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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.

The Beautiful Ghost Story Behind "I Love Lucy"

The Beautiful Ghost Story Behind "I Love Lucy"

I thought I knew everything about Lucille Ball... until I found out that she believed with all of her heart that her role model, Carole Lombard, visited her on a regular basis, after Lombard's untimely death in 1942 in a plane crash. 

Indeed, Lucille Ball and Carole Lombard were dear friends. In her early days as a struggling actress, Lucy spent a lot of time on the studio lot observing Lombard, trying to mimic her. Rather than be offended or threatened by the fledgling wannabe, Lombard encouraged Lucy along, giving her a few of her biggest breakthroughs in Hollywood. 

In the March 1947 edition of Photoplay, Lucy says to the interviewer that Carole Lombard... "... is my guardian angel.”

“She was?” the interviewer responds. As in, oh, how nice. Her role model helped her along. 

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Angelina Jolie & the One Perfume I Have My Eyes On

Angelina Jolie & the One Perfume I Have My Eyes On

I did a double-take when I read that Angelina Jolie has signed on to be the new International face for Guerlain. I have been reading a lot about this perfume brand in recent days as I begin developing a new feature on the blog I am thinking of calling A Few of Her Favorite Things. It's all about the things that classic starlets loved... from their favorite dress to their favorite wine. And the Guerlain perfume brand is popping up A LOT.

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. 

Forgotten Cocktails from the Golden Age of Cinema: The "Yellow Parrot"

Forgotten Cocktails from the Golden Age of Cinema: The "Yellow Parrot"

I just finished watching We're Not Dressing, a screwball comedy flick about a motley crew of socialites stranded on a deserted island. It isn't the most thought-provoking film ever made, but it is darn funny, and Bing Crosby's crooning makes it well worth the watch. My favorite moment is when Bing glares at spoiled princess Doris (played by one of my favorite actresses, Carole Lombard) while singing a song about loving your neighbor and how those in high places can topple at any time. Hollywood has always been good at social commentary!