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Bunny in the Airport II: Laina’s story


You may have read last week’s post where Shirley spotted a pair of gorgeous Bunnies at the Oakland Airport. This week, we introduce you to Laina, the lovely woman behind the Bunnies. She was kind enough to share what it was like to be spotted by a member of the MotleyFlue. Read the full story below:)

Laina – Maraming Salamat (many thanks) from the MotleyFlue for sharing your story and for providing this gorgeous photo of you in the Elizabeths. The outfit is absolutely breathtaking!

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Laina shows off her lovely Elizabeths in green!

Laina shows off her lovely Elizabeths in green!

Early Monday morning I was traveling to LA for a day of meetings with 3 male co-workers, including my boss. Waiting at the airport early in the morning I’d told them that Friday my husband had gotten confirmation that he had passed all of his classes and would be graduating with his BS in Business, and had celebrated by buying me the shoes I was wearing. My co-workers, being men who work in IT, and lacking any sartorial sense, had eyed them dubiously and made statements such as, “They’re very…yellow,” and “They look like Minnie Mouse shoes…” I assured them they that these shoes were, in fact, awesome (although they are type of people who require evidence for such claims and they probably dismissed this statement as anecdotal at best) and we carried on waiting for our plane.

As I was speaking with my boss about some trivial matter and a woman quietly caught my eye and said, “I love your shoes.” I turned to thank her and that was when Shirley and I had a conversation wherein she introduced herself and told me about the Motley Flue and She took a picture and we talked about our mutual love of Fluevogs for a few minutes. It was a delightful way to connect and totally unexpected on a Monday morning!

As I turned back to my co-workers I couldn’t suppress my smug smile. They all looked astonished and one of them said, “What was that about?” I said, “That nice lady wanted to take a picture of me for her fashion blog – BECAUSE OF THESE SHOES.” A new respect blossomed in my dubious co-workers eyes.

During the course of our meetings later in the day one of my female colleagues stopped during the middle of a presentation and said, “I like your shoes!” and my boss practically gushed as he jumped to say, “Yeah – a lady in the airport stopped her to take a picture for a fashion blog!”

I suspect I will never again have to justify a daring fashion decision to my style-challenged co-workers. Thanks MotleyFlue!

– Laina


Author: jlrondilla

Joanne L. Rondilla, is a scholar, writer, and educator (not necessarily in that order). She received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and her B.A. in Art Studio and Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on beauty, race, gender, the body, and colonialism. She is the co-author of "Is Lighter Better? Skin Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans" (with Paul Spickard) and the co-editor of "Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific" (with Paul Spickard and Debbie Hippolite-Wright). Born and raised in Dededo, Guam, Joanne considers the San Francisco Bay area home. Outside of the academy, she has more than twelve years of work experience in the cosmetics industry as a skincare specialist and make-up artist. While she's not an Imelda Marcos fan, Joanne does love her Fluevogs!

4 thoughts on “Bunny in the Airport II: Laina’s story

  1. I love this story! So glad Laina shared it!

  2. i love this story too! so glad one of the motleyflue could provide some well-timed validation (vindication?) for laina in front of her fashion-challenged colleagues … and how totally fitting that our resident anthrocubeologist shirley was the one who helped out. 🙂 thanks to laina for sharing such a great story! and that dress with the green elizabeths is fantastic!

  3. YES! Laina was such a great sport and again, I’m LOVING this photo she shared with the Elizabeths. Such a gorgeous outfit!

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