Glowing & Haute in Ojai. (and my attempt at “hippie”)

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Sarah. Ojai, California. 2015.

A California mama in Ojai – relaxed, non-complicated, smiling…It’s all very California, even in the way Sarah is dressed – a floppy hat reminiscent of the 70’s, her shiny straight hair, striped fitted dress and an authentic smile… I’ll never look this easy breezy  – right?

There is a difference in style between LA, which is always on point, very sexy and laid back bohemian – but in places like Ojai and Joshua Tree, the style seems to be vintage, and the period 1970’s. I think it’s funny that when people visit Joshua Tree, they even pack like they are headed to a music festival or the original Woodstock.  I’ve attempted this look, but I always come out looking Miami.. like this:

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Shot of me by T. Palmer.

Fashion Notes: Boots: Miss Sixty, Skirt: Zara, Top: vintage & designed knitted by my mama, Bag: Dooney & Bourke 1980 Bucket Bag, Cocktail Ring: Vintage Paris, Earrings: Shandi Levy Jewelry

I’m going to New York City tomorrow, and I haven’t packed – but I know, my suitcase will be filled with much more cool looking and funkier clothing then I wear in California. When I’m in NYC, I pull out my real style and feel like I can get away with anything – it’s so fun. This week I think I may even wear my Adidas high tops all day – and leave the heels at home. CRAAAAAZZZZYYYY!!

Shots by Angela Izzo, www.izzoimages.com – photographer, artist, filmmaker. Instagram https://www.instagram.com/izzoimages/

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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 MAMA. LA Drop-Off. Art’s Coolest Players.

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Adarsha, Joe and Juniper. MAMA Gallery. Los Angeles. 2015. Photographs by Angela Izzo

Photos: Fashion shots by the INCREDIBLE Angela Izzo. Look forward to another post about Angela’s work. She’s a filmmaker, photographer and creative visionary. Her resume is an impressive one, shooting celebrities, artists, musicians etc..but her unique ability to capture a moment in time, is something I admire greatly. Check out her work, http://www.izzoimages.com

Fashion Notes: Adarsha is wearing an African inspired print dress with gold accessories. Juniper is dressed in J Brand. Joe is wearing a T-shirt from American Apparel.

Red Lips: And lets not forget Adarsha’s red lipstick – a must for every blonde woman! It has to be the right shade, or it looks severe. I’ve tried pulling off red lipstick, and my kids seem traumatized every time I attempt it. I feel to “VA VA VOOM” and like I should be working for Heidi Fleiss. Here are some tips, http://beauty.allwomenstalk.com/dos-and-donts-of-wearing-red-lipstick-that-any-makeup-lover-should-know

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Adarsha grew up in Brooklyn in a free spirited family (i’m tight with Adarsha’s sister). Her sophisticated taste in art, design and clothing is inspired by this upbringing.  Being raised in a major city causes accidental exposure. When you walk, take the subway or a public bus – you are constantly observing people  – places – things.

Adarsha founded and directs the recently opened MAMA Gallery in LA. With a diverse range of instillations and exhibits, it’s not surprising that MAMA is the new kid on the block, receiving lots of attention from the Contemporary Art world.

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MAMA Gallery gives a peak at the multi-dimensional world of art – how creativity can be executed using a multitude of materials and mediums.  For major inspiration, check out MAMA in LA, http://www.mama.gallery and for suggestions on current pieces for sale, call the gallery. And you’ll be inspired by Adarsha’s fresh perspective on the Contemporaty Art world.

As a new mom, Adarsha has made the gallery a visual playground for Juniper – pretty inspiring for a child to be surrounded by multi-faceted creative visions.

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Gold earrings by Anna Sheffield.

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I’ve been lucky to be exposed to contemporary art by my step-father. I love visiting the galleries in Chelsea, like the Famed Gagosian Gallery, http://www.gagosian.com and have had the privilege of attending Art Basel in Miami most years.  It’s great to see the next generation of galleries popping up with new artists and inspirations.

When in LA, visit MAMA  – I promise you will leave feeling inspired. Art is an investment, but should be purchased when you truly feel connected with the piece.