My love for fashion is no accident; style runs through my veins. It is a well-known fact that my mom is a serious Fashionista. She insists that I was just born with a love for fashion, but we all know that she created a monster the second the dressed me in a fur leopard print jumpsuit when I was a newborn. As a little girl, I clearly remember admiring my mom’s style. I loved watching her put on her makeup and do her hair, and I even remember specific ensembles she rocked; matching tie-dye shirt and legging sets complete with fringe and beaded embellishments come to mind (hey, it was the early ‘90s).
Although many photos do not exist to tell my mom’s sartorial tales from when she was college-aged, a few remnants remain. I have a box of her jewelry from the time, and let me tell you, nothing was too loud or crazy for her; clearly this is a genetic trait. Also, there is a coat in my basement at home that is too fabulous for words. It is this giant black and white fur coat where the contrasting fur makes up angular, modern-looking faces all over it. You have to see it to believe it. When my parents were dating, they went on a trip to Las Vegas with a few members of my dad’s side of the family. Apparently my mom’s wardrobe for the vacation was so outrageous that over twenty years later, it’s still a common topic of conversation that people discuss with a sense of awe.
One of the featured photos of my mom is her hanging out on the front stoop of my grandparents’ old home. She’s wearing jeans with a classic sweater, but the details are what send her into Fashionista territory. Her jeans are tucked into a killer pair of cowboy boots, the sleeves of her sweater are perfectly scrunched and the collar of the shirt layered under her sweater is popped. It’s possible that my mom invented swagger. The other photo is my mom’s senior picture from high school. I mean, she rocked full hair and makeup plus a one-sleeved, blue sequined number; it speaks for itself.
My mom is the bee’s knees for countless reasons, but this Mother’s Day, here are the top five I’m celebrating:
- She is the queen of Twitter.
- She always fights for what’s right even when it’s not easy.
- She loves Isaac Mizrahi as much as, if not more than, I do.
- She’s selfless.
- She taught me how to be creative, bold and to always put effort into my look (the day you don’t is the day you run into someone important).
Happy Mother’s Day!