Environments

Environments is a book of photographs documenting studio spaces of eleven creative people, most of them working in and around Melbourne. the photography is by the talented Olga Bennett with interviews by Sarah Caldwell. you can buy the book here along with beautiful prints of the individual spaces.


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Leann Grimes

i included a track by leann grimes in the through the jungle mix, but i want to urge you guys to go to his site and get the entire album (it’s free). leanne grimes is shane conerty, a 24 year old dude from north carolina –

this album was inspired by music blogs. and it was made to show my appreciation for them. each track on the record features a sample of an indie band i have found specifically on a music blog in the recent past. the tracks are humble arrangements of bands that i really enjoy and it’s my hope that people that enjoy this album will seek out the bands i’ve sampled and support them as well.

that’s really all you need to know! oh and that i have it on repeat. here’s his take on mrs cold by kings of convenience:

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To Be Adored

BinBin McNiven delivers Edwardian inspired sophistication combined with a fun Sixties aesthetic, throughout her label To Be Adored. Stand-out dresses, tailored trousers and unique separates are brought to life with feminine detailing, in opulent silk and velvet finishes.

so many beautiful pieces by To Be Adored available at ASOS … though the model seems to be suffering from a curious case of  leaning ever so slightly to the right syndrome. hey?

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Mamma’s Day

it’s mother’s day here on sunday. my mom is on a photography trip on the other side of the world where she will be gallivanting through the english countryside, so there will be no chance for me to lavish her with flowers and cups of tea. my mom doesn’t like eating sweet things – so no cake for mother’s day (i did not inherit that trait unfortunately.) we’ve recently had to overcome some difficulties as a family so mother’s day feels very significant to me this year. i feel that way more and more each day with my family.

so if there’s any chance she checks my blog while she’s away – love you mamma, dearest.

how fucking cool is my mom.

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These Things No.11

another edition of these things.  i have yet to catch up with 1000+ unread posts in my reader. sigh, holidays get in the way of precious blog time. will be on top of everything soon enough, just you wait!

this dog (willy) by anamalousNYC

this cabin. by chris k.

“man cave with a view” – a house in majorca via the new york times t-magazine (that’s an R2-D2 ashtray!)

these gals. just lazing about in undies, looking pretty. by masha demianova

the identity design for coworth park by &smith seen via design work life

this girl by maya / turned out

this place. which made me go urrrgghhhnnn i want to go to there. by diego dos santos

rainbow gathering by benoit paillé via wolf eyebrows

imaginary art installations by david dimichele via i need a guide

the colour palette of this house via solid frog

lover at australian fashion week via studfarm & lovelorn unicorn

books online

this photo shoot by vanessa jackman (there’s that haircut again)

liv tyler in givenchy couture spring 2011 at the costume institute gala

this outdoor area (actually her entire house and everything she owns). by the selby.

this photo of former GI Ernest Kreiling looking over a cemetery with his bride.

this quote.

the mid-century modern showroom in salt river, cape town seen via visi

everything that’s been happening at tomboy style lately (there’s a book coming!)

these incredible prints by karl maughun for stolen girlfriends club via i’m revolting.

this converted church. via the contemporist

and lastly, wearing the pants hit 1000 followers! thanks to kate, siri & avalonne for all their amazing help.

image courtesy of streetstyle aesthetic

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Nice Magazine: Ten Things

i was asked by catherine aka wolf eyebrows to contribute a Ten Things feature to Joburg based design & communications company nicework’s monthly nice magazine. “Each issue we pick the brain of an interesting person to list ten things that they like, enjoy, appreciate or get inspired by.” the latest issue has just been released and it looks GREAT! be sure to read it here (it’s also available for download.) my friend jessica’s list is also in there.

i had way too much fun making this collage by the way. it’s also pretty funny looking at all my things together because this is basically how my life looks to me… a lot of rainbow colours, in hindsight. mmm.

  1. South AfricaThis poster was designed by Daddy Buy Me A Pony (now The President), a company that had a huge influence on my entire graphic design class in university. It has been hanging on my wall ever since, and is a constant reminder of how much I love our country & local design.
  2. Fashion. As frivolous as it is, I can’t deny that fashion makes me happy. My sister-in-law has a collection of old Vogues that I intend on stealing some day. Some of them are in German… but who reads the articles anyway?
  3. Music. There are many things in life that confuse me. How a telephone works, for example. Music fits into that category. Or rather – the talent that goes into making a piece of music. It’s basically magic as far as I’m concerned. Magic that fills my ear drums every single day, because I can’t imagine working without it or driving in my car without it or dancing without it (that would be weird.)
  4. Drawing. Drawing was my main activity from the minute I could pick up a crayon. After school was spent drawing, not doing homework. Or drawing on my homework. I have been neglecting it lately though, so I have all my art stuff laid out on my desk to encourage me to pick those pens up again.
  5. Craft. One of my best friends used to hand make these bangles in her free time, and people loved them so much that she started selling them and couldn’t keep up with demand. They really represent how a small idea & a bit of ingenuity can take off – as long as you are willing to put the work in. I admire people that make things with their hands.
  6. The Past. I’m a sentimental kinda gal and find myself consistently rifling through old photo archives online. The Life magazine archives hosted by Google is an endless source of joy in this regard. I don’t own many issues myself, so the fact that I can browse the magazine as far back as 1936 really gets me.
  7. Film Photography. My parents bought me this sixties era Nikkormat FTn camera with a complete set of Nikon lenses when I was in my first year of university. The most beautiful photographs I have taken have been with this baby. The fact that I learned how to develop my own images in a dark room really boosted my appreciation for the art of film. The light meter broke on a trip to Italy, so I bought this hand held one from an old Italian dude in an even older camera shop.
  8. Colour. Trying to explain why colour inspires me would be like trying to explain why my body needs oxygen. Actually no, it’s a pretty simple explanation why my body needs oxygen… this is terrible analogy. I can’t live without colour, much like my body can’t survive without oxygen? There it is.
  9. Period dramas. I shouldn’t call them period dramas, because for the most part they aren’t dramas to me. If anything they are bundles of pleasure and delight in celluloid format. If I had to pick one genre to watch for the rest of my life it would have to be period films. I’m also grateful for the fact that brilliant filmmakers keep churning out these gems, because re-reading Pride & Prejudice isn’t as fun as re-watching it over and over.
  10. Pictures. 99% of my time on the Internet is spent looking at pictures, which is the only reason why my blog exists.
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Simon / Garfunkel / Covered

i put together this playlist of paul simon / simon & garfunkel cover songs last week and have been wanting to share it… been toying around with the idea of sharing the mixes via a streaming site, and 8tracks seemed like a pretty good bet (thanks to kate for turning me onto them.) i know streaming can be a pain for my fellow south africans, but maybe give it a couple of listens if you’re using office bandwidth (muwahaaaa.) to everyone else with first world internet – enjoy.

edit: i’ve uploaded the playlist for you to download – get it here. playlist:

  1. Deer Tick – Still Crazy After All These Years (Paul Simon Cover)
  2. Reid Jameson – Homeward Bound (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
  3. The Morning Benders – Mother And Child Reunion (Paul Simon Cover)
  4. Lucy Wainwright Roche – America (Simon and Garfunkel Cover)
  5. Grizzly Bear – Graceland (Paul Simon Cover)
  6. Two Door Cinema Club – Cecilia (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
  7. Jens Lekman – You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon Cover)
  8. Platinum Piped Pipers f. Raheem DeVaughn – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon Cover)

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

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