MOMents with my MOM
My Mom is my style teacher! Everything I have learned came from her. Her closet was my boutique and we created a barter system after I left for college so I could still “shop” anytime I wanted. The way it worked is if I wanted to “borrow” something I would have to leave something (sounds like a pawn shop to me lol) to this day, I tell her save anything you don’t want for me! I love her style and creativity and I am so happy to have had a chance to have her on my blog. I’m not sharing all her tips, there’s too many but just know that she is my inspiration for fashion, style and creativity. If you want to know What Would April Wear, you can ask my MOM. She’s the ONLY person who get’s my style right 100% of the time. There is a very short list of people who can shop for me and my Mom is at the top of the list.
She tells the story of when she was pregnant and how she brought a closet full of dresses before she knew what she was having. My Dad asked her, “How do you know it’s a girl?” and she stated, “I just know.” She was ready to dress me up before she met me! I had tons of shoes to match every outfit, hair bows and accessories… I get it honest… and that’s where I get my love for fashion! MOM.
A Few Style Tips I learned from my Mom:
- Be Creative in your style with Accessories. My mom makes her fashion stand out with creative accessories! From vintage to modern to DIY she has taught me to change your look, accessories are key! For example she would take a toy and turn it into a cute necklace. Do you remember the sting-a-lace colorful wooden blocks? It was a toddler toy of blocks in different shapes and colors with holes in them and string. My Mom used that simple toy and created a necklace and paired it with colorful wooden bracelets! It was a style memory I will always remember. As you can see in this picture I tried to mirror that creativity by pairing my vintage flower brooch with my enamel flower necklace to create a statement piece. She’s wearing a Swarovski flamingo bracelet and statement choker.
2. Matchy-Matchy. Although my rule is no matchy- matchy, I grew up matching my hair barrettes with my outfit. Every morning I would open my barrette drawer (yes we had a drawer dedicated to hair accessories, I GET IT HONEST) and match my barrettes to my outfit and bring them to my mom who would do my hair every single day until I was old enough to do it myself! Nowadays I am showing her that you can mix and match, but really I learned color pairings and coordination from her. As an artist and toy designer she had lots of color charts and used them to create amazing artwork and style! As you can see we added pops of color in our shoes to not be so matchy-matchy, although sometimes it’s okay!
3. Be a MODERN lady. My Mom is all about style and creativity, but it should never take the place of class and being a lady. I love my lace blouse but I paired it with a longer skirt. If you have a sheer top it’s okay but pairing it with a short skirt is not as classy. She taught me I can be en vogue with modern and trendy pieces just put a camisole under the blouse or wear your crop top with a high waist bottom or something under it. Although sometimes I like to have a little fun with fashion I remember my Mom’s advice and I try to keep it classy. See Mom at her prom (pictured below). Her dress is so stylish and modern a longer hemline kept it classy! Love this look.