FILM ROLL: DARLING DOLLS

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I recently finished reading Jacqueline Susann's infamous 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls. The story takes place in America's two largest cities for showbiz and glamour, New York City and Los Angeles, and outlines the ever evolving dependency some of the chicest women develop for pain killers, also known as some delectable "dolls." The story was everything I thought it would be; fame, fortune, fashion, fatality, fear entrenched in the dramatic lives of entertainers and the hopeful and lonely women who crave both the admiration of the public as well as that of a loyal man. Of course after reading the book I had to see the film, partially just to see that 60's chic I dreamed up in my mind. As usual, the film lacked a sensible plot and completely disregarded important storyline details. However it got the most important thing right, the fashion in film
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Starting with some of my wintery favorites, this film has some good old classics I think just hit the nail on the head. Starting with the neutral furs (above), that I just couldn't help but capture here, a winter staple, faux for me of course. Then the simplest style staple, a beige, double breasted, trench coat (below), worn so well with layers and these adorable, brown, suede gloves. 
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{Valley of the Dolls}
Cozy, isn't it? Makes me crave a warm fireplace and a soft knit, turtleneck, sweater dress, which I think I might actually have... the dapper man would be nice too. Speaking of men, how charming is this silky maroon collegiate jacket (below). Did I mention how much I like men in bow ties? 
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{Valley of the Dolls}
Or ones with a killer vacation tan (below). Forget pills, I'd develop a dependency just on this! 
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Okay so back to fashion...
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Of course you need to be dressed well standing next to a bar cart (see bottom right, above). I just will never get over the voluminous Pollyanna hairdo, teased just perfectly to frame a round face like my own. 
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 I am not one to match my patterns, at least not since I was about 6 years old. BUT, I would kill to wear this matching mod, sequin stripped, double breasted coat (pictured above) with a matching sleeveless shift underneath (pictured below). How absolutely adorable! Love, love, love!
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{Valley of the Dolls}
 So this may not come as a shock to many who know me and my fashion taste, but I am so obsessed with green I could literally live my life in it. This kelly green, sequin/mesh striped, dress is everything. Yes, it is a show costume for Neely's performance but I would still wear it on a Wednesday. I actually have a blue short sleeve top just like it.
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Even though this woman is clearly having a meltdown after destroying her career with a drug dependency, I must still give her props for looking so damn chic. The lighting makes it hard to tell, but I believe the film shows this accompanying fur coat in a deep forest green and I LOVE IT! I don't support abusing pain killers, but why would you when you look this good!!! #stylishmeltdown
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 Speaking of my green glimmer obsession... this is what I hope to retire as (see above). Helen is wearing a resort style caftan in her own apartment and I totally support that, along with my favorite vintage champagne saucer. 

I also support this green room full of plants with some mustard yellow accent chairs (below). Again how chic is her green gown? I need an around the house, hostess caftan too!
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{Valley of the Dolls}
 Speaking of fabulous decor and fashion, how beautiful is this powder room (above)? I love the gold and black together, it will always be a signature deco-ish color scheme that instantly adds glamour to any room. It actually reminds me of the ladies room at Bloomies, come to think of it! They have it right!
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My absolute, favorite film decor shot (above), of course is depicting a bathroom brawl between two starlets, BUT, how unbelievable is this navy and aqua bordered floor? I die for this. I also die for the most elegant bathroom stall ever made, in the most serene shade of blue. Its like the ocean  decided to show up. Did I mention that my second favorite color next to green is blue? My little turquoise obsessed sister {Turquoise Temptation} would totally approve. And she is a tough cookie. 
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{Valley of the Dolls}

Speaking of decor, how chic is this Los Angeles pool scene? I'd give up my macbook to sit in a pink straw pool chair and type the old fashioned way for a day! I love how the pool and property edge is lined in Italian cypress trees, they are my absolute favorite tree type and it's so nice to see them again in Los Angeles, before then I thought they only existed in Verona, Italy! 
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Obviously my favorite area in a home is the office. Despite that mine consists simply of just one beautiful desk nudged into my little bedroom, I still hold a high value on getting things done, and in fashionable company. This set up (above) is minimal but with some smart color. This home is a mid-century beach house, so i'm not too surprised by the simple edges. Love how her blue nightgown matches so well with the wall and fits the red and baby blue color scheme. Those were actually the colors I choose for my 7th grade science fair project board. Now you see why I didn't end up becoming a scientist.
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Once again, the girl is washed up, pun intended, but her robe is still so cute! So sad when such beauty and talent gets wasted, literally. Too many artists get caught in the waves.

Fortunately, another one will always appear. 
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Just like Fellini, I too love to end with the ocean, 

Xx, 

Monica

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