10 Favorite Classic Films

Over the years I have discovered, researched, fell in love with, and collected dozens of classic films. I had a bit of a hard time choosing 10 favorites, but I hope you may find a new favorite among my list!

10. Gilda (1946)
*Check out my previous post on the inspirational wardrobe from this film! —>Inspired

9. Jailhouse Rock (1957)

One of Elvis’ most iconic films, not to mention track of the same title. I love this movie not only for how handsome Elvis is, but for the choreography in the number…what else, Jailhouse Rock.

8. Cover Girl (1944)

Gene Kelly + Rita Hayworth=GOLD. The hair in this film is to die-for! With different styles full of curls this movie is worth watching for inspiration.

7. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Originally a play written by Tennessee Williams, this film focuses on marital and family issues starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor. Apparently, they used Elizabeth Taylor’s infamous image of a homewrecker to promote this film (her scandalous relationship with Eddie Fisher, who left his wife Debbie Reynolds for her….Elizabeth and Debbie were best friends.)

6. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Stars Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable. The fashion and lifestyle is fun to watch. Specifically this scene:

5. Giant (1956)

One of James Dean’s 3 major films, it stars Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor.

4. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Frankly my dear, you should just watch this movie.

3. Street Car Named Desire (1951)

Another Tennessee Williams Play, this stars Marlon Brando (in a hunky tshirt) and Viven Leigh (Gone with the Wind).

2. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

James Dean in the red jacket.

  1. Singing in the Rain (1952)

This is my favorite film because of the creative direction Gene Kelly put into it. Not only did star in the movie. He choreograph the numbers and  directed as well.

 

 

Have you seen any of these films? What are your favorites?

 

xKelsey

 

 

 

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Inspirations: Iconic Fashion Designer Edith Head

Who and why is she so important in the world of design?  Click to read more!

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View Films featuring Edith’s designs in :

Rear Window

All About Eve

Roman Holiday

Inspiration: Priscilla Presley

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Lady Presley as I know her. She is the wife of the late great King Elvis Presley. I won’t go into any details on how, when, where and every detail of her life . (You can watch her very very interesting history with Elvis and her special life here.) I just want to focus on her unique beauty and style. With all the research I’ve done about her, Elvis had a HUGE say in her fashion. I like to think of it as him helping her grow into the fashionable Priscilla she is today.

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Priscilla before Elvis’ fashionable guidance

Lana del Rey is the biggest modern day Priscilla (FASHION WISE!) From her hair, makeup, the lips and that lifted nose. Even some of Priscilla’s photos have been imitated by Lana.

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I love her baby doll face. Now, she isn’t necessarily ‘pin-up’ fashion so to speak. But, what I love about her style is it was the definition of the early 1960s and 70’s. Her make-up is my ultimate inspiration, and today I try to do her lethal cut-crease and winged eyeliner.  All rock n’ roll and glamour. Here are some of my favorite Priscilla looks and see how her style transforms :

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Fresh into Elvis’ life

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The wedding dress she wore twice. Once for their ceremony in Vegas, and another back in Graceland.

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Honeymoon Send-off. This is my ultimate favorite look. Elvis is a good accessory too.

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Hawaii times–Lots of floral prints and head pieces.

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To look this good just four days after giving birth–Priscilla Presley everyone.

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Transitioning into the 70’s

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Priscilla still on point at age 70.

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What is your favorite Priscilla look?

xx Kelsey

Loving Marilyn Monroe: Visit at Westwood Memorial Park

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I can say  that I have finally gone to visit Marilyn. I’ve been a huge fan of her’s since I was probably about 7. Living in Los Angeles for 16 years I have neglected ever visitng her resting place, and now that I came back for a visit I finally took the opportunity to see her.

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Westwood Memorial is a small place surrounded by coorperate buildings. A small place where you can see the past meets the future. We even got a little lost trying to find Westwood Memorial, but when we did it was the most peaceful, serene area of LA I have been to. Marilyn is surrounded by many of Hollywood’s greatest such as her friends Dean Martin, writer Billy Wyilder (The 7 Year Itch and Some Like It Hot), her co-star Jack Lemmon (Some Like It Hot), Peggy Lee and Natalie Wood amongst others.

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Her headstone is simple, baring just her name and the short 36 years of her life. The stones have changed color from the millions of visitors from the past years of leaving a trademark kiss.

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I got to even meet Rachel Bailit, an actress who was filming for her channel “Diary of an Actress”. An amazing place to meet new people!

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It was surreal to be there and I am so happy I took the chance to visit.

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