End-Papers as Effective, Inexpensive Facial Blotters
Pack these papers in a purse or pocket for instant summer facial blotting–regular old end-papers from a beauty supply store cost only a dollar for one thousand, whereas the facial blotting papers we bought at Shiseido several years ago cost over ten dollars for a packet of one hundred. Now they are up to fifteen dollars per hundred. End-papers work just as well to remove oils and give your face a matte finish.
“Recreate one of the most popular styles of the early 1900’s — the lingerie dress. All-white outfits, bedecked with frills and flounces were all the rage across the country. After centuries of exclusivity, lace was finally manufactured in factories and became available to the masses. And the ladies took to it like a duck to water, covering their blouses and skirts with ruffles and lace.”
It’s difficult to find classic, real shoes these days. When I speak of elegant dressing, I often mention closed-toe shoes, which used to be the norm. Sure, peep-toes and strappy high-heeled sandals are all the rage, but I don’t write about trends, except to disparage them and their lack of longevity. Exposing one’s toes and tottering about on stilts are never elegant. This pair of shoes almost represents my ideal for evening. Alas, they are a half-size too small for me. Advice to people approaching middle-age: buy your shoes a half-size larger than necessary, because your feet are about to grow a half-inch (once upon a time, these shoes would have fit me).