Sunday, March 17, 2013

{Vintage} Fashion: Who’s Your Mommy?

I get some of my style sense and most of my wacky theatrics from my mom Carolyn. She’s an incredible writer, a junior Italian chef, a budding painter, and the ultimate “mom’s mom,” showering me and all my friends with love, advice, and more pasta than we could eat in a week!

She’s also found me a sampling of her signature looks from decades past . If anyone’s wondering where I get that big hair…

Carrie and Joe Kozlowski

The obligatory embarrassing prom shot with my future godfather Joe. That fabulous beehive puts us in the early 1960s.

'75 Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, California circa 1975

She’s also a talented seamstress and imaginative costume maker. When I was a kid, we had an unbelievable collection of dress-up clothes, and I’m lending friends capes, kimonos, and corsets to this day.


My Fair Lady, 1980


Aye, mamacita!


The bar wench, 1981

She was a costume designer, props mistress, and all-around “stage mom” during all of my high school (and a few of my college) productions. She’s now sewing for Stockton Civic Theater in her spare time, and hopes to someday step up to the stage.

Mama Carolina, you’ll always be a star.


1988 Amabile Family Reunion. I think I’m a bun in the oven!

1 comment:

  1. Heather, this is truly wonderful. Thank you for the love and kudos you've sent me this day. I have enjoyed every minute of costuming (first myself and then you) and realizing my theatrical ambitions through you and your friends. By the way, that prom photo was taken in 1965 and my hair didn't require any "teasing" to achieve that impressive bouffant "do." My gown was white linen -- the start of my fascination with that marvelous fabric. The appearance from Mama Carolina at the Amabile Family Reunion was in July 1988 -- you were a twinkle in dad's eye, but no bun in the oven until a month later!