Today, I bring to your attention a major geek chic announcement.  Many of you may or may not know that my husband is an account manager for Verizon Cellular Sales.  He came home to tell me about a pretty great deal on the LG G Pad 8.3.  How great??  Can you say, “FREE”?!  If you haven’t heard of the LG G Pad, then keep reading.

LG G Pad 1,

The paper clip in this photo is GIANT, btw. Haha! Seriously, the tablet is 8 x 3 inches. 🙂

I’d asked for a tablet because it’s sometimes cumbersome to travel with my laptop – especially on short trips.  My colleagues also have tablets that they take with them from meeting to meeting at work, so that’s also inspired me to try and get one for myself.  So, I’m going to give this one a try and so far I love it!  What’s even better is that there is quite the incentive for you to buy one too!

My hubby hubs can get you this tablet, free of cost, after rebate!  All you pay for is the service each month.

FREE LG G Pad Verizon,

Details: Day Designer Planner, Target notepad, Nate Berkus oversized paper clip, Nate Berkus Bulldog Tape Dispenser, 8 x 3″ LG G Pad, Little Love Press Coffee Mug

As you can see, it’s small enough to carry with you everywhere you go and yet large enough to work off of.  It’s the perfect size for reading books with the Kindle app, watching movies, playing games, and other activities to entertain the little ones.  It fits perfectly in your purse, and it doesn’t even have to be a tote bag.  As you can see below, it fits in my Tory Burch satchel.

Tory Burch Thea Triple Zip with LG G Pad,

It has a front and rear facing camera, a quad core processor, and from the picture above you can see the colors on the screen are amazing.  With Father’s Day just around the corner, one of these would make the perfect gift.  You can get text messages on this tablet while making sure he (or you!) stays up to date with the coolest technology, haha.

So, how do you get yours FREE?!  Contact my hubby, Mike!  Out of pocket cost is $140+tax but then you get a $140 rebate back in about 10-12 business days.  No other Verizon store or online company is offering these free at the moment, so this is a very unique offer I get to share with my readers.  Yay for us!  Online and most Verizon stores are offering this tablet for $229 with a $100 rebate.  The monthly cost for most Verizon plans is just $10 a month to have internet access on it everywhere you go.  You can also connect to WiFi when available to save your data.

For more information, contact Mike at 760-447-7788 or  LG G Pads can be shipped anywhere in the US, so you do not have to be local to purchase from him.  They all come with a 14 day worry-free guarantee to make sure you are completely happy with your purchase.  If you don’t have Verizon you can still get the tablet for FREE and the Verizon plan would be $30 a month for 2GB of data.  My husband can also help switch you, your family, and even your business to Verizon and give you the best deal possible on equipment.  Verizon is also now offering a $100 bill credit per line you bring from another carrier that gets a smart phone.  So get on it!  This is not a scam, btw.  I fully endorse this product, and my hubby. 🙂

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Geek Chic DIY – The Chanel USB

Hello, Friends!

I’ve been a little busy these past few weeks, but FINALLY had the time to finish a couple of blog posts.  They will be published sporadically these next couple of weeks, but I HAD to start with my very first, ‘Chic in Academia, DIY’!!  Oh, for those of you who are not acronym-inclined, DIY stands for do-it-yourself. 😉

So, this is how the story goes: A while back – I’m talking maybe 6 months ago – Nina Garcia (Creative Director of Marie Claire Magazine, but better known for her role as judge on the Emmy winning show, Project Runway), posted a picture of a Chanel USB on Instagram.  It got a ton of likes…like THOUSANDS!!  And I completely understood why!  I TOO wanted this Chanel USB drive. Sigh.  What DON’T I want???  Haha!  So I took to cyberspace and searched and searched, only to find that ONE – yes, a single one – shop on Etsy sold this USB drive.  And guess what?  It was selling for $90!!!!  That’s a large chunk of change for a USB drive!

Chic in Academia,

USB drive posted on Nina Garcia’s Instagram account

Anyhow, it occurred to me that perhaps this was something I could make.  I remembered there was a Chanel lipstick that I purchased a while back and had never used (the color was just not right), as well as a USB drive that was currently housed in a cover that had since tarnished (it was one of those engraveable ones).  I took some nontraditional tools (just wait, you’ll see) and got to it!  10-15 minutes later, I had my very own Chanel USB drive!  Now – thanks to me – you can too!

Here’s what you will need:

  • a knife, mine was plastic (disposable, and um, yes, recyclable!)
  • paper towel
  • plastic sandwich bag
  • sharp, smallish scissors (or in my case cuticle nippers)
  • a Chanel lipstick tube
  • a Scan disk USB drive

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Step 1: Prepare lipstick tube.  Take cap off and expose entire length of lipstick.  Use the plastic knife to cut at the base of the tube.  You’ll only be able to cut at the top of the clear plastic, but you’ll use the knife to scoop out the rest of it.

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Step 2: Prepare to remove the gold cylinder from the lipstick holder.  First, use a plastic sandwich bag to store all of the lipstick remains.  The last thing you want is to have lipstick all over you and or your workspace!  Next, remove the white casing from the lipstick tube with the cuticle nippers.  Why the nippers??  Well, they were the only scissor-type tool that was small and narrow enough to fit in the tube.  Also, you are trying to get between the gold cylinder and the white casing so as to loosen the white casing enough that it comes loose.  The nippers have the perfect edge for this. As you remove the white casing, the clear plastic part and the gold cylinder will come loose.  Set them aside.  Remove all of the white casing until you’ve gotten to the bottom of the lipstick holder.

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Step 3: You should now have an empty plastic lipstick part (smallest part in picture on left below), a gold cylinder, the bottom part of the lipstick, the lipstick cover, and your USB drive.  Toss the clear plastic lipstick part; you don’t need this anymore.  Take your USB drive and slide it into the gold cylinder.  It should fit perfectly.

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Step 4: Take the gold cylinder with your USB drive inside and slide into the bottom of the lipstick cover.  This too should slide all the way to the bottom of the lipstick holder.  Once you’ve done that, you’re done!  Ta da!  You have your very own Chanel lipstick USB drive!!

Chic in Academia,

Yes, that is print that you see on the paper I used for a backdrop. I was recycling! 🙂

Super easy, right?!!  I know, there’s no reason why it should have taken me six long months to tell you about this, but better late than never, I say!

So, my chic academics (and other geek chic fashionistas), now you too can house your USB drive in a pretty lipstick tube, as opposed to the often boring and lackluster cases that regular USB drives come in. 🙂  Also, you can use other tubes of lipstick, so you are not limited to Chanel.  Although, who wouldn’t want to have Chanel??? 😉

If you’ve made it this far, THANK YOU!  I’m super nervous about this first DIY, but hope that I will get better as I write more of these.  Take a minute to let me know what you thought in the comments section.  Otherwise, stay tuned for a fun post about dressing for academia (and other professional work environments) by thrifting!!

Until then, follow my daily outfit styling posts on Instagram and Twitter!

Stay chic!