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I came across this book in an effort to find something fun and quirky to send my mom. Instead, I fell right into it, and decided to keep it for myself. There is something addictive about this book. -- NPR

"A heartfelt fashion history that honors the women who raised us - and the fab photos of them make you hope chic might be genetic." --Today.com 

Piper Weiss's "My Mom, Style Icon" will remind you -- shocker! -- that your mother had a life before you came along. In fact, she may have even been fashionable.  --Washington Post

"Charming...Chock-full of snapshots of once-young mothers in beehive hairdos, and suede vests, "My Mom Style Icon" is a celebration of vintage fashion and the youthful spirit that inspired it." --New Yorker Books Blog

"Our analog society is increasingly becoming a distant memory. But [this book is]  nudging us to celebrate a time when photographs were arguably more candid and pants were considerably higher-waisted."
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"A sweet homage to maternal chic." - AARP the Magazine

"The result is a heartfelt fashion history that honors the women who raised us - and the fab photos of them make you hope chic might be genetic." - Today.com

"It's perfect for mom because it's an ode to moms everywhere and how they have influenced fashion... It's sure to be a coffee-table favorite."" - AOL

"Is there a better Mother's Day gift than telling your mom you think she's a style icon? Scoop one up for your mother, or just keep it for yourself when you need a little sartorial inspiration-from the woman who always knew best, no less. " -Blackbook magazine

"Every once in a while, a book comes along that makes you smile and laugh and sigh all at the same time. My Mom, Style Icon, by Piper Weiss - published by Chronicle - is just that book." - Alabama Chanin

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Piper Weiss is a humor and culture writer, as well as an editor. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st edition (April 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811878813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811878814
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm usually a fan of fiction, but the combination of Ms. Weiss' snappy writing and stylish eye made this book an irresistible purchase. Flipping through these pages was a real treat. Like many of the moms featured in My Mom Style Icon, my mom had me in the '70's. And with every section I read, I got more nostalgic for the pictures I remember seeing of her while I was growing up. Headbands, bellbottoms, striped bikinis--this book reminded me that my mom rocked it all before I came along and gave me a new appreciation for the sheer beauty of the woman who raised me. This book is a perfect gift for yourself--and for mother's day. Buy two!
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i purchased this item for my mother because she has always been so well dressed and always in style. even growing up, we never saw our mother in her pajamas or without her hair and make-up done. i thought she would enjoy it. i was a bit disappointed in this book because it does not have as many pictures as i was hoping but it's still a nice gift anyway.
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i really did buy this for my mom and then went back and ordered one for myself. this book is like finding the most amazing photo album in a thrift store - even if you don't know these women (and some names you will recognize) you will find yourself falling in love with each photograph and all the thoughtful stories behind them. and the best part is that even if your mom isn't in the book you can still submit her photo to the blog and cross your fingers maybe another book will come out. i found a great photo of my mom in a full on kelly green romper with a yellow scarf on her head and taped it to the last page of the book when i gave it to her for mother's day. i am not sure she realizes she's not actually in the book b/c the woman has not stopped talking about it since. this book is so fun and i'm so happy i found it!
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Who doesn't love looking at old photographs of women from the 60s dressed to the nines in fashions we'd give our right arm for - if only our moms had kept them! I follow Piper's blog and was expecting a book full of these fabulous photos, but what I found was so much more - the story we all share of discovering our mother for the stylish, glamorous, vibrant woman she was, and still is, before she became "mom". This is a perfect Mothers Day gift!
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This book is wonderful. Especially for those who are interested how people dressed up back in the days. Apparantly dressier and cooler than us! And how appealing that even with not so comfortable transportation vehicles (compared with today's), manybpeople done lots of travels back then.
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When I heard about this project I knew that I had to submit my own mom's photo for consideration. Thankfully, it was accepted. When I saw the final product I was even more excited since my mom is alongside some seriously glamorous, stylish, self-assured and, dare I say, sexy moms. It's fitting since this book is the complete opposite that I felt as an opinionated teenager. Clothes shopping with my mom was a drag. She'd suggest something that "looked nice" and I'd roll my eyes. Of course being a teenager is all about being a contrarian,so it wasn't until I became an adult that I looked at my mom's old photos and began to admire her style.

I think lots of us can't conceive that our moms were at one time young, vibrant and exciting--women who had concerns other than packing lunches, driving kids to school or grounding us when we acted up. This book is an acknowledgment & celebration of the mom that once was (and is likely still there if we look!).

It makes a great gift for Mother's Day, especially with a gift card to a clothing store, a salon or spa.
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I love this book! It shows our moms as young style mavens! The vintage photos are wonderful and it's fascinating to see how fashions have changed over the decades! Wonderful for anyone who loves fashion!
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What first drew me to this book was the cover art. The book feels like an beautifully curated scrapbook. The photos are abundant and gorgeous, the colors are vivid, and the writing is thoughtful and funny. The book features photos and stories of women from all walks of life (some celebrity, but mostly non-celebrity), most of which were sent in by their daughters and sons. It's a fun book to give as a gift for anyone that love vintage fashion, but it would also make a great gift for a mom who grew up before the 1990's. Love it! I hope she comes out with more in the future. Oh, and her blog is really fun too! [...]
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