colour comparisons

Matisse & Me

“I wouldn’t mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.” – Henri Matisse

my top 10 lists are always changing – top 10 bands i want to see live (daft punk & arcade fire are usually in there), top 10 hottie actors (hello jon hamm, hello javier bardem), top 10 foods i would choose as my last meal (that is a particularly tough one) …but some of my top 10 famous artists are pretty easy to nail down: gauguin, van gogh, odilon redon, cezanne, rousseau, chagall, picasso and matisse amongst others. all at their most colourful periods.

so when my boyfriend told me he was going to see a matisse exhibition at the pompidou in paris i was quite jealous (also because i wasn’t in paris, really). the exhibition is called Matisse Pairs and Sets and it boasts 90 of his works that show how he would paint or draw the same subject over and over in different ways. he once said, “I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.” it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see all these works collected in one place,  so if you’re in the area go check it out – it’s running until 18 June.

since i couldn’t be there (grumble grumble) i decided to look through his amazing body of work, and then i started seeing bits of Matisse everywhere.

right: detail of mara hoffman swimsuit

right: photograph by ty williams

right: street style by vogue

below: the apartment

right: street style by vanessa jackman

right: the queen

below: photograph by david

right: street style by streetpeeper

right: dvf

right: ruffled

right: street style by streetstyle aesthetic

right: abstraction pillow

right: streetstyle by the street fashion 5 xpro

right: dress by poti poti

all artwork images courtesy of wikipaintings

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Bon Appétit Trois

hey, you didn’t forget about my Food & Fashion Mash-Up collaboration with Bon Appétit, did you? well, here’s some more! who wouldn’t want to look like a cream puff… i ask you.

Photograph by Marcus Nilsson / Style shot by Jak & Jil
Get the recipe: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Photograph by Hirsheimer & Hamilton / Style shot by The Sartorialist
Get the recipe: Wild Salmon Crudo

Photograph by Zach DeSart / Style shot by Courtney D’Alesio
Get the recipe: Agave Margarita

Photograph by Marcus Nilsson / Style shot by Courtney D’Alesio
Get the recipe: Peruvian Ceviche

Photograph by Marcus Nilsson / Style shot by Courtney D’Alesio
Get the recipe: Cream Puffs

Photograph by Randy Harris / Style shot by Team Peter Stigter
Get the recipe: Strawberries with Chamomile Cream


see the rest of my colour comparison mash-ups here

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Bon Appétit Deux

here are the next few Food & Fashion Mash-Ups i did for Bon Appétit Magazine - see them all here.

Recipe: Wheat Berries with Charred Onions and Kale
food photo by Randy Harris / street style by Stockholm Streetstyle

Recipe: Roasted Peppers with Nectarines
food photo by Mirabelle Marden / street style by Vanessa Jackman

Recipe: Roasted Spring Vegetables
food photo by Romulo Yanes / street style by The Sartorialist

Recipe: Linguine with Clams and Fennel
food photo by Romulo Yanes / street style by Vanessa Jackman

Story: The 10 Best Baguettes in America
food photo by Romulo Yanes / street style by Pop Bop & Snap

Story: Curried Egg Salad in Mini Pitas
food photo by Marcus Nilsson / street style by Vanessa Jackman


see the rest of my colour comparison mash-ups here

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Bon Appétit

i’m really excited to share the first Food & Fashion Mash-Ups series i did for Bon Appétit Magazine! which is a superb publication by the way, we don’t get it in South Africa but i was lucky enough to be given copies of their two latest issues. something i really appreciated was the beautiful design & layout of each issue – admittedly the first thing i look for in a magazine. i especially loved their story The Incredible Egg and the Insider’s Guide to Paris in their latest issue.

see the post here and keep a look out for a new one every week.

Recipe: The Softest Scramble
food photo by Peden + Munk / street style by Lee Oliveira

Recipe: Cherry-Almond Focaccia
food photo by Ditte Isager/street style by Le 21eme Arrondissement

Recipe: Watercress Soup
food photo by Jason Lowe / street style by The Sartorialist

Story: Schmear Campaign
food photo by Romulo Yanes / street style by The Sartorialist

Recipe: The Smoothest Flan
food photo by Peden + Munk / street style by Team Peter Stigter

Recipe: White Bean and Tuna Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette
food photo by Romulo Yanes / street style by Streetfsn


see the rest of my colour comparison mash-ups here

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Into the Jungle

let me explain to you how this usually goes. i start browsing through my trusted roll of street style blogs, opening my favourite looks in new tabs, then i usually have a gander at bukowski’s to see what new art they have on their books (the internet isn’t fun if you don’t multi-task) which leads to a couple of mmmm moments. mmm this is an interesting theme. mmm these look good together. and then blammo! mashup magic happens.

yes, that’s how it usually goes.

painting: karl axel pehrson “meadow” + street style: street peeper

painting: reidar särestöniemi “rapids” + street style: street peeper

painting: henri rousseau “hungry lion” + street style: the street fashion 5 xpro

painting: paul cezanne “forest” + street style: style sightings

painting: fyodor vasilyev “autumn forest” + street style: street peeper

painting: karl axel pehrson “flowers” + street style: the street fashion 5 xpro

painting: henri rousseau “the waterfall” + street style: style sightings

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Food & Art

ooooh you’re in for a treat! regular readers will be familiar with catherine of wolf eyebrows (if you guys don’t read her blog already, you should). i have said this before but sometimes i think cath is my blog twin, we have very similar tastes in almost everything. she’s put together a visual comparison treat for you – check out some of her other art & food posts here and here and make sure to follow catherine on twitter & pinterest. she also blogs for Nice Work which is an excellent inspirational resource for designers or anyone into all things creative.


Some of you may know that Diana and I run a tumblr dedicated to the most important meal of the day: breakfast. So when I was asked to contribute a guest post to this wonderful blog my mind immediately wandered to all things culinary.

Since Diana is the queen of artistic and aesthetic comparisons, I decided to create a series of visual comparisons that marry my love of food with my appreciation for art. I hope they satisfy your eyes and your stomachs.

A Dinner Table at Night by John Singer Sargent / Cranberry White Chocolate Tarts / Roasted Apple Pie for One / Portrait with Apples by August Macke

Club Sandwich / Holyday by James Tissot / The Milk Maid by Winslow Homer / Hot Fudge Bourbon Milkshake

The Cheese Vendor by Edouard-Jean Dambourgez / Cheese Souffle / French-pressed Coffee Ice Cream / Blue Enamel Coffeepot, Earthenware and Fruit by Vincent van Gogh

Salmon and Quinoa with Toasted Seeds / The Poor Fisherman by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes / Detail from The Infant Jesus Distributing Bread to Pilgrims by Bartolome Esteban Murillo / Roti

Thanks for having me Diana!

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Food & Fashion

get ready for an entirely nonsensical post combining my love for food and fashion. outfits good enough to eat? food good enough to… um… wear? no matter! just enjoy it for what it is.

rosemary & walnut crepes /  paris x3

egg & avo sandwich / glamcanyon

dinner in brooklyn / style sightings

annabel ly / vanessa jackman

blueberry & lavender rhubarb jam / all the pretty birds

old fashioned pink lemonade / streetstyle aesthetic

bourbon chocolate milkshake / vanessa jackman

the ice creamists / style clicker

potato, celery root & sunchoke cream / vanessa jackman

lumberjack cake / streetpeeper

oh yes, i don’t follow many food blogs myself (just because it would be laughably impossible to browse on top of my already escalating subscriptions to hundreds of fashion, lifestyle and personal blogs) – so if i ever feel like some food inspiration i look to the amazing pinterest boards of su / i’m revolting, catherine / wolfeyebrows and alison / teenangster.

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