lesia’s favourite iphone apps

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If something cool is on the rise, Lesia knows about it. She's the resident maven on the Digital team and the one for info on just about anything. Naturally, we wanted her list of favourite iPhone apps. Get out your phone and get ready for her list of must-haves.

lesia's favourite iphone apps

Outside of the standard must-have apps like Twitter, Facebook, foursquare, WeatherEye (way better then the weather app that comes with iPhone), IMDB, Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Cover Orange, Flashlight, Groupon & Tumblr, there are a few others I couldn’t live without. I've categorized them by price. Enjoy!

(free) - Just download and have fun!
($) - Minimum investment for maximum enjoyment. Expect to pay around $2.
($$) - Pricier but worth every penny. Expect to pay $5 or more.

fitness essentials

If you have goals to run a marathon, do a yoga challenge or reach your personal best, these apps will quickly become your best friends.

MindBody Yoga (free)  I can quickly and easily find the closest yoga class no matter where I am, Vancouver or abroad.

Run Keeper (free)  I just downloaded this one and it looks like amazing. I’ll keep you posted once I hit the pavement with the No Excuses Run Club.

ifitness ($) Stay motivated and get fit with this app. It's currently not available on the Canadian store but it's so good, I'd hate to leave it out.

Loseit (free) This calorie-counting app keeps you accountable. Set a goal and it will help you make it happen. (My husband lost 15 pounds with the baby. What more could you ask for?)

smile! (my favourite picture apps)

Pick some of these up before you pack your bags for that hot-spot vacation or yoga retreat. It’s impossible to choose one!

Hipstamatic ($) Their slogan says it all: digital never looked so analog.

Instagram (free) My newest download. I love how easy it is to share and add filters to Instagram snaps!

Camerabag ($) My first love, if you only have one photo app, this will treat you well.

Pano ($) Hello, PANORAMIC!

8mm ($) This is where all my spare time goes lately. This video app is brilliant. Add vintage effects to everyday iPhone video. It brings new meaning to way-back play-back.

Lesia meets Instagram

Lesia + Instagram = happiness

edible apps

Jamie Oliver’s 20-Minute Meals ($$) Hands down the most thoughtful foodie app around, especially for a newbie cook.

How to Cook Everything ($$) Featuring the NYTimes Minimalist himself, Mark Bittman.

Epicurious (free) Get healthy recipes from SELF magazine or indulge your inner foodie with a treat from Gourmet or Bon Appetit. You can search by ingredients and get complete shopping lists. If only it made dinner...

Whole Foods (free) Not only can you find amazing healthy recipes, you can also search their database by dietary preferance. Low-fat, gluten-free and vegan? No problem.

current events

For staying in the know on current events, I check out Globe & MailNY Times, Mashable, Huffington Post, and Pop Sugar. Best of all? They're all free.

deep thoughts

Apps aren’t all about food and fitness. I know I can always check into these apps when I need a little bit of inspiration.

TED Mobile (free) You'll never be bored or uninspired again. A few faves: Jamie Oliver's TED Prize wish, Ken Robinson’s talk on creativity, Sheryl Sandberg's (COO of Facebook) "Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders".

Seth Godin (free) I love to pop into this app to hear what Seth has to say about marketing & ideas. I’m never disappointed.

just because

Period Tracker ($) My good friend got me onto this one and I share it with every girl with an iPhone. They always thank me – ‘nuff said.

fab fashion apps

Wait! There’s more. In writing this, I’ve realized how many apps I’ve come to depend on and love. Last but not least, the beloved fashion apps I drool over. Again, all are free. ebay and Who What Wear are keepers. Style.com gives you the whole gorgeous site in the palm of your hand. Chic Feed aggregates amazing fashion blogs, most notably, the Sartorialist. Finally, Net-A-Porter. I love its wish-list function. 

Well there you have it. If I'm missing any of your must-haves, I'd love to know!

Lesia's BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) is to one day create an amazing lululemon app for you all to enjoy! Fingers crossed.

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Goosebumps yet again Lesia! Off to the app store I go!

Comment by Carolyn — January 21, 2011 @ 9:33 am

Wow Lesia! I love them all, especially the fitness essentials, you are amazing!!

Comment by Kat — January 21, 2011 @ 9:57 am

Great list, I will have to check it out.
A few of my faves are:

-TimeManager ( great way to add where your time goes, lots of different categories and you can customize it a bit)
-MindfulEating – You can track not just your food, but how mindful you were when consuming, were you hungry, were you doing something else while eating, how you enjoyed it..
-Camera + it’s a great photo app, you can add some really cool effects and also depth of field and there is a timer and a stabilzer and burst ( multi shots in a row)
-Teach me sushi is a fun one
and for total mindless fun Talking Tom, it’s silly but when you want to geek out and just be a goober this is a good one!

Comment by Heather — January 21, 2011 @ 10:54 am

Ohhhh, I’ve been waiting for a Lululemon app! I’ve got my fingers crossed too! I’d love to be able to check out the new uploads, inspirational quotes and tips, and the blog from my phone! Something I’d love to see (and not just on my phone) is a forum or something done by sport- somewhere where guests, ambassadors and all forms of fitness gurus could share tips and motivation for running, yoga, rock climbing, dance and just about any sport! I’d love to see a tool to help new runners (and athletes of any other sports!) develop training programs, set goals, ask questions and exchange nutrition tips, etc. It could be just another way for Lululemon to inspire more people to live healthier lives!

Comment by Jenn — January 21, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

Great list! Here’s one more that I just discovered today: Vancouver Street Food app (free)


Comment by Nikki — January 21, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

What about skype for communicating / calling , etc?

Comment by LilN — January 21, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

ydl is yoga downloads’ new app. I love it for days I can’t get to the studio. It’s free with heaps of 20 min yoga practices plus exclusive app classes. 

Comment by Deb Young — January 21, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

I like Pink Pad best for a period tracker, they have a free and a paid version. Also, I like Nike+GPS for my runs, I just downloaded FitFu and so far it seems fun, for short workouts, and it is made into a social network so you can challenge your friends, set goals, etc. Great cute graphics, and I’ve only done crunches, but it counts for you out loud. So cool!

I would also LOVE a Lululemon app. Please make one! Great idea!

Comment by TheNewLC — January 21, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

I really like Grocery IQ which is free and has many cool features to build your grocery lists It includes an extensive database, bar scanning capabilities and free coupons.

Comment by Jeannette — January 21, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

Lesia we’d love you to check out our app for quick honest feedback on your outfit before you go out! Always can use a second opinion! xo

Comment by marissa — January 21, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

I also have Period Tracker and it is the best app out there!! Every woman should have it.

Comment by Yvette — January 21, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

So funny. Glad you’re liking Cover Orange. I’m telling you, that game makes you smart!

Comment by Nancy — January 21, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

Thanks! I love it when people give me app recc’s. I can’t begin to find the fabulous ones all by myself.

Comment by Sera — January 21, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

I love this! I just got an iPhone for Christmas, can’t wait to download all of these! Thanks Lesia! You already have me addicted to the Sartorialist, now all of this! Thank you! Thank you!

Comment by karen — January 21, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

Great lists! But have you tried FX Photo Studio? It would fit very nice in your picture app list – it’s capable to do some amazing things.

Comment by Demien — January 22, 2011 @ 5:29 am

Another solid reason to have a big ol’ bout of Lesia love :)

Comment by Jill — January 22, 2011 @ 8:11 am

Thanks so much for a great post Leisa. I’ve resisted for a long time, but your list finally made me succumb to, of all things….Angry Birds. Thanks for slingshoting me over that edge. I’ll check out some of your other recommendations, especially the TED app, ‘cuz TED on YouTube is so inspirational.

Comment by Leslie-Ann Drummond — January 22, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

WOW! Thanks for all the great suggestions! I’ll have to download them, one can never have enough apps right? Maybe we’ll need a round 2 list! Keep the suggestions coming…!

@Nancy, Cover Orange is transforming me into a strategic genius.


Comment by lesia d. — January 22, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

Hey Lesia,

Thanks for sharing. Don’t forget to check out Skimble’s iPhone apps! Skimble offers two free apps: Workout Trainer http://bit.ly/WorkoutTrainer & Sports Tracker http://bit.ly/SportsTrack

I’m the co-founder of this up-and-coming startup. The new Workout Trainer app has organically made its way to be the Top 10 free Health/Fitness app in both USA and Canada right now :)

I also love and recommend these free apps:
Shazam – music discovery
Pandora – streaming music
Evernote – organize, to-do’s
Google Voice – free texting, cheap calls, etc.
Skype – free int’l calls w/ friends on skype
Airbnb – marketplace for unique spaces (anti-hotel)
Picplz – share pics with filters
Yelp – reviews and recommendations
Foodspotting – spot great dishes
Amazon – take pic of item and it’ll find it
Netflix – streaming movies, best on ipad
Flickr – photo sharing and discovery
Flipboard – social magazine / news
Siri – a virtual personal assistant
RolandoLite, Harbor Master, Pocket Frogs, Art PUzzles, Air Hockey – games
Chomp – app discovery (more than I can list right now ;)


Comment by Maria — January 23, 2011 @ 4:06 am

love this article! and i also love the case :) is that available to purchase by any chance?

Comment by Jordyn — January 23, 2011 @ 9:47 am

another good app ‘workouts’ & ‘epicurious’

Comment by Ivana — January 23, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

Hi Jordyn! The skin on the iPhone in the above picture isn’t available for purchase, but was created using “GelaSkins”. Check it out: http://www.gelaskins.com/
~ Laura, GEC Online Community

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — January 24, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

thank you! i will definitely check it out!

Comment by Jordyn — January 24, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

any suggestions for similar blackberry apps??

Comment by ashley — January 24, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

Great list. See this app, really cool!!


They also have it for the computer


We have it for all our employees. Reminds you to stretch.

Comment by Henny — January 27, 2011 @ 11:00 am

We’d love to make an iPhone app for lululemon. We actually have a concept that we’d love to show you. Please visit us at redpiston.com

Comment by Andy Kale — January 27, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

Could Deb or someone give more complete information on how to find this:
ydl is yoga downloads’ new app. I love it for days I can’t get to the studio. It’s free with heaps of 20 min yoga practices plus exclusive app classes.
What is ydl?

Comment by CNPH — January 27, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

Hey CNPH! If you need music to go along with your at-home practice, check back later today…

Comment by Elissa Joy — January 28, 2011 @ 11:04 am

I just got my iPad and remember this blog. I’d never heard of Seth Godin, what an interesting guy. So thanks for this blog :)

Comment by Gayle — September 6, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

MyFitnessPal is great for keeping you honest, and Zombies, Run! helps keep you motivated when you have to log that extra piece of cake you ate.
Flipboard is great for keeping you in the know.
Don’t forget the Sea Wheeze app!
Finally, to keep my finances in as good shape as the rest of these apps keep me, Mint.com.

Comment by Kristin — July 24, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

Looking forward to getting a few of these apps! Instagram has been my iphone obsession lately, but there’s a couple others I think you might like…

The Eatery – take pictures of your meal and then it will be rated by an online community on a scale of 1-100 (fat or fit). It made me much more mindful of what I’m eating and how often I will indulge.

Sworkit – A workout app that targets upper body, lower body, core plus some yoga. It can be a fast 5 minutes or 1 hour workout. I like to finish my runs with a 10-20 minute workout to make sure I’m getting some resistance training.

Happy trails!

Comment by Meredith Bratland — August 16, 2012 @ 5:18 am

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