Fashion Is Easy, Mystery Style Is Hard. Choose Mystery!

Gary : May 20, 2018 1:25 pm : blog

This privately owned privately used transportation vehicle – limo – comfortably seats twelve.

When the owner comes to LA his driver picks him up… In between his trips to LA it is parked at his home -idly waiting in his garage along with his driver waiting for him to come back to LA.

The photo taken by me this morning in the parking lot in front of my favorite Starbucks on Van Nuys Blvd in Sherman Oaks.

QUESTION: Does this private limo need a custom wrap or paint job to make it stand out? MY WEAK ANSWER: Why go only part way. Hey Ho Lets Go. Of course this limo needs a custom wrap or paint job … it shouldn’t be plain black.

Plain black is so plain. My weak advice is the owner should wander over to Sticker City, either in person or send color coordinator, and have the artist at Sticker City transform this limo to #gorgeous. COMMENT: There is more to SoCal lifestyle than pretty girls in bikinis playing volleyball on the beach.

STRONG COUNTER ARGUMENT: it should remain black because a black color creates mystery, makes people want to know who is inside it. Black focuses attention on the mystery of who is the owner and who is in the limo.

STRONG ADVISORY COMMENT Fashionistas and their beauty consultants and image consultants and PR agents make important difficult choices and complex decisions about presentation, fashion, style and image every day. It’s not easy to be glamorous sexy hip cool desirable or MYSTERIOUS or popular.

The color that would be right to make an exotic car stand out would not be tight or right for a limo. If a limo doesn’t create mystery cache for its occupant it’s not living up to its full potential utility.

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Daring Sandals On A Rainy Day

Gary : May 13, 2018 1:44 am : blog

It sometimes trains in Southern California, in Sherman Oaks, and everywhere else all over Los Angeles. Today it was raining in Sherman Oaks, Encino and Van Nuys as I drove from my home in Van Nuys to Starbucks in Sherman Oaks and while I was on my way to my office in Encino.

A few hours ago, While I was drinking a cup of coffee in Starbucks in Sherman Oaks, I saw a woman wearing those shoes in Sherman Oaks Starbucks. She was in Starbucks also. When I asked her permission to photograph her shoes SHE told me she didn’t know it was going to rain today and she was happy she had just got a pedicure. She gave me permission to take this photo and to post it on Instagram.

COMMENT: Nice pedicure. Fabulous stylish and glamorous shoes. BTW, I like talking to strangers. I talk to strangers wherever I am, all the time.

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Metaphysics & Moral Philosophy Are Important But It’s All About The Bag & Shoes

Gary : May 7, 2018 9:15 am : blog


The fairer sex has always been very interested in decorating themselves. Photographs of shoes taken by me in the Shoe Department of Nordstrom in the Westfield Topanga Shopping Mall yesterday (May 5, 2018).

ASIDE: Among medieval thinkers, Abelard’s life is one of the most colorful. Abelard thrived on #book-learning and chose the pursuit of logic and philosophy over the promised glories of a military career.

Abelard was the foremost logician of his day. The medieval university of Paris – known as the Sorbonne today – arose out of his fame as a teacher. His brilliance combined with personal arrogance combined to win him both throngs of students and life-long enemies.

Abelard was castrated for having an affair with one of his students (Heloise) and getting her #pregnant, by men hired by her uncle . Abelard considered this humiliation God’s just judgment on his lust, and both partners entered #religious orders. Abelard did not live a boring existence. Abelard defined SIN: SIN IS CONSENT TO WHAT IS UNFITTING, OR NOT DOING WHAT WE BELIEVE OUGHT TO BE DONE. The story of Heloise and Abelard is one of the world’s most celebrated and tragic love affairs.

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Butt Ugly Brand Award- Valentino Rock Studs

Gary : August 3, 2017 4:03 am : blog

Wow, a shoe line that makes ugly its calling card! Apparently, young t.v. and film actress AnnaSophia Robb has been told by certain depraved grownups that these kind of shoes are acceptable on Red Carpets! (Please, someone do an intervention on this poor young lady before she gets any more weird ideas.)

(SPECIAL NOTE: For your own well-being, if you think you’re in danger of meeting someone wearing these monstrous heels, CLICK HERE).

And shame on you Valentino Rock Studs, we imagine you kicking back in your fashion room laughing at all the impressionable young celebs you tricked into wearing these joke status heels. What next, convincing young innocent women that they should buy these in flats too?

(oh no, too late! )

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RED CARPET: Who is this classy celeb? (& a story about 13 trolls)

Gary : July 5, 2017 10:19 am : blog

Anna Kendrick At “Trolls” Premiere (hawt fashion, yall)

This “Trolls” red carpet look is months and months old but we here at DGTWS never get tired giving credit where it’s due.

It seems the lovely actress of Twilight and other hit films, Anna Kendrick, is making us stop to actually notice what women put on their feet for otherwise forgettable red carpet events.

Velvet black heels with hybrid straps and open toe combo? Wow. Too hawt.

Reminds us of the Icelandic Viking tradition where children put their shoes on their window sills during the 13 days of Christmas festivities. Supposedly, a group of 13 trolls called the Yule Boys show up each night to drop treats into the kids’ shoes (or rotten potatoes for misbehaving tykes).

We would predict that Anna’s shoes would cause the trolls to fight each other for the privilege of leaving her bouquets of roses in these classy heels. Merry Christmas Anna, you’ve given our weary eyes a real present!

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Exceptional People by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : June 29, 2017 3:30 am : blog

Exceptional People Two to Four Thousand Years Ago

Today, cranes can lift up to 20 tons.

In Roman times, Jews lifted stones in Jerusalem that weighed 600 tons, Romans lifted stones that weighed 800 tons.

Before Roman times, Egyptians lifted stones that weighed 1,000 tons.

Those people were marvelous engineers and builders.

We don’t know how they were able to lift objects that weighed so much.  

That knowledge has been lost.

Exceptional People Today 

Last night, June 27, 2012, I attended a “Cornell in Hollywood” program on “how to get ‘booked’ as an actor or writer in ‘Hollywood'” at the Writers Guild of America, 7000 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California.

One hundred forty people, including myself attended this event.

Fashion Is A Form of Immediate Communication

As I looked around a room where cheese and wine were being served, before the panel discussion began, I saw a woman taking advantage of this by wearing a pair of boots.

Compared to everyone else I saw she was an exceptional person.

What should wore made a visual impact on me.

Below is a photograph of the boots she was wearing.

I concluded that she was the most interesting woman in the room and although a panel of six successful writers, actors and actresses were there to provide their insight on what it takes to be a success in Hollywood, I anticipated that she would turn out to be one of the most exceptional if not the most exceptional person attending this event.

Getting Booked for A Role

All six panelist agreed: in Los Angeles/Hollywood, you get booked if you “look right for the part” at your audition.

The auditions are taped.

More often than not, neither the director nor the producer are present at the audition.  

They look at the tape of the audition later. 

In Los Angels, the person making the decision is not there to see you act.

The people making the decisions decide if you are who they want based on how you look.

In New York you go into your audition in jeans, its all about the work, doing something emotionally.  

Not so in Los Angeles.  

In Los Angeles you have to look good at your audition.


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2017: Cannes Discourages Flats On Women

Gary : June 26, 2017 8:42 am : blog

From Variety:

Danish producer Valeria Richter made headlines Wednesday for having trouble entering Cannes’ red carpet screening of “The Sea of Trees” wearing flat shoes, despite having part of her foot amputated. Though she was ultimately allowed to attend, the festival has attempted to clarify its policy. However, it still has not explained what kind of shoes will pass muster.

Emily Blunt spoke out Tuesday about what she characterized as a ban on flats, saying, “I think everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels anymore. I prefer to wear Converse sneakers.” She later walked the red carpet in sky-high stiletto sandals.

While a festival office reportedly told Screen Daily that heels were required, festival director Thierry Fremaux tweeted about the controversy Tuesday, saying heels are not part of the rules. He outlined the policy: “For the steps (red carpet), nothing has changed: Smoking (tuxedo), black tie. No mention of heels.”

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BET Award Red Carpet Shoe Alert

Gary : June 26, 2017 8:35 am : blog

Tamar Braxton

Wow. Can you believe she’s 40? We’ll admit that we had totally forgotten about all the non-Toni Braxton’s until we saw Tamar show up at the recent BET’s looking like a shining beacon of classy fashion.

This is a grown up 40ish woman who doesn’t need to desperately reach for the slut ring like certain other singers who are nearing 60 (you should see the look on my face as I think of a certain Material Girl still trying to sell her sexual availability to a cringing public after 30 years).

Well done, Tamar. You and your Louboutin’s and your delish black/hot pink combo is giving us hope for the future of music fashion.

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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert May 19

Gary : May 30, 2017 7:42 am : blog

Post Cannes Film Festival Alert:Emma Thompson

A SHORT STORY: Emma’s ugly shoe redux reminds me of an old, old Anglo Saxon tradition regarding Brides and shoes.

This tradition holds that if you encounter a bride on her way to her wedding ceremony, you greet her thus: “A happy foot!” The bride was encouraged to respond to this greeting by kissing the passing strangers- all this in order to ward off evil spirits.

HOWEVER, the only exception was anyone who was barefooted. The strangers were then cordially invited to join the bride on the road to the church(refusal was taken as a bad omen).

Dear Emma, your ugly shoes would be refused this old tradition back in Merry Old England for good reason. (HECK, YOUR SHOES PROBABLY ENDED THE TRADITION). And here you are on the repeat offender’s list. It seems you didn’t learn your lesson the last time we lashed your bad taste, did you?

What have we done to you, oh classy and talented lady (and so few talents nowadays) to deserve this treatment? Are you trying to shock us like those no-talent young strumpets who are famous, unlike you, merely because of sex tapes and twerking in front of teenaged kids on MTV?

You’re way above that, you know. At least we thought you were. If the late Jimmy Durante of big nose fame ever had a secret cross-dressing fetish, these are the shoes he’d wear. Ouch.



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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert May 12

Gary : May 16, 2017 12:21 am : blog

Lady Gaga (again)

By now you all might be saying that we could devote this entire section to Gaga all the time (or to Nicki Menaj).

With so much ugliness focused around Gaga’s feet, sometimes we cannot simply look away. Look at those horrid oatmeal puke-covered fairy heels!

This brings to mind a fact about the crime rate on the legendary Rock of Gibraltar, a two square mile piece of real estate at the very southern tip of Spain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Apparently, the colony of wild monkeys that lives on this rock (Barbary Apes like the cute fellow above) have learned to attack the many tourists who visit Gibraltar, snatching the unsuspecting visitors’ flip flops or sunglasses and climbing up trees.

The Gibraltar monkeys then brandish their stolen loot to the upset tourists gathered below the trees- but the locals know that the monkeys are really just wanting to barter- they are holding the human accessories for ransom in an attempt to get the tourist to offer the monkey thief some free food in exchange. If the human complies by holding out some food, the monkeys drop the stolen glasses and shoes down to the tourist and scampers off with the banana or Subway sandwich offering.

Occasionally, however, the monkeys are known to attempt eating stolen tourist shoes (especially the rubbery flips flops).  We highly recommend to those of you visiting Gibraltar to wear these Gaga shoes when you go. They will cause the thieving monkeys to vomit. Problem solved.

Good luck!

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Shoegasm – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : May 14, 2017 4:56 pm : blog


Women love shoes.

But, shoes aren’t the entire or only thing women think about.

Women think about “composition”, how one thing will go with another (i.e. how a pair of shoes will go with the dress they will be wearing to make her a beautiful piece/part a completely beautiful composition).

In order for a woman to have a shoegasm she must have a bag or clutch or purse, or another accessory that is perfectly matched to the pair of shoes she is wearing, and/or matched to the dress she is wearing.

Women are art directors.

A Woman’s Artistic Mind

In a woman’s artistic mind, shoes go with a handbag a dress, a blouse, etc.

Women want shoes to complement what else they are wearing, and they want what else they are wearing to complement their shoes.

Given the right combination of shoes and a dress to wear and a handbag or clutch to carry a woman will have a shoegasm.


What is “shoesgasmic”?

A “shoegasm” is the physical, mental and emotional state a woman experiences when she is wearing a pair of shoes which are perfectly matched to a purse, clutch or bag she is carrying and the dress or blouse or jacket she is wearing.

Beadwork Is Now the In-Thing in Fashion

Steve Madden and Gucci are now adorning their shoes with beads.

Gucci is also adorning its bag, purses and clutches with beads.


Below are photographs I took earlier this year (on January 19, 2017) of two Gucci purses and of two Gucci bags adorned with beadwork.

Steve Madden

Steve Madden is now making beaded sandals, beaded casual shoes and beaded high heel shoes.

It was my experience when I visited his store in the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica that I couldn’t find appropriate bags or other accessories to go with the beaded shoes on display.

Below are photographs of beaded shoes I took last week (on May 8, 2017) in the Steve Madden store located in the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California.



Design is the touchstone for elite elegance.

I felt bad when I couldn’t find an appropriate bag or clutch to go with Steve Madden’s beautiful beaded shoes (i.e, a Native American Indian inspired bag or clutch or purse) when I visited Steve Madden’s Third Street Promenade store in Santa Monica on May 6, 2017.


None of the compositions (ensembles of shoes with bags or clutches or purses)  I saw in Steve Madden’s Third Street Promenade Store or have seen in high fashion stores such as the Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman, and Gucci stores in a Westfield mall in Woodland Hills, come close to matching the exquisite ensembles I saw in the Sioux Beadwork store I visited in South Dakota two weeks ago, on May 1, 2017.

MY ADVICE TO FASHION DESIGNERS: Fashion Designers (Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Terry de Havilland, Olivia Morris, Char Har Lee, et al.) when and if you make shoes with beadwork please work in conjunction with other designers to make other things for women to wear inspired by Native American Indian beadwork; let the colors, scale and designs of Native American Beadwork inspire you to create fashion accessories that in conjunction with purses, handbags, head bands, etc. showcase you good taste.

In my opinion, fashion designers (outside of  members of Native American Indian tribes) have missed and continue to be missing the opportunity to design beaded items such as beaded vests, pouches, bags, medallions, leggings, cuffs, belts, earrings, dance suits, etc. etc. etc. to complement beaded shoes.


Shoes are one of the most evocative aspects of dress.  But not in a vacuum.

Shoes are powerful indicators of the wearer’s gender, class, status, wealth, individuality, identity and taste within a public setting. But not in a vacuum.

Shoes are seductive.  But not in a vacuum.

Shoes express social values, power, elite status, position in society, social function and passion.

Shoes are part and parcel of the image – identity, individuality, social status, and place in society – presented by a person.

See photograph below.


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Living A Life of Excellence – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : May 11, 2017 6:00 am : blog

Creative Jam

Above is a photograph I took of Sequoia Emmanuel last night (May 9, 2017) at a “Creative Jam” put on by Adobe last night at UCLA.

Living A Life of Excellence

Sequoia knows how to live a life of excellence.

Smart Phone Case

The object that looks like a camera at Sequoia’s waist  in the photo above is actually a smart phone cover.

Standing Out

Sequoia was a stand out at the “Creative Jam.”

Nobody at the Creative Jam looked as sharp as Sequoia.

Creator of Free Thinking Unbounded Spiritually Inspired Psychedelic Images

Sequoia is a professional photographer and art director.

She was one of three speakers at the Creative Jam.

She described herself as being influenced by living in a spiritual  psychedelic environment.

In my opinion, Sequoia’s is a spiritual psychedelic environment; Sequoia’s cultural background is life one step beyond gypsy.

The ART of Living

Sequoia treats the human form as a canvas in an environment she creates; Sequoia paints,  molds and adorns the human form in conjunction with painting and molding an environment in which Sequoia places the human form.

Unlimited Imagination Ignited By Real Life

The end result of the totality of what Sequoia creates is a blurring of the distinction between art, wearable art and the art of living.

There is no limit to what Sequoia can imagine or to the images Sequoia creates for herself and others.

There Are Exciting Women in the World


There are exciting women in the world, like the woman wearing the high over the knee metal boots (while riding a horse and spearing/killing a dragon) shown in the photo above.

You can tell Sequoia is one of the exciting women in the world by the smart phone case encasing her smart phone shown in the top photo.

Sequoia has presence.

  • Sequoia doesn’t have to wear red suede over the hip boots and a mini-skirt while showing a lot of thigh in order to get attention.
  • Sequoia has as much or more impact by choosing just the right “far-out-tasteful” smart-phone case for her smart phone.

Fashion Is Temporary, Style is Forever

Sequoia has style.

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

Everything Sequoia does stands out because Sequoia has style.

See what Sequoia looks like when Sequoia wears her over the knee red suede boots and black mini-skirt on Instagram.

Check our photos of Sequoia and Sequoia’s photos on Instagram @sequoiaemmanuelle

Sequoia exemplifies living a life of excellence

Life Is An Adventure

Go live it.

Break into the zone and flow.

Gary Smolker, Fashion Blogger
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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert May 5

Gary : May 10, 2017 3:50 am : blog

Rhianna: Wicked Witch Of The East’s hotter-looking Barbadian step-sister.

So what do good buddies Katy Perry and Rhianna have in common besides that fact that they’re both every teenaged girl’s favorite pop stars? Yes, ugly red shoes. This plague is spreading, good people, and yours truly and my merry band of taste makers are powerless to stop it.

The only thing that could make this whole Marc Jacobs atrocity of an ensemble outfit worse would be for RiRi to wear any socks with it. (Shhh! Don’t tell her I suggested that!)

These young femme popsters really bring the shock value nowadays, you know, with Ke$ha monkeying around with the black magic chic thing  (and not to mention the sordid accusations against her producer that the judges don’t seem to believe), but the ugly shoes fetish is more than we here can take. Strong stomachs only, if you please.

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Women Art Artists and Works of Art – by Gary Smolker

Gary Smolker : May 2, 2017 2:55 pm : blog



The woman wearing those red suede over the knee boots is Sequoia Emmanuelle.


Sequoia is an artist, an art director and a work of art.

Sequoia’s body is a canvas on which she wears her art, on which Sequoia places signs which send messages that make statements about who Sequoia is, what Sequoia thinks, and how Sequoia will conduct herself.


Look at Sequoia’s legs.

Sequoia’s legs are great legs on which to put those over the knee red suede boots.

Art Director

You can tell by what she is wearing that Sequoia is an art director able to tell many stories through art and that Sequoia has many stories to tell.

Sequoia’s red suede boots partially covering Sequoia’s legs in combination with the partial view of Sequoia’s bare legs is an artful blend which unmistakably makes the statement: I am a smart lively woman.


Making a statement is what style is all about.

Without a doubt, all women are artists and art directors.


All women tell us who they are by the wearable works of art (shoes, clothing, masks, makeup) that they put on their bodies and by everything they carry (hand bags, etc.) with their hands, put on their head, etc.

Each combination of shoes and clothing a woman wears, the bag or clutch she carries, the jewelry she wears and all her accessories is a work of art designed to send a message to everyone who looks at her.

Women constantly make nonverbal statements.


What a woman chooses to wear tells you her state of mind, her interests, and who she is.


Compare what Sequoia is wearing and the message Sequoia is sending (the statement Sequoia is making by the clothing and shoes Sequoia is wearing) with the statement the woman below is making by what she is wearing.

Compare the statement being made by the clothing (i.e., the mask, etc.) being worn by woman pictured above with the statement being made by the clothing being worn by the woman in the picture below.

By the way, I have a sweet tooth.

I love confections.

Below is a picture of me eating/drinking an Oreo cookie malt.


The clothing you wear creates an image, an immediate impression.

The clothing you wear sends a clear message.

For example, compare the photo above of me taken a month ago in Beverly Hills, with another photo to me, the photo below taken of me last week in South Dakota.


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Butt Ugly Shoe Alert Apr 28

Gary : April 29, 2017 4:28 pm : blog

Post-Coachella Edition: Katy Perry

OLD VAUDVILLE JOKE: Why do loose women wear green lipstick?

A: Because red means “stop”.

Checking out our cute lil Katy, red really means stop. Please Katy, your audience has only been good to you and this is how you repay us?

SERIOUSLY FOLKS, if I was a judge in criminal court, I’d sentence purse snatchers and thieves to 30-days probation wearing these shoes in public (and then, of course, I’d get thrown out of office for making criminal thugs suffer too much).

Okay, that’s enough, the sooner we leave these shoes behind the better.

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