The women of around our mother or grandmothers age were, in my opinion, some of the most glamorous and iconic. Think Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood… I wanted to know their secrets on how they seemed so naturally glamorous, so I delved into some old fashioned housewife beauty secrets that women used to use, such as…
They would use baking soda on teeth as a natural teeth whitener
And popped raw potato slices on their eyes to combat dark circles
Retro women also used lemon juice to add highlights to their hair instead of going to the hairdresser
And they dabbed apple cider vinegar on pimples to dry them out
And used oranges to rub away dry elbow skin
Or olive oil to moisturise their skin – whichever skin type they had – there was a household beauty cure for it!
And they popped chilled (used) tea bags on their morning puffy eyes
Also they would mix rosewater + glycerine + witch hazel and use this as a hand cream
Whatever clothes make you feel strong and confident – those are the ones you should wear.
Your clothes are one way of telling the world your personality – not the number of years you’ve been in this world for – so make sure it’s actually you that likes the clothes you’re wearing!
Dress for the body you have, the body that has nurtured and carried you along with it for these years, and respect it. Don’t wear 3 inch heels if they are uncomfortable, don’t wear things you don’t feel yourself in.
Here is my go-to way of flower arranging at home, be the result either for myself, my daughters wedding (in the picture!) or a gift for a friend.
Think about what colour theme you would like your arrangement to have. The colour green should be included in this decision. I do try to make jokes sometimes.
Gather your flowers! I like to use flowers from markets and supermarkets (Aldi has the best flowers).
Find a vase and clean it thoroughly with bleach or something similar. Bacteria is not good for your flowers.
If you’re using florist foam to keep your flower arrangement even more in place and even more hydrated, make sure you soak the foam for 15 mins before cutting it into shape for your vase. Also remember to water the foam every few days.
Pop 10% of the stem of each flower in boiling water for 30 seconds (longer for woody stems). If the stem is short, make sure to keep the flower shielded from the hot steam by wrapping it gently in newspaper. The hot water helps them spring back to life (almost as if they were still in the ground), and also helps tightly closed flower heads to fully open up.
Cut an inch off each stem diagonally (around a 45 degree angle) with ideally some florist scissors, as these are simply made for the job! The fresh cut will ensure the flowers absorb water better, and the diagonal cut allows for a better surface area for soaking up the water. Did you know that shorter flowers have less stem for the water to travel up, and so they tend to last the longest?!
Remove the leaves from the bottom-part of the stems, as you don’t want them in the water.
Fill your vase ⅓ of the way up with tepid water and add flower food. If you don’t have any on hand, make your own by combining water with sugar and a teeny weeny drop of bleach.
Pop your foliage into the vase.
Next, place your big flowers in the middle
Add your little ‘filler’ flowers around the big flowers, using the odd number rule.
Secure your final arrangement with a rubber band (clear looks the best) or some floral tape. Don’t tie to low down or too tightly.
Cut the stem to suit the height of the vase. Many florists use the rule of making the height of the bouquet taller than the vase by one and a half times. Often though, this can’t be done and so just make sure the flowers sit just above the top of the vase.
To keep the flowers looking gorgeous and alive, change the water every day.
If you are planning on giving them to a friend, keep them in the fridge overnight and in water.
I hope you’ve enjoyed! Please hashtag me into your flower arrangements using the hashtag #fiftyfashionandyou xxx