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Best Advice My (Grand)mother Ever Gave Me
While my mom has taught me oodles of invaluable lessons throughout my life – especially on the topics of practicality and self-sufficiency – she isn’t one to “give advice.” She’s more of a “lead by example” type of gal.
However, my mom’s mom, Grandma Pat, was in fact an advice-giver. A tall redheaded who spent 35 years as a hairdresser at an eclectic L.A. salon, she fed me tidbits of useful information like only a grandma could! Here are a few gems:
- Never ever dye your hair black. She’d seen too many teenaged blondes come in to the salon to fix the mess they’d created with a box of dye from the drugstore.
- Coffee solves everything. Coffee was to Grandma Pat what cheesecake was to The Golden Girls. I’d like to think I inherited my love for lattes, cappuccinos and plain old, freshly ground coffee from her.
- Wear this, you’re a “Summer.” I should wear colors that are the most flattering on my skin tone, like pastels. She was an autumn, so those shades were out for her.
- You’ve got a nice butt – but don’t let it get too big. Had anyone else said it, I would’ve been offended, but I’d like to think she was just giving an honest, grandmotherly recommendation.
Note: After chatting with my mom about this post, she reminded me of a great piece of advice she’d given me: Don’t get married near your birthday. You’ll always end up with a 2-in-1 celebration. Good call, Mom!