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A Thing of Beauty Is A Joy Forever


Celebrate Beauty, Celebrate Life

Everyone admires beauty in some way- we are just hard wired for it. Beauty, however, is something of an enigma and as one very well-known cliché says: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". I think that is true, but I also think there is something more to the science of what makes us think something or someone is beautiful.

My pages don't take you deeply into the metaphysical journey of what is beautiful so much as celebrate it. And it is also an interest of mine to learn the practice of cultivating the art of being as beautiful as we might want to be -which for me often takes the form of nurturing good health. Maybe appreciation of beauty and learning to accentuate our personal attractiveness go hand in hand.

Inner beauty is probably the most important and overlooked beauty tip there is. We gloss over it, taking for granted that yes, it's true but we want to get on to the "real" business of being beautiful, sexy, or glamorous...whatever it is that we personally call "beautiful".

This collection of hubs is to celebrate beauty, in all the mentioned aspects. And this one is to learn a bit more of why we find something "beautiful".

Lighthouse Stairs

The Golden Ratio, Or Golden Mean

Proportions of Beauty

There is a mathematical formula for what appears attractive to our eyes, it is a ratio used by architects and artists.

Famous men of many disciplines have pored over this ratio:

  • Pythagoras and Euclid
  • Johannes Kepler
  • Roger Penrose
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Mondrian

Countless others, as well, but these are some of the more recognizable names.

They found in this geometric proportion, an important aspect of what we find beautiful. In nature it was found to be represented in the way branches are arranged along the stems of plants, and it is close to another well known pattern, The Fibonacci Sequence.

The Golden mean is seen as a measure in many parts of the the proportions of the Greek Parthenon, although it isn't known if it was intended.

Beautiful Fragrance

"I can't over-emphasize how important an exquisite perfume is, to be wrapped and cradled in an enchanting scent upon your skin is a magic all on its own!" ~ C. JoyBell C.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

  • Give Me Ambiance, The Best Fragrance Oils For My Hom...
    Home fragrance makes a huge difference in the atmosphere of our rooms. The instant you smell an inviting aroma your spirit is lifted. I want to share some of the best scents from The Body Shop brand.
  • What's Your Favorite Fragrance?
    Always celebrated on March 21st., this is the "official" day set aside to celebrate fragrance.... but there is also a week designated for enjoying fragrance, the first week of June, AND a fragrance month, November. All are special points in time...
Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

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My Favorite Beauty Quote

from Audrey Hepburn

For attractive lips, Speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, Share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, Let a child run his fingers through it once a day.

For poise, Walk with the knowledge that you'll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed & redeemed. Never throw out anybody. Remember: If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

- Audrey Hepburn

BB Cream - my daughter LOVES bb cream

"Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks."

~Charles Dickens

  • Working At "Aging Gracefully"? Me Too
    Age came on like gangbusters after successfully staving it off into my early fifties. Now I'm trying out new looks, new lifestyle changes and better health habits. Join me in my quest.
  • The Silver Fox, Stunning Gray Hair Styles
    So many women fight the appearance of gray hair? I say why not embrace this stunning look and make the most of it!
  • Garnier BB Cream and Why I Still Use It
    One of the best, and the easiest ways to improve skin on a daily basis is to use BB cream. Now that there are many brand choices, which one should we use?
  • Helen Mirren's Style
    Helen Mirren elicits admiration from many, including me, for her her mature beauty and elegant style. I've looked to her for clues in how I might gain this look for myself.
  • The Prettiest Nail Polish Trends
    A woman's love for shoes is well known, but what about the beauty of those feet inside the shoes? The finishing touch for a pedicure, the toes peeking out from sandals, and otherwise unadorned feet on the beach all deserve a little attention that...

What Makes A Human Face Attractive?

In a word: symmetry. The exact balance of two sides, as they correspond to each other.

The human body, including the face, has two sides. It is completely normal for those two sides to be off kilter from one another in some way, but the more they are alike... the more we feel the overall look is one of physical attractiveness.

Markers of Beauty

  • large eyes
  • full lips
  • bigger forehead
  • nice complexion

Besides this basic sense of what makes a human beautiful, there is the factor of our cultural training . Fad sand fashions show us that we can learn to perceive beauty in the way we may be taught to: through our value for specific traits.

  • Anti-aging Moroccan Argan Oil
    Argan oil is the big beauty fad - you are seeing it headlining beauty products, everywhere. And now argan oil gets added to almost anything benefiting hair and skin condition. What are the beauty claims of these products? How is argan oil produced?..

Art is a Lifelong Love Affair

Life is full of all sorts of experiences...some wonderful and some terribly painful. I don't think there is any pain that art can't help soothe in some way... there is something healing in creating and viewing the beautiful things of life. Art is one extension of that Bible admonition:

whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things

  • Win an art contest? I did.
    I was only twelve years old or so, but my mother entered my picture in an art contest. I won! My prizes were a visit with Lucy of Lucy's Workshop, an art kit consisting of a steel case filled with real oil paints, A coffee table book of Grandma...
  • Grandma Moses: Secrets of Success
    This is about the success story of an American icon: Grandma Moses. Combining thoughts about the character traits that can make anyone a winner, able to accomplish their dreams.
  • Ten World Famous Paintings To Love
    Yes, I love art, and museum hopping is one of my very favorite things to do, but there are certain paintings that I have found to never tire of, and perennially enjoy. That can't be said of all art I was infatuated with over a lifetime. Some...

What percentage of your time is spent on beauty?

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