Social Workers are HAUTE

Ferry Building. San Francisco. 2017

I’m not lying when I tell you I met this mom washing her hands In the women’s bathroom next to me – we, fine I stroke up a conversation and then asked if I could please take she and her gorgeous daughter’s photos. Her earrings & social work t-shirt is all she needed to capture my attention.

I have a special place in my heart for social workers, because my mama is one. She went back to school after my dad died, and got her Masters in Social Work. She worked on the Oncology floor of a hospital, and used her own life experience to help others. It’s not an easy career, but Social Workers do so much to improve our world – and I love them for that.

Nails. A little long, but short enough to actually do things, like ya know to feed meters, and other basic things I have issues doing with my long nails.

Dreamcatcher tattoos.  I think this mom makes this tattoo, that has become common place, actually pretty darn cool..because ya kind of see them at every music festival.

Purple hair, cute kid.

This is LOVE.

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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Lookin’ Dope in the City

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Mary. Fifth and 72nd. New York City. March 2016.

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This dads look is a little 90’s with updated 2016 accessories, such as the Beat headphones.

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Well, you all know I love her nails. They remind me of hanging out at the nail salon with my mom – Miami and NYC way way back…

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So dope….

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These cross earrings remind me of Madonna in the early years

 

 

 

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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Singin’ her Feelings. Haute in Brooklyn.

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Lucille Ghatti (far right) and Friends. Brooklyn.July 2015.

Lucille is a singer. She talks openly about her struggle loving the father of her baby, and him not reciprocating. The pain is so real, and her emotions so raw and truthful. It’s hard to share our pain – most of us like to pretend everything is perfect, that we’re happy all the time. But that’s impossible, isn’t it?

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I LOVE these friends! Lucille and her stylish crew walked by me in the Burrough Hill section of Brooklyn. Lucy told me she’s a singer and new mom.  Struggling with issues as a young woman raising a kid alone, Lucille shares her struggle through her music.  Lucille has quite a following because so many people can relate and feel something when listening to her voice.

Check Lucille out, https://soundcloud.com/lucilleghatti

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Looking like a fashion editorial in W – – these Ladies are so cool, I can’t take it, I hear they are thinking about adding me as a fourth friend!!

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Bun. Gold Earrings. Long Nails. Urban Love.

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Kelly. Fairfax, California. February 2015

I am a sucker for a bun, large gold earrings and long nails. It’s my long lasting love of anything New York and urban.  I met Kelly at little league – she looked stunning is this green dress, and she was a great model.

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Here we go again with a lesson in figure flattering fashion – – a thin belt to add a waist, this trick works every time.  It also forces you to suck in, so it’s kind of like you’re doing abdominal exercises.

 

Obsessed. Pointy Nails. Hot Pink Lips. Bling Mania. Miami.

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Rhonda. Miami, Florida. January 2015.

When I spotted Rhonda at this kids jump spot, I pretty much ran after her in a crazy way.  Rhonda made an effort, and someone (Mara Menachem) gosh darn it, had to appreciate all of it.

Fashion Notes: Rhonda owns a clothing boutique, so most of her wardrobe is from the store. Her necklace is from Ross, she only paid $6.00!! The nails are a work of art, and obviously she takes great care of them. I love Rhonda’s modern 1980’s punk-like hair, in collaboration with sexy hot pink lips….and then the jumpsuit paired with white combat boots.  The Chanel-like cross body bag ties this look together.

What I appreciate so much about Rhonda, is her individuality which is evident via her style.   Fashion, to me, is about expressing your individuality through clothing and accessories.  Rhonda’s “got it” – she knows how to make a $6.00 necklace look like a million dollars..it could also be her sexy smile.