Today is the last day of July, hence the last day I can blog about anything birthday related. Which is why I’m dragging myself out of brain-implant / transplant recovery to write about the last bottle of Stormhoek Limited Edition 2004 Guava Pinotage I got from Chris for my birthday. (Luckily I can now ‘Blog Just By Thinking thanks to new brain. rad.) I’m not a drinker (as some of you may have gathered), but reigun and 5starRich will bear witness to my having a quarter-glass of this stuff over the course of the birthday month. It’s also made my guests super happy, who normally have to choose between 5 roses tea / water / Coke Light. Plus it looks totally hot in my kitchen. So I’m thinking I’ll get some more of this stuff and keep my cabinet full. Thanks Chris
The good stuff.
PS. Did you know Stormhoek is MASSIVE overseas? Yep. Last time I was in LA it’s the only wine I saw ppl drinking. PPS. Blog BFF Seth is in LA at the moment. Check out his adventures here.
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in Green Point. Fantastic sandwiches and some delicious lebanese food too. plus it looks stunning. you’ll find it in Hudson Street, de Waterkant. I recommend the Black Forest Ham and Emmenthaler on rye. it’s not just a restaurant, but also a boutique clothing store where you can get your hands on Blue Blood jeans – a brand cofounded by the same guy who brought Evisu jeans from Japan to Europe.
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so i made the most of the 2 day week 2 weeks ago, took leave and headed to struisbaai and arniston. a road trip in South Africa ain’t a road trip unless you stop at a farm stall. in this instance, the Moerse Farm Stall in Napier caught our eye. some snaps:
we found this very pretty ice cream truck in arniston, colour coordination a pure coincidence:
and ate a pint of prawns at the arniston hotel – highly recommended:
we also found the SunTouched Inn, which reads a bit like SunDouched Inn:
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while i didn’t get to go to the full indaba since i was missioning around joburg, pretoria and durban, i did get to sneak in an afternoon on the opening day of the indaba, which is always a thrill for creative types.
saw loads of cool exhibitors, although they were a bit sticky about taking photos. genevieve and i were mainly there to catch her boyfriend’s show – John Sithole of label Earthquake – which was some gothic jozi urban goodness with true SA cues such as Converse shoes and kasi inspired bags.
didn’t catch the name of the first designer but they had this great liquorice allsorts theme going:
and then we chilled at the Cullinan pool for the rest of the afternoon.
john and gen:
gen and i in the lift:
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tore this out of last month’s elle. a collaboration between local designer Morgan and Opel Corsa. one of those ideas that looks great in positioning and strategy documents but then looks like a strategy document once executed. any thoughts?
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is for Spitfire sunglasses, who are always on the mark when it comes to providing us consumers here with up-to-date shades. retailers take note. designer labels too, the selections of which are even worse, since they still think the third world doesn’t know its fashion or read perez and therefore they supply us with 2 year old stock at premium prices. mass market retailers, why am i still seeing those big round nicole richie vibe glasses everywhere? they’re so 2006. get with the program guys. i got a few variations on this wayfarer style but these are my favs for what’s left of summer, shown here with freshly trimmed hair:
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i found this great resource for some young graduates from fedisa. some choice extracts:
found via ultimate sa online fashion resource ifashion.co.za
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Posted in Cape Town, cool products, fashion, jewellery, retail, small interesting brands
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self-portrait at Johnnie Walker Red Party in Carlton Hotel, Johannesburg.
rad colours found in a parking lot in Groote Schuur hospital in cape town a few years ago on a shoot.
ring by Olive Green Cat for a friend of mine.
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thank you so much to one of our super grasses – Ashley Crosson – who totally surprised us by firstly, rocking up at the Cape Town office a few fridays ago (she lives in Jozi) and secondly, bringing us branded IG cupcakes, which she missioned to take with her on the airplane for us.
you are amazing ash. thank you from all of us.
Ash got the cupcakes from a bakery in Jozi called LoveSome, who have been featured in Cosmo, Elle and Food & Home. Click here to find out more.
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