I can't believe I've gone and done it.

I've succumbed to a trend that I would have scoffed and guffawed at, loudly, in previous years. What trend, you ask? Yes, my friends, Birkenstocks. It's amazing how my perception of them has changed from the 80s to now. I used to make fun of them until I saw Phoebe Philo of Céline send fur-lined ones down the runway a few years ago. That was the turning point for me.

I bought a pair of the Arizona model in white for summer. I wear them everywhere now and my feet will be forever grateful. They look equally good with jeans, white pants, shorts or sundresses. My husband bought a pair in brown and my daughter bought a black pair. Our 14 year-old son: "never" he said mockingly. Never say never.

Are there any trends that you thought "never will I ever", but you did?

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Answer: any way you want to. 

I've always had eclectic taste in fashion. From the time I was 2 and insisted on wearing knee socks with my shiny black patent leather mary-janes to now, age 50, and my love of huge, over-the-top jewelry. I've never been shy to dress to please myself, regardless of taunts and good-natured ribbing from my friends. 

As I get older, I am even less inhibited with the way I dress. I see turbans, kaftans and huge jewels around my neck in my future. I've never been a shrinking violet and I'm certainly not starting at 50.

Below are some gorgeous women whose styles I really admire.

How will you dress when you're older? Twin-sets and pearls or motorcycle jackets and stilettos?




Today I leave you with a simple poem that I love. Being a Mum to 2 wonderful teenagers, I feel a certain twinge of nostalgia when I read it because they're no longer my little ones.

Happy Mother's Day to all Mums out there.