Gift Shop Brooklyn SS15

Gift Shop Brooklyn has a new collection for Spring, sporting simple & feminine tones of gold, tan, chocolate brown and classic black.  designer Annie gave me a bit of insight into the thought process behind her new collection.

Morgana Wallace

now before you look at these, closely, think about the fact that they are all cut out by hand and illustrated. Canadian artist Morgana Wallace is the talented woman behind these multi-layered creations, made out of paper and finely illustrated with gauche, which she shares on her blog and instagram. i love these characters. i can almost imagine the entire Game of Thrones series illustrated like this, can’t you?

Jewels Cinq

another edition of Jewels! i seem to do one of these a year, but i think i need to do them more frequently because they’re such a nice way to offer up a wide variety of jewellery designers. i know we all have different tastes, so hopefully some – or all – of these will hit the sweet spot for you.

Mid Week Distraction No. 22

so this coming weekend is a long weekend in SA, as well as next weekend. yes, this is the month of all the public holidays ever. i have a favour to ask you – can you recommend a GREAT book to get stuck into? i plan on putting away my devices and going old school on one of my days off. curling up on the couch and not getting up unless for tea and cookies. i like mystery, suspense, history, romance… anything gripping, anything that you just can’t. put. down.

Touch

Touch is a series of hyperreal paintings by Korean artist Kwangho Lee. the odd thing about cacti is that you actually DO want to touch them, in all their weird, rubbery, spiky, fluffy glory. you know you shouldn’t, but you just kinda want to.

Stylist Siki

Siki Msuseni is a young Cape Town based stylist & fashion blogger, whose hugely infectious smile and awesome hair always brightens up my day when i see her pop up in my social media feeds. she’s currently doing a series on Instagram where she shows you how to style 10 items in 3 different ways over 30 days.

Mid Week Distraction No. 21

this may seem ridiculous to all my US readers, but i only just started using Spotify (with a little, ahem, help to access it from outside the US). i even found an app to mute those annoying ads! well, enough about my nefarious activities – can you recommend any great users to follow / playlists to fave / stations to try? i’m kind of lost as to how to navigate the rabbit hole that is streaming music. help!

Tanya Ling

if i could somehow magically transfer the talents of one amazing person to myself, it would be the creative abilities of Tanya Ling. she is a renowned designer & illustrator, working for the likes of Vogue, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Selfridges, Nars – the list goes on and on. she’s also an accomplished artist, you can see her work here, and a fashion designer.

The Women of Don Draper

The Women of Don Draper is an illustrated collective of all the women Don Draper has slept with, in chronological order, by artist Hannah Choi. daaaaaaamn Don Draper has a type! i mean, i always knew he was into tragic, broken brunettes – but now we have beautifully illustrated PROOF. don’t scroll all the way to the bottom if you’re not up to date!

Ed Freeman: Western Realty

have you guys been watching The Last Man On Earth? it was my first thought when i saw this series of digitally enhanced photos by photographer Ed Freeman (whose early career was in the music industry – working with acts like The Beatles, Don McClean and Carly Simon – whoa!). Western Realty features scenes that you might see in a post-apocalyptic landscape, abandoned buildings that The Last Man On Earth’s Phil Miller might break into & explore just for fun. i know i would.

Double Tap: Tomas Wells

“thank you Instagram, for introducing me to talented people i would otherwise never know about.” – i feel like that needs to be said every day. because that’s how i came across Tomas Wells, who takes great photos in Cape Town and beyond. follow him! he has a website, too. oh and yes – Cape Town is this beautiful.

Mid Week Distraction No. 20

i felt terrible about missing last week’s Mid Week Distraction. i think i actually couldn’t sleep that night, haha! but, you know, sometimes you drop the ball. sometimes there are too many balls to juggle. sometimes… okay, enough with the balls metaphors.

Sophia’s Villa

this set of photos of Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti at their villa in Rome, taken in 1964 by Alfred Eisenstaedt, was one of the first stories i discovered in the Life Magazine archives way back when they first launched their digital collection in 2009. for some reason i never posted about it, and it has been sitting in a weird folder on one of my hard drives until i rediscovered recently.

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