What I'm Wearing: Coat: Towncraft, Sweater: J Crew, Button Undershirt: Calvin Klein, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Apt 9, Socks: DeadSoxy
START OF MRDOMBAZA BOOK 2: Chapter 3
“Leaves That Are Green" (feat. Dead Soxy)
The heat is gone and the chilliness has returned. Gone are the waves that cleanse our souls and here are the leaves transitioning into beautiful colors before our eyes. What I love about fall is that warm comfort feeling you get in your heart. For starters we set our clocks back an hour, all the kids go back to school, the holiday seasons begin, and all the good tv shows come back on the air. Fall is a time for reflection, it’s a time to reach in our souls and share the love we have within. As you already know, Dead Soxy and I have teamed up for a few collab outfits. As soon as I saw this pair of socks, I knew it was the perfect time for reflection. There’s just something about a touch of blue with the mixture of Autumn colors. The socks remind me of the leaves falling into the water. You know what i’m talking about, right? I once went to a park in a small town up in Northern California, and I saw the leaves from the trees fall into this lake. I looked down at the water and saw my reflection along with the leaves. As the green leaves change, the blue socks from Dead Soxy are my reflection on life, love, and hope for the future, for the next 3 months of fall.
San Fransisco, California. It’s my 3rd year being present for a San Fran Autumn. This past Summer was not the Summer I had planned. The story of my life took another direction, So I couldn’t be more happier that Fall is here. It’s another chance for me to fall, not in a bad way, but in a way that gives my life more depth and meaning. I walk around the city and it’s dead for a Sunday morning. The streets are clear and it’s like everyone fled the city, but it turns out people were just trying to stay warm from the cold. It’s the perfect time for coats, so I pulled out my coat from town craft. I love wearing long coats in the fall and winter. Something about this time of year, that has me feeling like the truest version of myself. I stroll the city and and observe everything with my one good eye. I examine the buildings, the street corners and think to myself, each of these were built up from the bottom and they can easily fall back down in the blink of an eye. Fall is the perfect opportunity for starting over after being knocked down. I feel like the colors of the outfit i’m wearing is a cross between purity and the socks is the reflection of myself as I fall for fall. The fine lines on the socks remind me of the fine lines in life. For me, each line represents the various pages, chapters, and eras of my life. I see the leaves desperately try to hold on to the green colors they became over spring and summer. The leaves don’t want to turn to brown and fall. They want to stay above ground and keep things as they are, but they know deep down inside that they have to fall because if they don’t, they won’t evolve. The leaves have to float in the wind and land in the water and swim. The leaves have to fall in order to rise again. It’s the circle of life and there’s nothing more beautiful than the fall scenery being the backdrop to a complex, but beautiful story. Socks and clothing are pieces that some people just wear because they look nice, I mean we all wear clothes that make us feel good and keep us on trend. But behind each piece that is designed and put together, there is a designer, that designer has a story and a reason why they created the pieces in the first place. Sometimes we may never know why they created those pieces, so it’s up to us to take something as simple as a pair of socks from Dead Soxy and give it a backstory through our story, the story of lives so far, in this moment.
I honestly had a lovely fall last year. I met so many people who went on to become my best friends from afar, made memories I hold closely, created holiday moments from food that I can still taste and smell, and I fell in love last fall, I’m still in love, I’m so in love. My greatest hope for this fall and beyond is to share that love I have in my heart with all of you. I hope that I can evolve as my love evolves. I hope that I can share my music and stories to a greater audience these next few months. I hope to make more memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I hope to finally see the light of day where I will be able to leave this place I have been stuck in, since I got sick. I hope that my relationship will be accepted and taken in by my family and loved ones, as things get more serious. My goal for this next chapter is to tell you about parts of my life you may not know about. I am ready to open up about so much more. From my past, to my present, to my family, loved ones, people who broke my heart on “the other side of town”, more insight into my illness, goals and fears of my careers, and finally, I do plan on opening up more about my personal life. As the lyrics in the song "Leaves That Are Green" state, I'm 22 now but I won't be for long. I could'nt think of a better way to state the obvious thoughts about change and growth. When I got sick god pushed me off the cliff because I got too comfy with the life I was starting to live. I’m ready for him to push me again, I’m ready to fall and rise within the leaves that fall off the trees. I am ready to let go and let god.
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
Every post I will include the song that inspired me to build a post around it's title.
Book 2: Chapter 3
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
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
Hello Everyone! I hope this passed week has been a great one for all of you. Thank you so much for all the kind words you have given me, as we continue to celebrate 3 years of mrdombaza.com all month long. Time surely does fly! Can you believe it's already the 2nd week of February? I'm trying to stay in the moment more and cherish the time i'm given. But as I said in last month's final post, I feel as if time is going by too fast. I guess I just have to live in the moment and cherish what I can right? I was lucky that Jord Wood Watches reached out to me to partner up and showcase one of their beautiful watches from their winter collection. I'm going to break this blog up into sections as usual, but first lets talk about Jord!
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. By clicking the link below this post, you can enter to win a $100 gift card to Jord. Even if you don't win, Jord is generous enough to give you $25 store credit just for entering. Isn't that a win/win? Enter to win my giveaway before February 28,2017. 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! I'm excited for you guys to have a chance to win an awesome giftcard so you can get a special timepiece like the one I have. I'll see you guys Saturday with my 2017 Valentines Day outfit. 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: Coat: INC, Sweater & Pants : H&M, Scarf: Forever 21, Boots: Apt 9
Hello everyone, Happy December! I can finally say Happy Holidays to you all. Can you believe it is the last month of the year? I can't believe it has gone by so fast. I'm already feeling all the feels of letting go of all the bad and good moments and keeping them in a place in my heart as we all start fresh on January 1st. I'm so happy Christmas is coming, but i'm so sad Fall is ending. I love that 2 week period where Autumn and Winter meet and its just such a warm and fuzzy feeling that I get inside. I wanted to bring out that feeling that I feel inside and create a look that describes it.
To bring those feelings out, I am wearing a sweater and pants combo from H&M. Autumn has the prettiest colors and I wanted to bring that out with this combo here. I felt as if I was wearing the "colors of the wind" (Please don't sue me disney). I love this sweater because it's the color of that warm and fuzzy feeling that I have inisde. I really sound like i'm trying to bring an emotion from "Inisde Out" to life, lol. Anyways to add that Christmas touch to this look, I am wearing a coat from INC. I love this coat so much. I was so lucky to get a really good deal on it. For some reason the store miss priced it and I got a $180.00 coat for $25.00. Not bad huh? This coat is just so perfect for fall and winter. I love wearing it around Christmas time cause of the color. It just gives me that christmas tree vibe, if you know what I mean. To make the seasons of fall and winter come together I am wearing this scarf from Forever 21. I always get asked if this is a handmade scarf, but I found it on clearance for $3.00 a few years back and said why not? I could wear this one day. That one day was today. I love the texture and color of the scarf. It keeps my neck so warm in the San Fran breeze. Obviously I had to wear boots with this look. These are one of my favorite pairs I own from Apt 9. The brown just seems like a natrual color to mesh with this entire look.
Woo! That was a lot to type and say within 5 mins. Thank god my brain thinks fast, lol. I hope you guys like this outfit. It's my last autumn outfit of 2016 and it's bittersweet knowing that fall is basiclly over. I'm happy that Christmas time is here, so that will make it easier watching the leaves blow away in the wind. What do you guy's think of this look? Did I do a good job meshing the seasons together? Let me know in a comment on instgram or if you feel like leaving a comment here. I appreicate it. This month you will get 2 see me 2 more times. I'll be back with 2 new posts on December 16th and December 28th! I can't wait for you guys to see the other 2 outfits to complete an amazing year here at mrdombaza.com. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all your love and support. It means so much to me. Be safe in the holiday madness. See you before Christmas.
With all my love, Mr. Dom Baza
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
What I'm Wearing: Coat: David Beckham/H&M, Turtleneck: Croft & Barrow, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Giorgio Brutni
Hello everyone, I hope you had a great Halloween! Can you believe its November already? I've had no time to decoarte for Chritmas this week, but I will surely start next week! Autumn is here and we fall back an hour here in America tomorrow night. I'm loving all the beautiful colors i'm seeing pop up throughout the city. I wanted to showcase them with an outfit that I put together just for this time of year.
I'm wearing this lovely coat from the David Beckham collection exclusively at H&M. The moment I saw this coat in October, I fell in love with it. I love David Beckham's style and when I saw he had a new fall/winter line out, I could not leave the store without this coat. I love long coats like this one and its legnth is just so perfect. Fun Fact: Green is my favorite color. I wanted to wear a green turtle neck to blend this whole outfit together. I love wearing turtlenecks during the holidays. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. This turtle neck from Croft & Barrow is so comfy and really kept me extra warm on this freezing day. I did't want to take the easy route and wear brown pants. I decided to go another route and wear gray dress pants from H&M. I love these pants because they just are perfect for the fall and winter. They also fit extremely well. H&M always has great fitted pants and I never complain about them. Lastly I am wearing Cappell shoes from Giorgio Brutini. This pair of shoes is one of my favorite pair of Giorgio Brutini's that I own. I love the way the shoes completed the look and tied the whole outfit together.
I hope you guys get some ideas and inspiration from this outfit. Let me know what you think of this oufit in a comment here or a comment on my instagram! Although this look is perfect for Autumn, you can wear this outfit in the freezing winter. Thank you guys for stopping by, I'll see you in 2 weeks with my annual Thanksgiving outfit! I hope you have the best time this month and get in the holiday spirit. Stay safe, I'll see you soon.
With all my love, Mr. Dom Baza
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
What I’m Wearing Breakdown:
Coat: I.N.C, Flannel: St Johns Bay, Sweater: Urban For Kohls, Pants: Levis, Boots: Apt 9
Hello Everyone. Merry Christmas Eve. I hope you are having a great time so far. Tomorrow is finally Christmas, So I wanted to create a look just for Christmas Eve. Today I went around town and took in some Christmas sights and got some gorgeous Christmas flowers. For my look I wore a coat that I’m so in love with from I.N.C clothing. Inside I wore a flannel to make my sweater from URBAN stand out more. And lastly I wore my Levis pants and boots from Apt 9. I didn’t want to repeat last weeks Christmas outfit, I wanted to do something a little more different. I hope you guys like my look and get some sort of inspiration for your Christmas Eve attire. I’ll be back with my last post of the year on New Years Eve. I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas. I’ll see you Next week. X
photographer: Joey joannamariejoey