Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In Defence of Baby Worship

"The two facts which attract almost any normal person to children are, first, that they are very serious, and secondly, that they are in consequence very happy.  They are jolly with the completeness which is possible only in the absence of humor.  The most unfathomable schools and sages have never attained to the gravity which dwells in the eyes of a baby of three months old.  It is the gravity of astonishment at the universe, and astonishment at the universe is not mysticism, but a transcendent common-sense.  The fascination of children lies in this: that with each of them all things are remade, and the universe is put again upon its trial...

But the influence of children goes further than its first trifling effect of remaking heaven and earth.  It forces us actually to remodel our conduct in accordance with this revolutionary theory of the marvelousness of all things.  We do (even when we are perfectly simple or ignorant) we do actually treat talking in children as marvelous, walking in children as marvelous, common intelligence in children as marvelous.  The cynical philosopher fancies he has a victory in this matter- that he can laugh when he shows that the words or antics of the child are common enough.  The fact is that this is precisely where baby-worship is so profoundly right.  Any words and any antics in a lump of clay are wonderful, the child's words and antics are wonderful, and it is only fair to say that the  philosopher's words and antics are equally wonderful."

-by G.K. Chesterton, excerpts from his article, "A Defense of Baby Worship"

Easter Hats

Hats are very civilized.  Animals have no idea about them and little children find them amusing.  Hats are for the virtuous.  They are for those who observe the respectful etiquette of covering the head.  They are for men who wish to respectfully have something to remove in Church.
I have always loved hats since I was young.  They can be so pretty and elegant and they can add class to any outfit!  Even though people really don't wear hats that much anymore, Easter is an occasion to do so!
My Easter hat this year is white with a feather and a bow.  I found it at Kmart (of all places) and thought immediately how it would complement my dress! (Pictures to come.)  It is possible to find pretty hats around Easter at most department stores.  Another option is to make your own hat which can be fun but more expensive.
The point is to take advantage of this opportunity when it is socially acceptable to wear a hat!  I love it and I'm sure the experience will make you love it too!

Monday, March 18, 2013

High Heels

I love high heels!  I didn't used to wear them much though because they make me so tall!  I am 5'6" to begin with and after adding a two or three inch heel I stand face to face with most men!  I never liked that and so I usually wore flat shoes.  After watching I Love Lucy and reading about some other tall 50's ladies who wore high shoes, I decided that this is a poor excuse to avoid them!  So, to summarize, I am now in LOVE with high heels!
Wearing high heels makes me feel like a real lady.  They make me more careful of my movements and add grace to vacuuming the rug or bending down to pick up a baby!  Even when I sit it feels elegant to tuck my pretty shoes against the chair.
High heels are also extremely civilized!  They were worn for centuries by queens and princesses and great ladies to complement beautiful outfits.  There is so much to appreciate about high heels and I'm glad that I need no longer neglect them!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Natural Face Cleanser

I recently read about using olive oil and caster oil to wash your face.  It sounded a little gross until I actually tried it; it feels wonderful!  The natural oils cleanse your skin of dirty oils and replace them with good ones.  Afterwards, my skin was so soft and moisturized!  I definitely recommend this.  Here's how to do it:

1. Mix 1tsp. olive oil and 1tsp. caster oil in a small bowl.
2. Dip fingers into oil and rub gently over face.
3. Leave oil on your face for a minute or two.
4. Rinse with a hot washcloth.

Your skin will feel youthful and rejuvenated!

Grace Kelly Style

Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monoco on their wedding day
  There is something surreal about a woman who can exhibit coolness and nobility in her very gaze.  Grace Kelly had this ability and a composure that fascinated Hollywood, America and finally Prince Rainer of Monoco.  I love the fashion of the 1950's and Grace Kelly seemed to perfect that fashion.  She wore everything with dignity and I especially love the design of her wedding dress.  She always wore hats and white gloves to go out and loved shoes!  Although I can't recommend all her movies, I am impressed with her decision to marry a prince of the Catholic Church in exchange for her glamorous career.  After her marriage, Grace became a real figure in European social life and certainly felt greater pressure than she ever had before to live up to her name!  She acted as perfectly as ever, though, always dressed for the occasion and with something appropriate to say.  Her manner says much for the disciplined lady she was.

The Catholic Lady

The Catholic Lady blog is for women who love all things feminine, beautiful and elegant!  It is also a place to fight the lies of feminism, immodesty, and communism.  I am very excited for this blog and imagine many places it can go!  There are so many great ladies to learn about, old tricks to learn, and ladylike ways to perfect!  Our Lady Seat of Wisdom is my patroness in this apostolate.
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