If you haven't heard, Mother's Day is fast approaching. And though you may still be scrambling for gift ideas, we know your love for Mom is undeniable (just speaking from experience here).
In order to get some inspiration for any shopping or card-making that's still left to do, we took a trip down memory lane and dug up some adorably embarrassing throw-back photos, with equally cute quips and quotes to match. Sure, our moms may not love
the fact that we're putting their '80s hairstyles on blast, but what better way to show 'em we care than to gush about their support and relive our favorite times spent with them... and yes, put their '80s hairstyles on blast.
Flip through our so-cute slideshow of love
to find out not only how much we care about the #1 ladies in our lives, but also, what we looked like way back when, before we became the R29'ers you see before you today. And hey, Mom: We appreciate all of the sacrifice, patience, and calm you've exhibited over shocking credit card bills and inexplicable tears — and of course, thank you for all the comments on all of our posts — we love you!
Connie Wang, global editor
"For Mother's Day, we're taking a mother/daughter road trip through the Pacific Northwest doing our favorite activities: gorging ourselves on food, fashion, and Lady Gaga sing-alongs."
Brenna Egan, Los Angeles editor
"My mom has always been the coolest chick I know. When she drove carpool in 8th grade, we would roll up to class with the windows down, blaring Van Morrison and Crosby, Stills, and Nash! In high school, any time my friends would come over, they'd hang out less and less frequently with me, and set up shop in the kitchen for gourmet snacks and gab with her instead. We live on opposite ends of the country, but she's flying in this weekend for a whirlwind L.A. Mother's Day pampering session (and I hope, shopping, too — she always has genius style tips)."
Amanda Keiser, Reserve editor/copy writer
"When I was little, I had a distinct fear of people staring and singing at me as well as a distinct obsession with chocolate. As you can imagine, birthdays were a confusing time for me, usually culminating in a sobbing crying fit followed by a much happier moment of extreme cake consumption. As you can see from the pic, my mom was always the only person who could get me through that terrifying birthday song... and every other strange but essential rite of passage. To this day, I still feel like as long as my mom is with me, everything will be okay because twenty-six years later, she's still the smartest, most loving woman I know."
Christy Kurtz, photo editor
"My favorite memory of my mom is of spending time coloring with her in coloring books. I thought she was the most amazing artist in the whole world. She taught me how to do shading and add makeup to all the disney princesses. I owe all my craftiness to her."
Annie Georgia Greenberg, New York editor
"My mom is an amazing teacher and taught me to read (or at least pretend effectively) at a very young age. One of my favorite memories involves spending an entire afternoon reading book after book after book in the public library. But then, there were also the times she'd pick me up from school in a clown wig just to mess with me, and then there was this past summer when we went hiking in Utah and then gambling in Vegas. That said, the simple memory of reading for hours at a time in my mom's lap is my very best one.
P.S. I have inherited some of her awesome plaid outfits (among others) and wore on of them, most recently, to our R29 holiday party
Gabriela Alford, designer
"My mum has never been a big cook, but when I was younger we would make tortillas together, and she would get so excited when they would begin to puff (a crucial step to making good tortillas). She also taught me another very important Mexican tradition: enjoying margaritas. I hope to celebrate mothers day with her over Skype... with a marg in hand!"
Kirby Duncan, events manager
"This year, I'm ahead of my usual belated ways, and have a Mother's Day card on its way to GA already. I'm also making plans to call or have FaceTime with her on Sunday."'
Piera Gelardi, creative director
"My favorite memory of my mom is her reading to my brother and I when we were kids. Every night, without fail, we'd pile into her bed and she'd read us books and do different voices for each of the characters. When the movie version of Lord Of The Rings was released, I was amazed because the Golem voice was the exact one she'd used to read us those books."
Amy Gruenhut, commerce partnerships director
"My mom was always had great style (she definitely inspired my love of fashion from a very young age), and loved taking me shopping even when I was a little girl (my dad joined as well).
This year, I'm planning on surprising my mom with multiple cards and a sweet and fashionable gift via our R29 Reserve site. I'd cook her a meal too...if I knew how to cook. We'll go out for dinner instead!"
Shawna Strayhorn, director of business intelligence
"My mother, Lois Johnson Strayhorn, is a soon-to-be-60-year-old style star. I was inspired to buy these Suno earrings
for her after seeing them in Connie's Mother's Day shopping round-up."
Kayla Gish, account manager
“Growing up in SoCal, my favorite childhood memories took place at my grandparents' pool or at the beach where my mom taught my sister and I how to boogie board and make sand dribble castles!”
Anna Plaks, senior director of brand integration and innovation
"Having my mom help me to put on my wedding dress has definitely been the most profound memory I've had to date. But I'm really looking forward to us growing older together. "
Naomi Abel, designer
"A favorite memory of my mom is her consistently reading to me before I went to sleep. I specifically remember making it through Victor Hugo's extremely tragic, perhaps not age-appropriate, Hunchback of Notre Dame. "
Lisa Dionisio, production editor
"One of my favorite memories from growing up is playing in my mom's walk-in closet with my sister, and going through all of her clothes and trinkets. She has such an amazing collection of handbags and jewelry, including some pieces passed on from my grandmother. It's probably why I'm such a fashionphile today....like grandmother, like mother, and like daughter(s)."
Isabelle Rancier, designer
"My mom loves celebrating all holidays and keeping traditions — my birthday parties are some of my best memories. She would throw my twin sister and I huge parties with crazy theme cakes, clowns and performers, and basically invite the entire elementary school (for better of for worse). These over-the-top parties amply made up for my sister and I having to share a birthday ( and most importantly, having to share presents)."
Neha Gandhi, deputy editor
"My favorite memories of my mom involve being very young and reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8 together, every night before bed, for probably a year. I loved that book, and especially the chapter about the egg in her hair. My mother of course found that part to be disgusting. but very patiently, she reread it both to me and with me night after night. That's exactly the kind of patience I still aspire to having today."
Lisa Eppich, production and editorial assistant
"Once, I was in the car with my mom and I asked her if she wanted to know about all of the Pokemon in my Pokedex. I was eight or nine years old at the time, but she gave the honest answer, which was 'Not really.' I rattled off my Pokemon anyway, in semi-numerical order, from Bulbasaur to probably somewhere around Alakazam. I'm pretty sure I went on for at least twenty minutes.
As someone who worked two jobs, did all of the housework, and kept me, my three brothers, my two cousins, and even my father in line day after day, I'm sure the last thing she wanted to do was listen to was her nine-year-old's doctoral dissertation on Pokemon. But she listened anyway.
My mom is the most beautiful person I know, and someone I am profoundly honored to call my best friend. I only hope I can muster the same patience when my future kids start rambling on about Pokemon in the back of the car. Except, I think I might have it a bit worse. There were only 150 Pokemon back then, and now, there are like a bajillion. Mom, I don't know how you've done it all these years, but thank you."
Shani Silver, Chicago editor
"I have always been intrigued by my mom's beauty routine. I remember being really small and playing with her makeup and perfume bottles (whether she knew it or not — sorry, Mom). I've never seen her leave the house looking anything less than flawless, so I still dig around in her products whenever I'm home, hoping to learn a thing or two."
Emily Kowzan, designer
"The one thing I owe my mother many thanks for (besides my dashing good looks, of course) is always having my back and keeping my well-being in mind, and for always loving me unconditionally. Rudy and I love you!"
Laura Miller, assistant photo editor
"This year we will be walking The High Line and having lunch for Mother's Day. My mom has always wanted to go and we haven't made it yet, so I figured that this would be the perfect opportunity!"
Katie Hintz, senior editor
"My mother stayed home to raise me and my siblings until I was about four (I'm the youngest). After my sister and brother would go to school, we'd get mommy-and-me quality time, which often consisted of curling up on the couch, eating Doritos, and watching Guiding Light. Then, we'd go spoon and have a nap. It was simply the best. My Barbies subsequently had very dramatic, soap opera-inspired lives...and names. Happy Mother's Day, Mary Hintz!"
Jorge Lopez, VP of engineering
"One of my fonder memories is one in which my mom tried to teach me how to ride a bike...and I rode into a bush, and found myself covered by fire ants stinging at my flesh."
Alana Salguero, commerce coordinator
"I used to love going through my mom's makeup drawer, smelling all of her perfumes, and trying on her high-heeled shoes. Here's my mom pulling my hair into my first ponytail — over 20 years later it's still my go-to style!"
Alex Pressland, director of product
"My mum told me that the streets of London weren't in fact paved with gold, but that there were many, many wild monkeys."
Gina Marinelli, editorial assistant
"Some of my favorite memories with my mom were the car rides to school each morning during high school. She taught at the same school I attended (No, it wasn't as awkward as it sounds. Yes, I definitely stopped by her office often for food/money/to vent.). We would always drive to school together, chatting away, and singing along to the radio. Once I went away to college I realized just how special that little bit of time together each day was to both of us. I still enjoy taking car rides with my mom...while singing to the radio, of course."
Jenn Scheer, front-end developer
"One of my favorite times my mom and I spent together is when she came up to college to visit me. I was about to graduate (or maybe just had) and was feeling all grown up and getting ready to move to New York. We went out for sushi with two of my best friends and she noticed that they had a drink called a 'Sake Bomb'. After we made the waitress explain what it was, she decided that we all needed to do them! It was adorable. A bunch of my friends were going out that night to our favorite local dive bar, and I said we could just go home. But no, she was down to go hang out. She ordered 'I'll have whatever you're having' from the bar and I paid for it (a PBR, probably), and sat there smiling as my ridiculous and sometimes filthy friends and I made conversation the rest of the night. After we got home that night and were getting into bed, she tipsily asked me about my sex life. 'Goodnight!' I said as I rolled over and turned off the light.
She lives halfway across the country and I miss her! Come visit me, mom!"
Robin Reetz, Reserve communications manager
"When I was younger, my mom, sister, and I used to play what we called 'The Boyfriend Game'. To play The Boyfriend Game, you'd watch TV—any channel. When it was your turn, the rule was that the next guy who came on the screen would be your 'boyfriend.' Sometimes you'd get lucky and it'd be someone cute (like TV anchor Jorge Ramos if we were watching Univision) or it'd be someone not so great. The snack of choice while playing this game was cinnamon pop tarts, toasted in the oven, with extra butter added on top."
Megan McIntyre, beauty editor
"My mom and I have always been close, so I have lots of great memories from my childhood. The one that really stands out was one Easter when I was 14. My mom has always been a stickler for giving me an Easter basket — she still sends me one to this day — but that year was memorable because instead of candy, she filled my basket with cosmetics, including my very first Hard Candy nail polishes and sparkle eyeliner. I blame (and thank!) her for my near-obsessive addiction to all things makeup and glitter. While I won't be able to spend this Mother's Day with her, I know we're going to have a very long phone conversation on Sunday, so I can tell her once again just how much I love her and how thankful I am to have a mom who I can truly call my best friend."
Kristian Laliberte, senior editor
"On winter Sundays since I was litte, my mom has my dad build a big, roaring fire in our living room and the three of us read The New York Times. We're both heavy Earl Grey addicts, so she's constantly refilling my mug (my parents and I each have one with the first letter of our names) and, if I'm lucky, slipping me some of her homemade truffles. While we've traveled all over together, I love being with my mom in cozy mode, even if now it's just twice a year when I go back to Nahant. "
Seija Rankin, East Coast editorial assistant
"This picture depicts probably the only time in my life when my mom and I will ever have the same haircut. I have no idea when or where this was taken, but I like to think it's some exotic carousel we were riding while off in a foreign land. Or, at least, more exotic than Wisconsin, where I grew up. I've been lucky enough to be my Mom's #1 travel companion, tagging along with her on all sorts of grown-up trips that only an only child will put up with. Here's to many more, Mom!"
Ryan Hines, videographer
"The thing I love most about my mom is that no matter what, she always supported me just being me."
Melissa Sobel, account manager
"While I treasure all time spent with my mom, it’s undeniable that our favorite activity to do together is shop. It’s what we do best."
Jake McGraw, software engineer
"My favorite memory with my mother is when she dropped me off at college. I'm her firstborn, so, needless to say, there were water works. I just remember it having such a profound impact on me at the time. I got me asking: What is family, the willful sacrifice of supporting a family? And it got me contemplating the why and how of life just happening. I have my mother to thank for my interests in technology, science fiction, reading, and level-headedness. I won't be able to spend Mother's Day with her this year, but I wish I could."
Laurel Nuzzo, Reserve partnership manager
"My favorite memory is hiking with my mom."