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: Bomber Jacket: Forever 21, T-Shirt Calvin Klein, Joggers: Dockers, Shoes: PUMA
Hello everyone, I missed you all these passed few weeks! I hope your new year is going great. I took 13 days off from social media these passed 2 weeks, it was literally a mini vacation. Now I'm back and ready to kick off the year with my first post of the month and year. January is national Glaucoma awareness month. This post will be longer than others because I based this look on shades of green. Green is the color that is represented for Glaucoma, so I had that in my head when I put together this outfit. Let's talk about the outfit first and then we'll talk a little bit about my disease, Glaucoma.
I have been dying to wear a bomber jacket here on mrdombaza.com. I wanted to wear a green one, so I went and bought a green one! I love this jacket. It was honestly so cold when we shot this outfit, the jacket kept me warm throughout this shoot. I based this outfit off of the many shades of green and that includes camo. This jacket just blended so well with the shoes, that is why I wanted a green jacket. I chose to wear simple black t-shirt and beige joggers to blend it all in. The first outfit of the year didn't have to be extravagant. I wanted to pay tribute to Glaucoma with the color green, but also slowly build up to more and more for the outfits to come in 2017. I talked a little bit about the shoes already, but I still want to praise them for a bit. I love these shoes. I had my eye on them for awhile. It's not my normal style, but I've been obsessing over street style outfits on instagram and they just keep growing on me. I kept going back and forth to the store debating if I was going to purchase these kicks. I eventually gave in on my 4th visit. I love them! Not only do they fit me great, the are really comfy. I tend to wear uncomfy shoes in the city, I don't wear outfits like this often, I'm more of a coat and blazer kind of guy, but like I said streetwear is growing on me.
Do you guys like this kind of style on me? I kind of dig it. I hope you like this first outfit of the month, and get what I'm trying to pull off.
I feel as if this is a double post. It's a fashion post for my fashion readers, but it's also a spin off leading into my new blog series, "Through My Eyes and Ears", which I will be starting in the next few weeks here on mrdombaza.com. Let's chat about Glaucoma and why the color green now means so much to me. As many of you know I was diagnosed with Glaucoma 3 years ago at age 18. I was on top of the world then. I had my career in my hands and I felt unstoppable. One night I was invited to attend one of my heroes concert, Miley Cyrus. I went to the show and had the time of my life. Little did I know, I would wake up the next day and not see anything out of my right eye. I can't describe to you the fear I had. I was rushed into emergency surgery 2 weeks later for a severe cataract. I know you are probably thinking, how does an 18 year old get a cataract of a 75 year old in one night? Up until this day we still don't know how that happened to me. After surgery my eye was stable for a bit, until my eye pressure started going up. I was receiving this sharp pain in my eye. It hurt so badly, it still hurts today. I felt and still feel, on my bad days, that someone is trying to push out my eye and/or poke a needle in. It's so painful on some days. When my pressure would not go below 50, we knew it was time for me to receive my 2nd surgery in 2015. When I got that surgery I had a tube put in my eye. Little that you guys know, there is a tube behind my right eye helping it function so I can continue with my daily life. The tube helps, but it's not meant to help me forever. It's a temporary fix. The tube or in medical terms "valve", is meant to help with lowering my eye pressure. That along with injections and medications is how you help control people with Glaucoma. Not everyone has this disease as bad as me, and I don't have it as bad as other people. Some people are already blind. I was given 5-15 years before my time comes for that. I honestly don't believe it will happen to me though. Overseas they are trying to create a cure for us Glaucoma patients. So far everything seems to be working. If it continues to work, then maybe one day in the near future all of this will be a thing of the past.
I've been asked countless times, what exactly can I see out of my eye? Well, I don't see like you guys. I see everything clearly on my left eye, and I straight up don't see anything but a blur in my right eye. Sometimes I don't even see the blur, it's just there, my eye is just there. You all probably wonder why I have the glasses on my face all the time, that's apart of me now. I can't look at the light or be around light without my glasses. The pain of even seeing light is unbearable. My vision literally shuts off and my eye begins to leak as if I was crying tears but it's just leakage from the inside. In a way they are tears, painful tears. Behind the scenes, behind these photos, I bet you didn't know I use a cane to guide me sometimes. I've been using a cane for the last 2 years now. I have no shame when I need to use it. People stare, but I let them. Give them something to talk about. I don't care. I've learned to accept this disease and what it's done to me. It's apart of me and even when that cure comes, it will always be apart of me. I feel as if this disease has been a beautiful disaster and blessing in disguise. When I got sick, so many people from my music career, to my personal life decided to exit, because they could not handle working with someone or being friends with someone who was falling off a cliff every single hour of the day. These people left me to bleed, but here I am, still standing. I was at the bottom of that cliff but somehow I know in my heart If I keep climbing that life I loved and once had, will continue to come back to me, even if it's not in the way I expect it. I see it happening now. I'm in much different place than I was 3 years ago. This disease has helped me evolve in life, and it's also given me one hell of a story to share with the world. I will continue to share my battle and my journey behind the scenes in "Through My Eye's and Ears" here on mrdombaza.com. I hope you will come back and read my weekly stories when I finally being posting there. If you would like to learn more about the causes, treatments, and ways to help with glaucoma, please visit glaucoma.org. They have the info you are looking for there. Thank you guys for stopping by and reading. I'll see you at the end of the month with my 2nd outfit of the year. Did you guys like this look? Let me know in the comments below. What do you guys think about this disease and the journey so far? I would love to know. I'll be doing Q&A posts in "Through My Eyes and Ears", so if you have any questions, please let me know. I would love to answer them.
Lastly, In the lyrics for "It's Not That Easy Being Green" Kermit sings, "When green is all there is to be, It could make you wonder why, but why wonder? Why Wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful! And I think it's what I want to be."
I am proud to be green. It's made all the struggles, heartbreak, and beautiful moments in between worth it. It's not easy being green, but it's beautiful and I think it's what I want to be.
All My Love,
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler