Die Laaitjie

a funny thing happened the other day. we wanted to get out of town for a last minute weekend getaway and i googled a few places – including Die Laaitjie in Robertson, and my own post from 2010 popped up. haha! luckily for us the main house was available, so finally 4 years after the fact i actually got to try out the place.

we have spent a lot of time in the valleys in and around Robertson (about 2 hours from Cape Town) on weekend aways, but i have to say that the location of Die Laaitjie is the most breathtaking of them all. the house is surrounded by a mountain range that actually made me say “bloody hell!” every time i witnessed the sunrise or sunset making its way across the valleys.

the pictures of the accommodation on the website are a bit misleading. the main house is nicely decorated, but it looks like it hasn’t been painted or touched up for a good few years. there is an air of a rambling farmhouse (Grey Gardens came up a few times) rather than the luxe accommodation which you might expect. something i personally have no problem with – but, if you’re the owners of Die Laaitjie and you’re reading this: a lick of paint won’t go unnoticed.

perhaps i should make a weekend getaway section on my Cape Town guide. look out for that!

Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss

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Good Guys Giveaway

Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys

you may remember my previous features on Parisian vegan shoe brand Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather. well they just launched a new FW14 collection and to celebrate Good Guys is giving away one pair of shoes of your choice to one lucky reader. the best part is that Good Guys shoes are unisex, so for once the dudes can also enter one of my giveaways!

- TO ENTER -

1. go to the Good Guys online shop and peruse all their shoes
2. leave a comment telling me which pair is your favourite – that’s the one you will win!
3. share this image (girls) or this image (guys) on Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest with the hashtag #missmossgoodguys (leave your username so i can check!)

that’s it! my personal favourites? the Duke, the Janet and the Lenny.

Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys
Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys
Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys
Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys
Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys
Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys
Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys
Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys
Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys
Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys
Miss Moss x Good Guys giveaway. win a pair of vegan shoes of your choice. #missmossgoodguys

the giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world. readers outside the EU must please note that you may be subject to your country’s customs charges / import duties upon arrival, which you are responsible for. the giveaway ends on Monday 15 September. The winner will be randomly selected in a lucky draw & notified via email. If the selected shoes are not available in your size then you may select an alternative pair.

French Cuisse

have i ever told you how addicted we are to MasterChef? only the Australian one, mind you. we found the American one way too competitive! and the South African one is just embarrassing. so, my husband and i are complete addicts. the latest season just ended (DON’T google or go to the official website if you don’t want spoilers to ruin your day!) so i have had to fill my MasterChef gap with other food related distractions like that movie Chef, which i really enjoyed, and delving into the occasional food blog.

French Cuisse is a tumblr by 22 year old William Matthew Vale who works in the restaurant industry. he sees it less as a food blog and more like his own personal “culinary portfolio”. it certainly is a wonderful portfolio given that the food looks amazing and the photos are crisp and inviting. he only posts the ingredients and the end result, so if you intend on recreating his awesome looking dishes you may be in for some trial and error cooking.

French Cuisse
French Cuisse
French Cuisse
French Cuisse
French Cuisse
French Cuisse
French Cuisse
French Cuisse
French Cuisse
French Cuisse

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Jenny Prinn

i’m so into these abstract pieces by artist Jenny Prinn. you can buy them online here. i particularly love this one.

Jenny Prinn is an artist living and painting on the coast of Maine. She is intrigued by the fleeting moments and feelings in life that are often overlooked or forgotten. She’s not interested in recording the big events but, rather the small pulsing, transient moments and sensations that strike deep within our core for just a moment and then are gone. By working a canvas over the course of days and weeks she begins to capture the essence and electricity of these moments through the exploration of color, shape, texture and line.

Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn

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Olivia Terrell

sometimes i like jewellery to be delicate & almost unnoticeable, something that peeks out from the folds of your blouse or is so innocuous you only notice when the light catches it at a certain angle. other times, i want my jewellery to be so big and bold that strangers stop me in the street to ask where i got it. i think designer Olivia Terrell treads this line pretty well.

olivia is a jewelry artist, designer, & maker living in madrid, spain with her husband. born and raised in nashville, tennessee, olivia has always been influenced by her southern roots, but now with her spanish surroundings, she is finding new inspiration in the culture, colors, architecture, food, & vibrant people she encounters. olivia values the process of creation, and loves watching each piece go from initial sketch to final product. the beauty of her craft & handiwork is that there are never two exactly identical pieces: there are imperfections; there are flaws. it’s a sign of life & a gift: from the maker to the wearer.

lookbook photography by Iciar J. Carrasco.

Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery
Olivia Terrell Jewellery

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Johannesburg Art Gallery

i’m in Joburg at the moment on a spontaneous week long trip, and yesterday we visited the Johannesburg Art Gallery. it was quite an eye opening experience for me. JAG is situated in Joubert Park, right in the thick of inner city Joburg. which, to the uninitiated, is quite an intense part of town. it houses one of the largest collections of art in Africa, but only displays 10% of the work at any one time.

you’d think that an art gallery that has Rodin, Picasso, Kentridge, Monet, Boldini etc etc in its collection would be bustling on a Sunday. but we were the only people there. it is an extraordinary & beautiful place that seems to be falling apart at the seams. walking through it made me quite sad, but also hopeful that one day it will be restored to its former glory.

Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery

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Eleven Thirty

“oh my god how many bags do you NEED, Diana?!” – is a conversation i have with myself pretty much every week. i have never been much of a fan of cow hide on a bag but damnEleven Thirty makes it look SO GOOD. these gorgeous bags by Mariel Gonzalez and Alexa Schoorl, based in Toronto,are available at their online shop.

Eleven Thirty
Eleven Thirty
Eleven Thirty
Eleven Thirty
Eleven Thirty
Eleven Thirty
Eleven Thirty
Eleven Thirty
Eleven Thirty
Eleven Thirty

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Sean Woolsey

i discovered california based furniture designer & artist Sean Woolsey through FvF who did a great profile of his home yesterday. what really intrigued me was his website that showcases his pieces in such a fun way. it’s so normal to see designer furniture in a cold and static setting, but seeing a kid in spiderman costume pouring cereal milk onto the surface of a beautiful table is so rad. i also really love his artwork, which he creates on cold rolled sheet metal & mixed materials including paints, patinas and water based acids.

Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese philosophy, is a large influence on my work and life. It recognizes a beauty of things imperfect which bear the imprint of time. Wabi Sabi is about the minor and the hidden, the tentative and the ephemeral. It finds true beauty in the organic. My art is inspired by my travels and photos that I take while traveling around the world and documenting my adventures. Every art piece comes with a print of the photo that I took that inspired me to make it, whether it be the colors, patterns, textures, or memory.

Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey

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Rosie Assoulin

wow, it’s not often that a hollywood red carpet event would introduce me to a favourite new designer – but that’s exactly what Michelle Dockery did by wearing NYC based Rosie Assoulin to the Emmys last night.

With a background in Oscar de la Renta’s altelier, the New York native has elegant formal-wear down but imbues her work with a markedly recognizable signature that belies her young age (some designers work decades to get there)—with plays on volume, interesting uses of color and a way with drama that’s somehow perfectly approachable. - Harpers Bazaar

ps i didn’t actually watch the Emmy’s, i don’t need to when Billy on the Street is around.

Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin
Rosie Assoulin

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