Nice Things. no, not those nice things, but rather an awesome fashion label from Barcelona. and not just any brand – but the family business of Paloma of Paloma Wool (see my post about her most recent collection here). started by her parents, Paloma Santaolalla and Miguel Lanna, the company is run today by this creative mother & daughter team.
i LOVE the new spring collection from Charlotte Stone. i have two pairs of sandals by this awesome LA based designer, and i have never ever had so many people ask me “where did you get those?”
Easter always marks a change in season for me – over here we are obviously rolling toward winter, and this past weekend was no exception. we lit a fire for the first time in ages! it wasn’t even that cold, but it had to be done. similarly i’ve been noticing that many up north are surfacing from tundra-like conditions, with spring dresses + bare legs popping up all over my Instagram.
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.
one of my favourite things about the holidays is that i read tons of books, something i only ever manage to do when there’s no internet to distract me (how sad is that?). i first blitzed through Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – a wonderful, poignant story that starts out as a mystery but ends up being about so much more. then i read The Silkworm by ‘Robert Gailbraith’ which i really enjoyed (i am naturally a fan of the Cormoran Strike novels, because i do so love JK and HP), and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty which was a quick, light holiday read and quite amusing in parts. i actually need a few more titles to read this week – any suggestions?
we have one more week of holiday before 2015 really kicks off. until then, we’re still in a holi-DAZE.
road tripping up to Kei
the landscape changes from the Cape’s dry summer brown to lush lush green as we near Kei…
Kei Mouth beach
the view from Anton’s family holiday house
flame lilies grow on the beach
yes we took the boat up! perfect for skiing on the Kei river.
i prefer sitting on the beach to skiing…
the view across the Kei River looking towards the old Transkei
New Year’s lantern
capturing a lighting storm. BOOM.
i found these images while trawling around the LIFE archives, with no explanation as to who took them, when, or where. i’m guessing this was sometime in the twenties or thirties? and it looks like it might have been somewhere in Europe – originally i thought maybe they were Swedes, but that old school Nivea Creme tin made me wonder if they were German. well, looks like they had a pretty good time either way.
the new SS15 collection from Johannesburg based milliners Simon and Mary has made me realise that i really need a yellow hat for summer. and a blue one. maybe even a green one if i’m feeling fancy. i love seeing their classic styles in such rad colours.
Isca Greenfield-Sanders encapsulates summer and nostalgia in her paintings. she finds, scans, edits, and prints vintage photographs, alters them with watercolour and pencil, then mounts details from the images onto tiles before, finally, painting over them in oils.
even though summer is on the way out for us down south (i wore boots yesterday for the first time!) i can still appreciate some breezy summer wear, especially since i basically spent all last summer in long skirts or dresses.
Kolonaki is a spanish brand with some sweet new stuff for summer 14. i love that first polka dot dress. all items available at their online shop. it looks like they only ship to the UK & Europe at the moment. US readers can buy their stuff at The Cools.
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 be taking bets on the next fruit du jour.
that said, french label Des Petits Hauts has also brought our spiky friend into their new summer range. as well as other lovely basics that are so simple and french it makes me feel like taking a trip to the countryside with a basket of fruit (pineapples) and a bottle of wine. PS: they only deliver to Europe, unfortunately!
Nomad is a fashion label based in Porto, Portugal and Stockholm, Sweden – an interesting combo that you can see in their clothes. a bit of a Mediterranean feeling, combined with that pared down Swedish design sensibility. the SS14 collection, Road to Dambulla, was inspired by a journey through Sri Lanka by bus: easy to wear pieces that you can just throw in a bag and go.
Designed and produced in Portugal with a strong handmade approach, Nomad fully embraces the experimental process behind every collection. All our knits are hand-loomed in our studio and the rest of the pieces are made in a very small, family-owned local factory. Rather than focusing on trends and mass-production, we at Nomad choose a more conscious approach and are committed to being as sustainable as possible, both by using materials that are local and eco-friendly (many of them are dead-stock coming from small, local warehouses), and by manufacturing our pieces in the most fair and sustainable way we can find.
shoes from Charlotte Stone. it’s as almost as if she invaded my dreams and asked, “what would your ideal shoes be, Diana?” this would be them, Charlotte. with names like Barton, Dot, Jasper, Joss and Kew – i would like one of each, please.
A native of Kingston Ontario, Charlotte Stone grew up in a family of graphic artists and interior designers and decided to become a shoe designer while still in her teens. She graduated from FIDM in Los Angeles, honed her skills with footwear factories in Italy, and has worked in her chosen métier ever since. She is also an avid surfer and weaver and co-designs, with her husband, a line of modernist hand-crocheted lounge chairs and furniture called Pacific Wonderland Inc.
love this bright, fruity campaign for the SS14 collection of Native Shoes shot by photographer Stephanie Gonot and art directed by Adi Goodrich. i don’t know anything about Native Shoes, but they seem to be some kind of… dare i say it? crocs and sneaker hybrid? except, cooler.
Inspired by classic, casual silhouettes, but made with the lightest and most comfortable material available, native shoes are the best of both worlds. Footwear for the future done in the style of everything we’ve ever loved about shoe design. You can slip them on for a quick stroll, throw them into your backpack for a day at the beach. Our aesthetic is relaxed, flexible and active. Native shoes is footwear for anybody, anywhere, anytime.