In celebration of Mother’s Day I wanted to share my favorite bits of advice my mom has given to me throughout the years . . .
- A closet full of neutrals = endless possibilities. In my early teens, I always teased my mom for having a ‘boring’ wardrobe. However, as I matured I realized that owning a neutral wardrobe is not only smart – it is chic! My closet is nearly identical to my mom’s now, and I borrow her clothes all the time. 🙂
- When in doubt, wear black. An all-black outfit never fails. My mom wears a little black dress to almost every formal event and always looks stunning. I now do the same!
- Always take a hostess gift. When attending a party, bring a small gift such as a candle or a tea towel for the hostess. When attending a dinner, always ask ‘What can I bring?’.
- Keep a few key ingredients on hand so you’re never in a pinch. You never know when you’ll be invited to a dinner party or if some friends will stop over. My mom always has the ingredients to whip a pan of brownies or to throw together a quick batch of pasta with tomatoes!
- Send a card. This is a bit old-fashioned, but I still think it is a great thing to do! My mom keeps a big box of blank cards for every occassion – birthday, anniversary, thank you, etc. And who doesn’t love getting mail?
- Celebrate every. single. holiday. This is one of the best things I have learned from my mom! She loves holidays and celebrates every one to the fullest with a beautifully decorated table and delicious food. This was so nice during the cold winter months after Christmas when it can be a bit depressing. We could always look forward to celebrating Chinese New Year, Valentines Day, and Mardi Gras. I have continued all of her traditions in Denmark. 🙂
- Never apologize for being yourself. My mom has learned to embrace who she is and has always encouraged me to do the same! I have learned not to say sorry for staying home in my pajamas instead of going to a party. I have learned that it is okay to distance yourself from people that don’t make you feel happy. I have learned that it is okay to change your mind, to try something different, and to not do what anyone else may expect you to do.
Thank you, mom. I love you so much!
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and those hoping to become mothers! Have a lovely day. xx
P.S. My mom is the person that inspired and encouraged me to start blogging. She has been blogging for years, and has the loveliest website – Afternoon Coffee and Evening Tea. 🙂