Thursday, December 29, 2016

Shimmering Shades of Serenity

 After this roller coaster year of 2016, everyone could use a beautiful celebration with their loved ones for New Years Eve.  Although I am a sucker for sparkles all year round, December 31st should be glittered and shimmered from everyone in attendance.  I dug deep into my wardrobe and wanted to bring out this 1950s, hand-sewn, embroidered lurex, wiggle dress.  One of my favorites I scored while living in Sweden, it was purchased at the height of my burlesque career, and it was the bombshells and bump-n-grind stars of days gone by that inspired my purchase... as well as today's ensemble.  To add an extra touch of vintage elegance, I paired it with the Chiffon Tea Length Cape in Serenity Blue by Emerald & Palm, with a bursting rhinestone pin on the cape closure, and a vintage, gold, beaded purse.  Here's to a glimmering New Year! 

Below:  Mamie Van Doren.... my forever favorite blonde bombshell, is effortless in her embroidered lurex wiggle dress.  Then Diana Dors wears a heavily beaded gown with blue chiffon train for her album cover, "Swinging Dors." 

Mamie Van Doren
Diana Dors

Below:  Two of my biggest inspirations who inspired me so much during my dancing days, and still do!  Lili St Cyr in a cascading blue cape.  Then, Sherry Britton with a "figure to die for" wears an embroidered gown and chiffon cape. 

Lili St. Cyr
Sherry Britton

To a bright 2017!
xoxo, Tara

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

River of no Return

This post is a little dedication to the recently closed Grant Boys, since 1949 & my favorite Marilyn Monroe film, River of No Return, 1954. Set in the 1870s, the 20th Century Fox, American Western Adventure, was made in Technicolor & CinemaScope, and also starred Robert Mitchum. Grant's Guns, and a Gold Rush film equals a match made in heaven...Shot in the beginning of Fall with golden leaves and sunsets, the Golden West was alive again! 
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Though the film was shot in Calgary, Canada, its Old West theme is ever present in the Costa Mesa vintage landmark, The Grant Boys Gun shop. The Grant Boys was founded in 1949 by Edward "Buddy" Grant, and had remained family owned and operated. "I don't think too many other businesses have had the kind of thing, which you'd see on movie sets and things like that," said a Costa Mesa Historical Society member. Grant's sold guns, camping gear, and clothing, and was one of the only places to buy Levi's jeans. Levi's 501's sold for $3.49 a pair!

The River of No Return is sentimental and special to me for many reasons, and Marilyn impresses and inspires me in this gritty role, like no other. Filming was very dangerous, as she broke her ankle and almost drowned while on location. This was not a simple role, and her dedication to her craft and passion to go beyond her typecast, was beyond admirable. I loved her character Kay (also my grandmother's name) as the sultry saloon singer, with a love for the bad boys, but a maternal heart of gold, that she gives to a young boy and his father. My favorite Marilyn roles are those that reflected fragments of her true self. Another highlight to the film is watching Marilyn on the guitar, playing my particular favorite, "One Silver Dollar," along with the dreamy, but melancholy theme song, River of No Return. Wail-a-ree!

Now let's discuss Marilyn's styling..

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We rarely see Miss Monroe with long extensions in her career, but her gorgeous, long, blonde, locks are stunning in the film, flowing, or braided, each equally as beautiful. There were mainly three outfits in the film, since for most of the duration she is stuck traveling the River with no belongings, as her bag containing her Showgirl costume, gets lost in the stream. (It was a beaded beauty!)

Kay Weston's character wore jeans, stamped Foremost JCP Co., and the pair eventually fetched $42,550 at an auction. Today I'm appropriately wearing some rolled up Freddies of Pinewood, "Jeanies," however they also have some "Norma Jeans," inspired by our golden girl. Marilyn wore an iconic floral button up shirt, and later changed into a cotton, peasant, scoop neck blouse, always accompanied by boots. 

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She was also seen in a buckskin fringed leather jacket, in which I'm wearing from the 1950s by, "Pioneer Wear, Albuquerque." Underneath, i'm wearing a floral embroidered Stetson snap shirt, and a tooled leather floral belt from Vivien of Holloway. To finish, I'm wearing some brown, with red, inlay pee-wee boots from the 1940s - Saloon style!

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 Recently, I was lucky enough to meet the producer of River of No Return, Stanley Rubin's once wife, film star Kathleen Hughes, at Marilyn's Memorial. 

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The ultimate cowboy John Wayne used to shop here..
You will be missed Grant Boys!

"If you listen you can hear it call...
There is a river called the river of no return
Sometimes it's peaceful and sometimes wild and free!
Love is a traveler on the river of no return
Swept on forever to be lost in the stormy sea"

<3 Ashlyn

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Mele Kalikimaka from Madonna Inn

Mele Kalikimaka from the 'Floral Fantasy' room at the world famous Madonna Inn! The trees are up, the tables are set, and I'm adding a little twist to the traditional red & green...

Until next year! Have a very #pinkchristmasđź’–

xo The Pink Collar Life

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday with Besame Part II

It's only a holiday when there's Besame ❤ Continuing our Christmas cosmetics looks, with my favorite Besame Beauty picks. Enjoy some postcards from The Madonna Inn's 'Anniversary Room!'

Starring 1945 lipstick shade "American Beauty" & Sweet Pink Rouge blush..

Another favorite, Noir Red, as seen on Part 1

xx Ashlyn