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HtCC: iPhone 5 Cases

My old iPhone 4 was looking a little battered after 2 years, and it was time to upgrade. Alex bought me an iPhone 5 on Monday for my birthday present, and I love it. I hadn’t thought the previous models as heavy and bulky, but next to the new phone, they feel like bricks.

My problem at the moment is that I don’t have a case and there aren’t any cute cases in stores yet. Truly a first world problem, I know.

If I have any patience to wait for delivery though, I’m tempted by one of these…

iphone 5 cases

The stripy Kate Spade case* is my favourite (although the polka dots* is a close second – I have the black with white dots on my iPhone 4), along with the monogrammed one* (or even the gingham one*, which is a lot more stylish than any of my primary school dresses) but these aren’t available until December and Nordstrom are charging about the same amount as the case for shipping and duty. Society6.com has a huge range of cases (like the clover case at the top or the chevron case underneath) – it seems that you choose the art work and then what format you want it to come in, which also means you can coordinate all your tech equipment to a painting in your office. Perhaps a bit too far?

Let me know if you’ve seen any cute cases in the UK – I can’t keep holding the phone in a death grip!

Instagram

Prefering to use Instagr.am over expensive photo manipulation apps like Hipstamatic to some people might be like saying “Well, I could take this photo manually with a film slr, but where’s that Tesco value disposable camera?” But its not.

I downloaded Instagram last year onto my iPhone, and normally I forget to use these apps after a week or maybe a month of getting excited and taking photos of everything, but I’m still using Instagram. Why? I like that it gives me a choice of filters, I like that it has its own little network, I like that I can post one photo to various different sites at the same time (and check in to places on Foursquare with the pic) I definitely like that its free to use and download. Its also pretty nice that it has an API which means that people can build sites like Instasha.de (viewing photos according to colour), Instagre.at (the best of Instagram) and Undersky (which allows you to view all of your photos – Instagram doesn’t do this at the moment outside of the app. Here’s my archive of photos)

Here are a few of my favourite photos from the app – what iPhone apps do you prefer?

Whats In My Bag: March 11

I don’t know about you, but I’m nosy. I love the “whats in my make up bag” posts that have been going around, but I’m not really a make up bag sort of girl. (I do have a giant make up box that cost a painful £45 from Sallys a few years ago (but it keeps everything neat, organised and together) but I never take anything out with me besides a lipgloss) Instead, I thought I’d do a good old “what sort of shite do I carry around on a daily basis” post.

This is my current handbag, one of the Mulberry for Target bags that Alex gave me for Christmas. Have I told you about that? Probably not. I know that originally I said I wasn’t fussed by the Mulberry for Target collaboration. And I wasn’t! This was a good thing, as there wasn’t much hope of me getting one – it was easier for me to get a full price Mulberry bag! Except then the boy disappeared to Las Vegas and Houston for a week. As a joke, I forwarded him an article about the Mulberry for Target collection and asked if he’d pop in.

I didn’t expect him to come home with one handbag. Before he boarded his plane, he emailed 4 photos to me – two pictures of a blue Bayswater style, a small black purse and a large black tote (slightly Roxanne in style). I nearly died of excitement. His logic in this was “Well, I didn’t know what you’d like, so I just picked up all the ones they had” I am a lucky and spoilt girl. (I ended up giving the smaller Bayswater style bag to the Wife, I knew she’d get a lot more use out of it than me)

However, my initial reaction is still the same. The bags didn’t look like much on the promo images. Before Christmas, I was using the larger Bayswater style denim bag which I wouldn’t have chosen myself. There is also the fact that despite Mulberry being a very British brand (based in the glorious West Country), they have chosen to partner with an American brand to produce handbags made in China. Unfortunately quality has suffered as a result. After using the bag for about 2 weeks, I could already see signs of use – scuffing from the handles on the patent flap, part of the handle peeling, stitching not quite right, clasp feeling like it’s going to fall off – these are not things I would want to link to Mulberry!

Anyway. Rant over. If anyone would like to get me a Mulberry bag, I’m still in love with this one.

So this is what the bag currently holds (well, at the time of taking the photo, which was last Wednesday. I know, I’m lazy.) Sometimes, I wonder why my bag is so heavy, when its barely got anything in it. This is why at I usually carry around with me. Wonder no more.

Obviously, theres my trusty iPad and iPhone. My SLR (a Canon 400D if you were wondering) is usually in there, along with a USB cable to connect it and (inside the triangle case) the camera connection bit for the iPad, a spare iPhone/iPad cable and my Lady Gaga headphones* (I bought mine from eBay and originally suspected that they were fakes, but when we went to San Francisco, I saw a pair in Dixons in Heathrow T5 and they looked the same!). The green triangle is a microfibre cloth – it sounds really geeky to carry it about, but it’s so useful

Next to the iPhone are my pretty blog mini Moo cards in their case, and below is the usual hand cream and Carmex tubes collection (Why do I need two?!) The lipgloss is from Bare Essentuals and takes like cake. Yum. Bus tickets, mirrors, mints, gift cards, change and my new Costco card were all lurking at the bottom of my bag. The brown thing under the iPad is my purse that I actually won via Twitter. Woo! Finally, my graduation black heels and my umbrella, which don’t need any explanation really.

Who knew I could say so much about the stuff in my bag?!

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