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…)
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…)
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…
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…)
My boyfriend and I have bonded over a mutual love of Mad Men. So for the mid-season finale I decided to make his favorite salad, the Iceberg Wedge Salad. I adapted this one from Giada De Laurentiis. I basically followed her recipe, but I used light sour cream… and since Giada uses buttermilk, this dressing is naturally lower in fat than most.
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…
This time of year is the most popular travel time. So here are some essentials for Starlet travel…
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…
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…
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.
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.
Airports and road trips can be smelly, a Starlet always has a mini-fragrance on hand. She picks from her fragrance wardrobe.
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.