DIY Chanel laptop sleeve

January 26th, 2012

Truly a personalized laptop case

When I got the pretty new Macbook Pro, the first thing I wanted to do was find something to protect it.  Turns out all the cute ones (because it has to be cute) are really expensive!  Go figure.  So I took things into my own hands.  Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel/Fendi bigwig to those who aren’t into that sort of thing) designed a print that went something like this:

I’ve always liked it and thought about making my own t-shirt.  The laptop dilemma seemed like the right opportunity to use the idea.  I went on Amazon and looked up the cheapest sleeves with the best rating.  I came across a cool one that was black faux leather (not fancy, but I prefer to refer to it as “cruelty free”) and it’s made to look like a document folder (complete with red cable tie for a little bit of “pop” but has a Velcro closure if you are too lazy to use the cord).  It had a 4.5 rating and was $9.99.  Sold!  It has turned out to be perfect.  It’s sturdy, fits just right and has a felt interior to snuggle my computer as it deserves.  BUT, the sleeve is kinda boring if left as is.

I spent some time figuring out what would adhere to pleather (it hurts me to say the word) …turns out nothing really does, not completely.  It was better than my other option though.  See, most laptop sleeves are made of real leather (which I wouldn’t want to risk fucking up this early in my design endeavors) or most commonly: Neoprene.  Think wetsuit material.  It’s so porous, it doesn’t respond to anything!  So I went with the fake leather and got myself a large, white, OIL BASED paint Sharpie (you can grab one of those for under five bucks).  The fact that I didn’t know how the sleeve material would respond is why I decided this was the perfect project to use this design for.  It only requires one paint pen, nothing complex, and if it does get a bit messed up …it makes sense with the “punk” style of it.  Also, if it got too “punk” it seemed the easiest to touch up.

The final result is at top.  Not too bad if I do say so myself.  The bonus for me is how much ol’ Uncle Karl would crap his pants in a rage over how someone dared to copy the all-mighty Chanel.  Needless to say he’s very protective of the “brand” …even if his design is meant to be tongue and cheek grunge.  Heh!  Mine is REAL grunge.  I win!  How has it been holding up?  Pleasingly well.  The texture of the sleeve is coming through a lot (you need to go over the lettering at least twice …don’t forget to let the coats dry) and there is some cracking.  But like I said, it works with the design.  I’m glad I went with this and didn’t actually draw something.  It would not have held up.  My other advice would be to not try to replicate the original font exactly.  You’ll spend too much time worrying about being exact and it will turn out badly and rehearsed looking.  That defeats the purpose.  I know this from trying some test runs in my sketch book.  As you can see, an approximation is just fine.

As someone who changes up the bag I carry, sometimes I don’t carry one large enough to put the sleeve in.  Not that I take the beast out much, I couldn’t deal with it being stolen and I don’t feel the need to look oh-so important at a coffee shop (my home has great coffee …and it’s just better).  But for school purposes and having a place to keep the charger, etc. having a laptop bag is necessary.  That part was simply left to Betsey Johnson.  It’s interesting to look at and gets the job done (and, of course, it’s made out of Neoprene …so it should be safe if someone started a water balloon fight …because it happens, all the time).  Another tip? (since I’m at it) …always check Ross before anywhere else (even eBay …that’s just people who went to Ross and are now making a huge profit off the people who are too cool or dumb to go there themselves).  Mine? $19.99.  Most other places? $30-80. Yeeeeah. It’s not that great.

My MacBook is the safest MacBook there ever was …and the most snappily dressed.

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HAR.

January 26th, 2012

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mad men countdown begins!

January 26th, 2012

Ready to rock!

Due to some discrepancies between AMC and the show’s creator Matthew Weiner (in short, the network is greedy and wanted to cut time off the show for more ad space and have more product placement in the show itself and, understandably, this pissed the guy off because his show is one of the the network’s hottest commodities so he should have a little more say as he’s protective of his show …blegh).  ANYWAY, because of that noise, season 5 of Mad Men has been held off for a long time.  Considering it’s one of my favorite shows on the air right now …this has left me with DVDs.

I cannot watch anymore old episodes for a while.  I managed to burn myself out on them.  It has been a long time.

Two months from yesterday and counting!…. (but who’s counting?)

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DRINK MORE WATER!!!!

January 26th, 2012

The best way to make sure you get your daily water intake …totally practical!

This is an age-old piece of advice, and one that people tend to ignore and then sheepishly chuckle and admit to one of their bad habits as “not drinking enough water …or any …does beer count?”  There are TONS of reasons and benefits to drinking water, but here’s the incentive of the day: Drinking water aids in weight loss.

In fact, a recent study has shown that drinking 16 oz. of water before each meal can help you lose weight AND keep it off.  The study showed that people who drank more water not only lost more weight, but kept it off over the next year, while those who went off the water-drinking regimen gained a little weight back.  By the way, they tested water that was regular ol’ water, not mineral water as I had written about previously (guzzling mineral water is supposed to help plump out wrinkles better than “regular” water).  I wouldn’t stress too much about what kind of water you’re drinking, so long as it’s clean (I run my tap water through a Pur filter).

If you’re finding it difficult to stay hydrated, try carrying around a reusable water bottle and drinking throughout the day.  If you have it around you all the time, you’ll find yourself taking swigs.  On an on-and-off basis (it is really hard to make good habits stick …even if it’s as simple as swigging water) I’m amongst the countless people who don’t drink enough water.  I’ve been keeping a liter bottle around with me and have found that I now drink 2-3 liters a day.  I’ve cut out (almost completely) sugary juices and sodas and have noticed a large difference in my energy, skin …and I have to pee ALL the time (annoying, yes, but clear them toxins, yeah!).

It’s one of my “optimistic goals” I’ve spoken of.  I’m still “on the horse” as of now.  My biggest trick is to not keep tastier drinks easily accessible.  I don’t have a hard time turning down soda …but lemonade (or Arnold Palmers …mmm…) or even juice …those are harder to pass up for water.  It really is nice not feeling dehydrated though.  I don’t think people notice how “blah” dehydration makes them feel …unless they’re beaten over the head with it via hangover.  I don’t know about that weight loss claim as of yet but then, I like to eat.  So …I would always encourage drinking more water.  It’s the most basic primary thing your body wants.

And hey, science says so.

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a new take on “breakfast at tiffany’s”

January 25th, 2012

THIS is what is hanging over my stove (har har …breakfast …kitchen …har)

And THIS is what I’m going to replace it with when the day comes.  Yesss!

Hanging something over your stove or sink …well, you have to do it with the understanding that its shelf life may be shorter than other parts of your home.  I don’t mind replacing my Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster knowing this is out in the world waiting to be hung up!  Perhaps I’ve shown too much of my dark sense of humor?  Nah.  I love Holly Golightly.  The movie version more so than the book (don’t hear that very often) …too much literal hookerdom …I found it harder to want to emulate.  I don’t actually want to see Cat attack her …but yeah, it’s pretty funny.

Most people find Banksy on the over-exposed side.  I think he’s successful for a reason.  It does sort of contradict the principles of street artists in certain ways, but whatever, I love most of what the man does.  Just assume you’ll be seeing more of his work here (and in my home …prints not originals …obviously, I’m not Daddy Warbucks, geez guys).

No, seriously, I love Holly Golightly …I own a replica of the sleep mask …and I’d be sad if a cat mauled it.

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