Muse Review with the lady with the red urge of passion

A lady in red can be compared with the lady who sees the world with fire red urges to her lifestyle. I wasn’t expecting to find this red dress, but I did in the most adventurous way. The last couple of weeks I decided to take my camera and go to the fashion district in Downtown LA to do street photography. I found my muse walking with a hand full of fashion magazines and clothes. I was scared to go up to her, yet I had that fire urge like I was saying earlier. She had it too, and I could tell by her first few words of revealing she was a vintage shop owner of Quirk. And other adventurous skill sets of being a Head Stylist and Coordinator​,  Melynda Choothesa started her own fashion consulting company called Couture Zen. 

Photo by Lei Phillips


As warm hearted as she can be Melynda invited me to her 1 year anniversary party by the third time I went to her shop to interview her. And going back to that day I asked her if I could take a picture of her outfit. Melynda replied with a sure and, ” but I need to open my store first.” When we started to strolled down the path of Main St. there was no sign of silence. Melynda and I chatted like old friends without hesitation. Once we steered closer to her store Melynda started to search for her keys to open the gate of her shop. Once Melynda got settled I captured her in that moment with garments of clothes and magazines in one hand. In that moment Melynda became my muse. Here is her story and how she got started: 

From the first time I went to Quirk I saw a fire red vintage wrap dress by Diane Von Furstenberg. I knew I wanted it and thanks to Melynda with her fire red urges to live life in passion I said yes to the dress. See Rebels! 

Check them out Quirk at:  

616 S. Main St. |Los Angeles, CA. 

Photo by Heather Carr

Now that concludes my muse review until next time. Don’t forget to rebel with your style and your lifestyle because life is too short to be stuck in your ways. 

-xx Lei Phillips

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