Mothering may be the only career where the goal is to make yourself obsolete – to see those you’ve been charged to guide and care for grow up and leave you. It is simultaneously the most rewarding, demanding, and impossibly difficult career there is. It’s a full-time job for all of us, whether we have careers outside the home or whether we are full-time caregivers. And it’s a career that fills us with self-doubt because we don’t truly know whether we’ve done a good job until the children are grown. There are countless moments along the way, some mundane, and others that take your breath away. When your child grows into adulthood and wants to share their life with you, well, we simply know no greater joy.
We think it is wonderful when the young women we consider family at The Barefoot Cottage want to share their mothers with us. You may have seen our Lily in The Barefoot Cottage social media posts as she’s been modeling and working in the store since 2018. Her twin sister, Emma, is home for the summer after her first year of college. Their mother, Patti, has been one of our favorite customers since the store opened in 2010! We were thrilled when the three of them allowed us to celebrate Mother’s Day with a special photo series.
Lily is wearing Draper James (by Reese Witherspoon) tie-waist denim shorts, which are as comfortable as they are flattering. The summer top in strawberry red has an adorable tie detail across the back and wide, fluttery shoulder detail. She completes the look with layered necklaces, a neutral wooden bead bracelet, and gold stacked rings by E. Newton.
Emma is wearing a pale blue shirt-dress with subtle stripe detail, tie-waist, and button front. We love the versatility of this dress – it can be causal with a pair of sneakers or flat gladiator sandals, or dressed up with a pair of chunky wedges. She completes the look with blue and gold statement earrings, an Erin Gray necklace, and gold beaded bracelets by E. Newton.
Patti is wearing our favorite Dear John button-fly jeans with a cuffed, frayed hem. This denim line is flattering and as well made as it is stylish. To achieve Patti’s fresh summery look, we paired the Dear John denim with our pomegranate tie-waist top. She completes the look by adding a necklace and bracelets by E. Newton.
Cheers to all you mothers working hard every day in the most confounding and beautiful career there is. We celebrate you today and every day. Treat yourself to something special – you deserve it.
Happy Mother’s Day!