There is no doubt we live in a social media and tech-centric world. Try walking down the street and see how many people are not looking down and scrolling through their smartphone. It’s unusual to see people out and about without a smartphone in hand. In fact, it’s downright unusual not to see someone staring at a phone or tablet. It’s as if we are suddenly glued to our phones in an unhealthy way. Can you imagine if someone from the 1800’s witnessed how modern humans conduct themselves in public and private. If they were to return today, they’d immediately wonder why so many people were constantly staring down at something in their hand. They would be perplexed why some people didn’t hold their heads up on a sunny day and greet friends and strangers alike when walking. It’s laughable if you truly think how ridiculous many of us look with our smartphone addiction.
Obsessed as many of us may be with social media, technology connected the world in recent years like never before. Even the elderly are learning to use tablets to keep in touch with their family. Every Sunday afternoon, one of my dear friends Facetimes with her 95-year old grandmother. They both love to see each other and it’s more life like and dimensional than simply using the telephone. My friend says she often FaceTimes her grandmother to show her new outfits or what she is wearing for the weekend. Technology and the release of apps for the phone and tablets put people right in your home, even if they are thousands of miles away. Along with the proliferation of smartphones and tablets is the world of fashionable tech accessories. Even my friend’s grandmother has a growing collection of cases for her iPad and iPhone.
It makes no sense to invest in a new iPhone if you have a penchant for dropping things. There are a vast array of iPhone cases flooding the market, but they are not all created equally. Mall kiosks are filled to the brim with cheap cases that easily crack and do not necessarily protect your phone. Many well known designers are launching iPhone accessories, but not all of these cases are a perfect match for your iPhone. After testing designer iPhone cases from several brands, our favorites are from the accessories line PLIA Designs. PLIA Designs’ collection of iPhone cases perfectly merges fashion and tech. You may be familiar with this accessories brand by their collection of popular Reid satchels. Their well designed handbags are often spotted in fashion glossies and on the arms of influencers and style stars.
Without a doubt, PLIA Designs designer iPhone cases rank number one for summer 2017. We got in touch with the designers of the line and learned a lot about the inspiration behind these beautiful iPhone cases. All of the illustrations on the cases are created from scratch by an artist. She begins the process by painting them on a canvas- a true work of art! The designers told me that French pastries inspired part of the collection. Wonderfully illustrated macarons burst with color along with other delicious delights such as the decadently whip cream-topped St. Honoré. Each case is also incredibly protective; it makes your phone feel very safe and cared for. PLIA Designs designer iPhone cases are hands-down summer favorites for the fashionable tech crowd.
Tech products couldn’t be any hotter at the moment. From all corners of the globe, everyone is plugged in and on their smartphones nearly every minute of the day. You can no loner walk down the street without seeing people hunched over their phones. The smartphone of choice is of course the iPhone. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t own an iPhone. In fact, when I see someone else using any other smartphone, I do a double take. Not that I have something against other brands, but I’m so used to using the iPhone and all of the amazing apps available.
One of the biggest tech debuts recently is the Apple watch. Many thought the Apple watch would be a huge hit with the tech crowd and although it is, what they didn’t expect was how many people in fashion love it as well. Nearly everyone I know at work ordered the Apple watch. You can’t attend a fashion show without seeing the watch on every perfectly proportioned wrist. I personally do not own the watch, but I find myself becoming increasingly curious out what it does. I do think Apple could be more clear about the watches capabilities. For instance, I’m confused if it doubles as an iPhone and you can speak into it. That would be amazing if it doubles as a phone. I personally feel the iPhone 6 Plus, which I own, sometimes seems so large when holding it up to my face to speak. I love my large iPhone for everything but talking; meaning, I rarely use it as a phone. I’m constantly glued to my iPhone to watch videos and to scroll through social media apps such as Instagram. If you can use the Apple watch as a phone, it will be top on my list.
Along with new tech products come categories such as accessories. Tech accessories are a booming category. I never leave the house without an amazing case on my iPhone. In fact, I am obsessed with designer iPhone cases. My favorite iPhone cases are made by PLIA Designs. They make make intricate cases with incredibly detailed designs. You need to take time to see the designs on the back of a PLIA Designs case. They look like mini works of art. In fact, I’ve written the company to tell them I could hang my collection of their cases on my wall. To say I love PLIA Designs iPhone cases is an understatement. I own every iPhone case they have made. I can’t even begin to explain my love of PLIA Designs iPhone cases. Everything they design is utterly amazing. Of all the new tech accessories on the market, I have to say designer iPhone cases are my favorite. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you how much I adore all of the iPhone cases I’ve collected over the years. Collection is probably the appropriate word for my tech case addiction as I own so many. I don’t plan on letting up buying new iPhone cases. They are they best way to protect my iPhone while also showing off my personal style.
Ever since the iPhone 6 model was released, there has been nothing but iPhone mania. From country to country, there are lines wrapped around Apple stores nearly every day of the week. Haven’t you noticed how any shoppers are lined up to get into your nearest Apple store before it even opens? One Thursday morning I was on a coffee run, the clock was barely at 6 AM and already there were at least 50 people waiting until the tech behomath opened. Of course I realize not everyone waiting to get into the Apple store is there to buy the new iPhone 6, but a majority of them are.
One of the top reasons the iPhone 6 is so popular is its new design. It’s a sleep new look that only Apple can pull off. The rounded edges and thin body draw you in immediately. It’s not a clunky phone, but rather one that looks thoroughly modern, but also very useable. Let’s face it, we are all on our phones a majority of the day. The minute we wake up, most of us check our phones for emails, texts, and weather updates. Our phones keep us updated and plugged in to work, family, and friends. The minute Apple introduced the iPhone 6 Plus, I knew that phone was for me. I rarely talk on my phone. There, I said it and I suspect there are others like me. We use our phone to keep in touch with people, but not with the voice part. It’s much easier for me to text a friend than to call her and talk. At work, I can’t really make personal phone calls, so I simply send a brief text and no one knows. It’s not mandatory now that communication be voice to voice. In fact for some, especially millennials, they rarely talk on the phone. Popular social media apps such as Instagram allow us to keep in touch and give updates on our lives without dialing up a phone number and personally cluing people in.
As many of you know, my favorite social media platform is Instagram. It makes Twitter and Facebook seem positively outdated. And what an easier way to clue people in than with an image. Many of us are super busy, we don’t have time to write loads of text, but we do have time to upload a quick photo. Instagram is based on photographs, not text. Sure you can add a bit of text, but it’s mainly the photo that is the star of this social media app. The iPhone 6 is all over Instagram. Along with posts of the sleek new iPhone are all of the cook accoutrements and accessories that go with it. My favorite accessory for the new iPhone are designer cases.
Over the past month, I’ve ordered more than my fair share of iPhone cases. Some may think it’s an addiction, but I call it an ever growing collection. My favorite iPhone cases are by PLIA Designs. Hands down PLIA Designs makes the cutest designer iPhone cases on the market. I own nearly every one of their designs. I don’t see the popularity of the iPhone 6 waning anytime soon.
I make no apologies concerning the fact that I love to shop. It’s as simple as this: If there is a store nearby, I will enter and look around. It doesn’t matter what sort of store or shop it is. If it’s a mechanics shop and it appears to have some to browse, I will enter said shop. Being in the fashion world, of course I love to shop for clothes and accessories. However, I truly enjoy browsing any sort of shop. I actually find it fun and relaxing to look and examine merchandise, to see how stores merchandise their products and what they choose to stock their shelves. Even big box stores fascinate me. You know the sort that end in ‘mart’ and they sell groceries, clothing, toys, garden supplies. I can wonder the aisles for a long time. I especially love the aisles of cleaning supplies and utensils. Suddenly I feel inspired to purchase a new mop and liquid cleaner for my wood floors. Who doesn’t desire sparkly floors? And their garden centers are equally as amazing once spring rolls around. My gardening ideas often get out of control and I end up buying too many plants and flowers.
One of my most recent assignments entailed getting the scoop on a brand new luxury department store. I couldn’t wait to hand in the perfect prose to my editor. I simply new my write-up would show the world what an amazing place it is to shop. Selling luxury goods is tricky. You need to offer hard to find products that aren’t available in every store, but you cannot come across as snooty or pretentious. No one wants to shop in a hostile atmosphere or have a sales assistant look you up and down. Not all of us dress up to go shopping. I know I don’t always put on my best designer clothes before hitting the shops. With this new assignment, I was curious how this much acclaimed department store treated it’s shoppers. I decided on a comfortable outfit, but not sloppy: cashmere sweater turtleneck, my favorite cargo pants, and brand new espadrilles wedges. I’m not a huge wedge fan when it comes to shoes, but these aren’t super high and ridiculous looking. I also carried my beloved Reid satchel. It’s one of best designer handbags I’ve ever owned.
As I entered the new high-end department store, I was astounded by the stunning decor. This was definitely not your run of the mill brick-and-mortar department store. The huge vases with blooming flowers were exceptional. They are set strategically throughout the store. My favorite floor was accessories. Not only do they stock beautiful leather goods in sumptuous leathers, but also a nice range of tech cases. I’m always stocked how many department stores do not stock iPhone cases. But this new, glossy, magnificent department store was different. I laid eyes on the cutest and most unique designer iPhone cases ever. They were so adorable, I bought one of each design. I will write about them later. However, right now I have to let you know this glorious department store stocks the most amazing designer iPhone cases. It’s worth your visit for the tech cases alone.
Summer is upon us. Whether we are ready for it or would rather delay the process, we have no choice but to accept rising warm temperatures and humidity. In the blink of an eye, sweltering heat will surround us. Many evenings are even smothered in a blanket of humidity and pestering mosquitos. I find summer fashion a bit tricky. It’s the time of year when we can wear less, however, clothing options in department stores and boutiques are severely lacking. Wearing the wrong weight of cotton leads to buckets of sweat. Yet restaurants often overcompensate the heat by cranking down the air conditioner to an unbearable temperature. I’ve been known to keep a spare sweater with me in the summer in case I enter a freezing cold establishment. Suffice it to say, I struggle a bit with summer clothing choices.
What I do love about summer fashion are the accessories! From cute flip-flops to sun hats, there is an abundance of fresh and colorful accessories in both brick-and-mortar stores and also online. I’m a huge fan of online shopping. Shopping on your laptop is much easier than driving to an out of date mall. It’s going to be hard for shopping malls to keep up in this digital age. Some of the biggest department stores are losing money because consumers no longer feel the need to turn to brick-and-mortar stores for purchases. Now when shoppers see a product they like on Instagram, all it takes is three clicks and it’s at your doorstep in a very short amount of time. The internet makes shopping much less complicated. Accessories are my favorite product to browse and shop online. My browser’s bookmark bar is filled with online boutiques catering to the accessories lover.
The top accessories I order online are handbags and iPhone cases. I’ve written about this before, but I love iPhone cases. Over the past three years I’ve amassed a rather large collection of designer iPhone cases. One day I will post a picture of the custom cabinet made specifically for all of my iPhone cases. I’ve been known to change my iPhone case several times a day. And what girl doesn’t love handbags? If you don’t like handbags then we can’t be friends. My handbag closets are well known to many fashionables. I’m happy to show them off to friends and editors because so much work went into making it the perfect place to store all of my bags and small leather goods. I’ve found that iPhone cases are the perfect companion to handbags. After all, most of us store our iPhones inside of whatever handbags we happen to be carrying. Summer is the perfect season to indulge in accessories. Stylish leather handbags and designer iPhone cases are abundantly displayed on many websites. In the middle of winter is the time I like to plan my summer accessory wardrobe. The summer is a time where I indulge my love of pattern and color a bit more. I often accessorize with a handbag that is not monochromatic and an iPhone case with a bright pattern. When planning your summer accessories, don’t forget that designer iPhone cases are just as important as what you are carrying. Indulge in both!
I’ve written extensively about trends and how they come and go. Many trends are short lived while others remain a part of our lives and wardrobes for years to come. Because a product is deemed a trend doesn’t necessarily mean it will have a short shelf life. Boutiques and department stores depend on the latest trends to bring shoppers into their stores and sell merchandise. Buyers employed by these stores are taught to purchase products that are trendy at the moment and will sell well. Trends are good because they are exactly what brings many people to purchase a product. Many think trends are only geared towards tweens and teenagers, but that is simply not the case. Take a look at all of the shoppers above the age of 25; many of them have an inkling of what they’d like to buy based on trends they have observed.
The fashionable shopper picks up on trends in a variety of ways in todays modern world. It used to be that trends evolved and grew in the real world. By real world I mean, what is happening at real time pace; basically everything that is evolving offline. However, trends are now taking off at greater speed online. It’s no wonder that trends are born and evolve online- look how many of us are constantly looking down at our smartphones. I’m one of them. I’m the first to admit I’m addicted to my iPhone. I rarely even use my iPhone as a telephone. For me it’s about keeping in touch with friends and family via text, email, and social media. I follow a lot of people on Instagram and it’s so easy to see what my bestie is up to by the pictures she uploads. Instagram is also an easy way to gauge what trends are hot at the moment and which ones will be hot a month or so from now. The reason Instagram is so popular with the fashion crowd is because it’s instantaneous and you can see trends sprouting from all over the world. If someone has a smartphone, it’s guaranteed they probably have an Insta account. Even people over 50 years old are getting into the Insta game.
Accessories are always important when discussing and tracking trends. Let’s face it, accessories are easy to shop for because we essentially don’t have to try them on. If you have gained a bit of weight, it’s fine because you don’t have to be a certain size to carry an amazing handbag. The must-have accessories making the rounds on social media and in the offline world are designer iPhone cases. From Paris to Los Angeles, fashionables are showing off their designer iPhone cases. iPhone cases are also easy to shop for. Like handbags, you can be any size to shop for iPhone cases. Last month I met one of the most stylish people I’ve seen in a long time and of course she had one of the cutest iPhone cases. She said she had a large collection of designer iPhone cases. It makes sense that designer iPhone cases are so popular as nearly everyone I know owns an iPhone. Get to shopping and let me know which designer iPhone cases are your favorites.
I’ve talked and emailed to several friends lately and we all seem to agree on the same fashion point: upgrading our style. This doesn’t mean we want to completely revamp our wardrobes and get rid of everything we own. Instead, it means we need to add a few new items that make us feel we have amped up our style. Amping up our style means perhaps purchasing a new handbag, adding a few new pairs of earrings, or new kitten heels for fall. When adding new purchases to a wardrobe, they can be small and simple. Sometimes the smallest additions can make the most impact on our looks. I recently returned from a shopping trip to NYC and I had the best time hitting the stores and catching up with friends. But what was the most amazing thing about shopping is that I bought very little. However, what I did buy makes a statement. I truly prefer purchasing smaller luxury items that make a statement. New statement pieces doesn’t necessarily mean you need to completely overhaul your wardrobe. In fact, I prefer to shop and upgrade my style in this way: fewer items that add to what I wear on a daily basis.
As stated above I have a habit and a love of shopping for smaller items. It’s easy to make fashion upgrades with tinier accessories and additions. Have you noticed that it seems easier to browse jewelry when it’s smaller and tinnier? I love shopping for jewelry, especially earrings. In NYC I luckily found four new pairs of small stud earrings. I’m not sure about you, but I love studs because they are chic and seem to go with everything. Often times big large earrings overpower the face or what you are wearing. You don’t need to worry about that with studs. And there are many shapes of stud earrings; they aren’t all super small. There are circles, ovals, squares, etc. I own many different shaped studs based on what I’m wearing that day. I even own a few pair of larger studs for evening. The same goes for shoes as well. I own more flats than heels. I like a small square heel that resembles a flat, but is about 1 inch taller. A stacked heel is amazing for work and it looks nice as well. Stacked heels and stud earrings, one can’t really go wrong.
The other area of my life that I’ve upgraded in the fashion realm relates to my iPhone. Those that know me in real life, understand my love for my iPhone. It’s always by my side. I love it for various reasons and one of them is Instagram. Instagram is such an amazing way to keep in touch with my friends and family with minimal tome consumption. Unlike other social media outlets, Instagram is so easy to use and it’s not text based; instead it’s all about photographs. I’ve upped my fashion game with designer iPhone cases. You will be amazed how adding new designer iPhone cases to your accessories will give you a very simple fashion upgrade.
Let’s face it, we live in a digital world. When we aren’t online, our brains nearly don’t know how to handle it. There is probably a growing percentage of the population that has a digital addiction. With websites like the Daily Mail feeding us a constant stream of gossipy stories and social media apps like Instagram providing glossy snapshots of amazing lives, it’s no wonder our heads are always bent down over smartphones. If the Internet and social media platforms were boring, no one would use them and they wouldn’t hold our attention for so long. However, it’s simply the opposite. Social apps such as Instagram and Snapchat are super engaging and they captivate our attention more than other aspects of the real world. I know many among us are swept up into watching Youtube beauty vlogs and most of the time we simply can’t watch just one video. Anytime I visit Youtube for beauty reviews, I watch at least two videos in one sitting. And many beauty shoppers use the site’s search function to research new products before purchasing.
Reviews online are the golden chid for many brands. Big and small brands alike know that consumers turn to the Internet to read reviews and to do their own research before buying new products. Reviews on sites such as Youtube and Amazon have the potential to move a lot of product. If a popular Youtube video guru raves about a new concealer, it’s safe to say it will fly off the shelves. Certain digital influencers have more sway as to what consumers purchase than even some of the most famous celebrities. There are a handful of Youtube beauty stars that make well into the millions of dollars every year. They have the power to sell beauty products in very high numbers. Consumers trust online influencers and value their opinion. And look at the popularity of selfie sticks. As ridiculous as they look, many people own one. Since everyone is taking pictures of themselves, they want to look nice in their photos. There are countless blog posts and videos about how to look nice when posing for a selfie.
As silly as selfie sticks are they will continue to sell well. People want to share their lives with their friends and followers across social media. Who doesn’t want to post a selfie when you are out celebrating with friends? And that’s also when the selfie stick comes in handy. Out with your girlfriends trying a new restaurant? Get out the selfie stick and snap a group shot. When you have your iPhone on the selfie stick, it’s important to outfit it in a cute case. Everyone sees the iPhone on the stick so you need to make sure it is encased in something really pretty. I use on the best designer iPhone cases on my iPhone. Whenever I use my selfie stick on vacations, people always ask me where they can buy the iPhone case. Since we are all engrossed in the digital world, it’s only natural to make sure your iPhone is protected and cared for in beautiful designer iPhone cases.
It is inevitable that when Apple announces a new product or products, the world literally waits on the edge of their seats. There are endless discussions in the news and online about what we think Apple will or should release. A new announcement from Apple works everyone up into a tech frenzy. Even people who aren’t interested in tech products at all even want to know what Apple is up to. My mother still uses a flip phone, but she called one day last week and asked if I knew what products Apple would be releasing. There is excitement around Apple and it never seems to subside.
Now the word is waiting with baited breath for their newest announcement. Everyone says it will be a new iPhone. I keep my phone for several years. Even if a new iPhone is announced tomorrow, I’m not sure I will go out and buy it. I love the current iPhone I own. And I especially love all of the iPhone cases I’ve collected over the years. That is one reason I’m not sure if I will update after tomorrows big announcement. I’ve collected far too many cute cases just to throw them all away for a new model of phone. My all time favorite designer iPhone cases come from PLIA Designs. If there is a new iPhone announcement tomorrow and I really like it, I’ll have to first see if PLIA Designs will be making cases for the new phones. Each time I put one of the designer iPhone cases from PLIA Designs on the back of my phone, someone always stops to ask where it came from. There is no need for a stop sign when you have a PLIA Designs iPhone case snapped to the back of your phone.
Designer iPhone Cases from PLIA Designs
PLIA Designs is a women’s accessory brand. They specialize in designer handbags and leather goods. But they are also known for their wildly popular designer iPhone cases. These iPhone cases are adorned with some of the cutest images I have every seen. The vivid pops of color and attention to detail are out of this world. The cases are slim so as not to overpower your phone. The custom illustrations are first painted by hand onto traditional canvases. Then they are transferred to the back of the plastic cases. I love that their theme revolves around French pastries and Westies. I will be emailing PLIA Designs after the big announcement tomorrow. If they are making cases for the new iPhone6, I may have to rethink my decision.