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.
Metallic Jacquard Sheath Dress
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!
Screwball: The Life of Carole Lombard
I adore Carole Lombard and this book truly did her justice.
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.
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 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!
The last check Monroe purportedly wrote was for a white dresser, which makes sense… the woman loved the hue! I was unable to find photos of the dresser she ordered, probably because it was never delivered. But this one is beautiful and has a Marilyn feel to it.
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 fits the bill.
Marilyn Monroe brought back a number of souvenirs from her "' trip 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.
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!
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!
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