cape town

Pichulik: Baraka

the new Pichulik SS15 range Baraka has just launched, and i’m really into the limited colour palette Kat has gone for. she drew her inspiration from the architecture of North Africa and the Middle East (the name barakah means “blessing” in Arabic)

The colours and designs evoke the religious talismans of the Berber of Morocco and prayer satchels used throughout the region. Green and gold are sacred in Islam as they represent paradise while the blue, the colour of protection, is reminiscent of the indigo robes worn by the Tuareg and the colours found in the 400-year-old Sultan Ahmet Camii, Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.

photography kope figgins | wardrobe kat van duinen | make-up nandi kai

Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka

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Dear Rae: Let’s get Tropsi

one of the weird highlights of my blogging ‘career’ has been getting emails from guys who want to propose to their girlfriends and need advice on an engagement ring. it’s a tough thing to give advice on, and such a personal choice too! my first piece of advice is always that you don’t need to buy a huge big diamond. in fact, you don’t need to buy a diamond at all.

but my second most important piece of advice is: speak to a great jewellery designer. and then i send them to Karin of Dear Rae (who designed my own ring). besides special occasion rings, Dear Rae is of course well known for their wonderful jewellery collections. this week they are launching their SS15 collection Let’s Get Tropsi.

This range is inspired by sensations of Summer; the bright sun, cool leafy shade and the feeling of fruity juice running down your chin. Let’s get Tropsi showcases all things tropical. Karin says: “This new range was inspired by the raw, lush and leisurely nature of my surroundings. I found that most of my designs hold aspects of naive shapes, capturing the light heartedness of summer.”

soon available at their online shop. lookbook photography by We Love Pictures.

Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI

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Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter

can we all just take a moment for people who work on one thing for 2 whole months? that is exactly what Cape Town based artist Marsi van de Heuvel does. in her series Dark Matter Marsi explores space. not literally, but with her pen – at seven strokes per second.

I’ve had an interest in Space for as long as I can remember. I started collecting books on the theme, and made my first drawings of The Northern Sky and The Southern Sky about two years ago. Before I knew it, I was drawing every constellation, and the Earth, Sun, and Moon. Space consumed me.

Each pen stroke in my work is deliberately used to map out a representation of something infinitely bigger. It takes about two hours to draw a ten centimeter square, at a rate of about seven strokes per second. The largest drawing I’ve done to date in this technique, is Omega Centauri, the brightest star cluster in our galaxy. It took two months to complete.

The vastness of space helps me to put some perspective to our significance. Creating this work also showed me how extraordinary our home planet is – it is an oasis in a beautiful but hostile never-ending dessert. The idea of Space perpetually engages me as there is aways more to explore – it’s intangible and romanic, and reveals my unrequited love for a remarkable unemotional expanse of darkness.

the pieces are BIG, too! Omega Centauri (below) is 1 square meter in size. if i had one of these on my wall i would marvel at it constantly. you can purchase her work through Smith Studio.

Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter. this is drawn in pen, and took 2 months to complete.

Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter

Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter

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Lately

i recently shared some personal stuff like our weekend at Die Laaitjie and some of my trip to Johannesburg, but here’s the rest of what’s been happening lately.

walks on the promenade never get old, especially at this time of year:

photo by Miss Moss

i got some amazing shoes from Charlotte Stone! i have already worn the sandals a number of times and they are super comfortable (i prefer the style to the recent Birkenstock revival)
photo by Miss Moss

and i’ve been wearing a pair of their new boots (which are coming out soon) as much as possible before it gets too hot. these are the Kari in black. also ridiculously comfy:

photo by Miss Moss

some extra bits from my Johannesburg trip. Arts on Main on a sunday is a vibe:

photo by Miss Moss

finally got to visit Anatomy at 44 Stanley, the most beautiful shop ever:

photo by Miss Moss

a courtyard at Everard Read gallery:

photo by Miss Moss

a bit of Central America at Hadeda:

photo by Miss Moss

cool desk at Maker:

photo by Miss Moss

lunch at Warm & Glad, where you can work all day & no one bothers you:

photo by Miss Moss

sweet pooch at our JHB guest house, his name is Stripes.

photo by Miss Moss

gardens in JHB are next level…

photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss

i went a bit crazy at Kim Sacks:

photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss

walked away with these hand-carved bunnies and songololo (pitcher by Rebekah Miles)

photo by Miss Moss

scenes from the air:

photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss

always spotting interesting details around Cape Town:

photo by Miss Moss

the Ritz hotel, a famous revolving restaurant in Sea Point:

photo by Miss Moss

Downtown Ramen, a new spot in Cape Town that made me feel like i was in NYC again:

photo by Miss Moss

and now that September is here, spring is slowly turning its pretty head…

photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss
photo by Miss Moss

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Die Laaitjie

a funny thing happened the other day. we wanted to get out of town for a last minute weekend getaway and i googled a few places – including Die Laaitjie in Robertson, and my own post from 2010 popped up. haha! luckily for us the main house was available, so finally 4 years after the fact i actually got to try out the place.

we have spent a lot of time in the valleys in and around Robertson (about 2 hours from Cape Town) on weekend aways, but i have to say that the location of Die Laaitjie is the most breathtaking of them all. the house is surrounded by a mountain range that actually made me say “bloody hell!” every time i witnessed the sunrise or sunset making its way across the valleys.

the pictures of the accommodation on the website are a bit misleading. the main house is nicely decorated, but it looks like it hasn’t been painted or touched up for a good few years. there is an air of a rambling farmhouse (Grey Gardens came up a few times) rather than the luxe accommodation which you might expect. something i personally have no problem with – but, if you’re the owners of Die Laaitjie and you’re reading this: a lick of paint won’t go unnoticed.

perhaps i should make a weekend getaway section on my Cape Town guide. look out for that!

Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss

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India House

i was lucky enough to spend an evening at India House (so named for the bright blue old wooden door brought from Gujarat, India), a self-catering cottage in the Bastiaanskloof at the bottom of the Bainskloof Pass, less than 2 hours from Cape Town. the setting is so amazing that the beautiful decor and luxury finishes of the house itself are kind of just a bonus. not that anyone would complain about that swimming pool or lounging around on huge comfortable couches all day long. just beware of the baboons.

you can see more pics of the house and its lovely interior here. all photos by me.

Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House

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