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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter X – Fifteen Minutes a Day

Chapter X
FIFTEEN MINUTES A DAY

This is the final chapter. . . our last chance to “buttonhole” you and tell you, on the run, everything we’ve forgotten to tell you up to this time, “Oh, yes, . . . and don’t forget to write!”

We’ve named it “Fifteen Minutes a Day” because it is continued, forever and ever. Everyday, that is, if you really want to be smooth.

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter IX – Make a Face

Chapter IX
MAKE A FACE

As this book goes on and on, we grow too fond of Susan. We get to the point of finding nothing wrong with her. . . we want to sit back and let her tell us what to do!

In this chapter, that’s just what we’ve planned: a make-up consultation with  Susan.

Susan, what do you consider the main feature of a beautiful complexion?
Susan says: A fresh, scrubbed, dewy look. (Thank you, Susan, you are quoting from Chapter I.)

And with this push from Susan, we go on alone. We shall take the “fresh, scrubbed, dewy look” as the whole basis of our chapter on make-up. If this is what Susan wants, she shall have it.

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter VII – Don’t Mention It

Chapter VII
DON’T MENTION IT

There are certain points in good grooming we usually keep “mum” about; they are usually smells. We don’t like to mention them. We wouldn’t dare to say to Susan, “Darling, you haven’t a nice smell.” It sounds so crude and we cannot bear to see the blush that would come to her face.

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter IV – S-T-R-E-T-C-H

Chapter IV
S-T-R-E-T-C-H

Two things go under the well-groomed look. . . a firm body and a firm girdle. A firm body gets that way by exercise and a firm girdle is so because it is well-chosen.

Of the two, the firm body is by far the more important. In fact, the smoothest Susans pride themselves at being their best in a bathing suit.

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter III – Soap-and-Water Clean

Chapter III
SOAP-AND-WATER CLEAN

This is the Most Important Chapter. . . if it could, it would wear a whalebone neck-piece and let its corset stays show through, just to impress you with its firmness and dignity.

The fact is, Susan, that you cannot be smooth without first being clean. Someone will catch up with you. Someone you like very much will look behind your ears.

Soap-and-water clean is so important that it occupies parts of several chapters, but in this one we shall talk about just the sort of cleanliness which takes place in the bathroom, night and morning.

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Susan, be smooth! by Nell Giles, 1940: Chapter II – Keep it Simple with Subtraction

Chapter II
KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH SUBTRACTION

“Start with one idea and stick to it” may sound like Carnegie or Confucius. . . but actually it applies to clothes more specifically than to empire building.

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