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8 May

Meet My Mama | Happy Mother’s Day!

Mothers Day Photo Shoot 2016

Mothers Day Photo Shoot 2016I LOVE this woman!!! Meet my mama, Mary Ann Fried (maiden name Apohen). Born in the Philippines and came to this country on a boat when she was only 3. Her journey took 30days, most of which she spent sea sick but remembers loving the french vanilla ice cream. Her father had traveled to America 11 years prior, searching for a better life for he, my grandmother and my uncle, but because of World War II, wasn’t able to return to the Philippines for 9 years. Can you imagine being separated from your family for 9 years at a time when writing letters was your only real means of communication? Once they were reunited, my mother was born, and the whole family finally made their way to the states.
Raised in Hollywood, California, my mom very quickly adapted to American culture, grew up going to Marshall High, became a cheerleader, and president of the Beatles Fan Club! She loved music, dancing, fashion, and so much of my passion for those things and love for life has come from her.
She ended up marrying her high school sweetheart and had my brother and sister at a very young age. Not sure how she did it, but she raised them at 24 years old as a single mother, working two jobs and trying to finish school. At 27 she met my father and 8 years later, they married and had me :)
Through all of her adversities, my mom remained so positive about life and always had an open heart to anyone who needed a dose of her light. Her smile and laughter is literally infectious and can fill any room with joy. And as a mother…well there’s just no one greater. Thank you mommy for teaching me how to love, value myself, strive for more, and to live life every day as if it’s my last. You’re the light of my life and I love you more than you’ll ever understand. xoxoxoxo Mothers Day Photo Shoot 2016

Mothers Day Photo Shoot 2016I asked my mom what her favorite memories of us together were…Here’s what she had to say <3:

1. Snuggling in bed playing Mario Bros whenever my dad was on call working overnight
2. Mommy & Me classes at the YMCA
3. Singing songs by the Carpenters together
4. Watching you perform on stage and going on tour on the tour bus with you
5. Meeting you for the first time after you were bornMothers Day Photo Shoot 2016

Mothers Day Photo Shoot 2016Hope you babes are having a Happy Mother’s Day! Whether you’re mothers yourselves, or just spending time with your moms and grandmothers today, I hope you’re with your loved ones and take time to appreciate just how beautiful motherhood really is <3

68 Comments
  • Vi Vian

    Awww thank you for sharing this! My mom is still in the Philippines and missing her everyday! Wonderful photos!! Xoxo, Vivian

    May 8, 2016 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • vera

    You both are adorable! Love that top, where is it from?
    Blonde in Cashmere

    May 8, 2016 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Maria | Looking Glass

    Aww this is such a sweet post! You both look beautiful xx

    May 8, 2016 at 8:28 pm Reply
  • Ailén

    So cute!!! The photos with your mom are amazing and I love it!

    Kisses,

    IT GIRL AILÉN

    May 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm Reply
  • Raysa Garcia

    Gorgeous like Mother like daughter. Loved this post beauty. Thank you for sharing!
    Kisses, Raysa

    May 8, 2016 at 8:33 pm Reply
  • Natalia Herbert

    Knowing you two personally I’m proud to call you cousins. Always love seeing pictures of you two being so close and happy. Love you guys.

    May 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm Reply
  • molly

    Such a cute post :) Happy Mother’s Day!

    XO
    Molly
    http://www.trendychickadee.com

    May 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • Mary Ann

    Jessi,
    Thank you for this beautiful Mother’s Day post. It really touched my heart. You are the most beautiful daughter with the biggest heart and I love you more than words can say. As I used to say when you were little, “I love you more than all the songs ever written or will be written and all the stars in the sky . . . infinite blackout”
    Good night,
    Mom

    May 8, 2016 at 9:48 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    You both looks beautiful! cute photos!

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    May 8, 2016 at 11:29 pm Reply
  • Hadasah Love (Style to Love)

    Beautiful
    XO,
    Hadasah Love | http://www.styletolove.com

    May 8, 2016 at 11:36 pm Reply
  • Trang Do

    Beautiful photos! Happy Mother’s Day dear!!
    Hugs,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    May 8, 2016 at 11:42 pm Reply
  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    The apple does not fall far from the tree … And this is where true beauty originated from … So gorgeous Mother & daughter team! Happy Mothers’s Day! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    May 9, 2016 at 1:47 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    Sooo sweet! You both look gorgeous! Hugs and squishes. Love ya.

    May 9, 2016 at 1:54 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    I kept smiling when I was look at these pics. Absolutely gorgeous pictures. You look just like your mama. Hope you spoilt her rotten.x
    http://www.stephylately.com

    May 9, 2016 at 2:43 am Reply
  • Alyssa

    You and your mom look stunning :)

    STYLE VANITY

    May 9, 2016 at 4:30 am Reply
  • Emma Felin

    Wow these photos are adorable and you both look stunning! Love that lace-up top on you as well :)

    xo,

    Emma
    http://www.sassystreet.com

    May 9, 2016 at 6:04 am Reply
  • Rosa Carvajal

    ery beautiful and your mother.
    http://desedayrosa.blogspot.com.es

    May 9, 2016 at 8:33 am Reply
  • Gemma

    Such a great post! Your Mama is beautiful just like you. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    May 9, 2016 at 9:00 am Reply
  • Elena

    What a wonderful post, you both look great… :)))
    Your mum had tough days, I think now she’s happy to have such an amazing daughter…

    xoxo
    http://www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

    May 9, 2016 at 10:30 am Reply
  • Jessica What To Style

    You both are beautiful and super stylish! Amazing pictures! =)

    whattostyle.blogspot.com

    xoxo,
    Jessica

    May 9, 2016 at 11:08 am Reply
  • CocoSmile

    Wow you are so similar to your mother!
    So pretty women you are!
    Hope that you had a very good time.
    Kisses from Spain

    http://www.coco-smile.com/

    May 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Erin

    Such a cool story. You are beautiful! xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

    May 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm Reply
  • Dakota D.

    YAAAAS JESS! This is such a wonderful post!

    ❤︎
    Dakota D.
    http://www.fannypacksandvisors.com

    May 9, 2016 at 1:27 pm Reply
  • Daphne

    Beautiful! Just like your mother! xoxo Daphne

    May 9, 2016 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • Esther

    You’re both so beautiful and you’re mom is such a strong woman! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day together!!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

    May 9, 2016 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • Luisa I

    Loved this post so much!!! Mama Fried you’re the cutest being ever!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2016 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • Monika

    These are beautiful pictures of the two of you! Such a lovely way to show your appreciation!

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com/blog

    May 9, 2016 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Vivian

    Awww this is so sweet! Your mommy is such a strong woman! You both look beautiful and I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day! :) xoxo Vivian

    http://www.twoward.com

    May 10, 2016 at 4:36 am Reply
  • Konstantina Antoniadou

    two lovely ladies!!!
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

    May 11, 2016 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Sheela Goh

    Ahhhh the sweetest :) what a strong woman your mum is, Jessie. And to think she’s originally from the Philippines. I’m from Sarawak in Borneo, the neighbouring country around the corner xoxo

    May 12, 2016 at 6:00 am Reply
  • Iuliia

    So interesting and inspirational story! You both so beautiful and similar!

    Iuliia,
    http://www.lookonblog.com/

    May 13, 2016 at 5:20 am Reply
  • Nichole Cavallaro

    Love the story! Can you please read my poem to my mom who also came overseas? It’s short, it’s call Her, and on my blog. I think the only thing we have in common with each other and our moms is that (well, we’re both Asian haha) and they will never understand how much we love them. Good post. -N

    May 13, 2016 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Nichole Cavallaro

    Aw man I forgot to put my site in the comments section. Poop.
    http://www.eneverythingnice.com

    May 13, 2016 at 10:55 am Reply
  • Nathalie

    Absolutely gorgeous mother and daughter! Very chic outfits both!
    Greetings from MissGrey Romania – http://bit.ly/24QLjQl

    May 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm Reply
  • Alba

    love your pics!

    hi from: http://www.romboblog.com/

    May 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm Reply
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