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  • Story Leather's Silly Cell-Phone Drop Stories

    Posted on May 2, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    We recently covered the benefits of covered cases for cell phones, especially when it comes to protection from accidental drops, but sometimes it takes a little reminder to drive home the importance of a point.

     

    According to Tech21.com, who recently took a survey of over 3,000 individuals:

     

    * 18 percent of frequent travelers have paid to fix their tablet screen in the past year

    * Over a third of travelers have spent more than $30 on tablet protection

    * 81 percent of parents report that their child has broken their tablet by throwing it

    * One in four parents had to pay to fix their tablet screen in the past year

    * Nearly half of parents (45 percent) said the most common cause of tablet damage was from getting in and out of a car, or leaving it on top of a car

     

    These statistics were arrived at after the leader in impact protection for smartphones, tablets and laptops, asked frequent travelers and parents about their tablet use.

     

    So now that you have the facts, here are a few fun stories we here at Story Leather gathered for your amusement, and edification.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of chazmanrocks.wordpress.com)

     

    I once dropped my phone in the toilet — and flushed it! The phone had been in my back pocket and after tinkling, I stood as I normally do and flushed. Simultaneously, the phone fell from my pocket and was carried away with the current. But it didn't leave the unit completely. I had to call a plumber who dismantled the toilet, turned it upside down in the bathtub and fished the phone out. Oddly enough, after drying out for a few days, the phone still worked (I didn't use it anymore, but was able to get my content). Now, I ALWAYS take my phone out of my pocket before sitting on the toilet!

    Joy Graham

    Houston, TX

     

     

     

    We are a moving company and actually provide company cell phones to our team leaders (the supervisor of each moving team). Therefore, we are literally always dropping our phones (off our trucks while climbing up/down, leaving them on top of a piece of furniture that gets knocked over, and many other situations).

    Jon Katz, CEO

    Katz Moving

     

     

    I drop it all the time. I have gotten quite good at the soccer toe balance... meaning I can catch it in my instep and balance it. (I have a Note 4, so it’s similar in size to a soccer ball!) This isn't an exact science, and the other day I had to use my weaker left foot, mistimed it, and kicked the phone asking the asphalt like a hockey puck about 30 feet away... Glass down. I have a phone case, so no harm done.

    TJ

    Shark Tank Podcast Host

     

    Stay tuned for more in this series of Silly Cellphone Drop Stories – and please share, if you have one.

     

    And… don’t forget: We have lots of great phone cases available for whatever your needs are: Holsters, Wallet Cases, Sleeve, and so much more!

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase, Promotion, Doing the Right Thing

  • Story Leather's 5 Whacky Wallet Gadgets You Can’t Be Without

    Posted on April 22, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Gadgets are great… but useless if they’re not with you. So, here are five handy-dandy little doodads you can keep in your Story Leather wallet and bust out as needed.

     

    1. Tool Logic’s SVC1 Survival Card – This sharp gizmo boasts a 1-inch serrated blade with an ergonomic grip, has a compass with an 8x power lens, emergency signal whistle, tiny tweezers for splinter or small object elimination, a toothpick, and inch/cm rulers – all packed in one itsy-bitsy credit card sized package!

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Amazon)

    2. CarZor’s Mini Pocket Razor Shaver – It is a card, a mirror, a razor… and it’s all three at the same time! The blades are stored safely behind the mirror while it’s stashed in your wallet and viola – one quick unfold and it’s ready to whack those whiskers.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Amazon)

    3. Zootility’s Multitool – Phone kickstand, bottle opener, flat screwdriver, micro screwdriver for glasses repairs, a door latch slip, letter opener, hex wrenches, and ruler. Wow.

     

    4. EyeCard Wallet Glasses – Your handiest reading cheaters, no bigger than a credit card and comes in its own scratch-resistant slip case that slips right into your wallet.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of eyeCard Readers)

    5. FlatLight – Here’s a super bright LED flashlight with 10+ hours of run time on 2 CR2016 coin replaceable batteries, and it fits fine into any sized wallet.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase

  • Story Leather's 4 Things a Woman Should Always Carry in Her Purse

    Posted on April 20, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    While "everything" might be on your list of must-have items to throw in your shoulder bag, there are four fab everyday items you know about, but have forgotten about. Take inventory and make sure you have these essentials with you before your next outing.

     

     

    1. $20 cash

    You probably already have a few bucks in your wallet. But what if you lose your wallet, or simply run low on funds? Having Andrew Jackson tucked away in a convenient side pocket of your purse is always a good idea. Pretty much all brick and mortar businesses take plastic, but what if you find yourself at an irresistible yard sale, swamp meet, or Farmer’s Market? Yep – you’ll be needing a little folding money.

     

     

    2. Neutral lip gloss and a mini mascara

    You never know when you might be out with a plain face, and then plans change. Having just a touch of mascara and some lip color that goes with whatever you’re wearing will take you from shy to “hi!” in an instant.

     

    3. Emergency contact phone numbers

    This may seem a bit drastic, but you just never know when misfortune is coming your way – from auto accidents to getting stranded somewhere without transportation, you just might have to phone a friend (or a lawyer). And what if you lose your smartphone? Nobody memorizes anyone’s digits these days, so even if you could borrow someone’s cell… would you know what number to dial?

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Quick Ship)

    4. An ink pen

    In today’s universe of speed dial and GPS, it seems a bit archaic to carry a pen around; but even the best electronics will run out of juice or go on the blink at some point. So if you need to jot something down quickly, such as an email address or directions, it’s wise to have some sort of old fashioned writing utensil at your fingertips.

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Simpler Times Homestead)

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Showcase, Promotion

  • Story Leather: 3 Generations, 1 Purse, 0 Conflict – How To Find a Purse that Fits You

    Posted on April 12, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    When I had lunch with one of my girlfriends the other day, I complimented her on her beautiful, Spring-like mint-green handbag. She said she bought it while vacationing in Palm Springs, and that her mother and her young niece both loved the bag too, and they each bought the same one.

     

    This got me to thinking – what is it about a purse that makes it so classic and timeless that three women from three different generations would all respond to it?

     

    First of all, it should indeed be “classic” – simple lines are key. For example, a huge handbag festooned with flowers and fringe might appeal to the girl, but not the grandmother. Whereas Grandma might like a patent-leather purse with a snap-top closure, that’s far too fussy for a teenager.

     

    Secondly, the purse should be stylish but functional. Yes, a tiny clutch is elegant, but it barely has room to carry a breath mint let alone a smart phone, wallet, makeup, protein bar, and other sundries.

     

    Lastly, the purse should be of a classic, solid color. Neutrals are great for anyone – teens, women, and ladies of a certain age – you can’t go wrong with pretty, but understated, hues.

     

     

    Our Venue woven tote bag is just about perfect for any woman. It not only meets all of the above criteria, but it’s handmade with exceptional care, made of premium lambskin, and it’s got zippered inner pockets complete with a mobile phone compartment and a detachable coin pouch.

     

     

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Personal Style

  • Story Leather: Personalized Handbags

    Posted on April 8, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Kids love to finger-paint. Especially on the things you don’t want them to – the walls, their shoes, and yes, even purses.

     

    But last year when Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to show off her 34th birthday gift from her husband Kanye West, suddenly child’s play became a sensation – the gift was a Hermes bag painted by their one-year-old daughter, North. Given that Hermes bags range anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, that's a pretty expensive canvass!

     

     

    Adults love to paint, too. So why not give it a try on one of your favorite, but perhaps a bit frayed bag and give it an all-new look? It’s a great form of self-expression, and a fun project for a creative day. (Once you’re an expert, you can begin on brand new bags!)

     

    Here’s how to do it:

     

    1) Select a purse. Preferably one that’s made of leather, and has large, smooth surfaces. (The same goes for wallets, if you want to start small.)

    2) Come up with a design. Make sure it’s going to fit on the purse.

    3) Secure the right supplies for the job. Basic acrylic is the choice for most, because it’s easy to use, and comes off of “mistake” spots without a trace. It’s a good way to begin, but if you really want to get serious, use oils or Angelus Acrylic Leather Paints (and top it with Angelus Acrylic Finisher). Then you’ll need some paint brushes (sized to your liking and needs), cotton balls, Q-tips, nail polish remover, sharpie pens, carbon paper and tracing paper. Also, a piece of stiff cardboard to fit inside the purse so you will have a firm surface to paint on.

    4) Prepare. Remove the finish on the purse in the area that you want to paint, using your nail polish remover (acetate).  This will help the paint absorb and the design you do will last a lot longer. Remove with cotton ball. Use the cotton swabs if you only want to clear the finish in intricate areas. Make sure the purse dries completely before you start to paint.

    5) Either transfer your design using the tracing paper and carbon, or – easier, if you have the artistic talent – draw the outline freehand on the purse. (Don’t forget to insert the stiff cardboard to keep your surface flat and steady.) Flowers are the easiest to draw, or geometric designs (ala Mondrian, or Pucci). But sky’s the limit – animals, people, places.

    6) Paint! (And don’t forget the strap, if it’s wide enough.) Start slowly, then add more paint as the first coat dries, building on the layer you have sufficient coverage. If you’ve used acryllrics, then it will take about 24 hours to dry. Oils take longer.

     

    Enjoy!

     

     

    Our Yardley Tote would be great for this, because you could leave the woven leather as it is, and paint only on the smooth accents and straps. Small flowers and filigrees would look absolutely lovely.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Style Watch

  • Style Stories with Country Singer Josey Milner!

    Posted on April 4, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    We've always had super amazing guests for our Style Stories: Bloggers, Stylists, and even a Fashion Psychologist, but this is the first time we've had the pleasure of getting to know a singer. So a little bit on Josey as we think she's awesome for a #feelgoodfriday style story:

    Josey started her career at 17, professionally, but she's been singing her heart out for much longer. So you could safely say that her heart is truly in her song. Her debut single "Not Pretty Enough" took the charts by storm which earned her a 2013 Independent Country Music Award nomination for Promising Young Artist, a Top 10 Hottest New Artist designation, and a Number One single on the world’s first independent country music chart. She didn't stop there as "Cowgirls" his #1 in New Music Weekly and earned a spot on Music Row in the top 75 list!

    There's so much more about Josey that we can't possibly write down. If you want to know more then visit her website at www.joseymilnermusic.com, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for all her updates and travels.

     

     

    Story Leather: As a performer, what you wear can really define who you are. How does your clothing define you and do you use it to create a message to your audience?

    Josey: My clothing honestly represents who I am. I am never consistent with how I look. I don’t have just one specific style that I tend to wear. If I like it, then I wear it. I don’t need name brands or really expensive clothes, just what I like at that moment. I typically get several uses out of one article of clothing, especially within the past couple of years. I’ve been getting really creative with how I pair different things. I try to always look nice. When I do this, I find that I have more self esteem or feel better about the day. I try to create a positive message with my clothing. I wear clothing that shows I am a ladylike teenager, but can still show a little bit of skin or more of a rebel side without over doing it.

    Story Leather: Do you have role models that you draw your fashion and musical inspiration from?

    Josey: Not necessarily. Like I said, if I like it, then I wear it. I don’t really care what other people think about my outfits. If I feel comfortable in it and like how it looks, than that is all that matters. I don’t look at magazines and wish to look like them girls because that is so unrealistic. I know what I like and what I think is “cute”. I’m me and that’s all I ever want to be. As far as music inspiration, I just kind of draw it from real life experiences. If I think people can relate to it, then I think it is a great song. Country music is all about telling stories and relating to people. That’s why I love it so much.

     

     

    Story Leather: We know performers often have a ritual or a lucky item they carry with them, do you have something like that?

    Josey: I don’t necessarily have a ritual, but I have noticed that right before I get on stage, I get really antsy and tend to dance around a lot. I used to carry a little horseshoe pendant with me in my pocket, but forgot it one time, and the show was still great.

    Story Leather: Cellphones, is there anything you do to make yours stand out and do you have ways to match it to your look?

    Josey: I don’t know if I necessarily make it stand out, but I have a lot of family photos on my phone. My lock screen saver is of Cinderella and Prince Charming and the home screen saver is of my dog, Opry, and me. My case actually has Cinderella and Prince Charming on it as well. I love Cinderella and Disney in general, so I tend to incorporate it a lot in my everyday things. It’s kind of an addiction I guess you could say . . .

    Story Leather: Lastly we wanted to ask about this Facebook game you were featured in, could you tell us about it?

    Josey: This game is a game where you can go on and pretty much create your own little world. They chose me to be like a little avatar on the game by recreating some of my favorite outfits I’ve worn and my signature blue guitar. On this game, you can go and talk to people and pretty much create a world that is not necessarily real, but can create real friendships. It is aimed to actually make a better world by sharing kindness and being there for others.

     

     

     

    (Photos are Courtesy of Josey Milner and MTS Managament Group)

    We wanted to thank Josey for taking some time out of her busy schedule to chat and tell us a bit about her style. We also wanted mention that she has a few shows coming up in May, so be sure to see if you can make it!

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    Find Jonathan on


    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Promotion, Style Stories, Style Watch, Personal Style, The Weekly Story

  • Story Leather: Unique Mobile Gadgets

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    Everyone has a smart phone and almost every smart phone is considered a mobile office, but not every office is conventional and not every job is the same. So here are some mobile gadgets that caught our attention.

     

    First up we have our favorite Typo Keyboard

    We've covered typo in the past and we're always saying great things about it because it's just that awesome. The typo keyboard converts your iPhone into a typing machine and soon your iPad as well. If you haven't seen one yet just check out their website (http://gettypo.com/) and see what the hype is all about.

     

    (Photo is courtesy of Typo)

    Next up is the Beast Grip.

    I tend to cruise through Kickstarter to see if there are any new and exciting ideas that creators come up with and I came across Best Grip, the first universal and modular camera rig for smart phones. Take what you need, leave what you don't, and if forgot you need it then it's easily added on. At a glance it looks like a crazy contraption, but when you really look at it, well it makes sense. They really took every phone into account and allowed their lenses to be used universally. To get more info, visit their Kick Starter Page

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Beastgrip)

    Finally we wanted round it out with Artiphon's INSTRUMENT 1!

    A bit different that practical, but if you're a lover of music then this might be the coolest item on this list, or at least I think so. Picture this: a guitar, piano, violin, ukulele, etc. that's all wrapped up in a single device. Well That what INSTRUMENT 1 is, a unique device that takes these instruments and rolls it up in a nice package. Obviously a wizard was at work here.

     

    (Photo Courtesy of Artiphon)

    We can't possibly know everything, but luckily Their Kick Starter Page has all the info you'll need.

    Innovation is what brings the world together and these gadgets demonstrate ingenuity and creativity at their best!

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    Find Jonathan on


    This post was posted in Fashion, Technology, Showcase, Promotion

  • Story Leather: Purse Organization 101 – Three Super Hacks

    Posted on March 29, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Ladies, do you carry more than one purse? Not at a time (though it’s tempting! Mine’s always crammed full). But, say, to color coordinate with your favorite outfit? Do you sometimes carry a huge tote for more casual days, and then switch to something smaller and sleeker in the evenings?

    All that purse swapping can be mind-boggling. For one thing, how many times have you sworn you had your favorite coral lip-gloss with you, only to remember you left it in your “other” purse? Or have you ever felt like you were searching for buried treasure in your boudoir, simply trying to locate that cute little shoulder bag you only wear on special occasions?

    Here are three of my favorite hacks to keep it all organized at home and when you’re out and about.

    1. A small purse organizer. This cool configuration of pockets and keepers usually costs less than $10 and all you have to do is pick it up and move your items from purse-to-purse. It’s the perfect carry-all and will fit inside just about any standard-sized shoulder bag.

     

     

    2. Do you have pretty purses? Display them on your wall like works of art, and at a glance grab the one you need on any given day!

     

     

    3. Ikea, the home of easy organization (and hard-to-follow assembly instructions) makes several in-closet organizers that are perfect for purses, shoes, belts, bras… you name the accessory, and you can find it in no time in these box-like open display cupboards.

     

    (Photos courtesy of: Ikea, Pinterest, DotZilla)

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Fashion, Showcase, Promotion

  • Story Leather: Top Three Wallet-Sized Gadgets for Techies

    Posted on March 25, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Male or female, rich or poor, license to kill or not, we all want to be like James Bond. Remember all his glorious gadgets? 007 gets his goodies from Q.

    Q, which stands for Quartermaster, is the head of Q Branch, a fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service.

    But you don’t have to be a super-spy to get a hold of all the tricky toys these days.

    Check out these three fun must-haves for your Story Leather Custom Wallet.

    1) Micro-Phone Wallet Cell Phone. It’s a credit card sized mini-phone with Bluetooth, GPS tracker, placing and receiving calls, SMS. How cool is that? It retails for $69 and up.

     

    (Photo courtesy of Gizmag)

    2) Inekehans IHCC-B Credit Card Cutlery. This one is wild. But you don’t have to be uncivilized ever again by eating with your fingers, when you carry your spork and your butter knife in your wallet. Best of all, it’s less than $20.

     

    (Photo courtesy of Inekehans)

    3) Brookestone Wireless Key-Finder. This is a great invention. How many times have you been all ready to go, only to discover your keys are missing. They’re somewhere in your apartment, but where..? The Key-Finder, works at a range of 60 feet and can find those pesky keys through floors, walls, even sofa cushions. It uses two AAA batteries, and sets you back only $15.

     

     

    (Photo courtesy of Brookestone)

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson


    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase, Personal Style

  • Story Leather Testimonial: Patti

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words and we couldn't agree more. Our newest Testimonial is from Patti who simply says; "Love It!!!!!"

     

    So lets let the pictures speak for themselves

     

     

    We're glad that she loves her Book Style case and if you like it as well, see if it's available for your phone.

    For more of our stories you can visit www.storyleather.com/blog or visit our Facebook, Twitter, 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.

    Find Jonathan on


    This post was posted in Showcase, Testimonial

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