Why seeing your “Peeps” makes Drop-Off feel like Home..

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Eli. San Rafael, California. October 2016.

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I admit to spotting Eli and his family, and getting excited to see my people in Marin County. It’s not like LA or NYC where running into Jews wearing kippahs and tzi tzi is common. I know many cultures can relate to seeing your peeps, and giving them the “what up” head lift or the wave. I took it a step further, and actually walked up to this crew. One, because they looked so LA, and two because they were at my kid’s school faire, and I hardly see a full Jew, let alone observant ones – so I had to walk over, and do the awkward so….

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Eli and Leah live in LA, and Leah has a fashion blog, redlipsandrose.com It’s a tradition for Orthodox Jewish women who are married to cover their hair -I love how Leah uses a cool scarf, creating a funky East Village vibe.

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Such a stylin’ crew – LA is so present in their casual, but cool stye.

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Leah making that Apple watch ever so fashionable and bling worthy.

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Leah is my kind of girl – the Adidas soccer slides paired with leggings, aviators and a hair wrap – she has that Cali street style – as moms of young kids know, you need to be ready to run and be spontaneous, Leah manages to have her own style, while being able to be a hands on mama.

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Love the hat on this kid…

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Beautiful family.

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Is she wearing Burberry?

 

Long & Lean at Drop-Off

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Natalie. Mom. Environmental Activist. Film Maker. Marin County. 2015.

Natalie moved from Los Angeles to a bohemian Northern California town, where she and her husband create documentaries.

Not to make this all about Mara Mara, but I must confess that I’ve been wanting to look good in a sun dress since I was a tween. Unfortunately, my curvy body (aka huge boobs) didn’t quite conform to the fabric limitations of a thin strapped, breezy dress. I know you are rolling your eyes, but living in Miami and not being able to wear a cute sun dress was painful. I’m kidding, but I still want to rock a sun dress, preferably a vintage 1990’s Betsy Johnson…man, I would scroll through the racks at Betsey Johnson looking for that perfect floral dress…usually it would end in me buying a mini skirt.

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Natalie has the perfect lean dancer figure to look stunning in this empire waist practically floor length dress.  ahhh to be tall, thin and narrow  – – -what that must be like…

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A little loose bun

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In Childhood Fashion Trauma…

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Santa Monica Pier. 2015

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Childhood Fashion Trauma:

Tights are so useful, especially when you want to wear a short”ish” skirt on a cold day. They are totally old school, but I don’t love to wear them, because they bring back childhood memories. One in particular. My mom explained to me in kindergarten, that after I urinate, to tuck my shirt into my tights, to avoid the “untuck”. A brilliant mind I was, obviously – So I tried this little “tip”, only I got a little confused and tucked my skirt into my tights.  Lets just say, that was my first success as a comedic actress  – the audience roared and laughed.

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These carnival games have cost me some serious cash.

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Three floppy hats.

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Strike a Pose, Korean Style is Haute.

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Haeji. Los Angeles. 2015

My Japanese friend told me this adorable hand gesture is a cultural trend, when taking photos in many countries in Asia. Love it!!

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Fashion Notes: Bag: Philip Lam, Vest: Absolutely Famous, Shoes: BP

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What can I say? They are wearing matching faux fur vests..mother/daughter fashion.

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White Kicks still ‘HAUTE’ on the Street..

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Los Angeles. November 2015.

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Did they mean to match? It was hard to communicate with this catalog looking family, because they didn’t speak english – but we managed to work it out.

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So white sneakers are still HAUTE. Here’s New York Magazines take on the subject, http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/05/the-white-sneaker-trend-is-not-over.html#

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How Not to Feel Unhip in LA.

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Los Angeles. November 2015.

I spent the week in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving. I love LA, it’s fashion eye candy, people  make an effort and usually are pretty darn attractive.  I grew up in an environment similar to LA, Miami. Miami is ridiculously sexy – sexy overrules style, and nothing is off limits. In LA, fashion is competitive – walk out the door and you’ll learn quickly what’s “in”.

When I was packing for my trip to LA, I thought about this. What should I bring? I even perused my favorite fashion blogs like The Sartorialist, www.thesartorialist.com, I mean no one wants to feel “unhip”in a vast sea of majorly hip, It only serves as a reminder of those awkward teenage years. And then I found this hysterical video of the brilliant Amy Schumer articulating my feelings, “I don’t fit in here.. Straight up body type”, she joked to Ellen about LA, …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgX2HY2iyVQ

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I ended up feeling great in LA, because obviously I have naturally cool style! Here’s an LA mama looking so fine. What a flattering dress. The fit is perfect – showing curves, but allowing comfort.

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This mom is using a Prada nylon skull bag as her diaper bag. Prada makes the best nylon bags, that can get dirty and be cleaned quickly with a baby wipe.

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Sexy hair..I love when hair looks natural and “undone”

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One of my favorite looks. I still get weird stares when I rock black ankle socks with heels or flats. But it’s so cool looking, and adds comfort. Parisians started this trend, probably with the desire to wear heels on those cobble stone streets.

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LA Style in Aspen. Haute Drop-Off.

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Moranda. Aspen. August 2015.

Moranda and her family just moved from Los Angeles to Aspen this week – I spotted her at the local park with her family.  We have a lot in common – Moranda and her husband send their kids to a Waldorf school too…see how hip Waldorf parents can be?

Ya know what I love about Aspen summer weather? You can wear jackets and boots!! And your hair still looks good – it’s not humid. I find places like Miami so hard to dress stylish – it’s just so hot in the summer, you really have to wear next to nothing.

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It takes a lot of guts to move to a new city, especially from a large, metropolitan city like LA to a smaller town like Aspen. But I obviously understand the appeal – it’s empowering to start fresh and fun to live in a place that’s small.  Kids in Aspen have a lot more freedom.

And Moranda brings great style to a town known for its workout style. At night in Aspen, you see great fashion and during the day you see exercise clothing, but stylish exercise clothing. Ripped leggings, off the shoulder crop tops, bright sneakers and funky sunglasses. It’s refreshing to see some LA fashion make its debut during prime “hiking” hours.

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The cobblestone streets of Aspen make it very hard to wear anything other then sneakers, sandals or boots..heels are kind of impossible in this town.

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Moranda and her adorable family. Aspen got way cooler this week!

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Fashion Notes: Boots: Anine Bing, Hat: Rag and Bone, Sweator: 360 Cashmere, Dress: Tylie, Basket: purchased at Whole Foods in Hawaii

Haute MAMA. LA Drop-Off. Art’s Coolest Players.

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Adarsha, Joe and Juniper. MAMA Gallery. Los Angeles. 2015. Photographs by Angela Izzo

Photos: Fashion shots by the INCREDIBLE Angela Izzo. Look forward to another post about Angela’s work. She’s a filmmaker, photographer and creative visionary. Her resume is an impressive one, shooting celebrities, artists, musicians etc..but her unique ability to capture a moment in time, is something I admire greatly. Check out her work, http://www.izzoimages.com

Fashion Notes: Adarsha is wearing an African inspired print dress with gold accessories. Juniper is dressed in J Brand. Joe is wearing a T-shirt from American Apparel.

Red Lips: And lets not forget Adarsha’s red lipstick – a must for every blonde woman! It has to be the right shade, or it looks severe. I’ve tried pulling off red lipstick, and my kids seem traumatized every time I attempt it. I feel to “VA VA VOOM” and like I should be working for Heidi Fleiss. Here are some tips, http://beauty.allwomenstalk.com/dos-and-donts-of-wearing-red-lipstick-that-any-makeup-lover-should-know

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Adarsha grew up in Brooklyn in a free spirited family (i’m tight with Adarsha’s sister). Her sophisticated taste in art, design and clothing is inspired by this upbringing.  Being raised in a major city causes accidental exposure. When you walk, take the subway or a public bus – you are constantly observing people  – places – things.

Adarsha founded and directs the recently opened MAMA Gallery in LA. With a diverse range of instillations and exhibits, it’s not surprising that MAMA is the new kid on the block, receiving lots of attention from the Contemporary Art world.

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MAMA Gallery gives a peak at the multi-dimensional world of art – how creativity can be executed using a multitude of materials and mediums.  For major inspiration, check out MAMA in LA, http://www.mama.gallery and for suggestions on current pieces for sale, call the gallery. And you’ll be inspired by Adarsha’s fresh perspective on the Contemporaty Art world.

As a new mom, Adarsha has made the gallery a visual playground for Juniper – pretty inspiring for a child to be surrounded by multi-faceted creative visions.

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Gold earrings by Anna Sheffield.

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I’ve been lucky to be exposed to contemporary art by my step-father. I love visiting the galleries in Chelsea, like the Famed Gagosian Gallery, http://www.gagosian.com and have had the privilege of attending Art Basel in Miami most years.  It’s great to see the next generation of galleries popping up with new artists and inspirations.

When in LA, visit MAMA  – I promise you will leave feeling inspired. Art is an investment, but should be purchased when you truly feel connected with the piece.

 

 

 

Curl Doctor. LA Drop-Off. Haute & Famous Hair Stylist Papa.

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Unless you have curly hair, you won’t relate to this at all. But curly hair people stick together, we can relate to the many, many awful hair cuts we’ve received. When I was a little girl, I had long, thick and knotty hair -So thick, I almost drowned from my hair blinding me while swimming.  I wish the former was one of my Mara exaggerations, but it’s actually true. I think that’s when I decided to chop that drowning hazard off, so I looked at some magazines for inspiration. My former self, decided to go with whatever the supermodels were sporting, because at 8 with a heap load of self-esteem (before it was slowly ripped away), I thought I looked very similar to the girls in the fashion rags.

But the issue my friends, was not me; a naive young girl.  The issue was with the hair stylist. How dare she not warn me of what curly, thick hair looks like when it’s short.  Who wouldn’t point out that the model in the fashion magazine I chose, actually had thin, straight and blonde hair – and a thin symmetrical face, I might add?  I was so little, I didn’t even care that after the haircut, people kept saying to my mom, “wow, you have four boys” – it took me a month to catch on to my change from girl to boy, merely from a pair scissor shears.

I grew my hair back (put a stop to all swimming activities), and really had no trauma from the incident. Back then, I had a great attitude about beauty, and rarely showered – so the fact that I looked like a boy, didn’t mean much.  But this incident is only a small example of the hair situations I’ve been involved, because of my curly/wavy hair.  And if I knew someone like Shai, the Curl Doctor, just maybe, just maybe – I could of avoided multiple awkward hair situations over the years.

Shai Amiel is a Los Angeles based stylist, a guru in the curly hair community – with the nickname “Curl Doctor” it’s no wonder Shai has curly hair groupies, including a long list of celebrities.  Shai is the owner and master cutter at Capella Salon in Studio City.  In addition to running this successful salon with his wife, Shai is a dad, who has lots of fun long boarding.

Fashion Notes: Shai loves hats and scarves..and he wears them quite well. He also works in lots of man jewelry – cool bracelets and necklaces..which I really dig. It’s tough for a guy to get away with wearing jewelry, but Shai makes it work like a charm. Please read below for the best tips for curls, Shai’s CurlMandments….beauty tips and wit  – love this dad! If you live in LA, check out Shai at http://www.capellasalon.com

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