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Marilyn.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2012 by factorygirl82

Marilyn Monroe is always popular. She is one of the most recognized women in the world. This past year there have been three Marilyn based projects. The first the film “My Week with Marilyn” starring Michelle Williams, then Smash the TV show about a musical about her, and then there is another film starring Naomi Watts. I’ve loved Marilyn since I was a little girl.

Growing up in the 1980s there weren’t many females that I found pretty or looked up to. I enjoyed Madonna but mainly because she ripped off Marilyn Monroe a lot of the time. I didn’t like the big hair, massive shoulder pads, or acid wash jeans of the 80s. It wasn’t my thing. I knew even at the age of eight that that style of fashion was just bad. I think I probably discovered Marilyn around the age of five or six. My mother let me watch the musicals from the 40s and 50s.  I don’t remember the first movie I saw of her or anyone telling me about her. I feel like I just always knew about Marilyn. But I loved her. She was the most beautiful woman ever.

There was just something about Marilyn Monroe. She photographed amazingly. There was a vulnerability and definitely a sense of wanting to save her. As well all know at this point she was deeply troubled. It was pretty understandable given her childhood and background. There’s still so much we don’t know. I enjoyed My Week With Marilyn. I thought Michelle Williams deserved the Oscar. When I heard about her being cast I didn’t think it would work, but watching her and how well she got her mannerisms and facial expressions down was truly an impressive fete. My only problem with My Week with Marilyn was that he wrote the book after she passed away. I find it interesting that the majority of first hand accounts about Marilyn are written by men. I think it would be interesting to have a woman that was close with her talk about her. In most biographies they all agree that with Marilyn men fell in love with and wanted to save the angel but once the reality came out they wanted nothing to do with it. Arthur Miller was a great example of that. He was a big jerk.

I think one of the things that is amazing and unique about Marilyn is that people  feel a personal connection to her. One of her biggest struggles was that she belonged to the public. She still does, I was out thrifting with my Marilyn Monroe purse. This old man came up to me to tell me about the Marilyn statue downtown, he said they just wont let her die. A very odd thing to say but very true. Marilyn lives on the way Elvis does.

Marilyn before she was Marilyn. Norma Jean Baker. That smile, even as the girl next door she was gorgeous and amazing. When I was 20 my sister and I did a Halloween costumer together. She went as Marilyn Monroe and I went as Norma Jean. It was pretty awesome.

 

I just felt like with all the Marilyn stuff out right now I wanted to put my two cents in. I love her, I always will. I have many T-shirts with her on it, a purse, almost all of her films, her albums, a poster of her in my shop, and quite a few books. There’s just something about her an it factor that doesn’t exist with people anymore.

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Hollywood Glamour

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2010 by factorygirl82

I realized as I’ve been writing this that I really haven’t given people an idea of what my fashion inspiration is, for shame! Like my taste in music my taste in fashion is super eclectic.  I’ve gone through many phases but one thing I always come back to is classic Hollywood Glamour.  Since I was a little girl the person I’ve thought to be the most beautiful in the world is Marilyn Monroe.  Even when she was still Norma Jean I thought she was beautiful. I still do. Marilyn just has that something it’s not necessarily sex appeal although she certainly has that, but to me she was just a goddess. No one could compare.

I was always a vintage gal even from a young age. One of my favorite Halloween costumes was also one of my sad moments in life.  I went as Lauren Bacall.  I wore a dress my mom had bought in the 1960s but was actually from the 1940s. It was that beautiful black silk velvet with lace trim and rhinestones. I definitely still have it but no way could I fit in it now! My momma was tiny! But anyway back to the story my mom did my hair and my sister put bright red lipstick on me and mascara. I felt like a movie star. Then I went trick or treating and had to explain to everyone who Lauren Bacall was. After a while I would grumpily reply “Humphrey Bogart’s Wife!” I was ten and thought everyone knew who Lauren Bacall was.  I always admired the bombshell actresses as well as the femme fatales.  I definitely felt out of place. Once at a bar mitzvah  one of my classmates asked me why my hair was up the way it was, my response “That was how they wore their hair in the 1940s” Then my life changed for the better….

I was fourteen sitting at home I think it was the summer for the stories sake we will just go with the summer. But I was watching MTV, back when they actually played music videos, and all of sudden there is this girl on screen. Platinum blonde hair, the coolest bangs  I’d ever seen, bright red lips, and dark brown eyes. She was like Betty Boop meets Marilyn Monroe! She wore her hair how I always wanted to and occasionally did (If I was feeling brave) she dressed in a way I could relate to!  Gwen Stefani rocked my world and she still does.  My sister actually took me to meet No Doubt at the merchandise mart here in Chicago I was so star struck I couldn’t say two words. I may have uttered “You’re cool” I’m not really positive I was trying not to faint.

But anywho just wanted to share a bit how my sense of fashion has molded itself through the years.  I def go through phases still but one things for sure I always come back to that old school Hollywood Glamour.

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