Grandma Lucy died at age 63, the age I’m going to be next week. Gone far too soon, I still miss her and her lovely light still warms me. She would have been appalled at all the face and body modifications that are almost “normal” now. Life was too busy and money too short for things like botox, chemical peels, liposuction et al. But here are some things she taught me about beauty:
1. Use a washcloth on your face. She knew about exfoliation, but didn’t call it that fancy name. Just wash your face every night with a soft cloth and it will look fresh.
2. Eat your veggies. Although we had spaghetti with almost every meal, Grandma also pushed plates of olives, tomatoes, beans and broccoli at me.
3. Red lipstick is everything. Grandma had only three or four lipsticks, and looking back I swear they were all the same color. She loved real red, and so do I, especially when I’m feeling washed-out.
4. Pond’s cold cream is the best; just be sure to rub it in all the way, and don’t forget your neck.
5. Don’t pick at your skin! She was so right, of course, about this. I used to be a skin-picker and it always made small pimples into enormous ones.
6. Don’t start shaving your legs; you’ll have to do it forever. This is not scientifically true, but the fair, soft hair on my legs could have been left alone for many years. I just couldn’t wait to use her pink Lady Schick.
7. Wear rubber gloves for house chores. Grandma got her nails “done” about once a month, and for a few days afterwards I had to wash, rather than dry the dishes. She always used gloves for the rough stuff, and so do I.
Some of grandmas’s advice turns out to be not-true: bread crusts don’t make your hair curly; and you can exercise when you have your period. But always true: naps make you prettier.
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Awww, what a lovely tribute to your Grandmother! I don’t recall my grandmother giving me any advice like this but we were not as close as you two were.
What a lovely post, Patti. Your grandma Lucy was so right in many ways. She was absolutely gorgeous too, and I can see her in your smile! xxx
aww thanks, Ann, you’re so kind. xo
Love this post! My grandmother always told me too that it’s better to leave more to the imagination (when it comes to swimsuits). I tell my girls the same thing now. I couldn’t believe it the other night I saw for the first time in a commercial targeted towards men for Botox for frown lines and wrinkles…what? I thought my grandmother was the most beautiful woman on this Earth (she was also my best friend and we shared an apartment when I was 18 and she was 72). When I’m feeling blah looking in the mirror at the lines that are appearing, I just try to think of her and how beautiful I thought she was with all her lines of life.
how great that you got to share an apartment with your grandmother! xo
Such a cute post! It is along the same line as my post just published – keeping it simple and affordable seems to be a theme with us both 🙂 check it out please (remember Ponds Cold Cream?!) http://moodsey.com/mood-zen/
thanks, Moodsey, I will go there now! xo
I love the picture of Lucy! She is beautiful, vibrant and wise! You look a lot like her – same smile, lovely face and wisdom! What an interesting coincidence, that you celebrate the same age when your Grandma died, ad I celebrate the same age when my Grandma died… it’s so full of meaning now, this number, isn’t it? <3
Yes, and it reminds us of the speed of life! Thank you for your kind words, xo
You have got the same gorgeous smile as Lucy. Look at her fab outfit, too!
Thanks Vix! she loved to wear prints and color. xox
My grandma was a great believer in Pond’s and red lipstick as well! But I have to disagree about the washcloth. Unless you make sure you wash and dry your washcloth frequently, that damp cloth can grow bacteria that you will then rub into your face, my dermo told me.
thanks for the tip, Candy, xo
Your grandmother has a great grin and you resemble her a lot!
My grandma taught me by example that tidying up as you go resulted in an always beautiful home. She made the beds after breakfast, and had a brief morning routine of touring the house and yard in her apron, pulling a weed or spent bloom, emptying a waste basket, picking a fresh flower for a table, greeting a neighbor, making mental notes of things that needed doing, and so on. On the way back inside, she’d transfer detritus from apron pockets to the garbage bin.
what a wonderful memory! xo
Lovely photo of your stylish Grandma. Grandma’s had some pretty darn good advice.
I’m a fan of wearing rubber gloves. I damaged my skin when I was younger and am trying desperately to repair some of it. Seems like a losing battle though.
PS…only one week!
thanks, Suzanne. Gloves are good! See you soon, xo
So true about the red lipstick and I will start washing with a cloth!!!
thanks, Sophia! xo