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Fashion

Jujumade

i got an exciting email from Julie sharing the debut collection for her handmade accessories label Jujumade. you might recognise her ceramic pieces from that fantastic collaboration with Brook & Lyn that i shared in last year’s post about good hair. Julie’s pieces are composed of hand sculpted ceramic and leather elements – her soft leather bags look good enough to eat, though if i ever had to own one i’d probably just hang it on my wall to admire from afar (just too beautiful to haphazardly toss my wallet and makeup in, that’s for sure). be sure to explore the Jujumade website and online shop, and also follow Julie on instagram – where you will discover a scottish fold cat called Pancake (!!!)

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Fashion

Young Frankk SS 13

if you’re a regular around here you’ll be more than familiar with Christine Young’s jewellery line Young Frankk – so i’m happy to share her latest collection with you. Christine explains, “each corded necklace and bracelet is hand braided with tan satin cording using a Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo. the beaded pieces incorporates white howlite and dalmation jasper gemstones.”  i feel like her work just gets better and better with every collection, like a fine gold-plated wine. you can shop Young Frankk at her website or over at Etsy.

Photography Julie Jamora. Makeup Gabriella Cetrulo. Design and Illustration Christine Young.

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Vintage

Found

National Geographic have set up a tumblr called National Geographic Found, to celebrate their 125th anniversary, where they’ll be sharing photos from their archives – many of which have never been seen before.

FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public. We hope to bring new life to these images by sharing them with audiences far and wide. Their beauty has been lost to the outside world for years and many of the images are missing their original date or location.

Stuff

Some Beautiful Things

beautiful bags.

left: mansur gavriel // right: eatable of many orders pocket tote

beautiful shoes.

left: avarcas de menorca // right: ines bone shoe by maryam nassir zadeh

beautiful clothes.

left: dace ss 2013 // right: eclipsing silk blouse

beautiful weddings dresses.

left: adele dress // right: vintage dress from elsa billgren

beautiful craft.

left: building block x waka waka // right: yumiko higuchi embroidery

beautiful spaces.

left: jessica comingore’s studio // right: victoria’s custom shelf by michael woo

beautiful florals.

left: coca i fito by atipus // right: jessica’s business cards

beautiful design.

left: top notch type by emma // right: recipeace by casey martin

beautiful cakes.

left: cheese wheel wedding cake by the pretty blog // right: pumpkin & bee pollen cake by Keke

beautiful pets.

left: jane sews x lucky pony // right: old brand new

Design

Seb Lester

Seb Lester is a designer & illustrator from the UK who practices calligraphy to sharpen his skills as a type designer. he shares snapshots of his sketchbook on Instagram, showcasing his impressive skills and doubly impressive foul mouth. these made me laugh, it’s always nice to see people not taking things too seriously. be sure to watch the video at the end of the post to see just how immensely skilled he is, crafting an alphabet in real time.

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Stuff

Stuff Lately

this is what’s been happening offline lately! if you follow me on twitter and instagram you’ll probably be up to speed.

i moved out of my old home…

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…into a wonderful new home!

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luckily for me there is a plant shop right across the road from said new home

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i’ve been making new friends. actually, not with the fearsome little guy on the left – even though i desperately wanted to. but i did make friends with a neighbourhood cat, who i might lure inside someday and never let go.

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i received some amazing things in the post!

left: clutch by Lee Coren. right: zebra print cardigan from Cardigan NY

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left: amaaaaazing ring from Julie Cohn. right: incredibly handy foldable laptop stand from Kraftisan.

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even though i complain about the heat, summer in Cape Town is damn impressive.

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been enjoying rooftop movies (left) and always appreciating old school cars (and cottages):

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summer = tons and tons of granadillas:

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i started the Whole30

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…and lasted just over a week (pathetic)

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i visited Jess & Luke at their pop-up restaurant at Pier Rabe in Stellenbosch. that’s a fig and custard danish with lavender and honeycomb ice-cream. there was actual honeycomb inside.

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Pier Rabe is a very dangerous place.

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they do wonderful displays to entice you to part with your cash.

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always appreciating the glory that is the pooches.

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and, the best for last. i received the most beautiful thing i have ever owned from the greatest man i’ve ever known.

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here’s the story behind the ring.

last year Anton approached Karin from Dear Rae to design (the world’s most beautiful) engagement ring. they set out to find a rose cut diamond, an antique cut that has less facets than a modern brilliant cut diamond. after weeks and weeks of searching they were still coming up empty handed. rose cut diamonds are rare to find because diamond merchants hunt them down and re-cut them into brilliant diamonds so that they’re worth more on the diamond market.

so when we got engaged Anton proposed to me with a beaded ring his grandmother, who used to be a jeweller, made from Xhosa beads that they bought from the ladies on the beach in the Transkei (a common sight if you’ve ever been to that part of the country). he told me that my real ring was coming, but i was so deliriously happy that i didn’t care – and just knew that he probably had some amazing plan up his sleeve.

meanwhile back in Cape Town, Karin was scouring through the Long Street Antique Arcade when she came upon an antique ring that had an old mine cut diamond in it. a predecessor to the modern brilliant cut diamonds, these were usually shaped and cut by hand making the facets quite large and the shape uniquely asymmetrical.

it is set in a matte gold band, and Anton gave it to me on Valentines day by the sea where we had our first ever date. aaw, shucks. it’s the most amazing thing i have ever worn and will ever call my own. the story behind it makes the ring a thousand times more precious than it already is, something i hope to pass on to some lucky grandkid someday.

Photography

Jocelyn Catterson

much like previously featured Kevin Russ and Nicola Odemann, 21 year old Jocelyn Catterson beautifully documents her love for the great outdoors. she shares photos of her travels to National Parks across the states (Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, California etc etc) on her website & flickr.

I grew up in a small town in Colorado and fell madly in love with the mountains. This passion has grown more intense with time and has come to include the desert, the plains, and the rivers, a passion for morning light and deep canyons, the smell of pine trees and hours spent on the road. These things have become the driving force behind my life and my photography. I have become fascinated with the connection between man and nature and the simplistic beauty of a life lived in a tent/on the road.

all phtoos by Jocelyn Catterson.

Fashion

Lauren Manoogian

Lauren Manoogian is a NY based jewellery and knitwear designer whose AW 13 collection is really making me yearn for some colder weather – especially when i was already wiping the sweat off my brow this morning at 9am. you can see a sneak peak of the collection at her tumblr and shop her wares at Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Totokaelo.

photographer: Darroch Putnam. model: Mari Guidicelli

Art

Winnie Truong

Winnie Truong is a Canadian artist whose infinitely detailed drawings are absolutely beautiful and mesmerizing. she has just launched her latest series A Slow Immersion, which is currently showing at the ESP Gallery in Toronto.

The latest drawing series by Winnie Truong continues to explore the artist’s ongoing relationship with hair beyond beauty and accoutrement and into a direction of a object and environs. Through delicate, labor-intensive drawing, Truong’s anomalous subjects examine the possibility of hair as a veil and as an object of comfort, while also remaining a self-consuming and self-inspiring muse.

Fashion

Emerson Fry

i was quite excited about the launch of the new collection from Emerson Fry this past monday – but when i had a spare moment to check in i saw their server had crashed due to heavy traffic. well, that’s certainly a good sign isn’t it? luckily today they were up and running again, so this morning i had some time to really delve in and see what all the fuss is about. their whole vibe pretty much nails how i love to dress – classic skinny straight jeans, beautiful blouses and my current favourite: two tone flatforms. shop the entire collection here.

Fashion

Love ZA Buy ZA

if you’ve perused my Cape Town City Guide you’d have noticed the plethora of local fashion boutiques that we are lucky enough to have in our fair city. they stock mostly local designers, something that is dear to the heart of many including myself. i’m very proud of our local shops and designers – on any given day i can walk into one of these places and find something i want/need/have to buy (this is why i try not walk into them too often).

fashion label Good Clothing and local boutique Mungo & Jemima have launched a campaign called Love ZA Buy ZA, and recently collaborated with Shoestring Productions on a beautiful video to launch the initiative.

Our hope is for all local designers to use this campaign to promote their businesses. To create awareness of local brands and help a struggling industry compete with the competition coming in from abroad. We have so much talent in South Africa; we want people to get excited about it and be proud to wear it. At least 80 000 jobs have been lost in the local clothing and textile industry over the past six years as companies continue to close their doors. We want to help change this.

you can visit Good Clothing and Mungo & Jemima at the Design Indaba Expo, which launches tomorrow, to learn more about the initiative and get involved. buy local!

video credits. Director: Richard Wall / Producer: Robert McCulloch / DOP: Sally Low / Editor and Sound Design: Lucian Barnard / Post Production: Dylan Wrankmore / Music: Thank you by Keith Kennif from Unseen Music library / Agency & Production Company: Shoestring Productions

Living

10 Homes

another installment of Ten Homes. man, what a day. moving sucks! but what sucks even more is when your furniture removal guys don’t even show up when they’re supposed to. needless to say today has been frustrating. honestly, the last thing i felt like doing today was writing a post (ack, my back! my back.) but i thought i’d have a sit down and take a calm scroll / stroll through ten of my favourite homes that have been featured around of late – to remind myself of what can be. i hope you enjoy them too.

brian’s beautiful home featured on sight unseen:

australian artist kirra jamison’s home:

the corners in claire cottrell’s  home:

Leah Fraser’s home, another aussie artist:

Nir Stern’s beautiful place (and cute cat!)

Bobo Wallmansson’s colourful home (and cute dog!)

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Jen’s lovely home, photographed by Lauren Bamford:

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Lisa & Scott’s amazing house in Topanga Canyon:

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a vintage victorian:

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and, occasional glimpses into Suvi’s home:

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Fashion

Aritzia

despite the kinda ritzy name, Canadian retailer Aritzia has very beautiful wearable pieces, and some snazzy floral numbers too. i’ve always loved the idea of floral pants, but can’t pull them off myself – so whenever i see a gal rocking a pair i applaud the universe.

ps: you might notice things look a bit different around here. i did some spring cleaning… still ironing out the kinks though, so if you’re viewing this on safari on a mac in outer space i can’t guarantee everything is in the right place. but i’ll get there!