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My places

my favourite spots in the house are pretty simple. bedroom, desk, giant tv / reading / napping couch, the plants in the courtyard… it’s nice here. i hung all those pictures in one frenzied afternoon (you know when you have a moment of MAN i can’t go on with these stupid bare walls any longer!) i might have overdone it, in hindsight. but i like being surrounded by pictures so it’s a-ok for now.

(more house snapshots maybe at some stage if we ever manage to get ourselves organised)


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seven facts

hila tagged me in her seven facts post. i kind of love these things and have never done one… so decided to play along. i’m not going to tag anyone – but if you like this and end up doing one yourself, please leave the link in the comments!

1. the movie i have seen the most times in my life is the three amigos. over 100 times would not be an exaggeration.

every single time i watch it i try to hold my “three aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-migos” as long as they do..

2. my favourite food in the world is classic macaroni and cheese. here’s a good recipe.

3. the only heels i actually own are black ones, something i realised when trying to figure out what to wear to a wedding this weekend. this is not a good thing. i prefer wearing heeled boots to actual heels (perhaps because my legs are “sturdy” ? heh) – consequently i own a variety of beloved boots. can you wear boots to a wedding?

the coveteur

4. i grew up speaking afrikaans but now only speak english. my parents speak afrikaans to each other. my three brothers all speak afrikaans to eachother, my dad speaks afrikaans to them & vice versa, my youngest brother speaks english to my mom and vice versa, and i speak english to everyone. on top of that two of my brothers are married to lovely german ladies – so they and the four grandchildren sprechen ze deutsch. conversations when the family comes together can switch between english, afrikaans and german all in one sitting. this confuses outsiders… which is awesome.

ps: perhaps it seems ridiculous that i linked to a wikipedia article on what afrikaans is – but i have seen foreigners refer to it as “african” so many times it absolutely does my head in. south africa has 11 official languages, which is only the tip of the language iceberg … just so you know. nobody speaks ‘african’ – such a thing doesn’t exist.

my brother and i – one of my favourite photos ever.

5. i do not possess any apple products besides my circa 2007 classic ipod. no iphone, no mac, no ipad. the uncoolest designer / blogger award would go to me. that said, i grew up with PCs. they do not confuse or irritate me. everything i know about computers is PC based. so i ask myself…will i ever be able to make the switch? the best of both worlds would be nice… (are there any apple dudes reading? care to sponsor? i’m not desperate or anything.)

- christopher c. hayes

6. i know all the words to dead prez – hip-hop and cannot stop myself from rapping along every single time it shuffles into my playlist. yes, me rapping along IS as ridiculous as it sounds.

7. i have never broken any bones. hopefully this fact holds true forever.

- powerhouse museum collection

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BKFST 2.0

whoa, the BKFST tumblr hit 900 1000 followers today! i have to tell you that this is partly because of the greatness that is catherine green aka wolf eyebrows. you have probably noticed her in my blog roll on the right, and you may remember her things i like right now when i first started the series. she is something of a bloggin’ kindred spirit… so it was a bit of a no duh moment when i asked her if she’d be keen to contribute to BKFST. she is totally putting me to shame too – i find myself having to keep up with all her incredible tasty finds.

please see BKFST for all the image sources

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things i like right now: a new year

1. reliving hip hop from days gone by – de la soul (pictured), the fugees, lauryn hill, a tribe called quest, notorious b.i.g, beastie boys, jungle brothers, dead prez … will smith and dj jazzy jeff (!) hell, even black eyed peas before fergie & elephunk. the stuff i jammed to in high school / uni. i have to admit i am not a hip hop aficionado, something that perhaps should be remedied.

2. tucking in your shirt – do it, you’ll feel instantly snappier. image source.

3. road trips – seeing more beyond your front door. image source.

4. wearable heels – i have many pairs of black & fancy heels – that i only bought for and wear on special occasions. i kind of hate them all. so i would like to purchase a nice pair that i won’t be scared of wearing during the day, and will also gussy things up at night. perhaps something by rachel comey? it’s nice to dream.

5. drawing & painting – went out the other day and dropped some cash on new inks, quills, brushes and nice paper. want to start drawing and creating again. might even show you the results if they’re good enough. image source.

6. live shows – if you’re from south africa you’ll understand that international bands don’t come here all too often, so when they do grace our shores people get mega excited. in the next 3 months i’ll be seeing U2 (hate on U2 as much as you want – but they were the first band i ever saw live, when i was 14 years old and i LOVED it); rammstein (till lindemann in leather / shirtless playing with fire, do i need another reason?) – and kings of leon (another case of haters gonna hate.) my biggest dream is to see arcade fire & daft punk perform in my area code. image source.

7. watching old movies – received the original sabrina on dvd for christmas & also have a few classics lined up such as some like it hot, the sting (pictured), roman holiday, the italian job etc. what are your favourites? suggestions welcome…

8. tomato & basil – i could eat plump tomatoes + fresh basil with olive oil, salt & pepper every day of the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and have done.) throw in a couple of perfectly cooked boiled eggies and i’m yours. image source.

9. more hamm please – not only is mad men coming back for another season (number 5 already! can you believe it) but my beloved jon hamm is also in 3 films coming out this year. okay okay, he’s everyone’s beloved jon hamm. also just have to quote this great write up from celebitchy’s top ten men of 2010 (give me a break, i read gossip sites)

The Hamm has to be Number One. You know why? Because The Hamm goes commando, just for the hell of it. Because The Hamm got the shaft when People Magazine named Douchey McGerbil Ryan Reynolds as their Sexiest Man Alive. Because The Hamm continues to bring the shiz on Mad Men, four season and counting. Because The Hamm needs to win more awards, NOW. Because one of the greatest moments of television history was seeing Don Draper in a suit and sunglasses standing on the New York street while Mick Jagger belts out “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Because The Hamm also rocked in The Town, proving that he can play a steely, hard-ass law-enforcement type. Because The Hamm is a gentleman and a feminist who talks about women and relationships and gender equality like a fully-functioning adult. Because The Hamm doesn’t screw around on his girlfriend of more than a decade. And mostly because of the commando thing.

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things

i wasn’ t planning on posting today because i’ve been sick in bed for a day and a half. however, there’s only so much sleeping and tv watching a girl can do before feverish boredom sets in. so i decided to play around with my camera which hasn’t got much love from me lately, and took some shots of things i own & treasure.

i found this cup & saucer in a second hand shop in kleinmond. it was made by a finnish company called arabia (i assume it’s from the 50′s/60′s) and is, by far, my favourite thing to drink tea / coffee out of. if it ever had to break, my heart would break. best of all – it has no chips!

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