Women’s March Oakland. Haute Drop-Off.

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I had to take a selfie before taking off to Oakland. If you know me well, you have free reign to poke fun; It seems like I’m attempting to morph into a contrived character out of a Free People catalog, I can see them advertising ‘free spirit protest clothing on sale after January 22′. And what my look says most likely is, “hey, I’m going to a protest, so let me draw a piece sign on my stomach, and wear something bohemian, but still stylish” I get it guys, and I admit it.  BUT when am I ever going to get a chance to draw a peace sign on my stomach and not get punched for it?

The issue is peace signs are so contrived, even if I still love them.  But there is a new symbol taking over, the VULVA. The vulva was the official symbol of the Women’s March. Women dressed as Vulvas, drew them and wore clothing with vulvas as the main theme. I am not great at drawing, so a last minute vulva sketch on my stomach was an impossible task – but know that I will be prepared at the next march.

FASHION NOTES: Plaid top: Zara, Denim, distressed tank: Intermix, Jeans: MOTHER, Moccasins: Minnetonka, Socks: Urban Outfitters

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I ran to CVS in a creepy area near my house, I kept thinking how I’m buying posters to protest for Women’s rights, and I’m nervous that a man is going to attack me in the dark, desolate parking lot. I also thought it very sorority like to buy poster board and sharpees at CVS, it’s good I have terrible handwriting, which always makes me seem legit!!  IMG_0779

My friends Willa and Eric, who happen to be with my family when Trump was elected. We were all horrified, and figured we should march together.

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This is en route to the Oakland march, tons of Police cars and traffic. My friend Eric brought a gorgeous Leica film camera to document the march, he didn’t want to waste any photos on us – – -bastard!!

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This march was filled with mothers and kids, families  – as a mother, I know how hard it is to stand/walk in a crowded place with kids for hours – this is so important for younger generations to participate and witness.

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My favorite sign, it had such a fashion angle. The signs were exceptional.

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Here I am, holding my sign high and proud – I make so many jokes, but the reality is serious here. I’ve struggled as a woman, like all of us  – but my basic rights have not personally been threatened. I thank the generations of women before me who stood up for equality  -we’re still not there yet – and the President elect has threatened our basic rights, and I’m not going to stand still and be silent. This is not a political issue – this is a human issue. Proud to stand with so many vocal Americans, who refuse to be muted. May we continue to be vocal, fight back and refuse to accept mistreatment, lack of human rights and inequality for all people.

The New York Times. My Style Validator.

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Me. San Rafael, California. Unable to remove my credit card from the meter

Yes,  this has happened to me before and no, I’ll never learn.  Why aren’t our tax dollars going toward meters that can accommodate various nail lengths? Is our society only built for hands with regular length nails?

Fashion Notes: Moccasins: Minnetonka, Leggings: Lululemon, Bag: Chanel, Top: Zara

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If you look closely, you can see my green credit card stuck..until I solicited help from a very confused meter maid – apparently, they are not in the business of helping people who choose style over function. But, with my “charming” persistence, I was able to get the help I needed.

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Nails are so “in” right now. As usual, I’ve been pulling off these bad boys for a few years. It started with Madonna on the cover of VOGUE, with long, pointy gold nails. I had to have them. No matter how many of you, were horrified by what you labeled “cheesy” – I pulled through and proved you all wrong.

My own mother was not a fan of my long, semi-pointy nails. Until, the Jewish bible (aka, The New York Times) ran a Sunday fashion story on this nail trend, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/11/t-magazine/fashion/long-pointed-nails-trend-manicure.html?_r=0

So once again, it has been proven that I have quite a style instinct, thank you Fashion of the Times.

Maybe I can’t type or use a regular phone, maybe I didn’t hang up my phone properly and someone had to hear me yell at my offspring, maybe I accidentally lit a nail on fire and didn’t notice, until my child pointed it out – but it’s all worth it, in the name of style.

Some Haute moms and their long nails:

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Hilary Duff Wears Short Shorts, so do I..

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Are women just mean? Is it biological? Or are we conditioned from an early age to judge, criticize and mock other women? As a feminist, I feel terrible putting down my fellow sisters, but after reading the comments regarding Hilary’s drop-off “look”, I’m not happy with the state of our society, particularly females belittling each other.

For more of my thoughts:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/hilary-duff-wears-short-s_b_9852064.html

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Peasant Tops. Growing up in SF. Chanel Dream Catchers.

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Susie. San Anselmo, California. Soccer Practice. October 2014.

As you can see lately, I’m hanging out at soccer games and practices.  I know my life seems like never ending glamour and jet set travel – but it’s not, well at least some of the time (i’m being funny here). I trek my kids to their various activities, hoping that maybe the inner prodigy will emerge. Liam tried fencing this week, I woke up with a sword in my face at 7:00 am.

But it’s all really fun, I meet great people and fantasize about someday having my own skills, because my kids have many.  I owe that all to Waldorf, we’ve taught them nothing.

This is Susie. Susie runs a private San Francisco family foundation focusing on Mental Illness.  Mental illness funds are hard to come by, and it’s refreshing to hear about a foundation working to make life better for those in need.  I want to make a joke, but it’s probably inappropriate.  Let’s just say, after telling Susie I see my therapist twice a week, she quickly “befriended” me and kept handing me cash.

Susie is a native San Franciscan. She grew up in the city, and lived an urban life. I love hearing stories of her artsy formative years.  Attending school in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, Susie was exposed to the bohemian movement as a young teen.  It was an interesting way to see the world, and Susie now only wears Dream Catcher Earrings made exclusively by Chanel.  (i’m funny, I know)

I befriended Susie, only due to needing friends in Marin County who wear shorts as short as mine, it worked and we happen to have like two other things in common.  I know I keep repeating this, but the 1990’s are making a 2014 comeback – majorly.  Susie looks like she is headed to Lollapalooza to hear Ani DiFranco.

Susie’s body type allows for a thick belt and shirt tucked – she’s in proportion.  For short waisted women like me, it’s usually better to wear a longer shirt.  If you have thick legs, show those ankles – and wear a heel, if possible.

Fashion Notes: Peasant Top: Velvet, Cut-off’s: AG, Bucket Bag: Dooney & Bourke Vintage, Belt: Lucky and Glasses: Dior

 

 

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

Haute Post Workout. Mara’s tips in HuffPost.

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San Rafael, California. February 2014. Fashion Shot by Barb Myers

“Many of you love to poke fun of mostly mothers who wear workout clothing all day, and begin to look like one another.  Look, we all are squeezing a lot in our days, and showering and/or changing is asking a lot, isn’t it? Or is it more the thought of someone seeming like all they do is workout, and having the luxury of such choice…we can discuss that in another forum :)…

Click below to read the rest:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mara-menachem/how-to-be-a-style-icon-in_b_4898418.html

 

Haute Vintage Cashmere. Nostalgia at Drop-Off.

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San Rafael, California. October 2013.

Fashion Notes: Tahitian Pearls, Vintage Cashmere Sweater, Free People Pants and Minnetonka Moccasins.

This mom is donning her mother’s cashmere sweater, most likely from the 1970’s.  I still wear my grandmother’s cashmere sweaters..at this point they are not vintage,  but antique.  The older sweaters fit like a glove, showing off your curves in all the right places.

When I wear these sweaters, I feel like a 1950’s pin up..only thing missing is the pointy bra.  Additionally, it makes me happy to feel like I am somehow spending the day with my amazing grandmother.  Sylvia had a quick wit and a gorgeous face, a “deadly” combination, that only the lucky ones could appreciate.  This one is for you Sylvia!

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Haute Dad/Daughter Vacation Style

Excuse the bad lighting, it was an amazing day in Miami at Fairchild Tropical Garden when I spotted this stylin’ duo.  What a sweet dad taking his daughter to see the Butterfly Exhibit, which I have to say was pretty unbelievable.  This dad’s shoes are unreal, love the white laces, his cuffed jeans and rockabilly/ retro British hair style.  And his daughter’s mini-Minnetonka moccasins in Grey rule!!  Oh, and they are both wearing cuffed jeans, now that’s an example of how matching with your kids, can actually be cool sometimes….