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Exclusive Interview with Frankie Grande

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FRANKIE GRANDE ON HIS LIFE IN THE SPOTLIGHT AND WHY HE CHOOSES TO “SHINE BRIGHT”.

BY MICHAELA BYTNAR
posted on 1.15.2019

At Fifth & Ninth it has always been important to us to empower people, whether it’s through creative product, a little humor, or sharing other’s stories. With the new year upon us, what better way to incorporate our mission of self love than a collaboration with Frankie Grande. Frankie has always inspired us through his ability to promote confidence, his love for unique fashion, and his constant positivity. With many talents as a singer, dancer, actor, host and countless others, we wanted to know what has inspired Frankie the most in life. Read our exclusive interview with Frankie Grande to find out more about him and the inspiration behind his case collection with us!

Throughout your life, you’ve had so many amazing experiences that most people only dream about! You’ve performed in and produced shows on Broadway, you were a contestant on the show Big Brother AND Celebrity Big Brother, you were a judge for America’s Best Dance Crew, and you’ve also been on Nickelodeon and Netflix shows. How has your journey been and where exactly did you start?

This journey has been fantastic and I have been blessed every single step of the way. I’ve always had a love of theater ever since I was a young child. My mother took me to see Little Shop of Horrors and I fell in love with the stage. She also took me to see Madonna on her Blonde Ambition Tour when I was 7 and I knew I wanted to be a performer. All of that was just a dream though until I went to Muhlenberg College and triple majored in Biology, Theater and Dance getting the skills necessary to become the professional artist that I am today.

You’re always seen wearing bright colors colors and glitter. Has this always been your style or has it evolved over time? What things or people influenced your style?

As a kid, I was obsessed with Versace with his joyful colors and baroque swirls. I know my style evolved from there and has continued to grow to include even more color and eventually GLITTER which is an outward personification of my inner self and allows me to communicate my love of life in a visual way.

Both of your cases with us feature the phrase “Shine Bright.” Why did you choose this phrase to be the focus of your case? What is its meaning to you?

Shine Bright like a Frankie and when people throw shade, SHINE BRIGHTER! That has been my motto through coming out as a gay man, being bullied on social media, and standing up for what I believe in, even when it goes against popular opinion. Shine bright reminds me that when I am living my truest life TO THE FULLEST, nothing can hurt me and I hope it serves as a reminder for everyone to do the same. Shine Bright, my Loves! I love you.

If you had to give people one reason as to why they absolutely NEED your case, what would it be?

The reason you need this case is because it was made with love! Every time you see it, you will be reminded that you are loved and its your job to go out there and spread love, not hate, and shine bright for the world to see.

You’ve been vocal about being passionate in singing, acting, and dancing, but you also seem to love makeup and fashion. Have you done anything in the beauty and makeup industry? Or have you ever considered it?

I love beauty, makeup and skincare and would absolutely do more in those fields. I have partnered with YouCam to create two signature Frankie looks that you can digitally wear via the YouCam app and that was a great deal of fun! Try it out!

This has been your first time creating a phone case. What has been your favorite part about this experience?

My favorite part about the experience was making sure the phone case was a true reflection of me… As SHINY and as GLITTERY as possible while still being fashion forward and FIERCE! I believe these phone cases reflect all of that… And I am very excited and proud to share it with all of you.

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5 Reasons To Not Use a Phone with A Cracked Screen

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Cracked iPhone Screen

Does dropping your iPhone give you a mini heart attack? 

“Sh!t” is all you can think as it plummets to the floor, shattering the screen into a million little pieces and leaving you helpless.

Most of us move on with our day, continuing to use our damaged device. Even though, it’s actually unsafe to use a phone with a cracked screen. 

Did you know that 85% of smartphone owners drop their phones at least once a year?

Unfortunately, most aren’t protected by Tempered Glass.

Here are 5 reasons you shouldn’t use a phone with a cracked screen:  

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1. Your Phone May Stop Working All Together

If your phone has a broken screen, it’s likely that it will become less responsive. Eventually, your phone might stop working altogether! How can we take those killer selfies or answer all those Snapchats with a broken phone? That’s right you can’t! Protecting that iPhone with a Tempered Glass is sure to keep your phone in one piece and selfie ready! 

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2. No More Protection 

Your smartphone screen is like your skin and is as delicate as a mirror when it hits the ground.  It protects the inner workings of your iPhone, and who hasn’t used their iPhone’s screen as a mirror for their emergency lipstick touch-ups?

When your screen is left cracked, your morning Starbucks can also seep through the cracks and damage the inside. Keep your phone protected and your lipstick intact with our Beauty Glass.

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3. Safety Hazard

Scrolling through Snapchats and Instagram can actually become hazardous to your health with a cracked screen! With a cracked phone screen, you put your fingers, and not to mention your fresh manicure at risk. If your phone screen has severe cracks, then you could possibly hurt yourself and limit yourself from social media… and who wants that? 

4. It’s hard to watch/like/follow/read with a cracked screen

iPhone displays are getting bigger, and the definition is getting better.  We are constantly watching YouTube Videos and editing pictures on our smartphone but that becomes nearly impossible with little cracks all over your screen. Moreover, it is less enjoyable surfing the web, reading articles or interacting on social media with a cracked screen.

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5. Handsfree Isn’t Hassle-free

Taking your eyes off the road while driving can be a major hazard and safety risk.  It might also be illegal. As more states ban holding smartphones while driving, using your phone’s GPS to help you navigate unfamiliar terrain becomes nearly impossible with a cracked screen.

Luckily, a small investment in a tempered glass screen protector or beauty glass can save you all this trouble! 

The Ultimate iPhone Makeover

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Given that Summer is here and we are just getting passed the uproar of the newest launches of new iPhones, there’s that inevitable pressure to upgrade your current “boring” iPhone for something cutting edge and fresh, even if your wallets scream from even the thought. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to breathe new life into even an older phone or even maybe a new one; and that is with a brand new, trendy phone case. Picking out a new case is sure to make your phone go from drab to fab in just a matter of seconds! Not to mention, a new iPhone case doubles as your newest fashion accessory and has the ability to make your wardrobe make a statement. Here are just some ways that you can give your iPhone a makeover and even maybe your style a makeover too.

Amethyst Agate Case-$25

Firstly, Amethyst Agate is perfect for when you want to spice up your phone for the warm weather! It’s muted pink and lilac tones make your iPhone subtly girly, yet fresh! This makeover not only upgrades your phone but your mood too! Being inspired by the Amethyst stone itself, it too gives off the calming and relaxing vibes! This case is sure to not only protect your phone, but make it look brand new!

Shop Amethyst Agate

Queen Bee Case- $25

Next on the list, makeover your phone in a big way with a designer inspired phone case! The Queen Bee phone case was inspired by no other than the Gucci  bee, which means you can truly upgrade your phone in a big way without breaking the bank! Sometimes it doesn’t need to cost a lot of money to completely transform your phone! And, don’t forget to charge your iPhone with our Beauty Bank, illuminating compact mirror, to make sure your newly made over iPhone is ready for all those Queen Bee selfies.

Shop Queen Bee

Rose Quartz Case- $25

Thirdly, keeping your phone up to date with the newest and greatest trends will definitely makeover your phone! The Rose Quartz phone case was inspired by the trend and obsession with the rose quartz crystals that occurred during the launch of Kim K’s last fragrance. In addition to keeping your phone up to date, rose quartz is known for its healing abilities and this phone is ready to emit just that.

Shop Rose Quartz

Walking on Rainbows Case- $30

What better way to make your phone look fresh and brand new? The Walking on Rainbows case is sure to transform your phone to look like you just stepped out of the Apple store. Not to mention, this bold design will just add to your natural effervescence; and if you’ve yet to hop on the rainbow train, keeping a colored case close to you will help you look on the bright side of things!

Shop Walking on Rainbows

Rose Gold Drip- $30

Lastly, transforming your phone with a unique and edgy phone case is sure to upgrade your phone from function to fashion. Use your phone for more than just making phone calls, use it as your go to accessory. Making over your phone, makes it easy to also make over any outfit with this newfound fashion accessory. This amazing lip art is the perfect inspiration for any makeup look! And, if you get inspired by your new phone case to switch up your makeup, don’t forget to check it out in our Beauty Glass.

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We hope this gives you inspiration to makeover your entire phone and provide yourself with a brand new fashion accessory!

Xoxo,

The Fifth & Ninth Squad!

Do you love our makeover advice? Click the link here to check out our Pinterest where we share our favorite lifestyle content!

And, if you liked this post about how to makeover your phone, you’ll love some of our other advice about: The Summer Products You Must Have. Click the link here to read more.

VladaMUA’s Drop With Smashbox Cosmetics

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VladaMUA’s Drop With Smashbox Cosmetics Matches Our Limited Edition Rose Gold Drip Cases!

Our partner, Vlada Haggerty, known on Instagram as vladamua, has just launched her very own SmashBox Cosmetics Collection titled; Petal Metal. This collection includes shimmer drops, highlighters, liquid lipsticks, and eye shadow palettes. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this collection, it was inspired by Vlada’s infamous rose gold lip design. Consequently, The Fifth & Ninth team is so in love with this new product line because it reminds us of our Rose Gold Drip case made in collaboration with Vlada herself!

On August 1st, Fifth & Ninth launched the InstaGlam Collection! This collection featured a line of iPhone cases made in collaboration with social media influencers. For this collection, Vlada created a line of 5 iPhone cases with us! One of her most popular cases featured her infamous rose gold lip art! As a result, many famous influencers were spotted using this beautiful case!

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Los Angeles based beauty blogger, Alexandra Anele, with the Rose Gold Drip case! Most noteworthy, Alexandra is known for working with cosmetics companies such as Becca, Smashbox, and Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Furthermore, to get some beauty advice and how-to’s from Alexandra herself, check out her YouTube page titled, Alexandranele.

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Miami based fashion and lifestyle blogger, Monica Hill, with the Rose Gold Drip case! Monica often sports Vlada’s cases including the Red Drip case!

In addition, to learn more of Monica’s fashion favorites, check out her Instagram page, @glambymoni. Not only does she talk fashion, but she also gives great beauty and fitness advice!

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Beauty and lifestyle blogger Anna Ovsjankina with the Rose Gold Drip case! Anna is known for her Youtube channel, Estonianna, which has over 700k followers!

Most noteworthy, she also has an Instagram page where she shares beauty, fashion, and motherhood advice! In addition, we’ll let you in on a fun fact- she is good friends with Vlada herself!

Shop rose gold drip case now!

In conclusion, we love nothing more than girl bosses like Vladamua, who achieve their goals everyday! We’re happy that we have a little piece of her incredible artwork showcased through our phone cases and can’t wait to see what she does next! 

In addition, are you interested in seeing more of Vladamua’s iPhone case collection? Click the link here to shop more now!

Furthermore, if you are interested in seeing the inspiration behind our iPhone case collections, check out our pinterest board by clicking the link here. 

Xoxox,

Fifth & Ninth Squad