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How to Eat Like a French Starlet

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I go on diet kicks now and then… okay, all the time since I was a chubby little girl.  I had been trying to jump on the gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian/vegan bandwagon, and I decided I needed a change.  I pick up an old favorite book… French Women Don’t Get Fat.  It really is a great read.  It’s not really a diet, it’s more of a way to look at food differently.  It’s about associating food with pleasure and getting the most pleasure out of everything… if that’s not a Starlet way of looking at things then I don’t know what is.  I highly recommend you read the book, but I have summarized a few tips to get you eating like a French Starlet… because we can all use a little Brigitte Bardot in our lives… (more…)

Retro Recipe Redo: Spaghetti Squash with Vegetable Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti Squash with vegtable tomato sauce

Starlets love pasta!  Sophia Loren once famously said, “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”  So I wanted to do a new take on a classic.  This recipe is Gluten free, and vegan (if you omit the sprinkling of parmesan, or use a non-dairy version).  I sometimes add creamy white beans to add some protein.  So feel free to indulge in this luxurious plate of veggies. (more…)

Retro Recipe Redo: Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Protein Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Protein Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I’m always on a quest to get more protein in my diet.  I’m a carb addict, so the idea of disguising protein as a carb is definitely appealing.  I have tried flourless pancakes a few different ways, but I’ve found this recipe seems to be the most appealing to me, and its wheat and dairy free (note: if you are avoiding Gluten, check your Oatmeal and Vanilla to make sure it is Gluten Free, and if you are avoiding dairy, check your chocolate chips or omit them altogether).  They are not as light and fluffy as regular pancakes, but I feel so healthy after I eat these that it makes up for it.  They have become my go-to post workout snack.  I sometimes skip the chocolate chips… and I have also tried these with blueberries and they are just as yummy. (more…)

Retro Recipe Redo: Not So Beefy Wellingtons

Starlet’s love a dish with a title (I learned that from one of my favorite books: The Bombshell Manual of Style).  But many if the decadent dishes of the past were heavy and fattening.  I’ve also mentioned before that many Old Hollywood Starlets were serious animal rights activists and most likely would have been vegetarian had there been vegetarian option back then.  I’ve been wanting to start a series where I take retro recipes and make them new and hopefully healthier.  I wanted to start with a classic Beef Wellington.  Since I don’t eat red meat, and my boyfriend/taste-tester is allergic to poultry, I decided to try a vegetarian version.  I made a variation of this recipe from Virtually Vegan Mama for Portobello Wellingtons.  The recipe is vegan, but I made mine vegetarian using honey instead of date syrup, and I used regular butter and store bought puff pastry.   The critics (and by that, I mean my meat-eating boyfriend and father) loved it.  The Duxelle had so much flavor that no one even missed the meat.

Vegetarian Beef Wellington
Red Wine Glaze using my favorite red wine from Yellow Tail

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Starlet Hobbies

You are officially a Starlet, which means your life is a movie.  And your movie would be pretty boring if all you did was sit around and watch TV.  Starlets always seek knowledge.  Think of it as researching for your role in your life movie.  While Starlets tend to choose hobbies that are fitness oriented so she can get a workout in while also having fun.  A Starlet likes to exercise her mind as well.  Here are some hobbies/classes Starlets enjoy:

Art Classes– like life drawing (Starlets love the human form), painting (she loves colors)

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Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Literature courses– Starlet’s love learning about great writers and might also write poetry…. She most definitely keeps a journal, and plans to write her memoirs one day. Here are some Starlet reading ideas.

Marilyn Monroe Reading Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass in Bed
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Acting classes– whether it’s Stanislavski or a local Improv class, this is the perfect way to add a little theatrics to your life and get you out of your shell.

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Singing– think seductively draped over a piano not drunkenly shouting at karaoke.

[caption id="attachment_1332" align="aligncenter" width="378"] Marilyn Monroe piano Image via delanceydamevintage.wordpress.com

Languages– Starlets dream of traveling to romantic places and speaking romance languages like French and Italian.  Note: watching foreign films with subtitles count as a language lesson.  Bonus it it’s a Brigitte Bardot film.

Brigitte Bardot Bombshell Films

Musical Instruments– Starlets love to make beautiful music whether it is with a guitar, piano, or ukulele

Marilyn Monroe piano Seven Year Itch
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Photography– Starlets love to be in photographs, but she also loves taking pictures as well… this is my recreation of a famous Bardot photo

Brigitte Bardot photo recreation

Cooking– Starlets love to eat, and they love to experiment in the kitchen.  Sometimes her experiments don’t work out, but she loves playing with her food… like Brigitte Bardot’s Tabbouleh recipe

Brigitte Bardot Tabbouleh Recipe

Shopping– Starlets love fashion, and especially love to shop vintage.  Nowadays, many Starlets shop online.  Dita Von Teese loves Ebay.com… I’m partial to Etsy.  I found this great vintage find on Etsy.com.

Vintage Rhinestone Lipstick Pill Box 1980

Going out to shows– Whether it’s to the ballet, or the theater, Starlets love a live performance

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Gardening– flowers, vegetables, herbs… Starlets rarely get down and dirty but she will in a cute gardening outfit

Choose any hobbies that appeal to you, and have a fun weekend!

Kisses

Sarah

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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!

Kisses

Sarah

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