Love ZA Buy ZA

if you’ve perused my Cape Town City Guide you’d have noticed the plethora of local fashion boutiques that we are lucky enough to have in our fair city. they stock mostly local designers, something that is dear to the heart of many including myself. i’m very proud of our local shops and designers – on any given day i can walk into one of these places and find something i want/need/have to buy (this is why i try not walk into them too often).

fashion label Good Clothing and local boutique Mungo & Jemima have launched a campaign called Love ZA Buy ZA, and recently collaborated with Shoestring Productions on a beautiful video to launch the initiative.

Our hope is for all local designers to use this campaign to promote their businesses. To create awareness of local brands and help a struggling industry compete with the competition coming in from abroad. We have so much talent in South Africa; we want people to get excited about it and be proud to wear it. At least 80 000 jobs have been lost in the local clothing and textile industry over the past six years as companies continue to close their doors. We want to help change this.

you can visit Good Clothing and Mungo & Jemima at the Design Indaba Expo, which launches tomorrow, to learn more about the initiative and get involved. buy local!

video credits. Director: Richard Wall / Producer: Robert McCulloch / DOP: Sally Low / Editor and Sound Design: Lucian Barnard / Post Production: Dylan Wrankmore / Music: Thank you by Keith Kennif from Unseen Music library / Agency & Production Company: Shoestring Productions

10 Homes

another installment of Ten Homes. man, what a day. moving sucks! but what sucks even more is when your furniture removal guys don’t even show up when they’re supposed to. needless to say today has been frustrating. honestly, the last thing i felt like doing today was writing a post (ack, my back! my back.) but i thought i’d have a sit down and take a calm scroll / stroll through ten of my favourite homes that have been featured around of late – to remind myself of what can be. i hope you enjoy them too.

brian’s beautiful home featured on sight unseen:

australian artist kirra jamison’s home:

the corners in claire cottrell’s  home:

Leah Fraser’s home, another aussie artist:

Nir Stern’s beautiful place (and cute cat!)

Bobo Wallmansson’s colourful home (and cute dog!)

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Jen’s lovely home, photographed by Lauren Bamford:

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Lisa & Scott’s amazing house in Topanga Canyon:

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a vintage victorian:

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and, occasional glimpses into Suvi’s home:

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Aritzia

despite the kinda ritzy name, Canadian retailer Aritzia has very beautiful wearable pieces, and some snazzy floral numbers too. i’ve always loved the idea of floral pants, but can’t pull them off myself – so whenever i see a gal rocking a pair i applaud the universe.

ps: you might notice things look a bit different around here. i did some spring cleaning… still ironing out the kinks though, so if you’re viewing this on safari on a mac in outer space i can’t guarantee everything is in the right place. but i’ll get there!

 

London Grammar

well i promised that i would be sharing more music on this here blog (still contemplating those music mixes…) so let me introduce you to London Grammar, if you haven’t heard of them already. they are a trio from London with the amazing Hannah on vocals. there are only have two tracks out so far, but you can pre-order their debut Metal & Dust which is actually releasing next week. based on these two songs that’s something you’re going to be wanting to do right away.

Windows of New York

ooooooooh i LOVE projects like this!! graphic designer José Guizar illustrates and shares one window a week for his Windows of New York project. did i tell you we’re going to NYC for our honeymoon? so whenever i see anything NYC related i get even more excited. Says José,

The Windows of New York project is a weekly illustrated fix for an obsession that has increasingly grown in me since chance put me in this town. A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up.

all images by José Guizar.

Nice Things No.15

here are 15 nice things for Nice Things No.15 – it’s an Etsy edition!

porcelain jewellery by Loumi:

the daschund league tote bag by giulia sagramola:

moonstone deco silver ring by Datter:

Rest print by Jon Duenas:

lost landscape dress by A Part of Me:

Faux Taxidermy bison head:

i feel great banner by Jimmy Marble:

hand-stitched grey leather tote by Artemis Leatherware:

february’s flowers by Rebekka Seale:

pendleton tote by Arc of Diver:

abstract prints by AMMIKI:

wooden coffee scoop by Brighton Exchange:

triangles tray by oelwein:

thank you card set by Harry Diaz:

crystal bar ring by upper metal class:

and, you’re right, Paris IS always a good idea. poster by Field Trip:

Margaret Howell SS13

there are two things that made me happy this morning. first was watching that goats video again. i think i may just start every single morning by having a quick glimpse of it. second was having a look through the Margaret Howell SS13 collection. the lookbook, shot by Koto Balofo, is particularly beautiful – highlighting the weaving process of the Irish linen used throughout the collection. the pieces themselves are of course absolutely gorgeous, the tailored trousers a particular favourite (not to mention those delightful mary janes).

Wonderdeco

i’m actually moving out of my lovely flat this month (sad face), so right now my mind is on the crappy business of packing up. it does make me feel a bit better to browse interior blogs in the process, so that i can imagine what i’d like my new home to look like. if you’re into beautiful Swedish homes like i am then best make a pit stop at Wonderdeco – run by stylist and blogger Sanna Fischer Nordström (who herself has a beautiful home), with photos by Ida Carrol.

Toast

i really love the aesthetic of UK brand Toast. they have a wonderful collection of basics like breton tees, denim, classic leather items and menswear inspired pieces named after Diane Keaton (of course, who else). have a browse around their latest catalogue and also be sure to check out their gorgeous homeware collection.

Candela S/S 13

Gabriela Perezutti is the designer behind Candela, based in NYC. her identity is deeply rooted in her Uruguayan ranching upbringing, and these equestrian and traditional gaucho influences are reflected in her designs. the Spring 2013 lookbook was photographed by Tom Hines and art directed by Ro&Co, who was influenced by the french film Indochine to create a romantic, cinematic and sentimental feeling as a backdrop for the collection.

Oyyo

Oyyo is a studio based in Sweden founded by creative duo Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén, who marry Swedish design sensibilities with their nomadic moods and travelling adventures. the studio releases one to two new products per year to work up a core collection of textiles, pieces of furniture and accessories. their first collection is Oyyo No.1, a series of six original dhurries handwoven by a community of craftspeople near India’s Blue City, Jodhpur.

Uniquely made from 100% organic cotton and vivid vegetable dyes derived from local plants, our dhurries are conceived as timeless self-investment pieces providing comfort of the best possible quality out there. The dhurries are woven with techniques dating back centuries, devoid of machines, but with a contemporary design and colour pallet. Their carefully selected colours and exquisite patterns become a statement of Oyyo’s natural optimism and core values: We claim a re-engagement with the natural world and express our confidence in the productive wonders made possible thanks to cultural diversity.

Le Sac

Le Sac by Miss Moss

i only have one handbag that i use for everything – day to day, going out, travelling etc. i’m just too comfortable & lazy to transfer things from bag to bag. BUT. here are some bags i like, if i ever changed my boring ways.

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TOP:  beige leather tote by Artemis / leather barrel bag by AAND / canvas pop-up bag by Chris van Veghel

MIDDLE: Laurie fringe purse by Acne / metallic + navy tote by coriumi / Alex bag by Steven Alan

BOTTOM: Tokyo bag by Opening Ceremony / Rockland Backpack by Need Supply Co. / tote by A.P.C.

Daily Dishonesty

Lauren Hom contacted me about her Daily Dishonesty project which is simply super rad. she’s a graphic designer based in NYC who started a series of hand lettered posters that document the little lies she tells herself on a regular basis. i can definitely relate to all of them. she also takes on weekly guest posts – this one by Emma Hopkins made me laugh. “I don’t know what’s wrong with my phone…” so true.

Lauren also shared a tutorial on her process from start to finish – really inspiring for those of you who want to dabble in hand lettering. you can also buy prints from the series at her Society6 shop.

 

A Wedding at Babylonstoren

weddings at Babylonstoren never fail to wow me. the setting is so spectacular that you don’t need any frills when it comes to decor and the usual wedding jazz (a blessing, really). We Love Pictures recently shared the wedding of Janina & Lean that was held on the grounds of this beautiful estate. also be sure to check out the wedding of Victoria & Christoph that Mariah styled, also held at Babylonstoren. one thing i know for sure is that if a donkey makes an appearance at a wedding it’s about 1000% better already.

all photos by We Love Pictures.