Picture Perfect with These 9 Apps!

Ready, aim, focus, and snap! You’ve captured a picture perfect moment but something’s off—maybe the lighting or perhaps a blemish that needs to be removed. Thankfully, apps exist to save the day and of course, edit all of our photos and videos.

From the most basic editing to the advanced settings and tools, we’ve got the low down on the best apps to use for editing photos and videos.


VSCO: An app for trendy photographers, great Insta pics and more!

VSCO is in all-in one camera, editing, and photo sharing app that offers high quality results. It’s suitable for beginners and advanced phone photographers depending on how much you choose to play around with the different app settings. Kylie Jenner even uses this app to post most of her photos! She loves the simple yet cute effects. What sets VSCO apart from all other apps is the available filters and the library grid. It allows you to upload all of your photos into a library grid, which is super helpful in planning out how you want to brand your Insta feed out! It gives you a visual idea of what your photos will look like when placed near each other.


Facetune: Get ready for a makeover!

A mere $4 is a small price to pay for perfection. This app is capable of the impossible: flawless skin. You can erase blemishes, hide bags under your eyes, whiten your teeth, and make subtle thinning or reshaping tweaks if necessary. But, be sure to use the app in moderation! Beware of warping from over correcting because it may tip people off about where you edited! Overall, the app makes touch ups simple so anyone can reap its benefits! Perfect365 is a free similar app to Facetune, but we think perfection is worth the $4 price tag.


Camera +: “The Camera+ app is like a high-quality SLR lens”-TIME Magazine

What made this app so great has to be the Clarity filter. It can fix anything from poor exposure to camera shake. The layout and accessibility is what sets Camera+ apart as one of the best photo editing apps available. You’ll really notice the quality difference between normal pictures and edited Camera+ pics—definitely worth the download.


Photoshop Express: When it comes to photo editing software, Adobe always wins!

Fulfills all of the functions you need for picture editing and it’s free! The mobile version of the desktop software offers a smaller workspace than most apps, but it’s still one of the most capable after-effects programs out there. Popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, and adjustments are all available.


Birthday collages, anyone?

We love using this app over Pic Stitch because you can use way more pictures and aren’t restricted to certain layouts or borders around your collage. Photo Grid allows you to combine photos, texts, and stickers. All of the collages can be exported to any app on your phone including the Camera Roll.


Vid Lab: Wow your friends and families with homemade videos that look far from homemade!

Create professional results through the app’s user-friendly tools. Add overlays, sound effects, music, video effects, text, and voice-overs! The app makes creativity as easy as possible producing incredible results. No prior experience necessary!


Boomerang: The GIF creator for Insta

The app made for Insta videos creates a one-second burst of photos that play forwards and then reverses over and over in a loop. Great for blowing your followers a kiss or clinking some wine glasses together with your friends for a ‘cheers’!


iMovie: A few taps, a few swipes, and you’re ready for your big movie premiere!

iMovie makes simple video editing easy. It’s great for beginners, just tap, drag, and pinch your way around the video clips. Shoot video from within the app or access your photo/video gallery afterwards. You’re able to start shooting from scratch or use one of their preexisting creative templates. You can edit at resolutions up to 4K on iPhone 6s and iPad Pro if that is the high quality you’re looking for! A notable advantage of the app is the accessibility of iMovie on phones and your Mac computer. Video editors can utilize more advanced tools on the computer to get the video ready for its primetime debut!


Splice: Powerful edits made simple.

GoPro recently acquired this leading mobile video-editing app to deliver ultra convenient and powerful editing solutions to GoPro and smartphone users. Splice brings desktop editing software power to your mobile or tablet device without making it too complicated for users! You can pick transitions, trim video clips, add filters, show film in slo-mo, and add photos! Your video will sound great as well since Splice offers a large variety of free soundtracks, or you can pick a song from your iTunes library. Splice is free on the app store!


With followers constantly assessing our online posts, we strive to produce the greatest pictures and videos. We want to have the best lighting and greatest filters, but it’s important to still maintain the sense of realness.

Our advice: enhance wisely! Make it difficult to discern between what is real and what is fake.


With Love From Italia: Why Italy Should Be Your Next Destination

Ever heard of Prada, or maybe Parmesan cheese? Italy is home to so many iconic fashion brands, sports cars, foods, wines and so much more. If the phrase “wine is cheaper than water” doesn’t convince you enough to hop on a plane to Italy, here’s a few of Italy’s top destinations that hopefully will!

  1. Florence, Italy: The city of gold and leather

With the great summer weather, this city tends to fill up with tourists. Avoid the long lines by getting tickets in advance, starting your days early, and prioritizing places/attractions you want to see most. Make a general schedule so you stay on track and get to take advantage of all that Florence has to offer!

Restaurant Suggestions:

-Osteria delle Tres Panche: Four cheese truffle ravioli, and their spicy maccheroni pasta are to DIE FOR! They have incredible lemon chicken, meatballs, and cheesecake! There are only 3 benches in the entire place, and this is a GREAT place to avoid the tourist frenzy since its mostly locals eating here!

*MUST make reservations in advance!

-Gusta Pizza: Incredible Neapolitan style pizzas. They have a special pesto pizza, but only available if you ask for it!

-Al Antico Vinaio: Stop in here for a quick sandwich when you’re on the go! You can either create your own sandwich or trust the men behind the counter to create one for you.

*TIP: Don’t go at peak lunch hours or you will have a line. Go around 11 am or 2/3 pm.

-13 Gobbi: -Great for a typical Tuscan meal at very reasonable prices. Pictured above is their famous rigatoni with red sauce and lots of cheese. Looks simple but tastes phenomenal!

*Make a reservation! This place is always busy.

-Sesto at the Westin: Go to the restaurant, Sesto, at sunset for an amazing view of Florence along the river with delicious appertivo (Italian version of happy hour)!


Tourist Attractions:

-Piazzale Michelangelo: Skip the steep climb to the top of the Duomo (the Cathedral) and hike up to the top of this Piazzale! The Duomo climb of 400 stairs is pretty claustrophobic, and there is almost always a line. Instead, cross over the River and see the entirety of Florence from this great lookout.


Our recommendation: Take a bottle of wine with you and watch the sunset up here!

-Galleria dell’Accademia: Home to Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, the David. Go early or get your tickets ahead of time. Otherwise, you will be waiting in line for a while!

-Ponte Vecchio: Famous bridge over the Arno River lined with jewelry stores. Beware: some of the vendors are selling inauthentic pieces so be cautious!


Day Trips: It’s super easy to take a day trip from Florence by train or even bus departing out of Santa Maria Novella train station!

-Cinque Terre: travel here by bus or train to hike between 5 cliff side towns on the coast. Pesto was first created here!

-Milan: The fashion capital of the world is only an hour and a half train ride from Florence!

-Pisa: less than an hour away by bus. **FYI, there’s nothing to do here besides the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

-Bologna: 30 minutes away by train, great for pasta Bolognese and shopping.

-Venice and the gondolas are a short train ride away!



-The San Lorenzo Leather Market: very negotiable prices for all things leather! This outdoor market is next to the Central Market, so you can grab a quick bite to eat during your shopping spree. This area is very touristy, so watch out for pick-pocketers and know that you can easily bargain!

-Cross over the Ponte Vecchio towards Pitti Palace, and there are a lot of higher end leather stores for nice jackets, purses, gloves, and more. A few personal faves were Madova (for gloves), Anna’s, and Parri’s (for leather jackets and purses). These stores line the main street so you can’t miss them!


  1. Tuscany, Italy: A Wine Tour a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away

Sit back, relax, and enjoy Tuscany’s best vino! Tuscany is famous for producing Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. Enjoy wine tastings at these world-renowned vineyards with a magnificent view.

If you have time, take a cooking class and learn about traditional Tuscan cooking. Traditional foods include ribollita (a thick vegetable soup), bruschetta, and biscotti!


Beware: Tuscans do not use salt in their bread! Tasted pretty bland to us, but this is a longstanding tradition of the region.


  1. Positano, Italy: Life’s a climb, but the view is great

Positano, a vertical town along the Amalfi Coast, is known for its colorful houses, fashionable boutiques, delicious restaurants, luxurious hotels, and breathtaking views. Oh yeah, and the crazy amount of stairs! To get to most places, you have to climb stairs, as cars are limited to the one and only main road.


This small town nestled in the cliffs is a MUST see. The main season to visit starts in May and goes until the end of October, otherwise most of the restaurants and activities are shut down for the off-season. Our recommendation is to go in mid-May or September/August to avoid the large tourist groups that take over during the summer!


Fun Things to Do:

-Relax on the volcanic sandy beach in Positano! Cute boutiques, the domed church, and many restaurants serving fresh seafood, homemade pastas, and delicious limoncello all surround the beach.


-Take a day trip to Capri to see the Blue Grottos. It’s super easy to take a boat from Positano, and the view is incredible! There’s nothing better than being on those bright blue waters.

-On your way back to the train or airport in Naples, stop in the town of Herculaneum to see ruins from the Mt. Vesuvius volcanic eruption. In our opinion, much more preserved than Pompeii!


General Tips about Italy :

-Learn to take the trains: You can get almost everywhere via train. They’re super easy to figure out and relatively inexpensive!

-Italians eat three-course meals typically, but don’t worry because these meals are much lighter than the American version of Italian food!

  1. Antipasta (appetizer)
  2. Primo (pasta)
  3. Secondo (meat or fish)

-Tipping isn’t always customary. You can tip someone if they go above and beyond what’s necessary!

Useful phrases:

Hello and Goodbye: Ciao

Thank you: Grazie

You’re welcome: Prego

Bathroom: Bagno

Piazza: Square

Red wine/white wine: Vino Rosso/ Vino Bianco

Beer: Birra


Whether you’re going to Italy for a few days or studying abroad for 4 months (like our new intern Haley), there will never be a shortage of things to do or eat in Italy. Each city is filled with its own unique history, making the country a MUST-SEE!


With that in mind, we hope you have a great trip! Or as the Italians say, Buon Viaggio!

Crushing Hard on our New Intern!

Born in the Big Apple, Raised in Houston, Texas. This girl has just returned from her worldly travels and is back in America settling down with CB this summer in Dallas, Texas!

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CB: What have you been up to for the past few months?

Haley: I just got back from studying abroad in Florence, Italy for 4 months. While I was here I got to travel all over Europe and the UK.


Fave TV Shows:

Suits and Scandal


 Do you have any siblings?

One younger brother, but people always think he’s older since I have a baby face! I’m 5’1 and he’s 5’8.


What’s your go-to Starbucks drink?

Depends on the season, but I love my skinny vanilla lattes all year round! My winter go-to is a skinny peppermint mocha.


Food Addictions:

I’m a HUGE snacker! Honeycrisp apples and Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn are two of my favorite snacks.


Fave Social Media Platform:

I’m always checking Instagram and Snapchat. However, Snapchat is my favorite because it’s more raw and in the moment than Instagram. I also love the new Snapchat filter that makes my cheeks look flawless!!


Instagram accounts you love:

I love looking at Food accounts, but they always make me so hungry. My favorites are @newforkcity and @austinmymouth (since I go to school at the University of Texas at Austin). @drinksintheair is also super entertaining and has awesome backdrops.


Guilty Pleasures:

Warm chocolate chip cookies are definitely my weakness. I also am obsessed with Prosecco! For my birthday, I had a cake in the shape of a Prosecco bottle.


Name one thing you want to do before you die:

I really want to go Skydiving but have always been way too scared. This past semester I went paragliding in Switzerland, so I’m starting to get over my fear of heights!



I love to workout and am super into fitness classes. I recently learned how to cook, so I’m always searching Pinterest for cool new recipes. I love to travel and hang with my family and friends.


Something Embarrassing About Yourself:

I used to be terrified of getting shots at a Doctor’s office, so I would run around the entire office crying hysterically! It was super mortifying for my mom to deal with.


Quotes you disagree with:

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving,”-Albert Einstein. I personally don’t know how to ride a bike so don’t know if I could apply this to my life so easily…


Favorite Animal:

My dogs: Frisbee and Max. Frisbee is a Bichon Frisee and Max is a chubby miniature golden doodle. They’re basically my parent’s favorite children.


Who is your celeb style inspiration?

Blake Lively, aka Serena Van der Woodson, can seriously pull off any outfit. Her hubby is pretty good looking himself!


Biggest Pet Peeve:

I can’t stand when people crack their knuckles. The sound is cringe-worthy!


What can you not leave the house without?

A Diet Coke bottle—I’m seriously addicted. I had the hardest time in Italy because they don’t have Diet Coke there!


Dream kiss?

Justin Bieber, of course. For my 16th birthday party, I had a life-size cut out of him!


One thing in your closet you can’t live without:

Rompers: so comfy and amazing for almost any occasion.


You’ve traded numbers, who makes the first move…you or him?

Your move… I’m super shy when I first meet people, so I’d have to say he would have to make the first move and text me. After the first move, I’m fair game.


We’re so excited to have Haley back in the States and joining our CB family! Stay tuned to see what she’ll do next!