Posts in Her Favorite Things
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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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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7 of Hollywood's Favorite Classic Movie Perfumes

I think we can all agree that when we think about perfumes from decades ago, we immediately think of outdated. Stinky. So potent, the fragrance could fill up an entire theatre.

I am here to clear the air — classic Hollywod was on to something with their choices. Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly became iconic for a reason, and I am sure they knew how to choose perfumes that didn’t chase their fans away.

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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?

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A Few of Her Favorite Things: Doris Day

Growing up, Pillow Talk was one of my all-time favorite classic films — but in recent years, I have gotten to know other Doris Day films, and my love for her has just grown and grown. From Hitchcock’s thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much to the light-hearted Please Don’t Eat the Daisies she just NEVER fails to charm.

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Happy Birthday to Ava Gardner! A Few of Her Favorite Things

Rita Hayworth. Vivien Leigh. Marilyn Monroe. And up there with the rest of the greatest screen sirens, stood the pillar of a woman, whose image graced entire sides of buildings to promote the film noir classic The Killers. (It worked, Ava became a star, and fans came in droves.) 

But perhaps her best intro comes from the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy, Fred, and Ether visit The Brown Derby, or as Lucy calls it, "the watering hole" for the rich and famous.


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A Few MORE of Her Favorite Things: Bette Davis

I recently had the opportunity to hear one of Bette Davis’ longtime personal assistants speak at the DTLA city library — she had some fascinating stories about this icon of the Golden Age — or “Miss D” as she affectionately referred to her.

During the Q&A I asked her about a few of Ms. Davis’ favorite things, and I wanted to make sure to update an old post to reflect what I learned. So, as always, below are a few of her favorite things, along with a story or two about why she loved them. 

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