Archive for the ‘Activism’ Category

GAGA & GAY RIGHTS

October 11, 2009

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Photo via Huffington Post

“To do my part, I refuse to accept any misogynistic and homophobic behavior in music, lyrics, or actions in the music industry.”  – Lady Gaga at the National Equality March via C-Span

Watch the video here.

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INTOLERABLE CRUELTY

October 5, 2009

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Los Angeles County homeless population has reached 90,000 – the largest group of homeless people in the United States. The bulk of the L.A. county homeless, 82,291 out of the 90,000, are found in South Central (which includes Watts, Downtown, Pico Union, Boyle Heights, and Hollywood).

I think W Magazine forgot to mention a few things in their Paper Bag Princess fashion spread so I thought I’d include some numbers that represent my city and homelessness. I cannot get these images out of my head and I could no longer avoid posting them. One of my favorite blogs, Thread Bared, has plenty to expound on these photos as well as the re-emergence of “tramp chic” and I strongly recommend you read their critique.

I’m currently working with a friend on educating our community about the severity of homelessness, especially heightened during the downward spiral of this economy. We’re working on a project that I’ll be promoting through this blog and I look forward to sharing it with you. I know you’ll want to be involved.

Fresh and CLEAN

June 10, 2009

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Two years ago when Kate Hudson was on the cover of Vogue she talked a lot about the chemicals we unknowingly consume.  She shared a story about one of her girlfriends who was diagnosed with cancer and how that opened her eyes to the harmful products we use on our bodies.  Kate wasn’t directly linking her friend’s cancer to the products she was using, but rather began speaking about her new outlook on life and how we must be conscious of the things we buy.

For this reason, she collaborated with David Babii to create a hair care line FREE OF PARABENS, SULFATE, AND PETROLEUM.  Even better is that 10% of the profits goes to WildAid, a non-profit organization that works with governments and communities of the world to reverse the devastation of our planet’s wildlife.

I am mentioning all this because I think it is important that we become conscious consumers.  Also, I bought the shampoo and conditioner and I think they’re amazing!  My hair looks and feels so silky smooth, plus the scents are wonderful.  You can buy your bottles here.

Please read more on the link between parabens + breast cancer here.  Then take a look at your products and report back.

Do-GOODER

May 8, 2009

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do-good·er (dgdr) n. – someone devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms

This week Aussenhaut and I talked a lot about our love for fashion blogs but that we felt there was something just a bit more we’d like to see on our favorite sites.  As much as I love to see everyone’s new shoes, haircuts, thrift store finds, and amazing fashion, I’d also love to hear about how these girls are giving back as their influence on readers is tremendous.  I adore browsing my favorite blogs as I look forward to seeing what these enchanting young ladies are wearing, but I am also dying to hear what they have to say.

This week MTV announced they hired Alexa Chung to host a brand new show to revive their network.  I’ve always loved her style as she manages to look both youthful and sophisticated at the same time.  Upon my research of Miss Chung, I discovered that in May 2008 she was announced as the brand ambassador for Oxfam’s ethical fashion boutique.  She also designed a condom tin for Company magazine to help “convince people to carry condoms.” [read more via wiki]  This made me love her even more!

One organization that is particularly important to me is the Downtown Women’s Center.  I have volunteered there in the past and still remain updated with all their events.  You should check it out if you live in the L.A. area or just want to educate yourself on the population of homeless people who are women.  I am currently inquiring about opportunities with Oxfam as I have a twitter friend who seems to do amazing work with them.

Tell me, what interests you?

You are INVITED

April 7, 2009

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Come join me at Space 15Twenty.

“Oh My God!”

November 17, 2008

You might of heard that Lindsay Lohan was flour bombed this weekend in France.  But maybe you didn’t see it, watch clip.

Fall Fashion for Everyone

November 3, 2008

I’ve been holding onto this image because I was absolutely thrilled seeing it in Domino Magazine.  I haven’t spotted it in any fashion mags, but maybe that is because it is Kenneth Cole and their clothes have never transmitted to my interest.  I do love their ads though and how politically conscious they always aim to be.

No doubt this fall campaign “We All Walk in Different Shoes” is meant to open up a discourse on identity politics. Nina looks great.  What are your thoughts?

In Tom’s I Trust

October 29, 2008

I have already begun making my New Year’s Resolutions, and one of them is to get every one of my friends to buy a pair of TOMS shoes.  If you’d like to help me get started on that resolution, check out these simple and practical “black canvas TOMS” which I recommend.

My friend Sarah commented that she couldn’t envision me wearing these canvas creations, to which I understood her statement, but for TOMS, I will create destinations to wear these shoes!  If you’d like to know why I am so crazy about TOMS, read their mission statement and I am sure you’ll feel the same way.  Let me know, or better yet, post a photo of you in your TOMS.

Inspired by an Argentine shoe with a hundred year history and the continent’s poverty and health issues, TOMS was created with a singular mission: To make life more comfortable. TOMS accomplishes this through it’s ultra lightweight design and the company’s commitment to match every pair purchased with a donated pair to a child in need…there are no complicated formulas, it’s simple.you buy a pair of TOMS and the company gives a pair to a child on your behalf. The vibrant colors and patterns in the debut collection depict Blake Mycoskie’s life changing experiences in his travels to South America where he embraced the lifestyle wholeheartedly and therefore gave back by creating TOMS – shoes for Tomorrow.

You’re with me, right?

See you There / Discourse, Garment Industry

August 28, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Theatre Center

How Dangerous is the Garment Industry?

The garment industry provides more than 50,000 jobs in Los Angeles County, including many that are tied to a commercial underground where safety rules don’t apply, there’s no minimum wage, and a labor pool of illegal immigrants keeps quiet about violations out of fear of deportation. Legitimate garment makers, meanwhile, face a disadvantage in battling underground competitors who skip workers compensation payments and other safety standards, and often shift locations suddenly in order to stay a step ahead of authorities. How big and dangerous is this floating world of the garment underground?

Kimi Lee of the Garment Worker Center, a Downtown-base advocacy group, Garment Contractors Association Executive Director Joe Rodriguez and Michael Kang, owner of the Caribe fashion label in the Garment District visit Zócalo to sort it out. Moderated by Jerry Sullivan, editor and publisher, Los Angeles Garment & Citizen

To reserve a free seat, click here. (photo/Getty Images)