Fashion

The Perfume Embodiments of Mae West (oh, and Kim Kardashian)

The Perfume Embodiments of Mae West (oh, and Kim Kardashian)

Mae West refused to take ocean voyages — didn’t people remember what happened to the Titanic, she reportedly retorted when it was even suggested to her.

There was only one thing she feared even more fiercely — flying.

So when producers wanted her to travel to Paris for costume fittings in preparation for “Every Day’s a Holiday she said a firm no. But they had a problem — the designer was in Paris. How to fit dresses to a woman who refused to travel to the dressmaker’s shop?

You Won't Believe how this 1940s Fashion Icon Tried to end World War II

You Won't Believe how this 1940s Fashion Icon Tried to end World War II

When she wasn't plotting ways to use fashion in dangerous and creative ways (more on that in a minute) Marlene Dietrich, starlet of the 1930's, was known for her military-inspired fashion in an era that preferred pink and butterfly sleeves. One of the first fashionistas to pioneer trousers, we have her at least partially to thank for our comfy sweat pants and "mom jeans" that have been so incredibly popular this year (with no sign of any slowing down in 2017, though skinny jeans are reportedly still the best sellers). 

Leopard Print [Science of Seduction]

Leopard Print [Science of Seduction]

The science of fashion is always a curious thing. I recently learned that cheetah/leopard prints make you more attractive. The scientific term is "Misattribution of Arousal" ... but since you probably don't want to sift through a bunch of medical journals, I will boil it down the main points: Ravenous wildcats have sharp teeth and want to eat you, therefore when one wears wildcat print men think of sharp teeth and being devoured, inciting a fear reaction, which somehow also increases feelings of attraction. 

When Designer Handbags and Classic Hollywood Collide

When Designer Handbags and Classic Hollywood Collide

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, we love when fashion meets functionality. But when it comes to designers, we don't love the price. 

Well, if you are like me, you love when recycling and fashion collide, but things can get a bit tricky when it comes to luxury labels. How do you know whether or not that bag you just dropped several hundred dollars on is the real deal? 

Be a Pest! Life Lessons from Lauren Bacall

Be a Pest! Life Lessons from Lauren Bacall

Do a quick Google search on Lauren Bacall and you will get a steaming pile of stories of intimidation -- from what I can tell, a casual encounter with the woman could be an absolute dream -- or your worst nightmare. Perhaps it was her smoldering eyes that scared the living daylights out of people, but people seemed to be truly frightened by the woman.

A Few Of Her Favorite Things: Marilyn Monroe

A Few Of Her Favorite Things: Marilyn Monroe

It's June 1, and in 1926 the most iconic bombshell to ever live was born. Do you share some favorite things with the inimitable Marilyn Monroe? 

You're about to find out! Turn on some Louis Armstrong (one of her favorite singers) and pour the bubbly as we celebrate some of her favorite things, pictured below. Click on the photos to read some incredible (and even eerie) stories.

1930s Fashion Inspiration: Irene Dunne

1930s Fashion Inspiration: Irene Dunne

I love this photo of Irene in a soft, off-the-shoulder, pleated blouse. This is very on-trend right now, and rumor has it that Spring 2017 will be all about layering this kind of top over a simple tank top. The Alexander Wang top pictured below is perfect to do just that. 

Classic Hollywood Guide to Amazon's Bestselling Products

Classic Hollywood Guide to Amazon's Bestselling Products

To see what is trending in fashion and beauty you can read your favorite blog or style magazine. Or, if you are curious to see what people are actually buying (not what fashion editors or simply talking about, but what is actually selling) you can go straight to the store -- the Amazon store that is.

I love browsing their Top Sellers section. I find face lotions and curling irons I never knew existed. And because they are massively popular (which usually means good review) I know just about every single one of them is a safe bet. So far this strategy hasn't done me wrong.

Marilyn Monroe's Secret Beauty Hack for Making Her Hips Sway

Marilyn Monroe's Secret Beauty Hack for Making Her Hips Sway

Marilyn has perhaps the most famous walk of them all. Her shimmy is so iconic that it stands alone as the opening scene from Niagara. If you haven't seen it yet, it is worth watching. It is called the longest walk in cinematic history -- over 116 feet of film, according to a quick Google search. 

But how did she make her hips sway in a way that was worth expending that much film on? 

Perhaps the answer can be found in her biography Goddess. A couple of stories are repeated that at first glance could appear to be nothing more than publicity and hype. But from everything I have read about Marilyn, I'd wager they are true.