Why Not Turn Every Day into a Game Show?

by Leandra Medine
February 4, 2014
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Here’s your annual pre-Fashion Week video as edited by a man whose last name is almost Sangria.

Sometimes I say things and then forget I said them and when I am prompted to remember that I did, in fact, say them, I am just like: what?

The reason I’m bringing this up is because in one of the above video’s penultimate moments, I am talking about style and furthermore its dexterity to let us to assume different identities which I realize I talk about too frequently at this point, but then I mention electively opting to turn every day into a game show and, what does that mean?

Maybe you know.

Do you?

See more stuff contingent on this stuff right over here.

[Fashion Creatives: Leandra Medine via Mercedes-Benz]

REPLIES
  • http://nothingtowearnovello.blogspot.ca/ JennyNov

    I adore you, always have, always will. I feel very strongly that you are deserving of a long, long, looooong career in fashion. You are truly a writer and not just a “blogger”. Thank you for that.

    • Leandra Medine

      I think I love you, JennyNov.

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Leandra! I loved the video I watched it several times. Actually, I did have a question regarding one of your statements. In the initial moments you were beginning to say that New York is one of the few cities that chooses its inhabitants. Someone across the way said something and the statement was cut off, but I would love to hear the rest!

    I know you’ve mentioned similar things before, but were you referring to the this-rent-is-too-damn-high-I-have-to-move-to-BK kinda way or the Joan-Didion-overwhelmed-gotta-go-back-to-Cali-can’t-handle-this kinda way? It’s a very interesting statement and I’d love to hear your thoughts! I’d like to think that it deals with the ability of the inhabitant to emotionally buy into the NY mode of operation, but nowadays (as this goes for many cities) I can’t help but think all of that might just be lost amidst the pure socioeconomical logistics of being able to live in an area.

    Who knows how many cities these days are practically throwing out inhabitants.

    • Leandra Medine

      Combination of both, actually. NY chooses its inhabitants because this is not a city that allows you to just get by. You have to hustle n hustle n fight n hustle until your insides are bleeding to see a pay off that essentially reveals itself in the form of paid rent in a place you probably didn’t picture yourself living in when you mapping out your adult life anyway and on an emotional scale, there is just so much battering you have to be willing not just to endure but to dole right back out

      • Quinn Halman

        I think this is one of the many reasons I’m so drawn to this city. I’ve been raised on the principle that you get what you want when you work your ass off for it whether it’s grades, clothing, or the dog you’ve dreamed of having since forever. Life doesn’t hand things to you so I feel that earning something is the most rewarding feeling; especially in a place that is full of people trying to “make it”

        • marie a

          Definitely, those who work hard deserve to be rewarded – but its also good to keep in mind that life DOES hand many of us things that we didn’t earn at all. (For example, someone being born in America to a family of a certain socioeconomic status). We should all still be aware of our privileges.

          • Quinn Halman

            Oh yah, of course! There’s a bold line between a right and a privilege and I guess what I’m saying is that life won’t generally hand you a Christopher Kane shirt, one has to earn the money or get over a 95 on their English assignment.

          • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

            Marie — I am really feeling this. Guess this is sort of where my question was headed. Especially since I am very lucky to be privileged in ways that so many other citizens in this country don’t have the fortune to appreciate. So many of us truly lucky.

      • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

        I hear ya loud and clear. Thanks for the response! I’ve spent a lot of time in NY over the years seeing that all of my father’s family either lives in the city, save for some that are dispersed in different areas of the state. While the most time I’ve spent in New York is three weeks at a time, I definitely see where you are coming from.

        I guess I am still just skeptical as to why legend has it that NY is given the credit for having the inhabitants who have to work hardest to live in an area. Maybe it just strictly comes down to the different attitudes people carry in different states, but I think as this sort of revolution/gentrification begins to really grind itself into the very fabrics of so many cities, this aforementioned struggle will become apparent in new ways for people outside of the borough of Manhattan (and specifically that of the 70s-era starving artist in Tompkins).

  • Shae

    Love that, thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.anorexicescapades.com/ BougieHippie

    I love the part about paying fashion forward. I do buy, trade or receive gifts unless I to the same from my own closet. We have to keep the circle of fashion life going.

    http://www.anorexicescapades.com

  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    Leandra, you sound like someone with a good singing voice. No? Yes? :-)

    Anyway, you flawless …

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/amatoriaclothing Amatoria Clothing

    I love your comment about over consumption. It’s a great message coming from someone who can affect the opinion of fellow fashion lovers and potential over-consumers (as I definitely once was). Have you read dis boooook???

    • Leandra Medine

      Yes!

      • https://www.etsy.com/shop/amatoriaclothing Amatoria Clothing

        Then I heart you more.

  • Quinn Halman

    I really admire how you are both greatly articulate and funny. It’s so refreshing to see such a prominent player in the fashion industry be so open about their thoughts and values. I’ve always dreamed of living in NY and I blame it on Fantasia 2000. Rhapsody in Blue is my jam not only because I’m a classy betch but because I associate with the visual Disney gave me, in which (get the lactose pills, this is cheesy) you have the decision to create your happy ending in the city of dreams.

    • coffeetoo

      I LOVE the disney Rhapsody in Blue!! it’s just beautiful! I love the subway scene – the whole thing, really, is just gorgeous! I’m so glad you brought this up – it made me smile to know someone else out there loves it too! :)

  • CarlotaLMorais

    You’re gifted! loved this video so much fun!

  • JudGuez

    You have become my style Inspiration , please stay like as funny and as crazy . Are you going to PFW ? You are the inspiration of all my class ( fifteen years old girls who dream of fashion )
    Kiss
    Jud , A french and young man repeller

  • Alexandra

    I loved everything about this video and it inspired me to clean out my closet. Thank you so much!

  • http://Womantoanother.com Nikell

    I really enjoyed this!! I love what you said about fashion allowing you to assume different identities. Finally, the shoes…oh the shoes!! (^_^)

  • b

    LOVE IT #whitegirlsweek
    monsooninparadise.squarespace.com

  • Katie Corbridge

    My boyfriends says he’s not repelled by your style Leandra, in fact he finds your gold chocker distinctly cool.

  • V

    first things first, have to say that i honestly hate fashion
    blogs in general. maybe it’s because im studying fashion design so i see and
    feel other sides of fashion than just being consumerist.

    but, on the other side, there’s you. man you are inspiring, fresh,
    and creative (that’s rare in the world of fashion blogers to be honest, usually
    girls just put on some trendy stuff on their cute bodies, and it’s like blogs
    are all about „look me, i’m being pretty and fabolous“ *puke*).

    when the day’s over and literally am sick of so much drawing,
    and really don’t know what to wear tomorrow morning (rather go naked then to
    think of styling myself) i pop up here and bum, i remember why i loved fashion
    in the first place. i get my inspo-motivation INSTANT.

    girl, you are one of a kind.

    p.s. i’ve never understood that story about kim and kanye. i
    mean, they are peasants, like god-damn-rich peasant tho. sorry kimnye haha

    p.p.s. you have the most perfect chokers ever, DAMN

    p.p.p.s. i’ve never imagined that i’ll ever ever write
    anybody as a fan. it feels totally weird

    heart

    • Surrealist

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • Samantha Donohue

    Leandra, you inspire me every day. I’ve always loved fashion, but when I found you and your blog and book, it really helped me realize exactly how much fashion means to me. I hope to one day follow in your footsteps and become as involved in the fashion industry as you have. Much love, Samantha. xx

  • Bella

    You are legit amazing and I wish I lived in NY, so I could be cool enough to meet you Leandra. You inspire me. Representing fashion WRITERS and NOT just bloggers. Your writing is my muse.

    http://bellasfashionstatements.blogspot.ca

  • Élora

    I think people like to think that those who work in the fashion industry are mean because that’s like the only reason one could ever have NOT to want to work in fashion. Basically what I’m saying is, we all wish we worked in fashion but since we can’t, we pretend there’s something bad about it. I’m always trying to convince myself that I don’t wanna work in fashion and that this industry is not for me but really, who am I kidding?

    Also, you are lovely Leandra. That was the first time I heard you talk and to be honest, you just got even more beautiful (if that’s even possible). You are smart and funny. Please post more videos. Please. Please.

  • http://www.mylifeinthecurvylane.com The Curvy Girl

    I have followed your blog for a while now and you are one of the most unique, quirky and genuine people out there. Thanks for keeping things real…and funny!

  • Genesis Falcon Brito

    What an amazing video. I love the idea that with fashion you can whoever you want to be and have different identities everyday, without compromising who you are, and doing throughout your own personal style. That is what I admire most of your blog and voice.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    Loved everything about this!

  • http://insertwth.com/ Denisse

    Love the video! I really respect your outlook on fashion. Sometimes fashion bloggers seem to have the exact same aesthetic, and yours is fresh way of looking at it. Maybe some people take fashion way too seriously these days!

  • hannah

    I loved this video! Totally agree 100% with what you said about using fashion to assume different identities. Being a 20 year old, I am often stuck between ‘take me seriously! I’m sophisticated and mature!!!!!’ and ‘yes I’m going to wear sneakers and a sweater for 5 days straight, I’m basically a teenager, what else are you expecting from me?’ Also, I looooooved your first outfit, where is the choker and the sweater (I think it’s a sweater) from? (It’s divine. I need it. ASAP. As ASAP as possible. If that’s possible.)

  • sarahe

    This is one of my favorite videos yet. It’s always great to get to know you a little bit more. I must ask though, that big black v neck, i think that I could live in that for the next couple months, might you divulge who makes it?
    Thanks!

    • Leandra Medine

      Max MAra!

  • Michelle

    I love that black sweater!! Where is it from?

  • misssophisticate

    I love how witty and real you are. I think your sincerity and honesty are what set you apart from so many bloggers (aside from your superb fashion sense

  • Abby N

    Loved the video! I totally wasn’t expecting your voice though. (That sounds weird) I always assume people have really deep voices, so every time I read your blog posts I read them as you in a deeper voice and a slight French accent. Congrats on looking French, by the way (it really works, as evidenced by my imagined voiceover). Coming from San Francisco, I think our city “chooses” its inhabitants as well, and the neighborhoods are the ones that do the picking and choosing. Unfortunately I think most big cities are getting gentrified because of skyrocketing rents (at least this is happening here). Thanks for keeping up such a great blog!

  • Greer Clarke

    I love this video I feel like I actually got to know you

  • Romina C

    I love the fact that you also add humor in your videos or any post! Romi
    http://www.blaastyle.com

  • Chloe H

    Dear Leandra,
    I love that you are breaking the impression of the fashionistas in the industry by being authentic and a little quirky (BIG LOVE ON THAT!). That being said, I love to see you more in videos! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and always let us have something interesting to ponder on

    Love,
    Chloe

  • Alba B.

    Hello Leandra,
    it’s really awkward to have so many shoes for having only two foot, but I think you deserve them all, if they have to stand all the brain you get!!!
    Nice video…can I be your pochette holder for the next fashion week in Milan?!!
    abdsign.blogspot.com

  • fattyhamster

    And just so that you know, our divine doyenne MR Leandra, you are required reading for a fourth year level university course. Yeah, how’s that for credibility and substance?
    Oh, and I’ve always felt that going to NYC for a visit was akin to getting a blood transfusion.

  • LH

    What is that killer scarf you’re wearing?!

  • Natalie

    Hey Leandra aka best blogger/author and fashionista! I wanted to know if you could tell me who makes the necklace you are wearing in the video the yellow gold one?
    Thanks I love it!

    • Nat

      Please get back to us

  • Natalie

    Btw I meant the necklace with the 2 pendants i think hanging from it not the choker or the long one

    • Nik

      Yes what is the necklace you are wearing? Please get back!

    • Leandra Medine

      hey! the necklaces are from my brother’s line, it’s called Khai Khai

  • bloomaglow

    I never get tired of watching you. I think I’m obsess and how smart are we?… I love the way you speak. So fetch! Love you take/philosophy on giving way items when you get new ones-except on the shoes of course, I agree with you on that too- Ok thats enough..love you though

  • Michelle

    Who makes the necklaces you are wearing in this video

  • KH

    The ‘I’m not as good about my shoes’ face is the best.

    X

  • Leslie Hitchcock

    this was wonderful, insightful commentary on the industry, and honest. more videos from you please!

  • Ali Kat

    JW why we aren’t friends yet. Just finished your book a few days ago. Your wit and ingenuity kept me thoroughly entertained on the beaches of Mexico. Kudos to you and all you have accomplished at such a young age!

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