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.
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.
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 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.
Unless you actually live in Hollywood or a warm climate (lucky you), you will probably need to have some cold weather clothing in your wardrobe. Here are your basics, and ideas for some glamorous options:
Every woman needs a basic trench coat in a neutral color and a fun coat in a bright color or print.
Hats can be tricky for a Starlet because they can mess up their hair. The solution is to wear ones that are so cute, you will want to wear them all the time.
A Starlet loves a scarf. Especially one that she can dramatically throw over her shoulders when exiting a room in a huff.
A Starlet needs her shoes to be stylish, but she also needs to walk glamorously in any weather. So she needs snow boots and/or rain boots that are fashionable and functional.
A note about furs: Old Hollywood Starlets wore fur. It was a sign of the times. Most of them were big animal rights activists, so I doubt they would wear fur today. Wearing fur is a personal choice. To some it is still a sign of luxury. In my opinion, if it is a vintage fur then go for it (the animal has already died, don’t let it be in vain). There are great faux fur options nowadays as well.
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We’ve already discussed the importance of fitness in a Starlet’s lifestyle, and we’ve discussed how important fashion is to a Starlet. Now we look at what to do when those two worlds collide. Even when breaking a sweat a Starlet needs to look like a star. Instead of those ratty old sweatpants and a dirty gym bag, a Starlet will wear well-fitting yoga pants or capris and use an oversized purse as a gym bag. It’s simple changes like this that make an everyday woman into a Starlet.
Obviously what you wear for working out depends on what type of workout you are doing, but here are some suggestions to get you inspired…
No Starlet wardrobe is complete without accessories. So here are the basics…
We all know the Elizabeth Taylor has a love affair with jewelry. She collected historic pieces and knew the history of every bauble. However a true Starlet is not concerned with the price of the stone or even if the gem is real (exception: engagement rings and other gifts, which she expects to be of good quality). Starlets always love to sparkle with rhinestones and crystals as well as diamonds and pearls.
Dangly earrings– an earring with movement catches the light and call attention to a Starlet’s eyes.
Hoop earrings– nothing too big or gaudy, just simple and classic.
Diamond studs– simple and basic
Pearl studs– for days when you just need a little class. As Jackie O says, “pearls are always appropriate”
Pendent necklace– something pretty and delicate for everyday or for a V-neck sweater that needs a little sparkle.
Statement necklace– something big and dramatic to add sparkle to a little black dress for simple outfit.
Cocktail ring– a Starlet loves something pretty and shiny on her finger.
Brooches– similar to a statement necklace, a brooch is a way to add glamour to a basic dress, blazer, or coat.
Sunglasses– sometimes a Starlet needs to run out of the house without eye makeup (I know, the horror!), and as a star, you never know when you will get your picture taken or run into someone important. So a true Starlet has a collection of sunglasses for any occasion.
Tights/leggings– most Starlets live in sunny LA, but for the rest of us (like me who has to deal with New England winters) tights and leggings are essential to keeping your legs warm, because sometimes you just need to wear a pretty dress in cold weather. Black is basic and goes with most things. You can wear nude to layer under pants,. Also, nude fishnets can be slimming.
Hair accessories/flowers– these are for days when you want to feel like a pin up girl.
Scarves– most Starlets can’t resist a scarf. Any way you wear it… tied around the neck, as a headscarf, draped over a sweater, or a bandana as a headband….they add drama to any outfit.
Sun hat– Starlets protect their skin for the sun, so in the summertime, a sun hat with a wide brim is essential and glamorous.
Stay tuned for what to wear underneath your clothes!
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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).
Here are some basics every Starlet should have in her wardrobe:
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
LBD- (Little Black Dress) in any shape, material, you like. It is the most versatile piece in your wardrobe
Sheath Dress– think Joan from Mad Men
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.
Cardigans– this is a classic look that you can get in any color and throw on anytime it gets a little cold
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
Long sleeve blouses– a basic white or a color, this is a menswear inspired wardrobe must for all Starlets
Plaid Blouses– for casual days, or country trips
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.
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.
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).
Capris– these can be in patterns or solids. These are the perfect casual, everyday pants.
Pencil skirt– no Starlet wardrobe would be complete without a pencil skirt. In sold or pattern.
If your life is a movie, that means you should always be ready for your close-up. Starlets have a very French way of looking at beauty. In America, we just cover up our flaws. The French way, and now your way, is to take good care of yourself and your skin, so that cover up is a last resort. Now if you are already getting your exercise, and eating right, you are already ahead of the game. You skin will have a natural healthy glow. And I’m sure we all know that getting enough sleep and avoiding smoking are extremely important to a great complexion. But a great skin care routine is essential. Finding the proper routine is (like exercise or diet) a very personal thing. I have been to dermatologists and they are usually not all that helpful with basic skin care (although definitely seek then out if you have a serious skin condition). I find that good old trial and error is the best method. Yes, it can be time consuming, but once you have a plan that suits your needs, it should only take a few minutes out of your day to maintain.
I should first emphasize the importance of avoiding the sun. While some Old Hollywood Starlets did suntan, they didn’t really know the dangers back then. If you really need some color, I suggest a spray tanning booth, although those can eat up your time and money. I emphasize that you learn to love the skin you’re in. Wear sunscreen, avoid the sun when possible and embrace your own beautiful skin tone. Marilyn did….
“I don’t think sun-tanned skin is any more attractive than white skin, or any healthier, for that matter. I’m personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blond all over.”-Marilyn Monroe
I should also note that a Starlet’s skin care products need not be the most expensive. In fact, many of her products may be from a drugstore. And I recommend starting there first for your trials. Make sure you read labels and find one that suits your skin type. The bare minimum you will need is:
Night cream– there are hundreds, so be sure to read labels. Sephora has a great search feature so, for example, if you have oily/acne prone skin you can search for skin care that is oil free. If you have wrinkles, you can search anti-aging….. etc. Since this product will be on your skin all night, I suggest spending a little more money on it to get the best product.
Eye Cream– pretty much same guidelines for finding a night cream. You can get a separate one for daytime if you’d like. Or get an eye cream for day and night use.
Lips– I swear my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour,,, I mostly use it on my lips (it doesn’t taste great but it will moisturize and plump lips like no other). I also use it anywhere that is extra dry and needs more than a regular moisturizer (like my nose during allergy season).
Makeup Remover– I cannot emphasize how important it is to remove your makeup before going to bed. Always remove it, no matter how tired you are. There are so many choices for makeup wipes to choose from and they are the easiest method, and I have some extra strong makeup remover pads from Almay for stubborn waterproof eye makeup. I know some women say that if they are going to bed with a man they don’t want to take off there makeup. I say, a true Starlet would not go to bed with a man who didn’t love her with or without makeup.
Tweezers– You must keep those eyebrows in check. There are many options like waxing. I have skin that is too sensitive to wax, so I just try to keep up my brow shape with good old fashioned tweezing a few days a week. That way they never get bad enough to be overwhelming. Either way, you should have a good tweezer on hand for any stray hairs.
These are optional, but still good to consider.
Face mask– If you have the time/money for a spa facial then go for it (but be careful and check their qualifications, I’ve seen some very bad results, so be cautious and ask a lot of questions to make sure they know what they are doing). You can also buy a make mask and/or scrub and do a home facial. One of my favorites is to use full-fat sour cream, it gives similar results to the more common yogurt mask, but I find its thinker so it doesn’t drip as much.
Marilyn used to bleach EVERYTHING. She wanted no evidence that she was not naturally a blonde. I wouldn’t say you have to go THAT far. But if you have thin dark hairs that you would like to lighten, then go for it. If you have a dark complexion thought, I would stick to waxing or another method.
Now that the skin on your face is taken care of, lest not forget the body. You can use your face routine on your neck and even your chest and back, but these are essentials for the rest of your lovely figure:
Body Wash– Similar to your face wash. Just find one that suits your skin type (which may be different on your body than on your face). Moisturizing for dry skin… Oil free for oily skin… etc.
Body lotion– No matter what your skin type, your body needs a moisturizer. But how heavy a moisturizer depends on skin type, lifestyle, climate, etc. And rubbing on body lotion after a shower is a great time to give yourself a nice massage and really appreciate the great body you have… no matter what your shape or size.
Sunscreen– if you’re out in the sun and your skin is exposed (even if it’s just in the car on your commute to work, and even on a cloudy day), make sure you use protection. Starlet’s always practice safe sun.
Body scrubs– these are optional but they feel great. I use scrubby gloves every time I shower because my skin does well with daily exfoliation. But if yours doesn’t then you can use then a few times a week, or get a body scrub and use it when you feel your skin needs it.
Massages– these are time consuming and expensive (and you should make sure you go to a reputable place) but they are so luxurious, I challenge you to get one and not feel like a movie star.
Baths– these are a personal preference and dependent on a lot of things, but when you think Starlet, you think bubble bath. If you have access to a tub, give it a try. Pick a time, ignore the phone, turn on some music, light some candles and find your favorite bath product. Bubble bath is an option, but so are bath salts, Epsom salts, or even some whole milk.
How you remove unwanted have is very personal… as personal as the hair that you decide is “unwanted.” There are so many hair removal techniques to choose from but there are two options that have stood the test of time:
Shaving: Yes shaving can be time consuming and it doesn’t last long, but it’s the simplest option, and you can do it every day if you’d like… and we all know that a Starlet may have to be smooth on a moment’s notice. And with such a busy life and social schedule, who has time to make a waxing appointment. A good razor and a great shaving lotion are essential. I have been using Paul Mitchell Super-Charged Moisturizer for over a decade. Yes, it’s a hair conditioner but since I started using it to shave I have never had a razor bump. Starlet’s love using beauty products in unique ways.
Waxing: this option lasts longer and will get you smoother, and may be a good option for an area like the bikini line that can get awkward to shave. Just make sure you keep up with your appointments because you never know when the movie of your life will have a love scene.
It’s always good to have a product on have to control shaving bumps. I like one from Bliss or Tend Skin.
No film close-up would be complete without a gorgeous smile. If your teeth are bad, then a good dentist is worth their weight in gold. If your teeth are in good condition but just need a little brightening, then pick up a whitening toothpaste (just be careful if you have sensitive teeth, don’t overdo it, and choose a sensitive teeth formula).
Hands and Feet
Pedis– if you want to pay for a pedi then go for it. But you can buy a rough, inexpensive scrub and a pumice stone and do one yourself. Make sure you take care of your tootsies. And absolutely nothing will make you feel more glamorous than red polished toenails.. even if you are the only one who sees them.
Manis– take care of your hands. Like with your feet, you can get them professionally done or do it yourself. Shape your nails, push back cuticles, and definitely use hand cream and a nail oil (can be just as simple as almond oil) every night before bed
Nail Color– a Starlet cannot resist a red painted toe, but finger nails are less important. You can match them to your toes, go all out with a half-moon manicure like Dita Von Teese, go with a neutral pink, or just go with a clean, well-cared for bare nail. It’s up to you. If you do go with color, I recommend the new gel polish. It lasts so much longer than traditional polish. And no Starlet has time to be constantly doing her nails. Once a week is ideal for hands. Feet you can usually get away with every other week.
I would also note that every Starlet has a few emergency extras on hand in her vanity and/or medicine cabinet. Band-Aids are essential for obvious reasons. You never know when you may nick yourself or get a bister breaking in new shoes. Also, Visine is a miracle product. It can sooth red eyes, but it also can be dabbed on a pimple or red spot, or blotted on a red sunburned face (because maybe you decided not to listen to my sun advice, it’s okay, every Starlet has an inner rebel). I always have Visine on hand.
This is just the tip of the beauty iceberg, but like every movie, we need to start somewhere. Stay tuned for a makeup lesson!
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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.
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.