WIW: for a big birthday surprise for my Mom!

YLF is a unique community where we get support for hard moments in our lives but it is also a place where we share the happy moments as well. I would like to share such a moment with you today.
I have sponsored my parents to come to Canada 10 years ago. My mom's only  sister is living in Russia. Over these 10 years they met 4 times and the last one was 2 years ago.
My mom had her 70th birthday last Thursday and her sister decided to come for a surprise visit from Russia. I was in on the secret and convinced my mom to move the dinner party from Thursday to Saturday because "I am busy at work". In reality it was because my aunt was arriving on Saturday and we wanted to have a surprise.
I was able to keep the secret for months and my mom had no idea. This morning we drove to Toronto to pick up my aunt from the airport and then showed up in the restaurant. My mom had a shock - she could not believe her eyes! (pic 5) Then she found out that as my birthday gift for her I am sending her and my aunt for a week to a resort in Cuba! They both were very happy and excited (pic 6) - and I was happy and excited too! (if my aunt does not look very happy in the picture this is because she was up for 20+ hours and was very tired)
Now to the WIW part :-) :
Pics 1-3 were what I wore to the trip to the airport. BF jeans are ideal for this 6 hour trip. I am including pictures from the back and the side as well because I was not sure lately that these jeans still look good. Somehow they feel too big and baggy when I look in the mirror but looking at the pictures I think they look ok.
Teal t-neck - Banana republic
KUT BF jeans
BP cognac tall boots
Aqua scarf - a recent b-day present from my friend. I was neglecting my scarves lately but somehow it felt right here.

Pic 4 what I wore to a restaurant to celebrate my Mom's birthday.
Pleione crossover top - Nordstrom
Martin black trousers  -  Banana Republic
Vaneli cognac booties

Thank you for looking and for sharing my happy moments with me today!

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • Elly replied 5 years ago

    Sveta-- how incredibly exciting! You are a lovely daughter, and your mother is a beautiful stylish lady as well as a seamstress. No wonder you have it!

    You look beautiful. I love the BF jeans outfit. The teal is great on you and the scarf is a perfect touch and brings in the chesnut boots and your hair. You wear scarves tied like that so well (because of your height, neck and hair).

    You also look fab in the second outfit. I love that top on you.

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    How wonderful! What a special daughter you are, and I can see where you get your good looks from :)

    Both outfits are fantastic, but the outfit you wore to dinner is spectacular. The striped top, slacks, and shoes all look gorgeous together.

    Thanks for sharing such a happy time with us, and happy birthday to your mom!

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Sveta, you made me tear up. What lovely surprises for your mum. Your my outfits are stunning and my goodness your mum is a very attractive lady. She must be very proud of you.

  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago

    What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing. And of course you look fab. I love that wrap blouse.

  • Diana replied 5 years ago

    Wow! What a fantastic surprise! You look great in both your casual and dressy outfits. :)

  • Windchime replied 5 years ago

    What a priceless gift you gave to your beautiful mother and her sister! The joy of the moment shows in everyone's faces.
    The teal is a great color on you, and you wear the scarf very well. I also love the striped crossover blouse on you. I've tried a few of these and have yet to find one that fits as well as yours does.
    Thank you for telling us about this heartwarming reunion.

  • marianna replied 5 years ago

    Wow! What a heartwarming story. Very, very special.

  • Peri replied 5 years ago

    Wow, that's a really great surprise...and a really great present too. And I love the blouse in #4!

  • CocoLion replied 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story and the pictures to go with it.  You are such a wonderful daughter not only to arrange this surprise party but also to give your Mom and Aunt a week of vacation in warm weather.

    I hope bf jeans stick around for a while, they are so liberating.  Your event outfit tonight looks like a model's photo shoot.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    You have a beautiful heart as well as presence. You are doing a wonderful thing for your mother and her sister, giving them precious time together to create memories.

  • MsMaven replied 5 years ago

    Wonderful story.  And all of you looked great.  Love, love, love that crossover top on you.  

  • Echo replied 5 years ago

    Sveta, you are a truly beautiful person - not because of your (very stylish) clothes, but because of your amazing heart. What a priceless gift for your mum and her sister!

  • Sheila replied 5 years ago

    What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing this, Sveta, I really loved reading it. You are a wonderful daughter.

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    What a joy to be able to give such a gift!  I hope they have a marvelous time!

    You look amazing, of course, and I know you expended a lot of energy to make this special.  Loe the crosover top on you!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Sveta, what a wonderful story and what a generous gift. Not only to your mother and your aunt, but also to us here at YLF. Thank you for sharing this happy moment. 

    I really like both outfits. The celebration outfit is, as Denise said, runway worthy gorgeous. And the BFs look comfortable and not overly baggy to my eye. Gracefully oversized. I also like the way you tied your scarf there. Like you, I am not feeling the love for my scarves but I am also not ready to toss them. I need them for warmth when necklines are lower, and if I find ways of arranging them that feel simple and neat I often like the touch of pattern they provide. 

    By the way, your mother looks beautiful, and it is clear where you got your love of style!! 

  • karymk replied 5 years ago

    Sveta you are so sweet for arranging this reunion.  I can't believe you drove 6 hours to the airport.

    I love your BFs.  Mine fit the same, with the slouchy butt.  That 's the price you pay for comfort, as well as fashion.  I have nooooo problem with that. (But my husband does...)

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Every picture is so beautiful Sveta. You look amazing in both outfits - some of your best (among many). And the reunion pictures brought tears to my eyes - what a wondeful gift!

  • Neel replied 5 years ago

    This is such a beautiful post. You made my day!! You are one lovely daughter and I wish every mum has beautiful children like you.

    Honestly, I haven't gotten around to see the WIW :D. The good things in this post just made me too happy to care. Tee hee!

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing - your mum's expression & body language are just wonderful. Your holiday gift to them is so thoughtful & generous - the icing on the cake:)

  • Scarlet replied 5 years ago

    Guess I am emotional today because this made me teary eyed seeing your mom and Aunt together. Your mom looks AMAZING, by the way. So do you. I love both of these outfits with a big <3. The scarf in one is the perfect touch with the boots somehow. I think the BFs look great on you. It is just hard as a member of team riveting-rearside to make peace with the baggy butt syndrome, but your figure still looks great. It just depends whether you can embrace the bagginess. Love the second outfit too. So graphic, sleek, striking, the perfect amount of drama for you. I love your mom's top. Tasteful yet alluring.

  • Debra replied 5 years ago

    What a wonderful surprise for your Mum and adventure for your Aunt.
    You must have soooo enjoyed organizing this :)
    Lovely outfits....very stylish and comfy looking airport outfit and you looked gorgeous for the party :)

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    You come from a very stylish family, Sveta, my word!! Both your Mum and her sister look marvelous, and I love both your outfits too. The jeans are a great fit, not overly baggy to my eye, and that teal jumper and scarf are beautiful on you. I am still so happy that you got the Pleione blouse in the red stripe, so flattering on you. The entire outfit is elegant and perfect for a celebratory dinner.

    What you did for your Mum and her sis is absolutely heartwarming, Sveta, it made me smile and a little teary-eyed at the same time (and just look at that last picture, beautiful!). Wishing the two sisters an absolutely brilliant time in Cuba!!

  • Susie replied 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness your mom looks so lovely and so happy. You are a wonderful daughter to arrange such a great surprise for her. You look stunning in that top. Wow. Just wow.

    Thank you for sharing this!

  • Aquamarine replied 5 years ago

    What a wonderful time and what a fabulous daughter you are! Your mother is beautiful and your restaurant outfit is stunning and elegant.

  • gryffin replied 5 years ago

    Sveta - what a wonderful story and what a wonderful thing you did for your mom and your aunt!!  There are not enough happy occasions in the universe so we must enjoy and share each one!  I think it is so generous of you to send you mom and aunt on a vacation.  We did that for my parents and uncle years ago and it was marvelous.  I know they will cherish this time together and you will be constantly in their hearts.  What an amazing gift.  PS both of your outfits are so fab.  Elegant, warm, comfortable and chic at the airport and so stylish and gorgeous for the party!!  Man do you rock that pleione top.  Love the stiped bag with the top.  Just am amazing combo!!  Enjoy your precious time with your family!!

  • kkards replied 5 years ago

    you are such a FAB daughter! thank you for sharing a wonderful family moment with us!

    and btw, both these outfits are great.

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    I'm sorry, I can't see your outfit right now for the tears in my eyes for your mom and your aunt's happy reunion. You are such a sweetheart. A beautiful person inside and out. I hope they have a wonderful time on their vacation!

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    Wow, Sveta! What a great story to read on a Sunday morning. Thank you. You are as beautiful on the outside, as you are on the inside. (I, too, love thet cross over striped top ever so much.)

  • Angie replied 5 years ago


    *happy tears*

    Words fail me. You are the best daughter a Mama could hope for, Sveta. And you look stunning - of course. You are beautiful inside and out. These are the moments in our lives that make all the difference. ENJOY the reunion. xo

  • deb replied 5 years ago

    Oh, what a lovely day. Happy Birthday to your mom!

  • Aubergine replied 5 years ago

    That's such a sweet story and you're so thoughtful for arranging all of it!

    Love both outfits, especially the cognac/teal combination in the first and the way the clutch picks up the stripes of the top in the second.

  • Catnip replied 5 years ago

    What a terrific story to read on a Sunday morning.  You are a wonderful daughter!  Your mother and your aunt are both very lucky to have you in the family.  What a generous birthday gift!

    Both outfits look great.  The jeans are not too big and are very flattering.  The restaurant outfit is a knockout!  You look very beautiful. and the source is obvious. 

    Thanks for sharing.  Your story has made my day!

  • merwoman replied 5 years ago

    Now we know the source of those gorgeous 'genes' of yours!
    Such a loving gift - you are a treasure Sveta!

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    You know they say that if you share your joy with others it will double ( or triple). This is what I feel right now!
    Thank you so much for sharing my joy: I was so happy for my mom and favorite aunt last night I just had to share with you! :-)
    My mom is my best friend ever and I am very close to her. I will alway jump on any chance to make her happy if it is in my power.
    My aunt is like another mother to me. When I was born she was not married yet and did not have her own children. She was also living together with my family and naturally she became my second mom. I remember when I was maybe 4 years old I was confessing to my mom that although I love her very much I love Tamara (my aunt) more! Sometimes children can say weird things, right? :-)
    It is I who is extremely lucky to have such wonderful and amazing women in my life and I am so happy I can do something for them to give some of the love back which I was showered with all my childhood and afterwards!
    Thank you for liking my outfits as well, they were secondary to the main topic of course but still important, right? :-)

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    How exciting, Sveta!  Thanx for sharing! I am so happy for you and your familiy reunion! I love surprises of these kind very  much, and consider this one was a unique one! Your Mother is a beautiful lady I can see, and you  dressed to the nines(why not  tens?:-)(don't know if that's rights in English:-)) Love this post!

  • replied 5 years ago

    So heartwarming, thanks for sharing! I think those jeans look good on you and the scarf is beautiful and ties in with the boots nicely!

  • Sharon replied 5 years ago

    What a great story. And lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing them both.

  • Laura replied 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these special pics, Sveta - I love hearing your happy story, and the joy on your mother's face is priceless. What a wonderful daughter you are!

  • Shirley replied 5 years ago

    You are a very sweet daughter.  Mom is so stylish too!


  • LACeleste replied 5 years ago

    Hi Sveta,

    The story and sister pic made me misty.  So beautiful.

    You are lovely in all the photos.

  • Lyn D. replied 5 years ago

    Fantastic occasion you will smile about in years to come!
    You and your Mom looked Fab, and now we can put a lovely face to your very own dressmaker we are all jealous about ;)

  • MsMary replied 5 years ago

    Oh, Sveta!  Thank you so much for sharing this lovely story!  I'm getting teary-eyed, too, along with the rest of the crowd!!  SO FUN!!!  And of course you look completely gorgeous, as usual!  Looking at your mom and aunt, I can now see where you get your amazing good looks!!  Hugs to all of you!!

  • Vildy replied 5 years ago

    How wonderful you could bring them such great happiness. How lucky you all are to have each other. Thank you for sharing such a heartwarming story.

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