Words of Wisdom from the Ladies of my Past

My husband’s birthday was this week and the family went out to dinner to celebrate.  We went to Ruffino’s Spaghetti House because Italian food is Bot’s favorite and with a name like “Spaghetti House” it was sure to impress.  The food was absolutely amazing!  I wore my City Chic Flutter Heart Dress because when I showed it to my husband when it first arrived he said he liked it more than any other dress I’ve bought, which is high praise if you knew how many dresses are currently in my closet.

[Dress – City Chic; Earrings – Sailor Studios; Necklace – Made by Me; Shoes – Target]

I love the 1940s style of this dress.  I’m not sure if the style of it suits me well but it is so comfortable.  It reminds me of something my grandmothers would wear and it got me thinking about my fabulous grandmothers and the advice that they gave me.  I used to complain about my size to my grandmother Doris (whom I called Nana.) I don’t actually remember any of the complaints but I remember her response.  She told me that when she was growing up, she was a bean pole and being a bean pole was not fashionable.  No, curvy was the style of the day when you were a teenager in late 1930s.  You always want what you don’t have, she told me.  My grandma taught me to love everyone, including myself.

My grandmother Barbara Jean (Mawmaw) well, she never gave me any advice per say, she more lived by example.  She loved to shop! (love, Love, LOVED!) She was always, all about looking fashionable even though her family never had that much money.  I mostly remember her fabulous red jackets and more “grandma-esque” clothes.  After she passed away last year, the family went through old photos of her and shared memories and I have to say my grandmother was hot! She had curves and boy did she rock them.

There are so many things I wish I could have talked to them about now and I wish that I could have rifled through their closets 20 – 30 years ago. But I will always remember what they taught me.

A young Nana at summer camp

Mawmaw in all her curves.

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