Monday, November 30, 2015

Luxulite & The Pink Collar Life

As you may have noticed, we love stars here at The Pink Collar Life. As evident in our branding, we love stars not only for their lovely shape, but also the symbolism behind them. For us, the star represents the Golden Age of Old Hollywood, as starlets are honored on the Walk of Fame. Names are set in charcoal terrazzo contrasts, inside a pink terrazzo star and brass surrounding the emblem and lettering. In 1955, the head of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce wanted to "maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world," which was how the idea came to be. Stars were commonly seen in fashion, architecture, dingbats, fonts, graphic design and more especially in the 30's, 40's, 50's...

Ladies who Luxulite
Leave it to Katy of Luxulite, to completely immortalize the iconic shape and symbol, into the ultimate mid-century, twinkling tinsel-town brooch. As you know by our Ladies in Luxulite post, Luxulite is our go-to for early 40's & 50's reproduction fancy, flecked, fakelite! It would only be right to collaborate with Luxulite, to create the perfect piece for all the pink-collar gone gals out there.

Like the Dolly Sisters in their pink and blue marabou robes, Ashlyn loves pink and Tara is a sucker for minty blues. Luxulite has created our stars in each of these color combinations, perfect for all of you girls who prefer some sparkle on your sweaters. These designs are especially lovely because they are fabulous for all year round, whether you're feeling a whimsical winter look, or a summer pastel look.

When we mentioned the star mold as the concept and inspiration behind our collaboration piece, Katy was instantly on board, as she hadn't attempted it yet, and loved the idea. You can see the attention to detail and craftsmanship that went into this custom star mold, as you know, not all stars turn out perfect! Katy added some tinsel confetti, flecked with tones of gold & silver, as a nod to the tinsel town and silver screen splendor of the days of Old Hollywood Glam <3 

"Glorious silver flecks and tinsel strands fill a Hollywood inspired star shape which hand cast from one of my original carvings. With pastel mint background and matching pastel mint coloured cherries cascading from the centre, this beautiful statement pin is sure to turn heads and finish off your vintage ensemble perfectly!"


What to wear when at the Madonna Inn!?

Luxulite + The Pink Collar Life 1940s 50s Pink tinseltown star vintage style novelty brooch

Jayne and her star
Creating the Hollywood Walk of Fame stars

Luxulite + The Pink Collar Life 1940s 50s Mint tinseltown star vintage style novelty brooch

Stars seen in Hollywood Regency design at Max Factor Building
PCL <3 Hollywood Blvd (by Tom Stratton)

Tis the season for a Pink Collar Christmas! Here are some of our current festive fakelite favorites..

The pastel stars, perfect with glass slippers and springolators this season

Luxulite Winter Collection - Handmade 40s 50s confetti lucite vintage style festive Christmas baubles brooch by Luxulite
Adorable little ornaments and gorgeous gold glitter
Our fall favorites! Beiges, creams, mauve pinks, chocolates and black are perfect with any leopard print

Luxulite Winter Collection - Extra special Handmade 40s 50s confetti lucite vintage style novelty Holly berry Christmas brooch

These red pieces scream Christmas, and pair perfectly with some vintage novelty heels with holly

Vintage Valentines WW2 style all red sweetheart with red cherries 1940's 50s handmade bakelite style brooch by Luxulite
Of course, we love a red heart <3

Head over to the Luxulite shop to get your pink collar presents and glamorous goods, and don't forget to use code: PINKCOLLAR10 at checkout for a discount, lasting until December 4th!

*ALSO* head over to our instagrams to find out how to enter our giveaway of The Pink Collar Package, including a pink luxulite star brooch.


<3 T & A

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Max Factor Hollywood Museum

The Max Factor Museum is located at Highland & Hollywood Boulevard right next to Mel's Diner, still dazzling with decadence, and pretty in pink since 1928. Purchased by Max Factor himself during the Depression era, the building was designed by famed architect S. Charles Lee, who was responsible for giving it my absolute favorite kind of design style: Hollywood Regency / Art Deco. When I say dazzling, I mean literally. The building is painted a soft rose pink, glazed with glitter!

When dreaming up The Pink Collar Life, The Max Factor Museum and it's make-up rooms heavily inspired the idea, and i'll explain why....

For the first time in history, Hollywood movie stars, women of high society, and pink-collar working women were able to go to a public place for their cosmetic needs, without being known as "hussies," and such stigma disappeared as it became a common, acceptable thing to do. Max Factor was known as the "Make-up King" to Hollywood royalty, and housewives of America, as he changed the face of beauty, creating silver screen gods & goddesses of the Golden Age. All of the pink collar girls who were signed, were sent to Mr. Max Factor for a complete make over, prepped and ready for the studios and silver screens to come. This man revolutionized glamour, and inspired me to attend beauty school at one point. 

Max Factor and Jean Harlow

Aside from aiding in the transformation of Norma Jeane to Marilyn Monroe, Max Factor has made so many contributions to the world of beauty, with his innovative inventions and cutting edge cosmetics. There are so many notable things he has done, but there's too many to count! Immigrating from Russia to Hollywood in 1904, the Factor Family saw the opportunities in the growing film industry, and began offering made-to-order wigs, and theatrical cosmetics (known as flexible greasepaint). In 1918, he developed "Color Harmony," which was a range of face powders that allowed him to customize any color for any actress. He was also responsible for many of the distinguishable characteristics of our film favorites, such as Clara Bow's heart shaped lips, and Jean Harlow's signature Platinum blonde. 

He developed panchromatic make-up, which was compatible with the new technology of panchromatic film in the studios, replacing orthochromatic film. As Technicolor film developed, he then created his "pan-cake" series, as film stars were very unhappy with how they were looking in color, refusing to appear on screen. Pan-cake concealed all skin imperfections under a transparent matte finish. He is also well known for his bizarre creation of "The Beauty Micrometer," which looks like a terrifying torture device. Although it's looks are peculiar, it is actually one clever calibrator, and totally genius. This invention was made to measure the contours of the face within very precise measurements, finding and correcting flaws of the famous. Only one of these was constructed, and it lives here at the Hollywood Museum!

Lastly, Max Factor is responsible for coining the term "Make-up," as if to make up, and create a new face.

Let your tour begin... 

Fresh Faced Marilyn awaiting her makeup artist

I knew i'd be in the presence of pretty pinks and pastels according to the hair-color coded rooms, so I had to dress appropriately. I wore a late 40's gingham cropped blouse and a 50's pink pencil skirt, complete with some candy-colored 1950's slingback heels.

My happy place! The gorgeous pink, marbled, deco lobby
It took nine years to restore the Max Factor Building to its original splendor, with it's rose-colored lobby of lavish marble, re-invented historical chandeliers, pastel hues, antique furniture, and trompe l’oeil, finished with faux 22 karat gold and silver leafing and gilt. The epitome of Old Hollywood Regency, this was an inspiration when decorating my boudoir, and how could we forget  - Amber Foxx's very own Max Factor powder room.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Museum 

My room <3 (where Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow became platinum blondes)

Marilyn's Vanity with all of her personal belongings and cosmetics

Marilyn's medicines found bedside at time of death, and death certificate 

Original paper, from 1962 following Marilyn's death

We all know Marilyn loved her diamonds!

Marilyn's Bustier

I always love looking at Marilyn's Springolators 

Close-up of Marilyn's Springolators

One of our favorite looks of Marilyn's, on display! - the Pucci series, done here on The Pink Collar Life in tribute 

Marilyn's make-up & matches

Leaving the Blonde Room, and entering the Brunette's Room...

Hedy Lamarr & Ava Gardner's personal beauty items

That machine!

One of my favorite features of the museum, Marlene's handwriting in lipstick! Swoon....

Max Factor working his magic on Rita Hayworth

So, we've covered the blondes, the brownettes, and the brunettes. You didn't think we were finished did you? The Redheads! Coming up on Part II of the Max Factor bit on The Pink Collar, you'll see personal items from Lucille Ball, and Rita Hayworth, autographs & archives, as well as wigs and wondrous odds and ends.

Stay tuned for another dose of Old Hollywood glamour.

<3 Ashlyn