Mariah is one of the guest bloggers who you can expect to see around here while i sort myself out come moving day, she is the lady behind the charming blog Quite Continental. i have really been enjoying her series that kicked off in february, the Quite Continental Charm School - where she and guest contributors provide daily tips on how to generate more class, and charm, into your everyday life. these are some of my favourites – click on them for the original posts.
YES! a new things i like right now by one of my favourite new-to-me bloggers Jen McCabe of Honey Kennedy (named for her grandmother). well not so new anymore i guess – i have been reading Jen’s blog for a while now and am consistently amazed by her discoveries with every post, especially in the fashion department. her things i like right now list is no less impressive, it has left me with several tabs open on my browser waiting to be explored. be sure to follow her on twitter as she is a fun gal to gab with (let’s bump top knots some time eh, Jen?)
1. Harold Pierce Cazneaux’s photography. His work is so incredibly striking. Hauntingly beautiful use of light—I especially love his portraits.
2. The Vaccines. I don’t tend to be very current in what I choose to listen to. I kind of lean on my shoegazery and 1960’s garage/psych/baroque pop laurels and it takes a nudge from a friend to get me to venture outside of that noise. My friend, Sasha, has a lot of the same music loves and she urged me to give these fellows a listen. I am now totally addicted to (and crushed out on) their record, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines. I also love Sasha’s new band with her husband, The Horoscopes!
3. Isson sunglasses. I’m super picky about sunglasses. I don’t mean that they have to be fancy—I have $5 sunglasses that I wear a lot—but I just don’t like most shapes on my big heart shaped head. I love both the pink and black ‘Bonnie’ style sunglasses from Isson. Isson’s Oscar and Louis styles are also very cool. Others I love are these Cutler + Gross shades for Cacharel.
4. Itty Bitty Kitty Committee. KITTENS KITTENS KITTENS. Laurie is a kitten whisperer and excellent photographer. I really love visiting her site for a happy pick me up. She really does amazing work for the Humane Society.
5. Fahrenheit 451 by François Truffaut. I guess it isn’t just this film that I’m really into right now, but all of the actor, Oskar Werner’s, films. I’ve had a mad crush on him since I was a teenager and I think his work is fantastic. I wish I could have seen him on the stage! My favorites are Fahrenheit 451 and Jules et Jim—of course, I love Jeanne Moreau and Julie Christie. I could go on for hours about movies.
6. My grandparents. John McCabe and Ellen Jacquelyn “Honey” Kennedy McCabe. I really miss them—they’ve both passed away. There is just so much I wish I could share with them and talk with them about. I miss hearing all their stories, laughing with them and hugging them. They were my pals.
7. Vintage Stanhope jewelry. I love the little peepshow aspect of the ‘optical bijou’ Stanhope novelty pieces. These binoculars from Erica Weiner’s shop is an especially cool example. I also love the nudey lady ring!
8. Lavenham. The new collection of women’s clothing from English horse blanket company, Lavenham, is making me rethink my feelings on quilted apparel. The styling for the lookbook is fantastic. I’m impressed that they were able to make these pieces so elegant—quilting can look so boxy or lumpy.
9. The Firework Studies book by Pierre Le Hors. Just so beautiful. I am so fascinated by stars and the night sky and this book seems to hit all those romantic notes for me… with fire. I love so much of Pierre Le Hors’ work.
10. Making music mixes. I really love making music mixes on 8tracks. I have an obscene amount of music and thoroughly enjoy the whole process of putting together a mixtape. You can find my mixes here.
11. Collages by Gloria Vilches. I think her work is so eye-catching and clever. A lot of people do collage, but rarely do people do it this well. My good friend, Steve Quenell, also makes collages that blow my mind. Psychedelic National Geographic! Ha.
12. Skulls. I don’t know why, but for the past year or so I’ve really admired some beautiful skull designs. Here are three of my favorites: the skull earrings by Like Atmosphere from Phucisme, Trevor Jackson’s porcelain skull with bunnies and the skull chandelier by Kelly Lamb. All out of my budget, but inspiring all the same.
13. Fille en Aiguilles (“Girls in the Pines”) perfume by Serge Lutens. Pine, vetiver, sugary sap, frankincense, candied fruit, spices, laurel and fir balsam. This perfume is heady and… well, lusty. I guess it is supposed to smell of girls laying on a forest floor—and this is exactly how I’d like to smell. I got it at my friend’s new Portland shop, Eden, but you can find it online as well.
14. ABRACADABRA pendant necklace from Aesa. Just the perfect magical necklace. It has a tiny pink sapphire embedded in it and comes on a nice long chain. Bewitching!
i’m so pleased to have a new Things I Like Right Now to share with everyone, and from one of my favourite bloggers – Anabela of Fieldguided. you probably know Anabela and her partner Geoff as the team behind the Fieldguided range (the latest Fluro Pink Tote has my heart). i always really look forward to her posts because of her great eye & a beautiful aesthetic that runs all the way through her blog. oh, she also co-runs a tumblr called Dream Cats which is THE BEST.
1. Round sunglasses
I don’t really need new sunglasses at the moment but that hasn’t stopped me from sighing over these round sunglasses on a near-daily basis. Top: Illesteva Frieda in Marmor & bottom: Karen Walker Rover in Deep Tortoise.
2. Constellation clutch from Scout & Catalogue
I’m a huge fan of Bre’s aesthetic (and a huge fan of Bre in general!), and like the idea of carrying a clutch out to parties when all I need to bring with me is some cash, lipstick, phone, and keys. I’m particularly drawn to this one.
Anja from Clever Nettle is basically the coolest girl, and her photography just keeps getting better and better. I’m such a sucker for the pictures she’s been taking using the white floors of her studio as a backdrop.
I don’t really care for interior design magazines much but I really like Apartamento. It has a really laid-back vibe to it, which I appreciate. No props, no staging — or if they do use props and staging, I wouldn’t know it. Image by Katie.
When I was in London recently I made the mistake of wearing a pair of wedges (beautiful shoes, just not appropriate for hours of walking, really). When we stopped in at Aubin & Wills, I made one of my few purchases of the trip: a pair of white Bensimon sneakers, which I put on immediately. Now that summer has arrived on this side of the world, I’m happy to have them. Image from Shopbop
6. NARS Schiap
I’ve written about this on my blog, but NARS Schiap is my favourite lipstick at the moment. I get loads of compliments when I wear it, and it lasts for hours! It’s a nice way for me to incorporate a little hot pink into my outfit, so to speak.
7. Ice cream photos
I love photos of ice cream. At the risk of sounding pretentious, it has such a lovely sculptural quality that I find pleasing, especially in soft serve form. Image by Annabel Ly
8. Acne pants
I love these snake pants by Acne! I love pants with elasticized bottoms — they look like really fancy sweatpants.
I was so excited when I first heard that HBO was going to make George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones into a miniseries. I have read the books, so I find the series easy enough to follow. My boyfriend Geoff hasn’t read the books, so while we’re watching the show he asks a lot of questions about the plot (there are so many characters and naturally, details are omitted from the series), and I actually relish talking about it with him. I’ve always loved the fantasy genre, although I’m also weirdly picky about it. It has to be just right, and this is just right.
It seems to be getting more difficult for me to feel excited about music (in all honesty, so much of it sounds straight-to-Starbucks-MOR to me, sorry!), but I have fallen hard for Austra. Maybe it appeals to that part of me that was semi-goth for a few months in high school. Katie Stelmanis’ voice has reduced me to tears a few times, for real.
I’m not even sure what they smell like, but the packaging on these perfumes is so good. And “Blanche” sounds as though it was made especially for me.
12. Cute hair & brows
I’ve been trying to grow out my fringe for a few months now. For a long time, a blunt fringe was something I relied on to give me an instant hairstyle: if I had the bangs, I didn’t have to worry about the rest of my hair. I think it’s time for a change, but the process has been tedious and frustrating! Luckily there are plenty of images like this one that inspire me to keep growing them out. If only I had her brows and eyes too. Image of Bambi Northwood-Blyth by Tim Barber for Muse Magazine.
Shini Park’s Park & Cube has long been one of my favourite fashion blogs. i’m always reblogging her photos on tumblr – not only because they are so beautiful (she is a designer after all) but she has an impeccable sense of style that makes me all kinds of envious. every time she posts something new i’m bound to say oh! those shoes or oh! that skirt etc. so i simply had to share her latest post how to wear stuff & turn you into a Park & Cube reader if you’re not one already.
all images courtesy of Park & Cube
hila tagged me in her seven facts post. i kind of love these things and have never done one… so decided to play along. i’m not going to tag anyone – but if you like this and end up doing one yourself, please leave the link in the comments!
1. the movie i have seen the most times in my life is the three amigos. over 100 times would not be an exaggeration.
every single time i watch it i try to hold my “three aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-migos” as long as they do..
2. my favourite food in the world is classic macaroni and cheese. here’s a good recipe.
3. the only heels i actually own are black ones, something i realised when trying to figure out what to wear to a wedding this weekend. this is not a good thing. i prefer wearing heeled boots to actual heels (perhaps because my legs are “sturdy” ? heh) – consequently i own a variety of beloved boots. can you wear boots to a wedding?
4. i grew up speaking afrikaans but now only speak english. my parents speak afrikaans to each other. my three brothers all speak afrikaans to eachother, my dad speaks afrikaans to them & vice versa, my youngest brother speaks english to my mom and vice versa, and i speak english to everyone. on top of that two of my brothers are married to lovely german ladies – so they and the four grandchildren sprechen ze deutsch. conversations when the family comes together can switch between english, afrikaans and german all in one sitting. this confuses outsiders… which is awesome.
ps: perhaps it seems ridiculous that i linked to a wikipedia article on what afrikaans is – but i have seen foreigners refer to it as “african” so many times it absolutely does my head in. south africa has 11 official languages, which is only the tip of the language iceberg … just so you know. nobody speaks ‘african’ – such a thing doesn’t exist.
my brother and i – one of my favourite photos ever.
5. i do not possess any apple products besides my circa 2007 classic ipod. no iphone, no mac, no ipad. the uncoolest designer / blogger award would go to me. that said, i grew up with PCs. they do not confuse or irritate me. everything i know about computers is PC based. so i ask myself…will i ever be able to make the switch? the best of both worlds would be nice… (are there any apple dudes reading? care to sponsor? i’m not desperate or anything.)
6. i know all the words to dead prez – hip-hop and cannot stop myself from rapping along every single time it shuffles into my playlist. yes, me rapping along IS as ridiculous as it sounds.
7. i have never broken any bones. hopefully this fact holds true forever.
- Astronomy prints from Libris Lunaria.
- Summer berries with breakfast cereal.
- A beach holiday with friends, board games, beer and barbeques.
- Polka dots. Photo: My Vintage Vogue
- Iceland. I’m planning a visit for 2012, and also to Russia and the Arctic. Photo: Tim Gasperak
- Rachel Carley‘s sweet pastel ceramics
- Jenny and Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now. My husband and I listened to this many times on our recent American road trip and I still can’t get enough of it.
- Hello Sandwich Gift Wrapping Zine. Ebony’s one of my very favourite bloggers, everything she does is amazing, I can’t wait to get myself a copy of her new zine.
- Book club. I just went to my first book group meeting. Wine, snacks, books and laughter = heaven.
- Capes, always.
- Basil-Hayden bourbon – the cadillac of bourbon, when you want to ride slow and low and drink for a good while without acting like a punk. To be sipped and savored as easily done.
- Feminine black leather – I’ve never liked leather much at all, but lately I’m loving it ruffled, I just bought myself this dress and am wracking my brain trying to create an event in which to wear it.
- Black and gold. Love the combo in jewelry and clothing and I think it’s going to take me right through until next year.
- Hair jewelry. The Victorians were fond of memorial jewelry made with woven hair and I’ve got a pretty healthy obsession with it that my bank account isn’t helping me out with. This particular ring is made from elephant fur, you can read more about it here.
- Matt Bernson boots. I love men’s Red Wing workboots and these are the closest I can find for women. I especially love the inner side zipper and “bolt” grommets. I bought this pair and wear them all too often.
- The Black Keys album Brothers. Wearing it out. I love how two dudes are making a straight rock album with nary a bad moment in any of the tracks.
- Veronica Lake hair. The iconic waves that are sadly pretty much all Miss Lake is now known for. I’ve loved this hair since I was a wee gal.
- Ella. aka: hella, because she’s pretty bitchy, but also stuck on me like glue.
- Old world, distressed interiors. I am working on buying a downtown building for my vintage shop and this photo is the inspiration for the interior…always looking for a sofa like that!
- Plaid wool. Give it to me in the form of a coat or dress, give it to me in muted colors, give it to me all nice and fitted. Love.
- Brillat-Savarin triple cream cheese. Heaven! Can even be used like butter and slathered all over your bagel, seriously. Then maybe go straight to the gym. Or not. Who cares!
- Bulldogs. I have an unnatural love for my bulldog, Elvis (that’s him in the pic.) He gets treated like a child and I can’t imagine a life without that fat little thing snoring next to me. I’m noticing a lot more bulldogs popping up though. In advertisements, at cafes, in the parks etc. They’re definitely popular at the moment, which is awesome. One bulldog is funny. Two is hilarious.
- Having a local. The beer revolution is gaining steam in Cape Town, as micro-breweries gain momentum. People are starting to appreciate how good real beer can be. This means for the first time in a long time there is a bar I visit a couple of times a week to feel at home. The place? Brewers & Union, Bree Street. My beer of choice? Berne. Nutty, full of honey and a nice smooth finish. [ &Union Photo from Bree Street ]
- Watching TV. I think it’s because of all the functions I’ve been going to, but time spent chilling on the couch has become absolute gold. And I’m catching up with some great shows. Dexter, Californication, Arrested Development, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock and Modern Family are my picks.
- Tailored shorts. We’re not 18 anymore. Oversized, baggy shorts don’t interest me. A nice, fitted pair of shorts is the most versatile thing in my wardrobe. So I’ve got a couple. They can be dressed up with a great shirt, or just worn with a v-neck and sandals. If you’re brave enough you can throw on a jacket and wear them to smarter functions.
- Dressing up instead of down. For some reason I’m digging it. Crisp shirts, bow-ties, skinny ties and even suspenders have been pulled out pretty often lately
- Limes. Walk out of a shop with a bag of limes and you already feel one step closer to holiday. They’re perfect for outdoor, summer cooking but more importantly they’re great for outdoor summer boozing. Mojitos, caipirinhas, or even just vodka straight from the freezer on crushed ice. Fresh limes are vital.
- Boat shoes. I spent 3 weeks travelling through Europe and spent time on every one of those days looking for the perfect pair. I came home empty handed and found a pair in Country Road. Go figure.
- Vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, I still love meat. But I read a few books that changed my life and I am now only able to eat meat when I know EXACTLY where it came from. Most people don’t stop to think about the cruelty that goes into farming animals. I only eat free-range meat from animals that have been treated with respect. So I’ve gotten to appreciate that vegetarian meals don’t have to be boring. [ Photo by Brandt Botes ]
- Being married. Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s bit cheesy. But in a year when I have taken massive risks and chased a few dreams having someone to support me along the way has been incredible.
- Bistros. There’s a time and a place for foams, froths, smears, bubbles, jellies etc. But my favourite style of cooking still remains simple produce, with clean uncluttered flavours.
- Pinot Noir. As I continue to learn about wine from some of the best in the business, Pinot Noir has leapt out at me as my favourite. I love it’s versatility. I’m a big fan of Paradyskloof, Oak Valley and – if you’re treating yourself – Hamilton Russel.
- Being a hermit…. rather like Katharine Hepburn. I can be pretty anti-social at times. Now is definitely one of those times. I’ve been acting like a veritable hermit lately, & I’m completely content with it.
- Gowns. Yes, I like being a hermit… but I’d like to be a hermit wearing a gown. Sitting around in my home… reading a book…. and wearing a wildly expensive design gown. Like one pictured (from Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection).
- Shelves. I have a lot, a lot, a lot of books. And dvds. And…. stuff. Thus – I need a lot of shelves. These ones from We Do Wood are pretty fantastic.
- The top Helena Christensen is wearing in this picture.
- Tsumori Chisato for Petit Bateau. This dress is made for a child. I still want it.
- Sloths. This one happens to share my coloring. Just kidding. Not really, he really does.
- Old fashioned dancing. My dancing style is more akin to these folks in The Boat That Rocked / Pirate Radio than “modern dancing”. I never knew what to do with myself at high school dances. I’d rather stub my toe or lightly slam my finger in a car door than go to a dance club.
- Capes. I’ve never owned a cape. Strike that – I’ve never owned a cape that wasn’t part of a costume. I had a shiny silk pink cape bedecked with stars once (hand sewn by my mother) – I wore it on Halloween. I think I was supposed to be a princess…. a princess with a cape. Anyway – I’d like a non-costume cape as well.
- Stila Lip Rouge. I am completely incapable of doing anything complicated with make-up. If I had some extra money, I’d immediately take some sort of course in make-up application. Stila Lip Rouge is marker-style lip color. Easy as pie. I just got a tube a week or so ago, and I feel like I must have used 1/2 of it already. I wish that all forms of make-up came in marker form.
- A sprinkle bedecked cake from Sprinkle Bakes
- Kevin the Bird from Up. Can a bird be a human’s hero? I don’t know, but I think Kevin is one of mine.
- Ruth Brown. Watch this video to see why I love her. Sometimes when I’m driving (alone – there are few people I’d do the following in front of) I’ll try to sing like her… adding the squeak to the end of sentences of song… the intense facial expressions. Thankfully, I don’t drive with a tambourine. That’d be worse than people who text and drive, probably.
- Vintage Valentines. I think they’re appropriate year-round. No need to wait for February to spread the love.