Fashion Portfolio: How to Achieve California Style by Jesse Bluma


Fashion Portfolio:  How to Achieve California Style





In life we may not become famous, infamous, or blockbusters.  We do; however, have the power to become something more than those labels.  It is our savvy and confidence that allows us to rise above and experience living life with good taste.  Our travels, life experiences, and dreams are snapshots on the runway of our lives.  There is no better place than the now to make the best strides down that runway.   This is your epic, your life, so choose the label you wear wisely.

Knowing what to wear and how to wear it is a powerful skill.  Some readers are at an advanced level and have a personal style.  Some will go on to experiment with clothes, trends, and brands.  While others may be too intrepid to wear anything besides t-shirts and shorts.  Once you conquer the clothing world and develop a lifelong interest in dressing right, you will feel more inspired to shop and enjoy your home, social, and business life.

Not sure?  No need to be scared of labels, black-ties, white-ties, button-downs, or bespoke clothing.  Here is where expert knowledge and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as their go-to source.  Let an enjoyable experience with these fashion recipes be your start.  If you are more advanced and comfortable with fashion items, share your ideas, purchases, and suggestions.

What we wear is powerful and attitude matters.  Remind yourself again:  You deserve to live well and be well.  Creating a closet of items right for you, along with excellent fitness, health, and life habits, is all an expression of how you respect yourself.  Knowing what to wear and executing fashion looks can be a challenge.  The guidelines, inspirations, and ideas in this article will spark your interest and get you wearing more than the same three items over-and-over.  As the notable custom tailor Alan Flusser observed, “A necktie’s motif, or pattern, expresses the poetry, the sense of whimsy, the psychology of the individual wearer.” 
   
Models.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on what is the right fit, look, and use of clothes for you.  As I learned from fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, fashion is about what is trending in stores and style is more about your own personality.  Take a moment to reflect upon good fashion sense, your life, needs, and goals.  That will be the center of what gets you fashion fit.  Structure your closet and drawers with options for your various activities, career, the climate you live in, and seasons. 

The Wardrobe Essentials.  It is key to make clothing selections with a long-term frame of mind.  Quality construction and timeless pieces are sharp and financially smart choices.  Know your measurements and proportions.  Take a look in the mirror to see what cuts, colors, shapes, and lengths are best for you.  There is a learning curve for going from being dressed by mom to dressing yourself, for your current physique, current life, and adventures.  Calvin Klein, business mogul and designer, once explained to me at a fashion show that what people wear should be modern, clean, and make them look their best.  Personal responsibility is at the heart of dressing well.  Study magazines, people in the streets, in school, models, and actors in your age range.  Also, seek out knowledgeable salespeople in stores and vintage shops.




Fashion Portfolio:  How to Achieve California Style




California is strongly influenced by Spanish culture, modernism, and beach life.  Casual reigns in the state from the beach to the desert to the mountains and the valleys.  Pull away the layers of California dreaming to see more than casual living.  Lightweight hiking boots by day give way to celebrity-laden and corporate dinners at night.  

The state of sunshine, snow, vineyards, and political messes is mythologized in music, movies, media, travel sites, and by those seeking to escape their own troubled homelands.  The New West is a land of contradictions and that is embodied in California apparel.  The vast territory and diverse biomes within the 31st state of the union necessitates an overall lightweight wardrobe.  Yet, individualized for home, work, and play life.  Along the coast in Southern California there is rare opportunity to wear heavy winter outerwear.  San Diego temperatures range from 53-66° Fahrenheit in March and 67-77° Fahrenheit in August.  While in the capital, Sacramento, temperature averages range from 44-64° Fahrenheit in March and 58-91° Fahrenheit in August.  In California, climate is king of the closet.  


Create the Look for Yourself


Suits, Tuxedos, Ties, and Blazers









Coats and Jackets









T-Shirts and Shirts









Pants and Jeans







Shorts and Swim Trunks














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Have a Spicy Good Time at Haru Sushi



Gave a Spicy Good Time at Haru Sushi





From its smart menu, stylish design, and attentive service, Haru Sushi is a success.  The fusion cuisine at Haru is a contemporary sister of Benihana, with menu items including lobster tacos, filet mignon yakitori (skewered), sushi, and seasonal dishes.  Haru also offers brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, desert, and catering.  Start with a drink in the bar area and then make your way to one of the elegant tables.

There are numerous dining options in New York City.  Each of the boroughs, from Manhattan to Brooklyn, Queens to The Bronx, and Staten Island has a multitude of restaurants for good eats.   Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Dine at Haru and have a spicy good time. 

“Haru is a Japanese restaurant group with striking designs, inventive menus, bars, lounges, sushi bars and outdoor cafes at its 8 high profile locations.  HARU is a modern Japanese restaurant featuring specialty dishes, sushi, sake, and specialty cocktails.  Haru also offers corporate and social catering packages, delivery and takeout services.  What began as a neighborhood sushi establishment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side has grown into an eight restaurant group in New York and Boston.  Varying Haru locations feature vibrant bars and lounges, outdoor dining spaces and private event rooms.”  





My Recommendations

1.  The restaurant is located at 859 Ninth Avenue New York, New York 10019 at the corner of West 56th Street.  There are other locations throughout the city as well.  Haru Sushi is a walkable distance from Columbus Circle, stores, parks, and more.  The restaurant is also accessible by taxi, car service, and subway.

2.  The main dining room provides a view of the avenue and bar.  Peak times occur on weekends and special events.  Make reservations to ensure a table.

3.  Consider the following menu items.

TUNA POKE:  Diced tuna, scallion, avocado, ra-yu sesame (spicy sesame oil)

MISO SOUP:  Tofu, seaweed, scallion


SPICY TITANIC:  Salmon, avocado and caviar, wrapped around crunchy spicy tuna

KISS OF FIRE:  Salmon, albacore tuna, jalapeño and wasabi tobiko (flying fish roe), wrapped around crunchy spicy tuna and jalapeño

ULTIMAT SAKETINI:  Ultimat Vodka, junmai sake, plum wine, fresh cucumber





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For the Brunch Bunch: Vynl Restaurant



For the Brunch Bunch:  Vynl Restaurant





From its multifarious menu, music theme, and friendly service, Vynl is an icon in New York.  Vynl is a distinctive venue in the city that offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks for the locals and visitors.  Much of the cuisine is American, in addition to a healthy offering of Asian dishes.

New York has five boroughs, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.  There is multitude of restaurants, shops, sites, and activities within each neighborhood.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Let an enjoyable experience at Vynl become one of your new favorites.  

“Like the old LP's that inspire its name...VYNL keeps on spinning!  

An iconic fixture…VYNL serves up an eclectic and unique menu that appeals to multiple palates and personalities with funtastic musician-themed cocktails.  VYNL is very proud of its loyal fan base comprised of neighborhood regulars, theatre professionals and both national and international tourists alike!  

Our streaming music videos and concerts, vintage album cover menus, psychedelic mosaic tabletops and hundreds of colorful 45's creates a veritable pop-rock music shrine and festive atmosphere!

And our food is right on key.  From American Classics (fried chicken and waffles, turkey meatloaf or truffle mac n cheese) to Asian Comforts (pad Thai, sesame chicken or spicy tuna sliders) to our All Day Breakfast (breakfast burrito, scrambled egg sandwich or house made granola)...VYNL has something for everyone in your party.”




My Recommendations

1.  The restaurant is located at 754 9th Avenue New York, New York 10019.  Vynl is a walkable distance from Columbus Circle, stores, parks, and more.  The restaurant is also accessible by taxi, car service, and subway.

2.  The dining space cozy.  Peak times occur on weekends and mornings.  Plan accordingly.  

3.  Consider the following menu item.






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