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I think I first learned about vanity sitting at my grandmother’s vanity! Her dressing table that is. What a scrumptious setting! Three mirrors for multiple views, the table skirt of Lilly Pulitzer-like chintz, the crystal perfume bottles with spray bulbs with little tassels attached, the powder puffs, little pots of cream rouge.... Oh goodness, what a place to warm a young girls heart!  

Has this special place vanished from the modern boudoir? Not mine! I have duplicated it as well as my space (and my budget) will allow. I am one of those who must sit to do my makeup and that habit goes right back to my Grandmother’s lovely vanity.

My mom worked, so I spent the a lot of days as a young girl at my Grandmother’s house learning to cook and sew and most deliciously, the wonderful pleasures of feminine adornment. My aunt was a teenager for several of those years and my mentor in matters of the dressing table. What a primper I was! And what an imagination! To dream of the day I would naughtily spend just a bit too much time at the vanity while my beau waited for me in the living room! (My aunt was notorious at this little game...“Oh, am I late? I’m SOOO sorry!“)  

I know that was a different era, and our busy worlds don’t permit such languishing in our boudoirs—-sorry, bathrooms. Is it true that the most common article in beauty mags and on beauty sites is “The 5-minute Makeup Routine“? But when I sit down at my vanity now, I get just a moment’s respite from the press of time—-the clock slows just a smidgen. And occasionally, when I give myself time to reflect, I am thankful for my early mentoring. It taught me that the dressing table does not promote vanity as much as it provides a setting for personal creativity and self-expression and loveliness that touches something deep in my female soul.

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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 14, 2009
    • I love this! It brought back so many memories of my Mimi, my grandmother and my mom.

      I have the dressing table that my Mimi (great grandmother) used in her room. Even tho it is wood it still felt luscious. She had it dressed with lace and crystal and all things beautiful. In front of it sat the most luxorious bench covered in something satin and creamy.....  

      I think it was on that bench that I applied lipstick for the 1st time.



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      Diane Cheney wrote Aug 14, 2009
    • Thanks Doll...you‘re sweet!



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      Frannie1964 wrote Aug 14, 2009
    • I really don’t remember my grandma or mom using a vanity to put their make-up on or perfume. I always watched my aunt put her make-up on In the bathroom In front of the mirror standing up and I would just watch her cause she was so beautiful without It and I always wanted to see how she did It and what she put on and then see the finish on how differant she looked.

      I have a vanity In my bedroom, but I use It to keep some of my jewlery on It and my Angel figurines. I always apply my make-up In the bathroom like my aunt use to do.



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