Saturday, 9 March 2013

Mums are amazing

Last time I wore the dress I am wearing today was on the 18th of May 2010.
Now you're probably thinking that something very special happened on that particular day or that I have a photographic memory but the truth is I cheated.
By looking back in my old style diary ;)
I know I haven't worn it since cause it has been carefully stashed away in a bag of vintage frocks in the loft until yesterday.
This flirty vintage mini frock was a gift from a dear friend that used to live with us, it belonged to her mother who wore it to various dances in Fort William back in the 60s.
This is another one of those frocks that I couldn't possibly bear to part with.
I actually feel as if I'm its safe-keeper rather than owner and I therefore want to keep it pristine should Claire or any of her nieces ever want it back.
I only have a handful of my own mum's garments from the 70s/80s in my wardrobe but they are highly prized possessions indeed. 
There's something really special about wearing them; the feeling is akin to getting a really loving hug just when you need it the most.
I've blogged about my mum's vintage clobber before, you can check the posts out here & here.
My mum is a wonderful & wise woman, she is the kindest and most patient person I know. 
She's been a solid rock for all her six kids throughout our lives and whenever we've fucked up, no matter how many times, she's always been there to bail us out and get us back on track.
When we were on holiday together over Christmas mum was feeling quite overpowered by the heat and even a small physical exertion made her feel almost faint, when they got back to Sweden she went to see her doctor and was diagnosed with an outrageously high blood pressure. 
The doctor even told her that she'd probably had a narrow escape from getting a stroke out in Thailand.
 She's now on pills that are slowly bringing the blood pressure down but most importantly she's lost a bit of weight & knocked booze on the head which is very good. 
You can't tell her to take it easy though, cause she just won't, she makes a workaholic look like an idler. 
She runs her own business, selling mainly kids stuff on Swedish eBay and works on average a ten hour day, I only wish I had inherited her gusto for hardcore toil.
It's not mother's day in Sweden until the last Sunday in May but I'll be sending my beloved mamma lots of positive & loving vibes tomorrow anyway :)
Vintage 60s psychedelic print dress, lurex tights, 80s boots, retro PVC coat, lurex bucket hat & Frocktasia earrings.
Here's the outfit that I wore on the 18th of May 2010...
it's a bit Pippi Longstocking meets the Twilight Saga-esque, not sure if that was what I was aiming for ;)
Hope you will all have a lovely day tomorrow.
If mummy is still around make sure you take the opportunity to reach out and tell her that she's AMAZING!
If mummy lives in your heart, then why not wear something that she used to love in honor of her memory.
Here's to all the mums that have been, are and ever will ROCK!
Loads of love,


Connie said...

Oh Jennie. That is honestly the SWEETEST THING. Your mom is lucky to have you.

Trees said...

Such a lovely post - I'm glad to hear that your mum is doing a lot better now. Sounds like an amazing lady - you look so fab in that frock, love the tights too (PS Mothers day in NZ isn't till the first Sunday in May)

Lucys Lounge said...

oh miss frock. you mam sounds amazing . I wish her best wishes and I hope her health rises as he blood pressure lowers. your dress is lovely you wear it well. love lucy

Panty Buns said...

You're very sweet and wonderfully sentimental. I love that you feel like a safe-keeper for Claire's mums lovely frock. You wear it well and in a beautiful spirit. P.S.: I like that "Pippi Longstocking meets the Twilight Saga-esque" look.
You're a lovely daughter, and this was a lovely post.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Awww love the lurex tights with that dress. You look so much like your mom in all the photos. I wish my mother had kept more of her clothes, too. My very favorite dress in the world is one of hers from the 70s/80s.
Your mom sounds amazing!!
Becky :)

Olga Rani said...

So sweet and touchy post Jennie. I suppose moms need to be told that they are wonderful and amazing and that we love them (though they may not show it).

grunge-queen said...

Wow, I love reading about your Mom and seeing her gorg pics, and of course seeing you in her stuff - that 70s dress, mustard yellow leather and clog boots totally rock! I have vivid memories of some of my Mom's stuff that my twin sis wore in the early days for Halloween (a gorg emerald green wool cape with gold buttons that my sis wore when she played a character from "Space, 1999", a popular American TV show in the 70s) and even into high school (a navy leather trench that I shortened and wore the hell out of in my Mod stage with minis and hoop earrings) - what the hell happened to them? Sadly, they are gone, wah! How lovely that you/your Mum kept those pieces, and even better still, that you love them and wear them. Xoxo

P.S. It's Mother's Day in Canada in May too but I am getting used to the English Mum's Day as my hubby's a Brit. Funny how you tend to think "your" Mother's Day is universal!

Helga! said...

Farking YAY for Mum's! Not having one is bloody horrid, I must say.Luckily G's is still alive and gently kicking, so I get my Mummy fix from her.
I adore that mini, it's the most gorgeous shade of lilac, and the second one with the collar is heavenly too!!! The PVC coat is giving me the HORN!
It sounds awful, for I'm guiltily pleased you're back to drinking, so we can have a drinkie together when I eventually get my ass over there! I can't deal with dark spirits, myself, though!!!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I love the last outfit, the collar and socks are amazing! You look like the girl from Moonrise Kingdom. I also really love your PVC Mac, very 60s. Xxx

Tallia said...

This is amazing! I love your dress

Anonymous said...

I read all your posts about your mum, she's a beautiful and strong woman and she has all my respect and admiration, I wish her a fast recovery!!I love both the versions of this stunning dress, the coat and the total black are amazing with it, but sometimes is great to feel like Pippi Longstocking meets the Twilight Saga!
Love xxxx

Vix said...

I've been studiously avoiding all talk of Mums and Mothering Sunday related posts but I'm delighted your Mum's okay and wish her a speedy recovery.
that dress is fab with that gorgeous mac and glittery tights. Isn't blogging great in that you can put a date on the last time you wore something? Definitely helps in weeding out the least worn stuff for selling on! xxx

Krista Gassib said...

What a sweet heart warming post. I have no doubt your Mom is cool why check our her confident adventurous kind daughter!

Bella Q said...

Even without the backstory your outfit is heart warming. You look so cool in your short dress and great hat and coat. And what a truth about being a caretaker for some things! I bet your mom is amazing- and it is wonderful to read the love and gratitude towards her in your post. Happy Mum's day to your mom, year 'round,and thank you for sharing this.