My grandmother on my mother’s side is named Ruth. She’s 93 years old. Her grandchildren call her “Nan” and her great-grandchildren call her “G.G.” for “great-grandma.” The family took her out for lunch for Mother’s Day.
Nan’s husband, my grandfather Sam, died when I was 16. Sam’s sister was named Martha. Ruth’s brother was named Bernie. Martha and Bernie were married. Just thought I’d share that factoid.
Mother’s Day lunch was casual so I initially put on my standard jeans and t-shirt uniform. Then I decided to be a little more festive and added an Ossie Clark blouse/jacket thingy.
What Wendy Wore
Blouse/jacket: Vintage Ossie Clark (purchased in 2008)
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (2011)
Shoes: Prada (pre-2005)
I got the Ossie blouse/jacket thingy — which has a Celia Birtwell print — in 2008 at a vintage store in London. I was accompanied on that shopping trip by Al Radley, who bought the company from Ossie and employed him back in the day, and Caroline Carr, who worked with Ossie as Al’s design director. (For those of you who are Ossie fans, Al is the Radley in the label “Ossie Clark for Radley.”) That memory makes the top super-special. And, as you can see, the ’60s/’70s piece features a current fashion trend: a peplum. Peplums forever!
Al Radley as in Ossie Clark for Radley?! I keep seeing Helena Bonham Carter rocking that Ossie dress in the Dark Shadows billboards, can’t wait to see the movie and see if there’s more in it!
I love it when Al and I go to a store together and he intones to the salespeople, “I’m Mr. Radley.”
Megan Mae says
So cool! I usually see my maternal grandmother on Mother’s day too, but she’s unfortunately out of town with my great-aunt this weekend. Great mix-up for the Wendy uniform. I also love the silver shoes!
I have more silver shoes than is normal, I think.
what a gorgeous top you’re wearing! sounds like a wonderful mother’s day with your grandmother!!!
sulky kitten says
Great photo of you with your grandmother. Love that print, and I now know I NEED silver shoes!
YOU DON’T HAVE SILVER SHOES?!?
The Style Crone says
Your grandmother is amazing, as is your outfit. And up with peplums!
you’re so adorable, the two of you.
I’m yet again smiling “back” at the screen thanks to seeing your happy red smile
And I’m smiling at the thought of you smiling.
Aww, I want to give Grandma Ruth a smooch!
And you look AH-MA-ZING!
Be careful, she’ll give you an earful after that.
Oooh, I like the Ossie Clark and the snoop in me loves these family stories!
I’ll have to save the really scandalous ones for my memoir 😉
What a lovely outfit – and a lovely grandmother! That is so strange that your grandparents had siblings that were married! Kind of hurts my brain as I try to imagine it 🙂
I laugh whenever I think about it!
Wendy I love your Jacket, looks great with the jeans. You Nan looks like a sweetie. Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope to see you again.
savvy gal says
Wendy, what a lovely jacket. I love love love the print the silhouette. Hope you had a fabulous Mother’s Day with your family. : )
Gorgeous, both of you!
I’ll tell Nan you said so!
Susan Partlan says
I love it that you engraved her necklace with G. G. So sweet.
Practical Paralegalism Career Dressing says
I long for that “thingie” 🙂
Beautiful picture of you with your grandmother!