Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
We’re up to our usual shenanigans for our 4th annual Mother’s Day photo shoot, Italiano style! This year we got a little creative and channeled inner Sofia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida for a 1960’s inspired shoot. We love this decade as it was a time, in Italy, known for it’s great music, timeless fashion, zest for life and innocent love. So, mom and I donned our NadittudeTM Label T-shirts and hit our favorite gelato shop, La Casa Gelato, for some good old fashion mother-daughter fun!
The pencil skirt and full dresses were an iconic fashion trend in the fifties and sixties, and they still are to this day. Looking back at old family photos, all the women looked so fabulous and chic! They made everything look so effortless and beautiful, including their feminine curves!
We shopped our own closets and worked with what we already had for week’s shoot. I chose to wear my coral pencil skirt (H&M) with my “Buongiorno Baby” NadittudeTM Label Tee and styled it with my favourite floral-print Manolo Blahnik pumps. I added my black leather jacket to up the cool factor and accessorized with my polka-dot sunnies. Mom, pulled this cute and colourful circle skirt from her closet and coordinated it with her “Dolce Mama” T-shirt. She layered it with her black blazer and finished with these patten leather almond-toe pumps.
Pencil skirts are ideal for defining an hourglass figure. If you’re a Pear Shape, opt for a Full or A-line cut as these floats away from the body and camouflage the hips and bottom. Full skirts are also a great option if you want to add curves to an otherwise Straight and slender body type.
My mom is so adorable. Every time she tells me stories of her days growing up in Italy, I can totally imagine her cute little self bopping around town (like the social butterfly that she is…) with her siblings and pals. She often recounts the times they would gather at my nonna’s house to eat pizza, which would often end in an impromptu dance party. If someone didn’t bring an accordion or guitar, they’d listen to their favourite pop artist such as Gianni Morandi, Pupo, Adriano Celentano, Rita Pavone and of course Elvis, to name a few! They spent endless summer days hanging out at the beach or picnicking in the mountains, while boys cruised around on their Vespas to flirt with the girls. Those days were very special and everyone helped each other out. They shared everything like clothes and shoes and genuinely loved each other. Although they all grew up very modestly, they made up for the lack of material things with their richness in spirit, family love, food and community! Back then, going for ice-cream was a big treat, and continues to be so in our family. It meant having a few laughs in the main square with friends and possibly running into that special someone you had a crush on. Times were simple and it seemed to be filled with so much optimism and joy!
The classic french twist up-style is one of my faves and a quintessential hairstyles of the sixties!! It looks so elegant and every time I style my hair like this I feel so chic and get tons of compliments; you should try it!
Get the look:
Start by curling the hair with curling the hair with an curling wand then spray hair with KMS Makeover Spray Dry Shampoo for added texture.
Back brush the hair at the crown and sides to create a little volume.
Smooth out the top surface and gather the hair into a loose ponytail. Be sure to leave out some hair around the face to create effortless softness.
Twist the ponytail and as you twist, gently tuck the ends of the hair into a roll.
Secure with bobby-pins and finish the look with KMS Hair Stay Firm Hold Hair Spray or KMS Hair Play – Dry Wax
I can tell you that there’s never a dull moment when hanging out with my mom. She’s always got a crazy story to tell, which often ends in an explosion of laughter on my part! Thanks. Ma, for always brightening up our days and making us laugh. For sharing your love of food, life and music with us and for making such simple an mundane things feel so special. You’ve been through many ups and downs and even when we drive you crazy, you still manage to have an incredible sense of humor through it all! You never cease to amaze me and you’re truly one of a kind! Auguri to the most dolce mama in the world. I love you to the moon and back!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there, near, far and looking over us in heaven! xo