Vidcast 17: Ike and Webb interview one of the best football players from University of Oregon, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions: Alex Molden! And then they interview another football star from University of Oregon and the Student Sports Event Coordinator for The Opening: Eugene Jackson!
A couple of days ago, I found myself crying, from not getting enough Instagram likes. It all started when I posted some photos I was excited to share with the world. These pictures were fun, sexy, and “Instagood,” with my orange bodysuit and my hair blowing. I was definitely feeling like a hot girl, like Meg Thee Stallion. I was expecting 200 likes, and then was hit with a solid 90. I began to question my worth, and really didn’t feel as pretty as I wanted to. On Instagram, my girl friends will receive 1,000 likes and I only got 90. Another incident occurred when I was scrolling on an Instagram model’s page. Looking at her perfect face and body, I felt beneath her in many ways.
I get it. In this world, we like to feel important. We all crave a sense of belonging and validation. It’s okay. We’re human! The truth is, we let social media get the best of us.
Because I allowed myself to get in my feelings, too many times to count, I’ve decided to take the plunge and delete every social media app for 30 days. Deleting Instagram was the hardest, since that’s where I usually post. I deleted Snapchat and Facebook, as well.
Within these 4 and a half weeks, I found myself feeling much more refreshed, healthier, and would appreciate life a little more. Here are some advantages of a social media cleanse.
- Less Anxiety– We don’t have to know everything. It’s okay not to know what Kylie Jenner ate for lunch, or who has the best booty on the gram. I remember the time I found myself on my crush’s Facebook page, and when he posted, “ One day I’ll find the love of my life,” I went ballistic. I cried for days over a Facebook post that had nothing to do with me, and found myself stressed about something I have no control of. Save your energy for something that betters you, not drains or distracts you.
- Freedom– Not being a slave to your phone is a wonderful thing. It gets a bit overwhelming when everyone knows your business. It’s okay to live in the moment and enjoy life without looking at a screen.
- Better Sleep– For someone with insomnia, the struggle to sleep, I can tell you that I’ve slept better from shutting off my phone. Checking Instagram before bed can actually cause anxiety and stress, if your brain is consuming all of this useless information. So, if your crush likes another girl’s/guy’s selfie, guess who’s not getting any sleep tonight! Moreover, the blue light on your phone reduces melatonin, which makes it difficult to catch some “Z’s.
- Getting Things Done– Just think of what could be done in 3 hours, if we set aside our phone. When I’m at the gym, trying to catch the perfect gym selfie, I lose somewhere between 15-20 minutes of training. Those 3 hours we waste by being on Instagram, can be spent at the gym, writing a song, or going for that audition you’d like to nail. We all have goals in life, and it’s hard to admit that we waste a lot of our time, putting more effort into something artificial, than reality. Let’s get stuff done!
When we think of “happiness,” we think of material things, money, having a husband or wife by the time we’re 30. However, many of us do not fit society’s image, and fortunately, we don’t have to. Being happy is a state of mind, and it’s possible, if we allow ourselves to be.
Here are some ways I practice living a happier, healthier life.
Self Love– Take a cute selfie, once in a while, and remind yourself of the queen or king you are. Tell yourself you’re beautiful. Tell yourself you’re the sexiest thing in the room. Remind yourself that your validation is the only one that matters.
Exercise- Working out helps you overcome any challenge. I’m not saying your problems will magically disappear, but it greatly helps reduce stress. When I lift weights, I push myself to lift heavier. Mentally, I know I am strong enough to overcome my goal in the gym, as well as personal challenges in my life. Also, exercising will boost your confidence. When you start to see results, you will feel unstoppable.
Surround Yourself With Good/Like Minded People– Energy is contagious. Be around those who are going to inspire and push you. Those are the people who are going to benefit you in the future. It would even help to be around those with similar goals and interests as yourself. Your friends are a reflection of your future, so choose your friends and partners, wisely!
Isolate yourself. I’m not saying to abandon your loved ones and drop off the face of the earth. Travel, spend time by yourself to know what you want. If you need more time to be single, then be single. If you don’t feel like responding to a text, do that. If you feel like deleting your Instagram or Facebook, do that. Refresh your mind, and you will have a better understanding on what it is that you want. Get comfortable with being alone. You will learn to be at peace with yourself.
Be Spontaneous– Some of the best moments in my life are when I traveled to South Africa, and sat down by the waves, alone, or standing by the edge of the cliffs. Sometimes, I drive to random spots at midnight and listen to music. You will appreciate life more, when you focus on the little things.
Finally we are are getting a Nike Adapt BB that I want. Nike will be releasing this self lacing shoe in the “Mag” colorway. To those of you that don’t know why this awesome and important the Nike Mag was the shoe in Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II. The Mag is what put the idea of the self lacing shoe to the masses. While numerous “Back To The Future” colorways of shoes have been released, they always paled in comparison to the the “The Mag”. When Nike actually made a working model of the shoe, I think audiences really appreciated the effort Nike put into the shoe, but we realized how impractical it actually was. While no sneakerhead will admit it, they are too high to really hoverboard in it or even walk. However because the product was so limited they are the ultimate flex and something you don’t want to crease the toe of.
This Adapt BB Mag is merries the two ideas of having that self lacing Back to The Future shoe with something that is “practical” and can also be worn comfortably. It looks awesome and it’s a better shoe than what Marty wore, we are living in the future! That icey blue sole with grey speckled mid and mesh grey upper look perfect. It’s sure to stand out in a good way especially compared to those other normal looking original version. Besides the self lacing, the BB, through the app, can also change it’s lights colors to match any outfit, something that the Original Mag or E.A.R.L (first mass produced self lacing NIke) couldn’t do and some with a wireless charging pad for the shoes.
As I hope you can tell from my enthusiasm that I love these and think they are a must buy even at at $350. The Nike Adapt BB will be released May 29th.Read More
Believe me I hate to be that bitter old sneakerhead that just talks trash on new sneakers cause he just doesn’t “get it” but here I am. Over a month after seeing Jordan Brand tease their summer 2019 releases I still can’t get over how bad and uninspired this brand and is slowly becoming. Besides their retros, Jordan Brand is slowly losing its appeal and fading into Team Jordan territory.
Jordan 8, 7, 6 via Sneakernews
Just at these sneakers who are they for. First of all for a “summer” release the Jordan 6s, 7s, and 8s are all too bulky to be a real summer shoe. There is no breathability and I’m willing to bet that most people wear the shoes without tying them, cause they think they are cool, and the movement of the foot creates a friction causing your feet to get hotter faster. So you slapped some cool grey paint…great. There is nothing here that I couldn’t have done with a sharpie.
As for that all “Graduation Day” Jordan 13, get out of here with that. Classic shoe, terrible colorway. If you are wearing these during graduation, do yourself a favor and get a regular pair of black shoes for your parents sake. They are more versatile, you can wear’em to a job interview and not look like a child. I will address my bias here, but I hate all black sneakers. They look too formal or should just be used for work. The 13’s look to formal to just wear as sneakers, and just look tacky if you try to wear them formally. This is the total dad shoe colorway when he wants to seem hip and relate to the kids, but be taken seriously by his peers and just comes of as an out of touch ass.
As for these Ferrari jordan 14s, they took away some of the lines on the side that really made the shoe seem sleek, and replaced the leather upper with suede. I love this dark yellow colorway but that isn’t enough to justify a purchase.
Would you buy a Ferrari without the lines in the body? NO because it would look like a piece of crap and all the other guys going through a mid life crisis would make fun of you. PASS
As for these neon trash Flyknit Jordan 4s…WHY?!?!?! Ok cool, they are flyknit, great for the summer, a breathable shoe. These colors are trash. Nobody really wants these colors, maybe girls, or if there is a Save by the Bell party, these shoes could match something. I just don’t get it. I feel like I have an idea of what people want and I just don’t see any of it being it. Look for these sneakers upcoming in your local outlet store and if you buy of these sneakers don’t talk to me.
Jordan Brand needs to stick to basketball and not be concerned about forcing a basketball sneaker into the lifestyle category. Let it happen organically and that’s when you know you have a winner. I really like the Why Not .2 and I appreciate what the 33s were. They were original shoes that pushed design and technology. JB needs to do more of that.
As mentioned two weeks ago in the sneaker news, donald Glover is partnering with Adidas on a trio of sneakers and we are starting to see the results. The three remixed silhouettes are are the Nizza, Continental 80 and Lacombe. Each sneaker has a base cream color and what looks to be a seemingly deconstructed canvas upper. Each shoe also comes with accented laces which can be described as giving it that cartoon aesthetic, this is most noticeable on the Nizza, the first shoe to be released. The shoes will range from $80-$100 when they are made available.
What I’m really loving is the marketing campaign used for the sneakers as they are actively pushing for the consumer to wear these. This slogan can be found on their product page.
“YOUR SNEAKER, YOUR STORY The surface: a blank canvas, ready to tell your story. The design: reimagined through special treatments Created by Donald Glover. The Story: your own, created through your life experiences.”
Especially with the low starting range compared to other celebrity endorsed sneaker, it’s a great way to get people to actually use the sneakers or at least not get bent out of shape over a crease or scuff.
Glover is one of the best current artists out there. He writes, directs, does stand up, raps, acts, and he does it well and respected among his peers as well as audiences. Everything he does has so many layers and actually has a reason to be made. Now he is taking that drive and applying it to sneakers. He is subtly saying we don’t need to buy the hyped celebrity, athlete endorsed sneakers to want to be like them. Buy these because its about your journey. It’s just a little ironic that these can be viewed as just another celebrity sneaker though.
So during the first weekend of Coachella, Childish Gambino, Glover’s rapping persona, headlined. While there he was surprising fans by air dropping pairs of the Nizza to the concert goers much to their delight. Then this past week Glover and Adidas released a bunch shorts promoting the shoes. Each short stars Glover as a fictionalized version of himself, with whom I believe to be his mother, play by Mo’nique. Each short is very reminiscent of his show Atlanta as Glover seems to be a fish out of water in his own home. The Nizza is featured very prominently as it is being worn by him and more importantly beat up. You should check out.
FUTURECRAFT.LOOP Via Adidas
Yesterday Adidas introduced the FUTURECRAFT.Loop to the world. The Loop will be the first sneaker manufactured intended to be recycled and remade into other FUTURECRAFT shoes, hence the name “LOOP”. The entirety of the shoe is created from a single material called thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), including the upper, midsole, lace, and the torsion bar. TPU maybe more familiar as the material that is used to create the Boost cushioning we all love.
Ideally when the consumer is done with the shoe they will return it to an Adidas store where the shoe can be be washed, ground to pellets and melted into material for a new pair of shoes with no waste. Although nothing specific has been announced, Adidas is considering buying back the shoes for $10-$20 when users were done with them.
FUTURECRAFT.LOOP parts VIA Adidas
Adidas will make the Loop available to its 200 leading creators around the world as part of a beta test. They will ask them to use the sneakers for six months and provide feedback to hopefully help Adidas meet their Spring/Summer 2021 target release.
Anything we can do to promote a less wasteful more environmentally friendly “consumer” culture, I’m all for. Adidas seems to be really aware of this and is always trying to push the boundaries of helping Earth. Whether it is just for the good PR or not, time will tell. Depending on the price tag, I can see these selling well. Retailers could easily put these next reusable shopping bags, stainless steel water bottles, metal straws, a Tesla, pretty much anything “environmentally friendly” that’ll make people feel better about buying. While meant to be a running shoe, they look like a great casual shoe as well. With different colorways they could easily takeover Iniki space. If this proves successful I’m sure Adidas will look to incorporate this technology into their other sneakers as well and then we all win.
UPDATE: Upon further reading about the FUTURECRAFT.LOOP, Gizmodo’s Sam Rutherford reported while fully recyclable, that currently only 5%-10% of the TPUl recycled from the shoe can be used to make the next generation shoe, but some recent prototypes have as much as %50.
March 26th is gonna be much different for Nike and its fans. Much to the chagrin of many, Nike is doing something different with “Air Max Day.” Instead of releasing some hyped new colorways or collabs of its venerable Air Max line, like they have since the inception of the promotional event in 2014, they have chosen to focus on a charitable endeavor. They are asking that people donate new or gently worn shoes at local sneaker shops so that they can be used by partnering local organization to bring some good to their communities.
Sure this is disappointing for any Air Max fan, but I think that it is definitely refreshing to see a multi billion dollar company encouraging its followers to give back. I know I have a few pair of sneakers that don’t bring the same joy as the day I copped them as I’m sure you do too, so I totally plan on Marie Kondoing my collection to donate some pairs. The great part of this is that Nike has partnered with small local retailers. You can’t tell me this is not also a way of helping the small businesses, to get buyers into stores.
I’ve read complaints from the cynics that say Nike should just donate money directly to the local charities or why don’t they give money off a new pair of shoes for every pair that they donate and that’s just petty to complain about. People will always complain whenever a multi billion dollar company tries to do something good. Nike is trying to promote unity. One should want to give back to the community that they are a part of. If anything people should just try to flex their collection by giving a coveted pair of shoes away. Can you imagine someone donating a pair Off Whites just to show off how good of a person they are? I think it would be amazing to see quality footwear get into the hands of people that would truly appreciate something that we “collectors” take for granted.
Check out the details below, Direct from Nike. See if your local store is accepting donations.
”GIVE FRESH AIR”
With the launch of the Air Max 1 in 1987, a revolution began. In the years since, Nike and “Air” have become synonymous while expanding its loyal following.
Although March 26, 1987, marks the beginning of the epic Air Max journey, this Air Max Day launches a new chapter focused on taking action. We know that change happens when people come together. Give Fresh Air is a rally cry to unify sneaker culture around a shared passion to ignite change. Nike and our partners in North America will create ways to give “Air” to support local organizations and champion the power of community.
Starting March 18, 2019, donate your new and gently worn sneakers at the following locations during the noted dates. Each store is partnering with a local organization to give back.
● Undefeated (LA) 3.24-3.26
● Bows and Arrows (Bay Area) 3.18-3.26
● Laced (LA) 3.18-3.26
● Likelihood (Seattle) 3.18-3.26
● Sneakersnstuff (LA) 3.26-3.28
● Bait (San Diego) 3.18-3.26
● Saint Alfred (Chicago) 3.23-3.26
● Xhibition (Shaker Heights) 3.23-3.26
● Sneaker Politics (New Orleans) 3.23-3.26
● Oneness (Louisville) 3.23-3.26
● Livestock (Toronto) 3.18-4.5
● Ubiq (Philadelphia) 3.18-4.5
● Ubiq (DC) 3.18-4.5
● Kith (Soho) 3.22-3.26
● Kith (Brooklyn) 3.22-3.26
● Concepts (NYC) 3.18-3.31
● A Ma Maniere (Atlanta) 3.18-3.26
● Social Status (Charlotte) 3.18-3.26