April, 2012

Nice Things No.9

Nice Things no.9!

porcelain by urban cartel / cosmos ring by twinklebird / bow pendant by ayakokanari / organic kitty tank by napkin / sheer blouse by andy ve eirn / planter by mudpuppy / pencil cup by fashioned by / card by quill & fox / cake plate by young alexander / paper flowers by franic & francis

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Couverture & The Garbstore Giveaway

the giveaway is now closed. winner to be announced soon.


Couverture & The Garbstore is one of my fantastic sponsors, a concept store located in the heart of London’s Notting Hill that boasts three floors and is made up of two sections – Couverture which specialises in womenswear, accessories, kidswear, homeware and vintage finds; and The Garbstore which is their own menswear label. They have a fantastic online shop that sells pieces from independent designers and some of my personal favourites like Rachel Comey, Steven Alan, Minä Perhonen, Charlotte Linton, A Détacher, Colenimo and tons more.

so, today you stand the chance to win this beautifully unique Rose silver & crystal quartz ring by Andy Lifschutz:

Naturally formed crystal quartz in a misshapen rectangular setting created from reclaimed rose silver. Band has organic line detail drawn on it.

all you have to do to enter is subscribe to the C&TG newsletter on their home page and leave a comment below.

C&TG has also generously offered Miss Moss readers a special 15% discount from their online shop for the duration of the giveaway. Just enter the code 2Hdjy4rX at checkout. Guys – don’t forget they have a menswear section, too.


the giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world as Couverture & The Garbstore offers international shipping. readers outside the UK must please note that, as with all international shipping, you may be subject to your country’s customs charges / import duties upon arrivalthe giveaway ends on Wednesday 2 May, and the winner will be randomly selected in a lucky draw.


are you interested in sponsoring? find out more here or email me diana [at] missmoss.co.za for more information

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Jackie & JFK

since i seem to be on a wedding trip today, i thought it might be cool to share some pics from the wedding of Jackie & JFK in September 1953, which was taken by Life photographer Lisa Larsen. there were 600 guests, they had 14 ushers and 10 bridesmaids and they ate pineapple salad at their reception.

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A Wedding in the Loire Valley

okay, if you are a regular reader you will know my feelings re: the wedding industry and that my overall hope is that people would have honest, real weddings without the unnecessary hoopla.

…but, i had to show you this. because it’s so ridiculously fantastical i almost cannot believe it’s real. this couple had a costume themed wedding in a french chateau in the loire valley. if you can afford to have your wedding in a chateau you’re already in another league, but this is simply nuts. the bride’s dress was designed by the same costume designer who created michelle pfeiffer’s costumers in dangerous liasons. they even had fireworks on the balcony! marie antoinette, eat your heart out, eh?

the photography is the work of Shawn Connell of the Christian Oth Studio - the quality of which is not unlike something you might expect to see on the pages of Vogue.

all photographs courtesy of the Christian Oth Studio

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Arts & Science

love this simple yet striking way ARTS&SCIENCE displays their s/s 2012 collection

ARTS&SCIENCE, shop & brand which bases itself in Tokyo, offers a aifestyle as a whole with fashion as one important essence. -To Wear, To Dwell, and To Eat- The owner and also the creative director Sonya Park, who also works as a fashion stylist, believes that only ‘genuine quality’ can mature and starts to carry personal value and age and time only adds to the perfection of the quality. This leads to her philosophy that fashion is a ‘tool’ in daily life rather than a ‘tool’ for vanity.

seen via all the mountains

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Paris in Colour

whenever i’m daydreaming about fantasy holidays, looking through the directories of beautiful hotels or checking out cheap flights, my mind always wanders back to paris. i have visited the city a number of times, but i can’t seem to get enough of it – you can keep your tropical islands and skiing holidays, all i want is the chance to visit paris again.

Paris in Colour might just satisfy my eternal paris cravings, especially because Nichole Robertson journeys through the city and captures it by colour. you might know her from her blog where she has been sharing bits of paris in colour since she moved there in 2009. you can read more about the project here.

all photography by Nichole Robertson

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Bon Appétit

i’m really excited to share the first Food & Fashion Mash-Ups series i did for Bon Appétit Magazine! which is a superb publication by the way, we don’t get it in South Africa but i was lucky enough to be given copies of their two latest issues. something i really appreciated was the beautiful design & layout of each issue – admittedly the first thing i look for in a magazine. i especially loved their story The Incredible Egg and the Insider’s Guide to Paris in their latest issue.

see the post here and keep a look out for a new one every week.

Recipe: The Softest Scramble
food photo by Peden + Munk / street style by Lee Oliveira

Recipe: Cherry-Almond Focaccia
food photo by Ditte Isager/street style by Le 21eme Arrondissement

Recipe: Watercress Soup
food photo by Jason Lowe / street style by The Sartorialist

Story: Schmear Campaign
food photo by Romulo Yanes / street style by The Sartorialist

Recipe: The Smoothest Flan
food photo by Peden + Munk / street style by Team Peter Stigter

Recipe: White Bean and Tuna Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette
food photo by Romulo Yanes / street style by Streetfsn


see the rest of my colour comparison mash-ups here

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Wild Child of the Aeolian Isles

The Hellers is comprised of brother & sister duo Dania and Yoram Heller, who are based out of Tel Aviv and LA. their Spring Summer 2012 line Wild Child of the Aeolian Isles was inspired by the Brontë sisters - imagine Jane Eyre, off on a sun glazed trip to the Aeolian Islands…

On a meaningful trip to Sicily Dania was on last summer, Dania caught up with Cary Fukunaga’s 2011 film version of Jane Eyre. The independent spirit that the story cries out just struck a note with the thoughts of what it means to try and create freely in this time that we live in – especially creating fashion, such a passionate yet highly commercialized field (especially in the last decade).

What came out was the perhaps the most delicate and mature Hellers’ collection yet: oval shapes, metallic bursts, crazy prints – being tamed by a sense of a prim veil reigning it all. It’s a journey where the Bronte’s Jane Eyre leaves the gray moors, and flies off to sunny, musical beaches.

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