Marilyn Monroe and her last photoshoot by Bert Stern

Marilyn Monroe a name that stands still in time.  Mostly known for being a bombshell, loose canon and misunderstood.  On the outside Ms. Monroe was so breathtakingly beautiful and knew how to pose for the camera.  I find her ability to transform herself to be so intriguing, powerful and sad.  Marilyn was so ahead of her time with her posing, positioning herself in a man’s world and her confidant ability to wear what she wanted.  For these reasons I admire her, yet when I see her look like she is suffering I am reminded that holding it together is hard.  Posing and dressing came very easy for her, but she couldn’t always hide the ‘other’ side of who Marilyn was. . . a tortured soul.  I’m not sure why our culture wants to only see woman as being ‘perfect’.  Why do we only want to accept and only see the good side of people, how about the gray or even fragile side?  Until we can truly open our minds about what makes up an icon~ and it’s not all pretty, but that is what makes people real, then it’s just all a facade, but haven’t we grown as a culture..at all?  Under all our great clothes and beauty sometime we expose our raw soul.
A beautiful haunting photo of Marilyn Monroe from her last photoshoot by Bert Stern
Marilyn Monroe
photo credit: pinterest
The first image is one of the last images taken of Marilyn, but the second photo is how we’ll always remember her.  Either way we must honor all of her, as being fun, fashionable, beautiful, sexy and tortured.  Sadly she was both, but that is what made her Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe…need I say more

I am, one of may women who are mystified by the complex and beautiful Marilyn Monroe.  She was so confident being Marilyn yet so overwhelming insecure as her real self.  Well aren’t we all!  She said and did so many great iconic things- I mean our culture will always remember her as ‘the other woman’ singing to the president.  Weather you agree with her or not, she was and still is the Marilyn Monroe.

This year I decorated for a Marilyn themed birthday party.  I knew I wanted to use Marilyn’s oh so famous quotes and images.  For the guest of honor’s (who had a fun full of life personality) big day, I knew I could take the decorations a bit was over the top, so I added glitz and glam to everything.  I’m such a girly girl, so this private birthday party was fun to decorate.

My mother in laws ceramic Marilyn doll.

I picked up a great book on Marilyn and used the photos and quotes to add to the tables.

I mixed photos of the birthday girl with Marilyn’s photos.

Use a clear vase to add a collage of photographs.

I love how this metal picture stand looked with Marilyn’s quote, photo and the birthday girl’s photo.  I picked it up at Jo-Ann’s fabrics because you can adjust the height of each rod, which gave a great effect on the guest book table.

Love how this ceramic container looked with a rhinestone sticker from Michael’s.

Customize everything!

Tissue balls add a lot of glam with very little money.  I loved using a boa to hang these!

Trim everything with craft scissors.

The guest of honor loves purple and pink, so I used p&p with gold and silver which are great neutrals to work with.

The guest book was the perfect place to add shine with rhinestone!  Why not!?

Don’t forget the dessert!  How classic is Marilyn in this one!!!  How fun!