my mom

my mom (left) with her sister and friends

my mom and dad out on a date

Looking through old photo albums of my mom in the Philippines was my first glimpse into the style of the 1960s and 1970s. As a young child, I remember being so enamored by her colorful dresses and cute hairstyles. Since then, my love for that era has only grown, and it all started with pictures of my mom. She was my first, and best, style icon. She influenced my love of vintage culture and fashion in more ways than I can even express. I can only hope to be half as stylish as she was.

My mom passed away last month at the age of 59. She had been battling kidney cancer for almost a year. This has been a really tough few months for me and my family, and it will continue to be tough in completely different ways now that my mom is no longer with us. That is the big reason why I decided to put Ninja Vintage on hiatus for several months, and why I haven't been able to update as often as I had promised since I re-opened the store in March. Despite the constant delays, I continue to receive so much support from visitors and customers of Ninja Vintage, and I appreciate it so much. I love Ninja Vintage and do not plan on abandoning it anytime soon. There will be another update later in the month, and more frequent updates once summer starts.

In honor of my mom, for the months of April and May, 10% of all profits from Ninja Vintage will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Happy Mother's Day to everyone.


tablet said...

Hey N.J.! I subscribe to your Ninja Vintage blog on my google reader, that's how I saw this. I love the first pic best -- her haircut is so perfect and that dress is so bomb. Very tropical mod. (o: It's so awesome that you have these photos to document your fashion seeds!

I just sponsored a friend of mine on her charity walk because I have a sweet new job and a little bit of extra money this month. I would also like to make a donation to the American Cancer Society in honor of your Mom if that's cool! A few q's though: Do you have a link to donate in her name, or a way to donate specifically to kidney cancer research? The alternative is that I could paypal you the $ so you could include it when you make your 10% shop donation. What's the best way do ya think?

xo! tablet from lj /christie

ninja jenny said...

Christie, why are you so awesome? I don't know what to say...you are too kind. I don't know what to do with all this kindness I've been receiving lately. It's pretty overwhelming.

I actually just made a little tribute page for my mom where donations can be made. I put the Fundraising Goal at $100, but that's just because they told me that was the "recommended amount," so ignore that. Here's the URL: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/rebecca.ching

I hope it works, the ACS website has me a bit confused. Hope you (and Libby too!) are doing well. Take care, friend.

tablet said...

Word! I was talking to my mum in Colorado on the phone today, and she wanted to donate too. She lost her best friend to cancer a couple years ago, so she likes to help out with donations here and there. That other donation from Mary is her, just so you don't think it's some random person! Although your probably would have figured it out since I have the same last name as her, but yeah. xo!

Gry said...

Your mum was really beautiful. And the picture on top is so cool!

I wish you all the best,


Annie said...

im really sorry for ur loss =(
also the pic of ur mom and dad reminds me of one my parents have from when they were my age. she looks so cute. i wish my mother was half as stylish.

ninja jenny said...

Sorry for the late reply, but I wanted to say thank you all so much! Your words mean a lot to me.

Christie - tell your mom I said thank you!

Jamie Y said...

I just found this!

Awesome photos, cousin. And great tribute. :]