south africa

bluestockings

hold on a second while i mentally jump up and down from excitement at the discovery of this local style blog bluestockings, by emma durr & michelle gow (transplants from england and canada respectively). as far as i can see most of these photos were taken in stellenbosch in and around the university campus, which means i am doubly excited. nice little interviews, quality writing, beautiful photos and excellent local style is the word of the day at bluestockings


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kapama karula

don’t ask me why but i have been looking at a ton of safari lodges lately (no i’m not planning a trip, if only) and amongst all the usual colonial african, hunting lodge, dark leather couches, elephant heads on the walls and springbok hides on the floor kind of places i discovered kapama karula. aaaah, a serene non-kitsch sanctuary in the middle of the african bush. sign me up, please. pass me a gin while i look at some lions and enjoy the vervet monkeys… that would be great.

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2-1

wow, what a game. our chances were slim… but we came out victorious in more ways than one. firstly, we scored the opening goal of the world cup. secondly, we scored 3 goals overall – that’s 2 more than the french. thirdly, we BEAT the french. they are ranked 9th, we are ranked 83rd. so, as us south africans would say, wela kapela! feeling like this:

well done bafana bafana

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we’ll always have mexico

the mood across SA is a bit sad this morning (if you don’t follow the world cup…) and even though its technically not over for bafana yet, some people’s optimism has wained considerably since that awesome opening game against mexico. but my spirit isn’t broken, because i haven’t seen the country united like this since the 1995 rugby world cup.

i was watching the game with my dad & during the national anthem he said, “at this very moment 34 years ago people were patrolling our suburbs with guns, look at the country now.” that’s when you don’t actually care if bafana wins or not.

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2010

if you don’t live in south africa or you’re not a football (aka soccer) fan, you probably don’t know or don’t care that the football world cup is in 22 days (you’d be one of a small percentage, if that’s the case). ever since we were nominated as hosts in 2004 world cup 2010 has been coming out of our ears – and by now you’re either on the edge of your seat with excitement or you just want it to be over (or both). i personally haven’t paid too much attention, and never thought i would ever do a football 2010 post – until i saw these posters.

The Official Art Poster Edition of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa comprises works on football by seventeen internationally acclaimed artists … including famous William Kentridge, Marlene Dumas and Romero Britto

i really love the dumas…

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vamp

thaya keeps reminding me of the amazing stuff at vamp. flip. luckily i don’t live in cape town, only because if i did i’d probably be swinging past their shop all the time and bankrupting myself. in my dreams i’d be the owner of…

… this liquor cabinet, so i could feel like i was on the set of mad men:

… this folding table, so i could squeeze it into my already full flat:

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