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andy: things i like right now

things i like right now by andy of jamie who

  1. Bulldogs. I have an unnatural love for my bulldog, Elvis (that’s him in the pic.) He gets treated like a child and I can’t imagine a life without that fat little thing snoring next to me. I’m noticing a lot more bulldogs popping up though. In advertisements, at cafes, in the parks etc. They’re definitely popular at the moment, which is awesome. One bulldog is funny. Two is hilarious.
  2. Having a local. The beer revolution is gaining steam in Cape Town, as micro-breweries gain momentum. People are starting to appreciate how good real beer can be. This means for the first time in a long time there is a bar I visit a couple of times a week to feel at home. The place? Brewers & Union, Bree Street. My beer of choice? Berne. Nutty, full of honey and a nice smooth finish. [ &Union Photo from Bree Street ]
  3. Watching TV. I think it’s because of all the functions I’ve been going to, but time spent chilling on the couch has become absolute gold. And I’m catching up with some great shows. Dexter, Californication, Arrested Development, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock and Modern Family are my picks.
  4. Tailored shorts. We’re not 18 anymore. Oversized, baggy shorts don’t interest me. A nice, fitted pair of shorts is the most versatile thing in my wardrobe. So I’ve got a couple. They can be dressed up with a great shirt, or just worn with a v-neck and sandals. If you’re brave enough you can throw on a jacket and wear them to smarter functions.
  5. Dressing up instead of down. For some reason I’m digging it. Crisp shirts, bow-ties, skinny ties and even suspenders have been pulled out pretty often lately
  6. Limes. Walk out of a shop with a bag of limes and you already feel one step closer to holiday. They’re perfect for outdoor, summer cooking but more importantly they’re great for outdoor summer boozing. Mojitos, caipirinhas, or even just vodka straight from the freezer on crushed ice. Fresh limes are vital.
  7. Boat shoes. I spent 3 weeks travelling through Europe and spent time on every one of those days looking for the perfect pair. I came home empty handed and found a pair in Country Road. Go figure.
  8. Vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, I still love meat. But I read a few books that changed my life and I am now only able to eat meat when I know EXACTLY where it came from. Most people don’t stop to think about the cruelty that goes into farming animals. I only eat free-range meat from animals that have been treated with respect. So I’ve gotten to appreciate that vegetarian meals don’t have to be boring. [ Photo by Brandt Botes ]
  9. Being married. Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s bit cheesy. But in a year when I have taken massive risks and chased a few dreams having someone to support me along the way has been incredible.
  10. Bistros. There’s a time and a place for foams, froths, smears, bubbles, jellies etc. But my favourite style of cooking still remains simple produce, with clean uncluttered flavours.
  11. Pinot Noir. As I continue to learn about wine from some of the best in the business, Pinot Noir has leapt out at me as my favourite. I love it’s versatility. I’m a big fan of Paradyskloof, Oak Valley and – if you’re treating yourself – Hamilton Russel.
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casey: things i like right now

things i like right now by casey of sibling mine

note: i asked casey if she’d like to participate in the series and she went above and beyond. apart from making this rad collage herself, she trekked to an internet cafe to send it! casey is awesome. please click on it to see it LARGE.

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kate: things i like right now

things i like right now by kate of black cherry

  1. Colour at Jil Sander: These brights make me so happy. Jil Sander pulls off colour with pure class.
  2. Pictures of Cats: Not the LOL kind. There’s something special about capturing a moment with a cat on camera. Probably because they can be so aloof.
  3. Vredehoek: Friends’ balconies, warm summer evenings, saturday morning walks to the Spar – Vredehoek feels like home and I don’t even live there. Image via HighArt/LowLife
  4. Unusual Hats: I heart hats. Give me a turban, fez, bowler or boater and I’m yours! Image via Yvan Rodic
  5. Models who read backstage: Fighting the stereotype that models are stupid one novel at a time.
  6. Socks: I must have inherited my love of socks from my mom. Polkadots, stripes, argyle, Nordic print – she has a pair to match any outfit. I’ve started my own collection, but it pales in comparison to hers. Image via Teen Vogue
  7. Blog Books: Few things make me happier than my collection of blog books. All I need is Fifi Lapin’s “What Shall I Wear Today?” and  my life will be complete.
  8. Kris Atomic: a freelance illustrator from Brighton who has the coolest blog and makes the most amazing drawings.
  9. These Outfits: Simple. Classic. Effortless. Chic. Everything an outfit should be. Left: The Sartorialist ; Right: Hanneli Mustaparta
  10. My Margot Molyneux Cape: Local designer Margot Molyneux fulfilled my sartorial dreams when she made me this camel cape. I swear it has magical powers.
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matthew: things i like right now

things i like right now by matthew of cmyplay

  1. Mattson Creative’s Lost Season 6 Posters – Ty Mattson runs Mattson Creative, a California-based agency that has worked for a number of impressive clients. His signature illustrative style communicates complex ideas in a simple, idiosyncratic and often charming manner. I really enjoy the recent series of illustrations created for each episode of the sixth season of Lost (greatest show ever aired – tell your friends).
  2. Rubicon – Since Lost ended earlier this year, I’ve had to make do with new episodes of Dexter and old episodes of Ed to sate my appetite for TV. No longer. Rubicon is a well crafted cloak-and-dagger suspense series revolving around main protagonist Will Travers as he tries to solve the mystery surrounding the death of his father-in-law. It helps that Travers works at the American Policy Institute – an intelligence agency that increasingly seems to be less “independent” than it claims to be. Another hit from AMC (who brought us Mad Men & Breaking Bad).
  3. Michelle Monahan – Mission Impossible: III was awesome for two reasons. JJ Abrams’ superb direction and Michelle Monahan. Her roles in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Gone Baby Gone thankfully cleaned the palate of the aftertaste that The Hearbreak Kid and Made of Honor left. Michelle comes across very open and is instantly likeable and that makes her my celebrity crush.
  4. Flip board for iPad – I tried this app out on my boss’ iPad earlier this month. Killer app? Most certainly. Once the day comes that I own my own magical tablet, this will certainly be the first app installed and it will easily replace my current Twitter, Facebook and general browsing solutions.
  5. Boston Terriers – Our first Boston Terrier was unfortunately put down. He lost his sight and picked up weight to a point that was difficult to witness. Of all of the pets my family has owned thus far, our Boston Terrier had the most character. As soon as our second-floor unit becomes a house with a garden, that garden will find a friend in Gimli the Boston Terrier. [Photo credit]
  6. Last Exit to Nowhere Tees – Last Exit to Nowhere offer t-shirts and hoodies sporting designs of fictitious organisations and institutions torn from the celluloid of cult SciFi, Horror and Comedy films. They’re pricey but the joy felt when people recognize the reference is priceless.
  7. The Jaguar XKSS – Money be damned, I will own one of these beauties. As a production model of the Jaguar D-type racing car, the XKSS says much that I agree with.
  8. Rosemary & Balsamic Dressing from Sonja’s Foods – There are all manner of excellent food products available locally. Head and shoulders above all others is Sonja Foods Rosmary & Balsamic Dressing. We discovered it at our local Spar, this has become more than a condiment. Whether it’s on tapas with the Sonja Foods Egyptian Dukkha or as a salad dressing, I usually see this bottle as being half empty.
  9. PacMat Drink Coasters – Time for my shameless plug. It’s tough to follow great work, but that’s what I’m forced to do here. It’s mainly because I felt too sheepish to put these first, but I digress. Nostalgic consumers take note, these inexpensive perspex drink coasters are proudly crafted and assemble by myself and sold through my site. Hit it up and pick up a set. It’s almost Christmas, for goodness sake!
  10. Joseph Gordon Levitt’s wardrobe – After starring in the flawless Brick, JGL’s comeback has been as fun to watch as I imagine it was to create. (500) days of Summer made me want to be more like Tom Hansen. This was as much about his wardrobe as it was for his close proximity to Zooey Deschanel. (500) days may have piqued my interest, but Inception set it in cement. Mr Levitt has usurped Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden as my style icon.
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richard: things i like right now

things i like right now by richard of the rycat projects

  1. Enjolife farm – In middle of the Cederberg mountains with nothing to do, and no cell phone coverage. Perfection.
  2. Homemade In-N-Out’s Double-Double – I’ve made this a few times now at home and its as good as it looks.
  3. Eames Hang-It-All Limited Edition – Should go pretty well with our Coricraft couches…
  4. White Collar Boxing – Amped to go to the next fight night on Nov 26th (via Guy With Camera)
  5. Made by Joel – Please don’t let my kids see this site. They may want to trade me in for Joel.
  6. Ella & Louis - I heard The Nearness Of You on the radio last week, and had to buy the album.
  7. Growing Vegetables Upside Down looks like fun, and great if you have a small garden like we do.
  8. Elijah – This list wouldn’t be complete without the new edition to our family – Elijah.
  9. Bakoven Beach – Perfect little beach. The fact that there is only parking for 4 cars and the beach is submerged at high tide keeps the crowds away.
  10. FinePix X100 – Poor man’s M9?
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cowboy’s little girl

south africans know and love missibaba. well. i remember when my friend had one specially made and we all oooh’d and aaa’h over it (still do). their new range for spring / summer 2010 is un-fucking-believable.

i was on the verge of buying a pretty damn expensive new bag in paris, but i ended up leaving the store without it because i didn’t love it enough. then when i was on my way back to south africa i caught up on some internetting and saw the launch of the new missibaba range on a couple of blogs. YES. i thought, who cares about that stupid bag i didn’t buy? these are a million times better, and locally made. i have my eye on the buckaroo and the saddle bag, yes sir.

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janine: things i like right now

things i like right now by janine of being brazen

  1. The idea of spending a week or two in New York City –  While I have seen New York in “real” life before, I have never had the chance to really go sightseeing. Lately I daydream about going there too much
  2. Jimmy Choo ‘Phoenix’ espadrilles – they are so gorgeous. I would adore a black pair.
  3. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - I am only just reading it now and I really do love it. I think the film will be fantastic.
  4. Eating more meat-free dishes – I will never be a vegetarian, but I am starting to see that choosing meat-free can be a good idea a few days a week (you can read my thoughts on the subject here if you like)
  5. Antique wood closets – I really want to get two . I deperately need more cupboard space
  6. Gossip Girl season 4 –  Its only 2 episodes in and its wonderful. As usual Blair looks fantastic in nearly everything she wears
  7. Sparkly statement necklaces
  8. 1950’s inspired floral dresses – especially strapless ones
  9. Florence and the Machine - the band is ridiculously awesome. My favourite songs right now are “Cosmic love” and “Dog days are over”
  10. Playing squash – it makes exercising fun (and since I am not a big fan of exercise this fact really helps me to motivate me)
  11. Red – I am smitten with red things right now – clothing, lips, nails, shoes…if its red I probably want it.
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ten things

it was bloggus interruptus around here because of heritage day. thursday was a bit of a b-day night out – taking full advantage of said public holiday. if you’ve just started your weekend, hope it’s rad.

i’m loving local jewellery line dear rae – got this ring as a gift (luckyyyyy) …

more books i’d buy based on covers alone …

… and bread i’d buy based on the packaging alone …

tree sculptures by wojciech kołacz

new-ish illustrations from caitlin shearer

portraiture by miek van de wiel

always enjoying pin ups

this house makes other houses jealous …

amanda johnson does wide leg jeans & my favourite skirt length …

… and vanessa jackman takes a million beautiful photos at london fashion week (hello seventies)

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things i like right now

i realise that my entire blog is technically my own ‘things i like right now’ – but i am enjoying this series so much i needed to take part. every time someone sends me their list i think damn! i like that too! and then mentally rearrange and add to my own list. so here goes. things i like right now, by me … birthday edition. i am 27 today.

1. david sedaris. i am ashamed to say that i had never read david sedaris before my recent trip, where i found his book dress your family in corduroy and denim in the flat we were staying in. i read it in one day because i am a shameless lying-in-bed-reading-until-four-in-the-morning-because-i-can’t-put-it-down kind of person. i managed to track down a copy of me talk pretty one day at the good old abbey bookshop around the corner, and so had more awesome reading material for the plane. his books have sold over 7 millions copies, and i only discover him now? needless to say, the man is a genius. and his writing appeals exactly to my sense of humour.

2. simon & garfunkel. a while back i was all about paul, but now i’m giving the duo much love again. not that i have ever fallen out of love, mind you. i can watch old videos of them harmonising to an enraptured crowd over and over, resulting in extreme jealousy of anyone who has ever seen them live.

3. beer. i am a late bloomer when it comes to alcohol preference. my student days were all ciders and vodka (shudder.) it took me years to get on the red wine train, and then one day i had a glass and just loved it. the same goes for beer, which is now my beverage of choice pretty much at all times.

4. this illustration by maria sibylla merian. oh man, i would give my…. simon and garfunkel collection for a giant print of this. jokes, it’s all digital anyway. fine! i’d give my ipod for one.

5. boots. shit! it’s almost summer. which means, no more boots. no more of the boots i have been living in for the past few months. worse still – the internet is quickly filling up with all new boots that the northerners will soon we running around in, keeping their toes warm. while my toes melt. oh well, maybe i can wear them in the evenings…. right?

6. her hair. i have been wanting to cut my hair forever (right now it’s at the birth of venus hair length, basically.) my friends are sick to death of me umming and aahing over whether to cut a fringe again (it’s just grown out!) this stylish lady’s hair has me practically convinced that i should lose the fringe and go shoulder length.

7. blouses. i had to stop myself from buying a suitcase of blouses when i was in paris. (cheap, too! can you say h&m?) and i instantly regretted it as soon as i got home because i have a feeling i’m going to live in them this summer.

8. music mixes. i like making these way too much. i am constantly compiling and rearranging the stupid things, trying to make the perfect mix. but most of all, i am contemplating doing two a month – that’s how much i love sharing them and knowing that people are enjoying them. i hope the free music police don’t catch me, though.

9. not-skinny jeans. i haven’t dipped my legs into the flare / boot / wide leg revival yet, but i am excited to once i find the right pair. high waisted and hip hugging like karla’s would be amazing.

10. stroopwafels. i saw my dutch family when i was overseas and they gave me a tin of stroopwafels (proper ones, from gouda). nothing, and i mean nothing, excites me as much as a tin of stroopwafels. i’ve been rationing them much like a child would their easter eggs.

11. photography. picking up a camera and just shooting my entire holiday made me realise how much i love photography. i haven’t done anything creative (properly creative) in a long time …work doesn’t count. now all i can think about is reviving my old film cameras and getting into it again – for good.

12. my family. i suppose i don’t like my family – i love them. and not right now, but always. of course right now i really like them because i think they might give me cake today.

* i had to stop myself from putting mad men on this list. that would have been too obvious! but just so you know, mad men is on this list… it’s just invisible. omnipresent, if you will.

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