Passion Chat with Artist Bob Layton

At Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016 in San Jose, California, we chatted with artist Bob Layton about passion. Bob reinvented the Iron Man comic in the late 1970s. Learn more about his passion and what he’s excited about every morning.


Have a beautiful day! – And let your inner beauty shine!

© 2016, Fish and Cars. All Rights Reserved.

Stories | Re-exploring Magic Marketplace

IMG_3876Rene Lacoste says, “Without style, playing & winning are not enough.” And it is true. These are my stories:


What does a terrarium have to do with style? A terrarium is a vivarium for smaller land animals typically in the form of a glass. At makers kit, one could create your own mini-world full of lush green plants and red and blue dinosaurs. A beautiful terrarium will certainly add a dash of style (including fresh air) into your space.


Photographers work hard at Magic. Here, I was honored to see a talented photographer at work, photographing a pair of sunglasses, then photographing a jacket. I then photographed the photographer.


This summer, I learned a lot about Clarks’ history and how they make shoes. For example, this is a pair of Clarks Wallabees. I love the quality, comfort and durability of Clarks shoes.


There are a number of artwork at Magic, and I could watch each artist paints his masterpiece.

FullSizeRender 11

Every year, I visit Mighty Fine, and of course, this year, Deadpool is the hero, or anti-hero.


I love shoes! and it is always refreshing to discover designers with unique style. Christopher Coy is one of the designers. Their designers include comfort in heels that you could walk miles in – in style.

Thank you, Magic Marketplace, for giving me this opportunity – with all of my heart.❤

Let your outer and inner beauty shine! everyday.

© 2016, Fish and Cars. All Rights Reserved.

Embrace the Goddess in You

 

IMG_2593
2015 Big Wow, San Jose

“Being brave enough to just be unapologetic for who you are, that’s a goddess.” — Banks

Outer Beauty

Each Goddess at Big Wow wears beautiful garments, jewelry and scent to honor her inner beauty, femininity and temple of her body.

1.  Her Outer Beauty is Timeless.  A Goddess leans toward clothing, accessories and shoes that are timeless. They represent the values that she deeply believes in, not confined by time. For example, if she has a higher consciousness for animals, she will not wear leather or fur, even if leather or fur is in season.

2. Wear Pieces that Embody Wholeness.  Embracing her entire body and soul, a Goddess favors clothing that embody wholeness – the integration of her polarities, both good and bad. She knows who she is, and her value. Therefore, her clothing represents her as a whole.

3. Appreciate Movement and Flow.  Instead of materials that are restrictive, a Goddess prefers flexible materials that allow movement and flow. She moves across land as if she owns it, her heads up, her feet firm. No clothing, accessories, or shoes pull her back. She just is.

Inner Beauty

At Big Wow, Goddesses possess the following inner beauty:

1. She Loves Who She Is.  A Goddess knows who she is – her strengths and her weaknesses, things she love about herself and things she may not like about herself – and she accepts them all. She loves who she is. Only if she chooses to evolve, she consciously makes decisions to grow and takes actions to do so.

2. She is Brave. Many women are afraid to speak and live her truth. A Goddess, however, lives her truth and is not afraid of what other people think of her. For example, if a third person wants the Goddess to do something she doesn’t want to do, she wouldn’t do it and respectfully explains why, stating her truth.  She is brave.

3. She Goes After Her Purpose.   Realizing that life is short, a Goddess seeks her purpose, and when she finds it, she goes after it with all of her heart, soul and might.

Have a beautiful day! – And let your inner beauty shine!

© 2015, Fish and Cars. All Rights Reserved.

Thrive to be a Man With Character

 

 

photo (1)

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”—Malcolm S. Forbes.

Outer Beauty

New York city is defined by millions of yellow taxis and large crowds. Some people say that this city is full of arrogant assholes. Some people even say that they deserve to carry such pretension merely because they survive thrive in such a hard beautiful city. I say that New York city is full of millions of individuals, each with his own unique story. And here, New York to me, as a person, is defined by the men and women who laid on the tiny grass of Central Park at night, taxi drivers who refused to charge me any fees, poets with their vintage typewriters drafting a poem for $0.25, restaurants with Japanese toilets that caused a few giggles (and screams) among girls and pool places where good friends hang out. She is strong, fun, flexible.

I am sitting on a lounge chair of the Square booth after cruising Project New York. I admit – I love PoolTradeShow, where designers and artists display new items specifically for the boutique market. And I am amazed that I found a company, Solid Threads, that make “clothing with character.” As Brian Carr, founder of Solid Threads, told me his story, I was pleasantly surprised – a clothing company that cares about character. One by one, I am finding, speaking with, being connected to, individuals whom not only have the strength to build companies from scratch, they carry the strength that change the world around them – beyond the successful companies that they have built. And that is truly awesome.

The tees speak for themselves – buy one at http://www.solidthreads.com. Wear one with a pair of jeans or khakis and you’re set!

Inner Beauty

Project New York features clothing, accessories and shoes for men. Beyond physical beauty, men with character are sexy because of the following:

1. Men with Character Do What is Right. Character is who you are when no one is looking. Men who have character choose to do the right thing even when no one is looking. He is not perfect and he does not always choose the correct course of action. However, he makes things right. He makes a commitment and follows through with it. He thrives to be a better man.

2. Men with Character are Courageous. He has fears. In fact, he is afraid of many things. However, he has the courage to respond to fear. When he is afraid of his emotions (which he has bottled up), he is not afraid to face it – to feel the pain, to experience it, to walk toward his emotions. When he wants to run away, he marches toward resolution – working with another individual, diminishing problems instead of allowing problems to destroy relationships (whatever type it is).

3. Men with Character are Humble.  He has the confidence and courage to be vulnerable – He does not need to be always right, first and the best, and he could and would admit it when he is wrong. They could step aside, observe their past actions and say that they’ve made mistakes. And such mistakes are what make us human, what make us stronger, grow a little bit deeper.

Have a beautiful day! – And let your inner beauty shine!

© 2014, Fish and Cars. All Rights Reserved.

Buy an Item; Save the World

Fish and Cars“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.” — Pearl S. Buck

Outer Beauty + Inner Beauty

As a consumer, I attempt to shop consciously. I purposefully avoid spending money at companies that exploit and/or violate the human rights of mankind to make a dime. Thus, I was happy to meet a number of social entrepreneurs at Magic Marketplace in Las Vegas, Nevada whom have started something that matters – and allow you to save the world, one item at a time.

I truly believe that their products will allow you to show your outer beauty, as you will feel wonderful wearing their comfortable, beautiful creations, while, at the same time, empower your inner beauty to shine, as you are saving the world just by purchasing their products – by choosing to be part of something that matters.

1.   José Alejandro Flores, Founder & Jimmy Flores, Marketing, VOS Flips.

José and Jimmy both intended to attend a panel on social media at Magic Marketplace, where we accidentally met. Thinking that they were from the Silicon Valley, I asked, “Are you from San Jose?” No, they are not from San Jose! From Texas and with the motto of “afford to care,” VOS Flips creates soft and comfortable flip-flops made out of genuine rubber from Hevea Brasiliensis (natural rubber trees in Guatemala).

VOS Flips allows you, the consumer, to change the world, to care about the world around you, to make your world a better place. In fact, VOS means “you” throughout Central and South Africa. Thus, you are empowered to make a difference – by simply purchasing a pair of flip-flop.

VOS Flips saves the world not only by aligning with the United Nation Global Compact in its business practices, but it also cares by building on site schools in its sourcing community, providing educational supplies, establishing its first health clinic and of course, making sure everyone’s feet is happy.

Fish and Cars
(A pair of 
VOS Flips)

Providing School Supplies
(Source, VOS Flips, providing school supplies).

Educationd
(Source, VOS Flips, educating children in the community)

2.   Christian and Steven Cremer, Founders, B Frog.

I asked Christian and Steven the meaning behind “B Frog” when I first met the brothers at Magic Marketplace. In the Mayan culture, frogs are a symbol of good luck. Therefore, “B Frog” means “Be Lucky.” I was lucky to have gained deeper insights into the company, as Christian perfectly arranged the positioning of each piece of clothing for a photograph, proudly displaying his creation.

Because the brothers desire to mix contemporary designs with traditional textiles and fabrics from around the world, they launched first with traditional Mayan handmade textiles as they were born and raised in Guatemala. And the apparels are nice. I would wear a B Frog polo with dashes of the colorful and silky fabric of the Mayan culture in the pocket details – for work or for play. And I would be proud that by purchasing this polo shirt, I am vicariously giving back to the community, as Christian and Steven were inspired to care after reading “Start Something that Matters” by TOMS’ founder, Blake Mycoskie.

With a motto of “You Buy We Give,” B Frog provides fifteen (15) meals to children in need for every product sold. And the company provides the meals directly to the children in Guatemala, a country where one of every two children under the age of six suffers from chronic malnutrition, one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. It implements a School Feeding Program that delivers meals with high nutritional value along with training and supervision for its staff. It asks us to “B Caring!”

Fish and Cars
(Polo and Bag – B Frog)

Fish and Cars
(Christian at its B Frog Booth, Magic Marketplace)

B CARING (8)
(Source: B Frog, Christian and Steven in B Frog shirts, providing meals to children)

B CARING (12)
(Source: B Frog, Christian and Steven in B Frog shirts, with the children in the community)

3.   Steven Weinreb, Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer, Civic Duty

The sneakers at Civic Duty stood out among millions of shoes at Magic Marketplace crying for attention.  Not only are they cool, they are made out of Tyvek – a lightweight, waterproof and recyclable material. I carefully studied a pair of the Civic Duty sneakers: comfortable, light and durable.

But beyond the shoes is a man who cares about the world we live in.  I could sense Steven’s passion as our conversation led to a discussion on the pursuit of the things we love.  Every year, Civic Duty, with a motto of “conspire to inspire,” designs an exclusive shoe for an American social cause and donates 100% of its profits to the charity.

Fish and Cars
(Sneakers – Civic Duty)

Fish and Cars
(Steven at the Civic Duty Booth at Magic Marketplace)

Fish and Cars
(This year, Civic Duty donates 100% of the profits from the sale of this pair of shoes to Common Ground Relief)

Have a beautiful day! – And let your inner beauty shine!

© 2013, Fish and Cars. All Rights Reserved.

Stories | Exploring Magic Marketplace

Fish and Cars
I drove hundreds of miles passing farmland, windmills and Joshua trees to be part of the press for Magic Marketplace held in Las Vegas, Nevada last week. It was a writer’s dream. No, it was this blogger’s dream. And it exceeded every ounce of my imagination. These are my stories:

Fish and Cars
From almost a block away, the term “confidence comes from within” captured my attention. I stepped toward the poster; introduced myself and told the company about my blog.  According to yummie by Heather Thomson, confidence is “about more than knowing you look your best, it’s about feeling that way too. You need to feel free to move, to breathe, to run to your next activity, to get their attention at work, or to dance the night away.” I completely agree.

Fish and Cars
Pink roses are always soft and pretty, just like these dresses from La Mouette. The company designs beautiful dresses for sizes 12 – 28. I love the smooth and soft jersey materials combined with the simple yet sophisticated cut. And I am proud that this company creates dresses as pretty as the pink roses for plus sized women.

Fish and Cars
This summer, I learned a lot about Minecraft, Gary’s Mod and Roblox from my nephew, whom spent one month with me.  I am still amazed by the wonderful creations of our children – the cities they built, the world they created, when given the pixels to do so.  When I found Jinx, I thought my nephew would love this company. Not only did he love this photograph, he wanted to know where he could find this Minecraft cardboard Enderman head.

Fish and Cars
I woke up early every day to Magic Marketplace, excited. After interviewing a few merchants and absorbing the design of a number of brands and after my pair of Jimmy Choo wedge sandal has cut into the skin of my feet on the second day, I stopped at Saxx Underwear for resting. The folks at Saxx were hospitable – They charged my out-of-battery iPhone; told me the story behind the invention; even gave me a sample of the underwear. I felt at home.

Fish and Cars
“I like your dress,” Sarah, the designer of Paradigm Shift Jewelry said to me.  “Anthropologie,” I said. “I ended up wearing different things every day.” Like Michael and Sarah, pictured above, the question (after confirmation that you are attending Magic Marketplace) was: What should I wear? I brought five (5) pairs of comfortable shoes, a few dresses, two (2) pairs of jeans and a blazer. We laughed as we all agreed that we ended up dressing like ourselves, what made us happy, what made us feel good. That’s what matters, after all.❤

Fish and Cars
Folks were joking with me at the Art Skool Clothing booth, and there, I discovered that Anna got talents! She offered to cut a T-shirt for me. I was beyond thrilled. It was an act of kindness, a creation of wearable art, which I will cherish forever. Thank you!  <3

Fish and Cars
After cruising through jewelry and apparel, I stumbled upon Chase & Chloe branded shoes and met Grace Lim, its designer. I collected a few that I would wear with skinny jeans and romantic tops; spring dresses and pink cardigans; and cut-off jeans and v-neck tees. I love the beautiful colors, the cut outs, the contours. I was in heaven.

Fish and Cars
It was 5:30p.m. on the last day of Magic Marketplace, and I was still strolling the shoes section as the merchants packed up to return home.  Amazonas Sandals eagerly introduced its shoes to me, allowing me to feel and bend its sandals. As I touched its sole, I imagined walking in the forest of South Africa, wearing a pair of green Columbia shorts and soft BCBG t-shirt, listening to lions roar in this pair of orange sandals. And I am truly grateful as this is the first pair of shoes given to me as a blogger. I feel “official” – a badge of honor. Thank you!❤

Fish and Cars
Lorena Saravia was the first booth I visited at Magic Marketplace. It was where my stories begin. It was where I found beautiful red dresses with the finest cut. It was where two beautiful women smiled at me, giving me permission to step into their world, imagine myself in their creations and step out to find many talented designers just like them, each unique, each beautiful, each different. Thank you, Magic Marketplace, for giving me this opportunity – with all of my heart.❤

Let your outer and inner beauty shine! everyday.

© 2013, Fish and Cars. All Rights Reserved.