Personal Style Outfit-Norma Jean and Marilyn

Loose bouncy curls always remind me of Marilyn Monroe. There are very few things I obsess over. She is one of them. Triggered by Joyce Carol Oates' "Blonde," a fictionalized yet factually accurate biography of the iconic beauty, I read the seven hundred paged Pulitzer nominated novel from cover to cover in just forty-eight hours as each page drew me deeper into the mesmerization of Marilyn Monroe. The book chronicles her under-glamorous beginnings as Norma Jeane Mortenson, her transformation into the most lusted after movie star in the world, and concludes with her untimely death shrouded in mystery and tragedy. Through the years, I've read almost every Marilyn biography, studied all the photo books, bookmarked her Wikipedia page, visited online forums discussing conspiracy theories surrounding her death, and watched her greatest hits over and over again. This past August, I even contemplated attending a pool party thrown by her fan club commemorating her 50th anniversary memorial but chickened out at the last moment. Yes, I'm obsessed.

The obsession is not an absolute fawnation of her beauty as it is an everlasting fascination with the complexity of her duality. To the world, she was Marilyn Monroe, the projection of a one-dimensional blonde bombshell whose beauty and sex appeal catapulted her to fame. But away from the prying eyes of the public stood Norma Jeane, an insecure and lonely foster child who yearned to be loved and taken seriously for who she was and not what she projected. She silently battled dark demons as her hereditary predisposition towards mental and reproductive illnesses haunted her day and night. She was a thinker, loved to read (married playright Arthur Miller), and articulated poignant observations about the way of the world. She was living proof that you can't judge a book by its cover. Her true self was buried under layers of projections and conjured beliefs which is why I find it so fascinating to uncover the woman behind the movie star. Marilyn Monroe was a legend. Norma Jeane was a tragedy.

I didn't dress up as Marilyn Monroe or Norma Jeane for this outfit post. I wouldn't dare. Merely, the curls activated a need to share my thoughts on her. I wore this outfit to a holiday party in Westwood a few weeks ago. The classic shape of the Mia Melon dress and the festive color is just so timeless. I can see myself wearing it for years to come. The vaguely off the shoulder neckline is a subtle nod to retro fashion and is understatedly sexy. I was also quite excited to wear my emerald green vintage necklace as it's been sitting in my jewelry box for way too long. I bought it at an estate sale and it's one my favorite but rarely worn pieces.

dress: c/o Mia Melon
shoes: L.A.M.B {get it here}
necklace: vintage

{live fabulously}



  1. awesome ;]]

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  2. Thank you so much for your comment. I am honoured.

  3. Fabulous ! Dress and necklace are amazing !

  4. Great dress !!!!


    Coline !

  5. amazing pictures ! love your shoes!

  6. OMG ! I'm in love with this classic set ! Perfect look !

  7. Amzing! this dress is very beautifull on you!

  8. Simply fabulous!!!!!!!
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  9. This is a timeless dress indeed, and you look absolutely stunning in it! :)

  10. nice outfit, you look beautiful :)

  11. thanks for your comment! you look so amazing! :)) x

  12. hiiii babe! thanks a lot for leaving me a really nice and lovely comment on ma post, im waiting for your new comment in my latest post ;) btw, i think this post is inspiring!! xoxo

  13. Thank you very much for your comment

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  14. The curls are absolutely beautiful and the cut of the dress so feminine and classic. And the necklace is gorgeous! Love the modern day interpretation of Marilyn's aesthetic. She's someone who many have tried to emulate (with good reason- she was stunning), but I like that you haven't tried to copy her here, but rather emulate her overall sensibility. You look great! :)

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  16. thank's dear :)
    maybe you wanna follow each other ?

  17. Love your blog :)
    Following you!

    Marisa x

  18. Tres chic! Love your shoes . . .
    oxoxoxo from San Francisco

  19. love the shoes, Jenny! :)


  20. Beautiful!!!!


  21. Lovely post my dear!

    Kisses from Bucharest,



  22. you're lovely! amazing eyes! <3 Lovely blog..thanks for your comment on my blog! Going to follow.

  23. wow amazing post. The dress is stunning and looks great on you but also all the stuff about marilyn monroe. I didn't even know her real name! Thank you for sharing. Now I'm going to go on her wiki page and learn more about her. lol :)


  24. You look beautiful! I love the second to last picture of you gazing off in the horizons. The dress and necklace are the perfect combo. I love how the necklace is crooked. So pretty.


  25. Norma Jean/Marilyn is a style icon for me too! You look perfect!

  26. Thank you for your comment :D Your outfit is amazing!!

  27. WOW! I love your dress. You look adorable like a star.

  28. You have such beautiful hair :) Love you in the red dress! XO, Kat

  29. You looks perfect! So classy :)

    I'm Your new follower. You can follow me if You want :)

    Kisses from Poland :)

  30. Coucou !! J'adore cette tenue !
    Jette un coup d'oeil a mon blog, il est nouveau, besoin d'avis
    A bientot :)

  31. amazing!!! just perfect ♥♥♥

  32. You can never go worng with a timeless classic look you look stunning! I too love Marilyn Monroe and my father was a professional photographer who got to photograph her

  33. Absolutely gorgeous! I wanted to say thank you for commenting on my blog. It means a lot coming from such an established blogger as yourself! Much love! <3

  34. Amazing dress!! Beautiful!!

    I following your blog , and I hope that you will do the same thing on my blog; *

  35. The dress is really beautiful and you look sophisticated and chic!

  36. I'm going online to purchase this book right away - you make it sound mesmerising! Beautiful look, in particular the necklace and shoes

    Fiona xo

  37. super elegant look! grat photographs :D

    anyway i'm following you, if you like my blog you can follow me back :D

  38. Stunning! Definitely very Marilyn esque! x, Kat

  39. amazing look ! just gorgeous <3 !

  40. wow you look amazing,dear! so pretty <3
    Have a nice weekend!!

  41. Those shoes are perfect! Thanks for the comment and keep in touch!:)

    xx pauline

  42. honey!
    thanks for your comment,
    you look amazing as always :)

  43. So pretty, your dress is beautiful :)

  44. You look amazing ! In Poland, the winter weather envy you. red dress is beauty!!
    kiss from Poland ;* Marta

  45. The obsession is not an absolute fawnation of her beauty as it is an everlasting fascination with the complexity of her duality. To the world, she was Marilyn Monroe, the projection of a one-dimensional blonde bombshell whose beauty and sex appeal catapulted her to fame.

  46. The heels look amazing on you :)
    And i love how you connect Monroe with your outfit!



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