Sunday, 25 October 2015

#badgirlcrush Kitty Lane

Kitty Lane 

Kitty wears the 'Lola' Top available on our website 

Q: Hi Kitty, thank you for taking the time to be interviewed as our beautiful #badgirlcrush of the week! We aim to give our readers / followers an insight into some creative women that inspire us, and we love your old Hollywood bombshell style!

A: Thank you ladies for asking me, this is actually my first interview, so I'm very flattered.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself, we can see you are originally from Edinburgh, now living in Melbourne, that must be a nice change of weather!

A: Yeah I'm in love with Melbourne, I've been here for nearly four years now. Originally I'm from Sydney but my family moved to Scotland when I was about 11 years old.   

Q: Kitty, we can see you are a multi-talented barber, hairdresser, photographer and make-up artist, can you tell us how you started your career?

A: Just under a year after I arrived in Australia while working in a bar I had a patron walk in and we totally hit it off. Next thing I know he tells me he loved my makeup and off the cuff offered me a job at the salon on the spot, for some reason (probably all the wine) I made the best decision of my life, I started the very next day. That was just over three years ago, I'm now fully qualified, and I love my job(s)!

Q: You have your own business, Kitty Lane Photography, are you self-taught? Who are some of your favourite photographers?

A: I originally started taking photos when I was about 17. I had no idea how to use my camera at the time; I just knew I loved that creative process. When I was 19 I went to college in Edinburgh and studied for 3 years, my tutors were fabulous, and really inspired me to go further with it.
I've always loved photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Gregory Crewdson, Guy Bourdin, David LaChappelle and Ellen Von Unwerth - I've lost hours looking through their portfolios.

Q: With very creative jobs, where do you draw inspiration?

A: I'm a very visual person; I like to make sure I surround myself with different types of art and definitely other creative minds. I'm also total movie buff, from the classics to modern day cinema - I definitely take a lot of my inspiration from film.

Q: If you could describe your style in three words, what would they be?

A: Classic yet modern.

Q: Are there any particular bombshells from the 40’s & 50’s who you admire, or influence your style?

A: Of course Marilyn Monroe is the most prevalent influence on my style; I remember the first time I saw her in Some Like it Hot, from then on I was in love. It wasn't until after I first became a blonde myself (which was not previously planned - oh, to be a hairdresser!) that people began commenting on a likeness I had to her, which was pretty overwhelming. I could only wish I had a William Travilla to fill my wardrobe with those stunning dresses!

Q: Who would you describe as your ultimate Bad Girl?

A: My spirit animal is definitely Wanda Woodward from Crybaby, she has style and sass by the bucket load.

Q: If there was one starlet’s wardrobe you could have as your own, who would it be and why?

A: I would, without a doubt have to say Dita Von Teese. Everything from her immaculate vintage wear, to anything she's designed in her clothing and lingerie lines. Massive love heart eyes!

Q: Your pin up make up is flawless; do you have any tips or tricks for our readers to achieve the look?

A: Practice is the key. The amount of eyeliner I had to redo over and over throughout the years is a testament to that. Contouring is a great way to highlight your best features/bone structure. Eyebrows are extremely important - remember; they're sisters, not twins - so work with them and not against! As far as your red lipstick goes, choose a shade that compliments your skin tone, make sure it pops for the right reasons!

Q : Are there any products you can’t live without?

A: Definitely my hairspray, I use a maximum hold one that you can pick up at any chemist, usually Silhouette  - at only $7.99 you can't go wrong and my hair is tamed perfectly (possibly because I use half a can at a time hah!). Kryolan Pan Stick Foundation keeps me picture perfect, and a gorgeous pair of WASP eyelashes add just the right amount of drama to any look.

Q: What do you love about The Original Bad Girl?

A: I came across a post from TOBG on Instagram and instantly fell in love with the designs, the tops can be both dressed up and down which is perfect for me, they can be worn in any setting - whether it be at work, or at the ballet!

Q: Can you describe to us your perfect weekend?

A: Well, I do work Saturdays, but if there's any energy left in my bones I'll go out for dinner or drinks (or both!) with my girlfriends, Sundays are all about sleep ins and on the spot plans - beer gardens, or attending the Magic Night (a Melbourne all-male strip show that I do photo shoots for) rehearsals. Mondays are my chill out/cleaning day, which, thanks to my mothers influence I kind of love, unless I'm going to my singing lessons.

Q: What are your goals for the rest of the year?

A: I'm currently looking forward to an appearance I have coming up at Crown Casino here in Melbourne. I've recently started singing lessons with an amazing teacher, which I'm planning to continue well into the future. I also have a few photo shoots both in front of, and behind the camera that will hopefully go into print!

Instagram: @kittylane


Patsy - Jungle Pat 
(Columnist for The Original Bad Girl Blog) 

Monday, 19 October 2015

Vintage #badgirlcrush – Jane Russell

This week’s vintage #badgirlcrush is the American actress, Hollywood icon, and all round brunette bombshell, the beautiful Jane Russell!

Born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell in June 1921 in Minnesota, the Russell’s moved to southern California in the late 1930’s when Jane’s US Army Lieutenant father became an office manager. Jane was encouraged to take piano lessons and was passionate about acting from a young age, performing in many school plays. After working as a receptionist, in 1940 at the tender age of 19, Jane signed a seven year contract with Howard Hughes, and in 1943 made her film debut, and arguably most memorable role, in The Outlaw.

 They held up "The Outlaw" for five years. And Howard Hughes had me doing publicity for it every day, five days a week for five years.” There was further conflict between Hughes and Russell when he had a specially designed underwire bra made for her to wear during filming, Jane found the garment so uncomfortable she secretly discarded it and worn her own bra with padded cups and straps to extenuate her figure. A total Bad Girl! 

Jane starred in over 20 films throughout her acting career and also attempted a musical career. She recorded two singles and a further song with Frank Sinatra called ‘Kisses and Tears’ but it became evident Jane would be most successful in front of the camera.

On the front cover of Picturegoer in 1956 in a beautiful black lace nightrobe, we’ll have one of those and the marabou mules!


“I like a man who can run faster than I can.”
In 1953 Jane founded the World Adoption International Fund, and adopted all three of her children as she was unable to have her own. The fund has helped place 51,000 children with adoptive families, and she received the Women’s International Center Living Legacy award in 1989.

Another one of Jane’s most memorable acting roles was alongside Marilyn Monroe in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, released in 1953, a tale of the escapades of two showgirls travelling to France, and finding husbands along the way! The film grossed $5.3 million dollars when it was released, and made Monroe and Russell a formidable acting duo!

Monroe and Russell taking five on the set of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’

With close friend Marilyn Monroe in 1953 at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, taking their place on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

“Publicity can be terrible, but only if you don’t have any.”
Jane was most recognisable for her deep side parted perfectly brushed out raven curls, killer eyebrows and blood red lips. She praised sleep and good genes as her beauty secrets, and also taught herself to apply her own make up as she wanted to get out of the dressing room and onto set as soon as possible. With an enviable figure, Jane avoided bread and sugar to keep her hourglass proportions in shape. 

Jane was also a spokesperson for Playtex bra’s, measuring 38-24-36, she was an ideal advocate for their cross your heart bra! She was also no stranger to a fitted halterneck dress to excentuate her hourglass figure, it became her wardrobe staple and many of her most iconic photos showcase Jane draped in a beautiful halterneck design.

Jane passed away peacefully at her home in Santa Monica in 2011, 
she remains a true Hollywood icon.

 Patsy - Jungle Pat 
(Columnist for The Original Bad Girl Blog)