Sarah Illenberger is the phenomenal German artist renowned for her legendary craftwork – you will recognise much of her work, including that much loved Meloncholy image that formed part of her Tutti Frutti series.
Plante is a NYC based label by sisters Leah and Rebecca Plante. they launched the brand last year with their Spring 2014 collection, which features beautiful pieces like geometric style dresses, plain shorts & camis and some seriously rad overalls.
Plante draws on nature’s wildness, glamour, and beauty—blankets of kudzu flanking the highway, courtyard gardens redolent of tea olive, ancient oak trees draped in moss—and blends inspiration from the city, each edifice drawing awe of human creation. Together, these influences create garments for those who seek special gems, those who value beauty, luxury, detail, and delicacy.
been noticing flowers everywhere lately, especially with the wedding around the corner. all i can think about are arrangements and what’s in season and blooms blooms blooms. i’ve started buying flowers whenever i’m in the supermarket, something i’ve never done before. perhaps it’s also because i know that spring is almost on it’s way – even though we won’t have warm weather until well into September. here’s to the smell of jasmine.
this intimate wedding of Katie and Markus photographed by Celine Kim is absolutely exquisite:
the new Stella McCartney lingerie campaign:
designer Kelsey Genna has just launched her wedding site The Flower Bride, which is overflowing with blooms:
the Family Affairs S/S 2013 campaign:
the winter collection by Rina Zin:
design work by The Weaver House:
Illustrations by Lu Green:
tips for growing peonies, thanks to Kinfolk:
photography by Ye Rin Mok:
i got an email over the weekend from Franz, a photographer based in Singapore whose site lilreddotfolks features inspiring people in Singapore & their personal spaces. i really love the feature on Lucy Siah and Josephine Lau who run mother & daughter floral studio Daughters by Floral Magic. be sure to keep your eye on lilreddotfolks as they will hopefully be expanding into more of Asia soon. you can also follow them on Facebook.
photographs & interviews by Franz, art direction by Melody & Hosanna
Artsy is fast becoming one of my favourite daily internet check-ins. i’ve discovered so many artists that i probably would never have known about otherwise thanks to it. besides the clean & beautiful design, i’m also quite taken by the fact that you can log in and favourite pieces as you go down the Artsy rabbit hole.
Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are an online platform for discovering, discussing, and collecting art. Our growing collection comprises 30,000+ artworks by 6,000+ artists from leading galleries, museums, private collections, foundations, and artists’ estates spanning diverse cultures and time periods.
as an art / gallery / museum lover it’s such a treat to have something like this at my fingertips. i thought i’d do a series of art-related posts to share my Artsy finds, instead of doing just one big visual dump. first up, some floral inspiration (as last week’s post is still in my mind).
it is now just over 2 months till our wedding. 11 weeks to be exact. i have been thinking about it a lot this month, mostly because there are admin things that have to be sorted out – stuff i haven’t had to give any thought to because they weren’t pressing, until now. i can’t get away with the “oh, but the wedding is months away!” excuse anymore. classic procrastinator.
one of those things is the flowers. we decided right in the beginning that we are not involving a florist – partly to save money, partly to avoid having yet another person in the wedding brigade (and trying to avoid a wedding brigade altogether), and because we want to keep things simple. drawing from the hopeful attitude that we can do things ourselves & it’ll work out okay.
i do believe it will work out okay! mostly because you can’t really go wrong with flowers. if you know what you like, and don’t like, it is just a matter of picking blooms that are in season, roping in some friends & family who are good with flower arranging, and making your tables as pretty as you can.
to be honest, i cannot think back to a single wedding i have been to and remember what the flower arrangements were or what the tables looked like. i DO remember how much i danced and how great it was celebrating with people i loved and rolling into bed knowing i was totally going to pay for it the next day – i remember that WELL. that’s why weddings are awesome. i just have to keep reminding myself of that fact when i start stressing about whether or not ranunculus will be in season (they are though, i have already checked).
photo by Mieke Willems
courtesy of Rachel Craven (whose linens are on the table)
floral design by Nicolette Camille
i went to bread & wine this past weekend, the beautiful restaurant at moreson wine farm in franschhoek. this place is heaven for me – 99% due to their homemade charcuterie. i am a sucker for some cured meat. but i’m not going to talk about the delicious mozzarella & tomato salad (with crystalized basil leaf, mind you) or the amazing setting that makes this place such a winner. no, indeed. they are also home to the exotic plant company which tempted me with so many different kinds of awesomely alien looking orchids i almost couldn’t stand it. my flatmate jessica, whose birthday we were celebrating, says that they are actually pretty easy to take care of – if you know what you’re doing… i distinctly don’t know what i’m doing, so i didn’t end up walking home with an orchid. but i took a lot of photos.
which reminds me, my new succulents are doing okay and have made the flat look so much more appealing. i had a mini freakout a while ago because the little beasts looked like they were dying on me, but then a ton of helpful people on twitter advised that they should be ignored and basically not watered. well, if you say so!
still life is not my usual fare, but i make an exception for henri fantin-latour whose darkly hued flower paintings have always captivated me.
all henri fantin-latour images courtesy of the athenaeum
kate is one of my best friends whom i met in high school. she is an aspiring bag designer – keep an eye out for this lady.
- Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in sepia ink with ultra fine eyeliner brush – its super easy to apply and long wearing so I don’t end up looking like a raccoon at the end of a long day (or night).
- Collect necklaces – especially the bokkie :)
- Peonies – a bunch of these beauties is the easiest way to get into my good books ;)
- Narciso Rodriguez for her – thanks to Miss Moss for introducing me to this, its no. 1 on my Christmas wishlist.
- Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener – I love this product. Think YSL Touche Eclat, just more affordable.
- My grandfather’s Praktica Super TL camera.
- Smith’s Rosebud Salve – forget eight hour cream, this is a miracle in a tin.
- Greta Garbo inspired Dior ad campaign.
- Patterns in my coffee – I have become such a regular at my local Vida that the baristas make a game of creating new and interesting patterns in my double meia froth. Both the coffee and the photo are by a friend of mine, Nathalie. Too cute.
- Feminine, lingerie inspired, summer frocks.
- Donna Karan Double Zip Messenger Bag – wouldn’t mind it being a bit smaller though… guess i need make my own version ;)
- Vintage margazit brooch from my mom – priceless.
- Comfy flat shoes for long summer walks with my dogs.
i need to get myself some of that eyeliner and eye brightener, am a serious sufferer of panda eyes