There’s no doubt that the bond between mother and daughter (and mother and grandmother!) is one that can’t be matched. Our Silpada Co-Presidents and Commanders-in-Chic, Kelsey Perry and Ryane Delka, share their beloved memories with mom!
Silpada Designs: What’s one of your favorite childhood memories of your mother?
Her hugs! Nothing beats mom hugs! To this day, she gives the best hugs and they are the most comforting thing in the world. It makes me giggle now because I am so much taller than she is that when we hug and I tower over her, but she still is the one comforting me.
Dancing around our living room to Michael Jackson. We still laugh at the fact that my mom’s dancing is more like aerobics! Funny thing is, almost nightly I dance around with my kiddos and see the same joy in their eyes that I felt when I was younger.
SD: What’s the best motivational advice your mother has ever given you?
“Sissy, be sweet!” My grandfather would say that to my mom as she was growing up, and she would always say it to my sister and me. Even today, she always reminds me, “Sissy, be sweet!”
She always said, “You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Just be yourself and make choices because you feel them in your gut, not because someone is pressuring you to do something or be someone other than yourself.”
SD: What fashion tips and tricks did you learn from your mother?
Have fun and try anything once. She’s always taken calculated fashion risks and still has a lot of fun with clothing. But, my mother is a true Southern mother, so there are also a few things she taught me that I hope to one day pass along to my daughter. Like: “Always wear a slip with a dress.” And, “If you have to ask if your skirt, shorts or dress is too short, then it is.” And also, “Even if something is in style, if it is not flattering, DON’T wear it!”
She always used to say (and still does), “Just because a lime green sweat suit is comfy does not mean you should wear it.” She instilled in us that clothing and jewelry are a form of self-expression, so be creative and have fun. She wishes I liked to belt things as much as she does, but she is slowly letting it go!
SD: Kelsey, we know you and your Nana are super close! What makes your relationship so unique?
My Nana is an amazing woman. She dedicated her life to being a life-long learner and is a living example of unconditional love. We have so many fun memories, but what I truly remember is just how Nana made all of us feel—like we were the most important things in her world. It was never about gifts, trips or things…just love! And she still gives the best advice.
SD: Ryane, in terms of raising your children, how has your mother inspired you along the way?
I never doubted my mom’s love and belief in me…ever. That stability as I discovered the world on my own through mistakes and accomplishments enabled me to know that, regardless of the outcome, I had a safe spot. I want my children to grow up never doubting my love, commitment and belief in them. I want them to look to me as their safe spot, just like I do with my mom.
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