“But you will soon find that independence, more truthfully than virtue, is its own reward. It gives you a grand feeling. Standing on your own feet is extraordinarily exhilarating...”
Those are not the words at the end of a Sex and the City episode, but a quote from the book Live Alone and Like It by Marjorie Hillis. This lovely little pink book, sized just right for dropping into any designer clutch, gives not advice as well as case studies for all aspects of living alone. It’s smart, chic, funny and gives the kind of advice you would expect to find in a Carrie Bradshaw column. You will likely be surprised to know that the book was written in 1936 by Marjorie Hillis who was a Vogue Editor and an example of the growing number of women who lived alone by choice.
Though we often long for romance in our lives, which Hillis acknowledges in Chapters such as “When a Lady Needs a Friend”, many women are choosing to have a career and live alone by choice, not by chance. Hillis provides practical advice on subjects such as dressing fashionably, handling your finances smartly, and simply enjoying life. She advocates all kinds of ideals you probably thought were modern on subjects like sex, friendships, and liquor. It’s a fabulous little read and would make a great gift for a recent college grad, recently divorced or widowed girlfriend, or any woman that wants a bit of a road map to navigating the life of a single woman out in the world.
Dying to check out all the wonderful advice? You can win your very own copy. How, you may ask? Just simply comment here in the All Things Girl blog. A drawing of all commenter will be held at the end of July.
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