I think she's right.
She looked me in the eyes and said it straight.
And that's how it really is for so many of us.
We don't always realise when we're strong because we have to be tough all the time.
There are those like me who should probably have it tattooed inside their eyelids.
I've been feeling like a GaNg$Ta all week after casting off body ageing hangups like a python sheds its skin in spring.
Thank you, all of you for sharing your thoughts and helping us all to be strong.
Fuck anyone who tells a woman how she's supposed to feel and look at any age.
Darling Bella of Citizen Rosebud bared her heart in her Pin Up or Shut Up post on our celebration of the body beautiful while privately harbouring prejudices about our own body shape.
And Vix of Vintage Vixen had a wonderfully heated rant about how feeling awesome and sexacious is simply a state of mind.
At any age.
Vintage tutu, earrings, pink and silver bird ornament - op shops
Vintage fur cape, bow headband and shoes - second hand market
Necklace - custom made by Phussy
Tights - Sock Dreams
First up was Sarah Misfit who snapped up this amazing, huge 1970s cake tin for me from an op shop and stuffed it full of goodies, including a scrumptiously warm, 1980s velour jumpsuit.
The Stylist and I have been haggling over sharing the jumpsuit and she won out this week, wearing it to bed every night!
She is precious, kind and compassionate and I just wanted to hug her all the time ... of course we both wore green because we understand the power of the best colour of all time.
She spoilt me with scrumptious gifts, including an amazing granny bag made from a bath mat, bling-bling and a fab print of Deborah Kerr which immediately joined the Wall of Wenches in our lounge room.
She sent me this INCREDIBLE 1970s maxi with semi-sheer lace daisy bodice and sleeves.
And it's a perfect fit - GAH!
She also sent me a beautiful 1950s purple veiled cocktail hat, gifts for The Stylist, books for the lads, and bling-bling, including a fecking amazing GaNg$Ta-sized lion-head necklace.
I nearly died.
And check out the red stitching and rose embroidery on this fabulous 1970s black jacket for The Stylist.
1940s frock - gift from The Hornbag aka Helga
Earrings - gift from darling Miss A
Bag - gift from lovely Vintage Bird Girl
Belly dancer's belt - gift from sexalicous Sarah Misfit
Vintage necklaces - Etsy
VW Melissa shoes - NYC Melissa sample sale
I'm calling this 1980s gown The Dingbat, due to its fabulous wing-like appendages highlighting one's derriere.
I snaffled it up from a Facebook friend who was selling off some gear to, of course, make room for more pretties.
Vintage lucite bangle - a gift from The Phoenix
Awesome lion necklace - from Miss A
Evil eye earrings - Etsy shop, Bones Couture
Feather cape - second hand
Don't bury yourself alive, be fucken GaNg$Ta.
And stay GaNg$Ta baby.
Love Desiree xxx