I was sitting and thinking recently about when I was in the work force in the 90s, many of the older men in a world of construction were supportive of women. The men that were supportive were the ones with daughters who were struggling to find their way in the world. The men that drove me crazy either had boys or no children at all. They were less than supportive and their idea of helping a gal was buying her dinner and possibly schooling her in bed. I was lucky to have a Christian boss that believe us gals could do anything the guys could with proper education and determination. He didn’t tolerate harassment and it was immediate dismissal.
Then there were the middle aged men who were still finding their own way in the world. They had families to support and most had wives at home or working part time jobs. Many of these women were educated but never used their degree. I grew up with some of these men’s children and it was difficult for me to see them at the same level as myself, but I learned from them. I learned that the world was changing and they were struggling to keep up with women in the work force. Women, in their eyes were taking many of the sustained living jobs that men had previously held. One man once told me that change was coming to the world and that the man’s place as provider was being eliminated.
Fast forward 25 years, most of those men have passed or retired. Many who helped teach me and shape my perspective on business. Men who KNEW that women have choices. I’m not talking pro life choices, I’m talking pro family or pro work force choices. My boss was fully supportive when I decided to give up a 60 hour a week job to care for my family. After my 6 weeks of maternity leave, I looked into my tiny daughter’s face and I couldn’t leave her at a day care.
With the #MeToo movement going full speed ahead there are stories of sexual abuse, abuse of power, and the new one dangling the carrot of what you want in front of you with the idea you’ll get the prize. Men are trying to control how far, how well, and how much we will be because they don’t know how to work with us instead of against, and for us. Work against us because they want to keep their stature and position. For us because they want the cute little wife, with a perfect house, and children. They also want to keep their virility, their youth, and their ego.
As women, I think we can help men evolve, we need to teach them that what was accepted 25 years ago and longer wasn’t right and how to move forward. We need to teach men how to treat us. Not every many has grown up knowing that we are the stronger sex and why. They are jealous of all of the choices we have and make. Where do we start? With our own sons!
As a child of about 4, I have fond memories of sitting on my parents bed and watching my mom get ready for a night out. Back then this small town had things to do, like dinner and dancing, and my parents always had other couples to double date with. I marveled at all of my mom’s adventures and pretty things; dresses, shoes, make up, and jewelry. None of the items were expensive but it was a treasure trove for a child to look at, feel, and catch the scent of her mother’s perfume.
My mother had a large golden jewelry box that hypnotized me. On the occasions she took it out of its drawer, she would let me sit and go through the jewelry stashed inside. It was such a treat because the items she kept in usually had meaning to her. I remember rubbing my tiny fingers along the top of the box, awed by it’s beauty on the outside. Inside, I would find an array of colorful beads, colored class gems, rings, necklaces and earrings. I would sit and chatter at her while she applied her make up. Rubbing my fingers along the surface of the colorful jewels and feeling the different cuts mesmerized me. I believed my mother was a real princess.
Putting bits and pieces of information together over the years from my Gran and my Mom, I came to the conclusion that in her younger years my mother spent a good portion of her paychecks acquiring costume jewelry from the 60’s. Much of which I treasure and wear today.
To this day I will call my mom and say remember your gold jewelry box? And I will tell her a memory of me playing with it. For my Birthday a couple of weeks ago my mother gave me the golden jewelry box. This box that I love because it reminds of a happy moment in time. It’s been sitting on my buffet since my Birthday begging me write this post. Today I decided to start filling it with jewels of paste and it has brought me loving memories of my Gran, Grandmother and Mom. When my Grandmother and Gran passed I received a lot of their costume jewelry that was from the the 1940’s and up. And so today I’m filling the Golden Jewelry Box with treasures from the three women I’ve loved and looked up to most in my life.
Do you have an heirloom attached to your childhood memories?
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Wearing and applying makeup can be such a chore. For women we are always looking for that stunning evening look or natural daytime eye shadow without looking like a hot mess of Tammy Faye Baker. The problem with eye shadow is that when we want to mix some colors for that great blended look, we have to try to find spare tissue to swirl our shadow brush into in order to get rid of the previous color. Even then we are left with a hit or miss opportunity for well set makeup. Not to mention cleaning, cleaning brushes is always a chore and if not cleaned properly, the end result is wasted money due to ruining our brushes.
Yet there is a solution! The Color Switch by Vera Mona. The Color Switch is a color switch sponge and eye shadow palette in one. The color switch sponge allows you to swirl your shadow brush along the unique material that removes the shadow and then apply another color or blend flawlessly. No more struggling with messy tissue. No more time being wasted on trying to use a brush cleaner to obtain that beautiful look.
I was a skeptic myself until I applied the different shadows with the dual head brush. All the colors are representative of flowers and are totally neutral; great for any skin type or tone. I had a lot of fun layering and blending the colors depending upon the look I was trying to achieve. Just a simple swirl or stroke along the color switch pad and “VOILA!” no more color on my brush and I was free to choose the next color. You can even do this with wet colors for the same effect and for a dramatic look.
The Vera Mona Color Switch is excellent for any woman or a professional makeup artist with their full line of color switch utensils and the new Lotus Color Switch Palette. Change up your looks and have fun with makeup without making a mess of your bathroom or yourself with the easy application and blending with the Vera Mona Color Switch Lotus Palette.
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Smith & Vandiver carries a full line of bath and body products, and in a variety of scents. They have something for everyone. The Grapefruit-Ginger-Basil Spa…ah line smells amazing and refreshing. Start with a warm bath and their bath fizz. Pamper yourself with a skin-softening bath indulgence. Moisturizing sunflower oil and mineral-rich sea salts turn your tub into a delightful spa-like experience.
Follow up with the Smith & Vandiver thick and creamy body butter in the accompanying scent to moisturize your skin while balancing your energy. Pure essential oils of Grapefruit and Basil to restore balance and uplift mood, while Ginger, Aloe Vera and Shea Butter tone, hydrate and repair.
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Regular attention to you feet will keep them look and feeling their best year round and Smith and Vandiver’s Spa…ah line can help all year long.
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