A bit of everyday glamour

I am sure you have seen those ladies who always look put together. They are ready for anything at anytime.

I see them when I am out running errands. Older women in particular who never leave the house without a face full of make up or at least their, ‘lips on’, meaning they are wearing lipstick always.

I on the other hand have been known to shovel snow off of the driveway in my pj’s and house slippers. I’m not going anywhere so why bother? What does it matter? Why put in the effort?

If you are a Downton Abby fan, you know that these ‘rich people’ dressed for everything. Just as there is an appropriate piece of cutlery for every dish, there is an equally appropriate outfit for every occasion.

Going riding, there’s an outfit for that. Fishing? Hunting? Going for a picnic? You know there is something cute to wear for all of that, for every activity. But what about the stay-at-home woman?

I follow The Darling Academy blog run by Alena Pettigrew, the British housewife making waves with her positivity and enjoyment, yes actual enjoyment at being a housewife. Not a working mom, a housewife. She stays home and takes care of everything else while her husband brings home the bacon.

How to be a perfect '50s housewife: In the kitchen - Click Americana
Image NOT from Alena’s post. Image from, Click Americana

The other day, she wrote about women wearing dresses. It has inspired me to wear dresses more. After all, housewives from the past did everything, if not more due to a lack of modern conveniences, that we do today but they did it in a dress and with their hair and make up done to some extent everyday.

Putting oneself together for the day is an effort. It is an effort I don’t usually do unless I am visiting a client. The other day I was getting ready to go out and I was amazed at the effort required just to look as if I had not fallen out of bed and crawled to my car!

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To that end, making the effort daily to do hair and make up and dress like a woman everyday, or as many days in a row as possible, I went shopping online yesterday and purchased 2 skirts, 2 dresses, an assortment of small scarves for hair or neck, a couple of purses and 2 tops. I shop cheap y’all. I can’t afford to pay top dollar for anything so I went to Shein and picked up all of that for the price some people would pay for one shirt on sale at Nordstroms or wherever they sell expensive shirts. There will be a fashion show of the items I bought.

How about you? Are you interested in getting back to your beautiful self… whatever that looks like? Are you interested in wearing skirts/dresses more, or exclusively? I almost have myself convinced but that really depends on if we can get the swamp cooler working this summer or not. I know, I’m wimpy, but comfort matters. For now, I think I will get going on the ‘dress challenge’. I own dresses and skirts already, I just wanted some new pink things for spring. I wanted to update the wardrobe. Its been while since I bought any new clothes.

I think these days we have all become so casual that dressing the way people did in the past seems like too much. It seems special and well… it IS special. Are you not worth that specialness? Dressing like a grown up is a gift you give to yourself. No hoodies, no sweats, no leggins or yoga pants. A skirt. A nice blouse. Perhaps a dress. Some accessories. Hair curled, combed, whatever, and make up on with earrings and any other jewelry you wish to add. Your home and family are your community. You have/had standards at work. You dressed for those people you worked with, why not for your family? Why not put the same effort in for yourself?

Anyone else want to join me for the adventure? A dress a day in 2021?


Who said that?

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I am a tea enthusiast. Every so often I see a tea quote attributed to the wrong person. yes, that person said what they said, but someone else said it first. I don’t know it is a generational thing as in each generation needs someone from their time-frame to be connected to a quote or if people are genuinely unaware that at this late stage in the game, there are few, if any, insights left that can be considered truly original. Here are some examples:

“Bread and water can easily be turned into toast and tea.” Has been attributed to; Alexandra Stoddard, or Janet Clarkson when in fact it is from this poem from 1903…

“While I’ve no gold,” he whispered,
      “Love’s riches shall be thine,
Though we, in a modest cottage,
      On bread and water dine.”
“With love’s warm flame to serve us,
      At slight expense,” said she,
We can make of bread and water
      Sweet feasts of toast and tea.

~The Tattler in Town Topics, reprinted in The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1903 April 20th (But I am sure someone else said it prior to this but I cannot recall who at this time.)

The next is, “A woman is like a tea bag, she never knows how strong she is until she is put into hot water.” This quote is often attributed to Nancy Reagan but Eleanor Roosevelt said it first.

Some people may think it does not matter where a quote comes from but I do. To me it is allowing another part of the past to be forgotten and too much of that happens already.

How about you? Do you have a favorite tea, tea quote, tea ritual you enjoy? It is such an easy hobby to enjoy.


Reorganizing the kitchen

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I just ordered these Tupperware canisters off of Ebay. Glorious PINK!

I am trying to figure out how to best organize and utilize my kitchen. I follow certain tradwife ladies on Youtube and some of them love vintage decor. Having lived through the 1970’s firsthand, I’m not really into the orange, avocado green, and brown that were so prevalent those days. While I was looking throuhg vintage counter top canisters, I came across several sellers displaying vintage Tupperware canisters. I had no idea they came in so many colors; yellow, almond, green, orange and then… I found them in PINK! Well, truthfully, I found them in a faded purpley mauve, did some searching and found this complete, pink canister set. Why did I buy them?

My mother has this exact set in blaze orange.

Vintage Orange Tupperware Canister Set of 4 ~ 70s Kitchen Storage ...

and these…

Orange Tupperware Vintage Measuring Cups: 61 ppm Cadmium. Cadmium ...

and this…

Amazon.com: Tupperware 1qt Yellow Strainer Colander: Home & Kitchen

and these…

vtg Tupperware Servalier Bowls w/ Lids Harvest Colors Orange Yellow Lot of 3

and you know what? She still has them. Talk about longevity and sustainability. Past generations had that all locked down long before ‘climate change’ became trendy.

My kitchen reorganization is going to include; getting rid of items I have not used in a while, reorganizing food storage, dishes storage, etc.

I’m planning a late summer or fall yardsale. Slow and stead wins the race.

My mother is an excellent housewife. She is great at organizing and decluttering. I will be asking her for her opinion, and advice, often.

I used to have counter top canisters but I found that having them on the counter meant they got dirty often and they were always in the way. My mom uses her counter to store dishes she uses everyday. More on that another time I love how it works and looks. My sister, on the other hand, hates anything being on her counters. She does have a hot beverage station on one smallish counter area near a side sink. Do you have a hot beverage station? I have seen this in other homes as well. Let me know.

How do you organize your kitchen for aesthetics and functionality?

I will post more about the kitchen do-over as it progresses.

 

 


I love a ‘cottage-y’ home

My house is very much NOT a cottage. Built in the late 1960’s during the space-race craze, it looks like a spaceship trying to take off. It has a flat roof and the corners of the roof come up at the tips. Maybe it looks a bit more like ‘The flying Nun’s’ habit?

I was surfing the Net on my phone last night and came across some photos of lovely cottage home interiors.

Floral fabrics and blue vase accents… PERFECT!

I love plaid and strips with florals. It gives the look a bit of the unexpected and breaks things up. Too much of a good thing (floral fabrics) can become tedious. An added bonus is it adds some masculinity to the room. You do not want your husband, or male guests to feel uncomfortable or unwelcome.

 

Tropical floral fabric on the sofa, lovely plaid ottoman.

 

Love this sofa at the foot of the bed.

 

Book nook.

 

What do you think of the curtains covering up the books? I love the look of books so not sure I would do it. I have a very long living room and I think I would put curtains up at the side over the entry way just to end the room. I seemingly goes on forever and conversations echo.

 

My absolute favorite although I would add more red and take out some of the yellowish green. Perhaps reupholster the chair and ottoman in front of the cabinet in red stripe fabric that matches the bottom edge of the sofa (if I could not find the exact fabric)?

A cozy home, no matter how you decorate makes coming home from work, or staying home because of plagues, a more pleasant experience.

Have you wanted to change up your decor? Have you perfected the look of your home at long last? I would love to hear from you in comments.