Invisible by day, reflective by night 

27 Feb

Running or walking at night is dangerous, the road are not always well lit and we are invisible to the cars because of the dark colors we are wearing.

I’m not fan of the yellow reflective safety vest because it’s not really a fashion item (doesn’t match my style) …

I found something better … something invisible by day and that makes me visible by night … thanks to the Albedo 100 reflective spray.

How does it work?

  • Shake well the spray can
  • Start spraying your clothes, shoes, backpack, …

Invisible by day, the reflective particles will be revealed by the lights of the cars!

Wash your clothes and the spray will disappear, then spray again.
I ordered my spray can on Amazon.

My first spray was for my shoes and black backpack.

I cut a carton in the shape of a flamingo of and sprayed it on my black backpack. Not really happy of the result, it’s not invisible on the black textile … maybe I sprayed too close or over sprayed … I will try again.

Then I sprayed my brand new kicks from Vans. Pretty cool and like promised invisible by day and reflective when lit. I wore them during a snow storm in NYC, walking in the snow and it’s still reflective!!

This is fun, and really answers a need for road safety when you walk, run, bike or skate at night.

PS:  did you know they also even invented a spray for your favorite pet!!!

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Walking on clouds 

16 Jan

… or skating on cushion?

For the past months, I’m trying to do tricks with my brand new skateboard and it hits hard on the feet, ankles and knees …

Watching the videos on YouTube to improve my style, I discovered the FP insoles which promised the almost total absorption of shocks thanks to their smart insole (impact neutralizing artificial cartilage … as they say on the package).

In no time I ordered the KingFoam insoles (7mm thick).
How does it work? The shocks are converted before reaching my body … sounds promising.
I received my smart insoles, inserted in my skate shoes (Vans Old Skool) and off I was to practice my moves (ollies, shuve it, frontside 180, …).
The technology is called arti-lage (artificial cartilage foam) which absorbs up to 90% of impact energy before it reaches the body.

The foam adapts to each step.

The absorption of shocks is far more important than any other insole on the market (check the cool test by Braille benching different insoles).

Do I like it?
YES!! and I wear them everyday. It really change the game and I keep them for walking during the day. The price is reasonable and ranges from $24,95 to $44,99 and I love the design.
PS: it works also if you don’t skate 😉

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What are the odds?

9 Jan

I never play any games or lottery as I never win, the odds seem to be against me …
Once upon a time, there was this super cool safety bag I discovered on Kickstarter …

It was called the Loctote bag and was basically a drawstring bag … or so you thought … actually it’s a personal safe. It will safely store your valuable (at home, at the beach, at the hotel, …) and you can be sure that they will wait for you to come back.

So, once upon a time … Loctote organised a contest, I participated and … against all odds, I won!

I just received my Loctote drawstring bag before Christmas and now I’m sharing its uses with you.

First, this bag is made with a very resistant material.
So resistant that you can try to cut it open with your sharpest knife and it won’t leave a scar (watch your fingers though). You can’t also try cut its strings, won’t work. No more slashing!

Second, the Loctote bag comes with 2 grommets. You will secure it tight with a provided 3-number lock, no more unwanted hands in your bag. Then you can tie it to a pole, a chair, … whatever that is heavy and difficult to move. You can rest safely nobody will run away with your Loctote bag. 

Third, the Loctote contains an interior pocket which is RFID-blocking. Perfect to store the payement cards and passports. No more picking data. 

Fourth, the Loctote is water resistant. Even better. 

Away, I use my Loctote bag as a personal safe when I travel as I need to store the valuables l don’t want to carry with me like my passport, bank cards, cash, …. I tie it to some fixed or very heavy furniture in my hotel room and I can have a ride in my skateboard with peace of mind. 

At home, I store my social security card, check book, …
Thanks Loctote, it’s a great versatile bag perfect for home and away … and I am an happy winner. 

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Xmas list 2016

9 Dec

It’s that period of the year again when you give “discrete” hints to  close ones about what you would like under the Christmas tree … So mom, please pick the hints …

1. The best hoodie ever! Made in America by American Giant … for the chilly nights in Miami, $89

2. I eat sushis almost everyday, so I need chopsticks made with … recycled skateboards, $25

3. The brand new pocketable backpack  “Azimut Pack” … technical and versatile … is so for me, from Triple Aught Design, $120

4. I need a bedside lamp but no any lamp … the very bright and design portable Lumio light I saw at the Moma NYC will be perfect, $190

5. I’m always lost without a Philippe screwdriver, a cutting hook or a SIM card pick … it’s a bracelet! The “Thread” bracelet is the first wearable multi-tool by Leatherman, $165

6. To improve my skateboarding skills, I think that custom Vans will help … $90 for the Old Skool with suede.

7. I would fancy a painting of myself skating by artist Le Closier to hang above the chimney

8. I would like a furry friend … a dog from the shelter Urgent Dogs Of Miami

Have a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah!!

 

Wrestling in the mud or spreading green clay?

23 Nov

Wrestling in the mud or spreading green clay?
Recently I started racing pumptracks, now I’m testing my balance and coordination doing tricks with my new skateboard …
You don’t make omelet without breaking eggs … I’m the egg … I get road rash, cuts and of course bruises … not good during the bermuda season in sunny Miami … I needed a solution … and I did found it with the green clay paste from the Clayers!

Let’s talk to Thibault (aka Tibs) the founder of the Clayers.
Who are you Tibs? How did you discover green clay?
I’m a professional skateboarder (@tibsparise) and I have been using the french green clay in France when I got injured. I healed up my knee, rashes and other wounds. I discovered it from a friend.
But since I’m in the USA, I couldn’t find this product I trust and love, so I decided to make it and share it.

What’s the green clay?
The French Green Clay is technically mud, but it is really rich in minerals and help the healing of injuries and skin issues. It’s natural and has been used for centuries, Cleopatra, soldiers, and more people have been using it.
French green clay is composed of different clays, illite, kaolin, montmorrillonite, bentonite and/or others.

Where is it coming from?
You can find green clay all around the World, but the one we use and have is from a volcanic area in France. It’s certified USDA Organic, it’s composed of 3 differents pure clay, which makes it unique and the purest in the world. Our clay is even scientifically proven. We have been picky on the choice of our ingredients, we care about quality.

How do you apply it?
The application is different as a cream, you have to apply a thick layer on the wound or skin condition, and let it dry. The more you apply, the more it absorbs and remove toxins. Just do not let it dry out on your face.

What can it heal?
It can heal inflammations, road rash, joint pain, bruises, sore muscle and more, also skin condition like acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburns and burns.

What are the range of products available?
Right now we have

  • the Classic Clayer ready to use paste that you can use on everything we said above, it’s composed of our high quality French Green Clay and Alkaline water from Carlsbad California (6floz for $24)
  • the French Green Clay powder (20oz for $49)is available for your DIY facemask or poultice.

Thanks Tibs, this clay seems very interesting.
Actually, I’ve been testing it for some weeks now and I love it!
The great thing about the green clay is that it works too if you don’t skate … sprain ankle, tired muscles, … it will work miracles for anyone.
Do I like it? Yes!
Because it’s organic, because it’s easy to use and because it works!

Thanksgiving is around the corner and our friends from the Clayers are offering 40% OFF for Black Friday Week!

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Smelly goats or not … NOT!

10 Oct

I met goats which smell liked toasted marshmallows, lily, mint, …

More seriously, I discovered the Barn Lab soap through a friend, and it’s a real discovery.
Barn Lab is about producing handcrafted artisan soap made with pure goats milk and blend of oils and scents.

Exactly what we need after a long day at work!

Let’s discuss those high quality soaps with Clint the founder of BarnLab.

1/ How did it all started, how did you become and entrepreneur?
Why did you chose to handcraft soap bars? 

It started as a hobby which was spawned from a desire to create something tangible – something that I could hold in my hand and say “This. I made this.” I’ve always had the compulsion to break things down into their simplest components and put them together again myself. To literally create from scratch. For example, I started grinding my own flour to make bread because buying flour from the store wasn’t enough. I wanted to dig deeper. Finally, I wanted to make something that was creative, but was ultimately useful and what is more universally useful than soap? I started to research and dig and learn about all of the terrible chemicals in commercially produced soap and wanted to make something with as few ingredients as possible and that’s what we make at BarnLab. Our soap has literally 6 ingredients.

2/ Why goats?
What do they bring extra to the plate?
How many goats do you have?

Goat milk contains AHAs which naturally and gently exfoliate dead skin cells while the high fat content of goat milk and vitamins found within hydrates and nourishes the skin. I currently source my goats milk from 3rd party vendors, but hope to one day have some goats of my own who can also double as brand mascots. 🙂

3/ Where is your Lab?
What’s the process, from the goat to the beautiful bear, owl-shaped soap bars?

The Barn is located in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York just a few miles west of where the original Woodstock took place. It shares 3 acres with our 180 year old farmhouse. 

The soap making process requires precision and safety (we’re dealing with caustic chemicals) but is fairly straightforward. In simplest terms, you melt down and mix your oils – in my case that’s olive, coconut, sweet almond & walnut oils. Separately you dissolve lye in frozen goat milk. I then combine the oils with the lye/milk and mix until it starts to thicken, add essential oils, mix until dispersed and then pour into molds. They stay in the molds for at least a day and then they are cut into bars where they must cure for 4-6 weeks to harden.

4/ Where can we find the Barn-Lab soap? 

You can find us at ShopBarnLab.com.

5/ Which one is your best seller?

The soap that started it all and my personal favorite is our Campfire soap it ruggedly, masculine and smokey. Our top seller is our Honeysuckle soap. Additionally, we just launched some new scents (Champagne, Lilac & Ivy League) that we are really quite excited about.

 Thanks Clint and we wish you all the best with your soaps. I love them and I will become a regular! 

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We have a YouTube channel

1 Oct

Check our skateboard adventures on our YouTube channel! 

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