iPhone 5 Case

I have a love-love relationship with my current iPhone case. I love its cheerful, graphic nature, and I love that it does an admirable job protecting my phone from the many, many times I’ve dropped it. I love how smooth and sleek the hardcase feels in my hand, and I love that it’s practically impossible to remove, as I’ve had more rubbery cases before that I would nervously pick on and off till they permanently fell off my phone in sheer exhaustion.

However, I have apparently started to love my phone into shabbiness. As you can see in the second photo, my case has begun to rub off at the edge corners, and there are also a few visible nicks in its gorgeousness from “wear,” aka my aforementioned tendency to drop my phone. I mean, better to hurt the pretty case than the pretty phone, right?

And so, I’ve started looking afield lately. But I’m a bit perplexed: there are SO many options out there nowadays, and while I would be fine sticking with my tried-and-true GelaSkins (which is where I got my current case, as well as my favorite iPhone 4 case and laptop cases), I figured it was high time to check out other options too.

There are some super cute things at Society6 (I’d never get this, but I ADORE that it exists!), but I’ve heard multiple reports that the quality is junky — lots of rubbing off and whatnot. But I do like that they have a huge variety, as I’m never sure what’s going to strike my fancy, and I prefer having lots of options to sift through till one just jumps out at me.

Some of these are gorgeous too (I guess I’m in a serious geometric pattern phase). But as the GelaSkins ones are about as much as I’d want to spend, these end up being a bit pricey, especially if no one I know can vouch for their quality. So I turn to you! What are your favorite case-makers, especially considering my need for a large variety, some seriously design-y options, print quality (no rubbing off!), and, of course, ability to actually protect one’s phone?

Usain (my phone) and I thank you in advance!


Kids React to… Racists

While being too lazy to actually back up my claim here, I’m pretty sure at least 12% of what I post about here is sweet and funny kids making me cry. Or maybe that’s just the content of my internet browsing.

So either way, you’ve been warned! This is a video that will make you cry and laugh, and it’s NINE MINUTES. Now, listen to me: I can’t even watch piglets playing with kittens for a quarter of that (my kid’s really into both, so I’ve watched almost all of the baby animal videos on Youtube and am VERY AWARE of my patience levels with them). But I watched all of this and wanted to watch it again as soon as I finished.

So, curl up and get ready to want to kiss/hug/otherwise embarrass a bunch of sincere, smart, and as-of-yet-uncorrupted kids. And maybe keep the tissues close.


PS I’d like to say that as a kid, I was an Olivia, the eloquent, moved girl at the end (who seriously is like two years away from being a runway model, yes?), but of course, I was totally a Dylan, the goofy Asian kid who is already versed in the ways of sarcasm and mocking. “What is this country for? It’s something… starts with an E… oh! Equality, okay. So, why do you do that?” Preach, Dylan.

Alamo Drafthouse

Ahh, that was a refreshing break!

So: I’ve never been to Austin, or any of Texas for that matter. I am definitely self-selecting my info here, but based on five seasons of Friday Night Lights, the surprising (to me!) diversity of Houston, and here, the awesomeness of the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in Austin… I may have to reconsider my previously dismissive attitude!

I love the phonetic misspelling guesses the best, because I am totally a bitch about that stuff.