My favourite part of gadget shopping: decorations! I have a hard time picking cases for my gadgets; I haven’t even begun saving for the iPad mini I want, but I’m getting a head start on styles I’m interested in and thought I’d share my findings from Etsy (I haven’t even tried eBay yet, eep!).
I began with over 50 tabs open to sift through and have narrowed it down to these 12 as my very favourites overall.
Left: This case is made of leather and doubles as a stand. I love anything with the Chanel logo because my initials are CC, hehe Aside from that, Chanel represents class to me Cost: $28.90*Right: I did try to make this list on a budget (under $50), I promise, but this one was one of my absolute favourites so I couldn’t leave it out. The Victorian design of this faux-leather case, and the tight-fitting fixture are both amazing. I have a similar fixture on my Kindle case, that gadget isn’t going anywhere! Cost: $80
Left: I love monograms and initials! There’s something elegant in the simplicity of a clear case, and what more elegant to complement than (real!) Swarovski crystals? I love the mystery of a single letter. What does it stand for? The mystery piques enough interest that I adore it. Of course, I’d have to write them to change the initial to a C! Cost: $33.95*Right: This design features a vintage wreath and a strong, bold, confident font for the initial. Where the cursive of the previous design made it alluringly mysterious, I feel a font like this screams to already be known. It’s sure of itself and proud, I like that. Cost: $47
Left There’s something about the simplicity in a clear case that makes it too elegant to pass by for me. Swarovski elements adorn this case. I’m not sure if they’re supposed to be butterflies, I think they are. I think that’s what makes me like this one so much, simplicity itself doesn’t beg any certain ambience, but butterflies throw in a serene stillness that’s calming. That and butterflies are just pretty! Cost: $39.95*Right: I wouldn’t normally get a case so bulky (ha! anyone who knows me will surely call me delusional for that; my cases are anything but lightweight…) but I really do adore this design. I think I’m seeing a pattern here with clear cases, heh… The rhinestones aren’t too busy, though, and they complement the flowers rather than making it a busy design. Simplicity is elegant, flowers add some fun! I’m not sure if I’d use it, but I would definitely coo if I saw it Cost: $34.99
Pearls and rhinestones! Something my cases tend to feature very often… as well as bows, but anyway! I don’t know how big iPad minis are, I wouldn’t put something like this on a regular sized iPad personally (it’s not busy, but it’s a bit much somehow), but the mini might just be small enough to pull it off! Cost: $39
More pearls and rhinestones, and a pink Apple logo. I don’t want to seem like an Apple drone or anything (my phone is Android, guys!), but something about how this logo complements this design makes me ridiculously happy inside. Maybe because it’s pink? It breaks up the “busyness” of sprawled out pearls and rhinestones, which remedies the complaint I had about the previous design, doesn’t it? This design is very close to the top of my consideration list! Cost: $43
Left: This case is plastic with a square lace patch. I’ve seen princessy lace monster phone cases before and I have to say I prefer the “less is more” approach. I’m not particularly mori-girl, but woodland creature prints always have a place in my heart as well; deer print is popular in Lolita right now, and I’m not complaining, I think it’s adorable! I also like keys, which is a nice (if random) touch to this design, too Cost: $19.99*Right: Another plastic case with lace features, this time a simple line. I have a floral bias. And a cursive bias. And I like lace… I’m not even sure what I like most about this one, it just comes together so well, complementary colours and all. It’s innocent without being childish Cost: $19.99
Left: This sleeve is my favourite shade of baby pink, it has lace and a bow, do I really need to elaborate any further? Yes, because there’s still more to it! Namely, the two pouches on the front. When I go out it tends to be via public transport, and I like to have my SmartRider on me close when I travel. I put it in my pocket, phone sleeve (in times of old), pouches on my bag… everywhere except my purse, it seems… Having a pouch on the front of the gadget I’m holding is definitely a huge plus! Cost: $35.90*Right I don’t know how old fashioned prints like this are, but it shouts vintage to me. It’s padded with fleece for extra safety and has a wooden button with lovely writing on it too, how nice is that? It sounds comfortable enough to wear, haha. I love how the vintage floral is separated by lace trimming to a plainer fabric, hiding a pouch underneath no less, simply perfect! I love the classy and elegant air that old-fashioned prints and lace combine to give, I think this one is right up the top of my consideration list too Cost: $24.25
There were more, but after elaborating on these I know which ones are my very favourites! (Now, to save for the gadget…) So! Which one do you like best?