Over the last two years Jo Jenkinson has quietly but doggedly worked away on her new book ‘The Lure of The Beach’ a history of sea bathing in Brighton.

Published with the aid of a Local History Grant from The Victorian State Government, it relates stories including the days of the early horse drawn bathing machines, debates over decency on the beach,  competitive and leisure swimming at Brighton and most popularly the brightly coloured bathing boxes that dot the shoreline.

For the launch of the book Di Reidie, society president and I, had a delightful time digging through the archives finding vintage gems to display. Sadly, many of the best fashion gems did not make it to the floor, as it was preferable to include as many items with provenance as possible, as well as limited time, and mannequins. However, having had a chance to familiarize myself with some of the wonderful pieces, from circa 1900 until the late 1980’s, I would love to be able to put together a proper more exhaustive exhibition.

If your looking for swimsuit inspiration, make sure you make an appointment to visit the collection.

Copies of The Lure of The Beach are available directly from Brighton Historical Society or from selected bookstores. (hint – particularly in Brighton). See the website below for opening hours.


bathers 2 high res

Bathing Costume details

Collage One (Top of page), from left to right:

1920’s swimsuit. Black Wool with lace up front and cross over back straps. Worn by Jessie Dell of Hampton. Donated by Merilyn Case.

1960’s Watersun swimsuit and white rubber bathing cap. Blue bri-nylon with built in bra. Worn by Katherine Blair of Brighton. Donated by Katherine Blair.

1970’s Watersun gold lame swimsuit with matching cape. Made in Australia.

Circa 1900 black cotton two piece swimsuit.

1930’s Black Lance swimsuit. Blue ribbed wool with cross over and tie up back straps. Worn by Dorothy Wells of East Brighton. Donated by Dr. William and Helen Wells.

Circa 1970’s black and silver lurex swimsuit and cover up.

Collage Two, left to right:

Circa 1960’s red and white striped bathing cap, bathing bra and trunks

Circa 1970’s Watersun three piece green cotton beach ensemble including embroidered skirt, bolero top and swim bra.

Circa 1970’s black and white zebra print two piece swimsuit.

Circa 1970’s turquoise hounds tooth two piece swimsuit

1940’s Cotton multi coloured floral beach play suit. Worn by Jean Jennings. Donated by Nola Jennings.

Circa 1970’s multi coloured two piece swimsuit.





StyleLikeU is my favourite place to hang out. Time spent online is precious for me. It’s busy juggling all of life’s commitments.

But this is a place that opens its heart and arms, welcomes you in and gives you a virtual hug. All the people featured here are amazing, all striding their own path and tackling each obstacle with dignity. It embraces people, all kinds of people. Gives them a voice and celebrates their uniqueness. It’s my favorite place to be.

And now…. they want to make a film!!!!

To travel far and beyond and bring StyleLikeU to more people.

Whoo hoo! I wish you every success from the bottom of my heart Elisa and Lily. You two rock!

So if you ever wanted to feel more comfortable in your own skin, or change the world for future generations here is your little chance to contribute. I have. Go for it!


Yup! You guessed Photobomb Friday has had a name change! Two reasons, firstly I’m loosening up my schedule, so it may not be Friday… secondly there is no random person sticking their head in the back here making bunny ears. Though that might be cute!

So it is Colour Crush #15

Liquid Art

Best on…

Summers (cool and muted)

But if you like the look it would be really easy to tweak into another palette!

liquid art

liquid art by stylemetamorphosis



COLOURlovers.com-liquid_art by stylemetamorphosis

I love it when the sun shines brightly in the middle of winter, don’t you?

Cheerio and keep warm,


For more colour inspiration click on the colour category in the “Let’s talk” cloud at the top right of the home page.


click here to go to my last Photobomb friday post.


All of the garments featured have been selected for their aesthetics only. Items vary dramatically in price and I make no claims as to their ethical or non ethical standing. For your entertainment and inspiration only. Please also be advised that I do not receive any financial compensation from sales of these items or clicks through to Polyvore.

“It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”
— Alexander McQueen

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.”

Alicia Keys


What a woman is Lizzie Velasquez.

She is funny, intelligent, brave and warm. Here she talks with eloquence about living with being visibly different, a positive upbringing, finding what defines you and choosing your own life.


Whilst Lizzie’s appearance is dominated by her physicality rather than her expression of identity through dress, she has a lot of wisdom to offer to us all about  finding yourself and living a positive life.

Go Lizzie!


It’s Photobomb Friday

(you and I both know it is Tuesday, but we can keep a secret can’t we?)

It is…


Best on…

Warm Spring (warm and clear)

vintage fire extinguishers from Warnambool maritime museum.

extinguishhhhhhhhhhhhh by stylemetamorphosis on colourlovers


inspiration from our environment.

inspiration from our environment.

 We need a little heat in ol’ Melbourne town today!



For more colour inspiration click on the colour category in the “Let’s talk” cloud at the top right of the home page.


click here to go to my last Photobomb friday post.


All of the garments featured have been selected for their aesthetics only. Items vary dramatically in price and I make no claims as to their ethical or non ethical standing. For your entertainment and inspiration only. 

Finding exactly the right words to express my thoughts is something that I’m working on. Part of the reason I’m sitting here tap tapping away. I get bowled over on occasion by the eloquence and insightfulness that can flow out of the mouths and minds of others. So in light of that I thought I’d begin another little regular series of posts on the fabulous quotes of others. But this will be a little spasmodic, just when they come up. This one popped into my head this morning, completely out of the blue!

Spoken by the character Miranda Priestly portrayed by Meryl Streep in the hugely successful 2006 film “The Devil Wears Prada”. If you have been living in a back water and missed this film, it is a representation of the fashion industry, in particular the world of high fashion and glossy aspirational magazines. The original book was written by Lauren Weisberger a former personal assistant to Anna Wintour the editor of US Vogue and allegedly the inspiration for the character of Priestly.

This whole film is very illuminating in its depiction of this fantastical world. No matter what your stance on fashion, how much credence you pay it, if you really view it objectively, you have admit…. she may be a nasty piece of work…. but she is right.



“Miranda Priestly: [Miranda and some assistants are deciding between two similar belts for an outfit. Andy sniggers because she thinks they look exactly the same] Something funny?
Andy Sachs: No. No, no. Nothing’s… You know, it’s just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. You know, I’m still learning about all this stuff and, uh…
Miranda Priestly: ‘This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue. It’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff. ”

The Devil Wears Prada, 2006

But what I’m interested in is…. Why? Why is it like that? Should it be like that? Is this a healthy way for our societies to be structured? Surely there is nothing wrong with Andy choosing a jumper based upon a light hearted thought of oooo… I like that blue! Perhaps there’s not? After all it is Andy’s ignorance of the bigger picture that Miranda is really pointing out, and what Miranda perceives as Andy’s positioning herself as above it all, although she also manages to take a decent swipe at her sartorial choices whilst she is about it.

Human societies are innately image driven, and they have always been. I believe in following any path you wish in the expression of your identity. But never be foolish enough to believe that the antics of the rest of the world have no effect on you.

Super complicated the societies we humans create, non?




It’s Terminology Tuesday today, a good day for a little bit of mouth bling,

“Grills, golds and fronts”

“Metal removable jewellery worn over the front teeth, a style that originated with those participating in Hip Hop culture in the 1980’s and has continued.”

definition from:

The Fairchilds Books Dictionairy of Fashion by Phyllis G Tortora and Sandra J Keiser

 Ditto for gold teeth and diamond crusted teeth.

Who’d have thought this would ever take off????

I’d love to know how it all came about?

Was it a savvy dentist? Hey dude, why don’t we drill holes in your teeth and insert a few diamonds, leaving your teeth open to decay should you neglect their regular maintenance. Kaching!

Or an orthodondist… hmm we need to make braces somehow more hip and fashionable…. I know! Kaching!

Ah, what funny crazy people we are. Does any one know how this came about?


Grill photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/mistmax/3686712003/

Lil' Wayne

Lil’ Wayne photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegall/6190178656/

Amber's grill is blinged-out at Rock the Bells 2008

Amber’s grill is blinged-out at Rock the Bells 2008 photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/fissionmailed/2699343911/


Grill$ photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/toksik1/5080426838/

And here is the kind of establishment you need to visit to acquire such mouth art…
uptown grillz

uptown grillz photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/caylan/412106211/

mr bling bling gold tooth

mr bling bling gold tooth photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/whizchickenonabun/267266410/

Gold Teeth Master, Oakland, CA

Gold Teeth Master, Oakland, CA photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/25229906@N00/8031719566/

Canine golds? Please let there be a good reason for this. Poor darlin’.
Mouth Bling

Canine Mouth Bling photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/faunatic_bob/3082872661/

No way!!!!! Really? Who makes this &%$@! Oh right, they do. Sigh.

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Bling Teeth photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/anksmcskanks/4972599384/

Ohhhh Nohohoho!!!!!!!


Run, people run! photo source:https://www.flickr.com/photos/denaldo/2407694028/

 Baha ha!

duck grill

duck grill. photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cool_colonia4711/754554859/

Ok, it’s lame I know but you laughed didn’t you?.

Happy Tuesday


To read more Terminology Tuesday posts click on the Culture tag in the “Let’s Talk” cloud top right of the home page.

OR click here to read my previous post.

* Bibliography: The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Fashion 4th Edition by Phyllis G. and Sandra J. Keiser


It’s Photobomb Friday and on the hotplate today is one for the bold and audacious amongst us!

It is…

the serpent and the apple

Best on…

Clear and Deep Winter

theartofcostume.wordpress.com colour inspiration # 13

theartofcostume.wordpress.com colour inspiration # 13


colour inspiration from our environment. Stained glass window, church building, maritime museum Warnambool Victoria

the serpent and the apple, by stylemetamorphosis on colourlovers.com

a little stained glass style.


For more colour inspiration click on the colour category in the “Let’s talk” cloud at the top right of the home page.


click here to go to my last Photobomb friday post.


All of the garments featured have been selected for their aesthetics only. Items vary dramatically in price and I make no claims as to their ethical or non ethical standing. For your entertainment and inspiration only.