Visual Collector. Swimwear Hoarder. Accessories Lover. Modern Jewellery Magpie. Pattern and Colour Obsessor. Vintage Fancier. Craft Advocate. Sunseeker. Jodi Muter Hamilton.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kim Cattrall / ICON

Being a young girl in 80's Mannequin was one of the coolest films. Kim Cattrall was even cooler, she was and still is unbelievably sexy! You go Kim!


Samantha (Kim Cattrall) has always been my favourite character in Sex And The City, even thought I, as do most women identify with all of the characters. The beauty about the SATC ladies is our own character encompasses all the extreme personified SATC personalities. I havent seen the film as yet (release date 28/05/10) but I HAVE seen an image of Samanatha in this swimsuit.

I dont know 100% know who its by but I have a feeling its from Tibi's 2009 collection, shown at the Mercedes Benz Miami Swimwear Show. These are some images from that collection, I think Samantha's suit would fit right in.

Another killer outfit from Samantha in SATC 1. I LOVE the graphic combination of yellow, black & white pattern, and turquoise/blue beads.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Swimwear makes the news!

Chelsea Flower Show made the headlines for models in swimwear! Sex sells!

Here's my current bunch of flowers in the house. lilys, sweet williams, and delphiniums. I love a the contrast of the lily with the English countryside style sweet williams and delphiniums.

A delicate blue iris spotted whilst on a recent trip to Bristol.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

BLACK NEON / Warrior Queen -Nails

Fingers and toes in sand or by the pool, clearly on display deserve some BLACK NEON attention! Colours and designs match BLACK NEON's S/S10 'Warrior Queen' Collection. 'Warrior Queen' brings together tribal Africa with a nod to Kente Cloth, and the traditional English rose seen in the print 'Bed of Roses'. African warrior queen meets English pearly queen!

Monday, May 17, 2010


Chanel 'Nouvelle Vague' has got to be one of the coolest colours for this summer, it may not quite knock Hot Coral or Neon Pink off the top of the list but its definitely going to me seen on fingers and toes by the pool!

VIOLET LAKE / New UK Swimwear Brand

Violet Lake was founded by Ursula Lake who has been working as a Fashion Editor for more than 8 years. She currently holds the position of Contributing Fashion Editor for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella Magazine.
Ursula Lake was frustrated that she couldn't find mix and match tops/bottoms easily, plus the tops fastened with clasps that were difficult to use and often broke, her (and BLACK NEON's) choice of tie fastenings allows for better adjustment to your own size. The fabric used is super soft slinky and lightweight from one of the finest brand Italy has to offer, Jersey Lomellina (the same fabric BLACK NEON uses)
There are four different styles of interchangeable bikini tops and bottoms and all of these come in four different sizes and in eight different colours. Allowing ease of use and a wide range of choice. The website is great, simple and easy to use, and price wise the items are reasonable at around the £45 per item mark.
My personal favourite is the Galore top, and the Kissy bottom, in a bluey/purple colour! Hail another UK swimwear brand!
Buy Violet Lake online at

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Stylish Australian swimwear brand Zimmermann have opened a 'Pop Up Shop' in New York's SoHo.
If your in New York it would be definitely destination to add to your list, open until the end of June.
Zimmermann was founded in 1991 by siblings Nicky and Simone Zimmermann. Zimmermann show ready-to-wear collection at Australians Mercedes Fashion week in April, and the Miami Swim Fair in July. I have long coverted their clothing, if you cant make it to New York or Australia, UK buyers can find stunning pieces online at NET-A-PORTER

I can only hope that one day BLACK NEON can achieve such accomplishment!


Flo-Jo aka Florence Griffith-Joyner (born Florence Delorez Griffit) has been an icon and of inspiration to me as long as I can remember.
Born in LA December 21, 1959 she later died from suffocation during a severe epileptic seizure on September 21, 1998. Unfortunately her career has been clouded by allegations of drug use, which was speculated to have caused her premature death, however after a post-mortem examination it was discovered the cause of death was from a seizure.
"Cavernous angioma" a congenital (i.e, from birth) brain abnormality discovered during the post-mortem that made Joyner subject to seizures. According to a family layer, she had suffered a severe seizure in 1990, and had also been treated for seizures in 1993 and 1994. Her husband (triple jumper Al Joyner) had requested that Joyner's body specifically be tested for steroids, but was informed that there was not enough urine in her bladder and that the test could not accurately be performed on other biological samples. I feel this request was to attempt to clear her name.
The controversy surrounding Flo-Jo's drugs use was highlighted in 1988 when Brazilian gold medalist Joaquim Cruz suggested that her;
* TIMES could only have been the result of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs.
(Before the 1988 season, Griffith Joyner's best 100 meter time was 10.96 seconds. In 1988 she improved that by 0.47 seconds, a time that no one has approached since. Similarly, her pre-1988 best at 200 meters was 21.96. In 1988 she improved that by 0.62 seconds to 21.34)
* PHYSIQUE had changed dramatically in 1988 (showing marked gains in muscle mass and definition,
* PERFORMANCE had improved dramatically over a short period of time
Flo-Jo attributed the change in her physique to new health programs.
The drugs issue was never resolved as Flo-Jo retired just before the introduction of mandatory random drug testing in 1989, thus causing further speculation of her drugs misuse.

I guess we will never know the truth behind Flo-Jo's controversial career, but in my eyes SHE still ran the race! I thank her forgiving me a passion to run, which ironically I'm now considering cortisone aka steroid injections amongst other things to help my worn away knee from years of running! I also am grateful to her for her style, especially her nails, which the likes of as a girl growing up in north east England I had never seen before.

Flo-Jo still holds the women's 100m world record of 10.49s set in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 16 July 1988, AND the 200m world record of 21.34 s set at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

House Of Jackie Brown

I had the pleasure of meeting Jackie and Emily from House of Jackie Brown (HOJB) at the Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Show back in 2008, they have again made a great collection for this summer which has been shot by Meeno Peluce.
Meeno is now a renowned celebrity photographer who has shot many big names such as Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Dirt Nasty. Take a look at the swimwear styles, and the girls up to their crazy antics on their blog

The girls are also partial some fierce acrylics and nail art!!!