Melissa Balaze

About Melissa Balaze

A chic chick who believes that life is a fashionable fairytale. I'm a passionate foodie, writer, photographer and lover of all things fabulous. I am also the author of chiconthestreet.com.

My iPhone Is Shinier Than Yours

In the tech world, it’s not about who has the biggest screen or the most RAM, it’s all about who is the first to own the newest gadget. Techies stand in lines for hours to be the first to buy Apple’s latest device (come on, how many of you in Canada know someone who has crossed the border to be the first to own the iPad).

I remember when I first got my iPhone 3G, I was so proud. I bought a few skins, added a few apps and was just so proud to be a part of the Apple family.  But the next thing I knew the 3GS was out and already I was out of the loop. Now the iPhone 4 is out and… well… I still have my 3G. Well there is a group of chic geeks out there that refuse to be outdone in the gadget department. They work at not only creating the most blinged out gadgets, but also the most expensive. So the next time you’re out and about and someone pulls out their new iPhone 4 (with that fancy plastic cover), take out one of these babies, sit back and bask in all the glory.

The iPad Supreme Gold – blinged out by a man named Stuart Hughes, Apple’s latest must-have is adorned with 22-carat gold and a logo made with 53 flawless diamonds. Want one? You’ll have to pony up $210,000!

The next time someone shows off their iPhone 4, pull out this bad boy and watch the look on their face. At a cool $20,000 it makes the regular iPhone 4 look like it’s worth pennies. White with sparkling diamonds? A chic girl’s best friend!

After the diamond rings and all those pretty things, what do you get the girl who has everything? How ‘bout a diamond iPod Shuffle! It’s only $40,000, I mean, what do you expect from an iPod made of 18-karat pink gold and 430 diamonds. Oh, did I mention that there are another 118 on the earphone.

And in the eventuality that someone at the party does have one of the above, behold the most expensive phone in the world. Another creation of Stuart Hughes, this iPhone 4 is handmade of pink gold and more than 500 individual flawless diamonds around the edges and 53 more to make the iconic Apple logo. The home button is made from one of two interchangeable 8-karat diamonds (‘cause one would just be cheap!). So if you have an extra $8 million lying around, go nuts! I wonder if you still need that plastic case for better reception.

And finally for all you BlackBerry users, even your beloved device was given some love. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 was pimped out with 4,150 diamonds mounted on 18 karats of gold. Not a bad way to spend $200,000.

Who ever said it’s what’s on the inside that counts?

Geek chic done right

Laptop bags get a bad rap. Sure they are functional, illness but fashionable they are not. I have been searching for the perfect laptop bag – practical and oh so chic! – ever since I bought my laptop, look and I have been unsuccessful, and ended up settling for a tote that is less than functional (seriously, the zipper doesn’t even close when my laptop is in it). So what’s a chic girl to do? Well luckily for all you fashionistas, designers have embraced chic geeks and designed bags where fashionable meets functional when it comes to carrying all your gadgets.

Badgley Mischka


A beautiful and fabulous Badgley Mischka laptop bag! This chic buttery soft tote is practical enough to carry your gadgets and gizmos, but stylish enough to take with you wherever you need without it screaming “I’m a laptop!” Bonus: wear it across your body for a slouchy look perfect for weekends or when running errands.

Marc Jacobs


If laptop sleeves are more your style, Marc Jacobs has designed a collection of funky cases that are sure to get you noticed. Bonus: they are very affordable (at $80 a pop, you won’t go broke trying to look fab)!

Coach


Dress up your laptop with a splash of colour. The Coach Poppy Laptop Case gives new life to the designer brand, breaking away from the iconic print.

eReaders

When Apple’s latest creation hit the market, it was uncertain what its lifespan would be. But it’s quite obvious now that the iPad is here to stay. With the tech world accepting the new gadget, it was no surprise that the fashion world soon followed.

Salvatore Ferregamo and Louis Vuitton were the first to come out with iPad cases.

Trying to separate itself from the pack, DvF created a collection of cases for the Kindle in her signature funky prints.

So no matter what your gadget of choice, you can seek comfort in the fact that there are plenty of chic options to help you tote them around.