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iPhone cases for clumsy people

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My name is Elise and I’m a klutz. Like, a full on drops-things, breaks-things, spills-things-all-over-myself klutz. I cannot wear white…ever. And if I have a case on my phone, it’s almost guaranteed that I will drop it and crack it within 2 weeks of getting it. Always. Without fail.

When one of the guys from Snugg sent me their Ultra Thin phone case and said ‘our cases are unbeatable’ I kind of laughed. If anyone was going to prove them wrong, it was old butterfingers here. But here’s the thing…it took me almost four months to crack it. That’s like, a billion years for non-klutzy people. Okay, maybe like two years for regular people. Point is, for the amount I drop my phone, it took four whole months before it cracked, and even then it was only the small part above the camera lens, which is usually the weakest part of a case.

I really like my Snugg case. It’s plastic, but covered in this kind of rubbery coating. After a couple of months the coating has started to rub away around the edges, but considering how much I use my phone that’s not a surprise.  Oh yeah, and the Snugg case is really light (0.028 lbs to be exact), so no extra weight is added to the phone. My last few phone cases have been heavy plastic around the edge with a plastic covered metal plate on the back, and not only have they all cracked quickly, but the cracks are always sharp and pointy and scratchy, which is not cool. Stupid me kept buying the same kind of case from etsy over and over because I wanted to get stuff custom printed on it. Sidenote, the case with the metal plate in the back was killing my battery – it amplified the effects of heat and cold, causing my phone to die in the summer heat and winter freezes of NYC.

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Speaking of custom cases, I got a custom case from Sticky9 and they are made of pretty similar plastic to my beloved Snugg case, just without the rubber coating. I’m now putting my Sticky9 case through its paces, but sadly it has also cracked just above the camera. When someone figures out how to reinforce that area, let me know. Anyway, Sticky9 (used to be Stickygram) takes your Instagram snaps and puts them on stuff like phone cases and magnets – I have been working on a partnership with them because I have a brand that is hugely popular on Instagram. If you’re into Irish dancing, check us out – @paradeofchampions. What do you mean, you’re not into Irish dancing?

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The ultimate New York (time lapse) moment

When people ask me why I love New York, this is what I say…

This amazing New York time lapse is by my very talented friend Peter Drew who runs Cheeky Beagle, and it sums up my love affair with New York perfectly.

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How do you split the chores in your house?

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When you’re cohabitating with a significant other, one of the biggest things you will bicker over is housework. Unfortunately it’s one of those inevitable things in life, like death and taxes, unless you just want to let your bathroom become overgrown by mould, in which case I say more power to you! (I also say ‘thanks for the invite, but I don’t want to come over for dinner because you’re gross’)

Our household has one of those modern situations where one of us works from home (me), although thankfully my man also worked from home for a long time so he can sympathise with my situation. We also live in a very small apartment so it can get really messy really quickly. On the flip side, it also means cleaning up is quick but that’s not the point.

There seems to be a few universal rules about housekeeping that a lot of people subscribe to, like the person who didn’t cook dinner has to do the washing up. Both fortunately and unfortunately for me my husband fancies himself as Jamie Oliver, so while I get a gourmet meal every night, I also get lumped with the shit job of washing up every night. And while our apartment is tiny, it came with huge appliances – a mansion sized fridge, a huge oven, and a dishwasher that’s good for dinner parties. Shame we only own 4 knives and 4 forks. Every night as I wash up, I curse the oversized dishwasher. This *is* a sponsored post by Fisher & Paykel, but I feel like their little underbench dishdrawers would be a big help in our household – they are far more economical and would also mean I had more cupboard space because they are half the size of a regular dishwasher (side note: we have lots of cupboards in the kitchen but they are all up high and being that I am 5’2” I can’t reach half of them – shawty needs to drop it low)

The other thing about husband doing all the cooking, and me being the one at home most days, is that I get to do everything else (bathroom/dusting/vacuuming/mopping). This has caused some consternation of late – chores are inevitable, but is it fair that he gets to do something he loves as his chore (cooking) while I get something I hate as my chore (cleaning the toilet). I have really tried to be more like my girl Smaggle, who manages to make cleaning sound like an awesome party game, but some days I just can’t enjoy scrubbing the grout. I need someone to deliver me one of those magical boxes of Swiffer magic – man I love Morty and Lee. Maybe I could just employ Lee to do my chores, and that would keep the peace.

Since some chores are better than others, how do you split them to keep everyone happy?

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So small. So much extra cupboard space. Swoon.

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Why I’m cranky at Clinique

Hey Clinique, I have a bone to pick with you.

One of my must have products is the Blushwear Cream Stick in 01 Glow Blush. I have been wearing this beautiful golden bronze with gold shimmer blush every day for about 8 years (holy shit, that’s a long time) – it’s the perfect colour, I love the texture, it looks good on me, and it doesn’t break the bank (at least, it doesn’t break the bank here in the US – Australia is a different story).

I hit the rim of the bullet back in February, and shuffled off to Sephora to buy a new one. It is now August and I am only just finishing the old one. There was an extra SIX MONTHS worth of product tucked away below the edge. For six months I have been awkwardly digging out product every day. Had I not persevered, I would have wasted and thrown away six months of perfectly good product. Six months! Bear in mind this is my every day blush, so it wasn’t just a few extra days of product. No, this was over 100 extra wears. How is that right? How is that fair?! Get your shit together Clinique. It’s a waste of product and time. Harumph. Good day to you.

I said good day!

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The new one is finally going to get a run

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Look how deep down the bullet holder goes! Six months deep