hello! merry christmas! happy new year! just wanted to let you know that i am still here, and have not suddenly abandoned the blog without a word… we are currently on our summer holiday in Kei Mouth, a small town on the Wild Coast about 14 hours drive from Cape Town. once a year we get to truly break away from it all – no work, no internet, no television. besides Instagram because, well, i can’t help myself.
Black Betty is a local jewellery line by Kristin Weixelbaumer, a designer based in Cape Town who started her range after travelling through India for 6 months. Kristin is especially interested in the healing properties of the stones they use in their pieces, all of which are ethically sourced, naturally formed and hand cut.
i have a habit of browsing around the internet and then realising, wait – haven’t i posted about this before? and then actually googling my own blog to see if my suspicions are correct (i know, i know). so it went when i was looking through the work of Jenny Parsons, a well know local artist whose work i first shared back in 2010.
i’ve been so excited to share this studio visit with you. MARK is a graphic design studio based in Cape Town whose office is actually in the same building as my own office. well, it’s thanks to MARK that i’m even here in the first place. Fred and i studied together many years ago, and as we kept touch over the years – thanks Facebook – i saw that he and Craig were working in a pretty nifty building, so i bugged him for the details and long story short, here we are.
i’ve been neglecting my Double Tap duties, mostly because i haven’t followed anyone new on Instagram in a while, but i’m looking to change that, especially with their recent app update (which makes it easier for you to discover cool new photos and people). and if you are too, then here’s a great one for ya: The Lion & The Lady. aka local photographic couple Leon & Marilet van Rooyen.
so if you’re checking into the site itself and not reading via bloglovin or rss (or some other fancy way i don’t know about!) then you’ll notice things look a bit different around here! i have been wanting to change the look of the blog for a long time, as i feel like it’s been stuck in the same layout / rut for a good few years. mostly i was concerned with readability and page loads, as the blog is so incredibly image heavy it can be quite a strain on your browser.
one of the weird highlights of my blogging ‘career’ has been getting emails from guys who want to propose to their girlfriends and need advice on an engagement ring. it’s a tough thing to give advice on, and such a personal choice too! my first piece of advice is always that you don’t need to buy a huge big diamond. in fact, you don’t need to buy a diamond at all.