Songful Style: Mama by Beth Hart

Welcome to August’s Songful Style post! Hosted by myself, Shelbee (Shelbee on the Edge) and Marsha (Marsha in the Middle) Songful Style is a collaboration featuring outfits inspired by songs. We’re also inviting anyone who would like to join us, to post their own outfits in the link-up below. It doesn’t matter from what angle the song inspires the outfit, it can be from the lyrics, the title, the tune itself, the album cover, music video, etc. Last month our song was When Doves Cry by Prince, chosen by me. This month, our Songful Style song was chosen by Shelbee and is Mama by Beth Hart.

But before we get on to our Songful Style post, I just wanted to say thank you for your patience with me this month. I decided to take a month-long break following the death of a loved one while we travelled to the UK for the funeral. And then, when we drove back to Portugal, my brother came with us to spend some quality time with me and our dad. We had a lovely time. It’s the longest period of time we’ve hung out together since we were in our teens! He returned home to his little family on Friday. And I sobbed all the way back from the airport. I miss him already, and wish we didn’t live so far apart. But fingers crossed we’ll see each other again soon.

So, I’ve had a month off and now I’m ready to dive back in to the blog, YouTube, Insta, TikTok, etc! I’ve inherited some beautiful items that I’m keen to share with you in the coming months. But I’ll talk about that another time. For now though, let’s talk about Mama by Beth Hart, and how I styled this look…

Lyrics — Mama by Beth Hart 
Mother may I, I would say
Yes sweet baby take it away
It won't be long, just remember that
Powerful is the woman in you
Stay true
And she'd come to me when fire & water was gone
To caress the empty with a song
Saying why cry for anger that bullets the sky
Just remember I'll remember & mama 
I'll get by...
I know my face seems crazed & wild
But I got her eyes
A mama's child am I
She's blessed with grace & is smooth as a line
And when I shade she helps me shine
And she comes to me when there's nothing I believe
And holds me so high yes I am free
Saying why hold the anger 
It won't let you fly
Just remember I'll remember & mama mama
I'll get by...
Confused by my own illusions
She said that it's only my pride
And even the simplest solutions
Still won't heal my mind
So I'll remember
I'll remember and I'll get by

Beth Hart’s Mama is a beautiful song and as soon as I saw the title, I knew I wanted to create an outfit that my own mum would have liked. Sadly, she died when I was only 13, so I don’t have that many memories of her, to be honest. I’ve been trying to remember her style, but I don’t think she’d developed her own unique sense of style by the time she died, in her very early 30s. I can recall some rather questionable items she had in her wardrobe though lol. But that’s just the faint memory of a child, right?! It was the late 80s, when fashion wasn’t exactly at its best, which probably didn’t help! Plus, we were living in Portugal by then, and clothes shopping here back then wasn’t easy. We had a couple of local boutiques that seemed to cater for much older ladies, and even the shops in the bigger towns didn’t stock anything much better. How things have changed in the past thirty odd years!

Mama by Beth Hart

What I do remember of my mum was that she liked to wear patterns and prints. I seem to recall her being drawn to brighter colours too, if memory serves me correctly. So that’s what I decided to focus on for this challenge.

A couple of months ago, I bought the perfect pair of trousers from Zara that I can totally imagine my mum wearing, so they were my starting point. I wore them a couple of times whilst travelling to and from the UK recently and I just love them. The only thing I could do with changing is the length, as they’re a tad long for my little legs! Also, I’ve lost a little weight over the past month, so they’re a little big on the bum area lol.

I think my mum would have picked out colours from the trousers, for the rest of the outfit, so that’s what I did. Keeping it quite casual, I chose my favourite navy blue tee from H&M. I love the soft touch of the fabric as it hangs really well, and feels gorgeous against the skin. Adding touches of orange with the shoes (Calla) and in the jewellery, I also decided to wear the only item I own that belonged to my mum—this little silver watch.

I always feel quite sad that this is the only thing I have left of her. It’s not worth anything, other than the sentimental value it holds to me. Michael once tried to get it fixed without telling me, as a surprise. But nobody would do it. They just said it was pointless because it was worthless. But I’ll never part with it, whether it works or not.

Mama by Beth Hart

So that’s it. An outfit I feel my mum would have happily worn—and perhaps styled herself—alongside the watch she owned when she passed away. It’s a simple look, but the loud print and brightly coloured trousers really make a statement, don’t you think? I’ve also worn them with a white vest, a navy blue vest, as well as a yellow tee. All of which complement the colours. But I like to think Mum would have chosen the navy tee for herself. But I guess I’ll never know. It was lovely using the song, and my own mother as inspiration though. Have you styled Mama by Beth Hart? I’d love to see your look…why not include it in the link-up, below? Scroll down to see an old pic of my mum!

If you’d like to join us next month. The song we’ll be using as a style prompt will be “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, chosen by Marsha. I’m so excited for that one…it’s such a beautiful song!! See you soon!

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My mum, before I was born. Funnily enough, I have a blouse similar to this!


  1. August 29, 2022 / 12:34 pm

    Oh my goodness, Suzy, what a beautiful tribute to your mom! You look so much like her that it brought tears to me eyes. I love this fun outfit so much. These trousers are brilliant and look so fabulous on you! I am glad that you got to spend some quality time with your brother. It is so hard when our siblings live so far away. I just saw my sister for a quick brunch two weekends ago and now I won’t see her until November (hopefully, if she sticks to her plans to spend 5 days here for Thanksgiving)! Wonderful post, my friend! I am looking forward to the “Over the Rainbow” one! I have some ideas brewing already.


    • Suzy
      August 29, 2022 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you so much, Shelbee! I never really thought I looked like my mum, but I can see it a little bit more these days.
      Your brunch with your sister must have been wonderful. I’m excited for you both getting to spend Thanksgiving together! I’m also so excited for Over the Rainbow…the version by Judy Garland was always one of my all time favourites, but the one Marsha chose comes a close second. I can’t wait to see how you and Marsha style that one!
      Hugs xx

  2. August 31, 2022 / 2:13 pm

    A lovely tribute to your mama! And I am sorry for that loss as well as the most recent one.
    You are looking lovely in this simple but put together outfit. I love the ease of it and those patterned pants are quite delightful!

    • Suzy
      September 2, 2022 / 8:29 am

      You’re so sweet, Mireille. Thank you so much!
      Hugs xx

  3. September 1, 2022 / 6:13 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I love this outfit. The print on these pants are beautiful.

    • Suzy
      September 2, 2022 / 8:28 am

      Thanks so much, Lovely!
      Have a fab weekend xx

  4. September 1, 2022 / 9:37 am

    I loved how you used the title of the song to inspire your article. I also loved how you went into detail about how your mother dressed by mentioning the pattern and print. It was so fascinating to read about such a personal subject from someone who’s not me.

    • Suzy
      September 2, 2022 / 8:28 am

      Thanks Yelena!

  5. September 3, 2022 / 9:41 am

    I have checked your Redbubble designs. They are simple but great. Good work, you are really powerful as you wrote Powerful is the woman in you.
    Stay true!

    • Suzy
      September 5, 2022 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Maxwell!
      Suzy x

  6. September 3, 2022 / 2:59 pm

    Suzy, I’m sorry for your loss. But it sounds like spending time with your family was amazing. That’s got to have been so hard to lose your mom at such a young age. But I enjoyed hearing the memories you have of her. And I love this outfit. The bright slacks are just so happy and scream summer. It’s a beautiful, even if it’s “worthless.” (I hate the way we gauge worth.)


    • Suzy
      September 5, 2022 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Michelle. It was really nice to spend some time thinking about my mum again.
      Big hugs xx

  7. September 20, 2022 / 11:00 am

    Hi Michelle,
    what do you think about black outfit songful style inspired by Uriah Heep song “Lady in black” ? (just an idea for next songful style)

  8. October 19, 2022 / 10:23 am

    I have been neglecting your blog, that’s for sure. Sorry about that.
    These trousers are very similar to the ones I have. Red, patterned, drawstring and sooo easy to wear. I usually wear it with a white jumper.
    It is a good look on you.
    I would definitely have another go at having the watch repaired again. I mean, what a silly argument “it is worthless”. Worth isn’t defined by money value alone. Just ask how much it would cost and leave it up to you to decide whether you want that or not. I think it is pretty simple to have it repaired. It is just that watch makers is a dying profession.

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