Haute Halloween. Decades in Costumes.

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Araceli. Fairfax, California. Halloween 2015.

I wish it was Halloween every day, or Burning Man mentality every day. Some days I want to drape myself in gold chains, and look like a 1980’s rapper. Let’s be honest, every day I want to drape myself in gold chains, and dress like a 1980’s rapper.  Why don’t I?

Maybe it’s because of the confusion that dressing a certain way is to get attention, when for me it’s all about being creative. Putting together clothing and accessories, is a way for me to be artistic daily – so the next time you see me with my gold pointy nails and other ridiculously large gold accessories – just know this is another day of me executing my creativity.

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I love how as adults we like to dress up for Halloween, but in clothing worn during a specific era. Araceli is dressed in her favorite Flashdance 1980’s look. Leg warmers and off the shoulder grey sweatshirt. A lot of us love that film, Jennifer Lopez made a video replicating the famous audition scene (and I can write a thesis paper on the influence of a welding/stripper/professional dancer on me).

When Araceli leaves the welding plant, she teaches yoga at Marin Power Yoga, an amazing studio with Spinning and TRX. Unfortunately for me, I kicked Jamie, the owner in the face after an overenthusiastic “Airplane” pose. Jamie is currently undergoing nose re-construction surgery.  I keep telling him in Yoga, it’s all about positive thinking, as he has taught me – and basically he should be thanking me, for his new nose.

Obviously, I’m trying to be funny here, but if you want a booty that looks good in a high waisted 1980’s leotard like my gorgeous subject above, and you live in this part of the world, contact Marin Power Yoga immediatelyhttp://marinpoweryoga.com

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Barb. San Rafael, California. Halloween 2015.

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Barb spends a lot of time designing sets and creating amazing holiday visuals. She is the lead designer behind The Christmas House, a local favorite in Marin, at The West End Nursery, http://www.westendnursery.com.

Barb has a lot of costumes from her styling days, and what is annoying for me – is I can’t fit into any of them – it seems they are only made for “leggy models”. But I can appreciate from afar, and here is an amazing Gold Lame jumpsuit paired with a serious cwig. Her look seems like the early 80’s, when disco was reaching its end.

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It’s so fun playing dress up. When people are in costume, something magical happens. We let go of the person we think we are – we experiment and step outside of our comfort zone.

Meanwhile, if I had the genetics of Barb,  I’d be pulling off gold lame jumpsuits every day. We all know how jumpsuits look on the short and curvy…

Sunday was HAUTE. True Bohemian Style in Marin.

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Araceli. Marin County. February 2015.

Fashion Notes: I love the gold earrings paired with the gold aviators and petite necklaces.  Araceli unlike most people, can look great in silver and gold jewelry. Her long shiny tresses and glowing skin, add to her eclectic California style.

I first spotted Araceli in a yoga class. I was desparetly trying to look somewhat “California”, with my childhood throwback version of a back bend – let’s just say it didn’t look pretty.  In the front row, a gorgeous woman with tiny bracelets on her wrists and ankles did a back bend with style and grace. Later, I learned Araceli was a Yoga teacher..and I felt a little better about my lack of experience.

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Bohemian Sundays: It’s so nice to spend a Sunday with friends, while the kids run around outside, with absolutely no presence of technology.  With Abba playing in the background, this is a great example of the uniqueness of Northern California. Just hanging out talking about life, music and of course Seinfeld.

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How to Wear Crop-Tops: Yes, Araceli is in incredible shape – but the way she’s exposing a sliver of tummy, is a perfect way for all of us to rock a little crop-top situation.  She tied her Forever 21 blouse, www.forever21.com with the knot low, so you can’t see much.  And the high waisted vintage 1970’s skirt, makes everything stay put – meaning no possibility for a little skin rolls (she has none, but you get my point)

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A little more detail. Check out her gold studded sandals.