It’s all about ME..HAUTE

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Me. Fall 2016. Marin County, California.

This necklace is from Laura Kimpton, her large instillations may be found at Burning Man, and she has a retail store in the bohemian town of Fairfax, California. Louis Vuitton is also making gold initial necklaces, $480 each. See below from In Style Magazine, 

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“Gold-finished” meaning not real gold

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I can’t remember where I bought this shearling jacket, but it was used and I knew it was a seriously amazing find. My psychic style powers told me that shearling was going to be huge again – and I was right. I love this jacket, but it’s a little bulky and boxy. Shearling can have a luxury, designer look, a downtown NYC look, a mountain, preppy LL.Bean look or even a bohemian 70’s look..depending on the jacket and how you style it.

Seen here on me is my 90’s style – reminds me of Mary J. Blige and the street style of Jennifer Lopez, and Hip-Hop artists in NYC during that period. I took an American Apparel strapless one piece, and cut it  – it’s a little crooked (I never cut in a straight line).

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Cheap sunglasses, $10 on Haight-Ashbury..

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My enormous Louis Vuitton Speedy bag, which is really sold as luggage. I bought these Timberlands at Century 21 in NYC…

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Does this braid make me look a little bohemian?

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Paige Denim, love these jeans – not sure if I love the way my butt looks..but they are comfortable and not skin tight.

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My dorkiest face – only adding to this look!!

 

Haute Pantsuit Nation at Drop-Off

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Marin County. November 8, 2016. Election Day.

This morning at Drop-Off, a bunch of mamas met and planned to wear pant suits, to be a part of the group #pantsuitnation – where women around the country are wearing pant suits in honor of Hillary Clinton – sisterhood and Feminism, what’s so funny is no one has pants suit anymore. One mom wore her late Republican grandmother’s blazer from Lord & Taylor – we all thought that was pretty ironic, a store with a stereotype in the past of serving a very conservative upper-middle class WASPY population.

It was my idea to just wear yoga pants in combination with blazers, mostly because selfishly I wanted to do yoga after our pant suit power rally. I do think it’s fashionably interesting that none of us wear anything that resembles suits at all anymore – we’re feminists in dresses!!

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Leslie, a powerhouse executive at HBO wore this version of a suit to show her support of Hillary – she’s showing her gorgeous daughter the importance of making your voice count.

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Check out all these women in Pant Suits at school drop-off this morning.  We are showing our kids, through example, how to be a part of the decision making in this country – our votes mean something. The bonding this election has created is more significant than the separation – I’m so proud of women in this country for supporting one another and making sure all of our voices are heard.

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This mama got all of us to meet at drop-off this morning in our pant suits..love her version of this old school look.

 

Haute Temporary Butt Implants…

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I decided to be a Kardashian for Halloween.  We all know, it was just an excuse for me to stuff pull ups in my jeans, and finally get to exist in society with an impressive backside. I promise you I’m deep and soulful, but I have many sides, and one includes me clicking on a You Tube video explaining how to achieve a larger butt by utilizing pull ups.

Pull Ups, as you know are used as night time diapers for kids  – they aren’t cheap, I remember. But lucky for me, my friend Amy kindly lent me some – organic even! The first night I wore them, they worked – it was very hard to use the bathroom and re-stuff my self in a small bathroom at a party – I did look very lumpy by the middle of the night. I suggest you use tight, but stretchy jeans.

At the Halloween Party, people were staring at me – especially females – I knew they were wondering if I had implants, but they also know that Marin County is not Miami. It was pretty clear, after a few bathroom visits, and not placing the pull ups correctly that I was smuggling something in my jeans, and it didn’t look pretty.

Here’s the link to the video, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uXcqw0Gjq4E

Get my Look above: 6 pull ups, Zara heels, Gap Skinny jeans, H&M bomber jacket, gold hoops, Chanel bag, braids and lots of eyeliner.

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My little Axl Rose, Liam wanted a Slash side kick, but not many 10 year old kids want to dress up like Slash.

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I had to switch to high top Adidas, and my enormous Louis Vuitton Speedy bag to carry my camera and candy (I like candy) when we went trick-or-treating.  Look at my butt profile – impressive, huh?

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Liam is the only member of my family who will pose with me for my blog, or any social media.. Please say the kid continues to help his mama out :)

But all in all, after much serious research, It’s conclusive, blondes don’t have more fun, but those who stuff their jeans with Pull Ups, actually have the most fun….

Brazilians are always Haute (to me)…

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Fernanda. Marin County. October 2016.

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Check out those espadrilles! Fernanda is Brazilian and now Californian..I grew up lucky enough to be around Brazilians – stylish, cool, laid back and fun… maybe these are stereotypes, but these are the characteristics I find in many Brazilians. Also insanely gorgeous!!

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Perfect love…

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Strike a pose… Fernanda exercises daily (as you can see).

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Love this kid! Making a joke out of me asking Fernanda to pose :)

 

Haute Anthropologist Mama. What will they say about Trump?

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Cassidy. San Rafael, California. October 2016.

Cassidy is a head turner, I started stalking her last year at school drop-off – she then caught me yelling at my kids on the street – yup, I’m that mom. After that humiliating exercise, I had to introduce myself to this gorgeous mom with glowing skin and perfect hair. “excuse me, hi, I’m Mara, sorry you had to see me yell at my kids, I know I seem mean – anyway, you are gorgeous, who’s your dermatologist?” Just kidding about the last part, but that’s kind of what happened. Don’t be jealous of my social skills!

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Cassidy is dressed up for a Children’s Faire, where fantasy comes to life for kids – it reminds me of the Princess Bride.. Cassidy ain’t no flower child – well maybe a little bit… Cassidy is an Anthropologist and an Archaeologist. And that’s all I can say about that – kidding!! I loved my Anthropology classes in College, but I’m sure you’ll believe me when I tell you, I had to re-spell Archaeology several times in this post.

I will say that I’m very curious how Anthropologists are processing Trump’s candidacy and those that follow him.  How have cultural values and norms changed? Bet that’s a question a lot of Anthropology students are answering on their undergrad papers.

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Pretty in pastels..

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Some people claim Stevie Nicks started this bohemian layering trend… what do you think?

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Haute Presidential Debates… Kids Know What to Ask.

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Click here to read more of my kid’s questions….http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/when-you-watch-the-presid_b_12575202.html

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.

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

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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

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How LA do they look? So cute!

 

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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.

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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.

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..a monogrammed letter N.

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Small words wrapped around Natalie’s wrist.

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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.

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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!

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

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Eli. San Rafael, California. October 2016.

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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….

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Eli and Leah live in LA, and Leah has a fashion blog, redlipsandrose.com 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.

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

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

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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.

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Love the hat on this kid…

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Beautiful family.

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Is she wearing Burberry?

 

Haute on Glitter and Bubbles

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Today, I was featured as a “Rad Mom” on Corri McFadden’s blog Glitter and Bubbles, http://glitterandbubbles.com. 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; http://glitterandbubbles.com/mara-menachem/

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

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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..http://glitterandbubbles.com/raspberry-brie/

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Corri is founder of eDrop-Off, http://shopedropoff.com 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, http://www.hautedropoff.com/edrop-off-haute-drop-off-unite-in-aspen/