Everybody knows how much I loveNative Shoes. It's nice to see the rest of the world catch up. Two of my favorite brands collaborating is a win for me and you! The limited edition Jimmy boot is available exclusively at Marc Jacobs stores on September 8th.
Etnies' founder/owner, Pierre-André Senizergues' ambitious plans to build a completely skateable home in Malibu are under way. I've seen a few skate-centric homes before where parts of the house were skateable. But I've never seen a home that was 100% built for skating. More info:
Imagine a city of the future where skateboards are used as the primary form of transportation and recreation – in and out of your home. A utopia city for skateboarders would mean that a skateable path, like a ribbon connecting everything together, links each building in an unending ability to keep in motion on your board. The PAS House takes this concept and brings it to life through an architectural project mixing a modern single family home with a skateboard ramp structure – all from an environmentally-driven perspective.
Earlier today, I tweeted, "NO LIE. i am stopped daily and asked about my and lulu's @nativeshoes. my pal is their publicist but i do the unofficial STREET HUSTLE!" And then Jean at NOTCOTinquired, "@hustlerculture hehe ~ are they comfy?" and Gelatobaby Alissa posted, "@hustlerculture Show photos!"
Somehow, I have unofficially become a street rep for Native Shoes. On a day-to-day basis, I champion them to everyone who asks because they are amazing shoes for kids of all ages. This is what I think of the Canadian shoe company's rad wares:
1. They're 100% comfortable. From the first time I slipped on my Jeffersons until now, I've been blister free. I did worry a little because I wear them with bare feet but walking on air has no pain affiliated with it. I don't know what kind of space age materials are used but the rubber is pillow-soft. And I feel like I'm on a gymnastics floor when I walk in them; I get an extra spring in my step.
2. They are carefree kicks. They look good with jeans, great with shorts, and cute with a skirt. Lulu wears her Corrados with everything. Best of all they come in rainbow colors so there's something for everyone. And they're so light, toting around a pair is easier than carrying around your wallet. These company buzzwords are also noteworthy: waterproof, anti-microbial, animal free, shock absorbent, odor resistant, and washable. For those who might care, I believe they're vegan-friendly too, but I'd have to confirm that.
3. The design rules! I love the casual and classic silhouettes: penny loafers, Converse slip-ons, Keds, and Topsiders. They remind me of the shoes I once rocked from my Eastern Seaboard upbringing. They're perfect for lifestylists and for people on the go. They're Crocs for cool kids.
I was recently at a party with my creative cabal and many of them were rocking Native Shoes. We're talking, gallery owners, their kids, artists, their kids, and jetsetters, and their kids. I had to ask my renowned Manhattan tattoo artist buddy why he wore them. Simply put, "They're comfortable shoes, man."
4. Native Shoes are affordable at $28 - $45 a pair. Although they are carried at select shops like Undefeated and Fred Segal, I recommend that all my friends go to Zappos because they have the largest selection of available styles and sizes in stock.
Here's an email my friend L sent to me earlier this month:
From: L < XXXX@gmail.com> Date: June 7, 2011 9:42:42 PM PDT
Hey, Desi and I had a fab time at Lulu's party! Looking forward to seeing you guys again this weekend. Took a couple of pix of Desmond in his new Native shoes for your PR pal. Not that she doesn't already have a gajillion pix of super cute kids in the shoes.
And my new pal, B wrote me this only yesterday:
From: B <XXX@MIT.EDU> Date: July 1, 2011 12:18:12 AM PDT
... fyi the entire kids stock of Natives is sold out--so good job to you
I've gotten a bunch of calls and texts from friends asking about Native Shoes. Can you tell I love these shoes? They actually make me want to walk more and in Los Angeles, that's a great thing. Do yourself a favor and slip them on. I'm pretty sure you won't want to take them off until you retire for the day. Go Native!
I can't believe we've been hosting our summer kick off barbecue for nine years now! But there you have it. Nine years of post-E3 fun. The crowd has changed from electronic entertainment industry folks-only to a big ass party for our creative cabal.
Thanks to Toby and Michael for hosting our party for the third year in a row. Thanks to Kiino and Matt for hooking us up with tunes. And thanks to all our friends that made the day fun and special. We are looking forward to the 10 year anniversary party, next year! See you then.
Our friends helped organize the all day outdoor festival in Santa Monica for TOM's "Not Just Shoes Anymore" party. In case you haven't already heard (which I'm sure you have, if you're reading my blog, cause I know you're cool as all get out), TOM's is expanding their "one for one" business model and adding sunglasses to their inventory.
Same as with TOM's shoes, every sale will direclty help restore, improve, or repair vision for a person in need in a developing country. Partnered with the Seva Foundation,TOM's hopes to replicate the success its had with the shoes one sale at a time (over a million pairs have been donated worldwide).
If you're looking for a new pair of shades this summer, you'll look cool in these and feel good knowing you helped someone else have a chance for healthier vision. Now that's a sale to smile about.
Matt (via Dana) invited me to his book launch for On a Stick at Border Grill in downtown LA. It was a night of small bites (lots of them) and smiles for miles. Which perfectly fit the theme of the book: party-perfect recipes... on a stick. Because eating anything on a stick is always more fun.
Seeing as I'm Vietnamese, I'm excited to try Matt's tasty looking recipe for Bo La Lot (betel leaf wrapped lemongrass beef), Caprese Sticks and Pizza Skewers (I know my French-Italian husband will love), and Grilled Fruit Skewers (for Lulu, our resident fruitcake).
Lulu lovesfood -- even in books. So I gave her Matt's book to review. Following are her thoughts caught on video:
Final verdict? On a Stick is good enough to eat. Like, for reals, eat!
Book Signing & Meet-up with Heidi Swanson Thursday April 7, 6pm - 8pm
Potluck: If you want to bring something to share with others - it could be from 101 Cookbooks, Super Natural Cooking, Super Natural Every Day, or just a recipe you really love - we'll set up a table for food. But if you don't have time to make something, please please don't let that stop you from coming.
Omnivore Books on Food 3885a Cesar Chavez Street San Francisco, CA 94131 415.282.4712
I know this video is old (in internet-time), but it reminded me of how there are some really ingenious ideas floating around out there to motivate people to move a bit more. Having spent nearly two years creating and analyzing health and fitness initiatives for America's youth (for a $4 billion health company), I'm wondering why creative ideas like this, aren't implemented all over the world?
I applaud Volkswagen, an automobile company, for supporting a program "dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better." For big smiles, check out The Fun Theory for more inspirational ways to make positive change, fun!
I was fortunate to be invited to the 10 Years of Prius party in Malibu and before I recap the memorable day, I wanted to share a few photos of a Prius prototype with you. This beautiful machine was designed by the C&A Development Department. Um, hello?! I'm blown away. I wonder if you would even hear it roaring up behind you?! What a lean, green, kick ass machine!
Yes, I'm sharing with you two commercials for Softbank. But they're not just any commercial. These special spots were shot by Spike Jonze, star Brad Pitt and are for the Japan-market only. And they're a little kooky and very sweet. The soundtrack by Department of Eagles is available for download here. Enjoy! [Big ups to We Love You So]
Extra! Extra! Our favorite Icelandic sound artists are giving away music (to UK residents)! The Sigur Rós album 'We Play Endlessly' featuring nine tracks from three of their critically
acclaimed albums, will be given away free with The
Independent on Saturday, January 31st. For more information and a listen, visit www.independent.co.uk/sigurros.
There's no question, videogames have influenced my life. I fondly remember spending many hours with friends and family hovering over the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, and the Commodore 64 growing up. Many allowances and after school hours were spent at the arcade. I often took ideas from the computer to the real world -- completing virtual adventures, outside. I married a game developer over 10 years ago and we've since hosted hundreds of game nights together. We have nearly every major game console launched in the past 30 years gathering dust in our garage. I was once a games journalist. Our cat's name is Atari. Videogame royalties bought our home. We have been hosting an annual post E3 barbecue for the past six years. Some of our best buddies, like Richard (above) we met through the interactive entertainment industry. Without games I'd be without a lot.