Life Through a New Lens: Learning DSLR Photography

I have always had a thing for photography. Taking my own photos, of course. But also just admiring the beautiful photos that others take. I have followed quite a few photographers on Instagram for years, and love to see what brilliant shot they are going to imagine up next. They don't even have to be true … Continue reading Life Through a New Lens: Learning DSLR Photography

New Year’s Tech Housekeeping

I know people have mixed feelings about New Year's Resolutions. Most of my friends and family think they are silly or don't bother with them because they "know they'll never keep them." I don't always make an official list, but with the start of a new year comes at least a perceived fresh start. If … Continue reading New Year’s Tech Housekeeping

The (Workout) Struggle is Real + Apple Watch vs. Fitbit

Welcome to 2018! We all know that a new year is a time for getting back to the gym; putting healthier food in your body; being a better friend, employee, and partner; and ditching every single one of your bad habits, right?! Well, until mid-February at least. I love staying active, and this year I … Continue reading The (Workout) Struggle is Real + Apple Watch vs. Fitbit

Staying in Touch + Snapchat Group Chats

When I ask people what they think of Snapchat, they seem to either love it or hate it — with not a whole lot of feelings in between. Those that love it and use it every day are usually part of a younger age-group (< 25), but there are certainly many exceptions (including myself!). Then … Continue reading Staying in Touch + Snapchat Group Chats

Bank School + Road Trippin’ Tech

I don't know about you, but I love a good road trip. Commercial air travel is such a huge hassle that I relish any opportunity to jump in my car instead of on a plane. Unless it's a cross-country trip, in which case it obviously makes zero sense to drive if you're in any kind … Continue reading Bank School + Road Trippin’ Tech

Is Bigger Better? + Loopy Cases and PopSockets

When I upgraded from the iPhone 5s to the iPhone 6, I was terrified that I would never get used to my ENORMOUS new phone. Even more terrifying was the prospect that phones were only going to get bigger and bigger and eventually all the cool phones were going to be too big for my tastes (and my hands). Luckily I … Continue reading Is Bigger Better? + Loopy Cases and PopSockets

The Hamptons Life + Away Suitcases

Most of TIRL's readers are family, friends, and colleagues (THANK YOU for being loyal fans!). As a result, most of you know about my former life as a tennis player. For any readers that don't fall into the above categories (I love you guys too!), I'll provide some brief context. My parents put a tennis racquet … Continue reading The Hamptons Life + Away Suitcases

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Yes, I realize it's not Christmas. Or Thanksgiving. Or really close to any fun, major holiday (or at least one that revolves around eating myself silly), but it's still one of my favorite times of the year. Why?! Because around this time every year, Apple announces a new iPhone (HOW new is often debatable), as … Continue reading It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!