Remembering my Fashionable Mom

January 18, 2014

How many of us got our love of fashion, clothes, and shopping from our mothers? All through my life, whenever I told my mom about something happening in my life, her first question for me was always, “what are you going to wear?” This was soon followed by, “want to go shopping?!” Any excuse for a mother and daughter shopping trip.  Not that we ever needed an excuse!

I recently lost my mother and I miss her more than words can ever express. She was a constant loving presence in my life.  She had so many admirable qualities, like seeing the best in people and always looking on the bright side.  But this is a fashion blog, so this post is just a little a snapshot look at my mom’s love of fashion.

I love this photo of my mom in the 1950’s.  Her and a girlfriend went on a cruise to the Bahamas. How glamorous!  Love her gorgeous dress, purse, and gloves.

Always such a lady!
Mom grew up in New Jersey and spent a lot of time on the boardwalk in Atlantic City.  Love these two pictures of her there.
What a hottie!

So put together!
Even as a mom, she still managed to look glam.  Here’s a pic of little me, with Mom, Dad, and Grandma.
I want that plaid coat!
I wish I had photos from more of our shopping excursions. They were so common that we never thought to take pictures. But here’s one of us at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto.
A splurge at Bloomingdale’s was picture-worthy!
Last summer, I took Mom to Vegas for a gambling and shopping getaway.  She was in heaven!  Love this picture of us. Mom is looking lovely in a thrifted Abercrombie cardigan. She could always spot a bargain!
And for the last shot, lunch out for my mom’s birthday in September.  I definitely got my love of big sunnies from this woman!
 My dear fashion friends, if you still have your mom around, please savor every precious moment.  Life is short and things can change so quickly. Make some mother/daughter memories to last a lifetime. Call that lady up and invite her shopping! 
Dawn Lucy
IG @fashionshouldbefun


  • Reply kim at northerncalstyle. January 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Just loved this Dawn. What a glamorous gal your mom was. Those old photos are so wonderful. Your mom definitely had fun and loved life. Two wonderful qualities! She would be proud to see this. Thinking of you sweet friend. xxoo Kim

    • Reply dawnlucy January 20, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Kimi! She was a glamorous gal and I'm so glad you knew her! OXOX

  • Reply Christine Ryczkowski January 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Dawn! What great photos! I'm going on a Caribbean cruise in February with friends, and will have fun dressing up onboard, thinking of your mom. I always enjoyed chatting with her as she was so easy to talk to. I wish I had seen her more often, but will take your advice to heart and savor time with my mom. Thank you for bringing us together today. 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy January 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Christy! I would love to see what you wear on your cruise! Do you have instagram? If so, follow me @fashionshouldbefun. Let's stay in touch, Hon. OXOX

  • Reply Monika Faulkner January 20, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom, Dawn…I can only imagine how much you will miss her. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely photos; she was definitely a "lady" through and through, wasn't she? I am visiting my own mom (and dad!) in Toronto for her birthday in February…you can bet there will be some shopping involved!!

    • Reply dawnlucy January 20, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks so much, Monica. She was a classy lady and sure do miss her every day. Enjoy visiting your folks in Toronto! OXOX

  • Reply whenlifehandsyouapear January 27, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, this was so touching and beautiful. What a stylish woman indeed!

    • Reply dawnlucy January 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks so much for reading. I was lucky to have such a great mom.

  • Reply January 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    A beautiful post! Sorry to hear of your loss, my mother passed almost 5 years aga and I miss her tremendously!

    • Reply dawnlucy January 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Yeah … there's just no one like mom. Thanks for reading, Hon. OXOX

  • Reply Red, Peter, & Blue – Fashion Should Be Fun September 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm

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  • Reply Joseph Martirone September 13, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Hello Dawn,

    My name is Joe. We never met but I am the husband of your cousin Debi from New Jersey.  I discovered your blog when looking for information or pictures to add to our family tree. Is that your uncle Bob that you mom is holding in front of the lifeguard boat?

    I had the pleasure of meeting your mom and dad when they came back east to visit. Your dad would get a kick out of my son, Michael, because he would sit with your dad and just talk and talk. I felt sorry for your dad but he would just sit there patiently listing to my son ramble on.

    I have some pictures of your mom and dad that I would like to share with you and hope you will enjoy.  Please feel free to email me so I may get these pictures to you.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    • Reply Dawn Lucy September 14, 2020 at 7:20 am

      Yes, I will email you!!

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