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You Can’t Stop Us: Nike’s new ad is an emotional, visual masterpiece

Celebrating sports and promoting equality

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Stop what you’re doing and cry with me!

Nike never fails to create impressive ads that move our hearts. The American company debuts its newest ad entitled “You Can’t Stop Us,” bearing the same name as its campaign, to welcome the NBA’s return.

It’s an inspiring visual masterpiece celebrating the power of sport to unite people, advocating for change, and the pursuit of equality. It’s also reminding us to push ahead amidst all the challenges we face.

An editing marvel, the advertisement repurposed more than 4,000 pieces of footage to combine a stunning montage told through a dynamic split-screen.

Different clips were pieced together by relating kinetic movements of one sport to another, sending a message that our movements, victories, lapses, struggles, and stories are all connected.

The video consists of a stitched, archived footage featuring elite athletes including Lebron James, Naomi Osaka, Eliud Kipchoge, Caster Semenya, Cristiano Ronaldo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Serena Williams, Colin Kaepernick, and Kylian Mbappé.

It’s narrated by Megan Rapinoe, inspiring viewers to push forward and create change, even if gyms and stadiums are empty. It’s a call to continue working towards a better future because nothing can stop sport or us.

 

 

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3 style tips when you want to mix things up

Give yourself that long-overdue makeover!

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There comes a point in our lives when we crave makeover and start anew. Some start by drastically modifying their hairstyle and makeup, while others pursue a lifestyle change. My girl friends and I have a different way of mixing things up: we play with colors.

After living in neutrals — particularly black, white, and gray — we decided to add a splash of color in our lives. It may be tricky to try a new palette in our style and accessories, but it’s not a life well-lived if we stay in our comfort zones.

Here are a few tips on how to mix things up, especially when you just want to see a change in your lives.

Start with one color

Happy Plugs’ Air 1 Plus in Gold

The first step is owning a single hue which can be seen in every piece of your outfit. For instance, you can wear Tan — apt for that transition between summer and fall — in your dress and accessories.

When you learn the ropes of going monochrome, gradually mix different shades of your chosen hue. You can easily do this by picking colors belonging in the same variation or sitting beside each other in the color wheel.

Tan works well with Gold, Beige, Brown, and other earth tones. You can add some pearls to have that luxe, elegant look in your style, and other essentials.

READ: How to wear nude: The perfect summer to fall transition

Extend your color choices

Happy Plugs’ Air 1 Plus in Pink Gold

When you’re done with your monochromatic lessons, it’s time to expand your horizon. You can pick one color and utilize the colors close to it. For instance, Pink — whether as an accessory or an ensemble — can help you look young, fun, and playful as long you use its lighter tones.

You can pair it with tones close to it such as Peach, Old Rose, Rose Gold, and even loud ones like Fuschia, Scarlet, and Vermillion. With this color combination, you’ll ooze with charm and a flirty allure that might be irresistible to some.

If you find it difficult to apply this palette in your clothes, apply it to your accessories instead!

READ: How to wear pink: 4 ways to look chic and grown-up

Own some metallics

Happy Plugs’ Air 1 Plus in White Marble

Shy away from the usual neutrals and consider metallics — gold, silver, copper, and rust — to make a statement. Some pieces can be bought at an affordable price and you’d still look expensive, thanks to its shiny textures.

You can match it with another bold color or pair it with white for a neat aesthetic. But if you can’t pull it off, make sure to follow a monochromatic style and match your metals to look sophisticated — be it on your watch, electronics, lipstick, clothes, and even purse.

READ: 5 ways to instantly elevate your look

SEE ALSO: Happy Plugs introduces a new chic, affordable true wireless earphones9 chic, wireless alternatives to Apple’s AirPods

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47Ronin watch straps: Where smartwatch meets Japanese art

Bridging heritage and modern technology

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Japan and its culture have drawn people like moth to a flame. It’s incandescently captivating, irresistible, magnetizing. One even embraces and allows it to seep into their lives.

That’s what happened to Tong Cheuk Fung, a Hong-Kong born, Singaporean watch strap artist whose humble beginnings started in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital.

Living in Japan made Tong love its crafts and culture, giving birth to 47Ronin — Tong’s very own watch strap brand designed and handcrafted by marrying horology, smartwatches, and Japanese art.

Japanese art on your wrists

47Ronin’s name traces back to a chronicle from over 300 years ago, where 47 Ronins — free-roaming Samurais without a master — exhibited bravado and loyalty through vengeance against the injustice committed to their late master.

The watch straps embody this tale to its designs, catering to a certain niche resembling Ronins; free-spirited individuals leading a life according to their own philosophy.

With pieces made and sourced from Japan, 47Ronin wraps the country’s history and beauty on people’s wrists through its watch straps. Most of its pieces were made from exotic materials such as leather, Kimono textile, and Katana elements — all sourced from Japan.

Where future meets history

Traditional crafts are declining; handcrafted straps are already considered a sunset industry. The advent of futuristic wearables made the younger generation prefer minimalist and sleek designs by the likes of Apple, Samsung, and Google.

For the fashion-oriented, hybrid smartwatches are the favored statement often sold by designer brands such as Fossil, Michael Kors, Frédérique Constant, and Skagen.

Yet even with a decline in demand and appreciation, 47Ronin perseveres to preserve the craftsman’s spirit and its culture. The brand cultivated designs that work with analog timepieces and smartwatches, putting the attention to the strap rather than the technology.

The traditional craft’s heritage lives on as 47Ronin forges its historic design into modern wristwatches. The Japanese-inspired Singaporean brand worked with technology companies like Mobvoi and produced bespoke designs for Apple watches.

Personalized, artisanal straps

Since 47Ronin’s watch straps are handcrafted by Tong himself,  ordered pieces are instilled with the artist’s creative thoughts, and tailored to the customer’s wrist and watch’s components.

The Singaporean brand houses multiple collections, too, where customers can pick a design that resonates with their personality.

Most designs retail above US$ 200, entailing a personalized process — communicating to customize the lug width, length, and thickness, and sourcing rare materials — for four weeks and up to two months.

47Ronin certainly pushes itself as an exemplar of art rather than an accessory, creating a unique proposition among leather watch straps.

A heart for the environment and people

Nowadays, sustainability becomes an integral part of a business. 47Ronin partakes in the fight to a sustainable future through its up-cycling program.

The watch strap maker retrieves damaged watch straps and buckets to repair it, preserving an artisanal watch straps’ life. Old watch straps and buckles are also retrieved and reused to create new products.

Moreover, 47Ronin collaborated with 20 local watchmakers in Singapore as a means to lift each other up, as businesses and online sales have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Shop custom, artisanal watch straps at 47Ronin’s online store with free worldwide shipping.

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How to find your artistic style using the ASUS VivoBook S14

Be bold and create freely

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Having your own artistic style can help launch your creative career. Whether you’re a budding designer, musician, content creator, or any type of creative, you’ll need to have a distinct voice —  so you stand out in a sea of exceptional artists.

But finding your style isn’t something you can do in one night; It’s an arduous journey of self-discovery and exploration. Luckily, we live in an age where we can equip ourselves with technology to aid us in our creative pursuits. Finding your style (and even yourself) is easier than ever!

Use the right machine

When I was younger, I never paid attention to the tools I used as an artist. All I care about is that my tools — laptops, tablets, phones — should work, not realizing that using the right resources can catapult my creative journey. That’s a mistake I regret and hope young artists wouldn’t follow through.

Admittedly, I don’t have the money to invest in high-end machines. Back then, we also had limited options on capable laptops that support our artistic journeys. They’re either expensive, bulky and come with boring designs.

Thankfully, laptops these days are powerful enough at a more affordable price, and they come in stylish, bold designs that complement your lifestyle. One example is the ASUS VivoBook S14.

The ASUS VivoBook S14 has been in the market for years, but it got a refresh to accompany the youth in navigating their vibrant years. This machine, through its exceptional features, can help you find and develop your style.

Know who you are

Finding your style entails searching and knowing yourself on another level. But before you start your journey to self-discovery, you have to remind yourself that no creator is completely original.

This is a common struggle among young artists, hoping to become the next star by having something “original”, not realizing that new ideas and styles are born from the fusion of two existing ideas.

When you let it sink in, you can easily find your style in a certain formula: soak up inspiration, sprout new ideas, then twist and shape it to your liking.

In my case, I watch animé where I reference their visuals — particularly the drawing style and color palette — and the emotionally-gratifying storytelling as an inspiration for my next piece.

With the VivoBook S14’s 14″ FHD NanoEdge Display and Wide Viewing Panel, it’s entertaining to indulge in artistic cinematography and vibrant visuals. You can delight in its striking, vivid colors on every film you’ll watch at any angle you’d like.

When you have enough inspiration, it’s time to combine your voice, technique, color choices, and composition. This will make it easy for you to find your style, develop it, or explore more.

You can do this at your own pace. Just don’t forget to be gentle to yourself. Keep in mind that our styles constantly evolve.

Practice, practice, practice

You won’t develop your style if all you do is think of these ideas and it remains in your head. Try to create as much as you can. Spending a few times a week can help you progress.

The ASUS VivoBook S14 is equipped with the right power to help you perform your creative challenges. You can run any software you’d like and enjoy a hiccup-free experience thanks to its beefy internals: 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB HDD internal storage, WiFi-6 connectivity, Intel’s UHD Graphics, and NVIDIA’s GeForce MX350.

Additionally, it has a long-lasting battery which can help you create all-day. If you ever run out of juice, you can charge it quickly with its fast-charging up to 60 percent in less than an hour.

Don’t get stuck in one place

I’m telling you this literally and figuratively — don’t get stuck. If you feel stuck, you have the power to change anything that’s in your control. Take a breather and step outside.

Bring your laptop and inspiration with you. The ASUS VivoBook S14 is designed to be a portable machine, with a lightweight build — weighing 1.4kg — and design that makes it easy to grip and hold.

Celebrate yourself

Finding your style is a mere representation of your voice, personality, beliefs, and things that make you who you are. Stay true to your style by allowing your preferences to reflect in your everyday life. You can change your wardrobe, essentials, and even home decor to match a certain aesthetic.

Thankfully, the ASUS VivoBook S14 comes in different colors that reflect every personality. Of course, my preferred color is Dreamy White since I’m someone who dares to dream and constantly thinks of new ideas. Some would even say I daydream a lot!

I also own a lot of white — clothes, art materials, and other personal stuff — since this color represents my personality and attitude in life and in my designs: clean, minimalistic, classic, and sophisticated.

If you’re feeling funky, you can plaster it with stickers (like I used to do with my old laptop) and personalize it to your liking.

The ASUS VivoBook S14 comes with a set of stickers because they aren’t just a fashion statement or additional decor to your laptop — they’re a representation of sticking up to what you stand for in life. Now go find your style, create, and own your day.

Want to know more about the Asus Vivobook S Series? Watch the Digital Launch here: bit.ly/ASUSWowTheWorldLaunch


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

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