Why the media should flood us with Ebola-related news

Good afternoon, readers,

I decided to write this post after listening to NPR a week ago, when a caller said the media is hyping the Ebola crisis. The media shouldn’t release so many Ebola-related stories, because infection in the U.S. is practically nonexistent, according to the listener. I found his reasoning irrelevant.

Every morning, I peruse the New York Times online and sift through the latest news. Stories detailing the Ebola crisis constantly strike me – as if I actively searched for them – and I become frightened a little more each day. If you visit an online newspaper now, you’ll likely come across a red panel reading “BREAKING NEWS” (yes, in bold). Stories reveal the nurse who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who died from Ebola in Dallas after contact with an infected woman in Liberia, has contracted the virus herself in Dallas.

To my and the world’s dismay, the virus continues spreading – and Dallas and Austin (where I reside) are practically neighbors.

The Ebola virusunder the microscope

The Ebola virus under the microscope

Working retail in a store located within a popular tourist destination means I come into contact with people from around the world. Yes, several customers hail from Dallas, others from Australia, some from Europe and also Africa, where Ebola spreads rampantly.

Rather than dramatizing the situation, let’s make sure to heed the World Health Organization’s warnings and follow necessary precautions to prevent further infections. I know I’ll make sure to wash my hands several times a day, especially before eating, and try to minimize handshaking, hugging, sharing water glasses, etc. For more information, I suggest reading the WHO’s webpage regarding Ebola here.

With news breaking that Duncan’s nurse now bears the virus, it seems perfectly reasonable that the media continue updating us with these news, contrary to the NPR listener’s perspective. Ebola is a legitimate disease that no human being is immune to – including Americans. It only takes one person to commence an outbreak, so please, be careful and keep yourselves informed.



Destination: Blue Galaxy

Destination: Blue Galaxy


 Imagination, creativity and the urge to compose ebb and flow in my mind. Recall the last time I posted? No, neither do I (without looking at my blog’s home page…hint: it involves shoes – shocker!). For some reason, the writing bug bit me hard and here I am, sitting at Starbucks (predictable Jonathan move) sipping an iced coffee.

While navigating through the World Wide Web, I stumbled upon an advertisement for Paige jeans. At Nordstrom, I frequently found myself hanging a pair of Paige denim in customers’ dressing rooms. Trusty white jeans that flatter the figure prove difficult to find, but Paige’s Verdugo style (a classic midrise skinny silhouette) always did the trick. However, it looks like the line created by one of the world’s leading fit models, Paige Adams-Geller, reinvented the style with a ’70s-esque flair leaving me starry-eyed.

How so? Just look at these jeans. They scream with Barbarella/ABBA/ Xanadu tones. Crafters add Italian foil to black denim, then distress the midrise jean to create a stunning look. Wear these out to your favorite location and everyone’s eyes will be set on you – whether it’s the person at your side, or galaxies away. Check out the style on Paige’s website, here.

I give this piece 5 stars, and hopefully I’ll spot someone rocking them soon. What do you think of this look? Does it leave you excited, or cosmically distressed?

‘Til next time, fellow earthlings!

Paige Denim mid-rise jeans
$530 – selfridges.com

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Jimmy Choo, I love you

Good afternoon, fashion friends,
Yes, frost may be blanketing the green grass of yesteryear, but with dead grass comes new grass. What does this mean? I don’t really know as I haven’t had my coffee yet…but, let’s just say, it’s time to get rid of the old and bring in something new to your style. Corny, yes, but extremely effective.What’s a good place to start? Your shoes, of course! They are the foundation of any look, so might as well invest in some sophisticated styles in fun shades. Colorful updates to the classic “Abel” pump in far-out colors make the classic style fun and flirty this spring. As for the “Dame”, the flame-hued caged leather bootie can elevate a simple black dress into a wonderland of beautiful fury. These pumps perfect spring and summer looks swiftly and easily! NOTE: The caged bootie is a shoe trend that you should embrace! It will release you from style prison.

Jimmy Choo, I love you

Jimmy Choo sandals

Jimmy Choo pink pumps
Like what you see? Contact me and I can order you a pump that catches your eye and complements your look!’Til next time,
Jonathan Ochart