Channeling Jessica Alba. Haute Jenny.

Jenny. Marin County. Summer 2017.

You all know the deal, I saw Jenny, she had an amazing jean jacket – and I had to hear her style story.

When I approached Jenny, who reminds me of Jessica Alba, she was a bit confused. As moms, especially with little kids, it’s hard to find time to urinate, let alone get dressed.. so her look, which I love, is organic. Jenny is stylish naturally, and probably got dressed in 10 minutes, to take her kid to story time before his morning nap.

It’s my duty as a human, and lover of people – to say, ya know what mama, you look damn good.

I love denim, always have with as much passion as an Aretha Franklin song (well, maybe not that much passion). Jenny’s jacket is so COOL, she added the patches herself. I’ve been re-furbishing jean jackets since I’m a kid, and it would be a dream to have a room in my house dedicated to re-making denim… Jenny did good work here.

New moms, can get lonely, it’s a weird and amazing time. You are surrounded by other parents via your kids, and it’s not always a match made in friendship heaven. But trust me, you’ll find your friends, I’ve made sisters and brothers by just being a parent, and having to ask if I could borrow a diaper after one of my kids had an explosion, and I forgot diapers. I made a friend, when I couldn’t unhook my kid from his car seat… we need to be good to each other, smile as much as we can and make our fuck ups public – so others let their walls down a bit.

These lounge pants are so in right now – which is such a pleasure. I know they aren’t tight & don’t show off your curves – but they are like heaven, when you just want to be comfortable – and they look cool.

Amazing, and Jenny is wearing her collar up!!

Is that a Grateful Dead patch? or a just a skull? I’m so surrounded by Grateful Dead culture, I must think all skulls have to do with the band. Love a white bag, it makes everything look funky.

Haute Denim Dad.

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Ryan. Sausalito. December 2016.

Cute dad eating at FISH in Sausalito, 331fish.com, one of my favorite Bay Area lunch spots – bring lots of cash, that’s all they take – and it’s a little pricey or seems pricey when you actually pay with cash – because who uses cash anymore? But it’s delicious, sustainable fish, the highest quality and care go into their food – not to sound pretentious, but you can taste the love and care in each bite.

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Scenes from a “seafood” restaurant…

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Love this kids very British paddington bear sweater.

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Great shoes – so much better than weird sneakers – you guys know what I mean.

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This dad’s look is very simple, but still so stylish – especially the shoes. The jeans are also a perfect shade of denim, and I get weirdly excited when I see a perfect shade of denim. It would be a dream to spend a day in the Levi’s vintage warehouse… someone get me in there!!

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 🙂

 

Yellow Lace Mini. Heels. Music Fest Mama Style.

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Bottlerock Napa. May 2016.

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Love her effort – it was so hot. And she managed to wear heels, walk around a festival – all while being a mom to a young kid..that’s amazing!!

Read about my take on Music Fest Fashion here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/butt-cheeks-the-new-cleav_b_10214946.html

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Music Festival Mama…

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Cute mom. Bottlerock Napa. May 2016.

Music festivals are difficult to navigate and usually hot, weather wise – so to add a toddler to the mix, shows a major commitment to music. Bottlerock had a “kiddie corner” with fun stations to keep all the cute kids occupied.

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I know she’s dressed simply, but she looks California casual (and it was hot)

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Haute Havana in Marin County….

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Nina and Felix. Fairfax, California. Spring 2016.

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Felix grew up in Cuba, I was very excited to connect with him – because he obviously reminded me of Miami. Nina (who also has roots in Cuba) and Felix are actively involved in making Cuba a better place for its citizens. They founded the organization, Bay Area Cuba Community Alliance, www.baccagroup.org

Most of us who grew up in Miami, consider ourselves partially Cuban – we were lucky to be raised with so many people from different cultures, and with a large percentage of Cubans making Miami home – we got to start our mornings with a Cafecito and pastelito and grew up speaking “Spainglish”, the unofficial language of Miami. So when you meet someone who’s Cuban outside of Miami, you feel like you already have a great deal in common.

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Adorable family style…

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Nina grew up in Northern California, but lived in NYC for a long time – she has that natural New York sensibility (her parents are New Yorkers) mixed in with the open minded California spirit. When you have tattoos this large, you’ll never come off as uptight – only creative and cool (even if you are the opposite).

Over the Knee Boots are PREPPY.

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Son-Hee. Mill Valley, California. November 2015.

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She’s rocking over the knee flat boots at Sunday soccer.

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Rebecca Minkoff Collection handbag

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Son-Hee almost looks like she’s dressed to ride horses at a Polo match. I love the idea of wearing a button down short sleeve shirt underneath a cap sleeve knit. Especially, if you are like me and can’t stand the way you look in a cap sleeve.

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Haute Mama on The Grateful Dead’s Baseball Field.

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Meggan. Fairfax, California. May 2015.

This field is where The Grateful Dead used to play baseball with other musicians, here in the bohemian county of Marin.

Meggan grew up in the bohemian town of Fairfax, located in Marin County. She was raised by two New Yorkers, and lived in NYC for a long time – before moving back to her California roots. I can see the mix of NYC and Northern California in Meggan’s style – she looks like she’s strolling a flea market on a Sunday in the East Village.

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Meggan is a pastry chef at Taste Kitchen and Table, http://www.tastekitchenandtable.com

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Well, I love a good old Dooney & Bourke 1980’s pocketbook, what wasn’t even hip in the 80’s, has enjoyed a resurgence for at least 5 years.  I purchased a great Dooney & Bourke bucket bag at an Aspen thrift store for $25.00 about three years ago – what a score!!

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Please excuse the garbage – kind of shocking that someone “littered”!!! A cropped cardigan is always a good staple in your wardrobe – especially in California climates.