Dress: Zara thrifted. Shoes: Fornarina Las Vegas (now closed). Belt: gift from sister. Gold necklace: vintage. Blue necklace: Forever 21. Earrings: Shotwell SF (now closed). Watch: vintage Bill Blass from Alameda Flea.
I haven’t done one of my books into fashion posts in a while (if you’d like to see what the others look like, click HERE) and I thought I’d dedicate this one to my favorite furry friends, cats. But I thought I’d also keep it simple by going with picture books this time.
Have you ever read Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag? It is said to be the first picture book for children. Which is interesting to think there really weren’t books for kids before this. The book is about a little old man and woman that lived together but were very lonely. The man seeks to find one cat for companionship and goes very far away, but instead of finding one, he finds tons of them. He tries to choose one but couldn’t make up his mind because they were all so pretty, so he takes them all, millions of them (I’d probably do the same thing). When he gets home, his wife is afraid they won’t be able to keep and feed that many cats. So he decides to let the cats choose which one should stay – they all start fighting about who is the prettiest, until they keep fighting and only one little scrawny kitten is left. That is the cat the old man and woman choose to keep. It has a bit of a silly ending like most vintage children’s books do (it was published in 1928!). So I thought this would be the best way to shot my cat love for Millions of Cats.
The next book I’ve chose is probably a childhood staple for almost everyone. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who hasn’t read it. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss is a silly rhyming book where a brother and sister are sitting solemnly and bored looking out the window as it rained all day. The Cat in the hat lets himself in and shows them some fun things they can do inside, but their goldfish warns them to make him leave. The Cat starts creating a mess and then brings in Thing 1 and Thing 2, who make even bigger messes. They start to panic because mom should be coming home soon. And just as they thought they would need to worry, the Cat magically cleans up the whole house for them.
Have I overwhelmed you with cats? I’ve always been more a cat person than a dog person, are you? More importantly, do you have fond childhood (or adult) memories of either of these books?
I have a problem. When ever I wear something dotty (or something black and white), I immediately run to put this sweater on . And now, what perfect thing to wear it with! A dotty dress my mom made for me recently after I showed her a dotty dress at Jcrew.
Sweater: Forever 21, borrowed from sister, never returned. Dress: custom made by my mom. Leggings: Uniqlo. Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent wedges from Buffalo Exchange Las Vegas, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs heart watch from Fossil Outlet Las Vegas. Belt: Vintage from another dress.
Not sure why I added the purple belt. In fact, I had a belt with polka dots to match the dress, but the purple belt just felt better for some reason.
You can also see that I cut my bangs again (myself, with my own scissors). After two weeks, they already had grown over my eyebrows. Is there some sort of magic that makes bangs grow faster than the rest of your head?!
Ps. can you spy Dot the kitty in the photos? :)
I perhaps haven’t shared enough on this blog, the clothing my mom has taken time out of her life to make for me- as a child, and even as an early teen, whatever was not a hand-me-down, was made by mom. I was explaining to someone the other day, how I had custom outfits which is pretty cool, but so did my sisters. We could dress up as triplets if we wanted to; all because my mom made it. She made a lot of her own clothes, and to this day continues to.
Needless to say, she is my inspiration for many things. Since I’ve moved away, I don’t get as many custom things made for me like I used to. You have to pick fabric, choose trimmings, measurements, fittings, etc…that if you’re not around, it takes a really long time. You can see HERE some of the dresses I’ve tagged that my mom made and HERE some of the tops she made. But, I’m fairly certain I have lots more things in my closet by her that I’ve just never documented on the blog. I also found this old post (holy cow a few years ago), where I took a picture of her wearing a dress she made for herself.
It’s getting closer to Mother’s Day and I’m getting nostalgic that I may not get a chance to see her this year for the day (it falls during my finals week, ugh). So I’ve been wearing the things she made me, to feel closer to her, even though she is far away.
This dress took a very long time to make because after we found this yellow stripey fabric that I LOVE, we couldn’t come to a consensus on how it would look, I also wanted a really bright zipper (think hot pink) but she advised against it, then it was too long (I wore it only once at the original mid calf length) and had to send it back to her to make it a little shorter. NOW I’m satisfied with it, NOW I would want to wear it every day. It has this Marc by Marc Jacobs feel to it, and I wanted to dress it up with some (more than usual) bold jewelry, but also some colored tights, and shoes to match.
Dress: Custom dress by my mom. Tights: Hue cable knit. Shoes: Rachel Comey from Wasteland. Earrings: Urban Outfitters a few years ago. Necklace: gift from sister, Forever 21.
If you have your mama close by, don’t wait until mother’s day to tell her you love her (and dad if you can too!)