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.

 

eDrop-Off & Haute Drop-Off Unite in Aspen

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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See how Corri’s half french braid and braided top connect?

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Who says “diaper bags” have to be boring – a little leopard print adds some edge to any stroller – and most importantly mom.

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Fashion Notes: Corri is wearing Free People apparel, Ray Ban 1960’s Beatle”esque” glasses, Here/Now kicks. Leopard backpack by Coach.

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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!!)

 

Meringues, the Supermodels of Cookies.

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Janet. Mill Valley, California. Fall 2015.

Janet is a fashion veteran turned baker. She and her business partner Jane, founded The Grand Meringue, http://www.thegrandmeringue.com. It’s no surprise fashionable Janet is in the Meringue business, after all they are the “supermodels” of cookies. The Grand Meringue started based on an old family recipe that was conceived at Janet’s great grandmother’s hotel in South Africa.

The meringues are not only delicious, but also act as accessories.  They are the kind of thing you would see at a New York Fashion Week event  – this high styling desert may be used in place of flowers at any party. The meringues are so cool looking, it’s no wonder Jane and Janet’s creations are so coveted.  And for all you skinny people, Meringues are carb free – well, except the sugar.

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Fashion Notes: Dress: Free People, Wedges: Pedro Garcia, Cuff: Dannijo

Janet is a mother of three, business owner and a self described lifestyle and design addict.  She knows how to wear clothing – this long dress, has become less bohemian and more sophisticated with Janet’s touch.

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I love the light accessories and this Dannijo cuff.  I seem to overload, this is pretty and tasteful.

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I never buy sheer dresses because I know I’ll never make the effort to find a slip, or I’ll just expose myself and hope no one notices!  This Free People dress has a sheer layer to protect from any possible “skin” sightings.

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A slight Pedro Garcia wedge to navigate Mill Valley’s hills. Blue polish is always a little funky.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?

 

Free People Catalog? Haute Hippie Mama.

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Harlow. San Rafael, California. October 2015.

It’s hard to find anyone who wears bigger gold hoops then me.. Harlow is pretty close, and with her great length hair – – -the earrings are front and center. Her baby even is wearing accessories.. (they may be Hindu beads, but still accessories)

“Haute Hippie” is a high end clothing company, which makes bohemian inspired clothing using beautiful fabrics.  Harlow is one Haute Hippie putting together her own bohemian look, using clothing & accessories from local Marin County (mostly Fairfax) stores.

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I love layering lots of gold rings..especially if I have long, gold nails.

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High waisted skirts paired with black tops are very flattering…especially for moms!

 

Haute Mamas Live your Dreams. Urban Bohemian Kadia.

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Kadia. New York City. May 2015.

We have a lot of dreams, even as moms and Kadia is living them..we should all remember that even having the huge responsibility of kids, shouldn’t stop us from reaching for our desires and passions..it’s obviously a great excuse, but in the long run, it may lead to regret.

Tell Me More Kadia: I was born in Bern, Switzerland to father Bosar, a Jazz musician of Yemeni-Israeli decent and Swiss mother Verena, a peace activist. I graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. I am currently working with Mary Boyer of MTB Studio on a weekly basis and at The Cinematic Fight Studio perfecting my skills in Combat, Full Contact Martial Arts, Kick Boxing, Swords, Fire Arms and Archery. I am also a yoga instructor, Medic and fluently speak English, Hebrew, German and Swiss German.

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Kadia, seen here with her three kids, hanging on a Sunday in NYC. Kadia is signed on to a major acting agent, and is working so hard to live her creative dream. Check her acting out here, www.kadiasaraf.com

Kadia is a mom who inspires me – she left a tough situation after getting sick, and went back to her lifelong dream of acting. IT’s not easy, but Kadia is living the life she wants, and it takes a lot of courage to leave the comforts of a certain life, and dive head first into a life less predictable.  Like raising three kids alone, while pursuing an acting career and teaching yoga.

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Kadia dresses like a free spirit, and most of her clothing is from Free People, www.freepeople.com

Kadia makes her own dreamcatcher necklaces and dreamcatchers, which she sells at Rain Shop on Etsy. Kadia is like me, she wears gold hoops and accessories while doing yoga..I so appreciate that.

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Floral sneakers are by Etnies.

Kadia is always on the run, so she needs comfortable shoes living in an urban jungle…

How do you make time for yourself? I make sure to leave time for me so I get up at 5:55 a.m.  and meditate, write my gratitude and affirmations. After, I do the drop off I run for an hour, only then I start addressing the world.

I have to say, I wish I was consistent about waking up early to write or workout.  It gives you time to yourself, and you are ready to deal with the day—because you already accomplished so much.  Kadia has created structure, and it obviously works.

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YOGA AND THE CITY

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Kadia’s external strength is due to her internal strength. Learning more about Kadia makes me realize that nothing should stop ME from pursuing my dreams – determination and persistence are key, and excuses don’t work.  Sometimes we say we’re too old, We’re too young, we have kids, we need to go back to school, we’re overweight..whatever the case may be, I feel bad that I’ve let certain things stop me…and I hope I will think of a mom like Kadia, who is working hard, facing rejection, getting up at the crack of dawn..all to be who she wants to be… oh and she’s raising three kids alone.

Still Going Strong. Me on Backpack Love.

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Fashion Shots: Barbara Myers

“My eyes lit up: was this my mom, or a fashion-forward fairy in disguise? I untied the bag and inside was a little nylon backpack with an oversized no-name logo glued (more like super glued) onto its back pocket.  I knew it was a horrible knockoff of what I really wanted, but no matter..”

Fashion Notes: Backpack: Prada, www.prada.com  and Vintage Army, Leggings: Target, www.target.com, Cuff: Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com, Glasses: Chanel,www.chanel.com, Kicks: Converse, www.converse.com Jean Jacket: Free People, www.freepeople.com, Gray Heels: Zara, www.zara.com

Click on the link below to read the rest of my piece..

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/post_7137_b_5024002.html?utm_hp_ref=style&ir=Style

I Love Fanny Packs and I’m Not Ashamed.

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“In doing research on the aforementioned latest fashion obsession, I learned that the fanny pack was actually named because it was intended to sit on the fanny. But the fanny pack was not worn on the rear when it gained popularity, because no one wants to make it easy for a pick-pocket. And in other countries “fanny” means “vulva,” so for obvious reasons, another term is used.” Click below to read more….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/i-love-fanny-packs-and-im_b_5791738.html

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.

 

 

Haute Soccer. Land of “hip” Beer Drop-Off.

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Courtney grew up in Seattle, where she claims people dress for comfort and weather- – -can you imagine? I know.  I also was shocked.  Brands like North Face, Lands End and Patagonia rule the fashion scene.  But as I analyzed Courtney’s comments, and went to a much deeper fashion place..I realized Courtney grew up in an important city responsible for one of the most talked about period in fashion history..GRUNGE.

In the 1990’s, the entire fashion industry took cue and designed complete collections based on what was on the streets and music clubs in Seattle.  And more amazing is that Seattle is still impacting fashion, open any magazine, walk around any cosmopolitan city..and Grunge is everywhere.  Personally, I adore this look.

As most of you know, I have issue looking tailored and totally put together.  Like my personality, messy is just me..I look unkempt naturally (wild wavy hair), so why not go with what suits me? So I am thrilled that a city like Seattle loosened up the “perfect” styles that sauntered down the runways, and made way for high end designers to create ripped Jeans at a price of $400.00 –  the more distressed the garment, the higher the price tag.

My advice before word gets out, run to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill or local used clothing store and grab the grungy looks before the “people” catch on!!

This photo was taken in a cool area outside of San Francisco, Lagunitas.  Most of you know the beer Lagunitas, and this is the town it’s brewed.  Lagunitas is a true hippie area, gorgeous nature, lots of bearded men, small local stores and a real sense of community.  People i’ve met who grew up in this town, seem to have parents who are musicians, and were raised on a tour bus part of their lives..

Most of them continue to ask ME tons of questions about my wild childhood being raised by an accountant and a social worker – – -They don’t even know how crazy my house got, family meetings to discuss our feelings and if you threw away a receipt, whoa you were dead meat – my dad needed those..all of them.

Good day friends..am I funny? I think so.

Fashion Notes: hooded white washed jean/sweatshirt jacket: Free People, Pants: Lululemon Studio Pants, Gray Moccasins: Minnetonka, T-shirt: Gap, Sunglasses: Giorgio Armani. Kid: vintage soccer jacket

Hanging with the Middle Schoolers in Bell Bottoms

unnamed-1IMG_7520Mara. San Rafael, California Middle School. April 2014. Photo by Eric Tabora.

Eric and I wanted to take some shots at a local school in San Rafael.  The principal walked over to us, and I got a little nervous, like I was 13 and getting in trouble.  She didn’t give me a “pink slip”, but kindly asked us to take our photos away from the students, and quickly – especially and I swear this is true, because I was not dressed in uniform – – I was disobeying so many of their rules.  Not shocking.

As Eric took my photo, kids started to come in groups to watch  – and then came the compliments about my clothing – I wanted to hang with the pre-teenagers, and find out what they love about fashion…but I respectfully left, as I had to follow principles orders…wish we could of taken the shot of the cute middle schoolers…

Fashion Notes: Top: Isabel Marant, Bell Bottoms: Free People, Handbag: Mochila from Colombia…you can’t see my shoes, which is kind of a fashion “no no” – Please don’t tell on me to Anna Wintour :)