Make-Up at the Gym..like a lot of it

Bela. Marin County. May 2017.

I love Bela, she’s so real and doesn’t hide who she is. Ask any woman if they wear make-up to the gym, most will lie. Here’s my mini-interview with Bela, mom, make-up artist & a whole lot more:

Mara: “In your opinion, what’s the most essential item of make-up you need?”

Bela: “So I can’t just pick one, I feel every girl needs concealer, a touch of blush, defined brows, a little bit of eyeliner (although I cake it on) mascara and powder. My favorite translucent powder is Beauty Counter’s loose powder, it’s great for oily skin.”

Mara: “I’m crying of laughter, this is make-up you would use on a film set, or on Broadway!  And this is your normal, every day routine -So What about BB cream, oils, stuff that you can wear to the gym?”

Bela: “Mara, I mean let me be clear, I do FULL face all day, everyday, gym, no-gym, school drop-off or no school drop-off, EVERYDAY”

Mara: “Can I quote you verbatim on Haute Drop-Off”

Bela: “Hell yea”

Bela and I volunteered together, our job was to put make-up on women in a charity fashion show. The women who sat in my chair, came out looking like they were on serious drugs or they lost in a street fight.  Obviously, I tried to convince them of my theory that, “black and blue makes the eyes appear 20 years younger”, horrified because my lie wasn’t sinking in, I gave Bela the ‘save me’ look, and so she did. Bela dove in and fixed my terrible make-up job.  From then on, I knew she had my back -and we became quick friends.

A row of lower back stars.. and how about this delicious kid? Bela grew up in Southern California, and visits her brother in West Hollywood frequently – apparently, he also is head to toe G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S.

Sexy shoulders.

Loooong legs..and this gorgeous child was so fun and delicious.

I love Bela’s pop of tattoos  – you don’t know she has them – and then they just appear

yum.

Bela knows how to look good for the camera, and I think I should be her agent :).

Those low ankle boots are a 90’s throw back.. love them, flattering and make short cut-off’s look rock-n-roll…(do people still say that?)

When your mama has legs as long as a super model, you hold on to those things for support.

I always had friends much taller than me, it’s always a funny combination. It’s helpful to have tall friends for so many things, especially if you are trying to get the attention of a bartender. They ALWAYS see the tall people first, weird.

And as mothers, we can’t always pose for photographs – I mean, these kids want to do things, they want to climb  – I love how Bela’s holding her daughter’s faux fur jacket, so she can climb the play structure.

 

 

 

 

I’m Bringing Sexy Back Marin, Help Me. Haute HuffPost.

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Mara. Marin County, 2014. Fashion Shot: Eric Tabora

Fashion Notes: Boots: Miss Sixty, Bag: Colombian Mochila, Shorts: Vintage Levi’s

“…Let’s just say, it was Saturday night. I saw all of you, and those hot bodies were hidden beneath layers of fleece. It was appalling…” Click below to read my piece. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/im-bringing-sexy-back-mar_b_6226334.html?utm_hp_ref=san-francisco&ir=San+Francisco

Peasant Tops. Growing up in SF. Chanel Dream Catchers.

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Susie. San Anselmo, California. Soccer Practice. October 2014.

As you can see lately, I’m hanging out at soccer games and practices.  I know my life seems like never ending glamour and jet set travel – but it’s not, well at least some of the time (i’m being funny here). I trek my kids to their various activities, hoping that maybe the inner prodigy will emerge. Liam tried fencing this week, I woke up with a sword in my face at 7:00 am.

But it’s all really fun, I meet great people and fantasize about someday having my own skills, because my kids have many.  I owe that all to Waldorf, we’ve taught them nothing.

This is Susie. Susie runs a private San Francisco family foundation focusing on Mental Illness.  Mental illness funds are hard to come by, and it’s refreshing to hear about a foundation working to make life better for those in need.  I want to make a joke, but it’s probably inappropriate.  Let’s just say, after telling Susie I see my therapist twice a week, she quickly “befriended” me and kept handing me cash.

Susie is a native San Franciscan. She grew up in the city, and lived an urban life. I love hearing stories of her artsy formative years.  Attending school in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, Susie was exposed to the bohemian movement as a young teen.  It was an interesting way to see the world, and Susie now only wears Dream Catcher Earrings made exclusively by Chanel.  (i’m funny, I know)

I befriended Susie, only due to needing friends in Marin County who wear shorts as short as mine, it worked and we happen to have like two other things in common.  I know I keep repeating this, but the 1990’s are making a 2014 comeback – majorly.  Susie looks like she is headed to Lollapalooza to hear Ani DiFranco.

Susie’s body type allows for a thick belt and shirt tucked – she’s in proportion.  For short waisted women like me, it’s usually better to wear a longer shirt.  If you have thick legs, show those ankles – and wear a heel, if possible.

Fashion Notes: Peasant Top: Velvet, Cut-off’s: AG, Bucket Bag: Dooney & Bourke Vintage, Belt: Lucky and Glasses: Dior