This post is in honor of paternal grandmother, Clara (we grandkids called her “Grand”), who passed away on July 2. Today, July 20, would have been her 85th birthday. My grandma was the most stylish woman I’ve ever known. She loved her furs (Detroit winters warrant full coverage) and lived to dress up. Grand taught me the importance of making a good first impression with my appearance, and is my greatest style inspiration. I have vivid memories of her teaching me how to iron clothes (’cause wrinkles are never cute); her helping me pick out a fancy Easter frock (all pink everything, complete with frilly socks and a tiny purse); and us going shopping for white tennis shoes in the spring. It was a ritual that my brother and I always looked forward to.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18
Clutch: Vintage Stuart Weitzman from Grandma (gifted)
Murals: @batdude88/@awalkingcanvas and @mara.bubblegum
One thing I learned about my grandmother since she passed is her love of designer threads. As a kid, I knew Grand could dress — I never paid attention to who she was wearing. When I went home to Detroit for the funeral, my aunts asked me to look through my grandmother’s jewelry and her closet to see if I wanted to take anything to help remember her. I saw this bright, flashy clutch tucked away on top of some shoe boxes in the living room closet and fell in love with it. It was so ’80s. It wasn’t until I got back to Long Beach and opened the clutch that I saw the label: “Stuart Weitzman/Made in Spain.” Granny?!
Grand had great, no, impeccable taste! I decided to make her clutch the star of this Outfit of the Day. It’s gorgeous, just like Grand. I’m wearing all black to signify that I’m mourning my grandmother’s loss. She was truly a one-of-a-kind woman, and I miss her tremendously. She was the epitome of style, grace, resilience, beauty and love. I’m wearing a headwrap as a crown of sorts. My grandma was royalty to my family and those who knew and loved her. I threw in the pops of red on my lips and shoes to reflect my grandma’s spirit. Her light that shone brightly, and boy did she know how to coordinate. Scroll through the slideshow to see a couple photos of Grand. I wish I had a photo of her wearing this darling clutch. I’m sad that she’s no longer here to serve up more head-turning looks, but I know that I will see her again when I go on to glory. In the meantime, her spirit will live on though me and my family. I aim to make Grand proud with every OOTD I pull together for this here blog.
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