On this page you will find products I love because they each have their own "Classic Hollywood" story. Some are steeped in history, some are made of a bit of legend and fairydust. I promise you won't be disappointed!
I hope you enjoy the stories that compelled me to select them.
Featured products are independently selected and linked to for practicality. If you buy something using a link on this page, She Wore Stars may receive a small share of that sale.
A FEW OF HER FAVORITE THINGS
Featuring the favorite things of classic Hollywood icons -- and why they loved them.
MARILYN MONROE favorite things
There is a famous photo of Marilyn reading Ulysses... was it all staged, or was the book really her favorite? I am not sure. But I do believe she loved to read...she had a rather extensive library. If you are curious to see her other favorites, one of her fan club's has compiled a rather extensive list you can view here.
Marilyn once ordered half a dozen perfume bottles of Rose Geranium Toilet Water to be delivered to the Beverly Hills Hotel (she really liked the Beverly Hills Hotel as well it seems!)
You can't buy the perfume itself anymore, but if you are curious about the scent, you can still get the bath oil. I feel like perfumes are so indicative of personality, so I am curious... I am definitely ordering a bottle!
Grace Kelly's favorite things
Prince Rainier knew roses were Grace's favorite flower... in 1984 he inaugurated a public rose garden dedicated to her memory.
lucille ball's favorite things
She was a master at the game.
bette davis' favorite things
INTERIOR DESIGN OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD STARS
Add a little Classic Hollywood chic to your home -- using the interior design tips of the stars. This isn't about shower curtains with Marilyn's face printed on them, or pink feathery boas -- this is the real deal. The things they really loved in their own homes.
There is this delightful picture of Marilyn Monroe perched atop a chair that looks similar to this (I believe I read it was taken for Life magazine. See the original photo here.). It looks like a Chippendale to me. Other than the green cushion of the original, they look pretty similar!
FASHIONS INSPIRED BY CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD
The items below come from my various efforts to replicate looks I have seen worn by iconic starlets of the silver screen.
I love women... Carole Lombard among them... that began wearing menswear and blessedly made it possible for women to wear pants today. This Blazer from Nordstrom's has a strong menswear feel to it, making a powerful statement, but I love the feminine touches on the back. It's gorgeous.
I spent a whole blog writing about the history of Leopard Print and how women used it to attract the opposite sex... and why science backs up that it works!
I love this sheath dress but sadly it is often out of stock. I have other options on the blog page, so check them out!
Recently I featured Doris Day and the way she bull-dozed the image standards of her day in a brutal and honest way. I love this cardigan from Nordstroms, similar to one she wears in a publicity shot (no, Doris Day did NOT endorse this cardigan but I'm confident that if you asked her she would say it was cute... who wouldn't???). Striped cardigans are classic, and in my opinion, belong in every closet!
RECOMMENDED READING ON HOLLYWOOD LORE
Every night I read a little bit from 2-3 books, and something on Old Hollywood is always on my list.
Most of the books I have read have been Biographies, not Autobiographies, so I really enjoyed hearing this book full of stories of Bette's life in her own words. This is a joy to read -- her stories, and her honesty about her broken marriages, are especially easy to relate to.
I loved the way this biography went into the little details -- from the restaurants Marilyn loved to frequent, to the photos she kept on her nightstand. I really felt like this book demystified the woman a bit -- but in a way that made her no less glamorous!
Several notes in the spirit of doing the right thing: the celebrities discussed above did not necessarily endorse any of the products listed here, but based upon my research I do believe they really loved these things, or wore these things, or read these things... you get the idea. That said, if you buy from any of the links included above rather than going straight to the vendor site from Google or another search engine, I get a portion of your purchase at no cost to you. Happy "silver screen" shopping. :)