Today’s post is part of an October style series “Styled by Someone Else” with The Blended Blog. It’s a little bittersweet for me. My 89-year-old mama is having some tough times right now and she is heavy on my heart and mind. When I uploaded the graphic for this series above, I remembered the years and years that my mom was my stylist. She bought or made all of my childhood clothing. But she also made many of my dresses when I was a young mom living in Panama without a penny to my name or a place to shop. So, thank you, mama for being my first and favorite stylist. Sending you lots of love today and always.
Since my mama wasn’t able to style me for this series, my sweet Prince stepped in. I asked him to pick out any outfit in the closet and I’d wear it to church on Saturday night. Asked his thought process for the outfit he created and here’s what he said.
I knew I wanted you to wear boots (the boots he gave me at Christmas which are far and away the nicest footwear I have ever had). And I wanted you to wear jeans with the boots. Then I saw the striped tee and the jacket and put them with the other pieces.
PC laid everything out for me on the bed so I could get dressed once I got out of the shower. I was so pleasantly surprised with his choices.
Purrsnickitty had to put her stamp of approval of my outfit and flat layouts.
And then it was time to get dressed.
Fear not, your eyes do not deceive you. I have one pant leg tucked into my boot and one pant leg pulled over my boot. I wasn’t sure which way my Prince wanted me to wear them. So I posed in front of my skinny mirror and then went downstairs to check his preference.
I am using some new night serum by Valentia on my face and I think it is plumping up my skin and filling in some of those wrinkles. That, and I am just living such a blessed life, my heart is so full.
Can you tell which way PC wanted me to wear my boots?
My necklace is a gift from my sister (in-law) Greta. It’s a piece of silverware, a large pearl and a green stone dangling from a silk cord. A unique, thoughtful piece. I love it. Oh, and my boots are in and my pants legs are out.
I felt really comfortable in this outfit. And loved my PC for playing dress-up with me. I think my mom would agree that he did a darn good job stepping in for her.
Now, for the book part of this post. Real quick. To Our Children’s Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come by Bob Greene and D.G. Fulford and most importantly, by Nira R. Roberts. My mother.
My mother’s name isn’t on the cover of this book, it’s true. But this book is “A warm, accessible, step-by-step guide to creating precious personal histories from the memories of older people” [source]. It is my mother’s answers to questions all about her life, from childhood to the present. I gave her the book years ago, and little by little, she has been answering the questions for my sister and brother and me. And for her children’s children. And their children.
Instead of writing inside the book, she wrote her responses on notebook paper and made copies so that all three of her children could have one. I bought copies of the book for my sister and brother so they would have the questions to go with mom’s answers. And now I want to do the same for my daughters, and their daughters.
So this is a book, whose main character is a girl, that would appeal to both boys and girls, but probably a bit more to girls. Especially the girls in my family. And I hope my book Reflections from a Mother’s Heart will, too.
Hope you will play dress-up with us by posting a favorite look to Instagram or Twitter using #theblendedblogstyle. Be sure to stop by my friend Christy’s blog at r Squared and my friend Abbie’s blog at Grumbling Grace to see who styled them and how.
Before you run off though, be sure to enter the giveaway for a copy of either of the two books featured today.
May tomorrow bring be a brighter day. Love to all of you for being here with me.
Hugs and kisses,