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Archive for October, 2012

Jessica Szohr Skinsuits For SoBe Lifewater


It’s a jungle out there. And to tame it, ‘Gossip Girl’ actress Jessica Szohr sheds her inhibitions—and unleashes her inner lizard — in Costa Rica, wearing nothing but a pair of SoBe Lifewater  skinsuits to launch new SoBe Lifewater with electrolytes. The sultry photo spread, the second installment of the SoBe Lifewater skinsuit series,  appeared exclusively in the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Wearing nothing but her SoBe Lifewater skinsuits, Jessica explores the danger and delights of the Costa Rican jungles, from the indigenous lizards of the tropical jungle to the graffiti lizards of the urban jungle as brought to life by celebrated street artist Gualicho. Jessica lights up the tropical jungle in an electric SoBe Lifewater skinsuit inspired by the bottle of  Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade. Meanwhile in San Jose’s urban jungle, Jessica becomes part of the pulsating energy of the street scene, with bold hand-painted scales designed to reflect the bottle of SoBe Lifewater Macintosh Apple Cherry. Always blending the unexpected, Jessica’s SoBe Lifewater skinsuits show just how tempting SoBe Lifewater with electrolytes can be.

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Tokyo’s Capsule Hotel


The capsule concept has been around for at least 30 years, starting out as lodging for businessmen working or partying late who missed the last train home and needed a cheap place to crash.

Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane


All featured art work were created by sculptor Ray Villafane, who uses common clay carving tools to create terrifyingly cool carved pumpkins with faces.  As an art teacher in high school, Ray was asked to carve a pumpkin for the upcoming Halloween. He decided to look at it as working with his well-known clay, instead of a big vegetable. As the kids loved the result, they started bringing him more and more pumpkins to carve, and Ray started getting even more creative with them.

Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm


Disney announced Tuesday that it is acquiring Lucasfilm LTD, including the Star Wars franchise, for $4.05 billion in stock and cash. In a press release announcing the acquisition, Disney announced that Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for a release date in 2015 and that “more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.” On a conference call, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that in addition to Episode 7, episodes 8 and 9 are also in the works. The goal, Iger said, was to “release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years.” This is Disney’s third major brand and studio acquisition in the last ten years. In 2006, the company acquired Pixar for $7.4 billion. In 2009, Disney acquired Marvel for $4 billion. Lucasfilm co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy will become president of Lucasfilm under Disney and serve as Star Wars brand manager. George Lucas will serve as a creative consultant. The other subsdiaries of Lucasfilm, LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic and SKywalker Sound are also moving to Disney. The plan is to keep all Lucasfilm employees at its current San Francisco headquarters. What do you think of this merger between two of the biggest entertainment brands in the world?

Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Concept


Lexus has unveiled an updated version of its Lexus LF-LC hybrid concept. The biggest change to the design is the new Opal Blue exterior color – according to Lexus, the new shade is inspired by the lustrous color found in semi-precious opal stones in the Australian Outback. The hybrid concept system named Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, features an Atkinson cycle engine which is mated to an advanced high-energy battery pack that is designed to deliver greater power from a smaller battery than those currently used in Lexus’ range of hybrid vehicles. Combined, the LF-LC Blue concept’s hybrid powertrain packs 500 horsepower, which is more than any other Lexus hybrid. LF-LC Blue is a preview of what the future may hold for sports cars.

Wooden Mosaic Sculptures By Haroshi


Haroshi makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece. Being the big fan of skateboarding Haroshi began to make art pieces (i.e. recycling) by using skateboards. The most important style of Haroshi’s three-dimensional art piece is the wooden mosaic. In order to make a sculpture out of a thin skateboard deck, one must stack many layers. But skate decks are already processed products, and not flat like a piece of wood freshly cut out from a tree. With his experience and almost crazy knowledge of skateboards, Haroshi is able to differentiate from thousands of used deck stocks, which deck fits with which when stacked. After the decks are chosen and stacked, they are cut, shaven, and polished with his favorite tools.

Sorel And Concepts Combine For Line of Exclusive Boots


Boston-based concept label Concepts (CNCPTS), part of the The Tannery of Boston and Cambridge, has worked with traditional outdoors label Sorel to create a new line of two exclusive winter boots, the Kitchener Caribou and the Sentry Leather & Tweed. Since 1962, SOREL has been producing high-quality technical footwear designed to stand up to the worst of conditions. The Sentry boot is apparently inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s outdoor experiences at Walden Pond, later summed up in his famous transcendetalist tome Walden. The Kitchener Caribou mixes a more urban feel with a camo print, and is designed to be as easy to wear as a sneaker, while also being fit for the wilderness.

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