Public Parks Make me Happy.

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Victor. San Francisco. February 2017.

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Victor isn’t dressed like a fashion plate, but he and his son are so cute.

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I love water fountains at parks, I know they are probably filled with the most disgusting germs – but it’s something that hasn’t changed – like the library or post office.

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When my boys were little, I lived at the park. The playground was the only place, I could sit my tired booty down and not worry about anything – the kids were free and so was I. I’m thinking I should personally thank the Parks and Recreations Department for allowing me that time to socialize, read magazines and yes, beg other parents to push my kids on the slide….

When you live in cities, parks become the glue that keeps parents of non school age kids together – I made so many interesting friends at the park, especially in Miami.  Neal’s first friend was a child of a Japanese diplomat and his mom, a police officer in Tokyo, was one of my first “mom” friends.

My point: It’s lonely out there, bring your kids to the park. You may learn how to take down a Japanese thief in two easy steps, or just get to have some old fashion small talk with adults. But don’t go without your kids, because that’s weird.

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Running after two kids is serious exercise, you have to be in major shape – I used to play mind games with older kids to get them to play with my little ones at the park.. what?

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Yea, how can you not look at them and smile.

 

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 Brooklyn Family. Fanny Packs all Around at Drop-Off.

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Evan. Sage. Ashley and Oscar. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. October 2014.

Such a Haute Brooklyn family we have here!! Well, we all can agree, if they’re wearing fanny packs in Williamsburg, the comeback is real and hip.  After writing my article on the pros of the fanny pack, published in The Huffington Post Comedy section, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/i-love-fanny-packs-and-im_b_5791738.html (not sure why they thought it was funny, fanny packs are no joking matter), I received several lovely correspondence from people who agreed with my highly complicated break down of this throw back accessory.  One of the fans of my piece is Michael, the owner of Jaunt.  Jaunt creates stylish and functional fanny packs, locally in Brooklyn.

Michael explains his company, “Jaunt is a New York City fashion company that makes beautifully crafted fanny packs. Contrary to the traditional big and bulky fanny packs, Jaunt packs are slim, sleek, and meticulously designed with purposed pockets for only the bare essentials needed for adventures. The minimalist design of the Jaunt pack is meant to help “jaunters” be less bogged down with what what they are carrying so they can connect more with the moments at hand. “Walk Slow, Dance Fast” is the mantra, or soul, of the company”.

It seems to me that Jaunt is a trail blazer or shall I say fanny blazer – in bringing back this amazing accessory, without the poking fun – ya see Jaunt is, along with many in the fashion industry  – making fanny packs not only cool and hip, but affordable!! Check out Jaunt’s website, where a video shares Jaunt’s story – and you can see stylin’ music festival attendees sporting their fanny packs.  http://jauntshop.com

Fashion Notes: Dad: Fanny Pack: Pacha style Jaunt Pack, Shirt: Brooklyn Industries
Sage: Fanny Pack: Caro style Jaunt Pack, Pants: Leighton Alexander
Ashley: Hat: Vintage from 10 ft. Single by Stella Dallas, Baby Wrap: Gerisol, Leggings: L.A.M.B., Oscar: nununu outfit

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