What I'm Wearing: Blazer: Andrew Fezza, Fitted Suit Pants: Van Heusen, Yellow Button Shirt: Van Heusen, Shoes: Apt 9
Once Upon Time there was young man in his twenties dipping his feet in the world of fashion while he pursued his passion for music. Along the way he's had his ups and his downs, but somehow was able to find the beauty within. As you know from reading the last 99 pages, this journey has not been easy. But no tale as old as time should ever come easy. Every tale has to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. This right here is the ending of one tale and the beginning of a new story. So sit back, relax, be our guest, and take the next few minutes as I hand back the story to the young man so he can tell you about it from his perspective.
Hello everyone, we have finally made it to outfit 100! You can tell I have been planning this for some time now. I knew since late last year I wanted outfit 100 released this specific week, the week that Beauty and the Beast releases. I knew I wanted to do a beast and belle color theme, and I knew I wanted to go back to the Palace Of Fine Arts to shoot this outfit. As 2016 ended, I also knew I wanted to build up each blog post starting with the New Years Eve outfit to build up to this post right here. Let's break down this outfit and get to the core of this post, the core of this story, and the ending of this first era.
Creating this outfit was a piece of cake. I knew exactly what I wanted to wear and I knew exactly what I wanted to make nods to, Beauty and the Beast AND to mrdombaza.com. I chose to wear a blue blazer from Andrew Fezza, I paired it with matching blue suit pants from Van Heusen. The blue of course is a nod to the beast. I always LOVED the beast's outfit in the original animated classic. I also LOVE the live action 2017 outfit as well. Blue just felt right and I felt I needed to honor characters I admire and adore. I always say I have a bit of Belle and the Beast in me. The parts of Belle I see in me is our strong willingness to keep fighting. I love Belle's spirit and I can relate to her wanting an adventure outside of small provincial town. I grew up in a town like that. I grew up in a place that did not understand of who I am and what I wanted to do with my life. Like Belle, people would judge me, they still judge me, that's what a lot of people are good for. They just are just here to judge us based on what our passion in life is. They just don't care to take the time to understand us, because they are scared of being different, they are scared of standing out. Belle's passion is reading and taking her mind to other places, mine is music and writing about my life experiences and my life's journey so far. Belle wants to explore the world and see things she's never seen before, I want to explore the world and do the same, and spread the message of love and hope that I have in my heart. I love doing this blog because I'm able to take my writing skills and pour my heart into these words and the clothes I wear. I'm able to say more here sometimes, than packing it into a 4 min song. Belle and I think alike, we both want more and we know more is out there. Now the beast, Oh I see a a lot of myself in him... and other men in my life as well. I'm a complicated guy just like him. The beast was on top of the world before that old lady cursed him. He may have gotten cursed for being selfish. But I got cursed for being me. He was turned into a beast and I lost majority of my eyesight in one eye. Not the same, but i'm pretty sure me and the beast could relate to each other. It took the hope and courage of Belle to see the man behind the beast to break that curse. In the end she got her adventure outside of that little town filled with little people. She found a world that was beyond her imagination and her favorite part of the story came true just like in chapter 3 of her favorite book when she discovered her prince charming. And the beast learned that even though the curse had it's bad moments, it was a blessing in disguise. I feel like my life is some how mirroring this story Belle got her adventure and her prince, I'm working on getting my adventure so I can share my love and my voice with the world. The latter half is out there, and I'm not worried about, that part of my life is good. And the beast's blessing in disguise is like mine with my disease. There is many themes in life that can imitate art. Somehow I feel like these blog posts and my thoughts always find a way to come off the paper or screen and into real world. That brings us to the yellow button shirt. That is a nod to Belle, but it's also a nod to my very first outfit here on mrdombaza.com. I wore a yellow raincoat, had natural curly hair, and shot the outfit on my diseased iphone 4s. I felt I needed some sort of yellow to really bring this story full circle. I didn't really know how to blog. In fact I was just an LA boy in the bay area making an album, wanting to do something different and try another platform to promote and express another passion of mine. The yellow is a call back to that yellow rain coat. It's a reminder that even though this journey has been filled with darkness, that yellow raincoat still stood out from the crowd, just like this outfit here stands out as well. To finish up this look I am wearing shoes from Apt 9. Obviously I don't have claws for feet and the beast is a large brown creature/man so I found brown shoes that I feel fits for this outfit and me, the man I am and the beast and Belle within me.
As I wrap up this post, I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts and the reasons behind my choices for this outfit and post. I now sit here and look back at the last 100 outfits and think of what an interesting ride it's been. This blog has been such a slow burn for me. But lately someone has been turning up the fire and this blog turned website is finally working in my favor. I wear these clothes as an extension of myself, my heart, and my mind. I can only hope that the boys and girls and men and woman, that see these outfits and read my blog get some sort of inspiration to create looks similar, or relate to me and the journey I am on. I reference pop culture and fairytales a lot on here. That's something I'm going to be doing even more moving forward. This book here is ending but it's also kicking off the next era of this website. I 100% plan on continuing sharing the same in depth thoughts of mine, I plan on digging deeper and trying new things fashion and writing wise, and I will expand beyond fashion when I am ready. But for now we're gonna kick off a new story, build upon the plot, fight through the darkness and come out the other side with the light shining bright. Thank you guys for reading and supporting this blog and me. From my music career, to my passion for fashion, to my endless battle with myself and my disease, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. I can't wait to see where the next book takes me and all of you my readers. The pedals have fallen off the rose, but a new garden is blooming with many new thorns. This is technically the end of this story, but it's also a brand new beginning.
Certain as the sun rising in the east, winter turns to spring, famine turns to feast, nature points the way, nothing left to say.
Tale as Old as Time
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
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
What I'm Wearing: Blazer: Saks , Sweater: Calvin Klein, Scarf: Apt 9, Pants David Beckham for H&M, Shoes: Giorgio Brutini
Hello Everyone! Happy March & Happy Lent! Can you believe winter is almost over? Just 2 and a half more weeks and i'll be retiring my winter clothing for the next few months. As the months go by faster and the seasons change there is always some sort of darkness before we reach the light hearted Spring. There has been an insane amount of rain, snow, and flooding these past few weeks. It's been hard for me to find some time shoot with the dangerous weather outside. But luckily I found a Sunday morning to shoot before it started raining hard. Let's get into the details of this outfit, then let's talk about handling the contrast of the darkness and the rise of the light in our lives.
I chose to wear 2 layers of clothing because let's face it, it's too cold outside. I am wearing a blazer from Saks 5th Ave and a sweater from Calvin Klein. I love how the color of the blazer blends with the color of the sweater! This whole outfit just blends perfectly together color and style wise. This Saks blazer and CK sweater is one of my fave combos, I truly love both pieces so much and I wear the blazer often. Next up is pair of dress pants from the David Beckham collection at H&M. I love these pants and the great design on them. You can use these pants in many different ways throughout all the seasons of the year! That's one great thing about them, you don't have to retire them after a season ends. Lastly my shoes are from Giorgio Brutini. Sticking with the color of this look, the shoes are black and blue. I love the beautiful design of these shoes, it really ties together this whole look.
I hope you like my 2nd to last winter outfit here on mrdombaza.com. I wanted to make sure I highlight the dark weather we have been getting. When I put this outfit together I thought of the dark and how sometimes we have to go through dark phases of our lives to reach the beautiful light waiting for us at the end of the tunnel. Last week I had a really shitty week, excuse my language but it honestly was really bad. It's storming, my phone broke, I wasn't able to get a new phone, my passport was denied, my plans to go overseas canceled, my personal life was put into jeopardy , and I reached the 3 year mark since I lost part of my eyesight in my right eye on February 24, 2013. As I reached the 24th of February I was fed up, emotional, and just a mess. Reflecting on the bad week I had, plus the 3 years of clouded hell with this disease was very overwhelming for me. As I looked back on that Friday night, I thought a lot about the darkness. I thought about the bad week I had, and I said myself, I had a shitty week, a difficult 3 years, but look at me, look at Dom Baza, who is he now? After getting diagnosed with a disease with no cure, after loosing the things I worked for in a career I still yearn and thrive for, after loosing the people I thought would be there for me at the end of the day, who am I? I am Dom Baza; I am still a singer, I am a passionate songwriter, I have a passion for fashion and expressing how I feel through my outfits, I have a disease that can tear me down on some days, I have family and loved ones that still loves me regardless of a disease and who I am, I still have my fans aka my domanators who have stuck by me on this journey, I still have my voice that I will some how find a way to make it be heard, I still have my drive and passion that will shape the rest of my life and careers, I still have all control of my heart and soul, and I still have the hope and will to fight so I can reach my light at the end of the tunnel. With all the reflecting I did I wrote a song called "Fall Into Place". It's basically every emotion and thought I've had through the darkest parts of my life. I believe in fairytales and happy endings. I believe you have to work for your fairytale, I believe you have to hope and have faith, I believe you have to fight through every page aka every day so you can get that happy ending. In the song I wrote a lyric, "Every fairytale has darkness in some way". And as the winter ends the darkness can take over, but once spring comes that little bit of light is waiting to shine down so we can keep turning the pages of the story until we reach our happy ending. Every fairytale may have darkness in some way, but theres always room for a happy ending.
Thank you all for stopping by to read what I have to say and reflect with me. I hope you like this outfit and everything I have to say. I'll see you guys in a few days. Never stop fighting and never give up hope. Don't let the darkness win and define who you are and the life you live. The sun will always find a way to come out, tomorrow.
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
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