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samuel: things i like right now

things i like right now by samuel sparrow of sparrow and co

  1. Lavenham Denston Brown Jacket – These British made jackets are made in a tiny village in Suffolk called Lavenham. Initially intended for the equestrian world, they have amassed a huge following in recent years. Their jackets are beautifully made and now come in a range of fashion led colours and finishes.
  2. Pomadour Hair – When I look at James Dean I have serious hair envy
  3. Ray Ban Wayfarer 5184’s Dark Havana Glasses
  4. Diesel watch DZ1506 – I was given this watch as a 21st birthday present from my wife. It is one of my fondest processions.
  5. Citroen DS Pallas – is simply the most beautiful car in the world. Roland Barthes famously commented it looked ‘as if it had fallen from the sky.’
  6. Hunter Argyle Wellington Boots – These boots are built to last. I keep an emergency pair in the boot of my car.
  7. Geo F Trumper Sandalwood Cologne – To me fragrances are so emotive…it reminds me of my grandfathers shaving soap and old leather bound books. It’s made by London barber and perfumer Geo F Trumper
  8. My iPhone. I often get dirty look from wife and accusations that I love my iPhone more than her. The truth is I run my whole business with the help of my iPhone. It’s got me out of a few pickles and I’d simply be lost without it.
  9. Jean Prouvé - he worked as a designer, craftsman, manufacturer, architect, teacher and engineer. He was a true multi-disciplined artists and creator. His Compass table is truly iconic.
  10. My wife… Laura Sparrow. I’d be lost without her. This is a portrait I gave Laura when we got married, it’s by American artist Brooke Olivares
  11. British Seaside – Beach huts, fish and chips and a bracing wind…you can’t beat the British seaside
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richard: things i like right now

things i like right now by richard of the rycat projects

  1. Enjolife farm – In middle of the Cederberg mountains with nothing to do, and no cell phone coverage. Perfection.
  2. Homemade In-N-Out’s Double-Double – I’ve made this a few times now at home and its as good as it looks.
  3. Eames Hang-It-All Limited Edition – Should go pretty well with our Coricraft couches…
  4. White Collar Boxing – Amped to go to the next fight night on Nov 26th (via Guy With Camera)
  5. Made by Joel – Please don’t let my kids see this site. They may want to trade me in for Joel.
  6. Ella & Louis - I heard The Nearness Of You on the radio last week, and had to buy the album.
  7. Growing Vegetables Upside Down looks like fun, and great if you have a small garden like we do.
  8. Elijah – This list wouldn’t be complete without the new edition to our family – Elijah.
  9. Bakoven Beach – Perfect little beach. The fact that there is only parking for 4 cars and the beach is submerged at high tide keeps the crowds away.
  10. FinePix X100 – Poor man’s M9?
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this and this

this picture (left) from asos. every time i look at it i think “don’t go, winter! don’t gooooo!” they also have a great online magazine, did you know that? now you do. and ad campaigns, shot by the selby. sigh.

this outfit from totokaelo (aaaaaah)

this poster

these pictures of holidaying in croatia. balls.

this fox.  mid sneeze or mid giggle? we’ll never know.

this picture, so much

this place. holy shit, right?

this room.

this toasted cheese sarmie. get in me belly.

this flipping mulberry bag. flip. flip!

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i ate a lot of cheese

i can get by in a foreign city on very little – and paris is no exception. i’m talking food, here. give me a baguette and some cheese and i’m pretty much good to go the entire day. actually, give me bread and cheese just in general and i’m good to go – forever.

the first thing people usually say when they talk about paris is, “it’s so expensive!” maybe, if you eat out all the time and really treat yourself – sure. but if you’re on a budget i find it the same as any other city, if not cheaper. you can buy a baguette for around a euro (let’s say about 10 ZAR) and the same goes for anything you want to put on it. plus the markets are great for food shopping, obviously.

(those are giant balls of cheese, by the way)

of course there’s nothing like actually sitting at a sidewalk café in paris. just stick to drinks… and linger over them.

if you want to splash out a bit, go to montmartre and visit aux bons vins – i had the best white wine i have ever tasted there (i also said this a number of times during lunch) and the food was superb.

also, i didn’t buy any macarons (sacrilege! sacrebleu! etc!) it was my last day in paris and i had just checked my credit card balance (thanks to clothes shopping, not food) when i stumbled upon a ladureé in st germain. went in, appreciated all the goodies, watched the parisians buying giant boxes of the tiny pastel macarons, saw the prices, walked out.

see more of paris at my flickr

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paris people

i wish i could have taken photos of every single rad and interesting person i saw in paris, but i didn’t want to be that creepy girl that took photos of strangers all day long. my paris memories are already starting to fade, this saddens me.

see the rest of the paris photos at my flickr

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larita: things i like right now

things i like right now by larita of the daily cut-ups


  1. My Lisa Firer floral porcelain vase
  2. Jasmine flowers in September, the smell always makes me nostalgic
  3. Looking for old picture books at second hand stores
  4. An excuse to have a toned-down version of a Marie Antoinette dress made (ala Coppola style)
  5. Road tripping ( for work) through theGarden Route
  6. The 1980’s shades I found in my mom’s drawer
  7. Jason Schwartzman (he’s just so cute and talented, reminds me of my boyfriend, and season 2 of Bored to Death is coming out!)
  8. The Rolling Stone Magazine 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time
  9. Being a librarian (well, only assistant, but I like to dress the part anyway)
  10. The Garden of Earthly Delights, a 16th century painting by Hieronymus Bosch
  11. Narciso Rodrigues For Her (okay, I’ve loved this for 5 years, but I’m still stuck on it)
  12. Steven Cohen’s video artwork Golgotha
  13. Malcolm Gladwell books
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janine: things i like right now

things i like right now by janine of being brazen

  1. The idea of spending a week or two in New York City –  While I have seen New York in “real” life before, I have never had the chance to really go sightseeing. Lately I daydream about going there too much
  2. Jimmy Choo ‘Phoenix’ espadrilles – they are so gorgeous. I would adore a black pair.
  3. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - I am only just reading it now and I really do love it. I think the film will be fantastic.
  4. Eating more meat-free dishes – I will never be a vegetarian, but I am starting to see that choosing meat-free can be a good idea a few days a week (you can read my thoughts on the subject here if you like)
  5. Antique wood closets – I really want to get two . I deperately need more cupboard space
  6. Gossip Girl season 4 –  Its only 2 episodes in and its wonderful. As usual Blair looks fantastic in nearly everything she wears
  7. Sparkly statement necklaces
  8. 1950’s inspired floral dresses – especially strapless ones
  9. Florence and the Machine - the band is ridiculously awesome. My favourite songs right now are “Cosmic love” and “Dog days are over”
  10. Playing squash – it makes exercising fun (and since I am not a big fan of exercise this fact really helps me to motivate me)
  11. Red – I am smitten with red things right now – clothing, lips, nails, shoes…if its red I probably want it.
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l’appartement

we’re not done with paris… yet. i still have many photos to get through, so in the meantime i thought i’d show you the apartment we stayed in. it’s on the left bank right behind notre dame, and filled with so much awesome art and weird little artefacts that my eyeballs almost fell out.

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