these saturday things

maybe you’re stuck in front of your computer like i am, in which case – browse away…

i took part in the “design insiders weekly finds” on, where i shared my admiration for the makers project by jennifer causey

in complete agreement with hila re: the whole galliano loves hitler issue. so i felt kind of bad about liking dior’s a/w 2011 collection. is that stupid? probably. fashion really makes me roll my eyes sometimes. but i am very taken with the seventies inspired daywear – fur / round glasses / floppy hats… though quite similar to the vibe at gucci, no?

alison of teenangster did a guest post at pour porter based on the theme of life in a cave. one of the most beautifully curated and refreshing blog posts i have read in a while – it got several revisits from me.

all around cowboys by jay b sauceda seen via design work life actually made me teary.

nice work by bluewhitebrownman

have been desperate to vist an old & cold village…

goldhill, england by robert dorsett

hallstatt, austria by lexymann01

avalonne hall does what i wore posts based on movies (king’s speech, amelie) and art (picasso) – more please!

this photo by brad lou tennant

these shoes from hudson

streetstyle winner of the week at stockholm streetstyle

and in case you missed it – my period dramas vs streetstyle guest posts at le project d’amour here & here



antonio marras a/w 2011

um, yes. i am very much down with this vibe.

antonio marras dedicated his autumn/winter 2011-12 collection to his mother – including a characteristically poetic ode to her in his show notes and a sepia, passport-sized photograph of her pinned to the front of them.

all runway images courtesy of


ten favourites

my brother the architect (mentioned in this post) has 444 folders with 5,700 pictures on his computer sorted by name & date of rad architects, houses & buildings. i forced him to give me a copy (not really, he gave it to me out of the goodness of his heart) and now i’m going to share ten of my favourites.

if you like this kind of stuff make sure to explore the modernist architecture tag

ben rose home aka ferris bueller house in chicago by a. james speyer, 1953

kaufmann desert house in palm srings, california by richard neutra, 1946

katzenstein house in los angeles, california by ray kappe, 1974

villa mairea in noormarkku, finland by alvar aalto, 1939

aarhus town hall in denmark by arne jacobsen, 1942

house walton in arkansas by e. fay jones, 1958

irwin miller house in indiana by eero saarinen, 1957

gehry house in santa monica by frank gehry, 1977

hanna house in stanford, california by frank lloyd wright, 1937

bruynzeel house in stellenbosch by aardt bijl, 1962

this is an incredibly well-known house in my hometown of stellenbosch that’s in the same neighbourhood as my parent’s place. i always see the angled roof sticking up out of the trees when i drive around there. there are many houses in this neighbourhood that have the same modernist feel (albeit not such a dramatic design) – lots of wood inside, with cleverly designed built-in cupboards and bookshelves that separate open plan living areas. basically my dream homes! unfortunately new people who move into the area are starting to tear these houses down and building generic tuscan style pieces of poo in their place.

on a side note – we are always highly amused by famous architects who wear those glasses.


elias & theresa: things i like right now

i first discovered elias & theresa through my prolific flickr browsing, and began admiring their very beautiful photostream and blog orange juice etc. i featured their woodsy landscape photographs, too. theresa and i decided to do a list swap – i contributed a top ten list to their blog and they did a combined things i like right now list in return. BOOM! ps: their lovely home was recently featured on design*sponge.

things i like right now by elias & theresa of orange juice etc

  1. The Life of Pi – A wonderful story that will work its way right into your heart and do its best to mess with your mind. It’s a sentimental choice for us since we’ve named our blog after a saucy female orangutan named Orange Juice who plays an important role in the story.
  2. Bullet crystal necklace – I purchased a crystal bullet necklace from Gather Jewelry a few months ago, I want to wear it every single day. It comes in handy when we’re hunting unicorns too.
  3. Succulents – These adorable like freaks of the plant world require little to no maintenance and come in a variety of spiky, blobby shapes. Not to mention a wonderful range of minty greens. We love them and they’re slowly filling up the nooks and crannies of our apartment. Photo by Evelyn Howard
  4. Film cameras – Because they’re shiny, classic, and have all kinds of fun knobs to play with. Plus you get loads of vintage points for shunning digital in favor of film. I haven’t figure out what to spent MY vintage points on yet, but it’ll probably be more film cameras. Photo by Susan Yee
  5. Filson jacket – Filson’s slogan is “Might as well have the best”. They aren’t joking, this jacket is amazing. Theresa surprised me with it for Christmas and I look forward to cold days now just so I can wear it. It has the added bonus of a duck pocket in the back (you know, because what better use for your $300 jacket than to stuff it full of bloody waterfowl). Theresa utilizes the duck pocket for the much less gruesome task of keeping her arm warm on walks.
  6. Early sunrise – Spring and summer mean that we don’t have to go to work in the dark. This makes it so much easier to get up in the morning and gets Elias all excited to haul out one of our many film cameras to take for one of his pre-work photo walks. Photo by Emelie
  7. French Press coffee – Trust me, it’s way better than drip. Not for the weak of heart though. Literally, if you have a weak heart you should probably stick to decaf or some poorly brewed drip ;) Photo by Denis Albertovich
  8. Theo Chocolate: Organic, Fair trade, delicious, AND maybe the best chocolate packaging ever! A real treat for the eyes and the mouth. Plus they are a Seattle based company and it’s nice to support your neighbors.
  9. Lambswool Mens sweaters – These are everything we want in an article of clothing. Classic, comfortable, and gender neutral. It’s great because for the price of one sweater we end up with something both of us can wear.
  10. The Crocodile – Arena rock, or more specifically rock concerts in arenas, is for suckers. We’ve been spoiled by all the tiny concert venues in Seattle. There’s really nothing like seeing your favorite bands up close and personal. We were close enough to tie Richard Edward’s shoelaces together when we saw Margot And The Nuclear So & So’s there a while back and it was amazing. The Croc is our favorite of them all, it just has a great vibe to it, and every show we see there seems like the best one ever.
  11. Harry Potter – We don’t really know exactly WHY we so adore Mr. H.P., but we sure do. For New Year’s in Idaho we avoided the 10 degree weather by force feeding ourselves the magical goodness that is the entire available collection of Harry Potter movies. We loved every minute of it.
  12. Screenprint letters: Jessica Hische – Jessica is amazing, inspirational, and ridiculously talented. It’s worth having these just for the the cool factor they bring to our living room. However, we are not shy about being that sappy couple that does everything together. I mean we DO have matching star tattoos from our honeymoon. The next logical step was our screen-printed initials in all their splendiferous typographic glory.
  13. The Decemberists – We have always had a running joke about how much we hate babies (anyone younger than us that we find annoying). It’s a joke, we love babies and want to have them someday, but it’s delightful to find a band that shares our twisted sense of humor concerning those darn kids. Don’t believe me? Go listen to “Shankhill Butchers”. Their most recent album is quite good, and we’ve been enjoying it immensely of late.
  14. Weekends – They should all come with an extra day. A day for friends, a day for church, and a day for ourselves. But we take what we can get and make the most of our 2 glorious work-free days. They are precious.

marni & missoni

i haven’t been covering the fall shows lately, mainly because i already overdosed so heavily on the new york & london fashion weeks. but i have been keeping an eye on them – and paid particular attention to the details at marni & missoni’s collections in milan. i have always had a soft spot for these two italian design houses, mostly because they are the favourites of my great friend amy who has the best taste of anyone i know (look out for her ‘things i like right now’ later this month.) so these are for you amz. this winter will be all about colour, are you okay with that?



all runway images courtesy of



You give us those nice bright colors, you give us the greens of summers / Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah! / I got a Nikon camera , I love to take a photograph / So Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away

makes me smile EVERY time. i thought of that song immediately when looking through aroid’s kodachrome photos, not just because they are actually kodachrome – but certainly the feeling they evoke. i really am such a sucker for old family photographs, and these babies are a serious treat. if you have some time to spare (MAKE some time, dammit) – have a gander through his incredible collection of vintage photographs (which i have blogged about before over here)

he even has home movies for heaven’s sake.

all belong to aroid.