PUMA KIDS LAB EVENT IN LOS ANGELES RECAP

Big Bad Wolf Kids, a street-inspired clothing for unordinary kids ages 2-10. Big Bad Wolf Kids is the only children clothing company who brings together renowned artists and brands from all over the world. Because of my love for art and collaborations and best of all, created in Hawaii, Big Bad Wolf Kids is pretty much the only gear my boys sport. I'm not worried when my boys get older because the unique brand branched out into adult sizes!

If you're out in Honolulu, Big Bad Wolf Kids HQ is located at South Shore Market located in Honolulu and available to purchase 24/7 globally online.

I was super stoked when my boys were lucky enough to be invited by Amy Wong, the mastermind behind Big Bad Wolf Kids, to a private event she planned and produced for Puma on July 24, 2017 located at Au Fudge.

Right when we entered, my boys went straight to the table full of markers and crayons and they created away! The event included art party decor by Amy's husband, Jasper Wong (I kinda wanted to stash a table cover in my purse to take home, LOL). The boys and other kids used their creative minds to design their own shoes using a blank Puma classic kicks. The Artists like Jasper Wong and Yoskay Yamamoto helped mentor the creative kids as well. Yummy kiddie finger foods were provided by Au Fudge and all the kids received awesome goodie bags from Puma and Big Bad Wolf Kids!

See photos after the jump...

Above photos by Ja Tecson.

Above photos by Irene Herbst.

Boys love anything arts and crafts. We cannot wait for another art adventure!

POW! WOW! LONG BEACH 2017 RECAP

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Robert and I always had the love for art.  Growing up in the 80s, living in an era when music, dance, and art united into a unique 'culture' that had a major impact in our lives.  When we found out about POW! WOW! Hawaii a few years back, we were super stoked and followed this 'one-of-a-kind' festival since. We are now glad to see it’s become a global art festival phenomenon.

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As a parent, a strong believer of art and visual communications (even more so because of my hearing loss), it is important to me to surround my children to learn the same culture awareness Rob and I were brought up.  Thanks to the mastermind behind it all, Jasper Wong, for bringing over a hundred international and local artist together to create murals and other forms of art in Hawaii and now around the globe, I'm able to show my children what art and creativity is all about.

Here's a good read about the benefits of art for kids by the artfulparent.com:

https://artfulparent.com/2016/01/the-benefits-of-art-for-kids.html

See photos below from POW! WOW! Long Beach 2017

You can follow #powwowlongbeach IG for more murals here:

https://www.instagram.com/powwowlongbeach/

CHESTER BENNINGTON, A LEGEND

When my husband and I first started dating in 2001, before I could legally drink...we both were a big fan of Linkin Park. Our favorite album was the Reanimation album because the music consisted of a mix of hip hop, rock, and animation. We followed LP everywhere we could, even had a major car accident on our way to one of their concerts which ended my black ‘99 civic sedan Robert had put so much work into.  That car loss didn’t even stop us from being loyal to LP. LP’s music just kept getting better and who would of thought they’d cover the soundtrack for our all time favorite movies, Transformer’s?

We even stood in line for hours just to meet them in person and get our CD's signed. Our relationship evolved around LP's music, like some of LP's lyrics knew our emotions, we'd stay quiet and just listened together. Whenever Chester sings, you can feel his emotions with his unique voice, which makes him a true legend and artist.  Chester had a voice like no other in the world.  We grew to love LP even more when they collaborated with X-ecutioners and Jay-Z. It's still unbelievable how Chester ended his life this morning, leaving his wife and 6 children behind.  The good ones are always gone way too soon.  The sun sets for you, Chester...RIP.

My favorite songs from the Minutes to Midnight album...

Shadow of the Day by Linkin Park

I close both locks below the window
I close both blinds and turn away
Sometimes solutions aren't so simple
Sometimes goodbye's the only way, oh

And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you
And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in gray
And the sun will set for you

In cards and flowers on your window
Your friends all plead for you to stay
Sometimes beginnings aren't so simple
Sometimes goodbye's the only way, oh

And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you
And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in gray
And the sun will set for you

Leave Out All the Rest by Linkin Park

I dreamed I was missing
You were so scared
But no one would listen
Cause no one else cared
After my dreaming
I woke with this fear
What am I leaving
When I'm done here?
So, if you're asking me, I want you to know

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest

Don't be afraid
I've taken my beating
I've shared what I've made
I'm strong on the surface
Not all the way through
I've never been perfect
But neither have you
So, if you're asking me, I want you to know

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest

Forgetting
All the hurt inside you've learned to hide so well
Pretending
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest

Forgetting
All the hurt inside you've learned to hide so well
Pretending
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are
I can't be who you are

LEAVES AND THANNGGSS

Who would really think I'd be into plants? I can't take care of plants, they will just die on me eventually no matter what I do. So I've been into air plants, no soil needed and no mess!

Just spray them with water a few times a week and you're all good! Lately, I find myself in the leaf cray. My pinterest feed is filled with so much leaves. Plus my boys love collecting leaves off the ground and they'd give to me to add to their leaves/rocks/branches collection. If you have kids, you'd know what I mean…kids and their leaves and rocks collection…even little twigs and branches. LOL.

See my plant board from Pinterest after the jump...


By the way, the 2nd Aloha for Jesus wallpapers for desktop and iphone is available for download here...

Desktop

iPhone

Can't wait to design more for Aloha for Jesus, so check back on the blog for the latest updates!

xoxo,

Irene Herbst

ROXY #RUNSUPYOGA RECAP

Ever since the last Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco held on October 2015, I've been in a verge looking for another women's marathon and thanks to my FB sponsor ad feed...I came across Roxy's #runsupyoga events.

Somewhat similar and yet, different, Roxy is just like a mini Nike Women's Half Marathon. It's a group of girls getting together, having fun, and staying fit. Unlike Nike, Roxy doesn't advertise much about this fun event so it doesn't need a lottery system.  Once the event is sold out, it's sold out and it's only $5 bucks for each activity: Run, Sup, Yoga. No matter how much I follow #runsupyoga each year and get on the website quickly as possible to register, SUP happens to get sold out, unless you have your own board then that's a different story.  I do need to invest in a SUP board one of these days.

As for the cost, $5 bucks for each activity event is nothing because at the end of the day, you pretty much get free things. For just the running activity itself, you also get a Roxy hat and a bag and if you sign up for yoga, you get a Roxy towel. You also get free things from Nektar Juice, Kindbar, Kona water, and more so #runsupyoga event is pretty much worth going every year minus the $15 parking, so it’s best to carpool with your girlfriends.

See below recap from yesterday's Roxy #runsupyoga event...

Hope to see you all there next summer! Check back soon or follow my secret run group on FB called #runaloha for updates and reminders!