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Red Carpet Ready: 3 Month Plan

Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Orange
Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Orange

Over the years my weight has fluctuated more than Oprah’s. Once I discovered how to lose weight, the challenge became how to keep it off.  I realized recently that my weight has been getting a little higher than I’m comfortable.  I’m not necessarily overweight for my height, but since I have been at an unhealthy weight before, I am sensitive to it and I want to catch myself before it gets out of hand.  I needed motivation to get started.  I don’t have any major events on the calendar… so I decided to create one… Red Carpet Season… (more…)

Beauty Splurge or Save

At home spa manicure, beauty splurge or save

Most Everyday Starlets have limited budgets, so we can’t always buy the most expensive beauty products. Some products, however, are worth the money.  So I created a cheat sheet of products to splurge and products to save…

Splurge (purchase at department stores, salons, or Sephora… invest in quality over quantity) (more…)

How to do an At Home Spa Manicure

At home spa manicure

The weather is getting colder, which mean hands are getting dryer.  My hands used to be naturally soft without much effort. The last few years my hands have been getting drier and drier. So I have created this spa manicure that anyone can do at home to keep my hands looking young and smooth….

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Cherry Dollface Vintage Pin-up Hair & Makeup in Worcester MA

Cherry Dollface Vintage Pinup hair and makeup class

This past Sunday I had the chance to take a Vintage Pin-Up Hair and Makeup Class with Cherry Dollface and the Crompton Collective in Worcester. I stumbled across her YouTube Channel by accident and loved her videos, so I was so excited to hear she was coming to my hometown.  It never ceases to amaze me how much more there is to learn about anything, even things you think you know everything about.  I have a Cosmetology license, and have studied hair and makeup in magazines and books since I hit puberty, but even I walked away from Sunday’s class feeling inspired and learning a few new tricks.

Cherry did a full pin-up makeup look on a model, and then two vintage hairstyles on two models.  She talked and answered questions throughout.  She is surprisingly approachable… then again I’m always surprised when anyone seems approachable.  The class was small, which I though worked really well because everyone got plenty of chances to ask questions.  Cherry used a variety of products, but in particular she promoted Bomber Betty cosmetics…. And she also gave a shout out to Sugar Pill products because she likes the products and the owner, stating “I like to support people to aren’t assholes.”

Cherry Dollface Vintage Pinup hair and makeup class with Bomber Betty and Sugar Pill products

Cherry also used Big Sexy Hair products, many of which I have actually been dying to try, and she told us she uses Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo and styling treatment.

Vintage Pinup hair and makeup class with Cherry Dollface and Big Sexy Hair

Here are a few things I took away from the class… (more…)

How to Get Old Hollywood Starlet EyeBrows

How to get Old Hollywood Starlet Eyebrows

Eyebrow shape is crucial to framing the face.  Over the years brows have been thick and wild, shaved off and drawn on in a thin line, and everywhere in between.  Personally, I like mine somewhere in between.  I think a shaped, groomed arch is the most flattering for the majority of women.  So here are my tips for getting a glamorous set of brows….

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1940s Inspired Updo

1940s Inspired Retro Modern Updo Hair tutorial

Modern pompadours are very trendy for Fall.  I wanted a new take on this look and do a modified retro bumper bang.  You can do almost anything you like with the back of the hair, and you can modify this look to suit your style and face shape.

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Vintage Girl Studios Photoshoot

Nothing makes a girl feel like a Starlet more than a photoshoot.  It doesn’t really matter if the photos are to promote a new Hollywood Blockbuster or a family portrait, find a great photographer and book a session.  You can always use professional photos of yourself, so it will always be worth the investment.  I worked with Krzystyna from Vintage Girl Studios a few years ago for some pics for my comedy website, but I decided I wanted some Everyday Starlet inspired photos.  I did my own hair and makeup for the shoot, and I love the results…

Vintage Old Hollywood Glamour photoshoot
Photo by Vintage Girl Studios

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6 Lessons from Lauren Bacall

Yesterday we lost one of the few remaining Old Hollywood Starlets, Lauren Bacall.  So in honor of her amazing life, here are 6 lessons we can learn from the Hollywood legend…

Find Your Best Look and Stick With It

If you look at pics of Ms. Bacall over the years, her hair changes very little.  Sometimes it’s a little shorter, but it is almost always side parted with an Old Hollywood wave.  This basic hairstyle was flattering and yet didn’t distract attention from her signature stare.

Lauren Bacall Hair Old Hollywood Waves
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A Timeless Wardrobe Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

Most of the photos of Ms. Bacall show her in outfits that can be easily worn today, yet she always looks stunning.  She even manages to make pearls a little less demure. (more…)

3 Ways to Get a Little More Esther Williams in Your Life

Today would have been the legendary Esther Williams’ Birthday, so to celebrate her life, I wanted to share with you a few easy ways that you can add a little more of this glamorous Starlet into your everyday life.

1. Do a quick and easy Esther Williams inspired updo

Esther Williams Inspired Braided Updo

 

2. Lounge by a beach or pool with Million Dollar Mermaid… one of the best books ever about Old Hollywood (more…)

InStyle Inspiration: Candy Apple Red

Candy Apple Red Linen Pin Up Girl Dress

I have to admit I’m a little obsessed with fashion magazines.  I like my look to be more classic, so I try not to focus too much on trends, but I like to know what’s going on in the world of fashion.  InStyle magazine is one of the few magazines that I subscribe to and will read religiously every month.  So I decided to try a look inspired by the August issue.  The article was a Color Crash Course: Candy Apple Red.  (more…)

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