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Nice Things, Birthday Edition

i don’t make birthday wish lists in real life, and i don’t particularly like being asked what i want for my birthday. i’m a firm believer in giving someone a gift that you really want them to have, doesn’t matter how big or small it is… or how weird it may be (a basket of cheese, for example, would be a great gift in my opinion). but since it’s my birthday on sunday i thought why not make an imaginary wish list in the form of a nice things post? why not, i say! perhaps it’s your birthday soon, in which case you can send this post to your loved ones for some splendid gift ideas. happy birthday september babies.

please click on the images to be taken to corresponding online shop.

mr rabbit bag / stoneware planter + vase / flamingo print dress / hex bar necklace / japanese copper graters / hairpin plant stand / rebecca minkoff bag of tricks pouch / hansel from basel tights / nose ring holder / alexander wang devere satchel / cork bottles by vitrified studio / wave decorative porcelain bowlabstract painting by emmy rickard /woodcut by bryan nash gill /rope & mesh necklace /aubin & wills print top /general list notepad / linen party hat

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Shades of Gold

left: street style by vanessa jackman / right: button clips by studio swine

left: bronze bowl by alma allen / right: square pyrite necklace by myrrh jewellery

left: rabbit chair by sanaa / right: leather shopper by cos

left: mi & mall identity design by atipo / right: caroline gomez

left: via skona hem / right: tee by marni

left: alameda huarache sandals / right: jenny scarf by dealtry

left: hanging test tube vases by pigeon toe ceramics / right: brass pendant by iacoli & mcallister

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You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

this little blog has been going for almost 3 years now, and as it grew i began to receive enquiries about advertising & sponsorship opportunities from people all over the world. i’ve been holding off on that for a long time, because i wanted the blog to grow and develop naturally and, to be honest, i didn’t even really know what i was doing! to say that it has exceeded my expectations is a vast understatement – i enjoy blogging more with every day, and i often daydream about having more time to discover, create and share interesting content.

the main reason why i have made the decision to open the blog up to sponsorship is so that it would relieve some of the pressures of real life (i.e. paying bills) and will hopefully allow me to put more of my time and energy into the blog – because i LOVE doing it. and i want to keep doing it.

so, this is my first step in making my blog a grown up… or a young adult, if you will. i have been quite busy this week working on a new design which i launched yesterday (for those of you subscribed via rss – please take a look!) and you may have noticed that there is an entirely new sidebar to the right… just waiting to be filled with potential sponsors.

if you’re interested in advertising please email me at missmossblog@gmail.com and i will send along a fancy little pdf containing information about my stats and rates. there will be six ad spots available to buy on a month by month basis.

i find this picture quite funny because i don’t even have an iMac, haha.

in other news, one of my best and oldest friends Jessica and her fiancé Luke are getting married this weekend! you may remember Jessica from our now-stalled food series, as well as her blog & restaurant Nook. i am an official unofficial wedding photographer so hopefully i’ll be able to share some shots with you next week (as long as i get permission!)

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Bits of My Weekend

things have been quiet around here the past few days because it was my birthday on friday. i was treated to an amazing weekend away in Greyton, so we hightailed it outta here after lunch time on friday & didn’t look at the internet for the next few days – except to update instagram (which i only recently started using… seems that i am a super late adopter of anything iphone related). amongst my birthday booty was a beautiful home-made lamp from amy, 12 mini tres leches cakes and a basket of cheese & charcuterie courtesy of jessica & luke (my friends know me too well). i was also spoilt with a new kindle (yay!) which means a lot of time was spent lying around reading the hunger games. not sure if i should be embarrassed about that since it technically falls into the “young adult” genre… i’m still a young adult at 28, right?

*Bits of My Weekend title sneakily borrowed from Kate - who is amazing at documenting her weekends.

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Miscellania

thank you all for your wonderful response to the Rewardrobe post! it made me feel a bit better about getting too “covety” around here (want want want / need need need). i suppose i wouldn’t actually spend diamond money on designer clothing… i’d probably pay my rent first. but i can’t make a let’s get excited about paying the rent collage, so let’s leave it at that. the truth is that i could have made that list about three times longer in a heartbeat – which is where the next bit of news comes in.

i decided to try out Pinterest again. i had previously signed up when the site first started but never really got into it and closed my account in an attempt to cut down on my social media / bookmarking addiction. psh. i’m actually laughing at myself as i type this. what was i thinking! so, if you want to follow me on there please do – but that invitation comes with a warning: you might get irritated with all the pinning that’s going on over there. this is what i did in 1 day:

in other news, i’ll be doing some guest blogging over at hila’s blog in the next week along with jen and anabela. here is my first post outlining summer positives – as hila and i are both allergic to the heat i thought it might be a good idea to convince ourselves that summer is actually okay.

please see the post for all image credits

also in the news vein is a little mention in the new Vodacom magazine. to all my international readers – vodacom is a south african cellular network. pretty nice, since i am actually a vodacom customer. free data, please? also featured in the article are blog pals Vicky from I Want That / I Want That Wedding, JP from Eye Candy and, naturally, Joanna.

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you may also have noticed that there are some fancy lookin’ rollovers in the sidebar. how about that! i’m just experimenting for now, in lieu of a complete blog redesign (or at least a blog face-lift).

i know things have been a bit thin around here, posting wise. trying to juggle real life, online & offline projects without losing my mind / losing my eyesight to computer screen glare is a bit of a daunting task sometimes. anybody have tips for time management? better yet, how about some tips for overcoming procrastination? that has always been my achilles heel. refer to social bookmarking addiction above.

in non-blog news – just to break this up a bit – be sure to get your hands on the new Beirut and the new Gotye albums. Both are GREAT and have been enjoying repeat plays on my iPod.

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These Things No.13

you may have noticed that it’s the beginning of the month and there is still no new music mix. i’ve decided to put them on the back burner for a little while. mostly because i’ve had no real inspiration for a new one lately and don’t want to just pull something out of thin air, but also because i am feeling kind of conflicted about sharing them to be honest*. i don’t know if this is the end of the music mixes… it probably isn’t because i enjoy making the cover art way too much and i also love sharing good music with everyone. you can still download all the old ones if you haven’t already.

ANYWAY – here’s a these things which might take the sting out of that piece of news.

i finally got my hands on the latest The Gentlewoman and it is so, so good. honestly the best magazine i have seen in a while. i particularly LOVED the editorial about dancing – couldn’t take my eyes off it. the piece about sarah of colette was a really interesting read, too. ah man… can’t pick a favourite. just go out and get it if you haven’t already.

have you guys been watching game of thrones? seriously… watch game of thrones. peter dinklage is my favourite.

i went fantasy home shopping in what i like to call the black hole of Bukowski’s auction house. it’s pretty tough for me to exit said black hole after i go down it. holy man, it is fun though.

above: chairframechandeliersofa

above: david hockney – gregory / carpet

above: bookcase / chest of drawers / dishsideboard

above: carpet / david hockney – black tulips

these infrared photographs of eastern congo by richard mosse made my jaw drop – via les yeux sans visage

erdem resort 2012 collection

very much in favour of this big wooden wall in this rad apartment in brooklyn. i don’t know why people paint over wood or want to cover it up, especially in houses from the seventies. more wood, i say!

speaking of wood, can’t believe these clogs haven’t been snapped up yet. lauren finds the best things.

completely enamoured by these maxi skirts (actually the entire collection) by J J.S Lee via style bubble

this photo of jack nicholson from life magazine

the wedding party by aron wiesenfeld (instantly made me think of the road, which haunts me to this day)

check out these blade runner polaroids at wolf eyebrows

i liked thakoon’s bag for this vogue weekend getaway feature captured by the coveteur

i would wear the shit out of this spider scarf by klaus haapaniemi

a swing on the pavement? genius! captured by chloe louise mayne

i’ve been thinking about my room / house / living area a lot lately. i’d love a dark corner like this.

here’s a really nice collection of classic hollywood photos – many of which i hadn’t seen before (thanks katie)

oh to be here right now


* a reader asked me recently whether the music mixes were “legal” (…..) ← that’s the sound of me mulling that question over. i’d like to think that sharing musics from amazing artists would encourage people to go out, buy their albums, see their shows and wear their t-shirts. but that question still has me mulling, though.

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Busypants

finally got my hands on a copy of bossypants yesterday (i had to wait for the ipad kindle edition since the actual book isn’t available in south africa yet. like most good things i anticipate it won’t be for a while.) i got home from work, made myself comfortable on the couch and didn’t move for the next 5 hours. then i got into bed and read some more. according to this fancy contraption i’m 80% through this puppy. can never seem to pace myself with something that is so good. my favourite bit (so far) would have to be where tina talks about her dad don fey. this gem specifically:

Before I was born, my mother took my brother to Greece for the whole summer to visit family. When they were finally coming back, my dad washed and waxed his Chevy convertible, put on his best sharkskin suit, and drove all the way from Philadelphia to New York International Airport to pick them up.

Their flight was due to arrive early in the morning, so Don Fey, who is never late for anything, got to the airport just before dawn. As he popped on his sweet lid and walked across the deserted parking lot toward the terminal, he saw two black gentlemen approaching from far away. He played it cool to hide his apprehension. He was in New York, after all, one of the world’s most dangerous cities if you’re from any other city, and from far away in the dark he couldn’t tell if the guys were airport employees or loiterers.

As they got closer, he noticed they were staring him down, he continued to play it cool. Don Fey had grown up in West Philly, where he lived comfortably as a Caucasian minority. Of course these guys didn’t know that. His heart was beating a little faster as they came within ten feet of each other.

The guys looked at him intently, then one turned to the other and said, “That is one boss, bold, bladed motherfucker.”

consequently i don’t have much to share today. so here’s a little interview i did with amber at her new blog (south african readers will know amber from the mr. price blog.) she gussied it up to another level, seriously.

i can also reveal a nice little colour comparisons project for J.Crew with their fall collection that is up on their blog! i’m quite amazed that so many of these big fashion companies have their official blogs on tumblr… kudos to tumblr. here are a couple of the comparisons that didn’t make the cut, see their blog for the rest.

paintings from top to bottom: Henri Rousseau – Forest RendezvousAxel Fridell – Interior with NapoleonLovis Corinth – Wilhelmina with a ballHenri Fantin-Latour – A Large Bouquet of Roses

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Master Collagist

i have told you about my friend amy before (see her things i like right now to spruce your memory.)  i have dubbed her Master Collagist. since our first year together in university 9 odd years ago now, amz has made books full of collages to inspire her. people actually stole these books – that’s how nice they were. she came to visit me this weekend and i asked her to bring some of her old books along so i could scan some pages in (will be sharing those in due course.) she ended up making an entirely new collage in her giant A3 moleskine sketchbook based on fashion and other stuff she’s enjoying right now. good times, noodle salad.

i’ve split the pages up simply for bloggin’ purposes – but you can view the full layout here.

1- apartment 34 ; 2 – laundry basket ; 3 – old chum ; 4 - blazer ; 5 – unknown (will remedy) ; 6 – gold ring ; 7 – isabel marant s/s 2011 ; 8 – old chum ; 9 – wood hair band ; 10 – tove mauritzson’s house ; 11 - stella mccartney pre-fall 2011; 12 – devils tower ; 13 – paul smith a/w 2011 ; 14 – vintage rolex ; 15 – off of broadway ; 16 – jak & jil ; 17 – nos da shoulder bag ; 18 – carven t-shirt ; 19 – madewell cardigan ; 20 – 13 stars flags

1 – vanessa jackman ; 2 – grow it yourself poster ; 3 – wendi nichol bracelet ; 4 – popupshop jeans ; 5 – rachel comey cardigan ; 6 - stella mccartney pre-fall 2011 ; 7 – etaletc track top ; 8 – salva lopez ; 9 - livingston’s seeds annual ; 10 – j.crew fall 2011 lookbook ; 11 – siwa tote bag ; 12 – margaret howell ss 2011 ; 13 – rolex ; 14  - a.p.c. jeans ; 15 – silk socks ; 16 – streetstyle aesthetic ; 17 – baggu duck bag ;  18 – brogen averill ; 20 – margaret howell

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