My hippie roots resonate in my heart, mind, and style. My grandparents purchased two houses in the Haight district in the 1980's during the decline of the Counterculture Revolution. My grandmother still recalls the house being invaded by hippies and scrubbing poop off the floor with her two small children by her side. I was born in 1990 and my grandmother still lived in one of the houses until I was about four years old. As a child I spent every weekend her and a lot of my time in Golden Gate Park. As a young adult I moved back to the neighborhood and it was my home for the next four years. A few semesters back I took a class based on San Francisco history which revived my interest and knowledge of the historic neighborhood. I learned about the creation of the neighborhood, it's appeal to young kids in the '60's, it's decline, and how the community truly changed the world.
The Haight has been close to my heart since I was a child. I have been drawn back to the neighborhood organically at many different times in my life. As a San Francisco Native I love the city in a special way for I have seen it grow throughout my lifetime. I love my old home and roommates dearly, the shops, restaurants, and being able to see the house I spent so much time in as a child regularly.
Free People speaks to the contemporary hippie soul and is one of my favorite brands. I decided to go braless for this plunging neck because I didn't want to add more to an intricate top. I usually don't feel comfortable without a bra, but this top was flattering, so I felt I could get away with it. I layered a braided and a laced choker and then stumbled on this hat on the way out. I felt like I was in the middle of a time warp looking back at these photos; ready to attend a free lunch in Golden Gate Park or en route to the Monterrey Pop Festival.