Personal Style Post-Walking Oxymoron

I usually don't wear jeans or sneakers. I had a traumatic experience with constricting denim a few years ago that still haunts my fashion consciousness to this day. I was wearing a pair of True Religions at a Lakers playoff game and after a meal of burger and fries, I felt a sharp jabbing pain in my stomach. The pain was intolerable to the point I contemplated leaving Staples Center for the emergency room. But I couldn't. It was the playoffs! Instead, I went to the restroom and unbuttoned my jeans. Instantly, the pain went away and I felt like a fat idiot. I had to wear a baggy Laker t-shirt the rest of the night to hide the embarrassing truth of my gluttony-my jeans couldn't handle my dinner. Since then, I've been wary of wearing jeans for more than a few hours in fear of another unbuttoned embarrassment. As for sneakers, they're usually just not fab enough to wear outside the gym.

However, stretchy denim and wedge sneakers are having their moment right now and I just couldn't sidestep two of fall's hottest trends without trying them out. When my friend Kristen (fashion publicist/fashion blogger) invited me to a preview dinner at Bestia, downtown LA's hottest new Italian restaurant, I decided to zip up a pair of stretchy leather coated jeans and step into burgundy wedge sneakers for the dinner. A hot pink fitted blazer and leather sleeved tee completed my dinner look. I like the oxymoronic contrast of the primp and proper blazer with the casual tomboy appeal of the jeans and sneakers.

Dinner was amazingly authentic. Bestia's head chef worked at Angelini Osteria so he knows Italian. Bill Chait, the restaurant's head investor brought Picca, Sotto, and Short Order to LA so he knows good food and good talent. The restaurant sits in the industrial artist loft area of dtla infusing a vibe of modernity to its rustic fare of traditional Italian pastas, pizzas, meats, and seafood. We tried half the menu and was disappointed by none of the dishes. My favs of the night were the perfectly seasoned bone marrow and the spaghetti imported from a small town in Italy and considered one of the most expensive noodles in the region. It's cooked al dente and has a chew to it that parallels local eateries in the hidden gems of the Tuscany valley. The goat cheese ragu paparadelle also lingered in my foodie memory bank as the meat sauce was insanely addictive. I love eating good food with good company and am happy to report I stayed buttoned up and pain-free all night!

Two tone tee: Theory  on sale!)
Blazer: H&M (similar here, cheaper option here)
Jeans: Denimocracy 
Wedge Sneakers: Purchased in Spain (similar here, here, and here)
Tiger bracelet: c/o Sira & Mara
Two tone spiky bracelet: c/o Shop Publik


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