Last Friday was the Oakland Indie Awards, and if you missed out, I’m advising you to start retroactively kicking yourself. It was a blast, filled with attractive people all trying to out-dress each other, free (FREE) food and cheap booze, and dozens and dozens of Oakland designers and artists.

Wear Your Voice was there with Urban Stitch to raise the roof AND our voices (why yes, I AM familiar with popular phrases from a decade ago) with a live photoshoot. I was there with my first press pass ever (it really makes you feel powerful! I even tried to negotiate a free drink with it) to get a behind-the-scenes peek.

outside

The party is just about to get started.

America! A chicken in every pot, and a WYV card in every hand. What a country!

America! A chicken in every pot, and a WYV card in every hand. What a country!

stri

Ms. Stri, hard at work

 

necklaces

stri and model

Alanna, of Urban Stitch, ready for her close-up.

Alanna, of Urban Stitch, ready for her close-up.

redroom

The models and WYV staff completely colonized the back room.

"Backstage", an impromptu changing hallway.

“Backstage”, an impromptu changing hallway.

Fiercest fauxhawk.

Fiercest fauxhawk.

umbrella

Ash and Laura enjoy/fear some free ribs.

Ash and Laura enjoy/fear some free ribs.

As the sun set, things started getting spicy.

party

The ghosts of dances past…

hallway

models

shoot

WYV Beauty writer Laura tirelessly Instagrammed all night.

WYV writer Laura tirelessly Instagrammed all night.

Right next to the bumpin' beats was a tiny space-dome from the Chabot Observatory. Feel nostalgic for elementary school?

At the end of the night, I was a little tipsy, a lot full of Souley Vegan sample plates (there aren’t any rules about how many times you can get back in line for more) and my feet were KILLING me. Clearly, it was a good time. Be there next year, or be square.

 

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