Mother’s Day

Photoshop art

The second Sunday in May is Mother’s day in Finland. And that’s why I’m posting these pictures of my mother, even though she is no longer with us.

I have written quite a few posts about her, or rather her style. Because that’s what was special about her: her innate sense of style. Well, that and the fact that she was very beautiful. I’m just not saying that because she was my mother; she really was a very stunning woman. In fact, that’s the first thing people who knew her always say, remembering her: that she was so beautiful. And the second thing they say is that she was always so stylish.

mother and daughter

So, it’s only natural that she influenced my own sense of style. And the older I get, the more I notice that influence. Of course, I put my own spin on it, but we could say that the basis of my style came from her.

For instance, she never wore anything that wasn’t comfortable and practical. Even her most stylish clothes never restricted movement, and her shoes were made for walking. And she preferred simple, clean lines and good quality. Her style was quite classic, but always up-to-date and modern. She liked her basics, but wasn’t afraid to dress to impress when she felt like it. Yet she always avoided anything too overtly sexy or flashy, opting for casual elegance instead.

60s fashion

Yes, My mother had style, but she also had talent, and she was skilled. I mean, with very limited means, she could put together an outfit that looked completely casual and extremely sophisticated at the same time. But more to the point, she made it look so easy: her style looked effortless, as if the items that made up the outfit had somehow accidentally come together…

Of course, she put quite a lot of effort into her style. I witnessed this first-hand, watching her trying on clothes in front of the mirror. Every detail was carefully considered, and she refused to settle for anything less than perfect.

style icon

In loving memory of Ritva L (1942-1996)


PS: For more posts on my mother’s style, go to Style Icon

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  1. nancy baten
    11 May 2017 / 9:44 am


  2. Natalia Lialina
    11 May 2017 / 3:32 pm

    Your Mum was beautiful and stylish, and you take after her, Tiina – with your own twist of course! Love seeing so many photos of her, so many different outfits, and love seeing you two together! She looks like a confident woman who wasn't shy of cameras. You are lucky to have so many pictures to treasure her memory.

    • Tiina L
      17 May 2017 / 10:37 am

      Thanks, Natalia. The funny thing is, my mother was definetely not a confident woman, except in front of the camera. There are no bad photos of her, she always knew how to pose.

  3. Suzanne Carillo
    12 May 2017 / 4:53 pm

    You have so many wonderful photos of your Mom. bisousSuzanne

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