Book Review: Unlikely Friends

It’s not often I share anything other than makeup and nail posts but today I have something fun to share!

Unlikely Friends is a children’s book by David Dilsizian based on the friendship between the icon of the 1950’s, Marilyn Monroe, and jazz superstar, Ella Fitzgerald. As a huge Marilyn fan I was very happy to be sent a preview copy to share with you all.

I haven’t seen any other children’s stories about Marilyn so this seems very unique. The book is a sweet story of kindness and friendship, and a great read for little ones! The illustrations by Mykyta Harets are an adorable pairing too.

Back in the 1950s popular jazz club, the Mocambo, wouldn’t book Ella Fitzgerald to perform. Marilyn, who was a fan of Ella’s, stepped in to help her. In 1972 I believe, Ella said in an interview: “ I owe Marilyn a real debt. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman, a little ahead of her times, and she didn’t know it.”

A great story, I’m sure you will agree!

You can get your copy on amazon, just click the link: Unlikely Friends

You can also follow on instagram at and @daviddilsizian

Ra ❤

*This book was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.


Make Up Gallery: Marilyn in Black & White!

Stamping plates are one of the best ways to get intricate nail designs with very little effort. I’ve built quite a collection of plates now and through lots of practice have found that not all polishes are suitable for getting a crisp image.

After playing around with Make Up Gallery over the last few weeks I thought I would try them out with stamping. I picked out one of my favourite plates, a Born Pretty Store plate with a Marilyn Monroe picture. I decided to let the stamping speak for itself so chose a monochrome look.


I used Winter White as the base. This is a very sheer white so I did three coats of this. I then used Midnight Black to stamp on my image.


As you can see the design came out beautifully! I am very impressed with how well this polish picked up the design and transferred it to my nails. A much better result than I’ve had from more expensive brands!


Although some Make Up Gallery polishes won’t be suitable to stamp with, mostly the lighter shades, there are plenty that would be perfect and at just £1 it’s definitely a bargain!

Keep up to date with everything from Make Up Gallery by following them on their social media!


Ra ❤

*These polishes were paid for by Make Up Gallery for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.


Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!

She was the biggest star of the 1950s, celebrated for her iconic characters on screen, her unrivalled beauty and warm personality. Even now Marilyn Monroe remains one of the most idolised women with thousands of fans from every generation. Today would’ve been her 90th birthday so let’s celebrate with a look at some of the best moments from her life and career.

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Throughout her career Marilyn was photographed countless times by the top photographers in the industry, the results are some of the most recognisable images and can regularly be seen on everything from home décor to makeup bags and accessories.

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As well as interest in her career, Marilyn’s own personal life is a huge source of fascination. From her unsteady childhood, transformation from Norma Jeane to Marilyn Monroe and 3 marriages, her story has been portrayed in many movies, TV shows and documentaries, each time audiences are drawn in. Her name instantly gaining interest around the world.

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My favourite movie is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes from 1953. Filmed in Technicolor, with great song and dance performances and absolutely stunning costumes, this is one of the most visually spectacular movies from the era.

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I think many will agree that one of the highlights of Marilyn’s career, and one of the things she will be remembered by most for is the now iconic scene from The Seven Year Itch. Anytime a celebrity (or royalty, such as the Duchess of Cambridge) is caught in wind and their dress gets blown up it’s almost certainly accompanied with a headline referencing this ‘Marilyn moment’.

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Marilyn herself said, ”If I’m a star, the people made me a star. No studio, no person but the people did”. There are fans of all ages and from all over the world who continue to be inspired by Marilyn and that is truly remarkable.

Here are what some of them have to say:

Rebecca: “Marilyn means so much to me that it would take a dictionary sized novel to explain how much I love her. Marilyn has been my favourite actress for a long time and I just feel so connected to her. Every time I watch her films or videos of her, I just feel at ease. She just makes me smile. I love everything about her. She was such a good actress, beautiful person and intelligent woman. My favourite films are Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes but I love them all. Marilyn is my angel.”

Tammy: “When I was about 14, I was struggling with a lot of inner demons and some not so nice memories. My Nanna bought me a book about her and after reading the awful childhood she suffered I made up my mind that anyone can do good and be good. No matter what!”

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Tre Vaughn Taylor: “Marilyn Monroe has inspired me by pushing the limits on myself. I regrouped myself within her personal statements and how she became who she felt she was. We all create characters in our head and it’s fun when we can become them for a moment or a lifetime. I really took control over my craft(s) and pushed myself to be the best version of me I can be. I watch her documentaries and admire her sense of sexual freedom. I freed myself sexually and mentally as I became who I felt I was. She’s truly an icon in many ways and she truly deserves to be celebrated. I love you Marilyn. Happy Birthday.”

@decadesofmarilyn: “Marilyn occupies a huge part in my inspirational women collection for my, certainly, lifetime. Although many people calling her ‘the dumb blonde’, she was a well-read woman with opportunities everyone could have. But I really think it was the destiny of Hollywood to have a long lasting, called by her stage name, Marilyn Monroe!”

Wendy: “I have always loved Marilyn since I was 14. I used to try and look like her! An amazing, beautiful and very intelligent woman. Happy birthday Marilyn.”


Valerie: “She is such a timeless beauty! I have collected Marilyn Monroe things and have been intrigued by her for a very long time. There is an undeniable charm to her. Simply captivating. I love her story and admire her extraordinary beauty!”

Georgia: “I’ve loved her since I was a child, same birthday like her. She will be always young, gorgeously beautiful, charismatic and with an allure that cannot be found nowadays! Long live our darling.”

Jill: “Marilyn was the epitome of depth to beauty. Yes, she was glamorous and radiant (even just effortlessly sometimes), but also she was a deep thinker – a philosopher with real political interests who strived for personal and career growth, a woman who could hold her own among scholars. Yes, the pressure eventually got to her, but I’d say considering her hardships, she was a masterpiece.”

Whether you disagree on her acting abilities, there are few people that have left such a lasting impression on the world.

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton Greene during their ballerina sitting.

Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!

Ra ❤

*All images belong to their respective copyright holders.


Marilyn Monroe In Pop Art

It’s been quite a while since my last post and today I have one of my favourite looks I’ve done to share with you! For the nail art in this post I used another fantastic stamping plate from Born Pretty Store.


As you can see there are some gorgeous designs but, of course, the Marilyn Monroe image is the reason I chose to review this stamping plate!

I wanted to keep Marilyn as the focal point of the design but I didn’t think plain colour and an accent nail would be good enough so I decided to have Marilyn on every nail! I chose to go for a pop art look so I picked out some bold polishes to work with.



My stamping skills clearly need a little more work but I just love how this turned out!

I was a little worried that the image wouldn’t fit on my short nails but it transferred really well!


I definitely recommend getting this stamping plate if you want fabulous nail art. If Marilyn can’t make your nails look glam then nothing can!

You can find this stamping plate here: Marilyn Monroe Stamping Plate


Born Pretty Store has everything you could need for gorgeous nail art. And you can use my discount code RARW10 for 10% off your Born Pretty Store order!


Ra ❤

*This stamping plate was sent to me by Born Pretty Store for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.