In the Closet of: Ethan Kokesh

Meet Ethan:

Ethan Kokesh is originally from Los Angeles, but moved to Dallas, Texas, last year. He came back to sunny California this past semester to study business marketing here at SDSU. Ethan’s most listened to artists are Drake, Big Sean and Travis Scott. He hates country. His favorite food is mac-n-cheese, he loves acai bowls and he can’t stand Texan style. You can always catch Ethan at the beach, and he and his mom were in one episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County”. In 10 years, you’ll find him living in either L.A. or San Fransisco, being a stay-at-home dad.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Topshop, H&M, PacSun. I worked at Hollister for a year during my senior year of high school, so I like to think I know the ins-and-outs of how retail stores work. Those stores just meet my standards: their clothes are made of good quality [material], for the most part, and they’re affordable, which is important because I’m a broke college student.

What does your everyday outfit consist of?

A t-shirt, flannel, chino shorts and Converse. I like my colors to be monochromatic. I like the way it looks – it’s chic, sophisticated and mature.

You’ve lived in three different places this past year (Los Angeles, Dallas and San Diego). How has your style changed, or stayed the same?

My style has gotten more “beachy” since I came to San Diego. I still like my monochromatic look, but my style has evolved. I don’t necessarily mean that I wear less clothing when I say “beachy,” but there’s definitely more color in my closet. I wear more vintage, washed-out t-shirts, and I’ve branched out from Converse to Vans.

What are the biggest differences in style that you’ve noticed between California and Texas?

People in California are more dressy. They look more mature and put together. People in Texas dress more casual, with oversized t-shirts, running shorts and Chacos. I like California style better. I personally think it looks more attractive.

What are you favorite things to do in San Diego?

Going to the beach, exploring different neighborhoods, eating at In-N-Out and walking around downtown. You can find a lot a of cool, random places walking around Little Italy. My favorite restaurant is Cheesecake Factory – I always get their margherita pizza. I definitely recommend looking around North Park, Kensington and Hillcrest.

What is one thing no one really knows about you?

I hate when my shirt is the same shade as my shoes. If I have a white shirt on, I have to wear dark converse, and vice versa. I just think it looks weird when I’m too “matchy-matchy.”

Featured Image by Sabrina Kim.

In the Closet of: Rafia Rehman

Meet Rafia:

Rafia Rehman is a pisces from Andover, MA, and she is a freshman here at SDSU. Her major is currently undeclared, but she’d like to help underprivileged communities and underdeveloped countries. Rafia loves animals and making people laugh, and her biggest pet peeve is when people don’t say “please” and “thank you.” Her top three most played songs on iTunes are “Summer Friends,” by Chance the Rapper, “Ultralight Beam,” by Kanye West, and “Robbers,” by the 1975. “Forrest Gump” and “13 Going on 30” are two movies she could watch every day. So far, Rafia’s favorite memory of 2017 is going to her first drag show at Lips in North Park. 

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Urban Outfitters, Free People and LF. I rarely make it to LF, but they would make my dream closet. I really like thrift stores because you can find one-of-a-kind things that you can’t find anywhere else. I love shopping in my mom’s closet. She has great jeans and sweaters. I love vintage things, so it’s cool to find pieces in her closet that are actually from the ’80s.

What influences your style?

The weather, definitely. I always check the weather before I get dressed. I also like looking at old trends. I’m not really into following current trends. To be honest, my everyday style depends on what time I wake up in the morning. I’ll either feel like putting makeup on before class [and wake up earlier] or roll out of bed, put on a sweatshirt, and be on my way.

Who inspires you?

My dad. He’s the type of person who could be someone’s hero. He gives everything to his family and the people he loves. He’s taught me that you have to work for what you want. My dad’s grown so much as a person, and he’s shown me that it doesn’t matter where you come from – that doesn’t define where you’re going. He’s living life right, and that gives me hope. (Rafia would also like to give a special shoutout to her mom). Dogs also inspire me because they’re the most pure, innocent beings. All they do is love, and that reminds me to love everyone and keep an open mind and heart.

When you get dressed for the day, how do you like to make a statement?

I like to take something simple that a lot of people have and put my own spin on it. I’m my own person, and I like to convey that through whatever I’m wearing. I always have one article of clothing that I make my staple piece, and I’ll base my outfit around that.

Which accessory can we always find you wearing?

My nose piercing – I feel incomplete without it.

You live on two opposite coasts. What are the biggest differences in style that you’ve noticed?

It’s edgier on the East Coast. Weather is a big factor in how people dress, so you’ll always see cool jackets and a lot of layering. It’s more chill on the West Coast, and less is always more because of the sun. In general, I think people in California care more about what they wear and put more thought into their outfits. I like that I live in two different places because it’s made my style versatile. Having the option to switch up my style depending on where I am, where I’m going, and who I’m with, is fun.

Which trend would you like to see make a comeback?

Bell bottom jeans. I love vintage style. Fashion in the ’70s was so simple, but people always looked so good. You can wear the most simple things with bell bottoms because they’re a staple item – they’re always turning heads.

What is a hobby that people don’t really know you have?

Drawing. I really like art. It’s the only thing that I can do where I don’t really have to think. It’s the best way to take my mind off of something – it’s cathartic. My grandmother got me into drawing. She lives in Cape Cod, so lighthouses are the first thing I learned how to draw.

What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to Coachella in April and Boston Calling in May. I’ve never been to a music festival, so it’s cool getting to go to two in a few months – one in California and one in my hometown. I’m also excited to make memories with the people I love, and learn and grow as a person. I miss my dogs so much, so I’m excited to see them when I go home this summer.

Rafia also loves music. Check out her SoundCloud playlist here.

Featured Image by Lauren Wheatley.

San Diego Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ markets are a great way to support local businesses while experiencing different parts of your town. San Diego is full of farmers’ markets (in Ocean Beach, Hillcrest, La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Little Italy, to name a few), and I got the chance to go to two different markets this past week: the Ocean Beach Farmers Market and the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market. I’ve wanted to check these out since I first came to San Diego last semester, and Ocean Beach and Little Italy were places I hadn’t yet explored. So, these markets made for a fun outing. Here are my opinions on each:

Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market

4900 Newport Ave

San Diego, CA 92107

Wednesdays 4 to 8 p.m. (4 to 7 p.m. in winter)

The Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year! This farmers’ market wasn’t just about fruits and vegetables; there was a variety of fresh produce, flowers and plants, food, art and jewelry. People were singing and performing on the streets, and it was cool to hear local talent. The Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market also has scheduled live performances. You can check out the schedule on their website 

My favorite part about this farmers’ market was the jewelry vendors. I picked up awesome accessories, and I got to meet some nice local business owners. My favorite vendor was Victoria (@highfashionsinc), who sold the coolest handmade chokers. If you’re looking for some unique jewelry for Coachella like I am (or if you just want an awesome custom piece), you can message her on Instagram and see if she can create what you’re looking for!

This farmers’ market was smaller than I imagined, with its main vendors stretching along one long street a block away from the beach – but it had foods for every craving: nachos, desserts, pressed juices and smoothies, Indian, Mexican, Korean, African, pizza. There was a Mediterranean vendor where I ate the best, and biggest, gyro of my life. Flavors of East Africa, which is also at the SDSU Farmers’ Market every Thursday, pitched a tent at Ocean Beach. I get their veggie bowl with yellow rice and collared greens every Thursday after class, and it was nice to see the same workers at a different market.

Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market

519 W Cedar St

San Diego, CA 92101

Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

I personally preferred the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market over the Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market. This market was bigger and had a wider variety of foods, drinks and desserts. Because it was on a weekend morning, there were more people and families walking around, which made it very lively. I did see a few of the same food vendors from Ocean Beach, but this farmers’ market seemed to have a lot less restaurant-style vendors and a lot more specialized vendors. Specialized booths served a variety of things such as chocolates, beef jerky, creme brulee, hot sauces, guacamole, paninis and crepes. This market stretched over a few blocks, so there was more to see, eat and buy (which was a hazard for my wallet).

My favorite part about the farmers’ market in Little Italy was the food. I bought chips and guacamole salsa, creme brulee, lemonade with chile and handmade chocolates. There was so much that I didn’t get to eat – which is enough to convince me to go back next weekend! While there were plenty of art and jewelry vendors, I noticed that this market was more art-centric and didn’t sell as much jewelry as the Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market. However, it was interesting to see everyone’s unique artwork. My favorite art vendors were these two men who sold handcrafted cards – they had one for every occasion!

Featured Image by Alexis Jimenez. 

In the Closet of: Alexis Jimenez

Meet Alexis:

From Seattle, Washington, Alexis Jimenez is currently a freshman here at SDSU studying international business with an emphasis in both Western European studies and French. On campus, she’s involved with the International Business Society. Alexis likes to start her day by drinking green tea every morning, and she dislikes fruit (fruit smoothies are the exception). Frank Ocean, Khalid, and dvsn are her most played artists on Spotify. In the future, Alexis aspires to be an international fashion buyer or a retail product manager. 

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Topshop, Zara, Nordstrom, Nasty Gal, Revolve, and Reformation. All of those stores have a variety of styles, and I like to be creative with what I wear. Whether it’s comfy or formal, I always like to be up-to-trend. I like looking for little, random boutiques, too, because you always find the best things in the places you least expect. That’s why I love thrift shopping.

When you start your day, how do you decide what to wear?

My mood. But, I like to be productive throughout the day, so that always inspires me to look and feel my best. When I dress lazy, I feel lazy.

Out of your closet, what is one item you could never retire?

My ripped jeans from Zara. They’re called “cigarette jeans,” and I want everyone to go get a pair. You can wear them with anything! I dress them up with a cardigan and booties, or dress them down with a baggy t-shirt and sneakers. I like my clothes to be versatile.

If you could swap closets with someone for a day, who would it be?

My cousin, Vanessa. She has a mixture of high-end things and thrift store and vintage finds, and she knows how to piece everything together. She owns a little bit of everything – I love that.

This week is New York Fashion Week. What are you looking forward to the most?

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s outfits and the new collections designers are showing. I love seeing all the models, celebrities and bloggers, and what they’re going to wear to the shows. I think the hype surrounding fashion week is the funnest part because you’ll see everyone post pictures and videos of themselves getting reading and pulling up to the shows, and even sneak peeks of what the venues and outfits look like. 

If you could see any show during fashion week, who would you want to see?

Alexander Wang (@alexanderwangny) is my favorite. His collections always resemble street style – it’s casual. He does a lot of black, but everything always looks chic. His collections are simple, yet sophisticated. It’s the same with Zadig & Voltaire (@zadigetvoltaire). They have amazing shoes and bags, and they have a lot of fun details. They’re also a good mix of street style and high fashion.

New York Fashion Week is a big week for fashion bloggers and capturing street style. Who are your favorite fashion bloggers?

Rocky Barnes (@rocky_barnes) and Aimee Song (@songofstyle). They each have a different look to them, and they’re always wearing color and switching up their styles. I think they have the best street style – classy, casual and a whole lot of chic! I love how you can see their personalities through the way they dress, and they pick the most beautiful backdrops to shoot [photographs of] their OOTDs (Outfit Of The Day) with. Rocky and Aimee are both independent, confident women who work for themselves, which is why I really look up to them.

What is your favorite trend that you’ve seen during fashion week?

Embroidered leather jackets. They always add a pop of sass to any outfit, which definitely matches my level of sass. I love how they give any outfit that finishing touch, and they make a statement no matter what you wear and wherever you go. 

What is something you would like everyone to know?

I always have a huge smile on my face, which can scare some people, but I just like to stay positive and enthusiastic.  I’m very passionate about volunteer work and working with children with special needs. Whether it’s doing a random act of kindness or volunteer work, you have the opportunity to impact the world and the people around you. Always start your day on a good note. I do that by always trying to be the best version of myself.

Featured Image by Sabrina Kim.