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