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 ūüôĀ

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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..

 

Paradise City. Miami Drop-Off.

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Amber. Miami, Florida. April 2015.

It was amazing to be in Miami again, and check out the school pick up fashion. When I lived in Miami, I loved capturing Amber’s style on Haute Drop-Off.

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How cute is Amber?

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We all need an oversized, cool bag like this, especially with three kids.

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As you know, Miami is so hot – it’s hard to go out without revealing skin. Confidence is key!

This Mama can Rock a Crop-Top….

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Lorraine. Miami, Florida. December 2015.

How adorable is this mom. Love her style

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Fashion Notes: Pants: Lululemon, Hawaiian inspired crop-top: Vintage store on the Haight in San Francisco, Shoes: Splendid, hat: Nordstrom, Bag: MCM

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We all know that not a day goes by with out me thinking about my amazing denim MCM jacket with the logos and the gold buttons. It was stolen, and I only hope that the person who took it ¬†-appreciates it as much as I did. ¬†MCM is very popular again. I’m a huge fan of going old school with head to toe MCM – it looks amazing. I was raised to think that was tacky, ¬†but sometimes “tacky” is hip. www.mcm,com

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Crop-tops are so possible friends. High waisted pants and a loose fitting mid-driff blouse, is flattering  Рeven without a flat stomach.

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Little bows on these feminine Splendid sandals

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Love a masculine, big faced watch.

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Miami Mamas Don’t Do Mini-Vans.

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Vicky. Miami, Florida. December 2015.

Vicky is from Mexico City. ¬†She studied Fashion Design and had her own line in Mexico City. ¬†Currently, Vicky is living in Miami and using her skills as a painter and designer to create beautiful & fashionable Yoga mats. Her Yoga mat line is launching soon, this will help me “keep my eyes on my own mat” ¬†-as I sometimes have an issue with focusing‚ĶALWAYS, actually.

I’m pretty sure Janis Joplin wrote “Mercedes Benz” after a trip to Miami..”Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.”¬†Miami is known for its cars and I love that Vicky squeezed three kids in this Porsche.

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Decades after Janis Joplin’s song, Will Smith wrote specifically about Miami’s love of fancy cars in his song Welcome to Miami..”Hundred thousand dollar cars, everybody got ’em”‚Ķ It’s kind of true – in Miami, it’s not only the wealthy who drive fancy cars. And certainly having kids would never stop Miamians from driving Porsches etc..

My mom drove a station wagon, and that wasn’t the norm..it was convertibles, two-door Mercedes and expensive sports cars. Personally, nothing made me feel cooler than riding around in my Mamas wood paneled station wagon as a kid in Miami – we were “retro” before “retro’ was considered cool. I’m totally kidding, we felt totally dorky in my mom’s station wagon – and my brother reminded me that a wire stuck out of the back, which accidentally caused gashes on our friend’s skin.

My friend’s mom drove a Porsche convertible, that car would pull up to school drop-off and arouse serious attention, my mom’s wagon..not so much. So in some way, I appreciate Vicky squeezing a family into a small, fancy sports car..

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Bag: Hermès

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Shoes: Loeffler Randall at Intermix, www.intermix.com  РI love Intermix, especially when they have sales.

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She’s so pretty and natural with glowing Miami skin.¬†Cap Sleeve Blouse: Zara

Crop-Top. Belly Jewelry. Sexy Style @ Kid’s Parties.

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Little Venezuela: This photo was taken in Doral, an¬†area of Miami with an earned nick name of “Little Venezuela”, due to the large population of Venezuelans. ¬†Have you seen Venezuelan women? ¬†Venezuela is no stranger to beauty – besides the US, Venezuela dominates beauty pageants world-wide (I despise beauty pageants, but I’m making a point).

If you’ve seen Venezuelan women, that random statistic is not surprising. ¬†Occasionally (like maybe twice), when I lived in Miami, I was mistaken as Venezuelan. ¬†Usually, it was when I went overboard with my blonde highlights, but my ego would temporarily inflate (for maybe 5 minutes, and then I was back to my usual neurotic stuff).

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Miami Mamas: Miami has so many cultural influences, and having a large Venezuelan population has only given us a “beauty nudge”, because they sure are making an effort – even on a Sunday at a kid’s birthday party spot.

Mara’s Personal Thoughts: And ya know what? I LOVE this about Miami. ¬†I know I’m such a repeater, but Miami mamas make a serious effort to look slamming. ¬†Many, many times it’s really annoying for some of us (me) who just want to roll out of bed, and look like a slob (even if I pretend it’s “throwback grunge”). ¬†But I thank these women, for giving me a little beauty push – we all know we feel better when we throw on jeans so tight we can’t breath, and heels so high we can’t walk. ¬†The beautiful Dolly Parton said it well, “When I’m feeling a little low, I put on my favorite high heels to stand a little taller.”.

Here is a link to a piece I wrote about Miami Mom Style, and my years growing up seeing these glamorous women dropping off my friends at school. ¬†Here’s the link:¬†http://blog.justaskboo.com/a-love-letter-to-miami-moms/

 

Modern Design not for Big Booties. Haute Design & Fashion.

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Shari. Coral Gables, Florida. January 2015.

Fashion Notes: Shari’s lace top is by Beyond Vintage. The Ray Ban aviators and single braid add a certain “upscale” bohemian vibe to her look.

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Brothers are always Right: ¬†Shari and my brother Andrew have incredible taste. Recently, they renovated this gorgeous Miami home. ¬†Andrew is great at seeing potential where no one else does. Send Andrew to any junk yard, and he will spot the Rembrandt among the ruins. ¬†He took our Grandparents furniture and re-created it‚Ķlike these chairs re-covered in this famous Stephen Sprouse graffiti fabric. ¬†Shari is a great partner for Andrew, because she adores the details and can visualize the big picture. This is why she’s in real estate – she sees the potential. Meanwhile, don’t say anything, but I’m stealing back my Grandmother’s incredible gold mirror‚Ķ.I should get all mirrors, after all I may win for sibling who likes to stare in a mirror most.

Big Booties Need Not Apply:¬†Andrew and Shari also introduced me to what I re-named the “heroine chic super model” chairs. These were re-named by me, because if you want your behind to fit the circumference of the seat, you must be as thin as a 1990’s heroine chic supermodel. ¬†Unfortunately, Philippe Starck didn’t take my advice, and named them “Victoria Ghost” chairs. I imagine “this” Victoria has a teeny tiny booty‚Ķ’ I still laugh when my ass is hanging off half of the seat..I literally need two chairs!!! And I do not have a big butt.

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Drop-Off: Shari and my nephew getting ready for school drop-off. In Miami, we wear heels. And believe me, in Miami you will never feel overdressed at drop-off, someone will always be wearing higher heels and bigger earrings. Oh and let’s not forget, much bigger cleavage. I love everything about this top, and paired with ripped jeans – it looks less fussy, and more funky.

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Mid-Century: Gorgeous Kitchen. Marble countertops with Bertoia Chairs, www.knoll.com Bertoia industrial chairs are recognized as pieces of art, that came out of the brilliance of mid-century design.

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Order: My brother and Shari are not only crazy neat, but majorly organized. ¬†This is why they custom designed so many of these incredible shelves, to house their objects and stay organized. ¬†You can imagine the panic that ensues when I come by for a visit. ¬†I think marble looks better with rings and stains, apparently they do not – and this is why I am followed around by a walking coaster – it’s really odd.

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Accessories:¬†These¬†Chanel Pearl Necklaces are classic. ¬†Shari has a long neck and wears this choker well. ¬†Layering bracelets. Hermes Cuff mixed in with the narrower vintage gold cuff, and thick gold cuff by Alexis Bittar, Hand Bag: Louis Vuitton. This bag looks like it was designed in the early 1980’s – I want one!! On Shari’s other wrist are Indian inspired beads designed by local Miami designer, Kristin Pearce. These gold stilettos are by Valentino. ¬†Like a little black dress, in Miami, gold stilettos are a staple. I have to say, I miss wearing my gold stilettos ¬†– I just haven’t since moving to the land of Milk & Honey‚Ķ..

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What the boys are wearing: My nephew has naturally, cool style. And most importantly, he’s a sweet, kind kid. ¬†If you need some good gifts for middle school age kids – this is what’s “in”. ¬†Herschel Camouflage Backpack. Nike designed by pro-skater Stefan Janoski, Beats by Dr. Dre and a black Yankees baseball cap.

My sister-in-law is an Associate at EWM in Miami, specializing in luxury homes.

 

Music Festival Haute. Hollen & Jen.

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I’ve loved vintage, when it was called “used”..At age 7, (ask my mom) I would jump for joy at the sight of hand me downs, like I had just won the lottery. Salvation Army – Goodwill – and upscale showrooms like Hollen & Jen have always been my happy places. So when in Miami for New Year’s Eve- I had the pleasure of being photographed in looks I found at Hollen & Jen Showroom – Designer Vintage‚ĶMy Dream!!!

Being influenced by my new town and its bohemian nature РI decided to get in character and pretend I was finding looks for a week long music festival Рahhhhh that would be fun… So here ya go…My music festival editorial..

Photographer Cara called this “the Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks dress”. Perfect attire to see your favorite folk rock band on a beautiful night. ¬†The gold leaf necklace gives the look a Grecian feel. ¬†I think an empire waist flatters most figures – especially when you’re pregnant. ¬†A favorite look used often in the 1970’s, empire waists have stood the test of time.

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This is my ode to the Olsen twins and Lisa Bonet. A favorite look i’ve had since my early days of second hand love- ¬†layering using jackets and vests. ¬†I’m not tall, so in reality, I would have to wear sky high heels to pull this off. And with larger breasts, it’s also really tough to wear non-fitted clothing – but again, I think this looks really cool. And another perfect music festival ensemble- one that’s not in the summer.

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I’ve been using belts as my automatic seamstress for years. This dress, I’ve shortened a good 8 inches – all with the magic of a 1980’s tie belt. ¬†And the off the shoulder action, is only because the dress is a little loose on my frame. ¬†Another benefit of vintage clothing, you really can re-design something for your body..just add a little creativity.

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Accessories and a great pair of jeans – and you can pull anything off. ¬†Feeling funny about showing off your belly? Wear a long necklace with a huge heart to cover most of your belly. ¬†These jeans fit so well. ¬†They’re not tight where my skin goes over the top – which is not a great look when you are revealing your stomach. ¬†Vintage stores have the best collection of jeans, you can find ones to flatter your body shape and they come already worn in!! I adore this white belt with the gold details and have been pulling it off with everything from dresses to leggings. ¬†The fur wrap (I hope it’s faux, but we know it’s old) is great to add warmth and a little 1970’s action‚Ķ. Heels are tough to wear at a music festival, but I’m not one to back out of a challenge ūüôā

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This is not an outfit you can wear sitting on the grass..this mesh shirt looks so fly with the brown leather bomber. The earrings are long and gold – and show up in my wild mane. A tiny, mini skirt is not for everyone – sometimes when it’s denim, it seems more casual and less va va voom. ¬†When I wear very short skirts, I wear boots – usually ankle. ¬†Boots add an edge, and give you rock-n-roll, urban style.

Hollen & Jen Showroom carries an incredible collection of designer vintage – at pretty amazing prices. ¬†Some people get high playing a guitar on stage or jumping out of an airplane, I get high in the presence of second hand clothing, where I can try on things from every generation. ¬†Hollen & Jen have great taste, and can help you pick out the perfect look for a music festival or a South Beach night out – and guess what? No one will be wearing anything remotely like you- – that’s the beauty of vintage. ¬†We’re all unique, and this type of shopping allows us to express our individuality in a fun and creative way. ¬†http://www.hollenandjenshowroom.com

Fashion Shots by the talented, celebrity, rock-n-roll photographer, Cara Bloch, www.carabloch.com

 

Pouty Lips at Drop-Off.

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Michelle. Hairstylist. Mother. Miami, Florida. January 2015.

First of all, Michelle is awesome, and if In lived in Miami, I would force her to hang out with me. ¬†I make a “face” when I pose. ¬†My brother Seth, still talks about how when we would fight as kids, I would stare at my reflection in the mirror, to admire my various facial expressions. ¬†So Michelle’s pouty lip face makes me beyond happy.

This was the day in Miami when I spotted those very sexy Colombian moms. ¬†I admit to being a bit intimidated to ask for a photo. ¬†I mentioned my apprehension to Michelle, she looked at me and said, “I’ll do it”, and with some Spainglish conversation, the beauties posed without question.

Michelle’s bag is by Nicole Lee. ¬†With a belt, Michelle created an empire waist – which is very flattering and very 1970’s.

Mara Menachem, The Bill Cunningham of Parent Fashion

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Well Guys, I’m pretty excited because this really authentic, cool and stylish Miami mama is giving me mad props (I know people don’t say that anymore, I’m bringing it back). ¬†Annhy is like many of my “sisters” who are proud of me, and show me off – usually it involves some weird dorky dance move. ¬†But Annhy who hardly knows me, has taken how embarrassingly describe Haute Drop-Off – usually in a low voice, to not get heels hurled in my direction, and vocalized it loudly. ¬†And I love her for that. We should all, including me, stop being so afraid of exaggerating our skills‚Ķ.Gosh Darn it, I am the Bill Cunningham for Parent Style, and soon enough, The New York Times will add me to their fashion section and my mother will be able to properly show me off.

So Annhy started a great blog, I mostly love it because she’s so honest and funny, and she’s a looker – which always helps. So enjoy this piece about your very own Mara, and read about why I feel guilty at Guilt Free Mom Moments,¬†http://fomib.com/2015/01/23/hooray-haute-drop-off/

Haute Fashion in Humid Climates. Miami Drop-Off.

DSC_0035DSC_0034Lisa. Coral Gables, Florida. December 2014.

Lisa always looks put together and does it in a natural way. ¬†This was a weekend morning and she’s sporting a long floral skirt that’s high waisted with a tight tank to show her naturally thin body. ¬†Her accessories are minimal, and I really like the addition of a few gold bangles. Miami is hot, and it’s hard to not wear cut off shorts every day – you kind of really have to think about your wardrobe from a “it’s hot as hell” perspective.

Lisa is currently raising these adorable little girls, while continuing her involvement in several Miami charities.  She and her family live on Miami Beach.

Fashion Notes: Skirt: Ella Moss, Tank top: Theory, Sandals: K.Jacques St. Tropez, Bag: Botkier