1930’s Type of Manicure, The Half-moon

 

In the 30’s women began to get professional manicures. One of the polish techniques that was popular at the time, made famous by Cutex, was the half-moon manicure which is popular today. The half-moon manicure was made popular by Hollywood. The half-moon and tip of the nail were left unpainted, showing the skill of a professional manicure. The idea stemmed from keeping enamel from the cuticle and the tip of the nail to avoid chipping.

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Let’s Talk Turkey

Here’s a little Thanksgiving turkey talk to discuss around the table.

Did you know?

Thanksgiving became a national holiday all thanks to a woman named Sarah Hale. An American writer, the author of Mary had a Little Lamb, a poet and editor of a ladies magazine, The Godey’s Lady’s book.

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She hand wrote letters to congress for years to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

Of the 102 original Pilgrims that came over on the Mayflower

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only 50 survived to celebrate Thanksgiving. Five of those fifty were woman who served the meal.

We’ve all heard the term Tom Turkey in regard to the male turkey. How did that name come about? It seems Ben Franklin was upset with Thomas Jefferson when he refused to have the turkey as our National bird.

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So Ben, mockingly called the turkey “Tom Turkey” after him.

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In 1947 President Harry Truman started the annual tradition of pardoning a turkey.

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The turkey, after its pardoning goes to a public farm in Herndon Virginia.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Best Way to Long Lasting Perfume

Do you feel like your perfume doesn’t last long enough? Stop spraying your clothing! Don’t simply spray your clothes with perfume on your way out the door.

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Perfume needs the warmth of your skin to interact with your own body oils. Scent should be worn directly on your skin under your clothing for lasting effect. Put perfume on your pulse area’s low on the body as it will rise with your body heat!

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The Reason For Green Hair In The Summer

Why does blond hair get that tinge of green to it from swimming in pools?

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It’s the chlorine and copper in the water.

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Copper is used in swimming pools to keep the algae under wraps. We’ve all seen what copper does to roofs and other copper things over time.

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Chlorine, sun and air oxidize the copper, which gives the hair a greenish cast.

Always be sure to use clarifying shampoos or swimmers shampoo’s to help combat getting green hair.

Check out my post on: Home Remedy For Green Hair Caused By Chlorine And Copper

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Memorial Day and the United States Flag

 

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On Memorial day, the United States of America’s flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-mast position, where it remains until noon. After the hour of noon the flag is raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

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The half-mast position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service for their country.

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The flag, raised by the living, symbolically means a promise to not let the memory of our service men and women’s sacrifice be in vain.

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The Legend of the Easter Egg

For Christians, the Easter egg is the reminder of Jesus rising from His tomb and bringing new life.  The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed tomb of Christ and the inside of the egg, containing new life sealed within, represents His resurrection from the dead.

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The Easter egg originated by Christians of Mesopotamia who stained the eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ shed at His crucifixion.  The Christian Church officially adopted the custom, regarding the eggs as a symbol of the resurrection in A.D. 1610.

Legend has it Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ.

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Today, coloring eggs in bright colors holds tradition as well as chocolate eggs.Easter eggschocolate egg

 

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Legend of the Lenten Pretzel

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The pretzel, being symbolic of prayer and penance during Lent, is a small but powerful instrument in bringing families to God.

Lent is a period of fasting and self-denial.  Praying, fasting and penance, at this time, is an imitation of our Lord’s fasting for forty days and forty nights in preparation for Easter.

In the Roman Empire the faithful kept a strict fast.  No milk, butter, cheese eggs, cream or meat were eaten during Lent.  They made small breads of water, flour and salt to remind them that Lent was a time for pray and penance.  They shaped these breads in the form of crossed arms for in those days they crossed their arms over the breast while praying.  They called the breads “little arms” (bracellae). From this Latin word Germanic people named them pretzels.

Many Christians follow this tradition with their children and I’ve included a little story of how Josie and her family celebrate this tradition in my sequel to Towel Dry and a Good Cry , Towel Dry and an Alibi, that I’m currently working on.

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Ever Wonder What pH Stands For?

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We see pH balanced on so many hair products. Ever wonder what the pH means? It means Potential of Hydrogen. It’s a measure of the hydrogen ion concentration of a substance, what we know as acid or alkali. On the pH scale 0 is extremely acidic, 7 is neutral and 14 is strongly alkaline. Most peoples skin is between 4.5 and 5.5, meaning a little acidic.

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Extremely high acid or alkaline in products will damage the hair. So when you see pH  balanced shampoo you know that it is safe for your hair.

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What’s the Difference Between a Facial Serum and a Moisturizer?

 

 

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A moisturizer is an emulsion that hydrates the skin.

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A serum is lighter and contains “active” ingredients that claim to do something extra for the skin such as, reducing wrinkles or brighten the complexion. Serum’s work well underneath your moisturizer for added benefits.

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Hanging Christmas Stockings By The Fireplace and How It All Started

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How did hanging Christmas stocking’s by the fireplace all start? Well, it all begins with Saint Nikolaus, also known as Nikolaus Von Myra and Nikolaus of Bari. Born March 15, 270 and died December 6, 343. St. Nikolaus had a reputation of secret gift giving, putting coins in shoes of the poor who left them out for him. He eventually became the model for Santa Claus.

As legend has it, a recently widowed man and the father of three girls was poverty-stricken and was worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for the girls to marry.

St. Nikolaus was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard the villagers discussing that family’s situation. St. Nikolaus wanted to help but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, St. Nikolaus slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girl’s recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins.

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The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because St. Nicholaus’ generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair.

Although this story seems far-fetched, this tale of unknown origin and date is widely referenced when it comes to the history of the Christmas stocking.

There is a holiday commemorating St. Nikolaus on December  6th,  Saint Nicholas Day.

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Madam C. J. Walker

Most of you that know me, know I love the history of the hairdressing and barbering profession.

I recently came across a remarkable woman of the past, Madam C.J. Walker. I highly recommend reading her book, On Her Own Ground.

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Madam C.J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove December 23, 1867, on a Louisiana plantation. She transformed herself from an uneducated cotton field laborer and laundress to the first female self-made millionaire in America.

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During the 1890’s, Sarah began to suffer from a scalp ailment that caused her to lose most of her hair. She experimented with many homemade remedies and store bought products including those made by Annie Malone, another black woman entrepreneur.

After working as a sales rep for Annie Malone, Sarah married her third husband Charles Joseph Walker in 1905.  Changing her name to Madam C.J. Walker she founded her own business selling her own product Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower, a scalp conditioning treatment.

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By early 1910, she had settled in Indianapolis, then the nation’s largest inland manufacturing center, where she built a factory, hair and manicure salon and training school.

Not only did she promote her business through dedication and hard work she was also a philanthropist, using her money to make a difference in causes she felt were important.

If you are as interested, as I am, in past beauty history, I highly recommend reading Madam C.J. Walker’s story. She was an incredible woman.

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Barbershop Quartet Day July 13

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Did you know July 13th is Barbershop Music Appreciation Day and is a day to relax and enjoy the sweet voices of a Barbershop Quartet or the Sweet Adelines?Barbershop Harmony is four part, unaccompanied, close harmony singing. In most cases, barbershop music is taken from 20th (and 21st!) century popular music.

It can be sung by a quartet, with each singer singing her own part, or by larger groups of anything up to 200 singers – still singing in four parts. Barbershoppers do more than just sing…they entertain!

Edna Mae Anderson of Tulsa, Oklahoma invited some women to her home to sing on July 13, 1945. Their husbands were members of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). The ladies wanted to participate in the singing fun and enjoyment. On that evening, the “Sweet Adelines” were born. The group later became Sweet Adelines International., which now boasts hundreds of groups and thousands for members.

July 13th is a great day to listen to barbershop music.

The Origin of Barbershop Music Appreciation Day:

Barbershop Music Appreciation Day was created in 2005 by Sweet Adelines International. It was started to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of their organization. This organization boasts over 300 choruses, and 15,000 singers.

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The History of Wigs, Wiglets, Falls and Extensions

From 30 BC onward, wigs and wiglets have always been a part of society. In Cleopatra’s day wearing a wig meant you were considered an elite member of society.

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In 1812, thanks to Rapunzel, long lavish hair introduced the public to hair extensions.

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As time moved through the 1830’s to the turn of the century, Hairdressers used padding and forms to create the luxurious Victorian hairstyles.

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By the time the twenties rolled in women were crazed for the flapper bob cut.

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Falls, a weft of hair that was clipped onto the back of the head, created length and more volume were popular from the forties to sixties.

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The seventies brought a weaving trend in.  African American women were sewing hair onto cornrowed braids.

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And as time still passes, wigs, wiglets, falls and extensions are still popular today.

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The Gibson Girl

 

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Charles Dana Gibson 1867-1944, an American artist, was best known for his pen and ink sketches of his own creation, the Gibson Girl

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.  His drawings of the ‘Gibson Girl’ showcased women with pompadours and impossibly tiny waists.

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The Gibson Girl look started a new standard of feminine beauty.

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An Italian Wedding Tradition

I was reminded of an old Italian Wedding tradition recently after attending my nephews wedding and thought I would pass this on. Each guest received a gift of five sugar coated almonds with a note attached.

 

 

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The note on this Italian wedding tradition said:  “Five sugared almonds for each guest to  eat, to remind us that life is both bitter and sweet. Five almonds represent five wishes for the new bride and groom–health, wealth, happiness, children and a long life!”

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