Friday, March 26, 2010

OMG! MY TOMBOY IS A BUDDING FASHIONISTA! (SQUEEEE!!!!)

God love her. She's freaking adorable. She's got the most gorgeous waist-long hair, beautiful strong legs, and a killer smile. But the girl does not like to dress up. At all. Ever.

Getting her to brush her hair takes an act of Congress these days. And I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I am for skorts because at least there's the illusion of something cuter than just jeans or leggings every single day.

But the thing is...she's just not a girly girl. She's just not. And she's made no bones about it. Despite all my Manolo-lovin', oversize bag totin', Style magazine-subscribin', all things shiny, glimmery, and gold adorin' ways, she has always, ever since she was little, preferred comfort over (gasp!) fashion. I know, I know, the horror!!!

So, we find ways to compromise. Not because I need her to dress prissy. But because we don't leave the house looking unkempt, not put together, or like we just rolled out of bed. We just don't. So I give in a whole surprisingly helluva lot just so long as she pulls something, anything, together -- and mostly because she's just so damn cute in anything she wears anyway, and, truthfully, watching her hunt and peck for just the right combination of clothes to both appease me and work for her, just makes me smile.

So, I stopped buying her little purses when she was, like, 3. And we only got her ears pierced (with tiny gold hoops) because she specifically asked to do it before she started kindergarten. And we never -- never -- buy her anything pink or flowery if we can avoid it. I gave up on buying all those cute little bangle bracelets and necklaces. She's just too rough and tumble for them. But when she asked for a little locket for her birthday, her Mommy ran right out and scooped one up for her.

And I love this about her. I do. That she's her own kind of girl. That she's not like me. And she's not like Mommy. That's she's bits and pieces of all the women she's ever known, and the rest, well, she's kind of making it up as she goes.

So, you can understand how for someone like me, who loves to dress up even on Sunday afternoons, who's favorite pair of casual shoes are 4-inch versus 6-inch heels, and who readily admits that there are indeed clothes and bags in my closet that still have the tags on them just because I couldn't bear to leave the store without them, it came as an utter and complete shock to me when Saia asked if she could buy a fashion design book she saw at Barnes & Noble last week.

"What for, baby?" I asked, genuinely surprised.

"To draw, Mom," she says.

"Well, I know that, hon, but what I mean is that I've never even seen you draw a t-shirt, let alone a whole outfit. I never would've thought you had any interest in that at all."

"It's just that I can't draw the mannequins," she said. "And this book already has the mannequins in it."

Hmm...okay then. It was on sale. The pages could be repurposed if she decided after the first day that she didn't like it (which is where my money was). So, we got it.

And then...

She went and did all this:


And, yes, I know I'm a little biased 'cause she's my baby and all, but, I'll be damned if I wouldn't wear every single one of these.

I think she's really got something here!!! Project Runway, here we come.

11 comments:

sonia said...

WOW.

Lamar said...

Sign her up!

Woo222 said...

Her drawings are amazing! She may not prefer to wear dresses, but clearly she's inherited your eye for style. I'm totally jealous, I need someone who knows what they're doing to revamp my wardrobe. I love that you don't push her, don't insist that she dress to please you. That rocks, but then again, so do you. You have such great mama instinct :)

JELANI said...

Wow Jo Anna I'm really impressed. She has great talent!

JO ANNA GUERRA (of The Adventures of Saia and Chago) said...

Thanks, guys. I really think so, too. Gonna have to keep an eye on this one and see where it goes. I'm about as excited as my parents probably felt when they thought I'd be a lawyer. :)

twononblondes said...

Wow! Those are really good. Sign me up for that slinky red dress on the right! She definitely inherited your fashion sense. :)

Anonymous said...

What a minute, isn-t she only like.....6! UNREAL.....Go Saia! Liz

JO ANNA GUERRA (of The Adventures of Saia and Chago) said...

@twononblondes, you got it!

@Liz, she just turned 7. But yeah. I'm tickled!! :)

Suz said...

Sorry, that red dress is MINE.

Barbara said...

Sami is exactly the same - gorgeous strong tomboy who love fashion. She got a sewing machine for her 10th birthday so she can start working on those fashions. Last night she drew a bikini model with smeared lipstick and eyeliner and in the background it said, "Not all models are perfect." I have to admit, I told her about photoshop...

JO ANNA GUERRA (of The Adventures of Saia and Chago) said...

Oooh, love the attitude, Barb.