• Packing For Travel: The Essentials

    Posted on February 4, 2016 by Makenna Lenover

    Packing for business travel is very different than leisure. With leisure, you are forewarned, have plenty of time, and have a good idea on what you’ll be doing. Business is much harder because you have minimal time to prepare, may have surprise occasions come up, and the clothes in general are harder to pack. Here’ we’ve divided your packing into 3 bags and included some essentials to include in each.

    The Garment Bag
    Perhaps the most important, this makes sure your suits and other formal garments won’t be wrinkled.
    Put in at least one good suit, maybe more if you are going to be there for a good length of time. Brown for day and black for night is a good option. If you are not skilled with the iron, it is best to also put any dress shirts in this bag. Bring a simple white, one you can wear alone with a nice pair of pants, and perhaps one with some color.

    Any pantsuit, formal dress, or pencil skirt should go in this bag off the bat. Feel free to throw blouses in as well, depending on your ironing skills and the materials of the shirts.

    The Suitcase

    Besides the basics, there’s a few items everyone should keep in their suitcase to stay prepared.

    The Steamer: Many hotels have irons, but a safer option is a steaming machine that is small, portable, and keeps everything looking fresh.

    Shoe Bags: To keep your shoes from scratching each other, pack them in fabric shoes bags. This will keep everything more organized and safe.

    Accessory Holder: For women, a jewelry holder is key to make sure nothing gets tangled. For men, there are travel tie holders, but if you are in a pinch, rolling the ties like a store will prevent and kinks.

    The Carry On

    In all instances, your carry on will be the vital bag that keeps all your essentials. If something goes wrong, you want to have items that are necessities with you. Also, if you are heading to a meeting right after landing, you may want to freshen up.

    Wallet: To hold all your money, cards, and documentation, make sure to have your leather wallet on hand. This is a no brainer, but is often times forgotten in a rush.

    Passport Holder: Traveling leads to bringing a passport, and protecting this vital document is key. A passport holder is a great way to keep your passport stored safe and express yourself.

    Phone Case: Traveling is hard on your devices, that’s why you should make sure your phone is in a protective case that is personalized to you and will make sure everything stays flawless.

    Phone Charger: Boredom leads to phone use, and phone use leads to phone battery drainage. Fix that with a portable charger handy in your carry on bag.

    Toothbrush: If you have a big meeting after you land, have a toothbrush on board so you can brush up and be fresh before meeting everyone.

    Motion Sickness Pills: It happens to the best of us, motion sickness. Make sure you have the pills along just in case you have a bumpy flight. It is better to be over prepared than sick for the vital first greetings.

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    This post was posted in Fashion, Personal Style and was tagged with travel, passport holder, what to carry, planner

  • The Next Big Accessory: Your Phone?

    Posted on January 25, 2016 by Makenna Lenover

    Are you questioning the title of this article? You read right, the next big accessory is your phone. It’s normal to take an immense amount of time picking your next purse or briefcase, or debating hours over what watch to purchase, but a phone is just as important.

    Cell phones are constantly being use. When they are not in your pocket or bag, they are out with other people or assisting you while you go through your daily business. Just as people notice what is on your wrist, they will notice what is in your hand. For these reasons, you need to treat your phone like the fashion opportunity it is. Any professional would love to take advantage of another way to improve your image. Here’s a list of the three things to consider when transforming your phone from a gadget to an accessory.

    1. The Screen
    Cracks, dents, and smears are easy to spot and not nice to look at. To keep your phone fashionable, start by trying to protect the screen by not dropping it and putting on a clean protector. Then, give your phone at least a once daily polishing to eliminate smudges and smears from your fingers. To keep it clean, try to avoid touching with greasy hands.

    2. The Background
    The minute you light up that screen, not only you, but also others will see the background you have on the front. The best way to be stylish with your phone background is to choose both something that makes you happy, and something tasteful. Try switching out that photo of you and your pals making the duck face after work to a picture of a memory that makes you happy and is not too revealing. That serene beach you visited appeals to you and everyone who sees your phone, or that view from your hike portrays a healthy and lively lifestyle.

    3. The Case
    The most important component to transforming your phone into a professional fashion accessory is your phone case. This importance is based in the fact that the phone case is the first thing anyone notices about your phone. Just like a purse or watch, your phone case should be an investment piece made from high quality materials, highlighting sophisticated silhouettes and your personal style. Just as you can switch up accessories, you can change your phone case to go with your outfit. Use the flip wallet style for dinner parties and the normal hugging hard-shell case for daily endeavors. Choose a versatile neutral to match your daily attire, or incorporate a bright pop of color. With the customizable options available in today’s phone case market, there’s no excuse to have a boring phone that does not accentuate your style. Accessorizing is fun, and let it go to the next level with your trusted side kick, your phone.

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  • 6 Gorgeous Fashion Trends for 2016 Spring

    Posted on January 22, 2016 by Diana Vlad

    Now that we’ve stepped into the New Year, the season of clearance sales is on once again, flashing its irresistible “SALE” beacons from almost every boutique window. Be wary, however! While some trends are here to stay in 2016, others will not make it to the spring. It’s time to say goodbye to those destroyed jeans and near-naked dresses and embrace the new vivid, glittery colors of 2016’s spring trends. That being said, here are a few gorgeous fashion trends you simply have to try in 2016.
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    1. Stripes and color

    According to most designers, graphic stripes are definitely right for this spring. Whether you opt for simple patters or experiment with chopped, curled or scattered lines, don’t forget to choose wide and bright. That’s because vivid, contrasting hues are also in! If you don’t believe us, check out Christopher Kane’s, Gucci’s and Balmain’s Pantone hits in new graphic effects.And speaking of colors, Pantone’s top 10 for the year includes Peach Echo, Buttercup, Lilac Gray, Ice Coffee and Snorkel Blue. Don’t they sound brilliant?

    2. Sexy shoulders

    As you enter the New Year in new colors, forget about cleavage and gams. This spring comes with a fabulous trend that lets you show skin without actually giving away too much. How? By wearing clothing that shows off the shoulder.A more dramatic variation of the 2015 off-the shoulder hit, this year’s trend comes with gorgeous, sexy cutouts and impressive sleeves.

    3. Pajama and boudoir dressing

    PJs dressing is here to stay for 2016, which is really good news. With silk and lace for a fancy look or casual cotton combinations, this outfit can even be brought into the office. And the sexy doesn’t stop here. The sleek slip-on dress is also back, along with other luxurious boudoir-inspired clothing brought to attention by designers like Givenchy, Saint Laurent and Alexander Wang.

    4. Comfortable slippers

    But guess what? Boudoir dressing won’t stop at dresses this year. As a matter of fact, we’ve been rather blessed as the super-comfortable, boudoir-inspired haute slippers made a name for themselves.With variations such as Acne’s woven checkerboards and Balenciaga’s lace slides, this stylish sans back comes with an ease of dressing that says tailored and classic at the same time.

    5. Bold earrings

    When it comes to jewelry in 2016, daring is definitely the way to go. Bright statement earrings that are heavily graphic and structured in abstract shapes are certainly one of the preferred accessories for any cocktail dress. According to Celine or JW Anderson, shoulder-grazing, extra-long earrings are also in fashion, especially if they come in a mismatched pair. All you have to do is buy a few new pairs to clash together or open up the jewelry box and experiment with some of your old favorites.

    6. Bright, graphic bags

    As for our other favorite accessory, Dolce and Gabbana, Stella McCartney and Kenzo are all displaying leather stripes, bright colors and bold prints bags. Patched embellishment is another trendy way to go and a real eye-catcher, especially if you just want to revamp one of your old bags as opposite to investing in a new one.

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    This post was posted in Fashion, Style Watch, Personal Style

  • The Best LATE Gift Ideas This Holiday Season

    Posted on December 18, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    Now December has come, it’s that time of the year again where Christmas and the end of the year is fast approaching. We see our neighbors decorate their homes (and maybe you did decorate yours, too), hear Christmas songs at malls and shopping centers, prepare our Christmas shopping list for gifts and whatnot. Everyone becomes busy.

    You may have been wondering what gift you will give this Christmas. You’re juggling with a lot of things, and you don’t have the time to think what the best gift for your loved ones. We have come up with some of the best gift ideas you can give to your family and friends. Whether they are the techy type of not, they will surely enjoy these awesome gadgets available this season.

    Apple TV (2015) - $150. We have witnessed Apple entering into the television market with their own - Apple TV. Many were appalled, but no one can deny its success. With its upgrade, the $150 device not only allows you to watch your favorite shows and videos and play your games, but through connecting your HomeKit devices, you can use Siri to remotely control them, turning your house into a smart home. This big upgrade of the Apple TV has brought great joy to smart home users, and this would be a great gift to your loved ones.

    Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV - $849. What we love about the camera is it’s compact - it can shoot photos, record videos, and some other stuff, but it doesn’t compromise its quality. The Cyber-shot RX100 can shoot quality photos and it’s easy to use. If you have photographer friends or some who are trying so hard into photography, this is a perfect gift for them to start out in the art.

    UE Roll - $100. This waterproof, Bluetooth speaker has a very unique design, one that immediately catches the eye. It is compact, has great sound quality and a good battery life. But what sets this apart from its competition is its aesthetics. It has a bungee cord integrated to it where you can hang it anywhere. And it also has a life preserver, so you can use it on your pool without worrying if it will break. It also comes in different colors, too. This is a great gift for people who love both music and showing off because of its design and function.

    myChargeHubPlus - $100. Since one of the present challenges for smartphones is battery life, the temporary solution for that is portable chargers. It stores 6,000 mAh which can charge a lot of devices before completely draining its battery. It has an Apple Lightning cable and Micro-USB for Apple and Android devices/Windows phones respectively. It also has a wall socket, so the device can also act as a wall charger.

    XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 3D Printer - $361. The technology of 3D printing has been one of the most exciting things this year, and what’s even more exciting is that it’s available for everyone now. It’s easy to set-up and use with no calibration needed, and it’s the cheapest 3D printers out there. You can create your favorite figures with a touch of a button. The device was designed for entry-level 3D printing, and although you cannot create large figures with it, having one is enough to be cool. Anyone would be happy with a gift like this.

    Photo credit: Pixabay

    This post was posted in Fashion and was tagged with Sony, Apple TV, gift idea, late gift

  • Do a Digital Detox this Holiday Season

    Posted on December 14, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    As the holidays are fast approaching, everyone gets busy preparing, decorating their houses, booking flights for vacations with family or friends, and many other things. Many of us will probably go on social media, take a picture of you and your family on vacation or even take a selfie with our best gift for the year, all for everyone to see. With these memories, our smartphones will be always there, capturing (and sharing) everything.

    We have built our lives around our smartphones all throughout this year, and the holidays are no exception - we’ll be online and be more active on social media than ever. We want to check out how our friends celebrate their holidays, and if you’re someone who doesn’t want the company of certain relatives during the holidays, smartphones really are a savior from boredom.

    In the midst of the busy season for us and our smartphones, there should be a time of rest and reflection. Have you ever tried digital detox?

    A digital detox is where you refrain yourself from using your gadgets and everything else that you may be using daily, like televisions, smartphones, computers, and even gaming consoles. Yes: no phones, TVs, PCs, and other screens that we always look at throughout this year. Just books, nature, and people.

    Why is This Important?

    We have grown so accustomed with our gadgets that our lives have felt like they depended on them. A relaxing digital detox is a good reminder that we should live our lives around these things - that there are more important and essential things than what we see on our screens.

    Digital detoxing can be done anytime throughout the year, but we think it is most effective and fulfilling during the holidays. Why? Because it is the time where we go on a vacation, visit our relatives and friends who we don’t usually see often, and we get to have more time to reflect on the good and bad things in this year.

    In what ways can we do this digital detox in this season? Here are some examples:

    When you visit your family and friends, put all the phones in one place, and don’t let anyone access their phone without a penalty (chores, donation to charity, etc). This will encourage coming up with meaningful topics for conversations and will be fulfilling to everyone since we can focus on the reason we visit our loved ones - to actually talk to them and catch up on life, and not to stare at your screens. You can even play board games, cook great food, or just do some stargazing.

    On your vacations, learn to appreciate more of the surroundings by turning off your phone. You get to see more when you focus on the beauty of these places, not on your smartphone. If possible, don’t take any pictures (If you really need to take pictures, sure, but immediately keep your phone or camera). The most awesome memories are sometimes the ones that don’t need a picture to capture the moment.

    If you don’t have to do anything in this holiday season, turn off all your gadgets and do something else in your house. Read a book, clean, lie down and rest, exercise, cook something, invite friends, or just sit down and write. Digital detoxing will surely be one of the best things you will do this year. And maybe, you’ll even make this a yearly (or monthly!) ritual.

    There are many ways to do a digital detox this holiday season. But the goal remains the same - to appreciate more of the things and people around you. We at Story Leather encourage everyone to do one this season. Happy Holidays!

    Photo credits: Pixabay

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  • An Assessment on this Year’s Global Internet Freedom

    Posted on November 18, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    Internet in this modern age has become of a person’s basic needs - it has joined the ranks with food, water, shelter and a good home. The Internet is an environment where people of all demographics, background, ages can freely express themselves. Through the Internet, people can be connected with loved ones, share ideas that can bring about change in the world, and many more. Many talents are discovered, trends in different sectors in society are developed, governments are overthrown and major movements emerged from a single post - that is what the Internet can do in our lives.

    With this comes the issue of Internet freedom. We may not be aware of this, but there are countries in the world still restrict Internet among the people for a number of reasons. Awareness of this issue may have sparked a lot of netizens when the 2011 revolution in Egypt overthrown the previous government or when the Congress will vote to pass PIPA and SOPA which would allow Internet censorship in the US, but many are still unaware that in some parts of the world, Internet is still being restricted, especially in authoritarian governments.

    In China, rules in Internet surveillance and privacy are ever-changing, and one wrong post can be devastating - from deletion of account to even detention and arrest. When it comes to Internet censorship, China is one of the most restricted countries.

    According to Freedom House, one of the leading research and advocacy organizations in Internet freedom, the world experienced another decline in Internet freedom for a fifth consecutive year as more governments censored information of public interest while also expanding surveillance and cracking down on privacy tools. This is most likely because of the recent revolutions that happened when information are leaked through the Internet, and people began to rebel against them.

    They also provided a useful infographic on Internet freedom across the world. We can look at the parts of the world where the Internet is free, partly free and restricted.

    Freedom House lists some of the reasons of this decline this year - increased content removals, arrests and intimidations escalated, surveillance laws and technologies multiplied, and governments undermined encryption and anonymity. In the 65 countries, 42 required Internet users to delete online content that contains any political, religious and social issues, 40 imprisoned people for sharing information about these issues, and 14 passed new laws which tighten online security and surveillance. Some of the governments considered encryption as a tool for terrorism, which is why many tools that protect privacy are banned. These reasons happen both in democratic and authoritarian alike.

    The thing is, we can do something in our little power to turn this thing around. It starts with awareness and educating others with this issue. Let’s hope that one day, everyone in the world will experience the beauty and usefulness of the Internet, because everyone has a right to know and be connected.

    Photo credits: Photopin, Freedom House

    This post was posted in Fashion and was tagged with internet, Freedom, Privacy, Censorship

  • Apple Announces New Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus & All New iPad Pro

    Posted on September 10, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    Apple announced the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus yesterday. It is what is known as an incremental updated version of its flagship smartphone with the same form factor albeit slightly larger depth to fix what was known as the "bendgate" from last year. Major highlights of the new phone are:

    1. 3D Touch - the iPhone is not pressure sensitive! Pressing down harder on the screen now will offer new features and functions.

    2. New Rose Gold Color - a new color for the ladies!

    3. More Powerful Internals - A9 processor, 12-megapixel rear camera capable of recording 4K videos, 5-megapixel front camera for selfie fans!

    Everything else stays relatively the same, as the saying goes, why mess with something that is already perfect? The new iPhones are open for pre-ordering on September 12th, and official release happens on September 25th.

    We here at Story Leather are working hard and ready to take your custom holster cases for the new iPhone. For fitted and hard shell cases, we will have to wait until the 25th when the phone officially releases to ensure proper fitting. Custom build your holster here:

    This post was posted in Fashion, Promotion, News

  • Labor Day Weekend Special - 30% OFF In Stock Items

    Posted on September 3, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    Happy Labor Day Weekend!!

    Save 30% on all in-stock wallets, phone cases, and small leather goods. This code only applies to in-stock, ready-to-ship items. For custom made to order goods, use promo code POST10 to save 10%!

    iPhone 6 Cases | iPhone 6 Plus Cases | Small Wallets | Long Wallets | Small Leather Goods

    OFFER EXPIRES 09/08/2015

    This post was posted in Fashion, Promotion and was tagged with promotion, in-stock, Labor Day, sale, 30% off

  • Story Leather Testimonial – The Best Leather Clip Holster for a Great Smartphone

    Posted on September 1, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    When BlackBerry launched their Passport smartphone last year, we, here at Story Leather, knew there would be a dedicated fan base looking for a high quality leather case to protect the device.  Sure enough, we were able to build a dedicated following, and we like to share what one of our BlackBerry fan has to say:

    "Outstanding quality, perfect fit, elegant and maximum protection for the BlackBerry Passport. In the market there is nothing of a similar quality. I highly recommend it. I am very happy with the product, it is ideal for this smartphone, very stylish, comfortable and safe."

    Jorge from Fort Lauderdale, Florida


    This post was posted in Fashion, Testimonial and was tagged with BlackBerry, case, leather holster, belt clip, Passport

  • 8 Factoids That You May Not Know About Snapchat

    Posted on June 2, 2015 by Andrew Franco

    1. 1. I know, it feels like it’s been here since we have, or maybe that’s just me projecting. Still, Snapchat has exceedingly made its way to the top height of social media. But it was first launched in July 2011. Its safe to say that it’s had a quick rise and is only gaining more popularity with its users.

    1. 2. I don’t know which name I like better, but did you know that Snapchat was formerly known as Picaboo?

    1. 3. Yes, there are many adults that have found their way to the app, with help from their sons and/ or daughters or curiosity. However, they make up only a minority of the users, while  71% of Snapchat users are under the age of 25.

    1. 4. Rather it has any relevance to you or not, it’s something to pontificate that, of the users of Snapchat, roughly 70% are women.

    1. 5. Personally, I go days without posting to my snapchat story or sending any direct snaps to anyone, but, like voting, my number does not matter. There are 400 million snapchats sent per day.

    1. 6. 100 million monthly active users? That’s one seventh of the fraction of the amount of people in this world-- all users of one app. Wow.

    1. 7. Of the millennial internet users, about 30% access Snapchat regularly, the word regularly probably being a vague understatement.

      1. 8. In comparison with the other truths and approximations, this number reads low. Out of all the United States’ social media users, only 18% use Snapchat.

    This post was posted in Fashion, Technology, News

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