Club Petanque

Club Petanque

oh what i would give to wear a cosy sweatshirt right now. this week in Cape Town it would be more of a SWEAT shirt, know what i’m saying? Club Petanque is, as you may already have guessed, very French – selling cool sweats and tees for men and women,…

Cécile Figuette's home in Paris

Cécile Figuette’s home in Paris

Cécile Figuette is a french designer whose company Bien Fait (“Well Done”) makes rad wallpaper. so it’s no surprise that her home in Paris, an old workshop turned loft, is superbly creative and pretty damn inspiring. i still love those Berber shag rugs, even though they are everywhere these days. anyone…

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Des Petits Hauts

i’m not sure when pineapples became the fruit of the moment, but they are certainly enjoying their day in the sun – popping up in every lookbook, photoshoot and fashion editorial i come across these days. WELL. maybe it’s time for bananas, right? or how about a juicy mango? i’ll…

Pictoresq // Miss Moss

Pictoresq

Stéphanie Delpon and Domitille Dallemagne are founders of Pictoresq, a french online magazine slash shop that sells designer and vintage clothing – all modeled by their own friends. each story features clothes & locations that are modeled around these “enfants terribles”, making for a nice variety of content and fashion.…

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Trevor Triano

every now and then you come across a photographer that has an unmistakable eye for detail, soft touches and perfect scenes. browsing through their portfolio is a dream, nothing seems out of place or forced. and above all you don’t walk away thinking, “i wonder what photoshop action they’re using?”…

Centre Commercial, Paris

Centre Commercial is one of those rad Parisian concept stores that sells all sorts of accessories, clothes and accoutrements for men and women. i particularly love their collection of bags and shoes by designers like Sara Barner, Mimi, Osborn, Christine Phung andLa Botte Gardian – who make those amazing flat work boots. they also offer…

Paris in Colour

whenever i’m daydreaming about fantasy holidays, looking through the directories of beautiful hotels or checking out cheap flights, my mind always wanders back to paris. i have visited the city a number of times, but i can’t seem to get enough of it – you can keep your tropical islands…

Cabinet Curiosites

ok first of all – if i had a chance to go to Paris right now i would be willing to stay in a tiny room with no windows in the basement of a youth hostel. i don’t expect luxury when i travel, and i’m not in the habit of…

Oh, Paris!

Oh Paris, I like to see you in the rain, pretty girls in black berets, reading books in in sad cafes… – Dent May what! did we just go back in time to nine months ago? no, i’m just reminiscing about paris … as per usual. i think i still have…

ballerinas in paris

ballerinas during a rehearsal for swan lake at the grand opera de paris in 1930 photos by alfred eisenstaedt, courtesy of life magazine.

rose bakery

i would have liked to pop into rose bakery when i was in paris recently, which is a popular eatery for lunch & brunch on the weekends (the concept of which is apparently a newish institution amongst parisians.) i’ve read mixed reviews about it online, but i suppose with any really…

art.

as you’re not allowed to take photos in the museé d’orsay anymore, i decided to write down every painting i liked. notice some of the silly lists i scribbled… (far more difficult to do when you’re copying the titles from french, i felt like a kid learning the alphabet for the first time)

these are just a few that made me stop in my tracks….

cuno amiet – snowy landscape (1904)this is AWESOME to see in person.  i wrote in brackets “HUGE!”

winslow homer – summer night (1890) – one of my favourite paintings of all time.

auguste renoir – fernand halphen as a boy (1880) the red practically shines from across the room.

odilon redon – eve (1904)sheesh, his paintings are beautiful. difficult to pick a favourite.

louis anquetin – henri samary (1880) – wicked. possibly a new addition as i don’t recall seeing it before.

joseph granié – marguerite moreno (1899) – luminous would be the right word here.