Last night I went out in my vintage gladrags, a 1940s wool jacket and blonde mink collar, a LBD, and 100 weight of costume jewellery and my new hair cut and colour and...and this is a big one for me FALSE EYELASHES.
In the 60's when I was a young child I would find these little hairy creatures,like spiders under tables and on bathroom shelves. My mother always had hair pieces, wigs, and weird sausage like contraptions to enhance her latest cottage loaf hairdo! Stockings, eyelashes suspender belts were to be found and I was entranced by their glamour and femininity. My own world of 'MADMEN'.
I remember the first suspender belt I was given, black with orange daisies and a pair of stockings for best. I was 12 and they hung over my headboard and I kept touching them through the night. SO excited I could barely sleep. After a few days trying to come to terms with the trials of a young woman's under clothing, I surrendered and admitted my failure to cope. Mum bought me some pop socks and some American tan coloured tights from Charlie Chesters' newsagent. The pop socks went over the tights, as it was not considered good form to wear just tights to school. I went to a Catholic (all girls) Convent school.
So yesterday aged 51, I wore my first pair and I managed to attach them without glasses, but with a large magnifying mirror as l glued them in place. To the wrong eyes. So I had to swap them. They were very comfortable actually and I didn't need to slather muckloads of mascara on my eyes. Better for my sensitive eyelids.
I met some friends at a Vintage tea party, bought myself a faux coin 1950's bracelet and then we all swanned off to the local pub. (something I don't often do either!)
I got home before the curfew my son and daughter gave me (10.30pm - wtf?) and after a shared bag of fish and chips and a cuppa, went up to take off my face.
Like the dark hairs on my chin, and the skirt that's tucked up into my knickers when l leave the loo, answer me why don't even your friends tell you!! I had lost one eyelash. I was left with one bald eye! How long was l like that? All evening? Before l left the house tonight or ......?