How Does my Ass Look? Haute in HuffPost.

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“…Landing at JFK at nearly 3:00 a.m., I wasn’t paying attention to my surroundings. I was focused on walking from the west side of Central Park to the east, where I could plop on a bench lazily and watch my kids play. “Hold up,” a young guy spoke into his phone, “I’m looking at a damn perfect ass.” 

Click link to read complete article in The Huffington Post…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/how-does-my-ass-look-lessons-on-raising-boys_b_7232490.html

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Fashion Notes: Leggings: American Apparel, Boots: Frye, Bag: Colombian Mochila, Jacket: Zara, Glasses: Polaroid, Fanny Pack: Peru

 

I Have Nothing to Wear! Huffington Post Style.

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“With twenty minutes left before I would be rudely late, and between the kids bugging me, my hair soaking wet, and my makeup-free face — I was beginning to stress. I threw on my old faithful, a Black A-K-R-I-S dress. A purchase made in “The Back-Room”of Loehmann’s many years ago, a dress that has come to my rescue more times then I can count.” Click below for the rest of the article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/i-have-nothing-to-wear_b_7182326.html

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Vintage gold bangles from my mother and grandmother.

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Lanvin White bag, purchased at a consignment shop in Aspen.

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Heels: Pour la Victoire, www.pourlavictoire.com

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Earrings from Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com

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Bangles, top from a market in Istanbul. Bottom: Musa Jewelry, http://musa-jewelry.myshopify.com

 

Should Designer Fashion be Inclusive? HuffPost Style.

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A homeless man rifling through a garbage can at the Lilly Pulitzer event in Bryant Park.

“Before there was Target, Loehmann’s gave me access to designer brands at lower prices. And Loehmann’s is where I purchased my first Lilly Pulitzer dress. It was this dress that I wore at my friend’s country club, only I re-created the design. I shortened the knee length dress to a mini-dress reminiscent of Twiggy in the 1960’s (only with a much curvier body), and I paired it with black combat boots and a shredded jean jacket.”

Read On: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/should-we-all-have-access-to-designer-fashion_b_7112972.html

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Bryant Park. April 2015. Lily Pulitzer for Target Pop-Up Event.

And to read my piece about Lilly Pulitzer in The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/mrs-lilly-pulitzer-may-i-_b_3086750.html

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I happen to be grabbing coffee at a stand in Bryant Park, when I ran into this Lilly for Target pop-up event. To see Bryant Park adorned with pink umbrellas, people (including men) draped in Lilly printed blankets, dresses, pants and lounging on Lilly fabric was an eye opener.  The City not a place where bright colors are worn, was literally draped in a Palm Beach aesthetic.

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The history of Lilly Pulitzer goes way back – and the iconic brand, after suffering the loss of its founder, has partnered with Target to bring their designs to the masses.  And why not? The brand known for dressing the “country club” set is branching out – -a lot of commentary is coming from the fashion community, including long time Lilly consumers. Some think the move to partner with Target is “cheapening” the brand – others believe Lilly  Pulitzer should remain a brand with a specific “target” market.

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Don’t Let Mom Jeans Happen to You…

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“It was only until I stood on the sidelines of my cousin’s Massachusetts soccer game in a sea of parents styled in mom jeans, sneakers and college sweatshirts, when I began to realize maybe Miami was different from most American cities. Even the dads, as horrifying as that vision can be, were also wearing high-waisted mom jeans.” 

Read more of my Piece in HuffPost below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/dont-let-mom-jeans-happen-to-you_b_6994722.html?utm_hp_ref=style&ir=Style

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Chanel, Dior, LV Bags. 7 Inch Heels. How Miami Recycles.

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Melissa Clarin. Founder, Pinecrest Marketplace. Miami, Florida.

My friend Melissa Clarin is the opposite of me – she’s decisive, organized, structured and neat – all while being really fun. Melissa is a lot like the character Olivia Pope in Scandal. Melissa is a fixer. Melissa had an idea to help people sell their unwanted goods to people in a safe manner..She formed a membership only group in Miami, where you have to know someone to be invited.  Melissa’s unwavering dedication and no ounce of ADD, has grown her idea into a huge revenue builder for Miami. I’m proud of my friend, a Haute Mom and entrepreneur.  

Your Weight Loss is our Gain, and other benefits of Pinecrest Marketplace

Who knew old stuff would bring a community together? I’ve been watching you Pinecrest Marketplace.  Your expensive stilettos, designer handbags, spiked heels, Mid-Century Modern furniture and some clothing that still hasn’t made its way back in fashion.  I’ve appreciated and participated in the Facebook banter regarding posted items.  And I’ve witnessed first hand, how selling and buying other people’s stuff has brought a community closer.

As a lover of all things worn, old, retro, vintage and just plain used, I’ve been drooling over some of the items on Pinecrest Marketplace.  A Fendi bag in animal print reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw, a Chanel fanny pack (which I coveted, but couldn’t afford), beaded dresses fit for a Novella etc…who knew your old stuff would make fellow Miami residents more stylish?

Pinecrest Market Place has taught me a lot about human behavior, oh and my rule adhering friend Melissa. Melissa has to be a strict enforcer, because let’s face it–all of us would break the rules if we could.  I’ve pointed out my various observations to Melissa, with not much validation. She’s not in this to judge, only to make our lives easier. So since I live in California now, and don’t have to deal with your reaction to my witty commentary – here are some tips I’ve put together:

Bargains: Reducing something by $5.00 is not a bargain. May I suggest using percentages to make it seem like a really good deal.

Your fashion mistake is another person’s fashion triumph:  Aren’t you Pinecrest fashionistas so lucky? The fashion mistakes of your past, are now the investments of your future. And since when do bad fashion decisions come with a surplus of cash?

Your weight loss is our Gain: CrossFit, the biggest thing to hit the suburbs since Jane Fonda’s 1980’s hey day – has transformed your body into a lean muscle machine. In other words, you will no longer wear anything that doesn’t cling to those hard earned muscles. Lucky for you, Pinecrest Marketplace has people happy to buy your gently used Lululemon yoga pants and sports bras. Ya see your weight loss is our gain..well, in workout clothing.

Community: When I was shopping on Craigs List, I always said to myself, “is this ___ worth the possibility of being murdered?” Now, all you think about is if the item is worth selling to someone who lives in your community, has mutual friends, and knows where you live.  This knowledge ensures quality..because no one wants to disappoint fellow neighbors.  Melissa has created a safe and easy way to sell our old and new shit… and we love her for that.

Stripper Shoes: Donate them to The Booby Trap. Miami already has a reputation that’s been hard to dismantle. Acrylic shoes are the official shoe wear of strippers, which is great for “show” business. But not a mother negotiating the ridiculous deli line at Publix, In an attempt to get sliced turkey for her kids lunches. I even slipped across a grocery store floor in reasonable ankle boots.  Wearing these 7-inch acrylic heels could cause any innocent person, no matter how coordinated, a debilitating neck injury. (BUT if you do see a mom at school drop-off in this get up, please send me a photo ASAP for Haute Drop-Off), my website is www.hautedropoff.com – please send all stripper mom photos via the link.

Another Man’s trash IS another man’s treasure: This does not apply to used undergarments.  The funny thing about PMP, is that we all know each other. And that still hasn’t stopped these listings.  No level of embarrassment has stopped you guys from listing used underwear and bras.  Believe me when I say this, unless they are Mick Jagger’s old tighty whities, no one and I mean no one will buy or take used underwear for free. When you’ve retired your undergarments, please dispose of them immediately.

Bad Fashion Mistakes: I’m sorry to break the news, if you notice ridiculous amounts of listings for “specific” logo’d gems, this is a clear indication that even in suburban Miami, no one wants them.  Old 1990’s suits? Some maybe from The Limited Express? I’m ashamed that you’ve held onto these garments, but please don’t perpetuate the 1990’s era of bad suits, if you care at all about Pinecrest maintaining some dignity.

Follow the Rules: The person at the helm of PMP, is one of the most organized, detail oriented humans I know. Melissa is soley responsible for taking our clutter and baggage, and turning it into an organized revenue stream for Pinecrest.  Now, I will say Melissa is strict, that’s true. She will not bend the rules, and for someone like me who constantly breaks rule–it’s especially difficult dealing with someone who’s fair. But that’s why PMP is a great success, and will continue to grow and prosper. Oh and if you missed the boat on early membership, start hoarding now – I hear PMP is harder to get into then a packed night at Zuma.

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Still Going Strong. Me on Backpack Love.

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Fashion Shots: Barbara Myers

“My eyes lit up: was this my mom, or a fashion-forward fairy in disguise? I untied the bag and inside was a little nylon backpack with an oversized no-name logo glued (more like super glued) onto its back pocket.  I knew it was a horrible knockoff of what I really wanted, but no matter..”

Fashion Notes: Backpack: Prada, www.prada.com  and Vintage Army, Leggings: Target, www.target.com, Cuff: Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com, Glasses: Chanel,www.chanel.com, Kicks: Converse, www.converse.com Jean Jacket: Free People, www.freepeople.com, Gray Heels: Zara, www.zara.com

Click on the link below to read the rest of my piece..

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/post_7137_b_5024002.html?utm_hp_ref=style&ir=Style

Like a Man, a Good Bra is Hard to Find

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The Bloomingdale’s salesperson greeted me, and offered me a drink. I figured she was trying to relax me, after all, it was about to get intimate between us. I took everything off, except my underwear. She told me I could leave on my jeans, but I figured she would need to see the entire picture to pick the perfect bras for my body. She measure and cupped my breasts with her bare hands. She returned to the dressing room with a boat load of bras, in a brand new size. A size in which I didn’t love, let’s just say it ended with double DD. The only thing that got smaller was my back.

http://huff.to/1zZCM1a

Mara Menachem, The Bill Cunningham of Parent Fashion

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Well Guys, I’m pretty excited because this really authentic, cool and stylish Miami mama is giving me mad props (I know people don’t say that anymore, I’m bringing it back).  Annhy is like many of my “sisters” who are proud of me, and show me off – usually it involves some weird dorky dance move.  But Annhy who hardly knows me, has taken how embarrassingly describe Haute Drop-Off – usually in a low voice, to not get heels hurled in my direction, and vocalized it loudly.  And I love her for that. We should all, including me, stop being so afraid of exaggerating our skills….Gosh Darn it, I am the Bill Cunningham for Parent Style, and soon enough, The New York Times will add me to their fashion section and my mother will be able to properly show me off.

So Annhy started a great blog, I mostly love it because she’s so honest and funny, and she’s a looker – which always helps. So enjoy this piece about your very own Mara, and read about why I feel guilty at Guilt Free Mom Moments, http://fomib.com/2015/01/23/hooray-haute-drop-off/

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/

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