Michelle Armas

i really REALLY love the work of artist Michelle Armas. she started painting to cope with the stress of her career in the world of corporate branding, and eventually turned it into a full-time job. i love stories like that, and it makes me think of a cool quote from designer extraordinaire Jessica Hische – “The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

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ASOS SALON

i had to put a devastating end to my love affair with ASOS because having anything shipped into South Africa usually ends up costing a fortune in customs charges* – but if i was living across the pond i’d definitely be snapping up some of these pieces from the ASOS SALON collection

Feminine and frivolous, our ASOS SALON collection takes inspiration from vintage style, with beautiful appliqué finishes, floral shapes and a palette of sugary, ice-cream shades shot through with bold pops of neon colour. ASOS Salon offers a covetable capsule collection of occasionwear pieces with a ladylike aesthetic.

left: Neon Embroidery Mesh Midi / right: Drop Waist With Scallop Cut Outs

left: Pencil Dress with Anglaise / right: Kaftan Dress with Bright Embroidery

left: Neon Mesh Maxi Dress / right: Floral Midi Prom Dress

left: Dress with Applique Panel / right: Floral Bandeau Dress

*(this actually goes for most online shopping sites – so it’s probably a good thing for my bank balance)

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Crown

Georgian photographer Mariam Sitchinava is oft-covered around these parts, so it’s no surprise that i’m keen to share her lovely new project Crown:

This project expresses my desire of depicting women’s inner colour pallete alongside with their beautifullness with the help of flora. Thirteen Georgian girls aging 17 to 23 had a freedom of making their own crowns.

…you can also buy prints of any of the photographs from the series at her etsy shop.

all photographs by Mariam Sitchinava

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Samantha Pleet for Wolverine 1000 Mile

Mariah of Quite Continental did an amazing job styling the lookbook of the F/W 2012 footwear collection by Samantha Pleet which she designed for Wolverine 1000 Mile – an American footwear company which has been in existence since 1883. says Mariah,

Working closely with Samantha and the great folks at Wolverine, I created a collection of looks inspired by the same amazing group of women who inspired Samantha’s designs. It was important to me to honor the spirit of adventure and independence and while creating looks for the modern woman, no matter if her adventures take her on safari in Kenya or on the subway downtown to the office. As a girl who wears men’s shoes on occasion, I really love the subtlety of the Samantha Pleet x Wolverine 1K Mile collection. Samantha doesn’t simply design men’s shoes for women, she combines the best of both worlds and has created something nuanced, nostalgic, but completely modern.

See the entire lookbook here. Footwear: Samantha Pleet for Wolverine 1000 Mile / Photography: Mikael Kennedy / Styling: Mariah Kunkel / Clothing: Brooklyn Dry Goods / Accessories: The Shiny Squirrel

ps: The Bonny Boot pretty much ticks all my boxes for boot of the year.

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Visiting Amy

i’ve spoken about my friend Amy before on the blog – you’ll be familiar with her famous collages if you’re a regular visitor. she has the best taste out of any person i know, and that is a fact. some might say she taught me everything i know. so when Kate and i were musing about who she should do her next house call series on (she blogs for local site its what i’m into) i suggested amz, as she is currently living in a mega cute cottage in the seaside village of kalk bay.

amz has a knack for quickly making any space she occupies into a home – when we lived together in a tiny, tiny room in london (harry potter’s cupboard would not be an exaggeration) she managed to make it cosy & liveable. then later on when we shared a (luckily) bigger flat she filled it up with tons of beautiful wooden furniture – many of which were handmade by her dad. you can see some of his pieces in these photos, the kitchen table notably (love those tapered legs) as well as the laptop tray (brilliant) and the bedside lamp (i have on too).

read the entire post here and be sure to check out the rest of Kate’s house calls.

ps: the cute pooch goes by Sophie, and she is a Hungarian Viszla in case anyone is wondering.

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Humble Abode

my mind is occupied with two main obsessions at the moment: finding & wearing the perfect winter boot, and cooking up decorating schemes for my apartment. these are unrelated topics, yet inexplicably intertwined – as i plan on happily stomping around my flat while wearing said boots.

never mind the boots for now, let’s talk about those decor schemes.

art & shelving is the main thing on the agenda. my plan is thus: put a few BIG pictures on the walls (i have grown tired of gallery walls, which i used to have in my old apartment) – and i mean BIG. and then figure out some kind of shelving system i can use on one wall that can act as a gallery rail of sorts for a variety of smaller pictures.

this apartment is filled with HUGE paintings, some of which are super bright which i LOVE.

the example from this apartment is slightly smaller, but still big & bright enough to make a great impact:

two by two is cool too – i love the prints (and everything else) in anouck lepere’s apartment so much:

low hanging posters with some kind of shelving / storage system underneath = yes. i would steal the posters in this apartment (left) in a second, and love the contrast of that big white poster against the dark wall in this home (right):

which brings me to something else, creating an impact in your entryway – those low hooks are handy too:

as for shelving – this is a perfect example of using shelving to display pictures:

as is this:

if you’re looking for a way to do shelving yourself, check out these rad stirrup shelf brackets by Quarter Twenty – what an ingenious idea:

could also just nix the shelving and use a low bookshelf to display things:

something else i’ve been thinking about is how to bring more colour into the place. i have mostly wooden furniture, and a light grey couch – so things can get too neutral pretty easily. i like the idea of colourful glassware & ceramics… like this kumquat pitcher at anthropologie:

beautiful blenko glassware in this home:

fun colourful ceramics in this apartment:

an obvious way to bring in more colour is by using paint, even though it’s not something i really want to attempt in a rented apartment (if i ever own property one day i will probably go MAD with paint colours)

have come to adore a rosey blush pink – which needs to be accessorised correctly to avoid it becoming too girly:

another idea is painting the ceiling:

here are some other random interior things i like…

exquisite lighting by ania pauser:

this collage by erin dollar:

windowsill herb pots by nick fraser:

simple magazine rack by gauzak:

and, these hilarious salt & pepper penguins by holaria:

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Bon Appétit Deux

here are the next few Food & Fashion Mash-Ups i did for Bon Appétit Magazine - see them all here.

Recipe: Wheat Berries with Charred Onions and Kale
food photo by Randy Harris / street style by Stockholm Streetstyle

Recipe: Roasted Peppers with Nectarines
food photo by Mirabelle Marden / street style by Vanessa Jackman

Recipe: Roasted Spring Vegetables
food photo by Romulo Yanes / street style by The Sartorialist

Recipe: Linguine with Clams and Fennel
food photo by Romulo Yanes / street style by Vanessa Jackman

Story: The 10 Best Baguettes in America
food photo by Romulo Yanes / street style by Pop Bop & Snap

Story: Curried Egg Salad in Mini Pitas
food photo by Marcus Nilsson / street style by Vanessa Jackman


see the rest of my colour comparison mash-ups here

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Tomboy Style Lookbook by Myrtle

Myrtle is a shop in Echo Park, LA owned by Whitney Bickers and featuring quality clothing and goods both vintage and by independent female designers. the new Spring 2012 lookbook was styled by Whitney with inspiration from Lizzie Garrett’s just released Tomboy Style book, and photographed by Megan McIsaac at Frank Lloyd Wright’s beautiful Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Park in LA. i’m also proud to spot a bag by South African designer Missibaba.

tomboy style lookbook for myrtle of los angeles / spring 2012 / photographed by: megan mcisaac / styled by: whitney bickers / model: caitlin dennis

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Matt Wisniewski

Matt Wisniewski is a self-taught artist & web developer who creates beautiful photo collages (or “visual experiments” as he likes to call it) in his free time. you can view his latest work at his tumblr and his website, and read an interview with him over at Yatzer.

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