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Friday, January 15, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things: My Favorite Person Ever

My series entitled "A Few of My Favorite Things" introduced you to my favorite obsessions and my favorite foods. Now it's time to find out who is my favorite person ever. If you ask folks who their favorite person is, many would undoubtedly answer that their mothers are. I definitely fall under that category. My mom will always be my favorite person. She fostered my love of fashion, handbags in particular, and taught me from a very early age to work hard for anything I wanted. She believed nothing is out of our grasp if we put our heart and souls into attaining it.

13 yr old Queens transplant(1968); teen bride(1970); loving mom(1974)

I only had my mom around for a short time. She passed away when I was eleven years old. Even though I've spent the majority of my life without her, I've always felt her presence in it. I can't listen to a 70's song, browse through a thrift shop or go shopping for a bag without thinking of her. It's inevitable. When I was a little girl, she was my idol (aside, of course, from Andy Gibb). Her favorite things became my favorite things. Her tastes became my tastes.

Case in point. Here are a few of my mom's "favorite things" (and mine, as well) - a sequined disco tube top, vintage Gucci clutch and the ever beautiful Diane von Furstenberg. DvF was her idol, the woman she molded her style after. My mom read her book entitled "Diane von Furstenberg's Book of Beauty: How to Become a More Attractive, Confident and Sensual Woman" so many times, I lost count. In fact, she would quote it all the time. Kaftan tops, chunky necklaces and wide-bottom pants were my mother's wardrobe staples. She loved her suede fringed hobo as much as her box-shaped handbag or Gucci envelope clutch. She was an amazing disco dancer (she and my father won many dance contests in the late 70's). I would sit on our red velvet sofa for hours watching them practice their routines. In my eyes, she was a goddess. Fierce when it came to style, but sweet in ever other respect. She was, by far, the kindest human being I've ever encountered. A true "flower child" at heart. Perhaps this is the reason why, after 26 years of being apart, my mother remains my favorite person. Her sense of style and devotion to fashion were admirable, but it's her outer as well as inner beauty I'll cherish the most.

I'll be bringing this series to a close next week with my final entry about my favorite handbags, past and present. Hope you're enjoying the series. I'd love to know who your favorite person is and why, so feel free to share.



2 Responses to "A Few of My Favorite Things: My Favorite Person Ever"
  1. gail said...
    Friday, January 15, 2010

    What a beautiful tribute to your mother. I am just so sorry she was taken away so soon, but those beautiful memories can never be taken away.

    On a lighter note, I loved Andy Gibb and my issues of Teen Beat magazine :)

  2. Dania Padron said...
    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Thank you, Gail. This was a tough post to write. I was teary-eyed for most of it, but I thought it would explain some of my passion for fashion and handbags.

    Glad to see we share a love of Andy Gibb. Oh how I loved that man. So handsome and with such a beautiful voice. Another wonderful person gone too soon.

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