Why seeing your “Peeps” makes Drop-Off feel like Home..

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Eli. San Rafael, California. October 2016.

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I admit to spotting Eli and his family, and getting excited to see my people in Marin County. It’s not like LA or NYC where running into Jews wearing kippahs and tzi tzi is common. I know many cultures can relate to seeing your peeps, and giving them the “what up” head lift or the wave. I took it a step further, and actually walked up to this crew. One, because they looked so LA, and two because they were at my kid’s school faire, and I hardly see a full Jew, let alone observant ones – so I had to walk over, and do the awkward so….

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Eli and Leah live in LA, and Leah has a fashion blog, redlipsandrose.com It’s a tradition for Orthodox Jewish women who are married to cover their hair -I love how Leah uses a cool scarf, creating a funky East Village vibe.

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Such a stylin’ crew – LA is so present in their casual, but cool stye.

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Leah making that Apple watch ever so fashionable and bling worthy.

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Leah is my kind of girl – the Adidas soccer slides paired with leggings, aviators and a hair wrap – she has that Cali street style – as moms of young kids know, you need to be ready to run and be spontaneous, Leah manages to have her own style, while being able to be a hands on mama.

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Love the hat on this kid…

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Beautiful family.

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Is she wearing Burberry?

 

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.

She’s Got it. Chillin’ in the Park. NYC Style.

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Central Park. June 2016.

Check out this hair in The City. Slight shaving action on the side, and you transform your style to always looking funky.

I’m loving this mom’s style – and that’s why I’m sharing so many photos. She’s so simple, but gives off this slight punky-post-modern look.

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I call it “sexy hippie”, or Coachella Style..

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It’s Coachella time, so here are some Haute Drop-Off parents with looks that remind me of the style so prevalent during this music festival….

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Fairfax, California mom.

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LA Mama in Aspen.

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Brooklyn Mom and Friends..they would rule at Coachella

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Philly Mom

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Layering those “Coachella” accessories in Philly

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Berkeley Mom  -the original Bohemian city

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My gorgeous friend and yoga teacher, California born and bred Mama

Here are my Coachella looks captured by Cara Bloch, clothing from Hollen & Jen Showroom Miami – designer vintage amazingness!

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Strike a Pose, Korean Style is Haute.

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Haeji. Los Angeles. 2015

My Japanese friend told me this adorable hand gesture is a cultural trend, when taking photos in many countries in Asia. Love it!!

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Fashion Notes: Bag: Philip Lam, Vest: Absolutely Famous, Shoes: BP

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What can I say? They are wearing matching faux fur vests..mother/daughter fashion.

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White Kicks still ‘HAUTE’ on the Street..

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Los Angeles. November 2015.

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Did they mean to match? It was hard to communicate with this catalog looking family, because they didn’t speak english – but we managed to work it out.

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So white sneakers are still HAUTE. Here’s New York Magazines take on the subject, http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/05/the-white-sneaker-trend-is-not-over.html#

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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.

How Not to Feel Unhip in LA.

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Los Angeles. November 2015.

I spent the week in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving. I love LA, it’s fashion eye candy, people  make an effort and usually are pretty darn attractive.  I grew up in an environment similar to LA, Miami. Miami is ridiculously sexy – sexy overrules style, and nothing is off limits. In LA, fashion is competitive – walk out the door and you’ll learn quickly what’s “in”.

When I was packing for my trip to LA, I thought about this. What should I bring? I even perused my favorite fashion blogs like The Sartorialist, www.thesartorialist.com, I mean no one wants to feel “unhip”in a vast sea of majorly hip, It only serves as a reminder of those awkward teenage years. And then I found this hysterical video of the brilliant Amy Schumer articulating my feelings, “I don’t fit in here.. Straight up body type”, she joked to Ellen about LA, …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgX2HY2iyVQ

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I ended up feeling great in LA, because obviously I have naturally cool style! Here’s an LA mama looking so fine. What a flattering dress. The fit is perfect – showing curves, but allowing comfort.

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This mom is using a Prada nylon skull bag as her diaper bag. Prada makes the best nylon bags, that can get dirty and be cleaned quickly with a baby wipe.

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Sexy hair..I love when hair looks natural and “undone”

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One of my favorite looks. I still get weird stares when I rock black ankle socks with heels or flats. But it’s so cool looking, and adds comfort. Parisians started this trend, probably with the desire to wear heels on those cobble stone streets.

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LA Style in Aspen. Haute Drop-Off.

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Moranda. Aspen. August 2015.

Moranda and her family just moved from Los Angeles to Aspen this week – I spotted her at the local park with her family.  We have a lot in common – Moranda and her husband send their kids to a Waldorf school too…see how hip Waldorf parents can be?

Ya know what I love about Aspen summer weather? You can wear jackets and boots!! And your hair still looks good – it’s not humid. I find places like Miami so hard to dress stylish – it’s just so hot in the summer, you really have to wear next to nothing.

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It takes a lot of guts to move to a new city, especially from a large, metropolitan city like LA to a smaller town like Aspen. But I obviously understand the appeal – it’s empowering to start fresh and fun to live in a place that’s small.  Kids in Aspen have a lot more freedom.

And Moranda brings great style to a town known for its workout style. At night in Aspen, you see great fashion and during the day you see exercise clothing, but stylish exercise clothing. Ripped leggings, off the shoulder crop tops, bright sneakers and funky sunglasses. It’s refreshing to see some LA fashion make its debut during prime “hiking” hours.

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The cobblestone streets of Aspen make it very hard to wear anything other then sneakers, sandals or boots..heels are kind of impossible in this town.

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Moranda and her adorable family. Aspen got way cooler this week!

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Fashion Notes: Boots: Anine Bing, Hat: Rag and Bone, Sweator: 360 Cashmere, Dress: Tylie, Basket: purchased at Whole Foods in Hawaii

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!!