Matt’s so Rad. Pro-Skater. Hot Dad.

Pro-Skater Matt Field and his son. Mill Valley, California. May 2017.

I’ve known Matt for a few years now, he’s an incredible skater -he’s one of these people who’s totally aware of his physical presence. Matt is a skateboarder, a professional -so no matter what, like a rock star, Matt will always have cool props. An avid Yogi, Matt continues to test himself physically.

Let’s talk about Matt’s style;

I’ve never seen Matt not look stylin’ – never. And I’m not surprised that Matt designed a line of skater shoes – these maybe from that line. Matt’s arms are ripped (as the kids say), and that is all YOGA baby! (too bad I can’t even lift my own body weight)..meaning he looks amazing in tank tops. When I talk about style, it’s a creative outcome for me..not in a pretentious way – like Matt here, he just has style – he gets dressed quickly, but has an eye for what looks cool. He takes risks, and that’s what we all see.

When I photograph someone with an incredible fashion sense, it’s exciting – it’s like looking at art – only in human form.  Check out Matt’s look below;

If I wore that hat/bandana combo, I’d look like I was trying to fit in at a Carrie Underwood concert.

Red socks  -gold shoes sans laces…

 

Haute Philogynist..(google it)

Jenny. Mama. Feminist Activist. Fashion Designer. Marin Country Mart. May 2017

Jenny has two clothing lines.  Jenny Irene, a children’s line focused on a few simple designs (bonnets, tunics, playsuits, overalls), uses handmade and vintage textiles to create each piece. Her daughter’s adorable bonnet is by Jenny Irene, check out the designs here, www.jennyirene.com 

After the election, Jenny started making ‘smash the patriarchy’ tees for her family and friends. Inundated with requests, Boro Boro Shop was born – a line of t-shirts, totes and enamel pins all with feminist messages. WE all should be wearing them!! www.boroboroshop.com 

Jenny is comfortable in her own skin.. and confident in her style. She’s a beautiful woman who designs what she LOVES- this jumper rules!! I’d look like a house in it, but I have boobs the size of watermelons – so yea..

I love indigo, denim and anything resembling denim.. and so does Jenny. Check out that small red tattoo.. Style tip: if you feel like ya look “uncool” – put your hair in a high bun, I’m telling you – it adds this “I got mad style” vibe.. try it & thank me later.

Do you have a fondness, love or admiration toward women? Then I here by declare you a PHILOGYNIST. A re-usable bag from Jenny’s line. It makes me happy to know that women support other women – sexism is so engrained in society, it’s status quo  – it’s up to all of us to teach, point out and make a big F(ing) deal about misogyny, sexism and inequality facing ALL women.

All I know is when I have a dress with pockets, it’s really exciting – one because I can stick things in them, and two because it feels comfortable, I like having pockets for my hands – sometimes they need a little break.

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And I had to share this photo of these adorable and well dressed kids.

 

The Creatives at Drop-Off

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Chris Natrop. Dad. Artist. Minnesota Street Project. San Francisco. Summer 2016.

Chris describes his work as a “practice centered on the act of cutting paper, http://www.chrisnatrop.com.  Executed free form and exclusively with a knife, it has evolved into a stream-of-consciousness drawing technique, a meditation of repetition and reduction” What I find interesting about Chris’s work is how he cuts paper with no intended plan – for someone impulsive like me, I feel I could start saying all my work is intentionally not planned. I’m only kidding, Chris’s work was shown at The Minnesota Project in San Francisco this summer and documented by the artsy and the cool art world photographer and filmmaker, Eric Minh Swenson (photo of Eric below)

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I got to follow Eric around for a day, he was my contemporary art world pied piper, and I gladly obliged.  A character in his own right, Eric knows EVERYONE in the art world, and they know him – nothing holds Eric back, he’s not afraid to walk into the coolest art parties and leave with it all documented on film. From documentaries to stills to writing, Eric is a modern day renaissance man (it took me a long time to spell that).  Want to be in the Art World “know”? check out Eric’s Huffington Post coverage, http://huff.to/2ctGOWO – follow Eric on Instagram – he’s fun, sarcastic and his photos will shock, inspire and add a little culture to your life, instagram.com/ericminhswenson

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Chris and his wife Mari, Creative Director at Swatfame, http://www.swatfame.com which designs and manufactures the hottest names in fashion.

Fashion Notes: Mari: jeans: Rag & Bone, booties: Sam Edelman “petty”, vest: Warehouse London, tank: System Action Barcelona, handbag: Campomaggi. Chris: jeans: Rag & Bone, high tops: Vans (Timberline), top: Acne Studios. Orion is wearing Zara skinny jeans and a Zara t-shirt – his sneakers are Champion from Target.

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Mari’s amazing belt is by Samantha Grisdale “Arrow”, samanthagrisdale.com

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When you are running around San Francisco, you have to be in flat shoes – hiking in heels, even on pavement – is ridiculously hard.

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Beautiful LA family, bringing inspiration via fashion and art to all of us.

Easy Access Fashion. Haute Breastfeeding.

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Andrea. Chicago. 2016. Mom of Thora and Otto. Fashion Designer.

Does breastfeeding mean you go from maternity clothing to “earth mother” hippie (which I actually love) frocks? Meet Andrea, mom, designer, founder of Leche Libre, http://www.lechelibre.com – a company creating cool style for breast feeding moms.

Maternity clothing has come a long way from huge dresses that resembled tents, so it’s surprising that stylish clothing for breast feeding moms has taken so long to catch on. The rise in breast feeding is pretty recent, it was considered “low class” in the 70’s and 80’s, my mother was practically bullied by the nurses at the hospital when she attempted to breast feed my oldest brother.

When I had my first child, I was so determined to breast feed. Each feeding, I was faced with my child’s enormous Angelina Jolie lips coming at me.  The only person in the hospital who helped me properly was the housekeeper in the maternity ward, only issue was she had a morning shift. I needed her nurturing and support 24-7, in order to do it. I lasted maybe four days.

I’d watch these amazing moms feed their kids, with clothing that wasn’t so easy to maneuver. Additionally, they all looked like earth hippie mothers, not by intention, merely by lack of choice. But in comes design team, Leche Libre to change that…

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Leche Libre Dress.

Wouldn’t breast feeding be so much easier with “easy access” fashion? It seems reasonable right? Just unzip, and you and baby are ready to go….

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I asked Andrea, founder of Leche Libre some questions:

How has your style emerged after kids: “I feel like having kids really pushed me with my sense of identity. When I was younger I had a more hard edged punk style but then as I got a bit older, I got a little more mainstream with my appearance. Once I had kids, I sort of had a personality crisis of who I was. I felt like the cultural information I was absorbing was telling me that now that I had kids, I had to become this soft maternal super feminine sort of mommy person. I’ve always been rebellious, so I sort of went the opposite direction and started dressing hard edged again.”

What do you wear to school drop-off: At school drop off, you’ll more likely see me in my black one piece snow suit, since we are lifestyle cyclists and we ride bikes everywhere. It’s like an fashion onion, because I take that off and then I’m kicking my style inside.  I always dress in the same style, although I’m not always wearing a dress. I keep things very simple, usually opting for solid colors, often black.

Why did you start Leche Libre: “Maintaining a look while breastfeeding was hard. As I said above, I felt as though there was all this cultural information telling me I needed to change who I was as and a lot of it was coming from clothing to breastfeed in. A lot of the breastfeeding apparel readily available five years ago was all flowy drapey maternity/nursing knitwear shirts and dresses. I felt like this was NOT my style at all. I wore it for a while, but just couldn’t get down with it. That left me with just a cami tank top under shirts and jeans, but I didn’t really like this all the time. After having a baby and feeling frumpy already, I felt like I was forced to dress frumpy to breastfeed, which just sort of complicated my feelings of identity crisis. I believe in the transformative power of fashion to help us define who we are. I knew I needed to do something about it. I was learning sewing at the time, so I started altering a few vintage patterns and made myself a few nursing dresses. I got a great response from other moms, which inspired me to go ahead and start my own line.”

Describe Leche Libre style: When I started my line, I liked the idea of creating an edgy urban line for mommies which fights the stereotypes of soft. I play with blending masculine and feminine themes in my apparel. I’m starting Leche Libre to help breastfeeding women represent their own personal style.

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Andrea’s take on camouflage 

In Haute Rides.. This is how a cool, designer mom takes her kids to school in the morning, I’m pretty confident I will never be that cool. Considering, I couldn’t even find my keys this morning to drive my kids in a boring “crossover” car!!

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Thanks to Andrea, for having the courage to start a company and create clothing to make women feel stylish, confident and capable of feeding their kids in public.

 

Love Hangover? This Mom has a Cure.

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Melinda Alexander. Mother. Stylist. Photographer. Los Angeles. November 2015.

Melinda helps women in transition heal and look stylish, If you are in LA, her next workshop is January 15: Love Hangover–Releasing Him and Rebuilding Yourself, http://www.melinda-alexander.com

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Melinda works a lot with plus size fashion.  I know a little bit about the subject. When I ran Dress for Success in Atlanta, over 60% of our clients were plus sized. And it was nearly impossible to find quality, stylish clothing – most of the clothing looked like terrible house dresses, and were not acceptable for in the house, let alone at a job interview.

We had to buy clothing for our plus size clients, and it proved difficult – most of the stuff was made with the cheapest fabrics, with no stretch. I wanted to start my own plus size line, but I have trouble writing an article, let alone creating a company solo. So when Melanie explained that her jeans are from Mode Plus, to which she added holes – I related so much. She took a boring pair of jeans, and made them so hip.

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Those sexy red lips!! I’ve tried, but seem to look like a scary clown.

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Check out the holes and the white polish..which you will always see on my nails (or gold)

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Love those brows – and leather bomber.

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Melinda, like me is a fashion mix master..

Fashion Notes: Jacket from Ross, Jeans: Mode Plus, Blouse: Alternative Apparel, Bag: Vintage Chanel from a Paris thrift shop, Hat: Vintage Borsalino from Melinda’s Grandmother, Necklaces: Stella & Dot and a few from vintage shops. Kid Stuff: Gap shirt, Children’s Store pants, New Balance Kicks.

Meringues, the Supermodels of Cookies.

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Janet. Mill Valley, California. Fall 2015.

Janet is a fashion veteran turned baker. She and her business partner Jane, founded The Grand Meringue, http://www.thegrandmeringue.com. It’s no surprise fashionable Janet is in the Meringue business, after all they are the “supermodels” of cookies. The Grand Meringue started based on an old family recipe that was conceived at Janet’s great grandmother’s hotel in South Africa.

The meringues are not only delicious, but also act as accessories.  They are the kind of thing you would see at a New York Fashion Week event  – this high styling desert may be used in place of flowers at any party. The meringues are so cool looking, it’s no wonder Jane and Janet’s creations are so coveted.  And for all you skinny people, Meringues are carb free – well, except the sugar.

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Fashion Notes: Dress: Free People, Wedges: Pedro Garcia, Cuff: Dannijo

Janet is a mother of three, business owner and a self described lifestyle and design addict.  She knows how to wear clothing – this long dress, has become less bohemian and more sophisticated with Janet’s touch.

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I love the light accessories and this Dannijo cuff.  I seem to overload, this is pretty and tasteful.

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I never buy sheer dresses because I know I’ll never make the effort to find a slip, or I’ll just expose myself and hope no one notices!  This Free People dress has a sheer layer to protect from any possible “skin” sightings.

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A slight Pedro Garcia wedge to navigate Mill Valley’s hills. Blue polish is always a little funky.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?

 

What is this the Met Gala? Haute in Boca.

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Rachel. Boca Raton, Florida. Fall 2015. Fashion Shots Lemore Zausner.

Growing up in Miami, we made the trek to Boca Raton quite often. My grandparents lived close by, like many of their friends, they migrated from Long Island to retire in warm weather.  Before they moved, my dad was transferred to Miami from the Manhattan office of Ernst & Young.  It was shocking to me, that only an hour north from Miami,  a place so opposite existed.  Boca was clean, Boca had great shopping, Boca had manicured lawns, Boca had lots of bagel shops.  Boca had women sporting 10-carot diamond rings shopping at Publix, using coupons at check out.  As a kid, I noticed the difference – “Mom, this place is filled with Jews and they really like to bedazzle (Boca completely missed 1990’s grunge)!”, my mom explained that Boca was very similar to many towns in Long Island. At the time, I was in too deep as a “fake hippie”, so Boca didn’t fit my “scene” and I suddenly appreciated moving to Miami from Long Island. (what? I didn’t know how to use a bedazzler.)

At the time, Boca seemed flashy, loud and pushy, but it also was filled with warmth and personality.  I consider it a rite of passage that I got knocked over by an 86 year-old woman at Loehmann’s over a Prada back pack.  And I’m convinced those numerous experiences watching my Grandmother Sylvia push her way up to the front of the deli line, with all the other “just as assertive” women taught me a thing or two.

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Since my childhood observations, Boca Raton has changed a lot, and I know some pretty cool people, who have made this city home. One of them is Rachel Silver-Cohen, founder of Silver Unpolished, http://silverunpolished.com which embodies all things Silver.

Rachel is bold, unafraid and brave. She is unapologetically “unpolished”.  Rachel doesn’t hold back, I admire that greatly – whether it’s in her writing or verbal banter. She is authentic and confident in her own skin (and when she’s not, she will tell you).  Her blog features  advice, funny stories, pop culture, fashion etc.. and her fans can’t get enough.

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Wanting to collaborate, we came up with Rachel rocking a gown at pick up (or drop off) as a fun way to mock Boca Raton stereotypes. Here, she’s playing the role of loving mother (aka queen) in head to toe diamonds, picking up her kids from the school bus stop.  Rachel, who’s obviously an expert accessorizer, is even donning a tiara!

The exaggerated way Rachel is running to hug her son, is a play on the stereotypical “Jewish mother”, treating her kids like they are the Messiah. In reality Rachel (and me included) at school pick up are usually half dressed, lucky to have showered! On most days Silver admits to barely making it out of her car (her mobile office).

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Silver happily played the role of Boca Raton Glamour Mama, and here are more amazing photos.

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Check out the peep toe heels and asymmetrical dress.

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Those diamonds and pearls look pretty heavy.

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I love that no one is reacting to Rachel’s over the top school pick-up look… I guess she could of been filming a new episode of “The Real Housewives”.

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Destroying stereotypes right here – even with her tiara and gown, Rachel is sitting on the pavement, not wasting time worrying about staining her dress. Boca Moms Rule!!

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My favorite photo – I guess it’s obvious, but love is every where – even if it comes with a little extra bling. Here’s to all the Haute Boca Mamas, keep doing your thing..

 

Naked & Free. Angela Izzo, Haute Human.

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Angela. Videographer. Photographer. Creative Human. Pacific Palisades, CA. 2015.

Since I was young, I had this fantasy of joining a commune where I would experiment with hallacunegenics and travel with a group of my close friends on a re-vamped school bus. The fantasy continued like a W fashion editorial, where we would all be dressed in eccentric designs and I would be adorning the largest door knockers on my ears. When I stare at Angela’s photographs, my inner bohemian/urban/school bus fantasy comes to life.

In my early 20’s, I was a full on mother, with desperate breaks in between.  This usually consisted of an all nighter on South Beach, walking in the door and having to feed a baby or two. Or it would be an LA get-away visiting my brother, and dipping my toes back into the life before kids.

Many mothers would make comments about my “need” to let loose, with remarks like, “Mara, how can you want to go out that late anymore” or “haven’t you grown out of the desire to go out until 4:00 a.m.?”.  Feeling a bit out of place, because I knew my answer, a big fat NO!! I still haven’t “grown out” of wanting to be wild and free, and I hope I never do.

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Members of The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. LA. 2015. Shot by Angela.

I met Angela at a Chris Robinson Brotherhood show in LA. We both stuck out in a sea of Tie Dye and “jam band” fashion.  With a camera on hand, and pink hair – I wondered who is this young, fresh face beauty, with an obvious love of all music? Angela’s creative energy captivated me, and we decided somehow we would have to collaborate.

Raised in New York, Angela has made Los Angeles home  – and is fully immersed in LA’s Art Scene..

Angela has an impressive resume.  Shooting musicians, celebrities, artists and interesting people, Angela has developed a reputation with her unique eye, and humble attitude. She thinks outside of the box, and her work is exciting, enticing and approachable.

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Nude Photo Shoot. Pacific Palisades, California. 2015

I adore naked photographs. I know why.  The courage it takes for a person to expose themselves in obvious and not so obvious ways, means a great deal to the observer.  When Angela announced on Facebook that she was embarking an a nude photo series, the comments from her friends poured in, “I’m in”, “tell me where and when” etc.. I realized this group of friends were not all skinny, young things..they are creative souls who feel comfortable having Angela behind the camera.  I found myself wanting to be a part of this series, because I truly feel inspired by Angela’s work.

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Lauren Barth. Musician. Joshua Tree, California. 2015

Angela’s images, www.izzoimages.com are not only gorgeous, but soulful and allow me to imagine a bohemian life filled with non-stop adventure and new experiences.  I try to lead this life, whether I have responsibilities or not and California has provided the landscape for so many to fulfill these adventures.

Angela took some amazing photographs of a mom and gallery director in LA, here’s the link http://www.hautedropoff.com/haute-mama-la-drop-off-arts-coolest-players-and-parents/

Angela is one HAUTE HUMAN.

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Look at this group- – I love the idea of using clothing to portray a time period you particularly love – even if you weren’t around to experience the decade. Music has such a heavy influence on who we become.. this is such a cool shot, and I wish I styled them!!

 

Haute Mamas Live your Dreams. Urban Bohemian Kadia.

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Kadia. New York City. May 2015.

We have a lot of dreams, even as moms and Kadia is living them..we should all remember that even having the huge responsibility of kids, shouldn’t stop us from reaching for our desires and passions..it’s obviously a great excuse, but in the long run, it may lead to regret.

Tell Me More Kadia: I was born in Bern, Switzerland to father Bosar, a Jazz musician of Yemeni-Israeli decent and Swiss mother Verena, a peace activist. I graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. I am currently working with Mary Boyer of MTB Studio on a weekly basis and at The Cinematic Fight Studio perfecting my skills in Combat, Full Contact Martial Arts, Kick Boxing, Swords, Fire Arms and Archery. I am also a yoga instructor, Medic and fluently speak English, Hebrew, German and Swiss German.

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Kadia, seen here with her three kids, hanging on a Sunday in NYC. Kadia is signed on to a major acting agent, and is working so hard to live her creative dream. Check her acting out here, www.kadiasaraf.com

Kadia is a mom who inspires me – she left a tough situation after getting sick, and went back to her lifelong dream of acting. IT’s not easy, but Kadia is living the life she wants, and it takes a lot of courage to leave the comforts of a certain life, and dive head first into a life less predictable.  Like raising three kids alone, while pursuing an acting career and teaching yoga.

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Kadia dresses like a free spirit, and most of her clothing is from Free People, www.freepeople.com

Kadia makes her own dreamcatcher necklaces and dreamcatchers, which she sells at Rain Shop on Etsy. Kadia is like me, she wears gold hoops and accessories while doing yoga..I so appreciate that.

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Floral sneakers are by Etnies.

Kadia is always on the run, so she needs comfortable shoes living in an urban jungle…

How do you make time for yourself? I make sure to leave time for me so I get up at 5:55 a.m.  and meditate, write my gratitude and affirmations. After, I do the drop off I run for an hour, only then I start addressing the world.

I have to say, I wish I was consistent about waking up early to write or workout.  It gives you time to yourself, and you are ready to deal with the day—because you already accomplished so much.  Kadia has created structure, and it obviously works.

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YOGA AND THE CITY

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Kadia’s external strength is due to her internal strength. Learning more about Kadia makes me realize that nothing should stop ME from pursuing my dreams – determination and persistence are key, and excuses don’t work.  Sometimes we say we’re too old, We’re too young, we have kids, we need to go back to school, we’re overweight..whatever the case may be, I feel bad that I’ve let certain things stop me…and I hope I will think of a mom like Kadia, who is working hard, facing rejection, getting up at the crack of dawn..all to be who she wants to be… oh and she’s raising three kids alone.