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Apps to Amp Up Your Instagram Feed

Fact: we’re all guilty for posting only the aesthetic and feed-worthy photos on our Instagram feeds. There’s just this unexplainable want or need to make our Instagram feed an awesome-looking one. Some would say it’s purely influence and conformity, but to us, a consistent prismatic feed is art.

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Fact: we’re all guilty for posting only the aesthetic and feed-worthy photos on our Instagram feeds. There’s just this unexplainable want or need to make our Instagram feed an awesome-looking one. Some would say it’s purely influence and conformity, but to us, a consistent prismatic feed is art.

Take it from one of our favorite Instagram infuencers, Kymberly Maitland-Smith

Having a consistent feed not only tickles the feed-OCD in you, but it also provides you an avenue to show a piece of yourself and your creativity. It’s expression in a form of pictures, an outlet for self-fulfillment. When you like what you see, it brings a sense of accomplishment and joy (especially when it is something of our own doing, like your pretty feed).

To Instagram newbies or for those looking a fresh start for their feeds, what does it take to make one’s Instagram feed #GOALS? For starters, the lifeline of an Instagram feed is a photo. Think of a theme that you’d like your feed express and apply that in editing your photos.

We’ve asked Instagram users on what photo-editing apps they usually use to create feed-worthy photos. These are a few apps they suggested to make your Instagram account the best feed ever:

Step up with Adobe Afterlight

Afterlight is one of the best photo-editing apps widely used by Instagram influencers for their photos. The app lets you create simple adjustments to your photo. You can even create your own preset with Afterlight! You can do that through the feature called “Fusion”. If you’re aiming for a neutral-themed feed, this app may be good for you.

The famous VSCO

This is a widely-used photo editing app by Instagram users. VSCO has various adjustable presets both paid and free you can choose from. Aside from that, you have the option to edit your photo’s exposure, contrast, saturation, and other settings by using the app’s toolkit.

Go pro with Adobe Lightroom CC

This app is part of the Adobe family. This module lets you retouch photos by adjusting your photo’s exposure, color, etc. This app also lets you organize and synchronize the edits of your photos, too!

Get creative with Snapseed

A photo-editing app developed by Google, Snapseed is also one of the most used editing apps by Instagram users. It is also viewed by most critics as one of the best editing apps for photos, so there is no disappointment once you try this app out. One interesting feature of Snapseed is that it gives you the choice to customize your photo through selective editing, so you can go all out with your creativity with this app. And the best part? It’s absolutely free!

Subtlety with Foodie

So you’ve decided to pick a mouthwatering food theme for your Instagram feed. Well friend, Foodie is the perfect editor for food posts! It has so many filters you can choose from that would make your food post look extra delicious. But if you wanna break the rules, Foodie can still be used for other posts and can make your photos a little more saturated in color. Bonus feature, it has a silent camera shutter. (Wink!)

Kawaii feels with Snow

Snow is more or less the cuter version of Snapchat filters, perfect for selfie fanatics. It’s very similar to the Snapchat app, but it has more varied animation filters that are fun and cute. The app instantly turns your face kawaii as it softens and enhances your features.

It’s good to experiment on a couple of apps, so try them out and see what suits your style and theme. Remember, your feed an extension of yourself, so choose the app that helps you express your photos the way you like them to look and feel. Put in mind that as long as your photos and feed fit your liking and personality, then it’s a sure-fire winner.

While you’re at it, hit us a follow on Instagram at @zeelifestyle!

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Holy Week Must-Haves

Going on a trip? Look stunning and stylish on your Holy Week trip with these must-haves.

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There are plenty of ways to spend the Holy Week. Some people prefer to stay at home and fast while some people prefer to go out of town to spend the week. Contrary to the belief that traveling during this time is risky because of the superstition that evil spirits are lurking amongst us, most people actually enjoy going to beaches or mountains to have a fun and relaxing time with their family or friends during the long holiday.

Of course, planning the trip took some time for you and you’re cramming on your shopping on what things you need to bring with you on your vacation. That is why we listed a couple of things that you must pack with you on your trip because we want you to look good and stylish during this Holy Week.

 

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel and Bad Gal Bang Mascara

Waterproof makeup is a must when going on beach vacations. The Benefit Gimme Brow Gel and their Bad Gal Bang Mascara are best brought when it comes to trips like this. Have fleeky brows using the Gimme Brow Gel with its formula that is created with microfibers that makes your brows full-looking. Their Bad Gal Bang Mascara also makes your lashes pop with their gravity defying formula that even after a long day, your lashes will surely still have that volume. Both of these products are water-resistant and long lasting so you don’t have to worry of having to retouch while you’re enjoying your day.

Origins Vitazing SPF 15

One thing we’re all worried about when going on vacations is how we can protect our skin from the sun. The Origins Vitazing SPF 15 will surely come in handy when going to vacations. It’s a moisturizer, a foundation and a sunscreen, all in one product. The Origins Vitazing SPF 15 will help you look fresh and clear while protecting you from damaging your skin from the sun exposure that carries UV rays.

 

Maryan Mehlhorn ‘Fusion’ (Hibiscus) Underwired Bikini

This swimwear by Maryan Mehlhorn will definitely bring you that confident vacation vibe this Holy Week. The luxurious bikini is designed with a mixture of prints that will make you look stylish and fashionable as you enjoy swimming in the waters or sunbathing in the sand. Made and designed to fit all shapes, this swimwear will surely make you look and feel elegant yet sexy once you wear it at the beach.

Lilly Pulitzer Castilla Cover Up in Resort White

If there’s anything you can’t be without when going to a beach, it would be a cover up. Cover ups always create the look, especially on photos. There are many kinds of cover ups available but this one from Lilly Pulitzer just looks so stunning with its flowy cloth and tassel designs which would really add the beachy vibe to your outfit. Plus, it matches the Maryan Mehlhorn swimwear mentioned earlier.

 

Dolce and Gabbana Butterfly Acetate Glasses

Look classy throughout your vacation with Dolce and Gabbana’s Butterfly Acetate Glasses. These square-shaped glasses would not only protect your eyes from the sun, but it would also make you look stylish and cute when you wear this at beach. Definitely, it will match any outfit that you choose to pair it with.

 

Cult Gaia’s Gaias Ark Bag

The Ark Bag from Cult Gaia is a staple and a classic to the brand. This bag from Cult Gaia is made from bamboo and it displays its iconic arc shape that not only is stylish but is also easy to carry with you wherever you go. It’s also very spacious and it can carry all your beach essentials such as sunblock, sunglasses and your camera.

Lapin House Straw Sun Hat

Known for its style and function, a vacation look is never complete without a cute floppy hat. Lapin House’s Straw Sun Hat would really look cute on you with its white ribbon band on top that would totally match the Lilly Pulitzer Cover Up or any outfit that you’ll be wearing. It’s also big enough to protect your face from direct exposure to sunlight and we want none of that.

Lady Rustan Dei Thin Cross Strap Sandals

A simple yet stunning sandals would complete your vacation look and adding a Lady Rustan sandals in leather should do the trick. These sandals would be perfect with any outfit that you have in mind and it’s good for walks on the sand. You can either get the brown one or the white one for the perfect beach look.

 

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

A polaroid camera is always a must when going on a vacation. Capture precious moments with Fujifilm’s Instax Square SQ6. It’s better than your regular polaroid camera because it prints bigger films that will capture the beauty of every scene that you take, may it be a landscape of a place or it can just be a picture of you and your loved ones that you went to vacation with.

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Enjoy a Funtastic Easter Sunday with the Kids at Rustans

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Easter is just a skip away, and for kids it’s really a super fun holiday.

Egg-citing treats and surprises await them at the Rustan’s Easter Party on Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m. at the  Rustan’s Children’s Department, Ayala Center Cebu. For a minimum single receipt purchase of  P 3,000 from the Kids’ Department, come and enjoy the following:

Food Carts

Sure to delight kids are a selection of food carts filled with yummy sweet and savory snacks. 

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny hid many colorful Easter eggs at the barnyard for our precious little hunters to find. Hop along and join the search for a chance to win special prizes from our different kids’ brands. Each participant also gets a Kinderjoy egg!

Easter Egg Decorating

Kids get to design and take home their one-of-a-kind egg creation at the Easter egg decorating station.

Crayola Art Activity

Let your kid’s inner artist shine. Make a splash with pastel shades, bright patterns or rainbow colors. 

Lego Building Contest

Fancy building an Easter bunny or a giant Easter egg? Let kids’ imaginations take flight with the Lego Building Contest at the Lego Corner. Exciting prizes are in store for those with the most creative and imaginative Lego creations.

It’s going to be a very hoppy Easter celebration at the Rustan’s Department Store.

For more information and updates, visit https://rustans.com.ph and @rustansph on Facebook and Instagram

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Here’s What Cebu’s Restaurateurs are Preparing for Easter Week

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The arrival of Holy Week often means a mass exodus out of the city—whether it’s for a trip back to one’s hometown or an opportunity for a vacation. That being said, food choices during this time are often limited, with restaurants cutting down hours to prepare for the holidays, or creating menus that suit the season.
 
While it’s interesting to know what these food spots will offer, we’re curious about what the people behind them prepare at home. To satiate our curiosity, we asked some of Cebu’s notable chefs and restaurateurs what they’re cooking up this week.
 
 
“For Most Holy week days, we’re most likely out of town. But buona pascqua is huge in Italy. So when we’re in town, we’re spending Sundays around the kitchen. We do gnocchi in all sorts of forms. We’re rolling it, then pan frying, adding reduced liquid , adding meat. Using cauliflower to make it healthier. And how can Easter be without a sweet? A Burnt Caramelized mini “otap” Tart with pear is our choice.” —Kate Anzani, Anzani
 
 
“One day this Holy Week, it’s going to be ribeye, mashed potatoes, puttanesca pasta for dinner and homemade tacos & margarita for the afternoon. Other days, we dine out.” —Jan Rodriguez, Weekend 

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