Everyday Starlet

Jayne Mansfield

A Starlet in the Great Outdoors

Since I’ll be taking a trip to the country soon, I thought I would post some ideas for how to stay a Starlet even in a rustic environment.

Marilyn Monroe Denim Outdoors Woods fashion inspiration
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Now a Starlet is most likely not outdoorsy per say, but the does appreciate the beauty of nature.  So occasionally she will venture to the woods for some peace and quiet…. Always in a cabin with running water.  Roughing it to a Starlet is being too far in the wilderness to have a pizza delivered.  And she wants nothing to do with the phrase “community bathroom.”

But assuming the accommodations are acceptable, a Starlet will go casual for a while.  She may even go for a hike if it’s not too buggy out.

In the woods, a Starlet will still keep her makeup on, just pared down.  And she will usually wear her hair in an updo.  She will also pick an outdoorsy scent to go with her surroundings.

As far as outfits go, a Starlet will always wear clothes that are well-fitted… nothing sloppy.  But she will stick to comfortable casual clothes like denim, plaids, bandanas, boots, and moccasins.

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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
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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
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Sarah

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Getting into Costume: A Starlet’s Wardrobe Basics

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).

You will always be safe sticking to the classics.  For an explanation of the difference between classics and retro check out The Glamorous Housewife.  This blog also has some tips on retro wardrobe basics.

Here are some basics every Starlet should have in her wardrobe:

Dresses

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

Elizabeth Taylor Grace Kelly Jet Set Traveling on a plane
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LBD- (Little Black Dress) in any shape, material, you like.  It is the most versatile piece in your wardrobe

Brigitte Bardot Come Dance with Me
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Sheath Dress– think Joan from Mad Men

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Fit and Flare Dresses– this style gives you a tiny waist… the goal of every Starlet

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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.

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Image via Google

Tops

Cardigans– this is a classic look that you can get in any color and throw on anytime it gets a little cold

Grace Kelly Cardigan
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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

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(Getty Images)

Long sleeve blouses– a basic white or a color, this is a menswear inspired wardrobe must for all Starlets

Cyd Charisse Fashion Bandwagon
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Plaid Blouses– for casual days, or country trips

Elizabeth Taylor Yellow Gingham
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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.

Brigitte Bardot Stripe Shirt

Suits

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.

Lauren Bacall Feminine menswear inspired suit
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Bottoms

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).

Marilyn Monroe Denim Outdoors Woods Camping Fashion Inspiration
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Capris– these can be in patterns or solids.  These are the perfect casual, everyday pants.

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Wide leg pant– a feminine take on menswear

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Full skirts– these can be in a fun pattern, and can be casual for day or dressier for evening

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Pencil skirt– no Starlet wardrobe would be complete without a pencil skirt.  In sold or pattern.

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Stay tunes for accessories!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Image via InStyle Magazine

Stay tuned for cocktail treats!

Kisses

Sarah

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