Monday, May 30, 2011


These days at the beach have left me with nostalgia for family and years gone by.   Memorial Day ended up being a time for me to remember my Mom, so recently gone by just a few months.

Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz, CA

We spent the day by the beach in Santa Cruz again.  This time, we skipped the wildness of the Boardwalk for a different kind of wild -- nature's beauty at Natural Bridges.  Here, little kids inspect tide pools for marine life.  Adults wander around the natural rock formations.  Inland from the beach are the  woods where Monarch Butterflies gather by the thousands during their annual migrations.

Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz, CA
Dress:  my mom's Belgian lace dress
Blazer: linen Eileen Fisher
belt: sister's gift from Argentina
sunglasses: Mango

This happens to be the Pacific Coast, so mornings by the beach are freezing!  I felt like a batty, old lady -- the kind with nine cats -- under 5 layers of clothing.  All I had really intended to do was wear my Mom's dress. Dad says it was from a trip to Belgium around the '70s.  While the dress was from Europe, somehow, my whole get-up felt somewhat American (like Ralph Lauren's prairie looks).

My mom's lace dress from Belgium, circa 1970s

It was really a gorgeous day by the beach.  I may be in a sepia mood, but the sky was blue!   Families were all out celebrating Memorial Day.

Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz, CA

I hope your weekend was lovely!


  1. I love your mom's dress. Looks great on you. Glad you could wear it! And the pictures are awesome!

  2. Beautiful!!!
    I'm so sorry for your loss! Some people are irreplaceable...

  3. your mom's dress is magnificent so delicately feminine. it is a really sweet way to pay her a tribute to wear her beautiful dress. besides you are wonderful : so elegant. :)

  4. The landscape is gorgeous! And so is the dress - a shame you had to layer up, but you look great nevertheless. So sorry to hear about your mom, but it's good you got to remember her in such a wonderful surrounding.

  5. Beautiful Memorial. You Mum would have loved this. Love to you and your family. Xxxx

  6. ♥ nice post.)) love your blog.)) ♥

  7. Wow, those pictures are gorgeous and what a nice dress. Sorry to hear about your mom, but glad you had a beautiful Memorial day.

    Have a great week.

  8. great pics !!!

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  9. Awww, you guys just brighten up my world! Your comments bring a big smile to my face. I know, up there, my mom is smiling too =)

  10. you look amazing!!

  11. You in a soft Lace Dress, a sturdy Natural Bridge, Waves and Water, just a perfect Photo.
    Your mom would have loved this.

  12. you look amazing in your mum's dress..and these are beautiful photos.i do intend to do something in the world of films or fashion/photo journalism is indeed very cool to be a film maker!!

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