{GBF Life} Made by Mom

When I was growing up, Shanghai was not a fashion capital as the handful of boutiques and department stores offered a small selection of domestic styles which all morphed into one another. Plus, very few people had coffers of disposal income to spend on fashion. Yet I was keenly aware of the need to dress up at a very young age and recall twirling in my sky blue cotton dress during recess in preschool trying to capture the attention of a certain caped crusader (a boy in my class who wore a red velvet cape to school. My taste in men has since changed). Even at a young age, I was drawn to the mesmerizing power of fashion. 

Instead of dressing me in drab, Mom made all my clothes. She'd tear out pages from magazines picked up on her overseas business trips and copy the styles seam by seam. She was an impeccable seamstress, a talented knitter and had an instinctive knack for making pretty things. At night and on weekends, she'd be bent over the sewing machine putting together her latest fashion creation or knitting away while watching TV or playing with me.  If I hold absolutely still, I can still hear the rhythmic sound of her sewing machine zigging away.  I wish I still had some of the clothes she made for me as they're more valuable than anything in my closet as every fiber was made with mom's love.

Happy Mother's Day! 
{outfits 1-4} c/o Mom


This Mothers Day, Wet n Wild Beauty has collaborated with the Noreen Fraser Foundation to support women’s cancer research. Together, they have created the Extraordinary #MOMents campaign, encouraging individuals to enter why their mom is extraordinary! 

Entering the campaign is simple; post a photo of your mom on wet n wild’s Facebook page with a special memory of what makes her amazing. For each #MOMent shared, wet n wild will give a dollar to the Noreen Fraser Foundation to support women’s cancer research. Two runners-up will receive wet wild gift packages worth $100. The winner and their mom will each receive a year supply of wet wild makeup!

{live fabulously}



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  2. Lovely pictures. Will be eagerly waiting for more.

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  3. Those are such lovely pictures.
    You can feel the love haha!

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  4. Hello from Spain: Happy Mother's Day. Beautiful family and photos. Keep in touch

  5. so cute!


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  8. Gorgeous xx


  9. woow, nice pictures!! your mother and you are adorable!

  10. I really like Mother's Day :) I already bought a gift for her :)

  11. this post is so amazing :)
    thx for your comment, really like your blog :)

  12. "...a sound of a mother's love..." Beautiful. Heartwarming. You're a lucky girl. Maybe you could ask her to make you something new if you don't have anything form your childhood anymore.:)

  13. This is such a beautiful dedication and sweet photo memories.

  14. this is so sweet...

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  15. What precious photos, Jenny! Your Mom is a true beauty and so wonderful that she inspired your love of creative fashion! :)