Sunday, January 31, 2010

Vintage Vegas

Fun Fact 1: Sin City wasn't always the home of reality show romantic dates and d-bag bachelor parties. Vilija Joyce submitted this photo of her be-dressed grandma and lucky gramps flanked by two groovy friends on Fremont street in 1958. (click on the photo for a closer look)

Fun Fact 2: People used to get really dressed up to walk the strip. And I'm not talking shiny suits and platform heels.

Fun Fact 3: The Mint (behind those kooky hipsters) was the first stop for Hunter Thompson in his "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" jaunt.

Fun Fact 4: I just read fun fact 3 on Wikipedia. I didn't actually read the book, let me just get that off my chest.

My Mom the Bride: six times a charm

Patrick Mahoney's mom was so strikingly beautiful I thought I'd seen her a Hitchcock movie. Turns out, her life was more interesting than any movie. Nobody in Avatar (spoiler alert) was married more times than James Cameron. This golden sheath was her 6th and final wedding dress.

Patrick writes: "I was 8 years old. I love the seaweed thing in her hair. It was 1968. That's Santa Barbara at the Ambassador Hotel overlooking the beach where she and Johnny honeymooned. He wore a black suit. They remained happily married for 20 years till Johnny passed away."

Here she is in the 40's, well before her golden walk down the aisle.
"She married young and traveled a great deal after being widowed. She met some amazing people. I always thought she was a combination of Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ, Grace Kelly and Auntie Mame. After several adventures, some embarrassing moments and "hitting bottom", she had a spiritual awakening in a jail cell in Santa Barbara in 1958 and joined A.A. She spent her life raising my brother and I, working, and falling in and out of love. She was an amazing and powerful public speaker, sharing her recovery from addiction and her life in recovery. She died in 1988. I am so blessed to have had such a great mother."

Saturday, January 30, 2010

NOT YOUR FATHER/YOUR FATHER POST...also featuring the dress I want to get married in

This is Joy, Emily Materick's mod-erific mama on a London train in the late 60's . This is NOT Emily Materick's father...But he sure seems sweet on her.

Emily's mom was a heartbreaker with her own hand-made style. "She sewed her own mini dresses and had all the most stylish hairpieces. She lived in England for a bit then came back to Toronto to open a coffeehouse that featured traditional pub food like Ploughman’s Lunch, accompanied by live folk music. "

This is the lucky dad who landed Joy. What did it take to win her heart? Probably a hit song or two.
"She got married at Toronto City Hall, it was a very simple ceremony. My dad, singer Ray Materick, was playing a gig that night and they had a reception at the Chelsea Hotel another day."

On a personal note: That is the dress I want to get married in. Also that is the beard I want my future, not-yet-discovered husband to the have the hormonal ability to grow. Get on it, guy.

Friday, January 29, 2010

If you like pina coladas

Anne-Marie Kovacs's mom Suzanne makes me think of that song. And that's a good thing.

The year is 1965 (Singer/Songwriter Rupert Holmes is still a wayward teen) and Suzanne is basking in the Laurentians sun in Quebec, Canada with little more than a few grains of straw to cover up her parts. Hello, hip-accentuating short shorts: wear me next please.

While I have you're attention, Rupert Holmes (yes, I know you have a google alert on your name), I'd like to respond to your query.

-I like Pina Coladas, but more than one makes me vom.
-Getting caught in the rain is okay as long as I'm not wearing jeans.
-I've tried to be into yoga, but who am I kidding.
-I have more than half a brain, but thanks for setting the bar so low.
-Making love at midnight in the dunes of the cape sounds good if it's with the right person and I've been sprayed with Lyme tick repellant. Also if we're gonna do this I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't call it "making love".

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Traveling West

Emily West emailed this amazing picture and wrote: "Attached is my mum, Hilary West, in Wales, 1972 I think, and a style icon!"

In a follow up email, Emily's dad adds: "Couldn't agree more but may not have used the same terminology. Mum was 22 it was 1973 and the photo was taken on a steam train from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge, Mid Wales. Full-time mother at the time. Er, coat much admired."

Lets take a moment to appreciate dads, however lucky they may be.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Mom, The Explorer

Between 1956 and 1959 Duncan Innes' parents traveled around the world on a motorbike. With £200 to their name, they picked up odd jobs to stay afloat and scratched their travel itch for two years straight. They ventured from Europe, down through Africa, across to Australia and New Zealand and then across the pacific to the US and Canada before returning to the UK.

At the start of their journey in Bristol where they lived.

In her living quarters in what was then called Rhodesia

In a volcanic region of Turkey

In Kenya with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background.

Says Duncan: "My mum died in 1996 but my dad is still going strong. What amazes me (and still amazes my dad when he looks at the photos) is how neat and tidy my mum looked in every shot - quite an achievement considering the conditions she spent two and a half years living in."

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Let's bring back: lavender jeans

I don't know if they ever really were a trend but lord knows they should have been. The proof is in the picture of Pamela's Castillo's mom (with lucky dad circa 1980).
Pamela -- who runs her own killer style site, Market Publique-- says: "I think her lilac Gloria Vanderbilt jeans kick American Apparel's butt!"

Gloria, ay? I think I got her number.

These Velour Orange high-waisted 70's GV's are $49 at

These Pink Ladies are $18 at ebay, though it looks like 30 years of washing has turned them white.
The same could be said for Gloria's son Anderson's hair. It must be genetic.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

If you are sitting down reading this post please stand up....

...there is a lady present.

Nick Wemyss writes: "This photo of my Mom and I, was taken in 1959 in Singapore. We were Scottish expats sent to run the Shell refineries after the Dutch were kicked out of Indonesia. My infatuation with cars apparently started then."

Crazy Heart Breaker: Mrs. Bridges

Sure Jeff Bridges won a Golden Globe for "Crazy Heart" on Sunday. But the real winner was his wife Susan Geston who lived out my dream of being publicly heralded by a man with a white, fully-formed beard.

Put down your pencils and look at her: she's Catherine Denueve meets Romancing the Stone era Kathleen Turner. (see photo above via Hollywood Reporter)

A little recon work tells me they met while he was making the film "Rancho Deluxe" in 1974-- a year I would like to be morphed into a black hole through which I could fall. (preposition overload alert)

Here's what the burliest sex machine who ever lived (Jeff) wrote about the moment he laid eyes on her:
"She was doing whatever needed to be done at the ranch, and I noticed her right away. Not only was she beautiful, she had a broken nose and two black eyes. I had this fantasy that she'd been beaten up by a boyfriend and that I was going to save her."


I have spent two hours trying to find pictures of their 1977 wedding to no avail so you'll have to settle for this awesome 1983 picture of the Bridges clan from Life Magazine.

Sweatpants tucked into boots: don't try this at home kids. This is for trained professionals who look like Mrs. Bridges only.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Riddle me this

I don't know, it just seems like this coat from American Eagle is missing something. Maybe a button? An inside pocket? A crusty stain of toothpaste on the lapel?

No wait, I've got it: A HOT ITALIAN 1970's MOM! Francesca Solimini's mother to be exact.

There, that's better.

Saturday, January 16, 2010



Submit your amazing mom pictures and stories to the site for possible inclusion in the upcoming book* to be published by Chronicle in 2011!

*It will look way more professional than this post that took 6 hours of cutting and pasting and tears of frustration to produce.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hey guy, her eyes are up here!

No, keep going up. Now when you come to two huge brown glass circles make a right and then another right. There you go...

Steve Claus sent in this amazing picture of mom Jinny (in vintage Oleg Casssini-style Jackie O glasses) and dad Steve (in a pool of his own drool) in 1972.

Mom's style secret: the crinoline

POP QUIZ: How does Nina Boyett's mom's skirt stay so perky?
a) sheer will
b) three toy-sized men on treandmills stationed at different points on her hemline
c) a giant skirt bra ....DING DING DING!
The whale bone-lined, netted slip (which you can still find on the internet) was a staple of 60's poodle skirts and 80's cindy lauper costumes. It provided structure, bounce and most of all poof.* Perfect for grabbing the eye of a young solider.
Not that Nina's gorgeous mom had trouble getting attention.
"My dad was in the Air Force and met my mom at an airbase just outside of Tokyo in the early ‘60s. I have always thought of my mom as a fashionista. While my mom was in college she worked at the Chanel counter and to this day is very wary of less than par cosmetics.Their wedding photo (below) was taken at a friend’s house - they got married through the American Consulate."

* Skirt poof is not to be confused with Snookie-inspired hair poof. Also an attention getter.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Last Night's Party

Actually it's Michelle Arnusch's parents at some shindig in a year when life was better. But seriously, does anyone remember how I got home?

I mean you can try... capture Jackie Deller's moms's look.

See how this jacket suits ya.

But they don't sell "je ne sais quoi" on the internets. (no, not even if you're over 18 and into weird shit)
Jackie writes: "I really love this photo of her [taken in the late 60's]. I just discovered it last year. It was taken by my dad when they were out walking and maybe he saw how beautiful and pensive she looked that day and wanted to capture it. It looks like it could be used for a fashion spread in a magazine but it was just another day of looking cool for my mom. "

Friday, January 8, 2010


Once in a while MMTSI's competitive side rears it's bouffant-bedecked head.
Translation: Please find it in your hearts to rank this site as a "10" on Huffington Post's 7 sites you should be wasting time on now.
Here is the origin of my mad quest for numerical validation:
At 9:13 I was just happy to be nominated.
At 9:15 when I realized readers could rank each site on a 1 to 10 scale I became a snarling three-headed monster foaming at the blog-hole.
At 9:17 I remembered that I had one secret weapon the other very funny and clever blogs I'm up against don't have: THE POWER OF MOM GUILT
(don't you love your mom? then you should vote for her by voting for the site-- that is if you really and truly love her and by her I mean the site).
See total, mind fuck right? Take that funnier internet blogs!

Cruise control

I'm impressed with Alla Ivnitskaya's fabulous mom-- shown here on a cruise in the 70's-- for the following reasons:
-Her ability to over accessorize (purses, scarves and hat, oh my!)without looking like she's over-accessorized,
-her poise in 10 pound platform shoes,
-her ability to pack light,
-oh and this: "In the former USSR there was such a concept as finding an item of clothing, because the stores were pretty empty and often the nicer things came in quantities of one or were brought in from overseas and sold on markets or through friends. My mom once "found" a pair of red gloves, to which my grandmother, who was a seamstress sewed a matching coat."

What I wouldn't give for a mom who sewed entire outfits.*

*Talented Mommy Seamstresses Wanted for Blogger Adult Child: Send applications via email. Deadline 2011.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

It's a pose

And it's awesome. learn it. know it. love it. Graceann Macleod writes: "This is my mother, Joyce, in the summer of 1946. Note the immaculately pressed dress, the coordinating jacket and scarf, and the beautiful smile. I never saw her when she wasn't dressed to the nines. Even a trip to the grocery store required preparation because "you never know who you'll run into." I miss her everyday."

Monday, January 4, 2010

Model mom

Melissa Smith Mallery writes: This actually is a model shot taken of my mom Linda Smith for her hometown's talent agency.
Teen Boys: you do not have permission to turn this into a poster for your bedroom wall.

Let's bring back: elbow-length gloves

It's a new year, so can we all just agree that it's not in anyway affected or even Hot Topic-y to wear elbow length satin gloves on a formal night out? Just look at a young Judy Posch --gorgeous mom of my bestie Brooke Posch. Doesn't she just make you want to run out and sign up for ballroom dancing lessons?
The bad news is wearing white indoor gloves is the kind of fashion commitment that will exclude you from doing things you might want to do like: dipping shrimp in cocktail sauce, petting a black kitten, sketching your crush's profile with a piece of charcoal when they're not looking, or sinking your hands in a bowl of 'brain' noodles during a haunted house tour.
The good news is it's fucking cold on the East Coast and elbow length wool and leather gloves are making a major outerwear accessories comeback.

Here are a few to consider:
These red lambskin gloves, $150 from, for when you want to put out your hand at a party and say "charmed I'm sure".

These fringey things from ($255), for when you want a little fringe benefit. (ha! puns are cool)

These $20 black gloves from, for when you don't want to spend a lot of money but still feel deserving of warm elbows.

And these strange red gloves from, when you need to pet a boy in a plastic bubble.

P.S. Don't these gloves make you sad?

Me too.