Throwback Thursday: Now to Wow

September 5, 2013 | By | Comments (10)
Mom, my style icon

Larry and Jennifer Riddle

From the time I was a toddler scooting around in a pair of my mom’s comically over-sized heels, and smeared lipstick trying to imitate her Sunday morning look (a futile effort, might I add), my mom has been my style inspiration.

Now that I’m all grown up with my own heel collection and the proper lipstick technique, she’s still my muse. I love to look through our family albums to create mondern-day looks inspired by her wardrobe.

When: 1983

Where: Lubbock, Texas

Mom’s Pearls of Wisdom: “Beauty is born in kind heart, but a little lipstick never hurt anyone either.”

Mom's look

Here are some favorite products I use to get Mom’s look today:
1) A Flowy Blouse-You can’t go wrong with a simple cream top like this one from H&M ($19.95). It’s a versatile must-have piece, and a steal at just under 20 bucks.

2) Full Tresses-The go-to product to achieve those irresistibly volumous locks- a look I’m convinced southerns invented, or at least perfected-  Oscar Blandi’s Texture & Volume Spray. (Sephora, $25)

3) A Metallic Accessory-is a great finishing touch to almost any outfit. We love this envelope clutch from BCBG. ($88)

4) Black D’Orsay Pumps-An updated take on a classic pump, the d’orsay is cut out on the sides to reveal the arch of the foot, so subtly alluring. (Zara, $80)

5) Nude-colored Gloss-Bobbi Brown’s Tube Tint comes in a variety of flesh-tones. Try a one with a shimmer for a nighttime look, or a creamy pink for daytime. (Bloomingdales $19)

6)  Slim, Cropped Pants-Select a pair with a slim leg, ankle crop, and and thick woven fabric for a tailored look. This pair from J.Crew ($248) is a wardrobe staple.

Send us vintage pics of your most fashionable family member (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, even your great aunt), to for a chance to be featured. Include when and where the picture was taken, along with the best piece of style advice they ever gave you.


  1. Maegan Vick

    I love this! Your mother is so beautiful and the fashion pieces are perfect!

    September 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm
  2. Barbara Curlee

    If I had known I would have seen this in So. Living I would have renewed my subscription!

    September 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm
  3. Jennifer Riddle

    I LOVE this!

    September 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm
  4. Katie B

    Love this, Ashley! What a gorgeous photo.

    September 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm
  5. Patrick Boarder Barner

    Handsome soldier! Makes me proud to live in Merica!

    September 6, 2013 at 12:31 am
  6. Greg Stuhlman

    I love those pants!

    September 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm
  7. Lois Skipworth

    My beautiful friend Jennifer. She never seems to age.

    September 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm
  8. Donald Haynes

    And some fantastic looking uncles!! 🙂

    September 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm
  9. T.M. Borde, IV


    September 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm
  10. Herb Haynes

    You have a beautiful Mom and a very handsome dad I might add!

    September 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm

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