MY BEACH-LOVING BOY

After this post, I went digging through my old photographs – and found these – yay!!! This is my oldest friend, Superior Guest. He’s too old to take to the beach lately, his poor old hips struggle a bit in the sand. But these are such super happy memories xx

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RETAIL THERAPY #01 | POUR PORTER

A one-stop shop, full to the brim with awesome originals – Pour Porter has an ever-growing list of designers housed within their realms. How, how, how did I only find out about them now?

“Pour Porter (“Pour Por-tay”) Shop, sprung from a passion for the exceptional, the independent, and the innovative. We seek to find and offer designers with a vision for the original- designers whose imaginations are their primary creative guides. While we don’t exclusively strive to offer socially responsible, environmentally conscious products, many of the labels we carry are strongly dedicated to these ethical principals.”

I’m in absolute awe of their S/S2012 Lookbook, and if that’s not enough for you, they even have a blog – so you’re sure to be kept up to date with the most recent additions to their store. Honestly, my eyeballs are in heaven! And with that, Pour Porter has just been catapulted to the top of my lust-have list…and yes, I’m talking about the entire store!!!

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UNDERWATER WANDERLUST

So, Spring is finally here…hooray! I know, I know, it’s not the actual beginning of Spring, but it’s good enough for me. And do you know what that means? Endless hours spent outdoors, in pretty florals and sun hats, having picnics on the farm, days on the beach and plenty of time swimming, swimming and yes, more swimming – yay!

I’m very fortunate in that I live a mere five minutes from one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. It’s part of a nature conservancy, and therefore, is devoid of any meddlesome vendors, loud noisy beach bars, or massive crowds. It’s so peaceful, and pure, and I have such fond memories of days spent,as a teenagers, riding our horses down to the tidal pools, and spending hours swimming with them in the ocean. Such happy times.

Unfortunately back then, none of us had cameras, and often I think it would be so precious to have some of those memories caught on film. Anyway. Times have since changed, and I try to capture these special moments as often as possible.

One such moment (or series of moments) was at the end of last year – December 2011 to January 2012 – where the boy and I spent a month in Thailand. All I can say is, “Wow”, what a incredible experience! And yes, we somehow managed t take about 3000 photographs! Don’t worry, I’m not going to share all of them with you. Just  some of my favourites…underwater! Success! We spent so many hours in the water over there – swimming, snorkeling (amazing), and on numerous boat trips around the islands. We decided instead of buying an expensive underwater camera, and taking the risk of it getting damaged en route, we would rather buy a few underwater disposables. These were so much fun, and surprisingly, produced some pretty decent quality images. I have a slight obsession with film photography at the moment, so that grainy, dreamy effect was just what I was hoping we’d achieve. So if you’re ever wondering about whether or not to take a chance on one of those fellas…do it! They are definitely worth a shot!

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HERE KITTY, KITTY, KITTY…

How incredible are these photographs? Meet Kitty Gallannaugh – a twenty-something photographer, who produces pure magic. Do yourselves a favour, and take a gander at the rest of her work here…it does not disappoint xx

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HOGSBACK HIDE-AWAY

A couple of weeks ago, the boy and I took a few days off for a mid-winter break. I decided to treat him to a weekend in the forested heights of Hogsback – a magical place where, as a child,  I spent many a weekend with my family. It’s about a three-hour drive from home, nestled on the slopes of the Amatole mountains in amongst beautiful big trees, and even a couple of waterfalls.

He had never been there before, and I was sincerely hoping we would be lucky enough to come across a snowflake or two (being the middle of winter and all). Well. No such luck…sigh. Instead we arrived to a sweltering 29º C, followed by two days of torrential downpour. But it was actually such a perfect weekend – plenty of exploring and sightseeing on the Friday, with the rest of our days spent eating, drinking, and keeping warm in our cosy little bungalow, in front of a roaring fire. Bliss.

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These are just a few snaps of how we spent our time – before being rained out.
1: our accommodation at Bubuhle
2, 3, 4+5: the labyrinth ans some amazing views at The Edge
6+7: Ecology Shrine
8: St. Patrick-on-the-hill Church
9: we took a walk through the forest (in the rain, I might add) to see the Madonna-and-child waterfall…such beauty.

INDUSTRY OF ONE

Oh my gosh…don’t you just love Industry of One?! It’s such an awe-inspiring collection of some truly stand-out creatives.

“Industry of One is a periodical on the wears of work created by Adam Patrick Jones and Rachel Brown. Here and now again they will explore the style trappings of various industries + professions and document the relationship between one’s line of work + walk of life.”

I’ve just spent a good few minutes lusting after the life of Adrienne Antonson, a designer and sculptor currently based in New York. Have a look here for the full interview xx

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12 AUGUST 2012

On Friday, I paid a visit to one of my favourite places – Gently Worn. I came home with a stack of unused postcards and old black-and-white photographs, to add to my collection. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to pop in…full of beautiful french vintage lovelies, it’s like a holiday for the soul.

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ORLA KIELY

I absolutely adore these shots from the latest campaign for Orla Kiely’s Autumn Winter collection. Shot, once again, by Venetia Scott. So lovely!

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DIANA-MINI-LOVE

Inspired by the post below, I decided to dig up my first 35mm film attempt, shot with my Diana Mini (mostly of my sister’s ‘kitchen tea’ and a day out thrifting). As much as I consider this batch to be a complete disaster, I can’t help but secretly love them just as much.

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Sadly, I’ve been pretty lazy in the hobby department of late, so I have a few films lying around, just waiting to be revealed. Maybe this was just the inspiration I needed…to carry on playing, exploring and experimenting with film.