My mom is one of those women that was born to be a mother. Being a mother is just who she is - loving, nurturing, self-less.
Like so much in her life, becoming a mother was not easy. She lost a couple of pregnancies in her mid twenties. So I was a bit of a miracle baby.
That's why I was/am so cherished. So overprotected. And so, um, spoiled. That's also why it was particularly difficult for her when I left home for college.
And this baby, Diabolina Jr.
My mom and Mr. Pink Pig shared an instant bond. She has such a way with children. She was there for his first words and steps and tumbles. She became like a third grandmother to him.
Two years later his adorable sister came along. In a move of strategic genius, they gave her my name as a middle name - and sealed my mom's undying love for her!
Diabolina Jr. was a dream come true for my mom. Just as her only child entered adulthood, my mom got a brand new cherub cheeked, girly girl to cuddle and dress and spoil.
Over the past thirteen years, these two little people and their entire extended family have become family to us. Our blond family :)
These two kids have also helped stave off my mom's need for grandchildren. And for that, Mr. D and I will be eternally grateful ;)
When my mom found out Peach would be doing Phantom in L.A., she asked me to get four tickets.
She wants the kids to be able to look back and remember that she was the one who took them to see POTO for the first time. Love love love.
Such a surreal lovely bittersweet afternoon today. Sitting in the theater where my dad and mom took me as a child to see every show that came to L.A. Watching one of my best friends from college perform on that prestigious stage.
Holding hands with this beautiful girl, who is my namesake, as she experiences a Broadway classic for the very first time.
And kidding around with this handsome teenager to whom I feel so indebted, as he drinks in new sights and sounds.
A moment in time they will both remember as adults, a memory they will equate with my mother's extraordinary love for them.
After the show, the four of us get an EXCELLENT tour backstage from Peaches' good friend on the tour.
My mom and I are kinda obsessed with him. Such a lovely gracious man.
Meanwhile Peaches gives other friends a tour, signs autographs, and shows me how his dresser fans him in his dressing room. Only the grapes are missing. That DIVA!!!!
Amazing to think that when he started the tour, holding this music box was his claim to fame!
After the show, we meet up with Mr. D for burgers and shakes in Hollywood. The kids have us in stitches the whole time. They have always been sooooo funny - but now their humor is sarcastic and self-deprecating and nuanced.
While we wait for their parents to pick them up, Diabolina Jr., my mom and I play in my closet and flip through fashion magazines.
The boys play video games. Under the picture of Mr. D when he was exactly Mr. Pink Pig's age. Perfect!
H&M sleeveless turtleneck
Ann Taylor leather skirt
Chanel bag and tights
Forever 21 bracelet and sunglasses
Canal street earrings and scarf
Dolce and Gabbana shoes
Today was my third time seeing Phantom in the last two years and my mom's second time in the last two months. We are officially groupies.
But at least we are not groupies of the costumed variety. Yes, people come dressed up in masks and top hats to the show. Yes, sometimes the actors look out at the audience and see a Phantom staring back. Yes, Peaches takes pictures with them. Yes, that's fear in his eyes.
Today, my momma opted for black and white and gray Tory Burch. Love this bejeweled cashmere, the tweed jacket and the black version of my pink rosette bracelet.
I on the other hand did all black with touches of Chanel. Similar to the last time we saw the show in San Francisco.
Chanel is after all the mother of all things black and white :)
Have been dying to wear my Chanel tights again before it gets too warm.
They were perfect today. Partly because it was so chilly, partly because something about them screams POTO. Remind me a bit of the mask.
Not a fan of this season's two tone Chanel stockings. Even on SJP.
A little too biker short, your control top is showing.
For most of the day, Mr. Pink Pig stared at my tights with curiosity. His eyes dancing with mischief.
Then after dinner, he finally blurted out, "Do you only wear things with CC on them? Like the CCs on your giant socks." HAHAHA! Then he looked at my scarf witheringly and asked, "What's Chan-Nel?"
Before I could respond, Diabolina Jr. - exasperated like only a little sister can be - corrected him, "It's Cha-nel not channel. And it's fancy." Then she rolled her eyes. Ugh I love her.
I love that she wore black and white today. And that she proudly informed her brother that I have a "fashion web site." And that she didn't skip a beat when I asked her about her cutie shoes - quickly propped them up for me to get a good shot to feature on the blog.