Friday, 18 May 2012

Ballet Pumps Are so In!

After reading this article "Pumps are so over" from a yahoo blogger, it made me want to share my opinions.    We all have different views on how we perceive things. The writer talks about these shoes being out of fashion.  I asked myself, is it about fashion?  Fair enough, we all know that fashion / trends come and go.  Personally, I thought the article is a bit on the  extreme if you ask me.
  please read more about it here.......
I am no fashionista, nevertheless,  I do believe we are all unique beings and have different taste, opinions and preferences, isn't that what makes the world beautiful and interesting?

Most of us might believe that when we wear heels it is an instant  glamour.  Wearing heels also gives the wearer confidence of looking elegant.

 What I am trying to say is, it completes the kind of look intended.  I am not going to go much into talking about heels.  We all know exactly how they make us feel when we wear them right? (healthy or not).   On the other hand, with ballet pumps you can never go wrong whatever the occasion is.  It all depends on the style of the shoe and how you put the look together.  Ballet pumps can give you that touch of femininity as well as effortless glamour.  Bring them on any day, any time, after all I am the wearer.  I know what's good or what is not  for me, without being told when, where or what to wear.

Harpers Bazaar - Haute Couture 2011

Christian Dior red pumps

Christian Louboutin studded zipper ballet flats

Just keep it U! :)

Friday, 20 April 2012

Paul William Architect

Paul R William (1894 - 1980)

Visionary architects of 20th century, I'm talking Frank Lloyd Wright, Kenzo Tange, le Corbusier, and Mies van der rohe are just few of many other architects who are popularly known for their outstanding work.  However, upon my reaserch, I was quite pleased to find out about few of African American architects of the same century who equally contributed to the society and had significant work.  Other African American architects apart from Paul William who also built successful career in this very challenging industry are  Robert Taylor, J Max Bond Jr, Robert Traynham Coles, Albert Cassel, etc, etc.

I would  like to talk about Paul William, an African American architecture of the 20th centrury.
Born in the 1894 and was an orphan at the age of 4.  He was then raised and educated in Los Angeles by a foster family.  It  is recorded that he was the only African American from his early elementary class to his higher education.

William continued to pursue his education and also working in several different architects offices in Los Angeles in late 1910.  He was licenced as an architect by the state of California by 1921.  In 1923 he was the first African American to become a member of the American Institute of Architects .

During his thriving career, Paul Williams designed numerous private, public buildings and monuments.   From churches, school, to offices.   My fascination of the building below is actually what ignited this research.  I wanted to know the architect behind this design.  I was delighted to know it was actually an African American architect who designed it.

"Arhitect Paul Williams in Front of His Famous Project, the Theme Building, Los Angeles Airpot"

"The Ambassador Hotel, was owned by one family, the Shines, from its opening in 1921 until 1971.  The hotel closed in 1989 and was vacant until demolished in 2006.  During its long life, the hotel was the location of the famous Cocoanut Grove Nightclub, hosted the Academy Awards, and was the site of the assassination of Robert Kenedy.  Nixon wrote his "Checkers Speech" in 1952 while staying there.  Paul William's 1949 contributions to the Los Angeles icon were an extensive renovation to the interior as well as additional bungalows".

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