Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Inspired By Mama (OOTD)

Greetings, all!

I hope that you're all doing well.

Kind of a bittersweet post, today.

Today's outfit was inspired by none other than my own mama.

The day she passed away, my father showed me an old locket. In the locket, there were some photos of my parents that I'd never seen that were taken when they were dating and she had gone to visit him at his boy scout camp. (I think this was like the equivalent of when boys get to Eagle Scout.)

Anyway, I loved this one of my mother...she was so young and in what looked like mid-laugh:

There was another photo of my mother in the locket. I didn't like it as much as the photo above, so I didn't pay much attention to it the first time I saw it because she wasn't as smiley and happy-looking in it.

But several weeks went by and I happened to pull out the locket again because I wanted to see my mother's sweet smile. This time I noticed the other photo, and I was struck by the outfit she was wearing. And I thought to myself that it would be neat to re-create it.

Since I seem to like re-creating outfits and all that. ^_-

Anthropologie Graces Tank (cute option from this year's Anthro collection here)
Anthropologie Shifting Buttons Skirt (nice option here, pretty option here)
Jason Wu for Target Milu Scarf (similar-ish enough one here)
Matrushka Construction Earrings

That's a pretty neat blouse she's wearing. I wouldn't mind finding something like that for myself.

Today also happened to be the day that my mother's headstone was finally put in place. I guess these things take time to make. But now her grave has a name.

My father brought her fresh flowers, for the occasion. Their 51st wedding anniversary would have been next Monday.

I'm not sure what to do.

It's a wound that won't ever be healed. I just try to cope with it the best I can.

I try and tell myself that she might have liked what I was wearing today.

Hope you all don't mind if these sentimental posts pop up now and then. It's real. And it's life.

As always, thank you for reading. <3



  1. Very sweet! Thank you for sharing, and I think your mom would approve of the pretty outfit! :)

  2. *hugs* to you, Kathryn. I definitely don't mind the sentimental posts--sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in fashion, too wrapped up, and forget what really matters. I LOVE that you mixed it all together in your post and outfit today--you absolutely nailed it (and even made me a little teary-eyed, too). <3

  3. <3. It's hard for me every day too. I feel bewildered most of the time at what's real and what's not. I think your mom looks beautiful in that photo with her scarf blowing in the wind.

  4. With a beautiful inspiration photo, it would be hard to fall shirt and you nailed it. Classic and ethereal. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the lovely photos.

  5. The photos of your mom are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them. =)

  6. You and your mom both look beautiful. I'm sure she's looking down on you with a big smile on her face :)

  7. What a lovely post. I think it's wonderful that you're honoring your mother's memory with an outfit that reminds you of her so strongly. And it's a great outfit! It's remembrances like those that will help the wound, with time. I'm wearing a string of my great aunt's pearls today in honor of her birthday. She would have been 93.

  8. I am sorry for you loss. But rememer your mom is always with you, even if you can't physically see her, she is there...she continues to love you, guide you, and watch over you in everything you do. You are the living embodiment of her love, her dreams, her faith...

    Big hugs, Lisa

  9. This was a beautiful post Kathryn. You look lovely as always and I know your mom is nodding approvingly!

  10. Your Mom is smiling in Heaven :))))

  11. Touching post. One day at a time...

  12. This is a beautiful way to remain connected, and just a lovely evocation of the outfit!

  13. No doubt your mother loved your sweet outfit. Speaking as someone who lost her mother while in high school, I sympathize and send you positive thoughts. It never gets easier but the human spirit is strong and thank goodness for that!

  14. Lovely outfit and lovely inspiration!