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Vintage Marilyn Monroe dress and memorabilia on display in Belfast


Vintage Marilyn Monroe dress and memorabilia on display in Belfast
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A SLINKY pink Pucci silk jersey dress owned and worn by Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe has become the star attraction of a newly-opened Belfast shop – but it's definitely not for sale.

The dress, along with a St Christopher pendant once owned by the actress, is on display in the Newbridge Silverware shop in Arthur Street, which opened in true Hollywood style last week with a little help from 'professional Marilyn artiste', Suzie Kennedy.

As well as the little pink number, several Marilyn artefacts are on loan from the Museum of Style Icons at the Newbridge factory in Co Kildare, which includes one of the world's greatest collections of Audrey Hepburn couture.

Now one of the most popular free tourist attractions in Ireland, the museum – set up by Newbridge owner William Doyle – features walk-round displays of iconic outfits and accessories which once belonged to late, great stars of the silver screen such as Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as modern-day trendsetters Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian.

Special guest at the Belfast opening, Suzie Kennedy – who has starred in Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything and Me and Marilyn – turned heads with a recreation of the memorable subway scene from the 1955 Marilyn movie, The Seven Year Itch.

However, the star's famous billowing white dress won't be on display in Belfast, although other costumes from the prized Newbridge collection are being dusted down and folded up ready for a trip north at the end of the month.

"We wanted to introduce ourselves to Belfast in a memorable way and Marilyn has certainly made an impression in the city," said Mr Doyle, who had the idea for his museum after a chance acquisition of a little black dress owned by Audrey Hepburn.

"I was aware the Hepburn dress was going to be sold and I thought the association would greatly enhance our brand, but I was completely stunned by the reaction," he said.

"A well known auction house then heard of the acquisition and took an interest in us, offering to bring an entire Marilyn Monroe collection to Ireland for us to display in our 'museum' which, at that stage, didn't even exist.

"We didn't actually have a museum – just the one Hepburn dress – so I told a little lie and pretended our musuem would be delighted to welcome the Monroe display," says the savvy CEO.

"There's nothing like a deadline to make you get something done and we had about three months to get the imaginary museum up and running before the Marilyn collection arrived."

It was a ploy that paid off and set Mr Doyle off in a new direction and with a new passion – bidding for and buying rare and beautiful costumes synonymous with celebrities from yesteryear right up to the present day.

"Thousands came to the Marilyn exhibition and when it left, we still had our one dress, so, in a way, I had no option but to try to source more costumes to fill the empty space," he says.

"It also fits in with the Newbridge image, as our jewellery and homeware is inspired by classic icons of style and we always look to the trendsetters in music, film and fashion to inform our contemporary designs."

London-based Suzie Kennedy, who took time out from her European tour to fly into Belfast for the opening, said wearing the famous white dress made her feel a "real connection" to the 50s screen siren.

"I'm honoured that Newbridge Silverware invited me to unveil this beautiful dress worn by Marilyn Monroe," said the modern-day Marilyn, who revealed she was more alarmed at the Belfast sunshine – she must keep her skin realistically pale.

"Seeing this dress, I feel a real connection to her, as it’s an item she actually owned."

The St Christopher religious medal, meanwhile, although less glamorous, will also be of local interest as it comes with its own intriguing Marilyn story.

The silver tone pendant and chain was given by the star to her masseur and confidante, Ralph Roberts, along with a handwritten note confirming to him that she was not pregnant.

According to Roberts, the pendant was originally given to Monroe by Natasha Lytess, her early acting coach, with Marilyn stating she had "outgrown Natasha" when presenting him with the gift.

The pink Marilyn dress and artefacts, which include a letter and receipt along with the medal, will be on display in Arthur Street until May 25.

They will be replaced by another iconic costume from the Museum of Style Icons Museum which attracts thousands of visitors from across the world each year.Read more at:purple prom dresses


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Kristen Stewart is the new face of Chanel's new fragrance


The 27-year-old actress - who was announced as the brand ambassador for the brand in 2013 - appeared in a campaign for the French fashion house's new Gabrielle Chanel handbag design last year, and the blonde-haired beauty has now been announced as the representative for the Gabrielle Chanel women's perfume, which has been created by Olivier Polge.

And, according to WWD, the 'Twilight' star - who portrays the role of Bella Swan in the franchise - is set to appear in the commercial, which was filmed by director Ringan Ledwidge, for the luxury label's new product that will be unveiled in September this year.

The Gabrielle Chanel fragrance marks the first new perfume pillar the designer brand has launched in 15 years.

Meanwhile Kristen, who has recently chopped off her locks in favour of a short buzz crop, needed permission from Chanel's bosses before she shaved her hair off.

Her hair stylist, Bridget Brager, previously said: "Kristen had wanted to shave her head for the longest time. She's never been able to do it because of work. There was an opportunity with her newest movie to decide who her character was. We were working together one morning and she mentioned that she wanted to shave her head, and I said, 'OK, we can totally do it.' She flipped. She was like, 'We can do this today? I got in contact with Chanel, and we got the OK.' "

Kristen shocked the industry when she debuted the new cut, which was a drastic decision she came to just 90 minutes before she was due to attend a red carpet event.

Bridget explained: "We had an hour and a half before the premiere of her film, Personal Shopper. We dyed her hair platinum blonde and shaved her head. It was pretty intense. I was so nervous because they decide very last minute to do these kinds of things and you never know what kind of ride it's going to be."Read more at:princess prom dresses | mermaid prom dresses


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You Don’t Have to Try To “Get Your Body Back”


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There’s a pervasive cultural myth that as women, we should be “trying to get our bodies back.”

As a therapist in private practice in Rockville, Maryland, specializing in helping individuals with body-image issues, I am particularly passionate about raising awareness about the myths that we are told around our bodies.

Whether it’s post-baby, post- college, or any other life stage, we are sold two major lies by the diet and beauty industry, surrounding this notion of trying to “get your body back.”

Myth # 1: Our bodies are meant to stay the same over time.

There’s a societal belief that our bodies are meant to stay the same over time and that any changes are a “failure” on our behalf.

However, the reality is that our bodies are meant to change as we age. Our bodies are not slabs of marble. Thus, putting your self-worth into your body or appearance-is a recipe for discontent. As humans, it is natural for our bodies to change over time, whether that means weight changes, changes in body-shape, or signs of ageing. We are simply not meant to look the same as we did in high school, until the end of our lives!

Additionally, there may be physiological reasons why your body is changing. For instance, during menopause, women often gain belly-fat. However, this is actually adaptive, as it helps women to produce more estrogen (which they produce less of during menopause).

Jessi Haggerty, a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, explains,

“When your ovaries no longer produce estrogen, the body’s adipose tissue (fat tissue) takes over to produce and regulate estrogen in the body. An increase in body fat is our bodies’ way of adapting in order to regulate estrogen production as we age. Since estrogen depletion is the main cause of many of the negative side effects associated with menopause, increased regulation of this hormone can help mitigate many of these undesirable symptoms.”

Further, diet-culture and the beauty industry teaches us that we should try to reduce or eliminate other signs of ageing and changes in appearance, such as wrinkles. While men and women both face these pressures, I believe that a fixation on appearing “youthful” and “attractive” is more pervasive among messaging targeted towards women.

Having the privilege to age, is not something that everyone will have the gift of experiencing. What if instead of seeing signs of ageing as flaws, you took a moment to feel gratitude for the years full of laughter that caused the creases on your face?

Additionally, after giving birth women are also faced with a ton of societal pressure to “get their bodies back.” After birthing an actual human life (what could be more amazing?!) women are promptly reminded of their true value, which is their ability to “look attractive” and “be thin” (I hope that you can recognize the sarcasm is this sentence).

What if instead of seeing stretch marks and post-baby body-differences as “flaws,” you took some time to be thankful for the amazing thing that your body just enabled you to do?

Myth # 2: Women’s worth is found in their appearance, weight, and body.

We are sold the lie over and over again that our value as women is found in our appearance, weight, and body. This myth serves to fuel the $60 billion dollar diet industry, sell tons of beauty products that promise to “eliminate cellulite,” and “reduce wrinkles,” and also keeps women from achieving their full potential in this world.

When women spend their time fixating on their appearance and body, they are devoting precious time-which they could be using to impact real change in the world.

When you fixate on how your body looks it takes away valuable time that you could be using to pursue your passions, strengthen your relationships, or reflect on other things. No one writes in someone’s obituary: “she was so thin” or “she was the perfect weight.” What would you like to be remembered for? Work to shift focus to the things and people in your life that truly matter.

The Bottom Line

If you are struggling with a fixation on your appearance or body, it’s so important to be compassionate with yourself. It’s not your fault that you are struggling with this. These cultural messages have been learned, and with time and support-they can be unlearned.

Despite what societal messages say, I know this to be true. You are not more valuable if you take up less space in this world. Further, your worth is not found in your body size or shape.

Your true value is found in the sparkle in your eyes when you laugh, the way that you pursue your passions, how you give back to others, and in your relationships. You are enough. You are worthy of love and belonging, just as you are.Read more at:prom dress


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