Lookin’ Dope in the City


Mary. Fifth and 72nd. New York City. March 2016.


This dads look is a little 90’s with updated 2016 accessories, such as the Beat headphones.


Well, you all know I love her nails. They remind me of hanging out at the nail salon with my mom – Miami and NYC way way back…




So dope….



These cross earrings remind me of Madonna in the early years




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


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

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


Similar hair on 66th.


Matching knits in Central Park.


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.


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.


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


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

Haute Restaurateur Mama. Weekend Drop-Off.

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Vanessa. Mom. Model. Restaurateur. Marin County, March 2015.

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Vanessa is one of the owners of the Real Restaurants Group, www.realrestaurants.com – They include local and famed, Picco, Buckeye Bungalow and Bar Bocce. When I stopped Vanessa, I knew she was a model. She’s a woman you notice, her beauty is obvious, but her smile, warmth and charm are what captivated me.

Sometimes beauty can be intimidating.  Individuals I know who are model beautiful have explained (don’t roll your eyes) having to play down their looks to seem more approachable. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. I once wrote about beauty being intimidating in this HuffPost piece, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/beauty_b_2480591.html?


This is why I believe in the power of a smile. I smile at people all the time — I’m sure it seems weird.  When I was eating at Elio’s on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a group of people sat eating dinner – a woman looked in my direction, I gave her a huge smile, taken by surprise, she looked at me and reciprocated. As she walked out to leave, she walked up to me and said “I was so taken a back by your beautiful smile – no one does that anymore.  It’s a simple gesture, that means so much, so thank you for reminding me of that.”. She then mentioned the huge piece of broccoli stuck in my teeth.

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Fashion Notes: Boots: Enzo Angiolini, Top: Ralph Lauren, Jeans: Avedon by Citizens of Humanity, Sunglasses: Gucci imported from Italy, Handbag: Pikolinas

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I love Vanessa’s handbag.  It’s nice to carry something that’s so unique with no logos. Although I love a classic designer bag – especially vintage, I usually wear bags with no obvious labels.

I have frequented many of Vanessa’s spots, they are bustling and alive – kind of like The Smith’s song “take me out tonight, because I want to see people and I want to see life”.

Men, Fitted Clothing is Haute. French Dudes know.

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Noe Valley Farmers Market. San Francisco. February 2015. iPhone shot.

Fashion Notes:  I knew this couple had to be French, and I was right, at least about the dad. He explained how he mostly wears one brand of clothing, J.Crew, www.jcrew.com. The reason he wears mostly J.Crew is because the clothing fits like French brands – slim and narrow.  I tell guys all the time, the narrower the better. Sunglasses, Ray Ban Wayfarers, www.rayban.com

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Men’s Tailoring: I can’t emphasize enough the importance of well fitted clothing for men. It doesn’t matter your size – it’s always better for clothing to fit narrower. Ralph Lauren gave his daughter Dylan advice a long time ago – when you feel like you’ve gained weight – wear your clothing even narrower, don’t bury yourself in baggy clothing, because it will make you look heavier. My own father wore his suits extremely narrow, and I spent a lot of my childhood sitting on the floor of his seamstresses’s floor playing with knitting needles. When it comes to casual clothing, it’s the same idea – jeans should fit VERY narrow, show off those strong legs guys!


Haute Filmmaker Papa. Creative California.



Adam. Fairfax, California. 2014.

Fashion Notes: Pants: RVCA, Top: Obey, Boots: Red Wing, Hat: Goorin Brothers

Adam directs commercials and documentaries, his latest was for Ralph Lauren in Madrid.  I love hearing tidbits of people’s lives – well, let’s face it, I love hearing it all. Adam is British, and has that polished look, even in casual clothing. Simple style with a cool accessory – the cap! Try it 🙂