San Rafael Farmers Market. 2017.
These moms have that Bay Area, city bohemian style I love. Small back tattoos, short waves, oversized 1980’s brown leather jacket – and a deliciously, cute kid.
Loose braids on this pretty mom.
I decided to be a Kardashian for Halloween. We all know, it was just an excuse for me to stuff pull ups in my jeans, and finally get to exist in society with an impressive backside. I promise you I’m deep and soulful, but I have many sides, and one includes me clicking on a You Tube video explaining how to achieve a larger butt by utilizing pull ups.
Pull Ups, as you know are used as night time diapers for kids – they aren’t cheap, I remember. But lucky for me, my friend Amy kindly lent me some – organic even! The first night I wore them, they worked – it was very hard to use the bathroom and re-stuff my self in a small bathroom at a party – I did look very lumpy by the middle of the night. I suggest you use tight, but stretchy jeans.
At the Halloween Party, people were staring at me – especially females – I knew they were wondering if I had implants, but they also know that Marin County is not Miami. It was pretty clear, after a few bathroom visits, and not placing the pull ups correctly that I was smuggling something in my jeans, and it didn’t look pretty.
Here’s the link to the video, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uXcqw0Gjq4E
Get my Look above: 6 pull ups, Zara heels, Gap Skinny jeans, H&M bomber jacket, gold hoops, Chanel bag, braids and lots of eyeliner.
My little Axl Rose, Liam wanted a Slash side kick, but not many 10 year old kids want to dress up like Slash.
I had to switch to high top Adidas, and my enormous Louis Vuitton Speedy bag to carry my camera and candy (I like candy) when we went trick-or-treating. Look at my butt profile – impressive, huh?
Liam is the only member of my family who will pose with me for my blog, or any social media.. Please say the kid continues to help his mama out 🙂
But all in all, after much serious research, It’s conclusive, blondes don’t have more fun, but those who stuff their jeans with Pull Ups, actually have the most fun….
Me. September 2016. Marin County. Shots by T. Palmer.
I’m not smiling in these (okay, I’m making that semi-weird lip expression), it was the first run & I’m a little rusty and a lot self conscious – I warm up in the photos you’ll see in a few weeks. Although, I will admit to feeling like I did a pretty good job pulling together this look from my closet – what? self-validation people!
This basket weaved leather bag was a great summer purchase – $40.00 from Lola’s in Fairfax, CA – when I wear this bag, I get stopped constantly. My friend Em-J, who’s a very stylin’ twenty-something, surfing, mountain biking woman – has been on a constant search to find this bag, because she knows her friend Mara, has quite the eye for accessories & good prices (I’m kidding, but I do).
The choker is a long chain, made by Shandi Levy Jewelry. Chokers are here for now, and I’m still not sure if they look right on me, because I don’t have the neck of a ballet dancer. This dress is from H&M, and it was very cheap. I impulsively shortened it, by cutting it with scissors and it came out uneven. It was my multi-talented & close friend Barb, who fixed the dress & made it wearable. It looks shredded and low end, but that doesn’t matter to me – accessories are key. The plaid top, also cut by yours truly, (so happy Grunge is back “in”) is by Zara. The gladiator sandals I LOVE, and found on sale at 02 in Aspen this summer. They are by Vince Camuto.
The sandals I guess seem sexy, because I get some “looks” when wearing them. They are totally flat with no heel, which makes them causal and wearable – but I guess the look of them seems out of the box for some…I’ve just been enjoying pairing them with everything in my closet – including the boring, but repeated yoga pant!!
My nails are long again, they are acrylic and high maintenance. The males in my life think they are awful, but women usually love them. I love them, they elongate your hands and make me feel like I’m related to J.Lo :).
I really look like I’m trying here….oy vey!
The only issue with this dress and wearing it to pick up my kids is the wind factor. It’s always windy in Northern California, especially in San Francisco. I walk with my arms attached to my side or make all my bags messenger, to hold my dress down, I would wear dresses every day if it wasn’t windy –
And a close up, sunglasses are on for reasons of vanity…
Corri McFadden. Mom. Wife. Fashion Innovator. Aspen. August 2016.
CORRI: Obviously, I saw this stylish mom and asked to take her photograph for Haute Drop-Off. With an automatic yes, and a natural ability to casually pose – I quickly knew Corri wasn’t an amateur. As we talked between shots, I learned that Corri is founder of the on line designer luxury consignment shop, eDROP-OFF. The company successful in its own right, was made famous by the VH-1 show House of Consignment, which documented Corri’s everyday challenges and successes growing eDROP-OFF into the company it is today, http://shopedropoff.com
eDROP-OFF has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, InStyle, Marie Claire, People, and Elle, along with national television programs including The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.
DESIGNER BAGS & UNSOLICITED ADVICE: As weird as it may seem, since I was a little kid – I had a passion, which was rummaging through old clothes, closets and junk. The first time I entered a Salvation Army, I decided it was so much more amazing than any Toys-r-Us. As I got older, my love for rummaging grew and became more sophisticated, I began to rummage through my Grandmothers and their friend’s closets – especially the ones with vintage Gucci. I still have a vintage Gucci mini-trunk my Grandmother’s best friend Mildred gave to me – I’m pretty sure I begged her, after I found it deep in the belly of her large Miami closet. I also think this was the same day Mildred and my Grandmother gave me unsolicited advice along with my vintage designer trunk, “Mara, keep two legs in one stocking”.
So learning how Corri created a fashion empire based on her rummaging through women’s closets and re-selling their unused things – is pretty much an amazing reality, especially for someone like me.
Corri and her equally charming husband took their daughter to the Ducky Derby in Aspen, where thousands of rubber ducks are emptied into an Aspen river – all to raise money for local charities. Since having Zelda, Corri has created a mother/daughter blog, glitterandbubbles.com, a resource for just about everything for today’s modern mamas. Corri features “rad moms” and her daughter Zelda has all of us captivated, living through her childhood experiences, all with a great sense of fashion (thanks to very stylish parents).
Kiss my feet…cute shoes by Here/Now, http://herenowshop.com/shop/scarlett. Love how they’ve taken old school all white slip on sneakers and added a little pop art. For around $260 you can get a pair, check out the different styles by clicking the link above.
See how Corri’s half french braid and braided top connect?
Who says “diaper bags” have to be boring – a little leopard print adds some edge to any stroller – and most importantly mom.
Fashion Notes: Corri is wearing Free People apparel, Ray Ban 1960’s Beatle”esque” glasses, Here/Now kicks. Leopard backpack by Coach.
Long legs don’t care – – all black in the summer with white kicks – how a city mama does it. For more about Corri or eDROP-OFF, click the links in this post. (and let me know what you bid on!!)
Cleveland, Georgia. July 2016.
Hanging out after church, mother and daughter style.
I love comparing mother and daughter style. Usually very different, but always being influenced by one another. My mother dresses classic, tailored and chic – I don’t, but somehow I still manage to take something of hers, which looks chic, classic and tailored on her to looking funky, downtown & stylish on me. I’ve cut, ripped and hemmed my mother’s clothing my entire life to suit my style – but the thing is, I still have inherited a piece of her classic look – and for that, I’m so lucky – meaning, if I want to look classy, I know how (don’t laugh)!
Love this tattoo of a lioness (I think)..it’s beautiful and simple in it’s color, and hip.
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….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/