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Miranda Kerr in Hawaii-October 2014

Miranda Kerr’s Instagram shows her in Hawaii

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Victoria Secret’s Super Model Miranda Kerr in Hawaii October 2014. Photo courtesy of Miranda Kerr’s Instagram account. @MIRANDAKERR

#CelebSighting in Hawaii. Miranda Kerr posted this picture having her nails done @nailsinyourroom Hawaii. Prior to this photo she posted a picture of some men dancing at a traditional Hawaiian Luau. And after this picture Miranda posted a map of the Big Island.

Seems she wants to enjoy utilizing her Instagram account and reporting to us all that she’s in Hawaii. Yet, she’s still pretty secretive on exactly where she is? It looks like a quick stop over from a trip to Korea on her way back to NYC.  Maybe we’ll see her on the streetz this weekend.  Or knowing a celeb this BIG, she’s probably already on a plane to get out of here before the Ana Storm hits this weekend. We who live out here, had yet another Hurricane scare this week, looks like it will just be a TON of rain and some high winds. But for sure no Beaching or Surfing this weekend. Good weekend to catch up on some housework and movie binging.

Instead of showing a sexy Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show or a Model shoot, which many of you have probably already seen. Let’s watch this fun vid of Miranda playing Red Cup Flip Cup with Jimmy Fallon. Guess who will win prior to watching. Hint:  It is a very close match.

If anyone knows where Miranda is staying in Hawaii, please do let us know in the comments section below. Hopefully it doesn’t rain too much this weekend, and I’ll see you on the streets of Waikiki.

10/17/14 Streetzblog Editor’s Update:  Looks like Miranda is staying in Waikiki at either Trump Towers, the Halekaulani or the Modern. Miranda was in town for the Samantha Thavasa event at Ala Moana Center on Thursday 10/16/14.  Of course, she looked pretty incredible wearing a crisp, clean nice white dress with matching white handbag with sparkling dangling earrings. Picture is courtesy of Tyson Joines Instagram Account. Photo by: Mark Ramelb.

Miranda Kerr at the Samantha Thavasa Event at Ala Moana Center on the island of Oahu. 10/16/14

Miranda Kerr at the Samantha Thavasa Event at Ala Moana Center on the island of Oahu. 10/16/14

 

 

2014 Spartan Race Completed!

Did, Done, Dang

Finisher T shirt and Beast Medal from the Spartan Race in Hawaii 2014

This is the Finisher T-Shirt from the Spartan Race in Hawaii on August 16, 2014. Also shown is the BEAST medal. I guess you need to do the Sprint and the Super to get the other 2 thirds of the medal.

I swerved off the usual Fashion, Kicks and Lifestyle topics for the past few days to concetrate on the 2014 Spartan Race at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii. I participated in the longest and most grueling race of the 3 choices entitled the BEAST. Good news is that today is Sunday, the race was Saturday and I’m Alive. I may joke around a bit on streetzblog, but this race was no JOKE!

I did try to prepare, I trained for 7 weeks going from the number 1 incline on the tread mill to number 9. I also ate a bit more tuna fish, chicken and vegetables than usual, and thought I read enough prior to be prepared. I actually didn’t wear my Air Jordans and picked up a pair of Asics Lows with ultra grip especially made for mud. I’m not a fan of running shoes, especially since they aren’t hi-tops. Although mine had a bit of fashion forwardness with the camo outersole. And of course, I bought the Black and Grey version.

The Kicks I wore for the 2014 Spartan Race in Hawaii 2014. Asics-Black, Grey, Silver, with Camo outer Sole. And Sports Authority inner soles made for things like this, so they say.

The Kicks I wore for the 2014 Spartan Race in Hawaii 2014. Asics-Black, Grey, Silver, Camo outer Sole.

I didn’t prepare enough. I was pretty off, this was one of, if not the hardest thing I’ve ever, ever done in my whole entire life. I’m not a 22 year old in the military, I’ve never done a charity walk, I do go to the gym 4x a week, but I really don’t work that hard there. My friend said it would be F-U-N. Thus, i said I’d do it. Do it I did. And glad to say I am here alive and well to write about it.

To make this blog post easier to read, I think I’ll just list the time-line with bullet points. As always keeping things postive, yet there maybe a bit of (spoiler alert) negative in here, but not really negative stuff, just some facts.

  • Pre Race Breakfast:  I had some coffee, a few sips of water, 1 piece of grilled chicken and a Gatorade goo pack. This was absolutely wrong.  Tip 1: I recommend eating carbs for 3 days prior and having a Big breakfast the day of the race with eggs, toast, hash browns, coffee, and gatorade goop. I was starving after the first 20 minutes!
  • First 2 hours:  This was fun, walking, jogging, hanging with my friend and meeting some really nice, cool, friendly people. Best quote from this portion was from a co-participant named Jamal. He said, You Paid good money to do this. That was early on when it just seemed hard, a bit challenging yet very doable. I actually got really excited when  I jumped over some super tall wall and made it without getting hurt.
  • Next hour or so: I don’t remember all 25 obstacles but I sure remember this one. Check this out!  They give you a BIG bucket, you are told to fill it with sharp grey ROCKS, that takes about 10 minutes to fill up. Then you carry it up a hill then down the hill.  My brain thought it was crazy watching the others do it. Come to find out this was what I was best at. Go figure. I left this challenge smiling and psyched.
  • Memorization: This was really funny to me. In the middle of all the chaos of surviving the elements, we needed to look on a big poster, find the last 2 digits of our race tattoo number and then memorize the saying next to it. I will remember mine for the rest of my life:  Yankee 384-7893. They said that you needed to remember this to tell it to someone later in the race or you needed to do 30 burpees. BTW: No one ever asked us to repeat the number. But good thing is for about a half hour it kept me in a meditative state repeating the number over and over, a nice distraction so that I didn’t notice the pain, hunger and thirst.
  • Next segment: We walked up a super slick, brownish-red mud path that was about 1 foot wide. We were going up, the fast people were coming down. This is where it gets funny. I would ask peple if we were almost over the hill. They would say all sorts of things like. Yes, the water is a half mile away, No You have a loooong way to go, and Oh its about 5 miles until you get back here. And the most outrageous comment came frrom a volunteer who said. Oh, just run to the top, the bottom has a nice waterfall with a water station.  There was no waterfall and this is the part that really sucked, the guy at the water station, said he was OUT of water! O-U-T of water, Wow, luckily he gave me two sips of his own water bottle. Tip 2: Take complete control of your life and your circumstances. It’s hard to realize how true this is, but you and I are where we are due to what we have done, not what people have done to us. Bring your own water.
  • After that water mishap: I am 99% sure I went the wrong way and got lost. My friend dissapeared and so did I. It’s like Vegas-No clocks. I have no idea how long i followed the wrong pack. But it felt like 20 minutes? 45 minutes? whatever it was, not good. I never saw my friend in the race again.
  • So: I was Alone, trucking through weeds, mud, then some really awesome cool greyish green fern area appeared that felt just like a King Arthur or Lord of the Rings movie.  I actually sat down and enjoyed the view and feeling of being somewhere wonderful. This was my favorite part of the whole day, it was just plain awesomeness.
  • Next hour or 2 or 3? We walked through not around but through a creek bed. This area had brown water, big huge boulders, little rocks, more gushing water, sillpery slopes and mosquitos. It was here, I wanted to go home, but once you’re in a Spartan Race, there doesn’t seem to be any other way to go except thorough the race. So I did, I personally only received one cut on my hand. But I saw some very nasty wipe-outs. Sure hope no one cracked a skull. There is no one around to help other than the fellow racers. So, yes this was quite scary.
  • Finally out of the creek:  Found a volunteer who should have had water, he said he was just hanging around and had no water. I had cotton mouth at this point. Was so hungry, so thirsty and feet started to hurt. Tip 3:  Bring 5-6 of those gatorade goops with you on the race and if you’re back doesnt hurt too bad, get a hydration pack filled with ice. So in case you are slow like me, you don’t have to rely on the water stations that were out of water.
  • The Walk: I walked, I walked, I talked a little to some nice, friendly people and some unfriendly grumps who kept complaining about not having any water. That can be easy to do, but I’ve been working on my mind not to complain, condemn or criticize. When the criticizing thoughts came up about the water I changed my thoughts. The 2 mantras I interchanged were I love my life and Peace, Love and Happiness.  This walk went on and on and on. Then we ran into another obstacle. This is where it was fun again. I looked at the tall wall like WTF, How am I going to jump over that very tall massive piece of wood? Well you never know what you can do until you try. I just ran at it grabbed the top and jumped over. Amazing! Tip 4:  You never know if you can do something until you try to do it. Just do it, or at least try to do it, you will succeed.
  • Water: We finally found some water. A big barrel of ice. I ate this and brought some along. The ice woke me up more than a morning cup of joe. I never knew how much a body really needs water and food. I felt great going back up the muddy hill we had traversed a few hours earlier. With the ice water I was rejuvenated and felt good… well until I ran out.
  • Miles:  Over the next 20-50 minutes I asked all the volunteers I could find how far is it until the finish?  Even though we were moving forward, we all received the exact same similar answers.  I remember the answers to a T:  About 3.5 miles, 3 and a half miles, a little over 3 miles and less than 3 miles. It became a joke amongst our little group of travelers. Like I said, it’s like Vegas here-No clocks. And no real information, hey maybe that’s what it was like in Sparta? It’s like you’re in the Twilight Zone.
  • The Question: With around 3 miles or so to go, the 5 of us were asked a question by someone who I think was a Medic. He asked us If we were seeing any  spots? I saw the Ranch spin, I could barely walk, I needed some food, and I was hurting all over. But no spots in my view, so I told him No. The other 4 participants also said No, so we continued on towards the finish line.  I guess it’s all good if you aren’t seeing any spots!
  • Delirum Walk: After coming down from the hill, we had another super long walk through dirt and grass. My feet felt like pain encased in lead gym shoes. If someone drove by and asked me if I wanted a ride, I would have said Hell Yeah. But, I heard one of my favorite things, music! So I sang along to some Calvin Harris Feels so Good and one of my all time favs, Guns & Roses Welcome to the Jungle. This got me about 20 minutes further towards the finish. YAH! I also bumped into 4 people I’d been seeing here and there thorughout. Was able to chat with them a bit, they were very nice and helped me push through the pains. I also saw another guy with a very hurt knee, who every time I was about give up. He would appear and I’d chat with him long enough to keep us both on track. I think if you don’t talk to fellow racers or have a some sort of spiritual practice, this race would be even tougher. I’m pretty good at postive thinking and mantras so it helped. Tip 5:  Stay positive no matter what happens, repeat a mantra or 2  when things get  you down. Concentrating on a mantra keeps the monkey mind away and keeps you focused, relaxed and moving towards your goal centered and on track.
  • Best Banana Ever: With only 2 miles to go. I thought a medic was going to take me away. Instead his buddy handed me half of a banana and said to finish up the race. He gave the other half to my new friend with the hurt knee. I ate my banana. It was the best tasting banana ever. And it gave me a hope and a real skip and a jump in my stride. Unbelievable, Amazing, Crazy. Food works. Tip 6:  in the race and in the real world, pay attention to the trainers and doctors and eat every 3-4 hours, food is really much better energy than Caffeine.
  • Obstacle: After the Banana I was able to carry a very heavy rock down the road, then do 5 burpees and return the rock. Thank You very much to the Man with the Banana.
  • Spear Throw:  This  is one of the last 3 obstacles. Here you are given a spear and told to throw it into the hay and make it stick. The boss man at this was the strictest of the day. He wouldn’t let any of us leave until we did it. Which sounded outrageous but turned out to be pretty cool. 18 throws later and a special technique, I made it. It gave me a great big smile and the energy needed to go up and over some big wood structure, then jump over a fire and under the beeping timers table. All Done. I started at 8:20 a.m and finished at about 5:15 p.m. At the finish I ate 4 bananas, had some ice water, coconut juice, received a nice shirt in my favorite color and a third of a Flo-Green medal. Whew! Now it’s back to shopping, finding fun fashion and some more stories on KIcks.
Spartans in the Mud! Me in the grey shirt and orange shorts.

Spartan in the Mud! Yep that’s me in the grey shirt and orange shorts.

Will I do this again? I don’t know. The pain today is pretty excruciating. And like I said at the beginning of this post, I truly am glad to be alive. No joking around. My heart was pounding hard, it was a bit dangerous out there, but I have a huge feeling of great accomplishment. Tip 7:  I was able to do this race and survive. If you put your mind to any project you may think up, it’s all possible.  And I suspect it will be much easier to accomplish some of my dreams much quicker and easier after a grueling race like this. I also suspect things I thought were big deals at work will seem much smaller after completing a race like this.

Glad to say, I’ll see you on the CITY Streetz this week.  Have a Great Week!

Far from the Streetz

Thrills, Chills and Spills as I Run to through the Hills

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I’m a shopper, a city dweller, urban creature and sometime beach goer or outdoor basketball player. I like the night, the darkness, air-conditioning, shoe shopping, a true city dude. I Hiked 1x in my life in the 80’s, never walked or ran in a charity walk. I’ve actually driven’ from the start to finish of the 8.14 mile Great Aloha Run for 20+ years.

So, How? Why? did I ever say yes to one of the World’s Toughest Race?

About 7 weeks ago, I told my friend I would participate with him in the 2014 Spartan Race happening this weekend August 16 and 17, 2014 at Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu. At the time, I figured it could be a goal and I would work out harder at the gym to get in better shape and maybe get some abs for the occasional trip to the beach. Sounded good at the time.

Today, I picked up my race packet and I’m seriously FREAKED out! Saturday is 12 miles with 25 obstacles, then we return on Sunday for 2 races with  3 and 8 miles with over 35 obstacles. OMG, me who has never even done a charity walk. What was I thinking?  I was told it would be fun.

Today when we told the registration lady we were doing something called the Trifecta, her eyes bugged out at us like we were crazy. Then caught herself and said You only Live Once, this should be a lot of fun for you two.  Then she asked for the $200, I was like what? figuring it would be maybe $50. So I asked if they served lunch? They said no. So I asked if they had any lemonade or water or maybe even beer? she said  to bring my something  camel. Here I was like double what? My camel? My friend said he would bring his. I laughed and asked if I should bring a water bottle or two. They said nope, that would get in the way.  I haven’t looked up water camel on the internet yet, but suspect its an easy way to carry water.

Cost would have been $119, 7 weeks ago when i thought we were signed up.I guess we missed the deadline because we paid $230 to run through mud, be out in the hot sun from 7a.m on a Saturday and Sunday morning, walk or run more miles than I’ve ever ever, ever done and go up on and over 60! obstacles. I’ve never even ran more than 3 miles in a row at the gym.

I got in the car looked in my reg packet for instructions, maybe what to wear? What to Bring? Which of the 5 colored wristbands is the correct one(s) to wear on Saturday? What about Sunday? What’s the tattoo with the funny numbers for? Where does it go, arm, leg, or maybe it’s just a souvenir? Where should I put my iPhone? What about my car electronic Car key-Where does it go and will it work after being swamped in mud? What’s a water camel?  I Didn’t find anything, just  a yellow club wristband, a black rubber wristband, a couple marketing flyers, a circular disc called a chip. But no instructions on what to do. Do they think that everyone who signs up for this knows what they are doing?  I guess so. (Later I did find some info on the internet when i downloaded a free book I should have had 7 weeks ago). But, no nothing for a first timer to feel more at ease in the reg packet. Hmmm, starting to get a bit anxious now.

I was still looking forward to having fun and still am. But when I got back from registration, I watched this video, which I could not find 7 weeks ago. Look at it! The people look like elite athletes. Doing things like crawling under barbed wire, going up big ropes, swinging on bars like little kid time at the jungle gym. This is absolutely crazy!

Alas, I told my friend I would do it, so do it I will do.  After I get my non cotton only man made material socks, that’s the main thing I learned from the itneret today. But I sure aint wearing those funny 1970’s short shorts and silly tank tops and ugly running shoes.  I’ll be in my Lebron B-Ball shorts, a styling T shirt, my new socks and a pair of retro J’s with new inner soles..  I know, I’ll be looking good, I still get to SHOP for some special man made material socks so the water doesn’t soak into the cotton socks and i don’t get blisters. I know I’ll have the best looking kicks at the race and yes, I will have fun, I just hope I don’t pass out. And if it really is way to tough to deal with, I figure I can just walk across the street and go to the beach. Hope I still get my “Free” T-Shirt. BTW: These shirts are very coveted and shirts you can not buy, hey that brings out the Shopinista and Fashionista in me. I knew I could find it somewhere.  This really could be fun! Limited Edition shirts unable to be purchased by the general public, almost like a pair of Jordan x Opening Ceremony kicks. Now,we’re having fun!

On Sunday or Monday, hopefully I’ll have some nice, exotic, picturesque photos for streetzblog and a re-cap of all the fun I have. If I don’t, it means I’m resting, either way, I’ll get an up-date to the world by Wednesday.  Hope to see you on the real streetz soon, until then see you near the hills, down in the mud, up a rope, under the barbed wire, in a pond, or just trying to catch my breath, still trying to get that elusive 6 pack…of Abs. And don’t forget the special limited edition ultra coveted T, I’ll be sporting August 31st. at the club when i will feel 100% at home DJ’ing in a nice dark air-conditioned nightclub in DownTown ChinaTown.

Lupita Nyong’o in Maui

Movie Star visits Hawaii for the Maui Film Festival

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Lupita Nyong’o hanging out at the beach, in town for the Maui Film Festival. Lupita played Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, where she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was also in Non Stop, A TV Mini Series entitled Shuga, and you can check her out in the upcoming Star Wars Episode Vll, Southpaw and The Jungle Book. Follow Lupita’s Maui trip on her Instagram account @lupitanyongo

Dance, RUN, Jump!

ID Presents the A-Z’s of DANCE

I found this video on Kitt Noir’s Blog. Check out these dance moves! Looks like they remembered everything. Do you see any great moves they forgot to include?

JAY Z and Beyonce’s RUN Trailer

Here’s the best movie trailer ever produced for a film that doesn’t exist. Some say it’s JAY Z and Beyonce’s way of taking attention away from the Solange Knowles elevator filming. I’m like, if you can make a video that quickly this good. Keep on keeping on taking attention away from Solange and whoever else and make this into a real movie. Can you count the stars in here? There’s like a new one every 12 seconds! So much Star Power! Did they really make this in just a few days. Hard for me to believe.

I noticed JAY Z, Beyonce, Blake Lively, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Guillermo Diaz, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rashida Jones, and Emmy Rossum. Who did I miss?

DJ Amen and Don Benjamin at the JUMP

See you Thursday Thru Sunday on the Streetz of Chicago. If you’re on Oahu, Don’t miss DJ Amen and one of America’s Next Top Model’s Don Benjamin this Friday May 23rd at the Jump at Vice. Go Chicago Blackhawks-See you in about 32 hours.

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Hawaii’s Blessed for DJ Amen

Celebrate Spring Break with Citystars Apparel and DJ Amen

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I’ve already done the Hawaii Designs interview with Romeo Valentine from Citystars Apparel. It’s in Draft status awaiting some pictures and the arrival of their new release of the Galaxy Snapbacks. Until then, I’ll be keeping the blog going with Trends, Fashion, Kicks and Music.

Keeping on the  Citystars tip and getting excited to release the newest version of Hawaii Designs, I figured I’d post up a Vid that tells all about DJ Amen and let people in Hawaii know that he’ll be coming to Hawaii to play during Spring Break, Thursday March 27th at PLAYBAR Night Club. And BTW, DJ Amen also has a clothing line. You can check out Best Blessed right here.  Some nice T’s and I especially like the hoodies.

Here’s the DJ Amen Flyer’s:

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Check back in a week or two, maybe sooner for the Citystars Apparel Hawaii Designs S/S 2014 Edition. See you at the clubs and on the Streetz. LMK in the comment section, who you’d like to see come out to Hawaii to DJ or do a show.  Or If you design something in Hawaii or even somewhere else, hit me up at alohabros@gmail.com or in the comment section and I’m sure we could do an interview feature on whatever you design. Even if you don’t live in Hawaii, all I need to do is re-photoshop up the logo to your town and we’d be good to go!

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Hot Stars in the City

 

The Streetzblog Hawaii Designs Series chats with CityStars Apparel…Where Everyone Deserves to be a Star!

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For this edition of Hawaii Designs, We sat down with CityStars Apparel’s, Romeo Valentine after this year’s Honolulu Festival Gala. Where we feasted on Delicious Delicacies from Ruth Chris Steak House, Morimoto Waikiki, Roy’s Hawaii Kai and Honolulu Coffee Company. Prior to the Jump event with DJ HED at Vice Nightclub. The picture below is from the Honolulu Festival’s Friendship Gala in front of one of the World’s largest Aloha Shirts.

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1. So, you recently celebrated your one year Anniversary, Has everything gone as you expected?

In our first year we’ve experienced a lot of turbulence but through it all it helps us grow. Without the turbulence we wouldn’t be able to overcome our fear of flying and reaching for the stars.

2. And you brought in big time DJ Carisma? How did you hook that up? Have you brought anyone else to Hawaii?

DJ Carisma is a friend of mine that I’ve met a few times she came out here but really linked up the time she came out here with Honey Cocaine for the Chris Brown concert. DJ Carisma fits perfect in our genre and what we are about, so it was great to have such a humble but successful person to bring in for our one-year anniversary along with Abby De La Rosa.

We have brought in other acts before such as YG, New Boyz, Tyga, DMX, DJ Drama, Glasses Malone, DJ Hed, and more. We also plan to bring a lot more fun shows and events in the future featuring some national acts. And for Spring Break 2014 we brought in San Fran’s DJ Amen.
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3. Are you a clothing company or like an all around lifestyle brand?

Both. We live this lifestyle in the night life to the music to the dancing we like to keep it fresh. We want everyone to feel like a star when they rock the gear.

4. What are your goals in 2-3 years with CSA?

Our plan is to take this dream we have and make it reality. When we do that we want to take everyone who supported and was their to contribute and help us when we struggled with us to the top. CSA wouldn’t be without the hard work and dedication everyone puts in.

5. The name of your brand is so perfect, it seems to fit so many different things that you do, from the designs to the shows. How did you come up with CityStars Apparel? And what does it mean to you?

The name didn’t come over night but when things come to you they just  happen. It fit perfectly with my lifestyle. I was in the clubs every night, promoting, partying, rockin’ the mic and in the day I was at the radio station (Power 104.3). It all sounds like fun which it is, but hard work so the city represents the hard work and the stars represents you being better than just normal. You are a CITY STAR.

6. Who creates and designs your shirts and hats?

Our main designers are Ryan “Dj First Class” Garo and I (Romeo Valentine). Along with Gary Dymally and Monica putting ideas together to help contribute and Ka’aina Nahale working hard on hand drawings that he comes up with or ideas we have that he can bring to life.

7. What type of software do you use to design everything?

Everything we do is in Photoshop. As well as drawings on a piece of paper which we transfer and redraw in Photoshop.

8. What has been your biggest seller?  And why do you think it did so well?

Our biggest seller to date has been the Louie Stars design we released in early 2013. I believe it was the best seller because the design pattern was catchy and our customers at the time liked the how long the design was on the shirt and of course our floral snapbacks are in high demand.

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9. You recently made football shirts? How did you pick the teams you chose? Which was the biggest seller/hottest colorway?

We chose the 5 teams which had the best following in the state we are in which is Hawaii. Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas and New England. The best had to have been San Francisco and Oakland.

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10. And where were the Chicago Shirts?

We actually made a Chicago Design but it didn’t make the cut along with the Packers.

11. How did you come up with the idea for the football shirts?

We grew up watching football. It was cool to represent your team in the club without having to worry about dress codes of jerseys.

12. I really like the purple and orange Galaxy lanyards? They are very intricate? How many hours did it take to design and then produce them?

The lanyards where quick it was the design of the galaxy pattern that took a while. If you look closely there are small City Stars logo’s inside of the galaxy. We also have Hats with the same pattern.

14. How do you get the word out? I know I see you on Instagram a lot? Which social mediums do you use?

It’s all word of mouth and Social Media. We also do photo shoots and update our look books. Right now we are on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.

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15. Do you think you could have had the same success with your brand 2 years ago before the social Media explosion?

That’s a tough question. I do believe us coming out when we did was perfect timing to really make a statement and get to the next level.

16. Where do you see Social Media going in the future? Are you on any newer mediums? Any cutting edge social media sites you would recommend to an up and coming designer?

Social media is a rollercoaster, by that I mean which social network will be on top and with that being said when the next social network comes out we are going to have to jump all over that social network.  We are willing to take that challenge to go to the top and keep rising. Right now though Instagram is where it’s at.

17. For the just getting going designers our there, what is the perfect size for an instagram photo? How bout the length of a FB or instagram video?

For designers starting out using social media, it is important for the dimensions to be just right. When using Instagram the photo has to be a square. Making your photo 5 inches by 5 inches will show you exactly what viewers will see. Facebook videos can be longer than Instagram videos. When creating a video it depends on what type of message you are trying to get across, thus affecting the length. A 15 sec Instagram video and a 2 minute Facebook video are good lengths to keep viewers attention. We like to use Instagram to reach our fellow CityStars because of how quick and easy it is to use.

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18. I know your clothing line is available on-line, do yo have your clothes in any stores in Hawaii?

CityStarsApparel.com and Hatsby in Pearlridge mall which we will expand soon once we are able to justify ourselves as a brand.

19. Any plans on having a brick and mortar store? Why do you think its important to have a brick and mortar store in the digital age?

Of course we would love to get a flagship store but at the moment that isn’t in our lane and we understand that which will make us work harder to a goal.

20. Do you personally shop more on-line or in person?

On-line is easier plus you can see the deals.

21. Ok, so we made it to question 21, now tell us about your latest release, the galaxy snapbacks, Where are they available? Are they a limited release?

Yes, only limited amount are being made in the 2 colors with 2 style ways each. Once they sell out there will be no more. (The Galaxy Snapbacks  available now/4/3/14 at CityStarsApparel.com)

 

22. And after the Galaxy snapbacks without telling too much, what are your plans for the Spring/Summer line? And maybe you could let us know a little teaser about what to expect in the Fall 2014 or the Winter 2015 line?

Let’s just say his name is COMET.

23. Anything else you’d like to comment on?

We greatly appreciate everyone who supports us and is a part of our vision to take things to the next level so we can get to a point to put on shows for everyone without being over charged. We aren’t about ourselves we are about the people. We all work Hard. Everyone deserves to be a star. We also want to thank our good friends at Hawaii’s Finest for helping us out with so much.

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What’s Hot-Saturday March 1, 2014

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DIVERGENT: The 3 books have many similarities to The Hunger Games Trilogy, yet a completely different vibe.  I read the first two  books in less than 2 weeks (Divergent and Insurgent). The third book-Allegiant is a little harder to get through. But overall, a well written, easy to read and quickly to picture in my imagination series.  The movie comes out March 21, you still have some time to read the books, but not much.  It should be a pretty Big movie, critics are 50/50. For some reason, it’s a bit of a sleeper in regards to pre-hype.  Many people where I work never heard of it, go figure.  I’ll go with 85% Big.  Ellie Goulding has three songs on the Soundtrack. The movie stars Sharlene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz and is set in a slightly scary dystopian society set in Chicago, Illinois. Lots of action, thrilling, suspenseful and a bit of the required love story.

TATTOOS:  This is a no brainer. In the movie, Divergent one of the 5 factions is pretty tatted and pierced up. No matter how the movie does, the tattoo business is sure to spike. Some Tats from the movie I’ve already seen include  the Abstract Russian Constructivist art of the five factions: Dauntless (the faction with the Tats), Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, and Amity.

HOCKEY IN THE SNOW:  Today the Chicago Blackhawks are playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field in Chicago and the snow is coming down in buckets.  Right now, it’s the 2nd period and it hasn’t stopped snowing since the game started! (Attendance: 62,921)   Fashion/Style Alert-The Chicago Team has some great looking Black Jerseys.  Typically they are geared up in Red or White.  Today they’re in a nice Dark Black with Red and White trim.

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SPRING FASHION QUICK ACCESS:  I could easily do a whole blog on Spring Fashion. For today, here’s the quick hit list according to New York Magazine. Note: Mostly Female trends but some cross over to Menswear.   Earthenwear (Muted browns and Beige colors), Sporty Sparkly Sandals (Lots of bright Colors), Grab a Glue Gun (Bedazzling for the 21st Century-almost, well actually a bit too much), Most Athletic (1970’s style meets 2014’s fabrics), Fringe Festival (Dresses, Hats, and many Fringy purses), Pop Art (Even more bright colors), Rich Color/Retro Shape (Smooth Turquoise and Yellow heels ala 1950), Accordion Pleats (Just like the name says), Brown Bling (Gold and Brown around the eyes), Disco Dresses (Sparkly Gold and Silver w/ lots of bling), Logos (We saw this in the Marc Jacobs Runway show), Lab Coats (White on White), Banker Blues (Classic Blue shirts styled à la mode), Gingham (Hmm, so hard to wash), Teeny Tiny Bags (Just a bit bigger than a man’s wallet), Great Big Jewels (This looks like lots of fun!).

PEBBLE’S STEEL SMART WATCHES:  These not only work like Dick Tracy’s watch, but look very stylish too.  Metallic Link watches in Silver and Black, there’s also a leather band too. I suspect there will be even more to come soon.  They feature apps, quite close to an iPhone.

A NUMBER AND A NAME:  T-shirts with numbers and names on them, but not your usual sports team shirts. Recently, I’ve seen shirts with fashion designer names on them, various prescription drugs with the number of the drug on them, Even Louis Vuitton has a Fringy black shirt with the number 14 on it. Probably for the year 2014?  I noticed this trend back in August 2013, but it really started to Heat up in November/December 2013, I’d say it’s still on the upward swing, has not hit its peak.  Time to wear your numbers and names now.

KENDAMA KRAZE:  This could be an Asian and Hawaii trend now, but its bound to hit you sooner or later.  When I first saw it, I didn’t think it would last this long. But last week (2/28/14) Long’s Drug Store in Downtown had a batch of Kendama’s at 9 a.m. by the time I went back to get one for a friend at 3 p.m they were all sold out.  Yesterday, there was a big tournament put on by #OURKAKAAKO and there’s another in a couple of weeks from now sponsored by Diamond Bakery and Shriner’s.  Be prepared when these come to your city, You could make a lot of money if you have inventory to sell. Or at least you have fair warning that these sell very quickly, so buy one when you see one for your favorite Kid, Grand Kid or friend’s children.  Most people who play this look about 5-17 years old. And it’s a bit more male than female.  Be ready for your Kendama Kraze!

BTW: I don’t know where this Vid was shot, for sure wasn’t Hawaii, the island of Oahu where I live does not get snow ever. This is my favorite video I’ve seen to show you all the different tricks you may want to master when the Kendama’s come to your town.

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Seven Tips for the NFL Pro Bowl Week 2014

It’s Gotta’ Be The Shoes

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Walter French at the 2013 NFL Block Party-Picture Courtesy of streetzblog.com

  1. Plan Your Week Work your Plan:  There are so many places to go, be, eat, drink and schmooze during Pro Bowl Week in Hawaii, you need to have a plan. Between NFL sanctioned events and Club events, I’ve counted 15 places within 7 days of I would like to go to. That’s pretty hard to do, so I’d recommend either making a paper list or using the notes area on your mobile to make a list of the places you want to be. Make them in order of most favorite to your maybe’s and take it from there. From Experiene, “I’ve been to so many events during Pro Bowl Week that I’ve actually needed to nap during the actual game, which is just plain lame”.  Oh, And if you can, take the Monday after Pro Bowl off from work-you will need the rest.
  2. Wear comfortable Shoes:  This is probably worse for me than you. But I tend to Rock my favorite kicks of the year during this special week. A different pair each day of the week. By the night of the Block Party (Saturday Night before Sunday’s Game) My feet are aching, a little bloody and slightly purple. Pick 2 days to wear your best kicks, save your rarest find of the year for Game-DAy,  the rest of the week wear whatever doesn’t hurt.  Over Christmas vacation, I picked up a pair of black Doc Martins with FLAT rubber soles and for some reason, these don’t hurt my feet and they practically go with everything.  *Make sure you get the flat soles, I’ve had 3 other pairs of Docs throughout the years that looked great, but hurt my feet the next day so bad I could barely walk.
  3. Show Up Early:  Wherever you choose to be during PBW, go early. It’s the best time to catch a player, get a good parking spot, better seat, or even no line at the Club. If you’re going to the Official NFL Block Party, I recommend either getting to this early or getting a hotel in Waikiki. Earlier in the night, it’s really nice to see the sunset, watch the Spectacular NFL Displays  decorated throughout the street and really just enjoy a leisurely stroll through all of the magic of the evening.  Later in the night, it can take over half an hour to get from one end to the other because of the huge crowd.  This is also a place to make a plan, check ahead on which stage the bands and DJ’s you like will be playing and be at that stage for their performance. It can get pretty confusing as the night gets late on where everyone is playing.  Early next week, I’ll add the schedule and full information on the entertainment at this years Block Party. (See bottom of Blog posting Tuesday).  You’ll  also want to show up early at this years game, you’ll want to go to the Official or non Official tail-gate party, get some parking, maybe relax or take a nap. Then head into the game and listen to the DJ’s Rockin’ it at each of the 4 main gates. You’ll want to get early so yo dont miss the pre game activities. The Pre Game festivities are quite nice especially when they fly the miliatry aircraft over head, Fire up the Fireworks and don’t miss this year’s half time entertainment with Fall Out Boy singing “Light it Up”.
  4. See Through Bags are a must:  At this year’s game, you will only be allowed to bring your things in with a see through bag. You can either buy one at HERE with your team’s logo on them or bring a BIG zip-lock.  Some exceptions will be made on this bag rule if you have medical conditions, but make sure you know to bring a see-through bag this year.  I’m so silly I change my clothes 3 times during the Pre Game, each quarter and post game, I myself need to think of a layering plan.  I tend to wear my professional work Aloha shirt to the Tailgate party, then switch into whatever the newest shirt I’ve designed for the first half of the game, then I change into my DJ Sniper Wells Bears Jersey for the last half of the game.  This year, my plan is to just Layer it, hope it’s not too hot..LOL.  Hey and be prepared, this year is unconferenced, which means it’s not going to be AFC/Red vs NFC/Blue. You may need some new flourescent green or orange gear for this years game. Oh, and don’t wear a college jersey or a basketball jersey, many of the rowdy fans will for sure harass you in the parking lot. And it is fun to wear your favorite football team, an Easy and Cool way to meet new friends and possibly a date for Sunday night!  *For More information on bags at this years Pro Bowl click here
  5. Wear Sunscreen:  Even though you may not be at the beach, the sun is just as HOT and will burn you even on cloudy days. It’s no fun to be burnt on game day.
  6. Spotting Players:  I know this may sound funny, but the easiest place to spot players is on their rented mopeds on Kuhio Ave. Other easy places to spot them are at the Nightclubs or if you really want to see someone, Splurge on a room at the Marriott or the Aulani out in Ko Olina/Ihilani.  But try to be really nice. The reason they don’t stay in Waikiki anymore is too many people followed them around with big books of pictures and photos to get autographs.  Oh, and check back here or the newspapers, on-line because every once in a while they do some signings at a Hotel, a Gas Station or some other sponsor location, you just need to be on the look-out fo these announcements. Other than that the next best place to see a player up close is at one of their open practice sessions or at Ohana Day Saturday Morning at Aloha Stadium (8:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m) You should also be able to see Fall Out Boy sing a song or two at Ohana Day. typically the main act at the Pro Bowl performs a song at Ohana Day.
  7. Get your souvenirs Early: Hey you know as I do it’s an island and on an island there’s only so much inventory here, then it’s gone.  They used to have the best selection at the Hilton Hawaiian Village early on in the week. This year the official hotel has changed to the Sheraton, so I will check but would suspect that the Sheraton will have some nice Pop-Up stores early in the week. Other than that early evening during the block party is a great place to pick up gear, or Ohana Day still has lots of if not most of the most sought after goods. If you wait until game day, buy your stuff before the game or in the first quarter, by the 4th quarter, there’s barely anything left. Buy Early!  *In past years, there can tend to be a sale at one of the hotels in Waikiki where things are discounted, but sizes and the best selections are hard to find, I wouldn’t wait for this possible sale. Buy Early.

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DJ Steve Aoki at the Power 104.3 Stage at the NFL Block Party 2013. Picture courtesy of Streetzblog.com

DJ Steve Aoki at the Power 104.3 Stage at the NFL Block Party 2013. Picture courtesy of Streetzblog.com

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Haiyan Relief Efforts with Streetzblog and CityStars Apparel

 HI for PI

Typhoon Haiyan, One of the Largest storms ever recorded caused massive devastation in the Philippines on Friday November 8. 2013. Sustained winds were 195 mph with gusts reaching 235 mph. As of 11/15/13, Per U.S.A Today’s Research Department, there are 11.5 Million People affected by this storm. The Island I live on in Hawaii has a varied mix of cultures and ethnicities including a very large Philippino community. Streetzblog is doing our first outreach program, since we write about Kicks and fashion the most here, we figured we’d do a shirt design and deliver a couple of checks to the disaster relief efforts.

Streetzblog has teamed up with CityStars Apparel to help raise funds for relief efforts in the Philippines. We have created the HI for PI (Hawaii for the Philippines) shirt in limited Edition White.  We will donate half of the money to the Red Cross and the other half to UNICEF to help the children affected by this devastating event.  If the white shirts sell out, we will make another color. If we only sell the white ones, we will send a check to the Red Cross and another to UNICEF. Get a shirt or 2, so we can make lots of colors and send lots of money to the cause. (I’d like to do White, Black, Red, then Yellow) Although, I’d be happy with any efforts we do achieve. This isn’t the first time I’ve made some shirts, just the first time, I’ve done them for relief efforts. Here’s a nice picture of the front of the shirts:

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Shirts have been produced (11/22/13) and are ready to mail or deliver to you.  If you live on Oahu,  Hawaii, you can call me at (808) 479-9928 and I can get you a shirt for $20. If you want to order one anywhere in the world just go to CityStarsApparel.com (There may be a little extra for shipping dependant on where you live). Here’s a nice picture of the Back of the shirts:

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See more of the shirts at CityStars Apparel dot com or If you’d like to donate directly to the Haiyan Efforts here are some additional links and information:

Text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give on-line at the World Food Program.
Text the word TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army. The organization uses
100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief.
Donate at the American Red Cross
Help the children with medicine, food, supplies and water at UNICEF.

Have a Great Week! See you on the Streetz.

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