An outfit for Christmas. A dress and shoes for Easter. Whatever I want for the first day of school. An outfit for a concert, a play, or a football game. My mom taught me there was always an occasion, no matter how big or small, that called for a new outfit. This ensured we always had an excuse to go shopping on the weekend as we headed out the door to the swap meet or mall.
Watching my mom get ready for work every morning is a memory I will always hold onto. Her drawer of Avon makeup added to her lightly freckled skin and hazel eyes. Her bathroom counter’s gold flecked Lazy Susan was filled with perfume bottles of Obsession by Calvin Klein and Opium by YSL that she would spritz before heading out the door. I would joke that she looked like Don King when she teased her permed hair, her southern roots showing.
My love of fashion is embedded in her getting dressed for her case management job Monday through Friday at the hospital. Pantyhose, tea length skirts, fancy blouses with shoulder pads, and conservative heels made her the most put together woman I knew.
I have a degree in Apparel Merchandising that I am proud of. I’m not as sophisticated as my mom is but I love putting an outfit together for any event. So I did some “research” this week for summer fashion. Add that to the bucket list and we are ready for 90 degree weather with an ocean breeze (thanks OC), long days, and vacation:
- Tee Public Hipster t-shirt
- Alex and Ani Harry Potter stud earrings
- Banana Republic Chambray Sailor shorts
- Target Mad Love Rainbow Slip Ons
- Target Vanilla Beach Scallop Bikini
- Target Cover-up
- Target Bucket Hat
- Alba Botanica Sunscreen
- Crap Eyewear
- Havaiana Flip Flops
- Gap Romper
- Target Universal Thread Denim Jacket
- Harveys Balboa Bar (My First Fanny Pack!)
- My Trusty Since 6th Grade Chucks
- Target Universal Thread Maxi Dress
- Harveys Cross Body Bag
- Reef Zen Love Flip Flops
- Pura Vida Anklet
- Pacifica Nail Polish
Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I love you.
I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!