The Creatives at Drop-Off

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Chris Natrop. Dad. Artist. Minnesota Street Project. San Francisco. Summer 2016.

Chris describes his work as a “practice centered on the act of cutting paper, http://www.chrisnatrop.com.  Executed free form and exclusively with a knife, it has evolved into a stream-of-consciousness drawing technique, a meditation of repetition and reduction” What I find interesting about Chris’s work is how he cuts paper with no intended plan – for someone impulsive like me, I feel I could start saying all my work is intentionally not planned. I’m only kidding, Chris’s work was shown at The Minnesota Project in San Francisco this summer and documented by the artsy and the cool art world photographer and filmmaker, Eric Minh Swenson (photo of Eric below)

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I got to follow Eric around for a day, he was my contemporary art world pied piper, and I gladly obliged.  A character in his own right, Eric knows EVERYONE in the art world, and they know him – nothing holds Eric back, he’s not afraid to walk into the coolest art parties and leave with it all documented on film. From documentaries to stills to writing, Eric is a modern day renaissance man (it took me a long time to spell that).  Want to be in the Art World “know”? check out Eric’s Huffington Post coverage, http://huff.to/2ctGOWO – follow Eric on Instagram – he’s fun, sarcastic and his photos will shock, inspire and add a little culture to your life, instagram.com/ericminhswenson

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Chris and his wife Mari, Creative Director at Swatfame, http://www.swatfame.com which designs and manufactures the hottest names in fashion.

Fashion Notes: Mari: jeans: Rag & Bone, booties: Sam Edelman “petty”, vest: Warehouse London, tank: System Action Barcelona, handbag: Campomaggi. Chris: jeans: Rag & Bone, high tops: Vans (Timberline), top: Acne Studios. Orion is wearing Zara skinny jeans and a Zara t-shirt – his sneakers are Champion from Target.

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Mari’s amazing belt is by Samantha Grisdale “Arrow”, samanthagrisdale.com

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When you are running around San Francisco, you have to be in flat shoes – hiking in heels, even on pavement – is ridiculously hard.

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Beautiful LA family, bringing inspiration via fashion and art to all of us.

Still Going Strong. Me on Backpack Love.

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Fashion Shots: Barbara Myers

“My eyes lit up: was this my mom, or a fashion-forward fairy in disguise? I untied the bag and inside was a little nylon backpack with an oversized no-name logo glued (more like super glued) onto its back pocket.  I knew it was a horrible knockoff of what I really wanted, but no matter..”

Fashion Notes: Backpack: Prada, www.prada.com  and Vintage Army, Leggings: Target, www.target.com, Cuff: Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com, Glasses: Chanel,www.chanel.com, Kicks: Converse, www.converse.com Jean Jacket: Free People, www.freepeople.com, Gray Heels: Zara, www.zara.com

Click on the link below to read the rest of my piece..

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/post_7137_b_5024002.html?utm_hp_ref=style&ir=Style

Sexy Bright Lips at Drop-Off.

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“You caught me on a day when I was wearing all my cheapies.” Lisa. San Rafael. 2014.

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Fashion Notes: Green hooded army jacket, ripped jeans, Moccasins: Payless, Tank: H&M, Sunglasses: Target, Hair: Lisa is a hair stylist, see the shiny hair?

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MARA’S TIPS: Remember!! You don’t need to spend a lot of money to exemplify style.  I had no idea where Lisa purchased her clothing, but liked her look.  She has a mix of classic style with a little Northern California touch.  Adding rolled up ripped jeans and moccasins create a casual, cool style.

Additionally, wearing bright lipstick and oversized glasses is so haute.  I can’t seem to get away with lipstick..I feel like I look awful and made up…oh and my kids laugh in my face, and tell me i’m so “girly”. But if I had blonde hair, I would rock bright red lipstick constantly.  It’s so sexy.

I know it’s not easy for everyone to put together clothing – it doesn’t have to be complicated, not everyone likes my funky style – just wear what you love, and add some slight touches.  If you need some tips, email me.

 

Tiny Floral Patterns hide Flaws. Haute Style Tips.

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Mara. Marin County, California. October 2014.

Fashion Notes: Floral Dress: American Apparel, Heels and Jacket: Zara, Gold Hoops: Target

Did you know that a tiny floral pattern hides so much? The pattern is so busy, you can’t see any flaws. When buying a bathing suit, consider a small floral pattern as it’s so flattering. I am wearing all “big name” retailer brands.  And many of you will be happy that I’m wearing this long denim jacket over a dress, not solo!!!

Mara’s Run DMC Style. Gold Chains at Drop-Off.

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Mara. Marin County. September 2014.

Fashion Notes: Denim “dress”: Zara, Gold Heels: Vintage Yves Saint Laurent. Bag: Chanel, Gold Chain with Vintage Coin: Shandi Levy Jewelry, Bracelets: purchased in markets in Turkey and Botswana. Gold Oversized Aviators: Polaroid, Nails: Gold.

It’s an exciting time for me in fashion.  As you know, I am heavily influenced by urban street style. I’m an extremist in many ways, for instance, I love crazy, long nails or super short nails – but not into an in-between length.  Bigger are always better when it comes to earrings, partly because I have an insane amount of hair.  Small accessories are pointless, who would see them?

My friend Shandi Levy, NYC based jewelry designer, made me this special necklace with an oversized Napoleon looking man coin attached.  Shandi knows if I could, I would dangle a Mercedes emblem from my ear and neck – but those are hard to find in 2014. She found this enormous coin, to satisfy my craving for the oversized and gold accessories.

Back to my point, Chanel’s latest advertisements are taken on the street, with huge pad locks attached to gold chains – think bicycle locks, only Chanel and about $2,300.  Additionally, models are wearing bright, colorful sneakers..almost like those light up ones you see on toddlers.

Now wear did Chanel come up with this? On the streets of Paris, Rome, Tokyo, NYC and London – I’ve seen women wearing these sneakers paired with mini-skirts and shorts all over the place. And I keep repeating, RUN DMC style… The rap band Run DMC’s 1980’s looks are almost identical to what’s on the runway.

This is a thrilling time for me, because I love nothing more then huge gold chains, earrings and denim.. I realize this long denim jacket i’m wearing, is not really a dress..but that’s never stopped me before. I’m pulling it off….and thanking Run DMC for influencing style, even in 2014.

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Haute Family. San Francisco Drop-Off.

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San Francisco, California. July 2014.

Fashion Notes: Dad, Jeans: Lucky, Jacket: Levi’s, Shoes: Vans, Shirt: Target.  Mom, Shorts and Shirt: Therapy, Jacket: Hive & Honey, Bag: Marc Jacobs, Shoes: Vans. Baby: Ikea bib and Gap Onesie

I met this cute family walking around Hayes Valley this week.  Both are in the software field and are recently new parents – this baby is gorgeous!

How to Accessorize a “cheap” Sundress..

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How to make a cheap sundress look cool..you mix it up, that’s how…

Fashion Notes: Oversized clutch: 1980’s Vintage, Wedges: no704b, Necklace: handmade in Paris, Gold Chain: Neiman Marcus, Earrings: Target, Sunglasses: Polaroid

I call this my “Miami Bohemian get up”

Who Knew a LV Speedy could Carry a Skateboarder?

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Mara. Venice Beach. January 2014

Fashion Notes: Current Elliot Jeans, Zara Shirt, BCBG ankle Boots and Louis Vuitton very worn out and huge Speedy (made for luggage) and leather strap from another bag at Target

So is it weird to have me on my blog? I love this photo taken by my brother Seth, we spent the entire day riding on the board walk while I pulled Liam on his skateboard.  I think it’s a testament to the craftsmanship (I hate using that term, I sound pretentious) of Louis Vuitton that a kid held on to that bag and it didn’t rip…and maybe a testament to a mom who lets her kid hold on to a great bag, knowing it could break. But what’s really awesome is I bought a bag at Target only for the brown leather strap with the intent to attach it to my Speedy, which I’ve been wearing for years to keep my hands free.

This bag I purchased 7 years ago, maybe more..I wanted the largest speedy, so I got the bag you can use as a carry on, and worked hard to beat the bag in order to give it that vintage look…and it worked, It’s beat up alright.  So the question remains, was it the Target strap that held Liam or the LV Speedy?  mmmm something deep to ponder!

So do something fun this weekend.. love to you all.

xx Mara