Isabelle Bertolini

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now, i know that people love to make fun of the many, many food photos you see on Instagram these days – but i for one love them. they are usually the number 1 photo that i tend to favourite, especially when the food in question involves the simple and best things in life – bread, butter and cheese.

Josh Brolin for Band of Outsiders

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Band of Outsiders is well known for their range of lookbooks featuring celebrities shot on polaroid. Kirsten Dunst is a regular model, as is Jason Schwartzmann. i like the latest one with Josh Brolin because he’s not your typical indie darling… and he looks good as a cowboy.

10 homes

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10 awesome homes where i wouldn’t mind being invited in for tea…
but don’t let me stay too long or i might pitch a tent and claim squatter’s rights.

Nemadji Pottery

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one of the things i’d like to do at home is build up my ceramics & glassware collection. i’ve been buying a few knick knacks here and there, which is always a slow process as you tend to find them sporadically (and need to resist the urge to buy an entire collection that you won’t necessarily love years down the line). so when i spotted these colourful marbled pots on Etsy i kind of fell in love, and did a bit of reading up on their origin. found this little piece of Fab.com which explains,

New York in the 80s

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i still haven’t been to new york. right now it’s a matter of saving saving saving so i can get there one day. every time i’m tempted by a beautiful piece of furniture or a new jacket i think, must save for new york. in the meantime i’m living vicariously through other people’s new york related stories, photos, films… which is why i so enjoyed browsing through New York In the 80s, a collection of photographs by Steven Siegel.

Building Block

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you know that feeling you get when you’re super excited and nervous? say, before a date with someone you really like… or after you’ve just done something amazing like bunjee jumped or skinny dipped (with that someone you really like). heart palpitations might be the right word. WELL. i just got heart palpitations looking through the pieces at Building Block. god, it feels like i’m a teenager in love or something.

Rewardrobe

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some of you may remember my last Rewardrobe post, which was exactly a year ago today. so much has changed in my life since then – i moved to a new city & into a new flat, cut down hours at my day job and took on more freelance work. consequently my finances have been geared toward setting up home and other things that are way more important than clothes. like buying plants and making cheese pies.

These Things No.40

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i actually started writing this post a few days ago when i was in the grips of a nasty bout of flu, which is spreading through cape town like wildfire at the moment, but i simply could not muster enough energy to get even half way through it. consequently i spent about a week in bed or on the couch (watching many, many episodes of friends) and subsequently had to catch up on real work – which meant the blog has been on the backburner for a while. i’m sorry about that!

Gather Journal

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i’ll be the first to admit that i don’t buy traditional food magazines, and i don’t even really browse food blogs (unless i’m hungry), but what i AM interested in is beautiful photography, art direction and design – and Gather Journal has these in spades. Michele Outland and Fiorella Valdesolo have pulled together some serious talent in the launch issue, the theme of which is float

Bona Drag Ceremonial Collection

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the Bona Drag Ceremonial Collection is something else. featuring exclusive collaborative pieces by designers like Samantha Pleet (who designed the first amazing dress below), Mara Hoffman (who has never done ready to wear gowns until now) and Bona Drag buyer & stylist Hannah Bartie’s range With Hearts in My Eyes (the crochet rose gown & ivory leopard bias gown are personal favourites). read more about the collection here & have gander at the entire lookbook while you’re at it.

The Art of Vogue Covers

i was given a wonderful gift recently from Anton’s gran, who was cleaning out her book collection and came upon an old copy of The Art of Vogue Covers. it details the illustrated covers of British Vogue from 1909 through to 1940, including the entire collection of covers between 1920-1930. i was only familiar with a few of the illustrated Vogue covers (a handful of which were turned into posters and probably hang in many a college dorm room), so i thought i’d scan in some of my favourites and share them with you.

Leah & Dylan

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you will know Leah Goren from her beautiful illustrative work, her clothing & accessories line and the amazing collaboration she did with Anthropologie. i check in on her shop all the time, and love sharing her new work here whenever i can. one thing i didn’t know, and i’m surprised by this considering how much i stalk cool people on the internet, is that she has a blog with her graphic designer boyfriend Dylan called A Future Present where they share bits & pieces from their lives in Brooklyn, including snaps of gorgeous devon rex Moses, and chronicle the ongoing DIY projects that make their little home look so cool.

Nice Things No.12

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[1] atelier beautravail [2] whistles maxi skirt [3] antik batik aztek beaded dress [4] whistles mozaic shift dress [5] m missoni top [6] desert flora soap [6] laklak bracelet [8] folded paper scarf [9] extinct animals tote [10] half moon necklaces [11] pineapple print espadrilles [12] coral necklace [13] fieldguided tote [14] triangle pattern name card holder [15] audrey & shay [16] jessie harris jewellery [17] big cats scarf [18] amethyst gold spike ring [19] roxy marj clutch

Romy & Raphael

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oh wow, i just had to share the wedding that photographer Hanni of Troistudios shared in the comments of yesterday’s plants post! Romy & Raphael got married at the Botanical Gardens in Berlin – what a perfect setting for such an intimate ceremony. they also had brunch and a reception at two different locations afterwards, an idea i love that’s quite typical of many german weddings. probably the best wedding i have ever attended was my own brother’s wedding whose wife is german – the celebrations also consisted of several different events spread over a few days. and man, do those germans know how to party.

Pumped about Plants

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i felt like this post needed an exclamation mark because i’m quite excited about plants at the moment. you might remember my post, more than a year ago now, about wanting to get some indoor plants. if you are keen to get some plants but don’t know where to start definitely read the comments in that post – incredibly informative and helpful. subsequently i started out with succulents because i thought they wouldn’t be too easy to kill. turns out i kind of underestimated how fickle plants can be – succulents need plenty of light but not too much direct sunlight, and only occasional watering. they’re like teenagers, they kind of just want to be left alone. after a bit of trial and error my succulents are still thriving many months later.