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