April, 2013

The Cowgirl Way

i love anything to do with cowgirls, so it was a treat looking through this recent New York Times feature about cowgirls of today who grow up in the ranch country of the Texas Panhandle. some of these girls appear quite tough (and i bet they are!) but then you spot the inconspicuous braid in their horse’s mane. photographer Ilona Szwarc is known for her series about American Girls, which you can see on her website.

When talking about rodeoing, the girls muse about their spiritual connection to the animals and the grit the sport helps them build — rather than the fact that they’re crossing over into traditionally male territory. “I used to be scared a lot, to even get on a horse,” Riley Sessions, 12, says. “I got tougher as I got on a horse and started riding. You’ve got to be pretty brave to ride a horse.” – Julie Bosman

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12 hrs

i really love the idea behind 12 hrs, a new travel site launched by The Locals photographer Søren Jepsen and writer Anna Peuckert. much like my own city guide to Cape Town, they aim to give you tips “that aren’t about money, but about great discoveries from all around the world.” i wish i could have had their guide to Copenhagen handy when i visited there in 2007, now guess i can add another reason to go again.

We love to travel. We also love design, and music, and fashion. And we were missing a website full of travel tips for people like us. Somewhere between the backpackers and the luxury hotels. To keep it simple, we organized them in itineraries. 12 hours per trip. Sweet and short. With the best to see, do, eat, dance we could fit in one short stay.

all photos by 12 hrs

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TEN & Co.

you’ll remember the beautiful lookbook from shoemakers TEN & Co. that i shared last year. well, they have gone in a completely different direction to showcase their Spring 2013 collection! showing off their beautiful handmade shoes in sumptuous table settings of food & drink, reminiscent of the still life paintings from Dutch golden age artists like Pieter ClaeszWillem van Aelst, Jan Davidsz. de Heem and Willem Claeszoon Heda (to mention a few). be sure to check out the entire lookbook and read about the story behind these rad shoes.

photography by René Cervantes, styling by Alex Brannian and Tory Noll

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Desert Warrior

Yo Vintage is one of my rad sponsors, a vintage shop based in Portland with an excellent online shop that also stocks new jewellery and accessories from independent designers. they just released their latest lookbook Desert Warrior which just ticks all the boxes for me, especially that beautiful cream skirt & blouse combo – classic. be sure to have a gander through their other lookbooks - Rose City is another great one.

ps: if you’re an independent shop / designer / cool person and you’re interested in sponsoring just get in touch.

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Nice Things No.16

here are ten nice things for the home: to buy, to DIY, or just to sigh (at)…

sweet little bowls by Fine Little Day:

porcelain serving boards by honeycomb studio:

unbelievable textiles by Mae Engelgeer, via gimii:

the awesome project is awesome:

Pennyweight Goods presents the Southern Lights Electric x Pennyweight wall lamp:

Bindle is a sweet gifting idea:

a DIY embroidery kit by Lisa Grue:

a faceted wall clock by Raw Dezign:

a DIY kitchen towel rack made from a brass rod, by Bambula:

and, pretty things inside tape:

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8 Homes

Simone & Rhys Haag’s home in Melbourne is one of the nicest & most inspiring i’ve seen in a while:

Aerin Lauder’s house in Aspen (profiled by Vogue of course, of course):

a beautiful renovation of an apartment by AR architects, i particularly like the yellow details (and those floors):

a home in London designed by Charles Mellersh, more lovely golden detailing:

artist Pia Dehne’s house & studio in the Catskills:

Swedish apartment for sale (and immaculately styled):

Bri’s inspiring office makeover (not really a home, but homey – yes):

and a weekend beach house that i wouldn’t mind making a full time house house:

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The Socialite Family

consider The Socialite Family a French version of FvF – except focusing on families, of course. founder Constance Gennari started the website to share her true passion: “observing interior design through the eyes of a family, whether in Paris, New York or anywhere else in the world.”

Traditional values, more particularly, family values are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s world. As young parents, we not only have a responsibility to provide a just and honest education to our children, but also to teach them to appreciate the better things in life, as any true epicurean would. Through the lenses of various photographers that irresistibly draw us into the world of these modern families, The Socialite Family mission us to imagine and inspire.

i like the latest feature of stylist Aurélie Lecuyer and her husband Jean-Christophe who lives in Nantes with their two little boys. the beautiful photographs are by Melanie Rodriguez.

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Atem

ATEM caught my eye with their beautiful website and interesting lookbook (and the bags, of course). the brand was formed in 2011 by designer Nelson Abulencia, and is based in Germany. be sure to check out their site for more.

ATEM creates purity, finesse and quality in accessories. We like to call it contemporary timelessness. We enjoy attention to detail in everything we do and therefore only use carefully considered materials that satisfy our high understanding of quality & style. The strongest garments and smoothest leathers are crafted into functional design items with a sense of tactile simplicity. To ensure our vision translates into every item that leaves the studio we only work with contractors that share our idea of creating a highly durable contemporary modern classic.

credits: direction & design: HelloMe, Till Wiedeck / photography: Patrick Desbrosses

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