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007 Needs His Classic Drink For The Proper Send-off

It looks like Daniel Craig will play James Bond one last time as he gets ready to be 007 once again for a film that will be released in November 2019. Many Bond fans were happy to see Craig take up the role of 007, but it looks like this one will be has last one. Craig didn’t feel like he needed to play as Bond in another film, but from the sound of it he is back at it again.

In celebration of the new, recently announced 007 film and in honor of Mr. Craig’s last go around portraying the debonair spy, Belvedere Vodka encourages you to raise a Belvedere Classic Martini, and toast Mr. Bond.

Belvedere Classic Martini

Ingredients:

2 oz Belvedere Vodka

.25 oz Lillet Blanc
Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir over ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a pink grapefruit twist.

Machine Gun Kelly Goes All 90s With Reebok

What do you get when you combine some cool looking kicks with one of today’s top musicians? You get a great crossover. Staring straight into the lens with a sly smile, rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly knows how to work a camera. In an abandoned warehouse he expertly poses while wearing Reebok’s Club C Overbranded silhouette, a shoe that among many things, includes a 90’s vintage logo as a nod to the era.

He’s confident yet playful, feeling the vibe and holding court at the abandoned warehouse of the Reebok set. The ’90s were a time of confidence, bold colors and fashion risks. Known for his unique fashion sense and edgier punk style, MGK steps away from the camera to tell us why he believes fashion is a way of self-expression.

“You can match your emotions with your clothing and say what you want without having to physically speak,” he says.

“When you’re an expressive person you don’t always want to just have to say how you feel or how you feel about yourself, so you can wear it instead.”

MGK is constantly picking outfits that speak to him, and if they don’t come with a little edge then what’s the point?

“If you don’t feel it, it won’t work,” he says. “It’s important to take fashion risks because if we didn’t there would be no evolution, things would never change.”

The Club C Overbranded pack will be available August 2nd on Reebok.com and select retailers around the world. The five solid footwear colors will retail for $84.99 with the all-over white print retailing for $89.99. The cap is priced at $65 and the hoody is priced at $28. For more information visit http://www.reebok.com/us/club_c

This Month’s Loot Crate Is Very Animated

Loot Crate’s July theme was Animation. In this month’s crate was items from Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, Futurama, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Supervising director Bernard Derriman of Bob’s Burgers had an interview in the Loot Crate magazine is a very good read.

There is a Bob’s Burgers Burger Box that contains 25 cards with recipes from The Bob’s Burgers Burger Box. Written by Loren Bouchard and the writers of Bob’s Burgers. The Animation Loot Pin depicts Gene in the burger mascot costume. There was also a Futurama Slurm koozie 2-pack. It seems that food or the kitchen was a secondary theme in this month’s create.

The item that was hilarious was the Loot Crate’s exclusive Rick and Morty “Peace Among Worlds” figure, which depicts Rick giving you two fingers! This will be a piece in my office that will be a conversation starter for sure.

The shirt for this month’s theme of Animation is the exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turtle van tee. It is a throwback to the animated series when I was a kid.  The shirt features a turtle shell pattern.

Like what you see? Get a subscription. August’s crate features items from Lord of the Rings, Adventure Time, and The Legend of Zelda. Make sure you subscribe by 8/19 at 9pm PST to get August’s crate!

There are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!

Celebrate Ice Cream Day With A Crown Royal Shake

This Sunday is you can celebrate National Ice Day in style. Since its launch last year, Crown Vanilla has been savored in an array of refreshments and cocktail recipes. What better way to cool off this summer than to chill out with a delicious and boozy shake? Crown Vanilla is sure to compliment any sweet treat but tastes exquisite in the recipe below created by Mixologist Brian Floyd, The Very Vanilla Shake. All you need to do is mix the ingredients together with a blender.

Very Vanilla Shake (Recipe created by Mixologist Brian Floyd)

1.5 oz Crown Royal Vanilla

2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

3 dashes of Molé Bitters

Reebok Looks To Debut Sneakers For Space

Reebok is known for making some out of this world sneakers, but I think they went above and beyond with their latest creations. Today, Reebok announced the creation of a brand new product, but not necessarily one that you would normally expect.

Teaming up with David Clark Company, Reebok has implemented its Floatride Foam technology—utilized in it’s top-of-the-line Floatride running shoe—in a brand new space boot, the Floatride Space Boot SB-01. The new boot is the first innovation in space-footwear in over 50 years, and was developed for an upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

In addition to the Space Boot SB-01, the development journey behind both Floatride Run and Floatride Space Boot, SB-01 has ignited another Reebok Running innovation that has potential to break even more barriers in footwear, with the Reebok Floatride 100g racer.

The Floatride Racer will feature a feather-lite midsole (weighing under an ounce), single layer engineered mesh upper and weight optimized full coverage outsole, and will be available for purchase in 2018.

Ted Danson Is Celebrating With Smirnoff

Looks like Ted Danson is coming back to the bar. Well not a remake of Cheers or a Cheers reunion, but his work with SMIRNOFF. The makers of SMIRNOFF vodka announce a new partnership with American actor, author and environmentalist, Ted Danson, as an extension of the SMIRNOFF No. 21 vodka campaign “Only the Best For Everyone.” As part of the partnership, SMIRNOFF worked with Danson to co-curate a comical series of short videos, which are now available to view on YouTube as of today, communicating in a cheeky way how SMIRNOFF vodka is made in America.  The SMIRNOFF No. 21 campaign is confidently candid about the brand’s great quality at an affordable price and reinforces SMIRNOFF as “the people’s vodka” to show that all people of legal drinking age, from your average Joe to swanky Hollywood stars like Danson himself, should be enjoying SMIRNOFF.

“Ted is a Hollywood legend and a natural partner to help bring the spirit of SMIRNOFF to life,” said Jay Sethi, Vice President, SMIRNOFF, Diageo North America.  “His light-hearted, fun and care-free personality is like a real life embodiment of our brand.  Ted is great at communicating our quality message in a down-to-earth and relatable way.”

SMIRNOFF’s campaign with Ted includes a handful of videos. While the series depicts different scenarios in which Danson tries to debunk the notion that he is inherently elitist and only likes expensive vodka because of his fame, they all share a candid, honest attitude and give a nod to Ted and SMIRNOFF’s down-to-earth, no frills qualities. As Ted himself comically states in one of the videos, “I have a lot in common with this brand. We’re award winning, we’ve got great taste, been around since 1864 and we’re both surprisingly cheap – wait what?!” All of the videos are now live online and some are slated to run on national television later this year.

“I’m delighted to be associated with Smirnoff Vodka and its century old tradition of award-winning quality, globally appreciated smoothness and affordability,” said Danson when discussing the partnership.

Smell Better With BILT

If you are tired of the same old soap you have been using we have some good news. There is a new company out there with some fantastic products. BILT, a new line of men’s bar soaps and body washes that offers a unique blend of STYLE and SUBSTANCE at accessible price points, are now available at 1,500 Walmart stores across the country. The new Minneapolis-based start-up is poised to meet men’s grooming needs as they continue to seek better skin care options by offering six unique scents inspired by exotic locations from around the world.

To help launch the brand, BILT has earned the endorsement of Steve Harvey, one of the hardest working men in business and entertainment, and whose personal values of style and substance forge a powerful connection with the brand.

“I’ve long believed that confidence is the foundation of a man’s success, but it’s hard to be confident when you’re not looking or smelling great. That’s why I love using BILT,” says unabashed gentleman and entertainer, Steve Harvey. “Their products are made with premium ingredients and they smell amazing. So good in fact, my wife won’t let me us anything else.”

BILT STYLE starts with the unique masculine scents inspired by aspirational global locations. “Havana Bay” blends the subtle essences of citrus and cigar that is evocative of exotic Cuban nightlife. “Prohibition” was inspired by the speakeasies of the roaring ‘20s, blending leather and oak barrel fragrances for a mature scent that is unlike anything found among mainstream brands. The unique scents, combined with bold, colorful packaging, helps BILT stand apart in a sea of boring products that over promise and under deliver.

“BILT believes STYLE without SUBSTANCE is hollow, so BILT products are made with premium ingredients that men need for clean, healthy skin,” said Ryan O’Connell, President, BILT Brand.  “The hefty 8 oz. bar soaps and generous 16 oz. body washes are formulated with natural vegetable bases, shea butter for moisture, and Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. BILT is also defined by what it doesn’t offer: all BILT products are free of parabens, sulfates, and gluten, and products are never tested on animals.”

For more about BILT products visit www.Biltbrand.com or head to www.facebook.com/biltbrand.

MTN Dew Presents The Russ Bot

Did you see Russell Westbrook at the ESPY’s? Well if not you missed him winning the award for Best Male Athlete at the 2017 ESPY Awards. So now Mountain Dew is continuing to celebrate his historic season by unveiling the one-of-a-kind “Assists from Russ” Messenger Bot, which will give consumers and NBA fans alike a unique inside look at the reigning NBA MVP.

The bot that was created by Mtn Dew, “Assists by Russ” lets NBA fans get inside of the mind of Russell Westbrook via scripted AI conversations.  The Russ Bot will have over 200 unique responses that answer questions across the style, fashion and art spaces – he’ll even “assist” fans on their fashion choices. The bot will also have a section that showcases his 2016/2017 season statistics so that fans can relive his record 42 triple-double performances and more.

Sounds cool? You can check it out the bot here!

The Alien Reebok Kicks Are Back

I am a big fan of the Alien films. For those who remember 1986 was a momentous year in cinema history. Not only did kick-ass heroine Ellen Ripley return to the silver screen in James Cameron’s Aliens, it also marked the debut of Ripley’s signature footwear: the iconic ‘Alien Stomper’ boots made especially for her by Reebok.

Answering the dreams of die-hard film fans and sneakerheads alike, Reebok will commemorate the moment by releasing a pair of highly collectible Alien Stompers this year. Drawing rich design details from the climactic duel between Ripley and the Xenomorph Queen, the ‘Final Battle’ pack is a nostalgic celebration of one of the most intense blockbuster finales in cinematic history.

The ‘Queen’ Alien Stomper was inspired by the gloss finish of the Xenomorph exoskeleton. A tribute to the deadly matriarchal villain, the shoes are assembled using high-sheen black patent leather and a toxic green glow that pulses beneath the translucent midsole as a nod to the Queen’s corrosive blood. To complete the ensemble, the Stomper’s signature forefoot strap is embroidered with ‘XX121’, the code designation given to the extraterrestrial species.

The ‘Powerloader’ Alien Stomper, inspired by Ripley’s battle-ready cargo suit, is an impressive work of art. Icy orange outsoles complement the striking ‘safety yellow’ leather upper, while red arrows reference the suit’s hydraulic movement. Debossed ‘PWL’ heel graphics and call-outs clarify the model’s identity, including the P-5000 serial number. As a nod to the canopy that protects Ripley during the final showdown, mesh panels overlay the Reebok logo, while quilting on the tongue and insoles evokes the industrial mechanoid’s upholstery.

The unisex sized shoes will be packaged inside an ornate box that is also dripping with symbolism. Reebok designers immersed themselves in the film’s folklore, combing the Internet for obscure visual references and freeze-framing repeatedly to unlock minute details hidden in the loading dock where the final battle takes place.

The Queen’s chamber (inner box) is decorated with an alien hive pattern, while the Powerloader bay (outer box) is modeled after the chamber that houses the suit. For the outer box, there is a green splatter that references the alien’s acid blood burning through the container as well as key design cues that take direct references to the outer lock door, and various hidden details that reference “Aliens” as well as Reebok mythography.  The inner box, inspired by the Alien Hive, has a distinctive pattern that hides Xenomorphs, face huggers, and eggs, and also incorporates design details from the body of the ship, including the iconic floor grates, air outtakes, and hazard stripes from the Powerloader.

The lavish cube is made by hand, using high-gauge cardboard which has been printed using multiple techniques and then debossed to add depth and texture. Tucked away safely inside, each shoe is stored in a separate drawer.

If you are in New York City, on Monday, July 17, 2017, the Reebok FitHub will give early access to purchase one of 50 Alien Stomper packs, ranging in unisex sizing from 4 to 13.  Consumers will receive custom Alien-inspired pins as a gift with purchase. Consumers will also have the opportunity to purchase limited edition, numbered unisex T-shirts (7 designs total) inspired by the Alien Stomper.