Bone Couture

Anna Raimondo of Smith Jewellery actually studied at university at the same time as me, and consequently we’d often pass each other in the hallways since the graphic and jewellery design students all worked in the same building. i always envied the jewellery designers, who were basically making art out of jewellery. what could be better. it’s been ten years since we were students, and i see Anna’s work popping up in magazines and at design fairs all over the country. she makes some beautiful pieces, and i especially loved seeing her new collection at this year’s Design Indaba.

she has just recently launched a new collection called Bone Couture, inspired by a little Bokmakierie carcass that she found along the side of the road on a trip to the Namaqualand last year. you can see the process that Anna went through on her blog – it’s actually quite amazing. and check out her online shop here.

Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture

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Vintage Ballet

i watched the series City Ballet, which was produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, all in one sitting when it was released. it’s really enthralling, and a world that only a few really understand (watching Black Swan does not count). every now and then i’ll dip into an episode while i’m eating lunch at my desk. watch it!

here are some vintage ballerinas from the Life Magazine archives.

Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet
Vintage Ballet

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François Henri Galland

last week i hung some pictures in our apartment. Anton has lived there since 2010 and i moved in a few years ago – and till last week there were hardly any pictures up. which is crazy, right? considering how much i love art and surrounding myself with it. i guess it’s harder when there are two of you, and you have to compromise on what both of you like (and where it should go!) anyway now that those first few pics are up things are starting to snowball, and my thoughts are occupied with filling all the blank spaces.

i want to find something awesome for above our bed – and i’m vacillating between some smaller pictures or one HUGE piece that can fits over the entire headboard. when i saw these images by artist François Henri Galland i thought they would look amazing on a massive scale. they are also just the right amount of  dreamy and unnerving.

François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland

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The ASOS Dress

i have a very bizarro habit of browsing ASOS for dresses… often. i don’t know what it is, probably because i like to be overly prepare for things (eg buying a new outfit for a wedding that’s 6 months away, or getting my summer dresses now while it’s still raining). so, may as well turn my obsession into something helpful. looking for a dress? i’ve got you covered.

just click on the fancy little icons to be taken to the dress.

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Brunch at The Table

so last week i came down with the mother of all colds. right now i have a cough so fierce you might think i’m a seasoned smoker (i’m not). apparently they call it a productive cough. well, my cough is being super productive. me – not so much. i have been resting and drinking lots of water and playing too much plants vs zombies on my iPad.

to cheer myself up i paid a visit to my old friend Jessica’s restaurant The Table over the weekend for a spot of brunch. Jess and i have known each other since we were 7, and in my mind we are still just kids – you know? but she’s a grown ass woman who makes amazing food and owns her own restaurant with her husband, Luke.

up till now they’ve only been serving lunch on the weekends at The Table, but they recently started offering brunch on Saturdays – to accommodate people who need to get home in time for the rugby (joking! but only a little bit). if you have ever tasted Jessica’s scrambled eggs, you’ll know. photos by Jessica and myself.

Brunch at The Table
Brunch at The Table
Brunch at The Table
Brunch at The Table
Brunch at The Table

this is what i ate – portobello mushrooms with lanquedoc cheese on sourdough.

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the sweets table. at brunch!

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they have also recently expanded The Table, meaning there’s lots more seating indoors and two cosy fireplaces to choose from. i love this new room with all the fairy lights, and that beautiful round marble top table. you might find me there on Saturdays.

Brunch at The Table

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Alexandra Grecco Bridal

i have been following Alexandra Grecco’s career since i posted about her waaaaaaaaaaay back in 2010 when she was still selling her wares on Etsy. she still has her own line, but just launched a beautiful bridal collection which you can shop here.

Looking for a gown in advance of her own wedding in 2013, Alexandra Grecco saw an opportunity to create a bridal line of her own and pair her aesthetic with high-quality fabrics and intricate hand-embroidery. the Alexandra Grecco bridal line features ethereal gowns for the less-traditional bride.

i also think you can actually wear some of her other pieces as wedding dresses, if you’re looking for something more simple.

Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco

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Paintings of the Fens

Fred Ingrams is an artist who after working for many years in London as a painter, graphic designer & art director moved to Norfolk in the late 90s, where he recently became obsessed with painting an area known as The Fens – a marshy, flat region in the east of England. all descriptions of the area sound boring and dreary, but Ingram’s paintings are vibrant and interesting. see his Fens series at his blog and the rest of his work at his website.

The Fens are perhaps the least loved landscape in Britain. For some reason the flatness of this huge area of Eastern England does not capture the heart. It is a landscape that does not fit into the ideal of a rolling “green and pleasant land”. They are, on the other hand as flat as a billiard table and to most people, featureless and grim. The wind blows from from the east and is cold and nagging. The people who live there appear, like the wind, cold and unfriendly. It is for all these reasons I feel so at home painting in the Fens. As I sit and paint here, I am always struck by how few people inhabit this place. I am nearly always alone.

Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens

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Rebecca Gladstone

i’ve always been much more of a gold jewellery kinda girl myself, but these silver pieces by Rebecca Gladstone are lovely – especially modelled on this blonde girl with the cool haircut. you can buy online at her website or etsy shop.

Rebecca founded her independent label just over a year and a half ago. Having taught Art & Design for several years, working from her studio in Hackney, she now lovingly creates pieces of her own, hand forming, molding, shaping and casting in both silver and bronze.

Rebecca Gladstone
Rebecca Gladstone
Rebecca Gladstone
Rebecca Gladstone
Rebecca Gladstone
Rebecca Gladstone
Rebecca Gladstone
Rebecca Gladstone

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