Muku

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i was intending on doing a these things today, as usual, but the Muku SS 2013 collection felt like just the right way to sign off the week. from the sweet little girls (those little dresses! those milk-maid braids! those flowers crowns!) to the simple & beautiful pieces for women made from exquisite natural fabrics – i am quite smitten with Lithuanian based Muku.

Muku mainly focus on kids clothing but likes to venture out and play around with toys, accessories, and whatever our exploring hands can create. We choose to use natural fibers. We get inspired by DIY idea, recycling, remakes, urban art… Find most of our materials from grandparents cupboards, antique bookshops, flea markets. All made with love and nicety.

they have a website, online shop and blog.

















Li Hui

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continuing with Flickr Fridays! i have noticed and admired the work of Li Hui for years on Flickr, so I was surprised to find that i had never actually done a post about her before (cannot keep track after all these years i guess). she is a self-taught photographer who only uses film. something you might notice is that her subjects never show their faces, and she gives a reason for that in this interview:

My pictures never shows faces because I think this is a way of communicating with the viewer. The pictures remind us of our common feelings, secrets, past memories or magical dreams. The people in my pictures are not supposed to be unknown faces, but the viewer him- or herself.

browse her dreamy body of work at her website, tumblr and, of course, flickr.

all photographs by Li Hui.

Another Feather: Artemis II

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Another Feather is an Asheville-based accessories label by jewellery designer Hannah Ferrara. the lookbooks for her various collections never cease to wow me – and so I was excited to see the imagery for her new collection Artemis II, taken by photographer Olivia Rae James. you can peruse all her pieces at her online shop.

Inspired by her travels, the mountains she lives near, and an appreciation for well made objects and heirlooms, Hannah’s line includes simple everyday adornments, as well as one of a kind metal made jewellery.  She uses traditional metal smithing techniques and tools to craft each item, using recycled metals from sustainable sources, combined with the occasional natural object or repurposed vintage parts.

Photography: Olivia Rae James | Model: Becca Barnet | Styling: Hannah Ferrara













Take Care

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Take Care is a Cape Town based label by designer Jessica Harwood. their winter collection suits my taste for beautiful pared down pieces. i went into their shop on Kloof Street recently, shared with menswear label Adriaan Kuiters, and man-handled (woman-handled?) some of the beautiful coats. i am particularly taken by the double waterfall jacket below. also happy to tell you that you can now peruse Take Care at their online shop – glad to see more and more South African designers selling on the web.

lookbook photos shot by Julia Merrett.

Biodiversity Heritage Library

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i thought i’d share a little resource with you today. if you’re into dabbling around with imagery, need inspiration for visual projects or graphic design moodboards or whatever – you might be interested in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. they have hundreds (thousands?) of hi-res images from a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries. you can delve into a world of insects and botanicals and fungi and sea creatures… gorgeous even just to look at.

 

 

 

 

i haven’t even scratched the iceberg of what they have to offer (mixing my idioms there, deal with it). but i couldn’t go posting all the pics ever, so i played a bit with this set of illustrated British fungi – pairing them with street style that have caught my eye recently.

street style: Vanessa Jackman

street style: Citizen Couture

street style: A Love Is Blind

street style: The Locals

These Things No.51

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these things no.51! i don’t have anything interesting to say today… i’m tired. i’m going to have a bath. i might read in there. it’s raining outside. i might try my hand at making some vegetable soup. any recipes you care to share? have a good weekend!

the BFF themed lookbook for Robber features actual BFFs, and it’s amazing. photographs by Arden Wray:

a new website and lookbook for Datter:

exceptionally beautiful styling work by Marie Olsson Nylander:

a new lookbook for Oh Dear Megan:

a beautiful interior for Delbôve boutique by Christophe Remy:

now i have a craving for Hokkaido milk toast, big time:

Father, a new coffee roastery in Braamfontein:

Emma-Jane’s living room makeover:

have to try this 3 ingredient recipe for chocolate fudge:

nice new things at Vuela:

love the S/S 13 lookbook for Blooming Leopold:

love this dainty ring by Favor Jewellery:

an amazing shoot by Raffaella Campeggi, courtesy of Emma:

Middle of Nowhere is a cute Aussie design studio:

interesting knitwear by Yu Square:

and if you want some new music to listen to, check out Joburg based Vampire 9000:

Alan Reid

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Alan Reid is an artist based in NYC who works with colour pencils. reading up about him i discovered,

his representational images of heiresses, bored fashionistas and aquiline beauties that have been called provocatively light, with coloring as delicate as his women are elegant. The work invites reasoning, provocation and negotiation of absurdist scenarios involving majestic women in insipid situations.

well, i don’t know about all THAT – but i do love his portraits, and would gladly hang one of his bored heiresses in my home. you can find out more about him, and see more of his work, at Lisa Cooley and Artsy.

The Silence of Dogs in Cars

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The Silence of Dogs in Cars is a project by photographer Martin Usborne. it is as beautiful and striking as it is sad and upsetting… and sometimes, oddly amusing. i have picked my ten favourites below out of the 41 amazing photographs he took for the series. of course no one can describe the project better than Martin himself,

I was once left in a car at a young age. I don’t know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside a supermarket, probably for fifteen minutes only. The details don’t matter. The point is that I wondered if anyone would come back. The fear I felt was strong: in a child’s mind it is possible to be alone forever.

Around the same age I began to feel a deep affinity with animals – in particular their plight at the hands of humans. I saw a TV documentary that included footage of a dog being put in a plastic bag and being kicked. What appalled me most was that the dog could not speak back.

I should say that I was a well-loved child and never abandoned and yet it is clear that both these experiences arose from the same place deep inside me: a fear of being alone and unheard.

When I started this project I knew the photos would be dark. In a sense, I was attempting to go back inside my car, to re-experience what I couldn’t bear as a child. What I didn’t expect was to see so many subtle reactions by the dogs: some sad, some expectant, some angry, some dejected. It was as if upon opening up a box of grey-coloured pencils I was surprised to see so many shades inside.

There is life in the darkest places inside us.

Martin is currently spending a year to see how many animals he can save in 365 days. Read the ongoing blog here. He hopes for this to become his next book.

thanks to Thisispaper for introducing me to his work.

all photos by Martin Usborne

Everything In Its Right Place

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Need Supply Co has been doing some amazing lookbooks lately, a particular favourite of mine was It’s In The Bag which featured those rad Falconwright pouches. they have just collaborated with Jennifer Hagler of A Merry Mishap who, if you don’t follow already, has incredible taste & such a beautiful aesthetic – be sure to follow her blog, pinterest and instagram. she is also a talented jewellery maker.

Jennifer shot Need Supply Co’s home goods collection in her own home, and her clean and monochromatic aesthetic is a natural pairing to showcase products from Fort Standard, Fredericks & Mae, Cold Picnic, and more.

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Karen Walker sunnies, Fort Standard bottle openers, JujuMade x Brook&Lyn hair accessories, LHOOQ undies, ANN-YA marbled leather cat coasters.

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Willow Knows scarf; Cold Picnic tote; Illesteva sunnies; Anywhere beach blanket

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Ria Menorca sandals;  Human Being Journal Volume 2

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Fredericks & Mae dominos set

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring:  Academy marbled pinch pot; MCMC love candle; Human Being Journal Volume 2

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Baggu drawstring purse; Cold Picnic tote; Apolis candle; Apartamento No.11; Diner Journal Issue 24; Cherry Bombe #1; Helmut Newton World Without Men; Jeffrey Campbell Isidora heels; Fredericks & Mae travel checkers

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Montreal Tee; Venice Top; Rena Dress; Someday Tank; Pini Jumpsuit by Top Shop; Illusions Shift Dress; Ed Wood Tank; Dina brogues by Dieppa Restrepo

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Pyramid Bead Plant Hanger by Cold Picnic

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Anywhere beach blanket

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

Resort 2014

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i used to be quite into following the shows as they were coming out, but somewhere along the way i just got tired of keeping up with them and instead relied on one or two images from one or two collections to pop up in my reader or pinterest feed to keep me abreast of what was happening (and what was beautiful).

the latest resort 2014 season has caught my eye more than a few times actually, so i decided to delve into all the shows (and i mean ALL the shows) and pick my favourites. i ended up with a top 30 – which means that i have done all the work for you, and you don’t have to even go and look at them yourself. yay? and now you can pretend you know what is going on in the fashion world, too.

also through all of this i realised that having 200 tabs open does not help with my computer’s performance, at all, so if you’re a constant new tab opener like me – try OneTab. it is a life saver.

i have only picked one image from each collection (bar two collections, who i simply couldn’t choose only one from – you’ll see who they are). all images are from style.com.

let’s kick off with Louis Vuitton, whose collection truly seduced me. i am not an LV fan by any stretch of the imagination, but this collection  is so fun and the model is so breezy. yes please, LV!

These Things No.50

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i’ve been slipping a bit on the post front this week – sorry. have been quite busy, and felt kind of chained to my desk to be honest. which always makes me worry about my health… all that sitting cannot be good for you. when i’m done with work i just want to dramatically push my chair away from my desk and not even look at the screen anymore (in a metaphorical way of course, my office chair doesn’t have wheels so i can’t do a real push and twirl).

i’m also suffering from severe cabin fever, as i’ve been working from home for the past 2 weeks due to renovations at our office. and let me tell you – working at home SUCKS. for me, anyway. it has been quite essential for me to get out of the house every once in a while, especially for walks on the promenade. in an ideal world i’d have my own little studio somewhere… one day, one day.

anyway! it’s time for a friday these things. oh hey, 50 seems like a big number! but i guess everything on this here blog is sort of a these things, so let’s not get too excited.

i have to start with this coat from the Chloe Resort 2014 collection which is just amazing:

these shoes by Alpha60 are cool:

cute leather hair accessories by Canoe:

love this french label Homecore discovered via Cath:

foldable vase covers by snugstudio:

Lauren Manoogian & Bryan Purcell photographed by Backyard Bill:

the Nina Ricci Resort 2014 collection is just exquisite:

this identity design by Anagrama for dry cleaners Nordic House is wonderful:

the new collection by Serax is rad:

Debra’s film photos of The Table really capture how great it is:

i would like these leather sandals from Everlane, please:

i don’t know what i’d put in this golden leather bag (fancy lunch?) but i want it:

A Kind of Guise is an awesome looking shop in Munich:

one of my favourite local labels Selfi has just launched their online shop:

these hanging plants are ideal for sprucing up a lonely ceiling:

very much into woven storage baskets these days. left: connected goods; right: wabi sabi:

Cuyana has some beautiful totes (and a lovely new design thanks to Jessica Comingore & Shilpa Shah):

Vegetarian Ventures is a great new-to-me food blog:

i hope that i run into the Van Leeuwen ice-cream truck when we’re in New York:

Naftul is a lovely Israeli label:

i like the idea of roller wallpaper:

stackable rings are everywhere, aren’t they? these ones by Hannah Naomi are affordable & rad:

such a bright & happy collection by Sarah Leslie Richards:

two style blogs that i’m enjoying right now, left: Polienne & right: Jazzabelle’s Diary:

and, Nelson Mandela is still in hospital. i dug up this photo to remind us of his greatness:

photograph by George Hallet.

have a happy weekend, everybody.

Found, Revisited

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i’m so glad to see that the National Geographic Found tumblr is still going since i first posted about it back when it launched in March. they have a ton of brilliant photos on there now (this one is especially notable). imagine being the Nat Geo staffer who gets to go through the archives and update the blog – dream job! i especially love the bright kodachrome looking shots, they make me feel like going on holiday with a film camera and snapping some of my own.

Samuji

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wow i am kind of besotted with the summer 2013 lookbook for Finnish label Samuji, Changing Patterns. the model, the clothes, the paint, the clever parallax scrolling… i ended up going up and down and up and down. these are just screenshots, you definitely have to go on over and experience it for yourself. i’m not sure if all these pieces are available to buy yet, but keep an eye on their online shop for more.