Jul 3, 2015

Happy Independence Day?








Shirt: Forever 21
Trousers: J. Crew
Shoes: Cole Haan

     With everything that's going on in America recently with mass shootings, innocent children, students, black people, black church burnings, the police mistreating people of color, racists, etc. I'd love for this post to celebrate Independence Day but it makes me hesitant to do so. Have we really come far as a nation? Everyday I wake up, it's something new on the news, a new killing, a new person showing their "true colors" it all makes me very sad for this country.  
          
     I realized a lot of my readers are overseas, so I wanted to give you all my insight on the country I live in, because I know the media displays things completely different then reality. It's so easy to get caught up with the media and all its bull sometimes. Its job is to produce ratings, just like these reality shows. Its all a business and to make money. Please don't believe everything you read and see. I've noticed that some broadcasting company's cover what they want to cover to make a certain race look good or bad and it sickens me! I wish they would tell the truth and nothing but the TRUTH. 
     
     I hate the fact that a lot of these man made holidays such as July 4th don't cater to other ethnicities; not really. The 4th of July celebrates the adoption of the declaration of independence in which the United States separated from Great Britain. There are no blacks in that. Over the years, of course, we've all made it "our thing" by celebrating with the barbecues, fireworks, gatherings, etc but is it really about and for the minorities? As a black minority, questions like this come to my head all the time. 

This is also to get you to think. Im not coming from a place of making people change what they celebrate but simply to get you to THINK about some stuff. (especially the black community.) I think that's the issue, in particular with the black community. We don't have OUR OWN. We run around, adopting other peoples belief systems, education systems, (One that which don't even care to tell us about our history besides being slaves.) holiday celebrations and we don't think and do on OUR OWN. But what do you expect from a people who have been enslaved and brought here to build this country and believe and do everything its slave owner tells him? My message is simple: Be conscience of what's going on, don't be blind. 

     I will LOVE the time where blacks will start having their own education systems, one that studies and glorifies the many contributions blacks gave, the history behind us, where we come from, etc. I will LOVE the time when more black owned businesses exist and we start to create and produce OUR OWN products to sale off the shelves. Just the other day I was in Target with a friend and we walked down the barbie aisle and literally COULDN'T FIND ONE brown skinned doll. :(

All in all, I have faith in this country. I strongly believe LOVE conquers all and most people aren't racist. But I do know that they DO exist. We still have to live in and operate in this country at the end of the day, we have to learn to love each other. I bet you weren't expecting all this, huh? I like to switch things up a bit, I know this type of post isn't typical for me but if you read this far, I appreciate you. I know that a lot of people don't like to read so much with a "fashion blog" but thank you. I hope everyone has a blessed weekend and take care. I'll see you on the next post.
-V



Jun 26, 2015

Stripes





Blazer: Haus of Love
Trousers: YesStyle
Shoes: Cole Haan

Todays look is one of my absolute favorites! I've never worn this outfit before so I'm totally looking forward to finding the perfect opportunity to wear it. Lately I've really been obsessed with stripes. It gives off this clean, modern, sophisticated look and feel that I absolutely love. The color white is another element that I enjoy. I wish I owned more white pieces. It's so clean, innocent and pure. My inspiration came from the Harlem renaissance era. I remember growing up watching "Harlem Knights" starring Eddie Murphy and falling IN LOVE with the fashion. This look gives a modern day twist to the inspiration. Hope you all enjoy and have a great weekend.
-V






Jun 24, 2015

Lack of the TEE?






Shirt: Uniqlo
Pants: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Forever 21

     This week I decided to switch up the look and feel because its summer! Todays look is nice, relaxed, chill, and super comfy. I found this tee at a fairly new store here in L.A called Uniqlo. I've never heard of it before until I moved here but apparently its popular overseas. A lot of their mens tops are very graphic tee like and I can't stand the graphic tee theme. 
     In my opinion, I feel the only appropriate time and place to wear a graphic tee is when heading to bed. Other than that, I think they are kinda silly to wear. This shirt was the only one that didn't really feel like a motto or slogan traditional graphic tee. It looks as if it would resemble something Givenchy would make. Speaking of mens tops, does anyone else feel as if there isn't many options when it comes to guys tops? I mean, if you narrow it down, we really don't have many options to choose from. 
     Don't get me wrong, with shopping online, the possibilities are endless but what about the clothing stores within reach if you need to make a last minute purchase for an event or something? There isn't many options and Im the kinda guy who likes to feel special in what he buys such as making a thrift or vintage purchase without it breaking the bank. There's tons of graphic tees around but what about the tees that have substance or "designer feel" to them? Lemons into lemonade, right? What are your thoughts or suggestions?
-V

Parental Advisory




Shirt: Thrift
Shorts: Buffalo Jeans


Jun 18, 2015

Katie Eary SS16








Katie Eary's SS16 collection consists of beautiful pastel colors, vibrant prints, gradient colors with a fun and playful theme. Can you imagine wearing one of these looks to your favorite outdoor summer concert or picnic? This collection, like a lot of her previous ones, reminds me of 70's disco with a current, modern twist. I get reminded of this by the colorful patterns and characters in this collection. What are your thoughts?

Jun 17, 2015

Christopher Kane SS16










Christopher Kane gives classic, simplicity, patterns, color, boldness and fiery silhouettes that are simply to die for. I enjoy this years collection mainly for the prints. Prints always keep me happy and coming back for more. Their fun, quirky, colorful, abstract and geometric, which I love. I've always enjoyed a geometric or abstract printed top. Well done.

Jun 16, 2015

Bobby Abley SS16












     Ever since last year, I've fallen in love with Bobby Abley's brand. It continuously takes me back to the 90's when I was a young lad and has a nostalgic feel to a lot of his pieces. You remember, don't you? The Disney guy. The designer who incorporated Disney themed tops with facials of Ursula and Sebastian from "The Little Mermaid?" The same guy who earned major street cred and respect from the all mighty Disney kingdom! Bobby Abley is nothing short of amazing and with this years spring collection, it's no different. 
     This time around, we see a Star Wars theme. I can always appreciate him reminding us of what we grew up on and incorporating it in fashion. It says "I still love what I grew up on and there's nothing wrong with that." An absolute A+ for me. What are your thoughts on the collection?

P.S-Check out last years collection here I blogged about.

*I do not own these photos. 

Jun 5, 2015

JUNE?







Blazer: Zara
Trousers: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden

     Remember how you use to look forward to summer break? Those nice days of sleeping in late, the summer gig, family vacations, the theme park for the weekend with friends. As I get older, those summer days are all a blur now. It seems to be just another day or work day. I find to make the best of the summer, you've gotta keep things around you that reminds you of it. And do things you use to while in grade school, too. 
     For those of you that work that 9-5p, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Hey, make lemons into lemonade, right? Todays look was something I quickly threw together for a meeting I had. Grey hues together is always fun and this blazer is super light weight, which is great for the summer. I hope you all have a greek weekend and wonderful summer. Hope to see you on the next post.
-V