After this Post, I know I look better in Skinny Jeans

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I call this my Neil Diamond jacket. When I wear it, I get a lot of stares. Some people don’t know what to say because it’s so loud, so Las Vegas. Here’s how I take a jacket that may be considered tacky, and make it ultra-cool (well, in my opinion). It’s vintage, I say late 70’s, maybe 80’s.  I’ve worn this to school drop-off and nearly tripped down the driveway, bell bottoms and wedges take serious walking skills.

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I’m a lover of a denim suit, all different shades and years, from new to old. Shredded tank is from Intermix, www.intermix.com High waisted pants, can be flattering when you want to show a sliver of skin – no one can tell if the skin is flabby, it’s an eye trick.

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Learn from my mistakes, wear higher heels with bell bottoms or hem them. I’m lazy and unless someone comes to my house to hem my clothing, I never do it – or I wait until I have an event the next day, and I’m in desperate mode. Wide leg/bell bottoms are from Free People, www.freepeople.com 

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This clutch was a gift from my mom’s friend, most likely from the 70’s. I see them all over these days – grab them when you see them at flea markets or Goodwill.

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Even though I have long legs, skinny jeans look better on me. I love a flattering pair of bell bottoms, but sometimes I feel like it’s too much – almost like I’m wearing a costume. That’s why mixing this Neil Diamond like jacket, makes this look less costume party and more about personal style – or maybe I’m just cheesy!!

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I’m thinking I should make these cut offs, kind of loving how these Free People jeans fit from behind. Not because I look so great, but the way the butt is designed, makes it flattering for most bodies. As you girls know, this is not always the case when trying on jeans. Any jeans that are baggy and comfortable, make your butt look non-existent – believe me, I know – I’m wearing a pair now.

 

I call it “sexy hippie”, or Coachella Style..

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It’s Coachella time, so here are some Haute Drop-Off parents with looks that remind me of the style so prevalent during this music festival….

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Fairfax, California mom.

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LA Mama in Aspen.

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Brooklyn Mom and Friends..they would rule at Coachella

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Philly Mom

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Layering those “Coachella” accessories in Philly

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Berkeley Mom  -the original Bohemian city

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My gorgeous friend and yoga teacher, California born and bred Mama

Here are my Coachella looks captured by Cara Bloch, clothing from Hollen & Jen Showroom Miami – designer vintage amazingness!

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Oakland Parents got Some Style…

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Matt and Naomi. February 2016. Marin County, California. February 2016.

Matt is a food entrepreneur and Naomi is an emergency room Doctor. They live their very stylish lives in Oakland, California  – where all the “cool” Bay Area people live… For some reason, well for several reasons, Oakland has a lot more style then the rest of the Bay Area. In my opinion, that’s due to Oakland’s history, particularly starting in the 1960’s.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Black Panther Party, Hell’s Angels, bands like Sly and the Family Stone and the funk music scene all had a major presence in Oakland. It was in the 1980’s, where so many acts were born in Oakland, such as Digital Underground, En Vogue, MC Hammer and Tupac Shakur. For me, this style of 1970’s-1990’s fashion in music, particularly in rap, hip hop and rock taking place in urban neighborhoods has the most influence. I’m pretty sure that’s why, I always get lot’o style compliments when walking around Brooklyn and Oakland – – in these cities my “Mara-ness” is appreciated.

The style that was in Oakland, before it’s change to “hipster” culture, is what interests me the most. From the black turtle necks and berets of Black Panther members to the narrow bell bottoms of Sly and the Family Stone to the perfectly sculpted abs, gold chains and red bandana of Tupac Shakur (man, he was gorgeous).

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What do you think of Matt’s seer sucker blazer? Love the light colors, and that they are all wearing light fabrics, it’s all once again very French.

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Naomi and her new baby, her skin is flawless  -does breastfeeding do that? I lasted for two weeks total, with both kids. And I didn’t have a cool sling like Naomi’s – Miami is really hot, so it’s much more difficult to do “attachment parenting”.

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I love clogs, they remind me of Berkeley and my mom’s friend Linda. I would slip my foot into her sexy clogs and make that amazingly loud noise on the hard floors. “One day’, I thought to myself, “I’m going to make that clunking heel sound”…and not only did I make that sound, I never stopped.

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I kind of love Matt’s mustache, it’s not groomed and perfectly trimmed. I love facial hair, but when it’s messy – something about facial hair on men being perfectly groomed is not a look I appreciate fashion wise. The wave of Naomi’s hair is naturally beautiful – most people spend so much time flat ironing their hair  – but a little wave is so youthful.

 

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…My Dream!!!

Being influenced by my new town and its bohemian nature – I decided to get in character and pretend I was finding looks for a week long music festival – ahhhhh 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…. Heels are tough to wear at a music festival, but I’m not one to back out of a challenge :)

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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

 

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

Fringe. Leather. Denim. Haute Drop-Off Marin.

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Liz. Marin County, California. May 2014.

Fashion Notes: Jeans: Free People, Pink Floyd T-Shirt: Burn Out Vintage, Wedges: Tom’s, Handbag and Motorcycle Jacket: Nordstrom

Liz is an avid shopper, I mean this woman has major skills in finding what she wants.  She liked a pair of my bellbottoms and called every Free People across the US to find the pair she desired…and she succeeded.  Great Cali style on this mom.