laptop cases

Sticky Skins review: Taking a laptop from drab to fab

How many times have you looked at your laptop and wished it was just as fashionable and fabulous as you? Sticky Skins has solved this problem with easy to use adhesives which can be applied to a laptop in order to reflect the users’ personality. There are hundreds of Sticky Skins to choose from and they are made for almost every tech product you can possibly think of including the iPad, iPhone, Wii and more.

We decided to dress up a laptop with a wavy design that reminded us of the amazing Pucci prints we love so dearly. There are two types of Sticky Skins for laptops; Macbook sized Sticky Skins and Universal Laptop Sticky Skins. Although we have a 15” Dell, we applied a Macbook Pro 15 in “Swirly Stripes” sample designed by redadditiction to our laptop.

Sticky Skins provides easy to follow instructions on the back of their packaging. We carefully peeled the Sticky Skins from the packaging and placed it on the top of the Dell laptop to see how it would fit. The Macbook Pro 15 Sticky Skin was a bit too big so we took a pair of scissors and attempted to cut it down in order to fit our laptop. The scissors made an uneven cut so we decided to try a sharper, more precise Zacto knife. Perfect!

After we sized the Sticky Skins to fit our laptop, we applied it according to the instructions on the back of the packaging and voila! Our laptop went from drab to fab in a matter of fifteen minutes from start to finish! After all, our laptop should be just as fashionable on the outside as it is on the inside; after all, it does contain hundreds of fashion photos and articles 

To learn more about Sticky Skins, please visit their website at

*Bay Area Fashionista’s tips:

  1. If you need to size down your new Sticky Skins, use a Zacto knife or similar cutting tool in order to make an even cut.
  2. It is easier to cut the Sticky Skins if one person holds the Sticky Skins in place and one person cuts.

Acme Made Lombard Sleeve for Mac is fabulous and practical!

Bay Area based Acme Made has done it again! The laptop, camera and lunch case company has designed a MacBook sleeve, the Lombard Sleeve, which not only protects your MacBook from the world, it looks fabulous and on-trend for 2011.

The Lombard Sleeve has a pretty antic design which is soft white and black with purple interior. This makes the Lombard Sleeve easy to wear with spring 2011’s bright and bold colors as well as the all-white trend. Since the fall 2011 runways are close to being over, we also know that colors, especially red, are not going anywhere.

Another trend from the fall runways is wearing black and white in the form of large color blocks, or wearing a black top with white bottoms; or vice-versa. The Lombard Sleeve will easily compliment an outfit that is black and white for fall as well as full of color, without clashing.

Most sleeves need to be tucked into a tote or held like a large clutch. The Lombard Sleeve by Acme Made comes with a handy shoulder strap that is detachable, allowing the sleeve to be worn as a laptop case or slipped inside a larger tote. The Lombard Sleeve is made for the MacBook Pro in either 13” or 15” sizes.

For more information about the Lombard Sleeve by Acme Made, please visit

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Photos: c/o Acme Made Lombard Case. $49.95 at Photos: Bay Area Fashionista

Acme Made for Tech-Savvy Fashionistas

One of the biggest challenges Fashionistas face is trying to find a fabulous carrying case for technical gear. Here in the Bay Area, home to tech heavy Silicon Valley, we face this challenge anytime a new technical gadget comes out. We try out all of the cases and totes in our closet until resigning ourselves to the fact that as technology advances, our devices shrink; therefore we need new cases! Although some designers have created fashionable cases for technical devices, many of the cases are pretty to look at, but do not properly protect sensitive technical gear such as iPad’s, laptops and cameras.

Another challenge Fashionistas face when choosing a technical device case, is finding one that is both fabulous and functional. Many times techie gear is fashionable, but does not properly protect our technical gear. Other times, the cases that protect our gear are. . .well. . .anything but fabulous. Thankfully a local company by the name of Acme Made, based in San Francisco, was founded in 2002 to create fashion-forward technical gear which is not only fabulous but actually protects laptops, cameras, video, iPad’s and other digital devices. They even create lunch boxes that look like trendy box handbags! Love it!

Acme Made laptop cases are made to look like totes and feature high-end touches normally only found on designer handbags and upscale brand bags such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Coach. Acme Made provides luxurious touches such as no-slip material under the shoulder straps and metal feet underneath the bag. The interior of Acme Made laptop cases includes pen holders, zipper pockets, roomy middle and a velcro flap closure for the laptop itself. Some of Acme Made’s laptop cases even come with a matching clutch such as “The Kate.” The matching clutch is perfect if the laptop tote is used for work since the clutch can be used during lunch hour and after work for going out on the town. Perfect for traveling too! Acme Made can be found at Fred Segal, Sony Style and

To see a slideshow click here.

To see the entire line of Acme Made products, visit their website at


Clockwise: c/o ACME Made: Interior of The Kate; Laptop pocket features velcro flap closure; metal feet underneath the laptop case provide protection from dirt and help the case stand up while on the ground or on a table; no-slip fabric underneath the shoulder straps helps keep laptop case stay put on shoulders.

Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2010©