Lori. Marin County, California. November 2013.
Fashion Notes: Vintage French Sunglasses, Vera Wang Dress, Boots by Tom’s. Lori has a platinum pixie cut, that I think is so PUNK! I love a cool hair style, because it makes anything you wear automatically look more edgy…
Lori is a creative talent agent for Vitamin T. I think of Lori as a casting agent, only she’s casting nerdy “creatives”. I am only kidding, but couldn’t resists. Lori connects the best freelance digital creatives in the industry and matches them with companies needing their creativity.
Vitamin T provides carefully screened freelance designers, developers and copywriters on a freelance basis..check out Vitamin T’s site for more information, http://vitamintalent.com/LoriMann
Yuriko. Marin County, California.
This mama originally hails from Japan.. she has that natural, great style that you can see on the streets of Tokyo. Yuriko has four kids under the age of 8, and still manages to look ultra hip every day… her huband is a well known sushi chef at a famous San Francisco spot, Sushi Ran.
Fashion Notes: The amazing leather bomber is by Diesel. I am a big fan of skirts, and this plaid classic mini paired with grey tights and a tough leather bomber, makes for great Fall fashion. This is layering at its best!
It makes me happy to get to see this mom every day, lugging four gorgeous children, while still looking like a style goddess.
Nate. Dad. Surfer. Entrepreneur.
I met Nate at Proof Lab Surf Shop, probably one of the “raddest” (I am trying to use the West Coast lingo) places for any kid or adult. Proof Lab not only has a wide variety of California style clothing and accessories, but they create surfboards and skateboards depending on your individual needs. Being the huge surfer I am, Nate and his crew built me a long board so I can hit those huge California waves… okay fine, I am lying, I only wish to be that cool.
But that’s the great thing about this special spot in Mill Valley, California, Nate and his partners have purposely created a shop which is so much more.. you can hang out at Proof Lab all day, especially if you have young kids who love music, surfing or skateboarding…and they are actually fine with people who don’t know when to leave a party, if you know what I mean.. hang out, no one will throw you out, I promise.
This amazing facility includes a huge half pipe with skateboards and helmets you can borrow, music lessons for all ages, music studios to record, an art studio, skateboard lessons with skate pro Matt Field, surfing and skate camps etc… Oh and you can also get a really great cup of coffee at Equator!
To learn more about Proof Lab, click on this link http://www.prooflab.com/
Fashion Notes: Nate is wearing all clothing and accessories from Proof Lab, including the surf board (in the first photo), designed by a local artist. When Nate is not busy running Proof Lab, he’s teaching his little man how to catch some waves, in only the best styling gear all sold at Proof Lab.
Tina. Mom. Executive Director. Miami, Florida. 2013
Fashion Notes: Tina always wears the best Chandelier earrings in gold. She loves bright colors and is glowing in this shot. This is one sexy mamma!
Tina is the Executive Director of Alonzo Mourning’s (the former NBA star of the Miami Heat) Overtown Youth Center, http://overtownyouth.org/ (OYC).
The OYC mission is to inspire and empower youth and families by fostering hope through enrichment services. The neighborhood where OYC housed is in a very special and historic Miami neighborhood, Overtown, home to musicians, artists and a vibrant African-American community. Overtown is also a community fighting poverty, crime, poor education and drug addiction.
Tina, who was raised in Overtown is working hard to make her neighborhood a better place, especially for the children being raised in her community. I will never forget Tina giving me a tour of her neighborhood, she knows everybody and the warmth and love of Overtown’s residents is quite special. I was in Overtown when President Obama was elected, we all sat at Jackson’s Soul Food and celebrated.
When I started working in Overtown, many people made comments regarding my safety. But in Overtown I never felt unsafe, I only felt loved and accepted by the people who made this community so special. Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and make an effort to get to know other people, and that means stepping into their lives.. then all of us leave our judgements and fear behind, and end up enlightened with a lot of new friends.
I also learned a lot about basketball, and got to hang out with Zo and Dwayne Wade. Tina and my friend TK had to point out the players to me. Additionally, Tina had to elbow me when I told Zo that he’s quite the impressive “kicker”. Fun times! Tina is a rock star mom and a great community leader.
Devon. San Francisco, California. November 2013.
Fashion Notes: Vintage Dooney & Bourke bucket bag..love this, and these have been “in” for a while now.. so pull out your mom’s bags from the 80′s or buy one at a thrift store. I just adore these bags! The wedge ankle boots with the tie in the back are casual and cool… see you can be comfortable and be fashionable! Sunglasses: Ray Ban.
Happy Thanksgiving Friends.. Keep it SIMPLE and enjoy!! xxx Mara
Jim. Dad. Musician. Shredder. Techie. San Anselmo, California.
Fashion Notes: Jeans: Naked & Famous, Jacket: British Clothing company Firetrap, Boots: Tom’s. Another example guys.. and I really mean guys, of a stylish dad dressed simply and not over done, while managing to exude natural style.
Jim plays guitar in his band, Lagtime, www.lagtimeband.com. Jim has spent the last 15+ years in the Bay Area and in London. Through his travel and experiences, Jim’s musical interests have broadened to include jazz, hip hop and a dash of electronica. Obsessed with music gear, Jim nerds out when discussing the nuances of tubes, transistors and speaker cones.
Additionally, Jim works in the technology arena, creating software to make our world more efficient.
Ponytail Papa. Fairfax, California. November 2013.
Fairfax is a town in Marin County about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco. It’s a liberal mecca filled with funky stores and lots o’ music. The town of Fairfax is considered one of the most progressive in Marin County, and not surprising it’s home to many musicians and artists.
As a new resident to the area, Fairfax has taken me in with open arms. Lola’s Depot, a great consignment store always has such cool things, and with a box outside labeled “free”, my kids have become collectors of fabric.. still waiting to see the outcome.
If you want to hear some good music (and believe me, they have some seriously establish musicians playing in Fairfax) and feel the old school bohemian California feeling, hang out in Fairfax..
Fashion Shot by Luna Brown – Luna, a photographer in her teens, has a great eye and I loved hearing about the life of teenagers from Luna and her friend.. Luna has a blog about fashion for her school, check it out.. love love her passion..http://fallfashionfinds.wordpress.com/
San Rafael, California. November 2013.
I had to snap this mom – photo is blurry, but she was a ray of sunshine on a rainy, dark day.. just made me smile. And I had to share. xx
Karla. Mom. Attorney. Art Director. Little Haiti. Miami, Florida. November 2013.
Karla runs Yeelen Gallery with her artist husband, Jerome Soimaud. The gallery captures the spirit of my friend Karla, who is an attorney with a passion for activism. She’s smart, beautiful, highly cultured and has some serious style. Originally from Jamaica, Karla and her husband, who hails from Paris, have made Miami home..sharing art which embodies street culture and brings attention to independent artists, and highlights current issues in our culture.
The neighborhood of Little Haiti, where the gallery is housed is the capital of Miami’s Haitian Community. Little Haiti has struggled economically, but it has always been, at least for me, a special part of Miami – which give instant access to another culture, with delicious food, great music and a chance to hear the beautiful sound of Creole and French. Karla finds much inspiration and lots of love in the community in which Yeelen Gallery is located.
Key Stone, Charcoal and Graphite on Canvas. Jerome Soimaud.
So incredible as I am just picturing walking by these guys in a Miami neighborhood. This is a must see gallery, check out their website at http://www.yeelenart.com