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.

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.

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)

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.

alix: things i like right now

things i like right now by alix of unfashionable / alix is for hire

  1. The Runaways – 70s Rock ‘n Roll played by wayward teenage girls
  2. Denim on Denim ala George Harrison
  3. Cape Town jewellery design label Oh Dear, Megan by Megan Fogarty – In love with this particular ring, she has used the inside of a vintage watch to make it.
  4. Working from home
  5. Rock biographies – Just finished “I was Keith Richards’ drug dealer” by Tony Sanchez. Eye-opening.
  6. The photography of 17 year old Australian, Nirrimi. – At 17 I might’ve had hobbies but this girl has a career. She has just shot for the Diesel ‘Be Stupid’ catalogue.
  7. My new specs – Only found out a week ago that I need to wear glasses. The novelty hasn’t worn off yet so I’m like a kid with a new toy.
  8. Top knots – Ever-convenient and they somehow make you look slimmer, weird.
  9. Rose printed upholstery – In my early teens I was so ashamed of the out-of-date rose printed couches we had in our lounge. Now l want them to be left to me!
  10. Thomas Pepler’s film photography – Local Cape Town designer with an incredible eye for photography. Jealousy-inducing.

kate: things i like right now

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.

things i like right now by kate of mooi mooi

  1. 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).
  2. Collect necklaces – especially the bokkie :)
  3. Peonies – a bunch of these beauties is the easiest way to get into my good books ;)
  4. Narciso Rodriguez for her – thanks to Miss Moss for introducing me to this, its no. 1 on my Christmas wishlist.
  5. Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener – I love this product. Think YSL Touche Eclat, just more affordable.
  6. My grandfather’s Praktica Super TL camera.
  7. Smith’s Rosebud Salve – forget eight hour cream, this is a miracle in a tin.
  8. Greta Garbo inspired Dior ad campaign.
  9. 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.
  10. Feminine, lingerie inspired, summer frocks.
  11. Donna Karan Double Zip Messenger Bag – wouldn’t mind it being a bit smaller though… guess i need make my own version ;)
  12. Vintage margazit brooch from my mom – priceless.
  13. 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

hello fox

http://i.imgur.com/aoKYR.jpg

angie & her friend jo have created all this amazing handmade jewellery for the Charity Angel’s flea market

Bedfordview Pre-Primary School – 22 Kings Road Bedfordview (across from St Benedicts), 10am to 3pm on sunday the 6 December, THIS sunday.

if you’re in the area code go buy some stuff for pete’s sake! (i looove those brooches)

http://i.imgur.com/wLhYR.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/zpXz6.jpg


legend

i’ve watched this advert a multitude of times, but decided to share anyway for those of you who might not have seen it yet – it’s been all over the sa blogosphere (for good reason). it’s an ad for the south african investment firm, allan gray. read the background story & making of over at king james and pay close attention when the dust clears at the end of the ad, that’s actual james dean right there : )

“he devoured life, swallowing large chunks of it whole”

yoh – what a dish, right?

& Union

union

union

sausage, meat, mustard & great poster design all in one. good beer too, so i hear – & Union.

& the

desmond1

desmond1

ooooooh my favourite SA band Desmond & The Tutus has a new EP out

Everyone that signs up today or before today gets a free download of the EP

http://www.andthe.co.za/

cederberg

cederberg

cederberg

it’s brrrr cold in the cape right now. i love this time of year, snow on the mountains + that biting, red cheeks kind of cold in the mornings. so fresh and so clean clean.