I LOVE personalised stuff. Always have, always will. I’ve got my own bespoke handbag to prove it and my all time fave shoes are my monogrammed smoking slippers from French Sole. My wallet has my initials stamped on it. As does my passport. As do my favourite perfume bottles. Heck, even my car number plates are comically personalised.
I have a lot of monogrammed stuff actually, because even boring things suddenly seem “zomfg must buy it now amaaaaaazing” if I find out I can emblazon my name across them. Perhaps that’s hideously conceited, but there definitely is something immensely satisfying about having something bespoke – whether it’s as simple as adding a discreet initial to a corner or being a part of the entire design process.
So it’s safe to say I ruddy LOVE Case Station, a website that allows you to make one of a kind phone and tablet cases.
If you watched this vlog you’ll have seen Eve and I playing with the case designer already (it’s at about ten minutes in), but basically you can create endless combinations for various styles of case by using your own imagery or theirs. And that’s what I really like about the service, personalised cases aren’t anything new and we all know that you can get a photo of your dog put on a phone case or whatever, but I’ve written a fair bit about phone cases in my time (it happens, when you take selifes in the mirror for six years) and I’ve never seen a service quite like Case Station which allows you to play with so many *genuinely cool* patterns, prints and stamps from their own design database and then combine them with your own imagery.
Case Station’s cool patterns + my cool blog logo = MY COOL PHONE CASE.
It took a while for us to get the hang of how many options there were and how to overlay them on top of each other, but once we figured it out it was easy enough to use (and pretty damn addictive, FYI) and the process reminded me of the unbridled joy I get from making Moonpigs. Eve and I spent ages playing with different ideas and now I want to buy cases for everyone I know for Christmas. IT’S JUST TOO FUN.
The actual results are good too. I was worried I’d muck it up and my designs would be blurry or wouldn’t “reach the edges” but each case came out perfectly. I designed three ‘snap’ cases, one ‘tough’ case and one ‘click click’ case. The snap cases for the iPhone 5 are £19.99 with free next day delivery. They don’t just do Apple models either, there are Google, Motorola and Samsung options as well.
I was really impressed by the packaging and how quickly they arrived…
Of course, being able to match your phone case to your outfit scores some serious style points and I realise now that I massively missed a trick by not getting an exact print from one of my fave items of clothing turned into a phone case. Blogging superstar Hannah Gale did this with her leafy H&M shirt and the results were FABULOUS.
I got some pretty good matches anyway though, just with their own selection of designs. I particularly love this camo case as Eve had the genius idea of putting my blog logo on backwards so that it would still read properly in mirror selfies. YES!
I don’t seem to be the only one who is slightly obsessed with trying to make things that bit different though. Case Station have done a survey and found that two thirds of 25 to 34 year olds (59%) are tempted to do a Kylie Jenner and dye their hair – with red, purple and blue topping the poll as their favourite colours to experiment with. I would LOVE to go a platinum grey/silver colour, but I also know that I have nice/long/healthy hair and bleaching it would be a great way to have to chop it all off a few weeks later. *Boring sensible face*. 17% of those surveyed blamed the seasons for wanting to re-invent their hair look and I totally get that as I always crave darker, warmer hair in the winter and to be a hot blonde come summertime.
Whilst changing hairstyles came out in the survey as a super popular way to express style and individuality it was still behind fashion, because let’s face it…it’s ridiculously easy to change your look with a new dress/coat/moody hat or whathaveyou.
Rebecca Alford from Case Station said: “We are starting to see a huge surge in young adults wanting to unleash their inner designer, and make a real statement of who they are through individual personalisation. Whether that be through fashion, hair, or even mobile accessories, they want to be the ones who start the conversation, that the rest want to follow. We believe that the trend of personalisation will continue to gather momentum rapidly, and consumers will be increasingly looking for new ways to stand out from the crowd when it comes to their individual style. This is the ethos that what we built Case Station on; allowing consumers to create enviable cases, designed by them and built to last from high quality aerospace grade material, so you can even defy convention with your case!”
I guess I must be a hip young adult then? That’s lovely to know.
Talking of being a hip young adult, if you’ve watched that vlog I linked to above where we were playing on Case Station you’ll have also seen that Eve taught me how to Snapchat. I KNOW! I am officially #trendy.
To celebrate my new snappy-ness Case Station have kindly allowed to me to give somebody a code to create their own bespoke case and I’ve decided to run this little giveaway on Snapchat. All you have to do is follow me on there and send me a snap saying that you’d like to enter. I’ll then pick someone at random on Monday (November 2nd) as the winner. And don’t worry you can just type it – I’m not asking you to record something elaborate or add anything to your story…just send me a simple snap so I know you actually want to enter 🙂
I’ll announce the winner in my story on Monday afternoon. Simple! (I hope?! I’ve never run a comp on Snapchat before!).
Oh and I should add that if you’re in London you can actually go and visit Case Station and design/print a case ‘live’ at The Gadget Show at Westfield (Shepherd’s Bush) until November 1st, if waiting for the postman seems far too old skool.
Thanks Case Station for letting me make my phone case dreams come true!
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