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#OOTD Inspiration: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

One of the things that I love about Old Hollywood films is that, not only is the fashion gorgeous, but I also tends to be timeless.  Never is that more true than in Elizabeth Taylor’s role in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  The movie itself is amazing… with Ms. Taylor and her costar Paul Newman at their most sexy.  But my favorite thing about the film is Ms. Taylor’s wardrobe.  She only has a few looks (and her stunning white dress is the most memorable), but I love her pencil skirt and blouse combo.  I decided to recreate the look for everyday.  This look is inexpensive, it’s timeless, flattering on many figures, and perfect for a summer work outfit…

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10 Reasons Missy Piggy is an Everyday Starlet

This weekend the latest Muppets movie is being released, so I wanted to give tribute to my absolute favorite Muppet and style icon: Miss Piggy.  She may be livestock, but she is an Everyday Starlet if there ever was one.  So here are 10 reasons that Miss Piggy is Glamour’s Most Wanted…

1. She never strays from her signature hair color

Miss Piggy may go short or long, bangs or no bangs, but she never strays from her signature blonde

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Silver Screen Style: Cat on Hot Tin Roof

The Superbowl is coming this weekend, and there is no reason a Starlet can’t get in in the fun.  How about some style from one of our favorite Old Hollywood movies, Cat on Hot Tin Roof.  Elizabeth Taylor is a desperate housewife trying to seduce her ex-football star husband, Paul Newman.  There is no question that they are two of the sexiest stars in all of history.  And Ms. Taylor gives a mind-blowing performance… but it’s hard to get past her fabulous fashion…

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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…

Grace Kelly winter snow fashion style
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Audrey Hepburn winter snow fashion style
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Elizabeth Taylor winter snow fashion style
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Ginger Rogers winter snow fashion style
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Brigitte Bardot winter snow fashion style
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Grace Kelly 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!

Kisses

Sarah

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Silver Screen Style: Charade

Nothing is better on a cold New England New Years Eve than snuggling with someone you love and watching a movie.  This past NYE, my boyfriend suggested the Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn classic Charade (I know, how lucky am I).  I can’t believe I had never seen this film before.  It was funny, suspenseful, and definitely entertaining… but I couldn’t get past how timeless Audrey Hepburn’s fashion was.  Here are some of her looks for inspiration…

Audrey Hepburn Charade Red ans Leopard print
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Audrey Hepburn Charade Cary Grant Ice Cream Fashion
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Audrey Hepburn Charade Ski Winter Fashion
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Audrey Hepburn Charade
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Sarah

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Silver Screen Style: Bandwagon

Some movies are pure entertainment and others are also fashion inspiration.  Today we look at the fashions from one of my favorite movies Bandwagon.  Cyd Charisse’s outfits for this movie are timeless…

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Cyd Charisse Fashion Bandwagon
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Cyd Charisse Fashion Bandwagon
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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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Lana Turner Yellow
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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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Audrey Hepburn Pink Givenchy Dress
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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.

Kisses

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: Starlet Accessories

No Starlet wardrobe is complete without accessories.  So here are the basics…

Shoes

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No Starlet can resist footwear.  She may have a weakness for the red soled Louboutins or the classic Jimmy Choos, but labels and status are not what moves a true Starlet.  She is more concerned with how the shoe makes her feel.  These are her essentials:

  • Heels-nothing makes you look and feel more feminine, whether its mules, sling backs, or pumps
  • Espadrilles– perfect for summer
  • Ballet flats– these are the perfect shoes for every day.  They are feminine and comfortable for a Starlet on the go.
  • Keds– a Starlet’s preferred sneaker.
  • Moccasins– for cozy cabins in the woods
  • Flat boots-preferably riding boots.  A classic look for cold days

Purse

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What do you get for the Starlet that has everything… something to carry it in.

  • Top handle– these are you basic handbags.  Nothing too big or too tiny.  Leather for every day.  Wicker for summer vacations
  • Day bag– a Starlet is always on the go.  Auditions/interviews/meetings.  She needs a good size bag that can carry her essentials.  Nothing bigger than a briefcase, and definitely nothing that appears to be luggage.  Even if she spend the night at a paramour’s house and didn’t have time to go home to freshen up, she should always look put together.
  • Evening clutches–  a Starlet will have one to go with every formal occasion outfit.

Jewelry

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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.

Other Accessories

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  • 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.
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Stay tuned for what to wear underneath your clothes!

Kisses

Sarah

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