Tuesday, October 31
Annie Brumbaugh's Top 10 Wardrobing Tips...
Monday, October 30
Christian Charm Course...
Youthful, Girlish Styles
Fresh Faced Makeup
A Ready Smile
Clean, Lovely Hands
Abstention from Alcohol
Purity of Thought and Life
A Manner of Sitting Prettily
Soft, Gentle Speech
A Refined Vocabulary
A Reverent Attitude
A Forgiving Disposition
Sunday, October 29
Keeping Home Before a Trip...
- First, I try to do any laundry that we may have. I make sure that it is dry and put away so that I have less to do when we come home with dirty clothes from the trip and so that we have clean things to wear when we come home.
- Next, I replace the linens in our house. I put fresh towels in the bathrooms and kitchen and clean sheets on our beds. A fresh tablecloth is also a nice touch.
- I empty garbage cans and waste paper baskets. In addition, I try to get rid of any food that might spoil while we are away.
- I make sure that the baby's diapers are freshly laundered and put in the nursery and that the nursey's diaperpail is empty and clean (I didn't do that one of the times we went away, and you wouldn't believe the smell when we returned!).
- I refill any thing that is empty or close to it... liquid soap dispensers, tissue boxes, toilet paper rolls... etc.
- I make sure that all dishes are clean and that the dishwasher is empty.
- I do a general pick-up of the house and return things to their home (baby toys, books, magazines, mail, etc.
When I make sure that our home is as tidy as it can be before we leave on a trip, I can ensure that we can come home and relax without worrying about little details!
Saturday, October 28
Feminine Inspiration in Books and Movies...
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
Fresh lemon juice to make a paste
1. Pour the sugar in the palm of your hand.
2. Squeeze enough juice from a fresh lemon wedge to make a paste.
1. Rub your hands together in a rotary motion. At first, the paste will feel gritty and rough.
2. Continue rubbing and the heat of your hands will melt the sugar to become a candy glaze.
3. Work this glaze up and over each finger and over the back of each hand. Really rub yourhands.
4. Leave glaze on five minutes.
5. Rinse with water.
6. Pat dry with soft towel.
7. Follow up with a rich lotion.
Friday, October 27
Feminine Kitchen Hour...
I have always liked...
My Basic Fall and Winter Wardrobe...
Skirts: long brown tweed, dark brown knit*, taupe and blue plaid, acorn and dark brown plaid, grey plaid, and black knit**
Tops: taupe henley*, brown vee-neck cardigan*, white boat neck tee, brown scoop neck tee, white button down, and black knit wrap sweater
Accessories: black dress shoes, black boots, black bag
brown dress shoes**, brown boots**, brown bag**
Jewelry: drop earrings, cross and chain, wedding band and engagement ring, bracelet, and
Though I have many other clothes in my closet, the majority don't fit me now due to baby weight and nursing. I also have quite a few handbags, scarves, pins, etc. so that I can try to mix it up a bit. Interestingly enough though, with six bottoms and six tops, I have 36 different outfits that I can wear!
*: purchased at Eddie Bauer recently
**: hope to purchase in the future
New Fall Clothes...
Eddie Bauer is having big sales right now... I ordered all of these clothes in tall. I think that I've found my new favorite store. Everything fits really well and I am one happy lady! Thank you, thank you, thank you hubby! You are a peach!
Wednesday, October 25
French Women Don't Get Fat...
I found this great review on Amazon for you:
The message of this book could be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. There is no hard science, no clearly-defined plan, and no lists of food to have or have not; instead, you'll find simple tricks that boil down to eating carefully prepared seasonal food, exercising more and refusing to think of food as something that inspires guilt. It's both a practical message and far easier said than done in today's "no pain, no gain" culture.
Author Mireille Guiliano is CEO of Veuve Clicquot, and French Women Don't Get Fat offers a concept of sensible pleasures: If you have a chocolate croissant for breakfast, have a vegetable-based lunch--or take an extra walk and pass on the bread basket at dinner. Guiliano's insistence on simple measures slowly creating substantial improvements are reassuring, and her suggestion to ignore the scale and learn to live by the "zipper test" could work wonders for those who get wrapped up in tiny details of diet. She sympathizes that deprivation can lead straight to overindulgence when it comes to favorite foods, but then, in a most French manner, treats them as a pleasure that needs to be sated, rather than a battle to be fought.
A number of recipes are included, from a weight-loss enhancing leek soup to a lush chocolate mousse; they read more like what you'd find in a French cookbook rather than an American diet book. Most appealingly, these are guidelines and tricks that could be easily sustainable over a lifetime. If you agree that food is meant to be appreciated--but no more so than having a trim waist--these charmingly French recommendations could set you on the path to a future filled with both croissants and high fashion. --Jill Lightner
French Woman for all Seasons...
-From the Walmart Website
I enjoyed reading French Women Don't Get Fat so much! I am really looking forward to picking this one up!
Are You a Lady?
|You Are 96% Lady|
No doubt about it, you are a lady with impeccable etiquette
You know how to put others at ease, even if their manners aren't the greatest.
Tuesday, October 24
Monday, October 23
Actress Jane Wyatt Dies at 95
Born in Campgaw, New Jersey on August 12, 1911, Wyatt grew up in New York City; her father was a Wall Street investment banker, and her mother wrote for such publications as Commonweal and Catholic World. After attending the Chapin School and studying at Barnard, she became an apprentice at the Berkshire Playhouse in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, this at a time when acting was not considered a suitable profession for well-brought-up young women. Indeed, when Wyatt got a job as an understudy in a Broadway show, her name was removed from the New York Social Registry.
Wyatt's early Broadway credits included Give Me Yesterday, The Fatal Alibi, and the original production of the George S. Kaufman-Edna Ferber play Dinner at Eight, in which she was a replacement in the role of Paula Jordan. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, she appeared in such plays as W. Somerset Maugham's For Services Rendered, Philip Barry's The Joyous Season, and Clifford Odets' Night Music. Her last Broadway role was that of Nina Denery in Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden (1951).
Among her film credits, Wyatt had major roles in Lost Horizon (1937), None but the Lonely Heart (1944), and Gentleman's Agreement (1947). On TV's Father Knows Best, she played opposite Robert Young, winning three Emmy Awards for her work. In later years, she appeared as Mr. Spock's mother in the original Star Trek series and in the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. She also played Katherine Auschlander on St. Elsewhere and made guest appearances on many other TV series.
In 1935, Wyatt married Edgar Bethune Ward; their union lasted until his death in 2000. Wyatt is survived by the couple's two sons, Christopher and Michael; three grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Feminine Touches in the Kitchen...
Sunday, October 22
The Accomplished, Feminine Woman...
- Spirituality (i.e. prayer, reading the Bible, and other spiritual books, ability to be attentive and respectful during services at church and times of prayer, etc.)
- Dressing for one's body type
- A nurturing spirit
- A love and knowledge of music
- Skill in handcrafts (like sewing, embroidery, etc.) and making crafts (making own cards, wreaths, flower arranging, etc.)
- Decorating in the home
- Charm and etiquette
- Excerise (things like ballet, bike riding, hiking, horse back riding, playing ball, jacks, hopscotch, etc.)
- Cooking and Baking
- Setting the table, table manners, hosting a party or tea
- Cultivation of a love of literature
- Laundry care
- Shopping (frugality, planning, etc.)
I would love to add to this list... what are your thoughts?
Saturday, October 21
- A large bag for travel and casual wear.
- An afternoon bag to wear with city ensembles and slightly dressy outfits. The most practical choice is undoubtedly a medium sized bag of fine black calfskin with an attractive clasp... Those combining two or more colors are beautiful when carried with a monochrome outfit; but a more practical choice for a limited wardrobe would be all-black, all-beige, or all-brown.
- An evening purse of silk, satin, or velvet.
- For the summer, a beige straw handbag, which can be of a rather coarse weave if you spend your summers in the country, or of a finer texture... if you stay in town. In any case, a straw handbag is an indispensable accessory to summery cotton and linen dresses.
From: A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux
A Properly Set Table...
"You'll fight me on this, but table linens civilize and enhance our meals, and our kids need to know about such things. Absolutely worth the starching and ironing, and if you don't use them every day, use them on Sunday."
Hubby and I have gotten into a runt, let me tell you! While we were living in our little apartment, we ate our meals at the coffee table in the living room. We had to do this because our dining room ceiling leaked almost from the moment we began renting. It was so bad that we ended up pushing our dining table and chairs against the wall in a very untidy heap to save them from permanent damage.
Now that we've moved into the rented rectory, we not only have a spacious dining room that houses our dining table and six chairs, but we have a large enough kitchen that that allows us to have a small table and four chairs in it! Despite the fact that we have two perfectly good tables and a multitude of chairs to use for meal times, we choose to sit on our futon hunched over the coffee table to eat!
I am going to change this horrifying habit once and for all! I am going to purchase a tablecloth, place mats, and cloth napkins! I have always wanted to use hemstitched table linens in a deep, dark brown. Our dishes are a beautiful creamy shade of white and in my mind's eye they would look beautiful together! I just know that our meal tonight would have been so much more enjoyable if it were eaten at a properly set table!
Friday, October 20
We have not been married that long (only about one year and four months)... and I still want there to be a bit of mystery that surrounds me! I am not a raving beauty, but I want my husband to believe that I am well-groomed naturally. I do not want to be a Discovery Health show that my husband has to watch every night from our bed. Talking about killing the mood!
One of my favorite books on femininity is Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin. Though there are questionable things Andelin believes in, reading the book open my eyes to the different ways that a woman can improve herself and thus, her marriage. In her chapter on the Feminine Manner, Mrs. Andelin lists the following:
Don'ts for the Feminine Manner
- Don't use your hands in a stiff, brusque, efficient, firm, or strong manner
- Don't walk with a heavy gait or long strides.
- Avoid the following qualities in the voice: loudness, firmness, efficiency, boldness, dullness, mumbling, monotonous, singsong.
- Don't laugh loudly or in a vulgar manner
- Don't use facial expressions that suggest anger, coldness, bitterness, resentment, disgust, or stubbornness.
- Don't indulge in conversation that is harsh, bitter, critical, impatient, crude, vulgar, or unrefined.
- Don't pick your nose, scratch yourself, or blow your nose in public (wiping your nose is okay).
- Don't stroke your husband's back in public, caress his hair, or fondle him.
- Don't slap anyone on the back.
- Don't talk loud, whistle, or yell.
- Don't roar at jokes.
- Don't gulp food or eat noisily.
- Don't drink by throwing your head back.
- Don't sit with legs apart or one leg across the other.
Whew! With rules like that, I'm quite sure that Helen Andelin would be horrified to hear that I've been leaving the bathroom door open. After re-reading the chapter on Feminine Manner, I have decided to take care to rekindle the wonderful newlywed feeling and begin to primp in private once more!
Thursday, October 19
This got me thinking: I *try* to be very careful to wear feminine clothing during the day, but I often find myself in crummy pj pants and a tee shirt at night when I go to sleep. Why is this? The times that I have worn nightgowns (or at least a pretty pajama set), I have found that I feel not only comfortable, but ladylike as well! Why have I not made sure that I carry my feminine dressing into all aspects of my life?
I find this especially interesting because I am particular about making sure that our sheets are trimmed with lace and our blankets are refreshingly feminine... why am I wearing ugly things into our beautiful bed?
Tuesday, October 17
A Lady Gets Dressed...
A lady wears a camisole if her blouse or dress is sheer enough to reveal the details of her bra.
A lady builds her wardrobe on a foundation of well-made clothes that will not be out of style after one season and will endure repeated cleaning and wear.
A lady knows that her posture is as important as any article of clothing on her back.
A lady is mindful of her appearance at all times.
If a lady chooses to wear nail polish, she makes sure it is not chipped.
Monday, October 16
Some Feminine Inspiration...
Friday, October 13
A Woman's Crowning Glory...
Better Than Beauty: A Guide to Charm
My hair is a complete and utter disaster. It is in desperate need of a trim! The part that looks the worst, however, are my bangs. Their sad state cannot be disguised in a messy bun! Unfortunatly, there is not much I can do until I find a hair dresser near our new home. I must remember to investigate this!
On a brighter note, I have begun to use John Frieda's Luminous Color Glaze in Amber to Maple. I have noticed that it does give my hair a nice glossy sheen and the smell is great! The John Frieda website has a great deal of interesting things on it as well as a place to sign up for special offers and promotions. http://www.johnfrieda.com/index.asp
What Your Skin Needs…
According to Better Than Beauty: A Guide to Charm, skin needs only three things:
A Healthy Diet
Proper External Cleansing
A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet includes plenty of water, green vegetables, fruits, eggs, and milk. I have been trying very hard to maintain good eating habits due to nursing, but could really improve my intake of water.
Proper External Cleansing
Once upon a time, I had a very nice complexion. It was a lovely pale ivory color and very smooth. I rarely got blemishes, but when I did, they cleared up rather quickly.
Fast forward to four and a half months postpartum. My face is red, dry, flaky, and bumpy. It breaks out with the slightest provocation (i.e. changing cleanser or moisturizer). In short, it has humbled me more than words can express!
I have finally discovered that my skin will no longer allow products to touch it that have chemicals in it. After months of trying this product and that product, the winner is: Burt’s Bees! Talk about Crunchy Mama! However, I am not arguing! I will accept this fate happily if it means that I can have my pre-baby skin back!
Products I use: Dove soap, Burt’s Bees Evening Primrose Overnight Creme, and Burt's Bees Beeswax Moisturizing Creme
I really believe that if one is going to wear makeup it should be enhancing and it should make you look like you, just better. I wear a little bit every day: Max Factor Pan Stick (just dab here and there), pale colored eye shadow, mascara, and blush. Besides wearing makeup to enhance one’s beauty, I think that good grooming of one’s eyebrows is enormously important. Though I have been known to let my brows go without plucking for a bit too long (such is the case right now), I have noticed the great difference it make when I take the time to groom them!
My Three Goals for improving my skin are to:
Drink more water.
Properly clean and moisturize my face in the morning and in the evening.
Take the time to groom my eyebrows!
What improvements will you be making to enhance your skin?
Prelude to Charm…
"Once in a lifetime you may meet that rare person whose face and appearance you forget, but whose charm remains indelible. It doesn't happen often. What we see usually becomes a vital part of our impression of people. Our brain picture. "
"Your skin, your makeup, your hair, your hands, the way you sit, the way you stand-these are the priming coat, the background upon which all other qualities are imposed. What can you do to make your physical self more expressive of that important inner quality of warmth and friendliness?”
The first chapter goes on to discuss briefly what one's skin needs, a makeup routine, hair, hands, feet, and carriage. What this little book lacks in modernity, it makes up for in charm. While I can't (and really wouldn't want to) follow Valentine and Thompson's advice skin, makeup, and hair, I will read with relish the bit on posture and carriage!