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.”
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
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.
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.
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.