Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mia Mamma, Mia Muse

 As a child born in the 80s, I often found myself looking to styles of yesteryear as to avoid the trends that emerged in the 90s when I was a young, impressionable girl just trying to find my own materialistic groove. While I fell head-over-heels with the worthy fashion musings of Cher on Clueless, the Spice Girls and Gwen Stefani... I often found myself rocking more traditional teenage angsty outfits during the decade: flannel shirts, blue eyeshadow, mini-backpacks (which I owned several of and must speak to their functionality!) and overalls halfway unlatched while simultaneously rocking a halfway-on backpack. Ah, enough! The 90s look was not my favorite. And though I enjoyed smelling teen spirit and forever enjoy the whole 'grab your cat under his armpits and thrust him in the air' bit we all can't help but do (which admittedly never gets old), it just wasn't enough for me to swoon in the clothes department. Fashionably speaking; I would have rather been a teen/young buck in the 60s and 70s. I think I would have reveled in the flared denim, the long, beautiful hair and the mod-chicness that defined said era.

Basically, I would have dressed more like my Mom did back then:
One of my favorite pictures of mi madre.
Um gorgeous! 

While I do not and never will have that long, healthy mane of hair to rock, I can still find styles that mimic that of all the fabulous pictures I see of my Italian Mom at the peak of her youth... such as this recreation I did in her honor:
Trousers, blouses and trench coats: oh my! 

While I have so much joy in looking back on my Mom's past and obsessing over her style, I love just as much looking forward and knowing the good that is to come. So with that: Happiest birthday to YOU today Mom- forever beautiful, selfless and cherished. Can't wait to celebrate tonight!
The birthday girl, my Mom,  Sept 6th, 2012 at my Sister's.
What decade strikes your fashion-fancy?


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! I know what you mean, I definitely look at pictures of my mom from the 70's and love the clothes. I don't feel like kids will look back at the 90's and feel that way :)

Unknown said...

Wish you a Very Happy Birthday to your Mom! You sure have a lot of similarities between you two...And she is pretty :)

Kate Sparkles said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom!

I'm having a bit of a 70's thing atm as well, there's a mini series on down here called 'Puberty Blues' which is set at the end of the 70's, long hair and flaired jeans never looks so good!

Pat Hatt said...

Not sure I have a fashion fancy but I think it would have been fun to grow up through the 60's.

Kisti Belle said...

I LOVE this post. It's so cute and your mother is absolutely gorgeous. Makes me miss my momma <3
Have a good birthday!

ff said...

Your momma's so bella! Happy birthday to her! And great recreation!

Elle Sees said...

my mom totally had hair like that back in the day! she's italian, too. i have my dad's but have her going-grey-before-30 curse

Panty Buns said...

OMG I feel old!
Your mum looks really young, pretty like you,
and I love the blouse she's wearing.
20 days belatedly, Happy Birthday to your mum!

I lived through the 60's and 70's.
You would have LOVED all the wild fashions and colours available.
Some of the styles seem to be making a comeback.
For men's fashions I still do like that period,
although I liked the wider ties rather than the skinny ones.
I did like the miniskirts in the late 60's too,
but I think the recent trend toward very feminine fashions
with tiered ruffles and lace might be the best.
If the right colours, sizes and tailoring follow along with the impetus
this could turn out to be the best fashion decade yet.
It would help if realistically sized models were used.
That would bring tailoring more into the fore.

Barry said...

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*** Happy Birthday, Caitlin's mom!!! ***
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Wow in that first photo I can see so much of you in her! She was pretty then and still is.

Bravoe Runway said...

Happy birthday to your fabulous mom! My fav fashion decade is probably the 40s, and so glad to see you are back from taking a few days off :)

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Gorgoues! Just gorgoues!
Happy (belated) to your mommy!
Hope you guys had blast celebrating. (& I totally feel ya on the hair thing, my mom had Jasmine hair, looking at those photos of her, I cry.)

My mom didn't really wear western clothes back in Bangladesh, & when she came to America, she only had handful of saris/salwars, from the 70s/80s most of them my sister has, there is this onion color one, with gold sequins, I need to go steal it from her. I LOVE that sari!

...& which ever decade was the flapper style, I pick that for the makeup, cat eyes, yes! & the 70s for the boho-ness. In the 2000s, 2005, for some reason was my favorite for trend wise...Sienna Miller/Nicole Richie/The Olsens, boho/part bag lady.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

erika sorocco said...

Gah! Caitlin that throwback picture of your mom looks EXACTLY like you - I am so digging her 70s style!

Happy, Happy Birthday to your mom!!

P.S. I LOVE that you are doing a Day of the Dead theme for Halloween - you are going to look fabulous!! :)

Bonnie said...

Happy birthday to your lovely and gorgeous mother! :)

I loved the fashions of the Spice Girls and "Clueless." I still take cues from Cher.

Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Tina said...

Happy birthday mama!!!! your mama was and is still gorgeous! and you look JUST LIKE HER in that old picture!! seriously!! that is your profile! crazzzyy!

yoooo!! but do you remember white lipstick in the 90s?? lmao what the HELL was with the 90s?? omg did i love the spice girls! they were my biggest influences! and cher from clueless for sure. you KNOW i had the fuzzy pens! lmao and i wanted a closet just like hers so bad... oh the mini backpacks. gotta love the 90s lol

Floortje said...

I really like your blog dear!
Keep up with the good work! :)


Jax said...

Your mommy is gorgeous! I'm totally jealous of her long, rocking mane of hair too :) :) Wishing her the happiest of birthdays!!!

P.S. I totally still have a mini back pack stored away in my pocketbook bin. Don't tell nobody though... lol

Ali W. said...

Love this! Your mom is gorgeous.

Pamela Bwell said...

Well... I don't know what to say to all of you lovely people for your kind wishes for my birthday except "Thank you so very much!" And thank you also for your support of my daughter, who got my birthday off to a wonderful start with this blog waiting to greet me as I started my day.

I did not realize until I saw this picture how much we look alike. It's remarkable!

And in the spirit of Caitlin's fashion-focus, I want you all to know that her Nana made that tailored jacket for me in 1976. It carried me through college and my first job, and I am pretty sure it's in a box in the attic that holds my favorite clothes of several decades. The stick pin in the lapel I actually wore yesterday. It was a gift from Caitlin's Aunt Barbara to go with that jacket. (Birthday gifts from long ago...)

Caitlin's Mommy