My late mother lived in the Great Depression. She created a job for herself in those troubled times by arranging to take a group of children to school in a dented station wagon. She was thrifty, and loved color. I think she would've liked this outfit.
Growing up, some years were lean and some were bountiful. Even when things were good, she remained somewhat nervous, careful to save. Spending too much on an outfit was unseeimgly to her, when those dollars would do good somewhere else. She remained thrifty, but never stingy ( au contraire) to her last moment. ( Sob, sorry..) She had an artist's soul, and loved flowers. I think of her when I wear this.
This ruffled dress was fun to style with my bold striped hat from Mexico. I added a vintage bracelet adorned with sassy rhinestones and tawny tassels. I bet this was made in my mother's lifetime. I bet she would have liked it. A close-up, with photo of the back of my sweater.
My mom would love to take me to a discount store, sort of like a T.J.Maxx really. It was in a section of town that was a distance away, and not quite as nice as ours was. "Put a scarf on your head, you look too pretty" she would say to me. As if! I thought, though I nodded mutely , my head bobbing back and forth in demure defiance. A scarf! Ugh!
My mom taught me the value of a dollar. Most of all she taught me about fortune, good and bad, and sharing. Shopping? Yes, she taught me that too, par excellence.
I suppose that is how I came to by this cashmere sweater. This is an embroidered sweater, front and back, in the softest cashmere. I bought it in a thrift shop where proceeds go to battered women. I am embarrassed I did not pay more for it, but I did not. It cost me only $8.00. A pure cashmere sweater with embroidered in frightfully expensive today. Look for a similar one with embroidery in the front and back in pure cashmere. I bet you will not fine one under a price of 4 digits. I actually looked before I wrote this. To make things sweeter, the maker of this sweater is CAKE. I swear. Right? :) Some photos of the sweater with the ruffled dress.
Excuse my funny shot. My friend got a good laugh at this! I should also mention that my mini floral dress is made for Zara. I love the bright colors and the feminine ruffles at the neck, the smocked waist, and the soft feel of the rayon. I found it at Goodwill. It did not look like much. But the colors and the pice of $6.00 won me over. I doubt I would have bought this if it were not for that, as this is not a style I usually ( okay, EVER, wear). But fortune deemed it so. I steamed it with my commercial steamer, ( a must, this is NY and there are bedbugs...even in nice places). I tried it on and smiled. I thought, My mom would love this! Who would have thought that I would become so much like her, even as she is now passed on.
She would have loved this whole outfit, all thrifted, with a total cost ( boots, sweater, dress) of $31.00! She would have been thrilled about that!
The sandals were more, maybe $50.00, but my small size limits my options, and they are pretty! They were a great find from 6PM! Here is a close up from this shoot. I even look like my mom here. Gosh, I miss her.
Here is a shot in a different place just a few steps away, but the light is so different !
My style is more exuberant as I am aging. More like my mother's personality. More color, less restraint. Maybe that is my way of reaching out to her...
I look somber in this shot. I look like a daughter who misses her mom, even though I am pushing 60. I can still miss her, I shall always miss her.
Thanks for reading, listening, and for your thoughtful comments. Happy Monday friends!