Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Four Eyes

So sad. I went to the opthamologist this morning with hopes to be admitted for Lasik eye surgery. I have been wearing specs for 22 years. I felt like I needed a change and a new lease on life. I'm looking for a new job, new love, summer is here - why not get a new look, right? Unfortunately, I am not suitable candidate for the surgery as my corneas are too thin. It is something I was born with and will have to live with. Really disappointed, but am reassured that technology advances everyday and maybe they'll make something that'll work for me.

If only they could spend some time developing better sunglasses for the severely vision impaired instead of thick lenses in crappy frames, or [eek] clip-ons! My extreme sensitivity to objects in my eye and light prevents me from getting darn contact lenses, But I need decent sunnies. Darn it! Weak eyes = sensitive eyes = no contact lenses = no fancy sunnies = [eek] clip-ons!

So, to cheer me up, I am perusing Extreme Eyewear and other spectacle stores for a new set of frames. If I am gonna be stuck with them, they'd better be awesome. Nerd!

Check out these from Extreme Eyewear.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ashtray Electric

Spent most of my day listening to great local band Ashtray Electric courtesy of my friend Alice. They have been on the up and up for a while now and I have seen them a few times now, including one awesome gig at The Assembly a few weeks ago. Their song Quite Overstared has been doing the rounds but I really think Seasons is a great track. Check them out at Assembly with The Dirty Skirts, and at The Castle with AKing this weekend! Oooh, links galore!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Been working like a crazy person lately (yeah, yeah what's new?) and it seems I am forgetting to eat. And trust me: I'm an eater. I'm dreaming of delicious curry and tarts from The Neighbourhood Goods Market. Ooh, Malay vegetable curry, pancakes and cider. Chorizo, peppermint ice cream and Mule cocktails. Yum yum, I can't wait 'til Saturday.

Do check out their Vintage Market on Sundays (ignore very dodgy webpage) - the variety isn't very big but I was pleasantly surprised by the prices. It's probably just a matter of time before they get pushed up though.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Espejo house

Who the heck lives here? And why are we not the best of friends?

(via freshome)


Oi, wish me luck. I am house hunting this weekend. Looking for a compact, airy space, in a safe neighbourhood, and within my budget. Not too much to ask, is it? Checking out some inspiration for a new look in my very own space. I'm thinking pops of saturated colour on a clean white canvas. I've always loved this image above (via fffound) - feels open, fun, yet lived in.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Why why why am I so broke?!?! Look at this beautiful dress. I am a sneakers and jeans girl but nothing gets me like a good vintage piece. Please check out this beautiful piece from Thirteen Bees Vintage (they have plenty of other drool-worthy pieces. I am sizing up my finances and a purchase may just be on the horizon. This is exactly the kind of piece my friend Ray would love. Check out her London Fashion Week posts if you can.

Meanwhile back home, these wooden bracelets from local brand Tee&Whiskey are looking really appealing.

(Thirteen Bees Vintage via Unruly Things)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Kristian Hammerstad

Love love love these pieces by Kristian Hammerstad. I can just picture the dark, smokey rock and roll den these images emerged from. Would love to see these pieces in the album artwork for a Queens Of The Stone Age record (drool). So hard to pick a few to post.

Reminds me of this piece I did for local Cape Town band, The Mochines, a while ago. Well, kinda.

(via ffffound)

Loerie Reflect

So disappointed I did not attend the Loerie party hosted by between10and5. I am a huge fan of their site. Can't wait to see the photos of all the schmoozing that took place.

Unfortunately, the winners in design categories did not blow me away - and its usually the part of Loeries I am in awe of, and is often followed by bouts of self pity. I am excited to see this piece by Humanoid for their new corporate identity. Also, really keen to see more work from Johnny Kotze (most famously of the band Johnny Neon). He did really well and I am amped to see quite a few new, exciting illustrators coming into the industry. Especially University of Stellenbosch grads, such as myself.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

So unfortunately, my agency won jack! Walking around town empty-handed felt pretty awful to be honest, but booze soon cured that heartache. It ended up being really fun. I still have a nagging feeling I have to make some hard decisions concerning my career and location. Oh dear, and I suffer from severe indecision. I will move forward with this mantra. Passion for what I do is prime.

(image via themagentalinks)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Party Time!

So tonight is the Loeries. I am up for some finalists, so please everyone, hold thumbs! The first award's night is usually quite chilled, yet it still calls for a bit of glamour from the everyday. I have decided to do a take on the men's suit: a great pair of billowy camel trousers; a playful shirt; a tuxedo jacket; and these killer heels courtesy of Nine West. They look a bit lame in this image but trust me they are gorgeous.

The thing with the heels is, well, I NEVER wear heels. I am a definite sneakers girl but I am deciding to spruce up my image. Its gonna be a big surprise for a lot of people. And besides, these aren't too girly now, are they?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fashion Remorse

Still kinda bummed that I did not go all out on the shopping front whilst in New York (what was I thinking- trying to be thrifty?). I did leave with a small purchase that I can't wait to prance around in this spring. This vintage-inspired piece from Urban Outfitters. Definitely my style.

I have to say the store looked completely disastrous when I was there because there were sale items strewn all over the place. And as wonderful as that sounds, it was difficult to find the good stuff.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tokyoflash Japan

Check out these awesome LED watches from Tokyoflash Japan. I would love to own one of these Knightrider inspired beauties. It would be purely decorative though, as trying to calculate the time whenever I look at it would get to me. Check out the instructional videos that accompany each model which detail how to use the watch.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Blog block!

Oi, I have been terrible at posting anything during the last two weeks. I keep over-analyzing my post choices, and when I find the perfect one, I run out of time to get around to it. Drat! I will be better. And not hold back!

Also, I have just returned from a crazy week in New York City for work. Yup, a far way from Cape Town for a bit of photography. I spent so much time in the photographer's studio and very little time exploring our trying to visit the places that one of my favourite blog-authors always mention. Also, the hotel I stayed in was not Wi-Fi friendly due to their renovations - yet another wall to my blogging!

I have a lot to tell. So watch this space!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"So I came to Europe to kill, and it really worked out very well for me"

Yup, it's going to be another late one for me I'm afraid, but all for a greater cause I'm sure.

Got distracted by the deranged, genius schtick of Steve Martin as Dr Michael Hfuhruhurr and the sexy Kathleen Turner as Dolores last night in The Man With Two Brains. You have to see it - a really great laugh.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A bit of type now

I just redid my blog header with awesome typeface, History, courtesy of the playful Peter Bilak.

Suntan at my desk

Gloomy winter weather here is really starting to tire me out. I am over duvets and hot chocolate and instead crave swimming pools and margaritas. So I recently downloaded the Mondo Boys mixtape, Weird Summer, to get me ready for those heady days.
Yes, its finally happened. I have bought a ticket, boarded the train and started a blog.

I will be sharing with you exciting and inspiring finds, especially out of my hometown Cape Town.
First post coming soon (cue: corny train sound reserved for drunken parties only).