Okay so you are having a bad hair day. But your make up is stellar. Your chins aren’t sagging as much as usual and that new cream is definitely helping your forehead lines. Your bloat is minimal and your confidence level is actually climbing above the tenth floor with a bullet.
And then suddenly, there it is; that horrible frizzy, root-tint needing, yucky haircut aggravation covering the top of your head.
Oy! If you look below your hairline you are fabulous, but lift those eyes and they want to roll back in your head.
The ultimate frumpy do. It screams bad hair day with a marching band in tow. What to do?
Okay, so I spent many years of my life pondering this quandary and settled for leaving the house with C- hair and an A made-up face.
Years ago I read a wonderful column by the late writer Erma Bombeck. She said every woman reaches a time in her life called the purple hat stage. It quite simply said that at some point it’s no longer worth the grief and to simply throw on a purple hat and greet the world with a smile.
I have now reached that time. I have far too little moments left in my lifetime bank account to spend it fighting with my hair.
However, I will not go gently or stylishly lacking into that purple hat stage of my life.
So I have begun to fill my closet with a cadre of fabulous hats.
Straws, wools, cloches, fedoras, but no berets or knit caps, not a flattering look on me.
I find most of them on sale and scout the better department stores to wait for sales until I pull out my credit card. After all it’s not like you need a hat immediately like a defibrillator.
Hats have changed my life.
I went from frumpy to fabulous, by plopping a fedora over my unmanageable locks.
No matter how horrible my do, I do not have to worry.
I simply don a hat and suddenly I am Greta Garbo, mysterious and intriguing and set apart from the crowd.
I am quite simply a woman of mystery. This is only because I live in America, in England not so much. They all wear them there.
The strange thing is that most women do look really good in a hat. I think it’s the way you wear it also that creates an aura.
A slight tip to one side adds some pizzazz. Lower on your forehead adds to the mystery. With a pair of sunglasses, the paparazzi will be chasing you down Beverly Hills streets.
I am not here to sell you hats of course. I just can’t believe what a difference they’ve made in my day.
You feel confident, unusual and glamorous and all without changing a thing about yourself.
I realize younger women with glorious, glowing locks have no need to cover even one hair, but at a certain age a woman’s hair thins and changes texture, and dare I say it, turns gray.
With my new hats roots are no longer a problem. Less time with goopy gobs of color on my head and more time to shop and meet friends, write, spend quality time with my grandsons and do charity work.
Hats not only enhance your looks, they add time to your life that is priceless.
Looking great is just a perk and one I’ll gladly embrace.
The real beauty of wearing a hat is that it allows you to be whomever you choose to be. Hats come in so many styles and colors you can change your mood with your head covering.
Shall I wear a wide brimmed model and be an international spy? Or perhaps a French cloche with a Coco Chanel vibe?
Or am I in the mood for a beachy, huge sunhat that protects me from any stray UV ray looking for a place to land?
I can wear a fur headband and look like I just left the slopes in Gstaad or a fun fascinator and look like I am headed for the Savoy for high tea.
Hats can take you from frumpy to fabulous in a matter of minutes. However, there is a caveat. You must commit to a hat for if you plan to take it off at any point in the day or evening, you’ll need a plan B. Hair will not be improved by the wearing.
But that’s even easy. Just pop it back on and you are fabulous again. So go hat shopping and find the particular style that enhances your features and creates the mood you are seeking.
Be all you can be and more and face the world with your brim on.
Easy Cabbage Casserole
1 head of cabbage
1 large bottle of tomato juice
1 can of tomato puree
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp sour salt
1 pound of ground beef
1 small onion
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp onion powder
3 cups of rice cooked
Wash and cut up cabbage and set aside.
Sauté onion in a tablespoon of oil until soft.
Add salt and pepper and one cup of cooked rice to raw beef and set aside.
Mix together tomato juice and puree. Add brown sugar and sour salt. Taste to ensure you have the sweet and sour taste you like. If taste needs adjusting add more sugar or sour salt until you are happy with flavor.
Spray deep casserole dish and place a layer of puree mix on bottom. Add a layer of cabbage and then ground beef layer and then top with puree. Continue until puree is covering top of casserole.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 for an hour or until cabbage and beef are cooked.
Serve with rice and Enjoy!