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Mothers are the people that love us unconditionally, the makers and keepers of precious memories. Whether you're a mama to kids, pets, or neither we celebrate the nurturer, the lover, the compassioner, the multi taster, and who you send in to "get things done" which is the feminine spirit in all of us.  

This year we wanted to do something a little different, and showcase a few awesome mother & daughter duos from around the city.  As The SJ moves forward we hope to expand beyond just a retail store, and creating this kind of community narrative.  This is our first one, but not the last.  I hope you enjoy our latest post, love to hear your thoughts and comments below.

 

Ann Campbell & Daughters: 

Favorite Memory or time spent together?

Family walks, family movie night and family dinners, just the simple stuff. 

What quality/personality trait do you see of yourself in your daughter?

My girls love fashion like I always have! I love how their pairing high/lows - frilly shirts with sporty shorts. It's fun to see their creativity blossom. 

What quality/personality trait do you see in yourself from your mother?

Our love of dancing and of people. 

What do you hope you've taught your daughters? 

Humility, generosity, and seizing the moment. 

Best/Biggest life lesson you'e learned from your mom? 

My mom has always taught us to never lie, always be kind, and watching too much tv rots your brain. HAHA 

Favorite Song: We love listening to Levitating by Dua Lipa

Favorite Show/Book: Hands down PBS, Victoria, and Little Women...Oh, and Stylish with Jenna Lyons. 

 

Brit & Coco Kleberg

Favorite Memory or time spent together?

(Coco) My mom took me our of school for a month, and we traveled to Africa, where she used to live. I met her friends and their children. It just her and I it was the best."

(Britt) Taking Coco to Africa (just the two of us) = Magic Memories

What quality/personality trait do you see of yourself in your daughter?

 (Britt) Coco is a prankster and enjoys the lighter side of life. 

What quality/personality trait do you see in yourself from your mother?

(Coco) Her humor and her laid backness 

What do you hope you've taught your daughter? 

(Coco) Empathy for others as well as herself.  That "perfect" is an illusion, but true joy is very real and infectious. 

Best/Biggest life lesson you've learned from your mom? 

(Coco) Don't take life too seriously. Always stay playful and remember to be compassionate. 

Favorite Song: (Britt) Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills & Nash, (Coco) My Hometown by Husavik

Favorite TV Show/Book: (Coco) Octopus Teacher, and Book - Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, (Britt) Spongebob, and love Stargirl as well! 

 

 

Karen Herman & Emilie Petty

Favorite memory or time spent together? 

(Karen) All times spent together - planning her wedding and holding her first child are very special.

(Emilie) I wish I could bottle them all up. But one special memory was after I had Hil and Gus and I needed a little getaway.  My mother took me to L.A. for a much needed Mother Daughter weekend.  We did it all. We laughed, cried, ate, drank, shopped and walked.  But most importantly we just spent some quality time together. 

What quality/personality trait do you see of yourself in your daughter?

(Karen) She is a very kind person and strong willed.

What quality/personality trait do you see in yourself from your mother?

(Emilie) Well I really just want to be her so I hope that I have many of her qualities.  But I think one of my favorite qualities is that she really makes life so fun for all of those around her.  Whether it is a birthday or Christmas or a random day of the week – she always makes it special.  I try to do the same for my children and friends.  We both love to entertain for our friends and my mother is super generous with her time and thoughtfulness – whether it is hosting a birthday lunch, a party favor or a thoughtful gift for a friend or even a friend of mine – I try to do the same.

What do you hope you've taught your daughter? 

(Karen) To be kind, considerate of others, patient, independent (although I do not think I taught that - it was in her DNA) and to love her family.

Best/Biggest life lesson you'e learned from your mom?

(Emilie) When my mom was sick, Hil once told her to be “Strong like a Lion”.  Hil said the words but really my mom has always been strong like a lion.  She always exhibits strength and kindness. She has taught me to be strong, but compassionate.  Whether it is a scary health problem or a personal challenge, my mom always told me to tackle it head on – with courage and conviction, honesty, compassion and kindness.  She has taught me to be Strong Like a Lion!

Favorite Song: (Karen) Bryan Adams - Have you ever really loved a woman

 Favorite Show/Book: (Karen) Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildner and TV Show is Outlander

(Emilie) TV shows – constantly changing. Recently – The Four Winds.  Before that maybe Where the Crawdads Sing or The Nightingale. I love to read. 

 

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