jees guys i’ve gotta tell you, Mid Week Distraction has pushed my internet combing to another level. i have a whole new respect for people who work for BuzzFeed and other mega online publications – where do they find the TIME to compile so many juicy lists? i mean, obviously they get paid for it (here’s hoping) but seriously, respect.
if you check in around here on your browser you might have noticed a Shop link in the top menu. since i can’t do a million Nice Things posts i thought i would occasionally update my virtual wishlist, making it easy for you to browse and shop – if you like! it’s also a super handy way for me to tell my husband about gift ideas. hint, hint.
Justin Chung is a photographer based in New York who has worked with numerous publications and clients including The New York Times, Kinfolk, Nylon, Warby Parker, J.Crew etc. he has just released his first photographic book – Faculty Department, born from his love of documenting people who have inspired and influenced his own work.
wow guys, this is an exciting first for the blog!! you all know i am a GREAT music lover and mix maker, so i’m THRILLED to be hosting an exclusive pre-release stream of Classics, the new album by She & Him! featuring 13 cover songs of greats like Unchained Melody, She, Time After Time, Stars Fell On Alabama – the list goes on and on. it is a wonderful album, one that i will certainly have on repeat this coming Christmas.
Jane Heng is an Australian designer who splits her time between Melbourne and her country of heritage Cambodia, where she works closely with artisans and fair trade partner workshops to create fine jewellery, silk and ceramic pieces. i looooooooooove these little ceramic stacking vases, perfect for holding single blooms AND your jewellery. how clever is that? it’s also nice to see all the artisans who make these beautiful things.
Jo Waterhouse is a designer from the UK who specialises in hand-printed textiles, homewares and fine art prints. you can buy her awesome things at her online shop, but you can also find her goods at Family Tree in London for the next 2 months leading up to Christmas. so if you want some cool gifts, get on down there!
Ali Gibbons is a painter & ceramicist based in North Carolina who makes a variety of wonderful things that you can buy at her online shop Line Line Co. she started LLCo as an outlet for her constant stream of ceramic & textile work, after quitting her 9-5 job in Chicago. she also does these awesome pet portraits! what a talented gal.
some days, nay, weeks are hard to get through – and i feel like this one is a particular slog. i think it might be because it dawned on me this morning that it’s basically a month till Christmas. so if you are in the same boat then perhaps some of these distractions will help.
i had a brief stint as a Brownie when i was a kid, and even though i was pretty useless at most all of the tasks we had to do i was still SUPER excited by the idea of getting a badge for being competent at something. i probably had a badge in firewood collecting, or something easy like that.
usually when i discover something that i love i want to write and blog about it immediately. i don’t have much patience for waiting – probably because i’m too excited to get the word out. but sometimes i come across a project that’s still in the making, and i watch it unfurl and develop before i can share it. that’s what it was like following Akosua Afriyie-Kumi on Instagram, the creator behind Ghanaian bag line A A K S. every day she would post beautiful behind-the-scenes images like this and this and this, and finally her website was launched.
Nina Cosford is a London based illustrator who has created a most excellent project called GIRLS Illustrated. it’s such a great way to relive some of the best GIRLS moments, and is making me even more excited for the new season. perhaps a re-watch is in order, but for now i’m trawling through these. you can also buy prints here.
i’ve been so excited to share this studio visit with you. MARK is a graphic design studio based in Cape Town whose office is actually in the same building as my own office. well, it’s thanks to MARK that i’m even here in the first place. Fred and i studied together many years ago, and as we kept touch over the years – thanks Facebook – i saw that he and Craig were working in a pretty nifty building, so i bugged him for the details and long story short, here we are.