Happy Birthday to the most stylish woman I know… my mom!

Mom with me as at 1 month old. Who looks this great with a newborn?!
Mom with me as a 1 month old. Who looks this great with a newborn?!

Beauty may come from within, but a sense of style is made… and Marian has style to spare!

A fashionista from her earliest teen years, she was later a chic stewardess based in NYC when the competition was fierce and the prestige high. Even marriage, children, and life in the suburbs didn’t dim her megawatt star power — when I was in 2nd grade, my classmates were convinced she was a former Miss America!

Growing up, I learned about cut, color, style and construction because she altered all of her clothes for the perfect fit. Her hallmark looks – military inspired shirtdresses, classic silk scarves, elegant Adrienne Vittadini loafers, and the perfect red jacket – have all become my favored go-to pieces, as well.

But she didn’t just influence my sense of style. My friends were generally in awe of this lovely lady, who was always made-up just so — whether she was working as the area Avon representative or simply hanging wash on the clothesline. Even the boys weren’t immune. One high school boy schmoozed, “Susan, I didn’t know you had a sister…” and he was only half kidding!

So here’s a Happy Birthday to the most stylish woman I know! Love you so much!


Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

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