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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!)

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making new friends :)

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and spending time in some wonderful places.

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

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Bushed Holiday

guys, i’m bushed.  i don’t know what it is about the easter holiday – but every time it swings around i am always just so ready for it. i guess it’s also the fact that come next month we’ll be a third a way through the year. what! it also marks the official changing of the seasons around here, it’s been hot hot hot since… forever. i can’t remember the last time it was cold. and easter weekend almost always brings in a cold front that finally breaks summer.

but Anton and i will actually be heading for a hotter clime, as we’ll be taking a trip up to the Kruger Park for a week long bush break! as kids we used to go to the bush as a family almost every year – but as we got older and our family grew and grew with the additions of partners and little ones it became quite an expensive trip to take. so i haven’t been in years, and i’m literally reverting back to a 5-year-old level of excitement to get on a plane and go see some animals.

i do feel guilty about leaving the blog in the lurch for a week, but it’s only 5 days… and i need a holiday. i think we will both survive. you can follow me on twitter and instagram because i will be probably instagramming the shit out of this trip. i’d like to think the animals are as excited about seeing me as i am them…

bushed

bushed

kruger

have a wonderful Easter break, and see you in a week!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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i started the Whole30

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…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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New Year State of Mind

apart from the quick wedding dresses post, it’s taken me a while to get back into the swing of things around here. i only officially go back to work next week, so i guess my mind is still kind of on holiday (and i’m savouring sleeping in and having late breakfasts while i still can). but the real reason is that it’s simply taken me so long to catch up with what’s been happening online for the better part of a month. i think my bloated google reader is haunting my dreams.

like many i’ve been thinking a lot about what i want for myself, and what i want for the blog, in this new year. it’s always a good time to reflect on what you’d like to do more of, what you’d like to do less of, what you’d like to try out or experiment with. i read a post by Erin about slow blogging and it really resonated with me.  Joy’s 2013 resolutions also gave me pause. well, there have been plenty of wonderfully insightful posts by bloggers who i admire about their hopes for the year, their work, their blogs, their life – too many to list here – so i thought i’d share some of mine.

1. cook more. keep it simple. share the recipes.

image: shaved cauliflower salad by happy yolks

i’d have to say that one of my biggest failures last year (and the year before that, and and and) has all to do with my eating & cooking habits. besides the fact that my jeans feel, ahem, a little tight after the holidays – i want to make a concerted effort to eat out less, plan our meals, stick to a budget, not waste what’s in the fridge, keep a well stocked pantry, eat less meat, eat less sugar, eat more veggies. basically be less lazy, take less shortcuts and be more prepared.

but above all learn more about food! what goes well with what, discover what my favourite herbs are, be able to whip up something delicious from scratch in 15 minutes. a skill that will serve me (and the people i cook for) well.

i like the idea behind Hugh’s Three Good Things“Put three good things together on a plate and, somehow, the whole is always greater and more delicious than the sum of its parts.” yes, i really like the idea of that. Jessica and i are planning on starting up another food series – on the regular – so i’ll at least be getting a bit of professional help on this front.

2. discover and share more music.

have you heard the new bowie?

i know that people love the music mixes – and i love them too, but in the past year i haven’t found (or made) a lot of time to put them together as often as i used to. to be honest with you, i don’t think i’ll be making music mixes anymore. apart from the logistical reasons, i’d really like to talk about individual musicians or bands more often, focus on one at a time and encourage people to buy their music. the greatest response i always get to the mixes is that people discover new music that they end up falling in love with – so my goal will be to keep that up. all in all, expect more music posts!

3. take more photos. with an actual camera.

photo by me.

they don’t have to be amazing, but i’d like to learn more about photography and what my camera can actually do. when i look back at my photos the last time i picked up a real camera was for jessica & luke’s wedding in october 2011. and before that was when i was in Paris in 2010. twenty ten. every single photo taken since then has been with my iphone. which is wonderful in it’s convenience, i suppose, but actually pretty shameful considering how much i love taking photos.

4. expand the cape town city guide. get out more!

photo by me

boy oh boy can i be a homebody sometimes. not sometimes, all the time. i love being at home. i can go a couple of days without leaving the house (if there’s food in the fridge, that is). but this year i’d like to get out more. and what better place than cape town and surrounds? next time i’m out and about and i walk past that new coffee shop, or eat at that new restaurant in the winelands i’ll take along my camera (thanks goal no.3), snap some pics and share it with you all.

5. don’t panic about the wedding planning. too blessed to be stressed.

above: a lovely gathering photographed by Yossy Arefi

this is obviously a goal specific to this year, but i can already see that i must not allow myself to stress about planning our wedding. above all i need to relinquish control to people close to us who want to help – this is not the moment to just do everything yourself. i keep thinking “i just want everyone to have a great time”. but they will, of course, no matter where we get married, what food they eat or whether the DJ plays Gangnam Style when we specifically asked him not to.

what are your goals for the new year? i’d love to hear them. and if you have any tips for achieving any of the above – eating well, planning a wedding – please feel free to comment! i think 2013 will be a goodie.

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News!

Yay!

hello! i am still away on holiday, but i thought i’d let you know (if you don’t follow me on twitter or instagram) that Anton and i got engaged yesterday! we got up at 5am to go watch the sun rise over the sea from the cliffs at Kei. i jumped out of the car as soon as we got there to snap some pics on my iPhone, like a true instagram nerd, and when i turned around to look at him he asked… and I said yes. oh, what a feeling.

we drank some champagne and i quickly downloaded an app so we could take a self timed photo (the reception was really great on that hill) and then some curious Nguni cattle came to witness the whole thing. it was the most amazing morning, and we are still in a glorious, happy daze.

i will be back in the swing of things from next week. hope that everyone had a great holiday season, looking forward to the year to come!

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See You Soon

wild-coast

this is where i’ll be.

this post is bittersweet because on the one hand i am on holiday (yes!!) but on the other hand it means i will be taking a break from the blog for a couple of weeks. we are road tripping up to the wild coast – a pretty unspoiled part of the country that i am really, really eager to explore over Christmas and new years. usually i keep the blog running during the holiday break, but we will have little to no internet access (actually we’ll hardly have cellphone reception, which is pretty nice) – so i decided that for once i’m going to take an actual break. i’m sure that everyone can relate at this time of the year, you just want to get away from it all right?

but you can still enter the Cardigan giveaway that is running until next monday! and when you’ve done that you can explore almost 4 years of archives that are at your fingertips (or mouse click, whatever).

i’ll leave you with some of my favourite posts of the year. have a wonderful holiday season! see you in 2013.

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