Gucci Crew at JFK Drop-Off

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Nihad. JFK Airport. March 2016. (excuse the bad photos – it was taken in a rush)

Nihad is going back to Egypt and dressed comfortable and cool for the long flight. We all know that I stop for fanny packs, and was particularly excited about Nihad’s throw back Gucci.

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We’ve all been seeing these baggy jeans on the street – I’ve bought them and returned them. I bought a pair of these from Zara on West 66th, showed my friend Katherine my new purchase. She started hyperventilating with laughter and fell off the couch, she then chased me with her iPhone to take future black mail images. Apparently, from her reaction, I looked like I was wearing mom jeans and was a part of that SNL skit. Being tall is key to looking good in these jeans – and maybe wearing a crop-top to balance the no-shape.

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Fanny pack close up

Lookin’ Dope in the City

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Mary. Fifth and 72nd. New York City. March 2016.

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This dads look is a little 90’s with updated 2016 accessories, such as the Beat headphones.

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Well, you all know I love her nails. They remind me of hanging out at the nail salon with my mom – Miami and NYC way way back…

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So dope….

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These cross earrings remind me of Madonna in the early years

 

 

 

Glowing & Haute in Ojai. (and my attempt at “hippie”)

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Sarah. Ojai, California. 2015.

A California mama in Ojai – relaxed, non-complicated, smiling…It’s all very California, even in the way Sarah is dressed – a floppy hat reminiscent of the 70’s, her shiny straight hair, striped fitted dress and an authentic smile… I’ll never look this easy breezy  – right?

There is a difference in style between LA, which is always on point, very sexy and laid back bohemian – but in places like Ojai and Joshua Tree, the style seems to be vintage, and the period 1970’s. I think it’s funny that when people visit Joshua Tree, they even pack like they are headed to a music festival or the original Woodstock.  I’ve attempted this look, but I always come out looking Miami.. like this:

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Shot of me by T. Palmer.

Fashion Notes: Boots: Miss Sixty, Skirt: Zara, Top: vintage & designed knitted by my mama, Bag: Dooney & Bourke 1980 Bucket Bag, Cocktail Ring: Vintage Paris, Earrings: Shandi Levy Jewelry

I’m going to New York City tomorrow, and I haven’t packed – but I know, my suitcase will be filled with much more cool looking and funkier clothing then I wear in California. When I’m in NYC, I pull out my real style and feel like I can get away with anything – it’s so fun. This week I think I may even wear my Adidas high tops all day – and leave the heels at home. CRAAAAAZZZZYYYY!!

Shots by Angela Izzo, www.izzoimages.com – photographer, artist, filmmaker. Instagram https://www.instagram.com/izzoimages/

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Feeling Exposed, My Workout Style…

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Fashion Notes: Minnetonka moccasins, Lululemon Boogie shorts, Bag purchased in Barcelona, Uniqlo puffy jacket in navy.

I’ve come to the realization that I actually am that person, that “mom” who wears workout clothing every day – even without working out. Is it the support of the spandex, which offers me comfort? Whatever it may be, I still get stopped quite frequently (don’t roll your eyes), complimenting me on my different looks. It always surprises me, because I’m not even wearing proper clothing. If I lived in NYC, London or Paris – no chance I would spend my days in leggings..but I live somewhere, where it’s more acceptable. But it does get boring staring at a sea of Patagonia jackets and Lululemon leggings, and of course “reasonable” sneakers.  So once again, I put together a few looks on what I wear to make my workout clothing sexier, cooler and most importantly stylish.

So these looks are exaggerated, I’m sucking in and only showing you my best angles..When I leave the gym, I change – I add accessories, change my shoes etc.. I know it’s gross that I don’t shower, but who has time?  For more of my workout style tips..http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/how-to-be-a-style-icon-in_b_4898418.html

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Fashion Notes: Vintage GAP fanny pack (don’t be jealous), North Face cropped Jacket, Michael Stars Tank (but badly by me), Bangles by Shandi Levy Jewelry & India, Alternative Leggings

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Fashion Notes: Adidas slides, Chloe T-shirt, Leggings from TJ Max, Chanel Classic bag, Ralph Lauren vintage blue blazer (courtesy of one of my brother’s Bar Mitzvah’s), Door Knocker Earrings from Amazon, Socks??

Yes, Adidas slides are cool! The Adidas slides have been huge in Paris for a while now, especially worn with skirts. The problem for me, is that most people don’t know or care about style..so they see me walking around with socks and slides, and assume I’m a lunatic – which I am, but I also have a “look” – which usually is appreciated in cities like Paris and NYC. I once had an outfit on, and my Step-Father thought it was quite funny looking – as we walked down Madison, a man in a taxi had the taxi pull over, and asked me if I would appear in his boyfriend’s fashion show..”you are fierce”, he said to me. Validation baby!!

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Fashion Notes: Leggings from REI, by North Face, Vintage GAP fanny pack, Tribal leather jacket, Chanel Bag, Elizabeth & James Tank

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Fashion Notes: Miu Miu bag (it’s so huge, I can’t find anything), Marc Jacobs jean skirt, Chloe top, Uniqlo puffy, Armani aviators

I basically re-wear the same things over and over – but try to mix things up, to not seem like such a repeater – but I do a terrible job. I’m a lover of bags and earrings, so that’s my way of making my look a little less boring.

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I realize most of you aren’t running around in cropped shirts – and my style may be influenced by Miami – but style is about having fun – and NO JUDGMENTS!!

Fashion Shots by T. Palmer

 

She Reminds me of Demi Moore.. Haute.

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Danielle. San Rafael, California. March 2016.

Danielle is the Chief Merchandising Officer at RH. She dresses similar to the simple lines, this home and design company creates. I met Danielle on the soccer field, we were waiting for our kids while they tried out for soccer traveling teams.

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Fashion Notes: Jeans: Mother, Sneakers: Josef Seibel, Jean Shirt: Bella Dahl

I love Mother jeans, they are really flattering for my body type, and make your booty look pretty amazing. The only issue is I get them tight, and when I’m a few pounds heavier, they are so uncomfortable, making it hard to breathe – I really should face the truth and get a size up!!!

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Danielle’s look is very simple, but she has a style that’s laid back and cool. She also reminds me of Demi Moore back in the day.. Style doesn’t have to be that complicated, sometimes it’s simple and effortless.

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Haute in Japan… Part Deux

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Traditions still exist in Japan, and clothing plays a big role.

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Loving tha high bun, and little sock with the kitten heels.. that’s how to avoid blisters. The plaid shirt tied around her waist is the re-invention of grunge.

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It’s a 90’s fashion couple right here!! Love it.

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It’s funny because this mom is wearing a Marin outdoorsy outfit, but her kicks give it style credentials.

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My Adidas.. kicks close up.

 

Haute in Japan

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Japan. February 2016.

My friend Jan, who lives in Mexico City travels a great deal. She doesn’t let three kids stop her from experiencing new cultures and seeing the world. Jan also happens to be stylish and have an incredible eye. Here’s her view of Haute Drop-Off in Japan.

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Patagonia looks so cute on kids. Do you notice all the American brands? For some reason it looks so much cooler in Japan. It’s a sense of fashion, that you just don’t see in large quantities in other countries.

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