Monday, September 5, 2011

Make Your Own Kind of Music


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Whenever I tell people how much I love Mama Cass, and it's been quite a frequent occurance lately, they kind of just chuckle at me. Then, I force them to listen to her greatest hits record, and they start tapping their toes secretively and mumble, "Well I guess it's not that bad." I picked up one of her records at the Amoeba in Berkeley a few months ago, and I've been hooked since. Her music is fun, simple, and well said. Her music has been quite helpful in recent weeks, particularly because she's so hopeful and sure things will get better. The first song I heard of hers was Make Your Own Kind of Music (her outfit is fantastic in that video) which is a wonderful song and always puts me in a good mood. After seeing a few videos of her performing, I saw that she had a really cool style. Her outfits are often composed of bright patterns and colors, knee-high gogo boots, and loose, flowing dresses. So, though I don't have nearly as cool a wardrobe as she seemed to have had, I decided to put together an outfit inspired by Mama Cass the best I could. While I don't know how much I look like Mama Cass, I think I at least got the decade sort of right. Here's what I came up with:


Dress, Purse: Vintage, Blouse: Forever 21, Shoes: Urban Outfitters





September 5

If anyone's interested, a few more recommendations for some of her songs that I love are Move In A Little Closer, Baby, It's Getting Better, and Don't Let The Good Life Pass You By, though they're all delightful.

Until tomorrow,


  1. one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen!

  2. You look awesome in this outfit. I enjoy her voice, and should probably check out a few more songs.

  3. That dress is so beautiful! I love the inspiration for this post. I mainly know of Mama Cass from The Mamas and the Papas, but I'm not familiar with her solo albums. Thanks for the recommendations!

  4. umm cutest purse EVER!!!
    i love mama cass too..the mamas and the papas are/was a great band.
    you look beautiful everything about this outfit. <3

  5. That is such a cute outfit, I love your interpretation of Mama Cass! And your purse is so adorable, I just love the print and colors!

  6. i haven't heard of mama cass but now i'm definitely going to take a listen. i'm glad that her music is helping you through. <3

    i really love your layering! the lace is such a great addition under that gorgeous dress.

  7. you're so cute! and you make me want to listen to more of the mamas and the papas.

  8. I love how you layered this! So vintage and ladylike. I'm going to have to listen to Mama Cass now!

  9. what a great inspiration for your outfit! I need to start listening to her songs!

  10. this dress is pretty amazing, I love the front detailing so much! Mama Cass pretty much made the mamas and the papas :)

  11. The color of that dress is so lovely, and along with the appliqué, everything about it so dreamy. It looks great on you.
    I must admit I don't know much of Mama Cass or her music, but I do remember the animated version of her on Scooby Doo! haha

  12. You totally nailed the perfect retro look! That dress has the swinging sixties written all over it. :)

    Mama Cass is fairly well known in our household. My mom has been a fan of hers since back in the day and when I was a kid, it was one of the few cassettes I would listen to. (along with Melanie Safka, which is another great female artist of the 60's/70's!) Nowadays we just use the name "Mama Cass" to get my mom's attention in stores because her name is also Cassie and she's a mom. lol

  13. Wow, you really captured the time period. This is so very inspired. I heart it!


  14. I haven't heard of Mama Cass but music has such amazing healing powers and I'm so glad she works for you! I will definitely give her a listen :) Love your sweet little outfit! <3 See you real soon girl!

  15. First of all, IM SO IN LOVE WITH THAT DRESS I CAN'T EVEN THINK STRAIGHT! WOW. just...WOW. Its so gorgeous. SO so SO gorgeous. And the details...I am in LOVE.

    Second, my senior year in HS our choir dedicated that song to our choir teacher's newborn daughter. Whenever I think of it I get teary eyed happy hs memories.

    ALSO Michal from North Country Girl is coming to NY. We should all do lunch and a museum one day :)

  16. By "that song" I meant "Make your own kind of music"

  17. GASP AT THIS DRESS. What a freaking awesome thrifted find. I'm side-eyeing you out of jealousy ;) Off to download some Mama!

  18. You look so cute in this dress! The colour looks amazing on you. I never heard of Mama Cass, but I kinda like the song you linked :) I love vintage music!


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