Mexico Celebrates Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
To see more photos from the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, visit the Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe location page.
Today Mexico celebrates one of its most important holidays, Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe).
According to Roman Catholics, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant named Juan Diego on 12 December, 1531, and instructed him to build a church in her honor. When Juan was asked by a local Archbishop to prove his miraculous vision was real, Mary told him to gather roses from a barren hill. Upon presenting the roses to the Archbishop, the flowers turned into a piece of fabric emblazoned with the Virgin Mary’s image. The icon hangs today in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and is the most visited Marian shrine in the world.[Re-blogged from Mexico Celebrates Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Day of Our Lady... - All content ownership belongs to them, I am simply sharing it with you.]
Introducing Instagram Direct
Today, we’re excited to bring you Instagram Direct, a new way to send photo and video messages to friends.
Over the past three years, the Instagram community has grown to over 150 million people capturing and sharing moments all around the globe. As we’ve grown, Instagram has evolved not only into a community of photographers, but also into a means of visual communication. From a photo of your daily coffee to a sunrise shared from the top of a mountain hike, every Instagram moment contains something you find special—something you broadcast to your followers when you tap “share.”
There are, however, moments in our lives that we want to share, but that will be the most relevant only to a smaller group of people—an inside joke between friends captured on the go, a special family moment or even just one more photo of your new puppy. Instagram Direct helps you share these moments.
From how you capture photos and videos to the way you start conversations through likes and comments, we built Instagram Direct to feel natural to the Instagram experience you already know. When you open Instagram, you’ll now see a new icon in the top right corner of your home feed. Tap it to open your inbox where you’ll see photos and videos that people have sent to you. To send a photo or video to specific people, tap the camera button to enter the same simple photo or video capture and editing screens. At the top of the share screen, you’ll see the option to share with your followers (“Followers”) or to send to specific people (“Direct”). To send using Direct, tap the names of the people you want to send your photo or video to, write your caption, tap “send” and you’re done.
After sending, you’ll be able to find out who’s seen your photo or video, see who’s liked it and watch your recipients commenting in real time as the conversation unfolds.
Photos and videos that you receive from people you follow will appear immediately. If someone you’re not following sends you a photo or video on Instagram, it will go to your requests so you can decide if you want to view it.
To learn more about Instagram Direct, check out help.instagram.com.
Instagram for iOS version 5.0 is available today for download in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 5.0 is available today on Google Play. Instagram for Windows Phone is in beta. Stay tuned for future updates.
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The Captain has come home. Months removed from a less than honorable discharge from the San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Jackson has made his return to the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers. Thanks to his Instagram page, we always knew that Captain Jack was ready at a moment’s notice, but little did we expect it would be on a team with championship aspirations. With injuries to J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock, Jackson quickly became a viable option for the Clips and the two parties wasted little time in getting the paperwork done.
Now that the formalities are out of the way, the big question on the minds of sneakerheads is what kicks will Captain Jack rock for his new team. We’ve already seen him post Clipper-centric PEs (that was fast work, Jordan Brand) of the Jordan Super.Fly 2 and the Jordan Spizike, but the people want to see more. And by “people”, I mean the #JDF, and by “more”, I mean “retros”.
With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on the roster, the Clippers were already kind of the unofficial official team of Jordan Brand (sorry, Charlotte
Bobcats Hornets Jordans) and with Jackson that just put them over the top. But with Paul and Griffin carrying the flag for a current performance shoe, it is up to Captain Jack to pretty much do as he damn well pleases and rock all kinds of Jordans, both new and retro. But instead of just listing the basics like every Air Jordan 11, here is a look at 10 Air Jordan retros Stephen Jackson can wear for the Los Angeles Clippers.
10. Air Jordan 4 “Military Blue”
Works well with: Clippers Blue Alternate Uniform
Granted, the 2012 retro of this Air Jordan 4 isn’t looked upon fondly in the eyes of sneakerheads, the colorway matches up nicely with those alternate blue uniforms the Clippers wear from time to time on the road. Plus, we all know those PEs Chris Paul got a while back are never going to make it on the court so we have to make do with what we got.
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#DeadToysSociety with @alef79: a Memorial to Childhood Days Past
Look closely along the streets of Athens, Greece, and you might find a forgotten world of past childhoods. For Alexis Efstathopoulos (@alef79), teddy bears, cars, bicycles, dolls and miniature soldiers—weather-worn by vigorous playtime and then left to brace the elements—have all become the subjects of a forlorn but playful series of abandoned toys on Instagram.
“I accidentally came across a small plastic horse toy, which I captured with my phone,” Alexis explains. “What I mostly liked in the photo was the forms in it; the horse, the pavement lines, a fence. The following days I randomly encountered other toys on the street and this became more and more intense as the days went by. Obviously the toys have always been there, on the streets of Athens, I just never had the eyes to see them.”
Alexis started using the hashtag #deadtoyssociety to document and capture the abandoned toys and soon fellow Instagrammers began to contribute from across the world.
“To me this entire process acts as a memorial service in honor of the discarded toys,” muses Alexis. “This project has to do not only with toys, but also with childhood, nostalgia, past, memories and reuse.”[Re-blogged from #DeadToysSociety with @alef79: a Memorial to Childhood Days... - All content ownership belongs to them, I am simply sharing it with you.]
Illuminating the Holiday Season in Japan
In Japan, Christmas lights, called “illuminations” (イルミネーション) in Japanese, go up as early as mid-November and can remain on display as late as March. Businesses, main streets and big parks go all-out with spectacular LED reveries and exquisitely decorated Christmas trees for passersby to experience. The illuminations play an important role in creating the festive and romantic mood of winter in Japan and they are more astounding with each passing year.
The Kobe Luminarie (神戸ルミナリエ) in Kobe, Japan, is one of the most striking displays every year. Kobe hosted its first illumination festival in December of 1995 in memory of the Great Hanshin Earthquake which struck the region in January of the same year. The Italian-designed illuminations were donated by the government of Italy, and the soft, solemn glow of the hand-painted lights became a symbol of remembrance and hope. The Kobe Luminarie was originally meant to be a one-time event but, with the strong request from local citizens, it has become an annual event now its 19th year.
Want to see more illuminations? Visit the location pages below to view photos and videos from the best Christmas lights in Japan this year:
- Kobe Luminarie, 神戸ルミナリエ (Kobe, Japan)
- Kyoto Illumiere, 京都イルミエール (Kyoto, Japan)
- Country Farm Tokyo German Village, 東京ドイツ村 (Chiba, Japan)
- Tokyo Midtown, 東京ミッドタウン (Tokyo, Japan)
- Ashikaga Flower Park, あしかがフラワーパーク (Tochigi, Japan)
- Nabana no Sato, なばなの里 (Mie, Japan)
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The latest performance shoe in the Air Jordan line is back this holiday season in an exciting and brand new colorway. This sneaker features all of the significant characteristics of the XX8 SE, such as Flywire, carbon fiber plating on both the upper and midsole, as well as the advanced lacing system for added support. With a predominantly black upper, the XX8 SE appears to have a white toe cap and outsole, Reflect Silver Flywire throughout, and Total Orange laces and heel tab. The midsole is black and speckled with all colors placed on this shoe. The Air Jordan XX8 SE in Reflect Silver/Total Orange hits retailers Christmas Eve of 2013.
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Jordan Brand emerged onto the scene over two decades ago and took over the sneaker world, redefining and revolutionizing it. It may seem that the rising signature shoes of today may be able to get on Jordan’s level some day but who knows how long that will take. When basketball shoes are mentioned the first brand to come to mind will always be MJ, in fact if you mention the game of basketball period Michael Jordan is still significant. Over the years Michael Jordan has become not only a basketball icon, but a model entrepreneur, and even NBA team owner. The factors that contribute to Jordan Brands success definitely are being duplicated as you read by other signature shoe endorsers but despite their efforts no player left a mark on the NBA and sneaker world like Jordan has. There is no way to measure the complete success of Jordan Brand but undoubtedly it is one of if not the most successful sneaker brands out today. What aspects have did Jordan Brand have to get to this point though? Here are the aspects that led to the success of Jordan Brand.
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We’ve seen images of the 2014 version of the Air Jordan 6 “Infrared” on several occasions, and here we’re bringing you guys our very own images of the upcoming kicks. In the past, one of the complaints about the classic sneaker has been that Jordan Brand didn’t actually utilize the bright infrared tone.
This time around, they’ve made the change, putting it to use as a contrasting hue. Specifically, it is applied along the tongue, heel pull and midsole. All the while, the look is dominated by white leather. To complete the look, JB has gone with a blue-tinted, translucent sole. Look for the timeless design to be reissued on February 15, 2014.
(photography credit: Abel Camilo)
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NBA Kicks: Nike Kobe 6 “Prelude”, Nike LeBron 10 “Championship Pack”, Air Jordan 5 “Oreo” shake up Tuesday night
If the rumors are to be believed, Dion Waiters is living on borrowed time in Cleveland. He (allegedly) doesn’t get along with Kyrie Irving, he seems to be a better fit as a sixth man but the Cavs signed Jarrett Jack to take on that role, he (allegedly) doesn’t get along with Kyrie Irving, his play has been inconsistent for somebody taken fourth overall in the NBA draft and he (allegedly) doesn’t get along with Kyrie Irving. Maybe we should have known about this rift (allegedly) all along since Waiters rocks Kobe Bryant’s signature kicks from time to time and we all know the fun rivalry Irving has with Black Mamba. And now Waiters has taken his Kobe sneaker game up to the next level with the Nike Kobe 6 “Prelude”? Yeah, there’s something there (allegedly).
As for the rest of the night kicks, we’ve got Kobe Bryant getting back to a sense of normalcy in a Nike Kobe 8 PE, LeBron James bringing back the Nike LeBron 10 Elite “Championship Pack” probably in an effort to troll the Indiana Pacers (spoiler: it didn’t work), Amir Johnson carrying the load again in the sneaker fron for the Toronto Raptors with his Air Jordan 5 “Oreo”, J.R. Smith debuting a new Nike KD 6 “Knicks” iD, Cartier Martin carrying the FILA torch and much more.
Photos courtesy of David Liam Kyle, Scott Cunningham, Ron Turenne, Ron Hoskins, Nathaniel S. Butler, Allen Einstein and Stephen Dunn of Getty Images/NBA Entertainment
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Previously being apart of the 2008 Countdown Pack, the coveted Air Jordan 12 “Taxi” is finally hitting retailers after a long 5 year wait. Thanks to Studiiyo23, we have an exclusive look at this weekends Jordan Brand drop.
Atop a Black sole, tumbled Black leather lay on the bottom of the sneaker as White leather covers the upper. Hints of Varsity Red found on the heel are accompanied by Taxi Yellow that is also underneath the sneaker along the arc. Why fix something that ain’t broken, right? The classic colorway is set out to hit Jordan retailers like, Studiiyo23 December 14th. Don’t regret missing out on this release.
Photo Credits: Rancell Iglesias
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