Gift Guide No.2

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i own two of the things on this page – that Olle Eksell Eyes poster (you can also buy a the original version from his official website if you want it.) and of course Reflektor which has to be my album of the year… give the gift of music! i would also like every single one of the rest of the items. in fact i might just pop over to Skinnylaminx’s real life shop and buy a bunch of those plant buckets for christmas gifts because they are so cool.

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Russian Nesting Animals
by Wee Gallery

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Cushion Cover
by Depeapa

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Tomato leaf scented candle
by Small Guns

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Cream
by S.W. Basics

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Soft buckets
by Skinnylaminx

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Black and White hats
by All Knitwear

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Coiffette Balm
by Jao

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Ceramics
by Rennes

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Body Scrub
by Etta + Billie

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Marbled stationery set
at Beklina

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Reflektor LP
by Arcade Fire

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Zip Pouch
by Tracey Tanner

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Eyes poster
by Olle Eksell

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Peter Pan
by J.M. Barrie

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2014 wall calendar 
by Karolin Schnoor

Chinese Money Plant

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there are certain plants that continue to pop up in beautifully styled homes in magazines or blogs or instagram. first it was the delicious monster, then it was the fiddle leaf fig, and now it’s the Chinese Money Plant aka Pilea peperomioides. this is probably the most interesting one of them all, not just in looks but also because of the amazing story behind it.

the unusual little plant started popping up in households all over Britain in the seventies, which puzzled botanists as the species had not even been officially identified. eventually they traced the origin of the plant to a range of mountains in the Yunnan province of China. but HOW did it get to Britain? how indeed. in 1983 the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew published a newspaper article asking if anyone had any leads on the introduction of the plant, to which a family from Cornwall called the Sidebottoms (you can’t make this up) answered. their au pair Modil Wigg was from Norway, and their daughter Jill who had holidayed with the Wigg family had brought a plant home with her sometime in the 1960s. so, that traces the routes to Scandinavia, but HOW did it get there? turns out…

A Norwegian missionary, Agnar Espegren, brought the plant to Norway from China in 1946. In 1944 the Norwegian missionaries in China had had to leave. Agnar Espegren and his family, then living in Hunan province, were taken by an American plane to Kunming in Yunnan where they stayed about a week awaiting further transport to India. During this brief stay in Kunming Mr Espegren obtained a live specimen of the plant (possibly from a local market) and packed it in a small box, which was then brought together with his family and all their baggage to Calcutta where they stayed for nearly a year. The Espegren family arrived back in Norway in March 1946 with the plant miraculously still alive. Mr Espegren subsequently travelled widely in Norway and often gave basal shoots of the plant to friends. In this way the plant was effectively distributed around Norway where it is now widespread as a window sill plant, and where it is known as ‘the missionary plant’.

well, i suppose we must all thank Agnar Espegren, and 9-year-old Jill Sidebottom, for making this sweet little plant a still flourishing part of window sills all over Europe. i hope that i can find one in South Africa somewhere… anyone have any leads for me feel free to direct them my way (or i might be forced to publish a newspaper article).

photo by Mieke Verbijlen

photo by Mieke Verbijlen

photos by Frida Ramstedt for Trendenser

photos by Frida Ramstedt for Trendenser

photos by Bart Kiggen for All Items Loaded

photos by Bart Kiggen for All Items Loaded

photos by Amanda Wright

photos by Amanda Wright

photo by Belle Fleur de lis

photos by Belle Fleur de Lis

photo by Lisettes Perler

photo by Lisettes Perler

Gift Guide No.1

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it’s that time of year agaaaaaaaaaain! (Oprah voice) – trying something different this year, no more collages like last time (ain’t nobody got time for that). i hope this shows up in your browsers and feeds… does it? does it? well, i sure hope it does. and i hope that you find something cool amongst all these things. i will be rolling out the gift guides over the next few weeks!

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Kilim Shoes
by Kilim

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Coconut Bath Soak
by Herbivore Botanicals

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Geometric Pitcher
by Saturdays

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Lip Balm
by Rodin

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Cuff Ring
by Giant Lion

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Tomato Candle
by Carriere Freres

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Cat Address Stamp
by Native Bear

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Marble iPhone Case
by Julia Kostreva

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Bright Future Card
by People I’ve Loved

(ONE MONTH till Christmas today!)

Larsson & Jennings

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Larsson & Jennings is a watch company that combines a classic British aesthetic with Swedish minimalist design. i rather fancy their chain metal watches. STHLM means Stockholm, by the way… in case you’re not down with the lingo.

We don’t care about class, we care about style. Our ambition is to make contemporary feel classic, to make minimalism a fashion. From the beaches of STHLM to the streets of LDN. We take inspiration from contemporary STHLM & LDN subcultures to create classic watches for everyday use. Each series incorporates the careful use of materials and design to create an expression of what defines us.








2014

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last year i did a post on 2013 calendars and, well, the time has come. 2014 to be exact… so here are 14 calendars for 2014.

there are only 5 Mondays left and then it’s Christmas!!

 

Snug Studio:

Marimekko:

minerals by Lindsay Jones:

Linda & Harriett:

Scandinavian florals by The House that Lars Built:

12-Month Desert Shapes by Leah Duncan:

Silhouettes by 1 Canoe 2:

bookhou:

a cat’s life by Gemma Correll:

robins by the paper bird society:

Frankie:

Helvetica by Yumalum:

colour composition by Moglea:

Cute Animals by Loopz:

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the new Confezioni Crosby Lookbook:

this amazing gift guide by La Garconne:

the cover of the new Gather journal:

Vanessa Jackman’s trip to Italy:

this chair by Pacific Wonderland:

the styling at where i was from:

this house in Gothenburg – that’s for sale!

excited to see this Namibian wedding by Modern Hearts:

a series of tropical arrangements by Rafael D’Alo:

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jewellery by Temerity:

these are holiday heels for sure:

an ingenious shoe rack by Sebastian Goldschmidtböing (who has an amazing name):

Taylor Stitch:

these shoes by Emily Green:

blouses by Sherie Muijs:

this tapestry / bedspread:

awesome workspaces featured on The Design Files – left & right:

this dress!

awesome design work by Snask:

UNIQLO recipes!

Les Parisiennes lookbook by The White Pepper:

the home of Caroline Gomez:

the very grown up home of Nicolas Schuybroek:

the Boob Tote:

Penny Sage

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it’s always nice seeing new fashion from our neighbours across the ocean, mostly because we share the same season – so the clothing at least makes sense. as much as i love seeing beautiful fall coats and boots coming out of the northern hemisphere it’s just kinda depressing for those of us who are slathering on sunscreen. Penny Sage is a New Zealand based label by fashion designer Kate Megaw. her summer 2014 collection – The Painted Desert – is full of light breezy dresses and beautiful floral printed kimono style coats. the editorial below was styled & shot by Greta van der Star.








Madesmith

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Brooklyn & LA based Madesmith is an online shop that features artisans who make limited edition textiles, jewellery, accessories, homeware and other goods with a focus on supporting local makers & craftmanship. they also feature stories on all the producers, sharing their workspaces, what inspires them, keeps them motivated, and their thoughts on the city where they live and work.

We believe in ‘buy less, buy well’. By knowing where our things come from and who makes them, not only do we cherish the things we have, we also become more aware of the environmental impact of our purchases. Through connecting with the makers, we support our local communities and preserve the craftsmanship that becomes part of our everyday culture.














Hotel San José

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i LOVE staying in hotels. i don’t travel often, so i don’t have that jaded traveller attitude to hotels and flying as if it’s all old hat. it’s always new hat to me. even the most boring, average hotel – i’m basically like, “wait, i get to sleep in this foreign place, i don’t have to make my bed, AND someone else is making me breakfast tomorrow? sign me up.” of course when a hotel is actually nice that feeling is multiplied by a thousand, which is what i imagine it would be like to stay at the Hotel San José in Austin, Texas. i have never had any inclination to visit Texas, but now i do.

Built in 1936 as an “ultramodern” motor court, the property has been transformed into a 40 room urban bungalow-style hotel tucked behind stucco walls and set amidst lush garden courtyards. More than just a unique place to sleep, the Hotel San Jose serves as a gathering place and occasional hub of community activity for locals and visitors alike. Dogs are always welcome.













Aspen Girls

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poking around the life archives i discovered this marvelous photoset of young women working on ski resorts in Aspen in the 70s, photographed by John Dominis. after some more digging i managed to find the original article in the March 1971 edition of Life, which is called, wait for it, “A Very Nice Kind of Ski Bum“.

Most people’s notion of ski bum is a shiftless young male who spends most of his time searching for good powder, but the ski bums of Aspen, Colo. aren’t like that at all. They are prettier, for one thing, and many of them have lived in the resort town for more than two years. They consider the skier’s life not a parenthetical experience but a real alternative to urban existence, one free from pollution, noise and the frustration of having to choose between marriage a a less than satisfying job. The only problem they have in Aspen is finding a way to survive. With 900 newcomers arriving every year, there is a sharp shortage of both jobs and housing. But the air is fresh and clean and the longer the women stay, the prettier they seem to look.

















Nasturtiums

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if there’s one thing i will always remember about my mom’s garden, and perhaps my childhood in general, was the abundance of nasturtiums. this humble little flower seemed to grow in every garden in south africa – a bit of a weed, really. almost a lowly little bloom. i remember it having a peculiar smell, but possibly my favourite thing about it was its beautiful round leaves that would catch dew drops in the morning – and you’d carefully ease them off onto your tongue, pretending to be a bird.

i’ve noticed them a lot these days, becoming popular again, being used in floral arrangements and styled into photoshoots. i’m happy for the nasturtium! if anything it has been rendered immortal in the artwork of some of the greats. i can only imagine that they were as abundant for the artists in their day as they were in my mom’s garden.

Félix Vallotton

Abbott Fuller Graves

Gustave Caillebotte

Henri Fantin-Latour

Paul Gauguin

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Odilon Redon

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Henri Matisse

Mayflower Supply

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Liz Hull contacted me about her new vintage store Mayflower Supply, which will be launching online very soon – you can sign up to their newsletter here to find out when. the launch is paired with an absolutely wonderful lookbook that makes me wish so hard for autumn again (it’s getting hot this side of the world again, of course!)

I source all of my vintage from New England and focus on wearable pieces from time honored brands like L.L. Bean and Pendleton, making it easy for folks to bring vintage into their every day wardrobe.

Photographer: Courtney Brooke Hall | Stylist & Model: Emily Theobald | Art Director: Liz Hull














Good Lookin’

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i’ve been looking around our place recently wondering how we can jazz it up a bit. we don’t have space for any more pieces of large furniture, so it’s up to accessories or painting some walls… and since i’m afraid of painting it’s basically just up to accessories. i would like our apartment to look a bit more “adult”. to seem as if we are the kind of people who sleep in Ralph Lauren sheets (even though i would probably never ever by RL sheets, and also you don’t get them here of course). i don’t really know what i’m talking about, but for some reason i think the answer lies in black and gold. so here are some nice things, for my imaginary home (and yours?) all the links are at the bottom of the post. good lookin' things for your home // miss moss 1: tom dixon tea set | 2: charred commode | 3: josh herman ceramics; 4: basket | 5: brass planter | 6: lantern pedestal lamp | 7: gold menagerie trio | 8: calendar | 9: brass coasters | 10: trash bin | 11: brass bottle opener | 12: sheepskin rug | 13: shanna murray plates | 14: geo chimes | 15: nightshade candle | 16: davy lamp | 17: balsam fir incense

A Better Backpack

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since i asked you what you carry in your bag for the Of a Kind giveaway i thought i’d share the story of Mijlo, who are currently running a kickstarter to bring you A Better Backpack – a premium backpack that’s “built to last a lifetime”.

In recent years, fashion retailers have been moving designs from the runway to the rack faster than ever before – feeding a fashion cycle that appears to have no end in sight. At MIJLO, we believe that fashion doesn’t have to be fast, or disposable, or temporary. We believe it should begin and end with a classic collection of well-designed essentials. And we’re starting that collection with a backpack – A Better Backpack. Since we believe a product’s lifespan should be as timeless as its design – simplicity and sustainability were an integral part of our design process.

the video below describes the project better than i could in a few words, so watch it! one of the cool things i love about the backpack, besides the fact that it’s beautifully minimal in design and can be used by girls and guys, is that it has a built in padded compartment for your laptop. plus it’s waterproof. so for clumsy people like me that’s basically a lifesaver.

MIJLO asked 100 creatives what to take photos of their essentials, a collection of items they can’t live without. below are some of my favourites, but you can see all of the essentials here. these days the items i find in my bag, besides the usual emergency makeup kit, are things like handcream and baby wipes… i think i am turning into my mom.

Anja Verdugo

Jiani Lu

Hitomi Ishigaki

Fabrizio Querida

Nathalie Kapagiannidi

susana simonpietri

Leta Sobierajski

ellen van der laan

Maciej Tajber

markus uran