I know it’s been a tough few days for you kidlet wranglers here in New York… We have had nothing but rain, rain and rain these past few days.
And this weekend… Memorial Day weekend… the start of summer weekend… the MUTHA of all weekends…you guessed it.. RAIN!
So before you GET the rainy day blues… let’s GET DOOOOWN with some rain-day themed tunes!
We’ve picked through our favorite songs and made a mix-tape JUST FOR YOU mamabean!
Click here to GET DOOOWWNNN on this rainy day!
So get these tunes in your noggin and shake off those rain day blahs!
* you can jam out even if there is no rain in your hood *
We’re continuing to spotlight our favorites mama’s talking about how their moms have influence their style.
I am so excited to introduce you all to Sue. Sue was my teacher in high school marching band and really sparked the ‘dance’ fire in me. She is the one who introduced me to movement that was not all sequins and pom poms…and my life was forever changed! I am delighted to share her awesome story.
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How did my Mom influence my style?
I started to become interested in fashion when I was around 8 or 9 years old… My Mom thought that the clothes I picked out were crazy! Even if her taste greatly differed from mine (and it did), she would encourage me to be different if that’s what made me happy. While I loved to shop, I also liked to take a stab at creating my own version of what was cool and fashionable. My Mom helped me pick out patterns and fabrics, and helped me make clothing that no one else had.My prom dress was handmade, many party dresses and even my Wedding dress.
I get emotional thinking about how my Mom was always so supportive… When I put on my dress for the first time and she started to make tiny alterations, I could feel how much she loved me, in every part of my being! It was a simple, elegant dress that fit me like a glove. I felt like the most beautiful bride…Thanks to my Mom! I am sure that I haven’t thanked her enough for her love!
I hope that I can be half as good a Mom as she is!! Love you!
*email us at mom gone style (at) gmail (dot) com if you would like to share your story*
For the outdoor enthusiast:
Børn “Sean” customizable sneakers – $100 at bornshoes.com
Clava leather golf ball carrier (monogramming available) – $50 at clava.com
For the 9-to-5er:
Clava leather executive porthole flap briefcase (monogramming available) – $480 at clava.com
Børn “Flanagen” classic wingtip oxfords – $130 at bornshoes.com
For the man of leisure:
Lafont “Hurricane” aviator sunglasses – $582 at viziooptic.com
L.B. Evans “Darren” slipper – $49 at lbevans.com
For the literary agent:
eyebobs “The Zimm” color block readers – $75 at eyebobs.com
For the intrepid traveler:
Clava’s leather carry-on rolling suitcase (monogramming available) – $450 at clava.com
For those days when nothing goes right and you just want to hit the wall, take solace in a Dammit Doll – a stuffed friend you can slam, whack, pull and squeeze while yelling your favorite obscenities.
Hmmm… wonder if these dolls will work when we have a case of the Mondays! These dolls can be found at boutiques and indie shops everywhere.
Amy Goldman is the nicest chick I know. She’s always smiling – like, even when she’s mad or stressed she’s somehow smiling. I could learn a thing or two from Amy about putting on a happy face… She is SuperMom to two teen girls, which I’m sure is a feat in and of itself. (I know. I was ONE teenage girl once.) She’s married to a man who’s nickname is Professor Pancakes. Trust me, there’s no one you’d rather spend Sunday morning with. Here’s her favorite Mom style story + advice:
“I grew up with the most practical mother of the 70s and 80s. Her fashion sense was affordable first, attractive second… at least that is how my teenage eyes saw it. Nevertheless, I carried with me into adulthood an important lesson from mom… never shop for one piece! There’s no sense in buying a shirt, that once you get it home, has no attractive counterpart. Always shop for a mix and match outfit… and when in doubt, just buy what’s on the mannequin!”
Happy Mother’s Day, to all our Moms’ Gone Style out there!!!
Today’s guest post comes from our friend Jessica Rappaport, who “laughed” when she read about our request for stories. She says that she and her mom constantly disagreed about clothes — she hated her moms style and her mom hated her style. (I can relate.) She also HATED shopping when she was younger, which she attribues to her ‘practicality’ about spending money. (I can NOT relate.)
Meet Jessica Rappaport: High school English teacher, calm, attentive mama, married to a total foodie, with two awesome kids who will basically eat anything she puts in front of them. In other words, my idol.
“I guess one of the pivotal moments/memories came out of what was supposed to be the quintessential mom-daughter shopping trip — the prom dress. We must have gone to every store in three malls. Finally, we were in the Walt Whitman Mall out on Long Island and we found this little store. Much to her avail, I kept picking out the black dresses. She found one on the rack, which was different looking. She found a size 4 and sent me into the dressing room. I came out and I was not happy. She asked me what was wrong and I told her I did not like the way my tush looked in the dress. Well, my mom was never one to mince words. If you wanted an honest answer, you would go to mom. She was straight-up honest. In front of the entire store, she said “Jessica, everyone has an ASS!! Most teens would be mortified. Maybe, I was in that moment. Maybe, 18 years later and a pair of rose colored glasses has tinted the situation in my mind. I just laughed. I still laugh. I laugh when I try something on and look to see how my tush looks. I can still hear her saying what she did that day.
The prom dress in question. No tush shots were available… (at least that’s what Jess says.)
Despite the fact that we clashed often about clothes. I think I did grow into my own style. I wear what I want to wear. I choose clothes for comfort and steer away from clothes that accentuate the negative.
In the end, I did not really get my style from my mom, but I did get the best style advice in the world. I still miss her and her honesty and feel my daughter has been cheated out of having to endure an Honest Grandma shopping trip.”
Jessica and her mom… xoxo