Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Fabulous Dolly Parton - A Modern Day Fairy Tale

Dolly Parton is one of those American dreams & fairy tales that came true. This is not the typical beautiful princess or a poor girl married into royal family & live happily ever after kinda fairy tale. In fact, it is totally opposite!
I admire Dolly Parton for many reasons. Her flameboyant fashions, great sense of humor and cheerful personality, She sing, act and even has her own theme park ( Dollywood )but most impressively, she single handedly formed and funded the Imagination Library program which provides free monthly books to all Tennessee children ages 5 and under. Also I love and admire her marketing genius when it comes to personal branding.
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It may appear that Dolly's life is all rhinestones and glitter, she often jokes that " It costs a lot of money to look this cheap! " LOL!
Dolly Parton was born and raised dirt poor in a one room shack right outside of the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, Tennessee. Music was large part of her childhood. Performing as a child on local radio stations and at the Grade Ole Opry, Dolly incorporated traditional elements of East Tennessee Folklore into her popular music. At age 63, she is worth 400 million dollars. How did she get that rich? Talent baby!! and always believing in herself! (Of course her huge boobs helps also haha)


Well we all know God blessed her with some extra ordinary bosoms!! and her flameboyant clothes, super big hair, long press-on nails and heavy caked-on makeup all adds a special charm to her over the top persona.


Dolly Parton’s hit song, "I Will Always Love You" & "Nine to Five" the song and movie is high on my list also.

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Click on the media player below to hear her famous song " 9 to 5 ", sing-along, don't be shy LOL!



In the 1960’s, Dolly used her fame to bring tourist attraction to her hometown of Sevierville through what is now known as Dollywood. I've so many friends whom visited Dollywood & all rave about how much fun it was! click on the photo below to visit Dollywood official website

But with all of her successes, she has never forgot give back to her hometown & children all over the world by single handedly formed and funded the Imagination Library program which provides free monthly books to all Tennessee children ages 5 and under.
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How’s this made her a class act? If you are aged zero to five, Dolly Parton will mail you a book each and every month! The awesome literacy program, which Dolly spearheaded in her own community in 1996, has spread to more than 500 cities across North America. The first book each child receives is The Little Engine that Could, and then kids can eagerly await their monthly treasures, carefully selected by Dolly and a team of experts, and provided by Penguin Books.

Dolly funds the project herself, through proceeds from her cookbook, theme park, and donors, and through fundraising work for literacy. Head to www.imaginationlibrary.com to make a donation, or to get involved. Or, consider using Dolly’s inspiration and commit to some kind of book club for your niece, godchild, or an underprivileged neighbors! With a very little effort, we can all help a child to unlock the magic of imaginations from reading.

She is also currently active in raising money for a $90 million dollars for hospitals and cancer centers in her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee. Dolly is a perfect illustration of a girl building herself up from rags to riches, and her selfless success is part of the foundation of modern Sevierville.

The sum of all this is: Dolly Parton made all those millions due to talent, a drive to succeed in the music world, and her never ending belief in herself. To me this is a modern day fairy tale!. where the "Princess" is not the typical "classic beauty" but her own unique beauties shines through her sense of humour, bold & driven ambition and outshadowed ALL the disney princess with her heart of gold ! We love you Dolly!

So, now I am all about Dolly now, I decided to shop the stores and find some fabulous items that reminds me of "Dolly Chic" !
Christian Lacroix - motorcycle cowboy boots is so over the top, it just screams "Dolly Parton" ! $2200

Christian Lacroix Motorcycle-Style Boots

Every stylish cowgirl all needs a leather jacket! so why not rock it with
Oscar de la Renta - Motorcycle Jacket: $3490

Black leather with metallic embroidery. Spread collar with silvertone stud detail; asymmetric front zip. Long sleeves with silvertone studded cuffs. Available at Bergdorf Goodman

(Click on photo to see more detail) Oscar de la Renta Jacket

We all know how much Dolly loves the color of PINK! so why not pick up this super chic
FENDI - Colorblock Patent Platform - $720
Nero (black)/Ciclamino (hot pink) patent leather. Light goldtone hardware. Crisscross instep with self buckle closure. Platform sole. Open toe. 4 3/4" covered heel. Made in Italy. Available at Bergdorf Goodman
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Fendi Colorblock patent platform
Bright color is an essential for Dolly's closet, why not wear your favorite torned vintage denim jacket over this super fabulous
Peter Som - Pixel-Print Dress ($1295) & Smoke Ring Fur ($290)Available at Bergdorf Goodman

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I just love the studs and design on making a traditional boots but have an open toe and cut-out openings!
Prada - Cutout Studded Bootie - $990
Gray shiny crackled leather. Silvertone stud detail at black trim. Cutout detail. Peep toe. 4 1/2" covered heel. Leather sole. Made in Italy. Available at Bergdorf Goodman
(Click on photo to see more detail)Prada Cutout studded bottie
Dolly know to show off her best "assets" ! haha. and most of women all have beautiful shoulders no matter if you are a little heavier at the bottom or not having the perfect small waist, but by showing off your beautiful shoulders, takes the eyes directly to your beautiful face and away from your "problem area" so to speak. so I just love this
Donna Karan - Belted Cold-Shoulder Dress - $1995
Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

(Click on photo to see more detail)Donna karan Belted cold-shoulder dress
When you look at Dolly's outfits, it's never just a simple dress! instead, it's filled with details and "All that jazz" haha, so this beautiful suede shoes reminds me of all the ruffles, glittery gold & crystals jewels dolly does it best but this could be the "tone down" version of "Dolly Chic"
DIOR - Drape Bootie - $1090
Black calf suede with tonal snake-embossed leather trim. Available at Bergdorf Goodman

(Click on photo to see more detail)Dior Drape Bootie
Ok, boys & girls, thanks for reading this super long blog! and we hope you enjoy it! clock on the video player below to see a TV special about Dolly Parton! .... and remember....
Larger than life is just the right size !!
untill next time, go shopping! and find your "Inner Dolly"!
Alan + Mei-Mei the pug



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