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Top 10 Colourful Cities

Top 10 Colourful Cities

Want to go somewhere as bright and exciting as your new Joe Browns summer wardrobe?


We’ve got just the ticket!



Procida, Naples, Italy




Buenos Aires, Argentina




Willemstad, Curaçao




Menton, France




Pachuca, Mexico





Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway





Sighisoara, Romania




Wrocław, Poland




Chefchaouen, Morocco




Guatapé, Colombia





Where was the last colourful place you went?



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Colourful characters

Colourful Characters

We’re all in agreement here at Joe Browns that the more personality you have, the more interesting you are!


It’s the experiences you’ve had and the risks you’ve taken that makes for a colourful character. It’s someone who isn’t afraid of throwing caution to the wind, discovering hidden paths and creating new ones. They embrace the twists and the turns and welcome those tricky corners.


We all know or know of at least one colourful character… here’s a few we think have led pretty exciting and colourful lives:


Muhammad Ali- Boxer

Ali was arrested and banned from boxing for three years. He starred in a Broadway musical and won an Olympic gold medal in 1960 which he threw into the Ohio River to protest the racism that he still encountered in his hometown.

Steve McQueen – Actor

He joined a gang and was sent to reform school for stealing hubcaps. McQueen became a pimp for a hooker named Lindy and sold illegal handguns. McQueen’s first real movie role in The Blob earned him $3,000. But by the mid-70s, he was the highest paid actor in Hollywood!




James Hunt- Racing driver

On the right front breast of his racing suit—he added an image of a flexed arm muscle and the words, “Sex, Breakfast of Champions.” As his success grew he became the owner of Rolls-Royces, a jet or two, a private helicopter, oh and a yacht! On several occasions, Hunt took Oscar, his German Shepherd, on dinner dates in London’s west end!




Emily Davison- Activist

She quit her teaching job to work full-time for equal voting rights. She was jailed many times for protest-related offenses and attempted to starve herself while in Manchester’s Strangeways Prison along with barricading herself in a cell.


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Grace Jones- Musician/ model

She went on road trips taking acid with Hell’s Angels. She wore afros before they came into fashion and she exposed herself in clubs. She has a lifetime ban from Walt Disney World in Florida due to indecently exposing herself on a live set whilst performing.





Tell us who you think is a colourful character on Facebook or Twitter using #JBColourful.

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Bloggers Get Tropical With Joe

Bloggers get tropical with Joe

We teamed up with the gorgeous bloggers Kellie from bigfashionista.co.uk and Jessica from forevermissvanity.com to have a mooch around Tropical World in Leeds, spot a bit of wildlife, create some mischief and take a few pics along the way.



This is Jessica looking very thoughtful in our Dragonfly Dress. 


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Kellie (left) in the Tamarindo Dress and on the right Kellie’s got on the Heliconia Flower Dress and Jessica’s wearing the Sunset Skater Dress.




Carolines Favourite Dress was also Kellie’s.




She may look pretty in our Carnival dress, but Jessica didn’t have a clue which way we were supposed to be going.


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Jessica (and butterfly -left) in the Summer Day Dress and Kellie (right) in the Granada Wrap Dress.


Jessica said her dress was “just the perfect length for my height and really flatters my curves. The floral design draws attention away from the bits that make me feel self-conscious and the elasticated waistline helped demonstrate my smaller waist and at £24.95 it’s really affordable.”




The fish were loving Jessica in the Sunset Skater Dress.




After the shoot Kellie said: “I had an amazing afternoon trying on so many different Joe Browns outfits. It was such fun and I now have a list of clothing of theirs that I want to own this coming summer.”


Jessica added: “As someone who had never previously heard of Joe Brown’s before this shoot, I have to say that they have really impressed me with the quality and I’m now a Joe Brown’s convert.”


Thanks guys for being such great sports and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did!


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Colourful cocktails with Joe Browns

Joe’s fanciful rainbow of cocktails

Why have one cocktail when you can have a rainbow of them!!


You know us, we love all things fantastically colourful and exciting whether it be in the beautiful fabrics we use for our garments or, in this case, what we’re drinking on a Saturday (or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…) night.


So here’s our handpicked collection to help you drink colourful!



Strawberry Daiquiri –   the crowd pleaser (that’s even better frozen!)



35ml white rum

1 tbsp. strawberry liqueur

2 tsp white sugar

20ml freshly squeezed lime juice

5 fresh strawberries (one for garnish)


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and mash together (rolling pin works well!)
  2. Place the lid onto the cocktail shaker and shake well.
  3. Strain the mixture into a glass and garnish with a strawberry




Tequila Sunrise – the one that makes you happy.



50ml tequila

Fresh orange juice

1 tbsp. grenadine

Orange slice

1 maraschino cherry


  1. You will need a highball glass for this one. Fill with ice, pour in the tequila and top up with fresh orange juice. Pour the grenadine in down the side of the glass so that it sinks to the bottom. It will then start to rise up (and there’s your sunrise!)
  2. Serve with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.




Pineapple Mint Caipirinha – the Brazilian beauty.



4  Pineapple chunks

½ lime

2  Mint leaves

30ml sugar syrup

60ml cachaça


  1. Crush the pineapple, mint, lime juice and sugar in a shaker.
  1. Fill the shaker with ice, add the Cachaça and shake well.
  1. Serve in a small glass with crushed ice and garnish with pineapple




Grasshopper – the after dinner delight.


30ml Green Crème de Menthe

30ml White Crème de Cacao

30ml Cream

Chocolate Shavings


  1. Pour the cream, white creme de cacao and creme de menthe into shaker filled with ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass (Martini works well).
  3. Finish with chocolate shavings





Blue Lagoon – the summer sizzler.

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50 ml vodka

25 ml blue Curacao

100 ml lemonade

1 maraschino cherry

1 orange slice

Ice cubes


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the vodka and blue curacao into the glass and finish with the lemonade.
  3. Give it a good stir and finish off with the cherry and orange slice.





Purple Rain – the one we also like to sing.


15ml raspberry vodka

15ml Blue Curacao

15ml Chambord

Cranberry juice

Fresh berries


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Strain into a martini glass with fresh berries at the bottom




Grapetini – the UV one


30ml Grape Vodka (UV Grape for the bright colour)

30ml Lemonade

A splash of Triple Sec

Lemon peel (for garnish)


  1. Shake the grape vodka, triple sec and lemonade with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass.



Which one’s got you thirsty?




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colourful waters

Colourful Waters

Fancy seeing something new?


Everyone knows about the 7 wonders of the world, but check out 7 of some of the most colourful waters of the world!


(We apologize now for the red one – it does look a bit gross).



Lake Hillier, Australia

This looks like something from Willy Wonkers Chocolate Factory that should taste of bubble gum or candyfloss. We love it. It’s on Middle Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago off the coast of Esperance.


No one really knows why it’s pink. Scientists reckon that the colour comes from a dye created by bacteria that lives in the salt crusts (or that’s what they want us to think, so they can keep all the bubble gum for themselves!)




Kelimutu (Three coloured Lake), Eastern Indonesia

These three crater lakes are sat on the same volcanic peak as each other yet are completely different colours – blue, green and red (which sometimes looks green like in our pic). This is the only place on earth where this amazing colour variation takes place.


For centuries local people have believed that the lakes are the spiritual resting place of their ancestors and that they change colour according to the mood of the spirit.





Perito Moreno, Argentina

This lake gets its vibrant turquoise colour from light reflecting off suspended glacier ice melt particles. Pretty cool!





Blood Falls, Antarctica

This glacier regularly pours out red liquid, making it look like the ice is bleeding – eurgh.


(For the science geeks – according to National Geographic: The “falls” are actually a brine, or salt water, mixed with iron from the bedrock below. As bacteria slowly chew the rock, the iron is released into the brine. The salt water and iron combination creates a distinct rust colour when it mixes with oxygen as it reaches the surface. Every day’s a school day.)


Blood Falls


Lake Pukaki, New Zealand

If you asked a kid to draw you a lake, they’d probably draw you one this colour. It’s an amazing glacial blue that keeps it’s colour from the glacier’s rock particles. With the stunning snowcapped mountains in the backdrop it makes a pretty cool picture.


Pukaki lake and Southern Alps, New Zealand



Lake Retba, Senegal

Also called ‘Lac Rose’ this lake gets its colour because of algae in the water, which is attracted by a high salt content. And when we say high, we mean high – it’s 40% salt – which apparently makes it easy to float in.  We know what we’re adding to our bucket list!



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