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..

 

 

Miami can be Low Key & Haute

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LaToya. Miami. December 2016.

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Spotted LaToya after her son’s foot got caught in a door, didn’t stop me from asking for a photo – — see the tears 🙁

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LaToya’s adorable ballet slippers in bright red are from PAYLESS!!! Love them. www.payless.com

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LaToya has no make-up on and looks gorgeous –

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I love her low key style on a slightly “cold” Miami day – ya know, it was 77 degrees out!

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Posing..

 

Paradise City. Miami Drop-Off.

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Amber. Miami, Florida. April 2015.

It was amazing to be in Miami again, and check out the school pick up fashion. When I lived in Miami, I loved capturing Amber’s style on Haute Drop-Off.

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How cute is Amber?

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We all need an oversized, cool bag like this, especially with three kids.

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As you know, Miami is so hot – it’s hard to go out without revealing skin. Confidence is key!

Miami Mamas Don’t Do Mini-Vans.

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Vicky. Miami, Florida. December 2015.

Vicky is from Mexico City.  She studied Fashion Design and had her own line in Mexico City.  Currently, Vicky is living in Miami and using her skills as a painter and designer to create beautiful & fashionable Yoga mats. Her Yoga mat line is launching soon, this will help me “keep my eyes on my own mat”  -as I sometimes have an issue with focusing…ALWAYS, actually.

I’m pretty sure Janis Joplin wrote “Mercedes Benz” after a trip to Miami..”Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.” Miami is known for its cars and I love that Vicky squeezed three kids in this Porsche.

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Decades after Janis Joplin’s song, Will Smith wrote specifically about Miami’s love of fancy cars in his song Welcome to Miami..”Hundred thousand dollar cars, everybody got ’em”… It’s kind of true – in Miami, it’s not only the wealthy who drive fancy cars. And certainly having kids would never stop Miamians from driving Porsches etc..

My mom drove a station wagon, and that wasn’t the norm..it was convertibles, two-door Mercedes and expensive sports cars. Personally, nothing made me feel cooler than riding around in my Mamas wood paneled station wagon as a kid in Miami – we were “retro” before “retro’ was considered cool. I’m totally kidding, we felt totally dorky in my mom’s station wagon – and my brother reminded me that a wire stuck out of the back, which accidentally caused gashes on our friend’s skin.

My friend’s mom drove a Porsche convertible, that car would pull up to school drop-off and arouse serious attention, my mom’s wagon..not so much. So in some way, I appreciate Vicky squeezing a family into a small, fancy sports car..

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Bag: Hermès

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Shoes: Loeffler Randall at Intermix, www.intermix.com  – I love Intermix, especially when they have sales.

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She’s so pretty and natural with glowing Miami skin. Cap Sleeve Blouse: Zara

Rome Parents = Sex Appeal.

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North Miami Beach, Florida. December 2015.

This was taken at Miami Beach’s famed Bal Harbour Shops, http://www.balharbourshops.com.  Bal Harbour Shops is home to luxury brands such as; Chanel, Gucci, Goyard, Intermix, Miu Miu, John Varvatos etc..

Growing up in Miami, we would come to Bal Harbour because Saks Fifth Avenue always had the best sales..it was also a bonding time with my mother (and usually brothers) to walk around, eat a big lunch and feel like a slob among Miami’s “well dressed”. I say that in quotes, because you will also see some amazing outfits, where every single designer is displayed on their bodies.

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If you ever want to get a semi-understanding of Miami, and its people – visit Bal Harbour shops. Yes, it’s not totally representative of this city, because most people can’t afford to walk into Chanel and spend $12,000 on two handbags. Oh and usually, that’s in actual cash.  Bal Harbour Shops is Miami’s version of Rodeo Drive (only in an outdoor mall form) and apparently is more successful.

Dressed in cut off’s, a plaid torn shirt, moccasins and a bikini peaking through – I looked like the official “Bal Harbour Slob”.  Oh, did I mention my hair was larger than Gloria Estefan’s in the late 80’s… (thank you ocean water). It’s an inside joke, between me and well, me – that I always look like a mess when I should look “stylish”. I think it’s the rebel in me, saying I don’t need to conform to your fashion standards – or maybe it’s bad time management. I walked into Chanel, and everyone looked gorgeous – like they all got their hair blown out for this expedition. I stood there, and waited to be helped – and observed the mind blowing idea that there is such a discrepancy of wealth in this Country – but quickly I realized most of the shoppers were tourists – with lots of cash.

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As I walked around, I met this fun, stylish Italian family – who moved from Rome to Miami. The Italian fashion sensibility is natural and always comes with a smile.

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The little boy wanted me to capture his remote control car. Italian men can even make sneakers look chic.

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This is how we shop – practical shoes.

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This mama, like me was super excited about her new Valentino mini-backpack. Remember, I told you these are huge again. Jump suit by Missoni (obviously).

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Happiness right there!! And I hear happiness makes your butt look better in photos!

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The thing I discovered, which differed from my younger self – I didn’t care about looking like a slob in a designer obsessed land. I’m pretty darn comfortable in my skin, even when it’s not dressed “cool”. Obviously, it’s because “cool” comes from within, and part of that is having fun, being spontaneous and living life without the worry of always having to look your best.

 

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/

 

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

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.

 

She Adorns the Famous and the Stylish. Haute Bobbie.

DSC_0060DSC_0083DSC_0056DSC_0064Bobbie. Jewelry Designer. Mom. Coconut Grove, Florida. January 2015.

Fashion Notes: Bobbie: Silk Lace Kimono: Soah, Funky Boho Heels: Ralph Lauren Collection, Jumpsuit: Hommage LA, Fringe Bag (I am obsessed): Purchased in Morocco, All Jewelry: Musa Chloe (Bobbie’s daughter): Dress: Urban Outfitters, Cardigan: Bought in a Vintage store in Europe, Socks: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Thrift Store, Backpack: Kipling, Jewelry: Musa.  Bobbie’s style is very “Mara” – the bag I adore, and the layering of accessories – it’s like looking in a candy store..I want it all!! Including Bobbie’s glowing skin.  Chloe, Bobbie’s daughter adores thrift stores and searching for cool items to wear- she has a great sense of style..and I’m pretty sure I know where she got her initial inspiration.

Musa Jewelry: Bobbie’s company Musa, is the Spanish word for muse.  Musa pieces are not only funky, beautiful and stylish, but each piece has a special meaning and intention.  Bobbie’s designs include various gemstones and crystals, because of the healing powers of these stones.  Many of Musa’s collectors adorn the beads for pure spirituality, and some for pure body decoration :).

About Bobbie: A former magazine writer and stylist, Bobbie began collecting beads during her travels.  Bobbie’s natural bohemian style and sensibility, led her to create unique designs with a deeper meaning.  It’s all very California!  And I’ll tell you, Musa Jewelry has quite the A List following (I’m talking about me, of course).  Although, I’m not one to be impressed with celebrity fashion–I’m proud that Bobbie’s pieces are being appreciated by many majorly fashionable people.

Who’s Rockin’ Musa: Lenny Kravitz has been photographed wearing Musa’s black beads (so sexy on men), and apparently they fell off while he was crowd surfing at a show – -they were quickly replaced on the style icon’s wrist.  Uma Thurman, the Von Furstenberg Family (yes, as is Diane), Marie Chantal of Greece’s royal family and the Givenchy Family are all fans of Musa.  Donna Karan, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez all own pieces from Musa’s collection.  Diane Von Furstenberg’s bed became an impromptu pop-up shop for Musa Jewelry.

For information about Musa and to purchase, click below;

http://musa-jewelry.myshopify.com

Colombian Mamas make Miami SEXIER. Haute Drop-Off.

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Miami. January 2015.

This is really how they do grunge in Colombia.  I mean the country Colombia.  This was taken at a kids jump place, called Sky Zone. I love how these women have taken the re-surfacing style of grunge, and paired ripped jeans with sexy tanks and designer belts/bags.  Miami is special in so many ways—-and it’s hard to leave the house without making an effort, because this is the norm.

Fashion Notes: Belts: Hermes and Moschino, Bags: Louis Vuitton and Chanel, Sneakers: Converse