A Week With Marilyn & Boudoir Style Icon

Tomorrow is the opening of the new movie A Week With Marilyn staring Michelle Williams as the infamous Marilyn Monroe. The film is based on Colin Clark’s book by the same name and is his observations of Marilyn during production of The Prince and the Showgirl. Like so many people I have obsessed over Marilyn Monroe’s image since I was a little girl and still find her breath taking. But it wasn’t until college that I ever actually saw a film of her’s and I find that many people who love Marilyn had never seen a movie she actually starred in. In a way it’s like loving the artist Pacassio without ever seeing one of his paintings. Please do your self a favor, if you have netflix or even a library card go watch one of her films! Watch a few of them from her career because she was a wonderful actress. My favorite is Some Like it Hot, Marilyn plays her typical “dumb blonde” role but there’s something about it that I just love. I can’t wait to see how Michelle Williams does with this role.

With the opening of this movie I was also inspired to do a series on the blog featuring some of these fabulously classy ladies. About once a week I will feature a new icon and show you how to inspire your boudoir session from them. Have any icons that inspire you or you would like to see featured? Leave me a comment and tell me why you think they are an icon.


1. Sequin Shoulder Dress. Remember Boudoir photo sessions don’t always mean lingerie, it’s all about the sex appeal. Marilyn was the queen of plunging necklines! Embrace your inner Marilyn with deep V necklines or halter style dresses.

-Also check out MorningStar84 etsy shop she makes replicas of many different styles Marilyn is most famous for. LOVE!

2. Crystal’s are a girls best friend. Whither it be diamonds or crystals, make sure you sparkle just like Marilyn. I adore this set from Swarovski Crystal’s, they may not be real diamonds but they sure do sparkle.

3. Covergirl Lipstain. For juicy red lips like Marilyn I love Covergirl Lipstain. One of my ladies used it during a recent boudoir session and it stayed perfectly on her lips the whole session! For Marilyn I suggest Wild Berry Wink.

4. Tu-tu Fabulous. I’m sure you have all seen the image I’m talking about with Marilyn Monroe in a tutu, lately everyone seems pretty obsessed with these beauties from Denver local designer House of Arden.  I’ve seen these tutu’s in 303, Couture Colorado and Crave Denver.



Vanity Fair Boudoir Inspired

Hope everyone had a super fabulous fourth. Just thought I would bring you some more boudoir inspired photo sessions that have hit the newsstands. Have you caught the recent August issue of Vanity Fair? Vanity Fair is one of my favorite magazines for inspiration and this month there’s even more to love… a boudoiresque photo shoot! Featuring some fabulous ladies like Gwneth Paltrow, Poppy Delevigne and Olivia Inge. Not only are these photographs tastefully done to show their elegance and beauty but also show off some fabulous jewels. Forget the frills and the lace and instead have simple lingerie paired with big costume jewelry. You don’t even have to be a millionaire, check out some of these fake “jewels” that still add sparkle to your boudoir photo session. What do you think of this latest hollywood gone boudoir photo session?




Faceted Collar Necklace – Forever21 ($10.80)

Faux Diamond Encrusted Earrings – Forever21 ($6.50)

Captivating Curb Chain Necklace – Forever21 ($10.80)

Gradual Beaded Earrings– Forever21 ($4.80)





Actress Brooklyn Decker in Esquire

Of course women in Hollywood are insanely gorgeous to the point to where it is almost unfair, but recently I noticed in Esquire magazine a photo shoot of Brooklyn Decker that is completely boudoir inspired! I often look at Men’s magazines like Esquire to find inspiring photo shoots because nothing shows the way into a males heart better than the very magazines he reads. What I couldn’t believe how dead on this particular photo shoot mimics boudoir style, which us every day women do not have to be in Hollywood to obtain… everyone can be photographed in this same style! I love the way that Brooklyn Decker playful plays with the sheets, so that she’s not reveling all of her body but rather playfully teasing. This is a great tip with boudoir photography, you do not have to be completely nude to be sexy! (Also if your a little concerned with being a little more curvy that you might like it’s a great way to keep those areas a little more concealed.) Boudoir is so hot even Hollywood is catching on to the trend!