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Starlets in a Snowstorm

Not all Everyday Starlets live in sunny California.  Some, like me, live far from it.  Here in New England we are having major snow storm… but for a true Starlet that just means an opportunity to break out the chic outerwear, and maybe play in the snow.  Here are some Starlets at their snow bunny best…

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Brigitte Bardot winter snow fashion style
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Audrey Hepburn Charade Ski Winter Fashion
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And here is current Glamour Goddess Dita Von Teese in the snow…

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Stay Warm!

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Sarah

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Signature Colors

Every Starlet has a signature hair color, but they also have signature style colors that they are associated with.

White

Marilyn Monroe was known for her signature red lips, but she was famous for wearing white.  She felt that a white wardrobe against her pale skin and platinum hair made her look angelic.

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Yellow

Lana Turner was a big fan of yellow everything.

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Pink

Pink is the most common association with femininity.  Several Starlets have used this as their signature color, but in very different ways.  Jayne Mansfield was all about sex appeal.

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While Audrey Hepburn was more about classic sophistication.

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She even famously quoted about her signature color:

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

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And Audrey was in the pinkest movie of all time, Funny Face:

I hope this inspires you to pick your own signature color.

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Sarah

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Jet Set Life: Travel like a Starlet

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Sarah

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Getting into Costume: Outerwear

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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:

Coats

Every woman needs a basic trench coat in a neutral color and a fun coat in a bright color or print.

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Hats

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.

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Scarves

A Starlet loves a scarf.  Especially one that she can dramatically throw over her shoulders when exiting a room in a huff.

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Gloves

A Starlet wants to protect her hands.  She loves to do that with pretty gloves with fun details.

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Boots

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.

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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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Getting into Costume: Underneath a Starlet’s Clothes

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A Starlet’s wardrobe is like a house: it’s no good without a great foundation.  Obviously foundation garments have changed over the years, but the goal of an hourglass figure remains the same.

Bras

A proper fitting bra is essential.  Whatever your size or shape, a well-fitting bra can make a world of difference.  I’ve read that the majority of women are wearing the wrong size bra, don’t be a statistic.  You can go to a bra fitter (although I’ve never had much luck with that, probably because I am a size that isn’t readily available in most stores.  I need to special order my size), but it is a good idea to do a little research and try doing some measurements yourself so you have an idea of what sizes to try on first.

A Starlet likes simple, well-structured bras in basic colors like flesh tone and black (maybe a little lace for special occasions).  She will also have a strapless on hand for evening wear.

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If you are very busty (like myself) you may want to consider a comfortable bra to sleep in.  Marilyn Monroe did.  She was terrified of sagging.

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Underwear

A Starlet wears underwear, these can be fun colors, materials, anything goes.  She usually prefers a full style over a thong for comfort value… but nothing granny like.  A Starlet never knows when her underwear may end up on camera.

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Shapewear

This is were a Starlet gets her fabulous figure (which she always has no matter what her weight).  Yes, Spanx are the popular style right now, but they are pricey, so any brand that does the job will do.  To pick the perfect shapewear, just decide what body parts need to shrink and which ones need a boost and go from there.

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Now the first rule of shapewear is: a Starlet never talks about shapewear.  She doesn’t want to ruin the illusion of a gorgeous figure.  And she never complains about discomfort, that would not be glamorous.

A Starlet likes to keep this a secret even when she is disrobing, so her shapewear should have sex appeal.  It will be in neutral colors like flesh tone and black, but should give a nod to lingerie, maybe with a little lace.

Even though shapewear has come a long way over the years, it can still be uncomfortable at times.  However, nothing will make you feel more like a sex kitten.  The costume designer for Mad Men, Janie Bryant, insists that the ladies in the cast wear era-appropriate undergarments to help get them into character.  The right undergarments can get you into your own Starlet character!

Sleep

When sleeping, a Starlet likes to be uninterrupted.  That is why she has a collection of sleep masks and ear plugs.  Starlets are notorious for having trouble sleeping.

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Starlets are also notorious for sleeping in nothing but their perfume.  However when they do decide to wear something to sleep, there are a few options:

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  • Satin PJs– these feel so nice on the skin and a perfect for sleep or lounging around the house
  • Knee length nightgowns– Elizabeth Taylor make this look legendary.
  • Babydoll PJs– cute and pretty
  • Negligees– for times when you may not be just sleeping

Robes

When lounging around the house, Starlets mostly like to wear robes.

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  • White terry cloth robe– no Starlet would be complete without one of these in her wardrobe
  • Satin dressing gown– these feel great like satin PJs, but keep you a little warmer on cold nights
  • Kimono– for when a Starlet wants to show a little leg
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Stay tuned for glamorous workout wear!

Kisses

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

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LBD- (Little Black Dress) in any shape, material, you like.  It is the most versatile piece in your wardrobe

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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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Tops

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

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

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Plaid Blouses– for casual days, or country trips

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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Sarah

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The Starlet’s Diet: Cocktail Time

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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

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The Starlet’s Diet: Special Treats

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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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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!

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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!

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…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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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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Stay tuned for cocktail treats!

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Sarah

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The Starlet’s Everyday Diet

An Old Hollywood Starlet’s diet can be a hard one to examine… mainly because they are usually signs of the times.  We have had a vast change in our thinking about food over the years so I would not advise following a star of the 1940s or 1950s diet exactly.  But there are a few lessons we can learn as a few of them were ahead of their time.

Start the day with a pick-me-up 

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You are now the star of your own movie, and as a movie star, you have a very exciting life.  So if you are not a morning person (and really, what movie star is?) you probably need some caffeine in the morning.  Now many Starlets drink coffee, and if that’s your preference then go for it.  They have discovered many health benefits to drinking coffee (just be careful of the excess sugar and cream).  If you’re like me, as well as vintage starlet Lana Turner and current glamour queen Dita Von Teese, and coffee is not your thing (in Lana’s case she gave it up because she was afraid of staining her teeth) then you can drink tea.  Green, black, herbal… whatever your preference!

No matter what your drink of choice, you will never see a true glamour girl rushing off in sweatpants to the coffee shop to get a mocha latte-a-ccino.  If you don’t have a significant other or personal assistant to get one for you, I suggest making your coffee/tea at home.  You will save money, you won’t have to wait in line, and you can enjoy your beverage of choice in the comfort of your own home.

Note: if you need a pick-me-up later in the day, by all means stop at a coffee/tea shop, but shop around and try to find one with a nice atmosphere and pleasant service.  Give your time and money to businesses that treat their customers well and you will be in a better mood all day and feel like the Starlet that you are.  

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

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I never really understood people who don’t eat breakfast.  I would be chewing on my own arm by lunch if I skipped the first meal of the day.  That does not mean that Breakfast should be large, fatty, and filling.  On the contrary, it should be healthy (except for special occasions like holidays and vacations when you can go all out).  Many Old Hollywood Starlets started their day with oatmeal (like Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe on the occasion she didn’t sleep through breakfast).  A small bowl of oatmeal is still a great choice (I recommend starting with oats and mixing your own with milk or almond milk, cinnamon, honey, and maybe even some berries… the pre-packaged stuff is full of preservatives and not that much quicker to make).

Modern day glamour girls can do green smoothies.  They are new and trendy but they have the Dita Von Teese stamp of approval (and they really do taste better than they look).  Ms. Von Tesse swears by The Beauty Detox Diet.  It’s a book worth checking out.

 

Many of the old studio system starlets also started their day with grapefruit.  It’s still a healthy choice, but it has been known to counteract with some medications and some people just don’t like it.  I recommend some fresh squeezed lemon in the morning.  I put it in my tea but you could put it in water as well.

Snack healthy

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Many think that having healthy snack throughout the day is modern thinking but it is not a new concept.  If your life is a movie then the college cafeterias/office lunchrooms/fast food joints/etc are your very own crafts services table.  Many Old Hollywood Starlets avoided these temptations by carrying healthy snacks like veggies, fresh fruits (like grapes…  I mean who doesn’t feel like a goddess eating grapes), dried fruits (dried prunes are surprisingly sweet), freeze dried fruit (crunchy and sweet like candy only healthier), nuts (like almonds, pecans, etc), and seeds (like pumpkin or sunflower).

Note: A Starlet may try probiotic yogurt (although she prefers her good bacteria in a pill form to take with breakfast) but she definitely would never talk about it.

Drink Your Water

This should go without saying

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Try to keep lunch healthy 

It’s okay to treat yourself once in a while but most Starlets (past and present) know that a salad is the ideal lunch.  Now what you put in that salad can vary based on your preference.  Make sure you get lots of veggies and some kind of protein (many Old Hollywood Stars were way ahead of their time with the low carb diets).  I would also recommend a simple dressing of olive oil, salt and pepper and your choice of vinegar (or my personal fav: lemon juice… I always keep fresh squeezed on hand).

Learn to love cooking

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Okay, so many Hollywood Starlets did not cook, they didn’t have the time and most had “people” to do those things for them.  If you really hate cooking I suggest you marry rich so you can hire a chef.  If that is not an option (or even if it is) I think you should fall in love with your kitchen time.  Cooking can be meditative and spark creativity, and there is nothing that makes you feel more feminine than putting on a beautiful apron getting some pretty kitchen gadgets and making a meal for yourself and your loved ones.  I’m not suggesting you need to become the next Top Chef.  I’m just suggesting you find a few basic recipes and give them a try.  Have fun with it!

Keep things spicy

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Lana Turner believed that hot sauce would help rid your body of toxins.  So she carried it around with her and put it on everything.  One thing we do know is that spicy foods help speed up your metabolism.  So why not try some (be careful if you have a sensitive stomach).

Keep dinner traditional with a twist 

Many Starlets of the past had a meat and potatoes dinner which was a sign of the time.  However, a balanced meal of protein (chicken, fish, etc), with a side of veggies, and a potato (try a sweet potato for more nutritional value), is still the ideal way to end a day.  You can even have a little of your favorite ice cream for dessert (Marilyn did… her fav was vanilla).

Marilyn Monroe Vanilla Ice Cream Cones
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Note about eating meat:  Many Old Hollywood Starlets were very big animal rights activists.  However being a vegetarian/vegan was not as popular back then, and they didn’t have the advancements in balanced meatless foods.  Nowadays there are limitless meatless options, and if things had been like that back in the 1950s it’s likely that more glamour girls would have gone this route.  If that is your preference go for it.  Just be sure you are getting enough protein and nutrients from your meals

Today we focused mainly on the everyday diet, and we will focus on special treats, dining out, cocktails, finding recipes, cooking tips, and entertaining in future posts.  So stay tuned!

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Sarah

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The Fabulously Fit Starlet Workout

We all know the first think a movie star does when getting ready for a film role is to get in shape. So if your life is a movie, you should be in shape for it. That’s why today we will talk about how to get in shape like an Old Hollywood film star. Now first I want to mention that this will not be a lesson in how to get as skinny as possible, I much prefer my starlets with some curves. I also do not believe in working out to look like someone else. I think every woman should be the healthiest and most gorgeous version of themselves that they can be.

I will also skip all of the reasons why working out is important… you can get that list from any fitness magazine… and I will spare you the lecture about how you need to make time for fitness because I think we all know that by now. I also will say that I truly believe the philosophy that the best exercise routine is one that you will stick too. So if you already have a workout plan then great! I would like to offer some advice about some possible ideas to mix it up. Heed the advice of my favorite current day throwback glamour goddess Dita Von Teese:

Hula hooping class. Keeping fit is easier with variation. My regime: pilates, ballet, dressage & now hooping! I’d like to try fencing next.
— Dita Von Teese (@DitaVonTeese) September 22, 2013

One thing I find extremely important is to find a workout that celebrates being a woman. I’m fine with weight lifting… after all Marilyn did it. She had a weight room in her home and jogged before it was trendy. But I also encourage you to find some exercises that help you appreciate your womanly form.

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Every good workout routine should have a balance of Cardio and Strength Training, and definitely include some stretching. Here are some suggestions to spark your interest. Choose some from each category, and mix it up so you don’t get bored….

Cardio

Running– this is your most efficient go to cardio. Marilyn did it to keep her curves under control. Great calorie burner but can be hard on your joints. Be sure to wear proper footwear.

Swimming- If you have a pool and live in sunny weather, (or if you’re wealthy enough to have your own indoor pool, in which case, let’s be friends) then this can be a fun and inexpensive way to workout. Just be sure to wear a swim cap (they may not look pretty but chlorine green hair looks worse, and you can always take it off seductively as you get out of the pool.

 

[caption id="attachment_595" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Pin Up Girl Swimming Photo Via Pinterest

Bike Rides/Leisurely walks- These are easier on your joints and can be fun on a beautiful day. I love going for long walks alone with just my thoughts. I find it brings out my creativity.

Tennis- If you have a partner and access to a court, there is nothing more glamorous than a sport that encourages you to wear a skirt.

Gil Elvgren Pin Up Tennis
Gil Elvgren Pin Up

Hula Hooping- This has become very trendy, but it is such a pin up inspired workout. Especially since it will whittle your waist into a gorgeous hourglass figure.

Dita Von Teese Hula Hoop
Image of Dita Von Teese via Fansite Online

Dancing- Ballroom (especially Latin and Swing dances)/Tap/Jazz- Ballroom dance teaches you how to work with another person. So it’s perfect for couples 9plus you get to work out in heels). Tap and jazz classes are great workouts as well and can be fun. This is the perfect workout choice if you would like to turn the movie of your life into a musical.

Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in Bandwagon
Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in Bandwagon

Horseback riding- Another activity that can be expensive unless you have the access. But you will feel of Elizabeth Taylor doing it you may just be moved to buy some new diamonds and get married… again!

Elizabeth Taylor Horse
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Fencing- if it’s good enough for Ms. Von Teese then it should be good enough for you!

 Strength/Stretch

Ideally you want to work your core because the goal is of course hourglass sass…

Ballet- this exercise celebrates grace, balance, and lean muscle. It is the perfect woman’s workout.

[caption id="attachment_592" align="aligncenter" width="221"] Brigitte Bardot Ballet Image via Pinterest

Pilates- based in ballet, Pilates is the ultimate in core workouts and is great for someone who finds ballet classes intimidating.

Gil Elvgren Pin Up Girl Working Out
Gil Elvgren Pin Up, Image via Tumblr

Yoga-it’s popular for a reason. You can gain strength and balance as well as get a great stretch. There are dozens of yoga styles to choose from, so do your research before attending a class so you’re sure you have the class that suits your needs.

Belly dance- I personally believe that every woman should try this once in their lives. Nothing celebrates the female form like belly dance. It’s known for being a good core workout but the intricate arms in this dance make it good for the upper body as well.

Belly Dancing Pin Up
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Free Weights- not the most feminine choice but still a great way to get stronger…. again, Marilyn did it. I suggest focusing on your own problem area. Try to build areas you think may be small, and tone areas you’d like smaller. Rumor has it, Lana Turner thought her butt was too small for her hips, so she did daily exercises to build a bigger butt. And Marilyn famously did bust exercises every day because of her fear of sagging. You can find great exercise ideas on Pinterest.

[caption id="attachment_593" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Marilyn Monroe Workout Image via Pinterest

Golf- Great mind/body/focus workout and, since you’ll be surrounded by mostly men, it could be a great place to find your next leading man.

Audrey Hepburn Golf
Image via Pinterest
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Sarah

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