Glowing & Haute in Ojai. (and my attempt at “hippie”)

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Sarah. Ojai, California. 2015.

A California mama in Ojai – relaxed, non-complicated, smiling…It’s all very California, even in the way Sarah is dressed – a floppy hat reminiscent of the 70’s, her shiny straight hair, striped fitted dress and an authentic smile… I’ll never look this easy breezy  – right?

There is a difference in style between LA, which is always on point, very sexy and laid back bohemian – but in places like Ojai and Joshua Tree, the style seems to be vintage, and the period 1970’s. I think it’s funny that when people visit Joshua Tree, they even pack like they are headed to a music festival or the original Woodstock.  I’ve attempted this look, but I always come out looking Miami.. like this:

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Shot of me by T. Palmer.

Fashion Notes: Boots: Miss Sixty, Skirt: Zara, Top: vintage & designed knitted by my mama, Bag: Dooney & Bourke 1980 Bucket Bag, Cocktail Ring: Vintage Paris, Earrings: Shandi Levy Jewelry

I’m going to New York City tomorrow, and I haven’t packed – but I know, my suitcase will be filled with much more cool looking and funkier clothing then I wear in California. When I’m in NYC, I pull out my real style and feel like I can get away with anything – it’s so fun. This week I think I may even wear my Adidas high tops all day – and leave the heels at home. CRAAAAAZZZZYYYY!!

Shots by Angela Izzo, www.izzoimages.com – photographer, artist, filmmaker. Instagram https://www.instagram.com/izzoimages/

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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

Over the Knee Boots..

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Mara. Fall 2014. Marin County.

Fashion Notes: Skirt/Bag: Zara, Boots: Miss Sixty, Top: Isabel Marant

Please visit the brilliant and amazing,  www.thesartorialist.com for more images of over the knee boots. They’ve included different photos, some that are quite street and sexy.  I worship boots, they are more comfortable and add an edge. But with this sexy style, I tread lightly – the line is fine, and it’s one I don’t like crossing.

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South Beach Drop-Off. Over the Knee Boots via Socks.

Mara’s Tips for Over the Knee Boots:  Wear boots over legging, jeans or with a skirt that’s like the one i’m wearing (maybe longer).  The key is to choose a skirt that loose, or a distressed jean skirt, which hits above the knee. I don’t recommend a tight skirt or dress.  Try a long blazer or cardigan on top, with a long strap bag -all will elongate your body.  A loose, short dress with a blazer or jean jacket also looks incredibly cool paired with over the knee boots.  The image below from The Sartorialist shows a great way to pair an over the knee boot during the day, she’s only showing a little leg, and the rest is 1970’s preppy.

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Fashion is Deep. Mara feeling Nostalgic at Drop-Off.

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Mara. San Rafael, California. October 2014.

Fashion Shot: Tiphani Palmer

As pretentious as it may sound, my clothing tells a story – I remember each piece and it brings back a memory.  Most likely, because I get excited when I find something cool..whether it’s at a fancy store, a flea market, Goodwill or my Mama’s closet. Because everyone is trying to replicate my style (ha ha), I get asked frequently, “Mara, where do you shop?” – it could be more, “Mara, where do you shop!!!” – the answer is everywhere..I don’t usually have an intention to buy clothing or accessories, it happens when I’m just out in daily life.

What i’m wearing in this photo is an example of my “multi-faceted” approach to fashion.  This sweater, knitted by my mother in the 1960’s is one of my favorite sweaters. And it happens to be “in” right now..I love that it’s fitted and has a preppy/hippie vibe – like I should be laying on the quad at Andover, watching my friends play Rugby. The bucket bag was purchased at a thrift store in Aspen for $25.00.  I remember that day so well, as I spotted this amazing find and made sure no one else beat me to the “bucket” bag. The boots, although a little big, are Miss Sixty purchased at a local consignment store in Marin County, awesomely named Sax.  

Fashion is fun, unique, creative and deep – every time I wear this knitted sweater, I picture my beautiful mama with her long brown hair, and gorgeous lashes in the 1960’s knitting this sweater  -a sweater that one day her daughter would wear. See? Fashion bridges generations.

Fashion Notes: Skirt: Zara, Boots: Miss Sixty, Jewelry: beaded bracelet: Emporium Miami and earrings and bangles: Shandi Levy Jewelry, Sweater: My Mama, Handbag: Dooney&Bourke circa 1980’s and Aviators: Polaroid

 

 

Haute Parents. Central Park Drop-Off

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New York City. Central Park. April 2014.

Young parents. Over the knee boots, cropped shirts and acid wash are all over NYC streets..a throw back style. I spotted a complete acid wash “denim suit”, that was incredible to see.

NYC gives us so much in regard to fashion sightings…I can never get enough!

Haute Accessories at Drop-Off (These shoes only walk a few blocks!)

The shoes and bag make this mom’s look..loving the shoes, although for you city moms, this is just not possible 🙁 It’s just too hard to walk in shoes like this, believe me I once had to bandage my feet in Paris (actually a very kind pharmacist wrapped my feet for me -see Parisians are nice) , and I couldn’t even fit my feet in shoes as the bandages made it impossible.  I REFUSED to wear sneakers, so I purchased vintage over the knee Stephane Keilan flat boots two sizes bigger, and wore them all over the city.  I realize that this is not normal behavior, but I just could not roam around the fashion capital in sneakers (converse are okay, but I couldn’t even get those on my feet).  When I am in cities, I walk everywhere and usually I can walk through the pain, but last year I finally realized in some way I have to compromise.  For comfort and bohemian style, Moccasins rule when walking a lot (at least for me).