it is the hottest day ever in Cape Town today, quite literally. at 42 °C we are officially the hottest city in the world right now. so the thought of swanning around in a desert is not super appealing, but the beautiful new Crescioni FW15 lookbook actually makes me consider the possibility for a moment.
you might remember my previous post about artist Lorna Simpson, whose exquisite Gold Head series is still a favourite of mine. they form part of a continuing series of collages based on figures from vintage Ebony and Jet magazines – all of which you can see on her website and in a book dedicated to her Works on Paper.
six years ago today i wrote my first post! and it was dedicated to my mom, bless. i never imagined that the blog would grow to where it is today, and that it would become such a life-changing part of my existence. i was just a 25 year old girl who wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do with her life / career / self / spare time. but i had an insatiable love for the internet and a desire to share cool things with people.
Leslie Knope is front and centre as the featured image of this week’s distraction – because she is the best – but also because, sadly, Parks and Recreation is over. frankly i have referenced treat yo self far too many times on this blog to not dedicate an entire post to Parks & Rec, but this introductory paragraph will have to do.
i’m so into everything at Toast right now, especially this awesome Early Spring collection. this is officially how i want to look all the time. how am i going to make this happen? i’m just going to try to look as sleepy as possible, as this is clearly the brief these models were given: pretend you’re coming out of a long hibernation. “wow it’s so beautiful out here in this sunny field / relaxing on this boat / gazing out at this historical European village, but i’m just SO sleepy you guys!”
if you’ve been lucky enough to visit the Wild Coast in South Africa you might have come upon some super chill cows having a great day at the beach. it is always a delight for me to see the cows when we travel to Kei each year for our summer holidays, they even gate-crashed our engagement!
boobs are making a bit of a… comeback? not that they were ever out of fashion, cause boobs have always been great. but they have permeated a lot of visual things lately like tees and tops and totes and calendars and think pieces. they’re almost like that weird pineapple trend, except less spiky.
last week i posted this photo on Instagram without even thinking twice, which resulted in an unprecedented number of comments of women left and right chiming in that they, too, had this particular problem. i mean – we basically all want to look like French mimes, right? these aren’t even all the striped shirts i own you guys.
you might wonder how i find content for these (now pretty popular) mid week distractions. well, they are all articles, posts, images, features or music that have distracted me throughout the week. i don’t specifically look for content, but rather bookmark the stuff that actually took up 5, 10 or even 30 minutes of my time at any given moment. they aren’t called distractions for nothing. i can pretty much gauge the productivity of the past week by how long these posts are.
Reuben Wu is a photographer, music producer (ever heard of a little group called Ladytron? uuuh yeah!) and director who i discovered by way of flickr when his fantastical landscape imagery almost made my eyeballs explode into a cloud of star dust. i might have listened to this while looking through them. follow him on Instagram.
Marion Hanania is the designer & founder of vegan footwear brand Good Guys who i’ve featured many times around here. born and raised in Paris, Marion has been spending the past 6 months in California – a move which is truly reflected in her bright & sunny new SS15 collection. i looooove those colour block sandals!
i don’t know what it is with my recent obsession with sportswear. i am hopeless at sports and pretty useless at exercising, to boot. i recently attempted Kayla Itsines’ BBG and i managed one day. ONE day. but still, you know, i want to look COOL while i’m failing to exercise. and maybe a small part of me thinks that if i look great i’ll be more inclined to workout. isn’t that how it always goes? well perhaps i need to start listening to Outdoor Voices and get my ass into figurative – and literal – shape.