Schier Shoes has been making velskoen out of Swakopmund, Namibia since 1935. 8 guys make them completely by hand and turn out 20 pairs of vellies a day. of course if you’re a south african you’ll know velskoene well as we all grew up with them – you probably call them vellies or skoens or veldskoene (as i always have). this humble shoe has been enjoying a fashion revival in the past few years, popping up in all our department stores and being worn by the young & hip. i suppose vellies are to south africans what clogs are to the swedes – people will keep wearing them whether they are cool or not.
i know i’ve promised that i would share some pictures of my (not so new anymore) home – but i am slowly getting myself together. a major step was procuring a lovely grown up tv cabinet. i knew what i wanted, but i couldn’t find anything i loved that wasn’t silly expensive, and the stuff i could afford was ugly. oh, so ugly.
i just wanted to highlight some of the wonderful wares from my fantastic sponsors…. if you’re interested in sponsoring drop me a line at diana @ missmoss.co.za!
Sabina Tabakovic is a self-taught photographer based in sweden whose work i stumbled upon on flickr. the talent pool on flickr always amazes me, especially the portfolios of self-taught & amateur photographers. if you browse through Sabina’s blog you will see that many of her photos are influenced by period dramas, vintage photos and paintings… they are simply beautiful and lovely to get lost in. check out her website, flickr, blog & facebook page for more.
i immediately clicked through to Mimi Thorisson’s blog Manger after Joanna posted about her garden cake. Mimi lives in the Médoc region of France with her family and 14 (!) dogs including a german pointer called Gertrude who i would probably steal if we ever met (german short haired pointers are my favourite pooches). she writes about life in the country and shares wonderful recipes including one of my absolute favourites eton mess and sophia loren’s meatballs (not a euphemism).
usually i’d wait to see an entire collection before posting about it, but judging by the sneak peek and behind the scenes photos from the new S/S 2012 Wiksten collection by Jenny Gordy you know it’s going to be good. these pieces, including the beautiful jewellery, will be available in the Wiksten shop from mid-to late june. the photos were taken by Jennifer Causey – the talented photographed behind The Makers.
i suppose i have been kind of shoe obsessed around here lately – and this is of course because i am truly shoe obsessed in real life at the moment. at the moment? all. the.time. it’s quite difficult finding really nice (affordable) shoes in south africa, so that’s why a lot of my internet daydreaming is shoe related.
Lambs Ear Shoes is a shop in Seattle that stocks an amazing range of shoes (amongst other beautiful wares, but i’m pretty taken by the shoes) from designers like a detacher, common projects, dieppa restrepo, steven alan, rachel comey and ld tuttle. you can peruse their range in their online shop and, best of all, they ship internationally. these buckle boots by plomo have my name written all over them.
the type of food that’s been catching my eye lately is dark, dark, dark. beautiful dark photography and even beautifully dark food. i would love nothing more than to sit in a dimly lit room with a massive table piled with plates of these foods in front of me, like some over the top medieval feast. i have been listening to a LOT of Stuff you missed in History Class* podcasts lately, so stories of kings and queens of long ago who indulged their every gluttonous whim are perhaps at the forefront of my mind.