Ad Madness: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Marilyn Monroe Transformation for Max Factor!


Gwyneth Paltrow has done it all. She’s won an Academy Award. She’s a working mom & celebrated lifestyle guru (for goop.com). She’s a designer’s darling, always on the best dressed lists. She never fails to make us envious of her effortless glamour. And now… she is making headlines for her latest collaboration it beauty brand, Max Factor, in a new ad campaign, featuring the actress undergoing a high glamour Old Hollywood makeover, á la Marilyn Monroe with a modern twist.

Gwyneth Paltrow for Max Factor 01The Oscar-winner has starred in previous campaigns for the cosmetics company, recalling stylish & vintage decades from the 50s to the 80s, inspired by icons like Brigette Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, & Farah Fawcett. This behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot, courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar UK, shares Gwyneth’s thoughts on blending her personal style with the brand’s signature pink lipstick.

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Max Factor’s aim is to continue celebrating a landmark of 100 years of glamour, under the direction of creative director Pat McGrath, also behind the previous campaigns. To achieve Gwyneth’s flawless Marilyn look, check out Boots for Max Factor’s clump defy volumizing mascara & masterpiece color precision eyeshadow in Pearl Beige & Coffee, as well as Superdrug for Max Factor’s color elixir lipstick in Bewitching Coral.  

For more stylish posts, check out Jennifer Lopez’s wide leg pants trend & look-alike items for less, five must-have holiday-ready affordable accessories, & TV-inspired style from shows like Scandal, 2 Broke Girls, & more! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: A Trailer To Tonight’s HBO Documentary Premiere of ‘Love, Marilyn!’


Love, Marilyn

As many of you already know, I’m a huge Marilyn Monroe fan & it just came to my attention this afternoon that HBO is premiering a documentary about the actress whose personal journals & letters are narrating the deep, inner workings of her life. As a fan of her work, style, & a writer myself, I am so excited to see this documentary, which features appearances by some of Hollywood’s A-listers, lending their voice to Marilyn’s haunting, hopeful, & powerful words. This includes Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Lindsay Lohan, Elizabeth Banks, & countless others. Take a look at the trailer below & tune in to HBO for what’s sure to be a compelling & intimate portrait of America’s most influential sex symbol.

For more stylish videos, be sure to check out previous posts from Watch This Style including a behind the scenes look at Lily Collins’ for Glamour, Prada’s menswear Fall / Winter 2013 – 2014 ad campaign, & Chanel’s nail polish celebration! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Marilyn Monroe’s Never Before Seen Footage & Her Love Of Chanel No. 5!


Chanel should’ve rethought their whole campaign for their legendary fragrance, Chanel No. 5, especially since Brad Pitt’s lackluster black & white monologue has fallen short its $7 million price tag.  I was lucky enough to spot this video of never been seen footage & audio of the one & only, Marilyn Monroe, talking about her love of the fragrance, which is a much better & sexier way to talk about the classic scent.  Not to mention that she’s famously quoted, when asked “What do you wear to bed?,” with answer “Chanel No. 5.” For all your lovers of MM & vintage style, get a load of this really cool video & share it with your Style Darlings! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Mariah Carey’s Top 5 Most Stylish Music Videos!


Mariah Carey has been in the news a whole lot lately, now that the Grammy-winning singer is the newest judge to join American Idol, as well as releasing her latest single, “Triumphant,” from her forthcoming fourteenth studio album.  However, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite videos by the New York native since she’s one of the biggest selling artists in my lifetime.

Not only do she & I share a love for Marilyn Monroe & Hello Kitty, but she’s constantly trying to show off her bombshell style, even though some attempts are very pageant-ish & don’t make the best dressed lists. When it comes to music, Mariah knows what works for her & I’d like to take a moment to celebrate her accomplishments via my favorite music videos (for their style & songs)! This list includes “We Belong Together,” “Don’t Forget About Us,” “I Still Believe,” “Heartbreaker,” & “Always Be My Baby.”

I’d also like to add that I picked “We Belong Together,” which is my all-time favorite Mariah song, also b/c I think that whoever was responsible for her hair & makeup really nailed her look with elegance & femininity.  The dewy pink lips, fluffy & old school lashes, & natural overall look really make the video one of the most memorable for me, which juxtapose (yes, I used that word) the scenes when she’s wearing lingerie, a tunic mini, & princess-like wedding gown. Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Full Pilot Episode of “Smash!”


I’m loving watching the pilot episode of Smash, starring Katharine McPhee as an aspiring Broadway actress.  She’s one of my favorite American Idol finalists & I couldn’t wait to see how she was going to handle such a demanding role on the new NBC musical drama.  The show focuses on the upstart of a new musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe (of course, you know I’m all over this!) & I found a link on YouTube of the full pilot episode.  If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the video below! Also, I’ve included the video for Katharine McPhee singing Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.” Happy Styling!

Watch This Style / Fashion Flashback: Blake Lively Takes On Marilyn Monroe In This Week’s Gossip Girl!


During this week’s episode of Gossip Girl, the show celebrated its 100th episode of upper East side luxury with a tribute to Marilyn Monroe‘s famous song “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”  Serena, played by Blake Lively, starred in her own dream sequence, recreating the dance number, featuring the male cast, as well as a cameo from Blair herself, played by Leighton Meester, paying tribute to the more demure & classic style icon, Audrey Hepburn.  It took a few days for me to finally find a video of the scene, but I have it here for my Style Darlings.  Also, if you’d like to compare it to the original, there’s also video of Marilyn’s version, something every gal should see! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style / Silver Screen Style: Behind-The-Scenes of My Week with Marilyn Starring Michelle Williams!


Aside from the obviously fabulous sales this Black Friday weekend, one of the most anticipated movies of the year was released on Wednesday, My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams.  I won’t really be able to see the movie until Sunday, but I can’t wait!  I found this exciting clip on YouTube which includes some behind-the-scenes juice on the development of the story, Michelle’s interpretation of Monroe, & more behind the Oscar-buzzing film!  Take a look & share your thoughts! Happy Styling!

Silver Screen Style: The Official Trailer for ‘My Week with Marilyn’ Starring Michelle Williams!


This is an emergency style post! I had the pleasure of finding out that the official trailer for My Week with Marilyn is out & ready for viewing!  The film stars two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as the troubled starlet in London, who films The Prince & the Showgirl in 1957, opposite Sir Laurence Olivier (also movie’s director too!).

The movie doesn’t come out until November 4th, but I’ve been salivating over every last detail about the production of this sure-to-be awards season darling! To read more about the movie, check out my Silver Screen Style post which includes a movie poster, promotional image, & several stills from the movie. Also head over to Movie Buzzers to read more of my coverage of the film’s 2011 New York Film Festival premiere on October 9th!

Happy Styling!

Fashion Flashback / Magazine Must-Haves: Michelle Williams Channels Marilyn Monroe for Vogue!


I recently posted (here) about Michelle Williams‘ upcoming role as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, where she plays the troubled sex symbol during one week of filming The Prince & the Showgirl opposite Laurence Olivier in London in 1957.  I’ve been following as much as I can about the film, which is set to premiere on November 4th. (P.S. My editorial on the classic romantic comedy is coming soon on Movie Buzzers!)

The October issue of Vogue showcases the two-time Academy Award nominee, recreates Marilyn’s bombshell & all-American style in a photo shoot by none other than photographer Anne Leibovitz. Michelle is decked out in gorgeous gowns with plunging necklines, decadent diamonds, & the flip side: classic trousers & sweater sets!

While some critics are skeptical about Michelle’s ability to capture the underestimated comedienne, this film is making its world premiere as a centerpiece selection at the New York Film Festival (see my Movie Buzzers article here).

For more news on Marilyn’s inspiring style, check out a previous post in Fashion Flashback to see Dior’s new commercial, starring Charlize Theron, but thanks to technology, we get to see the ill-fated actress exclaim over the J’adore fragrance with fellow style icons, Marlene Dietrich & Grace Kelly.  Hmmm… so many blondes!  What’s a brunette to do?

What do you think of Michelle’s transformation?  Would you have picked someone different to fill in the infamous heels of the blonde legend?  Are you going to see this movie?  Who’s your favorite Old Hollywood style icon?  Happy Styling!

Fashion Flashback: Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, & Grace Kelly’s Cameo in Dior’s New Commerical Starring Charlize Theron!


I had to do a double take when I saw the new commercial for Dior’s J’adore campaign, starring the very beautiful Charlize Theron.  She’s been the spokesmodel for the fragrance for a while now, so it was no surprise to see her at the center of the commercial / short film’s action.  What got me wanting to post about this on Style Darling is the fact that screen legends Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, & Marlene Dietrich appear in the commercial as well.

Marilyn & Grace (yes I’m on a first name basis with them lol) have previously appeared in some form in my Fashion Flashback category, however I can’t help but love that this 1:31 commercial fuses the sirens of the past so naturally with the glamour behind the Dior brand.  Surely, Charlize ranks up there as one of the most gorgeous & accomplished actresses of today.  Here, the house of Dior celebrates the history of fabulous icons of style.

Take a look at the commercial below to see what all the fuss is about.  If you’re interested in buying the fragrance, take a click on over to Ulta, where you can buy a 1.0 oz. bottle for $60.00, 1.7 oz. for $77.00, or 3.4 oz. for $90.00.  Remember, if you’re an Ulta shopper & have a rewards club card, you can earn points to qualify for free gifts like cosmetics, more fragrances, or a salon treatment! Making the investment in a timeless perfume will pay off in the future too!

Happy Styling!