She’s Denim, She’s Acid Wash, She’s Perfect.

I’m officially having a love affair with a denim jacket. It sat in a Saks box for at least a week before I made the commitment. It wasn’t cheap, and if I see this Alice + Olivia Chloe jacket on sale, I will retaliate :).

I researched, I looked around, I scoured vintage stores for specific acid wash jackets – but I had to go fancy, and I had to pay retail. I even tried on a Marc Jacobs black worn-in denim jacket, and like all things Marc Jacobs – it looked terrible on my body type.  And I wanted to support my fellow Jewish brother, but it wasn’t made to fit the short, but curvy. Marc – -come on, remember your Jewish sisters and their body types!

And so, a brand I never was really into – seemed to get my attention, https://www.aliceandolivia.com  – the jacket, named “the Chloe embellished jacket” is now part of the Mara Menachem ridiculous jean jacket collection or coalition. I hear the 1960’s studded jacket is leading a revolt, apparently, I am not an equal opportunity wearer (not funny?).

That Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia is in a real creative flow – she has been making some seriously cool threads, and I’m watching.  Check out her bell bottoms, don’t know how they fit in the booty – but they look slamming on the mannequin.

The Chloe jacket (wish it had a different name, Chloe is just so obvious) has beaded pins in various places of things like lady bugs and butterflies. My issue: I’m such a repeater, so don’t make me feel bad for wearing it every day – because I will. And I will document it, so please be understanding.

Weird face here.. but Dries Van Noten made these John Lennon glasses. I love them, picked them up in LA at the Off Fifth outlet – always the best place to get designer glasses. Oh and I did just get my nails done – – a little black in Spring.

I wear my Ash moccasins unzipped  -it’s a new thing. Okay, fine – it’s not new, it’s because I get blisters – so I go unzipped. Calves made by genetics and Cycle Bar – they keep getting bigger.

This bag is one of a kind. I bought it at the Oakland vintage fair, it makes me look cooler, and I like to mix this 70’s bag with other decades, like the 80’s and 90’s. To me, when you dress in one period, it comes off as “I’m going to a costume party”.

I agree the dress is too short – that was more of a hemming mistake (i.e. scissors)..

Well, I was just having a good hair day – can’t a woman be proud of her locks?

 

She’s Lookin’ Poncho Perfect…

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Carrie. 66th and Broadway. NYC. Summer 2016.

Carrie is wearing a poncho by Australian design house Ella Sanders, http://www.ellasanders.com.au. Danielle Sanders, founder of Ella Sanders comes from a long line of established wool farmers and was raised by an avid knitter.  Her passion for high quality fabrics and classic design led to the creation of this Australian design house.  Lucky for us, Ella Sanders will be making its stateside debut very soon.

My mother buys high quality knits from high end wool to cashmere and she wears them for years. I still wear my grandmother’s cashmere sweater from the 70’s and my mom’s wool sweaters from the 80’s. They’ve stood the test of time, and that’s what you get when you buy high quality fabrics. Also, wool breathes – that’s why it’s a fabric you can even wear in the summer!! My first official job in fashion was at The Woolmark Company, whose role was to market wool to the fashion industry. Contrary to what you may think, it was ultra glamorous and gave me access to all the major fashion magazines   – and amazing parties!

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My sister-in-law looking dope with my delicious niece. She has taken this poncho and made it bohemian funky with her ankle boots and floppy hat.

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Photographer Superstar. NYC is Haute.

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Hakim. Celebrity/Art/Fashion/Music Photographer. NYC.

I met Hakim a few weeks ago on the NYC pavement, he was taking photos of the anti-Donald Trump rally…he started shooting me, and his skills and passion are mind blowing. Check him out on instagram, https://www.instagram.com/lowlight_performance/ Check out his shots of this mom below:

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NYC. April 2016.

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Do you see the Nirvana t-shirt?

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Ankle boots, the official NYC walking shoe…

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Bag: Longchamp Le Pilage, this bag is great for toting baby stuff – it’s nylon and can be washed out…great bag to use as a diaper bag

 

 

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

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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Haute Dogs and The City. NYC Canine Drop-Off.

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Window shopping at Ralph Lauren. 72nd & Madison. New York City . April 2015

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Waiting outside of the Dermatologist’s office. Upper East Side.

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The stress of walking Sextuplets. Central Park. East 72nd entrance.

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Similar hair on 66th.

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Matching knits in Central Park.

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Medusa urinating in front of The Frick Collection. East 70th. NYC.

 

What a Babe. Haute in The City.

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Jennifer. Central Park. April 2015.

I love Jennifer’s sunglasses. They are different and add instant style to whatever she wears.

Watch: Hermès, www.hermes.com, Glasses: Illesteva, http://illesteva.com, cashmere turtle neck: Ralph Lauren, www.ralphlauren.com

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I had to meet this mom, who accomplished something, I just can’t.  She looks stunning in a cashmere turtle neck.  Jennifer’s style is casual and chic with a little added funk.

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So in case you don’t know, these are Golden Goose sneakers.  They are the fashion sneaker for the fashion set, who make sacrifices to buy $500.00 kicks.  I get the love of funky sneakers..when you live in a city, cool kicks are a worthwhile investment.

http://www.goldengoosedeluxebrand.com/it/it

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Back pockets on sweat pants do a world of good to your backside.

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Digging the orange Hermès wrap around watch..it’s like a bracelet.

Music and Fashion. Motel Drop-Off gets Glamorous.

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Cara.  Photography Rock Star.  Aunt to lots o’ kids.  Miami, Florida.  October 2014.

Name Dropping: Cara’s images of rockstars and other popular musicians have appeared in many of the most important music and culture magazines of the day (think Kanye, Jack White, Timbaland, My Morning Jacket, David Grohl).  You can see Cara’s shots in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Time Out and The Village Voice to name a few.  She has worked with the most prestigious names in the music industry;  MTV, Universal Music, Geffen, Sony, Roc Nation, and Rock the Vote.  Cara’s fine art photography is displayed in several galleries in the States. Check out her inspiring work (especially if your a fan of music and fashion) at www.carabloch.com 

Fashion Notes: Suit: Vintage 1960’s custom made Bill Blass suit, all clothing and accessories, including the suit from Hollen and Jen Show Room, www.hollenandjenshowroom.com, Hollen and Jen have an eye for vintage across all decades..for a lover of all things old, this place is pure fashion candy. Check out their Facebook page, and you will drool over the latest vintage finds.

Photo: This shot is a throw back to another time in Miami, the motel as the background with a tailored vintage 1960’s Bill Blass number is beyond brilliant.  I met Cara through my close friend Shandi, founder of Shandi Levy Jewelry.  Cara and Shandi are jet setters, who always hang out with NYC and Miami’s most stylish and they usually (well Cara) capture it all on film..you may even spot me lurking in the background.

Mara Likes it: As a huge fan of fashion and music, I especially am drawn to the creative works of Cara Bloch.  Cara is an incredibly gifted and imaginative photographer, and I personally worship everything she does.  Her work is cool, stylish and stare worthy.  And no matter how long you look, Cara’s photographs cause you to look one last time, just in case you missed a detail.

Haute: I get that Cara doesn’t meet Haute Drop-Off’s usual “criteria”, but I’m a rule breaker, and Cara is an amazing aunt (she is always using her friend’s kids in her shots), who is also a photography rock star…of course she had to be featured on Haute Drop-Off.

 

 

 

Mara. NYC Drop-Off. Zara. Chanel. Cut-Off’s.

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Mara. Upper East Side. New York City. September 2014.

Here I am, it’s a hot day in New York.  I’m showing a little belly and loving the proportions of my new Zara blazer.  Snake skin and animal print patterns, are usually not my thing.  Mostly, because my brothers tell me I look like my Nana, who had a thing for leopard print.

When wearing animal prints, you don’t have to look like a grandmother in Miami Beach – and by the way, I adore the “grandma in Miami Beach” look! But you can mix the print with something casual, and it combines so well.