it’s been quite a week in Cape Town. yesterday was the hottest day in 100 years, and a huge wildfire has been raging on the mountain since Sunday that has left over 4000 hectares of destruction in its wake. if you want to learn more about how fire is actually good for fynbos, head here for an interesting read. fire is, obviously, shit for everyone else though – so you can go here to easily donate to the fire fighters via SnapScan.
six years ago today i wrote my first post! and it was dedicated to my mom, bless. i never imagined that the blog would grow to where it is today, and that it would become such a life-changing part of my existence. i was just a 25 year old girl who wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do with her life / career / self / spare time. but i had an insatiable love for the internet and a desire to share cool things with people.
Leslie Knope is front and centre as the featured image of this week’s distraction – because she is the best – but also because, sadly, Parks and Recreation is over. frankly i have referenced treat yo self far too many times on this blog to not dedicate an entire post to Parks & Rec, but this introductory paragraph will have to do.
you might wonder how i find content for these (now pretty popular) mid week distractions. well, they are all articles, posts, images, features or music that have distracted me throughout the week. i don’t specifically look for content, but rather bookmark the stuff that actually took up 5, 10 or even 30 minutes of my time at any given moment. they aren’t called distractions for nothing. i can pretty much gauge the productivity of the past week by how long these posts are.
i really had to restrain myself not to expand on many of the links i planned on sharing in this week’s distraction. the Prada Universe, for instance, easily deserves its own post – i lost myself for a good while exploring shows from way back. 1988 was a particularly good year, and 1994 featuring a little Kate Moss. as for Baz Luhrmann’s greatest film music moments… i am consequently watching Romeo and Juliet as i type this. i actually forgot that Paul Rudd played the dorky second fiddle to Leo. reminiscing aside, here’s all the good stuff.
okay, i have about half an hour to get this post out as the power is due to go off at 8pm. yes, South Africa is in the middle of an energy crisis. if you don’t live here you probably don’t know this (or care) but we have run out of electricity. ha! ha! ha! i am just laughing to make myself feel better, and also there are so many strange and wonderful things about living in SA that you kind of just have to go with the flow.
i’m looking to broaden my online reading horizons – what are your favourite, possibly new or relatively unknown online spaces that you’ve been visiting lately? if you have a blog then this is the time to plug it! if i find interesting reads then i am most certainly likely to share it with you right here in a Mid Week Distraction.
hey guys! man, i’ve hit the ground running since returning from holiday. it feels great, and surprisingly good to be busy after 3 weeks of basically just lying around and eating. i’ve been taking photos of some pretty rad local places for something i’m working on, and rediscovering Cape Town as a veritable tourist. FYI: people treat you really nicely when you have a camera and they think you’re from out of town. or maybe that’s just south africans? well, you guys should come visit. it’s beautiful here.
Adina Grigore starting creating all-natural products to meet the needs of her own sensitive skin – and so began S.W. Basics, a skincare line based in Brooklyn. their products are all made from scratch using natural & potent ingredients – with a ‘less isn’t just more; less is everything’ attitude.
i don’t know what it is about 2015, but for some reason i feel like it’s going to be really GREAT! i get that sense from the people who surround me in my personal life, as well as from rad people that i follow online, too. it’s almost as if everyone is saying, “2014 sucked! let’s give 2015 a real GO.” i’m going to keep reminding myself of this sentiment if ever things go wrong this year (as they invariably do). and just keep on keeping on.