Quick! Ten Things.

this is almost like a mini these things i guess – because i QUICKLY want to show you some rad stuff!

ps: be sure to visit tomorrow… i have a gift for you.

– morning has broken, mr. coffee has spoken by Simon Ålander

sweet packaging at selfridges

– lately all i can think about is grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. winter is so evil that way.

– have my eye on this blazer from ASOS

LIFE magazine has a tumblr!

– these paintings by Yago Hortal

lisa congdon studio visit at my love for you

rosegolden posters by erin and anabela

really nice sunglasses by super

this girl looking like a dandy, photographed by vanessa jackman

The IOU Project

i received a mail quite some time ago from The IOU Project with a link to their video:

i found the concept really intriguing & exciting because nurturing artisans and promoting sustainability is totally my cup of tea, but at the time their site had yet to be launched – so i decided to wait before sharing it with you. well, i am really impressed by the items now available for purchase in their shop (especially since i recently expressed my love for checks) and even more impressed to see the stories that each piece took from weaver to designer to artisan…

founder & creative director Kavita Parmar says about getting started,

The idea was to rethink the clothing manufacturing and distribution chain to really serve the artisan, the designer, the final client and be sustainable for everyone instead of just enriching a few at the top end. IOU is an experiment in creating a prosperity chain, that allows goods to be produced and sold in a way that benefits everyone involved.

i really think this is such an incredibly worthwhile project… so the next time you’re on the hunt for quality denim or beautiful dresses and shirts made from quality fabric – pay The IOU Project a visit.

Pastel Deaths

there are a a number of things i really don’t enjoy seeing on Flickr (weird nudes, for example) – one of them is photos of dead animals. 99% of time it’s road kill or the carcass of a wild animal that the photographer happened upon in the woods. sometimes blood and maggots are involved, and then the photo is taken in an “arty” way and usually titled “silence” or “beauty” or something completely unnecessary. it really gets my goat.

but this series by Emir Ozsahin made me look twice.

This project is actually about what the deceased leave behind, how the ones left behind remember them or want to remember them more than those who pass away. With the naïve frames I will try to create, it’s about how my subconscious processes them, about the reality we know and how we try to forget what happens after death. By humanizing deceased animals and showing them as if they were sleeping, I tried to briefly touch death and create a series of photographs about pushing away the feeling of disappearing before it hits us hard in the face.

edit: i knew that there would be mixed reactions to this considering the subject matter… please don’t hesitate to give your opinion. also be sure to read Emir’s statement.

Things I Like Right Now

i haven’t done my own things i like right now in a long, long time! still enjoy this series. here goes…



1. deus ex machina motorbike posters

2. two tone jerseys by boy by band of outsiders

3. edible estates by fritz haeg

If we see that our neighbor’s typical lawn instead can be a beautiful food garden, perhaps we begin to look at the city around us with new eyes … No matter what has been handed to us, each of us should be given license to be an active part in the creation of the cities that we share, and in the process, our private land can be a public model for the world in which we would like to live.

4. portobello mushroom burger

5. kids breakdancing to classical music

6. crane cushion by klaus haapaniemi

7. mociun at totokaelo

8. ladies in menswear at the paris shows shot by streetfsn

9. fun – a new song by dent may

Kiki Dee

i admittedly don’t know anything about kiki dee apart from the fact that she makes up the other half in elton john’s fabulous don’t go breaking my heart. yep, fabulous. i’m unsure how to explain why this was happening in the first place… but today i was going down a weird rabbit hole of elton john image search results in google (some of which are horrifying by the way) and happened upon these press photos of miss dee looking like a fox.

These Things No.15

these things issue no.15

was lucky to be featured in the july issue of  marie claire south africa along with some wonderful local bloggers. best part about it all though is that they included a picture of my mom – whose response was, “oh gosh!”

i did another little colour comparison colab with j.crewcheck it out it here

also loved picking my five favourites at spence for their first local bloggers feature

digging these beautiful leather etwas bags via jessica / shiny squirrel

enjoyed this tuscany editorial from a 1975 edition of vogue


these photos taken in paris, 1961 by loomis dean discovered by tara-lynn are magnificent

love the pattern design over at moniquilla via design work life

oh, green pants! now to find a nice pair…

credits left to right: stockholm streetstyle 1 & 2face hunter

speaking of street style – the sartorialis-twist amused me for way too long – refresh refresh refresh…

instantly fell in love with Always With Butter after seeing this Nutella + Banana cake

a 16 room mini Viennese castle on a 593-acre estate? i’ll take it!

this old photo discovered by martin petersen. on the back is written,

for mum. in the swiss dining wagon with swiss beer (big bottle = 0,10 dm) the food was good and very cheap. you could feel that you are in a land of peace. in the window frame: a bit of the swiss landscape, but very dull. who would not (according to bruno) fade out behind myself?

nature is rad. photograph taken by u*yam

first look at martin freeman as the hobbit (geek out!)

completely awestruck by artemis leatherware via mallory / where the lovely things are

these fashion illustrations by lotta nieminen

jen jones welsh quilts

mad men is officially on for 2012, by the way! here’s little sally draper’s closet over at the coveteur

this photo by tatjana radičević

really love the idea of this swing blade pencil sharpener by freetime industries

Work Place is a project by Carlie Armstrong detailing the work spaces of artists and craftspeople in Portland

menswear inspired accessories at W magazine

and finally, these flowery braids – a how-to over at 100 layer cake

Uniform

had way too much fun making these.

tsumori chisato button down blouse / thakoon addition skinny tweed pant / no.6 three strap clog / a.p.c. chambray shirtdress / rachel comey saddle bag / rag & bone mid moto boot / thom browne buffalo check oxford shirt / r13 slouch skinny jean / robert clergerie jata slip-on shoe / a.p.c. chambray overshirt / hope news trouser / robert clergerie juan ankle boot / steven alan riley dress / mulberry small polly push lock satchel / belle by sigerson morrison crepe platform boot / saint james minquiers 10 t-shirt / comme des garçons shirt man overdyed short / k. jacques homere sandal

Val Britton

Val Britton makes immersive, collaged works on paper that draw on the language of maps.

The impetus for this body of work was my longing to connect to my father, a truck driver who drove eighteen-wheelers across the country; he died when I was a teenager. Based on road maps of the United States, routes my father often traveled, and an invented conglomeration, mutation, and fragmentation of those passageways, my works on paper help me piece together the past and make up the parts I cannot know.

all works by Val Britton

Atomica

seldom do i come across an online magazine that has me entranced from start to finish. i can flip through those bad boys pretty quickly, and let me tell you… they’re not always great (hence the flipping). Atomica does not fit into that category. the quality of the editorials, not to mention the absolutely beautiful photography, is not something you’d expect to see from a free online magazine (note: you can also buy printed versions). to top it all off, it is published and edited by high school senior and photographer Kelsea Kosko. i know. just in case you weren’t astounded enough already.

all images from the latest issue of Atomica – i could barely pick my favourites, be sure to check out the mag itself.





Fondue Party

i’m not sure how fondue ever went out of fashion. it is a pot of melted cheese for heaven’s sake. there’s plenty of wine in there, and you stick pieces of bread into it. how is that not a good thing? an excellent thing, in fact. the first time i went to paris i overindulged in a mini pot of fondue at one of those terribly touristy restaurants on the left bank – it was wonderful, but i did feel a bit weird sitting there enjoying it by myself. there’s a good reason why a fondue set comes with 6 sticks you know. unless you enjoy eating an entire pot of cheese on your own… in which case, more power to you.

– image courtesy of cowtools

whenever the topic of fondue comes up (especially between jessica and i) we always muse that that our parents probably still have their fondue sets tucked away in a box somewhere. so many people seem to be under the impression that making fondue is a tedious undertaking, but the classic cheese fondue recipe is so simple – there are basically only 5 ingredients: cheese, wine, garlic, cornstarch & seasoning. i think it’s time to dig around in the garage and resurrect those avocado and mustard coloured beauties for some cheesy fun times.

i am also really excited by the thought of a beer fondue. cheese + beer = diana’s weakness.

dubliner cheese fondue – image courtesy of a spicy perspective


– spring green vintage fondue pot


– ingredients for a porcini cheese fondue, image courtesy of tastefood


ruffoni copper fondue pot & old dutch copper brass fondue set

– image courtesy of uh … bob

Artists’ Handmade Houses

Artists’ Handmade Houses is a collection of 13 homes handcrafted by the finest artists and craftsmen in America, including George Nakashima, Henry Varnum Poor, Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, and Russel Wright. Built over the course of 75 years, from the late-19th century to the mid-20th century, these homes were each designed and built by the artists as an expression of their aesthetic sentiments, and in many cases, as extensions of their artwork. As such, these private domains are utterly unique and deeply imbued with each artist’s singular vision and talent. Photography by Don Freeman.

photos courtesy of pdn photo of the day, dwell and amazon

These Things No.14

these things issue no.14 – perhaps if i add an “issue” it will sound more fancy.

i might have reached the height of internet loserdom when i created yet another tumblr. this time it’s in order to bookmark interior inspiration. i’ve realised that tumblr is basically my version of pinterest (a site i could never get into, weirdly enough). so, take a gander at home is where the couch is if you want to look at rad interiors.

speaking of tumblrs, my main inspiration tumblr was listed as one of the top 5 tumblrs by Rich Tong (their fashion director) in Net-A-Porter’s Blog Power List. my jaw dropped to the floor, guys. what an honour – thank you Rich! and thanks to everyone for their encouraging tweets and emails of congratulations.

next to garance doré… what’s that all about!

jen / honey kennedy finds the most amazing fashion stories, seriously. the f/w lookbook for keller = golden.

jess made a dark & wonderful ale & beef pie based on this post. it was DELICIOUS (and perfect for winter)

this vogue cover of sofia coppola via kate

matt’s northwesterner range of bags (he blogged about it here) – the grey or the olive? ack! can’t choose.

katrin’s gorgeous postcard painting of flamboyant trees in harare

this pooch! oooooh man. cuddles please. photo by luke beard. nice name, beard.

awesome people hanging out together:

the lumiere brothers

the internet seriously has to stop taunting me with perfect bangs. i shan’t cut my hair, i shan’t cut my hair. photo by Martijn Savenije (the same clever fellow behind cats in bars)

… and then the internet makes up for it by showing me perfect non-bangs hair – photo by katrin braga

i’m glad so many of you enjoyed the pools of colour post. well, i’ve discovered even more pools of radness

grand prismatic spring:

morning glory pool:

this lady holding a giant potato

really enjoyed ‘browsing through’ this 1975 edition of vogue

kristina’s brilliant “american apparel mermaid” made me chuckle

backyard bill photographed this cool amsterdam local (noticed the checked shirt)

this garden

the ALL knitwear range is too damn cute. via banana meet-cute

another vintage cowgirl for everyone’s collection

nancy straughan’s range via where the lovely things are (mallory also always finds the best things)

drunk ron swanson – hahahaaaaa. thanks mallix.

and, the absolute cherry on top, a video that gave me so much joy on friday that i practically danced into the weekend. discovered with much thanks to anna of doorsixteen

 

(play that video & then watch ron swanson also dancing to Vogue – haaahahahaaa)

MIRTA

i am pretty fussy when it comes to jewellery. i can appreciate beautiful pieces but actually wearing something is a different story. i don’t like anything gaudy or flashy and i really, really have to love something in order to wear it. so -my eyes almost popped out of their sockets when i saw this ring by mirta jewellery over at amateur couture. the designer andrea simic is an architecture student who makes jellewery on the side. i would wear all these pieces.