From Tribe to Mickey Mouse.. Music.Kids.Syle.

Sharon and Grace. Greenwich, Connecticut. September 2017.

Sharon has always been a lover of fashion, she had her own label and currently works for famed fashion figure Steven Alan, most known for curating other designers as well as developing his own line. (Good sample sales too)

Sharon was always into counter culture and heavily influenced by music. Even when she dressed “punk like”, it was always in an understated way. Sharon managed to look almost tailored in her combat boots and goth like black hair.

“So what’s the music rotation these days?”, I ask Sharon.. “St Vincent, Lana Del Rey and Tribe Called Quest. They Might be Giants & the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are high on Grace’s rotation.”  Funny how They Might be Giants are now more known for making kids music…So when ya have kids, it’s a good balance – let them be kids, and also expose them like a good cult leader to music you love – – one day, they’ll be like “I love this song, I love Beyonce..”..and only you’ll know why 🙂

Fashion Notes: SVILU dress https://svilu.com, Chanel sunglasses and sandals www.chanel.com. Grace is wearing Stella McCartney Kids & Mini Melissa shoes.

Haute Self-Confidence. If we believe, They’ll Believe.

Amber. Marin County. September 2017.

We’re just hanging at a pool party. Amber’s daughter is swimming in the pool. Mamma Amber looks good in everything  – it’s a dream really or a fantasy for me to look good in a dress like this. She looks so thin, even in a dress with no shape.

After I complimented Amber, we started talking about how as women, we constantly criticize ourselves. I’m so guilty of this. We talked about how it seems shallow, but in actuality it comes from a very deep place. I wish I could feel self confident all the time, and not be concerned with my exterior – whether I look thin, curvy, pretty, fit—it’s an internal struggle most females start confronting as young as 11. We discussed putting ourselves down and how it becomes a habit for many women.  Even if we know we’re bad ass..we want to humble ourselves to be more relatable – or maybe that’s just me?

When I was maybe 11, I had this close friend, who for some reason thought it was amusing to walk up to people at our camp and ask “who’s prettier, Mara or me?”.  I thought it was so weird, but was intimidated by her odd confidence because I stayed quiet. And she did it all the time that summer.

I hadn’t even thought that much about my looks back then, and her behavior caused naive me to realize that looks matter, and people rate and compare beauty.  At 11, I hardly showered, and now I had to be insecure about my exterior, when I was just happy being a kid. And after her constant beauty surveys, I wondered, is she prettier than me?  I used comedy to hide the fact that I was totally uncomfortable with her asking people who was prettier.  At a young age I was well versed in using self deprecation and comedy to avoid being the recipient of hurt.

Because she believed she was prettier and her own belief, although cocky  – made all of us believe HER truth. I guess self deprecation no matter how charming, how it makes everyone feel more comfortable, disarms them – may in reality make the person doing it, seem less than. I was a tough kid who used “fuck” and “asshole” in my regular conversations, but emotionally I didn’t have the guts to just tell that girl to take her pretty face and go “fuck herself”.

I’ve tried to be better about putting myself down – because it’s true, the more you say something, the more it’s your truth and the people around you start to also believe your words. It seems less fun, and inauthentic at times – – BUT I’m still funny gosh darn it.

I kinda am obsessed with indigo. It’s so comfy, cool and it’s that color I love so much. Indigo make EVERYTHING look insanely stylish – I’m picturing bags, belts, leggings, socks – -leg warmers !!!!

SO a lot of people, especially my Cali crew of DIY peeps are making indigo. I’m so ADD, I keep thinking about it, but following directions is a daunting process for me. I need someone to show me how in person, and elbow me when I get distracted. Here’s a blog, which does a great job of explaining how to make indigo fabric step by step, even I could do it..https://indiesew.com/blog/how-to-indigo-dye-fabric

Love the color of these sandals – maroon has been hot for a while now – I dig a maroon bag   -very early late 70’s, early 80’s. These sandals are by Beatrice Valenzuela, http://beatricevalenzuela.com from Erica Tanov, https://www.ericatanov.com/stores.html 

The Adidas slides craze has influenced high end designers to make “fancy” slides.

Erica Tanov is a beautiful store in Marin County and Berkeley with such a well curated collection of accessories and apparel.

chic..

Hair on funky point…

It’s a hot day in Marin County and this dress is perfect as a pool cover up or an option not to sweat profusely on a 90 degree California day.

A little Kabbalah red string… it goes a long way

Tortoise shell glasses and an authentic smile.

Haute Tag Hangin’ – 1990’s Style again..Dads.

Summer. San Rafael, California. 2017. Cute Dad. Cute girls.

It seems like it’s Labor Day, but this was taken during the July 4th fair weekend. This dad was so cute, he’s like “should we put our drinks down” –  he felt like it looked a little weird – and I completely can relate. I also come from a world where drinking during the day and/or while you’re with your kids, is considered questionable.

STYLE: Love his acid wash jean shorts – – they’re back guys!

THE KICKS BABY: This is such a great combination – moccasins and Jordan’s  – in my house we definitely have a lot of Jordan’s and a lot of moccasins.

Check out this dad’s hat – -the tag hanging down reminds me so much of Miami in the 1990’s – LOVE LOVE LOVE

Hat tag close up—check it!! Tattoos and hair in bun for her – it’s so hot out there..

Once again – -the 90’s are back guys – love this Dad’s look.