Al Bairre

it seems fitting that my first music post of the year is about a newish South African band called Al Bairre. these guys are based in Cape Town too, so I suppose that makes it doubly awesome. Al Bairre is made up of 5 talented youngsters – Tom Kotze, Julia Johnson, Tessa Johnson, Nicholas Preen and Kyle Davis – who combine cello, violins, guitars, ukelele’s and drums to create what they call Symphonic Indie Rock.

Aggressively unfancy band from the mother city. We have nice hair and like ugly things. Drawing influence from bands such as Arcade Fire, Ra Ra Riot, Vampire Weekend and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, the goal was to take an indie band and turn it into an “ice cream of orchestral sounds”

you can listen to and download their debut EP When I Was Tall for free at their Soundcloud and band page.

listen to the rest of the EP at their Soundcloud page.

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Girl & Graaf

i got the sweetest email from Lauren sharing the campaign for her recently opened online boutique Girl & Graaf. Lauren says she took a lot of inspiration from the blog in creating the campaign, so i guess things have come full circle around here! and what a beautiful shop (and photoshoot!) it is, i am definitely coveting those washable gold bags.

 

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Cake! Cake! Glorious Cake!

oh no, don’t tell me it’s another wedding related post.

to be fair, cakes are delicious and amazing – SO – i hope you don’t mind that this post kind of has to do with the wedding. because the thought of the cakes makes me very excited. if everything goes according to plan there will be more than one cake. but not fancy tiered wedding cakes, just a few normal sized yet wonderfully tasty cakes to suit everyone’s taste. and by everyone i mean the two of us because we simply can’t choose.

salted caramel… vanilla buttercream… tres leches… maybe something with strawberries in it… or perhaps a pavlova cake?! the options are endless! but here are some i like the look and sound of.

the cutest ever carrot cake by Cereal Magazine:

chocolate cake with mascarpone frosting + pink lime cake with cream & coconut cheese frosting by Call Me Cupcake:

burnt almond torte by Photissière:

chocolate brownie mousse cake by Chasing Delicious:

coconut cream cake by Always With Butter:

lemon & poppyseed cake by anna-mavritta:

chocolate banana cake with maple glazed walnuts by My New Roots:

strawberry & chocolate cake by Matchbox Kitchen:

blood orange and rosemary cake by What Katie Ate:

petal layer cakeruffle layer cake & banana layer cake with salted caramel buttercream by Made from Scratch:

salted caramel chocolate fudge cake by Sweetapolita:

 

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Catch Up: Fashion

continuing with my mini-series of sorts called Catch Up. relevant to interiors, fashion, design etc. next up: Fashion.

a cute new Spanish fashion label called Royal Caballito:

everyone is raving about Block Shop Textiles:

the new Ermie collection photographed by Kate Miss:

outfits + landscapes by Cath:

everything by A.P.C. ever, available at La Garconne:

the new Maison Scotch collection:

Meredith Wendell makes nice bags:

Garance Dore’s feature on lamp designer Ana Kras:

a very wearable spring collection by Ulla Johnson:

Barbara Casasola’s Summer 2013 collection:

Vika Gazinskaya’s SS 2013 collection, inspired by her travels:

a very cool lookbook by Hixsept:

Sierra, a silk scarf collection by Las Coleccionistas:

and some street style i’ve been loving…

Natalia looking like a doll:

pink tones by all the pretty birds & trendycrew:

blue on blue by street peeper:

winter snaps by the sartorialist & glamcanyon:

natalie joos by stockholm streetstyle:

this classic look:

love the detailing of this Hermes shirt:

oh and by the way, Rachel Weisz totally won at the Globes.

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Alessandra Rich

this collection by Alessandra Rich was actually released way back in October when the Spring 2013 collections came out, so I’m surprised i’ve only caught on now. why have those fabulous flamed dresses been eluding me for so long! not to mention that first lace number. yes. there’s also a bit of The Never Ending Story Childlike Empress thrown in, which you won’t hear me complain about.

…her collection was inspired by a lot of thinking about Russian girls. Rich gave her girls names—Olga and Irina—and a backstory that saw the merging of the iconic Russian female gymnast and the (now equally) iconic Russian jet-set glamour girl. It was an oddball starting point for a collection, but it worked.Style.com

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