Thursday, October 04, 2012

The Marilyn clutch - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  My dad just sent me this little silk bag that belonged to mom. He said he knew she would want me to have it.  There is an interesting little story around this bag. 

My mom and grandmother used to love going to thrift stores...way before doing so was so popular!  They were at a thrift store in San Francisco and my mom bought this bag.  Now I wish I would have paid more attention to every little detail my mom told me about this purse but I unfortunately didn't.  The way I remember it is the woman at the thrift store told my mom that Marilyn Monroe, who was living in San Francisco around this time, had donated some items.  My dad doesn't remember her saying that.  Whatever the story was my mom believed this once belonged to Marilyn.


It's a darling little bag and has a coin purse attached with a gold chain that fits inside the bag.  Below you can see why my mom believes this was Marilyn's purse...

 

When you open it up it has her initials "MM" are stamped in gold on the inside!  This was from around the time that Marilyn was divorced from Joe DiMaggio but had come back to San Francisco and rumors were flying that they were back together. We will probably never know if it was hers but I'm happy to have it because it meant so much to my mom!  

I'm also very happy to have it because I'm a little obsessed with all things "Marilyn" right now because almost every time I go out some guy will come up to me and tell me I remind him of Marilyn! What a compliment! It must be the blond hair and that I'm dressing more elegantly than I ever have.  My girlfriends think it's hilarious that it happens so often!  I even have an upcoming date (did I mention I'm single again?) with a guy that walked into a place I was at and pulled me towards him and said "Marilyn...you have to be Marilyn Monroe" in his sexy Italian accent!  Yep...that line worked on me and I'm looking forward to my date on Friday night!  

I can hardly wait until Halloween to be Marilyn!  I must run now so I can watch some Marilyn Monroe movies and get her mannerisms down so I can be the best Halloween Marilyn I can be! 



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45 comments:

Karen said...

Hi Cindy, that is a great story. I'll bet that is Marilyn's bag! Have fun on your date!Thanks for Hosting.

AshTreeCottage said...

I am choosing to believe your Mom's red purse once belonged to Marilyn. However, even if that story is just fantasy, it is one darling purse and you are so lucky to have it. Congrats on your weight loss because you look really great! I hope this new guy is a keeper and the man of your dreams. Thanks for hosting Cindy!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Hi Cindy: Thank you so much for hosting the party for us tonight. I loved your story about the Marilyn purse--it's beautiful, has her initials in it and has a wonderful retro vibe--it's great! Have fun on your date, and watching the Marilyn movies--I love Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

What a sweet story! You will make such a gorgeous Marilyn, I hope you post photos! Thanks for hosting every week Cindy!
xo, Andrea

Sherry said...

Oh my! What an exciting story about your upcoming date! Do keep us posted. Love this bag and we must see pictures of you for Halloween! That will be super! Thanks for hosting!
Sherry

Alderberry Hill said...

A wonderful story, I'd love to see photos too!
Thanks for hosting, have a great weekend!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Thanks for hosting Marilyn!
I mean Cindy ;)
<3 Christina

Anne said...

Love your story!! I am fascinated by Marilyn and have been for as long as I can remember...

Enjoy your date - I'm so excited for you :)

Cindy Logan said...

I think your bag is a Morris Moskowitz bag (MM). It appears that is his logo.

Lynnie said...

I hope you are planning on showing us your Marilyn costume...we all want to see it. Thank you for hosting and hope your Friday Night date is fab.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Cindy, sure enjoyed your Mom's story as remembered along with the beautiful red clutch purse. Thank you for hosting. Love your Show and Tell Friday.
Joy

Anne said...

Cindy I love hearing that story about your purse.Marilyn was one of my favorites too! My favorite movie was some like it hot.
Thank you for hosting!
xx
Anne

Liz said...

Hi Cindy,
Thanks so much for hosting! :) I love the MM story. I'm with you... I believe it. :)

Good luck with the date. :)

~Liz

Liz Fourez said...

Hi Cindy! Thanks for hosting your fabulous party! Have a great day : )

Love Always,
Liz

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thanks for hosting, Cindy! Awesome story - of course it was Marilyn's bag. It's so beautiful, just like she was! Been a big fan of M.M since the mid 80's when I was only 12. You'll make a fab Marilyn on Halloween! Have fun on your date too :) Greetings from Australia ~Pernilla

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

Thanks so much for hosting! Life to the full, Melissa

Liz said...

Love the clutch (and anything else Marilyn related)! Liz

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Your little red purse is perfect. Can't wait to see you all dressed up!

Sorry to hear you are single again..though I know you are having fun:)

Thanks for continuing to host this great party.

.........Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...
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.........Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

It is Marilyn's!

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Sure it's Marilyn's bag of course ! I believe that we have a little angel who's there to play with us ! and because I'm following you Pinterest I thought that before : you have a je-ne-sais-quoi of Marilyn.
Kisses from PARIS with a grey sky
Joëlle

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Oh I forgot to thank you for hosting my first DREAM CATCHER !
Kisses
Joëlle

Lee Caroline said...

What a delightful post and bag, I would love to think that the bag belonged to Marilyn, it sure looks her style.

I have also posted about discoveries of my mums as I am slowly going through her belongings after she passed away. I have found some wonderful items including an alligator skin bag and lots of gorgeous oroton handbags.

Love this post, love the bag :)

Lee

jeanetteann said...

Is this not the most gorgeous bag and purse? I bet it was Maralyn's you know. Wouldn't it be great if you saw a photo of her with it. If it was hers,there must be one somewhere,she was photographed so much. Hope your date is a success. xx

Natalie B. said...

How exciting to be possibly owning one of Marilyn's purses!
Thanks for hosting.
x

Patti Willey said...

Thanks for sharing this story! Your title caught my eye, Marilyn & Clutch all things a girl can relate to! I've always loved the Mystery of Marilyn Monroe!- Have a great time with your Halloweening!

Cottage and Broome said...

It is a fun story, I could see Marilyn using that bag. Thanks for hosting! Laura

Cindy said...

Cindy Logan, thank you... I googled "Morris Moskowitz bag" and it is the same logo! Well, now I know it wasn't Marilyn's! I still love it because it was my mom's!

Yael at Home Garden Diggers said...

Cindy,

This purse is so cute. Enjoy bekng Marilyn. Thanks for hostessing.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers
(a new follower)

Blissful Baker said...

Thanks for the party! I love it :) I linked up Holy Guacamole-a guilt free dip-bright green and perfect for Halloween!

Jody and Stan said...

Cindy, Wonderful story! Thanks for hosting a great party!

Jody

Rachelle Eavenson said...

What a lovely bag. I'm sure you're glad to have it. I find it funny how most men will say anything to get a woman to go out with them, because you don't look anything like Marilyn Monroe. I always thought you looked more like Glenn Close. But have fun being Marilyn on Halloween. Pretending is what Halloween is all about!

Rachelle

Anonymous said...

I just know it belonged to Marilyn! And your mother! Very precious.
Beautiful blog. If you can't tell details please tell if the date was fun.
Linda

Linda said...

The bag is beautiful and undeniably belonged to Marilyn M. I am going to look for a photo with her carrying it.
I enjoy your blog so much. Thanks for hosting the party! Have fun on your date and we want details!

Linda at French Hen's Nest

Michele at Better Organized Living said...

Thanks for hosting!

Vicki said...

I can imagine you might reflect on your weight loss/make-over journey and wonder...like, it might not have entered your mind five or six years ago that, in your early fifties, you'd be compared to Marilyn Monroe (a compliment at any age or time!).

I think I would have liked her as a person. I've read about her. I think she tried very hard to seek a life of substance but she just had some real misfires. She liked to cook and was very serious about her cooking!

When she died, my mom cried all day, and she wasn't prone to crying. Maybe it spoke of vulnerability for more than one woman, who knows. I was young, but I remember when Marilyn's death hit the newswires and it was all over the TV.

I grew up watching Marilyn movies on TV with Mom, such as "Bus Stop" and "The Seven-Year Itch" (which is where the scene is, I think, featuring your Halloween costume, the iconic white dress). It's been widely said that Marilyn Monroe did it so effortlessly, she wasn't given proper credit for being a really great actress.

This is a fun story about your clutch. It's not only beautiful and in fine shape, but I think you've got the authentic piece. Your mom, like you, had the artistic/savvy eye. Thanks for sharing the details and, can I just say, we have come to adore your dad!

(I wondered if you were single again. Lots of gal-pal getaways and less weekend biking. Life...so it goes. I wouldn't worry about being a wallflower, Cindy. You're 'way too va-va-voom! Life is ripe with opportunities.)

I've neglected to say, too, that I think it's great you landed such a good job, actually very fast and, of all places, HP. I've got an old friend in another state who had not only worked over many years for HP herself, but they also had employed her former and now current husband, actually taking them to Europe locations twice; what a dream, to work and live in a foreign country for awhile! You must have some very good skills and experience to get on there. I read where some companies are hesitant to hire the "older" workers (you're not "old," but you know what I mean; we're no longer 20-somethings), yet my sister-in-law is in her early 60s and, after getting edged out one place where she'd been over 20 years, has recently scored a great job in her field, so obviously the smarter companies know not to turn away the seasoned and reliable employee.

Vicki said...

Maybe it IS a Morris Moskowitz bag (MM logo), and Marilyn fell in love with it because she shared the same initials!!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Great story! Thank you for hosting. Wishing you a beautiful weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Carol Scheurich said...

Love the purse and the story that goes with it! Thanks for sharing it with us.

PamLuvsPink said...

Hi Cindy!!

Love the story and the purse!! I have over 120 vintage purses and love each of them. I still get excited when I find a beautiful one. Have fun!!

Pam

Gabyhandyman said...


In this blog of yours, I found so many interesting themes and even if I did not yet responded to none, you to know that I read them with great interest. Success.

STAMPMOM9 Dawn Gallop said...

I just found your blog last night and have so enjoyed looking at all your amazing furnature and oh the ideas....just amazing!! Love the MM purse...WOW how awesome! Thanks again and Happy Saturday! Dawn

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I was wondering if you were single again....sorry that didn't work out.
could you search some and see if this was Marilyn's purse?

Victoria said...

Wow, how amazing if that is Marilyn's purse! It definitely looks like something she'd own. If you haven't watched "Niagara" yet I highly recommend it, it's one of my favorite Marilyn movies along with "Bus Stop". You're going to make a beautiful Marilyn Cindy!!!

Elsie said...

Cindy how sweet of your dad to send you that MM purse. It probably is Morris's but I like to believe the same thing your mom did. Sounds like a interesting story and besides it's red, the best color ever.