Friday, September 9, 2011

Div'Icon of The Month

Peggy Lee

Ok before I talk about Ms. Lee I gotta say, I LOVE THIS DRESS!!! (sigh) Ok now with that is out of the way, what can I say about the woman who gave the whole world "FEVER" she was a lady and a Phenominal Jazz singer who dazzled audiences  until her death in in 2002 due to complications from a stroke.
The woman we would get to know as Peggy Lee would begin her life as Norma Egstrom. After she got her big break as a singer with Benny Goodman's band, Peggy Lee went on to have a legnthy career dazzling audiences with her sharm style and sass. At the height of her popularity in the 1950s  her sex appeal and sultry tunes with the mega-hit song "Fever." becoming one of her many signature tunes, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a fading torch singer in Pete Kelly's Blues (1955, with Jack Webb), and co-wrote and performed several songs for Walt Disney's animated 1955 movie Lady and the Tramp. After a lieftime of  hard work, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1995. Whew!! this Lady sang her way through WWII, The Korean War, Vietnam , and the Gulf War winning some personal wars  in the process and establishing her place as a legend and is my Div'Icon of the month!

Mr Hubba Hubba of the Month

Chevalier de Saint-George

Ok  I went waaay back in time for this one (over 200 years to be exact) I came accross his story through a childrens book I snagged for a song at a book sale last month and  upon reading about him I became facinated with this dashing and absolutely De-lish man from the 18th century. Not only was he was skilled swordsman, he was a gifted musicain and composer that not only had "jam sessions" with Marie Antionette at her request, he gave Mozart a run for his money as well being affectionatley called Le Mozart de Noir (the Black Mozart). Oh did I mention he was a great dancer an quite the ladies man at the French Court? (Squeak!)
From Wikepedia:

Joseph Bologne was born in Guadeloupe to Nanon, a Wolof former slave, and a white French plantation owner, Georges Bologne de Saint-George. Although his father called himself ‘de Saint-George’, after one of his properties, he was not born into the nobility. Some biographers have mistaken him for Pierre Tavernier-Boulogne, controlleur général of finance, whose nobility dated back to the 15th century. The confusion surrounding the nobility of Saint-George' father originated with Roger de Beauvoir’s novel of 1840 ("Le Chevalier de Saint-George"). However, Georges Bologne was not ennobled until 1757, when he acquired the title of Gentilhomme ordinaire de la chambre du roi.

In 1747 George Bologne was accused unjustly of murder and fled to France with Nanon and her child to prevent their being sold. After two years he was granted a royal pardon and the family returned to Guadeloupe. In 1753, George took Joseph, who was then eight, to France permanently where he was enrolled in a private academy.

At the age of 13 Saint-George became a pupil of La Boëssière, a master of arms, and excelled in all physical exercises, especially fencing. When still a student, Saint-George beat Alexandre Picard, a fencing-master of Rouen, who had mocked him as ‘La Boëssière’s upstart mulatto’, and was rewarded by his father with a horse and buggy. He also studied literature and horseback riding, and became an exceptional violinist.

On graduating at the age of 19, he was made a Gendarme de la Garde du Roi (member of the royal guard) and knighted. After the end of the Seven Years' War, George Bologne returned to his Guadeloupe plantations, leaving his son with a handsome annuity. The young chevalier became the darling of fashionable society; all contemporary accounts speak of his romantic conquests. In 1766 the Italian fencer Giuseppe Faldoni came to Paris to challenge Saint-George. Faldoni won, but proclaimed Saint-George the finest swordsman in Europe.

CareerHe studied music in Saint-Domingue with the black violinist Joseph Platon before emigrating to Paris in 1752. The teacher, Platon, played an unspecified Saint-George violin concerto at Port-au-Prince (Haiti) on April 25, 1780.

After 1764, works dedicated to him by Lolli and Gossec suggest that Gossec was his composition teacher and that Lolli taught him violin. Saint-George’s technical approach was similar to that of Gaviniés, who may also have taught him. In 1769 he became a member of Gossec’s new orchestra, the Concert des Amateurs, at the Hôtel de Soubise, and was soon named its leader.

The Chevalier de Saint-George in a 1787 painting probably commissioned by the future George IV of the United Kingdom.While still a young man, he acquired multiple reputations; as the best swordsman in France, as a violin virtuoso, and as a composer in the classical tradition. He composed and conducted for the private orchestra and theatre of the marquise de Montesson, the morganatic wife of the King's cousin, Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans. In 1771, he was appointed maestro of the Concert des Amateurs, and later director of the Concert de la Loge Olympique, the biggest orchestra of his time (65-70 musicians). This orchestra commissioned Joseph Haydn to compose six symphonies (the "Paris Symphonies" Nr. 82-87), which Saint-George conducted for their world premiere. Renowned both for his skill as a composer and musician, he was selected for appointment as the director of the Royal Opera of Louis XVI. But this was prevented by three Parisian divas who petitioned the King in writing against the appointment, insisting that it would be beneath their dignity and injurious to their professional reputations for them to sing on stage under the direction of a "mulatto".

Thwarted in his musical career, Saint-George earned fresh renown as a competitive fencer. He had already been dubbed "chevalier" by appreciative crowds at the Palais Royal. There is a famous portrait of him crossing swords in an exhibition match with the daring transvestite spy, the Chevalier d'Eon, in the presence of George of Hanover, the Prince of Wales and Britain's future king.

Like many others associated with the aristocracy and the court at Versailles, Saint-George served in the army of the Revolution against France's foreign enemies, although he is not known to have joined the domestic revolutionary struggle prior to the imprisonment of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. He was appointed the first black colonel of the French army, and commanded a regiment of a thousand free colored volunteers, largely consisting of former slaves from the region of his birth. Repeatedly denounced, however, because of his aristocratic parentage and past association with the royal court, he was later expelled from the army, arrested, and jailed for nearly a year. After the revolution, he was entrusted with the leadership of the orchestra of the Royal Palace. He died in Paris in 1799.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I Disappeared again. I am back for real!!

I have been working non-stop the last few weeks and it has been a SCREAM!!!

I have been working like CRAZY, but I have a break I will re-post and multiply.  STAY TUNED!!! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Vintage Recipie- Dean Martin's Burgers

It cannot get any simpler than this!
(courtesy of



Ok, all I can tell you is I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!! Alot of throwback teaching and instruction (like old fashioned shaving). Alot of great principles from yesteryear that can be applied today. The gentleman who runs the blog has a way of bridging the gap to remind us in some ways, the old fashioned ways of doing things is better, especially when it comes to how men should behave; respectfully towards themselves and others. Here is an excerpt  from his post called "Stop Hanging out with women and start DATING them":

Why the decline in dating?

There are probably lots of factors that have contributed to the decline of dating amongst young adults. Here are few possible ones:
1. Young adults don’t like to commit. It seems like people in my generation aren’t big on making commitments to people or to organizations. Generation Y is too busy trying to “find themselves” in order to commit to anybody or anything. Companies have complained about the turn over rate of Generation Y. Companies invest lots of money training new employees only to have them leave after two years so they can find a new job. This reluctance to commit has carried over to the interaction between the sexes. Young adults don’t want to be tied down to someone just in case they get an itch to go on a backpacking trip to Europe.
2. The internet has retarded Generation Y’s social skills. Instead of telling a person directly that they’re interested in them by asking them on a date, Generation Y sends Crush alerts on Facebook. While the internet has made connecting with people easier, it has also made us lazier at establishing meaningful relationships. If you’re over 18 and you’re still using Facebook applications to let someone know you’re interested in them, you need to be punched in the face.
3. Feminism. Before I receive the wrath of all the feminists telling me it’s a typical man thing to blame women for the decline in dating, I ask that you hear me out. I think feminism is great. It’s great that women can choose to have a career, be a stay-at-home mom, or do both.
But it does make things confusing for men. Navigating relations among the sexes is a bit more tricky today. Men have all these questions go through their head: Who asks? If I ask, will she think I’m too forward? Who pays for the date? Do we split the bill? All these uncertainties cause men to avoid dating altogether and opt for hanging out with women instead.
4. Men today are wussies. Men today aren’t very resilient. They don’t know how to handle rejection or failure, so they avoid rejection or failure by not asking women out on dates.

Why date?

A lot of men today don’t seem to believe it, but getting hitched to the right woman is a very desirable thing.
So while there is nothing wrong with hanging out, it’s not a replacement for dating. Dating is the pathway to finding your true love and eventually settling down and getting married. Marriage is a one on one relationship, so you need to start getting to know women on a one on one basis. You might be hanging out with her and your friends right now, but if you don’t take her on date, she’ll forever be just your friend. So, start dating and stop hanging out. It really is not that hard to get a date with a woman. Here are some guidelines to remember as you take hanging out up a level to dating.

His blog is chuck full of delish things to read and to pass on to your son, nephew or honey-bunny. You might want  to tell your daughter, niece or teenage neighbor about it to let her know a real man will ask her out, not wink at her on facebook or ask  her to send him a naked photo of her body parts.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th of July

I will return to regular postings after the holiday. Enjoy your day off!!

-Betty Boo


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Simply Beautiful Beauty Treatment #26

Kissable Lips

Today's treatment I got from the blog "the seductive woman" (her blog is on

To Exfoliate.....use brown sugar. With wet fingertips, I move the sugar granules (in constant small circular motions,) over the entire surface of my lips. Then, I rinse (and am left with a lingering sugary sweetness on my lips.)
Homemade Lip-plumping Recipe - For Plump, Rosy CHERRY Lips (No lipstick Needed!)

Want to get CHERRY LIPS - lips like a seductress - and make them fuller and more seductive dove? Would you also like to be able to minimize the use of lipstick by having 'naturally' rosy lips? Then, try this homemade lip-plumping recipe!



Table salt

Cinnamon powder (lip-plumpers such as 'Lip Venom' often use cinnamon to increase circulation in the lips and make them swell.)

Red/pink food coloring or a cut piece of raw beetroot

You'll also need;

A small pot with a lid

A lip brush


Preparation Method;

In a small pot, put some Vaseline. Add a half a teaspoon each of salt and cinnamon to the Vaseline.

Stir and blend.

Now, with your fingertips, apply the mixture to your lips, rubbing and exfoliating them WELL. You'll soon notice that your lips will become tingly and puffier from the cinnamon.

Leave the mixture on your lips for 5-7 minutes, and then wipe off with a tissue.

Using a lip brush, dip the tip of the lip brush into a bottle of red/pink food coloring - or into the juice of a freshly cut beetroot.

Apply the coloring generously (so the color will last a few days,) and evenly to your lips.

Mr Hubba Hubba Of The Month

Todd Duncan

Mr. Hubba Hubba of the month is Opera singer Todd Duncan.In 1935, he was selected by George Gershwin to originate the role of Porgy in “Porgy and Bess.”  In 1945, he became the first African American to perform with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera.  He sang the role of Tonio in “I Pagliacci.”

   In 1955, he was the first person to record the now classic song, “Unchained Melody" before the Righteous Brothers made it famous in the 1960's.

He was born Robert Todd Duncan in Danville, Kentucky in 1903, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Butler University in 1925, and a master’s at Columbia University Teachers College in 1930. He was a part of  the music faculty of Howard University teaching voice,  for over fifty years. We lost this musical pioneer in 1998 but his talent lives on through those he inspired. Mr. Duncan, I salute you!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Di'vicon (Diva Icon) of the Month

Jane Russell

My di'vicon of the month is the fabulous Jane Russell. Unfortunately, we lost her this year at the age of 86, but she is one of my favorite stars of the 1950's . She starred in one of my favorite movies "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" with the immortal Marylin Monroe. Her song from the movie "Ain't there anyone here for love." Is a song I sing often.

She was a popular pin-up in the 1940's and was the inspiration behind billionaire Howard Hughes "re-invention" of the bra which she had to "correct" before photographing her famous movie poster shots for the movie "The Outlaw"
After a successful career in Hollywood, Jane married 3 times and returned to her christian faith and spent the rest of her life sharing her faith and making appearances. She was fabulous, fierce and is my di'vicon of the month!

See Jane's Bio

Saturday, March 26, 2011

From Betty's Library

By Amy Barickman

Its official, I have fallen in love..... with a book! Ms. Amy Barickman has released a delightful and I must say  De-lovely book on the vintage way of life. Her book Vintage Notions, is a treat for those of us who are die hard vintage enthusiasts that is absolutely and positively Delish! This book was born from a 20 year journey of collecting rare sewing, books needlework books, home arts magazines and cookbooks that lead her to the works of Mary Brooks Picken.
"I first discovered Mary in the summer of 2008, while returning from a creative workshop in Omaha, Nebraska. I began reviewing several vintage newsletters and magazines that I had collected while hunting for artwork for The Vintage Workshop. They were published by The Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences in Scranton, Pennsylvania, between 1916 and 1934, and they were inspiring. Combing through the aged pages of these wonderfully illustrated and beautifully written publications, I realized that they were still relevant today and provided a blueprint for a simple, fulfilling life."-Amy
Mary Brooks Picken was the founder of The Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences. Her insitiute enabled women through correspondence courses to learn dressmaking, millinery, cooking, fashion design, beauty, and homemaking. It was the largest school in history devoted to the education of women which at one time commanded an enrollment roster of over 300,000 women! What an accomplishment for a woman at the turn of the 20th century. Amy made it her mission to resurrect the work of this amazing woman by sharing with us a rich collection of Mary's essays, recipies and tips for women  that can still be implemented today.  
Amy has done a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Mary's teachings, preserving the integrity of her work  while at the same time modernizing her work by interweaving her own  modern tips and suggestions to make it easier for us to take advantage of the wisdom and instruction Mary shared with the women of her generation over 100 years ago!

To order a copy of Amy's book and for more information on her company, her web address is:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sew What!

Collection_large I thoroughly enjoyed writing last week’s history piece on mother-of-pearl buttons. So much so that I thought I would write another vintage/history post this week on the always glamorous topic of …wait for it…feedsacks.
In the early 1800s, due to an advancement in the quality of the materials and their construction, the manufacturers of staples such as grain, flour, sugar and animal feed transitioned from shipping in boxes and tins to, instead, cotton canvas bags. With the introduction of this new cloth into the home, thrifty women everywhere began to reuse the cloth for a variety of home uses – dish towels, diapers, and more. The bags began to become popular for clothing items as well. Realizing this recycling trend was here to stay, the manufacturers began to print their cloth bags – or feedsacks – in a variety of patterns and colors, assuming that they could sell more feed and seed if their feedsacks were desired by more women than their competitor’s.
Over time, the popularity of the feedsack as clothing fabric increased beyond anyone’s wildest expectations, fueled by both ingenuity and scarcity. By the time WWII dominated the lives of Americans, and cloth for fabric was in short supply due to its use in the construction of uniforms, it was estimated that over three and a half million women and children were wearing garments created from feedsacks.
As you can imagine, with this volume of use, the manufacturers began to compete with each other to provide the most useful and attractive feedsacks. Some printed sewing patterns right on the feedsacks while others printed beautiful, and sometimes elaborate themes and patterns. There were even entire books published showing fashionable designs, which sacks to use for what purpose and even pattern layouts (see the “Bag of Tricks” example). For collectors today, many of these feedsack-related items are extremely desired.
Naturally, as technology facilitated the adoption of feedsacks initially, it also hurried its eventual demise. After WWII, the advancement of paper manufacturing, and eventually the development of plastics, made it significantly cheaper to package staples in alternative packages and the use of feedsacks ended.
As many of you know, I am an avid – sometimes obsessive – collector of a variety of vintage items. Over the years, a number of wonderful feedsack samples have ended up in my collection. Subsequently, these feedsack designs ended up influencing a number of items at indygo Junction, including our Pieced Pincushions and a number of our Yo Yo patterns (see them here and here). A vintage Mother Goose feedsack inspired, not only our embroidery book, A Stitch In Time with Mother Goose, but also a line of fabrics I did for Red Rooster.
Recently, when I was designing my latest book, Vintage Notions, the designers and I came up with the idea of scanning my collection for use as decorative borders throughout the book (see the samples above). As well, if you look at the cover of the book, you’ll see that it’s composed from samples of feedsacks from my collection as well (see above). This worked out so beautifully and added, not just a colorful touch, but a historical link to an important part of this country’s history and development of fabrics for fashion.
What about you? Have you ever made anything out of feedsacks (they’re still obtainable on eBay)? If you’ve ever looked through that trunk of pictures in your attic, have you ever found pictures of your mother of grandmother wearing dresses made from flowery feedsack patterns of the time?
Thank you all again for letting me share my love of all things vintage.
~ Amy
Amy Barickman is the founder and owner of Indygo Junction, The Vintage Workshop and She is a leader in the sewing, needle arts and retail crafting industry having sold more than two-million sewing patterns and published 80 books sold throughout the world. Her recent endeavor is the book “Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun”, is already on its third printing since its release in September of 2010. Other best-selling titles include: “Indygo Junction’s Button Ware” and, most recently, “Hankie Style”.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Vintage Recipies


This delightful recipie is just the ticket if you need
a little something soothing  before bed.


4 Slices of Toast
1 cup of warm cream
1 cup of warm whole milk
Sweet Butter
Cinnamon and Sugar


Spread a light layer of butter on each slice of toast
(it is best if it is fresh out of the toaster) and cut the
toast up into cubes and put two slices worth into two bowls.
Pour equal amounts of warm cream and milk into each bowl and sprinkle
the top with cinnamon-sugar. Enjoy immediately.

For those who are lactose intolerant, You might want to substitute Lactaid.
For those who are vegan, You might try almond, soy or rice milk, but in my humble
opinion for some little indulgences, there are no substitutes!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

From Betty's Library: The Complete Guide To fashion Modeling By Bernie Lenz

The Complete Guide To Fashion
Modeling By Bernie Lenz

I love this book! It is a throwback to modeling in a time were you had to have more going for you than just the ability to stay stick thin and stomp down a runway with a blank stare to loud techno music. Her book (the 1969 version) teaches you things like the "Model Stance",  "The 3/4 French Turn", how to sit , walk and stand. There is even a chapter how to plan  a fashion show ( I guess the the Women's Clubs did alot of them for charity fundraisers back then). In planing a Fashion show I found alot of the information still very relevant.  This excerpt is taken from a 2001 interview on Ms. Lenz:

Using money from her fashion show jobs, she opened Lenz Model Agency, sharing a studio with a dance instructor on Charleston Boulevard near Maryland Parkway.

At first she taught three classes a week. More importantly, she booked her models for convention shows to act as hostesses, present new products and put on fashion shows. Business boomed.

She soon moved the business with its 12 employees to a 3,000-square-foot facility at 13th Street and Charleston Boulevard and offered 14 classes.

In 1962, Lenz began putting on a weekly fashion show at the El Cortez Hotel, using the empty lounge room. The six downtown stores provided the clothes and the models would drop pre-printed cards on patron's tables which told where the items could be purchased.

"We'd do it every Friday and Saturday when the lunch crowd came in for the buffet," she recalled. "People could eat, watch the show and be out in an hour. We even had an accordion player to provide music."

Lenz acted as commentator for the shows and re-vamped her agency to include other aspects of the business like fashion merchandising classes. All the time, she kept taking modeling jobs.

She also made modeling manuals and her standards were used in 40 agencies across the country. Her book, "The Complete Book of Fashion Modeling," was published in 1969 and its first printing sold 50,000 copies. It earned her an interview on the popular Merv Griffin Show.

Her career began when she was in high school in Los Angeles, where it seemed everybody wanted to be an actor. (Mickey Rooney was a classmate.) Sure, there were other pretty girls, but Lenz stood out.

At just under 5 feet 10 inches and "skinny as a rail" people often stopped her to ask if she modeled. Her mother made her take secretarial courses just in case, but by age 15, Lenz was doing runway fashion shows for specialty stores.

"Women wore girdles back then and they were hot," she said, chuckling at the memory. "I could feel the sweat running down my legs and I thought the audience could see it. Oh, dear."

Besides runway work, she got plenty of jobs with buyers and designers in L.A.'s garment district. She also appeared in magazine and newspaper ads. So many of them, in fact, that the copies took up too much space in her apartment and she tossed them.

After a stint in San Francisco, Lenz moved to New York City in 1948 and signed with the John Robert Powers Agency. Some of the designers she worked with included Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel, Irene, Wragge, Trigére, Rentner, Adrian and Georgia Bullock.

Lenz spent 25 years as a model, stopping in 1965, and sold her agency in 1981.

"I'm glad my mother made me take business courses," she said. "It helped me run my agency and (keep up with changes). I've had a wonderful career.

If you want all the delish information  that includes information like how to model in a tea room setting (Squeak!), get the 1969 edition as the 1982 and 1988 editions remove that information. You can find copies on amazon for a song!

I guaruntee you will be able to do a 3/4 French Turn and European Turn in no time!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Simply Beautiful Beauty Treatments 20-25

  Simply Beautiful
Beauty Treatments

Ok I have not posted any beauty treatments in almost 2 months so sorry, life has been wacky. So You will get 6 treatments all at once!!! (Lucky you) As always they are simple ingredients so that you can get on with the pampering!

20 & 21
Face Masks

20-Simple Face Mask

2 Egg White
1/8 Tsp Cornstarch

Whip egg whites till they form peaks
slowly add cornstarch.
Immediately apply mixture to the face,
Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse off with tepid water.
Pat dry and apply moisturizer.

21-Avocado/Coconut Mask

1 medium avocado (soft enough to mash)
1 Tsp of Coconut Oil

After mashing up the avocado, slowly mix the
coconut oil forming a paste.
Generously apply mixture to the face,
leave on for 20 minutes then rinse off.
Pat dry and apply moisturizer.

22 & 23
Skin Toners

22- Summer Rose Toner

1 1/2 oz of Organic Rose Petals
2 1/2 cups of boiling water
1 Tbsp of cider vinegar

Put rose petals in a heatproof bowl 
 and pour boiling water. Add cider vinegar cover
and let sit for 2 hours. Strain liquid into a clean
glass jar with an air tight lid.

23- Lavender Tonic

10oz of Dried Lavender Flowers
2 Cups of Boiling water
1 1/2 Tbsp of Witch Hazel

Infuse the lavender Flowers
in the boiling water for 20-30 minutes.
Strain (adding witch hazel) into
 a clean glass jar with an airtight lid.

With both of these toners, store in a cool place after each use.

24 & 25

24-Stress no more bath salts

1 Cup of Epsom Salts
1/4 Cup of Concentrated Sea Salt
1Tsp of Sweet Almond Oil or Apricot kernel Oil
a few drops of lavender oil or your favorite relaxing scent

Combine all the ingredients
 and store in an airtight glass jar.
Use 1/4 cup per bath.
(Shelf Life is 3 months)

25-Delish Body Bath Pudding

2 egg yolks
1/4 Cup Of Sweet Almond Oil
2 Cups of Warm distilled water
1 Tsp of Milk
Your favorite essential oil (optional

Beat egg yolks until frothy.
Slowly add the milk and sweet almond oil
and finally the warm water blending
the ingredients. Add a few drops of essential oil
after blending and immediately add to your bath
and enjoy treat that will not add to your waistline!

Monday, January 3, 2011



Cleopatra bathed in milk for soft skin
and no doubt this was probably one of
 the reasons she had two very powerful men
 eating out of her hand.

Here are two variations of the recipie;
 either one is will make bath time very luxurious!

Recipie #1

1 Cup of Powdered Milk

2 Tbsp of almond Meal

2 Tbsp of Barley or Oat Flour

A Few Drops of your favorite essential oil

Combine ingredients in a glass bowl
and store in an air tight container. (Good for 2 to 3 months) 
Use 2-5 Tablespoons per bath soaking for at least 20 minutes.

Recipie #2

1 Cup of Powdered Milk

1/2 Cup of Epsom Salts

1 Tbsp Of Baking Soda

1 Tsp Of Corn Starch

A Few Drops of your Favorite Essential oil.

Like receipie #1, Combine ingredients in a glass bowl
and store in an air tight container. (Good for 2 to 3 months)

Use 2-5 Tablespoons per bath soaking for at least 20 minutes.

Additional Suggestions:

For a foamier milk bath, add some simple soap flakes.

For a lovely visual effect, add dried herbs or flowers to the mixture.

From Betty's Library

by Jennifer Brandt

This de-lovely little book, published in 2000 is geared more at the tween/teen age group, but the principles are adaptable for women of all ages. It is a guide to being the star of your own life; and if you know anything about movies, having the right cast, wardrobe, lighting, script, leading man, musical score and director makes all the difference in the world. The last thing you want to be is an "extra" instead of the star of your own life! I being a woman of ... well lets just say I have afternoon tea with the cougar collective (lol) have immensely enjoyed reading through it and re-connecting with my girly-girl side. Being a vintage enthusiast myself, I could appreciate her celebration of the vintage lifestyle with a modern twist. This book works more like a workbook  requiring your active participation so get your favorite glitter pen , cut outs from your favorite fashion magazine, and your most fashionable thinking hat (not cap dahhling!) and dig in and see if you don't get in touch with your inner teenager as you read through it. You can pick up a copy  for a song on Amazon and if you have a teenage daughter or niece get an extra copy and make a date to go through it together. Happy reading!

New Year Greetings!


I hope 2011 will be your best year ever!!

-Betty Boo