Apple Watch

(Note: All Screen-shots are from my iPhone in regards to the Apple Watch. If you would like to see screen-shots of the UP App see the full post on Jawbone UP3 here)

It has been more than three weeks since I’ve switched from my Jawbone Up3 to Apple Watch and I think a review is needed as there are a lot of things to say and weight-in when a change like this emerges. I do not want to influence your fit band/smartwatch choices, but I do want to talk a bit about the advantages and disadvantages of having one or the other as well as show you how I use mine and truthfully what I think a smartwatch is most used for – let’s be honest, while it is nice to see who’s calling you on your watch, we’re not the FBI talking to our wrists therefore people talking on the ‘phone’ on their watch look stupid (to say the least) in my humble opinion. But hey, who am I to judge?

First I’ll start off by saying that I got the Apple Watch Series 1 in pink (obviously!). I did not get the Series 2 because besides it being waterproof – which in my case is completely useless as I am afraid of water and therefore stay clear of it as much as I can (daily shower not included in this category) all it has as an extra is a better (better illuminated) display and as D puts it, soon we will have white displays to look at. Since I got it right after the launch of the second series, I found it at a special price and it made no sense to me to miss the opportunity. That said, D will get the series 2 as he is the type that is mostly in the water whenever we are on vacation and waterproofing is something that he and anyone that is not afraid of the water needs in a smartwatch. Therefore, I do feel that this feature is needed for normal people and it definitely is worth the money.

Since most of our stuff is from Apple, I did not even look at other smartwatches as the OCD side in me likes everything to match and thinks that everything works better if it’s from the same brand, so no, I did not even show a bit of interest in other smartwatches. As with any Apple product, the installation is easy and fast and, unless you did not came in contact with another Apple product before, you’ll find the menu to be intuitive and very easy to use. Getting started was fairly easy, my iPhone detected the watch immediately and I was set.

Jawbone UP3 vs Apple Watch experience – health tracker

Activity Log

For the first few days, I kept both my Jawbone and my Apple Watch on just to compare the two. The nice thing about the watch is that you can see all your notifications on your watch so, if you are like me and always leave your phone somewhere in the house, you will not miss any notifications/phone calls/messages/Instagram or Facebook notifications ever again so this is a big plus on my Jawbone band. Also the screen helps a lot in keeping up with your activity. However, let’s not forget that the Apple Watch costs double than the Jawbone UP3 but it also does a lot more than track your activity. As step trackers they have the same accuracy, however the Jawbone band detects when you are exercising more easily than the Apple Watch and that is a big plus especially if you do not want to constantly log every walk you take beforehand so that the Apple Watch can measure it (both in time and length). This is one thing that I did not like as much about the Apple Watch – it fails to detect exercise on its own while the Jawbone UP3 does that impeccably.

 

Sleep Log

Another feature that the Jawbone UP3 has and the Apple Watch does not have is the ability to track your sleep on its own. Again, for the Apple Watch you have to manually log in when you go to bed and set an alarm to wake up – I hate alarms, but that is the only way I can track my sleep. I suspect this is because the Apple Watch uses a third party app, called Pillow to do that. Do not get me wrong, I think that the sleep tracking on the Apple Watch is a million times better than the analysis I used to get from my Jawbone UP3 and therefore, alarm or no alarm and as much as it bugs me to manually log when I am getting into bed, I think that in this category the Apple Watch is by far better. Now it all depends on how much you value a good sleep analysis. For me this is very important and that’s why  I started loving the Apple Watch quickly.

Nutrition

This, in my opinion is where the Apple Watch won me over for good. Again we are talking about using a third party app and to my best knowledge the best one out there so far is MyNetDiary. This app is so complete and so easy to use! I just love it. As opposed to the Up App, I can find most of my daily food choices without having to add them myself (I hated having to add all the nutritional info to most of my food), so one can say that the database is way larger and that makes the whole logging experience a lot better. Another cool feature that this app has is the ability for the user to make their own recipe and divide it either by serving or weight. This is very helpful when you want to cook stuff and also keep things as healthy as possible. I also love the fact that this app is easy to use but I hate the fact that it does not sync with the activity tracker on my watch and therefore it does not give me a throughly ready-calculated calorie count and I have to do that by myself. It does however sync with the step-numbers on my watch and it makes no sense to me why they didn’t manage to sync it to the Activity app.

Mindfulness

This is a feature that the Jawbone UP3 does not have, or at least not to this level. The Apple Watch can track your heartbeat live and when it gets too high it usually makes you take a 1 minute break. The Jawbone UP3 only tracked your resting heart rate which, again might or might not be important to you. It is to me, especially during my pregnancy and it will probably be important post-pregnancy when I will restart going to the gym regularly.

 

All this data is nicely stored in the Health App that the iPhone has pre-intalled and that most people do not use until they get an Apple Watch – or at least that was my case. This is a very good nutrition analyst in my opinion and not much else. I mean, yeah, it does put everything together and all but it does not tell you anything. It does however do a great (and I mean GREAT) job at analysing your food (vitamins, minerals, etc), which no other app does. This again is very important to me right now, and to be honest it always was important, but the Up App did not provide that. This is something that I loved from the very beginning and really made me change my mind and go from the Jawbone UP3 to the Apple Watch.

This is where the comparison between the Jawbone Up3 and the Apple Watch stops as the Jawbone is just a fitness tracker while the Apple Watch does so much more. If you are only interested in a fitness tracker, then go for any of the tracking bracelets out there (I loved the Jawbone UP3) and save your money. However if you want more than that, keep on reading.

Like I said earlier, this watch is like your mini iPhone on your wrist. It basically has every app on your phone and it has most of the abilities you phone has. That being said, you must keep it connected to your phone for it to actually work and having your phone in the near vicinity usually makes you use it as opposed to using the watch. There are a few situations where I used the watch to answer and talk on the phone – when I was too lazy to actually get off the couch or when my phone battery was almost over –  but overall, I use my phone. Also, it is nice to have the ability to reply to messages but scribbling every single letter on your watch tends to be time-consuming but helps in the earlier mentions situations.You can also check Instagram, use Shazam and lot more apps that are compatible with the watch. The interface, as I said at the beginning of the post, is very user-friendly, and, especially at the beginning, you are tempted to over-use it.

The Watch app on your phone allows you to customise virtually anything about your watch (see the print-screens) and also gives you a full insight on your device (apps, notifications, setting, font size, sounds, app layout, etc). The battery life is decent, and because I want to wear it all day and night, I usually charge it before I go to sleep for about 20 minutes and again in the morning for about 20 minutes, but if you do not want to wear it during the night you could get away with only charging it once.

Overall I am very happy with my watch and I have been using it non-stop for the past three weeks which means that I have been ignoring my other beloved watches, but I did also keep my Jawbone bracelet at arm’s reach as whenever I want to wear another watch I need something to track my activity (yes, I am crazy like that and that craziness only got worse one the doctor forbade me to got to the gym during the pregnancy). So, is the watch worth the money? Hell yeah! Not saying the same thing about the watch bracelets that Apple are selling and are waaaay overpriced – if you know a good third party bracelet seller for my watch please leave a comment below as I am really bored by my Sport band that the watch came with.

L.

 

 

 

We’re having a…

We are beyond excited about the news we got from our last appointment. First of all, the little human growing inside me is very healthy, active and has all the toes and fingers in place. And it’s a GIRL!!! D is going to be surrounded by girls – me, our beloved dog and the little princess that will soon join us! And when I say soon, I mean we are about three and a half months away from meeting her and we can’t wait! No, we did not paint the nursery pink, nor will we buy pink things for her, but we did feel the need to have a pink photoshoot despite it being October and quite cold outside.

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Both of us suspected that we are going to have a girl from the 12th week when the doctor told us that there is a very good chance of that, but we decided to not get over-excited until we knew for sure. This time we are 100% sure that a little princess will be joining us in January – yes, we saw her hoo-ha and all so this is happening and there is no chance of any surprises. We did not have any preferences going into this pregnancy only that the baby be healthy and that I will feel fine. Up until now, these two wishes have come true and hope things will go on just as smoothly from now on!

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On me:

Dress – Guess by Marciano; Shoes – Versace; Bag – Furla; Vest – ZARA; Bling – Swarovski (bracelet1, bracelet2 and ring); Watch – Tissot

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On D:

T-shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren; Jeans – ZARA; Shoes – Polo Ralph Lauren; Bling – Fossil; Sunglasses – Ray-Ban; Watch – Tissot

That being said, I do not want to make this post about the fashion bit in it as we are under no circumstances dressed for autumn, but rather for this very happy announcement. Since I am coming closer and closer to the last three months of pregnancy, I will soon upload yet another ‘Pregnancy Feelings’ post about the second trimester and besides the feelings, weight gain and healthy bit of it, I really want to share with you all the stuff we planned and did during this trimester to help you understand why any pregnant woman should take fully advantage if this period.

Hopefully, we will soon finish all our redecorating (nesting) and we will be able to share with you all that we’ve been doing for the past few weeks (months?). Until then, enjoy our announcement photos and brace yourselves as our little one is coming and she will come kicking and screaming (hopefully not all the time!).

L.

 

Pinky Promise!

Nope, this is not the announcement post, mainly because we still do not know 100% what the baby’s sex is. Yes, I know that by the 20th week I should’ve known, but the truth is that my next ultrasound is in two weeks and we didn’t want to submit our bundle of joy to a useless ultrasound just for our own selfish reasons. We can wait a few more weeks, even though, the reality is that the suspense is killing us. The good thing about not knowing combined with the fact that the constructors will be in our house in a few days is that we will not be tempted to do the nursery in pink or blue, but rather in a neutral shade like yellow or green.

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So, these photos were taken a few days ago, but, as I mentioned in our last post, processing and texts takes a bit of time and right now I am seriously lacking in that department. The belly appears to keep getting larger and larger every single day and we do make a lot of effort to find the time to photo-document this amazing period almost on a daily basis, but unfortunately, the photos will come up online with a delay of a  day or two.

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On me:

Dress – Tommy Hilfiger; Shoes – Bigote Paris; Bag – Furla; Bling – Swarovski, Pandora and Tomorrowland; Watch – Daniel Wellington

This time we went for a pink based ensemble, again, because this is yet another dress that I did not want to go to waste simply because it could not fit my belly anymore and I honestly think that in two weeks time that will happen. I just love this dress, I have worn it numerous times this summer but didn’t get a chance to take photos in it. I think we had about three or four missed photo attempts. Anyway…this is a Tommy Hilfiger dress that I think I bought even before knowing anything about the pregnancy and now, you can find it on sale. I love it because of the cut and the very soft material – I have no idea what it is but it is lovely! To keep the pink theme all the way I wore my pink Bigote Paris espadrilles that are yet another find in my (now) clean dressing-room and that I have for at least three years.I could only find their blog online but any pink espadrilles will do, really…

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On D:

T-shirt – EXE; Shorts – H&M; Shoes – Paez; Bling – Fossil and Constantin Nautics; Watch – Daniel Wellington

I also wore my beloved pink bag from Furla that for some reason I’ve been neglecting this summer, even though it was a staple for me last summer. As for the accessories, I opted for my pink floral Swarovski ring that you can’t currently find online as it is from last spring’s collection, but I have linked a decent alternative. I also wore my usual Pandora and Tomorrowland rings that I can’t seem to get enough of lately. Both D and I decided to wear our Daniel Wellington watches with the original nato straps they cam with.

D seems to always be happy whenever we wear pinkish clothes or light blueish ones, so he was really responsive to my pink theme. He opted for his H&M shorts that are currently nowhere to be found online and paired them with his lovely asymmetric t-shirt from EXE, a Romanian brand, that he got while at Untold festival. To complete his look, he wore his blue and pink espadrilles from Paez that he also got from the recently mentioned festival. Bling wise he wore his usual Fossil and Constantin Nautics bracelets.

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We took these photos in the park as recently that seems to be our go-to place mainly because it’s a very comfortable location, especially since we’ve been out and about in the city quite a lot lately.

L.

 

 

Lazy days…

Baby bump happening yet again here… Do not be fooled by the title as these past two days have been hectic hence the lack of posting, but fear not, we have been shooting every day. The reason we were so busy these past days is because we visited the baby expo twice as apparently choosing stuff for the baby isn’t as simple as we thought. Right now we are struggling to choose a stroller and there are hundreds of options out there. The big thing about out future stroller is that it has to be as comfortable as possible for me to use it, as light as possible, it must be perfectly tailored for the baby’s needs AND it has to fit into my MINI. I will not change my beloved car for a stroller!

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Therefore, between getting ready for the constructors to invade us, visiting baby expo twice and me trying to decide on furniture and fittings, we did manage to squeeze in a few photoshoots, but editing and text takes more than the said photoshoot and I was simply too tired when we finally got home these past two days. Saturday is here and I woke up committed to editing and posting at least one photoshoot despite the fact that today will be a full day. It seems to be harder and harder to hide the growing baby bump and to be honest, I did not believe at first when people told me that at around week 19 to 20 it will just pop out and there will only be one direction of growing from that point on: larger and larger.

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On me:

Dress – Pull&Bear (alternative from H&M); Shoes – Melissa; Bag – Furla; Bling – Pandora and Tomorrowland; Sunglasses – Dior; Watch – Tissot

Despite the fact that this is a more autumnish dress, I really wanted to take pics in it and was lucky enough to have a slightly chillier day on Thursday. I bought the said dress from Pull and Bear last summer while in Milan and I confess that I am afraid that in a month it will not fit me anymore, so here it is in all its splendour. Naturally, it was in last summer’s collection and the only similar alternative I could find online is from H&M.I just the love grey and yellow together. I think they are the perfect couple for any season therefore I always make sure to have a few garments of each colour just waiting to be worn. I paired the grey dress with my Melissa Patchouli grey wedges which conveniently have a yellow stripe at the back. To make matters even more obvious, I wore my yellow Furla tote that you can’t currently find online right now. the alternative I’ve linked isn’t a very good one as it has a bit of brown in it that I honestly am not a fan of.

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On D:

Shorts – H&M; T-shirt – Review; Shoes – H&M; Bling – Constantin Nautics (bracelet 1 and bracelet 2); Sunglasses – Oakley; Watch – Tissot

D also has lots of grey things lying around in his closet and luckily for me a few yellow ones as well. This time he chose his zipper t-shirt from Review that matches the grey in my dress perfectly. To make me happier than ever he decided on his yellow shorts from H&M – yes, the H&M shorts are back into action – and the striped espadrilles also from H&M. I have to say that I was a bit surprised that he didn’t opt for a pair of grey shoes as we all know by now that he has quite a few.

When it comes to accessories, he payed way more attention than I did to the subject and chose two bracelets from Constantin Nautics, while I wore my usual Pandora and Tomorrowland rings. We both opted for our Tissot T-Race watches and we both wore sunglasses, I, my beloved Dior So Real and D wore his long-lost (in my car) Oakley Holbrook pair.

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As the weeks keep passing we realise that having a kid is not only about literally giving birth to it, but actually it is way more complicated than that! We have to re-do our house, buy furniture, decide an various things, make sure we take photos of this entire period, have a lot of medical visits, decide on the birth plan, make sure I do not forget that I am still a woman (cosmetic procedures and stuff)…and so on… So this might be a time when we are not as active online as we usually are, or at least for the time being, while the constructors are in the house, but we will try and post as often as possible.

L.

 

Full House/Table!!!

A few weeks back we had the whole family for a late lunch/early dinner party. The thing is, when we all get together, there’s 15 of us around the table, and we’re all foodies, so we needed to make something that was satisfying for all of us – yup, we’re all picky when it comes to our food! What better way to please everyone than pasta? And not just any pasta, but a melange of taco and pasta to surprise everyone with our creativity!

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Obviously, buying food for more than a dozen people is no problem for us, and, for the first time since we started throwing these parties, the food was almost completely devoured and everyone was happy and full. At the end, when you are going to read the nutritional info (it’s scary) keep in mind that all the data is for the whole quantity, and you should divide it by 16 to get a real portion’s worth of information.

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Here’s what we bought for our very own Taco-Pasta (I’m sticking to this name!):

  • 1 kg minced veal meat
  • 500 gr brown mushrooms
  • 30 gr fresh basil
  • 250 gr cherry tomatoes
  • 750 gr whole wheat pasta (we used two different shapes and they were both equally appreciated)
  • 2 jars of Jamie Oliver’s Tomato and Chilly pasta sauce
  • 500 gr of law-fat cheddar
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • about 10 olives (we just had them lying around in our fridge so we decided to use them, but they gave the dish a fabulous aroma)
  • 1 can of sweet boiled corn (just to get you into that taco mood)

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That’s about all you need for this dinner dish, but you can always add beans to fill your Mexican appetite. To be honest, like any pasta, the preparation is the easy part, buying everything was the hard part. It took us about 2 hours to have everything ready, but keep in mind that we had to track our recipe with photos every step of the way and that is time-consuming.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. As usual, take as many photos of the lovely ingredients you just bought, as one of the pics is going to be used for the Instagram account.
  2. Cut, dice and mince everything as there’s not one single ingredient that will be needed whole. Again, take some pics of the lovely diced ingredients and then it’s actually time to start cooking.
  3. In a pot (you’ll need two in the end, but just use one for the sauce and then divide it so that the aroma is evenly distributed) melt a pat of butter just to be sure that none of the ingredients stick to it.
  4. Pour all the onion into it and let it cook until it’s turned golden. After that, add all the meat and stir well until it has reached an earthy brown colour.
  5. Add the mushrooms and the tomatoes and stir well. Let them all cook until the mushrooms start leaving a bit of water.
  6. Add the tomato sauce, the olives, the corn, the minced garlic and the basil and stir well. By this point you’ve used most of your ingredients. Let the sauce boil for a few minutes just to get all the aromas out.
  7. Add two glasses of water just to get the whole sauce in a more liquid state and to get it out of boiling mode so you can safely divide it into two parts (this is when the second pot comes into play).
  8. Add the pasta and let it boil for 15 minutes stirring regularly.
  9. The last step is the cheese-step. Add all the cheese, stir well and let it boil for another 2 minutes than switch off the stove. You’re done!

That’s about all it takes to feed 15 people and have some leftovers for the next day. All you have to do now is decorate a few plates and take some photos before everyone arrives! Remember what I told you about the nutritional info. Using the same quantities as we did you’ll end up with 16 servings, so keep that in mind when you read all about those health data provided by my Jawbone UP app. This dish is rated at 9.1/10 so it’s on the very healthy side, but you do need to consume it in moderation as each serving gives you about 320 kcals and quite a lot of saturated fats!

L.

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UP we go!

It’s finally time for me to review the one jewellery (not really jewellery) item I’m wearing all the time… Yes, even when I sleep. I wear this item more than I wear my wedding band as I don’t sleep with any jewellery on except for this one. I’m talking bout my Jawbone UP3. Yes, all of the nutritional info I post is curtesy of their mobile app, and yes, it’s the one thing that keeps me healthy. If not for my own good, than for the shame I feel whenever my food score or my steps start to go down.

 

As you probably know by now, two and a half years ago I had a massive intestinal blockage (E.R. and everything), so the next step was to talk to a nutritionist in order to prevent that from ever happening again. Apparently I have some problems where digestion is concerned. I had to be extra careful with what I ate for more than three months, so D did some intensive research online and bought me Jawbone‘s UP 24 (you can’t find it now as new and more exciting models are for sale). I know that he bought me the best of the best at the moment because he a) takes health very seriously and b) he always does extensive research before buying any gizmo. I had my  UP24 for about a year and I loved it. I loved it because it kept me on the right track where my eating habits were concerned and because it was very accurate when it came to actually measuring my steps. I found the app very user-friendly and very complex. I simply loved the whole experience and I never took the bloody thing off. Even at weddings and other formal affairs, to D‘s disapproval, I didn’t take it off.

Time passed and the bracelet degraded to a point where D said that I needed a new one. Yes, in about a year, the tracker looked terrible, but it still did the job it was intended to do. Since he realised that I was addicted to my UP band, he decided than when we celebrated 6 years of an amazing relationship and 2 years of marriage, we should get ourselves the brand new (then) UP3. And so we did! Unlucky for us, that they had just launched it back then and the only colour they had was black. By now, they came up with lots of wonderful and trendy colours (I got my eye on you, Golden beauty!). Boy, was this one an improvement! If I thought that this tracker couldn’t get any better, well this one is better.

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First of all, the strap is a lot better than the old one. True, I’ve experienced some moments when I almost lost my tracker because the strap got loose, but I just moved it on my right hand instead of my left and that problem never emerged again. The other cool thing about this new tracker is the fact that it keeps track of your resting heart beat, which you can read about here. The other definite improvement about this one is the fact that unlike the old one, you can shower with this on. Surely, you should’t swim with it on, but it’s not as sensitive to water as the old one.

The app is more or less the same as the old one, because why fix something that’s not broken? The cool thing about the app is that when you are not in an undeveloped country like Romania, you can actually find the menus to some of the restaurants and you can instantly add the food with all their nutritional info. Another cool thing about the app is that for some foods you can actually scan the barcode and all the data is there. If the barcode doesn’t work, you can manually add the said food and if you log in enough info, the said food gets a health grade. Basically what this app does, it constantly challenges you to eat healthy and it also reminds you to et off that chair and move, just like mine did right now, as I’m sitting on this chair for an hour.

You can log all sorts of activities into it that are preset in the app, that way you get a better view of just how much physical activity you’ve had during the day and how many calories you burned. Another cool feature this tracker has it’s that you can specifically set different types of alarms: movement, step count,silent wake-up alarm.

Of course D being the free-spirited soul that he is, couldn’t be bothered with actually keeping any track of his food because as he says, it’s too complicated to log everything. He does however have periods of intense fitness tracking when he also wears it all the time. But he’s not as obsessed as I am. If you look through all my Instagram photos, you’re going to notice that I always have it on, and I do not plan on giving it up any time soon. To be honest, I can’t wait for this one to actually be broken so I can buy it again in a different colour. No, I am not really interested in buying the UP4 mainly because I find no use for paying anything with my bracelet, I can reach for my own credit card thank you very much! That’s the only difference between the UP3 and the UP4.

Overall, this little gizmo changed my life for the better and if you are a health fanatic just like me, I honestly think that this is the best and most complete tracker you can find on the market!

L.