Tupac’s Home Town is so HAUTE.

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Marin City, California. March 2015.

Dresses handmade in Africa. I appreciate this mother’s connection to her roots, through typical clothing found in certain parts of Africa.

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Mother and daughter.

It’s special that her daughter is learning about her cultural traditions because of her mother’s effort. Fashion can be SO deep and meaningful, all while being fun.

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Marin City is a historic African-American community in Marin County. I’ve been hanging out there and feel majorly at home -it’s such a warm neighborhood.  Apparently, In the early 2000’s, Marin City experienced attention for its crime, and unfortunately many people have held on to those beliefs.  It’s always such a shame to me, when a local community judges another local area. It happens in Miami, and I was lucky enough to experience working in neighborhoods, some people wouldn’t drive through – all out of fear. I gained so much – friends, good food and new experiences.

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Marin City is pretty famous.  It all started because Jack Kerouac lived in Marin City and Mill Valley, and makes mention to this in his famed book, On The Road – referring to them as “Mill City”.  Additionally, Tupac Shakur lived in Marin City and went to the local high school here – in at least a couple of his rhymes, Tupac mentions being surrounded by rich kids who couldn’t relate to his struggles – and how frustrating that was for a young kid.

Most kids from Marin City are certainly not economically advantaged, yet they attend high school in one of the wealthiest zip codes in the United States.  Apparently, community activists are trying to get kids from both communities to come together at school. I get it, it’s more comfortable to be “safe” and not go outside your comfort zone   – but once you do it, it changes your life for the better. At least for me, that’s always been the case.

 

April, Come She Will. Haute Drop-Off Mill Valley.

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Kris. Mom of three, writer, lover of large accessories, April 2014. Mill Valley, California.

Fashion Notes: Yellow Sandals: Frye, Cut off Shorts: Free People, Tank: LA Made, Pocketbook: Diane Von Furstenberg, Earrings and Necklace: Harp Designs by Shelly Harper (an Oakland, CA designer)

This shot was taken in Mill Valley, California, which is about 15 minutes North of San Francisco right over the Golden Gate Bridge.  This town has quite a history for being a creative mecca drawing in musicians, artists and writers..making Mill Valley have a bohemian feel, even if it currently is one of the most expensive places to live in the States.

In the 1960’s many beatniks called Mill Valley home, even if it was temporary – such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.  Mill Valley is home to the famous Sweetwater Music Hall, with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead as one of the owners.  The Sweetwater has an incredible list of talent that plays on their intimate and special stage, in a few weeks Michael Franti will be performing on that very stage.

Mill Valley, although a town now quite wealthy, still holds true (or at least from my perspective) to its liberal, artsy, bohemian and creative history – -so maybe it has many signs of materialism, but it has heart, a creative one.  Walking around this pristine looking town, with it’s gorgeous Redwoods and natural beauty, you will spot lots of residents riding different types of bikes, scooters and things with wheels, In which I don’t even know the name. (and believe me some of these “wheels” cost more then a car)

Kris and her family enjoy the mix of an urban town center a long side indescribable amounts of nature, such as hiking, mountain biking, surfing and whatever else you are interested – and believe me, in this area, its all been done.  Kris not only puts fingertips to keyboard as her words flow beautifully, but she is an avid trail runner  – whatever that means 🙂 well, it means she runs seriously hard terrain.