Haute Soccer. Land of “hip” Beer Drop-Off.

DSC_1139DSC_1141Courtney. Lagunitas, California. April 2014.

Courtney grew up in Seattle, where she claims people dress for comfort and weather- – -can you imagine? I know.  I also was shocked.  Brands like North Face, Lands End and Patagonia rule the fashion scene.  But as I analyzed Courtney’s comments, and went to a much deeper fashion place..I realized Courtney grew up in an important city responsible for one of the most talked about period in fashion history..GRUNGE.

In the 1990’s, the entire fashion industry took cue and designed complete collections based on what was on the streets and music clubs in Seattle.  And more amazing is that Seattle is still impacting fashion, open any magazine, walk around any cosmopolitan city..and Grunge is everywhere.  Personally, I adore this look.

As most of you know, I have issue looking tailored and totally put together.  Like my personality, messy is just me..I look unkempt naturally (wild wavy hair), so why not go with what suits me? So I am thrilled that a city like Seattle loosened up the “perfect” styles that sauntered down the runways, and made way for high end designers to create ripped Jeans at a price of $400.00 –  the more distressed the garment, the higher the price tag.

My advice before word gets out, run to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill or local used clothing store and grab the grungy looks before the “people” catch on!!

This photo was taken in a cool area outside of San Francisco, Lagunitas.  Most of you know the beer Lagunitas, and this is the town it’s brewed.  Lagunitas is a true hippie area, gorgeous nature, lots of bearded men, small local stores and a real sense of community.  People i’ve met who grew up in this town, seem to have parents who are musicians, and were raised on a tour bus part of their lives..

Most of them continue to ask ME tons of questions about my wild childhood being raised by an accountant and a social worker – – -They don’t even know how crazy my house got, family meetings to discuss our feelings and if you threw away a receipt, whoa you were dead meat – my dad needed those..all of them.

Good day friends..am I funny? I think so.

Fashion Notes: hooded white washed jean/sweatshirt jacket: Free People, Pants: Lululemon Studio Pants, Gray Moccasins: Minnetonka, T-shirt: Gap, Sunglasses: Giorgio Armani. Kid: vintage soccer jacket

Haute Pink and Bare Feet. Weekend Drop-Off in Fairfax.

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Natasha. Fairfax, California. April 2014.

Fashion Notes: Forever 21 skinny pants, Peruvian Mochila Bag and beautiful hair.  But the best “accessory” is Natasha’s bare feet..because you get to really see her hot pink nail polish.

This was taken at a great park in Fairfax, an original and still continues as a bohemian town in Marin County, outside of San Francisco.  Fairfax is filled with music – every night a band plays at one of the many bars and cafes lining the streets.

Haute Upper East Side Papa. Custom Made at Drop-Off.

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Raj and Izzy. Upper East Side of New York City. April 2014.

Raj is a finance guru, not sure how he does it, but he makes people money.  He does a lot of research and uses his Ivy League education well..Raj grew up in Southern California, but has spent most of his life on the East Coast.  I’ve never seen Raj look unkempt – even when the dude jogs he looks like he belongs in a J.Crew catalog.

Raj used to cruise around in a vintage, apple red Vespa–which he sold to my brother, but he looked pretty cool riding around NYC  -now he’s a dad sporting a baby carrier, and carries it well, almost like a page out of Details Magazine.

Fashion Notes: Jeans: Adriano Goldschmied, Loafers: Camper, Shirt: custom (of course), Baby Carrier: Britax

I would take some tips from Raj Fellas – custom made shirts are so worth the price, a fitted button down looks amazing and well made – quality over quantity!

Haute Parents. Central Park Drop-Off

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New York City. Central Park. April 2014.

Young parents. Over the knee boots, cropped shirts and acid wash are all over NYC streets..a throw back style. I spotted a complete acid wash “denim suit”, that was incredible to see.

NYC gives us so much in regard to fashion sightings…I can never get enough!

Haute Airport. San Franciso Drop-Off.

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Christopher and Jordan. San Francisco, California. April 2014.

Met these two urban looking dwellers en route from NYC to San Francisco, Chris has that cool, “I don’t need to try” style.. I even love how he pops his collar up.

Fashion Notes: pretty simple, the grey coat makes the look – it’s classic, and Chris wears it well.

Haute NYC Drop-Off.

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Central Park. April 2014.

Jean Paul Gaultier once sent his models down the runway dressed as Hasidic Jews – and many questioned the appropriateness.  I get his appreciation for the “uniform” worn by religious Jewish men, especially in New York City.  It’s amazing style, and it doesn’t come cheap –

I love observing the diverse styles found on every corner of this incredible city.

This is How Tokyo Rolls Baby….

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Tokyo, Japan. 2014.

This is how you ride a bike like an urban dweller – the location of the shot could be any major city in the world…grey boots with warm “faux” fur, blazer, black scarf and a pretty adorable kid..fashion moment right here in Tokyo!

And how stylish is keeping the air we ALL breathe clean? Riding a bike is just cool in so many ways…. xxx

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!!

 

Hanging with the Middle Schoolers in Bell Bottoms

unnamed-1IMG_7520Mara. San Rafael, California Middle School. April 2014. Photo by Eric Tabora.

Eric and I wanted to take some shots at a local school in San Rafael.  The principal walked over to us, and I got a little nervous, like I was 13 and getting in trouble.  She didn’t give me a “pink slip”, but kindly asked us to take our photos away from the students, and quickly – especially and I swear this is true, because I was not dressed in uniform – – I was disobeying so many of their rules.  Not shocking.

As Eric took my photo, kids started to come in groups to watch  – and then came the compliments about my clothing – I wanted to hang with the pre-teenagers, and find out what they love about fashion…but I respectfully left, as I had to follow principles orders…wish we could of taken the shot of the cute middle schoolers…

Fashion Notes: Top: Isabel Marant, Bell Bottoms: Free People, Handbag: Mochila from Colombia…you can’t see my shoes, which is kind of a fashion “no no” – Please don’t tell on me to Anna Wintour 🙂