Mara Menachem, The Bill Cunningham of Parent Fashion



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,

Haute Fashion in Humid Climates. Miami Drop-Off.

DSC_0035DSC_0034Lisa. Coral Gables, Florida. December 2014.

Lisa always looks put together and does it in a natural way.  This was a weekend morning and she’s sporting a long floral skirt that’s high waisted with a tight tank to show her naturally thin body.  Her accessories are minimal, and I really like the addition of a few gold bangles. Miami is hot, and it’s hard to not wear cut off shorts every day – you kind of really have to think about your wardrobe from a “it’s hot as hell” perspective.

Lisa is currently raising these adorable little girls, while continuing her involvement in several Miami charities.  She and her family live on Miami Beach.

Fashion Notes: Skirt: Ella Moss, Tank top: Theory, Sandals: K.Jacques St. Tropez, Bag: Botkier

Haute Art Basel. Cara Bloch’s Artsy Footage.


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!!! and

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


“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.”

She’s a Luxury Bohemian. Haute Style Aspen.

DSC_2073Wendy. Mom. Therapist. Aspen, Colorado. August 2014.

Wendy lives in Miami Beach and is on vacation with her family in the amazing town of Aspen.  They were watching a famous Aspen summer event, The Ducky Derby, where millions of rubber ducks are emptied in a river, purchased by visitors and residents of Aspen – to raise money for local charities.  The ducks are recycled each year, and it’s so fun to observe the wholesome excitement of the town.

I know Wendy personally, and have always been a fan of her style.  Miami has a specific style, and when I lived there, it was refreshing to see Wendy’s own “designer boho” look.  She combines a bit of natural sexiness with funky accessories, which creates this young, urban look.  Wendy is wearing a lot of luxury designer pieces, but she is an expert at combining pieces – creating her own unique style.

Fashion Notes: Glasses: Oliver Peoples, Kicks: Prada, Handbag (I love): Henry Beguelin, Black Dress: Cynthia Vincent, Bracelets: Mi and Ro and Cartier, Watch: Rolex, and funky earrings and necklace purchased in Park City and Aspen by local designers


It’s Always HAUTE in South Beach. Valentino at Drop-Off.


Alison Zhuk. Miami Beach, Florida. May 2014

Fashion Notes: Espadrilles: Valentino, Jeans: Blank, T-shirt: James Perse, Sunglasses: Chrome Hearts

Alison is a fixture in the Miami Beach social scene – always at the coolest parties, and dazzles in designer perfection.  I remember spotting Alison in Aspen, she looked like quite the fashion plate in her outdoor gear – so hard to pull off!!

Thanks to the beautiful Jaleh Samway Bast for snapping this stylish mom at school drop-off.

Haute Denim Mini. Miami Beach Drop-Off.

unnamedEstee. Miami Beach, Florida. March 2014.

Fashion Notes: Proenza Schouler T-shirt, Skirt APC, Sneakers Celine and Handbag Givenchy

This simple look on a beautiful, warm and sunny day on Miami Beach is perfect.  Estee went to University in Paris, and is influenced by French style – and grew up speaking French with her father. The denim skirt is short, but Estee balances it all nicely with simple sneakers and a long sleeve t-shirt.

Her loose ponytail, oversized glasses and Givenchy bag add to her overall simple, chic and stylish look.

Haute Ski Vacation Drop-Off


Estee and Olive. Beaver Creek, Colorado. 2013.

Estee, who has been in the fashion industry for years, has great style..classic with a hint of funkiness.  Her daughter Olive is a designer cute!! They are a Miami family on vacation in Colorado.

Fashion Notes: ESTEE (mom) Coat: United Bamboo, Boots: Rag & Bone, Sunglasses: Ray Ban. OLIVE (baby) Coat: Chloe and Boots: Ugg

Haute South Beach. Hang Loose at Sunday Drop-Off.


DJ Brooke G. South Beach, Florida. October 2013.

Brooke is the grooviest mamma. She skateboards, surfs and professionally is an incredibly well known and amazing mix master.

Fashion Notes: Plaid Shirt: Francesca’s, Sunglasses: Blinde, Kicks: Nike SB Mid Dunks Limited Edition, Hat: 3rdandOcean, Skateboard: Vision.  On her little man, Quicksilver Board Shorts

Fashion Shot: Annie Tworoger

Haute Photographer. Drop-Off Miami.


Jaleh. Mom. Photographer. Amazing Human. Miami’s Design District. June 2013.

Jaleh is a talented photographer and overall great person.  She generously takes photos for me when she spots a stylish parent in Miami Beach, and Jaleh happens to be one of these stylish moms!! xx