This week in her A to Z of Beauty and Style, Mrs Woog talks about the beauty that comes from within and why you can never have too much bling.
I IS FOR INNER BEAUTY
You have heard the phrase “Beautiful inside and out” I am sure.
But really, how beautiful can you be on the inside? With all that blood and guts and bone and tissue all floating about, sloshing around together working in harmony to keep you alive. Necessary, but not particularly pretty.
You can feed your face with fish oil and acidophilus all you want and even that is not going to give you Inner Beauty. It will just make your brain work better and give you good bowel movements.
Inner beauty is the result of a kind heart.
And everyone has the capacity to achieve it. You cannot get it in a lotion or order it from the TV late at night from infomercials starring Jessica Simpson. It is free. If you can make over your attitude you can get it instantly!
I know many people who would not be renowned for their long legs, glistening hair and perfect skin, but they are the most beautiful people in the world. But their warmth attracts people like magnets.
So, how can you achieve inner beauty?
Start by loving yourself sick! Then spread that love to those you know, and those you don’t. Listen to people and give your time. Be joyful and respectful. Be fun.
Smile at strangers! There is nothing nicer than a stranger giving you a beaming smile and a chipper “Top of the morning to you!” type greeting as you pass them on the footpath. (As long as they are not naked under that coat.) Instant mood lifter right there, without a prescription.
Talk to lonely mums at the park. Pick up the coins when an old lady drops her handbag in front of you in a queue. Look after people before you tend to your own needs. Lend an ear, shoulder, hand or any other body parts that might be required by others.
If you must bitch, do it in front of a mirror.
I am not saying neglect your outer shell. Cleanse, moisturise and all of that. Oh, and brush and floss because if you neglect this you might have to have some very, very painful and expensive dental surgery.
But pay close attention to your heart and sloshing guts, because if you can achieve and maintain inner beauty you win.
Because, really, the rest is just gift wrapping.
J IS FOR JEWELLERY
40,000 years ago, some folk in Kenya strung together some ostrich eggs, looked at it and thought “necklace”.
And so the first piece of jewellery was born.
Fast forward to modern day and our obsession with all things adorning continues to boom. The diamond industry is worth $13 billion dollars a year alone! That is a whole lot of bling going on. And, may I point out, not much of this heads in my direction.
But jewellery is not just about diamonds and pearls anymore.
Some of my more interesting and noteworthy pieces from my collection are actually made from pasta shapes, painted and rolled in glitter. And they never ever fail to start a conversation with the dry cleaner.
Jewellery can range from your “special” pieces that you hide around the house in case you get robbed, and later forget where you placed them, or cheap and cheerful stuff that you never, ever lose. And because I am a big fan of accessorising (when do earrings never NOT fit?) I am going to share with you a few tips about how to get your accessory on.
*Big Earrings, Big Necklace, Big Bangles and Big Rings altogether are a BIG NO NO! Choose two to combine. I either do big earrings together with a big bit of wrist action OR big neckpiece statement with a chunky cocktail ring. Never altogether. Too much ladies. What where you thinking?
*Is storing your collection a headache? I use those plastic, compartmentalised boxes you get at the hardware shops that tradesmen use for their screws and stuff. Chop off the lids and whack them in the top drawer of your dresser. And if you are anything like me, you will still have jewellery scattered throughout the house.
*Clean your rings that have stones in them by popping on the kettle, grabbing a cup and squeezing a little dishwashing liquid in. Fill to the brim, chuck in your rings and the next day you are sorted. Try it. BEDAZZLE!
*You CAN wear gold and silver together. Who knew?
*Second hand and charity shops are a treat when it comes to handfuls of gorgeous beads. You can never have too many and the brighter the better.
*If anything, add something as you walk out the door. Even if it is a Rotary Pin.
*And, finally, remember. You wear the jewellery, the jewellery does not wear you. Unless you are Jill Masterton, painted in gold like she was in Goldfinger and even then, you will die from “skin suffocation”. (Which is bollocks by the way. No such thing.)
*About Mrs Woog: “I can be found in the laundry, folding laundry, sorting laundry and dropping off the dry cleaning. I am mum to two boys, boss of my husband and master of a cat and two guinea pigs. Come nightfall, I watch TV while tweeting which drives Mr Woog insane. I like to read cookbooks and eat out. During my waking hours I ferry kids around in the Mazda while drinking takeaway coffees and listening to talkback. I think about going to the gym every day. I used to work in the publishing industry before I realised it was nothing like Elaine Benes from Seinfeld made out like it was. Now I write this blog. And I never get writer’s block. It is a gift I have.”