Lina Rennell

how is it that i only learned about Lina Rennell today? all i know is that i haven’t wanted a beanbag since i was in varsity, but now i sure do.

Driven by optical passions and an addiction to excellence in textiles, Lina Rennell is a high-casual women’s wear and textile label based in Northern California. Launched in 2009 by Angelina Rennell, a true wild child and daughter of Los Gatos, California. The Rennell line is an art brand with a heavy focus on original print work, old world USA production, craft and tailoring.

she is stocked at a number of places, but you can buy her stuff online at Beklina.

Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell

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Miaow

i should start this post by saying that artistic depictions of cats go back as far as the Egyptians who- bla bla bla, but the point is cats are cool so of course why wouldn’t they appear in art since forever? what i realised after looking around for rad art that featured felines is that there are a lot of nudes + cats. this Picasso being perhaps the most explicit. is it because people tend to strut around their house naked, while their cats look on? i know i always did when my cat was still alive. and then you’d stop and look at the cat, who was looking at you, and you’d think… is it judging me or does it just not care? (a bit of both)

also check out Cats: Some people like them, and some do not.

Andy Warhol, Brown Sam with Orange Eyes, 1954

Andy Warhol, Brown Sam with Orange Eyes, 1954

Bill Vuksanovich, Moonie. (Pencil on Paper)

Bill Vuksanovich, Moonie, 1992. (pencil on paper)

Riña de Gatos, Cats on a Roof

Francisco de Goya, Cats on a Roof, 1786-1787

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Artistin Marcella, 1910

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Artistin Marcella, 1910

Alice Neel, Victoria and the Cat, 1981

Alice Neel, Victoria and the Cat, 1981

Przemek Matecki, Untitled

Przemek Matecki, Untitled, 2013

Jenny Morgan, Venus in Furs

Jenny Morgan, Venus in Furs, 2014

Taisei Yoshimura, Moment of Silence (Coloured Pencil)

Taisei Yoshimura, Moment of Silence, 2012 (coloured pencil)

Yana Movchan, Unexpected Guests

Yana Movchan, Unexpected Guests

Holly Coulis, Snowball

Holly Coulis, Snowball, 2007

Stephen Machey, An Unspeakable Fortune

Stephen Machey, An Unspeakable Fortune, 2013

Yago Partal, Cat

Yago Partal, Cat, 2013

Zinaida Serebriakova, Portrait of Natasha Lancere with a cat, 1924

Zinaida Serebriakova, Portrait of Natasha Lancere with a cat, 1924

Allison Schulnik, Cat Head, 2011

Allison Schulnik, Cat Head, 2011

Gideon Rubin, Black Cat, 2012

Gideon Rubin, Black Cat, 2012

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Ben Johnson for L’MAD

L’MAD Collection is a local fashion brand who creates limited edition collections with south african artists & designers. they have worked with people like Nico Krijno, Daniella Mooney and Michael Taylor amongst other, and their latest colab is with Ben Johnson, a talented graphic designer & creative who, funnily enough, used to work in my office space before we moved in here!

Ben Johnson is a graphic designer, director and photographer based in Cape Town. His original approach to African iconography, inventive layering and “novel nod to MS Paint effects” have been combined to produce a sublime collection for L’MAD.

also check out the cute promo by Michael MacGarry. you can shop the scarves here.

Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD

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Humans of Cape Town

today i was preparing to do a follow up to my Bygone Cape Town post from a few years back (be sure to check it out) when i went down a rabbit hole and discovered, to my delight, the archives of Bobby Graham whose father took photos of ordinary people in Cape Town from 1959 to 1963. by the end of it i had the biggest grin on my face, he really had a gift for capturing the natural sense of a person. thanks to his daughter for uploading & sharing.

see the entire set here.

People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town

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Reformation

every day i go online i think, this is it – there’s nothing new for me to discover. i know all the clothing designers, i have seen it all. nope. wrong. every day there’s something new-to-me. i was actually surprised i hadn’t come across Reformation before (pardon me Americans if i am super slow on the uptake, so uncool!) they make these damn beautiful dresses that you can buy in a variety of colours & patterns. yes! that’s the dream.

oh, and there’s a wedding section which is pretty sweet. i could see a cool bride in this.

Reformation
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation

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Blog Milk Giveaway!

the giveaway is now closed. congrats to Danielle, Ellie, Sara-Jane and Megan!


Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk

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.

with designer Ana Degenaar at the helm, Blog Milk designs beautiful minimal themes for both Blogger and WordPress. i have been a fan of her work for a long time. they just released their latest collection of themes Off the Record. 12 new themes  – one for every month.

today FOUR people stand the chance to win a theme of their choice. worth $98. this is how:

1. head on over to Blog Milk and look through their themes.
2. leave a comment telling me which is your favourite theme & where you plan to use it
3. share the giveaway on instagram, twitter or pinterest using the hashtag #missmossblogmilk
4. be sure to leave your instagram, twitter or pinterest name so i can check.

that’s it! my personal favourites? May & September. those are good months.

Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk
Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk

See the demos for all the themes here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

RULES: 4 winners will be chosen at random and they will each win one theme of their choice. please leave a valid email address so that we can contact you. Blog Milk themes work on both Blogger and WordPress. the WordPress themes only work on self-hosted WordPress blogs, NOT WordPress.com. if you win you may specify your platform preference. you will only receive a theme for ONE platform. a downloadable zip package with installation instructions will be delivered to the winner via email. please check Blog Milk’s FAQ if you have any questions. The giveaway is open to all readers internationally.

Giveaway closes on Wednesday 13 August.