My mother said she HAD to buy this dress. She saw someone wearing it, and thought it was so amazing she tracked it down and splurged on it. I’m always thankful for the fashion splurges of her youth, because they weather the decades beautifully!
I call this dress Strawberry Fields. Sure, there’s a whole fruit bowl of cherries and grapes on the back and chest too, but when I wear this dress and look down at my lap, all I see are strawberries. Sweet, juicy strawberries!
My mom first wore this dress (to her brother’s wedding) six years after “Strawberry Fields Forever” was released. I was always playing dress-up in my mom’s fashion treasures growing up, and I wanted to GROW UP already so I could wear this somewhere. At my cousin’s wedding recently, I had on Strawberry Fields. My aunt recognized it immediately! “Your mother wore that to my wedding” she excitedly told me. That’s an amazing memory, or an amazing dress! (I think both).
A dress that leaves that long of a lasting impression deserves to keep leaving impressions.
The garden tea party was, of course, inspired by The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever”, penned by John Lennon (and Paul McCartney). The song is said to be written about the period in Lennon’s childhood where he lived with his Aunt Mimi, who would take him to annual garden parties at the Strawberry Field children’s home. She has been quoted as saying “as soon as we could hear the (…) band starting, John would jump up and down shouting, ‘Mimi, come on. We’re going to be late’.”
I could sip on strawberry water all day! Except as I write this (I’m drinking cucumber water right now). Sorry strawberry. It’s nothing personal.
These pieces are from a matching tea set that my Grandma Lillie‘s friend made. Her friend used to speak to my grandma in Norwegian when she wanted to keep something secret from everyone else in the room.
Keys to staying young: Laugh. Love. Dance. Drink lots of water. Play dress-up.
As we part, I leave you with this very important
message song. Turn it up!