Haute Summer Style. Mara’s Take.

Summer 2017.

It’s hot outside, and style takes a little more work, or maybe less? With more skin showing, more neurotic insecurities come up – EVEN though I know how unimportant superficial insecurities are, they still scratch at me – But I tell myself several times a day, “Mara, stop being so boring & focusing on BS” – it usually works.

So here I’m mixing it up. As always, borrowing from my love of Brooklyn 90’s hip-hop style. Let’s break down my look:

Hair: Wavy and braided, Army Jacket: I cut it in half, it’s from a thrift store and it’s Jordache, I’m thinking 80’s, Bag: Vintage Gucci that belonged to my incredible Grandmother Sylvia, who had the best sense of humor, personality, wit, zest for life and a beauty that stopped those in her tracks. My mom bought her this bag, after she watched all four of us, I imagine a Gucci bag doesn’t equal the price of babysitting my wild siblings and me. I wear this bag, and it’s more than a fancy bag, it’s my grandma who’s keeping me company. Shorts: They are short, I got them at Free People, not many stores here in Marin County, I liked the color. Nails: Pointy, white, gold and so high maintenance. Earrings: Oscar de la Renta chandelier earrings, from Neiman Marcus and personalized door knockers, which already broke!!! Denim tank: cut by me, bought maybe at Intermix, Choker: bought this at a tiny thrift store in Marin County for maybe $5

The Gucci bag is longer than my shorts…. of course!

I mean it’s hard to wear heels with short shorts, but the way I mix it up – it’s a little funky and cool – not so sexy.

I’m happy with my hair, it covers me when I’m feeling shy..and it always makes me look so funky.

LOVE this!! It’s so me. I use scissors to cut my clothing, and it never comes out even.

It’s okay to wear the same color from top to bottom – especially when the shades don’t match exactly

 

Haute Philogynist..(google it)

Jenny. Mama. Feminist Activist. Fashion Designer. Marin Country Mart. May 2017

Jenny has two clothing lines.  Jenny Irene, a children’s line focused on a few simple designs (bonnets, tunics, playsuits, overalls), uses handmade and vintage textiles to create each piece. Her daughter’s adorable bonnet is by Jenny Irene, check out the designs here, www.jennyirene.com 

After the election, Jenny started making ‘smash the patriarchy’ tees for her family and friends. Inundated with requests, Boro Boro Shop was born – a line of t-shirts, totes and enamel pins all with feminist messages. WE all should be wearing them!! www.boroboroshop.com 

Jenny is comfortable in her own skin.. and confident in her style. She’s a beautiful woman who designs what she LOVES- this jumper rules!! I’d look like a house in it, but I have boobs the size of watermelons – so yea..

I love indigo, denim and anything resembling denim.. and so does Jenny. Check out that small red tattoo.. Style tip: if you feel like ya look “uncool” – put your hair in a high bun, I’m telling you – it adds this “I got mad style” vibe.. try it & thank me later.

Do you have a fondness, love or admiration toward women? Then I here by declare you a PHILOGYNIST. A re-usable bag from Jenny’s line. It makes me happy to know that women support other women – sexism is so engrained in society, it’s status quo  – it’s up to all of us to teach, point out and make a big F(ing) deal about misogyny, sexism and inequality facing ALL women.

All I know is when I have a dress with pockets, it’s really exciting – one because I can stick things in them, and two because it feels comfortable, I like having pockets for my hands – sometimes they need a little break.

High bun.

And I had to share this photo of these adorable and well dressed kids.

 

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..

 

Sock Action is Haute…

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Marin County. April 2015.

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This mom works at a very cool clothing store, Erica Tanov, http://www.ericatanov.com

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Love these matte ankle rain boots paired with socks up to the calf. I’m a huge fan of pairing socks with any type of shoe, I get made fun of for it – but I don’t care. My theory is if Parisian women are pulling it off – so can I.

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All black is always chic – but adding these socks makes this look funky and stylish. With summer coming soon, throw out your levi cut off’s with ankle socks and flats.. it’s a great way to take away from the sexiness of the short shorts. Here’s an example:

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Fashion Notes: Seven jeans cut by me, Chanel Flats, Black ankle socks, Bohemian bag from Barcelona, Top from Anthropologie, Glasses are Ray Ban in green, earrings from India

My Chanel flats were stolen in my luggage at JFK  – I miss them. You can wear them with anything and automatically it adds some chicness to an otherwise grungy outfit (which is usually my look). Just ask Alexa Chung, the hip British model and style icon. Alexa wears her Chanel flats with everything – and still manages to look edgy/Downtown and not Upper East Side.

Haute in Japan… Part Deux

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Traditions still exist in Japan, and clothing plays a big role.

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Loving tha high bun, and little sock with the kitten heels.. that’s how to avoid blisters. The plaid shirt tied around her waist is the re-invention of grunge.

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It’s a 90’s fashion couple right here!! Love it.

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It’s funny because this mom is wearing a Marin outdoorsy outfit, but her kicks give it style credentials.

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My Adidas.. kicks close up.

 

Haute in Indigo. Loafers are BACK.

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Liza. Designer. Mother of Twins. San Rafael, California. October 2015.

This amazing dress was made by Liza using Indigo Dye. Indigo dye is extracted from plants and is most known for creating the color in denim.

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I could not pull this dress off – especially with flats. But we’re all made differently. Liza rocks this dress and stays cool on a hot day.

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I love the combination of loafers with Liza’s dress. Loafers have made a major comeback, especially when pairing them with something ultra feminine.  Here’s a link about loafers being back in fashion…http://www.popsugar.com/fashion/Loafer-Shoe-Trend-2015-37137560

 

Haute East Village. Joe’s Pizza Drop-Off.

DSC_1726Greenwich Village, New York. June 2014.

How cute is this little family? I spotted them hanging outside one of my favorite NYC spots, Joe’s Pizza, http://www.joespizzanyc.com  Joe’s is an old friend, sometimes it’s a long stretch of not talking, but once you re-connect, it’s just like old times – even at 3am.

The staff at Joe’s are friendly and fun – and the place is always swarming with the greatest characters – famous and not famous.  A place like Joe’s is what makes the Village such a special place – it’s a neighborhood, a community and filled with love and great personalities – – oh and of course delicious and authentic New York Pizza.