JUICY is HAUTE

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59a6ed54e4b08299d89d0b74

“My friend Rachel and I decided to purchase our track suits together, she also decided to get Nicole Richie thin that summer. We arrived at Burdine’s in Miami, back then the equivalent to Bloomingdale’s.  Juicy was so hot that they had a separate section in the store filled with racks and racks of Juicy Couture, mostly of the coveted terry or velour tracksuits in a rainbow of colors and sizes from XS to XL. Rachel and I both grabbed the extra small hoody and the extra small pants. Her waif body fit right into the suit.  Horrified, I stared at my reflection in the very mean mirror. I moved up to a small. My boobs were squeezed into a uni boob.  For the first time in my life I noticed what seemed to be back fat from my bra strap.”

Click on link above to read more about my JUICY adventures and how I know Juicy track suits are back and will be bigger than ever.

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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Feeling Exposed, My Workout Style…

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Fashion Notes: Minnetonka moccasins, Lululemon Boogie shorts, Bag purchased in Barcelona, Uniqlo puffy jacket in navy.

I’ve come to the realization that I actually am that person, that “mom” who wears workout clothing every day – even without working out. Is it the support of the spandex, which offers me comfort? Whatever it may be, I still get stopped quite frequently (don’t roll your eyes), complimenting me on my different looks. It always surprises me, because I’m not even wearing proper clothing. If I lived in NYC, London or Paris – no chance I would spend my days in leggings..but I live somewhere, where it’s more acceptable. But it does get boring staring at a sea of Patagonia jackets and Lululemon leggings, and of course “reasonable” sneakers.  So once again, I put together a few looks on what I wear to make my workout clothing sexier, cooler and most importantly stylish.

So these looks are exaggerated, I’m sucking in and only showing you my best angles..When I leave the gym, I change – I add accessories, change my shoes etc.. I know it’s gross that I don’t shower, but who has time?  For more of my workout style tips..http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/how-to-be-a-style-icon-in_b_4898418.html

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Fashion Notes: Vintage GAP fanny pack (don’t be jealous), North Face cropped Jacket, Michael Stars Tank (but badly by me), Bangles by Shandi Levy Jewelry & India, Alternative Leggings

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Fashion Notes: Adidas slides, Chloe T-shirt, Leggings from TJ Max, Chanel Classic bag, Ralph Lauren vintage blue blazer (courtesy of one of my brother’s Bar Mitzvah’s), Door Knocker Earrings from Amazon, Socks??

Yes, Adidas slides are cool! The Adidas slides have been huge in Paris for a while now, especially worn with skirts. The problem for me, is that most people don’t know or care about style..so they see me walking around with socks and slides, and assume I’m a lunatic – which I am, but I also have a “look” – which usually is appreciated in cities like Paris and NYC. I once had an outfit on, and my Step-Father thought it was quite funny looking – as we walked down Madison, a man in a taxi had the taxi pull over, and asked me if I would appear in his boyfriend’s fashion show..”you are fierce”, he said to me. Validation baby!!

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Fashion Notes: Leggings from REI, by North Face, Vintage GAP fanny pack, Tribal leather jacket, Chanel Bag, Elizabeth & James Tank

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Fashion Notes: Miu Miu bag (it’s so huge, I can’t find anything), Marc Jacobs jean skirt, Chloe top, Uniqlo puffy, Armani aviators

I basically re-wear the same things over and over – but try to mix things up, to not seem like such a repeater – but I do a terrible job. I’m a lover of bags and earrings, so that’s my way of making my look a little less boring.

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I realize most of you aren’t running around in cropped shirts – and my style may be influenced by Miami – but style is about having fun – and NO JUDGMENTS!!

Fashion Shots by T. Palmer

 

“Dad Bods” Make Me Very Mad. My HuffPost Rant.

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“I am so annoyed (can you tell by my photo). I’ve been reading all the hype surrounding the new term coined by women, “the Dad Bod” in an attempt to make men feel better about their slightly “out-of-shape, I’m-a-dad” body. After hearing this moronic news report, I almost left my spouse to go back to my days at my all women’s college and make my lesbian experimentation a reality. Do I truly hate men? Or do I despise women who constantly give men credit for doing absolutely nothing?” 

Click on the link to read the rest:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/dad-bods-make-me-very-mad_b_7698724.html

I Have Nothing to Wear! Huffington Post Style.

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“With twenty minutes left before I would be rudely late, and between the kids bugging me, my hair soaking wet, and my makeup-free face — I was beginning to stress. I threw on my old faithful, a Black A-K-R-I-S dress. A purchase made in “The Back-Room”of Loehmann’s many years ago, a dress that has come to my rescue more times then I can count.” Click below for the rest of the article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/i-have-nothing-to-wear_b_7182326.html

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Vintage gold bangles from my mother and grandmother.

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Lanvin White bag, purchased at a consignment shop in Aspen.

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Heels: Pour la Victoire, www.pourlavictoire.com

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Earrings from Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com

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Bangles, top from a market in Istanbul. Bottom: Musa Jewelry, http://musa-jewelry.myshopify.com

 

Should Designer Fashion be Inclusive? HuffPost Style.

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A homeless man rifling through a garbage can at the Lilly Pulitzer event in Bryant Park.

“Before there was Target, Loehmann’s gave me access to designer brands at lower prices. And Loehmann’s is where I purchased my first Lilly Pulitzer dress. It was this dress that I wore at my friend’s country club, only I re-created the design. I shortened the knee length dress to a mini-dress reminiscent of Twiggy in the 1960’s (only with a much curvier body), and I paired it with black combat boots and a shredded jean jacket.”

Read On: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/should-we-all-have-access-to-designer-fashion_b_7112972.html

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Bryant Park. April 2015. Lily Pulitzer for Target Pop-Up Event.

And to read my piece about Lilly Pulitzer in The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/mrs-lilly-pulitzer-may-i-_b_3086750.html

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I happen to be grabbing coffee at a stand in Bryant Park, when I ran into this Lilly for Target pop-up event. To see Bryant Park adorned with pink umbrellas, people (including men) draped in Lilly printed blankets, dresses, pants and lounging on Lilly fabric was an eye opener.  The City not a place where bright colors are worn, was literally draped in a Palm Beach aesthetic.

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The history of Lilly Pulitzer goes way back – and the iconic brand, after suffering the loss of its founder, has partnered with Target to bring their designs to the masses.  And why not? The brand known for dressing the “country club” set is branching out – -a lot of commentary is coming from the fashion community, including long time Lilly consumers. Some think the move to partner with Target is “cheapening” the brand – others believe Lilly  Pulitzer should remain a brand with a specific “target” market.

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HuffPost Comedy. Bumper Stickers, Original Status Updates.

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“Before status updates on social media, bumper stickers on cars acted as a person’s semi-permanent status update. Growing up in a family who all drove Volvos, bumper stickers of the liberal variety would have been a perfect accoutrement to our vehicles. But adorning your Volvo with stickers was an unwritten “no no” in the Menachem household. Because of that, I admired the various messages people displayed..” Read the rest by clicking on the link below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/bumper-stickers-the-origi_b_6313254.html

I Love Fanny Packs and I’m Not Ashamed.

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“In doing research on the aforementioned latest fashion obsession, I learned that the fanny pack was actually named because it was intended to sit on the fanny. But the fanny pack was not worn on the rear when it gained popularity, because no one wants to make it easy for a pick-pocket. And in other countries “fanny” means “vulva,” so for obvious reasons, another term is used.” Click below to read more….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/i-love-fanny-packs-and-im_b_5791738.html