StockX Adds Streetwear, starting with Supreme, to the World's First 'Stock Market of Things'



StockX, the world's first online 'stock market of things' for high-demand consumer products, announced today that it has added a streetwear vertical to further refine its concept of 'new luxury.'  Streetwear joins sneakers, watches, and handbags as StockX's fourth vertical that can be bought or sold anonymously on the StockX platform. 
The initial streetwear launch will exclusively feature Supreme, the world famous brand out of New York. Other brands, including A Bathing Ape (BAPE), Kith, and Off-White, will be added at a later date. More than three thousand Supreme products are now live on StockX.
The streetwear team is led by Rob Gonzales, a professional streetwear reseller who has more than 15 years' experience in the industry. Joining Rob are a team of experts who specialize in authenticating streetwear apparel and merchandise. 
"Supreme is the biggest name in streetwear and has ascended to one of the top names in fashion, period," said Gonzales. "Supreme products are extremely limited and sold exclusively through Supreme's own sales channels, so purchasing at retail price is essentially impossible. At StockX, our goal is to provide a dead-simple method for buying and selling authentic streetwear products at a market price with complete visibility and authenticity – something that, until today, simply did not exist."
"Streetwear has been on the 'stock market of things' roadmap since day one," said StockX CEO and co-founder, Josh Luber, "and our sneaker customers have been asking for it for almost as long. We are thrilled that we have landed the kind of talent like Rob Gonzales and we are excited to bring our model to a new category which joins sneakers, watches and handbags." 
As with every product category on StockX, there is only one simple page for each streetwear product, whether you access the StockX platform from mobile or desktop.  This allows buyers and sellers to see every bid, every ask, detailed historical prices, and real time sales reporting all in one place. All streetwear items bought and sold on StockX will be certified as authentic at our StockX validation center, as is every item in all categories that trade on the StockX platform.  
StockX, which was founded by Luber, StockX COO Greg Schwartz, and Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and majority owner of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, has many high profile investors including Eminem, Mark Wahlberg, Ted Leonsis, Tim ArmstrongScooter Braun and Ron Conway.  The business launched in February of 2016, currently has more than 90 full time team members, and is expected to pass $200 million in GMV run rate by the end of 2017.
For more information, visit: www.stockx.com


About the Editor


Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

EXXXOTICA 2-17 Hits Chicago June 23rd


EXXXOTICA Chicago, the largest event in the USA dedicated to love and sex, opens its doors for the seventh straight year at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont this weekend and thousands of attendees will be treated to a virtual playground for adults, with over 150 adult stars, a convention floor packed with over 100 exhibitors, and over 20 hours of entertainment on the main stage and in the seminar rooms scheduled.

EXXXOTICA, presented by MyFreeCams, will feature the biggest names in the adult world. Legends, stars on the rise and the hottest cam girls will be appearing. Superstars such as Ron Jeremy, Lisa Ann, Tori Black, Katie Morgan, Alexis Texas, Lexi Belle, Allie Haze, Tanya Tate, Evan Stone, Adriana Chechik, Phoenix Marie, Joanna Angel, Rubberdoll, Briana Banks, Teagan Presley, Alexis Monroe, Adria Rae, Mr. Marcus, Misty Stone, Stoya, Kendra Sunderland, Vicki Chase, Mia Malkova, Jillian Janson, Darcie Dolce, Eva Lovia, Harley Dean, Dani Jensen, Natalia Starr, Annie Cruz, Aiden Starr, and over 100 more. Many of the biggest stars will Spotlight exhibit, sponsored by Bad Dragon. Also meeting and greeting fans will be the hottest camgirls around from MyFreeCams, Chaturbate, CAM4, and others.

On top of the star-studded roster, EXXXOTICA will also feature the hottest and sexiest live shows on the Chaturbate Entertainment Stage with interactive events, all-star panels, dancers, DJs, musical acts, contests, the Ms. EXXXOTICA Competition, presented by Cam4 and much more. The stage is emceed by none other than South Beach's own Jay Randall and the one and only DJ Geenius.

A full schedule of informative seminars featuring numerous topics and industry experts and legends are free for all attendees. Curated by EXXXOTICA's resident sexpert, Tyomi, leaders in their fields and legends such as Ron Jeremy, Evan Stone, Stoya, Tanya Tate, Allie Haze, Katie Morgan, James Bartholet and more will be informing and entertaining.

Friday night, all ladies receive free general admission to EXXXOTICA as part of "Ladies Free Friday," where they will be able to enjoy sexy stage performances by two of the region's top male dance troupes — Stallion Male Revue and Heat Male Revue. All women can register in advance and get free general admission and skip the lines by going to http://LadiesFreeFriday.com.

EXXXOTICA's huge 100,000 square foot show floor features exhibitors showcasing the latest products, and let's not forget those beautiful EXXXOTICA Hotties who are at every corner ready to meet and greet thousands of expected smiling attendees. Be sure to visit booths ranging from the wild to the mild, including show sponsors such as MyFreeCams, Chaturbate, LA Direct Models, XXXChurch, Burning Angel, The Boxxx Gentlemen's Club, Heavenly Bodies, The Love Library, Vivid Radio, XXX Porn Star Radio, Twisted Cherry, The Tremor, DNJ Toys, Candy, and others. There's truly something for everyone on every aisle, corner and beyond at EXXXOTICA.

Also on the show floor is the infamous The EXXXOTICA Dungeon Experience. This expanded 4,500 square foot interactive area is geared for the curious looking to explore the many shades of fetish. Hosted by Ms. Lady, there will be friendly and knowledgeable people to guide attendees through the experience. Show sponsor DNJToys.com has created lots of custom furniture and devices, so be sure to venture into the dungeon and try them out or just be voyeurs.

Something new to Chicago this year is SW!TCH, EXXXOTICA's LGBT Showcase, presented by CAM4. EXXXOTICA is proud to continue its mission to become a completely inclusive event as a means for LGBT vendors, talent, and performers to become part of the EXXXOTICA Family. You won't want to miss some of CAM4's hottest LGBT Talent, including Coach Wes Myers, J.D. Kills, and James Hamilton. In addition, the hunky Leo West and Dave Slick of Chaturbate will be making an appearance.

Venus Lux and Lily Cade, two of the industry's hottest Transgender and Lesbian stars respectively, will also be in attendance. Be on the lookout for SW!TCH signs in vendor booths. These signs designate vendors that either have experience working with LGBT consumers or stand in solidarity with our desire to increase LGBT inclusivity at our events. EXXXOTICA is committed to continue making all events inclusive and entertaining for both our straight and LGBT attendees.

The best way to experience EXXXOTICA is by getting VIP tickets. Those in the know go VIP and get hundreds of dollars of free swag and products, plus get free entrance to the Official EXXXOTICA After Parties happening all over the Chicagoland area, such as The Boxxx and Heavenly Bodes with the hottest erotic entertainers, and at the show's host hotel with top DJs, Darcie Dolce and The Geenius, hosted by Eva Lovia. VIP attendees also get exclusive admittance to the VIP Viewing Area with a cash bar. Ladies on Friday can also upgrade at the show and take advantage of all of the VIP perks.

EXXXOTICA is open Friday, from 5pm until Midnight, from 1pm until 10pm on Saturday, and from 1pm until 7pm on Sunday. Information about the Expo and after-hours events are listed at the show's official website, http://chi.exxxoticaexpo.com. Advance tickets for all days are on sale at the show's website, and tickets may also be purchased at the Convention Center box office.


About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

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Summer Style: The Messy Bun

A messy bun is a quick and cool hairstyle solution when temperatures soar. The casual, undone hairstyle is extremely versatile—it works for everything from a quick run to the grocery store to a summer wedding. According to the pro hair stylists at Matrix, even though the look should be unfussy, there's an art to striking the right balance between messy bun and just plain messy. Here are their tips, along with a how-to for the perfect messy bun.

5 Messy Bun Updo Tips
  • To end up with a messy bun, start with somewhat messy hair. Second-day hair works well. If hair is naturally curly or textured, work with that natural texture.
  • When creating a messy bun, hold the hair loosely. The object is to avoid a tight, ballerina-type bun.  If your hair is scraped back firmly enough to double as a mini facelift, it's not really a messy bun.
  • Keep top and bottom loose. The looser the nape area, the softer the overall look will be.
  • Messy buns need a lot of support. Use a texture spray like Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finish Spray  or dry shampoo like Style Link Play Back to increase volume and density. If hair is very straight, spritz damp strands with a salt spray like Style Link Rough Me Up Followed by a dollop of hair gel like Style Link Super Fixer to add texture before it dries. If curly or wavy hair is silky or slippery, add texture spray.
  • Don't overthink a messy bun. The object is to create a look that is loose, soft, romantic and casual.
How to Create the Perfect Messy High Bun
  • Apply a volumizing foam like Style Link Volume Builder at the roots before drying the hair.
  • Curl hair with a 1 ¼-inch curling iron.
  • Work dry shampoo into the roots of curled hair.
  • Using the fine-tooth end of the comb, vigorously tease the top section at the point where the high bun will sit.
  • Smooth over the top of the teased areas.
  • Roughly tease the rest of the hair with a wide-tooth comb. Tease straight hair more than curly hair.
  • Mist the midlengths and ends of the teased hair with Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finish Spray to help support the structure. Let the hairspray dry completely so it's not sticky.
  • Holding hair loosely, pull it all up to the center top of the head.
  • Fold the hair over once and wrap the elastic twice around the base of the hair to secure the bun.
  • Gently stretch the bun apart at the top and bottom to loosen the shape.
  • Slide fingers under the hair above the ears and gently lift to soften the head shape.
  • Release a few slender, face-framing sections.
  • Slide fingers under the hair in back and gently lift to loosen.
  • Mist with more Texture Builder Messy Finish Spray.
Matrix Style Link products are available in fine salons worldwide. For more information and for a guide to Matrix salons, visit www.matrix.com.


About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Twitter to Live Stream League of Legends: League of Origin Esports Tournament June 3-4


Twitter announced that it has partnered with leading videogame publisher, and esports tournament organizer Riot Games Oceania to live stream the inaugural League of Legends: League of Origin tournament globally on Twitter and connected devices.

Taking place June 3-4 from the ESL Studios in Sydney, Australia, League of Legends: League of Origin will feature an array of esports stars representing New Zealand, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. They will clash head-on for two days of intense League of Legends matches, where only one region can emerge victorious. Regions will be piloted by an affiliated caster, who have each selected a coach and team to represent their turf, with the most stellar Oceanic Pro League (OPL) and Oceanic Challenger Series (OCS) players their region has to offer.

"Esports is growing at a rapid pace in Australia and globally, and this collaboration is a great way to tap into the engaged audience of gamers that are already using Twitter as a primary source of content," said Olly Wilton, Head of Sports at Twitter Australia. "By partnering with leading esports competitions like League of Origin, we look forward to bringing the best of esports live video and conversation together on Twitter."

"Twitter is one of the most engaging platforms for fans of the OPL and OCS esports leagues, so it made sense to team up for League of Origin," said Daniel Ringland, Head of Esports at Riot Games Oceania. "The live stream on Twitter will be a shortcut for fans in Oceania and around the world, as they can both watch and engage on the platform at the same time."

To celebrate the inaugural League of Legends: League of Origin, Twitter is also launching special tournament emojis. Users can Tweet with #LoLOrigin or one of the team hashtags (#NSWWIN, #NZWIN, #QLDWIN and #VICWIN) to add a custom emoji automatically to their Tweets.

The live content on Twitter, which is set to begin on June 3, will be available globally at Leagueoflegends.twitter.com


About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

CAM4 To Sponsor The Ms. EXXXOTICA 2017 Competition



EXXXOTICA, the nation’s largest event dedicated to love and sex, just announced that webcam portal CAM4 has signed on as a show sponsor for 2017. CAM4 will be sponsoring and presenting one of the expo’s most popular events, as well as one of its newest initiatives for EXXXOTICA Chicago in June and EXXXOTICA New Jersey in November.

Developed as a community with a focus on social networking, CAM4 is much more than a traditional webcam site, and they are now the presenting sponsor of SW!TCH, EXXXOTICA’s LGBT showcase. SW!TCH made its debut at EXXXOTICA New Jersey in 2016 as the show continued its efforts to be completely inclusive. SW!TCH was created as a means for LGBT vendors, talent, and performers to become part of the EXXXOTICA family. SW!TCH will continue to grow in 2017, and with CAM4 as the presenting sponsor, their booth will be the anchor of the showcase that will feature seminars, events, vendors, talent, and broadcasters catering to LGBT attendees.

“CAM4 is extremely excited to be the presenting sponsor of SW!TCH,” remarked Wes Myers, CAM4’s Gay Market Coach and Performer Manager. “Being one of the most popular and diverse LGBTQ camming platforms on the web is something that we’re fiercely proud of, so it’s important that more American-based consumers know that. We have the widest selection of men ready to chat, get off and have fun… all 100% free.”

CAM4 will also be the newest sponsor of one of EXXXOTICA’s longest-running and most popular show features, the Ms. EXXXOTICA Contest. For every one of EXXXOTICA’s 31 shows over the last dozen years, the Ms. EXXXOTICA Contest has crowned a new star at every event. Former Ms. EXXXOTICA winners who have gone on to stardom in the adult industry include Eva Lovia, who will also be appearing at EXXXOTICA Chicago and EXXXOTICA New Jersey this year.

CAM4 is taking consumer engagement to another level by featuring their CAM4VR (http://www.cam4.com/vr), the most technologically advanced virtual reality interface in the tech industry. This interactive on-site display promises to draw crowds and present consumers with a glimpse into the future as the adult industry once again leads the charge driving consumer electronics.

“CAM4VR (http://www.cam4.com/vr) offers a revolutionary way of connecting broadcasters with live audiences in a 3D 360° virtual reality experience, transporting viewers into performers’ physical space,” added Ela Darling, VR Content Manager and Co-Founder of VRTube. “Built on the world's first live adult VR cam platform, CAM4VR allows viewers to interact with performers voice-to-voice, offering a personal connection that previously could only be achieved by being in the same room.”

Fans of technology may attend CAM4’s seminar on “Sex and Virtual Reality” hosted by Ela Darling at both the Chicago and New Jersey events.

“We’re really excited to have CAM4 commit to sponsoring both SW!TCH and Ms. EXXXOTICA,” said J. Handy, Director of EXXXOTICA. Although they’ve participated with us over the years, for them to jump up to this sponsorship level shows both their dedication to the event and their dedication in supporting the LGBT community.

EXXXOTICA Chicago’s “Summer Heat”  returns June 23-25 to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, which is conveniently located just minutes from O’Hare Airport. EXXXOTICA New Jersey’s 10th anniversary event is also not to be missed when it returns November 3-5 to the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison, NJ with its biggest show ever, loaded with special guests, events and features. Stay tuned to exxxoticaexpo.com for guest announcements, featured performers, seminar speakers and special events.

For more infomation, visit:
http://nj.exxxoticaexpo.com


About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Book Review: "Feel Me Fall" by James Morris

Survival, suspense, fear, love, death and a major plot twist are a few key themes that describe the brand new Young Adult novel, Feel Me Fall, by James Morris. Having read two of his previous books, including Melophobia  and What Lies Within, he definitely succeeds at taking you on a crazy adventure where you can't stop reading as you'll want to find out what happens next. The first few chapters of Feel Me Fall are reminiscent of the classic book, Lord of the Flies, the TV show "LOST," and even the Tom Hanks movie, Cast Away, where a plane crash in a remote area forces survivor(s) to fend for themselves away from modern day luxuries and civilization. One of the major differences is that Feel Me Fall is centered around high school students, where their teen issues collide with primal survival instincts. 

Unlike Lord of the Flies, which was written in 1957, Feel Me Fall gives a glimpse of today's world where parents and teens dabble in video games, things go viral on social media, peer pressure is evident, under-aged pregnancies occur, and teachers have flings with their students. It was refreshing to see how much research went into Feel Me Fall and it was as if we were watching episodes of the Discovery Channel's, "Naked and Afraid," where survivors are left starving, fighting off insects and eating disgusting things.  

As you continue to make your way towards the latter half of the book, things will begin to get extremely dark. By this point, you will really connect with each of the characters because they've been so carefully crafted and illustrated like paintings on a canvas, except Morris is skillfully using written words. Perhaps it's Morris' background as a Hollywood scriptwriter that makes it easy for readers to envision scenes like a movie playing out on each page. As mentioned before and without spoiling what happens, a major plot twist will leave you shocked.

Without a doubt, Morris does a great job of showcasing characters that struggle with their morals, loyalty and trust, especially when put in live or die situations. Feel Me Fall, is gripping, highly recommended and one'd you expect to see on a television network like Freeform, home to young adult shows like, "Pretty Little Liars" and "Famous in Love." 

Get the Book from Amazon by clicking on the image below: 

Official Synopsis

"Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she's the last left alive.
But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we'll go in order to survive."

More About James Morris:
James Morris is a former television writer who now works in digital media. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching 'House Hunters Renovation', or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.

More DisarrayMAG Coverage:
Spotlight Interview with Author James Morris of "Melophobia" and "What Lies Within"

Book Review: "What Lies Within" by Screenwriter Turned Novelist Jim Morris

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About the Editor


Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 
When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies.  


Review: Los Angeles Ballet - Balanchine: Master of the Dance


Even those of us who can’t tell the difference between a Battement Tendu and Grand-Plie have heard the name Balanchine, and I’ve always been curious to know why the name is whispered with such reverence in conversation among dancers. So when I saw that the Los Angeles Ballet was putting on three of his works at the UCLA Royce Hall, one choreography for the first time in the company’s career, I figured my time had come to make his acquaintance.

I am so much a stranger to see a ballet performance, that when I announced that I was “going to the ballet” to my significant other, he assumed I was going to a new French restaurant. And for this novice, the LAB production of George Balanchine's work was the perfect primer to show the this world is not just of pale tights and tutus. In fact, there was no live orchestra at Royce Hall, which not only led to a more casual atmosphere of the crowd, but a lot cheaper ticket price, which in turn availed the experience to more people.


The LAB chose three very different “types” of Balanchine's famous choreographies to showcase his illustrious career in under 2hrs.  The more “classical” ballet was set to Mozart’s Divertimento No. 15 (the LAB premiere) and filled with the lifts, jumps, and tutus one imagines at the word “ballet”.  The second piece, Prodigal Son, was one of Balanchine's earliest works and based on the biblical tale of the prodigal son.  The costumes and the movements were somewhere between classical ballet and modern dance, skillfully telling the clear story of the hedonistic son’s downfall.  The costumes were Roman-inspired circa and the principal female dancer had on a traditional costume for the piece - something you would get if Nefertiti collaborated with Keith Haring.



The third and last dance was a set of choreographies from Balanchine’s collaboration with George Gershwin, very timely following all the buzz from LA LA Land.  Sixteen numbers of fast-paced Gershwin pieces moved one after the other into a toe-tapping finale that put a smile on everyone’s face.  I highly recommend not just this Balanchine primer, but for everyone to experience a ballet performance, such as the LAB Pushing Dance Boundaries in October, beyond the annual The Nutcracker.



About the Author

Barndi loves the City of Angeles and her passion is to help others feel the same way.  Whether it's by sharing the best route from Laurel Canyon to Rustic Canyon on Friday night (Mulholland to Sunset to San Vicente) to the best yogurt parfait in the city (Bouchon Bakery), she will do what it takes to make you fall in love. You can find @barndi on most digital platforms, including here at Disarray Magazine!

Review: High Brew Coffee, Cold Brew in a Can



For those looking for a low calorie jolt of energy in a can, you're in luck as I just tried out High Brew Coffee. Each can offers 8 ounces of cold-brew deliciousness and has a smooth, bold taste that is rich in antioxidants. Keep reading to learn more about High Brew coffee. 

Who Created It?
Founded by David and Elizabeth Smith, two entrepreneurs who sailed to the Caribbean with their kids, they were on a mission to deliver premium Fair Trade Arabica beans for those busy and on the go. Learn about their team by visiting: http://www.highbrewcoffee.com/meet-the-team/

The Taste Test
The High Brew coffee team (thanks Krista), sent over two flavors including, the dairy-free "Black and Bold" as well as "Double Espresso." According to their site, there’s another flavor, “Mexican Vanilla.” I’m guessing there’s a hint of cinnamon in it.

So, I tried the “Black and Bold” flavor on a busy Friday afternoon at work around my usual 3pm slump time. I got a cup, filled it with ice and poured myself  some High Brew. To my surprise, not only was it delicious but it didn’t have an overly acidic or bitter taste, which I’m pretty accustomed to. It got the job done and I swear, I worked faster, hit my deadline, finished my project and was ready to enjoy the weekend. I felt like Popeye eating a can of spinach. To be honest, most cold brew coffees give me a jittery feeling, but High Brew did not, I felt fine and that made my day. Additionally, I didn’t feel the usual caffeine crash where my energy is sucked out and I feel like I just want to take a nap. 

Where Can You  Find High Brew? 
For those in Marina Del Rey, CA - High Brew can be found at Ralphs, Sprouts and Target. I used the Store Finder (http://www.highbrewcoffee.com/store-finder/) and will be on the hunt for the “Mexican Vanilla” flavor. 

For more information, make sure to visit: 


About the Editor


Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Review: Nitro Cold Brew by Hotbox Roasters


Last week, we tasted the Nitro Cold Brew from Hotbox Roasters, which was sent to us straight from the Rocky Mountains by Abby from the Hotbox Roasters team.  Each 12 ounce can was packed with premium Arabica beans, 420mg of caffeine, and was perfect to drink on its own without needing to add sugar or milk. Keep reading to learn more about Hotbox Roasters and their new “ready to drink” cold brew. 


Who Created It? 


Hotbox Roasters was created by Oskar Blues brewery founder Dale Katechis, who learned how to roast premium Arabica coffee beans  in the back of the Colorado brewery. 



The Taste Test

It was one of those mornings where I forgot to set the coffee machine to go off at 7am and I was already running late for work. Luckily, I had four cans of Hotbox Roasters cold brew in my fridge, thanks to Abby from the Hotbox Roasters team for sending it over. I grabbed a can and rushed out the door. As soon as I got into my car, I opened the can and took a sip. To my delight, it was bold, flavorful and delicious as is. I now keep a few cans at my desk and I must say, they are perfect for those after-lunch food comas. 

Where Can You Find Nitro Cold Brew Hotbox Roasters?


Visit http://hotboxroasters.com/store/ and check out their coffee subscriptions where you can get coffee delivered to you every week, bi-weekly or every month. 




About the Editor


Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Spring Clean Your Pet's Products - Get Rid of Germs!



Spring cleaning season is upon us, and this year, Petco wants to remind pet parents how to care for their pet's products, toys and accessories. Nearly one-third of pet parents who responded to Petco's March survey* are unaware their pets' toys collect dirt, bacteria, yeast and mold. What's also alarming is 1 in 5 pet parents wait at least a month to clean their pet's eating and drinking bowls – even though pet bowls are one of the dirtiest items in the house.  

"Pets shouldn't be overlooked in spring cleaning. For pet parents, cleaning their pet's belongings may be obvious, but the importance of replacing other items may not be. That's where we come in," said Whitney Miller, Director of Veterinary Medicine for Petco. "We're proud to be the go-to resource to keep pets happy and healthy, so pet parents can stay focused on spending quality time with their furry, scaled, finned and feathered family members."

Petco's in-store and online specialists, combined with the retailer's assortment of beds, bowls, crates and toys, have pet parents covered for a healthy home this spring.  

Bowls & Feeding Accessories: A study by National Safety Federation revealed that pet bowls are one of the dirtiest items in American homes, yet Petco's survey revealed they're often easily overlooked by pet parents. While it's recommended to wash pet bowls daily with hot water and antibacterial dish soap to avoid germs that can upset some pets' stomachs, 1 in 5 pet parents are guilty of waiting at least a month to scrub their pet's eating or drinking bowls. Pet parents should also replace dishes and bowls if they are cracked, chipped or scratched.

Bedding: Sixteen percent of pet parents are unaware of how often their pet's beds and blankets should be cleaned, even though 76 percent are aware they should clean their pet's bed at least once a month. Petco recommends rotating pet bedding once a week to rid your home of the dirt, bacteria and allergens that dogs and cats drag in. If any tears or other damage, like loose stuffing on the bedding cannot be fixed, Petco specialists recommend replacing the items completely.

Toys: Around one in five pet parents are unaware of how often to replace their furry friend's plastic and rubber toys. While many toys can be cleaned with hot water and mild dish soap, Petco urges pet parents to diligently throw away toys once they become ripped, or if the stuffing or a squeaker starts to come out. Damaged rubber toys can have sharp edges that could injure pets' mouths and stomachs.

Litter Boxes and Accessories: Litter boxes serve as a host to a variety of bacteria and parasites, but one in five pet parents believe their cat's litter box never has to be replaced. Petco specialists recommend replacing the litter box at least once a year to keep your cat happy and healthy.

Pest Prevention: Make sure the only scratching your cat or dog performs is reserved for the scratching post. Nearly half of survey respondents don't routinely clean out their pet's spa supplies, including brushes. Even more surprising, 12 percent of pet parents are unaware of how often their dog or cat's flea and tick prevention products need to be replaced. While clean bedding and toys can help avoid pests with dogs and cats, Petco also recommends ensuring products, like flea and tick treatments, are tossed and replaced before their expiration for optimal results.

Just like pet parents, change can be tough for pets. Keep them comfortable when cleaning or replacing their belongings by incorporating something old with the new. Familiar scents and treats, in addition to offering praise to reinforce using the new product, should keep pets happy. After all, a clean home is a healthy home for both humans and pets.


About the Editor


Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

Rae Sremmurd and Madsonik Remix “Black Beatles”


EarDrummer Records and Interscope Records recording duo Rae Sremmurd partners with Electronic Arts for an exclusive preview to their official remix of the #1 single “Black Beatles.” Produced by Madsonik and executively produced Mike WiLL Made-It, the hard-hitting remix turns up for EA’s biggest first person shooter game Battlefield 1. With new lyrics set to the dawn of all-out warfare, the fresh new version gives a nod to heroic military soldiers. The exclusive trailer previews the epic multiplayer arms race with high-octane dogfights, obliterating battleships, twisting through the trenches of in your face warfare.




About the Editor


Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

The Fate Of Grand Theft Auto Online After the Release of Red Dead Redemption 2


By Sam Miguel, Contributor


If you care about either 1) Grand Theft Auto (GTA) Online or 2) Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2), then not only are you a part of an insanely large group of gamers who have propelled Rockstar Games into the industry’s spotlight, but you’ve also likely heard the rustlings about how the release of the latter will negatively affect the former.

We are here to tell you that that won’t be happening and why.




Now, it’s entirely true that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been getting a lot of media attention recently, and that media attention is based on literally a single cinematic trailer, meaning that the hype for the game is already immense. But there is an important thing to consider: the majority of GTA Online’s players aren’t the kind of people who get caught up in gaming hype. Or gaming in general.

Due to the mainstream factor, the majority of GTA Online’s weekly over 8 million unique logins come from the kind of player who has a console at home and only buys 2-3 games a year - the new Call of Duty, the new FIFA or Madden depending on preference, and GTA V.

These people do not consider themselves gamers, they don’t follow gaming news, and they don’t care about games in general other than those three that we’ve listed. They log into GTA Online fairly regularly and having finished the story mode of the game, probably only return to GTA 5’s offline mode if they want to blast away with some cheats.

Here’s the thing - RDR2 will be successful and it will sell an immense number of copies, but these sales will mostly stay within the bounds of the core gaming community. GTA Online won’t bleed too many players over to Red Dead Online simply because the audience will differ. Sure, it won’t be a clear cut divide. In fact, far from it, thanks to the media coverage the upcoming Wild West title is getting. Red Dead Redemption 2 will see the franchise explode onto the mainstream market but it won’t be enough to topple the titan that is GTA.

Look at it from Take-Two’s perspective: on the one hand, you have GTA 5. The game recently broke 75 million sales, enjoyed the number one spot on the sales charts three times in 2017 already, and sold more copies in 2016 than it did in 2014 and 2015. This is a game that will continue to generate revenue and attract customers. As we mentioned before, there are more than 8 million unique logins to GTA Online each week. These are insane numbers - but wait, there’s more! A year ago, GTA Online’s micro-transactions, the Shark Cards, brought in $500 million in revenue. Consider that the playerbase has only increased since then, and you can imagine the kind of revenue those things still move.

Now that’s a gift that just keeps giving.

On the other hand, you have Red Dead Redemption 2, a fairly hyped up game that’s predicted to sell around 15 million copies on launch, and gradually climb up from there - but it will never hit the same record GTA 5. The game will start off with a smaller player base, and will always have a small player base. Releasing on just 2 platforms instead of 5 in a staggered model spread over 3 years will drastically cut longevity compared to GTA Online, meaning whatever kind of microtransaction system is implemented (because you can bet there will be micro-transactions), will stop bringing in major revenue relatively soon.

Considering this, all those rumors about GTA Online DLC being ceased in favor of Red Dead Online suddenly seem a tad silly, don’t they? GTA Online forms one of the main financial pillars of Take-Two, and continued DLC is how this is achieved. The microtransaction revenue enables that DLC to be given to the players for free, which is a massive incentive to continue playing and continue buying. With the ever changing content, there is always reason to come back and play, which in turn gives players reason to buy Shark Cards. GTA Online is a sure-fire way, a steady source. No business in its right mind would ditch the steady source for a risky one now would they?

Really, in the end, there is no reason to worry for the future of GTA Online. It’s success has guaranteed it a position in Rockstar’s graces for years to come, regardless of how strong Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch when it does.



About the Author

Sam Miguel is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Communications. He loves writing, particularly about video games and most things tech related. When he's not in class or on his laptop, you can find him at the beach or tuning his drone for competitive racing (yup, that’s a thing!).


Aniplex of America Announces U.S. Theatrical Release of -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU


Aniplex of America announced at their industry panel at Anime Milwaukee (Milwaukee,WI), their plans to premiere -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU in the U.S. on April 7. This is the highly anticipated third and final installment of the-KIZUMONOGATARI- film series. Aniplex of America also confirmed that theater patrons will receive an exclusive giveaway item with each purchased ticket while supplies last. Ticket sales for-KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU will begin next Tuesday (February 21) through the official -KIZUMONOGATARI- website (www.Kizumonogatari-USA.com). -KIZUMONOGATARI PART 3: REIKETSU will be distributed by AZOLAND PICTURES in the original Japanese language with English subtitles.

-KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU features the origin story of the highly popular Monogatari Series originally created by author NISIOISIN and is a direct prequel to the BAKEMONOGATARI television series. The story follows the protagonist Koyomi Araragi and his encounter with the horrifying vampire, Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade A.K.A. the “King of Apparitions.” Koyomi saves the fatally wounded Kiss-shot by offering his blood to her in exchange for his own life as a human. This highly anticipated film will be bringing together an all-star creative staff including Director Tatsuya Oishi (Series Director of BAKEMONOGATARI), Character Designer Akio Watanabe, who worked on the entire Monogatari series, and Chief Director Akiyuki Shimbou (Madoka Magica, Monogatari Series, NISEKOI). Studio SHAFT will be responsible for the anime production.


About KIZUMONOGATARI PART 3: REIKETSU:

With help from Meme Oshino, the apparition specialist, Koyomi defeats the three powerful vampire hunters: Dramaturgy, Episode and Guillotinecutter.

Koyomi takes back all the limbs of Kiss-Shot-Acerola-Orion-Heart-Underblade in order to become a human again.

But, when he returns to Kiss-Shot, she reveals to him the cold truth of what it means to be a vampire—a creature of the night. Unable to take back what he has done, Koyomi feels nothing but regret and can only deny his dreadful fate. While Koyomi is struggling to face reality, his “friend” Tsubasa Hanekawa comes to him with a certain plan...


STAFF:

Original Works: NISIOISIN "KIZUMONOGATARI" (Kodansha BOX)

Chief Director: Akiyuki Shimbou

Director: Tatsuya Oishi

Character Design: Akio Watanabe, Hideyuki Morioka

Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka

Music: Satoru Kosaki

Animation Production: SHAFT

Produced by: Aniplex, KODANSHA, SHAFT

CAST:

Koyomi Araragi: Hiroshi Kamiya

Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade: Maaya Sakamoto

Tsubasa Hanekawa: Yui Horie

Meme Oshino: Takahiro Sakurai

Episode: Miyu Irino

Dramaturgy: Masashi Ebara

Guillotinecutter: Hochu Otsuka

For more details on KIZUMONOGATARI PART 3: REIKETSU, please visit the official website:



About the Editor

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. 

When she's not running Disarray, she's consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies. 

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