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