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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!

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Ms. Stri, hard at work

 

necklaces

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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

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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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Liz was born in the Bay Area and has never been able to escape. Her ancestors couldn't either: she's a fifth generation Bay Area-er. Luckily, this is a glorious place to be trapped, and oh so bikeable! She enjoys dressing like your grandmother did in the 50s, your mom did in the 70s, and her childhood self did in the 90s. Her hair enjoys frequent shifts on the ROYGBIV spectrum. She over-confidently feels this is enough to qualify her as a fashion writer for Wear Your Voice. Were she a tattoo, she would be an image of a Depression-era hobo on her lower back (this is a pun on "tramp stamp" and Liz is very much ashamed of this terrible pun. It's probably a good thing she doesn't actually have any tattoos.) Her favorite place in Oakland is The New Parkway Theater, because it's a cheap movie theater that serves WINE and has COUCHES. Wine and couches, people! Her favorite street has to be Telegraph in Temescal: not only was this was the first place she lived in Oakland, it also has the best Korean food outside of Seoul AND the best Japanese karaoke outside of Kyoto (BYOB, folks.)

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