Every Mother’s Day I like to dedicate a post to the Mothers on YLF, our own Mothers and in particular my late Mum who passed away nine years ago.

My Mum loved clothing, footwear, handbags, cosmetics and expensive jewelry. Needless to say she enjoyed shopping and I adored shopping with her. She was also a superb seamstress (a skill she did not pass on to her daughter) and occasionally made clothes for herself and for me. As much as I enjoyed shopping with Mum, it was the prospect of getting something new that she had sewn especially for me that delighted me the most when I was a little girl.

Often my Mum would sew herself an outfit and make the appropriate childlike version for me in the same fabric. That way we would have matching ensembles and look like twins. At that age I absolutely loved looking like my Mum and I felt like royalty wearing grown-up looking clothes. We’d confidently parade around in public holding hands in our twin outfits, which for me was the height of style. It’s a little cheesy I know, but I guess this was acceptable fashion in the 60’s and 70’s, and it certainly strengthened our mother-daughter bond.

Thank you Mum for making us matching outfits. They are my fondest fashion-related childhood memories and I was prouder than proud to mimic your look. You are still amongst the most impeccably groomed and stylish people I know. I wish you were here to share your thoughts on fashion and style, because there is still so much I could learn from your wise and wonderful self. I love and miss you more than you know and think about you every day. Know that your presence is with us on YLF because your style is alive in me.

Over to you ladies. Do you have fun fashion and style moments with your Mothers and daughters? I’d love to hear about them.


One of our twin outfits in 1976 when I was 6 years old. We’re wearing matching maxi dresses, a style I would not wear today, but I remember feeling fabulous at the time. We at YLF wish you a very happy Mother’s Day.