Public Parks Make me Happy.

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Victor. San Francisco. February 2017.

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Victor isn’t dressed like a fashion plate, but he and his son are so cute.

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I love water fountains at parks, I know they are probably filled with the most disgusting germs – but it’s something that hasn’t changed – like the library or post office.

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When my boys were little, I lived at the park. The playground was the only place, I could sit my tired booty down and not worry about anything – the kids were free and so was I. I’m thinking I should personally thank the Parks and Recreations Department for allowing me that time to socialize, read magazines and yes, beg other parents to push my kids on the slide….

When you live in cities, parks become the glue that keeps parents of non school age kids together – I made so many interesting friends at the park, especially in Miami.  Neal’s first friend was a child of a Japanese diplomat and his mom, a police officer in Tokyo, was one of my first “mom” friends.

My point: It’s lonely out there, bring your kids to the park. You may learn how to take down a Japanese thief in two easy steps, or just get to have some old fashion small talk with adults. But don’t go without your kids, because that’s weird.

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Running after two kids is serious exercise, you have to be in major shape – I used to play mind games with older kids to get them to play with my little ones at the park.. what?

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Yea, how can you not look at them and smile.

 

Haute Russian Style circa 1800..

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Ethan and Elliot. Marin County. January 2017.

Dressed like Russians in the late 1700’s, early 1800’s this crew is getting ready to visit Fort Ross in California to experience Russian history…

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My own child in the middle, he’s wearing my skinny jeans from Zara, which he had to squeeze into and I had to split the ankles with a scissor so he could manage to get them over his ankles. He’s also wearing a cropped military blazer, which fits him much better than me. Yamato on the right is wearing a fur hat and cape from The Salvation Army, pretty fun to create costumes for kids.

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Father and Son. Ethan goes on a lot of field trips, because he is a professional outdoorsman – at least to me – I’m pretty sure he can light a fire with wood and stuff :)

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I think Elliot is wearing his mom’s moccasins.

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Elliot’s sweater could be from the 1970’s or the 1700’s – not sure??

Man Bags can be so Haute…

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Ethan. Marin County, California. October 2016.

Fine, Ethan is an artist, a professor, drives an old school VW van, has a beard, grew up in Kenya and pulls off a man bag beautifully…but don’t feel bad guys – you can do it too – even if you grew up in suburban Ohio, I believe in all of you, I really do.

Ethan’s handmade woven basket bag was a gift from his family who live in Nairobi, Kenya, where Ethan spent part of his childhood. These bags can be purchased on line, try to find a website where the crafters live in Africa and are making the money directly.

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High top Vans will always remind me of cool skater kids… and they haven’t lost that nostalgia, or style.

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This is style – Van high tops paired with a handmade Kenyan basket bag.

Last night I dreamt Somebody Loved me..

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Morrissey as a dad…..Marin County. May 2016

I love stopping dads  – it’s always a little awkward, but quite rewarding – especially when I see them later, and they tell me how impressed their spouses are at their “blog fame”.

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It’s refreshing to see this style on a dad in Marin County. He’s not hiding behind a beard, he’s walking around like a New Age London musician. I adore this look – skinny jeans, edgy hair, sleeves rolled up…ray bans – it’s all perfect.

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It’s hard to pull off such fitted clothing, but it really looks best to wear clothing that truly fits- – but it takes exercise and discipline to fit into a Morrissey 1980’s look… you can do it, I know it!

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He’s so Cool. Rock-n-Roll Daddy.

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Toby. San Rafael. 2015.

Doesn’t Toby look like a rock star?  He is, he’s a 5th grade teacher with a tremendous passion for music.

We met Toby at The Sweetwater Music Hall, owned by Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. It was before moving to Marin, and I couldn’t believe my luck to find such an amazing music venue – Miami had hardly any. It was comforting to meet Toby, and realize he had hung at my childhood house with one of my brothers – probably listening to punk and jamming on my brother’s Ludwig (I can’t use the word “jamming” without sounding like a total dork).

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Originally from Miami, Toby carries that Miami swagger in combination with a Rock-n-Roll look, very present in Northern California.

Toby, his wife Kathleen and his crew continue to be active in the Bay Area music scene – and having kids hasn’t slowed them down – their daughter is exposed to huge amounts of music and has been a part of the music community since inception. Wouldn’t you love to have this guy as your teacher?

Toby proves you can be a dad and a rock star -it’s amazing to see a passion like music shared with the next generation. It’s kind of like me sharing my love of donuts with my boys – it’s such a passion of mine, and I feel like I’m giving them so much – sprinkles, sugar, fat, stomach aches…. 

Broadway Star in Philly. The Lion King’s Stylin’ Dad.

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Philadelphia. June 2015.

It’s so cool when I meet people and learn about their interesting lives. This young kid, Tre’ Jones, http://bit.ly/1GKFNjE is starring as young Simba in the traveling Broadway production of The Lion King. To see a show in your city, http://www.lionking.com

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This dad works on the road in computer tech while supporting the dreams of his Broadway star son.

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Funny that this dad is wearing sneakers and his son is dressed in perfectly polished dress shoes.

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A little Dad Style on Sunday.. Hipster Bikes..

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Christian. San Anselmo, California. June 2015.

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Fashion Notes: Jeans: Nudie, Button Down: Brisbane Moss from Guideboat Company in Mill Valley, Undershirt: Gitman Vintage, Shoes: Vans, Glasses: Dita Legends, Bike: Yuba Boda Boda

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Listening to some live music in the music enclave of Marin County.. where you can hear music night and day.

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I’m really digging these dark jeans….