Aunt Caryl, Aunt Mary Ellen et moi. Photo taken in New Orleans last month.
Mothers can take many shapes and forms. If you don't have your mother with you, for whatever reason life throws at you, there are other options. And I am eternally grateful for that. Your mother can be an older friend, cousin, mentor -- whoever gives you inspiration, love and TLC. In my case it is my two closest Aunties.
My mother died in 1966, she was 36 and I was 8. Tender ages, both.
And because I had my grandmother, Bootsie, and my mother's sister, Auntie Caryl, I had two women who exemplified love, fun and the expression of personal style.
Add to that my triple luck of having my glamorous Aunt Mary Ellen, Aunt Caryl's sister-in-law. Which means we are not related by blood. But we are related in our love of culture, style and fashion.
Aunt Caryl has always been the icon of fabulous, bohemian, California hippie, ultra cool style.
Aunt Mary Ellen has always been the icon of fabulous, classic, Hollywood style.
I love and adore you both. Happy Mother's Day! XOXO.