cape town

Al Bairre

it seems fitting that my first music post of the year is about a newish South African band called Al Bairre. these guys are based in Cape Town too, so I suppose that makes it doubly awesome. Al Bairre is made up of 5 talented youngsters – Tom Kotze, Julia Johnson, Tessa Johnson, Nicholas Preen and Kyle Davis - who combine cello, violins, guitars, ukelele’s and drums to create what they call Symphonic Indie Rock.

Aggressively unfancy band from the mother city. We have nice hair and like ugly things. Drawing influence from bands such as Arcade Fire, Ra Ra Riot, Vampire Weekend and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, the goal was to take an indie band and turn it into an “ice cream of orchestral sounds”

you can listen to and download their debut EP When I Was Tall for free at their Soundcloud and band page.

listen to the rest of the EP at their Soundcloud page.

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Stuff Lately

i had a few posts prepped for yesterday & today but unfortunately my computer c-c-c-rrraaasssshhhheeed and i spent the entire day trying to fix it yesterday. sigh. i managed to get it back up and running this morning, but while i sort that bugger out here’s an update on some instagrammin’ and real life things that have been going on. did you see the new instagram web profiles that have launched? they are still busy rolling it out, but you can see what it will look like by visiting famous people’s instagram profiles like oh, i don’t know, Barack Obama.

in the meantime you can follow me @miss_moss or just check out my instagram page.

making home more homey…

walking around cape town…

and exploring more places to include in the cape town city guide

trying not to shop too much…

visiting old friends in the country…

having picnics and eating a lot…

and just enjoying the scenery.

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Essie Letterpress Limited Ed.

when i was at Kamers vol Geskenke last weekend the best tent had all my favourite cape town creatives & shops in it – Skermunkil, Artymiss, Good Clothing, Mr & Mrs etc. Essie Letterpress was one of them – a stationery company i’m always excited to see at markets & events in and around Cape Town.

i was especially taken by their recent collaboration with some of my favourite local designers including Jordan Metcalf, Daniel Ting Chong, Katrin Coetzer and Adam Hill amongst others. each artist was given a month to illustrate that they interpreted in their own style. i regret not buying a print that day, but the good news is that City Mob is holding a sale on the range at this very moment – including the rad calender that includes all 12 prints.

you can also shop the rest of Essie’s range here – i have the Come Back To Me print on my wall, it’s rad.

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Flower Safari

Flower Safari is a group spring show that i watched grow as a seedling, as it were, from the mind of my friends Amy & Mariah. held at the new Side Street Studios in Woodstock, it features clothing by Take Care, jewellery by Dear Rae and art & products from talented people like Amy, Jessicah PedersenNix DaviesJulia Merrett, Emalie Bingham, Kirsty RiellyElsabe Milandri and Thingking. The event was styled by Mariah, who created those beautiful flower chandeliers. the show will be running through November so make sure you go have a look and maybe buy some art.

Artists: Jessicah Pedersen / Amy Ellenbogen /Nix Davies /Julia Merrett /Emalie Bingham /Kirsty Rielly /Elsabe Milandri / Thingking. Event Design & Styling- Mariah Breitenberg. Photography We Love Pictures. Clothing Take Care. Jewelry Dear Rae.

this is the invite i designed for the event.

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Cape Town City Guide!

boy does this post need an exclamation mark!

i’ve been promising the Cape Town City Guide for ages now – to people on twitter, via email, on facebook… you guys have been hounding me, i tells ya. but no one wanted it finished more than i did, and i’m so excited to share it with you. in fact, it’s not even finished yet! it will continue to grow and expand… as cities themselves tend to do.

this started as a humble post on the blog which i edited and re-edited for weeks and weeks until one day i accidentally hit publish. and for some stupid reason even if you delete it, it’s forever burned into your rss reader. so for those of you who bookmarked the now deleted post in your readers – don’t bother. this is way better! this is an actual real life website. that is why it has taken a bit longer to get to you.

so now you can easily browse my favourite places in town using handy categories like eating & shopping (those two go hand-in-hand). whether you’re spending a few days in cape town, or possibly planning a longer sojourn, i hope that this guide will help you along the way.

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Pichulik

Katherine-Mary Pichulik is a multi-talented local lass from Cape Town – she trained as a pastry chef, dabbled in the art world, worked on organic farms from Barcelona to Granada… then she started making jewellery after a backpacking trip to India. says Kat,

From a young age I have always been rather crafty assembling random objects together to adorn my chest. Now from a mere hobby it as refined into a 7 somewhat collection-excuding a few wildcards reserved for jewish grannies and other eccentrics alike.

this is her debut collection, shot by blog favourite Alix-Rose Cowie. you can find Pichulik at Mr & Mrs, Take Care and The Fringe Arts all on Kloof street.

Photography: Alix-Rose Cowie / Styling: Stephanie Ana /Model: Tessa Brits /Jewels: PICHULIK

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Stuff Lately

you can follow me on instagram with the username miss_moss or just check out my instagram page

left: did you know pineapples grow like this? well, i didn’t. seen in the greenhouse at babylonstoren. right: we had the most amazing margaritas, empanadas, pork tacos and tres leches cake at orinoco in bree street

finally got to check out the beautifully styled tamboers winkel (de lorentz street, just off kloof). we indulged in a poached pear and blackforest ham sarmie and cauliflower & vanilla soup (yummo)

visited my favourite furniture shop space for life

…and was really tempted to buy this guy (left) which would have been perfect to house my new plant (right)

got some cool gifts lately – sandals from A.P.C. (dreamy) and a personalised marmite bottle (rad)

anton got this wooden chandelier from david krynauw & (unrelated) we made fruit balloons for amy’s 30th

other than that it’s been cold and rainy at times, which calls for lots of tea.

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Clarke’s

i get a surprising number of emails from people around the world telling me they’re about to travel to cape town / south africa and do i have any tips, or “please can you make a cape town city guide post” – etc. well, truth is i don’t actually live in cape town. if you want to know the ins-and-outs of a sleepy town in the winelands, i’m your gal! that said i will be moving to the mother city one of these days (months) and i already spend a fair amount of time there – so that guide might be coming your way soonish.

in the meantime if you’re in the fairest town of the cape make your way to clarke’s bar and dining room on 133 bree street (a couple of doors down from birds and diagonally across the road from &union – you can’t miss it). we popped in there the week that they had opened and unfortunately there was no table for us (even though the kind hostess offered to send us a text in case anything opened). i admired the light fittings and was sad that i couldn’t partake in their “yum fries”. i will be dropping in there again soon, hopefully they will have a burger ready for me. HINT HINT guys!

they also have a facebook page if you’re into that. all the nice photos were taken by alexia webster.

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