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Thoughts on unique art, design, fashion and all things glorious.


My sister and I went to see the film Lion this week. It’s the true story of a five-year-old boy, Saroo, who is separated from his family at the Khandwa train station in India. He falls asleep in a train car and travels 1500km to land up in Calcutta where he survives for weeks on his own. Then by some miracle, he is adopted by an Australian couple and begins his new life in Tasmania. Twenty-five years later, the grown up Saroo starts having flashbacks about where he really comes from and embarks on a mission, with the help of Google Earth, to find his birth mother.

lion movie poster 2017

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Deutschland 83

I’ve recently come across a German television series (on M-Net of all places) called Deutschland 83. I’m intrigued by the fact that M-Net is showing a German language series (in German with English subtitles) on prime time Saturday night television. Well, I’m now 4 episodes in and completely hooked. If you like foreign films and TV series, I highly suggest giving Deutschland 83 a watch.


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Bralettes for Summer

I hate bras. It’s true. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to go running around like Kirsten Dunst in the movie Crazy Beautiful (there was nothing cool about her lack of support, nothing). However, I find most bras utterly disgusting in design, pattern and comfort. I suppose I’ve always been one for simple things. I don’t do frills and spills, especially not on underwear. So in these trying times have found solace in the ‘bralette’. The perfect bra with no wires, no moulded cups and provides the perfect amount of support to hold everything in.

Brook There Underwear

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Cape Town – an illustrated poem

Cape Town an Illustrated poem book cover

I’ve spent the last week being a tourist in my own city. In Cape Town it’s really not hard to be a tourist every day with new shops, pop-up stores, events, markets and simple scenic drives just a stone’s throw away. Appreciating the incredible beauty this city has to offer got me hunting for a very special book I bought not too long ago. It’s called Cape Town – an illustrated poem by Julia Grey.

I bought this book after I heard Julia Grey speak at my high school, to be honest, I can’t remember what she said, but I do remember thinking that I had to get her book. The book is a work of art in itself. Grey is a graduate of Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT in Cape Town. The book started as a holiday project in her second year of studies in 2002. It continued to grow and when she graduated she took the step to publish it. The book is a journey of self-discovery and impressions of a young person living in Cape Town at the time.

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Design Manchester 2016

It’s October already! This month in Manchester England, from the 12th to the 23rd of October, is Design Manchester 2016. This means, for anyone in Manchester, you get to go and see some incredible talks, exhibitions, designers, tours, workshops. If you’re not in Manchester, like me, you will have to live vicariously through social media, and Design Manchester’s website to follow the activity. Sad but true.

manchester city skyline

Design Manchester is in its fourth year. It started as a way to create a strong ‘design voice’ in Manchester.

“We celebrate the part design plays in making Manchester and other cities great to live in. Not just our architecture, culture and world-class media, but the growth of start-ups and studios in creative tech, shops for a design-conscious generation and the return of craft in everything from beer to print in the new culture of making.”

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Margot Molyneux

Weird hot and cold weather. Check. Watery red eyes. Check. Constant runny nose. Check. Random sneezing attacks at inopportune moments (like on De Waal Drive). Check. People, I am pleased to announce my allergy radar is spot on. It would seem summer is coming. Thank goodness!

Linen wrap dress Margot Molyneux

Well the stars were aligned because this week the South African fashion label Margot Molyneux launched their SS17 collection entitled Noa. How wonderful that it coincided with payday! The collection is everything I love about the brand and summer fashion.

Tie Top Navy Margot Molyneux

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Spanish Animation in the Short Film ‘Alma’

If I say ‘animation’ what do you think of? I’m going to guess you’re not thinking of Spanish animation. Or creepy Spanish animation at that. I found a creepy short animation film by Rodrigo Blaas. Blaas is a Spanish animator who used to work for Pixar. He is known for his work on Wall-E, Finding Nemo and Up. But not many know him for his short films and personal projects.

In 2009 he created a short film called Alma. Blaas created it independently and released it to the world on Vimeo. He had no idea it would go viral and win awards all over the world. It’s a dark, quirky nightmarish short film that will want to make you get rid of any dolls and stuffed toys you may still treasure. It’s also… brilliant.

alma 2009 short film by Rodrigo Blass

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Shared Working Spaces

I’ve been thinking a lot about communities and shared working spaces lately. I recently started a new job. One which I still can’t believe I have. One thing I’ve realised is how great it is to be apart of something good. There are people doing amazing things in Cape Town and South Africa. And I get to be involved in some of these things.

Some of the people we work with have started shared working spaces in the city. These are places where, if you don’t have an office, you can go and work. They have wifi access, conference rooms and smaller meeting rooms at your disposal. If you are running your own business, it’s a great way to work in an office environment and connect with others. Because working alone sucks big time! So here are Cape Town’s shared working spaces for you to check out.

Spin Street House SHared Working Space

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Korean Crafts

I suppose I don’t know where this blog will lead me. But I never thought I’d be writing about kitchenware. By now if you’ve read some of my posts you will know I’m fond of Asia and design. So the melding of the two is a bonus. I recently found a kitchenware range manufactured by a Korean craftsman Kim Soo-Young in collaboration with designer Gio Kisang. It highlights Korean crafts at its best.


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Kataoka Jewelry

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Confession time. I hardly ever wear jewellery. In fact, it annoys me quite a lot. It makes me fidget, it distracts me, and sometimes it even makes me itchy. Especially rings, I hate how they make your finger sweaty underneath. Even if it’s those thin stack rings. The sweat is real. But, I also know the blood and sweat (literally) that goes into making a piece of jewellery. So I still appreciate a good design. Kataoka Jewelry is a brand that I can definitely appreciate.

On one of my bottomless Pinterest crawls, I came across Kataoka Jewelry. It stopped me in my scrolling tracks. I would wear every single thing designed by this brand. Fact.

Kataoka Jewelry design sketches

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