Madewell Fall 2014

As I get older I’m drawn more to buying well made basic items that will endure through all those trends that come and go. This has to do with the fact that I don’t have the time, money, or inclination, to brave a shopping mall whenever something new pops up on the horizon. If I could, I would only shop online.

The Madewell Fall 2014 collection, designed by  Somsack Sikhounmuong, is a good selection of basics that incorporates colour, print and texture to keep things interesting. Now I just need to figure out how to get my hands on some of their pieces.

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My Friend Yarn

The colder months are upon us in the Southern hemisphere I have been gravitating towards warm tones and textures. I recently came across the work of Eva and Lisa Holst – a mother/daughter team who design and create handmade wool cushion covers under the name My Friend Yarn.

Eva, who has worked as a textile teacher for 20 years in Stockholm, brings her knowledge of craft and textile design, while her daughter Lisa, brings a design-orientated approach from her career as an illustrator and graphic designer. The result is quite lovely.

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Miscellany

Given that we are finishing off the work week it seems apt to do a round up of beautiful and interesting things.

The final season of Mad Men is in full swing and I’m really enjoying it so far. I’m curious how they are going to resolve everything. Don Draper’s daughter Sally, played by the actress Kiernan Shipka, has grown up significantly since the series first started. She is showing a flair for fashion off screen, evident in this feature for ES Magazine photographed by Nicole Nodlund and styled by Nicky Yates.

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Going to try out this recipe for ginger roasted pumpkin and quinoa salad with mint, chilli and lime from My Darling Lemon Thyme. It looks delicious.

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This t-shirt is on my wishlist.

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Very cool laser cut wedding and save-the-date invitations by Avie Designs.

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avie-laser-cut-invitations2This fashionable lady was photographed by Ed Suter at The Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town. She has a great sense of style. You can see all the street fashion portraits here.

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This packaging is so nice, I would buy it just for the aesthetics.

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The Tiny Grand Budapest Hotel is a birdhouse-sized replica created by Clinic 212 of Wes Anderson’s eponymous Grand Budapest Hotel.

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I love this tribute by New York illustrator Ben Wiseman to the painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, which was completed by French Post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat in 1886.

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This garage conversion by Graypants Inc. is a project I can really get behind. They managed to turn the structure into a light-filled space that really takes advantage of the amazing views.

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99 x 99s

The 99 is a iconic symbol of hot summer days – a swirl of soft serve in an ice cream cone with a Flake chocolate stuck into it. As a child on summer holiday I think I must have eaten hundreds of them, served from a croaky sounding ice cream van.

Photographer Luke Stephenson, who is the man behind the wonderful book “An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds“, decided to create a photo book centred around the 99 ice cream. He successfully funded the project through Kickstarter and I can’t wait to see the final product. Here is a little more about the project:

“In the summer of 2013, over 25 days and 3,500 miles, I travelled around the coastline of Great Britain. As I went from place to place I was fascinated by the human touches that make each 99 ice cream unique. I also documented the seaside ice cream vans and parlors that sold the 99s, and the discussed the myths which surround this very British icon.”

You can visit the official website here.

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The Swimmers

Spanish illustrator Carla Fuentes , a.k.a littleisdrawing, collaborated with fashion designer Barbara Torrijos to created a collection of limited edition t-shirts and blouses. The collection, titled The Swimmers, features soft-hued imagery of hot summer days…figures basking in the sun, swimming, and the various locales they inhabit. It’s comfortable and unique clothing that I would love to wear.

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Building Block x WAKA WAKA

Creative collaborations are wonderful things. Speaking of which, check out this range by handbag designers Building Block created in collaboration with furniture designers WAKA WAKA. The project was commissioned by IKO IKO – a “Los Angeles based concept gallery focusing on design and its possibilities”.

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Never Smile at a Crocodile

Since the winter months are upon all of us in the Southern Hemisphere I thought it would be apt to feature the 2014 winter collection of Australian fashion label Gorman.

“In 1999, Lisa Gorman launched her eponymous label at fledgling boutique fat52 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, with a collection titled ‘less than 12 degrees’. The instant success of that first offering was the beginning of something special, and in the years that have followed the gorman label has become an iconic part of the Australian fashion landscape.”

The 2013 winter collection, titled Never Smile at a Crocodile, uses bold prints staying true to the label’s signature aesthetic. The monochromatic cactus print dress and cheer squad coat are two of my favourites.

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