Designed By Me, For Me: The Mean Green 574s from New Balance

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I was recently invited to attend New Balance’s ‘Design It. Share It. Wear It.’ Event celebrating the new 574 customization kiosk at the New Balance Experience Store on Fifth Avenue.

The event was well attended by editors, bloggers and New Balance fanatics, including myself. Draft beer from Sixpoint Brewery was poured all evening alongside hotdogs and hamburgers from Bark.

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Event atmosphere. #newbalance #NBNYC #NBNYC574

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Sixpoint Brewery
is located in Redhook, Brooklyn and has become my new favorite local brewery. #sixpointbrewery

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I had one of each from Bark… And both were really good! #noshame #barkhotdogs

 

In addition to great gift bags, custom shirts with Five Seven Four and Made In The USA (which reminded me of Miley Cyrus) imprinted on the front were made on-site and given away. They also had several big giveaways, including a trip to Maine, that were raffled off throughout the evening. Although I didn’t win any of the giveaways, I did walk away from the event with a free, new pair of my own customized New Balance 574s!

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Custom shirts were made and given away on-site. #madeintheuse #mileycyrus

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DJ Mars, a self-proclaimed New Balance fanatic, emceed the event.

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Atmosphere.

All guests were treated to the opportunity to customize their own 574s using the new customization kiosk at the New Balance Experience Store. From the sole and the shoe laces to the logo embroidery and the tongue label, every element of your 574s can be customized using the extremely easy-to-use customization kiosk. You can also name your 574s.

Here are my custom New Balance 574s, The Mean Green, designed by me, for me:

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If you can’t make it to New Balance’s Experience Store, need not worry! You can also design your own 574s on New Balance’s website. A custom pair of New Balance 574s cost $139.95.

The event also celebrated and recognized New Balance’s continued commitment to manufacturing products in the United States.  For more than 75 years, New Balance has been committed to creating quality products in the United States. Believe it or not, New Balance is one of the only athletic shoe manufactures that can make this claim (which is all the more reason to celebrate!).

Follow me on Instagram (@justinbreton) to see where I take my custom 574s, The Mean Greens! 

 

The New Balance Experience Store is located at 20th Street and 5th Avenue.

Happy Halloween: Scary Laughs with Ellen

If I had to guess, I’d say that Ellen DeGeneres’ favorite holiday is Halloween! Take a look at Ellen’s epic Nicki Minaj costume this year! I mean… Those boobs!

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Furthermore, she gets a rush our of scaring guests on her show throughout the entire year. Take a look at some of her most memorable scares:

There was Taylor Swift.

 

Selena Gomez.

 

Adam Levine.

 

Miley Cyrus.

 

Sean Hayes.

 

Emily VanCamp.

 

Taylor Swift again.

 

And again.

 

And again.

 

And… Again!

 

And the list of guests goes on and on and on.

Of all the people Ellen has scared over the past few years, my favorite, year-after-year, is her writer Amy. Each Halloween, Ellen sends Amy to a haunted house and films her fear. Amy’s reactions are similar to mine always worth a good laugh.

 

Check out Amy’s haunted house adventures from the last four years:

 

2013: Universal Studios Walked Dead Tour

 

2012: Haunted Hallway at Ellen’s Studio

 

2011: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

 

2010: Universal Studios Hollywood Haunted House

 

I hope you enjoyed Ellen’s tricks on Amy as a little treat!

Happy Halloween!

New Music: Kelly Clarkson “Underneath The Tree”

Kelly Clarkson can do no wrong in my eyes.

Her voice is flawless.

She’s down to earth.

And she’s really funny. Just read her quick VMA recap:

 

Well, Kelly is back with her first Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, set to be released on October 25. The album will include covers of Christmas classics and original material.

 

Check out Kelly’s lead single from the album, which is likely to be an instant classic, “Underneath The Tree.”

 

Also, check out the Kelly’s cover of “White Christmas” from the album.

 

I guess Christmas came early this year!

The Perfect Fall New York City Day Trip

Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is perfect, the foliage is beautiful and the city doesn’t smell as bad. Even still, it’s nice to get out of the city and enjoy fall as its meant to be enjoyed… Outside!

Before its too cold and the leaves have fallen to the ground, take a day trip out east to the North Fork of Long Island for pumpkin picking, wine tasting, lobster rolls and a beautiful beach sunset.

Here’s an easy, fun North Fork day trip guide:

1. On your ride out east, stop at one of the many pumpkin patches.

If you’re driving out east in the fall, you’re definitely going to pass a handful of farm stands with pumpkins, corn mazes, mums, vegetables and cows. Stop at one. We stopped at one and fed cows. It was disgusting fun!

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2. Get a little buzzed at one of the North Fork’s vineyards.

There are so many vineyards to choose from in the North Fork. However, try to avoid those with limos and buses full of douche bags.

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A must-visit vineyard is Croteaux Vineyard. It’s family-owned and set in an intimate backyard barn setting. It was by far my favorite of all the vineyards we visited.

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Another must-visit vineyard is Kontokosta Winery. It’s a new, modern vineyard located on the water that sells affordable bottles of wine for sharing. It makes for enjoying your wine by the water easy.

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3. Enjoy a lobster roll and explore Greenport Village.

Greenport Village is a quaint little town also located on the water with cute shops and restaurants. We went to Claudio’s Clam Bar and enjoyed lobster rolls, homepage potato chips and pumpkin beer.

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4. Walk around Orient and stop by The Candy Man and General Store.

Orient is a quiet town located at the tip of the North Fork. It was fun to walk around and see The Candy Man, General Store, old School House and waterfront houses.

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5. Enjoy the sunset at Orient Beach State Park.

Orient Beach State Park is a beautiful, relaxing place to end your day and watch the sunset. It’s also pretty romantic.

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Happy National Coming Out Day!

Happy National Coming Out Day!

If you’re in the closet and thinking about coming out… Today’s the day!

 

Anderson Cooper did it.

 

Jim Parsons did, too. And he doesn’t care.

 

Neither does Jane Lynch.

 

it took time, but Lance Bass finally came out of his doll box closet.

 

So did Neil Patrick Harris. Rock on!

 

Listen, the hardest part is telling your parents.

 

At first, they might think it’s just a phase.

 

It’s not.

 

Some may think it makes them cool. It does.

 

But, most parents just don’t care.

 

Because…

 

In the end, your parents will always love you.

 

Next, tell your friends.

 

They probably already know.

 

Your friends also don’t care.

 

I mean… Britney went gay once.

 

Almost twice.

 

And we all know about Ricky Martin.

 

Simply put… Just be proud of who you are!

 

Congratulations on being out! Next up… Equality for all.

 

And remember… It gets better!

New Music: The 1975 “Chocolate”

I couldn’t understand most of what they were saying the first time I listened, but I immediately liked the beat and flow of the song. After a few more listens (and a deep dive into the lyrics), the song really grew on me.

I think my boyfriend was pretty proud of himself for introducing me to something new that isn’t Britney. He did well.

Check out The 1975’s “Chocolate.”

Happy National Sake Day!

I was recently invited to celebrate the one year anniversary of Koi at Trump SoHo with an intimate dinner and sake pairing for a 25-plus group of bloggers, editors and influencers.

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Anniversary Tasting Menu.

 

Upon arriving, we were immediately greeted with The Big Apple, a tasty fall cocktail made with sake, in the Lounge Bar before being brought upstairs to the Library for a brief meet-and-greet with one another. Of all the spaces we saw, the Library (which has a fireplace!) was definitely my favorite.

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Editors, bloggers and influencers… Oh my! Dining in the Private Dining Room.

 

We were then brought into the Private Dining Room where Executive Chef Richard Lee, Executive Sushi Chef Nobuhira Hamazaki and General Manager Justin Gonzalez walked us through each course and paired sake.

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Omakase with Tenryo Koshu Junmai DaiGinjo Sake.

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Koi Crispy Rice with Shirakawago “Nigori” Junmai DaiGinjo Sake.

 

Overall, the menu was a perfect overview and introduction to some of Koi’s signature dishes, including Koi Crispy Rice. Everything was delicious and nicely paired. I would highly recommend Koi at Trump SoHo. The atmosphere is gorgeous and the food is amazing.

Oh, and…

 

HAPPY NATIONAL SAKE DAY!

In celebration of National Sake Day, visit Koi SoHo and treat yourself to The Big Apple.

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The Big Apple.

 

The newly introduced specialty cocktail is the perfect combination of fall flavors (apple and cinnamon) with a healthy serving of sake. It’s not too sweet. It’s not too strong. It’s just right.

Koi SoHo is located inside Trump SoHo at 246 Spring Street in SoHo.

New Music: Katy Perry “Walking On Air”

I liked “Roar.”

I didn’t like “Dark Horse.”

I love “Walking On Air.”

Of the three singles currently released from Katy’s forthcoming album, PRISM, “Walking On Air” is by far my favorite. It’s got an infectious beat with catchy verses.

I’m actually really looking forward to Katy’s new album.

Check out Katy’s “Walking On Air.”

 

Also, check out Katy’s “Dark Horse.”

 

Katy’s third studio album, PRISM, will be released on October 22.