Haute Art Basel. Cara Bloch’s Artsy Footage.

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Art Basel 2014. Images by THE Cara Bloch. Above photo not by Cara.

Miami in early December is the most fashion stimulating time to walk the Art Deco streets.  Besides being the world’s premier international art show for modern and contemporary art, Art Basel’s presence creates the most amazing parties in the universe – hosted by the most glamorous and artsy.  The Sagamore Hotel, Miami’s Art Hotel hosts an annual brunch during Art Basel, where art, fashion and food fuse together.

Cara Bloch, my friend and rock star photographer (I’m such a name dropper, I know – I’m just proud) documented Art Basel week, and the stylish brunch guests at The Sagamore.

Miami is such a fun city, and when the world comes for a visit during Art Basel..Miami residents make sure they have the time of their lives.  Enjoy the photos!!!

www.artbasel.com and www.carabloch.com

Love Letter to Miami Moms, The Original Haute Drop-Off’s.

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“In high-school, my friend’s mother would pull up in a shiny Porsche convertible. Her seemingly effortless exit from the car brought teenage boys and me to a halt. Dressed in curve-hugging Dolce & Gabbana, this mother was, by anyone’s standard, a total knockout. She was sexy, stylish and didn’t look “mom-like.”

http://blog.justaskboo.com/a-love-letter-to-miami-moms/

Gold Heels. Full Floral. Haute Fashion Designer Mom.

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Necy. Atlanta. 2014. Mom. Designer.

Fashion Notes: Gold heels, tight t-shirt in white and full floral skirt, probably made by Necy.

The fitted and short white top works well with this full skirt – -and Necy is tall and thin, making her less concerned about proportions, she looks great in clothing. The skirt falls right at the skinniest part of the leg – the ankle..that’s a great way to show a little skin, and some pretty ankle action :) Once again, this mother has style – it’s in her blood, and she just knows fashion.  Wish she walked by me every day.

Haute Malibu. Actor-Surfer-Cowboy-Cool Dad at Drop-Off.

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Fashion Notes: Rodger, Shoes: Clarks, Jeans: Levis, Flannel: Abercrombie, Vest: One Star, Sunglasses: Ray Ban. Avalon, Kicks: Converse, Jeans: Joe’s Jeans, Vest: Pop Out, Tank Top and Back Pack: Roxy

About: Rodger and family live in Malibu, where he takes advantage of the California life style.  His talents are abundant…. Actor, Musician, Singer, Surfer, Skateboarder, Cowboy, Writer, Producer, Director, Motivational Speaker and DAD.  I don’t know what it means to be a cowboy, but it sounds pretty fun.

Hair: I mean can this dad get any cooler? Rodger is a great looking dude, with major style and an awesome beard.  I have this beard style philosophy  – it can’t be neat or overly trimmed. A beard I like, is more free spirited in its presentation.  A little messy and unruly, but only slightly…Rodger has perfected my beard ideal. The long, straight hair reminds me of late 70’s folk rock hair…it just fits this dad well, and man is he lucky!

Style: I love the fitted vest with a little plaid peaking though – -and the thick wrist cuff.  A great example for men on how to wear accessories. The rolled sleeve is a great way to add some masculinity to any look – especially when its plaid.

Film: Below is a photo of Rodger from his upcoming Universal Pictures film, Scorpion King Quest for Power.  Check out this stylin’ dad in his new film coming out in January.

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Iphone Shots. Miami. Brooklyn. San Francisco. Marin.

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Miami. Marin County. San Francisco. Brooklyn. 2014.

I realize the bad quality of the photographs, but I wanted to show these stylin’ parents. I love traveling and admiring the fashion of each place.  I don’t know if this is a real “hobby”, but observing humanity is my greatest love – actually participating in human interaction, while capturing style…. yup, that’s it.

Love to you all. Happy Friday. xxxx Mara

HuffPost Comedy. Bumper Stickers, Original Status Updates.

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“Before status updates on social media, bumper stickers on cars acted as a person’s semi-permanent status update. Growing up in a family who all drove Volvos, bumper stickers of the liberal variety would have been a perfect accoutrement to our vehicles. But adorning your Volvo with stickers was an unwritten “no no” in the Menachem household. Because of that, I admired the various messages people displayed..” Read the rest by clicking on the link below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/bumper-stickers-the-origi_b_6313254.html

Haute Filmmaker Papa. Creative California.

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Adam. Fairfax, California. 2014.

Fashion Notes: Pants: RVCA, Top: Obey, Boots: Red Wing, Hat: Goorin Brothers

Adam directs commercials and documentaries, his latest was for Ralph Lauren in Madrid.  I love hearing tidbits of people’s lives – well, let’s face it, I love hearing it all. Adam is British, and has that polished look, even in casual clothing. Simple style with a cool accessory – the cap! Try it :)

 

Excuse the Face. I’m trying to look Good, it takes Concentration.

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Mara. Marin County. 2014.

Fashion Notes: Top: Max Mara, Mini-Jean Skirt: Marc Jacobs, Handbag: Hazel, purchased in Spain, Chain Strap: taken from another bag to add a little Gold, Boots: Joan & David, Glasses: Polaroid, Bracelets: Shandi Levy Jewelry, Africa and Turkey, Earrings: hoops Target and Beaded Shandi Levy. Beaded Bracelet: Emporium Miami

Suggestions: Not everyone will wear such a short shirt – I get that. I actually think a long tank top looks great with a short jean skirt.  This look is pretty sexy, and not one that I would pull off going to pick up my kids from school.  I  would throw on my long jean jacket before walking through the gates.  If you live in a cold climate, wear tights or leggings to keep your legs warm, or over the knee socks and high boots. If it’s hot out, you can wear a jean skirt with converse, sandals or a heel at night – and throw on a long tank top and cool long bag.

Style Story: This Marc Jacobs jean skirt has been hidden away for years. I find being able to wear boots year round, gives me more clothing flexibility. This bag purchased in Barcelona is the coolest, and I added a gold chain from another bag as the strap.  It gives the bag more of a glamorous bohemian feel.  I am pretty sure I bought the boots at a Nordstrom Rack in Miami, I know Joan & David has re-invented themselves and are making some cool shoes. This shirt was a give-a-away from my mom.  Due to my impulsivity, I decided to cut the shirt myself – maybe I miss-judged the length :) I’m wearing two large earrings in each ear – and lots of bracelets.  I love accessories, even if I jingle with every movement and annoy the living daylights out of most people who can hear….ummmm sorry.

 

Haute Art Director. Little Haiti Drop-Off.

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Karla. Mom. Attorney. Art Director. Little Haiti. Miami, Florida. November 2013.

Photograph of Karla by Jerome Soimaud.

Karla runs Yeelen Gallery with her artist husband, Jerome Soimaud.  The gallery captures the spirit of my friend Karla, who is an attorney with a passion for activism.  She’s smart, beautiful, highly cultured and has some serious style.  Originally from Jamaica, Karla and her husband, who hails from Paris, have made Miami home..sharing art which embodies street culture and brings attention to independent artists, and highlights current issues in our culture.

The neighborhood of Little Haiti, where the gallery is housed is the capital of Miami’s Haitian Community.  Little Haiti has struggled economically, but it has always been, at least for me, a special part of Miami – which gives instant access to another culture, with delicious food, great music and a chance to hear the beautiful sound of Creole and French.

Karla finds much inspiration and lots of love in the community in which Yeelen Gallery is located. Featured recently in The New York Times for bringing attention to incredible art emerging from Little Haiti during Miami’s famed Art Basel,

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/06/arts/art-basel-miami-stretches-into-little-haiti.html?_r=0

Below, Jerome exploring art with his daughters.

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Key Stone, Charcoal and Graphite on Canvas. Jerome Soimaud.

So incredible as I am just picturing walking by these guys in a Miami neighborhood.  This is a must see gallery, check out their website at http://www.yeelenart.com