Creativity Opens the Mind and Stretches the Dollar

Creative people evoke creativity and that’s what makes life interesting and hopeful. It’s always nice to get out and enjoy some live music up-close and personal and to shop in an independent record store, like Fingerprints of Long Beach.

Hanging out with creative people is like shopping a catalog of ecclecticism. Los Angeles is ripe with opportunities to gather style and fashion ideas from around the world and from every subculture of the city. Some of the coolest trendsetters made their own clothes or repurposed them and many times the fashion trends begin in the inner city or downtown.

I’ll never forget the crazy times we had at the Goodwill on 19th Street in Costa Mesa. Punk Rock was full swing and we had a blast designing our own outfit for the evening. The best thing about shopping 2nd hand and creating your own clothes is that you will wear the ultimate designer piece, 1/1, completely unique.

As a teen in the 1980’s I loved the punk rock movement with it’s DIY fashion sense.  Back then  I would go to the thrift store and try to find ways to create the “look” I desired. Sometimes this meant tearing one item of clothing apart, cutting holes in it, gluing or sewing something to it or wearing it in some unexpected way. I forgot how much fun this was.

Got this Coach bag at a thrift store for $20 then added some rhinestones to make it Gal VanizedBack then, I used to go to South Coast Plaza or peruse Vogue Magazines so I could see what top designers were up to and get ideas for clothing items.

Lately, in a desire to save money and save the planet, I’ve returned to my DIY roots and begun to create my own style using repurposed clothing. Here’s an example of how you can stretch your dollar and still have style. Can you believe I got three tops, three belts, a bracelet, shoes and a Coach purse for under $50? Not only that, I supported sustainability of our planet.

With $50 and a creative spirit I was able to get my Summer wardrobe lined up. Girls have it good, we just need to remember and frankly, I’m going to remember it all day, everyday…at least in part thanks to the clothes I get to wear.


New Dorp. New York by SBTRKT on DJ GAL-VanIZed Jukebox

“My girl’s got a city to run.” Word.


An iPod allows you to fit 1,000’s of songs in your pocket; whereas a Jukebox stays in one place and your selections are limited. What would you do if you only got to choose 52 songs to put on your iPod? What would the list include?

Jukebox Mary

What Does Elvis Presley Mean?

Elvis Presely playing guitarMost Americans and music lovers worldwide acknowledge Elvis Presley as “The King” of rock and roll. But some people have no idea who Elvis Presley is or what it means to be “The King” to millions of loyal fans.

This is what I learned from Cindy, the foreign exchange student from China that I hung out with for a few weeks.

I was taking a class on multi-cultural competency as part of the process towards my master’s degree in counseling. Our instructor, Vince Noble asked for volunteers to escort foreign exchange students and ease their transition into the USA. He may have even offered extra credit, I can’t remember. But I volunteered and was paired up with Cindy from China.

One day, Cindy and I went an art show at Cal State Long Beach. There were many paintings and several rooms filled with original art pieces created by students. We came upon a portrait of Elvis Presley. I admired the creativity of the piece. Cindy pointed at it and asked, “who is that?”

I was stunned. It was as if my life was flashing before me. I could not imagine how to describe who Elvis was. He is so many things to so many people and I couldn’t imagine what the world, or at least my world, would be like without him.

I managed to mumble out some answer about how Elvis was a rock legend and I hummed a few bars of Blue Suede Shoes and Jailhouse Rock to see if it would ring a bell.


I was speechless.

I had been slapped aside the head once again and reminded that just because I have an experience or a social construct built up around a certain object or person, doesn’t mean everyone else does. Have you ever found yourself in a situation like this, assuming the person you’re talking to knows something when really they don’t; assuming that everyone knows all the same things you do?

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You Have Control Over Three Things

We only have control over three things: what we choose to think about, how we choose to feel, and how we choose to direct our thoughts and feelings to create an amazing life for ourselves.

So stop trying to control others. You’ll only burn yourself out and irritate others.

Quotes above are taken from the book The Ever-Loving Essence of You by Jamie Lerner. Editorial responses by DJ GAL-VanIZed.

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