Just Stepping Out for a Quart of Milk….
By Barbara Jean Coast
Hi there, Kathy and the
rest of the guys and dolls! It’s such an honor to be featured on your
blog, Kathy dear. Thank you so much. Today, yours truly needed to step
out to the market to get a few necessities. You know — milk, butter,
eggs and a few unmentionables that will go unmentioned. Well, how
flabbergasting it was to see the sea of flannel, ratty, plastic
resemblances of shoes and tank tops that show a couple of bumps that
should be well secured in holders, that I just had to explain to you how
in my day we would just pop out to get a few things. Going shopping was
an outing, an event — even the short errands. Why, it wasn’t a chore,
it was a social whirl if done correctly. You never knew who you would
meet and greet — could be your best friend, your man’s boss’s wife, a
relative, or some dashing new stranger if you were looking for some
fresh fish in the sea. You could end up at cocktails, lunch or both!
You would dress to impress, to attract your admirers or exceed the
expectations of your enemies. Here’s how getting ready for Mr.
DeMille's close up was done.
Next, depending on
your choice of attire, a nice, silky full or half slip will be in order.
Choose either a silk or one of those new nylon blends for the economic
minded. They’ll smooth out the sharp angles and tough seams needed to
hold that super-duper girdle in place. Also, a little lace around the
decollete and hem makes it just that much more special.
ladies, don’t forget the crinoline to give your skirt that beautiful,
wide sweep! Over the slip will keep the crisp, firm netting from
feeling too scratchy on your dainty gams, or even worse — snagging your
For your dress, be sure to choose a kicky plaid, fun
print or lively color in a cotton chintz or delightful duppioni to
glimmer and shine just enough under those bright supermarket lights.
then, your other attributes — nails, hair and face. I must confess
something to you. I have knowledge of the fact that Andrea and Heather
have gone to the market ‘au naturale’ that is without painted eyes or
lips, sillies, not the Lady Godiva version (perhaps with twenty years
less on them they could have gotten their groceries for free, not so the
case now…) but I have to be done. A swoosh of liquid eyeliner, a brush
of blush, and a swath of lipstick with a matching tint on my nails will
be just fine if I am in a hurry. Accessorize with patent pumps
featuring a stiletto or kitten heel, matching handbag, string of pearls,
and cotton gloves (just to the wrist) should suffice.
A dab of
Chanel Number 5 behind the ears and on the wrists will do very nicely. A
quick tease of your hair, maybe add a ribbon or bow at an adventurous
and jaunty angle gives any girl that carefree, easy, breezy look.