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Image a place where beauty and glamour go side by side all with  beautiful pastel themed rooms full of makeup, mirrors and vintage memorabilia- enter the Max Factor museum!

I had the pleasure of viewing this historic museum at Hollywood and Highland and it did not disappoint!

Hollywood’s ‘make up king’, Max Factor, was considered the father of modern “make-up”. Born in Poland, Max Factor became the beautician/make-up artist to many famous Hollywood stars including Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Bette Davis.

He also invented the makeup we love and trust today, whilst creating total style makeovers for the stars of Hollywood.

It took nine years to restore the Max Factor Building to its original grandeur and The Hollywood Museum opened in 2003. Back in all its glory was the lobby, an art deco gem— with its white and rose-colored oasis of lavish marble, re-created historical chandeliers, pastel hues, antique furniture, trompe l’oeil, faux finishes with 22kt. gold and silver leafing.

I took my dog Dorothy and imagine my surprise when we found the ruby slippers in all their glory! I tried to show Dorothy but dont think she cares too much for that sort of thing.

This is the kind of Hollywood memorabilia I love to see. Costumes, photos, behind the scenes products, maquillage and famous jewels from our favourite classical movies, it really was too much for my eyes!

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The sun is officially shining, the days are getting warmer and lately I’ve been in the mood for a vintage inspired summer dress to start dressing up in.
So imagine my sheer delight when Bombshell HQ released their new summer collection of Liberty print dresses just perfect for frolicking footloose and fancy free!

Arthur Liberty who founded the famous London Liberty store has deep roots in the making of fabric. He started at East India House in 1875 importing fabrics and then began designing his own which were the basis of his store.
The miniature floral, paisley and abstract prints were an instant hit and it’s exciting that Katya Wildman of Bombshell includes them in her range as well as stunning other colours.

Her designs are feminine, glamorous, classic and elegant with a firm nod to the 1950’s. And I feel I am definitely a Bombshell girl!

I love how you can eat a huge dinner with these dresses and still look fabulous as they encentuate the waist, are more free in the hips and have an hour glass silhouette to them!
The colours, texture, style and feel are all of the highest quality and I love how you can wear them in the daytime or evening.

Here are some shots in Los Angeles this week, taken by photographer Lecachacs.
I think Bombshell works perfectly in classic England or vintage Hollywood!

Until next time xxxx

As a child I remember my Italian grandmother in full matching garb. Hat and handbag with the same coloured coat was always necessary for a woman to look elegant and chic. I also noticed as I grew up other woman following suit- especially vintage characters from films.

Margharet Thatcher, Ava Gardner and even Her Majesty the Queen loves a colourful matching handbag and shoes (and why the hell not?!) It’s a classic style which looks effortlessly chic.

Here is my vintage matchy matchy look of the week, a 1950’s Horrockses playsuit with headscarf and slip on mules by C-Label from Pinup Girl in Burbank. Teamed with a pair of vintage oversized Audrey Hepburn style glasses and I’m good to go!

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P.S Don’t you just love this pink wall I found along Melrose Avenue? Below are also some other ways to way matchy matchy in a vintage style that suits your needs- enjoy!

 

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O.K quick, its hot, I need iced coffee on tap, plus a cabana, plus an umbrella, plus a sun shade- help!

L.A starts off quite cold for an early riser like me (7am hike anyone?) but swiftly turns into a sludgy melting pot of sweatiness.

Which is why roof top pools are your new best friend to hide out in in and vintage inspired ones even better! But alas, some in L.A do not allow non-guests up so heres my round up of ones that do and the conditions that lie with it….Enjoy! Xxx

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1) Peninsula Beverly Hills

I love this place! It has an old school afternoon tea restaurant on the ground floor (The Belvedere) and you can take your doggie up to the top deck for some sunning and delicious healthy food, As long as your buying food or drink you can go up to the pool- plus free wifi and the best view in town- Result!

2) Roosevelt

The Roosevelt is classic vintage extravaganza and the pool is just divine. But you have to buy $25 of food to go up there, so go hungry and relax as you dine on the roof.

3) Farmers daughter Hotel

The farmers daughter hotel allows anyone to go- they even have a funny little rule, if you jump in the pool with your clothes and shoes on you can have your meal half price- tempting on a really hot day I have to say!

4) The Avalon Hotel

It doesn’t get more vintage than the Avalon. Located at the corner of Beverly Drive it is pure retro glam. Don a 1950’s swimsuit and cat eye glasses and you really will fit in with the decor!

5) The Beverly Hills Hotel

O.K so not strictly rooftop but whos looking at that when the hotel behind you is completely pastel pink dreaminess! The cocktails also come in vintage style glasses and with the sun umbrellas also being a tinge of pink you’ll be seeing the world through rose tinted spectacles where ever you look!

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A moment in Manhattan- or to be precise Tiffany and Co on 5th Avenue! I decided to stop in New York on my way to L.A to give little Dorothy a break and to see some of my beautiful friends who are all equally as magical.

We drank coffee, walked in Central Park, made yummy home made spaghetti and talked about our dreams – I can’t think of a better way to spend a few days!

Of course it was quite cold and when it got super windy I didn’t even subject little Dorothy to walking around in that icy breeze! Luckily I was staying on Central Park South- one of my favourite areas in Manhattan where everything is within easy access and commutable – how I loved walking to Times Square and showing Dorothy the bright lights!

What escapades do you have planned this year? I hope you will have many prosperous adventures xxx A xxx

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