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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

My Articles

MY PICKS
CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

MERCURY REVIEWS
Art: The New Art of India
Bar: Boswell's
Book: Jill Scott
Club: Forum
DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

SICK SITE
Earth and Sun Kiss

MY PLAYLIST

1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES
  • Billboard Charts
  • Encyclopedia
  • iticket.com
  • Moviefone
  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
  • VH1

  • BLOGROLL
  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Berkeley Blogs
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
  • BLT's Parry
  • Crayone: the trials and tribulations of a graffiti artist
  • Dan Gillmor : Grassroots Journalism
  • Dat Phan : Last Comic Standing season 1 winner
  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
  • Davey D: Hip Hop Daily News
  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
  • Jeff Chang: fellow Asian hip hop writer
  • Joe Grimm : Ask the Recruiter
  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Pacific Standard: Bay Area hip-hop
  • Pop And Politics
  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2005

    Street Style at the Great Mall

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

    Yesterday, I went out with my partner in style, Stephanie Grace Lim, to the Great Mall to report on Street Style, a weekly feature in the Mercury News' Style section about Bay Area fashion.

    When we asked the people what fashion meant to them, they came up with interesting definitions:
  • Fashion is like a "salad" that is not only colorful but worth "digging into."
  • Fashion is being good looking
  • Fashion is an expression of the inside, but on the outside.


  • For you fashionistas out there, we don't look for:
  • Big labels
  • Bagginess


  • Fashion to us means:
  • Nice fit
  • Originality
  • Accessories
  • Someone you give a "double-take" to.

  • By the way, tomorrow I have a front page story on a Bay Area trend, so ch-check it out!

    1 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Perhaps fashion as a means to empower yourself, make yourself feel more comfortable as you take on the day, present yourself to others, and carry about your business.

    12:59 PM  

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