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Film Is Awesome Sauce

i’ve been holding out on posting about my friend Debra‘s photography blog Film Is Awesome Sauce (nice parks & rec reference, deb) because i’ve been waiting for her posts to get to such a level that you can enjoy many HOURS of browsing. and browse you will, for she takes her camera basically everywhere she goes. photographing in film is no small task considering the time & effort & cash that goes into developing and scanning these days – but the results are oh so worth it. the richness of the colours never fail to wow me.

background story: Debra is the twin sister of Jessica, of Nook Eatery fame, and we have been friends for over 20 years (gosh we’re old). she recently moved to Johannesburg, which means that her subject matter has taken on a beautiful shift – from lush winelands scenery (see her post about the gardens at Babylonstoren – which i still haven’t visited yet) to crumbling art deco buildings in Springs… there’s lots to see.

and another thing, south africa is awesome (sauce). we need to travel & experience & document our own country more.

all photography by debra shepherd

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Spotlight

just want to take a minute to thank my sponsors this month and highlight some of the gems for you to check out at their shops / blogs. i love supporting independent designers & shops - if you’re interested in sponsoring just email me.

Of A Kind releases limited edition designer items each week that tend to sell out fast. you might remember the giveaway i hosted last year – we’ll be doing another one this Friday so check in to see what you could win!

Duff of Jean Jean Vintage sells beautiful vintage & antique jewellery. she also just had a baby (congrats Duff!) you can follow her on her blog too – love this post matching vintage necklaces to the Crawley gals from Downton Abbey.

Nancybird is an accessories label based in Melbourne whose beautiful bags i featured last year. they’ve just released their latest collection with a wonderful lookbook to match.

Minoux is a handcrafted jewellery range from Portland with splashes of colour that steal my heart.

Nextness is the blog of the STW group, and is a treasure trove for anyone into creativity, trends and inspiration… i love their inspiration section and particularly enjoyed this post lessons for creatives by David Hockney

Yo Vintage! sells vintage clothing sourced from the US, UK & Switzerland from their online shop (worldwide shipping, peeps) …they just released their latest lookbook Prints Charming which charmed the pants off me.

Paper & Chain is run by friends Ismay and Naomi who make handmade & unique jewellery. i simply love their hexagon necklaces and earrings.

regular blog readers will be familiar with Lauren who runs the amazing vintage shop Dear Golden. i have a few DG items in my cupboard, and i’m hoping to expand my collection… perhaps with one of these beauties.

Shop Cuffs is a boutique based in Sacramento that specialises in new & vintage clothing for men and women. they also ship worldwide (yay!)

Noemie is a designer from Toronto who runs the lovely blog As Ink Remains. i particularly enjoy her recipe posts, especially this antipasto plate which is the kind of food i could eat forever and ever.

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wedding invitation

i designed a simple wedding invite for a close friend who is getting hitched later this year. the end product is actually different colours (plum and navy blue to match her wedding theme) & printed on brown paper. i’m quite partial to the green / blue / yellow combo. the only prerequisite for the design was that she wanted birds and nothing formal & stuffy. it’s pretty long, but folds down to fit into a standard envelope.

i’m happy to say they are very pleased with their little invite :)

i referenced this old book for the birdy patterns

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sunset

* aaaaaaaah *

by david wallace

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le picnique

picnics might usually be associated with spring & summer, but autumn in the winelands (and south africa in general) is pretty much perfect outdoor weather in my mind. you can sit in the sun without getting hot, i mean – what’s better than that? yesterday i was driving with the window down and there was that yummy autumn smell in the air… it made me think about times spent lazing the day away on the grass somewhere. preferably eating some kind of cheese.

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the cat’s pajamas

jessica of the cat’s pajamas found these vintage photos in a basket in an antique store

My favorite thing to collect is probably old photographs just because I love making up stories about all of them and getting a glimpse into the past. Plus, I think they’re the best source of inspiration when in comes to outfits. These photos in particular are especially special because they’re all from the same couple of people. It looks like it was a family and their friends and other family members and the photos span throughout 1936-1938.

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sleeping bags

these pictures really made me smile. source

(come please winter, february is killing me!)

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bop & jive

beer!

the best thing about looking at old photos of your parents is realising that most everyone is the same when they’re young (beer! braai! party hats! dancing! fun!). [check out that speedo in the background]

braai

dad in the shade

stripes & aviators, looking cool.

hells yeah

short skirt

mom groovin'

re: the title, my dad STILL says “bop & jive”

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