Finally, a Wallet that Prevents Identity Theft

Identity theft has been a hot topic for what feels like ages now, but how important is it really? If Articulate's newest Kickstarter project is any tell then the answer is very! It took only 4 days to raise $10,000 for their identity theft blocking wallets and clutches.

The Articulate wallets are made from a special fabric that protects against RFID identity theft. RIFD, Radio Frequency Identification, allows shoppers to simply scan their debit and credit cards when checking out instead of swiping. It's a form of technology already widely used in things like EZPass, and is now being implemented into credit and debit cards. However, as is the case with any new technology, there are hackers and thieves only half a step behind. With simple scanners hidden in a purse, a pocket, or a briefcase, identity thieves can subtly scan your cards from within your bag, accessing all your credit card information. They can then use that information to whatever end they choose. Not an ideal situation. Luckily, Articulate has come to our rescue!

image via Kickstarter.com

image via Kickstarter.com

The special RFID blocking fabric prevents the frequencies coming from your cards from escaping the confines of your wallet, in turn protecting them from scanners hidden by those going after your financial identity. Articulate's version is not the only RFID blocking wallet on the market, however it is one of the most stylish options available. It comes in red, teal, blue, yellow, tan, and of course black. The design of the wallet also has space for your phone and comes with a variety of strap options.

image via Kickstarter.com

image via Kickstarter.com

Articulate's Kickstarter is open until November 22nd, and while it has already surpassed it's $10,000 goal if you pledge now you'll receive one of the wallets for only $35 (as opposed to the retail price of $42). Find out more about RFID blocking technology and make your contribution at Kickstarter.com.

DIY : Monster Mash

One of the best ways to keep the Halloween spirit alive even once you've past the days of trick-or-treating is with spooky little touches here and there. Decked out flats, a cat ear'd hat, or the latest addition to my wishlist, ASOS's monster face clutch, all fit the bill.

images above taken from ASOS, image here taken from Instagram

images above taken from ASOS, image here taken from Instagram

Because I'm the type of person who would use a monster face clutch almost year round I don't mind spending $30 on a novelty item, but not everyone feels so festive 365 days a year. So instead, I decided to DIY my own version with a wallet from Target and some felt. The best part? You can now give your monster any face you'd like!

You'll need:
 - a basic black clutch, or whatever color you'd like (herehere, here, here, or here)
 - felt
 - glue (you can use Tacky or E6000, which ever you prefer)
 - scissors, preferably ones that look like a giraffe



Cut the felt into whatever shapes you'd like. You can give your monster a smile, fangs, crossed eyes, a big nose, or cat eyes. Really it's all up to you!

I used the cap of a vitamin bottle and nail polish to trace the eyes. The eye lids were made using the same cap as the eyes, just cut in half to make one for each eye. For the black felt, make sure you have some white chalk or a colored pencil or (as I used) a metallic or white Sharpie so you can see your circle's outline.

Once you've cut out a face you like, attach the pieces to the front of the bag or wallet with the glue, making sure not to have any glue overspill on the sides. Now all that's left to do is wait for the glue to dry and then take your monster out for a night on the town!

image taken from Instagram

image taken from Instagram