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Everyday Starlet

Month: November 2013

A Glamorous Thanksgiving, Starlet Style

A true Starlet has a lot to be thankful for, and she has a special place in her heart for tradition.  So a Starlet Thanksgiving will be full of tradition with her own special twist of glamour.

 

Food

Hors d’oeuvres

If a Starlet serves a starter course (probably with cocktails) she will pick small bites with a little luxury.  An ideal pick would be Truffled Deviled Eggs.

 

Main course

Turkey is the star of the show.  Try carving and serving in a cute apron like Dita Von Teese

 

Gravy is another Thanksgiving staple, and Lana Turner’s favorite.  Rumor has it she had a special recipe and was in charge of making it for her family Thanksgivings.

 

Stuffing– usually Thanksgiving stuffing recipes are passed down through generations.  A Starlet loves family heirlooms… even ones from other people’s families…. and even if the secret is StoveTop.

 

 Veggies– make sure you eat your veggies.  Pick your favorites and add a little seasoning.  My favorite is broccoli, but you can also serve a salad for guests that want to load up on healthy stuff.  Since a Starlet is a sucker for anything French, how about this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette
 
 

 

Potato– Sweet potato is healthier and has more nutrients, but if you’re a traditionalist, go for good old-fashioned mashed potatoes.  If there is any day to not worry about nutrients it’s Thanksgiving.   How about adding more luxury with Truffled Mashed Potatoes.
Pumpkin Pie– When you think Thanksgiving, you think pie.  And pumpkin is the most traditional (and Lana Turner’s favorite, she always indulged in a slice).  For fun, try making one from scratch or try a Semi-Homemade one from Sandra Lee
 

Cocktails

Whatever you alcohol preference, there is a cocktail for you.  Here are some to try:
 Apple crisp


2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
3 oz. Fresh apple cider
Pinch of nutmeg
Apple slice, for garnish
Add ice to a Collins glass. Add the Cointreau, lime juice, apple cider and nutmeg, and stir gently. Garnish with the apple slice. 

Mulled wine

 

Sidecar

3/4 ounce Cointreau

3/4 ounce lemon juice
1 1/2 ounces cognac

Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass that has had its outside rim rubbed with lemon juice and dipped in sugar.

Décor

A Starlet loves glamour and sparkle.  Here are some ideas to get you inspired:

Have a Fun and Fabulous Thanksgiving

 

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Kisses
Sarah

A Starlet in the Great Outdoors

Since I’ll be taking a trip to the country soon, I thought I would post some ideas for how to stay a Starlet even in a rustic environment.

Marilyn Monroe Denim Outdoors Woods fashion inspiration
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Now a Starlet is most likely not outdoorsy per say, but the does appreciate the beauty of nature.  So occasionally she will venture to the woods for some peace and quiet…. Always in a cabin with running water.  Roughing it to a Starlet is being too far in the wilderness to have a pizza delivered.  And she wants nothing to do with the phrase “community bathroom.”

But assuming the accommodations are acceptable, a Starlet will go casual for a while.  She may even go for a hike if it’s not too buggy out.

In the woods, a Starlet will still keep her makeup on, just pared down.  And she will usually wear her hair in an updo.  She will also pick an outdoorsy scent to go with her surroundings.

As far as outfits go, a Starlet will always wear clothes that are well-fitted… nothing sloppy.  But she will stick to comfortable casual clothes like denim, plaids, bandanas, boots, and moccasins.

Here are some looks that inspire me: (more…)

Jet Set Life: Travel like a Starlet

Audrey Hepburn Traveling Suitcase
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This time of year is the most popular travel time.  So here are some essentials for Starlet travel…

Suitcases

There are so many rules and regulations about air travel nowadays, so it is important to keep that in mind when buying a suitcase.  That said, a Starlet does not like to have a suitcase that blends in with everyone else’s… after all, how would she tell them apart at the airport.  Starlets are known for having a signature lip color, and they are famous for having luggage that matches.  Marilyn Monroe had red luggage to match her red lips, and Jayne Mansfield had a pink set to match her pink pout…

Jayne Mansfield pink suitcase
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Travel Diary

A Starlet’s life is exciting, no matter what her destination, so she needs a diary to keep a record of her journey.

Dita Von Teese made a Vine video of her travel writing/lounging routine…

Books

A Starlet loves to read (yes pretty girls can be brainy).  A Starlet always has reading material on hand.  She prefers the tradition of books, but will use the electronic version if luggage space in limited.

Sunglasses

A Starlet will always wear makeup when traveling, but jet lag and general travel can make a glamour girl look tired.  Sunglasses are the perfect cover-up.

Travel Fragrance

Airports and road trips can be smelly, a Starlet always has a mini-fragrance on hand.  She picks from her fragrance wardrobe.

Beauty Products

A Starlet’s travel beauty routine varies depending on her destination and reason for travel.  However, she always has her basic beauty products in mini versions, a full makeup kit, teeth care (she’ll surely be smiling in plenty of pictures), and travel hair products and tools.

Marilyn Monroe Train case airplane panam
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Basic Coat

A basic, go with everything coat, that is appropriate for the climate, and that you can throw over any outfit, will make you look polished.

Outfits/Accessories/Shoes

A Starlet needs an outfit for any occasions she may encounter, as well as shoes and accessories.  A Starlet is notorious for over-packing in this area…. don’t forget undergarments.

Technology

Starlet’s need to stay connected.  She always has her phone…. and maybe her iPod and speakers to set the mood in her hotel room.

Travel blender

If a Starlet does green smoothies, she will need a blender.  The smaller the better.

Room scent

A room sent can help freshen up a room… especially in the hotel bathrooms.

Cocktail essentials

A Starlet never knows when she may need to make a cocktails, so she’s always prepared.

Dita Von Teese Travel Cointreau Essentials Hatbox
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Plane

Elizabeth Taylor Grace Kelly Jet Set Traveling on a plane
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When traveling on an airplane specifically, a Starlet needs to have these essential on hand.

  • Sleep mask– To block out the light for nap time
  • Moisturizer– planes can be drying
  • Water– stay hydrated
  • Sleeping pills– herbal or prescription, anything that makes travel less stressful
  • Cotton dress– make sure you wear something comfortable
  • Movies– a long plane ride is the perfect time to catch up on movies that you’ve been dying to see

Have happy and safe travels!

Audrey Hepburn Jet Set
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Kisses

Sarah

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Getting into Costume: Outerwear

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Unless you actually live in Hollywood or a warm climate (lucky you), you will probably need to have some cold weather clothing in your wardrobe.  Here are your basics, and ideas for some glamorous options:

Coats

Every woman needs a basic trench coat in a neutral color and a fun coat in a bright color or print.

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Hats

Hats can be tricky for a Starlet because they can mess up their hair.  The solution is to wear ones that are so cute, you will want to wear them all the time.

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Scarves

A Starlet loves a scarf.  Especially one that she can dramatically throw over her shoulders when exiting a room in a huff.

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Gloves

A Starlet wants to protect her hands.  She loves to do that with pretty gloves with fun details.

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Boots

A Starlet needs her shoes to be stylish, but she also needs to walk glamorously in any weather.  So she needs snow boots and/or rain boots that are fashionable and functional.

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A note about furs: Old Hollywood Starlets wore fur.  It was a sign of the times.  Most of them were big animal rights activists, so I doubt they would wear fur today.  Wearing fur is a personal choice.  To some it is still a sign of luxury.  In my opinion, if it is a vintage fur then go for it (the animal has already died, don’t let it be in vain).  There are great faux fur options nowadays as well.

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Kisses

Sarah

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Getting into Costume: Workout Wear

We’ve already discussed the importance of fitness in a Starlet’s lifestyle, and we’ve discussed how important fashion is to a Starlet.  Now we look at what to do when those two worlds collide.  Even when breaking a sweat a Starlet needs to look like a star.  Instead of those ratty old sweatpants and a dirty gym bag, a Starlet will wear well-fitting yoga pants or capris and use an oversized purse as a gym bag.  It’s simple changes like this that make an everyday woman into a Starlet.

Obviously what you wear for working out depends on what type of workout you are doing, but here are some suggestions to get you inspired…

 

Brigitte Bardot Ballet
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Dita Von Teese Workout Wear
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Dita Von Teese Pilates
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Dita Von Teese leaving Pilates class
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Dita Von Teese Pilates
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Stay tuned for outerwear that won’t give you the cold shoulder!

Kisses

Sarah

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Getting into Costume: Underneath a Starlet’s Clothes

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A Starlet’s wardrobe is like a house: it’s no good without a great foundation.  Obviously foundation garments have changed over the years, but the goal of an hourglass figure remains the same.

Bras

A proper fitting bra is essential.  Whatever your size or shape, a well-fitting bra can make a world of difference.  I’ve read that the majority of women are wearing the wrong size bra, don’t be a statistic.  You can go to a bra fitter (although I’ve never had much luck with that, probably because I am a size that isn’t readily available in most stores.  I need to special order my size), but it is a good idea to do a little research and try doing some measurements yourself so you have an idea of what sizes to try on first.

A Starlet likes simple, well-structured bras in basic colors like flesh tone and black (maybe a little lace for special occasions).  She will also have a strapless on hand for evening wear.

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If you are very busty (like myself) you may want to consider a comfortable bra to sleep in.  Marilyn Monroe did.  She was terrified of sagging.

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Underwear

A Starlet wears underwear, these can be fun colors, materials, anything goes.  She usually prefers a full style over a thong for comfort value… but nothing granny like.  A Starlet never knows when her underwear may end up on camera.

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Shapewear

This is were a Starlet gets her fabulous figure (which she always has no matter what her weight).  Yes, Spanx are the popular style right now, but they are pricey, so any brand that does the job will do.  To pick the perfect shapewear, just decide what body parts need to shrink and which ones need a boost and go from there.

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Now the first rule of shapewear is: a Starlet never talks about shapewear.  She doesn’t want to ruin the illusion of a gorgeous figure.  And she never complains about discomfort, that would not be glamorous.

A Starlet likes to keep this a secret even when she is disrobing, so her shapewear should have sex appeal.  It will be in neutral colors like flesh tone and black, but should give a nod to lingerie, maybe with a little lace.

Even though shapewear has come a long way over the years, it can still be uncomfortable at times.  However, nothing will make you feel more like a sex kitten.  The costume designer for Mad Men, Janie Bryant, insists that the ladies in the cast wear era-appropriate undergarments to help get them into character.  The right undergarments can get you into your own Starlet character!

Sleep

When sleeping, a Starlet likes to be uninterrupted.  That is why she has a collection of sleep masks and ear plugs.  Starlets are notorious for having trouble sleeping.

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Starlets are also notorious for sleeping in nothing but their perfume.  However when they do decide to wear something to sleep, there are a few options:

Elizabeth Taylor Cat on Hot Tin Roof Slip Brass Bed
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  • Satin PJs– these feel so nice on the skin and a perfect for sleep or lounging around the house
  • Knee length nightgowns– Elizabeth Taylor make this look legendary.
  • Babydoll PJs– cute and pretty
  • Negligees– for times when you may not be just sleeping

Robes

When lounging around the house, Starlets mostly like to wear robes.

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  • White terry cloth robe– no Starlet would be complete without one of these in her wardrobe
  • Satin dressing gown– these feel great like satin PJs, but keep you a little warmer on cold nights
  • Kimono– for when a Starlet wants to show a little leg
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Stay tuned for glamorous workout wear!

Kisses

Sarah

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Getting into Costume: Starlet Accessories

No Starlet wardrobe is complete without accessories.  So here are the basics…

Shoes

Marilyn Monroe Bathing suit heels
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No Starlet can resist footwear.  She may have a weakness for the red soled Louboutins or the classic Jimmy Choos, but labels and status are not what moves a true Starlet.  She is more concerned with how the shoe makes her feel.  These are her essentials:

  • Heels-nothing makes you look and feel more feminine, whether its mules, sling backs, or pumps
  • Espadrilles– perfect for summer
  • Ballet flats– these are the perfect shoes for every day.  They are feminine and comfortable for a Starlet on the go.
  • Keds– a Starlet’s preferred sneaker.
  • Moccasins– for cozy cabins in the woods
  • Flat boots-preferably riding boots.  A classic look for cold days

Purse

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What do you get for the Starlet that has everything… something to carry it in.

  • Top handle– these are you basic handbags.  Nothing too big or too tiny.  Leather for every day.  Wicker for summer vacations
  • Day bag– a Starlet is always on the go.  Auditions/interviews/meetings.  She needs a good size bag that can carry her essentials.  Nothing bigger than a briefcase, and definitely nothing that appears to be luggage.  Even if she spend the night at a paramour’s house and didn’t have time to go home to freshen up, she should always look put together.
  • Evening clutches–  a Starlet will have one to go with every formal occasion outfit.

Jewelry

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We all know the Elizabeth Taylor has a love affair with jewelry.  She collected historic pieces and knew the history of every bauble.  However a true Starlet is not concerned with the price of the stone or even if the gem is real (exception: engagement rings and other gifts, which she expects to be of good quality).  Starlets always love to sparkle with rhinestones and crystals as well as diamonds and pearls.

  • Dangly earrings– an earring with movement catches the light and call attention to a Starlet’s eyes.
  • Hoop earrings– nothing too big or gaudy, just simple and classic.
  • Diamond studs– simple and basic
  • Pearl studs– for days when you just need a little class.  As Jackie O says, “pearls are always appropriate”
  • Pendent necklace– something pretty and delicate for everyday or for a V-neck sweater that needs a little sparkle.
  • Statement necklace– something big and dramatic to add sparkle to a little black dress for simple outfit.
  • Cocktail ring– a Starlet loves something pretty and shiny on her finger.
  • Brooches– similar to a statement necklace, a brooch is a way to add glamour to a basic dress, blazer, or coat.

Other Accessories

Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffanys Hat
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  • Sunglasses– sometimes a Starlet needs to run out of the house without eye makeup (I know, the horror!), and as a star, you never know when you will get your picture taken or run into someone important.  So a true Starlet has a collection of sunglasses for any occasion.
  • Tights/leggings– most Starlets live in sunny LA, but for the rest of us (like me who has to deal with New England winters) tights and leggings are essential to keeping your legs warm, because sometimes you just need to wear a pretty dress in cold weather.  Black is basic and goes with most things.  You can wear nude to layer under pants,.  Also, nude fishnets can be slimming.
  • Hair accessories/flowers– these are for days when you want to feel like a pin up girl.
  • Scarves– most Starlets can’t resist a scarf.  Any way you wear it… tied around the neck, as a headscarf, draped over a sweater, or a bandana as a headband….they add drama to any outfit.
  • Sun hat– Starlets protect their skin for the sun, so in the summertime, a sun hat with a wide brim is essential and glamorous.
Elizabeth Taylor Cocktail
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Stay tuned for what to wear underneath your clothes!

Kisses

Sarah

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Getting into Costume: A Starlet’s Wardrobe Basics

Your life cannot be a movie unless you have a costume department.  Any actor will tell you that they never fully get into character until they get into costume. You want a wardrobe that fits your life, but also the life that you would like.  You obviously want a wardrobe that flatterers your figure (the figure you have, not yourself minus 20 lbs, love your beautiful curves, and if you’re in an unhealthy weight range then work on your diet and fitness).

You will always be safe sticking to the classics.  For an explanation of the difference between classics and retro check out The Glamorous Housewife.  This blog also has some tips on retro wardrobe basics.

Here are some basics every Starlet should have in her wardrobe:

Dresses

Printed Day Dresses– these can be any shape that flatters your body.  They can be in florals or any pattern you love (every Starlet needs at least one polka dot dress).  When you’re in a hurry to get out the door, nothing is simpler than throwing on a day dress

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LBD- (Little Black Dress) in any shape, material, you like.  It is the most versatile piece in your wardrobe

Brigitte Bardot Come Dance with Me
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Sheath Dress– think Joan from Mad Men

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Fit and Flare Dresses– this style gives you a tiny waist… the goal of every Starlet

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Evening gown– this isn’t something you need to run out and spend money on, but ideally you should think about adding a formal gown to your wardrobe just in case the occasion arises.

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Tops

Cardigans– this is a classic look that you can get in any color and throw on anytime it gets a little cold

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Sweaters– the term “sweater girl” was created for Old Hollywood Starlets, so embrace that you’re your favorite sweaters in a flattering color and neckline

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Long sleeve blouses– a basic white or a color, this is a menswear inspired wardrobe must for all Starlets

Cyd Charisse Fashion Bandwagon
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Plaid Blouses– for casual days, or country trips

Elizabeth Taylor Yellow Gingham
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T-shirts– basic long sleeve, puff sleeve (which make your shoulders look bigger… which makes your waist look tinier!)… there are so many styles to choose from.  Pick your favorites for layering, going with dressier skirts and pants, and for getting some exercise.

Brigitte Bardot Stripe Shirt

Suits

Find a suit (preferably with a skirt, but if you love pants suits, go for it).  Black is the most basic, but you can also pick a color.  Wear the top and bottom together or separately.

Lauren Bacall Feminine menswear inspired suit
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Bottoms

Denim– Starlets do where jeans, but always well-fitted.  They can be wide leg retro style, cropped and cuffed, or skinny jeans (but only if they flatter you figure).

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Capris– these can be in patterns or solids.  These are the perfect casual, everyday pants.

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Wide leg pant– a feminine take on menswear

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Full skirts– these can be in a fun pattern, and can be casual for day or dressier for evening

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Pencil skirt– no Starlet wardrobe would be complete without a pencil skirt.  In sold or pattern.

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Stay tunes for accessories!

Kisses

Sarah

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Ready For Your Close-up: How to Have Starlet Hair

There’s no way around it, Starlet’s have great hair.  This usually starts with her stylist.  While most Old Hollywood Starlets traveled with their stylists, that is not practical for most women.  But since you are a Starlet now, it is important to find a favorite stylist.  A hairstylist for a woman is like a bartender for a man, you will be sharing a lot of your life stories with them so find one that you have good chemistry with.  If you watch the awards shows, many actresses thank their hair and makeup teams.  Your stylist is your hair guru and is essential in getting you into character for your life movie.

 

Color

Starlets have a signature look and they rarely stray too far from it.  And each has a signature color.  Your hair color should match your coloring and your personality. 

Blonde

I think Lauren Stover summed it up best in one of my favorite books, The Bombshell Manuel of Style:
“The hair color of fairy tale heroines and victims, blonde is unthreatening, sexually open, childlike.  It commands more attention than any other hair color and needs somebody who knows how to turn it on.  Be prepared.  Going blonde is letting the genie escape from the bottle”

Brunette

While there may be a cold war between the blondes and the brunettes, dark hair is sultry.  Anywhere from chestnut to pitch black, brunette is the hair color of femme fatales and sensual seductresses.  It’s also the best color for strong women who want to be taken seriously, and known for their complexities. 

Red

Red is a very difficult color to pull off… and if it’s not your natural color, it can be difficult to maintain as well.  But hey, Rita Hayworth definitely made it work, so if you think you can too, go for it!

Cut

A starlet needs a good haircut.  She may add or grow out layers, she may cut bangs, but she rarely changes her look completely.  Nothing too trendy.  A starlet sticks to a basic cut and shape that flatters her face, and works with her hair texture.  No buzz cuts, pixies, and anything that makes her look like a boy or a soccer mom.  How many movies about a soccer mom have you watched?… exactly.  It’s okay to be one, just not look like one.  For specifics on a cut that works for you consult your hair guru. 

Products/Tools

The specific products you need depend on many factors: hair texture, length, style.  But these are the basics:
Shampoo/Conditioner– there are so many to choose from, ask your hair guru for recommendation s for your hair type.
Leave in Conditioner/Serum/Heat protectant– you’ll want to put something in your hair after washing it to protect it from heat styling.
Hair brush/Comb  I know people are divided on this, but I believe a wide tooth comb is the best option for detangling wet hair.  A hair brush is for styling and brushing dry hair.
Dry Shampoo– I only recommend washing your hair a few days a week.  The longer you can go (and I know it can be hard, especially in the summer humidity) without shampooing, the better.  A dry shampoo can help your hair feel clean between washing.  Brigitte Bardot used one, and Marilyn was known for using baby powder.
Hairspray– I have a light-hold for when I want movement, and an extra-strong-hold for when I need things to stay in place.
Deep Conditioner– My favorites is Davines.  Your hair is your signature and you should care for it.  A weekly deep conditioner can be great.  If you’re short on time, slap it on at the beginning of your shower, then put on a plastic cap and let it work while you shave.  Then rinse and you’re out of the shower in the same time you normally would be.
Styling tools– everyone needs a blow-dryer, but depending on how you want to style your hair, and your personal preference, you can use a number of options: hot rollers (Dita Von Tesse’s pick), curling iron (my preference), or try pin curls, steam rollers, etc.  The options are endless.
Other products  stuff like gels, pomades, mousse, etc are all personal preference and depend on how you would like to style your hair.  Try out different products to see what you like, and ask your hair guru for advice.

Styling           

You can find just about any hair style, and an explanation of how to do it on the internet or in books. I like to wash my hair and mostly dry it at night, and then style my hair after my shower the next day.  I set it with a curling iron, pin the curls, and let them cool while I’m doing my makeup.  But the options are endless.  For some tips, you can read how Dita VonTeese gets ready in the morning.

 

Updos

For days when you’re in a rush, or your hair just won’t do what it’s supposed to (we all have days life that, in fact most Starlets are late because of their hair), it’s good to have a few quick, cute updos in your beauty tricks arsenal for hair emergencies.  Here are some inspirations:

 

 Stay tuned for some fashion lessons!
Kisses
Sarah
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Ready For Your Close-up: Perfume

Your life is a movie and you are the star. Yes, film is a visual medium so fragrance is not recognized on film.  However, one thing fragrance can do it help you get into character.  Now you should always be yourself, but you can aspire to be whatever you want to be. 
Many of the classic fragrances that Old Hollywood Starlets wore are still around today….it’s well known that Marilyn wore Chanel No5.  But I find many of these classic fragrances just remind me of the little old ladies that used to pinch my cheeks in church when I was a little girl.  The most important part of fragrance is that it should make you feel like the best version of yourself.
So head to your nearest fragrance counter and start sniffing for the real you.
One of my personal favorites is Chloe.  It’s feminine and girly, like me. 
I have recently discovered Love, Chloe and I love that too.  I tried it because I heard it was similar to Dita Von Teese fragrance FleurTeese.  I hear great things about Dita’s fragrances, but since they are not readily available in the US yet I haven’t tested them.  I have read the descriptions and FleurTeesewas the one that looked like it would suit me.  Love, Chloe has very similar notes, so I gave it a try and I love it.
Another line to check out is Tocca Beauty.  They have a collection of fragrances based on past Starlets and glamorous places.  Just read the descriptions and make a list of the ones that closest describe who you would like to be.  Then take that list to your nearest Sephora and see which ones you like in person.  Make sure you test them on your wrist to see how they mix with your own essence.

Cleopatra

Inspired by the Mediterranean seductress, Cleopatra captivates the senses. It is infused with the crisp, fresh scent of juicy grapefruit and soothing cucumber used in the legendary queen’s beauty rituals.
Notes: Bitter Grapefruit, Lush Greens, Cassis Bud, White Jasmine, Peach Nectar, Tuberose, Warm Patchouli, Golden Amber, Rich Vanilla Musk.
Style: Powerful. Seductive. Vivacious.

 Stella

Stella is infused with the slightly sweet, never bitter, and always fresh scent of blood orange. With its origins coming from 17th Century Sicily, the blood orange is harmonious with Tocca’s philosophy of combining the best of old world traditions with modern influences.
Notes: Bitter Orange, Blood Orange, Watery Accord, White Freesia, Wild Diamond Orchids, Spicy Lily, Sheer Musk, Sandalwood.
Style: Sexy. Sensual. Impetuous.

 Florence

Florence is scented with the sophisticated essence of the old European garden rose known as Centifolias or “cabbage” rose. Bred in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Dutch, Centifolias are noted for their highly fragrant blossoms. In the Florence collection, Tocca combines this delicate flower with iris root to anchor the scent.
Notes: Italian Bergamot, Grapefruit Leaves, Green Pear, Apple Cocktail, Ivory Gardenia, Crushed Violet Petals, Jasmine, Tuberose, Blue Iris, Blonde Wood, White Musk.
Style: Sophisticated. Romantic. Feminine.

 Brigitte

Brigitte channels the essence of screen siren Brigitte Bardot—an icon of glamorous, free-spirited class. Tocca’s newest fine fragrance invites you into Brigitte’s bike ride in the south of France. The intoxicating scent of the Marseilles spice market mingles with ginger, then folds in the essence of Moroccan Rose petals, blending chic, old-world European style with whimsical and exotic intrigue. Brigitte’s loveliness is deliciously textured—sweet top notes of Rhubarb and Papaya bloom into middle notes of Iris and Saffron. Her depth shines through bottom notes of Sandalwood and Musk.
 Notes: Ginger, Rhubarb, Papaya, Moroccan Rose, Iris, Saffron, Sandalwood, Musk, Pannetone Accord.
Style: Chic. Free. Glamorous.

 Giulietta

Inspired by the love story of Italian director Federico Fellini and his wife, Giulietta Masina, Tocca’s Giulietta is a sweet, floral scent reminiscent of the couple’s holidays spent on the island of Corsica. Sweet top notes of ylang ylang, green apple, and pink tulips bloom into the floral delicacy of lily of the valley, vanilla orchid, and lilac. The essence lingers, leaving the skin with a hint of pink tulips and amber.
Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Ylang Ylang, Green Apple, Pink Tulips, Lily of the Valley, Iris Pallida, Vanilla Orchid, Lilac, Heliotrope, Cedarwood, Musk, Amber, Sandalwood.
Style: Refreshing. Feminine. Delicate.

 Colette

Inspired by the French novelist and libertine, Colette, Tocca’s newest fine fragrance captures the seductive essence of a woman. Known for her romantic liaisons as much as her inspiring writing, Colette embodies the irresistible scent of a woman that lingers on the pillow long after she leaves. Warm, spicy and sweet, Colette is the perfect fragrance for the sensual woman in us all.
Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Lemon, Juniper Berry, Pink Peppercorn, Jasmine, Violet, Cyclamen, Pine Needles, Incense, Musk, Sandalwood, Amber, Vanilla, Cedarwood.
Style: Spicy. Sweet. Seductive.

 Bianca

Transport yourself to a seaside cafe in Southern Italy. Bianca opens with a light citrus blend of lemon orpur and mandarin. Green tea and rose petals bloom, while a whisper of musk and sugar linger on the skin, capturing the imagination.
Notes: Bergamot, Lavender, Mandarin, Lemon Orpur, Rose Petals, Jasmine, Green Tea, Musk, Sugar.

 Graciella

Graciella pays homage to the unparalleled beauty and sophistication of Grace Kelly. This beautifully lush and floral scent is as unforgettable as its muse.
Notes: Bitter Orange, Asian Pear, Watery Apricot, Casablanca Lily, Ylang Ylang from Comoros Islands, Karma Fleur, Rose de Mai, Creamy Iris, Cashmere Musk, Benzoin, Laos.
Style: Beautiful. Lush. Floral.

 Violette

Imagine springtime in Paris—the vibrant blooms along the Champs-Elysees awaken the youthful spirit of first love. Violette evokes the whirlwind romance between a young soldier on leave and a beautiful girl at the fragrance counter of Le Bon Marche in1940s Paris. This fine fragrance is housed in an Italian-made glass bottle and a gold-leafed box, making it a luxurious gift for your love or an indulgent reward for oneself.
Notes:  Italian Bergamot, Ginger Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, African Violet, Bulgarian Rose, Black Currants, Creamy Cedarwood, Cashmere Musk, Touch of Benzoin.
Style: Romantic. Lavish. Imaginative.

 Liliana

A lush, green, rolling lawn is the setting for a roaring 20s party in full swing. Liliana conjures a reveler in the bloom of youth dancing the Charleston amidst flowing bottles of champagne and a spirited jazz band. The lowering sun casts a golden sparkle as an intoxicating bouquet of muguet, gardenia, and peony wafts from the gardens, filling the night with joie de vivre.
Notes: Italian Bergamot, Neroli, Watery Peach, Muguet, Gardenia, White Peony, Sandalwood, Musk, Benzoin, Patchouli.
Style: Spirited. Intoxicating. Radiant.

 Margaux

Evoking the deep, enduring love of two kindred spirits, Margaux embraces and enchants with velvety petals of green gardenia, amber, and violet. The rich warmth of cashmere woods and warm musk, lightened by the sweetness of vanilla, envelopes the senses in an intoxicating perfume that conjures the timeless ideal of one true love.
Notes:  Blood Orange, Bergamot Blossom, Cassis, Green Gardenia, Black Jasmine, Ambery Violet, Cashmere Woods,Warm Musk, Benzoin, Vanilla, Heliotrope.
Style:  Deep. Rich. Soulful.

 

Wardrobe

It’s likely that more than one scent will appeal to you.  That is how you create a fragrance wardrobe.  It’s a good idea to have a daytime scent, a more seductive evening scent, a light summer scent, and a scent to suit other activities that you really enjoy. 
 

Stay tuned for our “Mane” Beauty lesson where we look as luxurious locks!
Kisses
Sarah
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