my mom

calivintage: my mom

i’m sure if you’ve been reading for a little while, you’ve noticed how often the subject of my mom comes up on here! there’s no way to say it without being cheesy, but she is a true inspiration to me. she’s the woman who would wake me up early on the weekends to go rummaging for treasures at estate sales, and who took me to the thrift store at least 2 times a week after school, and who would drive us out to hell and back searching all over southern california for cool vintage boutiques and antique shops for whatever interesting things we could find. and to this day, even though she lives all the way out in arizona, when i get to see her a couple of times a year, she brings boxes and bags of vintage finds to share with me. it would be an understatement to say that she’s the reason i am so in love with vintage and with getting dressed up in general!

a while back and i asker her if she could dig up some old photos of herself, and one day she sat at the scanner for hours and sent me tons of photos of herself and of my family when we were kids! i have way too many to share for one post, but i thought it would be nice to share a few photos of her when she was young. i wasn’t born yet, so many of these are from her teenage years and early twenties. can you see the resemblance at all?

calivintage: my mom
calivintage: my mom
calivintage: my mom
calivintage: my mom

34 Responses to my mom

  1. Justin July 1, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Beautiful post. Wow, you guys look a lot alike! She passed her beauty on to you.
    Love your blog.

  2. kelsey louise July 1, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    aw. she’s beautiful. i see the resemblance in the eyes for sure. i always wonder if i ever have a daughter would she be as obsessed with old junk as i am or would she think i was crazy? maybe i’ll eventually have someone in my gene pool to share this ever growing amass of the past with.

  3. Sarah July 1, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Your mom is so cute! She looks like she had a great sense of style. That’s awesome that she passed a love for old things and fashion on to you. I love hearing about how family influences personal style. I can definitely see a resemblance!

  4. Michelle July 1, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    momma’s ARE the most inspiring, nothing cheesy about it. it’s amazing how much they influence us without us knowing it. love that you shared these photos, and i enjoyed hearing about your thrifting traditions!

  5. marissa (stylebook) July 1, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    i can definitely see the resemblance! aw.

  6. Ismay July 1, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    oh yes i can see the resemblance! i love these photos.

  7. Shelby July 1, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    yeah! you guys look a lot a like! she sure has style!

  8. michal July 1, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    You look a ton alike! She is so pretty & stylish. I love old family photos. :)

  9. Daniela July 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    aww I love these!!!!!!!

  10. Meena Dhuga July 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    you are so similar!!

    Meena xxx

  11. Sara July 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    The second-to-last is particularly beautiful. :)

  12. Julia July 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    hello! just found your blog! u are so cute! love the pics of ur mom!

  13. Heide Ledesma July 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    she is very beautiful! and you very much look like her. not very many would like to hear that, but it seems fitting to say it to you because you both seemed to have a great relationship. ive been inspired by you to start dressing up again. i want to thrift shop again. ive only been reading your blog for about two weeks and ive read every single post you had here. i want to pass on the joys of vintage shopping and style to my 8 yrl old as well. thank you!

  14. Emily@TheBeetleShack July 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    what a babe!

  15. Jessica/Lola Vintage July 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    love, love, love this post erin! And definitely see the resemblance. She is lovely, as you are! I’m thinking I have to dig up some old photos of my mama too. One of my favorite posts from your blog EVER! xo

  16. jodi July 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    This has to be one of my most favorite posts! I love the stories about your mom hunting for vintage items with you. Sweet! Those photos are so beautiful. I totally see the resemblance.

  17. A July 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I actually think you look nothing alike – but you are both beautiful, bien sur.

  18. Jody July 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    She’s lovely!

  19. Darlene July 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    I definitely see it! You are so lucky to have such a gorgeous woman to share her love of vintage with you. :)

  20. Sophia July 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I totally see it! So cute! Love that you are a 2nd generation thrifter.


  21. Meghan July 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    lovely photos and words, thanks for sharing!
    I recently found a few 70’s-80’s photos of my mom that I need to scan in- and replicate her outfit!


  22. Cheryl parker July 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Your mom is beautiful and you look just like her! She sounds like a cool momma and I hope when my kids are older they will think of me as adoringly as you do your mom!
    Thanks for sharing!


  23. yooni July 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    the resemblance is what some may consider uncanny

  24. Mimi July 3, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    Hey, I was just looking through old photos of my mom. :)
    What a lovely post.

  25. Sarzie July 3, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    She’s a doll! I’m guessing these snaps are from the ’70s? I love how she can pull off a pair of pants (that’s the trickiest garment to make chic, if you ask me!) and how she utilizes scarves. Very inspiring! :D

  26. Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys July 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I lovvved this post, (and those old family photos you posted quite a while back). The resemblance is unmistakable from certain angles, although you also look different. Here’s to our mothers!

  27. Maria July 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    You can definitely see the resemblence in sense of style and physically!! What a wonderful post :)

  28. Jamie Rose July 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    I love seeing people’s old photos and looking at the resemblance between family members. Your mom is beautiful; I definitely see a lot of similarities between you and her. Cute pictures!

  29. Sweet Harvest Moon July 4, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    She’s so beautiful :)

  30. Monique July 4, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Your mom is so beautiful. I love vintage family photos…how amazing she took you to all those thrift shops. I think you two have the same mouth/lips. The fourth black/white photo on the right looks a bit like you. Thanks for sharing these lovely pics of your mama.

  31. Linda July 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    No doubt about who you’re related to!

  32. Natalie of Fashion Intel July 7, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    You mom looks radical and beautiful. I hope you post more of the photos she scanned, I am sure they are amazing. Is it safe to assume you are Latina? If so, totally awesome.

    • erin (calivintage) July 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

      thank you! and yes, i am a latina! my family is mexican, though we’ve been living in california for generations.

  33. Sop July 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Your mum is so lovely! I love old photos. Totally wakes you up to the hip ladies we call mama.

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