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My Better Half

Amanda Jane Jones is a talented graphic designer and all-round nice gal who many of you will probably know from the blogosphere and her work with Kinfolk. she has a great series on her blog called My Better Half which is a fun & lighthearted look at couples and their love stories (with some great little design elements thrown in for good measure). you’ll recognise some familiar online faces and be introduced to some new offline faces… just a little bit of love to kick off the week.

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

My Better Half

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Rabbit Hole

i’ve been trying to make the blog a bit more fun to explore since there are almost 2000 posts stretching back 3 years littered all over the place. so now if you click on a post, you will see ten related posts with handy thumbnail previews pop up in the sidebar to your left. i hope that this helps you discover posts you’ve never seen before, and that it will be especially handy to those of you who are new visitors to the blog (hello!)

so if you’re reading this via rss please remember to click on a post if you like it, because you’re bound to find more of the same in the now-magical-sidebar. i must admit that i actually got lost in my own archives testing these puppies out…

the screenshot below is of this sting posthelloooo sting. helloooooo jeremy irons.

… i hope a few of you get the plethora joke.

oh and if there is any way i can make the blog even more magical and user friendly for you guys please let me know in the comments. on an unrelated note – can you believe it’s almost december & the end of the year? what the what!

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These Things No.27

these things issue no. 27!

did a guest post on my current love for pink at honey kennedy.

i got mindy kaling’s new book the day it came out and read it in 24 hours. yes, it’s good.

paper goods by stripe and field seen via emmadime.

would love this as a giant print on a wall somewhere in my house. photographed by nicholas pomeroy.

a wall of pink hued clothes. aaaaah. photographed by yente vaneerdewegh.

no.6 fall lookbook.

bernadette pascua & andrew stinson’s house at design*sponge

light dream by lui h.

a new poster by bia van deventer that you can win over at visi.

fortune cookie necklaces by christina kober via greedy girl.

hound via wolf eyebrows.

these mirrors by david derksen via design for mankind.

pretzel ponies by katrin coetzer.

this little house photographed by geneviève bjargardóttir.

just love everything about this photo of lily donaldson.

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You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

this little blog has been going for almost 3 years now, and as it grew i began to receive enquiries about advertising & sponsorship opportunities from people all over the world. i’ve been holding off on that for a long time, because i wanted the blog to grow and develop naturally and, to be honest, i didn’t even really know what i was doing! to say that it has exceeded my expectations is a vast understatement – i enjoy blogging more with every day, and i often daydream about having more time to discover, create and share interesting content.

the main reason why i have made the decision to open the blog up to sponsorship is so that it would relieve some of the pressures of real life (i.e. paying bills) and will hopefully allow me to put more of my time and energy into the blog – because i LOVE doing it. and i want to keep doing it.

so, this is my first step in making my blog a grown up… or a young adult, if you will. i have been quite busy this week working on a new design which i launched yesterday (for those of you subscribed via rss – please take a look!) and you may have noticed that there is an entirely new sidebar to the right… just waiting to be filled with potential sponsors.

if you’re interested in advertising please email me at missmossblog@gmail.com and i will send along a fancy little pdf containing information about my stats and rates. there will be six ad spots available to buy on a month by month basis.

i find this picture quite funny because i don’t even have an iMac, haha.

in other news, one of my best and oldest friends Jessica and her fiancé Luke are getting married this weekend! you may remember Jessica from our now-stalled food series, as well as her blog & restaurant Nook. i am an official unofficial wedding photographer so hopefully i’ll be able to share some shots with you next week (as long as i get permission!)

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Not the Nine o’Clock News

just a bit of news! Alison kindly invited me to do a guest post over at Etsy. i love Etsy, i’ve bought a few vintage dresses and other bits and pieces from there over the years – i love the way you can buy directly from a seller and the fact that you’re not limited by the usual we don’t ship internationally problem. but  i have never really explored Etsy thoroughly – so when i was putting together this post i really took advantage of their discovery features like handpicked items,  suggested shops, treasury lists etc etc. it is like going down a never-ending rabbit hole of awesome over there, people. i suggest you get browsing. my lists were inspired by some of my colour coded mood boards over at Pinterest.

the other exciting bit of news is that i’m in the South African Marie Claire this month as their featured About A Blog! I still have to pinch myself when i see stories about the blog in magazines that i grew up reading & buying every month. it is pretty surreal and kind of grand. many of the photos in the article were taken on my trip to paris last year.

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Miscellania

thank you all for your wonderful response to the Rewardrobe post! it made me feel a bit better about getting too “covety” around here (want want want / need need need). i suppose i wouldn’t actually spend diamond money on designer clothing… i’d probably pay my rent first. but i can’t make a let’s get excited about paying the rent collage, so let’s leave it at that. the truth is that i could have made that list about three times longer in a heartbeat – which is where the next bit of news comes in.

i decided to try out Pinterest again. i had previously signed up when the site first started but never really got into it and closed my account in an attempt to cut down on my social media / bookmarking addiction. psh. i’m actually laughing at myself as i type this. what was i thinking! so, if you want to follow me on there please do – but that invitation comes with a warning: you might get irritated with all the pinning that’s going on over there. this is what i did in 1 day:

in other news, i’ll be doing some guest blogging over at hila’s blog in the next week along with jen and anabela. here is my first post outlining summer positives – as hila and i are both allergic to the heat i thought it might be a good idea to convince ourselves that summer is actually okay.

please see the post for all image credits

also in the news vein is a little mention in the new Vodacom magazine. to all my international readers – vodacom is a south african cellular network. pretty nice, since i am actually a vodacom customer. free data, please? also featured in the article are blog pals Vicky from I Want That / I Want That Wedding, JP from Eye Candy and, naturally, Joanna.

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you may also have noticed that there are some fancy lookin’ rollovers in the sidebar. how about that! i’m just experimenting for now, in lieu of a complete blog redesign (or at least a blog face-lift).

i know things have been a bit thin around here, posting wise. trying to juggle real life, online & offline projects without losing my mind / losing my eyesight to computer screen glare is a bit of a daunting task sometimes. anybody have tips for time management? better yet, how about some tips for overcoming procrastination? that has always been my achilles heel. refer to social bookmarking addiction above.

in non-blog news – just to break this up a bit – be sure to get your hands on the new Beirut and the new Gotye albums. Both are GREAT and have been enjoying repeat plays on my iPod.

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two years!

tomorrow will mark the blog’s two year birthday.

i’m amazed by how it has grown and incredibly grateful for the wonderful readership it has picked up along the way. i never thought it would become as popular as it has – it was certainly not something i set out to do in the first place. thanks for stopping by, leaving comments, spreading the love, sending kind emails and just generally being nice people.

of course the blog wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for all the talented artists / designers / photographers / vintage lovers and everyone in between whose work and collections i so happily discover and love to share. here’s to you!

have a nice weekend everybody. photo courtesy of superbomba.

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remembering 2010

so it’s the eve of a new year, which means a run down of the past 12 months is appropriate. i cannot believe how much this little blog has grown in that time – all thanks to you guys with your wonderful comments, link love, retweets and the like. miss moss even appeared in a real life printed magazine, like some kind of grown up.

so, according to the stats these were the standout posts of 2010…

most popular post: stuff

not only in this category but the most popular post overall was wood & leather gifts. crazy, right? a close second was black + brown gifts. collages ftw.

most popular post: photography

the photography of mariam sitchinava

most popular post: vintage

teen fashions won this by a mile. got to love the life magazine archive

most popular post: fashion

this is my favourite too – art on the streets, pairing street style images with paintings

most popular post: design

not surprisingly since the movie is so hyped right now, black swan posters

most popular post: art

i love the fact that outsider art was so popular (just an absolute favourite of mine)

most popular post: illustration

the sweet fashion illustrations of derek cardigan

most popular post: living

small is cool – where i rambled on about how clever people decorate their studio apartments

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most popular post: food

homemade nutella made by my friend jessica and photographed by myself

most popular post: amusing

i actually ended up deleting this category, though cat fashion show obviously won & still amuses me.

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most popular music mix

according to the download stats, your favourite music mix was you called me after midnight – probably the most unexpected one as it took the least time to put together & is the most chilled of them all. go figure.

2010 was also the year i got to visit paris again – i enjoyed sharing my photos with you

i especially loved learning more about you with things i like right now – a series i hope to continue in 2011

(this was mariah’s list)

the posts i enjoyed doing the most (besides music mixes) were those involving image comparisons – especially vintage / sartorialist and atonement / morris

i hope your 2011 is most enjoyable, and thanks as always for visiting. xo

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