Icons & Idols, part 3

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, this pretty brunette dyed her hair blonde, slicked on some red lipstick and a screen legend and icon was born.

Marilyn Monroe

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Her story is one of the most well known in the world.  Her fame, the stuff of legend.  Her dresses, letters, autographs and other personal effects still sell for millions. The world is still obsessed with Marilyn. She is the epitome of the perfect woman, the poster girl for anti size zero, the ultimate sex symbol.  And yet…..there were times when she wasn’t a very nice person.  Times when she was unhappy, lonely, and ill.  The worst of times was when she was described as being unprofessional and difficult to work with.

What is it about Marilyn that endures year after year? Her connection with the Kennedy’s? Her trademark blonde bombshell look? The mysterious circumstances that surround her death? We’ll never really know, or have all the answers about Marilyn and how she died….and lived.  But one thing is certain; no Hollywood actress has ever come close to rivaling her star status and I don’t think anyone ever will.

You can read in depth about Marilyn and her life, love and works ► here. But, here are some quotes I love, and these are a large part of the reason why I consider her one of my idols.

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Elton John was bang on the money with his Candle in the wind song.  Here are the lyrics and below that, my favourite Marilyn picture.

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Our Marilyn…..
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Icons & idols, part 1

I was just thinking about one of my favourite ever TV shows, which starred one of my all time idols. This is someone that I admire as a person, for what they do, what they stand for, what they create  and for their general attitude in life. This person is an actress, business woman, mother, wife and style icon.

Sarah Jessica Parker

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So, what’s to love about this woman and her career?

Sex and the City. This includes the tv show and both movies. I’m a huge fan; always have been, always will be and I hope the rumours about a third movie are true. Carrie Bradshaw is one of the most iconic characters in popular culture; everyone wanted to be her and everyone wanted their own name necklace to go with their very own Mr Big.  If only!

Her fabulous fragrance collection. I own three of her perfumes and they are all gorgeous, sophisticated, feminine scents but without the ridiculous designer price tag. Lovely is an absolutely classic fragrance, whereas SJP NYC is a lighter, more fun carefree perfume.  I personally love wearing both.

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Her enduring relationship with Matthew Broderick – Married in 1997, they’ll celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary on May 19th. They keep their personal life quiet but are frequently pictured out and about together because they are very much together and still in love. Our Sarah certainly  isn’t fickle!
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Her movie & television career – She was in some of the coolest things ever – Footloose, Hocus Pocus, LA Story, Glee, Ed Wood….and have we mentioned Sex and the City? 😉

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She’s a style icon – maybe she had help from Pat Field (SaTC & The Devil wears Prada costume designer), but the fact is, SJP has taste and style enough of her own by the bucketload. She very rarely makes a bad choice – strange at times, yes but not bad.  Of course she has a team of stylists for red carpet events who help her and suggest dresses etc, but who dresses her when she’s just out in the streets of NY? That’s right…..she does 😉

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She’s a busy working mum, just like the rest of us – Sarah & Matthew have 3 children; James (11) and twins Marion & Tabitha (4). Juggling 3 kids, her own business and a movie career may well have inspired the movie Sarah starred in called I don’t know how she does it. I’m sure she has help – family, nannies, cleaners etc but she just gets on with the minimum amount of fuss and is never spotted with an entourage, but can instead be regularly seen out with the kids in NYC by herself or with the hubby.

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So that sums up in a nutshell why I think this woman is a total legend!  Keep watching for more style icons, idols & inspirations coming soon.