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How to be an IG boyfriend: Tips in taking proper Instagram photos

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It’s happened one too many times: Girl finds a great spot to take an IG photo, she poses the winning pose, wears the biggest smile — and the photo comes out, well, unsuitable for IG. The girl then gets mad at well-meaning (but completely lacking in the photo department) boyfriend and the rest goes down in history as another couple spat due to unpresentable #OOTD photos.

This being a recurring problem in this Instagram generation, I’ve rounded up a number of things that can help any boyfriend unleash the amazing, great photo-taking IG boyfriend he could be.

So to all the guys, listen up:

Know what type of shot she wants

Any photo, no matter how nice it is, won’t make it to your girlfriend’s feed, if it’s not the type of photo she asked you to take. If she wants to capture her nice #OOTD but you keep on taking portraits, no matter how nice they look and how amazing her smile is in the photo, it still isn’t what she needs for her Insta-feed. Of course, not saying that you shouldn’t try to help with shots, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves; that’s discussed later on in this list.

Take more than one photo

Think about it this way: The more shots you take, the more options your girlfriend has to choose from. Posing is honestly a tricky thing. Sometimes the best shot happens a split second after you’ve actually pressed the shutter button and then it’s gone forever. The only solution? Resolve to take more than one photo. Just keep tapping at that shutter and let your girl decide which one looks best for her. After all, it’s easy to delete shots, but it’s way harder to pose and shoot more.

Lucky for you, there are some phones which have built-in features that allow you to do this with one tap. The Pixel 3’s Top Shot function is perfect for this. The iPhone’s Live Photos is also great at this because it allows you to pick the best still from a series of photos saved from one shot.

Find a flattering angle

I get it, you think your girlfriend looks great at any angle and that’s sweet. But, that sentiment doesn’t automatically mean amazing photos (even if you think so). Now, before you get your panties up in a bunch, I know that no one is perfect and I agree that unrealistic standards on women based on edited social media photos may be harmful. However, there’s a difference between enhancing what you already have with flattering poses or angles, and completely faking a photo. I’m talking about the former.

Bottom line is that you have to make sure that you take photos from non-weird angles and in the best-possible conditions: This includes good lighting, flattering poses, and your girlfriend being comfortable.

Find out what flattering is to your girlfriend!

There are certain aesthetics to photo taking and even though you think that candid photo of her dancing awkwardly is cute, it might not cut it for her feed. It would help your photo taking if you knew what she thinks looks good on her. If you always keep her preference in mind, it assures better chances at shooting photos she’ll love.

Suggest poses and shots

Since you’re taking them, you’re the one who can see the photo preview. It helps so much when you try to guide your girl through the process. Suggesting movements and poses that look good with the framing ups your IG boyfriend brownie points significantly.

Be patient

Stop the grumbling; stop acting like it’s a big deal. You’re being asked to take a photo, not climb Mount Everest. Being a sport about the whole thing makes for a stellar IG boyfriend, even without the the best-looking photos. Photo skills you can learn, but being an accomodating BF is a choice.

Remember: Looking your best and always being presentable is a life skill. Looking great in all IG photos, however, is a gift — one that you can give your girlfriend.

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10 gift ideas for the bookworm on your list

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If you have friends or family who love to read, chances are other people will already give them books this holiday season. It’s that or they already bought the book they want to read next. If you want to give something different that they will appreciate, here are some other ideas to help you out:

Kindle

For the friend who has too many books but not enough shelves, get her the new Kindle. It’s also perfect for that friend who brings a book or two when traveling. She always managse to finish reading on the flight leaving herself book-less for the rest of the trip.

The new Kindle retails for US$ 89.99 and comes in black and white.

Kindle case

If she already has a Kindle, how about a case inspired by classic book covers? Not only will it protect her gadget from scratches, it also gives her the feeling of holding a book while reading. Smell of an actual book not included.

The case starts at GBP 25, and comes in varying sizes and covers.

Audible credits

Some people will always prefer reading over listening to audiobooks. For those who are open to the latter, Audible credits are a practical, yet thoughtful gift you can give. If you know of a specific title they want to listen to, there’s also an option to get that book as a gift either through your own Audible credits or using a credit card.

One credit starts at US$ 15, and you can choose to give up to 12 months worth of Audible credits.

Noise-cancelling earphones

A pair of noise cancelling earphones is one of the best gifts you can give this year not just to bookworms, but to almost anyone on your list. Bookworms will especially love being able to block any noise and concentrate on reading (or listening to) their book.

Plenty of great options came out this year, including the Sony WF-1000XM3, which retails for SG$ 349.

Bookends

Help decorate one’s home with cute bookends. For someone who lives in a smaller space, a multi-purpose bookend is your best bet — maybe one that doubles as a flower vase for the living room or a kitchen utensil holder. You can also get an upcycled one using old records. For a more personal touch, you can even do it yourself and you got yourself a crafty project this holiday season.

Lumio LED book lamp

Any bookworm will appreciate receiving a lamp to help them read when the sun starts to dip. What if you give them something in the shape of a book? They sure will love you more than they already do!

The Lumio LED book lamp comes in different finishes, and starts at US$ 150.

Laptop sleeve

Another gift idea for that special someone is a book-inspired sleeve to protect her laptop. Make it more personal by making her favorite cover made. You can even add the first and last pages of the book to make it feel more like one. There’s also an option to add a smaller but similar case for the charger and other accessories.

The laptop sleeve starts at $199 on Etsy, but is on sale at $59.70.

NYPL Library Card Pouch

The New York Public Library store has a ton of useful knickknacks you can buy as gifts. There’s a pouch inspired by the original library cards from the 1940’s that any bookworm will appreciate even if you bought it at the last minute!

The NYPL Library Card Pouch retails for US$ 15 for non-members.

 NYPL Library Card Socks

Another option is this cute pair of socks that will surely make any bookworm’s heart and feet warm this chilly season. It comes in small and large and is priced at US$12 for non-members.

Black NYPL Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tote Bag

Know someone inspired by the Notorious RBG? This tote could not be any more perfect. It can carry not just that heavy hardbound book, but her groceries or gym clothes as well!

The black tote bag retails for US$ 15 for non-members.

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5 gift ideas for the stylish women on your list

Give the gift of style!

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Finding the perfect present for the stylish women in your life is quite the task. But don’t worry – we’re here to make the process a tad easier. Here are some gift ideas that will make the stylish women in your life love you more. Well, much more than they already do, anyway.

Dyson Airwrap

The hair tool of almost any stylish woman’s dreams is definitely from Dyson. This tool gives the gift of quick, salon-quality styling. Drying your hair as you style for voluminous waves and natural-looking curls cuts prep time in almost half. After all, their hair should be as fabulous as their outfits.

A complete set is currently at EUR 499 but that includes all 8 attachments that will let her save from all those dry bar visits. Get the Dyson Airwrap through this link.

Hër Bluetooth In-Earphones

Listening to music while on the go doesn’t have to clash with one’s outfit. We’re in love with the discreet, nude colour of the Hër Bluetooth In-Earphones and its ease of use. The case that doubles as its charger is also pretty and rather minimalist. Connection to a smartphone is quick and painless via Bluetooth, giving the freedom to move while being in a call.

Pose for OOTDs while listening to music and order a set via this link.

Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Trio

The holiday season means glitz, glamour, and of course – shimmer. There’s no other season that allows for shimmer overload than the holidays. What better way to do it than by using the perfect highlighter palette. We’re in love with the Radiant Face Illuminator Trio from Laura Mercier’s Paint With Light Holiday 2019 collection.

There’s a hue for every skin tone and outfit. The buildable glow is also something that will make anyone a stand-out at all the parties. Get it here.

Mejuri Organic Pearl Large Hoops

Pearls are not just for the grandmas anymore. Pearls are so in fashion right now and letting them dangle on hoops gives them a modern, edgier update. All without losing their elegance.

This pair from Canadian brand Mejuri has us drooling with their use of organic pearls. You’ll definitely get a unique pair from them as no two organic pearls can ever be exactly the same. As far as we know, stylish women love individuality so this gift is definitely a hit. Get a pair here.

SEE ALSO: Dell’s recycling initiative results in beautiful gold jewelry

A Rent the Runway subscription

It’s hard to pick a particular outfit as a gift for the stylish women on your list. Preferences and sizes can get in the way. But that shouldn’t stop you from giving them the gift of designer fashion. A subscription with Rent the Runway makes sure they have access to the latest pieces and you’ll never hear them complain about having nothing to wear ever again.

It’s also a more sustainable option for those who love the planet but refuse to break up with fashion. Check out their plans and gift cards here.

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How a connected home can help make your life better

With appliances getting smarter, things can only get better

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A truly smart home uses machine learning to understand and adapt to a user’s behavior and preferences. LG’s ThinQ AI technology does exactly that — appliances communicate with each other and learn so it can anticipate the user’s needs and optimize performance.

Take good care of your laundry

Some people enjoy doing their own laundry, especially those who travel a lot; then there are those who just don’t have the time for it. Wash your date night lace and silk items separately from the rest of your wardrobe; or wash yours and your baby’s pile simultaneously so you can spend more time with your precious one. Either way, the LG TWINWash can do the job as it can do two loads at the same time.

Steaming with LG’s stackable front loader washer/dryer can also make things easier for someone who’s single or for a new mom. Using the steam function, dress to impress by making sure your work clothes are wrinkle-free. Baby clothes also deserve the same special care as the heat of the steam will remove 95% of bacteria and allergens.

Keep food fresh while saving energy

Save time and energy with the LG Instaview Door-in-Door refrigerator, which lets you peek into its contents just by knocking twice, reducing the need to swing open its doors. The modern Slim French-Door refrigerators can also help manage energy consumption, thanks to the Inverter Linear Compressor.

If food waste is an issue, a refrigerator like the Two Door Top Freezer can help maintain temperature levels to help keep your food longer. Its digital sensors constantly monitor conditions within the refrigerator and it has strategically-placed vents in every section to help surround your food with cool air no matter where you put it.

Manage your home with a few taps

With the SmartThinQ App, you can control your appliances anytime wherever you may be. Because of LG’s ThinQ AI technology, your appliances get smarter the more you use them. You can use it to turn your air conditioner on remotely or start wash cycles even before you get home.

It’s no secret that home appliances help make our lives more convenient and efficient. This is not going to change anytime soon. With appliances getting smarter, things can only get better.

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