Monday, August 6, 2012

{Hot Enough for You?}

Feel like taking a dip?

There is no place better to cool off than the fresh Venetian Pool located in Coral Gables, Florida. This incredible gigantic green & blue swimming pool holds 820,000 gallons of spring fed water and was built in 1923 from a coral rock quarry. Designed by George Merrick as part of the Venetian Casino, it was originally conceived as part of a grand plan to establish the small town of Coral Gables as a Mediterranean-type destination in southern Florida. After opening in the 1920's it drew big time celebrities of the day including that gorgeous and glamorous would be Olympic swimmer and actress Esther Williams.

Along with stellar talent as a swimmer and actor, Esther Williams was also a major pin-up girl in the 40's and 50's. Her film roles led her to champion the one-piece halter-top swimsuit making it an icon of pre and post World War II fashion. Only the bikini would rival the recognizable silhouette 20 years later. The halter-top one piece is the exact type of swimsuit seemingly designed for frolicking under one of the two towering waterfalls or entertaining in the pre-Playboy era grotto of the Venetian Pool.

Feel like channeling your own 'Million Dollar Mermaid'? 
Nowadays you can purchase an Esther Williams original suit at her on-line swimwear store:

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