55, fit and fabulous!

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. In my case, the fall didn't stunt my growth. She may be six inches shorter than me, but she's no shrinking violet. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is my mother, Marilee Joy.

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Elissa with her mother, who is 55, fit and fabulous!

Please join me in celebrating her 55th birthday! Her motto is "Fifty (five), Fit, and Fabulous!" and fabulous she is. From a young age, she taught me to celebrate even the smallest achievements. My mom now has a catalogue of fifty-five years' worth, big and small. Collect your confetti!

  • She has performed at Disneyland and she has her face on records.
  • Disney record

  • She conquered her fear of water at the age of forty by learning to water-ski BEFORE learning to swim.
  • She challenges me to keep myself active and hydrated everyday.
  • She taught me all the important life lessons, like butter is better.
  • Her five year goal? "Sexy at Sixty!"

Thinking of a birthday present this year was easy after seeing early glimpses of our new Heathered Charcoal Pique Luon. I picked out a Stride Jacket for her, to keep her warm and dry on her daily morning walks. (And just for the record, my mom is one mean speed-walker. She’ll be in the record books one day for being the fastest walking grandma.) I love knowing that she'll be thinking of me every day she wears it, seeing as I can't be there to challenge her pace all the time.


Her favourite features on the jacket are the cozy hood, the thumbholes, and the length in the body. I asked her to describe our new pique luon and here's what she said: "That fabric is significantly different than my other jackets. It's very stretchy....how do I describe it? It's very cozy." There are rayon fibres woven into this genius new fabric. That’s what makes it so soft. I'm glad it is cozy for her, because she works so hard to make life cozy for so many others.

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If you haven’t had a chance to touch this fabric yet, get yourself to a store immediately! It’s truly unlike anything you’ve seen from us.

Happy Birthday Mom!

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awwww… i love your mom!!! :)

Comment by jennie — November 12, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

Your mom is beautiful!!! Happy Birthday, she looks great for any age, let alone 55!!! She is an inspiration….I am 45, going on 46, loving Lululemon & remembering to always live with passion….

Comment by Kathryn — November 12, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

What a BABE! Is she taken?

Comment by Jon C — November 12, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

It is quite refreshing to see a lady over fifty with such a fantastic outlook on life! So many are whining about this, that, or the other and your mom looks like she would never :-). I’m glad you bought her the “pick” of the fall line (IMO)-I have this jacket too and have to restrain myself from not wearing it EVERY day. Here’s to 55 more happy years!!!!

Comment by Laura — November 12, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

What a beautiful story and lovely ladies! Happy Birthday to your mum, she certainly is the picture of “fifty and fabulous!”

Comment by Yvonne — November 12, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

Awesome story…your my inspiration for the day! You both look fabulous :)

Comment by GETMYASSINSHAPE_com — November 12, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

This is the cutest post ever! Love your mama, ladies! She’s the best friend you’ll ever have! ;-) (sidenote: totally lusting after the jacket!)

Comment by Julie — November 12, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

great story! happy birthday!!!

Comment by Sherry — November 12, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

Yes, she is a babe. Nice one, Dad. You’re the lucky one! :) I’ve just checked in with Mom and she’s happy to report she’s been enjoying the coat practically every day since this photo shoot.

Comment by Elissa Joy — November 13, 2009 @ 12:06 am

This is lovely! Reminded me of my mom. :)

Comment by Erin — November 13, 2009 @ 10:54 am

Elissa… your mom is so cool & hip! I love this jacket, wish I had gotten one for myself =)

Comment by Marisa — November 13, 2009 @ 11:15 am

Ok, first of all, Happy Birthday to your mom! Second, I LOVE that your dad commented calling her a babe. So sweet! Your mom is definitely fabulous and I hope that when I reach that age I can feel and look the same way.
Plus, great new coat!

Comment by elliebelle — November 13, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

Happy Birthday Momma Congo! No need to wait until 60 to be sexy… that goal has been accomplished early :) Love this post Elissa, AND the new coat! As always lulu taunts me ;)

Comment by Jamie M — November 13, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

Marilee, you are always such an inspiration. Love to you.


Comment by Patti — November 14, 2009 @ 10:37 am

As a Mom, what a great article !! Thanks for that! We DO look fab at 50!!

Comment by Kate — November 14, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

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