I featured Doris Day and the way she bull-dozed the image standards of her day in a brutal and honest way. If you are having one of those days where every single human in sight seems to have it together better than you (not to mention look prettier than you) its a good read. 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 had asked her she would say it was cute... who wouldn't???).
Striped cardigans are classic, and in my opinion, belong in every closet!
Screwball: The Life of Carole Lombard
I adore Carole Lombard. With her energetic, off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s, she skyrocketed to comedienne fame. She doesn’t get the credit she deserves nowadays, including the ways in which she inspired her dear friend Lucille Ball.
Doris Day, the goregous blond actress and talented singer is best-known for her charmng comedic roles opposite leading hunks such as Rock Hudson and Cary Grant. With a career that ranged from radio, to the bandstand, to two dozen films and more than 600 recordings, her loss in 2019 was truly heartbreaking.
She lives on through her work, and this book was a joy to read... I loved the references to local eateries in Los Angeles that still exist!
Jean Harlow was the sex symbol of the 1930's, but you never would have known it were you to be lucky enough to catch in in conversation. She was one of the biggest movie stars in the world, but she loved to host simple BBQs in her backyard.
Often nicknamed the "Blonde Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde," she was popular for her "Laughing Vamp" movie persona.
Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was an American actress of film, television, and theater. One can’t watch her performance in a movie like Of Human Bondage ( watch for free on Amazon Prime) or All About Eve and not agree that she is one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history.
Most of the books I have read have been Biographies, not Autobiographies, so I really enjoyed hearing this book full of stories of Bette Davis’ 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.
Marilyn Monroe needs no introduction — and neither does her iconic fashion. But you may not know that Marilyn's favorite pair of shoes were made by Salvatore Ferragamo. They were featured at a Marilyn Monroe exhibit at the London Design Center.
And since the designer has re-released some of their classic designs of the era, there is no better time to take a look and perhaps buy your first pair!
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 (join the challenge!).
Marilyn Monroe once ordered half a dozen perfume bottles of Rose GeraniumToilet 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!
Marilyn Monroe's Interior Design: Handcrafted Woods
Another one of Marilyn's collection was a coffee believed to have been sourced (handmade) from Mexico. It is difficult to source something identical, but with its striking lines and distinctly non-bulk made look, I think this similiar table on Amazon fits the bill to photos of her home.
Marilyn Monroe's Famous Silk Sheets
Is it any wonder that Marilyn Monroe loved silk sheets? It is said they are good on hair, and better yet, slow the aging process (their smoothness prevents your skin from crinkling on the pillow).
Marilyn Monroe brought back a number of souvenirs from her vacation to Mexico. They were scattered thrughout various places in her house. Some of the tiles she used in her Brentwood home ares still there today.
In her Brentwood home, one of the doorways was a Gothic arch. It may not be possible to remodel your home this way, so go the easier route… evoke the feel with this Gothic Mirror.
Marilyn Monroe's Chippendale
There is this delightful picture of Marilyn Monroe perched atop a chair that looks similar to this (I believe it was taken for Life magazine). It looks like a Chippendale to me. Other than the green cushion of the original, they look pretty similar!
I loved the way this biography went into the little details -- from the restaurants Marilyn frequented, 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!
The notes of Creed Fleurisimo include bergamot, tuberose, violet, and ambergris.
Grace Kelly's Favorite Actress
Grace Kelly’s graduation yearbook listed her favorite actress as Ingrid Bergman. The internationally renowned Swedish actress is best known for her performance in Casablanca, but Notorious is my personal favorite (it’s a Hitchcock film!)
Grace loved to speak in limericks with friends and family. It was a kind of game for her.
In case you are wondering, a limerick is “a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme witheach other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.”
Each birthday Ava Gardner celebrated with the same iconic cake flavor— coconut.
Don’t feel like cooking? Me either. Try this rum-infused coconut cake available on Amazon, it looks promising with great reviews from over 100 reviewers. Plus it has rum in it, so I am sure Ava would approve!
Ava Gardner's Favorite Singer
Frank Sinatra was not only the love of Ava Gardner’s life, he was also her favorite singer—even after they split.
I didn’t fully realize Frank Sinatra’s capabilities as an actor until I saw Man with the Golden Arm. (bonus, its free to stream on Amazon Prime as of this writing). It’s a grim movie about drug addiction, with some pretty horrific heroine scenes, but man does he nail the performance. Kim Novak is stunning in it as well.
When Ernest Hemingway died, Ava Gardner was heartbroken — she was a fan of his work, and he had also given her encouragement in her own career. Ava and Ernest could even be found drinking together from time to time.
With notes of orange blossom, Jasmine and tuberose, this is an homage to the original L'Interdit from 1957 — Audrey Hepburn’s signature fragrance.
Audrey Hepburn's Favorite Handbag
No, it isn’t Louis Vuitton or Chanel…
Google “Audrey Hepburn baskets” and you will see myriad photos of her with adorable baskets of all sizes.
This is a trend I am very ready to see happen in pop culture. Let’s the basket as purse trend started…
Audrey Hepburn's Favorite Book
Audrey famously said, “To grow a garden is to believe in tomorrow”.
If you are unfamiliar with the classic children’s tale, it tells the story of an orphan girl who comes to live in a remote manor on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers a mysterious, walled-off garden.
Audrey's Favorite Accessory
Audrey once said, “When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman.”
I am sure she would have loved this scarf in Cyan, her favorite color!
I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times… In life after life, in age after age, forever. My spellbound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs, That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms, In life after life, in age after age, forever.
Hepburn may be most closely associated with diamonds, Tiffany diamonds to be exact — but in real life she preferred pearls for the way they looked warm against her skin.
A pair of her classic earrings (with the cutest retro screw/clip back) went up for auction recently. You can score a similar pearl earring look at Nordstroms.
Doris Day's Favorite Performance
Of her own performances in her own films, Calamity Jane was reportedly Doris’ Day's favorite — and the one she identified with the most.
The lighthearted musical movie tells the tale of "Calamity" Jane and "Wild Bill" Hickock amongst the setting of the illustrious American West.
Doris Day's Favorite Charity
Doris loved animals — she even had her own foundation which she dedicated much of her time and resources to.
Doris Day's Favorite Dessert
Doris Day reportedly loved Rocky Road Ice Cream.
Many fans and friends said that she served it in a cantaloupe!
Doris Day's Favorite Singer: Vince Gill
Doris Day made social media waves when her 92nd birthday picture popped up and fans went haywire! At the time, her publicist reported, “These days… she listens to Perry Como, Vince Gill, Nat King Cole, the Mills Brothers and Ray Charles.”
Doris Day's Favorite Candy: Tootsie Rolls
Facebook fan groups say tootise rolls were Doris Day’s favorite candy.
Fun fact: Leo Hirschfield invented the iconic Tootsie Roll in 1896 and named it after his daughter “Tootsie”. With its taffy and caramel type qualities, and the fact that it doesn’t really melt, it was even used as a soldier ration during World War II.
Mae West's Favorite Candy: Chocolate
"I hope one day its proven healthy," Mae West once lamented.