What I'm Wearing: Blazer: Andrew Fezza, Fitted Suit Pants: Van Heusen, Yellow Button Shirt: Van Heusen, Shoes: Apt 9
Once Upon Time there was young man in his twenties dipping his feet in the world of fashion while he pursued his passion for music. Along the way he's had his ups and his downs, but somehow was able to find the beauty within. As you know from reading the last 99 pages, this journey has not been easy. But no tale as old as time should ever come easy. Every tale has to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. This right here is the ending of one tale and the beginning of a new story. So sit back, relax, be our guest, and take the next few minutes as I hand back the story to the young man so he can tell you about it from his perspective.
Hello everyone, we have finally made it to outfit 100! You can tell I have been planning this for some time now. I knew since late last year I wanted outfit 100 released this specific week, the week that Beauty and the Beast releases. I knew I wanted to do a beast and belle color theme, and I knew I wanted to go back to the Palace Of Fine Arts to shoot this outfit. As 2016 ended, I also knew I wanted to build up each blog post starting with the New Years Eve outfit to build up to this post right here. Let's break down this outfit and get to the core of this post, the core of this story, and the ending of this first era.
Creating this outfit was a piece of cake. I knew exactly what I wanted to wear and I knew exactly what I wanted to make nods to, Beauty and the Beast AND to mrdombaza.com. I chose to wear a blue blazer from Andrew Fezza, I paired it with matching blue suit pants from Van Heusen. The blue of course is a nod to the beast. I always LOVED the beast's outfit in the original animated classic. I also LOVE the live action 2017 outfit as well. Blue just felt right and I felt I needed to honor characters I admire and adore. I always say I have a bit of Belle and the Beast in me. The parts of Belle I see in me is our strong willingness to keep fighting. I love Belle's spirit and I can relate to her wanting an adventure outside of small provincial town. I grew up in a town like that. I grew up in a place that did not understand of who I am and what I wanted to do with my life. Like Belle, people would judge me, they still judge me, that's what a lot of people are good for. They just are just here to judge us based on what our passion in life is. They just don't care to take the time to understand us, because they are scared of being different, they are scared of standing out. Belle's passion is reading and taking her mind to other places, mine is music and writing about my life experiences and my life's journey so far. Belle wants to explore the world and see things she's never seen before, I want to explore the world and do the same, and spread the message of love and hope that I have in my heart. I love doing this blog because I'm able to take my writing skills and pour my heart into these words and the clothes I wear. I'm able to say more here sometimes, than packing it into a 4 min song. Belle and I think alike, we both want more and we know more is out there. Now the beast, Oh I see a a lot of myself in him... and other men in my life as well. I'm a complicated guy just like him. The beast was on top of the world before that old lady cursed him. He may have gotten cursed for being selfish. But I got cursed for being me. He was turned into a beast and I lost majority of my eyesight in one eye. Not the same, but i'm pretty sure me and the beast could relate to each other. It took the hope and courage of Belle to see the man behind the beast to break that curse. In the end she got her adventure outside of that little town filled with little people. She found a world that was beyond her imagination and her favorite part of the story came true just like in chapter 3 of her favorite book when she discovered her prince charming. And the beast learned that even though the curse had it's bad moments, it was a blessing in disguise. I feel like my life is some how mirroring this story Belle got her adventure and her prince, I'm working on getting my adventure so I can share my love and my voice with the world. The latter half is out there, and I'm not worried about, that part of my life is good. And the beast's blessing in disguise is like mine with my disease. There is many themes in life that can imitate art. Somehow I feel like these blog posts and my thoughts always find a way to come off the paper or screen and into real world. That brings us to the yellow button shirt. That is a nod to Belle, but it's also a nod to my very first outfit here on mrdombaza.com. I wore a yellow raincoat, had natural curly hair, and shot the outfit on my diseased iphone 4s. I felt I needed some sort of yellow to really bring this story full circle. I didn't really know how to blog. In fact I was just an LA boy in the bay area making an album, wanting to do something different and try another platform to promote and express another passion of mine. The yellow is a call back to that yellow rain coat. It's a reminder that even though this journey has been filled with darkness, that yellow raincoat still stood out from the crowd, just like this outfit here stands out as well. To finish up this look I am wearing shoes from Apt 9. Obviously I don't have claws for feet and the beast is a large brown creature/man so I found brown shoes that I feel fits for this outfit and me, the man I am and the beast and Belle within me.
As I wrap up this post, I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts and the reasons behind my choices for this outfit and post. I now sit here and look back at the last 100 outfits and think of what an interesting ride it's been. This blog has been such a slow burn for me. But lately someone has been turning up the fire and this blog turned website is finally working in my favor. I wear these clothes as an extension of myself, my heart, and my mind. I can only hope that the boys and girls and men and woman, that see these outfits and read my blog get some sort of inspiration to create looks similar, or relate to me and the journey I am on. I reference pop culture and fairytales a lot on here. That's something I'm going to be doing even more moving forward. This book here is ending but it's also kicking off the next era of this website. I 100% plan on continuing sharing the same in depth thoughts of mine, I plan on digging deeper and trying new things fashion and writing wise, and I will expand beyond fashion when I am ready. But for now we're gonna kick off a new story, build upon the plot, fight through the darkness and come out the other side with the light shining bright. Thank you guys for reading and supporting this blog and me. From my music career, to my passion for fashion, to my endless battle with myself and my disease, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. I can't wait to see where the next book takes me and all of you my readers. The pedals have fallen off the rose, but a new garden is blooming with many new thorns. This is technically the end of this story, but it's also a brand new beginning.
Certain as the sun rising in the east, winter turns to spring, famine turns to feast, nature points the way, nothing left to say.
Tale as Old as Time
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
What I'm Wearing: Hat: Kangol, Coat: Merona, Black button shirt: Calvin Klein, Vest: Gap, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Guess, Scarf: Ralph Lauren
Hello Everyone! Happy Friday! I'm so happy that we are on track and having new posts come out left and right on here. First of all, thank you so much for all the love you have given my much darker post from last week. As you can see things will be getting lighter and lighter as the season changes. But that doesn't mean I won't stop talking about issues i'm going through behind the scenes, or things I feel like talking about and sharing with you. That's what makes this blog, me, and my heart in general. I like to bring awareness to a lot of things. This outfit right here was a treat for me to shoot, you know why? This is my 99th outfit here on mrdombaza.com. For me this is the 2nd to last page of the story and the end of the first era of this blog. Next week I will have my 100th outfit/post and you already know I'm going to reflect on what i've done and what I would like to accomplish next. Last week I said every fairytale has darkness in some way, but we all know no fairytale should end that way. This week let's explore life and a golden ending.
I always knew I wanted to shoot outfit 99 on the Golden Gate Bridge. I know the shots don't highlight the bridge that much, but let's face it, it's not that easy to shoot on one of the busiest landmarks in America. I knew I wanted to have one more layered outfit before kissing winter goodbye. Not only is this my 99th outfit this is the last winter outfit for the winter 2016-2017 season. I found this Merona coat brand new at a goodwill store. I've always wanted to find a way to wear it right and build an outfit around it for mrdombaza.com. I finally got to to doing that 98 outfits later. I wanted to contrast some of my favorite darker colors to even out the light golden colors of the bridge. I've always known fairytales and life in general need dark and light to balance out each other. So here I am wearing a darker outfit to balance out the light of the shots. I paired this coat with a dark green vest from Gap and black button shirt from Calvin Klein. The colors are a call back to the green in "It's Not Easy Being Green" and last weeks "When The Darkness Comes". I felt like those 2 outfits and posts needed to have some sort of call back because they really breakdown who I am. Green is my favorite color for many reasons, but it became a color that truly defines who I am when I got diagnosed with a disease that uses the color to represent it. The black button shirt is to remind me that even though I'm letting the darkness out for a bit, doesn't mean darkness goes away. It's always there, it always has to be to give the light some balance. Finishing off this outfit is the blue pants from H&M and brown shoes from Guess. The dark blue for me just blended so well with the other colors of the outfit and the brown is meant to be a base that connects with the coat. Let me talk about the coat and why I chose to have a brown coat as the centerpiece. I thought to myself all things grow and die. We plant our trees and plants in the ground and watch them grow into something beautiful, and then when us humans die some of choose to be buried in the ground, the ground that we choose to grow our plants, trees, vegetables, etc. The coat is meant to represent that. When you grow up, or when someone you know and loved passes on, during or after, all we are looking for is a fresh start. We as humans constantly look for a fresh start. The coat and shoes are representation of a fresh start.
Walking across one of the most beloved and historic landmarks in the world with those brown shoes, felt like the soil from below lifting me up. Looking around at all the people marveling at it's beauty, and the body of water surrounding us feels like a fresh start. It feels like the perfect way to end a story and an era. I cross this bridge daily and weekly at times. Every time I cross it, I can't help but get a little sentimental. It makes you think about life and everything life brings to you, good or bad. People cross this bridge to travel, to enter a city to explore, to find them self, to fix them self, and to find a fresh start. I realized I opened up this blog 99 outfits, 3 years ago. I opened it up 2 weeks prior to waking up and not being able to see out of my right eye. This blog has been a way for me to vent and keep track of the journey I have been on. From the many ups and downs, my outfits always reflected how I was feeling. Knowing that this is my 99th outfit and post has me feeling a lot of emotions. I made this blog to give myself an extra outlet outside of the songs I write. It's given me an outlet to reach out to other passionate people like myself and talk about things that matter to me. It's given me a way to show and express my style the way I want to. I feel like I'm coming full circle with next week's post. This here, this "Golden Ending" is the stepping stone to that. Golden Endings are also a beautiful beginning to something else, don't forget that. Every fairytale has darkness in some way, but the Golden Ending is and always will be in reach.
Thank you guys for stopping by and reading what I have to say. I hope you like this outfit and this post. Please feel free to let me know what you think. I love reading your uplifting comments. You motivate me and inspire me to keep going, to keep fighting, and to never give up hope. I hope you realize every post I do here leads to the next. These are pages of a story, my story, leading to the bigger picture. As they say about the Marvel cinematic universe, "It's all connected". I will see you next week as we wrap up the first book and continue the journey to more tales as old as time.
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
What I'm Wearing: Blazer: Saks , Sweater: Calvin Klein, Scarf: Apt 9, Pants David Beckham for H&M, Shoes: Giorgio Brutini
Hello Everyone! Happy March & Happy Lent! Can you believe winter is almost over? Just 2 and a half more weeks and i'll be retiring my winter clothing for the next few months. As the months go by faster and the seasons change there is always some sort of darkness before we reach the light hearted Spring. There has been an insane amount of rain, snow, and flooding these past few weeks. It's been hard for me to find some time shoot with the dangerous weather outside. But luckily I found a Sunday morning to shoot before it started raining hard. Let's get into the details of this outfit, then let's talk about handling the contrast of the darkness and the rise of the light in our lives.
I chose to wear 2 layers of clothing because let's face it, it's too cold outside. I am wearing a blazer from Saks 5th Ave and a sweater from Calvin Klein. I love how the color of the blazer blends with the color of the sweater! This whole outfit just blends perfectly together color and style wise. This Saks blazer and CK sweater is one of my fave combos, I truly love both pieces so much and I wear the blazer often. Next up is pair of dress pants from the David Beckham collection at H&M. I love these pants and the great design on them. You can use these pants in many different ways throughout all the seasons of the year! That's one great thing about them, you don't have to retire them after a season ends. Lastly my shoes are from Giorgio Brutini. Sticking with the color of this look, the shoes are black and blue. I love the beautiful design of these shoes, it really ties together this whole look.
I hope you like my 2nd to last winter outfit here on mrdombaza.com. I wanted to make sure I highlight the dark weather we have been getting. When I put this outfit together I thought of the dark and how sometimes we have to go through dark phases of our lives to reach the beautiful light waiting for us at the end of the tunnel. Last week I had a really shitty week, excuse my language but it honestly was really bad. It's storming, my phone broke, I wasn't able to get a new phone, my passport was denied, my plans to go overseas canceled, my personal life was put into jeopardy , and I reached the 3 year mark since I lost part of my eyesight in my right eye on February 24, 2013. As I reached the 24th of February I was fed up, emotional, and just a mess. Reflecting on the bad week I had, plus the 3 years of clouded hell with this disease was very overwhelming for me. As I looked back on that Friday night, I thought a lot about the darkness. I thought about the bad week I had, and I said myself, I had a shitty week, a difficult 3 years, but look at me, look at Dom Baza, who is he now? After getting diagnosed with a disease with no cure, after loosing the things I worked for in a career I still yearn and thrive for, after loosing the people I thought would be there for me at the end of the day, who am I? I am Dom Baza; I am still a singer, I am a passionate songwriter, I have a passion for fashion and expressing how I feel through my outfits, I have a disease that can tear me down on some days, I have family and loved ones that still loves me regardless of a disease and who I am, I still have my fans aka my domanators who have stuck by me on this journey, I still have my voice that I will some how find a way to make it be heard, I still have my drive and passion that will shape the rest of my life and careers, I still have all control of my heart and soul, and I still have the hope and will to fight so I can reach my light at the end of the tunnel. With all the reflecting I did I wrote a song called "Fall Into Place". It's basically every emotion and thought I've had through the darkest parts of my life. I believe in fairytales and happy endings. I believe you have to work for your fairytale, I believe you have to hope and have faith, I believe you have to fight through every page aka every day so you can get that happy ending. In the song I wrote a lyric, "Every fairytale has darkness in some way". And as the winter ends the darkness can take over, but once spring comes that little bit of light is waiting to shine down so we can keep turning the pages of the story until we reach our happy ending. Every fairytale may have darkness in some way, but theres always room for a happy ending.
Thank you all for stopping by to read what I have to say and reflect with me. I hope you like this outfit and everything I have to say. I'll see you guys in a few days. Never stop fighting and never give up hope. Don't let the darkness win and define who you are and the life you live. The sun will always find a way to come out, tomorrow.
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
Featured Watch: Jord Wood Watches
What I'm Wearing: Hat: Urban Outfitters, Coat: INC, Dress button down shirt: Denim & Flower, Sweater: Calvin Klein, Pants: US Polo, Socks: US polo, Shoes: Giorgio Brutini
I was so honored when Jord reached out to me to team up and create a post around their Dover Olive & Acacia watch. I've always wanted to team up with an amazing watch company, I'm lucky that my first partnership is with Jord. If you don't know about Jord, heres a few things you should know from my perspective. Jord creates beautiful and modern time pieces for men and woman. When I first put on my watch from Jord I atomically felt I had the power to control the time I felt was slipping through my fingers. I've been saying this a lot since the year started, time is going by too fast. When I think of Jord, I think about what I said earlier, I've gotta cherish the time I'm given daily. Jord's motto is something similar to that, "Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than that". I feel as if watches from Jord tell more than time. If you look at the details of the watch closely, you'll see someones design, effort, passion, and time that was put in to making a beautiful watch like the Dover Olive & Acacia. When I think of all that, I think of life. We design our own life, we work hard to pursue our passion, and we put in the time and effort. A timepiece should reflect that. It should reflect our lives in classic yet modern way. A watch from Jord does just that. Time is precious, life is fragile, make the moments bigger than the seconds, minutes, and hours on a clock. Let your watch reflect how precious time means to you. If you want a Jord watch of your very own, I'm pleased to tell you all I'm having my first GIVEAWAY. It's a great chance for you to win a timepiece like the Dover Olive & Acacia watch I received.
When thinking about this outfit and building it around this special watch, I wanted this shoot to not only reflect the watch, but reflect my own personal winter style. We are in the middle of a storm here in California. I was lucky enough to shoot this whole look on a day where things settled down for a few hours. Green and brown is one of my favorite combinations of colors. Knowing that this beautiful wood watch had to be paired with an equally deserving outfit, I automatically thought of a green and brown combo from top to bottom. To top off this outfit I'm wearing an olive green fedora from Urban Outfitters. I have a thing for hats, you all should know that by now. I thought it was fitting for this outfit to have a hat tie it all together. I'm lucky green is my favorite color, because It made it so much easier to fall in love with this green Calvin Klein sweater. I love CK, i'm a HUGE CK fan. When I found this sweater I knew it was one of the missing pieces to complete this outfit. From there I had a pretty easy time styling the rest of the outfit. Underneath the sweater, my button dress shirt was the perfect match for the sweater and the watch. If you look closely you'll see the collar of the shirt has A branch design. It's a little nod to the wood of the watch I'm wearing. I like little details like that because it adds a little flavor to make outfits like this pop more. I wasn't about to walk around SF wearing 2 layers, I would freeze to death if I did that. I found this coat at Macy's made by INC. I thought the gray color was the perfect way to add another flavor to this outfit. Not only is the coat very warm and fitting, it compliments the watch. I've said it before and i'll say it again, Ralph Lauren is such an american staple. To honor this great nation where Jord watches are made, I chose to wear a classic pair of pants and olive green socks from US Polo. For me it's the little colors and details that can make an outfit like this really stand out. Lastly, my shoes are from Giorgio Brutini. The design of the shoes compliments the watch and overall look. It is the perfect final piece to complete an outfit like this. From the color of the pants to the color of the socks, it all reconnects with the top portion of this outfit and of course the watch. When I create different combinations and outfits I think of it like a rotating clock. You can try many different colors and styles but you will always end up right at the start just like a clock resets every 24 hours.
I hope you guys like the premise of this shoot and outfit. I had so much fun spending the whole day in SF with my Jord watch creating new memories with this beautiful timepiece. I want to thank Jord for giving me the opportunity to wear one of their beautiful watches with my very own style. I hope you guys enter my giveaway below this post. I will also include a link for men and woman's watches, and the watch i'm wearing. Make sure to enter as soon as possible! Time is precious, Time is all I have, Time is all we have. Keep moving forward and make the most of the time we are given. We never know what tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year has in store for us. Time will tell.
Photographer: Joanna Joey Wheeler
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What I'm Wearing: Hat: ASOS, Coat: Urban Republic, T-Shirt: Apt 9, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Converse
Hello everyone! I hope your January was amazing! I can't believe the month is over and we are already headed into February. I don't like how fast the year is going. I feel as if I'm running out of time. But we live in a world full of possibilities. My other half just told me yesterday that anything is possible. With all that said, it got me thinking, although time may be going by fast, i'm not running out of time. Anything is possible with a little hope and faith. The point of this outfit is the reflection of life and the beauty around us giving us hope for a new and beautiful tomorrow filled with many possibilities.
I look around at all the neighborhoods surrounding the city and see such rich history in everything. I look out over the water and see the Golden Gate bridge. For me that bridge is a symbol of hope and yes, possibilities. People cross that bridge to enter a city to look for new possibilities or leave that bridge to start a new life elsewhere for new possibilities. I chose to wear blue with a touch of white for these reasons. Let's start with the coat. I love this coat from Urban Republic. It's very thick and has 2 layers. I'm not sure if you can see that, but it does. For me the color blue is reminds me of the water. When I think of water I think of cleansing my soul. When you jump into the water you take a chance. I look at blue as if i'm taking a risk at life. Sometimes you get so used to living the life you are used too, but god has better plans for us. Sometimes we are scared to jump over the cliff and into the water. Blue reminds me that god wants us to jump into the water, and if not he will find a way to push us in himself. Do you get what I mean? Sometimes we have to jump into the water to find our best self and our best life. I could have worn a different color t-shirt or a different kind of shirt, but I chose to go with white. White reminds me of a fresh start. White for me is a sign of purity. I wanted something pure to let go of the first month of the year. I wish I could have done more this passed month, but I feel with the incoming month that more is possible. I want to start fresh and a white t-shirt is a great way to start fresh. Blue pants just felt right with this outfit. It brings me back to the definition that I gave about the blue coat. With these pants I felt like they are symbolizing something different. My previous post was titled "It's not that easy being green", It got me thinking being green can make us feel blue sometimes. Life has a weird way of working and sometimes along this crazy journey you just feel so down. I feel down on my so many days. The pants are meant to represent feeling sad, but with a slight chance of hope for a better tomorrow. Obviously my shoes are Converse. I chose to wear these grey converse with studs because life can be wild! Every now and then we should let loose and have fun. I feel as if these shoes are fun! There is many different layers to life, and fun and happiness is one of them. Lastly, my hat. I saw this hat on ASOS and had to buy it! I love hats and for me this hat represents the darkness of life. It's a black hat, what else could it mean? We have to be reminded of the darkness in order to have the strength to find the light. As I wear this hat with the blue & white combo, I am reminded that no one is perfect. Everyone goes through some rough patch in their life. Don't ever let the darkness over shadow the possibility of finding new light and letting it in so you can shine.
I seem to be getting more in depth with these posts, I guess it's just the songwriter in me. I hope you can understand what I'm trying to say. I enjoy doing this. It's therapy for me to write what I'm thinking and feeling inside. I hope you like this outfit and the post that went with it. Sometimes I just don't feel like writing about how the clothes fit well, or feel on me. Days like today, I feel like writing what the clothes and the colors make me think about. I hope this post gives you something to think about as well! Let me know what you think of my complete outfit and the things I have to say in a comment below or on instagram. I will see you all in a few days with my first February post. Thank you guys for stopping by and reading what I have to say. Continue to look for new possibilities, it's out there somewhere.
I'll see you soon.
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
What I'm Wearing: Complete Suit: H&M, Shoes: Giorgio Brutini
Hello everyone, Happy New Years Eve! I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas weekend. Can you believe how fast this year went by? So many things happened this year and I'll still be wrapping my head around that on January 1st. New Years Eve is such a special time to celebrate the year we have just completed. Everyone get's dressed up and surrounds themselves with loved ones in hopes of bringing in a beautfiul year to come. I never really go out on New Years Eve, I tend to stay in and stay safe and away from the crazy crowds. I wanted to go out this year and celebrate, but sadly all my friends don't live anywhere close to me. So I once again will be staying in, probally sleeping before the clock strikes 12. Just because I'll be by myself on New Years Eve, does not mean I can't get dressed up, right?
This year a lot of the stores didn't have the right kind of suit I wanted to wear. So, I headed to H&M and found a whole suit for $115 dollars, not bad right? It didn't hurt my wallet. Anyways, I chose to add some holiday colors and vibes to this all black suit. Instead of going with a classic white button down dress shirt, I chose to go with green. New Years Eve is still heavily influenced by Christmas, by wearing green I felt like it's a nice little nod to the holiday we celebrated a week earlier. The bowtie is one of my favorite pieces from the suit. It's maroon and It once again has that Christmas vibe that I love. By wearing maroon and green it's a nice little transtion from Christmas to New Years. The overal suit is very comfy. I chose to go with the skinny fit. I don't really like losse fitted suits, I feel like that's more of an office/work kind of suit, and this suit here is more of a celebration/party kind of suit. Does that make sense? Lastly, I am wearing these shiny shoes from Giorgio Brutini. I love GB. I've always been such a fan of their shoes, I wear them religiously. I felt these shoes were a nice little touch to complete the suit. The shoes are shiny and I want to walk into the New Year feeling shiny, like I can shine as bright as the stars, and feel like anything is possible.
There's the musical version of Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein with a song called "Impossible". By the end of Cinderella's transformation from the fairy god mother she learns that things really are possible. In the year to come, I believe the things I thought were impossibe will become possible. I mean look at 2016, no one thought Mr. Trump would become our presdient, or that we would loose Princess Leia and her mom Grandma Aggie less that 48 hours apart, or that we would live in a world where gun violence and continuous death is a new normal. Although so much bad has happened in 2016, I believe in the possibility that 2017 will somehow be better. At the end of "Rogue One" we get a scene of our beloved Princess Leia, her last word was hope. So with all that said we must keep the faith and HOPE that this new year will be good for all of us. I thank you all for stopping by and checking out what i have worn this past year, everything that I had to say, and everything in between. It's been a great year here on MrDomBaza, and as you can see I will be expanding in 2017. Do you guys like the new homepage? I hope you do, i'll be merging my main website with my blog so you can see both sides of my career, not just fashion. What do you think of my New Years Eve suit? Let me know in a comment below or on instagram. Thank you guys for stopping by, I will see you in the New Year. My stories not yet done, I've only just begun to find my page. Stay safe and God Bless You.
Happy New Year.
Mr. Dom Baza
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler