A New Day, A New Month.

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On a positive, it’s now May! Which means the change of calendars, I have eight on Marilyn and one on my favourite film, Gone With The Wind. Yes, I know it’s a lot, but they sure brighten up my door and the rest of my room.

Sorry for being quiet the past couple of days, I’ve not had any fashion or makeup posts to show you as after using  a spot moisturizer, I suffered an allergic reaction on my face! It’s gone all swollen, hot, dry and red so I’ve been a bit of a mess. I was meant to be going out with my parents and their friends yesterday, I pincurled my hair for the occasion but I wasn’t up to it sadly. So the past two days I’ve had lovely curls and a not so lovely face.

I’ve also been suffering a bit more severely lately with my intrusive thoughts, OCD is such a debilitating mental illness and I truly wouldn’t wish it on anyone. After watching some youtube videos with other sufferers talking, I’ve tried to be braver and let the thoughts go, but anyone who suffers will know that it’s a lot easier said then done. Over the past years I’ve tried to be as open and honest as I can about my experiences with my mental illnesses, if you want to know more you can see here. I’m very lucky to have my mum and boyfriend especially, be so understanding and make me feel less crazy, I know I’m not – but that’s how isolating this illness can be. To learn more about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder see here.

A short definition on OCD.

On a more positive note, I’ve recently got into the Netflix buzz and been watching shows like Breaking Bad and House Of Cards. However, until today I’d yet to have watched any films on there. As a huge lover of Old Hollywood films I was very excited to see the Classic’s Genre  and I wrote down a list of ones I’d yet to see. A couple of months ago I read Sophia Loren’s Autobiography and completely fell in love with her. She is such an incredibly beautiful woman, inside and out and since then I’ve bought three of her films on DVD.  Therefore, I was so excited when I saw Houseboat (1958) to watch! It was Sophia’s third American film, after Boy On A Dolphin (1957) and The Pride and The Passion (1957) and she stars opposite the ever so lovely Cary Grant.

Every year on tumblr I do a Film Challenge, rating all the movies I view that year and I’ve really been behind on watching any lately so I was very happy to get back into it. Seeing any Old Hollywood film with my favourites is always a joy, but this one was extra enjoyable – possibly because of the real life romance between Cary and Sophia and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves the Golden Age of Hollywood and the 1950s. I won’t say too much as I don’t want to give anything away! I will say though, that Sophia sure has a lovely voice, is there anything this woman can’t do? I think not!

Houseboat (1958)

I decided to write down the other Classic Films which caught my eye on Netflix that I hadn’t seen, so here are some recommendations;

  • His Girl Friday (1940)
  • Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
  • The Enforcer (1951)
  • Teacher’s Pet (1958)
  • The Grass Is Greener (1960)
  • That Touch Of Mink (1962)
  • A Hard Day’s Night (1964)Here’s the films I’ve seen that are on there;
  • To Catch A Thief (1955)
  • The Children’s Hour (1961)
  • Irma La Douce (1963)

I’m also currently reading a book on Grace Kelly by James Spada, it’s the first full biography I’ve read on her and I’m really enjoying it. I’m reading an updated version from 2014, but it was originally released in 1987, a few years after her death. I’ve got a Marilyn photographic biography by him and it’s pretty good so I trust him as an author which is important. I’ve always thought Grace was a beautiful and talented lady and I’ve seen the majority of her films, (sadly, she only made eleven) so it’s wonderful to learn more about the real Grace behind her Hitchcock Blonde Persona.

One of my favourite photos of Grace for Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1955.

As soon as my face returns to normal, I hope to be back to sharing my fashion, make up and hairstyles with you all. But at least for now you can be inspired by the beautiful Sophia and Grace, I know I am!

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The Elephant.

Hi guys!

So today my wonderful mum and myself went out for a meal at a place called The Elephant, it’s been established since 1934 and recently had a makeover. I’ve been twice with my lovely boyfriend and I raved about the pizzas, so much so that my mum decided we should go ourselves. It was so nice to get dolled up and go out somewhere special, I hadn’t put my makeup on in so long! I washed my hair yesterday and pincurled it, so it was nice to finally feel like my normal self.

My mum hates getting pictures as she’s so critical of herself and always tenses up, but we preserved and got these two which turned out quite nice. She has such beautiful ice blue eyes, I wish I inherited them, mine aren’t as exciting as hers. She’s without doubt my hero and I don’t know what I’d do without her.

I wore one of my favourite dresses which I bought last year from Dorothy Perkins, it’s fitted but flares out and is such a lovely colour, I love green! I love the neckline also, it reminds me of a statement necklace, I’ve taken a closeup of it to show you guys.


To match my vintage hair I went for classic red lips and winged eyeliner, these are two of my favourite makeup traits and are a must if you want to feel apart of the bygone era. I used one of my favourite lip pencils by
 Max Factor for the base of my lips, I always extend the shape too for a fuller pout, but not too much! I used a Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick, I have quite a few of them and I’d definitely recommend.  I took a photo before I took my pincurls out, so you could see how the front of it looks. Please note, I’d slept with my hair like this so it looks a bit messy, but that’s ok as long as they stay in, which thankfully they did.

I also wore my new red bow, which I bought at a Vintage Fair a couple of weeks ago and borrowed my mums cute little flower earrings from Accessorize. I couldn’t find the ones I wore on the website but here’s some that are similar. I love my Poppy Cardigan from New Look, I’ve said before it’s not always easy to wear as it doesn’t go with everything, but I think it works with the red and green. Plus, anything with flowers is so 1950s and perfect for a vintage twist. Here’s a couple of full outfit shots, one with the cardigan and one without. I like this outfit because it’s not too dressy, but it’s not too casual either, it’s just right in my opinion. I know you can see my socks in the photos, but I wore my nice ankle boots and I assure you they were hidden.

I had my favourite, a classic Margarita Pizza, it’s so huge but has such a thin base and was so yummy! Also, because the place is named after an elephant, it  has photos of them all around the restaurant and a beautiful statue outside. I love elephants!

I look forward to my next venture here and would recommend it to anyone, especially pizza lovers! It was so nice to spend some quality time with my mum and eat pizza, what could be any better? Until next time!

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