Highly Caffeinated Soda Moving Quickly up the Speed Ladder
I highly doubt anyone will ever beat Red Bull as the Go to default for an Energy Drink. Many have tried, many have tasted better, were packaged better. But, one of the biggest marketing laws ever is “First In” will win continuously or at least for a very long time and Red Bull was First in on the Energy Drink Category. And, Look how long Coca Cola or Coke has lasted in the soda category? Yet, Club-Mate, a highly caffeinated soda from Germany is buzzing in all the right places to make it pretty massive fairly soon.
Berlin computer programmers were amongst the first early adopters in the early Aughts, next it hit the German Rave scene where expectedly it was mixed with Alcohol. Today (August 17, 2015) it’s stocked and ready for action at some of the most famous Hi-Tech companies including: Facebook, Kickstarter, and Gawker.
As it moves along the tech-track, it’s also highly visible where trends kick into gear fairly quickly including bodega’s in the Hipster areas of Brooklyn and the Lower East Side of NYC.
One more plus to the Club-Mate story is it’s made from Yerba-Matte. From my visits to healthy places like Whole Foods and Down to Earth in HI, I’ve been noticing a VERY high increase in the purchases of drinks containing this ingredient. I tried to switch from coffee to Yerbe-Matte about 5 years ago, but it was just a bit to jittery for me. But, the 18-28 year old crowd at the Health Food stores are buying this stuff up like crazy. In an informal survey, I’d say it’s the 22 year old female that likes this caffeinated treat the best. Thus, Club-Mate, just might be the real Next Big Thing! To see more about CB click http://www.clubmate.de/about-club-mate.html
A little side story, When I was in Berlin in 1996, I drank Red Bull every day. This special Berlin Concoction of the brand name was so potent (At the time 3x more caffeine than the American version eventually contained), I could only drink half a can in 3 hours. I’m 1 of those people that loves to track trends and look for the NBT, I figured this was it and I was finally going to be a millionaire. I brought back 4 cans of the coveted Red Bull, had a few friends over and gave them a couple. They loved the buzz, but didn’t quite like the taste all that much. I still thought it was my ticket to the Big $$’s. But as what used to happen to me, Life Happened and I went to work as I was supposed to and let my RB dream go on the wayside. It was about 2, maybe 3 years before it went big in the states.
Maybe, it’s time to get some of this Club-Mate out to Hawaii and make those Mills? Whatcha’ Think? Anyone tasted it? Seen it in their local little store or bodega? We call them little stores in Hawaii. I’ve yet to taste a Club-Mate, but if it comes from Berlin, where I tasted my first Red Bull, this should be pretty Big. LMK if you see it or taste it and what you think of it? Maybe we can all make some Money! See you on the Streetz. This Week, I’ll be checking out Straight Outta’ Compton, a couple local concerts and maybe, hopefully, finally making it to the beach before the Summer is over. Have a nice week!
No more writing on my hand!
2014’s Makiki Heat brings you the latest and greatest finds of our time. The first is so perfect for me. I remember back in the 80’s being called into the bosses office for being unprofessional for writing on my hands. For some reason, when I can’t remember to do something, I write it on my hand. Usually in very easy to see, indelible, black, bold sharpie ink. I did it in the 80’s and still do it now. It’s 2014 and someone has finally found a solution. Enjoy reading about the Echo Smartpen and the other 4 HOT topics for September 2014.
Top 5 for August 2014
Echo Smartpen: For 20+ years, I’ve been writing sharpie messages on my hand to remind myself of important things to do at work or to buy cat litter, which It seems, I’m continually running out and having to buy. Many Days I have a Big CL written on the palm of my hand. You may ask? Why don’t I type things on my iPhone, well I do, i just don’t seem to get the alert and it’s a hard habit to break out of after so many years. Along comes the Echo Smartpen from livescribe.com. Every message, drawing or even voice audio you write or say goes directly to your phone, tablet or computer. Hopefully this will be the cure for me and you and everyone around the world who may write on their hand, wall, or post it note. As of today (9/14/14) it’s a bit expensive at $120, but I suspect the price will go down soon. $120 livescribe available here.
Lokai Bracelet: My daughter found this HOT bracelet and already owns a couple of them. The first and coolest thing i noticed when she wore it was the way the light reflected off of it and gave it a mysterious glow. Later I found out that the white ball is filled with water from Mt. Everest and the Black ball has mud from the dead sea in it. According to something I read on the web, Mt. Everest is the Highest place on earth and the dead sea the Lowest. Here’s a picture of my daughter’s bracelet: (Various prices and places to purchase, Google it for the best deals of the day).
Tom Ford’s Luxe-Life Sneaker Line: Cool, sleek, classically 2014. Tom Ford’s new line of luxurious leather or velvet sneakers are the must have kicks for Fall 2014. They come in Hi-Tops which I prefer or the traditional Low-Top. Tom’s designed Black, Brown, Red, and White versions with the color on top accented with a white sole. An Awesome Go-To Kick that would go with practically anything in your wardrobe. These styling shoes are dope for a Sunday afternoon mint julep and charcuterie Pic-Nic, or You can Swank up your Sunday best for church and are a great choice to wear to the Polo grounds with your favorite Black, Dark Blue or Grey Sunday suit. Of course you can wear them any day you like. I just think they look like the perfect shoe for a Sunday. Tom Ford Sneakers in leather and velvet. Available here for $690-$990.
Warby Parker x The Standard Sunglasses: Summer maybe winding down. But these babies look great in and out of the sun, during the day or night. The frames are colored with the flavors and vibe of Whiskey Tortoise Matte, which works really well with people with various colors in their hair. And the Glass portion is a nice Movie Star Blue. Day or NIght/Night or Day/Suns Out or Moon Glowing, whenever you wear them, these will look hot and get you some cool looks. Available for a limited time Here for $95 plus tax and shipping.
I’ll Drink to That: Memoir by Betty Halbreich, Legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman. Betty is also the star and her career the theme of the movie and book of the same title, Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf’s. She has styled the rich and famous for over 40 years and along with Patricia Field dressed the gals in the ever so popular TV Show and movie; Sex and the City. The Book takes us from her childhood through some not so good years to the infamous career of styling the rich and famous including Meryl Streep (From the movie: The Devil Wears Prada) and Candace Bergen. I’ll Drink to That is Available Here for $18.18 or get the Kindle version for just $11.99 Here.
Don’t forget GOTHAM is almost here. It premieres on Monday September 22nd on Fox!
Studs&Spikes are Everywhere..Well almost..
When I was in NYC in December the biggest trend I noticed the most was the influx of Spikes and then Studs. I had heard from my friend at broke2gear that Spikes were big in Japan back in October, but didn’t quite realize how big they were in NYC. The Shoes had spikes, the jackets had spikes, Pants were spiked, even the newest SnapBacks were either spiked or studded.
I noticed the spikes the most since this was more different from I was used to, the studs I used to have back in the early 80’s but not on my clothes, me and most of my friends had basic black leather bracelets with silver studs and sometimes silver spikes on them. The Gals mostly had the spikes, since it was hard to get into Club 3-D with spikes on your jacket or wrist if you were a guy. They were pretty lethal when the mosh pit got going.
I usually get out of the cab as Astor And Broadway in NYC and walk str8t down the street. The first things I saw were studs and spikes on people’s shoes, then I spotted many shoes in the stores with them on in silver, Gold and copper. Next I saw a couple of jackets on people with long rubbery black spikes and even the FIT museum had Spikes on the Thom Browne Ivy League gear.
that’s what I like about being in Manhattan, I can actually see if something is real or just in the magazines or on a mocked up website. This Trend was real and I’m not sure but it seemed to be peaking and heading to the suburbs since I did see a bunch of sales on lots of the Spiked and Studded Shoes. But since looking around Hawaii a bit this past weekend, I didn’t see much of the trend here, so I know it still has a lot of growth. Even the Girl at Claire’s said she “wasnt selling too many spiked or studded gear and if she did it was to the more progressive group of teen fashionistas”.
So, let’s take a look at some of the fun Spiked and Studded Gear being worn and displayed around the world:
Now Here’s a prime example of lots and lots of silver spikes, I doubt this would play well in Hawaii, but would probably wear quite well in Manhattan. It’s a DERYCK TODD Diamond Dogs Hat. $276 at Patricia Field NYC.
Next up is a pair of Studded STUDmuffin Sweatpants. I kinda’ like these especially the fact that they have pockets. I just can’t tell if there are spikes on the back, I suspect not, that would seem pretty ouchy. But I do like the casual yet Hi-Fashion Street Vibe they give off. I think I could pull these off at an Industrial Dance DJ gig when I spin-out as Sniper Wells-Or I may chicken out, now I don’t own a pair so it doesn’t matter. I do like the fact that they are shorts and could work in HI. I think you can also get these from Patricia Field NYC also, but I think you need to put a special order in, then they make them for you. Hey- Did I mention they have pockets? I digress a bit, but for button down work shirts, I always buy the shirts with the pocket on the left for my iPhone and when I buy shorts I always get them with pockets and this may sound funny, but I need them to be deep pockets or I wont buy them. I had one pair of shorts without pockets that I tried to wear 2x but I locked myself out of my car, forgot my wallet in my back pack and generally couldn’t stay organized. And if the pockets arent deep enough everything spills all over my car and that just Does NOT work for me. Now, Here’s the picture:
Before I hit the studs and of course the Kicks, here’s a couple more intersting spiked Hats. One is a custom New Ear Cap, next is the Bright Yellow Hot Punk Hip Hop hat available here and the other is available on etsy.com
Check these watches out! You can get in on all the studly action in a very low-key way with the Vince Camuto Watches with understanded studs, bet you could even wear one of these babies to work. Show your inner Punk Rock personality without even getting judged wickedly wrong by a new client in the boardroom. Various styles available here:
And finally on to the Kicks!
First off a pair of for Women. If I was female, I would for sure want to rock these! And since I’m not a lady, I would for sure date a women who wore these. Made of Nice Solid strong bright steel, with Silver Zippers and a rich Purple sole. I don’t usually get too excited about women’s Kicks, But I do recommend these spiketacular 1:00AM fashion pieces. Would look nice with a purple accented black dress cut just below the knee with some dangling bright silver skull earrings! Ruthie Davis Stiletto F*&K-Me Pumps $1395 More information available here at Ruthie Davis:
And for Men-Some Classic Docs with silver Spikes on sale for $350 available here now:
See you on the streetz This weekend at U.H, watching the NFL Play-Offssomwhere and hopefully at Yoga Nidra on Sunday Night!
Well this video is one I don’t think I need to write much about. It’s just pretty awesome, maybe a little weird when you can actually get an mpee3 of it afterwords. But the gist of the concept is for sure fun as can B/Pee! so far it’s touring Brazil, but it really should be in the Hard Rock Cafe – I agree with my friend Aron who emailed me this sizzling vid. Maybe open up a place called Guitars and Bars and have it all across the country. What do you think?
These guys use camera’s and computer’s to let us know what the HOT colors or on the streetz in Paris, Antwerp and other fun European places. If they tried this in Waikiki, they would get lots of light brown, dark brown, white and flourescent red from all the various suntans-Not too much clothes happening during the day down in Waiks.
I guess this is somewhat cool? But me, I’d much rather just people watch and figure out what’s hot or not. Takes a lot of the fun out of it. But still kinda Cool Technologlicy. What do you think?
I’ll stay on the record and say that “Planking” has not reached its peak yet, people around the office still havent heard the word yet, let alone done it. Planking is not Dead. But, what is new today is the Leisure Dive. This one’s pretty funny-you pretty much dive or jump into a pool with beverage in hand looking like you’re leisurely lying on a beach, by a pool, or hanging in a hammock etc. Then your friend takes your picture in the Leisure position in mid-air. Its pretty funny and Hawaii will be one of the perfect places to do this new “plank” type of activity.
The pictures on the site are pretty funny, but The part I was most amazed with, was whoever put the site up already has T-shirts and hats made to sell to hard partying, Life Loving Leisure Divers. That’s some quick moving-Congrats!
Click here for the website on the Leisure Dive!
Since I wrote about planking I’ve been trying to get you some “Planking in Hawaii” Pictures. It seems harder than I thought. I find people all over the place planking, but they keep their planks on their iPhones and smartphones, they show them to me and that’s about it. I can’t seem to get them off their phones. But by this time next week, I will have some shots for you, gonna take them myself if I can find even 1 of my 3 digital cameras. Or if my friend loans me their iFlip, I’ll take some this Saturday at the LoveFest at Wet n Wild Hawaii. In the meantime here’s a Plank from Hawaii that I found on a website filled with hundreds of Planks from around the world. The site is called peopleplanking.com and their slogan is “Stiff as a board All around the World” This is a picture of a Plank Hawaiian Style at the Entrance to a Lava Tube. Pretty recent-It’s from July 4, 2011.
Today, I asked my friend KC for some planking pix because I know he has some. He said “Nope, planking is out, Owling is in”. I highly doubt planking is out, especially out here in the 808, it’s really just starting to catch momentum. I suspect it will stay going at least until Labor Day. Then like all trends all of a sudden you wake up and its over. Remember Pogs?
But being the interested street trend hunter that I am, I needed to find out what Owling was: It was easy to find, Hillary Duff Did it earlier today and it made it to the E!online website as you can see below:
Hilary Duff Does the Owl:
Definition of Owling seems to be: Crouch on anything with your kneesclosetogether with your chest and arms Str8t down. Trend or Publicity stunt for Hilary? LMK..seems like publicity stunt and it worked, I just wrote about her.
After seeing Owling, I looked for what else is going on and found this really fun video on Chuting from a girl who seems to also be a planking expert. Her Owling video can be seen below and from there you can check out her planking video which has many of the hottest planks from around the world on it.
Email me some planks, owls or chutes from Hawaii or anywhere else in the World and I’ll collect and post them up next week on streetzblog.com. Now back to Kicks and Clothes on the street..YEAH! But before that: I know I gotta do a plank in the stock room in the back of a Footlocker store-that would be fun and it’s always awesome to be so close to so, so, so many Jordans!!
My friend over at Power 104.3 – KC told me about planking yesterday, I looked at a couple of pictures on the internet and probably thought the same as you-“Are You Serious?” But today at Sandy Beach, my same friend KC from the KC and TAKA in the morning show gave me this picture of a hot beach babe planking at Sandy Beach. Wow! Here in Hawaii they are planking!
Planking is described by Wikipedia as being:
“An activity, popular in various parts of the world, consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body, and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the Internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. The location should also be as public as possible, and as many people as possible should be involved
In regards to planking, it seems fun, I guess I gotta’ try it sometime. But I do wonder? Did some Big Celebrity make this whole thing up and is now cracking up at all the people doing it? Who knows, but who cares, Let’s do some planking-comment below or email me your pix at email@example.com and I’ll post em’ on an upcoming blog. For more pictures and additional information I found a ton of cool stuff on planking, check out popdash.com or power1043.com Have fun planking this Summer!
Remember to email me some planks-Hey this could be a whole new blog! Maybe I should buy planking.com..LOL ALOT..OMG..blah..blah..ETC…I really have no more words to describe this HOT Summer Trend! Just Have fun, Be Safe, Email me some pix..Aloha!