These Things No.31

i’m going away for a couple of weeks to the seaside on boxing day, so this will be the last these things of the year.  i love the way things slow down at this time of year, even on the internet, but  for those of you still around and checking in on your readers don’t despair – i’ve made sure to set up some new posts while i’m away. have a great holiday everyone!

vintage gift wrapping via cath’s round up of cute christmas wrapping:

honor pre-fall 2012:

this amazing shot of the quirky stylista:

let it be beautiful – songs of the beatles rewritten as short stories & essays via anabela:

iris tsante via art hound:

everything about this girl:

accordian calendar by the indigo bunting:

grain design via design for mankind:

cold spring apothecary via honey kennedy:

furze chan paper art via dear golden:

her amazing outfit (except the shoes, gotta say):

julia kostreva’s notebooks & daily planners:

the cutest birthday cake i ever did see:

floral leather peter pan necklace by ampris loves:

and finally, i really enjoyed kate’s best songs of 2011 mix:

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Browns Autumn 1988/89

apologies for the radio silence since tuesday – i’ve been catching up with friends before everyone disperses for the holidays and have also been wandering around cape town in search of the last of my christmas gifts. the most torturous thing about all this shopping is that i have to constantly hold back from buying numerous things for myself – especially when i was browsing around the many antique shops in kalk bay.

so when i came across this amazing autumn lookbook for Browns from 1988/89sweetly asked my boyfriend if he had a tenner on him so i could take it home (R10 is about $1.20, so it was a steal really). i absolutely love beautifully styled lookbooks, and this one just proves that having a batch printed on good quality paper is so worth it – because 23 years later someone is going to find it in a second hand shop or in a box in their mom’s attic and marvel at how relevant the fashion, photography and art direction still is.

concept: jill holmes and david waldon. design and art direction: david waldon. typography: judy harrison. models: marie-sophie, rob michael, saffron. photography: by perry ogden. designers: jean paul gaultier, byblos, donna karan, genny, norma kamali, moschino, christian lacroix, callaghan, claude montana, jil sander, azzedine alaia, go silk, sonia rykiel, romeo gigli, comme des garcons. commissioned by: young & rubicam, london. photographed in luggala house, co. wicklow, ireland july 1988.

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Mermaid

spotted this picture on jessica’s tumblr and immediately began a hunt to find the maker. let me take this opportunity to tell you about a handy tool that allows you to track down the original source for images you may find on places like tumblr, pinterest, ffffound, we heart it etc – places that are notorious for sharing content without crediting the original artist / photographer / blogger. i’ve been using src img ever since kristina tweeted about it and it really does work!

anyway so, Mermaid (or Rusalka in russian). this is was shot by Nika Kurnosova with Olga Moskvina as the mermaid. what a beautiful and ambitious shoot, something i’d expect to see on the pages of Vogue – quite Annie Leibovitz-esque.

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Christmas Stocking

it’s a public holiday today in south africa and i’m officially on holiday! which means i now have to start doing my christmas shopping. as much as i inwardly groan thinking about the crowds, truth is i love giving people gifts. and, well, i enjoy receiving gifts too… here are a few things from my sponsors i would love to find in my christmas stocking.

a special secret edition necklace by Erica Weiner for Of a Kind – you have to be a subscriber to their newsletter to shop this one. i love receiving their newsletter every friday to see the new editions.

new pink marbled leather pieces at Ann-Ya. YES!

MOR perfume oils at Eden. i would want these based on packaging alone.

vintage brooches from Jean Jean Vintage

any and all dresses at Edelweiss by Sarah.

ruby lingerie set at Fortnight Lingerie (high waisted panties = yes)

 

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Industry of One

because of the time difference between south africa and the rest of the world i usually have the pleasure to wake up to a few interesting emails every morning. today was no exception, as i clicked through to Industry of One

Industry of One is a periodical on the wears of work created by Adam Patrick Jones and Rachel Brown. Here and now again they will explore the style trappings of various industries + professions and document the relationship between one’s line of work + walk of life.

man, i LOVE projects like this – as i’ve said before getting to know ordinary people is much more interesting to me than reading a profile on some celebrity who has been styled to the nines (other good examples would be grain & gramcloset visit, freunde von freunden, the locals, the makers… feel free to share more you know of!) i particularly loved their story on librarian grace smith who “would prefer to read on good old fashioned paper thank you very much.”

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If Not Now Then When

my pinterest obsession reached a peak at one stage and has now mellowed down to occasional pinning in order to remember interesting things i’ve seen around (that i usually don’t blog about) – mostly great design work that usually makes me quite jealous of awesomely talented people. this first quote in particular is at the forefront of my mind, obviously for the cool hand lettering – but more-so because of the message.

this time of year always leaves me thinking, what next? what didn’t i do in the past twelve months that i should have and could have done already? it’s sort of sad to admit your shortcomings but also exciting to think that you could do anything you wanted to today, not tomorrow. i’m a master procrastinator and i often let my calendar make excuses for me – i’ll start on monday, next week, next month, in the new year. this is a handy reminder not to let it control you.

of course pinning doesn’t help my procrastination habit, which is why the second quote is applicable.

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