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Posted on December 31, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant
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Posted on December 26, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant
Did you have a very merry Christmas? We hope so! We hope you and your family not only had a fantastic holiday, but also had your wish list filled! But sometimes getting everything you want doesn't mean you got everything you need. That new Kindle needs a protective cover, and the iPhone 5S you found under the tree looks naked without a quality cover.
That's why we're here! Check out some of our top sellers like the Cartera wallet case, which is available in dozens of colors and patterns, as well as different clasps and customization options. Or the Smart Tablet Case which can be customized for a tablet or e-reader with over two dozen different colors. The case can be used in a variety of ways - it even allows you to prop the tablet up for easy use.
Of course, we have so many other items that would complement the gifts you received this week! We'd be happy to help you choose the right one ;)
Posted on December 24, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant
It's Christmas Eve and you realize you forgot someone on your list. Don't worry, you still have options! There are some surprisingly great gifts at the local drugstore - and it probably will still be open when you head to grandma's house for dinner tonight!
For example, who knew you could buy a digital camera at the drugstore? Most actually have several options, including low-cost cameras for kids. Odds are the drugstore will also have all the batteries and memory cards you need for that last minute gift!
Or put together a quick "Date Night In" gift for your cousin and his wife - slippers, popcorn, candy, and the newest Iron Man movie make a great gift without being obvious you picked it up on your way over.
Have a friend whose phone is always dying? Pick up a portable charger for them! Maybe grab a pre-paid phone card too, just in case they still can't seem to remember to charge it.
Finally, who doesn't want a nice bottle of wine? Depending on where you live, you may be able to buy a bottle or two as a last-minute gift. And the recipient won't ever need to know!
Do you have all your shopping done, or will you be making a quick stop at the drugstore this afternoon?
Posted on December 19, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant
Do you currently have an e-reader? There seems to be 2 camps of bibliophiles out there: those who loathe e-readers and only want to purchase real paper books, and those who swear by their e-reader. But as time goes by, those in the "real paper book" camp seem to be slowly changing their tune. Sales of e-readers and e-books have grown exponentially, and are expected to continue to do so.
If you haven't jumped on the e-reader wagon yet, we've listed a few of the options below. But the real question is, why should you? For many, e-readers are more cost efficient (e-books tend to be cheaper than paper books, and go on sale more often). But e-readers can also be more convenient. Instead of packing 5 paper books for your vacation and pushing your checked bag over it's weight limit, you can slip an e-reader in your carry-on and bring thousands of titles with you. And with the newer readers, you can read comfortably in the dark without straining your eyes, making it so much easier to finish that page-turner without disrupting your partner with a bedside lamp.
Our favorite e-readers are:
Kindle Paperwhite - Amazon's second generation Paperwhite is a step up from the standard Kindle but is still solely an e-reader (unlike the Kindle Fire). The lighting is amazing, the pages flip quickly, and the battery lasts for weeks. It's available with wi-fi or 3G, and with or without special offers. The cheapest Paperwhite is $119 - you must connect to wi-fi to download books and you will see special offers on your screen, but these offers will not disrupt your reading experience. The most expensive is $209 and comes with Amazon's 3G service (no monthly fee) and no special offers.
Nook GlowLight - Barnes and Noble's e-reader isn't quite as popular as Amazon's, though this was the first e-reader on the market with built-in lighting. The Nook is lighter than the Kindle, and has more available storage as well. The Nook is a tad slower than the Kindle though, so keep that in mind if you're a speed reader. There are no options for the GlowLight - one will set you back $119. No worrying about special offers or 3G. This is just a standard e-reader. Barnes and Noble is keeping it simple.
Kobu Glo - This e-reader is the only real competition for the Kindle and Nook, as far as strictly e-readers go. The Glo is lightweight, Wi-Fi enabled, allows for expanded memory (like the Nook used to) and is compatible with EPUB files (most e-readers are not). However, the book selection is much smaller than Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and third-party purchases or loans require tethering to a PC. Not to mention the Glo is a little more costly than the other two at $129.99. However, the Glo is available in multiple colors. So if that's something you care about, Glo is the way to go
Of course, there are a wide variety of tablets that support Kindle and Nook apps, as well as other e-book apps. But if you're looking for a no-nonsense e-reader, these are your best options. Which one do you prefer?
Posted on December 17, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant
And we don't just mean here at StoryLeather! With only 8 days left, Christmas is right around the corner. So here's a quick list of online retailers that are still offering delivery before Christmas:
StoryLeather - Of course we had to include ourselves! We still have cases in stock available for immediate delivery. Use the promo code HOLIDAY2013 for 10% off your order and free shipping in the US.
Amazon - This giant online retailer is still promising delivery before Christmas on most items, but be sure to check before you buy. The page will tell you if the order will or won't make it by the big day!
Bed, Bath, and Beyond - Buy a new sauté pan for the chef in your life, or spoil your spouse (and yourself!) with new sheets. Place the order before December 18th to get it by Christmas. And all orders over $75 get free shipping!
ModCloth - This clothing retailer is currently offering free ground shipping for orders over $50! But for you West Coasters, that won't guarantee a Christmas Eve delivery. Better upgrade to the Express option if you're ordering from here.
So if you haven't finished your Christmas shipping, it's not too late! Pull out the credit card and get to it though, time is running out.
Posted on December 10, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant
Christmas is nearly upon us, with only 2 weeks until Christmas Eve! Have you finished your shopping yet? It's not too late to order a StoryLeather cover for the special person in your life. In-stock cases can still make it to you in time. We are even offering 10% off your purchase, plus free shipping in the US!
Here are a few of our favorite in-stock cases:
The Napa Purple Apple iPhone 5/5S Book Style is a perfect gift for the Apple lover in your life. With interior inserts for credit cards and cash, it doubles as a wallet! The magnetic closure ensures the complete protection of the phone and cash.
Or there's the Mint Premium Genuine Leather Wide Flip for the Samsung Galaxy S4. With a contrasting blue interior and room for one credit card, it's a perfect fit.
The Black Napa Leather Holster with Metal Belt Clip fits the HTC One and is as unique as the phone itself! Keep the phone safe and close with this case.
Ready to order? Simply add the case to your cart and enter promo code HOLIDAY2013 for your 10% discount and free shipping in the US!
Posted on December 5, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant
It's being reported that hackers have stolen usernames and passwords of almost two million accounts at major sites like Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others. How? Apparently through a keylogging software maliciously installed on many computers around the world. This virus captured the login information for these key websites, like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, ADP, and LinkedIn.
Facebook and Twitter have announced they reset passwords for all compromised users, but the other sites have yet to comment. If you think your account may have been compromised, play it safe and change your password now! But more importantly, if you think your computer could be infected, make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date and download the latest information for your preferred Internet site (Firefox, Chrome, etc).
So was your account hacked?
Posted on December 3, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant
This holiday season there are two top holiday gifts for the gamers in your life. The PlayStation 4 and the XBox One.
The PlayStation 4 has top-of-the-line graphics and simple interface. The controller is amazing, and it is a full $100 cheaper than the Xbox One. However, PS3 games are not compatible with the PS4, meaning your collection of games is worthless. (Though there may be a possibility for retro gaming in the future though a game-streaming service). Plus there is a serious lack of game options at this point. The PS4 is also unable to play media and doesn't not have DLNA compatibility, making it less desirable than the PS3 was.
The Xbox One is unlike the PS4 in that it is designed to integrate live TV, controlling your cable (or satellite) box, TV, and receiver. While that is great in theory, the application leaves a bit to be desired at this point. Voice commands are spotty, the dashboard is confusing, and there isn't a full DVR integration. Plus an Xbox Live Gold membership fee is required to use nearly every cool feature. However, like the PS4, graphics in the Xbox One are much higher quality than previous models.
So which one should you buy? Well, unless your loved one is a serious gamer, it may be best to wait for some improvements before making the $399 (PS4) or $499 (Xbox 4) splurge.
Posted on November 28, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant
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Posted on November 26, 2013 by Jennifer Bryant
If you haven't experienced it, it might sound crazy. But buying and selling items on Instagram is becoming more and more common! From living room rugs to fleece lined leggings, you can buy almost anything on Instagram these days. Some are small pop-up shops while others are actual boutiques, but all make it quick and easy to shop while perusing your friends photos.
One such boutique is Southern and Simply Classic, a daughter/mom owned boutique that touts affordable women's and accessories. They post pictures of the items available, and ordering an item from them is as simple as leaving the email address associated with your PayPal account in a comment! They then send an invoice to you, and once it's been paid they sent the item straight to you. It's really as simple as that.
But it's not just boutiques. Every day people are using the app as a way to buy and sell products. Called "closet shops" or "pop-up shops", these accounts are similar to the boutiques; they provide images of the items up for sale in their feed and you simply leave your information in a comment to purchase. Of course, on one-of-a-kind items there can be a bit of a battle as to who gets there first, and if the first person doesn't pay the invoice fast enough...but other than those issues, this seems like a pretty easy way for us regular Joes to make a little extra dough clearing out our closets. Unlike eBay, there are no fees for this. You can sell as little or as much as you want!
Have you purchased anything off Instagram? We've tried it a few times and have to admit, it's pretty convenient!