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  • Story Leather Style Stories: Dawnn Karen the Fashion Psychologist

    Posted on August 27, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    In the fashion world there are those that we turn to when we’re in a fashion crisis like a Stylist, Designer, and consultant, but what about a psychologist? Dawnn Karen is the founder/pioneer for Fashion Psychology.  Not only does she have a Masters on Psychology; Dawn is also a model, designer, and fashion PR specialist. So let’s dive a little deeper and see what wisdom Dawnn is able to bestow on us. To find out more about Fashion Psychology visit Dawnn's website at: http://fashionpsychologysuccess.com/

     

     

    Story Leather: What's the connection between fashion and psychology?

    Dawnn: There is a hidden synergy between fashion and psychology. As the founder of the fashion psychology field I have defined fashion psychology as the study of color and style and its effects on human behavior.

     

    Story Leather: How did you go about becoming a fashion psychologist?

    Dawnn: I worked in the fashion industry while simultaneously acquiring my degree in counseling psychology. I noticed the discrepancy within the fashion industry in regards to one’s inner self.

     

     

    Story Leather: What kind of services do you offer to your clients?

    Dawnn: I offer a multitude of services that intertwine fashion industry and psychology field. However at the base of each service is the foundation of counseling. This is used to inform fashion and branding services to empower my clientele.

     

    Story Leather: What’s been the most exciting part of your journey so far?

    Dawnn: The most exciting part of my journey so far is being able to travel the world to inform others of the new emerging field fashion psychology.

     

     

    Story Leather: What do you do to relax?

    Dawnn: In my relaxation time I take pleasure in reading books especially books by the author Paul Coelho.

     

    Story Leather: What do you think the public perception of a Fashion Psychologist is? Are they correct? If not, what's the difference?
    Dawnn: The Public's perception of a Fashion Psychologist is similar to that of a Fashion Blogger or a Fashion Stylist. This is completely erroneous. The difference is my background that I bring to my field. The number 1 difference is that I am the creator of the Fashion Psychology field, number 2 is that I hold degrees from an Ivy League University in the U.S. and lastly I have worked in the fashion industry as an intern, designer and a model.
    Story Leather: What is a work day like for a Fashion Psychologist?
    Dawnn: I can comment on my work month- It has consisted of writing articles on my field for various magazines around the world, interviewing with international media outlets, working on upcoming fashion campaigns and upcoming international fashion events, leading my expertise to the construction of a Middle Eastern Fashion Magazine and lastly having one on one sessions with my clients.
    Story Leather: How quickly did your business grow once you announced it to the public?
    Dawnn: Once I announced by business to the public, I have had exponential growth from all parts of the globe.
    Story Leather: Where has your profession taken you so far? Do you travel a lot for work?
    Dawnn: I do travel a lot for work. It has taken me to Asia and The Middle East. I am currently stationed in Dubai and Kuwait working with Elite Clientele.
    What's the most exciting experience you've had in your career as a Fashion Psychologist?
    My most exciting experience is creating something so cutting edge that people believe in internationally and domestically.

     

    Story Leather: What would wearing baggy clothes say about someone as opposed to say, very tight clothing?

    Dawnn: Wearing baggy clothing could inform what that person’s mood was for that particular day. For instance if one felt a little groggy or under the weather wearing baggy clothes would feel most comfortable.

    Wearing very tight clothing could simply be ignorance of not knowing how to dress for one’s body type. Culturally,  in an urban world, it is more acceptable for clothes to be tight — it gets a lot of attention. In result it  could be a way for women to feel sexy.

     

    Story Leather: What are some questions we should keep in mind as we check out our days outfit in the mirror?

    Dawnn: Before opening your closet one should ask themselves “what do you want your mood to be on that particular day?” This question iterates the termite coined called mood illustration. One could also ask themselves “what is my mood currently? if I were to improve my mood what mood would that be?”

    I wanted to thank Dawnn again for for finding time in between her very busy schedule to tell us all about this new field of fashion she founded. Be sure to follow her on instagram at: http://instagram.com/_fashionpsychology_ for all her photo updates.

     

     

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: Typo 2

    Posted on August 26, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Earlier this year we wrote about the Typo Keyboard, an amazing little addition to the iPhone 5/5s that gave the iPhone a physical qwerty keyboard. We loved the tech innovation, but unfortunately it ran into a few snags along the way. Fortunately for us, the brilliant minds at Typo were hard at work on fixing the problem and Typo 2 is now here.

     

    Typo 2 is the second generation Typo Keyboard that is focused on giving the iPhone 5/5s a physical qwerty keyboard. A vase improvement on the original, the Typo 2 has a few new features.

    The first noticeable point is that the Typo 2 is a bit larger that it's predecessor, but this isn't bad. It allows a bit more surface area to work with when they redid the keyboard. this helped as they moved the home button and made it easier to access and they moved the return key down so that it is also easier to access.

     

    There are a few other improvements they made, but the most important one they added was a keyboard lock! The previous model didn't have a lock and it's no mystery that I accidentally sent off some random texts at times. I would only imagine others were equally delighted to hear about this small addition. So if you're interested in grabbing a Typo 2 you can head over to their website at typokeyboards.com. As a promotion all orders placed before 6pm pst will be shipped that same day.

     

     

     

    (Photo's were provided by Typo)

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather Testimonial: Bill

    Posted on August 25, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    This weeks testimonial comes from Bill who was hesitant about ordering a case, but when he finally received it...well take a read:

     

    Just wanted to let you know that I received the absolutely beautiful cell phone case today.  It is fantastic and I am very happy with the finished product.

    I was a little curious (maybe even a little concerned about security and appearance) about the belt loop that you suggested, but it turned out just great and I thank you for your advice.

    Bottom line, I am extremely pleased with this purchase....Thanks again.

    -Bill

     

    Unfortunately we don't have any photos of Bill's case, but we can tell you that it used our popular Coffee Ostrich Leather.

    We're glad that we could exceed his expectations and we hope we can exceed many more. Our goal is to make the best cases possible and not from our own designs, we want to hear feedback from our customers as to what they want. If you ever have a question about a design send us an email with what your looking for: ca@storyleather.com or you can call us Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm pst at 1(800) 539-1688. 

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather App Review: Hanx Writer

    Posted on August 23, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    As many of you know, smartphone apps are the one of the most creative outlets out there for the tech world. There's an app for just about anything and just about anyone can create/conceive an idea for one. Granted most never make it that big, but this time we have an app that has hit the top!

    Hanx Writer, an app produced by non other than Tom Hanks, turns your tablet into a digital typewriter with all the fun little sounds included.

     

     

    The app is free right now for iPad, not sure about android tablets yet, and comes with the Hanx Prime Select typewriter. There are are a couple in app purchases like the Hanx 707 and Hanx Golden Touch. the Hanx 707 comes with a new typewriter color, the ability to store multiple documents, 3 ribbon colors, and a couple background colors. Hanx Golden Touch comes with the added feature of Title pages and text alignment. Although I don't think there's color ribbons and you would need to buy the 707 version to unlock those.

     

    What purpose does this app actually serve? Well according to Tom Hank's tweets it was meant for the following:

     

     

    Although it wasn't meant to replace a traditional note taking platform, Hanx Writer's goal to to really bring back a lost love of writing. By creating something nostalgic I'd say Hanx Writer is the perfect companion for anyone with something on their mind. So I say keep writing and write with a Hanx Writer, unless you have a real typewriter. In that case always pick the typewriter because they're awesome just like this app.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: Windows on HTC One M8?

    Posted on August 21, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    HTC One M8; we know it for it's sleek metallic look, cool camera, and the fact that Robert Downey Jr. and Gary Oldman support it. Aside from that there's some exciting news, the Windows 8 OS is now on HTC One M8! Although this is a Verizon exclusive, Microsoft made sure that this addition is well worth it.

     

     

    With the latest update to the windows OS, Windows 8.1 brings Cortanna. She is the answer to Siri and OK Google, but the defining feature of Cortanna is that she has distinctly human characteristics. This is very evident in the way that she speaks and interacts with your commands or questions. To learn a bit more Engadget put together a very nice post about it.

    In addition to Cortanna,  Windows 8 OS will include a dual-band LTE which means it will work internationally. A very helpful addition for the person that likes to travel. Here are more details, but this is the very short version. To read more you can visit Engadget or the Windows Phone webpage at www.windowsphone.com/en-us.

     

    (Images and information provided by Engadget)

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Style Stories: Sabina Vajraca the Fashionable Filmaker!

    Posted on August 20, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Summer is coming to a close and fall is quickly making an appearance, I hope. This week we had the pleasure of speaking to Sabina Vajraca. As wonderfully put on her website, she’s a “filmmaker by day and fashion lover by night”; film and fashion, two words that sound too perfect for each other. At a glance Sabina is a New Yorker with a bit of the classic touch; she posts pictures of everyday attire mixed with a bit of her grandmother’s closet. I personally think that in a word so keen on the future should look to the past a bit to see the finer points in fashion. This is why coming across Sabina is such a treat!

     

     

    Story Leather: I have to ask, what inspired you to look through the old fashion lady attire?

    Sabina: My grandma Azemina was a product of old European aristocracy, and a lady in full sense of that word. I spent most of my early childhood with her, listening to stories of life before WWII and glamour of old money that her family lost when the Communists came. She never left the house without her lipstick on, and wore only furs in winter. To an impressionable young girl with wild imagination she might as well have been a movie star stepping right out of those old Hollywood films I was already devouring at that point.

    It wasn’t until many years later, however, that I realized that those years with her had a profound influence on me, most deeply in my fashion sense. I love coming up with outfits that grandma Azemina would approve of, and try my best to never leave my house without my lipstick on, even when rushing to a film set at 4 o’clock in the morning.

     

    Story Leather: How did you come up with your fashion philosophy?

    Sabina: I have to credit my mom on this one. She always had a very unique style and taught me not to be afraid to try things even if no one else is doing it. It took me years to get as confident as she is, though. But at one point I started thinking “what would mom wear” and dared to push my fashion to the realm of my own.

    I’ve been told many times “only you can pull that off” to which I always reply “I am nothing special. Anyone can pull anything off. You just have to dare to do it.” Besides most of the time I am not really doing anything that unusual. I’m just putting things together in a perhaps a more unique or unseen-before way. Anyone can do that!

     

     

    Story Leather:  If you had to pick two outfits, new and old, and represent you the best what would you pick and why? I know two is tough.

    Sabina: Oh man. That’s really a tough one. But if I think about it, I’d say these two fit the bill very well:

    The first one is a beautiful vintage gown I wore to a friend’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival a few years back. It’s glamorous and ladylike in that old Hollywood sense that I deeply appreciate, and channel whenever I can.

    For a whole decade before settling into my grandmaesque style I was very much into punk and still love finding ways to add that dash of rebellion to my style. The second dress is a good example of this, allowing me to pair up a dainty dirty pink color and simple pumps with a leather wristband and a cool oval purse that looks like it just might hold a Tommy gun. After all, as much as I love the 1920s for their fashion, music and a general sense of etiquette, had I been alive then, I would have probably been a suffragette.

     

    Story Leather: On your blog I saw a wonderful outfit that’s in your profile picture, the sailor outfit with white parasol, could you tell us about that one?

    Sabina: Oh thank you for the compliment! It’s one of my favorites! J

    Whenever I visit my parents in Florida, my mom and I hit all the local thrift stores. I love shopping in thrift stores. You always find only 1 of everything so you’re guaranteed to walk away with something unique, like this fabulous sailor dress.

    I wore it many times since then, in various combinations, but this particular photo was snapped at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island. This annual summer shindig has been going on for many years and used to be quite underground. The whole 1920s scene was. I stumbled into it on my search for ladylike things to do some 4 years ago and have been in love with it ever since.

    The idea is that for two weekends in the summer a lawn on Governor’s Island in NYC is sectioned off and turned into something straight out of The Great Gatsby. There is a big band that plays tunes from that time, dance lessons, period cocktails, and dozens of people all dressed in the period attire mingling, dancing and picnicking together. It’s really lovely!

    I always create my outfits for these events from what I already have, turning modern dresses into period outfits with accessories and hair/make-up. I find this to be more authentic in a way and it fits with my fashion philosophy of creating something unique vs buying straight off of a manikin.

    For this occasion I paired it with a white parasol I bought 10 years ago in Chinatown for those painfully hot and sunny NYC summer days. I added a pair of white knitted gloves I got on a whim once because I thought they were pretty (I buy a lot of things with this idea – if you love it, and can afford it, get it - you’ll find a way to wear it, at some point, guaranteed!), put a hair in a bun, donned some pearls and finished it off with my standard white flat shoes for the comfort of walking around on the grass all day.

     

     

    Story Leather: What helpful tips could you give to someone trying to find that right mix of style, comfort, and budget?

    Sabina: I say start with what you have. Look through your closet and dare yourself to combine things in a completely new way. You’ll be surprised how many gems are already there, waiting for you to notice them. Just because you wore that white shirt (for example) so many times you can’t imagine it fitting with anything but the pants/skirt/jeans you always put it with, does not mean that it’s old and boring. Put it with something else, something you’d never think goes with it, and see if it makes you smile.

    Also, take the time to get to know your body and your comfort level and be honest with yourself. In my experience if you don’t feel comfortable wearing something, no matter how cool/beautiful/sexy/trendy that something is, you yourself won’t be. I’ve seen plenty of people look stunning in jeans and sneakers and miserable in skin-tight dresses even if the jeans were old and the dress was the hottest new trend. Know yourself and trust your gut.

     

     

    Story Leather: Lastly I read that you’re a filmmaker, does your love of fashion influence the types of films you make or vice versa?

    Sabina: That is a very interesting question and one I never really thought about before. I’d say that my love of pushing boundaries and thinking outside the box definitely spans across both mediums, but I have to admit the characters in my films are much less adventurous in their clothing choices than I. J That said, I do believe the clothes we wear can tell a lot about what we’re going through internally, and try to convey that in the films I create. As my costume designers will attest, I am definitely one of those directors who will take the time to work out the entire character arc through their costume choices. Nothing is accidental. Even if all she wears is gray or black, you can believe I thought long and hard why she’s in that particular shade of gray at that point and how that informs us of her journey. Maybe no one else will get it, but I firmly believe that greatness is in details, and I aim for greatness, always, be it in the films I make or in the outfits I wear.

     

     

    Story Leather: Are there any last tips or words or worldly wisdom you’d like to add?

    Sabina: Oh, that’s an invitation to open up a Pandora’s box! J Just kidding. Honestly, I think we all tend to overcomplicate everything, fashion included. So I say don’t take it, or yourself too seriously. Laugh as much as you can, learn to recognize what’s important and what really truly isn’t, and do your best to eliminate hate from your life. It serves no one, least of all you.

     

    I wanted to thank Sabina to finding time in her busy schedule to give us a glimpse at her style and for showing us that items from any era are and will always be in style! Don't forget to check out her fashion blog at: fashionablefilmmaker.com for all her style tips and if you want some extra help you can contact her there.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather Testimonial: Jeff

    Posted on August 18, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello hello, we hope everyone is enjoying the the last few weeks of summer as August quickly comes to an end.
    Although summer is ending there's no reason to be sad, a lot of holidays are coming up so there's even more time for fun vacations and trips!

    For this week's testimonial we have Jeff kindly wrote back to us about his case he just received:

    Just wanted to let you know I received my new case today.
    It's a work of art if I do say myself. Absolute perfection in every way.
    Thanks very much.

    Regards,

    Jeff

     

    Here are some pictures of his case!

     

     

     

    We hope you liked Jeff's design. For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: Custom Leather Modifications

    Posted on August 16, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    It's been a while since I've done an FAQ on popular modifications to out case designs, but with the recent set of questions that have been asked I think it would be a good time!

     

     

    To start, our two most modified case styles are the Cartera/Aspen series wallet cases and our holster/pouch cases (not just one type of holster/pouch case, all of them). The wallet cases are popular because they provide great functionality when it comes to combining your phone and wallet and the holster cases are popular because they can fit a phone with a protective case, but some of the recent modifications are ones that create even more functionality!

    The most request modification for this phone is the addition of a belt clip. This may seem little odd since a wallet case is usually kept in your pocket/purse, but most people actually use it as a pocket clip to ensure easy access and a secure hold in a pocket or purse.

    The second modification isn't popular as it is functional, its the complete reversal of the interior. It was brought to our attention from a customer that our cases were actually made for a right handed person and that a left handed handed person would have a slightly difficult time using the wallet cases in their current design. They've suggested that we reverse the interior, phone on the left and card slots on the right, so that it would be easier to access the phone. Since this was just a recent request we don't have any to show off currently, but we will post it when we do!

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: Smartphones of September

    Posted on August 15, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    September is quickly approaching and it seems that Apple and Samsung will be in head to head race to see who will dominate the market.

    In Apple's corner we have the iPhone 6 with the 4.7 inch screen and not long after we expect to see the 5.5 inch screen as well. Samsung on the other hand has the long awaited Galaxy Note 4 sporting a 5.7 inch screen with a rumored smaller bezel as well. Early rumors suggested that there might not be a bezel at all, but we will see. Speaking of early leaks, it seems that a certain Indonesian webpage accidentally leaked the Note 4 specs, but to get all the details visit Cnet.

    For the iPhone 6, gsmarena.com has a list of the unofficial iPhone 6 specs. If you want to take a look then here is the Link.

    Again every is still "hush", but it seems as though both companies are gearing up for spectacular release this September!

    We'll be sure to let you when we released our designs for both phones and once the two releases we should have them ready for our new customization wizard as well so keep a eye out.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: New Customization Wizard!

    Posted on August 13, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    For quite some time now a lot of you have ask whether or not we could show you how your case would look like before you got it, and for the longest time we weren't able to because we didn't have the right tools to do so. However, we recently (meaning a long time) have been working on our new customization wizard  so that we can bring you what you asked for, a preview of your phone case design!

    It's not 100% finished, but it's pretty close. So that's why we're coming to you, our amazing designers, to have you test it out to see what you think. We currently have the wizard tool listed for some of our iPhone 4s/5/5s, Samsung Galaxy S5, and HTC One M8 cases, but over the next few weeks we'll be adding them to all of our phone cases, wallets, and bags!

     

     

    If you see that following image then click on it and see what you can design!

    We also wanted to mention that you might see a few new colors in the selection, that's because we've added some new colors as well as bringing some some older ones, but because of that we had to let some go as well. So come take a look and try out the Customization Wizard and if you happen to find something that doesn't work please send an email to cs@storyleather.com and well get it fxed.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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