i don’t know what it is with my recent obsession with sportswear. i am hopeless at sports and pretty useless at exercising, to boot. i recently attempted Kayla Itsines’ BBG and i managed one day. ONE day. but still, you know, i want to look COOL while i’m failing to exercise. and maybe a small part of me thinks that if i look great i’ll be more inclined to workout. isn’t that how it always goes? well perhaps i need to start listening to Outdoor Voices and get my ass into figurative – and literal – shape.
i broke my promise to bring you a music mix every month. and for that, i’m sorry. i hope this makes it up to you? x o x o happy friday the thirteenth / valentines day (whichever you choose to celebrate). just press play!
illustrator, jewellery maker and all round creative gal Kaye Blegvad just launched a, shall we say, passion project in the form of Horizontal Press, a small pornographic press based in Brooklyn. you can peruse a selection of tongue-in-cheek, and cheeky, Tijuana Bibles and prints in their online shop. perfect for the ‘discerning horndog’. i asked Kaye a bit about how Horizontal Press came to be.
Jordan Sullivan is a writer & artist living in LA, original from Houston Texas, who i have been following on Instagram for a long while. i recently delved into his extensive portfolio, and was stopped in my virtual tracks by the beautiful and harrowing photographic story about his mother: The Burial Cloud.
i think that many of us can relate to Soppy, a set of illustrations by Philippa Rice about the everyday minutiae within a relationship that actually mean so much. based on her relationship with illustrator Luke Pearson, she’s been sharing them on her blog since 2013 and they are now available as 112 page book.
i really had to restrain myself not to expand on many of the links i planned on sharing in this week’s distraction. the Prada Universe, for instance, easily deserves its own post – i lost myself for a good while exploring shows from way back. 1988 was a particularly good year, and 1994 featuring a little Kate Moss. as for Baz Luhrmann’s greatest film music moments… i am consequently watching Romeo and Juliet as i type this. i actually forgot that Paul Rudd played the dorky second fiddle to Leo. reminiscing aside, here’s all the good stuff.
i blitzed through a book this past weekend (which wasn’t amazing, but has comparisons to Gone Girl – so if you’re into whodunits maybe give it a whirl) and the main character kept mentioning slipping into a “sexy black teddy” that her husband had bought for her. i couldn’t roll my eyes hard enough because, first of all, stop calling it a teddy and also the idea of someone buying a woman lingerie has always confused me. what if it doesn’t fit? what if it’s cheap and itchy? what if it makes you look like a weirdo? what if you just don’t LIKE it?
okay, i have about half an hour to get this post out as the power is due to go off at 8pm. yes, South Africa is in the middle of an energy crisis. if you don’t live here you probably don’t know this (or care) but we have run out of electricity. ha! ha! ha! i am just laughing to make myself feel better, and also there are so many strange and wonderful things about living in SA that you kind of just have to go with the flow.
i got unexpectedly caught up in a serious wedding frenzy when we got married, something i wasn’t anticipating. the excitement can turn even the most blasé and un-girly girl into a sudden pinterest addict. don’t get me wrong, it was fun. i look back fondly on my wedding induced madness.
last week we visited a newish deli that opened in my neighbourhood late last year. there is a large Jewish community in Sea Point, so i benefit from all sorts of great stuff in the supermarkets around here that you typically don’t get in other areas of Cape Town (like being able to choose from ten different types of hummus) as well as a deli culture that used to be serviced by the now-closed New York Bagel. so Kleinsky’s is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, and not only do they do great food – and satisfy my cravings for bagels and schmear – but they also have a rad interior.
i’m looking to broaden my online reading horizons – what are your favourite, possibly new or relatively unknown online spaces that you’ve been visiting lately? if you have a blog then this is the time to plug it! if i find interesting reads then i am most certainly likely to share it with you right here in a Mid Week Distraction.
photographer Frederik Vercruysse documents the rooms of this stately home in rural Belgium in such a way that it almost looks like the kind of place Escher would live in. have you guys ever played the amazing game Monument Valley? that’s what i felt like when i was looking through these images. the house was discovered in a derelict state and refurbished by architects Buyse Seghers.
Hackwith Design House has just released their all-new swimwear collection. there are currently several different styles of bikini tops and bottoms, as well as two full piece suits, in either black or white that you can mix and match to your liking. but probably my favourite part is that you can see the pieces worn by two different models so that you can get a better idea of how the suit might fit your body type.
Vuela has been one of my consistent sponsors for 3 years now (that’s like 27 years in internet time) so i’m excited to share their very first lookbook showcasing a wide array of homeware, apparel, jewellery & accessories by independent designers the world over. i’m really into that rope market basket and workaday handmade ceramics. Photography: Jennifer Young. shot in La Jolla in San Diego, California
a few years ago my dad started painting. as an urban designer he’s always had a pencil in his hand, but he never had the time to flex his creative muscles outside of work. he began experimenting with various mediums, and quickly settled on watercolour painting. i warned him that it was a tough medium – it might look deceptively easy when you see the finished product but actually getting there is, well, an art. there’s no real room for error, unlike oil painting where you can layer and even remove paint if you’ve made a mistake.
i have always been terrible at planning. i don’t plan my day or my week or make lists or any of that stuff – i know i should. and sometimes when i do manage to sort myself out it is almost always handwritten. i tried to use list apps and other techno things to help me out in that department once, but actually having a piece of paper with a list of things i need to do or remember – that is the most helpful to me.
i discovered the work of Mary Laube through Buy Some Damn Art (where you can currently buy some of her original paintings). Mary was born in South Korea but group up in the states, where she received her BFA at Illinois State University. i find her work so graphic and interesting, an artist i would definitely add to my own collection if i could.
looking through the SS15 collection from Canadian label Fortnight Lingerie was like visiting an old friend, as they were one of my first sponsors back in 2011! see the feature i did with the woman behind the label, Christina Remenyi, here and another great interview with her at Boots & Pine. it’s a killer lookbook too. if you’re interested in donning yourself in some fancy lady threads visit their website, they are stocked by a bunch of people online.
hey guys! man, i’ve hit the ground running since returning from holiday. it feels great, and surprisingly good to be busy after 3 weeks of basically just lying around and eating. i’ve been taking photos of some pretty rad local places for something i’m working on, and rediscovering Cape Town as a veritable tourist. FYI: people treat you really nicely when you have a camera and they think you’re from out of town. or maybe that’s just south africans? well, you guys should come visit. it’s beautiful here.