These Things No.52

hello! a These Things is long overdue – and i figured since a lot of you were on holiday it was time for a recap of sorts. i also had a mini-holiday this weekend, we were treated to a night at the amazing Clouds Estate for Anton’s birthday. it’s a bit of a luxury spot in the winelands just outside my home town of Stellenbosch. if you’re ever in this part of the world, and you want to treat yo self, then this is the place. and go eat at Tokara for dinner (have the baked alaska with salmon ice-cream. do it!)

this story stayed with me all week – artist Judy Millar built her house overlooking the black sands of Anawhata beach outside Aukland. thanks to FvF for covering such interesting people, as always:

love the beautiful rings (and other jewellery) by Bario Neal:

you’ll recognise Celine from the last edition of these things – here’s a sweet feature on her & daughter Eloise by Boots & Pine:

i can’t get over these leather bags by Agnes Baddoo (modeled after her mother’s 40 year old tote):

beautiful new things at Maryam Nassir Zadeh:

a lovely identity design for catering company La Catería by Firmalt:

love the work of artist Barbara Kitallides:

rad letterpress paper products by Moglea:

these rope baskets by Zillpa are super cute:

Swedish designer Elina Dahl has an enviable apartment:

love the simplicity of this Californian wedding, including PAVLOVA for dessert (my faaaaaavourite)

ceramicist Helen Levi makes interesting pieces – available at Pour Porter:

this house is actually available for location hiring (anyone shooting a movie?) – but i’d move in today:

the new Young Frankk lookbook is beautiful, as ever – photographed by Amber Byrne Mahoney:

if you’re gluten free / dairy free / egg free / vegan – then you need to check out Fork & Beans:

this hand-drawn house printed shirt by A Part of Me is sweet:

quite like these sandals by & Other Stories:

the Frances May Summer 2013 lookbook is stellar:

like the pale cream soda hues from portuguese label Pulp:

the work of Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski, aka New Friends:

beautiful arrangements by The Informal Florist:

and, another fashion forward lady – this time from 1950s Miami. photograph by Nina Leen:

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Scout & Catalogue

oooof i really LOVE the new bags & clutches from Scout & Catalogue. holy moly, that Yelapa Leather Tote is something else (the handles + hardware are gorgeous, too). am also very taken by that Galileo’s Moon silk scarf. check out their website and online shop for more.

Scout & Catalogue is heavily influenced by the bohemian beach culture of Mexico. We strive to make pieces that remind you of afternoons at secret beaches, sun kissed skin, and all day siestas.










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Miami Beach, 1940

ok first of all, i have to draw your attention to the magnificent platform shoes that these ladies are wearing – in 1940. 1940! i always seem to mistake it for a bit of a fuddy duddy decade (well maybe it was for the majority of the population), but i’m continuously amazed by how fashion-forward some women were, especially when it came to wearing beautiful tailored suits (something that seemed to go out of fashion for most of the 50s and 60s? vintage lovers will have to chime in here, i don’t know much about vintage fashion besides watching a whole lot of Mad Men). you obviously won’t miss their fabulous glasses in this shoot, either. maybe Miami just does something to people.

photos taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Miami Beach, 1940 for Life Magazine. graphic by me.















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Nadia Tarr

Nadia Tarr is a former dancer & choreographer turned fashion designer – and you can definitely see that influence in her beautiful, simple silhouettes. i love love love her midi & maxi dresses, and would honestly want one in every colour & pattern if i had my way (though if i had to choose i’d say this one and this one are my favourites). there’s something about these classic shapes that really make a woman look so refined… and want to have a jaunt on the Riviera, possibly.

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Native Line

i’ve noticed a popular resurgence in hand weaving the past while, especially in the realm of wall hangings. i’m sure you’ve seen beautiful tapestries featured on design blogs (the stunning work of Brook&Lyn comes to mind) or cropping up on pinterest. if you’re a fan, like me, then you can add another talented artist to your most wanted weavers list – Justine Ashbee.

with a background as a fine artist known for her intricate pen drawings, she recently expanded her talents into woven pieces, wearable jewelry, hanging light sculptures and wall hangings – all of which stem from her early explorations in weaving metal sculptures as a textiles student. she collects her work and inspirations on her website Native Line.

Native Line consists of one off woven pieces, wearable jewelry, hanging light sculptures, & wall hangings, all of which stem from her early explorations in weaving metal sculptures, as a textiles student, at the Rhode Island School of Design. Inspired by the timeless motifs of indigenous woven craft work, Justine combines geometric lines with shimmering metals, to create luminary pieces of woven art, whether for your wall, or to wear as every day statement pieces.

you can buy Justine’s handwoven wall hanging objects at her online shop.

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