I’m turning into my mother.

LC Lauren Conrad top (Gift from Little Tin Soldier) | Michael Kors shorts (Marshall’s) | American Eagle sandals (Marshall’s) | Thrifted belt

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Have you read My Mom, the Style Icon? It’s the brainchild of Piper Weiss, and began as a place for women to share photos and stories of how their mothers influenced their style. It’s since spun off into a book and a column in Lucky magazine, and I love everything about it.

I’m not sure when I began to appreciate that my own mother is a stylish lady… She never wore “mom jeans” or sweats, and always looked completely put-together and polished — even as a single mom for many years on a shoestring budget. We spent a lot of time shopping in consignment shops and outlet stores, and had our fair share of battles over what was/wasn’t appropriate for each of us to wear. Sorry for all those times I made you late for work because I overslept, and then you had to send me back to my room to change because my shorts were too short.

While today our personal styles are a little different (mine is pretty classic and simple, and she likes a little glamour and glitz) she taught me several valuable lessons throughout my life about getting dressed everyday. Namely, that feeling like a million bucks doesn’t have to cost a fortune and that “less is more,” as in you don’t have to show a ton of skin to look or feel confident and beautiful.

I wore these sandals to her house for dinner last weekend, and she said, “Oh, I had those same shoes back in the 80’s, and they were so comfortable!” Er, maybe our styles aren’t quite as different as I thought…

Author: Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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