Man Bags can be so Haute…


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.


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


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

$600 Distressed High Tops? Cali Style Ain’t Cheap..


Natalie. Marin County, California. October 2016.

Natalie is the owner of LOOKING GLASS, Luxe Clothing & Shoes in Sonoma County. Sonoma is the Northern California town, famed for its wine. Sonoma not only has visitors from all around the world, but many East Coasters, and LA peeps, have second homes, wineries and have even transplanted year round to this gorgeous town.

So it’s no surprise that Natalie’s store is filled with high design pieces for Sonoma’s stylish crew of women. Check her out @lookingglass707


How LA do they look? So cute!



Fashion Notes: Mother high waisted jeans, Golden Goose sneakers, Bella Lux top, Rag & Bone suede hat, Aviator Nation tote, Pamela Love spike rings, Rolex watch.


Hebrew tattoo by Buddha’s Palm Tattoo in Sebastopol, a bohemian town in Northern California. I’m pretty sure the first time I spotted a Hebrew tattoo, I was amazed – I thought  that tattoos were forbidden in Judaism – something about desecrating your body, which is merely a shell – your soul belongs to you. This is at least my interpretation. As if Jews don’t have enough guilt, we grew up thinking if you got a tattoo you wouldn’t be allowed to be buried in a Jewish cemetery – I think it must have something to do with the Holocaust, and de-humanizing Jews by tattooing their arms with numbers identifying them in the concentration camps.


..a monogrammed letter N.


Small words wrapped around Natalie’s wrist.


When I spotted Natalie’s Golden Goose sneakers, I knew she was invested in fashion. These sneakers are not cheap, and part of their appeal to the fashion set is the intentional distressed look – it’s like your brother’s hand me down high tops, which take months to break in. Prices start around $500, and can be found at Barney’s NYC.


The tote bag trend started with Americans finally bringing re-usable bags to the grocery store. Since then, tote bags have gone designer..and I always say tote bags are the new status symbol. I use a few my mom gets from The Aspen Institute – I feel so intellectual and sophisticated when walking through my local store  – if they only knew the truth – my tote bags are hand me downs!



Why seeing your “Peeps” makes Drop-Off feel like Home..


Eli. San Rafael, California. October 2016.


I admit to spotting Eli and his family, and getting excited to see my people in Marin County. It’s not like LA or NYC where running into Jews wearing kippahs and tzi tzi is common. I know many cultures can relate to seeing your peeps, and giving them the “what up” head lift or the wave. I took it a step further, and actually walked up to this crew. One, because they looked so LA, and two because they were at my kid’s school faire, and I hardly see a full Jew, let alone observant ones – so I had to walk over, and do the awkward so….


Eli and Leah live in LA, and Leah has a fashion blog, It’s a tradition for Orthodox Jewish women who are married to cover their hair -I love how Leah uses a cool scarf, creating a funky East Village vibe.


Such a stylin’ crew – LA is so present in their casual, but cool stye.


Leah making that Apple watch ever so fashionable and bling worthy.


Leah is my kind of girl – the Adidas soccer slides paired with leggings, aviators and a hair wrap – she has that Cali street style – as moms of young kids know, you need to be ready to run and be spontaneous, Leah manages to have her own style, while being able to be a hands on mama.


Love the hat on this kid…


Beautiful family.


Is she wearing Burberry?


Haute on Glitter and Bubbles


Today, I was featured as a “Rad Mom” on Corri McFadden’s blog Glitter and Bubbles, Corri was a “Haute Human” on Haute Drop-Off after I spotted the gorgeous, talented entrepreneur in Aspen. For my complete interview on Glitter and Bubbles, where I even mention slipping across a grocery floor, click here;

Corri not only asked me great questions, but she made this amazing diagram of my favorite things, see below:


Corri’s blog not only has recipes, style tips and things to do with kids – but she actually shows you step by step how to get things done – like making my brie recipe, shown here..


Corri is founder of eDrop-Off, the first online luxury consignment store. Her company is successful due to Corri’s incredible dedication, style and hard work – VH-1 even did a docu-series called House of Consignment following Corri’s daily life building her business. Here’s the link to Corri’s feature on Haute Drop-Off,


JLo Hair is Haute.. Edith.


Edith. Aspen. Summer 2016.


Edith has that Jlo glow.. she is gorgeous!!


It’s all about the Hair. perfect beach hair, wavy with honey highlights.


He’s so cute!!


Always make sure those cutoff’s fit well – – like here on Edith, I need to be better with the fit-  I get them short and too baggy in the booty.



REI saved my Chanel Bag, & more Deep Thoughts….


Napa County. California. October 2016. Soccer Tournament.

When we first moved to Marin County three years ago, my son joined a traveling soccer team. I showed up to practices in my “Miami Glam” look, and learned quickly that the weather at games and practices require practical dressing. Being practical has never been my “thing”, but the other soccer moms openly accepted me, and continually (three years later) take care of me, in all weather conditions. But besides that, we’ve developed  friendships and bonds while watching our kids play.

I don’t like to show off about kids, but these amazing parents are always telling me positive things about my kid’s soccer skills, I always say I can’t reciprocate, because I have no idea what to even say, it’s the other soccer moms who point out when Neal does some amazing move – and I later tell him things like “Neal, awesome hat trick” – to which, he says “yea mom, and describe what that is?”


Here I am today, watching the game in the pouring rain.  Shannon, my friend who is organized and efficient – she’s married to a rock star photographer and spent her life being the practical one, in a world of artists. So Shannon runs back to her car, and provides all of us with some shelter from the rain.

Because she rules, Shannon grabs my Chanel bag, and holds it on her lap. It’s being protected by rain equipment from REI.  Because of this, I would like to I formally thank REI and its outdoor material engineers for creating products that protect designer handbags. I’m sure that’s what the material designers had in mind when creating REI’s outdoor equipment. No matter, they did a great job.


Shannon and my Chanel Bag..

My point in all this writing – is that as the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah approaches, I’m reflecting more than my usual neurotic self. I feel so grateful, for the little things – like watching my kid play soccer, and feeling the pouring rain on my body. I’m amazed at how accepting humanity can be…in my hippie home of Marin County, my soccer mom friends find something shallow like protecting my Chanel bag in the rain, funny and don’t judge.


We all enjoyed life this morning, we laughed, smiled and watched our kids kick a ball around. And I looked down at my phone after the game, with a text from my mama, “So grateful for having you”…. Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Papi has some Tattoos…Haute.


Andy. Mill Valley, California. September 2016.


Apparently Andy gets stopped often. I asked him if he’s in accounting, because he looks the part – how very wrong was I – he’s an Engineer.


Andy can wear the most simple of things, and always make a style statement. When you are covered in body art, it’s hard to separate from a somewhat permanent persona – I think it looks amazing.




My “grass roots” Drop-Off Style (when I’m not in leggings)


Me. September 2016. Marin County. Shots by T. Palmer.

I’m not smiling in these (okay, I’m making that semi-weird lip expression), it was the first run & I’m a little rusty and a lot self conscious  – I warm up in the photos you’ll see in a few weeks.  Although, I will admit to feeling like I did a pretty good job pulling together this look from my closet – what? self-validation people!


This basket weaved leather bag was a great summer purchase – $40.00 from Lola’s in Fairfax, CA – when I wear this bag, I get stopped constantly. My friend Em-J, who’s a very stylin’ twenty-something, surfing, mountain biking woman – has been on a constant search to find this bag, because she knows her friend Mara, has quite the eye for accessories & good prices (I’m kidding, but I do).



The choker is a long chain, made by Shandi Levy Jewelry. Chokers are here for now, and I’m still not sure if they look right on me, because I don’t have the neck of a ballet dancer. This dress is from H&M, and it was very cheap. I impulsively shortened it, by cutting it with scissors and it came out uneven. It was my multi-talented & close friend Barb, who fixed the dress & made it wearable. It looks shredded and low end, but that doesn’t matter to me – accessories are key. The plaid top, also cut by yours truly, (so happy Grunge is back “in”) is by Zara. The gladiator sandals I LOVE, and found on sale at 02 in Aspen this summer. They are by Vince Camuto.

The sandals I guess seem sexy, because I get some “looks” when wearing them. They are totally flat with no heel, which makes them causal and wearable – but I guess the look of them seems out of the box for some…I’ve just been enjoying pairing them with everything in my closet – including the boring, but repeated yoga pant!!

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My nails are long again, they are acrylic and high maintenance. The males in my life think they are awful, but women usually love them. I love them, they elongate your hands and make me feel like I’m related to J.Lo :).


I really look like I’m trying here….oy vey!


The only issue with this dress and wearing it to pick up my kids is the wind factor. It’s always windy in Northern California, especially in San Francisco. I walk with my arms attached to my side or make all my bags messenger, to hold my dress down, I would wear dresses every day if it wasn’t windy –


And a close up, sunglasses are on for reasons of vanity…

Babydolls -n- Boots, Haute.


Jenny. Aspen. August 2016.


Well, well, well isn’t this a throwback to the 1990’s. Every “it” girl wore cowboy boots and baby doll dresses in the 1990’s – I believe Betsey Johnson started the trend with her sexy floral dresses all the girls coveted – back then, her stores had a no return policy, so you had to be sure that pricey dress looked good.



The nails and small tattoos add that 2016 modern edge to Jenny’s look.


Cowboy boots are always sexy with a short dress, for shorter legs aim for an ankle boot, sometimes full size cowboy boots can make legs appear shorter – but who cares!!!


Jenny’s roots are rock-n-roll…this photo is so pure..

eDrop-Off & Haute Drop-Off Unite in Aspen


Corri McFadden. Mom. Wife. Fashion Innovator. Aspen. August 2016.

CORRI: Obviously, I saw this stylish mom and asked to take her photograph for Haute Drop-Off. With an automatic yes, and a natural ability to casually pose – I quickly knew Corri wasn’t an amateur. As we talked between shots, I learned that Corri is founder of the on line designer luxury consignment shop, eDROP-OFF. The company successful in its own right, was made famous by the VH-1 show House of Consignment, which documented Corri’s everyday challenges and successes growing eDROP-OFF into the company it is today,

eDROP-OFF has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, InStyle, Marie Claire, People, and Elle, along with national television programs including The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.


DESIGNER BAGS & UNSOLICITED ADVICE: As weird as it may seem, since I was a little kid – I had a passion, which was rummaging through old clothes, closets and junk. The first time I entered a Salvation Army, I decided it was so much more amazing than any Toys-r-Us. As I got older, my love for rummaging grew and became more sophisticated, I began to rummage through my Grandmothers and their friend’s closets – especially the ones with vintage Gucci. I still have a vintage Gucci mini-trunk my Grandmother’s best friend Mildred gave to me – I’m pretty sure I begged her, after I found it deep in the belly of her large Miami closet. I also think this was the same day Mildred and my Grandmother gave me unsolicited advice along with my vintage designer trunk, “Mara, keep two legs in one stocking”.

So learning how Corri created a fashion empire based on her rummaging through women’s closets and re-selling their unused things – is pretty much an amazing reality, especially for someone like me.


Corri and her equally charming husband took their daughter to the Ducky Derby in Aspen, where thousands of rubber ducks are emptied into an Aspen river – all to raise money for local charities. Since having Zelda, Corri has created a mother/daughter blog,, a resource for just about everything for today’s modern mamas. Corri features “rad moms” and her daughter Zelda has all of us captivated, living through her childhood experiences, all with a great sense of fashion (thanks to very stylish parents).


Kiss my feet…cute shoes by Here/Now, Love how they’ve taken old school all white slip on sneakers and added a little pop art. For around $260 you can get a pair, check out the different styles by clicking the link above.


See how Corri’s half french braid and braided top connect?


Who says “diaper bags” have to be boring – a little leopard print adds some edge to any stroller – and most importantly mom.


Fashion Notes: Corri is wearing Free People apparel, Ray Ban 1960’s Beatle”esque” glasses, Here/Now kicks. Leopard backpack by Coach.


Long legs don’t care – – all black in the summer with white kicks – how a city mama does it. For more about Corri or eDROP-OFF, click the links in this post. (and let me know what you bid on!!)