No Starlet wardrobe is complete without accessories. So here are the basics…
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.
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.
Stay tuned for what to wear underneath your clothes!
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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).
Here are some basics every Starlet should have in her wardrobe:
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
LBD- (Little Black Dress) in any shape, material, you like. It is the most versatile piece in your wardrobe
Sheath Dress– think Joan from Mad Men
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.
Cardigans– this is a classic look that you can get in any color and throw on anytime it gets a little cold
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
Long sleeve blouses– a basic white or a color, this is a menswear inspired wardrobe must for all Starlets
Plaid Blouses– for casual days, or country trips
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.
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.
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).
Capris– these can be in patterns or solids. These are the perfect casual, everyday pants.
Pencil skirt– no Starlet wardrobe would be complete without a pencil skirt. In sold or pattern.
No talk of a Starlet’s life would be complete without mentioning some lovely libations. I will say, although some Starlets of the past have had drinking problems, a true Starlet does not get drunk and sloppy. That would interfere with her glamour.
Champagne Now it’s no secret that Starlet’s love champagne. There is no occasion too small to break out the bubbly. The price of the bottle is irrelevant. Most true Starlet’s are uninterested in status and more interested in pleasure. So whatever champagne you enjoy the taste of is the best one. A great way to find your favorite is to host a champagne tasting party and try several brands at once to compare your favorites with friends.
Wine Starlets are not wine snobs… in fact Starlets are not any kind of snob…. but they know what they like and are always on a quest to seek pleasure. A tasting is a great way to sample different types of wine to find your favorites. You may be surprised to discover that your favorites are not the most expensive. My personal favorite wines are a mid-priced buttery Chardonnay (especially on a warm summer day) and an inexpensive Australian Shiraz (when it’s chilly and you just need the red).
On the occasion that a Starlet is in a dive bar, or any environment where she questions their cocktail making ability, she sticks to simple 2 ingredient drinks like Vodka and cranberry juice (Lana Turner’s drink of choice) or a traditional gin and tonic.
A Starlet thinks of mixed drinks like her wardrobe: she loves the classics…
Starring in the movie of your life can be difficult. Sometimes life is more of a drama than a comedy. Its times like that that a glamour girl needs to treat herself. There are also times when things are so good that all you can do is celebrate. In the last post we took a look at a Starlet’s everyday diet. In this post we learn to treat ourselves on special occasions, or days when you need to feel a little special. A Starlet’s treats run the gamut from high-end to low-end, after all, good food is good food, not matter what the price.
A true Starlet will never pass up an opportunity to make a morning more bearable. So on holidays at home special brunches are a must. When on vacation there is nothing quite like eggs, bacon and toast at a traditional diner.
When dining out, every Starlet loves a little Italian. It is the most glamorous of all cuisine styles, if for no other reason than the fact that there is usually a little Sinatra playing. The days of Old Hollywood had Romanoffs, which attracted all of the biggest stars. However, while a true Starlet will never stoop to a “fast food Italian joint”, the place does not have to be expensive.
Cheese, tomatoes, tortillas… what’s not to love? However the real reason Starlet’s love Mexican food is that they love any excuse to have a Margarita… maybe even some Sangria!
Hotdogs, Burgers, and Fries
Who can forget the scene in How to Marry Millionaire when Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable sat around their new upscale apartment drinking champagne and eating hot dogs. Pure Glamour!
…and whether its beef, turkey, or veggie burgers….or traditional or sweet potato fries… a true Hollywood Starlet always appreciates good ole American classics… same goes for steakhouses
Both Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn used to treat themselves to a hot fudge sundae….bonus if it’s a classic, vintage style Ice Cream Shoppe.
Who doesn’t love that good ole’ stick to your ribs fare? I know living in New England, sometimes you just need some mac & cheese or some spaghetti and meatballs. Some days, when it’s snowy, the only acceptable way to have chicken is in a pot pie. Old Hollywood Starlets treated themselves to these foods and so should you… just not every day. I find these are foods you can learn to cook for yourself, either classic recipes or unique creations. A bonus is that cooking these foods burns calories so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them.
We all know the first think a movie star does when getting ready for a film role is to get in shape. So if your life is a movie, you should be in shape for it. That’s why today we will talk about how to get in shape like an Old Hollywood film star. Now first I want to mention that this will not be a lesson in how to get as skinny as possible, I much prefer my starlets with some curves. I also do not believe in working out to look like someone else. I think every woman should be the healthiest and most gorgeous version of themselves that they can be.
I will also skip all of the reasons why working out is important… you can get that list from any fitness magazine… and I will spare you the lecture about how you need to make time for fitness because I think we all know that by now. I also will say that I truly believe the philosophy that the best exercise routine is one that you will stick too. So if you already have a workout plan then great! I would like to offer some advice about some possible ideas to mix it up. Heed the advice of my favorite current day throwback glamour goddess Dita Von Teese:
Hula hooping class. Keeping fit is easier with variation. My regime: pilates, ballet, dressage & now hooping! I’d like to try fencing next.
— Dita Von Teese (@DitaVonTeese) September 22, 2013
One thing I find extremely important is to find a workout that celebrates being a woman. I’m fine with weight lifting… after all Marilyn did it. She had a weight room in her home and jogged before it was trendy. But I also encourage you to find some exercises that help you appreciate your womanly form.
Every good workout routine should have a balance of Cardio and Strength Training, and definitely include some stretching. Here are some suggestions to spark your interest. Choose some from each category, and mix it up so you don’t get bored….
Running– this is your most efficient go to cardio. Marilyn did it to keep her curves under control. Great calorie burner but can be hard on your joints. Be sure to wear proper footwear.
Swimming- If you have a pool and live in sunny weather, (or if you’re wealthy enough to have your own indoor pool, in which case, let’s be friends) then this can be a fun and inexpensive way to workout. Just be sure to wear a swim cap (they may not look pretty but chlorine green hair looks worse, and you can always take it off seductively as you get out of the pool.
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Bike Rides/Leisurely walks- These are easier on your joints and can be fun on a beautiful day. I love going for long walks alone with just my thoughts. I find it brings out my creativity.
Tennis- If you have a partner and access to a court, there is nothing more glamorous than a sport that encourages you to wear a skirt.
Hula Hooping- This has become very trendy, but it is such a pin up inspired workout. Especially since it will whittle your waist into a gorgeous hourglass figure.
Dancing- Ballroom (especially Latin and Swing dances)/Tap/Jazz- Ballroom dance teaches you how to work with another person. So it’s perfect for couples 9plus you get to work out in heels). Tap and jazz classes are great workouts as well and can be fun. This is the perfect workout choice if you would like to turn the movie of your life into a musical.
Horseback riding- Another activity that can be expensive unless you have the access. But you will feel of Elizabeth Taylor doing it you may just be moved to buy some new diamonds and get married… again!
Fencing- if it’s good enough for Ms. Von Teese then it should be good enough for you!
Ideally you want to work your core because the goal is of course hourglass sass…
Ballet- this exercise celebrates grace, balance, and lean muscle. It is the perfect woman’s workout.
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Pilates- based in ballet, Pilates is the ultimate in core workouts and is great for someone who finds ballet classes intimidating.
Yoga-it’s popular for a reason. You can gain strength and balance as well as get a great stretch. There are dozens of yoga styles to choose from, so do your research before attending a class so you’re sure you have the class that suits your needs.
Belly dance- I personally believe that every woman should try this once in their lives. Nothing celebrates the female form like belly dance. It’s known for being a good core workout but the intricate arms in this dance make it good for the upper body as well.
Free Weights- not the most feminine choice but still a great way to get stronger…. again, Marilyn did it. I suggest focusing on your own problem area. Try to build areas you think may be small, and tone areas you’d like smaller. Rumor has it, Lana Turner thought her butt was too small for her hips, so she did daily exercises to build a bigger butt. And Marilyn famously did bust exercises every day because of her fear of sagging. You can find great exercise ideas on Pinterest.
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Golf- Great mind/body/focus workout and, since you’ll be surrounded by mostly men, it could be a great place to find your next leading man.