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.

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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.

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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.

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Le Sac

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.

Le Sac by Miss Moss

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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AÃRK Collective

AÃRK Collective is a Melbourne based company that deals in some of the spiffiest watches I’ve seen in a while. but not only that, the design details of their website and all their collateral is so brilliant. i love it when the branding of a company wins me over almost more than their products (almost).

We make ideas come to life to showcase our vision. We believe in good design, long lasting products and connecting with likeminded individuals. We are small, independent, based in Melbourne and proud of it. This is our way to keep things personal. Our approach is simple, honest and heartfelt. We create what we feel and do it because we love it. Our timepieces are a reflection of us; who we are, what we love and everything we believe in. We are AÃRK Collective.

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Mushroom & Taleggio Cheese Pie

it all started with cheese.

i fell in love with Taleggio cheese since Jess introduced it to me. so i made this pie on an icy cold day while on holiday with my family last winter. it was a hit – the cheese and the mushroom and the flaky pastry are a perfect combination. you can actually see my mom slapping my brother’s hand away from it in one of the photos. it was gone in 5 minutes.

it’s also a super easy recipe to make, especially since you use ready-made puff pastry that can be bought at any good supermarket. you all know i’m not the most prolific cook – so if i can get away with making something delicious with minimal effort, then that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

taleggio can be quite difficult to find*, and the imported Italian varieties are often pretty expensive. you can substitute with other semi-soft cheeses like fontina, havarti or raclette – though i would highly recommend hunting down some taleggio if you can! if you buy an imported variety from a local deli the cheese might have quite a pungent smell, don’t be put off by that – it actually has a far milder and almost fruity taste (especially once it’s cooked). don’t use mozzarella as it would probably prove too bland in this pie.

* for local readers: you can find Taleggio at Checkers or Woolies – look for the Portobello brand.

Mushroom & Taleggio Cheese Pie

25g butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
250g mushrooms, thinly sliced (basically one punnet of mushrooms)
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (if you can’t find fresh, freeze dried would also work)
375g fresh puff pastry (a standard roll of puff pastry)
1 small packet of fresh rocket (arugula)
300g Taleggio, sliced
1 egg, beaten

- Heat the butter and olive oil in a frying pan over a high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until softened.
- Reduce the heat, add the garlic and thyme leaves. Season with pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Take off the heat & leave to cool.
- Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface into a rectangular shape. Try to make it as long as you can so that you have enough space to spread the filling quite thinly.
- Scatter the rocket over 1 half of the pastry, then top with the mushrooms and sliced Taleggio.
- Brush the pastry edges with egg and fold the pastry in half over the filling, pressing to seal.
- Put on a baking sheet and prick the pastry with a fork.
- Set the pie aside to rest while you preheat the oven to 220°C / 425°F
- Egg wash the pastry and decorate as you fancy. Make a few slashes in the top before putting it in the oven.
- Bake for 15 minutes, until golden. Serve hot!

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