Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Mom's closet

I love her jacket, flared jeans and the dash of color her scarf imparts to the outfit!

Whenever I visit my hometown in California, I always pore over my family's photo albums. My parents were stylin' in the late 1970s and early 1980s! (They're still stylin' now). When I first got into vintage clothing, I asked my Mom why she hadn't saved any of her clothes and she said "how was I supposed to know you'd like old things?" Boohoo.

My Mom's earrings were made of tiny pale blue silk flowers. I used to wear them. I think I may have destroyed them, actually. Oops! Check out my Dad's gray slacks and plaid shirt.

My parents' first apartment. See how awesome it is? Look at those funky floor cushions! The modernist coffee table! The rug! This is late seventies decorating at its best.

My parents feed a squirrel at Grand Canyon. Check out my Mom's Lopi-style knitted jacket!

Mike, mom and me in 1985
In Taipei. My knitted cardigan had orca whales on it and was made by my grandma (my brother had a matching one in pale blue).

Ooh, we look so 1981 here! I love my green crochet poncho with the fringe and my Mom's puffy vest and plaid shirt.

These are just a few of the photos we have of my Mom in her awesome outfits. I'm looking forward to scanning in more pics next time I go home. Happy Mother's Day, Mom!


  1. Lovely family photos! You Mom looks so chic in the first one!

  2. wow i am in love with your parents' apartment! i adore all things 70s, and that is basically what i wish my current apartment looked like. they were totally stylin. ~joelle

  3. You mom really is the most styling mom ever! The picture of you and your mom in Taipei blows my mind and makes me wistful for past times and old photos.

    My mom had the same attitude about her clothes--including taking a pile of them and just throwing them in the dumpster behind Pizza Hut one evening despite my secretly trying them on every single day for the past year of my fifth grade life!

    thank you so much for sharing these, Catherine.

    xo Jenny

  4. Love these pictures! Your mum is so cool!

    Just wanted to say hi as it's been a while since I last blogged but now I am back! Loving how your blog is looking - keep up the excellent work!

    Polly x

  5. Oh no, have I offended you somehow? If I have, I apologize! I could swear I made a comment here, but then again...

  6. Hi Darlene,
    No you haven't! You actually left a comment on my very first blog post, not here :-).

  7. I love the apartment! And your mom's styling ski vest in the last photo, particularly!