If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. ~ William Morris

07 June, 2017

Womanly Wednesday ~ The Secrets of Charm Part II

From Secrets of Charm ~ Josephine Huddleston ~ 1929

Ultimately, charm is far more vital than physical beauty alone.  I have known women who were actually homely, yet their charm was so great no one realized or cared that they were not physically beautiful.  And I've seen physically beautiful women weep and gnash their teeth because a less beautiful but more charming woman achieved glories denied to them. 

The ideal combination, of course, is CHARM and BEAUTY.

As Editor of a beauty column which has a reading public of nearly seven million, a quarter of a million of whom have written to me for help with their beauty problems during the past five years, I have had an unusual opportunity to study women's needs.  Therefore, I do not feel that I am taking too much upon myself when I tell you some of the things I've learned about the cultivation of physical beauty and charm.

At times you probably will think me a dull stick propounding duller sentiments--sentiments which many of us read and didn't understand when they were used as penmanship examples in our copy books.  I remember many of them and thought at the time that grown-ups were unutterably stupid with their constant reminders that "honesty pays" and "early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

But as I've grown older I've learned that honesty does pay because dishonesty develops a fishy eye and furtive manners, attributes which surely mar physical beauty and happiness.  And while early to bed and early to rise may make a man healthy, wealthy and wise, it just as surely will help to make a woman healthy, beautiful and charming.

To live life fully, there are certain laws of nature that must be observed--laws that make or mar the individual.  Happy is she who learns these laws early enough i life to use them for her benefit.

(To be continued...)

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