Stuff

Lately

i recently shared some personal stuff like our weekend at Die Laaitjie and some of my trip to Johannesburg, but here’s the rest of what’s been happening lately.

walks on the promenade never get old, especially at this time of year:

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i got some amazing shoes from Charlotte Stone! i have already worn the sandals a number of times and they are super comfortable (i prefer the style to the recent Birkenstock revival)
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and i’ve been wearing a pair of their new boots (which are coming out soon) as much as possible before it gets too hot. these are the Kari in black. also ridiculously comfy:

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some extra bits from my Johannesburg trip. Arts on Main on a sunday is a vibe:

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finally got to visit Anatomy at 44 Stanley, the most beautiful shop ever:

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a courtyard at Everard Read gallery:

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a bit of Central America at Hadeda:

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cool desk at Maker:

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lunch at Warm & Glad, where you can work all day & no one bothers you:

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sweet pooch at our JHB guest house, his name is Stripes.

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gardens in JHB are next level…

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i went a bit crazy at Kim Sacks:

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walked away with these hand-carved bunnies and songololo (pitcher by Rebekah Miles)

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scenes from the air:

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always spotting interesting details around Cape Town:

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the Ritz hotel, a famous revolving restaurant in Sea Point:

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Downtown Ramen, a new spot in Cape Town that made me feel like i was in NYC again:

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and now that September is here, spring is slowly turning its pretty head…

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Golly

sadly the only time i ever buy a magazine these days is when i am about to get on a flight and i know i’m going to be without wi-fi for the next few hours (also, i recently dropped & broke my trusty kindle so now that option has flown out of the proverbial window seat). i’ll get 2 or 3 lady mags from the usual selection at the airport book store, and then flip through them – slowly – so as to pass the time. but inevitably i find myself sitting there with nothing to do because, well, they’re just not my thing. there has been a quiet resurgence of intelligent print magazines in the last few years, most started by sets of like-minded people who are unsatisfied with what’s currently out there, and many are self-funded in today’s print-is-dead-all-hail-the-internet climate. this is exactly what Roxanne Fequiere (editor-in-chief) and Allison o’Shea (creative director) set out to do with Golly. and, together with an amazing team, they’ve succeeded.

Our mission was to create a “ladymag” that didn’t feel cringeworthy, one-note, and/or vapid, and we looked to magazines like LIFE, Gentry, and mid-century Esquire for inspiration as we went about putting it together. As we began brainstorming this project, we knew that we wanted this to be a print venture. Risky, we know, but so worth it. We’re currently seeking funding through Kick Starter, a campaign that is going very well, I might add. The fund raising will allow us to continue working with amazing contributors, including Heather Sten, Amanda Jasnowski, Lizzie Garret Mettler and Jimmy Marble.

Allison (whose blog i have been a fan of for years) was kind enough to send me their first issue and i am still making my way through it! highlights: a round table discussion with successful editors in the publishing business (think Refinery 29 and Rookie), a beeeaaaautiful editorial called TOO HOT and an interview with pâtissier Ayako Kurokawa of Burrow fame. you can pre-order your copy by supporting their Kickstarter campaign here.

they also have a great tumblr & cool instagram to follow.

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Blog Milk Giveaway!

the giveaway is now closed. congrats to Danielle, Ellie, Sara-Jane and Megan!


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i am so excited about this giveaway because it’s something close to my heart… beautiful blog themes! as a designer (and blogger) i really appreciate a nice theme. many times it influences whether i will visit a site again or not. understandably it’s not always possible for the average person to afford the services of a graphic designer to design their website, and sometimes it’s frustrating to find a theme that doesn’t look like it came pre-packaged with whatever platform you’re using. and that isn’t already used by a million other people.

with designer Ana Degenaar at the helm, Blog Milk designs beautiful minimal themes for both Blogger and WordPress. i have been a fan of her work for a long time. they just released their latest collection of themes Off the Record. 12 new themes  – one for every month.

today FOUR people stand the chance to win a theme of their choice. worth $98. this is how:

1. head on over to Blog Milk and look through their themes.
2. leave a comment telling me which is your favourite theme & where you plan to use it
3. share the giveaway on instagram, twitter or pinterest using the hashtag #missmossblogmilk
4. be sure to leave your instagram, twitter or pinterest name so i can check.

that’s it! my personal favourites? May & September. those are good months.

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Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk

See the demos for all the themes here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

RULES: 4 winners will be chosen at random and they will each win one theme of their choice. please leave a valid email address so that we can contact you. Blog Milk themes work on both Blogger and WordPress. the WordPress themes only work on self-hosted WordPress blogs, NOT WordPress.com. if you win you may specify your platform preference. you will only receive a theme for ONE platform. a downloadable zip package with installation instructions will be delivered to the winner via email. please check Blog Milk’s FAQ if you have any questions. The giveaway is open to all readers internationally.

Giveaway closes on Wednesday 13 August.

Nice Things No.21

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Some Things Take Time print

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Remember Your True North print

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Foldable Leather Tote

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Wire Soap Dish

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Black Leather Tote

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Bow Barette

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Tapestries by Jujujust

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Samurai Ear Pin

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Fox Dress by Tsumori Chisato

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Afternoon Table

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Encouragement Plant Print

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Animal Plates

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Yoga Leggings

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Yoga Cat Mat

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Hermes Winged Sandals

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Arama Shoes

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Leah Goren Ceramics

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Jewellery Cone by Bailey Doesn’t Bark

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Marlow Goods Bag

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The Kristen II Dress

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Spotlight

every once in a while i like giving a shout out to my fantastic sponsors and highlight the cool stuff they sell. seriously, if it weren’t for them this blog would probably be no more. so please support them, not just because they are rad – but because you’ll be supporting the little guy (and this little blog). so click those banners on the right & go to town.

if you’re interested in sponsoring, see my about page for more info!

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Road Trip

Miss Moss // Road Trip

last week my husband and i decided to go on a spontaneous road trip from Durban to Cape Town. he had just bought a new car from a dealer up country, so we put it through a 1800km journey on some serious gravel roads and epic mountain passes to see what it could do.

instead of doing my usual iPhone photography along the way i decided i wanted to test out a camera that i have had my eye on in the past while. i’ve been wanting to get a mirrorless camera that’s small enough to keep in my handbag, but that has the functionality & flexibility of a DSLR for a variety of uses. i’m not a professional photographer, so spending a bundle on a high-end camera is not a priority for me. but i do LOVE taking photos, and i also love editing and sharing them as quickly as i get the shot. so i wanted something that was compact with good lenses and that allowed me to edit and share the images almost immediately if i wanted to. like a smartphone on steroids, i guess.

in comes Cape Town based photography experts Orms, who were kind enough to lend me a Samsung NX300 for the week. this little camera kind of hit the sweet spot for me: it’s small (and so light!), good looking, can be used with a variety of lenses and – this is the best part – it can upload your photos directly to any of your devices via its built-in wi-fi. it can also share images to instagram and facebook etc if you connect to a wi-fi network, but i prefer editing the photos on my iPad before doing any sharing. the price is also nice, not as expensive as the other high-end mirrorless cameras on the market – so you can start off with the body and a pretty basic lens, then add to your collection as you go.

so on Friday i flew to Durban and Anton was waiting for me with our new car (a second hand Toyota Prado which eats those dust roads like you won’t believe) and we set off on our journey. first stop was Mbona Nature Reserve just outside Howick where we stayed with Anton’s aunt Willemien and her amazing dog Rukker. this area is actually know as the Mist Belt, which is appropriate considering the entire place was shrouded with mist when we arrived (and left the next day). I have never been to the Midlands, and naively expected rolling green hills – but of course it’s winter, and their rainy season is in the summer. it hasn’t rained there in months, so everything was dry and brown… which still makes for good photo opportunities.

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Miss Moss // Road Trip
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Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip

the next morning we left Mbona and started on the most interesting leg of our journey – travelling the road that runs along the southern border of Lesotho and crosses from Kwa-Zulu Natal into the Eastern Cape. we were heading to Tenahead Mountain Lodge, and it took us almost the entire day to get there. we ended up climbing the second highest mountain pass in the country (without even realising we were going to!) which was pretty harrowing in parts, and cooooooold. so incredibly cold that the waterfalls along the road were frozen all the way up.

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Miss Moss // Road Trip
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Miss Moss // Road Trip

the next day we left Tenahead and made our way down Naude’s Nek to Rhodes, a small village at the bottom of the pass. it actually took us hours to finally hit a tar road again. then we did a not-so-interesting stretch of road, bombing down the N1 towards Beaufort Wes. anyone who has ever driven from Joburg or anywhere up country down to Cape Town would have done this long stretch of road. it just goes on and on and on, and while the landscape is beautiful it is also pretty uninteresting – unless you veer off the beaten path to explore the countryside. but we didn’t have time, we wanted to make it to the Karoo National Park before dark. our last stopover before heading home.

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Miss Moss // Road Trip

the Karoo National Park is one of the smaller parks in South Africa, but by no means less interesting. there is a pack of lions in the park that visitors often spot around the camp, which we unfortunately did not see. they were reintroduced 180 years since the last wild lion was shot in the area. it is pretty alarming to think that almost all of the terrain we drove through was once teeming with wildlife – not just buck, but lions and elephants and every matter of wild animal that you now only find in nature reserves.

after an entire day’s drive we arrived in the dark (you can see the shot above that Anton took with the camera’s long exposure). so the next morning i woke up early to watch the sunrise, we had our coffee, and then we headed home.

Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip

all photos taken with the Samsung NX300 and edited with VSCO. Samsung NX300 provided courtesy of Orms. you can see the photos i posted on Instagram using the hastag #missmossxorms. for all my local readers: if you’re interested in buying the NX300, Orms currently has some sweet specials running. if you’re looking for a compact run around camera that packs a punch then i would highly recommend it – i’m going to buy myself one as soon as possible.

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Lately

in light of yesterday’s post you can probably imagine that things are quite busy around here, so in lieu of a regular blog post – here’s another lately. these are all taken in my iPhone 4S and they are usually always posted on Instagram.

first, i have a poll of sorts running on this photo i posted on Instagram, asking if people would potentially be interested in buying bags like this on the blog. please weigh in!

Miss Moss // Bags

my most popular photo on IG lately, this insanely picturesque winter scene at Dornier Wine Estate. go there for the wine and the scenery, but not the food – it’s crap.

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speaking of food, we had the BEST MEAL EVER at Hallelujah, a tiny asian tapas / champagne bar in Tamboerskloof. uuuuugh my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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some evening scenes from walks around my neighbourhood, Sea Point.

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just another winter’s day in Cape Town.

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i am enjoying all the old buildings that surround my office in the CBD.

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and the scenes i come across walking around some days.

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we went to see Daniel’s exhibition at the Stevenson (now finished) amazing in person.

Miss Moss // Stevenson

i got a new desk made by Stokperd – it is white and glossy and beautiful, and i am constantly worried i’m going to chip it.

Miss Moss // Desk

some more vignettes from the studio, which i share with this gal & this gal.

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really enjoying winter….

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still buying too many plants.

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my husband got into bread baking this month. i’m trying not to blame Masterchef Australia.

Miss Moss // Bread

not only does he bake us bread, he bought me this beautiful limited edition Momo!

Miss Moss // Momo

been thinking of getting my scarf from Klaus Haapaniemi framed and hang it on the wall. it’s too amazing to wear around my neck – so big and beautiful and detailed.

Miss Moss // Scarf by Klaus Haapaniemi

got some nice things in the mail lately. a lovely thank you package from Wsake:

Miss Moss // Wsake

and the new edition of Spaces by Frankie Magazine:

Miss Moss // Spaces

and, my incredibly pertinent to-do list:

Miss Moss // To Do List

(i really do have more to do than that, though)

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Oums

today is a sad day for us. Anton’s beloved grandmother passed away in the early hours of the morning. she was a true matriarch, who lived to 91 and left behind a legacy of 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and countless more loved ones. she handmade our wedding rings, even though her hands were crooked with arthritis. she had the best, loudest, naughtiest laugh; a dry sense of humour and a straight forward matter-of-fact manner that made everybody grin. she was the first person in Anton’s family that he introduced me to, a loving and creative woman who made a lasting impression on his life and so many others.

goodbye Marie Jeanne Neilson, Oums, you will be missed.


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Nice Things No.20

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everything by Mara Hoffman for Anthro

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tassel earrings by EPPUU

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bell earrings by Pichulik

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fiber wall art by Soñadora

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moon coasters by Karen Kimmel

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moon bag by nomadik

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brush print shift dress

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kaftan by naftul

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gold signet ring by Artemer

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aureus bangle by Tiro Tiro

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Light Bean by Katerina Kopytina

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pillow by Cotton and Flax

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cards by Hooray Today

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ceramic cat by Barruntando

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everything by Eric Trine

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Magical Thinking kilim storage bin

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luke sandal by Charlotte Stone

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felt bag by Lefrac

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hand printed scarf by Dikla Levsky

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Reality Studio print dress

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