Beyond Congress & The Statehouse, Negrete-McLeod Vying For Chino Council

Gloria Negrete McLeod, who over the last two decades zoomed to the highest political levels in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. that can be held by a local elected official, is now engaged in extending her political career at the municipal level. As a Chino resident for more than four decades, she is running for city council there.
Beginning her political career as a Chaffey College board member in 1995, she was elected to the California Assembly in the 61st District in 2000, and remained in that position until 2006. In the Assembly, she was chairwoman of the Public Employment and Retirement and the Business and Professions committees. She was on the Higher Education and Health committees her entire Assembly term.
In 2006, Negrete-McLeod moved into the California State Senate in the 32nd District, where she served for six years. As a state senator, she chaired the Local Government Public Employee Retirement System Committee with jurisdiction over and responsibility for early examination of legislation affecting state and local public employees’ retirement, as well as the Business and Professions Committee. She also served as co-chair of the Higher Education Master Plan and Joint Legislative Budget Conference Committee, and was a member on the Health, Higher Education, Legislative Ethics, and Veterans Affairs committees.
In 2012, she successfully vied for Congress, defeating fellow Democrat Joe Baca. During her single term in the House of Representatives, she served on the Agriculture and Veterans committees. “Although it was a great honor and privilege to serve in Congress, the environment was not favorable to getting things done and I chose not to return to Congress,” she said.

Gloria Negrete-McLeod

Gloria Negrete-McLeod

In 2015 Negrete-McLeod was reelected to the Chaffey Community College Board where she currently serves as board vice president. “In 2017, of more than 1,400 hundred community colleges nationwide, Chaffey College was selected as one of nation’s top 10 colleges,” she said. “Chaffey’s goal is to ensure that more students succeed each year, Moreover, in order to help the environment and be self-sufficient, Chaffey College installed solar panels on all three campuses – Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, and Chino.”
Since leaving Congress, Negrete-McLeod reimmersed herself in local issues at the municipal level. She is a board member of “Protect Chino,” which promotes stable, sustainable, and compatible growth and adherence to Chino’s general plan. Protect Chino wants the city to fastidiously apply the provisions of Measure M, a growth control initiative passed by Chino voters in 1988 which attenuates the authority of the city council and by which land in Chino cannot be rezoned to allow more homes than is specified in the city’s general plan or zoning maps without a vote of the city’s residents. Measure M requires that the proponent of a project looking to override the general plan or zoning code pay for the referendum on the land use standard change unless the proponent is able to gather the signatures of ten percent of the city’s registered voters first. Negrete-McLeod was active in the “No on H” movement, which last year effectively prevented D.R. Horton from constructing 180 dwelling units on 30 acres of rural land south of Francis Avenue between Vernon and Benson avenues.
“High density development of semi-rural property in non-compatible areas circumvents Chino’s general plan,” she said.
Negrete-McLeod said that if she is elected she will seek to ensure a “safe community, efficiency in city services, protecting taxpayer dollars, and local government accountability and transparency.”
A 48-year resident of San Bernardino County, and 43-year resident of Chino, Negrete McLeod and her husband Gilbert L. McLeod, a retired police lieutenant, have 10 children, 27 grandchildren, and 37 great grandchildren.
In assessing her accomplishments in office, Negrete McLeod considers her most important achievement to have been her “active involvement in the cleanup of the area’s groundwater contamination. My legislative priority was to improve the quality of California’s current water supply, ensuring there was a reliable plan in place that would adequately provide for the state’s growing water needs.”
During her State Senate and Assembly terms, Negrete McLeod said she “wanted to ensure affordability and access to higher education, enhance the quality of health care, improve the current transportation system to promote efficient goods movement while reducing traffic congestion in the Inland Empire, and promote the growth of quality job opportunities for district residents. I had 168 legislative enacted bills signed by three governors during my Assembly and Senate service.”
In this year’s election, the second held under Chino’s now adopted district voting system, she is running in District 2, where no incumbent is vying. Also seeking election in Chino District 2 are Dorothy Pineda, Sylvia Orozco and Mark Hargrove.
-M.G.

Montclair Council Needs New Blood & New Ideas, Elias Says

Sousan Elias said “I am running for mayor because I feel we need some new ideas in the city. Most of the people running the city have been doing so for more than 20 years in some capacity. I believe mixing their experience with some new ideas will be beneficial for the city and its residents.
Her experience and time in the city make her qualified to hold the position of mayor, Elias said. “I am a resident of Montclair as well as a business owner/entrepreneur in the city. I was a paralegal for over 20 years, and a notary public/certified loan document signing agent for over 10 years. My legal background and my real estate knowledge, combined with my business experience, as well as my experience dealing with the Montclair City Council and Planning Commission to get my business approved in the city, has given me valuable experience with the way the city functions. In addition, this helped me to see ways that things can be adjusted in the city to help business owners and residents. I am also on the board of the Montclair Chamber of Commerce, just installed for my third year.”
She is distinguished from her opponents, Elias said, in that “I feel that my background and my newness to the position combine to make me a better candidate. My experience as a business owner/entrepreneur gives me a better perspective regarding helping businesses thrive more in Montclair. Since I live and work in the city, I daily see the effects of decisions made by the city council and the planning commission, and believe that gives me a different view.”

Sousan Elias

Sousan Elias

The major issues facing the city, Elias said, are “traffic, employment, entertainment, affordable housing, reasons to stay in Montclair and supporting the economy of the city. More should be done to help people become aware of Montclair. As I have learned since moving here, a lot of people aren’t aware of the city.”
As to how the city’s leaders and residents should come to terms with these challenges, Elias said, “Some of this is being addressed with Montclair Place being modernized, but I feel the residents still have to leave the city to do too many things. Some of the issues are being addressed by the Gold Line coming in, which will help connect Montclair to destinations west of the city. This and the development of North Montclair to be commuter friendly will hopefully make more people aware of Montclair and possibly want to stay in Montclair. With the addition of the Canyon Club in the mall, where will the entertainers be staying? There is no motel/hotel in Montclair.”
The city can defray the cost of dealing with its major issues and challenges by simply reorienting its stance with regard to the availability of cannabis, she said.
“One good way to deal with financial challenges would be to allow marijuana dispensaries in the city,” she said. “At any time, the city is usually in the process of shutting down at least three active dispensaries, and there are usually at least three more illegal dispensaries that haven’t been discovered yet. It is costing the city a lot of money to remove these businesses, as well as manpower from code enforcement and law enforcement, and if they allowed them, they would then be able to benefit from the tax-based revenue from these businesses to accomplish more things to improve the lives of all residents.”
Her previous experience relating to government consists, she said, of being a “paralegal for over 20 years and dealing with the city to get approval to open my business in Montclair.”
Elias has lived in Montclair for seven years. She earned a bachelor of arts in liberal studies from California State University, Northridge. She subsequently obtained a certificate in corporate/litigation paralegal studies from UCLA Extension. She is self-employed. “I currently run three businesses with my business partner,” she said. “The first is Dragon’s Tale Brewery in Montclair; the second is Bourbon Squares, handcrafted chocolates; and the third is Casual Closers, a mobile notary service.
Currently single, Elias has a stepson, a granddaughter and a grandson on the way.
Elias said, “It is time for some new ideas in Montclair. I feel that my business, legal and board of directors experience will help give the city a new vision.”
-M.G.

Doctor & Lawyer Pautz Wants Libertarian Principles Applied On Apple Valley Council

Apple Valley Town Council hopeful Dr. Matthew Pautz is seeking to break into politics in the spirit of the citizen ruler who makes a contribution to the community and then returns to being one of the ruled. “My main purpose for running for Apple Valley Town Council is to fulfill my patriotic duty, as exemplified by many of our founding fathers, George Mason being my model. I envision myself as the modern-day patriot – the farmer who lays down his plow, goes to the government seat, serves his community and then, more importantly, returns to his God-given occupation or trade in service of their community/nation. This country and community have given me so much in that I have been able to fulfill my dream of practicing medicine as an orthopedic surgeon, coming from humble beginnings. I feel it is my obligation to restore the ability to climb the social/economic ladder that has been pulled out from beneath younger generations by burdening them with tax debt, the benefits of which they have not and will not see.”

Dr. Matthew Pautz

Dr. Matthew Pautz

Pautz said, “My qualifications for the position of town councilmen, I think, would raise the least questions. In addition to my education, which includes a bachelor’s of science and biochemistry from UC Riverside, a master’s of science in health professions education and a doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Western University in Pomona, residency and training with board certification in orthopedic surgery, I have 18 years’ experience running a small business in Apple Valley. In addition, seeing the problems in caring for my patients through the bureaucratic nightmare that is modern medicine, I attended and subsequently graduated law school from Northwestern California University School of Law and passed the California bar examination last year. My leadership roles include being the medical director of numerous medical organizations and currently the chief of surgery at the Bear Valley Community Hospital District, also serving on the medical executive committee.”
Politically, Pautz falls outside the standard Democratic/Republican paradigm, and proudly celebrates his Libertarian affiliation. He is a member of the San Bernardino County Libertarian Party’s executive committee and is on the Judiciary Committee of the California State Libertarian Party. He said those positions have “given me the ability to listen to all sides of an issue and come to a rational, market-based solution. I will bring all of this education, training and experience to benefit the residence of Apple Valley.” His Libertarian orientation and commitment to the party, Pautz said, “distinguishes me from the other candidates running for this position. Additionally, many of the other candidates are quick to find government the solution to any problem they face while I would look for market-based solutions with a limited role by the government.”
Pautz said individuals and government need to show maturity and exercise discipline in their personal and collective comportment. “The major issues facing our town are not dissimilar from the issues facing all levels of government and, indeed, the middle-class as a whole. We spend too much, rely on others too much, take little personal responsibility and blame others for our problems,” Pautz said. “I will address those issues by a reining in our spending, limiting the role the town plays in individuals’ and businesses’ lives, boosting revenue by encouraging business formation and retention, lowering the regulatory burdens that limit the growth of our economy and looking to new sources of revenue that the future holds.”
He is not in favor of forcing taxpayers to throw money at problems in a quixotic attempt to redress social problems that were in the main created by governmental micromanaging or failed past policies, Pautz said, finding fault with “the current thinking by most people that the town/government must pay for the solutions proposed. If the town is run fiscally conservatively and additional streams of revenue are produced, as long as we don’t continue to overspend, the proposals pay for themselves and provide additional revenue for true disasters and smart growth.” The best government is that which governs the least and gets out of the way of the society’s most productive members. Pautz said.
Pautz said he is ideally suited to put the libertarian model into practice in a place such as Apple Valley. “Although this is the first time I’ll be running for elected office in government, my previous experiences that relate to running and managing businesses, corporations and diverse groups will allow me to serve the best interests of the town’s residents,” he said. “Having a law degree also allows me to see sides of issues that non-lawyers cannot fathom because of the complexity of our legal and bureaucratic system.”
He has a variegated perspective on local government, Pautz said. “I grew up in Redlands, where I met my wife at Redlands High School, where we graduated together in 1985. We stayed in Southern California as long as possible through college and medical school but ultimately had to travel to the East Coast for my orthopedic surgery residency training. My wife and I and our four children moved to Apple Valley in the year 2000, when I started my orthopedic practice. We did this not because of the inviting business environment of California or the relatively poor payer mix in Apple Valley, but because of our commitment and dedication to keeping the family together as most all of our immediate relatives live within an hour’s drive. The separation of families has contributed to our local and national decline and my commitment to family values and supporting the family will be at the core of my candidacy. My wife and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary next year and we just welcomed our first grandchild from our older daughter in June.”
Voters who are interested and wish to know more about Pautz and his position statements can do so readily. “I have created a website as a repository for all this information and to give those who wish to do so the ability to contact me with additional questions at WWW.DrPautz4AppleValley.com,” Pautz said. “I have also created a Facebook page and Twitter account that can be accessed from the website. I welcome input, especially from those who live and work in Apple Valley, since I will be serving them directly. I have additional hopes that Apple Valley’s success, under my leadership, can serve as a model for other towns and cities in California which, hopefully, will spread to Sacramento so all of California can prosper and enjoy restored liberties.”
-M.G.

Seghers Calls For Entrepreneurial & Caring Ethos On The Redlands Council

Brian Seghers, who is vying in the election being held to determine who will complete the last two years of the council term to which the late Pat Gilbreath was elected in November 2016, said, “I am running for city council because I do not want our kids having the same conversations about change that we are having now in another twenty years.”
Seghers said he is qualified to serve as a city councilman “because I love this city and the history. I want to take what is here and make it the best it can be.”
In sizing up how he can be distinguished from his competition, Seghers said, “I own multiple small businesses. I work with a lot of the nonprofits in town. I work with both the north and south side. I work with the police and fire departments and at risk youth. I have come from nothing, made it through a lot and now I am where I am. More people can relate to me than anyone running.”
The major issues and challenges facing Redlands, Seghers said, are “division within the city, lack of support for small business, lack of police staffing, unfunded pensions and our youth.”
Those challenges can best be redressed, Seghers said, through “equal opportunity for all, supporting all businesses equally throughout the city and promoting our city outside of Redlands. We literally have thousands of people driving right by us weekly that could help our economy grow instead of our raising taxes to pay for new projects and the pensions. We have to think outside the box a little and look at new possibilities and sources of revenue.”
Seghers continued, “A lot of people talk about the homeless but no one is really talking about our youth. If we do not start mentoring more of our young people and leading them in the right direction, then we will have a whole new generation of homeless in a few years. We need more activities for our youth that will bring them together in a positive manner.”
The city can defray the cost of effectively redressing its problems “by taking advantage of previously untapped revenue,” Seghers said.
Redlands is in a state of flux politically. Among other things, Redlands is changing back to a by-district election system, a quarter of a century after the city abandoned choosing its elected leadership in that fashion. In 1989, Redlands voters passed Measure Q, which established a by-district voting system for the city council. For the 101 years previous to that, Redlands held at-large municipal elections in November of odd-numbered years. In 1991, the first vote under a district system was held in two of the city’s then-newly established districts. Under that system, residents were authorized to vote only with regard to a candidate representing their district, where one-fifth of the city’s population resided. Candidates were restricted to running only within the district in which they lived. Two years later, the city’s voters elected council members from the city’s three other districts, but also voted in the same November 1993 election to end by-district voting and go back to selecting members of the city council in at-large elections once again beginning in 1995. Under the re-established at-large suffrage, voters throughout the city for more than two decades participated in all of the elections and the only residency requirement for candidates was that they live within the City of Redlands. During that span, the city moved its elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years.
Last year, however, the city moved to return to holding its elections by-district. This year, the city is slated to hold elections in District 1, District 3 and District 5. The city will have a council elected entirely by-district after the 2020 election, when races in District 2 and District 4 will be held. In 2016, Gilbreath and Eddie Tejeda were elected to four-year terms. Tejeda yet remains on the council. After Gilbreath’s 2017 passing, Toni Momberger was temporarily appointed to take her place. This November, a contest to determine who is to hold Gilbreath’s at large post until it gives way to the city’s fully by-district reality in 2020 is being held. Momberger is competing to remain in the post, challenged by Seghers and Michael Ten Eyck.
Seghers, who grew up in Las Vegas and has lived in Redlands for the last 15 years, acknowledged having no previous experience in government and no post high school education. He asserted, nonetheless, that his status as a self-made entrepreneur positions him to serve Redlands residents in a way that could not be replicated by others who adhere to a more conventional approach to orienting themselves to the world and ticket punching their way into a position of authority. “I do not have any government experience or college,” he said. “On paper every candidate is far more book smart. I have life skills and experiences that help me to make decisions that better the community as a whole. I respect everyone that goes to college and has the discipline that it takes to see it through. A lot of people go to college and never get to do what they want and live out their dreams. I knew what I wanted and went after it.”
Seghers said, “I own two businesses and work at both of them, Rendition Tattoo in Redlands and 454 Tattoo in Encinitas.”
Seghers has been married for six years and has three children.

I want to do what is best for the community,” Seghers said. “I am only doing this for the community. I have nothing to gain from this but I will guarantee that I will make sure the community grows in ways that it never has. We need a leader who is showing up and supporting all over the community and I already do. I have been called confrontational and not a team player. My team is the community, so if asking questions and confronting the issues that prevent us from coming together is confrontational, then so be it. I will never compromise when it comes to the well-being of the people in our community. I understand the urgency at which things need to be done and I will not waste a day.”
-M.G.

From My Bookshelf

An Introduction to Silence, by Shusaku Endo

By Daniel Webster

Shusaku Endo (1923-1996) is considered by many in Japan to be the foremost Japanese novelist of the 20th century. However, until Martin Scorsese came out with an English-language film adaptation of his novel in 2016, he did not receive nearly as much attention as his near-contemporary Yukio Mishima, in spite of the fact that so many of his works were translated into a number of languages. A great deal of this must certainly have to do with the fact that Endo was a Catholic, with Christians making up only about 1 percent of the Japanese population. To many Western enthusiasts for Japanese literature, Endo may not have seemed “exotically Japanese” enough, especially in comparison with Mishima, whose works were steeped in Japanese tradition.
Silence, first published in 1966, and translated into English in 1969 by William Johnston, is thought to be Endo’s masterpiece. It deals with the efforts of a group of Portuguese missionaries in the early 17th century to convert the Japanese to Catholicism at a time when Christianity was seen as a threat by the Shoguns who ruled Japan with an iron hand during the Edo Era (1603-1868).
In this novel, Endo has fictionalized certain events and historical figures, although the overall description of the characters and their fates is true to historical fact. The main character in Silence is a Portuguese priest named Sebastian Rodrigues, who was based on the real-life Italian missionary Giuseppe Chiara.
Rodrigues arrives in Japan in 1639, directly after what was called the “Shimabara Rebellion,” one of the few serious challenges to the Shoguns’ power during the Edo Era. This rebellion broke out because of the excessive taxation levied against peasants in Nagasaki Prefecture, most of whom were Christians, in order to build a castle there. The rebellion was ruthlessly put down, after which the persecution of Christians began in full earnest. The most notorious form of torture meant to force Christians to renounce their faith was hanging them upside-down over a pit until they died—a process that often took several days. In this torture, the victims’ bodies were bound, but one arm was left free for them to signal that they had apostatized. The Shogun’s government also used that old European (and American) standby of burning at the stake, as well. Another, less cruel, way of forcing Christians to abandon their faith was to have them step on an image of Christ, which was called a fumi-e (literally translated as a “step-picture”).
Having said that Rodrigues is the main character in this novel, I must backpedal a bit by saying that a character of perhaps even more importance is a weasely-looking Japanese named Kichijiro, who (in my view) personifies both human weakness in general and the alien nature of Japan in relation to Christianity in particular.
To my understanding, the main theme of this riveting book is that Japan was—and is—what Endo called a “mud swamp,” incapable of adopting Christianity, or indeed other Western ideas, without distorting them to the point that they become unrecognizable, in order to fit a Japanese mold.

Daniel J. Webster, who is among the vanguard of the New Formalists writing poetry in English today, in addition to having completed several volumes of verse has translated poetry and short stories from German and Russian. He now resides in Japan, where he teaches English at Keio University, as well as at the Universities of Waseda and Meiji.

 

An Old Manuscript

By Franz Kafka

It looks as if much has been neglected in our country’s system of defense.
We have not concerned ourselves with it until now and have gone about our daily work; but things that have been happening recently begin to trouble us.
I have a cobbler’s workshop in the square that lies before the Emperor’s palace.
Scarcely have I taken my shutters down, at the first glimpse of dawn, when I see armed soldiers already posted in the mouth of every street opening on the square.
But these soldiers are not ours; they are obviously nomads from the North.
In some way that is incomprehensible to me they have pushed right into the capital, although it is a long way from the frontier. At any rate, here they are; it seems that every morning there are more of them.
As is their nature, they camp under the open sky, for they abominate dwelling houses. They busy themselves sharpening swords, whittling arrows and practicing horsemanship.
This peaceful square, which was always kept scrupulously clean, they have made literally into a stable.
We do try every now and then to run out of our shops and clear away at least the worst of the filth, but this happens less and less often, for the labor is in vain and brings us besides into danger of falling under the hoofs of the wild horses or of being crippled with lashes from the whips.
Speech with the nomads is impossible. They do not know our language; indeed they hardly have a language of their own.
They communicate with each other much as jackdaws do. A screeching of jackdaws is always in our ears. Our way of living and our institutions they neither understand nor care to understand. And so they are unwilling to make sense even out of our sign language. You can gesture at them till you dislocate your jaws and your wrists and still they will not have understood you and will never understand. They often make grimaces; then the whites of their eyes turn up and foam gathers on their lips, but they do not mean anything by that, not even a threat; they do it because it is their nature to do it. Whatever they need, they take. You cannot call it taking by force. They grab at something and you simply stand aside and leave them to it.
From my stock, too, they have taken many good articles. But I cannot complain when I see how the butcher, for instance, suffers across the street. As soon as he brings in any meat the nomads snatch it all from him and gobble it up.
Even their horses devour flesh; often enough a horseman and his horse are lying side by side, both of them gnawing at the same joint, one at either end. The butcher is nervous and does not dare to stop his deliveries of meat. We understand that, however, and subscribe money to keep him going. If the nomads got no meat, who knows what they might think of doing; who knows anyhow what they may think of, even though they get meat every day.
Not long ago the butcher thought he might at least spare himself the trouble of slaughtering, and so one morning he brought along a live ox. But he will never date to do that again. I lay for a whole hour flat on the floor at the back of my workshop with my head muffled in all the clothes and rugs and pillows I had, simply to keep from hearing the bellowing of that ox, which the nomads were leaping on from all sides, tearing morsels out of its living flesh with their teeth. It had been quiet for a long time before I risked coming out; they were lying overcome round the remains of the carcass like drunkards round a wine cask.
This was the occasion when I fancied I actually saw the Emperor himself at the window of the palace; usually he never enters these outer rooms but spends all of his time in the innermost garden; yet on this occasion he was standing, or so at least it seemed to me, at one of the windows, watching with bent head the on goings before his residence.
“What is going to happen?” we all ask ourselves. “How long can we endure this burden and torment?
The Emperor’s palace has drawn the nomads here but does not know how to drive them away again. The gate stays shut; the guards, who used to be always marching out and in with ceremony, eep close behind barred windows.
It is left to us artisans and tradesmen to save our country; but we are not equal to such a task; nor have we ever claimed to be capable of it.
This is a misunderstanding of some kind; and it will be the ruin of us.”

Lemon Lily 1The Lemon Lily, a monocot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico. Known scientifically as the lilium parryi, it grows in continuously moist areas in mountain habitats, near streams, canyons and in wet meadows, between 4,200 to 9,800 feet in elevation.
In California it is currently known from the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains and a few remaining spots near Palomar Mountain to the south. It is the only true lily native to Arizona, where a few populations can be found in the Huachuca, Chiricahua, and Santa Rita Mountains. In Mexico, it has been found in mountains in the states of Sonora and Baja California.
Its ideal growing conditions provide for full sun to partial shade, in moist soil. It tolerates seasonal flooding.
As a perennial herb, Lilium parryi grows erect to a little more than six feet in height from a scaly, elongated bulb up to 4.33 inches long. The leaves are generally linear in shape, up to 11.5 inches long, and usually arranged in whorls around the branched stem, and drooping at the tips. The inflorescence is a raceme bearing up to 31 large, showy, bright lemon yellow flowers, which curve lightly out to form a funnel-like throat. The trumpet-shaped, strongly fragrant flowers have six curling tepals up to 4.33 inches long, sometimes with a few reddish spots. There are six stamens tipped with large anthers up to half an inch long. The pistil may be four inches long. The flowers are pollinated by hawkmoths, especially Hyles lineata and Sphinx perelegans.
Lilium parryi is rare and protected in the state of Arizona and is also included in the California Native Plant Society inventory of rare and endangered plants.
Threats to this species include grazing, recreation, natural flooding and human alterations in water regimes, and horticultural collecting of the bulbs and flowers.
Lilium parryi was named for Charles Christopher Parry (28 August 1823 – 20 February 1890), a British-American botanist and mountaineer.
Idyllwild, across the San Bernardino County line in Riverside County, hosts the Lemon Lily Festival, which celebrates this species.

From Wikipedia and https://www.sevenoaksnativenursery.com/native-plants

Grace Bernal’s California Style: Autumn

Style 10 05It’s all about boots and a lot of layering this season. You can also bet on denim. Why not dress it up with a turtle neck top? Along with denim you can add a flowing dress with your boots. Another piece is the plaid coat with a dress and boots. You can add the belt bag as an accessory and cinch your waist. There’s so much you can do when the season is chilly, and have the fun of piecing an outfit together. So when you’re thinking of upgrading your fall outfit, remember to get your booties, plaids, and pairing all in order. You might also want to add a pop of color to your outfit with a jacket, sweater, or top. Things are endless this season. Stay on top and make your wardrobe a happy one.

“When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else.” -Iris Apfel