Glamour Meditation

Glamour Meditation - Glamorous Whole Life Makeover on ModernRetroWoman.com  This glamour meditation will help prime your mind to create the glamorous life you've always dreamed of living.

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In my previous Glamorous Whole Life Makeover™ post on creating a Vision of Glamour, I encouraged you to find as many images of what a glamorous life means to you and place them in your notebook.  You will now use those images for your glamour meditation exercise. 

You may be tempted to just skip the glamour meditation exercise because you don’t have time or you think it is a bunch of hooey.  But don’t.  You see, imagery taps into a very different part of your brain than you are used to using in our very text-oriented world.  This exercise will help that part of your brain talk to the rest of you so that you can understand why those images speak to you…why those images represent glamour to you.  You can think of it as priming your mind to create the glamorous life you’ve always dreamed of living.

To make this process easier for you, I’ve created a six and a half minute guided meditation for you. 

Guided Glamour Meditation

You will need:

  • A quiet place where you can be alone with your thoughts for at least 15 minutes
  • Your Glamorous Whole Life Makeover Notebook to write down your thoughts after the meditation
  • The images you chose from the Vision of Glamour exercise placed in front of you
  • The recording

The recording:

Click on the media player’s arrow button, below, to listen to the recording.

 

Share with us:

What image resonated the most with you?  What did it represent?  What did you find out about your vision of glamour as a result of this glamour meditation?

Chocolate Mayo Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake vintage recipe at ModernRetroWoman.com

Image of Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake vintage recipe courtesy of Deborah Laux

After our friend, sculptor and graphic designer Deborah Laux , mentioned that she is the keeper of a family recipe for Chocolate May Cake, I begged her to send it to me so that I could share it with the Modern Retro Woman community.  In her email she writes,

My childhood was littered with Chocolate Mayo Cakes – the only cake our family made. It’s simple and quick to make. And, it’s mouth-wateringly moist.

You may notice the recipe does not call for oil or eggs. Mayonnaise is made of oil and eggs blended together. [You thought it was weird, yes?] And, whether you are a Miracle Whip family or a Best Foods family, this cake will work for you. The moistness in this cake has to do with the emulsification of the oil and eggs. If someone knows the science behind it, let me know.

My mom always made the frosting with coffee. You can look up how to make frosting with powdered sugar. Just use brewed coffee as the liquid. Coffee cuts the sweetness and it goes great with chocolate. We ate it as kids so you know it doesn’t really taste like coffee.

Bake in a regular rectangular cake pan. We always frosted it right in the pan because it never lasted long enough to bother with the fancy stuff.

Enjoy!

Naturally, I had to try this out myself so that I could gush about how good it tasted.  My only dilemma was that I didn’t have any powdered sugar in the pantry for making a frosting.  Thank goodness for the Internet!  I did a search for sugarless frosting and found one from the sugar rationing days of World War II at RecipeCurio.com.

My only admonition about this cake is to make sure you are using real mayonnaise or Miracle Whip for best results.  The low fat or “other fats” mayonnaise may not give you the results you want.

As Deborah said in her email….Enjoy!

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
This vintage recipe uses mayonnaise instead of oil and eggs for a moist, chocolately, cake!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 5 Tb. cocoa
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 teaspoons soda
  6. 1 cup water
  7. 1 cup mayonnaise
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Grease and flour a rectangular cake pan. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (325ºF for cupcakes).
  2. Sift the dry ingredients together into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the water, mayonnaise, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Pour into the cake pan (or cupcake tin).
  4. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes for cake or 15-25 minutes for cupcakes.
Notes
  1. Use regular mayonnaise for best results.
Adapted from Deborah Laux Family Recipe
Adapted from Deborah Laux Family Recipe
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 Note: This recipe was originally posted on October 20, 2009.  It has been updated to take advantage of the Recipe Card tool.

A Vision of Glamour

A Vision of Glamour Collage Glamorous Whole Life Makeover ModernRetroWoman.com

Photos for A Vision of Glamour collage courtesy of (1) Kristine on Flickr; (2) Paul Malon on Flickr; and (3) Monica Forghani on Pinterest.

When I announced the Glamorous Whole Life Makeover theme for the year, I pointed out that everyone has their own vision of what it means to be glamorous.  I also said that I’d give you the chance to go wild on Pinterest.  Well, Glam Pack, today is the day!  We are now moving into the “glamorous vision phase” of the makeover.

By now, you’ve hopefully eliminated a whole bunch of energy sucking things you were tolerating.  You’ve also made the commitment to do what it takes to achieve your vision of glamour.  If not, you need to go back and do those things because becoming glamorous may seem tedious at times (but not today).  And, you’ll also need energy so that the changes you will be making this year will stick.  You can think of those steps as clearing the land in preparation for building a house.  We’re moving onto the foundation stage and you don’t want it on unstable ground.

Ready?  Let’s begin.  Get out your Glamorous Whole Life Makeover notebook and create a new section called “Vision of Glamour.”

Bring In The Experts

Imagine that you are the head of a major entertainment studio during the golden age of Hollywood  (Give this character a name or take the name of one of the famous movie moguls from that time).  You go to a party and meet a fascinating woman who confides in you that she’s always wanted to be glamorous but doesn’t know how to go about doing it (Give this character a name, too, that sounds remarkably like yours).  You take a tremendous liking to this woman and decide to become her mentor.  You invite her to your studio for a meeting with your Glamour Team the next day.

Your  Glamour Team asks this woman all sorts of questions that seem both obvious and unrelated to her desire to be glamorous:

  • Who do you admire?
  • What books do you read?
  • What kind of physical activities do you enjoy?
  • What are your favorite colors?
  • Who are your favorite movie stars?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • And so on and so forth, no stone left unturned.

And then the Glamour Team goes to work in the studio and library archives pulling out as many images as they can as a “rough draft” for the woman’s vision of glamour.  They then bring the images to you and the woman to fine tune the vision.

Create Your Own Vision of Glamour

Your task is to start exploring the visual archives and pull out as many images as you can–in as many areas of your life that you can–of what it means to be glamorous.  Explore Pinterest, Flickr, Google Images, and as many image sites and magazines that you can.  While it is okay to create a Pinterest board for this, I also want you to have hard copies of these images.

For your first go-round.  Don’t edit which images you choose.  If it appeals to you, nab it (and make note of where your retrieved it from in case you need to grab it again).  The more images you are able to add to your first draft, the better.  Wait a day or two and go through the images you collected.  Keep the ones that still speak to you, remove the ones that don’t.  Do this process again.

Place the final collection of images in your binder using acetate sleeves.  You’ll want to be able to move them around in the future. 

 

What is your studio head name and fascinating woman name?  My movie mogul name is Margaret G. McFann or MGM for short (see what I did there?  I crack myself up).  My fascinating woman name is Julianna.

Let’s get visioning!

Are You Up To Being Glamorous?

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Are You Up to Being Glamorous? adapted from an image courtesy of Mariana on Flickr.com

 

The new semester started this week at the university.  I was speaking with a professor, yesterday, about the first day of class. She told me that she was  gobsmacked by a short conversation she had with a student as everyone was leaving at the end of class.  Without any introduction or background information, the student simply said to her, “I need to pass this class in order to graduate.”  The professor responded that if the student did the work for the class and asked for help when he was feeling stuck, then he should be able to pass without any problem.  The student then walked away looking disappointed.  The professor told me that she got the distinct impression that the student was hoping for an “A” in the class without having to put in any effort to learn.  Unfortunately, I’ve heard enough variations on that story over the years to not have been surprised by it but it was the first time a student had been so blatant with her regarding expectations for a successful outcome without wanting to do any work.

But, before you jump all over this student for wanting the “A” without the effort, stop for a moment and think about how you’ve done the same thing.  Have you not tried to take a shortcut to achieve a goal?  And, despite the shortcut being unsuccessful, don’t you keep trying shortcut after shortcut?  We all do it.  If we didn’t, books with titles like “Seven Easy Steps to_______”  wouldn’t be best sellers (Have you ever noticed that it’s always seven steps?  Why not three or fifteen?).

The downside of the Glamorous Whole Life Makeover is that one aspect of glamour is the sense of effortlessness. Glamorous people have mastered the fine art of making everything look easy for them.  Unlike romance that highlights the struggle to achieve a goal, glamour hides how hard one has to work to achieve it.

During the golden age of Hollywood, the studio system created personae for their actresses.  There was the glamorous actress, the girl-next-door actress, the rebellious or bad girl actress, the songbird, the mother, and so forth.  Behind the scenes, the actresses were groomed by the studios.  They took classes in elocution, singing, poise, dancing, and acting.  They learned how to dress and they learned how to apply makeup.  They learned how to talk to reporters.  They learned how to eat at fine restaurants.  They eventually became their persona.  Even Grace Kelly, who came from a life of privilege, had to work hard to become Grace Kelly!

I didn’t start the Glamorous Whole Life Makeover project with this post on purpose.  The first couple of weeks of the new year, everyone is all gung-ho on making changes in their lives.  We’re now two weeks into it and the realities of how much work it takes to make changes are starting to sink in.  But, if the lifestyle changes were easy without having to work for them, you would have done them already.

Your assignment for today to get out your Glamorous Whole Life Makeover notebook and create a reflection section in it.  I want you to spend some time writing about what benefits you get out of not making any changes.  What are the “rewards” you get for holding onto the things you say you want to change in your life?  Just like there are payoffs for making changes, there are also payoffs for not making changes.  For example, fear of failure is a major motivator for not making changes.  Then reflect upon whether or not you are willing to give up the payoff in order to achieve a glamorous life.

Today, actresses no longer are groomed by a studio.  But you can be sure that they are working hard behind the scenes with teams of experts to create a glamorous persona.  Are you up to doing the behind the scenes work, too, to create your glamorous life? 

Pot Roast with Dried Plums and Port Wine {Vintage Recipe}

Pot Roast with Dried Plums and Port Wine Vintage Recipe ModernRetroWoman.com

 It’s time to start thinking of our meals in terms of glamour and elegance.  Dinner from a box is not even remotely glamorous.  It is time to step up the glamour meal quotient and retrain your palate to savor fine food.  I know, I know.  You’re thinking you don’t have time for a glamorous meal.  I understand.  I, too, live a very busy life.  But, remember, as part of our Glamorous Whole Life Makeover, we are learning the tricks from our mid-century mentors on how to make something seem like we’ve spent hours over the stove when we really haven’t.  Case in point:  Pot Roast with Dried Plums and Port Wine.  This recipe really only has about 15 minutes of active cooking time.  You can wander off and do something else while it is working its magic.  And the flavor is absolutely sublime.

I found this recipe in Sunset Cookbook of Favorite Recipes, 1949.  The original title was Pot Roast with Prunes and Wine.  That isn’t very glamorous sounding, is it?  So, I refined the title a bit to fit our needs.

I have not tried this recipe in a slow cooker so I cannot tell you how it would fare.  But it does quite well in a cast iron dutch oven on top of the stove. And, the best part is that the aroma fills the house with anticipation of a delicious meal.  Serve this with buttered noodles or mashed potatoes topped with Parmesan cheese.  The leftovers make heavenly sandwiches that puts deli roast beef to shame.

Are you ready to step up your glamorous meal quotient?

Pot Roast with Dried Plums and Port Wine
Serves 6
With just a few minutes of active cooking time, this elegant pot roast will make it seem like you've slaved over the stove for hours to achieve its sublime flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 pound chuck pot roast
  2. Flour
  3. 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil
  4. 1 large onion, chopped
  5. 1 large can (1 lb. 13 oz) of chopped tomatoes
  6. 1 cup boiling water
  7. Package of prunes (at least 18 prunes)
  8. 1 cup tawny Port wine
  9. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  10. Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a heavy pot or dutch oven.
  2. Dredge the roast in the flour and slowly brown on all sides in the oil.
  3. Add the onion and continue to cook until caramelized.
  4. Add tomatoes and boiling water. Cover the pot tightly and simmer over low heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours (until the meat is almost tender).
  5. Add prunes, port wine, sugar, salt and pepper. Continue cooking for another 30 - 45 minutes or until the meat and prunes are tender.
Notes
  1. Serve with buttered noodles or mashed potatoes topped with Parmesan cheese.
Adapted from Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes (1949)
Adapted from Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes (1949)
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