Haute Urban Bohemian at Drop-Off. Girl Knows how to Mix.

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Araceli. San Rafael, California. April 2014.

Araceli is one of those people, I could photograph daily.  Her style can’t be defined or categorized – she’s “got style” this woman. And the best thing about someone with true style..it’s authentic and creative.

Araceli grew up in San Francisco, a huge influence on her look – - when you are raised in a major metropolitan area, you are constantly exposed – stimulated – educated – by pure presence.  And it shows in her fashion, she is a great mixer..vintage, new, high end, big names, small names..you get my point.  When you are confident in your own fashion ability, it doesn’t matter “what you are wearing”.

Araceli is a yoga teacher, mom, dancer and music lover.

Fashion Notes: will get more details..but her black blazer paired with grey jeans and patent leather oxfords  –with a loose braid screams Urban Bohemian – it’s NYC and SF merged!!

 

Haute Mohawk Dad. Hardcore Daddy. Cali Drop-Off.

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Jason. San Rafael, California. April 2014.

Jason walked into this pizza place with a look reminiscent of the amazing styles seen at  hardcore/punk shows.  It’s awesome to see a sweet dad who continues to express himself as an individual…love this! And love the mohawk, it’s impressive how well held together it is..what product does he use?

Jason is wearing a Noi!se T-shirt, Noi!se is a street punk band based in Seattle.  Check them out at http://destinycitynoise.blogspot.com

April, Come She Will. Haute Drop-Off Mill Valley.

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Kris. Mom of three, writer, lover of large accessories, April 2014. Mill Valley, California.

Fashion Notes: Yellow Sandals: Frye, Cut off Shorts: Free People, Tank: LA Made, Pocketbook: Diane Von Furstenberg, Earrings and Necklace: Harp Designs by Shelly Harper (an Oakland, CA designer)

This shot was taken in Mill Valley, California, which is about 15 minutes North of San Francisco right over the Golden Gate Bridge.  This town has quite a history for being a creative mecca drawing in musicians, artists and writers..making Mill Valley have a bohemian feel, even if it currently is one of the most expensive places to live in the States.

In the 1960′s many beatniks called Mill Valley home, even if it was temporary – such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.  Mill Valley is home to the famous Sweetwater Music Hall, with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead as one of the owners.  The Sweetwater has an incredible list of talent that plays on their intimate and special stage, in a few weeks Michael Franti will be performing on that very stage.

Mill Valley, although a town now quite wealthy, still holds true (or at least from my perspective) to its liberal, artsy, bohemian and creative history – -so maybe it has many signs of materialism, but it has heart, a creative one.  Walking around this pristine looking town, with it’s gorgeous Redwoods and natural beauty, you will spot lots of residents riding different types of bikes, scooters and things with wheels, In which I don’t even know the name. (and believe me some of these “wheels” cost more then a car)

Kris and her family enjoy the mix of an urban town center a long side indescribable amounts of nature, such as hiking, mountain biking, surfing and whatever else you are interested – and believe me, in this area, its all been done.  Kris not only puts fingertips to keyboard as her words flow beautifully, but she is an avid trail runner  - whatever that means :) well, it means she runs seriously hard terrain.

 

Haute Designer Levis. It’s Popsicle Time.

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Derek. Fashion Brand Marketer. Dad. San Anselmo, California

Fashion Notes: James Perse Sweatshirt, Converse Kicks, Levi’s Made and Crafted Jeans, Fetch Eyewear of Portland

Levi’s Made and Crafted Jeans are well loved by all that slip their bodies into this high end denim – guys, you should check out this jean.

Derek was a fun dad to photograph, he was filled with positivity.  I think because of Derek’s background, he appreciated Haute Drop Off.  Derek ran a marketing group at Levi’s, based here in San Francisco and prior worked for Quicksilver and Puma.

Pitching Papa. Golden Gate Park Drop-Off

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Eric. EMT. Dad. April 2014. San Francisco, California

Eric and his son were adorably playing catch on this gorgeous weekend at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  In close proximity was the usual crew jamming in the drum circle on Golden Gate’s famed “Hippie Hill”.

San Francisco is filled with stylin’ parents – it’s awesome to watch–and it makes me feel super stalkerish.  I have to work on being less obvious about checking everyone out…for me, observing street style is comparable to looking at amazing art, but most art can’t shoot you a dirty look….

Have a fun Sunday guys xx

Mara

Road Trippin’ Mamma. Tennessee is on FIRE at Drop-Off.

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Andrea. The Riverwalk. Chattanooga, Tennessee. April 2014.

Fashion Notes: Shorts: White House Black Market, Black tank: Banana Republic, Gladiator Sandals: Joie, Sunglasses: Versace, Earrings and Necklace: Charriol

All black is chic..it just is..

Andrea and her two young kids are taking a real old school road trip with no road map or plan–as Andrea described, ” We threw our stuff in the car and have been driving where the wind has taken us!”, sounds pretty fun to me.

In addition to being an obviously fun mom, Andrea is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Atlanta and also the Disaster Response Network Coordinator for the Georgia Psychological Association.

Haute Spring. Tokyo Drop-Off. Style even in Uggs!

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Tokyo, Japan. March 2014.

Fashion Shot: Barbara Furman

It’s a Spring explosion, with winter boots for good measure…I get Uggs and the comfort factor, I do..and they can look cool, but when something becomes so main stream, the appeal dwindles.  But this mom looks great… and I need to get to Japan immediately!

A great tip friends, small floral patterns are a great distraction from body parts you may want to, well distract from the eye..bikinis with tiny flowers are flattering!! ask the Brazilians

Haute Denim Mini. Miami Beach Drop-Off.

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Fashion Notes: Proenza Schouler T-shirt, Skirt APC, Sneakers Celine and Handbag Givenchy

This simple look on a beautiful, warm and sunny day on Miami Beach is perfect.  Estee went to University in Paris, and is influenced by French style – and grew up speaking French with her father. The denim skirt is short, but Estee balances it all nicely with simple sneakers and a long sleeve t-shirt.

Her loose ponytail, oversized glasses and Givenchy bag add to her overall simple, chic and stylish look.

Bowling in Red Heels is HAUTE

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Meghan. San Rafael, California. March 2014.

How great is an old school bowling joint? Pretty awesome, I must say..bowling shoes scream style..and I mean that seriously.  I love staring at everyone’s feet at a bowling ally, because somehow the shoes make everyone seem hip.

Meghan is sporting some red heels on the lanes..and a chic head scarf.. so feminine is this mom..

Photo was taken at Country Club Bowl in San Rafael, California.  It’s a complete throw back..from the retro bar to the black and white photos on the wall.  www.bowlmarin.com

Plaid is Haute. Berkeley Drop-Off.

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Sara. Berkeley, California. March 2014.

Sara loves vintage and spend years running a vintage shop in Fairfax, California.  A town loaded with cool vintage shops, catering to a community filled with California bohemian style.  I love this fitted plaid jacket, it’s a little punk and retro.  The narrow jackets from the 60′s, are tough to wear when you have curves on top..not many can squeeze into them..but Sara wears it well.