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The Best Tech Accessory Combos For Your Lifestyle

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Stylish Designer iPhone Cases

BY: FIFTH & NINTH DESIGN TEAM
Posted:  01.17.2019

Whether you’re fun and playful or simple and minimal, there is a phone case or accessory that fits your lifestyle and personality. A lot of times we find that purchasing a phone case is a last minute, in the check-out line decision.

Either it just catches your eye, or you think it looks somewhat protective, there’s something that draws you to your phone case and the reason you choose to carry it around every single day. Ahead, we’ve narrowed down our favorites for each personality type, lifestyle and activity level.

SPORTY AND ACTIVE – PROTECTIVE CASES AND TEMPERED GLASS

For those that need a little extra support, we get it! As much as we hate to admit it, our phones are constantly in the palms of our hands. Whether we are at the gym, on a hike, or trying to reach our Apple Watch steps, the chances of an unfortunate drop are extremely high and have happened far too many times. If this is you, here is the combo we’ve come up with to alleviate some of the pressure.

Our ultra-protective Anti-Shock Clear Case and Screen Protector are both going to provide you with the highest level of protection, but are not going to give you the bulk and weight of a traditional protective phone accessory. This combo makes staying active and fit, while remaining realistic about your daily routine an easier and stress-free lifestyle to follow.

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TEAM GO GREEN – CHARITABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CASES

Finding a phone case that serves more of a purpose than just protecting your phone is like looking for the needle in a hackstack. But, the needle exists – It’s the BEE KIND case . We teamed up with @VLADAMUA and created a case that’s beautiful on the outside and supports a beautiful charity at the same time.

With every “Bee Kind” case purchase, we donate a portion of sales to the Honey Love Bee Keepers mission to saving the honey bees. Take your phone case purchase a step further and save a honey bee while you’re at it!

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@nextbynicole – Miss USA Contestant

BEAUTY GURU – BEAUTY BANK PORTABLE CHARGER AND BEAUTY GLASS

Is you phone is more prone to dying when you need it the most, than it is just “slipping” out of your hands? These days, we’re finding our battery cannot keep up with our daily usage.

This is where a multi-functional portable charger comes in. Not only does our Beauty Bank come in handy when our phone battery starts dwindling during a busy day, but it also fits perfectly in the smallest handbags and can be used as a compact mirror (with a light!) when needed during the day or night. It’s truly the perfect product for the girl on the go who hates when lipstick starts smudging on her front teeth – are we right?

The Beauty Bank isn’t the only product that will save your from walking around with a red lip smudge smile! Let’s cue in the Beauty Glass. We really love multifunctional products so this one is a team favorite. The Beauty Glass is a screen protector for your phone during use, but it’s also a mirror when your phone is in lock-mode. Forget opening up your camera to check your fresh pout , just hit the lock button on your iPhone and you have a vanity mirror in your hands. Talk about damage control!

mirror tempered iphone glass

LIVING ON THE TREND – STONE COLD COLLECTION

If go-to trends are your thing, but protection is holding you hostage – we’re here to set you free.
Our Stone Cold Collection consists of on-trend, fashion forward, coveted designs while still adding protection to your device. We like to call this best of both worlds, how about you?

Having your cake and eating it too has never been easier. Match your style with a clean and modern marble design, or elevate your look with designer brand inspired elements.

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@stephaniegriff – Glamour Magazine

THRIFT QUEEN – ON MAJOR SALE

Do you go through phone cases far too often? Do you like to refresh every few months and start with a new look for less? If yes, The Coveted Collection is for you! We’ve curated some of our most popular styles at an extremely affordable price. That way, you can rotate your case as many times as you want without breaking the bank! It’s like having Savers at your finger tips at all times. Thank us later!

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Exclusive Interview with Frankie Grande

exclusive interview with Frankie Grande

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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Exclusive Interview with Vlada Haggerty

exclusive interview with Vlada

For the past few months, we have been working on our sixth phone case with VladaMUA! Everything about Vlada’s designs screams uniqueness, creativity, and taking things to a new level. Which is why we couldn’t resist collaborating with her once again! This is our exclusive interview with the Ukrainian-born makeup artist herself where she talks about what inspires her and her journey in the beauty industry. Enjoy!

1. You have designed five cases with us and each one is completely different from the other. Where do you draw inspiration from and how do you know if it has never been done before?

I do my best to research images if I have an idea, just to make sure. Also, I try to stay away from very obvious ideas, because chances are, it’s been done before. I love to go to craft stores to find inspiration. All the different textures, colors, ribbons, fabrics just make my mind sparkle!

2. I’m sure that you’ve had many companies try to collaborate with you. Why did you choose to put your artwork and ideas into the hands of Fifth & Ninth?

For me working with companies comes down to working with people. And Fifth & Ninth people really get me!

3. How long does it typically take you to design each lip look?

It depends on the complexity. Anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Usually the painted designs take the longest for me.

4. Many of your designs, including your newest collaboration with us, features bumble bees and honeycombs. Is there a particular reason as to why you consistently incorporate these into your designs?

I just love bees! My great grandfather was a beekeper. He had a little bee farm in the woods and every summer I used to come visit him there and watch him work. My family taught me to respect the bees because they work so hard and are so important for having food on the table (my great grandparents grew their own fruits and vegetables). Also, mom calls me bee sometimes because I work so much haha!

5. You went from putting your designs on your own lips, to other makeup companies stealing your ‘lip drip’ designs, to becoming Smashbox’s ‘lip editor in chief’ all within the span of four years. How crazy has your journey been? What experiences have been the most memorable?

It’s been so surreal! I’ve learned so much through all of these experiences! The most memorable and iconic for me personally was meeting and working for Pat McGrath when she first launched her makeup line. She is the inspiration to all of us!

6. Do you have anything to say to young artists who may be scared to make the jump and start pursuing their dreams in the beauty and fashion industry?

Fear is what keeps you away from achieving your dreams. Looking back, all of the best things that happened in my career were really scary at first. Make the jump, it’s worth it!

As you can see, Vlada’s heart of gold and amazing sense of creativity are just two of the many reasons why we absolutely love working with her! Hopefully her words have inspired you as much as they have inspired us. Check out Vlada’s newest case ‘Bee Kind’ by clicking the link here!

Xoxo, The Fifth & Ninth Team!

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Exclusive Interview with Liane V

exclusive interview with Liane v

We’ve been keeping a secret! We recently collaborated with the beautiful, funny, and extremely outgoing Liane V! Liane is a social media influencer who has dominated the online entertainment industry on platforms such as Vine, Instagram, and Youtube. She preaches positivity and is an inspiration to her fans and to all of those around her. Prior to the launch of her case, we had a chat with Liane in order to get to know her better and to hear her story. Enjoy our exclusive interview with Liane V!

1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be an entertainer?

When I was in high school I realized that I wanted to be an entertainer. I loved performing at talent shows and recitals. My family owned a DJ company and I would always perform at parties.

2. Was there anyone that you looked up to while you were growing up? Did they inspire you to do what you do now?

I looked up to artists like, Beyonce, JLo, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey. They definitely inspire me to do what I do now.

3. You chose not to attend college and moved to Los Angeles instead in order to pursue your dream. What was the first step that you took once you moved there?

The first steps I took once I moved to LA was to sign up for dance classes, acting classes, and vocal coaching.

4. When you are creating a career for yourself, there will always be people who will try to drag you down and discourage you. What do you have to say to those people today?

Those people end up congratulating you, and say things like. “ I knew you could do it!” You just can’t listen to other people’s opinions that discourage your dreams. I’m not the kind of person that will tell them “I told you so.” I just smile and continue to stay focused on what I love doing. Let my work speak for itself.

5. When we reached out to you for a case collaboration, what made you want to design a case that also functioned as a mirror? And how did you come up with the small quotes on each case?

I wanted to design something I personally could use and also have a positive message behind it. I use my mirror case all the time at shoots, or touching up my glam. It’s very handy and all a lot of my friends ask to use it too! Also I love adding the quotes or words to remind us to stay positive. Just a touch of inspiration.

We just wanted to give a HUGE thank you to Liane for taking some time out of her busy schedule to talk with us! Stay tuned for her case’s release date, which we will be posting about very soon. It’s the kind of case that anyone and everyone will love, and we guarantee that you’ll all be just as obsessed as we are!

Xoxo, The Fifth & Ninth Team!

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