I was born and raised in Montana, but both of my parents are from the Motor City which is where the majority of our family still resides. And last weekend, I was blessed to have the opportunity to head back to Detroit to spend a few days with extended family and celebrate my beloved grandmother’s 90th birthday. I don’t get to Michigan nearly as much as I would like, so every moment I was there was a moment cherished.
My grandma is quite a special lady and we had a beautiful celebration of her wonderful life and the lady that she is. The doorbell rang non-stop while I was there with packages and beautiful flower deliveries, the phone rang off the hook, and the outpouring of love was palpable. It was a really special thing to be a part of and the opportunity of time spent with not only my grandma, but my aunties, uncle, cousins, and parents was priceless. Here are a few pictures from her birthday party. Can you guess which one is my mom?
Instagram Filter: Amaro
Dress: American Eagle (last winter)
Leopard Belt: Express (in stores now!)
Black Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack (recent)
Gold Charm Bracelet: Juicy Couture
Gold Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: Chinese Laundry Love Me (oldies, but goodies)
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was spending a couple of hours going through old photos with my Grandma Thelm. It was a beautiful walk down memory lane and I loved seeing how beautifully women used to dress (the tailoring was immaculate!), images of my grandma as a gorgeous, young professional working in downtown Detroit, the tale of a love lost in war, stories of my grandpa and his fascinating family, photos of my mom and her siblings as kiddos, and perhaps my favorite was the realization that my crooked dimples are exactly the same as my grandma’s-which makes me now love them that much more. All in all, it was a weekend full of memories that will be cherished for a long, long time to come.