Mama Tried

XOX Betsey Johnson - Season 1

Have you seen the new Style network show “XOX, Betsey Johnson” yet? There have been two episodes so far, and I have to tell you that I am crazy about it! πŸ™‚ My love for Betsey is deep – I first saw her in the early 1980s on the great Canadian fashion program “Fashion Television”, hosted by the divine Jeanne Beker (I love that woman and everything she does…she’s magical) – and I have followed Betsey’s career ever since. Her aesthetic is exactly how I wish I could dress (that is what I look like inside, no joke) – and believe me, if I had a job that would allow it, I’d wear a Betsey tutu dress every single day of my life, for real. I marvel at Betsey’s unapologetic ability to live her life out loud, and I have adored the many pieces of hers that I have owned over the years. One handbag – I got it a couple of years ago – remains the most complemented thing I have ever owned. Here it is:




Betsey has a daughter Lulu, and I vividly remember wishing with all my might that she and I could change places. I always felt that if Betsey was my mother, that she would understand me, that I could be free to be myself as much as I wanted and that the real me would be more than good enough, and that she and I would be close. The mother-daughter relationship is one of the most complicated dynamics, don’t you think? I see all of these close bonds played out on TV and movies, but it sure as hell hasn’t gone that way for me. I’ve always felt that I have never been the child that my mother hoped I would be, and I’ve been one raging disappointment after another. One good thing I have done for her is give birth to the world’s most fabulous child, and she is a really great grandparent, so…that’s something. It’s been interesting watching the dynamic between Betsey and Lulu, and there’s something kind of reassuring about the fact that their relationship is just about as fraught with stress and tension as the rest of us mere mortals. Not that I wish misery on anyone (because I certainly don’t – especially not people like Betsey and Lulu who I have adored from afar for years), but seeing the humanity and reality of their world on the show has been pretty awesome. Something else that has been AMAZING to see is how Betsey is rebuilding her business following a much-publicized and ΓΌber-shitty bankruptcy in 2012. She is back (with the support of the Steve Madden company) and better than ever – in fact, the Madden folks seem to be focusing on the business side of things, freeing Betsey up to be as fabulous and creative as she naturally is…and getting to look at all of her work in one place like this is awesome!!!! πŸ™‚ Woohooo!!!! πŸ™‚


Here’s a couple of my favorite things on Betsey’s site at the moment:

These are so beautiful I can hardly stand it! πŸ™‚ Gorgeous! πŸ™‚


I endeavor (and succeed pretty much all the time) to ALWAYS have a bow on me somewhere every single day…and these would be an excellent way to achieve that, don’t you think? πŸ™‚


Love!!! It’s kind of that whole ‘key to my heart’ thing…I die! πŸ™‚


I’m a sucker for bows!


This dress is freaking AMAZING – and I bet it’s comfortable as hell!



If you haven’t checked out Betsey and Lulu’s show, give it a whirl (new episodes air Sunday nights, with replays throughout the week) – and be sure to support Betsey by picking up some of her fab stuff online or in stores! πŸ™‚


Happy Monday, mes amis! πŸ™‚



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