A little bit of Pearls go a long way… Haute Drop-Off.

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Autumn. Aspen, August 2015.

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Posing in front of the volunteer run firehouse in Aspen.

Fashion Notes: Sandals: Cooperative from Urban Outfitters, Bag: Louis Vuitton, Dress: Cerre, Hat: Barney’s New York’s private label

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Autumn was raised in Aspen and after living in Los Angeles and London, she and her man (a Brit) decided to raise their family in this gorgeous town.  I love hanging out with Autumn in Aspen because she knows everyone and is so fun! Even with a “newish” baby, Autumn makes time to go out. It’s hard being a new mom, and very important to remember your individual self outside of motherhood  –

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How cute are they? Love Autumn’s use of layering with her pearl chains. And her exposed shoulders add a little classy sexy edge…

Do Brazilian’s Do it Better? Jumpsuits at Drop-Off.

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Naju and Hunter. Aspen, Colorado. August 2015.

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A pretty tattoo on a sexy back….always looks cool.

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Naju, originally from Brazil is wearing jewelry made in Brazil by her designer sister.

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Fashion Notes: Glasses: Louis Vuitton, Hat: Asos, Jumpsuit: H&M, Watch: Nixon, Sandals: Corso Como

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Rompers are so current – just in this weekend’s New York Times, Fashion of the Times featured Taylor Swift, as the fashion teacher when it comes to rompers. The spread shows New Yorkers on the street, beating the heat in adorable rompers. Naju says this jump suit is the easiest staple to throw on, and still look fashionable running after a toddler.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/fashion/what-taylor-swift-can-teach-you-about-rompers.html?_r=0

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Floppy hat and glasses… if you want to get dressed in a hurry, and still look so cool.

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LA Style in Aspen. Haute Drop-Off.

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Moranda. Aspen. August 2015.

Moranda and her family just moved from Los Angeles to Aspen this week – I spotted her at the local park with her family.  We have a lot in common – Moranda and her husband send their kids to a Waldorf school too…see how hip Waldorf parents can be?

Ya know what I love about Aspen summer weather? You can wear jackets and boots!! And your hair still looks good – it’s not humid. I find places like Miami so hard to dress stylish – it’s just so hot in the summer, you really have to wear next to nothing.

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It takes a lot of guts to move to a new city, especially from a large, metropolitan city like LA to a smaller town like Aspen. But I obviously understand the appeal – it’s empowering to start fresh and fun to live in a place that’s small.  Kids in Aspen have a lot more freedom.

And Moranda brings great style to a town known for its workout style. At night in Aspen, you see great fashion and during the day you see exercise clothing, but stylish exercise clothing. Ripped leggings, off the shoulder crop tops, bright sneakers and funky sunglasses. It’s refreshing to see some LA fashion make its debut during prime “hiking” hours.

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The cobblestone streets of Aspen make it very hard to wear anything other then sneakers, sandals or boots..heels are kind of impossible in this town.

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Moranda and her adorable family. Aspen got way cooler this week!

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Fashion Notes: Boots: Anine Bing, Hat: Rag and Bone, Sweator: 360 Cashmere, Dress: Tylie, Basket: purchased at Whole Foods in Hawaii

It’s a Spike Lee, Do The Right Thing kinda’ Summer..

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Emiko. Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. July 2015.

Brooklyn as a Film: It’s been so fun hanging in NYC the past couple of weeks – well except for the stifling heat. I keep picturing Spike Lee’s film, Do The Right Thing – which takes place in Brooklyn during a very hot summer. That film vividly describes the kind of heat you feel existing in a New York summer.

I watched this film several times, but the most memorable was in a college Film class – where we analyzed, wrote, discussed and debated each scene from the film.  The sexual nature of the ice scene, the racial tension in Brooklyn and how brilliantly Spike Lee depicts the humanity in all people – bigots or not. And how Lee demonstrates the heat one Brooklyn summer so well, while watching you can literally feel the sun blazing down on your face – even in a dark, cold movie theater.

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Backpack: From Swedish company, Fjallraven, www.fjallraven.us

This is Emiko’s first child, he’s so gorgeous, and instead of using a typical diaper bag, this stylish Japanese mama went with a cool backpack, that’s functional.

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Fashion Notes: Panama style hat, Rachel Comey top, Sandals by Camper

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Singin’ her Feelings. Haute in Brooklyn.

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Lucille Ghatti (far right) and Friends. Brooklyn.July 2015.

Lucille is a singer. She talks openly about her struggle loving the father of her baby, and him not reciprocating. The pain is so real, and her emotions so raw and truthful. It’s hard to share our pain – most of us like to pretend everything is perfect, that we’re happy all the time. But that’s impossible, isn’t it?

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I LOVE these friends! Lucille and her stylish crew walked by me in the Burrough Hill section of Brooklyn. Lucy told me she’s a singer and new mom.  Struggling with issues as a young woman raising a kid alone, Lucille shares her struggle through her music.  Lucille has quite a following because so many people can relate and feel something when listening to her voice.

Check Lucille out, https://soundcloud.com/lucilleghatti

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Looking like a fashion editorial in W – – these Ladies are so cool, I can’t take it, I hear they are thinking about adding me as a fourth friend!!

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“Dad Bods” Make Me Very Mad. My HuffPost Rant.

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“I am so annoyed (can you tell by my photo). I’ve been reading all the hype surrounding the new term coined by women, “the Dad Bod” in an attempt to make men feel better about their slightly “out-of-shape, I’m-a-dad” body. After hearing this moronic news report, I almost left my spouse to go back to my days at my all women’s college and make my lesbian experimentation a reality. Do I truly hate men? Or do I despise women who constantly give men credit for doing absolutely nothing?” 

Click on the link to read the rest:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/dad-bods-make-me-very-mad_b_7698724.html

Broadway Star in Philly. The Lion King’s Stylin’ Dad.

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Philadelphia. June 2015.

It’s so cool when I meet people and learn about their interesting lives. This young kid, Tre’ Jones, http://bit.ly/1GKFNjE is starring as young Simba in the traveling Broadway production of The Lion King. To see a show in your city, http://www.lionking.com

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This dad works on the road in computer tech while supporting the dreams of his Broadway star son.

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Funny that this dad is wearing sneakers and his son is dressed in perfectly polished dress shoes.

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A SOCAL Beauty. Lululemon for Kids?

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Andrena. Marin County, California. June 2015.

Andrena and her daughter were attending the opening of Lululemon’s latest venture, http://www.ivivva.com – a store dedicated to dressing “active girls”.  Lululemon is smart, creating brand loyalty before adulthood. Andrena’s daughter looks adorable sporting the labels newest apparel – and most importantly, she looks like a kid.

I can’t help wonder how suburban style will continue to become more casual and workout oriented – – and now with kids thrown in the mix, we’ll be seeing a lot of mother/daughter Lululemon combinations.

I’ve been critical and complimentary of Lululemon.  My piece in The Huffington Post, discusses their ability to hide the dreaded “camel toe” while transforming the human booty into a perfect shape, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/all-asses-are-not-created_b_4269238.html

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Fashion Notes: Jeans: Paige Denim, Bag: Gucci, Oversized shades: Michael Kors, Top: Splendid & Joie. On child: Ivivva for Lululemon

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Andrena, originally from Southern California has that beautiful California look – white teeth, big smile, tan skin & gorgeous blonde hair.  Andrena always looks together – although she may argue otherwise.

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The gorgeous rings…..

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A classic logo’d bag by Gucci – always adds a little glamour to any look (even in sweats)

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