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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
“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.
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.
Easter always marks a change in season for me – over here we are obviously rolling toward winter, and this past weekend was no exception. we lit a fire for the first time in ages! it wasn’t even that cold, but it had to be done. similarly i’ve been noticing that many up north are surfacing from tundra-like conditions, with spring dresses + bare legs popping up all over my Instagram.
Gisèle Freund was a renowned photographer & photo journalist who fled Nazi Germany and settled in Paris in 1933. she studied at the Sorbonne, worked around the world for Time and Life magazines and took the first colour portraits of numerous writers and artists including Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Matisse, Man Ray and many others – all of which you can see here.
one of my favourite things about shopping from Etsy is that you can contact the seller directly, chat to them about special orders and shipping needs (which, sometimes, means you can avoid international customs charges – woohoo!) but most of all that you get to support small, independent shops and designers. there’s so much rad stuff out there, and it can be hard to wade through it all – so here’s a nice shopping list, in the form of a Nice Things.