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).

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.

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.

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,

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.