Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Miss Budd



http://www.missbudd.com/posing.html


I received an email recently from D'iora suggesting I take a look at this website. After I finally found time to peruse the site at my leisure, I thought I'd share it with you, too. I think you'll appreciate it. This is a design company in London specializing in accessories with the pin-up girl theme. Do take a look, some of their designs are just delightful.

Ms Larue's Song of the Month - December




Seasons greetings. kittens! This year we are commencing our celebrations with the original kitty-cat - Eartha Kitt and her rendition of "Santa Baby". Just as a side fact, my mother used to babysit Eartha's baby girl.

Wishing you a happy and festive Xmas or Hannukah and a healthy, prosperous new year.

May next year be better than 2010!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ms Larue's Song of the Month - November

For the inaugural edition of Ms Laure's Song of the Month, I've chosen to debut with a song from the classic film "Funny Girl" complete with overture, in which Barbra Streisand plays a female version of Al Jolson (although she's a friendlier version!) and she sings this solo with such heart-felt emotion. It's called My Man. It's from the final scene of the film when her husband returns from jail, visits her backstage at a concert and then breaks her heart and leaves her.

I also love Billie Holiday's version of this song.

He's Bringing Sexy Back








From top: Print ad by Tom Munro - Jusin Timberlake with Noot Sear, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs.



































Do you think there are just too many celebrities launching their own range of perfumes? Do you think most modern American perfumes smell, well. . . somewhat synthetic?

Remember how lovely Audrey Hepburn looked clad from head to toe in Givenchy haute couture. We love Hubert de Givenchy! We love him for having our divine Ms Hepburn as his timeless muse! We love Liv Tyler as the face of the Givenchy cosmetics line. Well, now the legendary house of design has a new celebrity fragrance to promote.

The film to follow the launch of the new scent has footage of Mr Timberlake and model of the moment Noot Sear running around Paris and up the Eiffel Tower at night.

Justin Timberlake's first fragrance for Givenchy was Play for Him. Now he has launched his first perfume for the ladies and it's called Play for Her (you'd have guessed that name, wouldn't you?). Very smart marketing - just in time for Christmas shopping!

"I've grown out of sweet scents." notes Mr Timberlake, "My taste in fragrance has changed over the years. I'm not a big fan of those cotton-candy perfumes on women now. That's not my thing. I like less sweet, warmer fragrances. You don't need to smell like ice cream."

On the other hand, he says "I'm not really into floral perfumes on women, they're not sexy. But I guess anything can work as long as it's not an assault on your nostrils."

Givenchy Play for Her is a sparkling eau de parfum that combines notes of bergamot, white peach, and Intense, a more sensual jus of orange blossom, sandalwood and pink peppercorns (because we love pink!). Play for Her is classified as a "sparkling floral, woody, fruity fragrance."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Christina Hendricks


















According to female readers of Esquire magazine, Christina Hendricks is currently the sexiest woman in the world. Christina is both British and American and although she's most famous for her divinely curvaceous figure and luscious red hair, she is actually really a natural blonde.

Watch Christina as head secretary Joan Holloway in Emmy Award winning TV series Mad Men and you'll be adoring her too.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Kitty goes Calabrese













Let me share with you one of my favourite recipes.

Calabrese Salad

Ingredients:

2 vine ripened assorted organic tomatoes
1 small bunch fresh organic basil
2 balls of bocconcini
1 pinch sea salt flakes
1 dash of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.

Method:
Roughly chop the tomatoes, basil and bocconcini. Mix them up on a plate or bowl and then sprinkle with salt and olive oil.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Perfect World For Ms Larue

































In my perfect world, on a good day the Rockettes would be dancing behind me whilst I take a leisurely stroll down the street. Entire orchestras would play overtures to match my feelings. Random people would enthusiastically dance in unison around me and sing. Even the poor people on the streets would juggle the fresh fruits they are pedaling and the homeless would skip along the sidewalks.

Of course, this is my PERFECT world. On any given day, these scenarios quite regularly do play through my mind, though I will vary the themes, the costumes and the songs. But alas, life is not a stage show or the climax scene of an 80's dance movie. Nobody will break into a dance when I enter a room, or cartwheel before me when I walk down the aisle in a cinema. Nobody will run after me with a bunch of long-stemmed roses and there will be no spotlight on me during my heartfelt, Tony Award winning solo.

Reality, which I'd like to choose to deny is I am not good at studying and it's not fun. This is not a part of my show. It is not glamorous and it's dull.

That's all I have to say about that... now, where are those violins?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lazy Lady

















The majority of my training schedule is late in the days. I usually have a driver collect me. Today he'll be here at 3:45pm and I'll meet him in the lobby. Until then I'm at leisure. I slept in today, wandered down to the relaxing hotel pool area and bathed (that's my exercise done!), lounged and read sections of the latest Tatler magazine. I love it how they have a double outdoor shower, it's fantastic!

Sometimes I'll wander down the street for a coffee and some brunch. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Goodbye Prince Charming











































Tony Curtis (real name Bernard Schwartz) passed away on September 29th 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Star of one of my all time favourite films "Some Like It Hot". He is the man the handsome prince charming in Sleeping Beauty was drawn to reflect. Sparticus has passed away...

It seems as though all of the REAL stars of Hollywood are disappearing.

Hostess with the Mostess


Well petals, I just can't stay away, can I?!

I've packed up my humble boudoir, said goodbye to the kind boy downstairs, given away my furnishings to the less fortunate and the just-willing-to-take, sent my feathered-son (my divine bird) to board with a dear friend.

Now I am languishing about in a fine hotel in Sydney for a while. Cest la vie...

I have a new job, as an air hostess. Yes, that is correct - an air hostess! God bless the airline industry!

The company is trying so very, very hard to teach me how to be a good air hostess as they have plans of flying me up to London so I can fly friendly in the sky. Queue the British anthem...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Anne of New Jersey






















Her name is Anne Jacqueline Hathaway and we are the same height and also like me, she is the daughter of a stage actress. People tend to call her Annie. The first time I heard someone talk about Anne Hathaway, I just assumed they were talking about William Shakespeare's wife. As you can tell, I was very confused indeed. Yes, she shares the same name as Mrs Shakespeare, but this Anne isn't british, she a Yankie born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in New Jersey.

Anne is an award-winning soprano and an award-winning actress. Like all good bombshells, she loves animals and has a very happy 6 year old chocolate labrador named Esmerelda. Another Bombshell bonus about Annie is she spent a week in July 2006 in Nicaragua helping vaccinate kids there against Hepatitis A and it was an experience she regards as "..an eye opener". We should ALL go and spend a week in Nicaragua (we should also all learn now to spell Nicaragua).

The following is a list of her favourite actresses: (fellow-Melbournian) Cate Blanchett, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Ryan Gosling, Michelle Pfeiffer, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver.

She hasn't had breast impants, her bust is only a 36B. I love that she hasn't been sucked into the conformity of post-millenium uber-plastic-implanted-cyber-babe phenomenon and says, "I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. When do I feel my best? When I haven't looked in a mirror for days, and I'm doing things that make me happy."
Saying things like that will endear her to women around the world. It makes me wonder if someone told her to play down the stardom factor of if she is, in fact, a normal girl.

Another quote I found charming is, "Kindness is really important to me in finding my own prince - so are patience and a sense of humor. Without those qualities he's no Prince Charming!"

Bless. . .

Fainting Couch









































One item of furniture most crucial to every Bombshell's boudoir is a Fainting Couch or a Chaise Longue. These are uphosltered chairs which are long enough to support the legs.
A duchesse brisee is similar, but looks like a sideways-facing chair together with a long footstool. A chaise longue with a backrest at both ends is known as a recamier. Any of these will do handsomely, just as long as you have one for yourself.

I love the whole sublime idea of a fainting couch. They were very popular with women in the 19th century. This was because women in Victorian-era societies almost universally wore corsets which put substantial strain on the wearer's midsection and restricted their blood flow. When a woman would ascend stairs in a house or other structure, she would often feel faint – and a well-appointed home or building would have a fainting couch at the top of every set of stairs for her use.

Some houses would take this to the level of having separate fainting rooms where these couches would be the featured furniture.

My auntie used to have a long, velvet chaise longue and I found great use of it as I practised my 100 ways of dieing sequences, conveniently ending up on the couch in some comfortable fashion. "Asp to the breast" was particularly popular, in my recollection.

Chaise Longue's are perfect to lounge on whilst memorising your scprits, conducting interviews, wallowing in the blues, afternoon snoozes and just cuddling with your cute companion.

In any case, you MUST own at least one of these couches of your own.

Bird Of Paradis





























































Vanessa Paradis is one very lucky girl.
Her long-term Bombshell boyfriend, actor and musician Johnny Depp bought her an island in the Bahamas so they can be alone with just their two children Jack and Lily-Rose. Tres cosy. She's a singer, actress, model... like most Bombshells. She wears hats and looks fabulous in them like all Bombshells do. She's not a conventionalist and she smokes (again, like most bombshells - though I don't promote smoking).
She was born just outside of Paris and has one younger sister who is also an actress, of mainly french horror films.
Vanessa has been modelling since she was a child and has a long-term afilliation with the fashion house Chanel for which she began working for in the 1980's campaign for the perfume Coco (a perfume I favor). She was dressed somewhat like a bird.
Vanessa is an unconventional beauty as she has petite and has a sizeable gap between her two front teeth. She's more bohemian than standard Bombshells.

Her family divide their time between their house in the Hollywood Hills, their island in the Bahamas, their farm in the south of France, their Parisian apartment and their house in a little British village.

That's all I have to say about that today.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fever and Irony


It just so happens that whilst languishing in the bathtub or just on the verge of sleep, Bombshells have their most noteworthy ideas. Like last night, whilst I was feeling low (as you know from my previous post), simultaneously running a high fever. I thought of an entire plot-line for a book. Or a script. Or a TV special. It's just not fair to have these creative habits, we all know we need our 9 hours of beauty sleep! But do you think I remember it all?

Something else that isn't fair is ferociously training for an audition and entirely losing your voice just in the nick of time.

Is it also ironic that both my sister and my little red kabbalah bracelets broke? Or was it just shabby craftsmanship? I'd prefer to think the latter. . .

Monday, July 19, 2010

Newsflash

Please forgive me for not posting anything lately, I've been completely overwhelmed in life's little surprises. These are a few of the reasons it has been a while since my last entry...

My sister's cancer has returned, my neighbour was robbed, my grandmother died, I'm obscenely septic with the flu and my voice is gone once again, the theatre was set on fire by arsonists and my little bread-and-butter job has been made obsolete.
The show must go on!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Designed With Bombshells In Mind







These items were chosen for sale by Kitty Larue and will be available within the next 3 months. The chillis remind me of Jane Russell. You can find them at:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The First Gabor Sister


The first thing I will tell you about this Miss Hungary of 1936, is her name is Sari Gabor, but everyone calls her Zsa Zsa.

Zsa Zsa, her sister Magda and her actress sister Eva (oh, I adore Eva in "Green Acres") are from Budapest, Hungary and besides Holly Golightly and Jeannie Little she's one of the most famous women to use the world "dahling" when addressing people.

Zsa Zsa is most famous for her many fantastic quotes and also her many marriages. I think she's had nine husbands. But so many great quotes. Amongst her noteworthy quotes are:

"I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back."
"A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it."
"To a smart girl men are no problem - they're the answer."
"I never remember anybody's name. How do you think the "dahling" thing got started?"
"Husbands are like fires. They go out if unattended."
"I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house."

and my favourite Zsa Zsa quote :
"Being jealous of a beautiful woman is not going to make you more beautiful."

I love that in 1989 she was arrested for slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills. She went to jail for it. The beautiful thing about it is she's so able to poke fun at herself, making it so hard not to like her. I know it was some sort of traffic violation (unfortunately, us Bombshells aren't famous for our impeccable driving) but I wonder what the policeman said to her to warrant that slap.

Something else I know about her is that, amongst her other husbands, she married and divorced Conrad Hitlon, so that makes her Paris Hilton's ex-grandmother. I also think she lives with her current husband in a house previously owned by the late Elvis Presley in Bel Air. Another great thing about Zsa Zsa Gabor is that nobody knows the exact date of her birth.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Winter







Winter is definitely not the season for hiding away and mourning the absence of sunny days gone by. Embrace this season with excitement and joy. Winter is the time to wear your silken stockings, luxurious fabrics, beautiful hairstyles and glamorous hats. There are bountiful positive aspects to winter as I'll explain.

You can rest assured that your makeup will endure far longer in winter as you won't glow/sweat during the colder seasons. Make moisturizing your skin a regular ritual as skin becomes drier due to windy air and indoor heating. Your tactile and olfactory senses come into full use. You can wear your winter perfume and your favourite stockings which weren't appropriate during the sticky heat of the summer months. You can also afford to indulge a little more at your favourite bistro as you can cover up any excess weight with cashmere cardigans and woolen coats. Red lips look better in winter and we all know a good lipstick makes you FEEL better.

Winter is also your best opportunity to wear your finest corsets and special silky undergarments with the excuse of having to utilize them for their warmth! Clothes won't stick to your skin in colder weather. Scarves are your best accessory and hats are so chic.

Now, go out and show everybody what a glamorous Bombshell you are and what fabulous times you have.

Carine Gilson


Carine Gilson is a Brussels-based lingerie designer. Her undergarments are like precious little works of art. She uses chantilly laces and finest silks. Her garments are hand made with exquisite precision. It is a treat to own one of these little sweeties. Her website is www.carinegilson.com It's entirely in french, but if you can't read french, you can click the button for it to translate into english. It's well worth a sneaky-peek. Or two.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Perfume Preference




I've decided it's due time to compile a list of perfumes a bombshell would and would not wear. A smaller list can be found in Laren Stovers book - Bombshell Manual of Style.

Please keep in mind that a Bombshell would NEVER wear:

"Anything that smells like food: vanilla, single fruit notes like strawberry or apple. Jolting, loud or overwhelming fragrances like Opium, Poison and Giorgio (leave those perfumes to the Divas!). True Bombshells also never wear overtly green scents like Calyx, Laura Ashley - too innocent. Obsession. CK One. Eternity. Musk. Tea Rose. Charlie."


Bombshell perfumes loved by Bombshells past and present:

Arpege by Lanvin
Bombshell users: Jayne Mansfield, Rita Hayworth, Jacqueline Bissette and Diana Princess Of Wales

Femme by Rochas
Bombshell user: Mae West

Chanel "all except Allure which a bombshell might buy for a niece but finds it too girlish for herself"
No 22: Catherine Deneuve
No 5: Marilyn Monroe, Jessica Alba, Maria Callas, Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Deneuve
Coco: Catherine Zeta Jones, Jane Russell, Nigella Lawson and Kitty Larue (only in winter)

Fracas by Piguet
Bombshells: Marilyn Monroe, Dita Von Teese, Ivana Trump, Rose McGowan, Joanna Lumley & Kim Basinger

Tabu by Dana
Bombshell: Dorothy Dandridge and Gina Lollobrigida

Jicky by Guerlain
Bombshells: Bridgette Bardot, Colette and Joan Collins

Mitsouko by Guerlain
Bombshells: Jean Harlow, Ingrid Bergman and Ava Gardner

Caleche by Hermes
Bombshells: Elizabeth Taylor and Ms Larue's mother

L'Heure Bleue
Bombshells: Patricia Arquette, Liza Minelli, Ursula Andress, Terri Garr, Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II and Bianca Jagger

My Sin by Lanvin
Bombshell: Jayne Mansfield

Shalimar by Guerlain
Bombshells: Rita Hayworth, Brooke Shields, Shirley MacLaine, Meryl Streep and Gina Lollabrigida

Narcisse Noir by Caron
Bombshell: Gloria Swanson

Vent Vert by Balmain
Bombshells: Bridgette Bardot and Greta Garbo

Youth Dew by Estee Lauder
Bombshells: Delores Del Rio, Gloria Swanson and Joan Crawford

Gardenia Passion by Annik Goutal
Bombshell: Linda Evangelista, Oprah Winfrey, Kim Basinger and Liv Tyler

Joy by Jean Pateau
Bombshells: Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Olivia de Havilland, Vivien Leigh, Jacqueline Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth and Gloria Swanson

Dorothy Dandridge









Such a sad life for such a strong, beautiful lady battling against so many odds. I've been meaning to post something on Dorothy Dandridge for sometime.

Dorothy Jean Dandridge died alone in her apartment on 8495 Fountain Ave, West Hollywood, on November 8th, 1965 of an overdose of barbituates. There was only $2.14 in her bank account. Her money struggles had forced her to admit her young, brain-damaged daughter into a mental institution. She never did perform at Basin Street East in New York the following day, as planned.

Dorothy was the elder of two sisters who sang and danced in a traveling act before and during the Great Depression with Ruby, their theatrically-inclined divorced mother, before settling in Hollywood in desperate hopes of finding work. Although she was an amazing cabaret performer, she did not like it and suffered from crippling stage fright. As a struggling actress, she befriended others in the same boat such as Ava Gardener and Marilyn Monroe. Her first film part was in a Marx Brothers comedy, but it was unusual to be offered any coveted parts in film as other white actresses were favoured at that time. However, she perservered and became the very first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actress for her role In Carmen Jones in 1955. She was also nominated for the Best Actress BAFTA award for the same role. Then, in 1959, she was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance in Porgy And Bess.

Twice divorced, dependent on alcohol and taking a cocktail of medication, including antidepressants, Dorothy had suffered a nervous breakdown after discovering her 2 closest confidants had swindled her out of practically all her money.

For her contribution to the Hollywood film industry, Dorothy Dandridge has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6719 Hollywood Boulevard.

Bombshell Companions #1

"Schnauze" means "snout" in German. These dogs are called schnauzers due to their disctinctively furry muzzles. I choose this dog as a top select companion as they are kind, loyal, calm, easy to train, affectionate and so intelligent. They also don't malt their fur, which makes them a fine choice for the allergy-prone Bombshell.
Originally bred to be rat-catchers, guard dogs and yard dogs. Schanuzers come in 3 categories - miniature, standard and giant.
They have black or grey and white curly fur, especially on their legs. They have lovely long eyelashes, tufty eyebrows and long beards. Of this breed, I'm particular to the miniature version as they make fabulous lap-dogs. You must have them groomed at least 2 times a year by a professional who knows what impeccably groomed scnautzers should look like.
For this particular breed of dog, considering the temperament and personality, I prefer the miniature version. They stand only a foot tall and weigh up to 7 kilos. Carryable and comfortable lap-dogs and I give them my unique seal of approval.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Powder Puff


Bombshells love powder puffs and we keep them on our vanities, in our bathrooms, in our knicker drawers and anywhere we can display more pretty things. Powder puffs aren't just ornamental for us, we use them to dust luxurious powders after bathing. We use them to disperse precious scents over our bodies, to dab away an unwanted sweat-glow or to create subtle shimmers in strategic places. I even like to use it on my tootsies before slipping them into my favourite heels.
This is a picture of Elizabeth Arden's Pretty fragranced powder puff. It's not my perfume of choice, but it's so feminine and pretty I thought I'd show you. It is available for sale and you can find it at your local prefumery.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Thank you

Ms Larue wishes to thank the following bloggers and website people for their support and encouragement, for mentioning and following her Bombshell Blog - The Kitty Larue Review.
classicmovieblog.blogspot.com, www.thisisyour.name, connect.in.com and the fabulous maxieetzuel.blogspot.com

Again, thank you.

Pretty Things


Who likes pretty things? I know you do! You're really going to love this. I'm organising my very first spectacular giveaway! Yes kittens! Club members keep your pretty eyes on alert as I reveal more details about the goodies and how you can get your little mittens on some sweet, sweet loot!
Kitty x

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fan Dancing




I have been absolutely enamoured by burlesque dancing for such a long time. I love the glamour of old-fashioned show-girls. Now, I'm not talking about the brash show-it-all strippers of the millenium. I'm talking about the girls who use their skills to entertain yet leave some things to the imagination.
One thing I've always loved is the famous fan dances. It's so graceful, skillfull and beautiful. I love that burlesque dancing involves fun, amazing facial expressions and it really celebrates the beauty of womens' curves.
Maybe I should learn some burlesque dancing lessons to compliment my ballet lessons. Something to think about.
As for now, all I have to show you is a website where you can buy great quality ostrich feather-fans. http://www.ostrich.com/fan


Haute Joaillerie




In the midst of the economic crisis in Paris, November 1932, Madame Gabrielle Chanel decided to create a collection of Haute Joaillerie, her fine jewellery collection. It was a very audacious collection with diamonds being the key feature. She used the camelia, a symbol of purity and beauty in her watches, jewellery, leathergoods and clothing. However, Chanel doesn't only produce accessories adorned with diamonds. I love her little camelias. Each season the house of Chanel come up with new fabrics and textures for their dear little camelias. I keep them tucked away safe in their lovely little Chanel boxes. For elegance, you can wear them anywhere you'd wear a scarf.

Maya Hansen


























Something so incredibly important, so cherished, so coveted and so close to our hearts (excuse the pun) is our exquisite bombshell lingerie. As I'm constantly aware of our beautiful and usually rare underpinnings and sourcing brilliant and talented designers of such, here's an amazing corsetiere from Spain. Her name is Maya Hansen. This is her website: http://www.mayahansen.com/




Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cool Hand Paul


He's been gone for 2 years. We miss our Paul Newman.

Lady London







Julie London is amongst the vocalists I prefer to listen to in the evenings whilst relaxing in my bathtub. I love her slow, smoky and sensual voice so I thought I'd share with you what I know about this beautiful bombshell.

Nicknamed "The Liberty Girl" for helping establish the reputation of recording company Liberty Records, Julie London was born in California on September 26, 1926. Her original name was Gayle Peck.

Being a spokesperson for Marlboro cigarettes during the late 1950's through to the early 1960's ended up backfiring on Julie as she died of poor health in her later-life resulting from her long-term cigarette habit.

Julie was the daughter of a vaudeville singing/dancing couple. She attended the Hollywood Professional School and was discovered (though I prefer the phrase "given her first big chance") by talent agent Sure Carol whilst Julie was working as an elevator operator. Julie had a long, successful career as a singer and an actress.

She recorded 32 albums and her most famous single "Cry Me A River" was written by a high-school classmate Arthur Hamilton. But my favourite song of hers is "Black Coffee".

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hermes Silk Twill Scarf







One thing we share a passion for as bombshells, is scarves. We wear them in myriads of different ways, on our wrists, in our hair, around our hair, around our necks, on our handbags, around our waists, around our bodies and there are just so many more ways and techniques we use to wear our scarves.
That's why I've decided it's due time to introduce you to my personal favourite scarf. The Hermes silk twill scarf.
The very first scarf in the Hermes collection was produced in 1928 (and was inspired by the scarves worn by Napoleon's soldiers) when Hermes had pretty much only been producing leather goods. It was such a huge success that a workshop for scarf production was set up at Lyon in 1837. This was the birth of the Hermes silk twill scarf.
Ok, here's the low-down on the classic Hermes silk twill scarf: It weighs 65grams and measures 90cm x 90cm. Each scarf requires about 450kms (250 cocoons) of the finest silk thread available. It takes two years to create from initial concept through to production. Each scarf is hand printed using multiple silk screen, one for each colour used in the design and there are up to 42 different colours used in a single design. Every scarf required up to 2000 hours of work and if they don't reach Hermes' production standard, it will be destroyed immediately.

The scarves are produced by highly skilled artisans employed by several wholly owned subsidiaries of the Hermes empire. Every employee is specialized in a certain step of the item and each scarf requires the work of about 50 designers.
Here's a website which can tell you all you like about these splendid works of art:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ophelia Fancy


This little retro-inspired lingerie company was founded in 2005 by a couple of burlesque-loving young English lassies. Essex girls no less. You can't always believe what they say about those notorious Essex girls! Have a look at their website. I told you so.
Kitty x

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jayne Mansfield

Screen legend Bette Davis once said of Jayne, "dramatic art in her opinion is knowing how to fill a sweater."


















Born Vera Jane Palmer from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. This girl became Jayne Mansfield, famous for being, well, Jayne Mansfield.

You probably know of her daughter, actress Mariska Hargitay from the TV show Law and Order SVU. At the age of 16, Jayne eloped to marry Paul Mansfield. She had a baby girl with him, Jayne Marie. Then she divorced Paul 8 years later, but kept his surname. She married former Mr Universe Mickey Hargitay a mere 5 days after the divorce. He gave Jayne a 10 carat diamond and Jayne wore a pink lace gown for the wedding.
The house they lived in was called "The Pink Palace" on Sunset Boulevard. It had a fountain full of champagne, all rooms furnished in pink and they even had a pink heart-shaped pool piped underwater music.
To compliment their insanely pink home, they also housed a menagerie of 30 dogs, 1 elephant, monkeys, donkeys, ocelots and dozens of cats.
6 years after marrying Hargitay, a man according to May West to be "the most perfectly built man in the world," they divorced and Jayne married Matt Cimber (director) 1 month later. This marriage only lasted 2 years. It produced a son and an alcohol dependence. Jayne also had affairs with JFK, director Nicholas Ray, novelist Henry Miller, actor Richard Egan, fashion designer Oleg Cassini and her daughter Mariska is roumored to be the daughter of actor Nelson Sardelli.
When she was only 34, her vital statistics measuring an astounding 40-21-35.5, Jayne was killed instantly when the car she was travelling in ploughed into the rear of a truck on a fog-filled highway near New Orleans, Louisianna. The crash also killed her Sam Brody her lawyer/lover, her 20 year old driver and 2 pet dogs.
Jayne is buried under a pink, heart-shaped tomb stone in her hometown in Pennsylvania. She's constantly visited by thousands of fans, paying their respects.

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