Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Is this what young fashion/style has come to? Has good taste been replaced by the graphic tee? The presence of the t-shirt is strongly felt, especially amongst young American style, but to me it is simply a cop out, or a sorry excuse for actually taking time to construct an ensemble. Fashion and style is about diversity, so while I do feel that some t-shirts are acceptable, it must be done with the proper taste. Demographically, particularly in New York City, it seems that the uniform for those between the ages of 16 and 25 are a pair of sneakers, skinny jeans, and a t-shirt that's not worth the prices these young people are paying. If I'm going to wear a t-shirt, I'd much rather it come from the Marc store in SOHO for $30, mix it with a cropped pant or a pair of chinos, and a flat loafer style shoe. Young Americans have become less and less image conscience. What happened to the days of being clean cut, or the days when every day it appeared that you had on sunday's best? I attend school with many Parisian students, and the first thing I noticed about them is their impeccable taste, and attention to detail. The young Parisians, first of all, are so tall and lean that most everything looks good on them, their aware of their bodies and how their clothes should fit, and they've managed to dress-up the not so popular sneaker. I asked one of the students why you see so little Parisian students in sneakers like the typical American, and she explained to me that in France, people look down on you if you wear sneakers, unless you're riding a bike. France is not the only European country that takes such pride in appearrance, Italy is in strong pursuit. Whether a man from Milan is riding his Vespa with a sport coat, and a pair of $35 converses, the european's manage to make great sartorialistic style come off so effortlessly. I am considering relocating for a year of two to Paris or Milan, just to re-invent. New York City is full of FABULOUS fashion, but I'm young and I don't want to be influenced by my age group. Young people do not take pride in getting dressed, everyone is a clone of each other, and quite frankly I'm fed up. I've said it before, and I'll say it again; Paris and Milan, would in a perfect world uniform us all. Your thoughts?
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Young people are idiots. This years election is very important to me, being that this will be my first time being able to vote for president. Last night, I had a very disturbing conversation with someone who is clearly not informed, and knows absolutely nothing about either candidate. He's black, and he says to me, "Black people are only voting for Obama because he's black". I asked if he had proof of this, he had no proof. I went on to explain to this young man that if he believes blacks are only voting for Obama because he's part black, then it is fair for me to say that the only reason white people are voting for John McCain is because he's white. Clearly, that's a stupid and unfair thing to say. Then, he goes "Obama aint gonna do shit", so I asked "Oh, so you're voting for McCain?" He goes "No, I'm a democrat. But I don't see color when I vote for people, I'm about who is going to do a good job, but please don't talk politics to me because I will shut you down" What? So, he's voting for Obama, yet he thinks Obama isn't "going to do shit". I then asked, "If you believe that someone isn't going to do shit, why put them in office? So what if you're a democrat, if you're for the betterment of people, and you don't see color just become independent. You're a hyprocrit", he goes "I'm already signed to the democratic party dumb ass" Signed to the democatic party? There's no legal binding saying you HAVE to vote for a democrat, even if you identify as a democrat. He then says, "Well, I didn't know that." So wait, you tell me you know so much about politics, yet you thought you were legally binded to vote democratic just because that's the party you identify with? Idiot. On his part, the name calling began, he immediately got on the defense, and he felt threatened, which made me realize that this conversation was pointless, I was dealing with someone who knew nothing about nothing. He asked me, "What is Obama going to do?" How can you ask a question that you don't even know the answer to yourself? Not only do I know what is on Obama's agenda, I've done my research on McCain as well, because although I am definitely voting for Obama, I needed to know what's on both candidates agenda before I elect either into office. I have found Barack Obama's plan to be very detailed, well thought out, and promising due to all of the work he's done in the past and in the present. He's is for change first and foremost, and I'm sure you all agree that a change is long over due. Obama is for the equality of minorities as well, an issue that John McCain does not mention in his agenda, and over all Obama is for the betterment of the American people, women and minorities more specifically because the fact of the matter is that blacks, other minorities, and women are still struggling for both gender and racial equality. There is no reason that in the year 2008 women are still earning 67 cents to every one dollar a man makes, and we are left with very few ways of challenging our superiors. Obama plans to tackle these issues, and many others that make me proud to place my vote with him. I hear people say how admirable John McCain is because he was a POW, and he defended his country but that means NOTHING to me. I don't believe in war, and if he wasn't in Vietnam, in a territory that CLEARLY hated America, he would not have become a POW, plain and simple. Common sense tells you don't go where you're not welcomed. People have the idea of what an American should be so twisted. I'm against war in any fashion. Aside from the fact that I couldn't care less about McCain's badges of honor, what I've found his entire agenda is focused on is naming islamic extremist as the enemy, the government, and he touches upon health care, but it is clear that just like George Bush he is a war driven person, and the proof is in the pudding considering his naval career. People, young people especially, need to wisen up. If you're going to take a stance on something, please know the facts first. Obama needs to be in office, bottom line. Otherwise, we will be living with the same mistake we have been living with for the past 8 years. Think about it, all the people who voted Bush into office are even sick of him, regretful, and ready for a CHANGE! Additionally, I know that Obama will pass a law under the Matthew Shepard act that takes a stance of hate crimes, while on the other hand McCain is not even a supporter of something as simple as gay marriage, so how can we expect him to care for the livelihood of gays? These issues are bigger than black and white, or republican and democratic, this boils down to who has a better agenda, and proven track records, and McCain's history lies in naval training, while Obama has an extensive resume consisting of humanitarian work, and work that will change us as PEOPLE! If you haven't registered to vote yet, click here to register.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This story touched my heart so much, I had to write about it. On August 9, (three days ago) a 19 year old young man I attended high school with was killed. I remember his face mostly, but I physically can't remember walking through the halls and seeing him, or interacting with him, but it's all the same the hurt is still present. He was sitting in his car, and someone shot him in the head. From what I know, he was not a trouble maker, but what he did become was another statistic. Rodney had a new car, and was on his way to college, and he was loved by all of his peers for having a great personality. When things like this happen, it makes me realize that we are all living in hell on earth, and these jealous demons are taking no prisoners. I have an 18 year old brother, and I would hate for this to happen to him, I don't even want to fathom the thought. Four years ago, basically the exact same thing happened to one of my best friends, he was killed at the age of 20, next month marks the fourth year of his death, and it feels like history repeated its self all over again. I can only imagine the pain his family and friends are going through, and that pain will stick with them forever, I don't know if it gets easier. People say time heals all wounds, but when a wound is as deep as this, there's no healing. For more information on Rodney, you can visit www.plaindealer.com and search his name, Rodney Williams. Rest in Peace Rodney, you're in a better place.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Paris and Milan would, in a perfect world uniform us all, NYC is trendy and has so many unique styles that for the most part everyone copies us, and London is full of the left over wanna be's. I absolutely HATE London and really don't consider it a fashion capital...they have potential but it's not promising.
Short and sweet, just like me. The end!
Short and sweet, just like me. The end!
Monday, August 4, 2008
So, I got caught in the rain two days ago, and woke up yesterday feeling like shit. I even missed Rock The Bells, (which by the way I had press passes for) and actually my missing the show had to do with more than being sick, but that's another story. I'm trying to recover, as I have class tomorrow, and I opened my big fat mouth and said I would fill in for someone at work tomorrow nofvhaiubhfliarbf (pardon me). Also, I'm fitting in at least an hour a day in the gym to get BACK in shape. It's amazing what a relationship can do to you. You're in crazy love, you indulge in sex and food, then gain all this nasty weight. You would think the caloroies from sex would burn the fat. haha