in my purse. The larger screen makes it extremely easy for me to access various apps on the go while using my smartphone as a substitution for my MacBook. I often draft blog posts, edit documents, update my calendar, and respond to emails from my phone. Because I don’t sit in front of a computer all day (and some days never use one at all), I also spend a lot of time reading and researching content on my phone. The larger screen allows me to see visuals better and doesn’t require as much eye strain.

BATTERY

Compared to the iPhone 6, the Plus offers a better battery life (24 hours versus 14 hours of talk time). If you’ve ever experienced an iPhone that caps out at a certain percentage, it will be such a luxury to not have to constantly carry a charger to rejuice. Most days, I’m out of the house for 12 hours straight, so having a battery that can last all day was a big selling point.

CAMERA

The cameras on the newest models are virtually identical, with the exception of optical image stabilization, which is only featured on the Plus. As a blogger, the quality of photos is important to me and I rely on my smartphone to take decent pictures when I’m not using a DSLR.

VIEWING EXPERIENCE

The iPhone 6 Plus really eliminates the need for other devices and offers an enjoyable viewing experience. Before upgrading, I would transition from my laptop to my iPad to my iPhone because I couldn’t do everything comfortably on one. Now, I stream digital content on my phone which is especially helpful when I’m traveling (and doesn’t interrupt my House of Cards binge-watching, ahem).

Overall, I love the iPhone 6 Plus, but if you don’t plan to use your smartphone as an exclusive computing device, it might not be worth the extra cost. The only other downside is that there is a limited variety of cases available to Plus users. I’ve highlighted the cutest ones below, with this gilded pineapple case being my favorite.

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Spring Break Staples

Spring Break Staples

I really hate complaining about the weather, especially considering that Baltimore hasn’t been hit that hard, but I’m ready to retire my Bean boots for the season. I guess I should also stop using the term ‘spring break’ now that I’ve graduated and such a thing doesn’t exist in the real world. Something that does exist? Vacation days. My girlfriends and I are heading to warmer climates next month, and I’ve already began packing my bags.

When it comes to tropical trips, I make sure that I have a few versatile coverups that I can rotate throughout the week. I’m obsessed with this pineapple kaftan and know that it will become a staple. While I usually limit my shoe options to my favorite pair of flip flops (I just bought an extra pair while they’re 40% off!) and dressy wedges, I almost always fill half of my suitcase with bathing suits. I buy most of mine from Swell because they offer a wide variety and have a great sale section. I also just discovered these whimsical pouches that are perfect for storing the necessities at the beach–cell phone, sunglasses, lip balm, sunscreen, candy (I never travel without a stash of Sour Patch Watermelons)–and can be easily thrown into a larger tote. The only problem is that I can’t decide between the ice cream cone and the dream waves…both are so cute!

coverup // bathing suit // sandals // lip gloss // ice cream pouch // book // nail polish // straw hat

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Cut and Blowout with Hair Cuttery

IMG_8242Most days of the week, my hair is tied back into a ponytail, so I hadn’t realized how long it had grown and how desperately I needed a trim. I stopped in a nearby Hair Cuttery the other day for a cut and blowout to freshen up my look. Before heading to the salon, I scrolled through the #MyHCLook feed, a new feature on Hair Cuttery’s blog, to get inspiration from others. I wanted to keep my length, but added several angles to help frame my face and more layers to create texture. Along with a new hairstyle, I’ve also been bringing brighter pieces to the forefront of my closet, like this peach sweater (currently on sale, plus an extra 25% off). I’ve been living in cozy knits and working from bed as much as possible to avoid the frigid temperatures, but it’s clear that spring is nowhere in sight.

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