From Gucci to Chanel: Classic Hollywood Designer Bags at a Fraction of the Cost

You're not the contents of your handbag -- but from Maria Sharapova carrying Sharpies (to give autographs) to Sharon Stone carrying tins of dark chocolate in their totes, who doesn’t love when fashion meets functionality?

What you probably love a little less when it comes to designers, is the price tag. 

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Classic Movies to Help You Survive Heartbreak

The agony of a breakup is undeniable. You read inspiring pick-me-up articles that suggest you exercise, drown yourself in chocolate, and hang out with your gal pals. “Enjoy your independence!” they say.

Meanwhile, you are thinking of all the things you would rather experience than your present heartache. You would rather fall into a river infested with bloodthirsty pirhanas. Get an unexpected phone call from the IRS. Live through a fiery armageddon.

Help is on the way! Movies can be extremely therapeutic for surviving a breakup. Psychiatrists even have a word for it: cinematherapy. As Psychology Today puts it, “Movies can bring down psychic-emotional barriers, penetrate the wall of resistance, both conscious and unconscious, oftentimes very deftly and then open up the issues aroused for discussion in therapy.”

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7 On-Trend Dresses To Channel Classic Hollywood Chic On a Budget

There are trends in just about every area of life, from fashion, to music, to interior design, to cosmetics. From Instagram influencers to famous housewives, we are inundated with inspiration. But I think we can all agree that at times, it gets overwhelming. And just because fashion editors are talking about a trend, doesn’t mean the average person is wearing it. Because let’s be honest, we don’t all have budgets to match the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

I love Hollywood.

But have you ever wondered what everyday women are actually buying? I do. And I have found a hack that I rather like.

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Happy Birthday Mae West! A Few of Her Favorite Things

A perfect combination of beauty and brilliance, the name "Lucille Ball" is almost synonymous with the term "screwball." But the woman was more than just a funny redhead -- she was known to be intelligent, at times serious, and a comedic genius. And we love her for all of those things.

We aren't alone. In the book Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Desi said:  "Lucy was the show. Viv, Fred and I were just props. Damn good props, but props nevertheless. P.S. I Love Lucy was never just the title." 

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Marilyn Monroe's Sexiest Beauty Secret

With curves that stretched for miles, ruby-red lips, and an inexplicable mystique, we can all agree that Marilyn Monroe is the greatest movie icon to ever live. Movie directors, Playboy magazine, biographies, heck, even Andy Warhol have tried to capture the secret to her allure.

Well, I am going to propose that there was one often-overlooked aspect that Marilyn Monroe always possessed—perhaps key to her image more than her husky voice or her elaborate makeup and fashion.

It is simply this: Marilyn Monroe effectively executed a seductive walk with a hip shimmy that one can’t help but ask, “How did she do that?” The answer might surprise you—and I am here to tell you.

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A Simple Revolutionary War-era Cocktail to Keep Your Fourth of July Historic

Happy Independence Day weekend! I hope you are celebrating life and liberty with your loved ones. While you are eating BBQ, jumping into lakes, and splashing in the hot sun, I hope you will drink a toast to the men & women who fought to give us our freedoms.

And I can't think of a better drink to do so than one steeped in Revolutionary War history.  

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June! Month-in-Review served with a Classic Hollywood twist...

Woof. Things are achieving record heat here in sunny SoCal.

I love this sentiment: 

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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