May 19, 2011

Lessons From Mom

My mom reads my blog.  In a recent email exchange, she said this to me:  "I don't know where you learned all these 'rules'.  Certainly not from me!"

Of course, I told her she was ridiculous.  I definitely learned them from her!

Though at first, I was a little surprised, and took it like I was maybe being a little ridiculous with all my "rules".  I said to her, "so you're telling me that you would wear tweed pants or a fur coat in the middle of summer?"  To which she replied, "Oh yeah, I guess that's kinda common sense."

But in all seriousness, all I need to know about fashion, I learned from my mom.  Probably starting before kindergarten.

My mom was - and is - always put together.  She always looks neat and classic in whatever she's wearing.  This is without a doubt the most important lesson I've learned from her.  And she didn't teach me by sitting me down and telling me to be sure that I never looked sloppy; I just learned by watching her.

In the same manner, I remember shopping with her one day as she rationalized buying yet another white button-down.  She turned to me and said, "really, you can never own enough perfect, white, button-down shirts."  That simple statement epitomizes everything I ever learned about fashion from my mother, and it's totally one you should write down and remember!

Anyway, I also learned another hugely important lesson from my mom, involving fashion and life in general.  Growing up, there was always a magnet on the fridge that said:  "Shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist."  In our house, we followed the rules of retail therapy.

As I slogged through last week, I got myself through by thinking I'd spend all of Sunday on the couch in my pajamas, catching up on shows that were piling up on my tivo.  When Sunday morning actually rolled around, I naturally went the route of retail therapy instead.  I woke up with the itch!  After a quick trip in to the office (see, I really earned it!) I made my way to the mall.  I didn't go overboard, just buying a couple of things I'd been eyeing for awhile.  But it felt soooo good.

I finally found the perfect yellow bag for me - had returned the other one.

See how cute the lining is?!?

Cutest, most comfortable flats EVER.  I love them.

You thought I was kidding about this?



  1. Marry bitches? Oh hell no. Unless we are "challenged". Date them? Yeah. They have "qualities".

    Sooner or later, we're over it. and our "light goes on" (see... I do perform "opposition research")

  2. Cute! I've already worn out my yellow handbag, seldom swapping it out, so it may be time for another.

    Book review? Please?

  3. Haha, you'll have to do a book review when you're done!

  4. Moms know everything.

    Don't tell my mom I said that.

    I demand to know if that books is as awesome as it sounds.

  5. white button down shirts are one of my favorite things ever!

    and apparently I need a yellow bag...