Observation of the Week: Depression Era Chic (Young guy on bus, wearing black shirt, pants, brown boots and fedora. When I saw him, he put me into a very 1930s frame of mind.)

I’ll be all around in the dark… I’ll be everywhere. Wherever you can look…wherever there’s a fight, so hungry people can’t eat, I’ll be there…

Tom Joad from The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Beautiful Styles at Good Prices

You don’t have to spend a fortune to accessorize your look or be relegated to plain sneakers for a casual, but dressy, evening out. Now you can indulge in lush velvet and gold lame to dress up that feminine poet’s blouse, jeans and sleek leggings. Thanks to designer collaborations,and chic off-price styles,you can find ultra-stylish shoes, hats, jewelry andpurses on even the smallest budget.


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Observation of the Week: Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month

For Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month I decided to feature two Hispanic Los Angelenos I saw this past week. One was an Hispanic male in a black sweatshirt, beige cargo pants and dark boots and the other was a female co-worker wearing a light-colored dress accessorized with a navy-blue baseball cap and high-topped Converse.

Weekly Fashion Observations: (9/8/21-9/10/21)

Weekly Fashion Observations
An Hispanic woman I was sitting next to on the bus was carrying a blue Frida Kahlo tote, and when I asked her about it she said “My sons brought it back for me from Mexico. The best thing is it came with an apron too.”
Guy on the bus wearing a black tee and a pair of jeans.
Female employee at LAUSD elementary school wearing a long white cardigan over a navy-blue dress.

Weekly Fashion Observations: August 30-September 2, 2021

Another feature of the “Every Day Fashion: Style for the Mainstream” blog I will be introducing, and posting every Sunday, will be called “Weekly Fashion Observations”. It will consist of descriptions I record whenever I see someone during the day who I think is wearing a great outfit or has a lot of style. I feel these observations really represent the spirit of “Every Day Fashion” because they tell a wearer’s sartorial story truthfully and boldly.

Department of Water and Power (4030 Crenshaw Blvd.)

On the Saturday I visited and photographed the Department of Water and Power building at 4030 Crenshaw Blvd. I wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t stopped to videotape a Juneteenth Day parade in front of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza with my iPhone. Out of the corner of my left eye I saw it, and was so excited I started photographing it immediately from across the street.

Exhausted and hungry, following a busy morning at BLK MKT FLEA, I ignored the urge to go to the Krispy Kreme next door for a doughnut, and explored the site instead. While this Art Deco Modern building was conceived in 1954 and it has the “rounded edges and smooth wall finishes” indicative of the style the aspect that most fascinated me was how crisp, timeless, and glamorous it looks compared to the bustling urban blocks surrounding it.

A natural landscape of trees, grass and bushes effectively shade its walkways, and the variegated palette of green compliments the red brick and light brown walls of the structure. Overall, after perusing the site, and noting all of its diverse features, the most memorable thing about it was the way squares and rectangles are consistently repeated without making it look bland or boxy. As strong and bold as the Department of Water and Power Distributing Station No. 59 I visited previously, at 11701 Venice Blvd., this one also has an added touch of lightness representative of the early 1950s.

Department of Water and Power (4030 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90008)