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Double Tap: Dear Golden

i thought i’d start featuring some of my favourite people on Instagram in a new feature called Double Tap – in case you are, like me, always looking for someone new to follow.

if there’s one person’s photos i am always double tapping, it’s Lauren of vintage shop Dear Golden. this woman is a magician of style. i love seeing her vintage discoveries – the wedding dresses she finds are out of this world. i’m always keeping an eagle eye on her feed in case something pops up in my size (i’ve bought a number of items from her this way!)

she was also one of my very first sponsors, so i have a very soft spot for Dear Golden. a worthy person to kick off Double Tap, don’t you think?

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Adrian De Sa Garces

one of the cool things about Instagram is seeing what other South Africans are up to on their summer holidays – a lot of people go up the coast, or spend their days on the beach, or go on road trips. others travel further afield, visiting family and friends they don’t get to see during the year. a nice way to virtually travel through the country from the comfort of your iPhone.

someone whose holiday pics i really enjoyed following is Adrian De Sa Garces, a commercials director who i met through my husband (i blogged about his fiancé Neira’s bag line MOMO last week). Adrian’s amazing photos of Walvis Bay in Namibia, where he grew up, captured a different perspective of a country that i only really know a bit about from childhood holidays and classic tourist imagery of sand dunes and ghost towns. i asked Adrian if i could share them with you, and he told me a bit about the background to these photographs.

I was born in Walvis Bay, Namibia – My father still lives up there so I visit him as often as i can. Between spending time with him and my younger siblings, I enjoy exploring the town I grew up in and revisiting locations I have memories of. I find the place very interesting in that many of the locations I revisit haven’t really changed much over the last 20 years, so it’s like pointing my camera into the past. A particular aspect of shooting in Walvis Bay that appeals to me, is the wide barren salt roads and their light-toned pavements. Exploring a neighbourhood, I feel able to isolate a point of interest without the clutter of foliage and cars. This visual simplicity seems to mimic the surrounding desert which very much speaks to my sensibility. Henry Wessel’s says “part of the process of photographing is being receptive. To move through the physical world and photograph everything that catches your eye” In a place like Walvisbay and Namibia, it’s difficult not to be receptive – I never stop taking pictures while I’m there, because everything seems to catch my eye.

for those of you wandering about technical stuff: Adrian mostly shoots on a Fuji X-Pro1, but the majority of these photos were taken on iPhone. sometimes he uses Snapseed to balance a photograph, but he mostly uses VSCO for editing. follow Adrian at his VSCO page (where you can see all of his Namibia photos), Instagram and Tumblr.

Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
Adrian De Sa Garces // Namibia
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Cape Town Love

i first noticed Megan & Mike Gilger of The Fresh Exchange when they tagged me in an Instagram photo of their travels in Cape Town – they had been making use of my Cape Town City Guide to discover some cool places to see. i always get the warm and fuzzies when people tell me that the guide helped them in some way, and when anyone visits my city for that matter, so I clicked over to their site and what a nice discovery.

Megan is a talented designer and together she and Mike have a design studio called Wild Measure. on their trip to Cape Town they collaborated with Over to create an app in 24 hours (!!) that with allow people to celebrate their love for Cape Town, featuring Megan’s beautiful hand-lettering, appropriately called Cape Town Love.

The app was inspired by the city we have been working in for the past 6 days, and we wanted to develop something that did not just offer another pack of graphics, but meant far more. We wanted to find a way to celebrate the Mother City, and to help encourage people to discover the beauty that we have found in this place.

read about how they created the app in 24 hours here and watch a short video by Megan and Over designer Aaron Marshall. the app itself is great to look at and a dream to use. i think it’s pretty damn awesome that a handful of talented Americans created such a lovely app that’s so appreciate of our city. download it here.

image credits go to Megan & Mike

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Stuff Lately

in lieu of a These Things today i thought i’d do a bit of a Stuff Lately catch up. you can follow me on Instagram if you like. don’t fret, These Things will be back on monday. have a great weekend, everybody.

my desk was featured on Dwell this week – i’ll be making a small appearance in their September issue, have a look out for it!

Miss Moss // Stuff Lately

been filling the house with flowers and plants…

Miss Moss // Stuff Lately
Miss Moss // Stuff Lately

taking road trips with Anton’s GTO (her name is Charlene)

Miss Moss // Stuff Lately

enjoying capturing bits and pieces of Cape Town:

Miss Moss // Stuff Lately
Miss Moss // Stuff Lately
Miss Moss // Stuff Lately

and taking walks on the promenade, which is just a block away from our flat:

Miss Moss // Stuff Lately
Miss Moss // Stuff Lately

some new acquisitions, type mugs & my wedding shoes (8 weeks tomorrow!)

Miss Moss // Stuff Lately

making new friends :)

Miss Moss // Stuff Lately

and spending time in some wonderful places.

Miss Moss // Stuff Lately
Miss Moss // Stuff Lately

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VSCO Grid

if you’re a regular iPhone snapper / Instagrammer (or, indeed, a professional photographer) you’ll be familiar with VSCO. their original VSCO Cam iPhone app is a favourite of many, with a handful of beautiful film presets and easy editing tools that turn your every day photos into something pretty magical. they just released their updated app (so you can’t get the old one anymore) – and it’s now free, but features in-app purchases for several film bundles. faded & moody; bright + clean; analog classic… take your pick. i haven’t played with it too much, but it is a sweet little app and i know it will help make my pretty average photos on instagram look just that little bit better.

the most exciting thing about the update for me is their release of VSCO Grid – a free minimalist publishing platform for people to showcase their mobile photography. they emphasise that it’s not a social media platform – i.e. not a competitor for Instagram – but rather, “focused on craft, curation and content, and less on followers and likes.” at the moment it’s in the beta / testing / let’s hope we don’t break the servers / only for awesome people phase, but hopefully it will roll out to the rest of us soon.

edit: just got mine! check it out here: missmoss.vsco.co

here are some cool people whose grids you can check out so far.

s. Fawn DeViney:

Kevin Russ (also know as a bit of an Instagram demi-god):

Nirav Patel:

Dear Leila:

Tim Lampe:

and some more to follow: Ana Barros; Mark Weaver; Jerad Knudson; Joanne (aka The Mrs); Carter Moore; Greg Lutze. discover and read more about VSCO Grid here.

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Stuff Lately

this is what’s been happening offline lately! if you follow me on twitter and instagram you’ll probably be up to speed.

i moved out of my old home…

Miss Moss / Lately

…into a wonderful new home!

Miss Moss / Lately

luckily for me there is a plant shop right across the road from said new home

Miss Moss / Lately

i’ve been making new friends. actually, not with the fearsome little guy on the left – even though i desperately wanted to. but i did make friends with a neighbourhood cat, who i might lure inside someday and never let go.

Miss Moss / Lately

i received some amazing things in the post!

left: clutch by Lee Coren. right: zebra print cardigan from Cardigan NY

Miss Moss / Lately

left: amaaaaazing ring from Julie Cohn. right: incredibly handy foldable laptop stand from Kraftisan.

Miss Moss / Lately

even though i complain about the heat, summer in Cape Town is damn impressive.

Miss Moss / Lately

been enjoying rooftop movies (left) and always appreciating old school cars (and cottages):

Miss Moss / Lately

summer = tons and tons of granadillas:

Miss Moss / Lately

i started the Whole30

Miss Moss / Lately

…and lasted just over a week (pathetic)

Miss Moss / Lately

i visited Jess & Luke at their pop-up restaurant at Pier Rabe in Stellenbosch. that’s a fig and custard danish with lavender and honeycomb ice-cream. there was actual honeycomb inside.

Miss Moss / Lately

Pier Rabe is a very dangerous place.

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they do wonderful displays to entice you to part with your cash.

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always appreciating the glory that is the pooches.

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and, the best for last. i received the most beautiful thing i have ever owned from the greatest man i’ve ever known.

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here’s the story behind the ring.

last year Anton approached Karin from Dear Rae to design (the world’s most beautiful) engagement ring. they set out to find a rose cut diamond, an antique cut that has less facets than a modern brilliant cut diamond. after weeks and weeks of searching they were still coming up empty handed. rose cut diamonds are rare to find because diamond merchants hunt them down and re-cut them into brilliant diamonds so that they’re worth more on the diamond market.

so when we got engaged Anton proposed to me with a beaded ring his grandmother, who used to be a jeweller, made from Xhosa beads that they bought from the ladies on the beach in the Transkei (a common sight if you’ve ever been to that part of the country). he told me that my real ring was coming, but i was so deliriously happy that i didn’t care – and just knew that he probably had some amazing plan up his sleeve.

meanwhile back in Cape Town, Karin was scouring through the Long Street Antique Arcade when she came upon an antique ring that had an old mine cut diamond in it. a predecessor to the modern brilliant cut diamonds, these were usually shaped and cut by hand making the facets quite large and the shape uniquely asymmetrical.

it is set in a matte gold band, and Anton gave it to me on Valentines day by the sea where we had our first ever date. aaw, shucks. it’s the most amazing thing i have ever worn and will ever call my own. the story behind it makes the ring a thousand times more precious than it already is, something i hope to pass on to some lucky grandkid someday.

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