Years ago, long before I ever heard of anything close to Taken In Hand, every now and then I heard stories of a "friend of a friend of a friend, etc." who got up a good bit before her husband to do her hair and make up so as to present a more pleasant appearance for him when he woke up.
Another distant story described a wife who made sure she was was wearing a dress and heels when her husband arrived home from work. At the time, I was absolutely horrified at the idea. I mean, come on! I personally made sure my husband saw me looking and wearing my worst before we were married, partially because I wanted him to see the real me, preparing him for what he could expect once we were married.
Well, fast forward a decade or so to our new dynamics and I honestly don't cringe as much at those same stories. The getting dolled up at the crack of dawn is a bit of a stretch, but assuming one's self-esteem is intact and healthy, the principle behind it doesn't seem so bad anymore.
I find myself taking much more note of my appearance these days. Rather than changing into my sweats the moment the door swings shut behind me when I come home from work, I find myself considering what my husband would find cute/sexy when he arrives home later. Make-up isn't much of an issue as I don't wear much, but hair is for him. He dislikes ponytails so my hair is usually down for him even though getting it up and out of the way might be a bit more convenient for me.
I take pleasure in presenting a bit more of a feminine look for him, knowing that he really appreciates it, as he's told me on a number of occasions. Oh, and of course it makes me feel sexier too. Funny how things change.