Old Hollywood's Beauty Tips: the 40s

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Welcome to the 1940s installment of my Old Hollywood Beauty Tips series! Find out which famous perfume both Rita Hayworth and Merle Oberon loved, how Lena Horne was the original glamour girl to start a cosmetics line while her daughter shares the secret to Lena's eyelashes, and more!

Books I Read in 2020

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

As the pandemic wears on, I find myself reaching more to books for a much needed break. I read books set in the roaring 20s with glittering bright young things, ornate Rococo palaces housing French royalty, writings on the houses of Dior and Givenchy, and found comfort in the familiar surroundings of childhood favorites, the history of beauty, and more!

Here are some highlights from the 40+ books I read this past year.

Favorite Beauty Products of 2020

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Finally got a chance to wrap my very overdue end-of-year makeup 2020 highlights hehe. I didn't have time to try much new makeup throughout the difficult year, but I still found a few gems! ♡

Throwback: Going to the Ballet

Tuesday, December 22, 2020


Decembers always put me in a reminiscing mood, and this year especially has me feeling extra nostalgic while we navigate necessary Covid-19 precautions. Winter itself reminds me of twisted candy cane cookies, snow, and ballet dancers performing Swan Lake and The Nutcracker! I was just thinking about how last year, I got to attend a ballet performance in person for the first time with my friend Jess!

Old Hollywood's Beauty Tips: the 50s

Friday, November 20, 2020

Glossy red lips, Max Factor "Pan-Cake" foundation, powder puffs, glistening gold compacts and jeweled lipstick bullets... Old Hollywood practically glittered with glamour. And the starlets that lit up the silver screen became beauty experts in their own right, learning first-hand from film industry professionals - from makeup and hair artists to lighting technicians.

I want to share beauty tips, tricks, and stories from some of the most iconic Old Hollywood leading ladies in the technicolor and sun-soaked 1950s!

Fashion in Film: Literary Heroines

Monday, July 20, 2020

In this edition of my series diving into cinematic costumes, I wanted to spotlight literary heroines that have come to life in film. I picked three characters who made a huge impression on me growing up: Anne Shirley, Elizabeth Bennet, and Jo March. Anne of Green Gables (1985) and Pride & Prejudice (2005) specifically were my introduction to a whole new genre of costumes and film as a child: the period piece.

Almost as inspiring as the headstrong characters wearing them, were their costumes: ribbons, straw hats, delicate ginghams and plaids, high necks and ruffles, muddy skirts, puffed sleeves and pinafores - let's get into it!

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