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

Monday, November 28, 2011

Wayuu Taya

There is a shop Ibiza that sells Wayuu Taya bags or very similar ones, and since I've come back to the UK I've tried to find them, finally success. The colours are vibrant and ideal for summer or for a splash of colour against black clothing or skys in winter. The bags are produced as part of the Wayuu Taya Foundation.
The foundation is a non governmental, nonprofit organisation founded in 2002 to help improve the lives of Latin-American indigenous communities while maintaining and respecting their traditions, culture and beliefs.
In the UK you can get them from NET-A-PORTER. You can also buy direct from Wayuu Taya, which has more styles and ships within 1-2 weeks.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Looking forward to

In less than one week, Dita Von Teese will open the doors to Cointreau Prive;
A fabulous 3 week pop-up, speakeasy bar, restaurant and club, in the heart of central London.

The Venue: Comprised of a series of themed rooms, all modelled after Dita’s own LA home and decorated with some of her own personal possessions. Prepare yourself to be transported back to the roaring 20s, a time of glitz and glamour galore!

The Bar: Dita has handpicked some of London's top mixologists to be on hand to serve you an array of exotic drinks and the finest of Cointreau cocktails. A casual dining experience consisting of exquisite tapas and food platters will also be available.

The Restaurant: Upstairs is a dedicated 50 cover, speak-easy restaurant. Guests will enjoy a 5-course dinner with all the accolades of a Michelin Star restaurant as the menu is designed and prepared by the award winning chef Laurent Michel.

The Club: Cointreau Prive has partnered with our friends from Jalouse to bring you the best in music, DJs and entertainment. Expect the likes of Paul Harris, Broken Hearts, Black & Lilac, performing and playing until 4am.

Bookings & Reservations: The Prive is by invite only. Please ensure all of your accompanying guests register at


Sometimes shoots just work, this is one of those times.
June 2011 Marie Claire Italia
Model: Yulia Kharlapanova
Photographer: Johan Sandberg
Stylist: Monika Kropfitsch

Dita in The Maldives

Really nice to see Dita in swimwear, especially a beach cover up by London brand Tallulah & Hope, who are based just up the road from me. It may not be sunny in London right now but with Tallulah & Hope, Olga Olsson, Prism, and Black Neon all based within 1 mile of each other, west London certainly has some hot talent.

Glitter Sculpture

The idea of glitter and pink in the same item doesn't really appeal to me, but I must say these Miu Miu shoes have me loving the result!
Tank Magazine's beautiful fashion editor Chloe Kerman can be seen here in another pair of Miu Miu shoes, picture taken from Garance Dore's blog.

Saying as we are on the subject of swooning over shoes, these sculptural Giuseppe Zanotti and Lanvin wedges are works of art, I can just imagine huge scale ones in the turbine hall at the Tate Modern!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mara Hoffman

Looking back over some of the collections showcased at Miami in July this year, I still LOVE Mara Hoffman's swim collection. In fact its official Mara is my favourite modern designer (ie not Chanel or Dior). I love her taste, colour & tribal print reference, silhouette and execution.
A New York girl at heart, fashion designer Mara Hoffman hails from Buffalo and her business is currently based in Manhattan. Having graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City and studying at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, Hoffman began designing under own label in 2000. Possessing an unlimited passion for creativity, the former dancer
got her big break in fashion when Sex and the City Costume Designer Patricia Field, already known for being an innovator, stopped Hoffman on the streets of the East Village to compliment her outfit. Subsequently, Field bought all of the first Mara Hoffman label samples and sold them in her shop, House of Field. Not long after, a loyal client base began to take its root.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Albam. Another one up an running

Popping up like rabbits in the springtime, Albam opens another lovely new shop.
39 Monmouth St, WC2H 9DD
Telephone: 020 7240 9391
Opening times:
Mon to Sat
11:00 - 19:00 (20:00 on Thurs)
12:00 - 18:00

Yell Ow

Monday, November 14, 2011

Merchant Archive

Every day on my way to and from work I pass Merchant Archive, whos fans include Florence Welch. It has recently had a 'to lease' sign above the door, which I feared may have implied one of the loveliest shops in London had fallen victim to the continuing recession. I can gladly say that this is NOT the case, they have relocated to 19 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU. Looking forward to getting down Portobello to see the new shop!

Monday, November 7, 2011


I'm so loving the new collection from 'Charlie by Matthew Zink'
Early in his career, Matthew has been fortunate to work with Tom Ford, Stefano Pilati, and Carolina Herrera. The recent Design Director for Victoria's Secret Swim and Shoes has created Charlie to indulge women who desire an elite swimwear experience. The 29 year old designer says, "I want to make provocative swimwear, and the timeless style icons of the 70's are my inspiration"
The swimwear shapes are simple and the cover ups look great too!