QUESTION * how do you guys consume your online content these days? i’m still a faithful RSS subscriber, even after Google Reader crashed and burned into the internet blackhole last year (i’ve been using Feedly ever since). i was having this conversation with a friend last night, who visits individual sites in his bookmarks – now that’s dedication.
now that we’re at issue 2 of Mid Week Distractions it already feels like a regular thing! i enjoyed bookmarking all the interesting things i came across in the last week, and it was also pretty nice for me to go through them again. enjoy.
i come across a lot of things during my week that don’t necessarily fit into the category of These Things or Nice Things, but that i usually tweet about or just email to my friends. that’s one of the main ways that i, too, discover interesting and/or enjoyably distracting things online – especially from geniuses such as Jessica, whose READ LOOK THINK posts i always look forward to, and Of A Kind’s 10 Things We’re Doing newsletter which is just excellent.
i’ve done a beauty type post before, but never really delved into what i actually use in my daily routine. confession: i am a beauty product hoarder. the other day i discovered a box of half empty beauty products from years ago and for a moment i thought – maybe i should keep them, you never know? it’s pretty bad. my overflowing bathroom countertop can attest to this.
this is a home edition of These Things – a Home Things, if you will. at the moment my mind is quite preoccupied with making our place look nice. we live in a one bedroom flat in Sea Point, a suburb of Cape Town on the Atlantic seaboard – literally steps away from the promenade. this area has been having a revival of sorts lately, with new coffee places and restaurants popping up almost every day. and i can see us living here for a long time… as long as we never needed a bigger place (cough-kids-pets-cough).
yesterday we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and as a serious treat we spent a night at Clouds Estate outside Stellenbosch. we stayed here just after our wedding, so it was special for us to return, and of course just amazing to get to spend time at this exquisite location.
if you ever make a trip to this part of the world and you want to treat yo self then this is it. they also have self-catering units, and they are right next door to Delaire Graaff estate where you can go eat at Indochine and see Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl – the original.
summer truly arrived in Cape Town this weekend, as you can probably tell by these pictures.
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.
the giveaway is now closed. congrats to Danielle, Ellie, Sara-Jane and Megan!
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.
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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.