It’s a Spike Lee, Do The Right Thing kinda’ Summer..

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Emiko. Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. July 2015.

Brooklyn as a Film: It’s been so fun hanging in NYC the past couple of weeks – well except for the stifling heat. I keep picturing Spike Lee’s film, Do The Right Thing – which takes place in Brooklyn during a very hot summer. That film vividly describes the kind of heat you feel existing in a New York summer.

I watched this film several times, but the most memorable was in a college Film class – where we analyzed, wrote, discussed and debated each scene from the film.  The sexual nature of the ice scene, the racial tension in Brooklyn and how brilliantly Spike Lee depicts the humanity in all people – bigots or not. And how Lee demonstrates the heat one Brooklyn summer so well, while watching you can literally feel the sun blazing down on your face – even in a dark, cold movie theater.

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Backpack: From Swedish company, Fjallraven, www.fjallraven.us

This is Emiko’s first child, he’s so gorgeous, and instead of using a typical diaper bag, this stylish Japanese mama went with a cool backpack, that’s functional.

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Fashion Notes: Panama style hat, Rachel Comey top, Sandals by Camper

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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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Brooklyn Family in Panama. Haute Drop-Off.

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Eddie is a an incredibly talented advertising Creative Director in New York City. Working on television spots to online content. Eddie and his family live in Brooklyn, and like the city in which they reside, their family is a gorgeous mix of cultures.  Half of Eddie’s family are New Yorkers and half are Panamanians. Eddie has made it his duty, to expose his son Cruz to his cultural roots.  And the is why Eddie started a blog documenting their adventures experiencing his different cultures. Cruz is African-American, Spanish, German and Irish.

The first shot was on an island in The Panama Canal. The women are Embera indians, part of Eddie’s bloodline.  They loved Cruz and were delighted to take this photo.

The second shot, is Eddie’s wife Veronica looking gorgeous and with a sundress, sunglasses and bright lips.  The third shot was taken in front of Eddie’s childhood home in Panama.  Cruz and Eddie were waiting for the bus to take them to their family farm.  Cruz’s top is called a Montuno, which is a traditional shirt men where in Panama.

 

 

Iphone Shots. Miami. Brooklyn. San Francisco. Marin.

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Miami. Marin County. San Francisco. Brooklyn. 2014.

I realize the bad quality of the photographs, but I wanted to show these stylin’ parents. I love traveling and admiring the fashion of each place.  I don’t know if this is a real “hobby”, but observing humanity is my greatest love – actually participating in human interaction, while capturing style…. yup, that’s it.

Love to you all. Happy Friday. xxxx Mara

Haute Brooklyn Family. Fanny Packs all Around at Drop-Off.

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Evan. Sage. Ashley and Oscar. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. October 2014.

Such a Haute Brooklyn family we have here!! Well, we all can agree, if they’re wearing fanny packs in Williamsburg, the comeback is real and hip.  After writing my article on the pros of the fanny pack, published in The Huffington Post Comedy section, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/i-love-fanny-packs-and-im_b_5791738.html (not sure why they thought it was funny, fanny packs are no joking matter), I received several lovely correspondence from people who agreed with my highly complicated break down of this throw back accessory.  One of the fans of my piece is Michael, the owner of Jaunt.  Jaunt creates stylish and functional fanny packs, locally in Brooklyn.

Michael explains his company, “Jaunt is a New York City fashion company that makes beautifully crafted fanny packs. Contrary to the traditional big and bulky fanny packs, Jaunt packs are slim, sleek, and meticulously designed with purposed pockets for only the bare essentials needed for adventures. The minimalist design of the Jaunt pack is meant to help “jaunters” be less bogged down with what what they are carrying so they can connect more with the moments at hand. “Walk Slow, Dance Fast” is the mantra, or soul, of the company”.

It seems to me that Jaunt is a trail blazer or shall I say fanny blazer – in bringing back this amazing accessory, without the poking fun – ya see Jaunt is, along with many in the fashion industry  – making fanny packs not only cool and hip, but affordable!! Check out Jaunt’s website, where a video shares Jaunt’s story – and you can see stylin’ music festival attendees sporting their fanny packs.  http://jauntshop.com

Fashion Notes: Dad: Fanny Pack: Pacha style Jaunt Pack, Shirt: Brooklyn Industries
Sage: Fanny Pack: Caro style Jaunt Pack, Pants: Leighton Alexander
Ashley: Hat: Vintage from 10 ft. Single by Stella Dallas, Baby Wrap: Gerisol, Leggings: L.A.M.B., Oscar: nununu outfit

Here are some photos from Jaunt’s website, wearing their stylish fanny packs at a music festival, including Michael, Jaunt’s owner:unnamed-15

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Denim on Denim in Brooklyn. SJP Body at Drop-Off.

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Franklin Avenue. Brooklyn, New York. September 2014.

Fashion Notes: Cropped Jean Jacket, Red Converse, Distressed Jeans, Hair Bun, Cute Dimple–

Loved meeting this adorable mom with a Sarah Jessica Parker body.  She was picking up her kids from school, and happy to pose for Haute Drop Off.

Dads are Haute In Brooklyn. Sweet Beards at Drop-Off.

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Brooklyn, New York. September 2014.

Fashion Notes: A little army fatigue, Black army boots, Beard, Tattoos, Large watch..and a pair of adorable kids.

In NYC, you find so much..and I happen to walk by a school as the bell was ringing, and here he walks out..Full on Mara Menachem attack..he obliged.

For tips on all things beards, my gentleman friends: http://www.beards.org

Bed-Stuy. Urban Haute. Brooklyn Drop-Off.

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Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. September 2014.

I won the style lottery, when I walked by a school dismissal in Bed-Stuy yesterday.  Brooklyn is a fashion candy store for my eyes – urban coolness is on every block.  And I love being the not-so-silent observer.

Bed-Stuy, made famous by Spike Lee in his debut film “Do The Right Thing” and in the 1990’s by Bed-Stuy raised, The Notorious B.I.G or Biggie Smalls.  The area a true representation of a New York neighborhood, through the diversity of its residents – even now as wealthier residents are moving into the area, Bed-Stuy with all the changes, good and bad- remains a one of a kind place.

This morning I ran into some of the parents I photographed, and I felt like I was part of this amazing neighborhood – I know locals!!! And I know local Haute Parents.  Welcome to Brooklyn.

Fashion Notes: Huge hoops, Black Leggings, Red Converse low tops, Hair in Bun, Black Blazer and cool glasses.

Haute Brooklyn. Park Slope Drop-Off.

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Lynley. Park Slope, Brooklyn. June 2014.

I stopped Lynley on the street to ask directions (I know so uncool, especially in NY).  Soon, I learned that this mama is a designer at Osh-Kosh. The silky cover up is Lynley’s own design.  I adore stylish cover ups, they are so versatile.  They can be worn over a sleeveless dress, a tank, cut off shorts – you name it.  A cover up like Lynley’s adds feminine details.  If your ams have been in hiding all winter and look as white as paper, here’s a great option to conceal those pasty triceps.

If your dress is a little va-va-voom and you want your walk to the subway to be free of googly eye stares; once again, this is a perfect solution.  And you can take it off when you arrive at your destination (it will fit in a small bag).

I know. I know.  I give such sage advice – it’s quite profound.  Enjoy my friends  – Brooklyn Street Style.