Monday, August 31, 2009

Shure Record Tote Bag

I'm going to NYC soon and got plans to hit several record stores while I'm there--and Manhattan ain't exactly car friendly, so I'm gonna have to hoof it on foot with whatever records I purchase.

To help me carry records all over town, I picked up this Shure heavy-duty record tote bag a few weeks ago. It's got big heavy handles on top, a shoulder strap, pop-out backpack straps, a bunch of interior pockets, a strong fold down floor, cinch straps, and can hold 50 records. That'll probably be enough space. Maybe. Hopefully? LOL

For those not in the know, Shure is one of the leading brands of record needle cartridges--they're what I use on my turntables.

If you're looking for one, they run around $40 on

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Coffee Drinks Illustrated

I found this great coffee infographic the other day created by graphic designer Lokesh Dhakar. Reading the blog comments are interesting; seems he altered the graphic as coffee experts described how the drinks should be made. Cool.

He's set up a Cafe Press store if you wanna buy this design on a t-shirt, or better yet a coffee mug.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Adikt Footwear

You're looking at one of my very favorite stores in Dallas: Adikt Footwear located in the West Village shopping center in uptown. They sell sneakers, shirts, caps, toys, skateboards, and sometimes even bikes. They carry some of the best brands in the business like 10 Deep, Benny Gold, Huf, Rogue Status, Crooks & Castles, The Hundreds, Stussy, as well as major name brand sneakers like Nike, Puma, Vans, and even Alife.

I've bought shoes, shirts, and hats from them--I like just about everything they carry; their aesthetic is right in tune with my tastes.

Adikt just celebrated their three year anniversary so they must be doing something right. If you haven't been there yet, you should definitely go check them out.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Adidas Originals - NorthPark

I've already posted about the Adidas Outlet, but somehow I haven't posted about the actual Adidas Originals store located in NorthPark Mall. Being a massive Adidas Originals whore, this store is pretty much shopping heaven for me: I swear it sucks the money straight outta my wallet! LOL

For those that don't know, Adidas Originals is a separate heritage product line that's done up completely different from their athletic performance line. You can instantly tell the difference from the logo; instead of the modern 3-stripe triangle logo, Adidas Originals uses the old pre-1991 Trefoil logo. The products are all retro inspired reissues, everything from Superstars to track suits.

Even if you hate going to the Mall, it's worth making the trip just to check out the Adidas Originals store.

Highly recommended.

EDIT (January 2010) - Adidas has unfortunately closed this store.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Nike Outlet

As I posted last week, I made a trip out to the Allen Premium Outlets to check out the Adidas and Nike outlet stores. I was impressed with the Adidas store (bought eleven pairs of sneakers in two weekends) and had high hopes of the Nike store being just as awesome.

Unfortunately, it wasn't.

The Nike Outlet store is gigantic, but it really seemed focused on apparel and athletic performance shoes. If that's what you're into, then you're golden, but if you are on the hunt for kicks, you might be disappointed. They hardly had any Air Force Ones (what I was on the hunt for) and what they did have were in awful colorways and limited sizes. Their selection of Jordans were weak, too. I guess it shouldn't surprise me since they're popular enough they don't need to clearance them. Hard to believe, but I didn't buy a thing.

Recommended for athletic shoes, but not so much for sneaker heads.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Adidas Outlet purchases

Mentioned in my last post that my wife and I went to the Adidas Outlet and bought a total of eleven pairs of sneakers in two trips. A couple were duplicates, but these shown here are all the unique ones.
  • I.L. Comp (Ivan Lendi)
  • AdiTennis (black leather)
  • Stan Smith (white/blue)
  • Campus Vulcan (Mark Gonzales)
  • Rod Laver Low (red/white double laced)
  • Stan Smith (white/green)
  • Honey Low Canvas (black)
  • Superstar 2 (white/black)
  • Superstar 2 (black/white/blue)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Adidas Outlet

Finally made a trip out WAY NORTH to the Allen Premium Outlets to check out the Adidas and Nike outlet stores. Getting there is easy enough straight up 75, but the parking lot itself is wack! It's only got two entrances for the 3 million people trying to get in, so traffic sucks--and then the individual parking lots don't connect, so you get trapped quick. Piss poor parking lot design. LOL

As for the Adidas store, it's about 60% clothes and 40% shoes, and then the Originals line of shoes in the blue boxes are pushed off into the back corners. Sounds bad, but they actually a ton of different kicks, somewhere around 50 different styles in men's Originals and probably 25 in womens. The best thing is that the prices are cheap--so cheap that my wife and I walked out with five pairs of shoes, 2 cans of water replant and a can of cleaner for about $140--crazy! I got a pair of Stan Smiths, some Campus Vulcans, and a sweet pair of Aditennis. I didn't pick up any more shelltoe Superstars, but they had a ton of those in all kinds of colorways.

Highly recommended for fans of Adidas originals.

Went back to the outlet again today, ended up walking out with six more pairs of sneakers. I'm officially good dealing myself to death.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Kid Robot Dunny Toys

Since a new Kid Robot store opened in Dallas this week to much hoopla--and don't get me started on how peeved I am that I missed out on the giveaway toy; Grrrr!--I figured I'd post up some pics of my own Kid Robot Dunny toys.

A Dunny is a cool little vinyl bunny customized by a variety of artists and sold in a blind assortment--meaning, you don't know which one you're gonna get till you buy it and open it up. It's a little like buying baseball card packs, or a scratch-off lottery ticket; half the fun is the anticipation of wondering if you got the one you really want.

FYI, the Dallas Kid Robot location is in Mockingbird Station, but if you're interested in checking it out, you might wanna go ahead and do it soon: this isn't a permanent location, it's just a Pop-Up location for marketing purposes. It'll likely be here through the Christmas season, but who knows after that.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fur Face Boy Shirt

Fur Face Boy is a new brand that I'm falling for; the attention to detail is crazy, and the design is top notch--right in line with my own aesthetic.

This particular shirt of the NIKE Air Jordan III (with an FFB twist) was a KIXPO exclusive and has a cool story behind it. Oh and if you check out this blog post on the FFB website, you'll see a picture of me at KIXPO buying the shirt. Cool.

Keep an eye out on Fur Face Boy. It's getting big here in Dallas, and it really looks like it could take off nationwide in a big way.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

San Diego Record Dig

So I've already posted all the record stores I hit on my San Diego vacation, but I haven't posted what I actually bought. I ended up with over a dozen records, here are the best:
  • Lee Fields - My World (2009)
  • Barry White - Just Another Way To Say I Love You (1975)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu (1970)
  • Diana Ross and The Supremes & The Temptations - On Broadway (1969)
  • Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)
  • Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr - I Hope We Get To Love In Time (1976)
  • Commodores - Midnight Magic (1979)
  • Commodores - Natural High (1978)
  • Earth Wind & Fire - Powerlight (1982)

The only non-soul/funk album here is the CSNY album (folk rock) which is a classic of its genre. Oh yeah, and while that Lee Fields joint is brand new, it sounds like it came right out the '70s. All in all, I'd say this is one of my better digging results.

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