Give smiles if you have nothing else. Give encouragement, good cheer.
Make beauty come to you through your desire to express it.
Your thoughts, deeds, motives, acts, industries, and desires–
all can express beauty if beauty is in the heart; all can give happiness if
love is the carrying vehicle.
July’s chapter is all about summer beauty, both inside and out. In the above quote, Mary Brooks Picken once again reminds us that simplicity in living and giving, and a kind and cheerful disposition make for a beautiful life. In this hectic day to day world, sometimes this is hard to remember. We get bombarded by blogs and magazines telling us that we can be happy, if you have this or buy that. We need the wisdom of Mary Brooks Picken to know that stuff isn’t going to make us happy; only inner contentment and kindness are the vehicle for happiness.
Beauty Vs. Personality
“Nothing in the world has ever been beautiful merely on the surface. Beautiful women hold their preeminence through a single unchanging possession–an inexhaustible, rich store of vitality.”
All feminine America seems suddenly to have realized that the wearing of trousers is conducive to greater freedom, and so to greater joy.
The Woman’s Institute, aside from giving helpful advice about sewing and home life, also encouraged it’s subscribers to use their sewing skills as a business. In July’s chapter we read an excerpt from 1929’s Fashion Service that gave it’s readers advice about sewing Beach Pajamas for customers.
Beach Pajamas made their way into women’s wardrobes in the 1920’s, as women realized that trousers gave them greater freedom of movement. As their name suggests, they first showed up as styles for beach, but quickly also morphed into loungewear for the home. They could be made in a casual cotton or rayon for outdoor settings, or more glamorous fabrics like silk for the boudoir.Beach pajamas were one of the first true non-corseted outfits that was deemed suitable to wear in public.