Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.56

Hi everyone,

enjoy this week’s random ramblings! Here we go:

History Of The Home

Historian Lucy Worsley guides us through the history of the home, discussing how the main four rooms – kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom – changed from medieval times to now. It’s fascinating to see how rooms we take for granted now, like the bathroom, didn’t exist until fairly recently, while others, like the bedroom, were used for very different reasons. The video above only shows the first part of The Kitchen episode, but you can watch the complete series here. And if you want more, there’s also a book, If Walls Could Talk: An intimate History of the Home, by Lucy Worsley. Happy watching!

What I’m Reading Now


Rose Bertin: The Creator of Fashion at the Court of Marie Antoinette by Emil Langlade. A short biography of Rose Bertin, Queen Marie Antoinette’s dressmaker. Although the information on her is scant, the author manages to bring Bertin, with all her virtue and faults, to life. She was resourceful and generous, but also very proud and temperamental. But most of all, she was very creative and in the last years of the ancient regime, came out with one extravagant trend after another. And fashions were changing very rapidly back then. It was the description of all the different styles that I enjoyed the most about the book. If you’re into historical fashion, definitely check it out. This fashion craze came to a halt when the revolution broke out, obviously. Bertin’s business was on the verge of ruin so she set about trying to recover her debts from her French and foreign customers, something not easy to do as most of them were killed or financially ruined too. This last part of the book is thus quite dull but overall the book, despite its archaic writing style, flows easily and is very enjoyable. If you’re interested, you can read it for free at archive.org.

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Sunday Survey, Vol.135

1. What car are you driving?
None, I don’t have a car.

2. Are luxury skincare products worth it?
Only when they contain expensive ingredients that are really proven to work such as retinoids and ferulic acid. Suddenly most of them don’t.

3. Have you bought anything in the sales recently?
Not yet. I was hoping to buy a new pair of boots, but I couldn’t find any I liked. May console myself with some makeup soon though.

4. Bath or shower?
A long, hot relaxing bath! I shower on most days though.

5. What do you think of unusual names for children?
I think they may be cute for a girl, but not so much for a boy. Just as long as they aren’t too weird. Your children are gonna be stuck with them for life so you don’t want to give them ridiculous names they’re gonna hate.

It’s your turn now!
1. What car are you driving?
2. Are luxury skincare products worth it?
3. Have you bought anything in the sales recently?
4. Bath or shower?
5. What do you think of unusual names for children?

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  1. says

    1. What car are you driving? VW Golf 4 :)
    2. Are luxury skincare products worth it? Not all of them, I think you need to do a good research if you are going into the luxury skincare side. I do use luxury skincare products but I research a lot about them before I go to the counter and buy them. Most of times I know more about the product I want to buy than the seller :)
    3. Have you bought anything in the sales recently? Nothing makeup related because I’m expecting the 50% sale from MUA once they hit 50.000 Likes on FB :). I think it will be next week :)
    4. Bath or shower? I have a shower cabin so I don’t have an option here :)
    5. What do you think of unusual names for children? Hmm…depends how unusual are we talking about here :) Gypsies tend to name their children so weird, after countries, cities, cars or even after some classes in school. I did really met some girls name Geography and Physics…so weird. :)
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Tavia, I agree that you need to do your research before splurging on skincare items. Most of them just aren’t worth it really.

      And those are really weird names!

  2. says

    I loved History of the Home!
    I love everything Lucy does :D .

    1. An old Toyota.
    Not really driving, but if I did, that’s what I would b driving.

    2. Nope.

    3. My first pair of proper boots in a long, long time.

    4. Shower.

    5. I’m okay with them.
    My brother, though… He has a unique name. Like, truly ‘one on Earth’ kind of unique. It’s not weird, it’s just really old, so it has fallen into disuse. He hates it.
    People never get it right.

    On the other hand, my name is so ubiquitous that I’m never sure if the results of an exam (uni, medical, whatever) are truly mine, so… :P

    I think the name’s will get a bit more individual in the future.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Ana, me too. You can always count on Lucy for some entertaining, accurate and well-made/written documentaries/books.

      I do like old names that aren’t very used anymore, but it can be really frustrating when no one gets them right! But a name that’s too common can have its problems too..

  3. says

    1. What car are you driving?
    I don’t like driving.
    2. Are luxury skincare products worth it?
    Some of them are.
    3. Have you bought anything in the sales recently?
    Yes, I did get some Clarins products and plan to get something else next week.
    4. Bath or shower?
    I love a good bath once per week, but shower on the other days.
    5. What do you think of unusual names for children?
    I was actually thinking about it this week, and, no, I am not a big fan.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Marina, I hate driving too! I wish they invented cars that drove themselves, would make life much easier! lol

  4. Janessa says

    1. I don’t know how to drive haha but I have to learn these few months and I don’t want to drive.
    2. Only if the formulation works then yes, they’re worth it. Usually, however, the luxury ones just have nice packaging, false claims, and a brand name.
    3. Yes! I a white lace dress and a cream/antique white colored ruffle slip.
    4. Bath! I would have said shower until I discovered LUSH :]. I, too shower most days.
    5. Unusual is not unique in my book. I see it as strange, a word very rarely used as a name; it’s like unique in a bad way. So no, I don’t like unusual names. However, all names must have been unusual once and someone can come up with a beautiful unusual name.

    I’ll watch the video later and tell you what I think of it. :]

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, I really hate driving which is why I’m terrible at it. I hope you’ll be a better driver than me (which is not that hard really).

      And your haul sounds really nice. :)

  5. Viv says

    1. What car are you driving?
    I have a very old green Seat Cordoba – family car is a big VW Transporter, but I don’t like to drive (or, more specifically, park) it!
    2. Are luxury skincare products worth it?
    No. I use anything I can – I’m allergic to most soap, and various unidentified ingredients. I stick to what I know. I do love Lush fresh cleansers.
    3. Have you bought anything in the sales recently?
    Yes, I indulged in some black trousers (work staple), and some makeup – Guerlain had lots of 50% bargains this year, but I missed those :(
    4. Bath or shower?
    A bath.
    5. What do you think of unusual names for children?
    Three of my children have unusual names – they are Gaelic so not unusual amongst the Irish community!

    Viv x

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Viv, what a shame you missed the Guerlain bargains! That’s such a great deal! Guerlain never goes on sale here.

      I think Gaelic names are beautiful. They’re unusual, but not in a weird way. :)

  6. says

    1. Hubby has a little SUV that I rarely drive.
    2. Like with everything, some are & some aren’t. One has to research, read about, ingredients. I used to use a lot of $$ skin care but have discovered a few years ago, more affordable options that work well for me.
    3. Only a few drugstore makeup items that have surprised me a lot. I rarely go shopping after the holidays.
    4. Showers unless it’s freezing cold & I need to warm up.
    5. I guess this depends on the surroundings, upbrigning, the parents. Ultimately, the personnality of the child. Any name can be made fun of so it’s up to the parents to give their child the tools to stand up and be confident. Still, I would not have named my daughter after a fruit. :)
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Icaria, you make some great points about names. I agree with you that it depends on several factors, and any name can be made fun of. Children can be cruel sometimes. I do like unusual names that have an old origin or mean something special to the parents/child, but I draw the line at calling children after a fruit, a subject or anything like that.

  7. Janessa says

    School has made me biased to many subjects. Never would I have thought to watch this video if it weren’t for you! (again, I am so thankful) I like history much more now, though not nearly as much as you do. I’m really into science at the moment. :]

    I’m going to watch more of Lucy Worsley, I really do learn a lot here!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, unfortunately very few schools teach history the way it should be taught. These days teachers are forced to teach a politically correct, very biased version of history and, as a result, most of what you’ve learned simply isn’t true. In the best of cases, it’s a partial truth. If you want to know what really happened, you’ll have to read essays, contemporary sources etc and of course most people just aren’t interested in that. That’s why documentaries by the likes of Lucy Worsley are important. They are accurate and make history entertaining and accessible to everyone.

      And science can be very fun too. That too should be better taught in school. I’m sure more people would be into it if it wasn’t taught in such a boring way.

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