These $130 Sweats make my Butt look Weird…

Marin County. May 2017.

So, I’m going to show you how I wear sweatpants.  I style them in a way that represents my style: imperfect, funky & disheveled . When I wear them, I use a lot of accessories to balance out how unflattering they are to a women’s body.

You guys have heard me wonder out loud, “how the hell did I pay $130 for these sweats?” – but considering they serve as sleep wear and day wear, I got a pretty good deal on these bad boys..

I have so much going on here, let’s begin with the labels

Leg Warmers: Target, Flats: Chanel, Sweats: Free City https://freecitysupershop.com, Bag: Urban Zen https://www.urbanzen.com (Donna Karan’s Urban Zen), Denim shirt (cut unevenly by me): Holding Horses, Personalized Door Knockers: https://melodyehsani.com Top: Adidas, Sunglasses: Made Well (they already broke!)

Donna Karan’s Urban Zen is the designers website bringing together her favorite things – The items are carefully sourced, made ethically and usually go toward supporting a worthwhile cause. This bag is enormous  – it fits my laptop, camera etc.. it was a gift for my mother, but after someone nearly tripped on the fringe, she mailed it back to me.

So let’s talk. I’m always half way between just working out and going to get my kids from school. Often, I question the point of showering and getting dressed at all, when the people I see are usually sitting at a coffee shop staring into their laptops. Sometimes, I miss the challenge of living someplace where everyones style game is on point – because then I want to step it up.

I love being comfortable. Believe me, I wear these sweats to sleep and in public. Here’s how I make them look less doubty.. I wear this to spinning class, I just throw my flats in the locker and switch to the spinning shoes. Yoga and spinning are perfect workouts for people who hate ugly sneakers…. like me!!

My butt looks terrible in these sweats. I’m posting this angle to explain that for me, at least, comfort is sometimes more important.. I know, shocking.

Told you the bag is huge!! Good thing about being short, is you can get away with wearing ridiculously big bags- It wasn’t the Olsen twins who started that trend – but I’ll make the reference.

Leg warmers are accessories for your feet and legs, they can take a simple look, and make it funky or make you feel like you are ready to dance on stage.

And that’s my dorky face..

 

 

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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The New York Times. My Style Validator.

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Me. San Rafael, California. Unable to remove my credit card from the meter

Yes,  this has happened to me before and no, I’ll never learn.  Why aren’t our tax dollars going toward meters that can accommodate various nail lengths? Is our society only built for hands with regular length nails?

Fashion Notes: Moccasins: Minnetonka, Leggings: Lululemon, Bag: Chanel, Top: Zara

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If you look closely, you can see my green credit card stuck..until I solicited help from a very confused meter maid – apparently, they are not in the business of helping people who choose style over function. But, with my “charming” persistence, I was able to get the help I needed.

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Nails are so “in” right now. As usual, I’ve been pulling off these bad boys for a few years. It started with Madonna on the cover of VOGUE, with long, pointy gold nails. I had to have them. No matter how many of you, were horrified by what you labeled “cheesy” – I pulled through and proved you all wrong.

My own mother was not a fan of my long, semi-pointy nails. Until, the Jewish bible (aka, The New York Times) ran a Sunday fashion story on this nail trend, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/11/t-magazine/fashion/long-pointed-nails-trend-manicure.html?_r=0

So once again, it has been proven that I have quite a style instinct, thank you Fashion of the Times.

Maybe I can’t type or use a regular phone, maybe I didn’t hang up my phone properly and someone had to hear me yell at my offspring, maybe I accidentally lit a nail on fire and didn’t notice, until my child pointed it out – but it’s all worth it, in the name of style.

Some Haute moms and their long nails:

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I call it “sexy hippie”, or Coachella Style..

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It’s Coachella time, so here are some Haute Drop-Off parents with looks that remind me of the style so prevalent during this music festival….

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Fairfax, California mom.

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LA Mama in Aspen.

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Brooklyn Mom and Friends..they would rule at Coachella

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Philly Mom

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Layering those “Coachella” accessories in Philly

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Berkeley Mom  -the original Bohemian city

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My gorgeous friend and yoga teacher, California born and bred Mama

Here are my Coachella looks captured by Cara Bloch, clothing from Hollen & Jen Showroom Miami – designer vintage amazingness!

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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

This Mama can Rock a Crop-Top….

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Lorraine. Miami, Florida. December 2015.

How adorable is this mom. Love her style

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Fashion Notes: Pants: Lululemon, Hawaiian inspired crop-top: Vintage store on the Haight in San Francisco, Shoes: Splendid, hat: Nordstrom, Bag: MCM

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We all know that not a day goes by with out me thinking about my amazing denim MCM jacket with the logos and the gold buttons. It was stolen, and I only hope that the person who took it  -appreciates it as much as I did.  MCM is very popular again. I’m a huge fan of going old school with head to toe MCM – it looks amazing. I was raised to think that was tacky,  but sometimes “tacky” is hip. www.mcm,com

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Crop-tops are so possible friends. High waisted pants and a loose fitting mid-driff blouse, is flattering  – even without a flat stomach.

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Little bows on these feminine Splendid sandals

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Love a masculine, big faced watch.

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Haute Crop-Top & Pointy Nails at Drop-Off

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Shayla. San Rafael, California. October 2015.

I spotted Shayla from my car, she was picking her kids up from school. Her nails, crop-top and high bun got my attention.  Shayla’s boys were such great participants.

In Mara fashion, I pulled over illegally, put my hazards on (doesn’t that make everything legal?) and chased after Shayla. What was it about this mom that grabbed my attention? I think her accessories..and in Marin County, it’s rare to see a glimpse of funky style – that’s not bohemian (well except on me).

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White Haute Nails. I’m such a lover of long nails – I know that many of you think of New Jersey in the 1980’s (nothing wrong with that by the way).  But the 2015 version of long nails are high fashion – check out the runways. Thanks to Beyonce, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez..long nails have modernized and are HAUTE.

When I sported them, my own mother thought they were very Mafia wife..but I pulled them off, even in Marin – where I was the only person with these long, pointy white (and sometimes gold) nails. In NYC, I looked like everyone else in the East Village..

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Small neck tattoo. Once again, I adore these little tattoos.

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Happy family = the best style around. So happy Shayla is pulling off this cute crop-top, even after having kids.

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Remember when I had these amazing nails? Issue is I couldn’t do basic things, such as typing on an iPhone – Shayla obviously has strong fine motor skills.

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Shayla is walking all over town..so she needs stylish and comfortable kicks, like these high-top red Vans.

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Haute on the Quad. College Drop-Off.

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Locke & Blue. Mills College. Oakland, California. September 2015.

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I was looking for the bathroom on this college campus in Oakland when visions of street style strolled on by – one by one…in the form of College students.  My first thought, I’ll finally start my site, “haute drop-off, the collegiate years” or “haute co-eds”.  My second thought , why can’t I be in college!! Third thought, the 90’s rule fashion wise..and I wish I could pull off a choker.

These cute women, slowly walked away from me, after I continued to ask “so where’s the kegger later?”.  Meanwhile, I was never a keg party person.  I remember going to a keg party, and being mortified because I didn’t know how to use the keg.. you had to negotiate some pump thing and a spout. It was so intimidating, and I felt ashamed for wasting my college years never learning how to use a KEG.

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Most importantly, these young women seem so confident in their skin.. and that’s style.

Crop-Top. Belly Jewelry. Sexy Style @ Kid’s Parties.

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Little Venezuela: This photo was taken in Doral, an area of Miami with an earned nick name of “Little Venezuela”, due to the large population of Venezuelans.  Have you seen Venezuelan women?  Venezuela is no stranger to beauty – besides the US, Venezuela dominates beauty pageants world-wide (I despise beauty pageants, but I’m making a point).

If you’ve seen Venezuelan women, that random statistic is not surprising.  Occasionally (like maybe twice), when I lived in Miami, I was mistaken as Venezuelan.  Usually, it was when I went overboard with my blonde highlights, but my ego would temporarily inflate (for maybe 5 minutes, and then I was back to my usual neurotic stuff).

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Miami Mamas: Miami has so many cultural influences, and having a large Venezuelan population has only given us a “beauty nudge”, because they sure are making an effort – even on a Sunday at a kid’s birthday party spot.

Mara’s Personal Thoughts: And ya know what? I LOVE this about Miami.  I know I’m such a repeater, but Miami mamas make a serious effort to look slamming.  Many, many times it’s really annoying for some of us (me) who just want to roll out of bed, and look like a slob (even if I pretend it’s “throwback grunge”).  But I thank these women, for giving me a little beauty push – we all know we feel better when we throw on jeans so tight we can’t breath, and heels so high we can’t walk.  The beautiful Dolly Parton said it well, “When I’m feeling a little low, I put on my favorite high heels to stand a little taller.”.

Here is a link to a piece I wrote about Miami Mom Style, and my years growing up seeing these glamorous women dropping off my friends at school.  Here’s the link: http://blog.justaskboo.com/a-love-letter-to-miami-moms/

 

Excuse the Face. I’m trying to look Good, it takes Concentration.

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Mara. Marin County. 2014.

Fashion Notes: Top: Max Mara, Mini-Jean Skirt: Marc Jacobs, Handbag: Hazel, purchased in Spain, Chain Strap: taken from another bag to add a little Gold, Boots: Joan & David, Glasses: Polaroid, Bracelets: Shandi Levy Jewelry, Africa and Turkey, Earrings: hoops Target and Beaded Shandi Levy. Beaded Bracelet: Emporium Miami

Suggestions: Not everyone will wear such a short shirt – I get that. I actually think a long tank top looks great with a short jean skirt.  This look is pretty sexy, and not one that I would pull off going to pick up my kids from school.  I  would throw on my long jean jacket before walking through the gates.  If you live in a cold climate, wear tights or leggings to keep your legs warm, or over the knee socks and high boots. If it’s hot out, you can wear a jean skirt with converse, sandals or a heel at night – and throw on a long tank top and cool long bag.

Style Story: This Marc Jacobs jean skirt has been hidden away for years. I find being able to wear boots year round, gives me more clothing flexibility. This bag purchased in Barcelona is the coolest, and I added a gold chain from another bag as the strap.  It gives the bag more of a glamorous bohemian feel.  I am pretty sure I bought the boots at a Nordstrom Rack in Miami, I know Joan & David has re-invented themselves and are making some cool shoes. This shirt was a give-a-away from my mom.  Due to my impulsivity, I decided to cut the shirt myself – maybe I miss-judged the length 🙂 I’m wearing two large earrings in each ear – and lots of bracelets.  I love accessories, even if I jingle with every movement and annoy the living daylights out of most people who can hear….ummmm sorry.