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Marriage

yesterday i listened to an amazing story on The Moth by critically acclaimed author Andrew Solomon about his journey to becoming a father. Andrew is gay, and he got married to his partner John after initial hesitation as he wasn’t sure if he believed in the idea of marriage. they wed in a civil partnership ceremony in the UK (at Althorp, Princess Diana’s childhood home – love that) and what he said in the podcast* about the act of getting married is lovely:

I found that though our commitment had seemed to me to be permanent and declared and established before that, that the experience of having all of these hundreds of friends gathered together witnessing our love shored it up and strengthened it and gave it a new depth, and gave it a new resonance that I had never imagined or anticipated. And I found the fact that we were celebrating that love in a ceremony that echoed in some sense the one my parents had had, and the ones my grandparents had had, and the ones that presumedly went back generation upon generation exalted the feeling between us. And it was very joyful.

on a related note, Capetonian illustrator Lauren Fowler shared her beautiful wedding to Gene on her blog, and the reading given by her brother Russell is now up there with my favourites:

The best description of marriage I ever heard was made in reference to architectural structure, that its strength is the result of a delicate balance between stress and support. I like that description because it implies that active forces are required to make it work, a kind of dynamic tension between the mundane and the sublime that makes the act of marriage one of purposeful intention, of daring, courage and high adventure.

i wish i had had similarly eloquent words to express myself on the day we got married, but i couldn’t pull myself together in my rambling thank you speech (emotions, guys!) even now it’s hard to find the words. i’ve always been a more visual person, which is why these help:

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Miss Moss Wedding

wedding video shot & edited by Jonathan Sidego. photos by Love Made Visible.


* PS: what podcasts are you guys listening to? i have my firm favourites – This American Life, The Moth, Nerdist… but i am always looking for new recommendations. Death, Sex & Money is a new favourite, too. let me in on your podcast secrets!

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Pichulik A14

ooh another of my favourite jewellery designers has just launched their new AW14 collection, and this time it’s local designer Pichulik. i have long been a cheerleader of Kat’s work (since her debut 2 years ago) and love seeing the label go from strength to strength. sporting a fancy new website, it looks like there is an online shop in the works too. in the meantime, you can get your hands on her pieces at plenty of shops locally.

This collection is inspired by the photography of Helmut Newton and his intimate portraits of powerful women in their own personal spaces.  Jewellery is worn close to a woman’s skin, brushes her neck, clasps her earlobe. AW 2014 invites our brave lady on some close up encounters. With jewel tones and wooden parts, suede and agate stones and tassels, this collection skirts the glamour of 70s disco, and the soul of psychedelia. Kick those platforms off and dance on those carpeted floors and wooden-clad lounges till the dawn meets your cat-lined eyes.

photos: Danielle Klopper // styling: Leonie von Hase // model: Mignonne van Eeden // hair + make up: Yolanda Viljoen // jewellery: Pichulik

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Lately

hello my friends. sorry, that sounds like the beginning of a spam email – but i assure you it’s not. i haven’t posted since launching that amazing Rennes Giveaway earlier this week because i have unfortunately been sick. perhaps that is why this post sounds a bit barmy (it’s the painkillers, you see). anyway i wanted to assure you i am still here, and that posting shall be resuming with new vim and vigour. in the meantime, here’s what has been up… lately.

sunsets in Sea Point, and the last days of summer:

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my new office!! before:

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and after, sorta. watch this space.

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temporary wall hangings above my desk, thanks washi tape:

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the view :)

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we got a boat!!! well, Anton bought an old boat. what should we call it? we’re going to pretend we’re in a Peter Stuyvesant commercial while cruising around in it.

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easter came and went, and it was glorious. lots of buns were eaten:

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we spent a nice a morning at Groot Constantia:

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getting ready for winter with two new pairs of Rasox:

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almost bought this exquisite Jamie Lee Curtis vinyl:

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and my week ended off paging through a copy of the lovely MOON Magazine (in bed):

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These Things No.60

These Things No.60! this feels like it should be momentous, or something. i actually calculated how long i have been blogging the other day, and it’s been 5 years (and 2 months) since i started this olde blog. so, that is kind of momentous i suppose.

but even more momentous is that it’s Friday, which means it’s time for a These Things.

i love this feature on fashion designer Stine Goya at FvF:

Stine Goya

i want these shoes by Le Yucca:

Le Yucca

the amazing bathroom in this sweet apartment:

Hearth Studio

new lookbook by The Loved One:

The Loved One

weavings by Maryanne Moodie:

Maryanne Moodie

this hanger:

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i would literally eat this salad every day:

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and this one, actually:

zucchini salad

ceramics by RIA:

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Tova Kaye, an inspiring woman:

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Kirsten Dunst in the new W magazine (i feel like i’m a teen again!)

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Frida Kahlo in her garden in 1952:

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Be Brave by Christopher Delorenzo:

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These Things No.59

this week we moved into our new office (during an unseasonable heat wave, ain’t nobody got time for that). and i was feeling so happy and sprightly and excited, that i moved desks and picked up furniture and ran up and down the 3 flights of stairs too many times to count… feeling GREAT! and then the next day, my back. OH! my back. i could kick myself for overdoing it after suffering from bad back problems these past few months. well, i can’t actually physically kick myself – it hurts too much.

so, here i am lying on my couch again. feeling like a dummy, and just trying to recuperate. which of course calls for a these things. lesson: look after your backs, people. get up from your desk. walk more. work your core. and don’t be a dummy, like me.

new pieces by Scout & Catalogue:

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loved this peek into Kate’s home:

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sleeping on a cloud:

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Telar, a textile collection by Nido:

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love these bright banners:

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funny thing is, i would have bought the issue with this cover, by Georgia Perry:

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a watermelon dress!

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interesting art & photography by Vittorio Ciccarelli:

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love this bag:

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Seven Sisters Style and the beginnings of preppy style:

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these shoes by Reality Studio:

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sweet pieces by Martina Thornhill:

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new collection by Lauren Winter:

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awesome street style snapped by Vanessa Jackman:

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Samuji’s new lookbook:

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jewellery and rad things by Academy:

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Nice Things No.19

Nice Things No.19! just click on the images to be taken to the sweet stuff.

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Shape Field Chair

in keeping with some of my recent outdoorsy posts, i wanted to share a really cool project by husband and wife team Karson and Mary Shadley. Karson is an industrial designer who designed an outdoor folding chair that will last a lifetime, and look good doing it. the Shape Field Chair is a pared down, minimal design made from extremely durable materials, the kind of product your grandparents used to hand down to you… the kind they really just don’t make anymore. they are running a Kickstarter to get these puppies into production. you can read more about it here, and if you’re a nature lover i think you’d love to support them! i think these would be super handy for the beach. also dig their sweet little logo.

Nature is our sanctuary. Life is simpler when you’re spending your days in the great outdoors. You should spend that precious time comfortably and with objects you’re proud to own and use. Most outdoor folding chairs are built on the cheap and without elegance. Our most loved outdoor gear is the stuff our parents and grandparents handed down to us. We cherish the durability, functional beauty and patina of these items. We designed the Field Chair to meet these same criteria.

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Shape Field Chair
Shape Field Chair
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Shape Field Chair
Shape Field Chair

watch their Kickstarter video for more info:

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These Things No.58

it’s been quiet around here since the weekend, reason being i threw my back out on saturday and have been lying horizontal ever since. it’s not easy blogging from this position. it’s actually not easy doing anything besides sleeping and watching tv (you ARE watching True Detective aren’t you?) besides bed rest, and the occasional hobbled walk around the apartment, i have also been doing some catch up internet browsing on my iPad. so here’s a These Things! normal posting to resume soon.

photographer Laurence Aëgerter appropriates & revitalises iconic paintings:

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Traveling Forms, a new jewellery collection by Debbie Carlos:

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interesting “balloon” sculptures by Gemma Tickle. photo by Catherine Losing:

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aerial fashion + landscapes by photographer Joseph Ford:

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lady planters by The Sill:

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illustrator Anna Kovecses made 10 portraits of pop culture love icons for Milk Magazine:

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The Row FW14 x Balthus by Aoife Leonard:

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First Rite Fall 2014 collection:

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Senza Titole by Salvatore Fiume:

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work done for Good Forks by Marion Luttennerger:

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Tropical rooftop with satellite dish by James Colman:

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feature on Carolina L. Iriarte at Freunde von Freunden:

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Egon Schiele typeface by Nathalie Hallman:

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a beautiful indoor planter by Hedge House:

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The Beautiful Ones by Njideka Akunyili:

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Tortoise shell tumblers by Workaday Handmade for Of A Kind:

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The Merchant of Venice by Kiluanji Kia Henda:

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exquisite work by artist Annie Lapin:

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love this Cape Town street style shot by Jillionaire:

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a favourite new tumblr, Black History Album:

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Paul and Linda in 1971:

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and, still following National Geographic Found religiously:

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A wealthy group of young people relax by a pool in California, 1940. Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts

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