How To Cope With Winter's Dry Skin ~ Gail's Beauty Routine

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I don't do a lot of beauty posts. Frankly, I feel like there are plenty of beauty blogs out there already. But I feel pretty good about my routine this winter. My skin has been dewy and soft which, for a lady of my advanced years (cough, cough), is no bad thing. So I felt I ought to share for the sake of humanity, or skin-anity, or whatever.

Winter is always pretty rough on my skin. I tend to lean dry anyway, but it gets worse in the colder months.

So, what do I do to combat it?

1. No Soap

Not an option for everyone, but I'm not a particularly sweaty person, I don't break out easily, and I don't get very dirty in my day job (AKA sitting around typing) so I really don't have to use soap. Instead I use Alba's Hawaiian Coconut Milk Facial Wash $8.50 on both my face and body. It doesn't sud like a regular soap and it is very gentle.


2. Face Exfoliation

Once a week I use Alba's Pineapple Enzyme Facial Scrub $8. It's one of the most gentle I've found. This helps get the dry skin off, an leaves my face feeling soft but doesn't scrape the way some exfoliation scrubs do.


3. Body Exfoliation

I've talked before about my love of Giovanni's Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub $27, but in winter I've taken to opting for something more intense: Pure Fiji's Coconut Sugar Rub $35. Frankly it's pretty darn amazing and my new favorite thing. I haven't had dry skin this winter and I think it's mostly because I've been using this.


Downside? Well, the sucker sure ain't cheap. And because it is quite oily it does kinda coat the shower a bit. It's hard to get out of the container (they provide a little scoop but it's still a chore).
Upside? Everything smells grand. It is REALLY good at its job. And because it's sugar based, you can use it directly after you shave without stinging, which I recommend.

4. Face Cream

For daytime, I use Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum $18. It works as a good base under makeup and/or sun screen, or on its own if you don't intend to go out. I only use the tiniest bit, so it lasts forever.


I also use Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme $8.50 on my neck, cuticles, elbows and other super dry spots. I bought it for my face, but found it a little too thick for that, so this is an alternate.

For daytime, I also use a tiny amount of Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Eye Treatment $15.30 (Tinted) around the eyes. It brightens things up a bit, and is not so much makeup I need to bring out the big guns to get it off before bed.



5. Body Cream

Pure Fiji's scrub does such a good job I don't need to slather on the cream after a shower the way I used to. I find a nice layer of Aloe Vera Gel $20 is sufficient. (I'm not married to this brand, whatever you find will likely be good so long as it's almost totally aloe.) If I require something more intense I use pure Shea Butter $15.



So there you have it: my winter skin survival routine. I talk more about my gout out favorite skin care products in this blog post.

If you have your own routine down but want to experiment, I always recommend introducing changes one at a time. Switch everything all at once and your skin is likely to freak out. Want to try only one thing on the list? Go for Pure Fiji's Coconut Sugar Rub $35.


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Black Dress with Red Trim: A Retrospective

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Recently on tour I wore my black coat dress with red trim


Here is a bit of a retrospective on trimming (and accessorizing) black with red...

1879-1881  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Walking Dress  1899-1900  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1905  Whitaker Auctions

Fashion photography by Leombruno-Bodi, 1952 via theniftyfifties tumblr

R & K Originals advertisement, 1952

"Scarlet" shoes in a 1956-57 Aldens catalogue via theniftyfifties tumblr

via theniftyfifties tumblr Fashions by Smartee, 1957 - Jean Patchett, centre.

Black Kick Pleat Double Button Red Trim Pinup 1950s Rockabilly Pencil Women's Dress $40

Lindy Bop 'Grace' Classy Vintage 1950's Rockabilly Style Bow Swing Party Dress $48

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Prudence Extras ~ Dressing Percy & Quesnel

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I know the Power of my prose ought to cast into your mind exactly the image of what men looked like in the 1890s, but frankly pictures are better.

So, here is a sample of 1890s clothing for gentlemen of the kind the Quesnel & Percy are oft described as wearing.

Fashion plate, 1880s-90s via shewhosorshipscarlin tumblr

“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, 'Do trousers matter?'"
"The mood will pass, sir.”
― P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters

J.W. Losse Tailoring, 1897 via dandyads-tumblr
Adjusted for inflation, one of these spring overcoats would run you $400-720 today.

This next image is a little more modern but I imagine, given the prevalence of dirigibles, that something like a driving outfit would have been around earlier on as a gentleman's floating outfit.
 
1906-1908 Driving Coat The Victoria & Albert Museum

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'Jeeves,' I said coldly. 'How many suits of evening clothes have we?'
'We have three suits full of evening dress, sir; two dinner jackets—'
'Three.'
'For practical purposes two only, sir. If you remember, we cannot wear the third. We have also seven white waistcoats.'
'And shirts?'
'Four dozen, sir.'
'And white ties?'
'The first two shallow shelves in the chest of drawers are completely filled with our white ties, sir.'
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

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Prudence Extras ~ India's Influence on Victorian Clothing

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So I took Rue to India in the first Custard Protocol book, Prudence. It was a lot of fun for the both of us. And, as it's me, I also kept an eye open to the fashion world. India was an occupied territory during the Victorian times, and fabrics and fashion moved from there across the world and into the lives of Victorians in a myriad of ways.

1885 Visite  Les Arts Décoratifs

Not all of the images I collected are strictly Indian. Some are from surrounding occupied territories or highlight other Silk Road influences. Nevertheless, they struck me as quite interesting, so I have presented them for you here.

Fancy Dress Costume  Charles Fredrick Worth, 1870  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I dithered on how to show these. I went with some original historical clothing items, along with some Victorian and later takes on the same theme and, where possible, a modern fashion look. Also there's jewelry!

Pendant  1860  Bonham’s

Here we go...


17th-18th century  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1867  Les Arts Décoratifs
Pietro Yantorny, 1920  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1910 Evening Dress  late 1910s  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1920s Raymond Dunca; Marchesa SS2013

19th Radhakrishna pendant  India, 19th century  Christie’s

Tunic  India (Peshawar), late 19th century-early 20th century  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1855 via fashionsfromhistory-tumblr Dressing Gown MFA
1915-1916 Callot Soeurs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Marchesa SS2013

Court Ensemble  India (Lucknow), 19th century  The Victoria & Albert Museum

1820 Turban The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 1907  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1935 Jeanne Lanvin  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Tunic  India, 19th century  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Evening Dress 1893  The Museum of London
"This evening dress is decorated with net panels embroidered with gold thread and beetle wing cases from a species of jewel beetle. The panels were probably made in India where Madras and Calcutta were centres for beetle-wing embroidery made for the European market. The iridescent blue-green beetle wing cases reflect the light like sequins. This type of embroidery is found in British museum collections on dress, textiles and accessories dating from the 1780s until about 1930. Although Indian embroiderers introduced the technique, using it to decorate dress and domestic textiles, Europeans copied them, sometimes using the wing cases of a species of South American jewel beetle. This style of embroidery was also thought to be a suitable pastime for ladies of leisure, who were advised to use a Walker’s number eight needle and green silk thread."

 Dress  Weeks, 1910  The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Mainbocher, 1950  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1913 Lapmshade Tunic  Paul Poiret, 1913  The FIDM Museum

Marchesa SS2013

Opal Bracelet  1900  Christie’s
Shirt  India (Bikaner), 1850s  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Reception Dress  Callot Soeurs, 1910  The Philadelphia Museum of Art; Lounging Pajamas  Callot Soeurs, 1911-1913  
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Fancy Dress Costumes  Paul Poiret, 1913-1914  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sari  India (Lucknow), early 19th century  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Necklace  India, 19th century  Sotheby’s


 1911  Lucile, Whitaker Auctions; Carolyn Schnurer, 1950  The Metropolitan Museum of Art


1951 Bathing Suit  Carolyn Schnurer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Kurta  India  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 1970s Hanae Mori  The Frock; Marchesa SS2013

 1960 Madame Grès, 1960  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1960s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

Jama  India, 17th century  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Lounging Pajamas  Callot Soeurs, 1911-1913; Evening Dress  Callot Soeurs, 1913 
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Hasli Necklace  India, 19th century  Christie’s

Court Robe  India, 18th century  The Victoria & Albert Museum

 1911 Evening Dress  Weeks  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Evening Dress Madame Eta Hentz 
Spring/Summer 1944 MET


Marchesa SS2013 White

Necklace  India (Rajasthan), 19th century  Christie’s

Coat  India (Kashmir)  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Choga  India, late 19th century  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
George Halley, 1960s  1stdibs.com
Aba  India (Kutch), mid-19th century  The Victoria & Albert Museum


1980 Zandra Rhodes, 1980s  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

2014 Valentino via Red Carpet Fashion Awards


Stunning Exhibition of Indian Textiles

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