Of A Kind Giveaway!

those amazing ladies at Of A Kind are kindly offering another awesome giveaway! this is our fifth together, and i think that 5 might be our lucky number. this time round i got to pick some unique, handmade jewellery pieces that i personally love.

everyone has their way of accessorising. i like bracelets & necklace (the bolder the better), yet seldom wear earrings unless i’m feeling fancy. i also tend to wear one thing at a time, but i know girls who wear everything at once which i think is awesome.

today you have a choice of either a necklace, a pair of earrings, a cuff or a ring – all one Of A Kind, of course. to enter:

(1) leave a comment with your pick (that’s the one you’ll win!) & tell me how you like to accessorise
(2) enter at the Of a Kind x Miss Moss entry page! you’ll be signing up for their newsletter, which is the best.

this is what you’re dealing with: 1. the Golden Ardor Necklace by Highlow Jewelry, a beige clay wonder that can hang with every neckline in your closet, thanks to its adjustable cord. 2. these Mini Quartz Studs by Giant Lion, two diamond-cut quartz stones in a minimalist gold setting. 3. the Ingrid Cuff by Dream Collective, a handmade brass & enamel piece with a cheery motif. 4. the White Diamond Pharos Ring by Steven Shein, probably the most unique ring i ever did see.

you stand a chance to win ONE of the picks in my jewellery edit. so choose wisely…

Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the Golden Ardor Necklace! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the Golden Ardor Necklace! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win these Mini Quartz Studs! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win these Mini Quartz Studs! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the Ingrid Cuff! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the Ingrid Cuff! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the White Diamond Pharos Ring! Click through to enter.
Miss Moss x Of a Kind Giveaway - win the White Diamond Pharos Ring! Click through to enter.

if you’ve already subscribed to their newsletter you’re still guaranteed an entry – just be sure to leave a comment! the giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world as Of a Kind offers international shipping. readers outside the US must please note that you may be subject to your country’s customs charges / import duties upon arrival. the giveaway ends on Monday 10 March, and the winner will be randomly selected in a lucky draw & notified via email.

YEVU

i love the internet for just this reason: discovering a Ghanaian inspired fashion label, started by an Australian print lover, thanks to a recommendation from an Aussie internet friend, who i have never met, and now lives in London. YEVU was started by Anna Robertson who, after a year of living in Ghana, decided to bring the vibrant West African textiles to her home town of Sydney. she was particularly inspired by the print-on-print aesthetic of the locals, who aren’t afraid to be bold in their sartorial choices.

YEVU is a brand that was inspired by, and developed in Ghana in 2013. The idea was to celebrate and harness the beauty of West African wax prints and the craftsmanship of Ghanaian tailors and seamstresses, to create unique and fun apparel that fit the lifestyle of my friends in Summer in Sydney. Each piece is unique. The fabrics were hand picked from the markets of Accra, Kumasi, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire. Each garment has been constructed by hand in Accra in collaboration with local businesses. Its an ethically produced range which attempts to connect the buyer with the marketplace of West Africa.

you can follow along on their tumblr and instagram, and also read a great interview with Anna about the label here. and in case you were wondering, Yevu is the word for white person or foreigner in a Ewe, the language of the Volta region in Ghana.

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HI-FIVE!

hey, it’s a music mix! but not the way you know it.

these days i pretty much find 99% of new music on Soundcloud. i LOOOOOOOOOOVE Soundcloud. i use SongZa a fair bit too (the app not the site), but because of its impermanence – you can’t like a song and save it for later – it’s usually just background fodder. and, before you ask me, no we can’t use Pandora or Spotify here! Rdio… i haven’t gotten into that yet. anyway, Soundcloud is cool. i like that i am listening to music released directly by the artist.

so you can listen to my mix over there, or just stream it below. there are 18 tracks! all stuff i have been loving lately. oh, apart from the new Beck album which is currently on repeat.

if there is any particular song that catches your fancy just click through to find out how to buy it.

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Love Dart

i was just talking about bags today, in a conversation with a bestie, and we were discussing what we like and don’t like – how hard it is to find THAT BAG that you love. how, often, all bags just kinda start looking the same and you feel sorta meh by what’s out there. or, they are pretty ordinary and normal – yet super expensive. sometimes you find that sweet spot of a beautiful, individual bag that not every lady on the planet owns, AND that’s not going to set you back a month’s salary.

i am a bit of a tart for a good bag, as you might have noticed. so when i was contacted by Sonia Scarr, who hand makes every single one of her beautiful creations – i thought to myself, “sweet spot”. Love Dart is the name, remember it.

What began as a blog of craft explorations has evolved into a line of handcrafted leather goods and accessories designed and hand-stitched by Sonia. No machines are used in the construction of these goods—we believe hand-crafting creates an intimacy between maker, product, and customer that cannot be found in mass-manufacturing.

all bags & accessories by Love Dart, and available to buy at their online shop.

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Anatomy Design: Blueberry Café

Anatomy Design is one of my absolute favourite design companies in South Africa. they are the geniuses behind some incredible products, and boast an interior design portfolio that makes me weak at the knees. they recently completed some outstanding work for The Blueberry Café in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, including refreshing the interior, the product range and the café’s brand identity. i asked founder Andrea Kleinloog about the inspiration behind the project.

Blueberry Cafe is this little hidden gem in the KZN midlands. We decided to overhaul the traditional idea of a ‘sweet country café’. So we painted the walls a crisp bone colour, painted all the steel work of the traditional shelves black (it’s normally rust red). We designed elemental shelving units that were literally made by the farm welder. They are so simple, but came out fantastically.

We wanted to create an interesting, curious space, with a retail element that offers the best available, not just what is easy to get. We had great fun toying with beautiful and fragile botanical logos/packaging elements – and even found the most remarkable set of prints from an antique store. Another great extension of the design language was being able to develop a whole range of home-ware for them – plates, crockery, tea towels.

the creative team also included Wendy Dixon (branding and graphics), Mia Widlake (product development & styling) and chef Bianca Davies, who developed the new menu. Photography by Samantha Maber.

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Charlotte Stone

shoes from Charlotte Stone. it’s as almost as if she invaded my dreams and asked, “what would your ideal shoes be, Diana?” this would be them, Charlotte. with names like Barton, Dot, Jasper, Joss and Kew – i would like one of each, please.

A native of Kingston Ontario, Charlotte Stone grew up in a family of graphic artists and interior designers and decided to become a shoe designer while still in her teens. She graduated from FIDM in Los Angeles, honed her skills with footwear factories in Italy, and has worked in her chosen métier ever since. She is also an avid surfer and weaver and co-designs, with her husband, a line of modernist hand-crocheted lounge chairs and furniture called Pacific Wonderland Inc.

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The Runners

i just want you to please watch this short film.

Pounding the tarmac through the seasons, a band of runners are brazenly challenged with intimate questions as they pace their routes. Liberated from responsibilities, their guards drop dramatically, releasing funny and brutally frank confessions, and weaving a powerful narrative behind the anonymous masses. A film by Matan Rochlitz & Ivo Gormley.

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La Casita de Wendy: Sisterhood

designers Inés and Iván of La Casita de Wendy have just launched their new collection Sisterhood at Paris Fashion Week. the entire collection has been produced by traditional artisans & craftsmen in their native Spain, using natural fabrics such as wool, silk and cotton. for this collection they also worked with natural dyes for some of their handmade scarfs. that huge patchwork scarf in the first picture is un. real. also love that beautiful thick embroidery and of course that lush illustrative dress.

Our new collection is inspired on XIX century women such as Lizzie Siddal, Georgie Macdonald, Effie Gray, Jane Morris or Julia Prinsep. They were models, writers, painters, actresses,… and they also played a role as muses of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. They all shared the same original ideas about life and lived as outsiders in a very male society dominated by a very strict point of view and narrow traditions. This is the way in which we wanted to honour all these mysteriouswomen who were part of one of the most important European art movements. It is also a homage to all the women who had lived in the shadows.

Photos: Elena Grimaldi. illustrations: Ana Sender + Pablo Padilla. embroidery & accessories:  Lanusa

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Cold Picnic FW14

Cold Picnic has just released their FW 14 collection, The Return of Han-Sur-Lesse. wouldn’t you love to bury yourself in those wall hangings? i personally would not be able to stop rubbing myself all over those fluffy walls that the cute model is standing in front of. not to mention those beautiful bags they are making. oh, and the jewellery!

photography by Kate Edwards

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