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Category : Geek Meets Chic

tech accessories

Not only have stylish tech accessories become a personal style statement but they’re now seeing seasonal trends of their own. From pastels, to gold and glittery phones, the more unique and attention grabbing the better! Dare we say they are as important as the shoes on your feet!? {gasp!}

Fashion designers like Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenburg and Lily Pulitzer all have a line of fashionable tech accessories that will make you want to change your case every few weeks. That is probably the goal, for us to buy a new phone case or iPad cover with the changing of each season. Buying a new handbag? Why not add a new matching cover for your phone!?

Tech Wristlets

Not only are there phone cases, but now there are clutch purses designed specifically with your phone in mind. I personally love the Juicy Couture Larchmont Tech Wristlet. These wide wrislets will hold all your credit cards, cash, phone and even a lipgloss. These tech wristlets are not just for an evening out either — they are perfect for the day and running errands as a mom. It’s easy to throw a tech wristlet that has all your essentials into a diaper bag or change handbags quickly.

Tech cases have become much more than a safe place to protect your expensive tech, they are a personal style statement that lets you express to the world who you are.

What do your tech accessories say about you!?
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Don’t leave home without a stylish laptop bag

Work-at-home moms do some of their best work away from home. Whether you find your creative zen in a local coffee shop or the local library, with your kids playing and reading nearby, a protective laptop bag will help protect your computer — and all of the files stored there. Find a bag that works with your style, and you can carry your computer without worry.

More than a protective case

You can protect your tech at home with fabulous products — we found twelve we love — but that doesn’t always help when you need to get out of the house quickly. Laptop covers or sleeves are perfect for around the house, but a dedicated laptop bag really makes a difference if you plan on working outside the home, whether it’s for a full-time position or an afternoon in another location. Your everyday bag probably doesn’t have room for your sleeved laptop unless you juggle the contents — pull out the makeup bag and errant water bottles, add laptop and your favorite highlighters.

Why a fashionable laptop bag is worth the investment

You may have a shelf full of totes, but investing in a laptop bag is a smart move for your tech. Keeping your laptop protected is important, and laptop bags are designed to pad your computer from the jostles, bumps and bangs that occur when you’re standing in line or dropping your bag against the legs of your chair. Stylish laptop bags are available for any budget, and savvy moms know there’s something empowering about feeling proud of the way you look when you walk into the room. We’ve rounded up seven chic laptop bags in a variety of styles and price points.

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Slim Tote (Melissa Beth, $129)

LeSportsac Laptop Bag (Zappos, $56)

Vera Bradley Neoprene Laptop Case (Zappos, $54)

Jet Set Travel Tote – MICHAEL (Michael Kors, $300)

Customizable Laptop Bag (Etsy, QUALITYCovers, $38)

Lake Forest Laptop Case – McKlein USA (EBags, $117)

Gamma Ray Computer Commuter – Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom, $118)

Keep your laptop bag work-ready

If you leave the house for work more than a couple times a week, it makes sense to keep your laptop bag packed and ready to go. Think about what you really need when you’re going to work on your latest projects, and pack accordingly.

Keep these in your bag:

  • Slim notebook for ideas
  • Two or three of your favorite pens
  • Handful of your business cards
  • Chapstick
  • Hand sanitizer

Add to bag immediately before leaving the house:

  • Wallet
  • Small water bottle
  • Phone
  • Laptop
Do you work better in your office — home or corporate — or in a more public place?
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MakeYourBedroomTechFree
Is technology ruining your sex life?

With the internet buzzing on our nightstands and smartphones in our hands when we turn out the lights, technology might be driving a wedge between your and your spouse. TVs in the bedroom used to be a novelty, but now a whole slew of gadgets are littering nightstands. TV remotes, smartphones and tablets pile next to our beds, the glow of a blue screen taking the place of couple time. An expert weighs in on why you should keep your bedroom tech-free.

The connection between too-much-tech and not-enough-sex

Blaming a lack of sexual intimacy on a slim, sleek device that feels so perfect in your hand might seem far-fetched, but even the slimmest smartphone can interrupt a healthy sex life. Maybe you’re in bed, waiting for your spouse to brush his teeth, when you remember you haven’t checked Instagram to see if your friend posted pictures of her daughter’s first dance recital. Soon you’re scrolling through six hours of pictures, getting distracted by hashtags, and after a few minutes of staring at you with bedroom eyes, your husband grabs his own phone to check the score of a game on the opposite coast. He clicks on Facebook to heckle a friend about the game, you remember an email you’d meant to answer all day, and suddenly sex becomes something to put off for another night.

The concern with technology in the bedroom

Amanda Cherian, LPC is a marriage and family therapist who expresses concern about the number of gadgets couples are bringing into the bedroom. While working with couples, she says, “Excessive phone and iPad usage is a source of contention for a lot of couples.” The devices, designed to keep people connected, can drive a wedge between couples. Dinner table conversation tapers off as our phones call to us, and she adds, “Bringing them into the bedroom robs couples of precious alone time that could be used to communicate and focus on each other.”

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 Tips for going tech-free in your bedroom
  • Set up a charging station somewhere other than your bedroom, like the kitchen or a home office. Plug in the cords in a way that makes it inconvenient to move them around, so that you really need to make an effort to charge your devices somewhere else. The Vintage Samsonite Train Case Custom Charging Station is available in your choice of colors (Etsy, $98).
  • Designate a time each night to retire phones and tablets to the charging station. Start with doing it right before bed, but consider doing it an hour or more before bedtime. Having time to unwind with your spouse is beneficial outside the bedroom as well.
  • Buy or dig out an actual alarm clock so you don’t have to rely on your phone’s alarm to wake up in the mornings.
  • If you or your spouse like to read before bed, start bringing physical books into the bedroom instead of a tablet or e-reader. If you’re dying to read your latest Kindle find, discuss guidelines before carrying the device to bed. Consider turning off Wi-Fi so you’re not tempted to check email or Facebook “just for a minute.”
Do you think checking your tech at the bedroom door would help recharge your sex life?
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Your Instagram feed tells a story

Whether you’re conscious of it at the time you upload your photos or not, your Instagram feed tells a unique story. Your feed contains different threads. You take photos of your kids having fun, so you don’t forget their laughter. You snap sunsets, so you remember the way the waves chilled your toes as the air cooled. You click on the glass of champagne that accompanied your first date night in… well, too long.

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StickyGram magnets ($15 for 9 mini-magnets)

StickyGram lets you share your stories

With all of the different themes winding through your feed, your photos may seem haphazard. Even your closest followers may not immediately pick up on the way your preschooler went from clinging to your hand at drop off to running straight for his carpet square or how your date nights have expanded to date afternoons now that you can meet for lunches while the kids are in school. StickyGram lets you comb through your Instagrams and choose the memories you want to share and gives you a physical way to share them.

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StickyGram iPhone case ($35)

Why StickyGram is perfect for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the love that makes your family strong. StickyGram is a tool that lets you choose your favorite Instagrams to personalize magnets, phone cases, and iPad covers. They’re a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone who seems to have everything — they’re a love note in images, a way to say “I love you” without saying a single word.

StickyGram offers custom magnets and cases for several phones and tablets. Android fans will love that StickyGram isn’t only for Apple lovers — Galaxy S3 and S4 covers are also available. If you’re unsure about designing a cover, you can start smaller. Nine little magnets are a great way to add a bit of fun to a gift without the commitment of a tech cover.

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StickyGram Galaxy S4 case ($35)

Choosing your StickyGrams

Choosing the love story you want to highlight will depend on who will receive the gift. We know you have some fabulous Instagrams if you’re following The 10 Commandments of Instagram, so you might want to use StickyGram to spread Valentine’s love to several people.

Let your kids pick out their nine favorite shots of themselves and send the mini-magnets to grandparents or a special aunt. Spending the time to select the photos will be a gift to you, too, as they talk about why they like the photos they do and what memories arise as you browse through your feed.

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StickyGram iPad cover ($45)

Designing an iPad cover for your spouse might involve finding date night photos, times you had fun together as a whole family, or a few favorite pictures of the kids he commented on when you posted. Try to find a combination of photos that tell him how much you love and appreciate him — it will be a Valentine’s Day gift that makes him smile all year.

Do you exchange Valentine’s Day gifts with your spouse?
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tech cases

Why you need tech cases

Laptops, phones and tablets are smaller, sleeker and more portable than ever before. We toss them into purses before we leave, crowd them next to snacks and makeup cases in tote bags, and plop them down on countless surfaces. Shiny, new tech devices are prone to scratches, dings and all of the germs they can pick up while being carted along on our busy days. Tech cases help keep our favorite gadgets in the best possible condition. They protect our devices, and they’re also a lot easier to wipe off than the delicate surfaces of things like touch screens and keyboards.

Stylish covers and cases

Sliding your sleekest, newest gadgets into cases and covers doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. Options abound, in colors that range from the most streamlined silver to bright colors and patterns to match every mood. Check out the 12 savvy tech cases we found to protect your tech and add a pop of color to winter’s whitest days.

Do you have a favorite tech case?

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  1. Padded iPad Case (Etsy, Little Pigeon Crafts, $37)
  2. Cool Design Blue Roses Keyboard Cover (KB Covers, $30)
  3. X-Doria Exchange Form Case for Galaxy S4 (Amazon, $30)
  4. Warhol Protective Sleeve for 11″ MacBook Air (InCase, $60)
  5. Monogram Swivel Cover for iPad Mini (Lipstick Shades, $80)
  6. Belkin Mod Cover with Stand for Kindle Fire HD 7″ (Belkin, $40)
  7. Lilly Pulitzer iPad Case Bright Navy in the Groove (Lilly Pulitzer, $68)
  8. Brooke Boothe Refuse to Sink iPhone Bumper Case (Decal Girl, $40)
  9. Coral chevron laptop bag for 13″ MacBook (Etsy, Bertie’s Closet, $60)
  10. SeeThru SATIN for MacBook Pro in Bubblegum (Speck Products, $50)
  11. Monogrammed iPhone 5/5S OtterBox® Case, Custom Design (Lipstick Shades, $75)
  12. Otterbox® Defender Series Case for Kindle Paperwhite in Pink/Papaya (Amazon, $60)
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Lately all of the photos from my smartphone and camera get uploaded to Facebook and Instagram. I keep saying that I will get them printed for photo albums, but I keep forgetting to do it. With the new Kindred app I can create a printed photo booklet right from my cell phone for only $5!

Kindred Photo Booklet

Kindred photo booklets have a soft cover and are 6-inches square. I made great coffee table book featuring the best photos from my Bali trip. I made the grandparents a “brag booklet” of my daughter’s latest photos. I even created a nice keepsake for my friend of photos I took at her wedding.

Kindred is available for free on iTunes and Google Play. It is so simple to use once you download it to your smartphone and create an account.

STEP 1: Decide the theme of your photo booklet then choose where you want to pull your photos from.

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STEP 2: Select up to 16 photos. Kindred will even feature photos from the last month to make it easier for you.
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STEP 3: Rearrange the photos in your booklet. Personalize it with a note and captions on each photo.Kindred step 3

That’s it!

The creators of Kindred created this app because they wanted an easy way to keep their parents up to date with their lives. As a busy mom I totally appreciate what they have created — the simple interface, smart features and low cost. The app also sends monthly reminders. If you are sending booklets regularly to parents and friends you can save their shipping information. A booklet costs $11.95, but with a $4.95 monthly membership booklets are only $5 and your first booklet is free (including shipping and tax)!

The Savvy Sassy Moms love Kindred photo booklets so much that we are giving away a 1-year membership! To enter to win tell us one booklet you would love to create.

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Savvy Sassy Moms | Google Nexus 7 Drybar Event

Blowouts, champagne and Nexus 7… oh, my!

Being invited to your favorite girly hangout, Drybar, is always wonderful, but when you’re asked so you can celebrate the newly-launched Nexus 7 by Google, then let us eat cake! Or drink champagne, bite on hors d’ oeuvres and get fabulous hair because all are equally fantastic. LA’s most-elite fashion and lifestyle bloggers were on location at Drybar Santa Monica to diddle and take fab selfies with Google’s newest tablet. As an early gift from Santa, we even got to take one home with us!

Smart and gorgeous, just like you

The Nexus 7 is a tablet designed with the sophisticated woman in mind. Their partnership with Drybar is brilliant and only the beginning to why this is the must-have weapon for every Savvy Sassy Mom. During the event, we were encouraged to play around with the tablets so we could experience the weight, the feel and most of all the savvy sassy apps that Google conveniently downloaded. Hello, GILT!

Savvy Sassy Moms | Google Nexus 7 Drybar Event

A few of my favorite things…

Your new bestie

The 7-inch super high-res screen is better than any high-quality photo magazine your pretty little peeps have ever laid eyes on. It’s true. And it’s music to your ears with dual stereo speakers and surround sound. My personal fave? The Nexus 7 comes loaded with the Google apps you use most — Chrome, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts to name a few — making it easier for you to stay connected on the go. Oh, and it has up to 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, making it the ideal grab-and-go travel companion on those long flights. Dual-ban Wi-Fi allows you stay connected virtually anywhere.

Savvy Sassy Moms | Google Nexus 7 Drybar Event

Nexus 7 Drybar Event

Selfie this, selfie that

The front-facing camera not only allows you to capture your savvy self, but flip the lens around to capture moments with friends so you can instantly share the snapshot with followers on your favorite apps. The innovators at Google have also made this tablet very user-friendly, so you do not need to be tech-savvy (no pun intended,) in order to love this product.

‘Tis the season for blowouts

The event was truly a blast and very festive. I was thrilled to have been able to bring my friend, Lisa, along with me and I must say, she left looking amazing! Cheers to a Southern Comfort blowout for this Southern Belle.

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Lisa Ray models her new Southern Comfort blowout.

Thank you, Google and the #Nexus7 team for the wonderful evening!

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This Savvy Sassy Moms post has been brought to you by our friends over at Google. As a contributor on the Savvy Sassy Mom team, I was invited to enjoy a fun GNO event at Drybar and was gifted a Nexus 7 tablet which I am so in love with. And that is a fact. All opinions are my own.
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Stylish Tech Accessories

If you have a modern mom or tech-savvy teen on your holiday shopping list then here are the 10 items that are sure to impress them. I can almost guarantee it. You can’t have a gadget without a stylish tech accessory to go along with it. If you came to Savvy Sassy Moms and thought this is a website your wife, girlfriend or sister would love, 1) she has great taste 2) she will want any of these items. Trust me, these tech gifts will make you look like a star.

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1.  Thule Enroute Strut Laptop Backpack $80
2. Jonathan Adler iPad Mini case $32
3. iPhone 5 lightning cable usb charger $7
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone wristlet $128
5. Coach iPad Folio $148
6. Beats by Dr. Dre urbeats earbuds $100
7. Tory Burch Panthra iPhone 5/5s case $50
8. Marc by Marc Jacobs 13-inch computer zip case $62
9. Aluminum Tube mobile power for iPhone 3 4/4s $7
10. Brahmin croc-embossed iPad Mini case $48

*Yes, these are all iphone and Apple products, if you have another tech device, use this as your inspiration and go forth and find some sassy accessories for your Samsung, Android or whatever…You can do it!

Disclosure: I hate gift guides. {gasp!} This is in no way sponsored. These are handpicked by me. I choose to feature things I would truly want and use and thought it might be helpful to the men in our lives.

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I am always on the lookout for beautiful and innovative ways to protect my smartphone. I absolutely love Skinit‘s skins! These durable vinyl skins are available for mobile phones, laptops, tablets, MP3 players and gaming consoles. The skins are designed to fit perfectly to your device and not interfere with other accessories and cases. The skin easily sticks right on to your device and leaves no residue when removed.

The new vibrant colors of the iPhone 5c and the mix-and-match cases have been catching my eye. Unfortunately, the holes in the case design exposing some of the logo writing on the back of the phone is also catching my eye… and not in a good way.

iPhone 5c cover

Skinit has come up with a very clever way to give the 5c phone that little bit of extra style and protection! Skinit skyline design skins are made to work with the 5c case or without it. The “I heart … ” lettering fits exactly in the case holes. You can also show off a skyline silhouette. Just remember that skins only protect against daily scuffs and scratches.

Skinit Skyline Design Skins

Don’t have an iPhone 5c? There are plenty of beautiful skins to choose from for all of your devices. Which one would you get?

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Do you love fashion magazines like I do? Do you take pictures of items you want to buy in those fashion magazines like I do? If so, then you must download Magnetique to your smart phone!

Magnetique

Magnetique is a new app that you can use when you find a product you love in People StyleWatch, InStyle and Glamour. Simply click on the capture icon, select the magazine you are looking at, center the page in your view and click the shutter button. Once the app finds your page it will bring up all of the items featured. Then touch the item you like and the app will save it to your personal folder.

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You can have the app find where you can purchase the item within a 20 mile radius, or have it take you directly to the store’s website. Voilà … shopping done! Not ready to buy? Your folder saves all of the products so that you can go back to them later.

Want to share your awesome find? You can email it, post it to Facebook, tweet it or pin it!

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The downside is that the app does not find EVERYTHING in these magazines, but it is improving and more magazines are expected to be added by the end of the year!

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Magnetique is available on iTunes and Google Play. You can find more about this app by going to www.magnetique.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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