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Sunday, June 26th 2016

9:57 AM

Showing My Love for "The Cat In The Hat" in Stripes

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"I know some good games we could play," said the cat.

--"The Cat In The Hat" by Dr. Seuss

 

   The week before I had to "wear stripes to celebrate Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat" at the school where I was subbing I didn't realize how much the book would teach me about working with the students new to Dr. Seuss or how much I'd enjoy putting together, and wearing my version, of a striped ensemble, until I started my literary and sartorial adventure.

   Drawn as an anthropomorphic (attributing human shape and characteristics to an animal, god, or inanimate thing) character in a snazzy red and white striped top hat, bright scarlet "bow tie" and sparkly white jazz hand gloves, the "Cat" introduces a more complicated story line that challenges the beginning reader beyond the simplistic "Dick and Jane primers" with rhyming text, multiple characters and a longer length at 61 pages.

   This difference became apparent to me when I was working with a first grade Hispanic student who had difficulty completing the book and complained that it was "too much" and "too long". Disappointed that, despite my efforts to split up the reading time into more than one session I realized this student wouldn't experience the joy I had when I first read it in Preschool. I subsequently discussed this problem with the Resource teacher and we decided to demonstrate the magical text of Dr. Seuss by reading it aloud to the students. Fortunately, all over the campus and in various classrooms, volunteers were reading "The Cat In The Hat" in the hopes of converting new readers.

   To coordinate my outfit, for the day, I studied a few fashion layouts, examined the striped pieces I had in my closets, then headed to "Forever 21" in the "Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza" to put together an inexpensive, but fun get up. After looking through their Sale rack I found a light blue and white color blocked sleeveless mini dress, then in the print leggings section, I found a pair of red, black, white and blue leggings that picked up the colors in the dress perfectly.

   Once I got them home I coordinated them further with my light blue and black striped Ann Taylor cardigan, my black and white pinstriped Norma Kamali blazer and for the finishing touch I added a beige, black and white silk scarf to wear around my neck and a pair of striped Nautica sneakers I'd gotten from "Ross". 

   This Spring one of the hottest trends is stripes-whether worn in a bold pattern with a solid color, an accent as an accessory, or part of a patriotic red, white and blue theme-giving the season a bold, nostalgic flavor. Throughout my journey with this "required look" and my revelation about breaking through to a frustrated student I also learned how to embrace something new by putting forth a little effort. 

How to Wear Stripes Now:

1) DO:

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  • Wear bright striped patterns in bold colors, such as yellow and red or orange and blue.
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  • Wear a solid colored belt over a striped dress or top to add an accent.
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  • Wear solid black socks and shoes to add further contrast.
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  • Mix and match stripes, like small with bold, etc.,
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  • Wear bold accessories to counterbalance the look.
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2) DON'T:

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  • Wear tight fitting dresses, skirts, tops or pants, with stripes, if you have a curvaceous or plus-size figure, instead wear longer mid-length and floor-length full dresses, tops, palazzos and other wide-legged pants with a suble vertical striped design.
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  • Don't ruin the effect of stripes by adding the wrong bag. Look for boxy, graphic bags in bold colors to add sophistication.
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  • Don't be afraid to mix strips with other prints to get an interesting effect.
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  • Don't let your lifestyle prevent you from wearing stripes. Anyone from a student to a business woman can find a way to incorporate stripes into their wardrobe, whether it's with a pair of black and white pants, a blue and white striped shirt or a striped scarf or purse.
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  • Don't let your budget stop you from wearing stripes because you can find striped items at every price range regardless of where you live or where you shop.
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Sunday, June 26th 2016

9:04 AM

Showing My Love for "The Cat In The Hat" in Stripes

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"I know some good games we could play," said the cat.

--"The Cat In The Hat" by Dr. Seuss

 

   The week before I had to "wear stripes to celebrate Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat" at the school where I was subbing I didn't realize how much the book would teach me about working with the students new to Dr. Seuss or how much I'd enjoy putting together, and wearing my version, of a striped ensemble, until I started my literary and sartorial adventure.

   Drawn as an anthropomorphic (attributing human shape and characteristics to an animal, god, or inanimate thing) character in a snazzy red and white striped top hat, bright scarlet "bow tie" and sparkly white jazz hand gloves, the "Cat" introduces a more complicated story line that challenges the beginning reader beyond the simplistic "Dick and Jane primers" with rhyming text, multiple characters and a longer length at 61 pages.

   This difference became apparent to me when I was working with a first grade Hispanic student who had difficulty completing the book and complained that it was "too much" and "too long". Disappointed that, despite my efforts to split up the reading time into more than one session I realized this student wouldn't experience the joy I had when I first read it in Preschool. I subsequently discussed this problem with the Resource teacher and we decided to demonstrate the magical text of Dr. Seuss by reading it aloud to the students. Fortunately, all over the campus and in various classrooms, volunteers were reading "The Cat In The Hat" in the hopes of converting new readers.

   To coordinate my outfit, for the day, I studied a few fashion layouts, examined the striped pieces I had in my closets, then headed to "Forever 21" in the "Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza" to put together an inexpensive, but fun get up. After looking through their Sale rack I found a light blue and white color blocked sleeveless mini dress, then in the print leggings section, I found a pair of red, black, white and blue leggings that picked up the colors in the dress perfectly.

   Once I got them home I coordinated them further with my light blue and black striped Ann Taylor cardigan, my black and white pinstriped Norma Kamali blazer and for the finishing touch I added a beige, black and white silk scarf to wear around my neck and a pair of striped Nautica sneakers I'd gotten from "Ross". 

   This Spring one of the hottest trends is stripes-whether worn in a bold pattern with a solid color, an accent as an accessory, or part of a patriotic red, white and blue theme-giving the season a bold, nostalgic flavor. Throughout my journey with this "required look" and my revelation about breaking through to a frustrated student I also learned how to embrace something new by putting forth a little effort. 

How to Wear Stripes Now:

1) DO:

  • Wear bright striped patterns in bold colors, such as yellow and red or orange and blue.
  • Wear a solid colored belt over a striped dress or top to add an accent.
  • Wear solid black socks and shoes to add further contrast.
  • Mix and match stripes, like small with bold, etc.,
  • Wear bold accessories to counterbalance the look.

2) DON'T:

  • Wear tight fitting dresses, skirts, tops or pants, with stripes, if you have a curvaceous or plus-size figure, instead wear longer mid-length and floor-length full dresses, tops, palazzos and other wide-legged pants with a suble vertical striped design.
  • Don't ruin the effect of stripes by adding the wrong bag. Look for boxy, graphic bags in bold colors to add sophistication.
  • Don't be afraid to mix strips with other prints to get an interesting effect.
  • Don't let your lifestyle prevent you from wearing stripes. Anyone from a student to a business woman can find a way to incorporate stripes into their wardrobe, whether it's with a pair of black and white pants, a blue and white striped shirt or a striped scarf or purse.
  • Don't let your budget stop you from wearing stripes because you can find striped items at every price range regardless of where you live or where you shop.

    

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Sunday, May 1st 2016

12:48 PM

Feeling and Dressing Patriotic, in Red, White and Blue, for Dr. Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Day

        

 

   The day before I had to put together another "required" outfit to celebrate Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss was a little more stressful than when I coordinated a green ensemble for Green Eggs and Ham day because the students I subbed with weren't just blase about reading, Dr. Seuss, and dressing in red and blue to "celebrate his book One Fish, Two Fish, Red fish, Blue Fish they were downright hostile. The slightest reminder to read 20 minutes a day and fill out their monthly reading logs were also fraught with stubborn silences, eye rolling and attitude. Since I'm a die-hard bookworm, professional writer and fashion lover I wanted to come to school in something that wasn't just red and blue, but patriotic as well.

   From my clip files I selected a J. Crew ad featuring a model wearing a red blazer over a red and white striped shirt and faded denim jeans and a super funky DKNY ad with various models in red and blue outfits accessorized with sneakers, to get ideas from. Finally, to round out my search, I studied a Vogue layout from the January 2016 issue in the What to Wear Where section called Anthems. It's focus was "all-American dressing with an eccentric and cool twist."

   Still reeling emotionally from the way the students dissed Dr. Seuss on Green Eggs and Ham I went to Forever 21 in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza for a little retail therapy and some inspiration. On one of my favorite Sale racks I found a red, white and blue flag sweater, and snatched it up immediately. I knew I remembered I had a red, white and blue knit cap I'd bought at The Surplus Store years ago and a red, beige, white and blue web belt I'd bought at a thrift store too, that would look perfect with the sweater. Once I got home,I pulled out my hat,and my belt, then decided to layer the sweater over a denim button-down shirt and navy-blue skinny pants.

   With history being taught sporadically in elementary schools today, at least compared to when I attended, I hoped this outfit would make our students want to learn more about U.S. history and Dr. Seuss. Published in 1960 by Random House, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a wonderful starter book for new readers because it has a "simple rhyming text" and two fun main characters, Jay and Kay. It was also selected as "one of the Top 100 Books for Children by teachers through the National Education Association," and it's been translated into various languages including Spanish ("Un pez, dos peces, pez rojo, pez azul").

   On March 1, when I wore the outfit to school, I was very pleased that it received a lot of compliments and our students seemed a little more enthusiastic about Dr. Seuss. Now my next challenge was to get them excited about reading The Cat In The Hat, in an attractive and challenging striped outfit, on Wednesday, March 2, where we were "required" to wear stripes to celebrate this famous book.

Fashion Coordination Tips for Red and Blue:

  • You can either pair two solid colors, like a red dress with a blue denim jacket or prints that compliment and reflect a patriotic flair, such as a red, white or blue blazer, jacket or sweater over a red and white striped long-sleeved shirt or blue and white striped shirt and jeans, then accessorize with red framed shades, a red or blue bag and red, white and blue sneakers.
  • Creative combinations, such as a blue and white striped button-down or white button-down shirt, blue shirt and red cardigan either worn over the shirt or tied around the waist of the skirt or a white tank top and red, white and blue track pants also look good without being kitschy.
  • If you want to be daring and mix patterns, you can try a red, white and blue print jacket over a red and blue plaid or polka-dotted dress and blue and white striped knee socks or a red and white striped short-sleeved jacket over a red and blue striped dress.
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Wednesday, March 30th 2016

5:34 PM

Celebrating Literacy and Dr. Seuss in Basic Green

    

   No matter how well known certain poems may be to the rest of us, a new generation is not going to become acquainted with them unless somebody plays host and makes introductions.--Iona and Peter Opie in "The Oxford Book of Verse"

   In a lot of ways I'm a lot like the "Grouchy Guy" in the children's book by Dr. Seuss "Green Eggs and Ham" because I hate doing something just because it's required or the "in" thing. I'd rather be unique, live by my own rules and set my own trends. But since I've started working as a Special Education Assistant for a major school district I've had to conform and wear clothes to fit a dress code for a particular event whenever it's required. At the first school I worked at, from August to December 2015, I had to wear purple for "Spirit Day" and for Halloween I painstakingly put together a bohemian chic costume that earned a lot of praise and some confusion among the students and staff, who didn't know what a bohemian was.

   During my last week, at the second school I worked at, from January to March 2016, we were celebrating "Read Across America Week" (February 29-March 4, 2016) by wearing various colors and prints representing four Dr. Seuss books. Reminiscing happily, I remember reading his books as a little girl, and getting lost in their upbeat colors, rhymes and plots. For the first day, "Green Eggs and Ham Day" we were asked to wear green. Luckily I love the bright, sunny, vibrant freshness of it and how it's appealing whether it's as soft as a lacy fern leaf or bold as a mouth-puckering lime.

   Still, deciding what to wear wasn't so easy, despite the amount of green in my wardrobe. A few steps proved necessary before I felt comfortable leaving for work and entering the wonderful world of learning and Dr. Seuss.

Step 1:

    I studied my collection of fashion clips and current magazines for trends and coordination tips. The two ideas that really sparked my imagination was a Kate Spade ad featuring fashionista Iris Apfel wearing a beige jacket, over a white bow-front blouse and a pair of Kelly green pants, and a "Shop Talk" section from an old "Harper's Bazaar" with a photo featuring a model on the runway in a "Marni" while jacket belted over an olive green ruffle-front skirt.

Step 2:

      My next move was to physically brainstorm and come up with an actual outfit I'd wear by examining what I owned and what I felt like wearing. After seeing so many shades and textures of green I knew I wanted to create a look that reflected the variations I often saw in the nature around me. Over the past week I'd been taking photos of a tree that was growing near the class I was assigned to. As it sprang to life, from bud to leaf, I noticed how the tree changed with their evolution and my moods. If I were happy and upbeat the tree looked succulent and lush but if I felt sluggish and tired it looked sparse and macabre.

Step 3:

   Finally I made my decision and chose a Kelly green corduroy pea coat, chartreuse green knit poncho I'd bought at the "Sacks SFO" Going-Out-Of-Business sale, vintage green and yellow polka-dotted 1960's mini dress and a pair of cuffed Sonia Rykiel jeans. To tie all of the colors together I accessorized my outfit with a green and blue fabric necklace, a green hand-painted floral pin attached to the lapel of the pea coat, a multicolored rhinestone, gold and pearl bracelet, a gold rose ring set with a green stone, a pair of white, pink and green Converse and a multicolored floral purse. 

   Confident in my choice, especially when I saw so many students, teachers and support staff wearing green, the day was made even more enjoyable when I got to read "The Lorax" aloud to a group of students during their "reading time" and share a part of my childhood.

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Wednesday, March 9th 2016

3:34 PM

Real Street and Cool

   When it comes to dressing for work or school most of us don't have a problem. A suit, a dress, upscale separates, all of these can carry us through the week regardless of our lifestyle, budget or wardrobe needs. But when the week-end rolls around, not only do we want to relax, we also want to dress more comfortably. Sadly our options may be limited if we rely solely on modern casual wear and forget to coordinate them with as much creativity as we do our good clothes. 

   One of the easiest garments to add un elan to, but still wear effortlessly, are sweatpants. By replacing the gym-ready t-shirt and hoodie traditionally worn with it, with a blazer, button-down shirt and soft cardigan, you bring your casual look up a notch and widen the places you can travel to without embarrassment over your off-hours appearance.

   When I wore this look I finished it off by accenting the lapel of my beige vintage men's jacket with a pink rose pin, and echoing the sportswear vibe of my navy-blue Hanes sweatpants with a light-blue terry cloth Hello Kitty wrist sweatband and white Converse. The item that really took it to the street, in style, was a light-blue denim button-down shirt. Despite its elegance it was very inexpensive to put together, and I stayed within my budget, by choosing clothes I bought at various thrift and off-price stores.

Where I Got the Look:

  • Beige vintage men's blazer (Daniel Freeman Thrift Auxillary, Inglewood, CA.)
  • Navy-blue Hanes sweatpants (Goodwill Industries Thrift Store, Culver City, CA.)
  • Light-blue denim button-down shirt (Ticktocker Timeless Treasures, Culver City, CA.)
  • Pink rose pin (Ticktocker Timeless Treasures, Culver City, CA.)
  • White Converse (Ross Department Store)
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Saturday, January 23rd 2016

8:49 AM

A Sad Day in the Neighborhood: The Closing of Walmart

   A day rarely passes when someone doesn't compliment me on how well I'm dressed. In a city that has the potential for great style, but at times can miss the mark due to conformity and trendiness, I find that miraculous because of my status in life. The facts are: (1) I'm an African-American female, of a certain age, who rarely sees someone like myself in the media; (2) I live on a budget and show accordingly; and (3) I earned a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising from CSULA because I couldn't afford FIDM and wanted a liberal arts education. Still I've learned how to work with the retail and fashion opportunities I've been given whether it's "Daniel Freeman Thrift Auxillary" in Inglewood, California or "Baldwin Hills Mall". 

   Despite the wish of most retailers I'm not so brand loyal that I exclusively shop at one store, so if I'm in Mar Vista I could shop at "Council Thrift Store" or "Mitsuwa Marketplace" and if I'm in Culver City I could shop at "Ross" or "Goodwill Industries Thrift Store". Lately I've been curious about where the people in the "Baldwin Hills Mall" community shop, so when I've taken shopping field trips up there, I've stopped in at "Walmart", "Sear's", "Forever 21", "Claire's", "Macy's" and "Pink Memories". 

   While I personally prefer "Forever 21", "Macy's", "T.J. Maxx" and "Pink Memories", the day I went into "Walmart" I needed to buy a small sketch pad to practice my fashion illustrations with and I was amazed at the selection of arts and crafts items they had among other things. I was also impressed that thee store was full of eager consumers patiently waiting in long lines to be wrung up.

   So when my mother told me that the "Walmart" at "Baldwin Hills Mall" was closing, and I saw the yellow and black "Store Closed" sign out of a bus window I was suddenly consumed with sadness and dread over the loss of a major retailer in a minority community. While a number of issues arise over the closure of the store the suspicion of a demand for higher wages by store employees during a struggling economy sticks in my mind as the reason.

   I can understand employees wanting higher wages, but when I compare how hard I worked in retail at "The Broadway", "Robinson's", "Clothestime" and other stores, for less than $10 an hour, while studying Fashion Merchandising I'm shocked that its an issue. Not only did I learn everything about the business from salesmanship to inventory and displays I also was required to dress appropriately while doing it. When I shop today I'm met with sales clerks in unattractive uniforms with no fashion sense or imagination in an industry that's become less diverse, more impersonal, less creative and more conformist despite the plethora of talented designers and skilled laborers trying to work within the retail industry.

   The closing of "Walmart" also proves the industry's become more resistant to embracing a community where some of its citizens are supporting stores with their dollars and their presence. Sadly the ones who put personal issues and a paycheck ahead of the excellent workmanship and professionalism to keep it thriving make the closure a crucial turning point I hope we all learn from and transform into a better future. After all, a low-paying job and convenience in a tough world is better than nothing at all. 

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Sunday, December 6th 2015

12:49 PM

Location, Location...Does Location Really matter? Shopping and Looking Good in Your Own Neighborhood

   A few days ago I had a doctor's appointment, so I knew I  wanted to wear something comfortable, easy to remove for an examination, attractive and warm enough to withstand the cold weather outside. I hadn't worn one of my favorite blazers for awhile so, after selecting that, I chose one of my favorite vintage polyester blouses, a white cardigan sweater to wear over it, a yellow and brown print silk scarf  to accentuate the colors in the blazer and the blouse, and a pair of jeans. If you'd have looked at the black and white hounds tooth blazer, with a slightly 1940's cut, over the vintage white cardigan, pink print blouse and Paige jeans I'd put together you might assume I spent a lot of money on my outfit because I'd coordinated it so carefully. I know the receptionist at the hospital was fooled because when I walked up to her desk to check in for my appointment she said, "You always dress so stylish whenever you come here. If I had money I'd dress that way too." When I told her that I got my blazer off of the $1.o0 rack at a thrift store, she said, "Then you have an eye and know how to put things together."

Baldwin Hills Plaza:

   These days I prefer to look for clothes and accessories in my own neighborhood before venturing out to pricier shopping enclaves because getting around Los Angeles has become so hectic, stressful and exhausting it turns an enjoyable pastime into an arduous chore. A couple of Saturday's ago, following two more doctor's appointments, I decided to go to Baldwin Hills Plaza to visit my favorite stores Pink Memory (Hello Kitty and Sanrio)Forever 21, T.J. Maxx, and Macy's. Besides looking for myself I also wanted to see what the average consumer was buying and where they were shopping. My research resulted in Claire's (accessory shop), Forever 21, Macy's, and Walmart.

Macy's:

   While in Macy's I met a talented jewelry designer, Kim Cherrelle, who was wearing a beautiful set of gold and colored stone bracelets that offset her corporate all-black outfit wonderfully. She graciously rang up the lovely yellow leather wallet, brown purse belt and gray wool hat with black floral trim, that I'd selected, while we talked. I told her I liked shopping in the neighborhood, and would rather do that, than take my money across town for the same merchandise. She said, "That's good because a lot of our customers shop elsewhere instead of here. It's too bad since this is our neighborhood and our mall." Personally this experience, and the time I came to the mall and found a pair of black Michael Kors rain boots and a fanny pack, has made me a fan of Macy's when I previously didn't shop there. I mistakenly assumed they were beyond my budget, but after finding good quality merchandise on sale, I've changed my mind. I can even tolerate the all-black uniform of the staff, even though I think it should be replaced with professional and stylish dress that would increase sales and customer service.

Forever 21:

   Leaving a traditional retail establishment, like Macy's, for a "fast fashion retail chain" like Forever 21 could've resulted in style culture shock if I weren't a regular customer who knows how to navigate the obvious trends there and find unique items that work. On this trip I bought a long off-white lacy dress, a burgundy cotton dress I plan to wear with print leggings, a white paisley print dress I plan to wear over a pair of black  Simply Vera Wang scuba pants, a gray Keith Haring art tee, a gold chain, a large gold and stone doorknocker ring and a gold and rhinestone ring set. Adhering to my current "bohemian eclectic" aesthetic I knew this selection would help give my wardrobe more flavor and longevity.

Goodwill Industries Thrift Store: (Black Friday)

   Rounding out my neighborhood shopping expeditions, at the Goodwill Industries Thrift National Store 32 on Venice Blvd., I decided to eschew the crowds on "Black Friday" and go to my favorite Goodwill to do some early Christmas shopping. All of the clothes were 50% off, so I bought a red and blue print top and light green jacket for my mother, a vintage floral print Carole Little blouse for my grandmother, and a red print 1940's style tie for my brother. For myself, I bought a white Chanel purse for $34.99, a floral Vera Bradley bag, a black, white and pink Betsey Johnson purse, a beige short-sleeved ribbed Pierre Cardin pullover sweater, a beige Arden B. shrug, and a gorgeous light blue and beige sequinned scarf. My total savings were $15.00! A good deal if I ever saw one.

   On any given day, in my neighborhood, while it's true that I'll see my share of sheer leggings with tight t-shirts, pajama bottoms and sweatshirts and other overly casual wear, which causes me to cringe and wish for more formal times, on the days I see someone wearing a black floppy hat, gray print cardigan, long white top and black leggings or someone in a neat button-down shirt, tie and tailored pants, I know there's value in finding style where I live.

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Saturday, September 26th 2015

2:07 PM

Divinely Inexpensive and Chic!

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   This morning on the news I heard some very disturbing news about my home town, Los Angeles, California. The reporter said that, "According to tourists, people in L.A. are ruder than people in New York." Sadly I have to agree because I've not only witnessed increased rudeness on public transportation, in stores where customer service used to be the norm and on the street, I've also been a consistent victim of it. As the city becomes more overcrowded due to rising immigration and competition for dwindling resources becomes more acute, the rudeness shows little signs of being brought under control any time soon.

   Coinciding with this bad behavior is a desire by those who don't know any better to dress unattractively. On any day, I can take the bus to work and see boys holding their baggy pants up by the crotch, women in leopard print leggings stretched over wide physiques and adolescent girls, with premature cellulite, wearing denim short shorts. When I hear that L.A.'s becoming ruder I can't help correlate this behavior with how some of it's inhabitants dress. If you don't care how you look you don't don't care how you act.

    To speak up in defense of this group I have noticed the types of retail stores, in specific areas, dictate how those who live near them dress. Combine this phenomenon with the lack of knowledgeable and stylish salespeople and staff, and you have a recipe for tackiness. In the area I live in now, the nearest mall does have a "T.J. Maxx" and a "Forever 21" and there's a "Target" nearby too. Within two strip malls there's also a "Fallas" and "Rainbow" store, and a "Goodwill Industries Thrift Store" about 15 minutes away so there is a wide variety of merchandise to choose from. To the uber stylish fashionista this might seem like a paltry selection, but when you actually visit these stores and pick and choose among their offerings you can find  some pretty great things for very little money.

    On the day I went to see the documentary "Dior and I" I wanted to wear something stylish, comfortable and fun, so first I looked through my current issue of "Vogue" for inspiration then I examined my wardrobe. I love Miuccia Prada, so when I saw her ads for the Sonia Delaunay style ensembles accessorized with the skinny scarves tied around the model's neck I knew what I wanted to wear. For some reason I decided on the long leopard print and floral skirt I'd bought at "Fallas" from their Sale rack awhile ago. Hoping to get lucky again, I went to the store to find something to go with it. From the scarf rack I found a leopard print and floral skinny scarf and from the sunglasses rack, a pair of black and white zebra-print framed shades. I thought the scarf would look nice with the white v-neck pullover, I planned to wear with the skirt, by acting as an echo for the leopard/floral print. To give the outfit an upscale street flair I added black leggings underneath the skirt, topped it off with my denim Michael Kors jacket and my black Converse. I then further accessorized it with my zebra and floral print Betsey Johnson bag, and pinned a black rhinestone pin onto the jacket.

    Sitting in my seat at "The Landmark" and watching Frederic Tcheng's film about Dior's new Creative Director Raf Simons, in my "Fallas" outfit I felt as connected to Monsieur Dior as he did while creating his first collection. Determined to carry out a vision, with my leopard/floral print ensemble, gave me a taste of what a designer goes through every season and helped me understand the process better.

     Following the movie I went to another inexpensive chain store I love, "H&M", and found a peach long-sleeved shirt covered in an all-over bird design, a black and gray long-sleeved striped shirt, and a pair of multicolored knee-high socks. Who knows what I'll be inspired to do with them in the future, but the best part of finding them, was the possibilities they opened up.

Outfit Breakdown:

1) Denim Michael Kors jacket

2) White long-sleeved v-neck pullover top

3) Leopard/floral print skirt

4) Black leggings

5) Black jeweled pin on jacket

6) Leopard/floral print scarf

7) Black Converse

8) Black and white zebra-print framed sunglasses

9) Leopard and floral print Betsey Johnson purse

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Sunday, July 26th 2015

9:24 AM

Orange Delight !

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   There are some days that I wear all vintage, some a combination of old and new and some all contemporary depending on my mood and the occasion. On the day I wore my orange floral cardigan over a peach tie-front blouse and Levi's held up with black suspenders I was definitely channeling the past exclusively. Lately, since most of my outings have included errands and doctor's appointments my current state of mind made me wish for a time when I enjoyed myself more in a city that hadn't become so challenging and stressful to navigate.

    Originally I'd planned to wear a peach and white striped Ralph Lauen blouse with Levi's and black suspenders I'd selected, but after looking in my closet again, I changed my mind and decided to wear the sheer peach tie-front blouse with the jeans instead. To complete the outfit I put on an orange floral cardigan, accessorized with a green frog pin set, leopard beret, jeweled bracelet, green and black framed shades, beige bucks and a green vinyl purse.

    I bought the blouse a long time ago at Goodwill Industries Thrift Store, and always planned on wearing it with a nice pair of pants or skirt once I became employed again, but the day I slipped it on with the jeans and cardigan, I knew it was the perfect time to wear it.

OUTFIT BREAKDOWN:

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  • ORANGE FLORAL CARDIGAN
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  • PEACH TIE-FRONT BLOUSE
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  • LEVI'S
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  • BLACK SUSPENDERS
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  • LEOPARD BERET
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  • BEIGE BUCKS
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  • FROG PIN SET
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  • JEWELED BRACELET
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  • SHADES WITH GREEN AND BLACK FRAMES
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  • GREEN VINYL PURSE
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Sunday, July 26th 2015

9:14 AM

Orange Delight !

   There are some days that I wear all vintage, some a combination of old and new and some all contemporary depending on my mood and the occasion. On the day I wore my orange floral cardigan over a peach tie-front blouse and Levi's held up with black suspenders I was definitely channeling the past exclusively. Lately, since most of my outings have included errands and doctor's appointments my current state of mind made me wish for a time when I enjoyed myself more in a city that hadn't become so challenging and stressful to navigate.

    Originally I'd planned to wear a peach and white striped Ralph Lauen blouse with Levi's and black suspenders I'd selected, but after looking in my closet again, I changed my mind and decided to wear the sheer peach tie-front blouse with the jeans instead. To complete the outfit I put on an orange floral cardigan, accessorized with a green frog pin set, leopard beret, jeweled bracelet, green and black framed shades, beige bucks and a green vinyl purse.

    I bought the blouse a long time ago at Goodwill Industries Thrift Store, and always planned on wearing it with a nice pair of pants or skirt once I became employed again, but the day I slipped it on with the jeans and cardigan, I knew it was the perfect time to wear it.

OUTFIT BREAKDOWN:

  • ORANGE FLORAL CARDIGAN
  • PEACH TIE-FRONT BLOUSE
  • LEVI'S
  • BLACK SUSPENDERS
  • LEOPARD BERET
  • BEIGE BUCKS
  • FROG PIN SET
  • JEWELED BRACELET
  • SHADES WITH GREEN AND BLACK FRAMES
  • GREEN VINYL PURSE
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