Haute Blues. Bright Baskets at Drop-Off.

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Anna. Mom. Artist. Art Teacher. San Rafael, California. September 2014.

I see people, mostly women carrying baskets all over Marin County.  We borrow so much from other cultures – Outside the States, women have been carrying baskets for hundreds of years…I guess we are now realizing it’s an easy way to carry our “stuff”.

I haven’t given “the basket” a try – -but I just may. Chanel has a “basket bag”, you think major designers will come out with luxury baskets? Most likely.

Birkenstocks are huge now!!! I’m excited for this – I never fell out of love with good, old and hippie “ish” Birks!!

Haute Hats. Happiness in Central Park.

DSC_2326DSC_2327Central Park.  New York City.  September 2014.

Obviously, I fell in love with this moment I witnessed on a bench in Central Park. Mother and daughter love, and it came with stylish hats.  The lacy shorts on this mom, look so sweet and remind me of the English Countryside.  When I usually see lace shorts, they look a lot different – and on me, another story :)

And then of course the teddy bear, hanging on the bench..this is beyond special. Glad I had the pleasure of capturing it for you…xx

Black Leather and Ice Cream. Haute Mama NYC.

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New York City. September 2014. Ice Cream Truck on Fifth Avenue.

First of all, I told you guys EXPOSED BRAS are “in”.  I couldn’t’ crop this woman out of the photo, so here is an example of the “bra frenzy” happening right now.

It’s tough to look put together on a hot September day.  Especially dealing with kids and sticky ice cream.  This Mama does it well. I love the way black clothing looks on blondes – and black leather.

Picture me (Mara) in this look, I would probably look like a cast member of the Jersey Shore..I could not pull it off. But this mom looks great.

NYC is a visual playground..and the styles vary like no other city. Happy Tuesday friends. I will be happy if I get to shower today :)

Mara’s Run DMC Style. Gold Chains at Drop-Off.

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Mara. Marin County. September 2014.

Fashion Notes: Denim “dress”: Zara, Gold Heels: Vintage Yves Saint Laurent. Bag: Chanel, Gold Chain with Vintage Coin: Shandi Levy Jewelry, Bracelets: purchased in markets in Turkey and Botswana. Gold Oversized Aviators: Polaroid, Nails: Gold.

It’s an exciting time for me in fashion.  As you know, I am heavily influenced by urban street style. I’m an extremist in many ways, for instance, I love crazy, long nails or super short nails – but not into an in-between length.  Bigger are always better when it comes to earrings, partly because I have an insane amount of hair.  Small accessories are pointless, who would see them?

My friend Shandi Levy, NYC based jewelry designer, made me this special necklace with an oversized Napoleon looking man coin attached.  Shandi knows if I could, I would dangle a Mercedes emblem from my ear and neck – but those are hard to find in 2014. She found this enormous coin, to satisfy my craving for the oversized and gold accessories.

Back to my point, Chanel’s latest advertisements are taken on the street, with huge pad locks attached to gold chains – think bicycle locks, only Chanel and about $2,300.  Additionally, models are wearing bright, colorful sneakers..almost like those light up ones you see on toddlers.

Now wear did Chanel come up with this? On the streets of Paris, Rome, Tokyo, NYC and London – I’ve seen women wearing these sneakers paired with mini-skirts and shorts all over the place. And I keep repeating, RUN DMC style… The rap band Run DMC’s 1980′s looks are almost identical to what’s on the runway.

This is a thrilling time for me, because I love nothing more then huge gold chains, earrings and denim.. I realize this long denim jacket i’m wearing, is not really a dress..but that’s never stopped me before. I’m pulling it off….and thanking Run DMC for influencing style, even in 2014.

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Haute NYC. Diversity and Exposure at Drop-Off.

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New York City. September 2014.

Yes. It’s a city filled with delicious opportunities to immerse yourself in other cultures…that’s New York.  You can learn about every country in the world,  by simply talking to your cab driver.

I realize this is not a “fashion” shot, but it’s a human shot..a religious Jewish family spending a Sunday at the park together. One of the reasons, I adore New York – you are constantly exposed to new cultures, languages and religions.  And with exposure comes friendships and naturally acceptance….

I Love Fanny Packs and I’m Not Ashamed.

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“In doing research on the aforementioned latest fashion obsession, I learned that the fanny pack was actually named because it was intended to sit on the fanny. But the fanny pack was not worn on the rear when it gained popularity, because no one wants to make it easy for a pick-pocket. And in other countries “fanny” means “vulva,” so for obvious reasons, another term is used.” Click below to read more….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/i-love-fanny-packs-and-im_b_5791738.html

Tight Bun. Prada. A Little Stomach. Haute NYC.

DSC_2281DSC_2285New York City. Fifth Avenue. September 2014.

This mom has the most important fashion accessory..Confidence. She knows how to wear clothing, I love her elegant bun and big pearls combined with a slight crop top.

Fashion Notes: Hot Pink Prada Bag, Harem Pants, Crop-Top, Silver Chain, Oversized Pearls, Tight Hair Bun

Mara. NYC Drop-Off. Zara. Chanel. Cut-Off’s.

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Mara. Upper East Side. New York City. September 2014.

Here I am, it’s a hot day in New York.  I’m showing a little belly and loving the proportions of my new Zara blazer.  Snake skin and animal print patterns, are usually not my thing.  Mostly, because my brothers tell me I look like my Nana, who had a thing for leopard print.

When wearing animal prints, you don’t have to look like a grandmother in Miami Beach – and by the way, I adore the “grandma in Miami Beach” look! But you can mix the print with something casual, and it combines so well.

 

Haute Megan Fox Look-a-Like. Central Park Drop-Off.

DSC_2276DSC_2273Joanna. Central Park. New York City. September 2014.

Fashion Notes: Forever 21 clothing. Sunglasses: Wet Seal

What better way to kick off NYC fashion week, then a week of NYC parent style?

Joanna is one hot mom! Spotted Joanna and her family in Central Park, buying her kids ice cream on a hot NYC September day.  What can I say? Joanna looks great in a crop-top, paired with ripped jeans.  I love her tattoos, and I appreciate her rock-n-roll style.

She reminds me of the actor, Megan Fox..not a bad person to resemble! I added a close up, so you can see Joanna’s tattoos.

Haute Therapist Dad. Chattanooga Drop-Off.

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John Lee. Chattanooga, Tennessee. September 2014.

Fashion Notes: Kicks: Converse. Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Polo: Old Navy, Blazer: H&M

John Lee is a Therapist in Tennessee, and his lovely wife Kendra sent me this photo.  She loves her husband’s style, and I’m happy to feature a dad from Tennessee.  I’ve had hardly any parents from the Southern states on Haute Drop-Off.

I love the “old-school” uniform John’s daughter is wearing..I had one very similar.  I hated it back then, but now it’s looking pretty cute.