sunday style | 5 style lessons my mother taught me

  1. Une femme says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Beth! I loved reading about your mother.

  2. Sue Smith says:

    Beautiful! I enjoyed getting to know her through your loving words. I just recently went through old photos of my mom, whom I miss every day, but of course it hits me especially hard today, even though she’s been gone a long time. My mom was also a major fashion plate–and she definitely influenced me, in so many ways. I sometimes laugh to find myself looking at pieces of clothing with her critical eye–does it have bound buttonholes? are there nicely finished off french seams? are all the stripes and plaids matched the way they should be? etc. Most things don’t quite measure up, but I smile to remember her high standards. She was quite a perfectionist with clothing, and made a lot of her clothes herself–a trait I picked up–I did that for many years.

    Your mom’s advice was all good–all of those still hold true! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day! Oh–and you definitely resemble your mom!

    Oh, and you brought back a hilarious memory–I’m old enough to remember that years ago, when I went into NYC, I actually honest to God wore white gloves to head into the city. I had different length gloves as well in drawers. How funny to think that now.

    • beth djalali says:

      i hope you had a relaxing mother’s day, sue! and how wonderful to hear your mother had such a discerning eye. she would probably faint at the sight of some of the shoddy workmanship that’s so commonplace today. ugh!

  3. Sharon Woryn says:

    What a beautiful family and what a special relationship you had with your mom. Thank you for sharing your photos and memories. Love the advice your mom gave you. I learned a lot about fashion from my Grandma and from my mom I learned NEVER show up at your kid’s school wearing something that will embarrass them. She came to my classroom one day with rollers in her hair. We can laugh about that now but it is still a vivid memory.

    • beth djalali says:

      i’m laughing my heart out at the thought of your mother in rollers and your reaction! yes, we can learn from mistakes. my mother would pack our school lunches in the big paper sacks from the grocery store. i think we were the only kids in school that had oversized brown paper bags…

  4. Sharon Woryn says:

    You are blessed with good genes—you ladies are all so lovely.

  5. cher Mo says:

    enjoyed the post!! Very wonderful to have such a lovely Mother and one who shared good stuff with you!! My Mother loved shoes. So do I.

  6. Rebecca Saffer says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Beth. Your mother was certainly a beautiful woman (you look very much like her). My mother was also such a lovely looking woman (think Barbara Hale from the Perry Mason show) and always looked pretty even though our family finances left little for clothing. I also enjoyed your kitchen advice. I love to cook but have a small NYC kitchen.

    • beth djalali says:

      when we lived in san francisco our kitchen was the size of a postage stamp. it always seemed easier to eat out. i’m so thankful i have a larger kitchen again to whip up my favorite dishes.

  7. Linda De says:

    Thank you for your inspiration, Beth! Happy Mother’s Day! ????Your mother is very beautiful!

  8. donnanance says:

    Beth, I hope your Mother’s Day was wonderful! Thanks for sharing pictures of your mom and your family. You do look quite a bit alike, both lovely ladies. I have known women like your mom, always well-dressed, well-groomed and smelling of a signature perfume. When I see outfits, I always wonder what fragrance they chose for the day. xoxo

  9. What a lot of work and dedication to create this post. Lovely memories. Happy Mother’s day to you.

  10. Bonnie Schulte says:

    What a wonderful post for Mother’s Day. I enjoyed the photos so much. Your Mother certainly was a VERY beautiful woman. Such fun to take a peek into your life, thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Joy from Liverpol says:

    I love reading your pages, Beth. I am a similar age group and figure as you, and I find you so inspiring, also I really enjoy your travels and getting a glimpse into your American life (I’m from England) X

    • beth djalali says:

      this is so nice to hear, joy! i think the best part of the internet is catching a glimpse of a different part of the world. so nice to meet you!

  12. What a nice way to remember your mom Beth – loved seeing your “back to the future pictures” always beautiful !

  13. Joanne says:

    Sitting having my morning coffee in a warm but daggy tracksuit on a bleak Queensland (Australia) morning,I was feeling out-dated and frumpy,so I went in search of a new look on Pinterest….WOW!!!! I found you Beth, with amazing similarities from age,height,body-shape,hair colour & style,I’ve also discovered a whole new wardrobe I didn’t know I had!! I spent the whole day putting pieces together that I’ve never matched up before copying from your photos.THANKYOU I’ve found my go to girl, I’m now on the lookout for a Yellow cardigan,it’s the only colour I don’t have,Maybe I need another trip to the States for shopping spree. Love your blog,and thanks for getting me out of a tracksuit rut????????????????

    • beth djalali says:

      hi joanne! just saw your comment. nothing makes me happier than to hear you found some inspiration. and shopping your closet is the best shopping spree out there.

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