Bolden Ceramics

I’ve been following the work of Scottish illustrator Jen Collins for a couple of years now. Her work has consistently featured as a preferred choice for my desktop background. She creates wonderful  illustrations – from the delightfully macabre, to the botanical and heartfelt.

In 2013, she began to delve into ceramics as a way to apply her illustrative style in a more tangible and hand crafted way. The result is Bolden Ceramics, a small online space that sells her lovely ceramic sculptures and vessels. I highly recommend a visit.














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Casa Meztitla

Located at the foot of Tepozteco mountain in Mexico and surrounded by a natural reserve, Casa Meztitla is a beautiful stone-walled residence designed by EDAA for a retired couple who wanted a home to entertain friends and family.

“Responding to this setting, EDAA chose volcanic stone for the walls of the house, matching the tones of the mountain landscape. This is accompanied by large expanses of glazing, while concrete floor slabs create courtyards and rooftop patios… 

The large expanses of steel-framed glazing pivot open from a sunken L-shaped living space into the surrounding gardens, while four bedrooms with glass walls have access to concrete patios with brightly coloured hammocks, located in the centre of the residence.”











I particularly liked the environmentally smart water management system of the residence, that include two reservoirs designed to collect the abundant rainfall in the area.

“The first – located under a lawn in the courtyard – harvests and filters rainwater used for drinking, showering and laundry. The second is a circular reservoir that is open to the elements. It collects used tap water that is stripped of soap and oils, before being diverted back to the house for flushing toilets and irrigating the gardens.”




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Luisa Brimble’s Flower Women

Luisa Brimble is a very talented Australian food and lifestyle photographer. A common motif throughout her work is the use of floral design to add colour and texture. A theme that was showcased beautifully  in The Green Gallery’s online magazine recently. Luisa created these seaside floral portraits in collaboration with Amelia Toohey from The Flower Era.

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I also pulled from images from Luisa’s blog of other floral portraits she has done for previous projects.








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Resort 2016: Bumper Edition

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a round up of recent collections, and since many of the Resort 2016 collections are out what better time to do so? I’ve hand picked a couple of collections that sparked my interest. I hope you enjoy this bumper edition of Resort fashion!

Alexander Wang has found a niche in creating minimalist fashion with attitude. His 2016 Resort Collection offers up edgy detailing with the use of decorative studs – that add a feminine touch without losing on the “bad ass” element.

Alexander Wang

In line with Alexander Wang’s minimalist approach, the Rag & Bone 2016 Resort Collection is a stylish and wearable collection with a few lovely masculine silhouettes.

Rag & Bone

Fendi’s 2016 Resort Collection is a botanical celebration – featuring South Africa’s exotic national flower: the Strelitzia otherwise known as “the bird of paradise”.


I really liked the Rochas Resort 2016 collection for its slouchy pyjama-style set, dancers print and elegant gowns.


Jonathan Saunders Resort 2016 Collection draws from the brightly synthetic colour palette of pop artist Jeff Koons.

Jonathan Saunders

The Red Valentino 2016 Resort collection is a mix of cute mod-type pieces, that I imagine would live very well in a movie directed by Tim Burton. For me, the coats are the highlight of the collection.

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The Sea 2016 Resort Collection is the product of experimentations with screen-printed bleach patterns on Japanese denim. The results are quite beautiful.


Being a die-hard Valentino fan I hate to admit this, but the Valentino 2016 Resort collection was a little hit and miss for me. That being said, Valentino delivers way above the mark than most with its intricate embroidery and ballsy use of colour. Here are some of my favourites:


I thought to include one or two pieces from Peter Jensen’s 2016 Resort Collection, because he is one designer who always seems to have fun with his creations. This collection is a brashy clash of colour, ice cream and preppy high-school fashion that is inspired by Enid, the heroine from Daniel Clowes‘ graphic novel Ghost World.



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Curator of Cool: Inky Pool 3

I’m not usually one for getting involved in the tricky landscape of sponsored posts. But when Dulux South Africa approached me to curate a Pinterest board inspired by one of their paint colours: “Inky Pool 3” for their Curator of Cool Campaign it baited my interest for a few reasons:


  1. My wonderful readers get the chance to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera! (see the beautiful specimen above) A great way for me to give back in some way for your support.
  2. I get to create a pinboard inspired by colour (this made both my OCD tendencies and background in history of art very happy)
  3. I have a Pinterest problem – almost 19,000 pins and counting.

What you need to do to stand a chance to win: Follow the Dulux South Africa Pinterest page, then go to my Inky Pool board follow it and leave a comment. The board with the most interaction wins a Fuji Instax Mini 8 camera for one of their supporters. I’d really love for one of you to win. So get following and pinning!

Here is a little sneak peek of my Pinboard:

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Competition closes on the 29th of May. 

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KOROMIKO is an online design store founded by Tracey George, a New Zealander now living in Dallas, Texas. Started from the simple idea to support and promote independent designers producing handcrafted, authentically sustainable goods.”

I stumbled across the KOROMIKO website while browsing on Pinterest. It is a really beautifully curated with a lovely selection of textiles, ceramics and kitchen ware, to mention just a few. I decided to do a little round up of items that caught my eye – a virtual wishlist of sorts (click on the images to find the link to that product). But I encourage you to give the site a browse yourselves- there are so many lovely things to buy.








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HONOR for Stone Fox Bride

HONOR is a product of the diverse background and singular vision of president and head designer, Giovanna Randall. An opera singer turned premedical student turned women’s wear designer, Giovanna trained at FIT before interning at C’N’C Costume National in Milan. Giovanna named HONOR after her own adored sister, and her concept for the brand is infused with a heritage of fearless women, past and present.”

The brand recently collaborated with Stone Fox Bride to create a playful and feminine hand-tailored collection of bridal gowns. Each dress is coupled with a poem describing it’s qualities/personality.

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the astrid

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the astrid

the kitty

the mabel

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the ihlen

the leith

the zoe

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