10 apps to help make you a morning person

mashable“It’s easy to get out of bed when you don’t have to plan or think about your wardrobe. By digitizing your closet, all you have to do is swipe and pick out what you want to wear. You’re just like Cher in Clueless. Plus, a wardrobe planner can help you keep track of what you wear (and especially what’s clean) — so you don’t get into a clothing rut.”

Thank you, Mashable, for featuring us!

10 apps to help make you a morning person


Blank Black Screen When Adding Items from Camera?

When you accidentally not allowed Pureple access to Camera or Photo Library, you will see a black blank screen when you try to add an item from Camera; or similarly from Photo Library. You can easily fix this by

  1. Quit Pureple
  2. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone/iPad/iPod.
  3. Tap ‘Privacy’
  4. Tap ‘Photos’. Please make sure Pureple is set to On.
  5. Tap ‘Camera’. Please make sure Pureple is set to On.

Adding items from web: How to pick the best quality image

We’d like to share a trick we use to add the best image for an item we are adding from IMG_4393web. Sometimes web search presents us a few different quality versions of the same image. Or the image we want may appear way at the bottom in search results.

When you find the image you’d like to add in search results, please

  1. Tap on it to see it enlarged.
  2. Then tap on the three vertical dots you see under the image and
  3. Tap ‘View original image’ option. This will open the high quality version of the image.
  4. Then tap on the ‘+’ to add it to wardrobe.

Pureple also shows the dimensions of the images when you tap on ‘+’ to help you select the best image. We recommend images with dimensions around 512×1024.

5 Ways Pureple will Help Implement PopSugar Fashion’s Tips on Cleaning Your Closet

Our followers may remember PopSugar Fashion’s recent article titled ‘I Cleaned Out 100+ Items From My Closet by Asking This 1 Question’ which we shared on all our social media accounts last week. The article gives great tips on editing your wardrobe. We immediately taught how much Pureple would help to implement the tips in this article. Here is the top 5:

  1. Keeping track of how often, if ever, you wear an item.

    You see the dates you wore an item listed under for every item in your closet.

  2. Easily seeing how many items you have of a given type/color/season/occasion/brand/size.

  3. Asking friends to ask whether to keep an item or let it go by inviting them to your virtual closet. Why not ask them how to style it, too?

  4. Tagging items with an expiration date.

  5. Purge regularly, from your phone, without the mess.


If Pureple was of help while cleaning your closet, how did it help? What would be one feature we could add to make it even more useful?


CES 2016-A Fashion Tech Perspective

After an amazing week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, here is our fashion observations.

Fashion Tech

Wearables dominated the scene at CES. We saw both increased span of functionality, more fashionable looks compared to past years and a trend moving from the wrist towards many kinds of accessories and clothing.

Activity tracking and fitness, heath monitoring and biometrics were where functionality focused. We also saw life alert and posture correction in a few.

Sleep and activity tracking bands, smart watches, smart bracelets got prettier looks. Fossil displayed their smartwatches  and analog watches with smart functions; Swarovski their activity tracking jewelry collection, MisFit and WiseWear unveiled their stylish activity tracking bands which are candidates to become our new favorite bangles. Besides fitness and biometric tracking, SMS, voice call, emails, WiseWear smart bracelets ‘Socialite collection’ provides Life Alert functionality and will be available at Neiman Marcus and other retailers in a month.

Functionality is the main focus for fitness tights, smart sneakers, smart socks and smart bra.

Nick Verreos hosted 2016 FashionWare fashion show at CES, featuring dresses that are not only smart but also pretty!

Samsung unveiled HumanFit,  smart fashion accessories and clothing which included a clutch that can charge your device with solar panels, activity monitoring belt, NFC enabled bio-smart shirt and golf clothes that can monitor weather conditions and UV exposure.

We demoed new version of Pureple at Pureple booth in Eureka Park. New update code named Pureple Friends introduces Pureple Community Circles which takes crowd sourced outfit suggestions to next level. You will be able to build your circle where you can share your closet with them and give or get outfit suggestions as well as a customized feed of outfit inspirations. You will continue to be able to share your closet with all Pureple community or keep it private. You will also have the option to share all your items, not just the ones added from web. We also unveiled a virtual stylist with smarter outfit suggestions. Stay tuned for the next update!

The trend on connected wearables moving beyond the wrist excites us that in a few years, it will be easier, almost natural to create your virtual wardrobe and manage it automatically. We are also excited about the virtual dressing room to allow you to see clothing on you. A great journey ahead!

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What to Pack for the Trip

If you are heading to CES or a tradeshow in similar lines, here is our experience when it comes to packing.

The four day trade show is the biggest in the tech industry bringing the biggest players and latest products together. While the assumed dress code is business casual, we saw everything between typical tech office attire (ok maybe not sweatpants and flip flops) to suits. It is a good idea to be prepared for a few formal gatherings while still keeping comfortable. The most critical item to pack is, by far, the shoes. It’s a huge show spanning 2 miles of floor space and 3200 exhibitors where visitors and exhibitors spend most of the day on foot and long are those days. It is often that an impromptu plan for the evening comes up.  Considering these, packing comfort shoes with dressy looks is a smart choice. We survived the show with our Cole Haan pumps and Gentle Souls wedges and boots. In case you need an emergency pair during show, there is a Cole Haan store in The Grand Canal Shoppes in Venetian and many others nearby.

The weather is Vegas in January is colder than LA where we are based, and warmer than Seattle. While we needed a warm coat, maybe also a hat or scarf in the evening, we ended up not using our sweaters. We were glad that we packed in layers and enough for all days as there were no time to deal with dry cleaning.

Many visitors preferred taking pictures and recording brief videos when visiting booths. Press presence was also notable as the tech world across the globe had their eyes on Vegas this week. Cameras were everywhere, whether from press or amateurs and we ended up on formal/informal interviews several times. Dressing camera ready is a good idea.

We certainly were impressed with how stylish our visitors were. Blazers for both ladies and gentleman were a favorite we spotted. So were dresses in winter fabrics and naturals, dressy jeans, blouses, linen tees and colorful scarves. Did tech have some style!

Note to STEAM parents:

Rogue Making offers wearable making kits and workshops for birthdays or similar events for the little scientists. We were happy to be able to offer our 7 year old daughter an opportunity to explore both engineering and fashion at the same time.



2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

New!! From ‘Edit multiple’ to ‘Create outfits for others’

There has been a lot of big changes in past few updates, making Pureple better than ever.

Two major areas your feedback focused on was

  • Making it easy to build and organize your wardrobe
  • Ability to see friends closets and make outfits for each other


imageNow you can organize your items into categories, occasions, seasons, colors, brands and sizes multiple at a time! You can also delete the items (e.g. sample images) easily all at once.  Just tap and hold to select the items and then tap on green organize button. This will work on existing items or the new items you add via camera, web or from photo library, whether they are categorized before or not. And remember, while it is recommended to fill in most attributes to get most out of all features, it is up to you which attributes you fill in.

Next exciting feature I’d like to talk about is crowd-sourced outfit suggestions on your wardrobe. IMG_2406

Your friends and other Pureplers can visit your virtual closet and make outfits for you from your own closet. This is turned off by default, unless you enable it when you were asked during install or upgrade. If you would like to allow or toggle whether other Pureplers can see your closet and make outfits for you, go to the ‘Account’ from main menu and toggle ‘Community create outfits for me’. Similarly, you can visit others closets, too and make outfits for them. Please remember that only the items you have added from web are visible. Items you’ve added from camera are not visible to protect your privacy.


These are just two of many exiting changes happened recently. There is more e.g. notifications which we may cover in a future post.

Stay warm & happy holidays!

How to delete an item from wardrobe

You may want to delete the sample items or items that you no longer own from your wardrobe. You can easily delete them via these two ways:

  1. Easier way, which also allows deleting multiple items at once:
    • Go to wardrobe view
    • Tap and hold on an item till you see a green check mark on the item. this means it’s selected. You can select multiple items you’d like to delete by tapping and holding similarly.
    • Along with a check mark on the selected item, you will also see a ‘settings icon’ that appears towards the bottom of the screen. Tap on the setting icon and you’ll be presented with options e.g. ‘Delete’ or ‘Categorize’.
    • Tap on ‘Delete’ in order to delete the selected items.
  2. Harder way, which allows deleting one item at a time:
    • Tap and open an item you’d like to delete. This should take you to the item details page.
    • Scroll down under the image till you see ‘Delete’.
    • Tap on ‘Delete’ in order to delete the item.