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…

 

Papi has some Tattoos…Haute.

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Andy. Mill Valley, California. September 2016.

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Apparently Andy gets stopped often. I asked him if he’s in accounting, because he looks the part – how very wrong was I – he’s an Engineer.

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Andy can wear the most simple of things, and always make a style statement. When you are covered in body art, it’s hard to separate from a somewhat permanent persona – I think it looks amazing.

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Neck Scarves. How to feel French and Haute in the States.

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Megan. Mill Valley. November 2014.

Tight neck scarves are big this Fall, as seen in The New York Times last week. The late and amazing Nora Ephron in her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman discusses the use of scarves in leu of plastic surgery.

Part of why I love living in the Bay Area, is because I can wear scarves year round.  In my Miami youth, I remember all the stylish European girls wearing neck scarves – even in the stifling heat.  They looked so stylish.  I attempted this feat, but after 5 minutes felt claustrophobic and hot.

Tight scarves are being worn currently, but if you don’t have a swan neck (I don’t), then it looks more attractive to wear the scarf loosely around your neck.  I like to tie one around a basic hand bag or my wrist.  Scarves are a multi-faceted accessory, and you can find them at any local thrift shop – or you can go fancy, and visit your local Hermès, www.hermes.com

Click on the link below to read more about this classic style…and remember a scarf always freshens up your look.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/30/fashion/latest-fall-fashion-trends-shaggy-sweaters-neck-scarves-and-more.html

Old School Back Packs. Haute Mama at Pick-Up.

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Kris. October 2014. Mill Valley, California. At Pick-Up.

Hard to believe, but it was getting hot last week in the afternoon in the Bay Area.  I Love Kris’s leather book bag, which holds her laptop and writing material.  It’s pretty cute, kid and mom with old school back packs….

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.

 

Dwell Magazine Founder is Haute at Drop-Off.

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Lara. Mill Valley, California.  Mom. Entrepreneur. Creator. Magazine Guru.

Fashion Notes: Floral Top: Veronica Beard, Green Jacket: Stella McCartney for Adidas and Boots: Fendi.  Lara’s skinny black pants fit her like a glove and add that rock-n-roll appeal… and she has the thin legs to work that look.

Lara walked through the door of a local surf/skate shop to watch her offspring ride the half-pipe and my eyes widened.  In Mara fashion I sidled next to her and told her she has great style.  Lara was so laid back and seemed to not be turned off by my weird request to take her photo.

I asked Lara about her life, and where she grew up…I knew it was a place where people have good manners and are wholesomely nice, and she grew up in Wisconsin!  When I asked her about her work, she humbly said she founded Dwell Magazine.  I was utterly impressed – and didn’t hide it 🙂

But I know why.   Dwell Magazine is not just a magazine, each issue is art, each issue is the equivalent to a gorgeous architecture book.  I love that Dwell highlights so many types of homes..not just large or “expensive”, but creative, sustainable and homes where people have obviously thought outside the box.

Dwell Magazine was founded in Mill Valley, California, which excites me, because I love hearing about creative visions being executed into full fledged realities..especially in my new part of the world.

Lara’s love of architecture and design is quite apparent is her clothing choices.  She is certainly one Haute Mamma!

 

Haute Pro-Skater. Haute Dad. Mill Valley Half Pipe Drop-Off.

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Matt Field. Proof Lab Surf Shop. Mill Valley, California. October 2013.

Matt is not only a well-know professional Skateboarder, but a father of three. Matt also designs skate inspired clothing as well as teach skateboarding around San Francisco.  It's so impressive to watch Matt smoothly move around a half pipe.. I tried last week and my heel got stuck on the metal ledge.. Matt informed me that 5 inch heels are not conducive while riding a skateboard – I mean who made that rule up?

Matt has a knack for style..he is a designer and I'm pretty sure he even designed his board.  His low key, but so stylin' look is great.  His Marc Jacobs floral patterned hat is a perfect accessory for this skate-pro dad.

Sex, Meth and California at Mill Valley Drop-Off. Haute Literary Mamma.

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Kris Malone. Writer. Mom of three boys. Mill Valley, California June 2013.

Fashion notes: Marc Jacobs handbag, Jewelry by Reliquary in Hayes Valley, Lost Wax Studio in NYC and Susan Thames, Wedges by Desigual from Famous 4 Our Look in Mill Valley, Dress by Prairie Underground.

I spotted Kris at a coffee shop in Mill Valley.  How could I not notice this ultra stylish mamma with three boys with perfectly straight long hair?  So cool were they, I had to wonder in what band she plays.  She’s not in a band, but Kris is quite the creative intellectual, just completing a novel Eat Me, Love Me, Drink Me, a literary novel about sex, meth and California.  I knew this mamma was an interesting one and I thank her in advance for allowing us the opportunity to live this wild ride through her words.