Steal the Look: Mindy Kaling’s New French Fry Phone Case

06/20/2014 at 03:53 PM ET

Mindy Kaling
Left: Lilly Lawrence/WireImage; Right: Courtesy Mindy Kaling

Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves. Mindy Kaling wears hers on her iPhone.

The food-loving actress recently Instagrammed this shot of a Moschino ice-cream-themed iPhone case, with the caption, “This just arrived. Phone case. I want to use it so bad but I can’t ’cause I will look like I’m a 12 year old with psychological problems.”

Although fans encouraged her to go for it (“Nope you will just look like Mindy Kaling being awesome again,” one responded), she ended up choosing something slightly more subdued: The french-fry case (above), which she photographed with two real-life fries.

“Life imitating art, or something. Here’s the deal guys, this is my awesome new phone case,” she wrote in the caption.

And so we sat, looking at our trusty old case that has guarded our device against more than a few pavement splats, and started daydreaming about a new one with a funky food theme. At $85, Kaling’s is spendy, but we’ve found plenty of options that will leave room in your wallet for, you know, actual food.

Mindy Kaling
Left: Courtesy Moschino; Right: Courtesy Cell Phone Trek

Moschino French-Fry Case for iPhone 5
The steep price tag buys you the eye-catching design, a shell made from lightweight-but-tough polyamide and the chance to squeal “Mindy Kaling has the same exact ONE!” every time someone compliments you.
BUY IT! $85

Cell Phone Trek Burger Case for HTC One VX
One problem: It’s going to be really hard to resist stopping for burgers if you’re staring at this phone holder all day.
BUY IT! $8.90

Mindy Kaling
Courtesy Amazon

Keep Calm Case On Sushi Case for iPhone 5
The image of a full plate of sushi is so colorful and vivid, you’ll be tempted to pull out chopsticks every time you leave your phone lying facedown.
BUY IT! $9.98

Trek Covers Sizzling Bacon Case for LG G2
Is your motto “all bacon, all the time?” Then you obviously need a pork-tastic phone protector like this one.
BUY IT! $8.94

Mindy Kaling
Courtesy Etsy

Design Mavens NYC Box-of-Chocolates Case for iPhone 4/4S and 5 
You know that feeling of anticipation you get when you open a brand-new box of chocolates? With this case, you can relive it every time you check a notification.
BUY IT! $17.99

Black Naxos Pocky Case for Nexus 5
Looking at this adorable case makes us almost as happy as eating a box of the popular Japanese biscuit sticks.
BUY IT! $12.99

Mindy Kaling
Courtesy Etsy

Design Mavens NYC Macaroons Case for iPhone 4/4S and 5
This case celebrates one of the loveliest things about macaroons: the wide array of colors and flavors available.
BUY IT! $17.99

Aestheticase Ice-Cream-Sandwich Case for iPhone 4/4S and 5/5S
We never noticed how much our phone’s shape resembled an ice cream sandwich — and now it’s all we can think about.
BUY IT! $9.99

Mindy Kaling
Courtesy Etsy

iPhun Case Sweet Red Sprinkles Case for iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S, 5C and Samsung Galaxy S4
Since we can’t in good conscience eat Pop Tarts for breakfast every day, this case is the next best thing.
BUY IT! $13.99

I Heart Macaroon Dessert Decoden Case for iPhone 4/4S
The tactile, texturized surface of this treat-studded case reminds us of the bedazzled decoden phone protectors that are so popular in Japan. (Fun fact: Decoden is short for “decoration denwa,” with “denwa” meaning “phone.”)
BUY IT! $31.90

—Lexi Dwyer

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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