The Midi Dress

i have a sort of obsession with the midi-dress / skirt (if you follow me on pinterest you might have picked this up). it is just such a great length to me, so flattering and elegant and something that suits all body types. midi length dresses can take you from summer to winter and back again, you can wear them to formal events just by dressing up with some rad heels… i don’t know, maybe it’s just a personal taste but i love them. and i love seeing girls wear them.

there are so many short skirts and dresses in the shops here (seems to be the only type you can find in south africa) so i hardly ever, ever come across the longer length that i love – and if i do my size is usually sold out because women snap that shit up, son. get the idea retailers! invariably i end up fantasy online shopping and pinning away pieces i’ll probably never buy – even though i want to. ASOS has a great selection of midi dresses (they know their market) and sometimes when i’m lucky i’ll get a friend who’s visiting overseas to bring me a bulk order of the good stuff.

left: three floor motion pink midi dress / right: asos midi dress in spot print

left: asos midi strap with cross dress bodice in red / right: house of holland tea dress

left: warehouse chiffon hem dress / right: asos spot midi dress in black

left: asos midi strap with cross dress bodice in white / right: asos midi dress with neon embellishment

left: asos midi dress with lace panelling / right: asos midi dress with applique panel

left: asos midi dress in peach print / right: asos wiggle dress in vintage wallpaper print

left: asos midi dress in tile print with crossover bodice / right: asos midi dress with mesh and lace detail

left: summer midi dress in boat print / right: asos midi dress with scoop back

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Flower Safari

Flower Safari is a group spring show that i watched grow as a seedling, as it were, from the mind of my friends Amy & Mariah. held at the new Side Street Studios in Woodstock, it features clothing by Take Care, jewellery by Dear Rae and art & products from talented people like Amy, Jessicah PedersenNix DaviesJulia Merrett, Emalie Bingham, Kirsty RiellyElsabe Milandri and Thingking. The event was styled by Mariah, who created those beautiful flower chandeliers. the show will be running through November so make sure you go have a look and maybe buy some art.

Artists: Jessicah Pedersen / Amy Ellenbogen /Nix Davies /Julia Merrett /Emalie Bingham /Kirsty Rielly /Elsabe Milandri / Thingking. Event Design & Styling- Mariah Breitenberg. Photography We Love Pictures. Clothing Take Care. Jewelry Dear Rae.

this is the invite i designed for the event.

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Of A Kind Giveaway: Pick Your Own

man alive i’m so happy to present another awesome giveaway thanks to Of A Kind! since this is the third one i’m doing with those wonderful ladies we thought it would be nice to give you THREE THINGS to choose from.

a little bit about Of A Kind - in case you didn’t know or perhaps you’re using the internet for the first time – Claire & Erica commission emerging independent designers to create one of a kind pieces in limited editions for you to shop. if you’re not into reading then just watch this cute video all about them and their business.

today you can win one of three items from the Of A Kind editions:  Erica Weiner’s classy-shassy Confetti Squares Bracelet or Love Mert’s utilitarian and stylin’ Kroller Tote or Feliks + Adrik’s free-wheeling Desert Sun Studs.

all you have to do to enter is: (1) sign up on the mega fancy Of A Kind giveaway page and (2) leave a comment telling me which of the three pieces is your style – and that’s the one you will win if your name is drawn.

the giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world as Of a Kind offers international shipping. readers outside the US must please note that you may be subject to your country’s customs charges / import duties upon arrival.  the giveaway ends on Monday 5 November, and the winner will be randomly selected in a lucky draw. if you’re already subscribed to their newsletter you’re still guaranteed an entry – just be sure to leave a comment!

Sarah & Jamie by Love Made Visible

there are a number of talented wedding photographer couples in Cape Town whose style of photography i can really get behind – focusing on important moments rather than most of the cheesy schtick that has been perpetuated by the wedding industry. three, namely: Deon & Irene of  Modern Hearts, Travis & Maike of We Love Pictures, and Bruce & Rebecca of Love Made Visible.

Bruce & Rebecca recently shot the beautiful day of Sarah & Jamie in the Karoo – probably one of the most exquisite settings for a wedding if you ask me. ALSO. they had a Rice Krispies cake. that is pretty much the raddest thing i have ever seen.

all photos by love made visible

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Jewels

jewellery is something that i love in theory, but never really wear. maybe i’ll sport a ring now and then, or a necklace if i’m feeling really flashy – but mostly i don’t really accessorise as much as i should. this past weekend i bought a new necklace from skermunkil which i love, and it got me browsing the internet for more rad pieces to potentially wear. or dream about wearing. please click on the images to be taken to the relevant designers.

 

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Lalesso x Pichulik

south african designers Lalesso and Pichulik have joined forces to create a bag range that makes me want to do a little happy dance. Lalesso x Pichulik features 3 designs – a duffel, a purse and a foldover clutch – in a myriad of Lalesso fabrics, topped off with Pichulik’s signature ropes & accessories. very much a case of one of each, please.

images courtesy of lalesso x pichulik. photographer: kope figgins. model: natali krug.

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Oysho

looking through online shop Oysho feels like floating on a cloud made of bunnies and kittens. their socks section alone made me aaaaaaw too much for my own good, not to mention those ridiculously cute animal blankets. but Oysho isn’t all puppies and rainbows – they also have delicate underthings & wonderful beachwear at really reasonable prices.

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Eat This Food

i discovered Australian based food blog Eat This Food thanks to The Design Files, and immediately got caught up in the fantastic combination of fun graphics, great photography and amazingly tasty looking food (of course). The blog is run by three Tasmanian creatives who are now all based in Melbourne – Pat Breen does the cooking, Sean Fennesy takes the photos and designer Jess Lillico is responsible for the graphics. everything about Eat This Food is right up my alley – especially the handy downloadable PDFs. i hope these guys are paving their way to a recipe book, because i would snap it up in a second. please click on the images to be taken to the recipe – and see all of them here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

all photographs & graphics by Eat This Food

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