vintage ~~ “bubbly on your budget”

We got about another 6 inches of snow last night.  It took Brett 1 1/2 hours to rake the roof (thanks to new leakage problems this year) and clear the drive.  Feel bad for the guy.  We are all so ready for Spring around here.


I tried to give you a visual on how deep it is.


 All I accomplished is that it looks like I am saluting the snow.  But people!  You have to know it is DEEP.

 And yet, it is really pretty despite our aggravation with it this year:


Enough about all of that!

This morning I read a post on The Beautiful Matters blog highlighting the harmony of pink and aqua.  I couldn’t agree more which made me think of two books I have out on display in my living room:


I have a predominantly blue/aqua/champagne colored living room.  A few months back I decided to add a couple pops of pink to the decor, which included the book “Bubbly on Your Budget” by Marjorie Hillis.  I bought this book last summer while on my beach vacation and had an enjoyable time reading it while by Lake Michigan.  I simply adore vintage “how to”, “decor”, “home economics”, “fashion” type books.  Anything that takes me back to the world of the 1930s, 40s or 50s keeps me intrigued. What always blows me away with many of these books is how àpropos the information or advice is for the 21st Century.  So when I saw this title I had to snap it up.

“Bubbly on Your Budget” was written by Marjorie Hillis in 1937.  According to the back of the book,  Marjorie Hillis “worked for Vogue for more than twenty years, beginning as a captions writer for the pattern book and working her way up to assistant editor of the magazine itself.  In 1936 she wrote ‘Live Alone and Like It’, the superlative guide for the “bachelor ladies”.  It was an instant bestseller and was followed by this book, originally titled ‘Orchids on Your Budget’.”  I think she sounds like the type of woman I would have liked to have known–very well.

She is a straight talker and shoots from the hip.  The whole book is about making the best life for yourself no matter what your financial or economic status.  There will be flush times, there will be lean times and how you survive them has much to do on YOU and your attitude.  After all, there are “the people who use their difficulties as an excuse for Letting Things Go, and the other [group] takes in those individuals who have the brains and energy to Do Something About It.”  And who can refute this advice (in regards to personal maintenance during the lean times):

“If these periods are prolonged, you can learn to wash your own hair, manicure your own nails, and give yourself a facial, which reduces the time and money spent in beauty shops considerably, but shouldn’t eliminate them altogether (unless you’re shipwrecked or exploring the African jungle, and even in these emergencies, we hope you’d manage a few beauty preparations somehow)…The point is to plan your spending so that you can have the things you really need for good grooming and to plan your time so that you can apply them.  A well-groomed woman seldom feels completely licked, and she never looks it.  Those low moments come when your hair straggles down in the nape of your neck and your hands look like a washwoman’s.”

That is just one gem of many in this book.  I love how she writes.  It’s like you are having a heart to heart with your best girlfriend over tea.  I encourage you to get this book if you enjoy a great read and vintage advice.  However, if you are in lean times, please see if your library (or library loan program) has it first.  Otherwise, it is worth the splurge HERE (this is a link to the Amazon Kindle edition but there are paperback options).

Do you like reading vintage advice and how-to books too?



20 thoughts on “vintage ~~ “bubbly on your budget”

  1. We are heading home today…that is if our fly isn’t cancelled because of a snowstorm going on as I write. We have had almost three feet of snow in the last two weeks so I think our home will look pretty much like yours. Let’s all think green thoughts. 🙂


  2. Ooh, it looks like you have a little bitty of snow, wow! We’ve hardly had any this year and apparently no more to come. But I don’t believe it. Normally end of February we get some…
    What does your clever advice book say about shoveling snow? Is the lady of the manor allowed to shovel her way out of the house? Or does she have to stay “locked” away in the snow until her Prince in shining armor (your husband) comes to save her?
    I thought “…you can learn to wash your own hair…” was hilarious 😀 It made my day! xo 🙂


    • Hmmm, the book didn’t comment on snow removal and how to handle. However, this Princess opts for the latter–I stay locked away until my Prince shovels us out. I actually thought about this today once I realized we sprung another leak in the foyer…what would I do if he wasn’t here? The answer: either hire stuff done OR move to a condo/apartment. I am such a wimp.


  3. Just found your lovely blog. Now following from the UK and have added you to my blogroll so I don’t miss anything. I have some back reading to do now to catch up. I love finding new blogs 🙂
    Keep warm.


  4. I love reading old books. I have an ancient English cookbook written in the 1900s. It is an interesting read. A friend of mine has a medical book written by one of the first female physicians. It is a hilarious read! Especially the chapter about what a woman should expect on her wedding night-I kid you not! Thankfully we’ve come a long way.


    • I agree…some of the things I have read in these older reference books is laugh out loud funny. I remember when we were cleaning out my Grandma’s house after she died, I came across an cookbook dedicated entirely to the making or using of JELLO. I had no idea…; )


  5. I hadn’t realised advice for single women dated back so far! I have kept Helen Gurley Brown’s Having It All and another one I can’t find online just now, but it is something like Single File and has advice about getting one’s finances in order, finding a team of experts to help advise you, etc. Very much about making a single life as fulfilling as a married one rather than waiting for a prince… Or is that pretty vintage thinking now as well!?


    • No, I don’t think that should be vintage thinking. Whether single or married, everyone needs to learn how make her situation a success and happy.


  6. Wow, look at all the snow – years since I saw this much. I’m sure that “vintage” advices will work fine today, because we just buy and through away like there was no day tomorrow.


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