Saturday, December 29, 2012

Mixology 101

The Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

The Blue Hawaiian cocktail has been around since 1957 when a bartender by the name of Harry Ye who  was working at the Hilton Hawaiian Village decided to mix pineapple juice, rum, curacao with sweet and sour mix. It's also the name of a 1961 film starring Elvis Presley.

The best part about mixing this concoction is it's so easy to make and doesn't cost a fortune so it makes a fantastic, inexpensive, impressive punch. 

I love this drink because it's a darling to decorate with pineapple and umbrellas. 

At its simplest, it is a bottle or two of plain or coconut-flavored light rum, a bottle of blue curacao, a can of pineapple juice, and a bag of ice, mixed together in a beautiful punchbowl. The Blue Hawaiian is ideal for a Hawaiian themed soiree or toga party as this is a seasonal cocktail and is often considered a summer or warm weather drink


  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 3/4 ounce white rum
  • 3/4 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce sugar syrup
  • 1/2 ounce blue Curacao
  • Ice
  • Cherry and a pineapple wedge and cocktail umbrella/swizzle stick(for serving)


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine pineapple juice, lemon juice, vodka, rum, blue Curacao and sugar syrup. Shake and strain over ice. Serve with a cocktail umbrella, swizzle stick, cherry and a pineapple wedge.

Woman of the Month - December - Versace Barbie

Here's Barbie for December 2012, the Versace Barbie. Just like a Bombshell, she's platinum blonde and showing a lot of leg, hair GHD straight, a lot of makeup but not a hint of jewellery.  She's an ultra-glam lady all dressed up to bring in the new year with style. 

Do you have a favourite Barbie?

The Provender

This is my favorite brasserie in London of 2012.  The Provender.

It's a fantastic, cosy little bistro on Wanstead High Street, East London, with a pretty al fresco frontage and a friendly, relaxed interior. 

Here's the link to the current menu:

I'm looking forward to my next dinner there.

Hope You Had A Happy Christmas

Happy festivals to all Kitty Larue Review kittens. x

Don't forget:

8 hours of beauty sleep!
Drink more water
Be kind (and generous) to yourselves

Monday, December 17, 2012

Nail Colour Now

A glimpse of my latest favourite nail colour. It's Royal Highness by Bio Sculpture.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lovely little montage from Chanel.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Esther Williams

“The popular Andy Hardy series movies were MGM’s tests for its promising stars such as Judy Garland, Lana Turner and Donna Reed. If you didn’t make it in those pictures, you were never heard from again.” - Esther Williams

We are so glad that Esther made it. She's such a breathtaking Bombshell.

By age 16, Los Angeles native Esther Williams had earned three national championships in both the breaststroke and freestyle. She was the youngest of 5 children in her family.

While Esther was on the 1940 Olympic team headed for Tokyo when World War II intervened, canceling the games – along with her hopes for the gold and international fame.

In 1940 newspaper sports reportage, swimmers were frequently lined up for cheesecake photos, flashing big smiles and a lot of leg. It didn’t take long for legendary showman Billy Rose to notice the photogenic champion. Rose needed a female lead to star opposite Olympian and screen star Johnny Weismuller in his San Francisco Aquacade review. Billy Rose invited Esther to audition and it was Weismuller (the original Tarzan) himself who picked Esther out of a casting call of 75 other women.

The Broadway musical was called Aquacade complete with hundreds of swimmers, divers, special effects and singing. Esther was featured as Aquabelle #1, performing choreographed duet swims with Weismuller.

Rose explained that, “I want to pivot everything around Williams. It is up to us to make this girl known up and down the coast. With the possible exception of Eleanor HoIm (the 1936 Olympic swimmer who was also Rose’s wife), she’s the most beautiful swimming champion in the history of aquatics.”

MGM executives agreed and consequently offered her a screen test with Clark Gable. Gable and he studio liked her, and signed her to a contract. She made her first film opposite Mickey Rooney in Andy Hardy’s Double Life in 1942.

“The popular Andy Hardy series movies were MGM’s tests for its promising stars such as Judy Garland, Lana Turner and Donna Reed. If you didn’t make it in those pictures, you were never heard from again.” - Esther Williams

The audience response to the athletic All-American girl was phenomenal and put Esther's career into high profile. Whilst filming Mr. Coed with Red Skelton, they changed the name of the movie to Bathing Beauty and made Esther Williams the star, demoting Skelton to the supporting lead.

Bathing Beauty was Hollywood’s very first swimming movie with a special 90-foot square, 20-foot deep pool built at Stage 30 on the MGM lot. It even had hidden air hoses, hydraulic lifts and special camera cranes for overhead shots.

“No one had ever done a swimming movie before,” she explains, “so we just made it up as we went along. I ad-libbed all my own underwater movements.” 

The film’s elaborate water scenes were choreographed by Busby Berkeley – complete with smoke, flames, fountains and pretty girls swimming around with bows in their hair. Bathing Beauty was second only to Gone with the Wind as the most successful film of 1944.

By the tail end of World War II, Esther was a pinup favorite with returning Gl’s. 

MGM’s publicity mill kept churning out headlines and photo opportunities – she once counted 14 magazines on a local newsstand featuring her picture on the cover. Esther Williarns was America’s sweetheart for more than 18 years, appearing in 26 movies from the early 1940′s to the end of the ’5Os, all but the last few for MGM.

Esther didn't have many dry-land roles in such films as Take Me Out to the Ball Game, it was the lavish water spectaculars that made her such a box-office draw and that was her trademark. Esther's movie career played a major role in the promotion of competitive and synchronized swimming, which she is credited with popularizing. As International Swimming Hall of Fame literature explains, “If swimming would make his daughter grow up to look like Esther Williams, then father was willing to pay for the lessons.”

Movie making was very exhausting and Williams estimated that she swam more than 1,000 miles while making those movies and was in the water so many hours each day that she took naps with her legs on the pool deck and her head floating in the water.

 Williams showed that she had a head for enterprise between those broad swimmer’s shoulders. “I got into business because I knew those musicals couldn’t go on forever. In fact, I was doing some department store modeling at the time, and I told my bosses to hold my job. This movie-making thing wouldn’t last. I mean, how many swimming movies could they make?”

Esther married three times and had three children (Benjamin, Kimball and Susan) during her second marriage to radio singer Ben Gage.

"I don’t know to this day how I managed to fit into those bathing suits when I was pregnant,” she said, “but I did.” She still refers to each child by the movie she was making before they were born. “There I was, diving off platforms with Ben in Neptune’s Daughter, going underwater in silver lame’ with Kim in Pagan Love Song and learning how to water ski with Susie in Easy to Love…and somehow I stayed a size 10 through it all.”

When someone came to her with the idea of putting her name on a line of backyard swimming pools, she agreed. Twenty-five years later. “Esther ‘Williams is the most well-known name in the above-ground pool business today.” says Jerry Herson of the Delair Group in new Jersey, the company that actually manufactures the pools and sells them from California to Maine. Then came licensing agreements with fashion swimwear manufacturers that ultimately led to her own Esther Williams Collection sold in department stores which targeted older women and based on the retrospective look of her full-cut movie swimsuit designs.

“When I go to business conventions for my products, it sometimes takes me over four hours to sign all the autographs and pose for pictures,” she says. “Everyone wants a photo for their store, and I never turn anyone down, no matter how long it takes.”

Esther Williams has had a full life, as an athlete, movie star, mother, businesswoman, spokesperson and an inspiration to millions.

“I think the joy that showed through in my swimming movies comes from my lifelong love of the water,” she explains. “No matter what I was doing, the best I felt all day was when I was swimming.”

Then there’s her relationship with her children, all three of whom she taught to swim soon after birth. “One of the reasons I gave them this gift of swimming so early in their lives was because I loved having them with me in the water. And when I saw them take to it, it was a shared joy that we had in common.

When asked if she still swam, she laughed and said, “You know, I always get asked that. Of course I still swim. I’ll go in later when I have the pool to myself.”

Esther is 91 years young.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Watermelon Sunday

There is so much I love about summer. I love holidays, swimming, picnics in the park, going to the farmers market and all the lovely summer fresh produce. I love watermelon. I could eat it almost every day during the summer and I could never get sick of it. There is nothing better than cutting into a big, juicy, red watermelon. It is the perfect cool-down treat. It's natural, no additives, it's hydrating and slimming for your figure too!

 Above, Christina Hendricks is tucking in to a slab of watermelon. She knows what's good!
 Katy Perry loves it too!
 And wears it. . .
. . . and Nigella Lawson eats it. . .
 Watermelon quenches Kim Kardashian's thirst.
 Yum. Beautiful watermelon. . .

 Here's  a shot of Jennifer Garner at the Farmers Market, picking up a watermelon. . .
 Adrianna Lima doesn't want to get any watermelon stains on her clothes. . .
And Giselle Bundchen matches her swimsuit to her piece of watermelon.

Now, I'm going to share with you another wonderfully refreshing cocktail recipe which is just perfect for a girly party or a bridal shower.  The Watermelon Gin Fizz.  It's so lovely light pink and tasty.

Watermelon Gin Fizz
Serves 4
  • 5 cups diced watermelon, divided
  • 6 ounces gin, divided
  • 8 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups ginger ale, divided
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  1. Freeze 1 cup watermelon for garnish. Puree the remaining 4 cups watermelon. Strain it, divide the juice among 4 ice-filled glasses.
  2. Top each with 1 1/2 ounces of gin ( I suggest sapphire), 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/3 cup ginger ale. 
  3. Garnish with the frozen watermelon and lime wedges. Bombshells are all about the garnish!!
  4. Non-alcoholic variation: Omit the gin.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Strawberry Saturday

Greetings Bombshells! I do hope you are thoroughly enjoying this first Saturday of November. Today I've chosen to share with you a few retro underpinnings that you might find interesting and inspiring.

Confidence radiates from within so remember to keep your scanties well-stocked.  You will be able to find these two retro-inspired looks and a lot of other inspiring items at

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sweet Halloween

Happy Halloween Bombshells all around the world!  I know how stunning you all are looking in your slinky Halloween outfits!

I hope you play lots of tricks and enjoy a lot of treats. You are so worth it! x

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Orange Crush

Here's another color post. Ok, this will be the last post on a color subject for this month. This is probably the most underrated, underused and overlooked color in the entire color spectrum. It's a warm glow of health. A simple orange. There's so much we could do with orange, and not just at this time of year when all we use it for is pumpkins and Halloween decorations!

Try slicking some orange colored lipstick on your lips today.
Or an orange rinse in your hair
Claudia Schiffer (with very slim legs) by the pool
Here's Emmy Rossum in orange on a TV chat show.
Scarlett Johansson matching her brighter shade of orange lipstick to her ensemble.
And Marilyn Monroe in orange Pucci
Verushka in Pucci, too.
Inspiration in the little details. . .
see? Simple. Natural. Pretty.
And we have Yasmeen Ghauri in a hot orange bikini. . .
and a bouquet. Is that enough inspiration for you to get your Orange on?

Yellow Fever

It's time to turn our attention to the happy, sunshiny, feel good color of yellow.  Now yellow is not as easy to frock up in as blue or red or even orange ( I'll get to orange sooner rather than later as it's too important to ignore). It's no secret that some women just look better wearing yellow than other women.  And when they wear yellow, wow they look so stunning!

Now is the time to experiment to see if you are one of those lucky women who are yellow-friendly and fabulous.

 Here we have the lovely Amanda Seyfried in yellow pattern. Yes, yellow agrees with her complexion.
 Gina Lollobrigida demonstrating that even if you don't look great in yellow, you can look great on yellow furnishings.
 Marilyn. Well, she looked great in everything...
 Jaye Mansfield wearing a sunny swimsuit in the studio.
 Dior does yellow
 Yellow enhances things for Adriana Lima
 Modern flower-child Alicia Silverstone in retro 70's print. Yes, people were brave to wear yellow prints in the '70s.
 Miranda Kerr does it for Victoria's Secret
 Claudia Schiffer wearing it strategically placed, relaxing showgirl style
 Then we have Betty Grable. Lady with the legs!
 Dita does it well, too!
Jane Fonda keeps warm and cosy in yellow stripes
 Elizabeth Taylor goes all out weekend bombshell in gingham.
 A picture of Cindy Crawford from the '90s. Sexy yellow with a zip for quick release. . .
 Great tasting and great for you.
And here's Scarlett Johansson in a yellow polka-dot swimsuit looking thinner than ever. Must have been the post-divorce stress. As I've mentioned, it's not uncommon for a bombshell to have several marriages. But well, she looks lovely.

So go on and be brave because yellow is such a great and happy, head-turning color to incorporate into your everyday Bombshell lives. x


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