Mariell Amélie

Mariell Amélie is a norwegian photographer based in london whose work i came across on flickr. it took me about 0.2 seconds to start writing this post after looking through the absolutely AMAZING photographs on her blog and website. i’m particularly taken by her self portraits – the image of her emerging from the ocean is so striking.

Long Bach Nguyen

the work of pilot & photographer Long Nguyen made me so jealous i almost punched my computer. kidding! kind of. after spending an age looking at his incredible photographs i had such a feeling of gratitude for the fact that he’s shared them, giving us a veritable bird’s eye view into his world.

As a professional pilot based in Seattle, Long spends most of his time crisscrossing the western United States … Flying provides him the opportunity to capture unusual views of the landscape, spectacular weather formations and other fresh perspectives few photographers ever experience. A self taught photographer, Long’s philosophy is to keep the image true to its original and to find the beauty in the subject. He likes to keep images clean, crisp and simple so they can tell the story in a single look.

read more about Long here and be sure to visit his website, online portfolio and flickr stream

ps: if you like aerial photography, check out Eyes Over Africa. also, spot the Twin Peaks shot.

In the aeroplane over the sea

aeroplane

i once had an awful time on a flight from bloemfontein to cape town (which is, luckily, a pretty short route) and the only thing that got me through it was listening to sufjan stevens with my head resting on the window, staring out at the clouds. that’s not to say i don’t love flying – i have the opposite sentiment actually. traveling is one of my favourite things in the entire world and the thought of getting on a plane to go somewhere anywhere always excites me… but i’m thankful for the soothing tunes that rescued me during that almost unbearable hour and a half.

this mix has a pretty electronic leaning with some mellow tunes thrown in here and there. the kind of stuff i’d listen to in the airport before a flight or when i’m already settled on the plane, flipping through a magazine or trying to have a nap. sometimes it’s more like a pretend nap since i try to avoid talking to people on a  flight… just let me sit in my little chair with whatever it is i’m occupying my time with and leave me be. i don’t want to know where you’re going! we’re flying to the same place, aren’t we? yet another reason why the headphones + music buffer is essential.

In the aeroplane over the sea. listen above or on 8tracks. playlist:

  1. Pogo – Alice in Wonderland / Very Good Advice (Remix)*
  2. Geographer – Rushing In, Rushing Out
  3. Memory Tapes – Wait In The Dark
  4. The Postal Service – Recycled Air
  5. Junior Boys – EP
  6. The Whitest Boy Alive – Courage
  7. Radiohead – Everything in its Right Place (Gigamesh / DiscoTech Remix)
  8. Air France – Collapsing At Your Doorstep
  9. Hot Chip – Alley Cats
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – God Only Knows (The Beach Boys Cover)
  11. Chromatic Flights – Home Is More
  12. Acrylics – Sparrow Song

* i’m a big fan of the original alice in wonderland and spoke about this remix here.

These Things No.12

what, no new post yesterday? you’re probably not going to believe this but… we had another public holiday. what the heck is going on in south africa! you might be thinking. i have a feeling we’re trying to go for the record of the most public holidays in the entire world. anyway, that means a these things catch up is in order.

in love with this picture :

sleeve design for simple records by build via september industry (photography by michael rolph) :

vans x hermes :

katie & darryl’s house via the selby :

JP’s collection of his father’s pen knives :

nature bound at foxtail + fern :

jewellery by hoper via the shiny squirrel :

this house in a forest :

the notaire lookbook via honey kennedy. WOW :

glimmering water by finnish artist väinö blomstedt :

this pooch photographed by TAT_hase! (also check out the rest of his photos) :

anabela’s flowers of london post :

maya hayuk & jen stark: double rainbow rainbow at my love for you :

this girl’s hair & style captured by urban weeds :

this editorial via miss millib :

this interior by hildebrandt studio via the brick house tumblr :

been drooling over salad pride :

this group of gals (and guy) :

christian/carnivale lookbook by golden rule :

and to end off on an amusing note – bangable dudes in history via the nicework blog :

Tumblrrring

i save a lot of things to my tumblr. a lot. it’s a means for me to bookmark things i love on my daily internet travels so i can remember to revisit them later, and also another great way to share cool finds with people. it mostly has a pretty fashion orientated bent… with quite a lot of photography thrown in for good measure. here’s some of my recent favourites.

trendi via calivintage / james clothier via the shiny squirrel

géraldine van wessem / the dirty projector

stockholm streetstyle / pictophilia via loveliness

francoise hardy at hannah karina via la mignonette / sverrir thor

alyson von / famapa via dreamcats

emilie anna evelina björk / rachel dowda

anastasiya lazurenkoalessandro mitola

Jess: Things I Like Right Now

i’ve been a reader of jessica’s blog the shiny squirrel for ages now. i tried to think back to how i discovered her… but my memory fails me, as per usual. in fact – jessica’s succint style of posting was the inspiration behind my these things posts. i’m constantly reblogging & tumblr’ing her finds as she shares such great things on a daily basis.

things i like right now by jessica of the shiny squirrel

  1. Fleabags’ Rugby bag
  2. You and Me, The Royal We – Map of the World
  3. This Hair
  4. Persian Rug
  5. This chair
  6. Color Block Style

Diner Journal

Leah Campbell from Diner Journal contacted me some time ago asking if she could send me a copy of the latest issue of their publication. i politely replied HELLS YES thinking perhaps i could get a digital copy since i live on the other side of the world, but she very kindly posted me a hard copy which i was thrilled to receive shortly afterwards one fine boring day at work. i wanted to get stuck into it that evening, but as things go i didn’t get round to reading it until quite a while later (something that happens in all aspects of my life, no offence to the cool peeps at Diner Journal.)

in the meantime my flatmate Jessica, who i have spoken about a number of times on here and who i do the sporadic food series with, picked it up and immersed herself in it. she’s a chef, you see. she appreciates good food, and great events, and people coming together to make food and take beautiful photos of said food and and and… that’s what Diner Journal is! well, that’s a very succint way to put it. basically –

Diner Journal is a quarterly magazine with original art, lit and recipes, published by Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow of Diner, Marlow & Sons, and Roman’s and butcher shop Marlow & Daughters. The journal is produced by a group of people from our community of restaurants, and Diner’s bartender Anna Dunn is our editor in chief. Ad-free and three hole-punched since 2006.

issue no.17 is filled with stories, toasts, recipes, art and music that came about from a dinner party inspired by the ancient greek epic the odyssey. i loved this quote from the introduction by anna dunn,

telemachus tells athena, “here in our house you’ll find a royal welcome. have supper first, then tell us what you need.” one of life’s great thrills is to make an unhappy person happy, to care without condition, to satisfy the unsatisfied. it can be a small moment when you understand the opportunity you have to change things for other people. be it by touching their shoulder, offering them food, simply seeing them or, say, offering to take their sword. i get a chill every time i feel someone travel from the darkness to light.

there are many highlights in the journal, not least of which are the recipes, beautiful design and photography – the centrefold spread of the feasting table is enough to make your mouth water. i came away from it feeling completey inspired (and hungry) with the sudden urge to band together a group of friends and have our own feast.

you can purchase past diner journals here, and be sure to visit their website for more info.

currently getting an ip banned message on their website (ugh, south africa!) but also try their blog

Michael Wells

michael wells is a photographer whose portfolio spans from interiors to portraiture to landscapes to cityscapes to other interesting work like the border projects… i got lost in it for quite a while, i tell you. i am particularly drawn to his interior shots that are so richly hued, and the same can be said for his portraits which are also magnificent. go have a browse.

Let’s live here

spotted Château de Moissac on Desire to inspire and it made me go uurrrrggghhhhnnnnnnn whhhhyyyyy! what kind of torture is this?? why is this not MY château! damn the world! – etc.

Built in a hill-top village, a refuge for lovers of ancient stones…In the early 17th century, the Château de Moissac-Bellevue was a residence dedicated to relaxation, owned by a noble family from Provence. Sober, patrimonial, remarkable, with its monumental entrance, vast drawing-rooms and dining-rooms opening out to the gardens, its imposing kitchen, its bedrooms and bathrooms extending upwards to the attics, the building was rewarded for its exemplary restoration in June 2008 by the “Prix des Vieilles Maisons Françaises” sponsored by Emile Garcin.

(i’d get rid of all those chandeliers though)

Ruche & The Notebook

okay, i’ll admit it… i actually loved the notebook when it came out. 99% because of ryan gosling (obviously) & it is also quite aesthetically pleasing to watch. i could never watch it again because it seriously makes me cringe now and the story is pretty awful, but perhaps i can fast forward & just watch the gosling bits? anyway – had a bit of a trip down memory lane when i saw the Ruche 2011 Lookbook which took inspiration from the southern romance of the movie.

The Seeberger Brothers

Modern fashion photography was born when three brothers, Parisian postcard photographers, shifted their lenses to the upper echelon of French society in the early twentieth century. As impromptu portraits of beautiful women in inimitable finery at racecourses, resorts, and cafes began to appear in magazines, courant designers such as Chanel, Hermes, and Madeleine Vionnet rushed to send their models to posh watering holes to be photographed with the beau monde.

so says an excerpt from Elegance: The Seeberger Brothers and the birth of fashion photography. i was on my usual google image searching misadventures when i came upon the first pic in this post, and i instantly started scouring around for more. i vaguely remember the sartorialist talking about this book once upon a time and the pic of that wonderful lady in the menswear perched on top of that fence has been saved to my computer for years… this book seems like a must have. how’s that sofia coppola doppelganger in the second pic? can’t believe this was the thirties.

matching your outfit to your dog? magic.

images found all over – including here, here and here.

Like A Dream

20 like a dream

hey, what’s this? a mid-week mini music mix – that’s what!

i don’t know what it is with this time of year, but these weird autumnal months before true winter arrives always fly past my eyes and feel… well… kind of dreamy. as if my brain has gone into a state of limbo thus causing me to hibernate in all areas of my life (including the blog, i do apologise for the state of things around here lately). consequently the daily soundtrack has been one of fuzzy contemplation. nothing too loud, nothing too upbeat. i kind of just want to switch off my computer, drink something warm and curl up on the couch.  maybe have a cuddle. read a book. sleep.

Like A Dream. playlist:

  1. Millionyoung – Gymnopedie No. 1 (Erik Satie cover)
  2. Evenings – Babe
  3. Air – Universal Traveler
  4. Toro Y Moi – Blessa (Daytrotter Session)
  5. Cults – Go Outside (Daytrotter Session)
  6. Computer Magic – About You
  7. Ra Ra Riot – Keep It Quiet
  8. The Morning Benders – Crying (Roy Orbison cover)
  9. Blackbird Blackbird – Overboard
  10. Futurebirds – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)
  11. Sufjan Stevens – I Walked
  12. Fleet Foxes – The Cascades
  13. Candy Claws – Sunbeam Show

all music is for sampling purposes only – please go out and buy the artists’ records & support them at their shows!