Slaap

a welcome side-effect of this time of year is just wanting to sleep, all the time. i am an early riser by nature but lately i’ve been flirting with the snooze button and am quickly becoming an expert at the snappy (and not so snappy) afternoon nap. there isn’t even the “it’s winter and we need to hibernate” excuse to fall back on … since it’s summer in this part of the world – i shouldn’t have to explain that but sometimes the hemispheres seem to surprise people.

this will be my last post of the year… a fitting one, i feel. i hope that you have a great new years weekend and that you end up having a good time whichever way you choose to celebrate it.

please click on the images for their originals.

caroline adler

gregory dryapak

andrey noskov

– sandra martínez larumbe

laura encursiva

daniel senior

ashlie chavez

anett holmvik

cecelia casas

scott w. h. young

alexis mire

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Rennes Handmade

i have been an admirer of Rennes Handmade for quite some time, but realised that i had never given this wonderful label some blog love (i don’t think? my archives baffle me sometimes). so, here you go! shop away. they’re on etsy too – love the marbled leather tote and pouches.

Rennes >> a company that makes leather goods and clothing; a shortened version of Rennes-le-Château. Rennes-le-Château >> a village in southern France home to local lore and mystery. Rennes is a small house of sewing in Boston, Massachusetts. From start to finish Julia drafts, cuts, and sews every piece in each collection. Attention is placed on small details, unique materials, and quality of craftsmanship. Rennes is inspired by simplicity and the belief that making an item by hand creates community.

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Juan Chavarria

illustrations inspired by myths by Juan Chavarria

“I read a lot of mythology, or tragic stories online. If I read something I could translate into an illustration, I instantly brainstorm in my Moleskin with a Staedtler pencil, or sometimes a Sharpie pen. When I find that I’ve accomplished the story told in its simplest way, I transfer that onto large sketch paper. When the drawing is finished, I scan and color it in Photoshop.” - via ape on the moon

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Clarke’s

i get a surprising number of emails from people around the world telling me they’re about to travel to cape town / south africa and do i have any tips, or “please can you make a cape town city guide post” – etc. well, truth is i don’t actually live in cape town. if you want to know the ins-and-outs of a sleepy town in the winelands, i’m your gal! that said i will be moving to the mother city one of these days (months) and i already spend a fair amount of time there – so that guide might be coming your way soonish.

in the meantime if you’re in the fairest town of the cape make your way to clarke’s bar and dining room on 133 bree street (a couple of doors down from birds and diagonally across the road from &union – you can’t miss it). we popped in there the week that they had opened and unfortunately there was no table for us (even though the kind hostess offered to send us a text in case anything opened). i admired the light fittings and was sad that i couldn’t partake in their “yum fries”. i will be dropping in there again soon, hopefully they will have a burger ready for me. HINT HINT guys!

they also have a facebook page if you’re into that. all the nice photos were taken by alexia webster.

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