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Dance Naked in the Sunshine

I won the book Granny’s Recipes, Remedies, and Helpful Hints from one of Becca’s Saturday book give-aways. The book contains all kinds of old-timey advice, remedies, recipes, and how-to’s. There’s even a section on beauty, or, as the author calls it, “Cosmetiques.” I thought it might be fun to excerpt a little of Granny’s advice here on my blog.

Value of a sun bath
A sun bath is of more worth than much warming by the fire.

Ladies who have ample leisure and who lead methodical lives, take a plunge or sponge bath three times a week, and a vapor or sun bath every day. To facilitate this very beneficial practice, a south or east apartment is desirable. The lady denudes herself, takes a seat near the window, and takes in the warm rays of the sun. The effect is both beneficial and delightful.

If, however, she be of a restless disposition, she may dance, instead of basking, in the sunlight. Or, if she be not fond of dancing, she may improve the shining hours by taking down her hair and brushing it, using sulphur water, pulverized borax dissolved in alcohol, or some similar dressing.

I suppose it goes without saying that you may want to be careful which window you choose to sunbathe in, depending on how friendly you are with the neighbors.

Chadwick’s Haul

We’re going to have a spending moratorium starting in May, so I’m stocking up on practical warm-weather clothes before then. I had a bunch of Chadwick’s coupons, and shopping online is so much faster for me than going to the store, so I bought quite a few things from their site.

Chadwick’s is kind of a mixed bag, style-wise. There are dowdy clothes, cute clothes, and basic, practical clothes. If you know what you’re looking for and what looks good on you, you can make out pretty well. The stuff you have to look out for is the dowdy clothes masquerading as basic, practical stuff. For example, this tank top. What a deal, right? And so practical! Except that if you look closely you’ll realize that it’s kind of shapeless, and their clothes run big anyway. It will probably end up being one of those things you can’t get rid of because it’s so practical, but never wear because it doesn’t look good on you.

Anyway, I was happy with everything I ordered. I got a dress that’s no longer on the site, this shirt in navy, these pants in navy, and these shoes in yellow. The pants are actually way cuter in real life than they are online. There’s a button detail on the cuff and a buckle detail on the back, and they’re just the right length for my short legs.

I wanted to take a picture of the yellow shoes to show how well they go with my green pants (green and yellow! I’m so current!), but Gwen kept rubbing on the shoes and getting in the way. I guess she likes them, too.

yellow shoes 1
yellow shoes 2

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