Friday, October 28, 2011

Skippy Says: My Babushka (OOTD)

I was lucky enough to have all four of my grandparents alive until I was almost 20 years old. Unfortunately, three passed away in a very short time span thereafter (all within 1.5 years), but I still have one grandma remaining. She lives in Germany, but I always call her for our weekly chat. And every week without fail, we have the same conversation. Since she's pretty old school, she asks if I'm doing my job of cooking and cleaning the house well. I lie, and she proceeds to praise me. She tells me about all her friends she showed my wedding photos too, asking them if I'm not the prettiest bride there ever lived? They lie, and she proceeds to praise them. The conversation ends with her asking me if Ryan is still tall. Ryan's almost 6''2 and at the ripe old age of 26 nowhere near shrinking age yet, but I think my grandma is terrified I'll have short children. Being barely 5'1 myself (in the morning on a good day when I stand up really straight), I'm not offended at all. Really.

My grandma is the kindest person you'll ever meet. Whether it's for people or animals, the amount of love she has in that little body of hers never ceases to amaze me. When she flew out for my wedding last year, she spent hours massaging my dog with her arthritic hands every day. I bet she would have loved this dog that randomly wandered into our photo shoot.







Shop:
- Anthropologie top (bought on sale, gift from my mother-in-law. No longer available)
- Urban outfitters skirt (bought on sale, no longer available. Buy similar amazing version here or more affordable versions here or here)
- Anthropologie shoes (bought on sale, no longer available)

88 comments:

  1. Your outfits are very beautiful.

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  2. The outfit is cute and colourful. I love your lipstick pairing. It's bold and feminine. Looking at the area you took your photoshoot in reminds me of Hawaii. I think that's indicative of my needing to see some sun and my imagination going wild seeing as how I have no idea where the photos were taken. ;) I love hearing the stories about peoples families and seeing how they tie into the photos. xoxo

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  3. The colour of that skirt is divine! Also i'm pretty jealous of your curly locks :)

    xx S

    Le Fanciulle

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  4. You are adorable and so are your weekly convo's with your grandmother. How cute. My paternal grandparents are still alive and I am extremely close to my grandmother as well. I'm lucky to live right next door to her.. so it's awesome to see her everday. She's 87 and still going strong. That woman can not keep still. She keeps going and going. :)

    xx Love & aloha

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  5. aw your Grandma sounds great :)

    That's hysterical that she asks if your hubby is still tall!! Why is that tall guys always go for the short girls? I'm only 5 foot and half an inch, (hey that 1/2 inch counts!!) and every guy that I date is over 6'.

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  6. I love this post ~ I used to talk to my grandma (or rather, Vecmaminia as we are Latvian) every week as well, and she always had the most amusing things to say. Grandmothers are so special that way!

    And on a side note, I call our puppy Babushka sometimes... i have no idea why, other than I think it's an endearing title :)

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  7. What a sweet story about your grandma :) Love your top and skirt!

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  8. LOVE that top! Such pretty colors.

    Your story made me a little sad - I have lost all of my grandparents, and I remember having conversations like that with my grandma. She would ask the same questions, and I remember getting annoyed at it, but now I would give anything to have her ask me one last time :(

    Funny that she lives in Germany - that's actually where my sister lives too! So I call Germany every day. I hate that she's so far away!! Do you ever go visit?

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  9. Enjoy spending time and talking to your grandmother. I've lost all of my grandparents, but I have treasured memories of each one of them. Pretty outfit Skippy! I love the colors. You look great in them. Have a wonderful weekend. ((HUG))
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  10. Oooh, wearing this top with a royal blue bottom is a revelation---thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. I'm glad I read this...I'm sort of in this stage with my own grandmother, who is prone to repeating things and asking the same questions over and over. I need to remind myself to be patient and grateful for the time we still have together!

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  12. Aw, thank you so very much for your sweet words Rachel! The photos were taken in Mill Valley, a little town just north of San Francisco where my in-laws live

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  13. Thanks! Don't be jealous- I gotta fight the frizz battle every day :)

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  14. Aw, that's absolutely wonderful!! My grandma is 83 and going pretty strong too :)

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  15. She is :) That was same with me! I don't know why...maybe they like feeling like they can be the big protective man? And I certainly like feeling protected :)

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  16. Thanks Cara! That's so cute that you call your pup babushka! I call mine monkey- I think I'm giving him an identity crisis :)

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  17. I'm sorry to hear that Megan :( I definitely look back at how I got annoyed with my other 3 grandparents when they would ask me the same questions over and over, take a long time to do things, etc, and I want to kick myself. But, now when I find myself getting annoyed with my only remaining grandma, I try to remind myself of that, and suddenly I'm less annoyed. Same goes for my parents.

    My whole dad's side of the family immigrated to Germany when we (and my mom's side of the family) immigrated to America int he early 90's. They live in a little town called Osnabruck, and yes, I visit often. I used to go basically every summer for like 6 weeks in middle and high school. Where is your sister? And have you visited?

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  18. I hear ya. Like I said to Megan above, I remember being impatient with my other grandparents, and now it makes me so sad, so it's a good reminder when I feel myself start to get annoyed with my grandma now.

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  19. Anytime :) Glad you liked it! I'm thinking of maybe trying it with gray bottoms (either pants or a pencil skirt) next :)

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  20. Really love that story about Babushka and your weekly chat. It's sweet and reminds me of my grandma too. She would ask the same questions over and over. I really miss her!

    And in love with this gorgeous outfit! I can't get enough of your color mixing.

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  21. love your floral top- very nice with your skin tone! have a wonderful weekend :)

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  22. Cute outfit, perfect color combination!
    xxx
    S
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  23. Very pretty. That shirt looks perfect with the skirt :)

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  24. Looks like you're still enjoying nice weather in SF. We all tell little lies to our grandparents, don't we? I ordered a standard-issue birthday card from our Prime Minister's office to be sent to my grandma on her birthday. She thinks the Prime Minister personally sent it (her reasoning? Because she has the same maiden name as our town mayor). We didn't correct her. She later sent the PM a long and detailed thank you note.

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  25. Aww, I love this. Love your outfit, too...wow, is it really that warm in SF still?! Crazy!

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  26. :) Thanks for the encouragement on my blog! Someday...

    Just stopped by and this is lovely. I totally feel you on the 5'1" on a good day... I'm just shy of 5' and the boy is 6'. My grandma also feels the need to comment and silently wish for tall grandchildren! But I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Excited to keep snooping around your blog!
    *Krystina
    www.cupahotchocolate.blogspot.com

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  27. I LOVE the story about your Grandma :) You write very well! Glad to have found your blog, I'll be following!
    xo
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  28. I had a really similar situation with my grandparents. Now my only grandma lives in South Africa and every time I speak to her I tell her I'm 22, and she doesn't believe me. I find it difficult to repeat these conversations over and over. Whenever I saw her she used to massage our backs even though she's so frail!

    You look beautiful in this outfit, it's so colourful!
    Amy xxx
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  29. Aw thank you so much Sam! I'm really glad my babushka made you remember yours :)

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  30. Thanks so much Lauren! I You too!!

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  31. Thanks Hannah! Glad you like the combo :) Have a great weekend!!

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  32. Lol, that's hilarious! As long as she's happy, that's what matters, right?

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  33. Thanks Lara!! It is! I think Ryan and I are actually going to drive up to a lake tomorrow to go swimming- it's been amazing!

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  34. Thanks Krystina!! Ah, grandmas :) I wouldn't have it any other way either :)

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  35. Aw, thank you so much Maria!!! Have a great weekend!

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  36. Thanks Amy! That's funny that she doesn't believe you. Perhaps a vacation to South Africa is in order so you can convince her :)

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  37. Gosh - you're 5'1 and grandma thinks you're short already. Imagine when she see me, I'm under 5 BUT for some reason my kids are growing really tall and my husband is only 5'4. I'm wondering where they got it from ;) Love this outfit on you - the blue skirt paired with red flowered top is gorgeous. I am so jealous that you live in CA and have such nice weather during this time. Have a great weekend dear.

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  38. Awww such a cute doggy! I am loving your outfit :)
    And I still have 2 grandparents left who luckily live very close. :)
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  39. I am sooooooooo happy you commented on my blog because I'm LOVING yours and just thrilled that I've discovered it now :) That skirt is darling--the details and the colour are amazing. Following you!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  40. Thank you! And eh, I'm not really 5''1. More like 5 and 1/2 an inch. A very important 1/2 inch :) That's so funny about your kids! I wonder how mine will be....Have a great weekend!

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  41. Aw, well than you so much Cambria!! Have a great weekend :)

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  42. 1. This is my favorite outfit you featured so far. Such a pretty mix of colors and patterns (OK, so the skirt is solid, but you know..). Everything here is flattering as it brings out your natural beauty.

    2. Your story made me laugh (I'm here with a smile on my face as I type). I still have 3 living grandparents (knock on wood!!!) and I in your shoes right now. Love them to death.

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  43. You look great! Love that blue skirt. And your grandmother seems like an absolute sweet heart.

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  44. An adorable outfit (and dog!). I loved your story about your grandmother. My European grandmother was the same way. haha

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  45. You look beautiful- I love the bright colours of this outfit and you have such a nice smile! My grandparents passed away when I was younger- it's nice you still have a grandmother and that you keep in touch with her even when she lives so far away! Have a great weekend :)

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  46. 1. Wow, thank you so much! I'm so glad you're digging all the colors :)
    2. Saying that you are sitting with a smile on your face because of something I wrote makes me sit and respond to this comment with a huge smile on my face. Thank you. It's so lucky that you still have 3 of your grandparents around :)

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  47. Thanks Deidre!! She definitely is :)

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  48. Thanks Sarah! Grandma behavior spans across all countries :)

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  49. Thanks so much Emily! I do feel really lucky to still have my grandma. Hope you have a great weekend too!

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  50. Your grandmother sounds like an absolute sweetheart! Grandparents are amazing. I'm fortunate that I still have my grandma and grandpa around. They're truly lovely people. My grandmother always smells like freshly baked cookies, and my grandpa likes to speak German to me... which I neither understand nor speak. So I just sort of nod and say, "Ya... Ya... Mein hut (which is the only German phrase/word I actually know)... Nein..."

    This outfit is SO cute! I swear by Anthro's sale racks. I bought several things recently when they were having an extra 20% off clearance items. My bank account wept that day.

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  51. She sure is :) It's funny how grandparents do that- my Russian grandma always talks to Ryan in Russian too (when she visits here or we visit there) and he has no idea what she's saying so he just nods and smiles :)

    And thank you! Anthro sale racks are where its at :)

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  53. askerena.blogspot.com/October 29, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Post about your babushka is so cute! Love your outfit and am following you now, Thank you for your lovely comments. Hope you will follow me back.

    hugs from New York,
    xx
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  54. Another lovely skirt from a store I cannot seem to walk out of with a shopping bag....Urban Outfitters! Ok we're making it official. I am adding to the list anthro and UO...

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  55. Your outfit and your blog are so adorable! Those colors look amazing against your skin!
    Have a wonderful weekend. :)
    Kate @ katethegreatisat.blogspot.com

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  56. That outfit is FANTASTIC!

    xo
    Sarah
    Get Up & Go

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  57. Aw, thank you so much Erena! Have a great weekend :)

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  58. Fair. I feel much better about this deal now that it's even on both ends :)

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  59. Thanks so much Kate! So glad to hear that :)

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  60. grandma so lovely and kind to do these for you:D .And that outfit suits you very well for the colors..love the skirt
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  61. hahahahaha.... you're my comic relief of the day! You never fail to make me laugh. Your grandmother is such a sweetie. Mine asks me the same questions every time we talk too! BTW, since you think the 3 kids are so cute, I'm shipping them to you via FedEx priority :P

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  62. This is a gorgeous combination...I am so loving cobalt blue right now :)

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  63. Yes she is :) And thank you so much!! Hope you're having a great weekend :)

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  64. Aw, thank you so much. I'm so glad to hear I bring a smile :) And please, ship 'em over! My husband will be thrilled!

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  65. Thanks so much Tara! I've been pretty obsessed myself :)

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  66. your grandma sounds like such a sweet lady :) and it's so great that you get to talk with her so often.

    p.s. your outfit is adoorrrrable annnd your making me want curly red hair

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  67. Skippy you're so lucky to get to talk to your Grandma I sure do miss those days.

    I love your outfit the color combo is gorgeous. I hope you're enjoying your weekend! :)

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  68. I AM A NEW FASHION BLOGGER FROM INDONESIA, LIVING IN SINGAPORE.
    I LOVE YOUR BLOG,AND YOU AS WELL ! NICE POST!! I AM NOW FOLLOWING YOUR BLOG,YOU CAN CHECK IT!! IT WOULD BE AN HONOR IF YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG:

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    if you follow my blog:
    - I WILL BE ACTIVE ON COMMENTING YOUR POSTS
    - I WILL RECOMMEND YOUR POSTS TO GOOGLE
    - I WILL SHARE YOUR POSTS TO MY TWITTER : @TIODANG
    PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT, SO I CAN MENTION YOU IF I SHARE YOUR POST TO MY TWITTER,
    AND FEEL FREE TO MENTION ME IF YOU WANT ME TO READ YOUR NEWEST POST & COMMENT IT!
    - I WILL PROMOTE YOUR BLOG IN MY BLOG (*this one need a special request , please contact me: cheeringwinda@yahoo.com if you are interested!)
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  69. She really is :) And thank you so much! I got teased for yours about it if that makes you feel any better :)

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  70. I definitely am lucky Shea :) And thank you so much! Hope you are too :)

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  71. Aww what a sweet post! Love that you have such a great relationship with your grandma <3

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  72. Like you, i only have a grandma alive, and she also lives in a foreign country, i wish we would have the relationship you and your grandma have!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for the comment!

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  73. Your grandma sounds wonderful!! :] And I ADORE that skirt! Also, thanks for visiting my little blog!!

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  74. Sure! Thanks for stopping by mine :) Have you tried Skype or google voice? I downloaded it on my cell phone and it's been so great- before that we couldn't talk too often because it was so expensive but now it's only 2 cents a minute and super convenient :)

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  75. you have a wonderful grandma :) i love your outfit. you look great. and the dog is just amazing! like a wolf :p is that a siberian husky?

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  76. Yes I do :) Thank you! I'm not sure what kind of dog it is since it isn't mine, but it definitely looks like a husky to me...

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  77. Thanks for the wonderful comment on my On the Tracks post :)

    I love that top and skirt so very much, so perfect! Also, I love your hair...so pretty!

    xo
    Lizzie
    placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  78. Perfect contrasting colors!!

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