#LVxLOL: League of Legends Designer Clothes

So… one of the things I have never understood about Riot is their lack of attention towards merch selling. Sure, they have merch. You go on their website and they have a handful of t-shirts, maybe a onesie or two. The reality is there is nowhere near the amount of focus on merch for League of Legends as there are for many other popular video games. The amount of money Riot could make off focusing more on clothing with their brand is astronomical. Think about how much money is made off Fortnite and Overwatch clothes in stores like Spencers, Hot Topic, online, etc. A LOT. 

Recently, Riot Games did a collab with Louis Vuitton, a high end designer brand, called LVxLOL. To be honest, part of me is confused and part of me is impressed. Let me explain.

The part of me is confused is as followed. Most people who play League of Legends are 26 years old (per Google). Sure, not as young as I thought, but still pretty young. The majority of League of Legends players are probably in school or early graduates and still working on building up their wealth and income. The pieces in LVxLOL are insanely expensive for a young professional.

The shirt above, called LVXLOL SLEEVELESS PEPLUM TOP, is a whopping $1,140. Sure, you can argue it is good quality and designer, which adds up. Think about how much $1,140 can do for a young professional. That could be a month or two of rent. That could literally be a whole wardrobe of clothes from a cheaper store like H&M. It seems like an overpriced choice for League of Legends merch.

The other thing I’m confused about is that this brand doesn’t seem very “League of Legends-y.” I have looked at all the pieces and besides the one item containing a picture of Quiyana, it doesn’t seem very inspired by the game (recently they added more Quiyana shirts, so I might have to retract this statement however). Sure, the brand is sleek and cool, but I don’t see the connection to League. If anything, I would argue some of these pieces remind me of Kingdom Hearts or even perhaps Final Fantasy or another games besides League of Legends.

There is another side of me that is impressed by the collab. Why? The pieces are cool and this brings League into the attention of other high end brands. The collection launched at a great timing so that people could buy the items for their loved ones for the holidays. Despite the price tag, somehow the collection has been insanely successful (it sold out in an hour) even though I doubt most 20-something League of Legends players could afford the collection. 

While it is a brilliant marketing ploy, I wish Riot had done a more affordable collab so all League of Legends players could have access to it. Hopefully, this is a start for Riot to do more collabs with other brands, not just Louis Vuitton. 

Health · Lifestyle

Why I went 75% Vegetarian

Why I went 75% Vegetarian: 

Back in high school and college, I had a period in time where I was pescatarian. This period lasted for about three years from when I was 17 until I was a junior in  college. Originally, I went vegetarian for several different reasons, mainly with the concerns about animal cruelty after watching one too many depressing animal videos. During my junior year in college, I was an active runner, completing both a half marathon and a full marathon. The reality was that I didn’t do a good job of being a vegetarian in college, especially as a long distance runner. I didn’t get enough iron and protein to successfully function with the strenuous exercise I was completing. After my marathon, I went to the doctor because I was feeling tired all the time. I no longer had the excuse that the long distance running was making my body tired. The doctor ran my blood tests and I had incredibly low iron. Off the chart low iron. They said I needed to take more iron supplements or make a lifestyle change.

Iron is incredibly important to our functioning. Sometimes, eating enough iron to reach healthy blood iron levels can be hard, but it is especially hard for vegetarians due to meat products being a significant source of iron. The reason being that most iron comes from meat. Non-meat foods that are high in iron are spinach (my least favorite vegetable), tofu, broccoli, and beans. As most can imagine, my college diet was anything from stellar. I ate an incredible amount of cheese pizza, snacks, sweets, and soup to sustain myself. Not very healthy. Not a lot of iron. Due to the busyness of my life in college (i.e. A student, full credit load, being an undergraduate teaching assistant, working at a gym, my social life, etc), I didn’t have time to really make those good food choices or cook at home. Also, due to the nature of my long distance running, I also ended up being incredibly weak and not getting enough protein on top of the iron issue.  I went back to eating meat after the dismal results of my blood work. 

Recently, I had been revisiting the vegetarian lifestyle. Jonathan, my boyfriend, was the one who brought it up. The truth is, eating a lot of meat isn’t good for the environment. Some examples of ways it harms the environment are deforestation, degradation of water and land, emissions, etc. There is an endless amount of articles online that describe more in full the issues with the meat industry. Climate change is a huge issue currently plaguing our society and will continue to do so until changes are made. Jon and I have made a pact to eat only vegetarian during the week and eat some meat (just not as much) on the weekend as a small way to improve the environment. We are not super strict on this plan, but we try to hold each other accountable while not being hard on ourselves. 

Even though we are just two people, a little help towards the environment by a lot of people can go a long way. The transition to a partially vegetarian lifestyle has been an easy one really. The first week was hard, but it has been smooth sailing since. Making meals vegetarian is easier than we think. Putting beans in a burrito instead of meat. Making a veggie burger. Making a vegetarian pasta dish. Eating meat on the weekends allows us to eat some of those food choices we love that don’t follow the vegetarian diet. It is a healthy blend of both while actively trying to make a difference. I would recommend it to anyone who has been considering living partially vegetarian or wanting to actively change their lifestyle to positively affect the environment.