{outfit post} emerald pants & a very important lesson

Monday, January 7, 2013

When I took these photos on January 1st 2013, I had no idea this post would be written from an entirely new frame of reference. I thought I would write this post about how much I am loving my new emerald green pants and this fun new cross-body bag I got for Christmas. But it's that bag that changed my world three days later.

I know this is a fashion blog, where I talk about what some may consider superficial things. I don't much care about people who think that, but I do want to take a more serious tone today. Last week my girlfriend and I were mugged in my very affluent Los Angeles neighborhood. I had just picked her up from the airport and she was hungry after a long flight from New York. We went to my neighborhood Chipotle, which is 4 blocks from the La Brea Tar Pits. It's a very well lit neighborhood and there is always a lot of foot traffic. I have lived in this neighborhood for over 2 years and I frequent all the local businesses. It was a normal Thursday night, around 9:30 pm. I parked less than 100 yards away from the entrance to Chipotle.

As my girlfriend and I were walking back towards my car, I saw in the distance two men crossing the street in our general direction. I thought nothing of it because they looked like normal guys. In an instance one of them was in my face and telling me to give him my purse. The exact purse I am wearing below. You see I didn't have it across my body, I had the long strap placed on my left shoulder. A very easy target to snatch. What this individual didn't expect was me to yell profanities in his face and scream at the top of my lungs.

He grabbed my purse before I even realized it and ran. I watched my phone fly out of my purse and thanked God as I picked it up. Then, I turned to see the second perpetrator struggling with my friend on the ground trying to take her purse. I then ran towards him screaming (lots of profanities at the top of my lungs) and screaming for help. An amazing, ballsy woman was driving by and heard my blood curdling screams. The two men attempted to get in her car, because they thought she was their get-a-way ride. She began yelling at the men as well. The two men, then ran about 20 feet to another vehicle, which was their get-a-way car. This crazy stranger, who I love, but don't recommend her behavior, tried to pin in their car so they couldn't leave. It was a maneuver which allowed my girlfriend to get their plate number. The get-a-way car then rammed the other ladies car and sped off. She then followed them until she lost them. She came back to the scene and we called the police. Her husband was furious with her and the cops advised her that she should never do that. They're probably right, but I was thankful that someone else at least attempted to help us.

The cops also advised us that we should have just given over our purses because property is always replaceable. But you know what, my actions were not controllable. I have been in a couple threatening situations in the past and I immediately get furious and begin yelling, it's just a reflex. My fear always turns to anger. I think it stems from the anger I feel at others who think they are capable of taking away other people's rights, and it pisses me off!

Long story short, since we did get the plates, they found the driver of the car within 2 hours! SO ALWAYS GET THE PLATE NUMBER! And.... they got my purse back with 95% of it's contents. By 2 am that night I had everything back in my possession except $10 and a thirfted wallet I paid $10 for. I joked with the cops that they didn't know they were robbing the thrift store queen. They didn't get anything from my friend either. I don't know if we did the right thing, but I am not the type of person to give up without a fight. I have rights and I don't think I should willingly give them up. Had the guys had a weapon, it would have been a different story, but I took my chances.

I share this story with you because I want you to be cautious and educated! We live in an ugly world and we are often distracted by technology while walking around. I prided myself on being very self aware and I was caught off guard. I was also an easy target because of how I was wearing my purse. Let it be a lesson ladies, please be careful. My story ended with only a little psychological damage, I am lucky. A friend re-posted this on Facebook and I hope you will read this article as well. It's about how to protect yourself against assailants: "Through a rapist eyes."

I am sorry to take such a somber tone, but I had to share my story. I hope it will keep other women a little bit safer! I still love this outfit below, but my purse now has a story all it's own. 

Total Outfit Cost: $55.85
Estimated Retail: $245.00

brand: L.E.I.
purchase price: $15.88
purchased from: Walmart
estimated retail: $25.00
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brand: Passport
Purchase Price:Gifted from my Mama!
estimated retail: unknown

brand: Liz Claiborne
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: Ross (years ago)
estimated retail: unknown
*P.S. these went on a cruise with my purse as well*

{arm party}
brand: various/thrifted
purchase price: $15.00
purchased from: thrifted
estimated retail: $40.00

brand: YOKI
purchase price: $16.98
purchased from: Factory 2 U
estimated retail: $25.00

brand: Bamboo
purchase price: c/o South Bay Galleria
purchased from: Windsor
estimated retail: $40.00

These are my DIY tassel earrings I posted about last month. See the full tutorial here
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la petite lulu said...

Oh my, I don't know what to say but so glad you & your friend are ok! It's a sad world we live in at times, I can only imagine how frightening that must have been. Thank you for sharing your story... Your purse certainly does have a story of its own now!

Unknown said...

So thankful you and your friend didn't get hurt! Thanks of sharing

Unknown said...

Thank You! It was a very interesting experience to say the least :/

Unknown said...

Thank you! I know it could have been worse, so I am just really grateful!

Cody Doll said...

Oh my goodness. I am glad you did yell though. It was your action that probably confused them enough to get into the wrong car. Whole freakin crap though. It's hard to believe something like that happened. Stupid Stupid people messin with the wrong women. Glad to see that both you and your friend are okay!


Gentri said...

Oh. My. Gosh! I am so sorry that you had to go through that! But I am so grateful that almost everything was returned to you safely! So sad that we have to worry about things like that. That bag is amazing! I love it!!

Unknown said...

Holy shit! I'm so glad you're okay. I think I would've handled it the same way. And I'm so happy you got your bag back because it's amazing!

xo Ashley

Unknown said...

This is a story that every woman should read and get some information from! Even if it is as simple as "get the plate number" all stories like these show the cold reality of situations like these. Thank you for sharing, and I am glad you are all restored!

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Jeans and a Teacup said...

Oh my gosh...that is crazy! So glad you guys are ok. I bet those guys feel pretty stupid. They probably thought you would be an easy target! But you showed 'em! I don't know what I would do in that situation.
Jeans and a Teacup

KT said...

I still can't believe that happened to you and your friend. What a shitty first night in California for her!

On a totally superficial level, I love those Emerald pants!

Chelsea Oliver said...

Wow! Glad you and your friend are okay - thanks for sharing your story. I'm obsessed with cross-body bags for this reason, they seem much safer in the city. On a much lighter note, loooove the emerald pants!


Kristen said...

super cute outfit and very enlightening story!! Thank goodness you guys are ok!!

Elegance and Mommyhood said...

I love those emerald Pants. So cute, great color. But I am in love with the animal-print blouse with that amazing embellished collar. I am glad you are all OK. Here is to better days in 2013!!

By the way, I have followed your blog for a while though I haven't commented. My name is Ada. Nice to blog-meet you. =) I love your feminine, sassy, sexy style. As a matter of fact here is a little suprise for you. Hope you like it.


Love for you to stop by my blog. Thank You, Ada. =)

Ashley said...

Oh my goodness!!!! I am so glad you're ok. This is so scary.

On a lighter note...this outfit is fantastic!

Je Ne Sais Quoi said...

I'm sorry about what happened to you and your friend. Glad u 2 are okay.

I love your outfit. I went ahead and followed you. :) Look forward to your posts.


Lauren said...

just found you through the blog hop.
new follower and love the outfit posts!


Preethi said...

I'm so glad you're all right! But at least those emerald pants are amazing. :) Am a new follower!

lace, etc.

Style Journey said...

Wow! What a scary experience! My natural instint is to get really mad when I am scared too, so I am not sure what I would have done in that situation. Glad to hear you and your friend are ok and you were able to get your purse back. On a happy note, your emeral pants are fabulous! I just bought a pair after Christmas and have been planning outfits around them. Heather

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

Wow - what a crazy/awful story! I am SO glad you and your friend are OK and I am so glad that woman helped you guys. I have always wondered what I would do in a situation like that (I hope I never have to find out) - I'm guessing you kind of have no idea what is happening or how you are reacting!

By the way, I love the emerald pants. I have a similar pair and I am obsessed!

Style To Envy said...

stopping by from rolled up pretty today - leopard and green is perfect and like the collar


Anonymous said...

Blog hopping - gurl your outfit is nice but your story...OMG! Thank God it ended the way it did but next time, if there's a next time - GIVE IT UP!!!

Lindsay said...

Wow that's scary!! But I love your outfit especially that gorgeous top!

Melaina25 said...

I'm glad you are both okay! I know exactly the neighbourhood you are talking about and you wouldn't expect that at all!
✰Transatlantic Blonde✰

Jamee @ A New Kind of Normal said...

OMG how scary! So glad you all are ok!

Love your outfit! Those pants are amazing and I love the accessories! Found you via The Pleated Poppy WIWW link up!

Anonymous said...

How terrifying! I clicked to comment on your cute pants but wow, what a day. I'm glad you yelled and screamed. It's great that a complete stranger helped too. Whether it's good to jump in or not, it's good to know there are people willing to help. And yay for getting the plates and getting the guys caught. Stay strong!

eliz said...

Oh my goodness what a story. Sooooo glad everything turned out okay for you and your friend. There have been many muggings in the city...I carry my wallet in my jacket actually. You are really lucky that they didn't have weapons.

Object of Maya*ffection said...

You look FAB!! Sorry you had that AWFUL experience, glad you are safe! Thanks for looking out for all of us - we need to have each others backs! Props to the brave driver-by

Alisa Marie said...

OMG - being mugged sounds like a terrifying experience! Luckily you and your friend weren't hurt and you got almost everything back! I'm loving your green pants and your purse! I'm hosting a Bargain outfit link-up and you should drop by and link this outfit up!


Unknown said...

Love the green jeans and the wedges!
Thanks for stopping by the friends to followers blog hop! Would love for you to follow along :)


Anonymous said...

Oh no! Sorry about your story! Your outfit is super cute though! :)