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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Megan makes Drop-Off so Fly…

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Megan. Marin County. May 2016.

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Megan is a repeat Haute Drop mama. Always looking fly this one….When I run into Megan, she knows that I’m going to beg her to let me take some shots. She always looks good, without that “I tried to look good” look.

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Megan knows how to wear animal print ankle boots, without looking cheesy. Not everyone has that gift – paired with solid leggings, and casual bohemian accessories  – and it works so well.

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The striped scarf and leather bag add dimension & cool details.

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The New York Times. My Style Validator.

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Me. San Rafael, California. Unable to remove my credit card from the meter

Yes,  this has happened to me before and no, I’ll never learn.  Why aren’t our tax dollars going toward meters that can accommodate various nail lengths? Is our society only built for hands with regular length nails?

Fashion Notes: Moccasins: Minnetonka, Leggings: Lululemon, Bag: Chanel, Top: Zara

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If you look closely, you can see my green credit card stuck..until I solicited help from a very confused meter maid – apparently, they are not in the business of helping people who choose style over function. But, with my “charming” persistence, I was able to get the help I needed.

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Nails are so “in” right now. As usual, I’ve been pulling off these bad boys for a few years. It started with Madonna on the cover of VOGUE, with long, pointy gold nails. I had to have them. No matter how many of you, were horrified by what you labeled “cheesy” – I pulled through and proved you all wrong.

My own mother was not a fan of my long, semi-pointy nails. Until, the Jewish bible (aka, The New York Times) ran a Sunday fashion story on this nail trend, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/11/t-magazine/fashion/long-pointed-nails-trend-manicure.html?_r=0

So once again, it has been proven that I have quite a style instinct, thank you Fashion of the Times.

Maybe I can’t type or use a regular phone, maybe I didn’t hang up my phone properly and someone had to hear me yell at my offspring, maybe I accidentally lit a nail on fire and didn’t notice, until my child pointed it out – but it’s all worth it, in the name of style.

Some Haute moms and their long nails:

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Tattoos can be Clean Cut. Handsome Dad.

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Cody. San Rafael, California. May 2016.

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Cody has California style, and even mixed in a little vintage, with his grandfather’s army belt. Even with all those tough tattoos, Cody appears clean cut. What a handsome dad!

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Love this belt. Like I always say, raid your grandma’s closet!! (or grandfather in this case)

Hilary Duff Wears Short Shorts, so do I..

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Are women just mean? Is it biological? Or are we conditioned from an early age to judge, criticize and mock other women? As a feminist, I feel terrible putting down my fellow sisters, but after reading the comments regarding Hilary’s drop-off “look”, I’m not happy with the state of our society, particularly females belittling each other.

For more of my thoughts:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/hilary-duff-wears-short-s_b_9852064.html

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Farmer’s Market Haute…

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Marnina. Marin County Farmers Market. April 2016.

Apparently, the stylish come out to the Farmer’s Markets. I had so much fun hanging out with other mom friends – and made some new friends, including an 87 year old Tony Award winner. He grew up in NYC, we sat and chatted- he spoke to me in Yiddish, Hebrew and Spanish. Who knew, I would find such a character at the San Rafael Farmer’s Market?

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Splendid Dress

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Love the dark hair and vintage white/gold glasses.

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Sock Action is Haute…

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Marin County. April 2015.

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This mom works at a very cool clothing store, Erica Tanov, http://www.ericatanov.com

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Love these matte ankle rain boots paired with socks up to the calf. I’m a huge fan of pairing socks with any type of shoe, I get made fun of for it – but I don’t care. My theory is if Parisian women are pulling it off – so can I.

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All black is always chic – but adding these socks makes this look funky and stylish. With summer coming soon, throw out your levi cut off’s with ankle socks and flats.. it’s a great way to take away from the sexiness of the short shorts. Here’s an example:

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Fashion Notes: Seven jeans cut by me, Chanel Flats, Black ankle socks, Bohemian bag from Barcelona, Top from Anthropologie, Glasses are Ray Ban in green, earrings from India

My Chanel flats were stolen in my luggage at JFK  – I miss them. You can wear them with anything and automatically it adds some chicness to an otherwise grungy outfit (which is usually my look). Just ask Alexa Chung, the hip British model and style icon. Alexa wears her Chanel flats with everything – and still manages to look edgy/Downtown and not Upper East Side.

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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Haute Havana in Marin County….

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Nina and Felix. Fairfax, California. Spring 2016.

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Felix grew up in Cuba, I was very excited to connect with him – because he obviously reminded me of Miami. Nina (who also has roots in Cuba) and Felix are actively involved in making Cuba a better place for its citizens. They founded the organization, Bay Area Cuba Community Alliance, www.baccagroup.org

Most of us who grew up in Miami, consider ourselves partially Cuban – we were lucky to be raised with so many people from different cultures, and with a large percentage of Cubans making Miami home – we got to start our mornings with a Cafecito and pastelito and grew up speaking “Spainglish”, the unofficial language of Miami. So when you meet someone who’s Cuban outside of Miami, you feel like you already have a great deal in common.

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Adorable family style…

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Nina grew up in Northern California, but lived in NYC for a long time – she has that natural New York sensibility (her parents are New Yorkers) mixed in with the open minded California spirit. When you have tattoos this large, you’ll never come off as uptight – only creative and cool (even if you are the opposite).

Paradise City. Miami Drop-Off.

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Amber. Miami, Florida. April 2015.

It was amazing to be in Miami again, and check out the school pick up fashion. When I lived in Miami, I loved capturing Amber’s style on Haute Drop-Off.

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How cute is Amber?

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We all need an oversized, cool bag like this, especially with three kids.

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As you know, Miami is so hot – it’s hard to go out without revealing skin. Confidence is key!