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4th of July Cocktail: Starlet Sparkler

Starlet Sparkler Recipe

I purchased violet syrup a while back to make a Cointreau Teese, my style icon Dita Von Teese’s signature cocktail (and my Instagram pic is one of my most popular… Dita herself liked it… happy dance).  One day I was feeling creative and decided to play around with some cocktail creations.  I found a recipe for a Sparkler, which looked like a refreshing tequila drink… but I wanted to make it holiday themed.  So I added some violet syrup to give it a blueish tint for the 4th of July (and switched the lime juice for lemon because I always have lemon juice on hand for tea).  The result is so delicious and refreshing.  My BF says it tastes like a blue popsicle… and I agree, but I don’t really know why since there is no violet syrup in a popsicle.  I’m actually excited to try more recipes with violet syrup (maybe lemonade, or vegan ice cream?)  Here is the recipe for my creation so you can make it at home… (more…)

Classic Cocktail: Cointreau Sidecar

Classic Remy Martin Cointreau Sidecar recipe

I have to admit, I used to be a sugary cocktail kinda girl. That was until I met my boyfriend, PET.  He seems to have been a bartender in a past life (if you believe in that sort of thing… past lives I mean… I’m assuming you all believe in bartenders).  PET got me hooked on quality, classic cocktails…. and I’ve gotten him hooked on food with healthy, quality ingredients.  My new favorite cocktail is a Classic Cointreau Sidecar.  And while my favorite place to order on is Still & Stir in Worcester, my favorite version are the one’s made by my personal bartender. (more…)

Travel Cocktail Kit inspired by Cointreau and Dita Von Teese

Affordable DIY Travel Cocktail Kit inspired by Cointreau and Dita Von Teese

Sometimes a Starlet just needs a cocktail.  So I decided to create a cocktail kit for travel.  This was inspired by a few collaborations that Dita Von Teese did with Cointreau for cocktail gift sets.  These gift sets were so stylish but they were very expensive and not really attainable for a Starlet on a budget.  So I decided to create an affordable version for the glamorous Starlet on the go…

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Summer Features

Leopard Miraclesuit Swimsuit Inspired by Elizabeth Taylor

It’s so important to have goals.  There is definitely something to putting your wishes out in the universe.  In the past I’ve let seasons go by, wishing things would happen, but never really making an effort.  A few summers ago I made a list of goals for summer…just a few silly things that I really wanted to do.  I was shocked when all of those things happened, and I had some of the best times of my life.  So now I try to make goals each season.  I’m in very good company, because some of my favorite bloggers, like The Glamorous Housewife and Cupcakes & Cashmere, do the same thing.  Here are some of my goals for Summer 2014: (more…)

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Margarita and Dita Von Tesse

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Image via Cointreau

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo then with a classic Margarita or a Glamorous Margadita.  Here is the Glamour Goddess herself, Dita Von Teese, with instructions on how to make this Starlet cocktail favorite…

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Everyday Starlet!

Kisses

Sarah

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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
Image via Tumblr

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
Image via agirlandherpearls.blogspot.com

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The Starlet’s Diet: Cocktail Time

marilyn-monroe- seven year itch champagne
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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.

Audrey Hepburn Champagne
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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).

Marilyn Monroe Drinking Wine Champagne
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Cocktails Every Starlet likes a good mixed drink.  Of course each one’s favorites are a personal choice, but a true Starlet will never settle for a syrupy premade mix or anything too trendy.  And mixed drinks can be high in calories, so a glamour girl does not add to that by ordering drinks with heavy cream or ones that double as a dessert (although a Starlet will not turn down a dessert with liquor… but never a cocktail that is a dessert).

[caption id="attachment_900" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Elizabeth Taylor Cocktail Image via welcometoladyville.com

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.

Lana Turner Cocktails
Image via Tumblr

A Starlet thinks of mixed drinks like her wardrobe: she loves the classics…

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The Starlet’s Diet: Special Treats

Gil Elvgren Pin Up
Gil Elvgren Pin Up

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.

Special Breakfasts/Diners

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.

Image via Dita.net
Image via Dita.net

Italian restaurants

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.

Image via martinturnbull.wordpress.com
Image via martinturnbull.wordpress.com

Mexican

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!

Gil Elvgren Pin Up
Gil Elvgren Pin Up

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!

Still from How to Marry a Millionaire
Still from How to Marry a Millionaire

…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

Expensive Treats

Every Starlet likes the rare gems that not everyone can afford.  In Old Hollywood days, caviar was the treat.  Today it seems that truffles have become the new thing.  Dita Von Teese loves truffles and uses them in her recipes.  Personally I can’t pass up parmesan truffle fries.

Image via www.tastebook.com
Image via http://www.tastebook.com[/caption%5D

Candy

Starlets love candy.  Whether it’s milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate (the healthiest), sour treats, or gummy candies, these occasional treats can be a quick and inexpensive pick-me-up.  No sporting event would be bearable without cotton candy.

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Ice Cream

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.

Image via Pinterest
Image via Pinterest

Comfort foods

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.

Image via InStyle Magazine
Image via InStyle Magazine

Stay tuned for cocktail treats!

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Sarah

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