November

i got such nice responses on my first Mid Week Distractions post and i just want to say thank you SO much for being so lovely and supportive of the blog. it really does help me on days when i think, jees what am i DOING? sometimes you feel like you are just shouting into an empty room, especially in a time when comments on blogs are decreasing and everyone is so bleak about the general landscape of blogging – so it really is appreciated!

one of the most requested things i get from readers, and people on twitter, is to bring back the music mixes. so i will make an effort to do one a month! after August i unfortunately skipped September and most of October, but here’s November.

i have had the first song by Marina and the Diamonds on repeat, it is GREAT. enjoy!

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Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway!

Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.

i know every time i do a giveaway i’m all, “you guys i’m soooo excited for this giveaway!!” and it’s ALWAYS true but seriously i am… so, so, SO excited for this giveaway.

do you want to look like the classiest broad around? like Amal Alamuddin but, you know, still yourself? then you need to wear something by Elizabeth Suzann. a label i’m sure i don’t need to tell you about anymore since i’m pretty much always talking about it.

let’s get right down to it, shall we? Elizabeth Suzann recently released their new FW14 Collection which is astoundingly good. i have highlighted some of my faves below. to celebrate they are going to give away a piece of your choice to ONE lucky reader. you can choose not just from the FW14 collection, but also from the SS14 Collection. so if you, like me, live in the southern hemisphere and you can’t even think about winter coats right now, then you’re in luck!

so, this is what you have to do to enter:

1. go to Elizabeth Suzann and browse everything
2. pick your favourite item (only one!) and tell me why you love it in a comment below
3. follow Elizabeth Suzann on Instagram
4. remember to include your Instagram handle in your comment so i can check!

that’s it! if you’re the winner then your favourite item is the one you will win. my personal favourite? that Cocoon Coat and Billie Sweater. for summer i love the Marlena Midi.

B O N U S. you can currently get a 10% discount on anything from their online shop, just enter the discount code MISSMOSS at checkout. valid for the duration of the giveaway!

Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.
Miss Moss Elizabeth Suzann Giveaway! Enter to win a piece of your choice from their entire collection.

the giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world. readers outside the USA must please note that you may be subject to your country’s customs charges / import duties upon arrival, which you are responsible for. the giveaway ends on Thursday 30 October. The winner will be randomly selected in a lucky draw & notified via email. Only ONE piece for ONE winner. This prize is not refundable for cash.

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Mid Week Distraction No.1

i come across a lot of things during my week that don’t necessarily fit into the category of These Things or Nice Things, but that i usually tweet about or just email to my friends. that’s one of the main ways that i, too, discover interesting and/or enjoyably distracting things online – especially from geniuses such as Jessica, whose READ LOOK THINK posts i always look forward to, and Of A Kind’s 10 Things We’re Doing newsletter which is just excellent.

now i too will be sharing bits and pieces in my new Mid Week Distraction posts. every Wednesday. i know people usually post links and things at the end of the week, but come Friday i am usually so sick of looking at my computer the last thing i want to do is surf the web!

Mid Week Distraction: Issue 01

Wild Born

an amazing photo series of a girl’s journey to womanhood in the Himba tribe of Namibia.

Mid Week Distraction: Issue 01

Rise & Shine

what kids around the world eat for breakfast… the Dutch surprised me the most!

Mid Week Distraction: Issue 01

Lesley the Pony

probably the weirdest video i have seen in a while, guaranteed to make you laugh.

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Skittles

the only time i have enjoyed something featuring a giant spider

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On Marriage

Amelia Earhart’s pre-nuptial letter to her husband, written in 1931.

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Topics of Conversation

napkins printed with various conversation starters.

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a simple salad worth eating

one of my favourite things to eat, but so difficult to make yourself!

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3 ingredient fudge

this only contains coconut oil, cocoa and honey – and it is delicious.

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Minipresso

genius.

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Nature Is Speaking

a powerful campaign.

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Cape Town from the air

yes, those are sharks.

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Little Portraits

commission a portrait from Krisatomic!

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Yoga Joes

made me smile :)

P O S T S C R I P T

i’d like to ask you guys about what you think of the blog these days. what do you want to see more of? (and what do you want to see less of?) i have always been a blog-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal, sharing as i go and not really planning ahead because i enjoy the spontaneous nature of the site. but if you want to see more of something – eg music, design, photography, or just personal posts – please let me know!

oh and just some technical notes: please remember you can view the site in Magazine Mode (quick! easy!) and you can also subscribe to posts via email.

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Lukasz Wierzbowski

Lukasz Wierzbowski, aka Neon Tambourine on Flickr, is someone who i have followed since before the blog’s inception. i posted about him way back in 2009, and ever since then i have enjoyed seeing his work pop up all over the online world. you can also buy a book of his work.

Originally from Lubliniec in southern Poland, Lukasz Wierzbowski is a photographer living and working in the historical city of Wroclaw. A master of colour composition and in the use of disruptive patterns, Wierzbowski’s work often explores the ambiguous relationship between the model and their surroundings.

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Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski

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Tony Chestnut FW14

the rad thing about the blog is that often after i’ve discovered and posted about the work of talented people it allows us to connect and keep in touch – so i’m kept in the loop whenever something new is on the horizon (good for me, and good for you!) one such person is Jill Sawatzky of Tony Chestnut who i posted about earlier this year. she just released her FW14 collection, available at her online shop.

This newest collection was inspired by my Mennonite ancestors, and their humble way of living off the land. Subtle Androgyny, utilitarianism, simplicity and modesty were paramount in the inspiration. I love combining the creativity of handmade clothing, with the contrasting notion of necessity and frugality that drove people like my grandmother to sew and produce. It’s always been the backbone of tony chestnut to try to embody and respect both of these ideas in my handmade clothing.

photography by Meg Kroeker, who uses unedited film which she processes herself.

Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14

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Swans

i was lucky enough to work with the talented photographer Lar Rattray on designing her new website, and in the process of sorting through & curating all her photographs i fell in love with this story that she did about ballerinas at the Cape Town City Ballet. i asked Lar for a bit of background about the Swans. you can see the entire story here.

I know I’m not alone in saying that I’ve always been drawn to what happens ‘behind the velvet curtain’. It’s one of those inexplicable childlike fascinations… so I literally leapt at the chance to go backstage with a friend who was dancing for Cape Town City Ballet at the time. This was years ago, I was fresh out of art school and had to borrow a camera. The dance company was in the final throes of rehearsals before their opening of Swan Lake… and for days I hid in the wings amidst a sea of quiet chaos and sweat, enchanted by these weightless beings. Their pure disregard for inhibition was bewitching; but their raw stamina, nothing short of astonishing. I will never forget the seamless transition between the animal like exhaustion I witnessed backstage, to the seemingly effortless and untiring grace seen by the audience onstage.

Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray

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