Mid Week Distraction No.1

i come across a lot of things during my week that don’t necessarily fit into the category of These Things or Nice Things, but that i usually tweet about or just email to my friends. that’s one of the main ways that i, too, discover interesting and/or enjoyably distracting things online – especially from geniuses such as Jessica, whose READ LOOK THINK posts i always look forward to, and Of A Kind’s 10 Things We’re Doing newsletter which is just excellent.

now i too will be sharing bits and pieces in my new Mid Week Distraction posts. every Wednesday. i know people usually post links and things at the end of the week, but come Friday i am usually so sick of looking at my computer the last thing i want to do is surf the web!

Mid Week Distraction: Issue 01

Wild Born

an amazing photo series of a girl’s journey to womanhood in the Himba tribe of Namibia.

Mid Week Distraction: Issue 01

Rise & Shine

what kids around the world eat for breakfast… the Dutch surprised me the most!

Mid Week Distraction: Issue 01

Lesley the Pony

probably the weirdest video i have seen in a while, guaranteed to make you laugh.

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Skittles

the only time i have enjoyed something featuring a giant spider

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On Marriage

Amelia Earhart’s pre-nuptial letter to her husband, written in 1931.

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Topics of Conversation

napkins printed with various conversation starters.

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a simple salad worth eating

one of my favourite things to eat, but so difficult to make yourself!

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3 ingredient fudge

this only contains coconut oil, cocoa and honey – and it is delicious.

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Minipresso

genius.

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Nature Is Speaking

a powerful campaign.

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Cape Town from the air

yes, those are sharks.

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Little Portraits

commission a portrait from Krisatomic!

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Yoga Joes

made me smile :)

P O S T S C R I P T

i’d like to ask you guys about what you think of the blog these days. what do you want to see more of? (and what do you want to see less of?) i have always been a blog-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal, sharing as i go and not really planning ahead because i enjoy the spontaneous nature of the site. but if you want to see more of something – eg music, design, photography, or just personal posts – please let me know!

oh and just some technical notes: please remember you can view the site in Magazine Mode (quick! easy!) and you can also subscribe to posts via email.

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Lukasz Wierzbowski

Lukasz Wierzbowski, aka Neon Tambourine on Flickr, is someone who i have followed since before the blog’s inception. i posted about him way back in 2009, and ever since then i have enjoyed seeing his work pop up all over the online world. you can also buy a book of his work.

Originally from Lubliniec in southern Poland, Lukasz Wierzbowski is a photographer living and working in the historical city of Wroclaw. A master of colour composition and in the use of disruptive patterns, Wierzbowski’s work often explores the ambiguous relationship between the model and their surroundings.

Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Lukasz Wierzbowski

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Tony Chestnut FW14

the rad thing about the blog is that often after i’ve discovered and posted about the work of talented people it allows us to connect and keep in touch – so i’m kept in the loop whenever something new is on the horizon (good for me, and good for you!) one such person is Jill Sawatzky of Tony Chestnut who i posted about earlier this year. she just released her FW14 collection, available at her online shop.

This newest collection was inspired by my Mennonite ancestors, and their humble way of living off the land. Subtle Androgyny, utilitarianism, simplicity and modesty were paramount in the inspiration. I love combining the creativity of handmade clothing, with the contrasting notion of necessity and frugality that drove people like my grandmother to sew and produce. It’s always been the backbone of tony chestnut to try to embody and respect both of these ideas in my handmade clothing.

photography by Meg Kroeker, who uses unedited film which she processes herself.

Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14
Tony Chestnut FW14

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Swans

i was lucky enough to work with the talented photographer Lar Rattray on designing her new website, and in the process of sorting through & curating all her photographs i fell in love with this story that she did about ballerinas at the Cape Town City Ballet. i asked Lar for a bit of background about the Swans. you can see the entire story here.

I know I’m not alone in saying that I’ve always been drawn to what happens ‘behind the velvet curtain’. It’s one of those inexplicable childlike fascinations… so I literally leapt at the chance to go backstage with a friend who was dancing for Cape Town City Ballet at the time. This was years ago, I was fresh out of art school and had to borrow a camera. The dance company was in the final throes of rehearsals before their opening of Swan Lake… and for days I hid in the wings amidst a sea of quiet chaos and sweat, enchanted by these weightless beings. Their pure disregard for inhibition was bewitching; but their raw stamina, nothing short of astonishing. I will never forget the seamless transition between the animal like exhaustion I witnessed backstage, to the seemingly effortless and untiring grace seen by the audience onstage.

Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray
Swans by Lar Rattray

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Spartan

i first posted about Austin based shop Spartan waaaaaay back in 2010! that’s like a 100 years in internet time. so i’ve been excited to share their new lookbook, which i was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of before it launched. they stock items by designers that i love like Crescioni, Erin Considine, Dealtry and a whole host of others that are new-to-me.

We were feeling very inspired by women artists of the 20th century and studied portraits of these women for inspiration. Although our focus in the past has been home goods and jewelry, we are branching it a way that feels very natural to us to few apparel pieces that are easy to wear and great for travel – hats, bags, scarves, wool tunics, oversized sweaters, etc, with the same attention to graceful design and beautiful, high quality materials.

explore the shop here. photographer: Chantal Anderson | graphic designers: Winsome Brave

Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan

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Pichulik: Baraka

the new Pichulik SS15 range Baraka has just launched, and i’m really into the limited colour palette Kat has gone for. she drew her inspiration from the architecture of North Africa and the Middle East (the name barakah means “blessing” in Arabic)

The colours and designs evoke the religious talismans of the Berber of Morocco and prayer satchels used throughout the region. Green and gold are sacred in Islam as they represent paradise while the blue, the colour of protection, is reminiscent of the indigo robes worn by the Tuareg and the colours found in the 400-year-old Sultan Ahmet Camii, Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.

photography kope figgins | wardrobe kat van duinen | make-up nandi kai

Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka

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