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

Month: July 2016

Superbalist 100 Innovators

The Superbalist 100 innovators is here again! What is the Superbalist 100 you ask? It’s a list created by the online fashion business Superbalist. It features the top 100 South African innovators creating waves in their industries. The public can ‘vote up’ their favourites and the winner will receive R100 000 in prize money.

Superbalist is an online platform that brings South Africans the best of international and local trends. It provides everything from fashion, home ware and accessories to a youthful audience looking for something on trend and unique.

The Superbalist 100 has 6 sectors: Social Initiatives, Fashion, Creatives, Media, Tech and Business. Here are my Top 9 picks.

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Lovely Blogs (Part 2)

I think it’s time to share some more lovely blogs with you again. If you missed Part 1 of lovely blogs, read it here. Otherwise let’s get right into Part 2.

Messy Nessy Chic by Vanessa Grall

Vanessa describes this lovely blog as a ‘cabinet of chic curiosities’. I can’t think of a better description. Every time I receive the newsletter from her blog I find myself thinking how on earth does she find this stuff? Her posts are fascinating, with titles like: Lost Gardens of New York City, Beautiful Tomboys of the 1930s, and World War II Love Letters. All her posts come with the most incredible imagery and a wonderful touch of nostalgia. My favourite post is her series called Things I found On The Internet Today. Here she lists unusual and insane things she finds while trundling through the World Wide Web. It’s nothing short of addictive.

Homepage of Messy Nessy Chic.

Homepage of Messy Nessy Chic.

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Seoul Street Style

I think it’s about time I did a travel post. Well this is actually a travel and fashion post because… why not. When I left for South Korea in 2012 I wasn’t thinking about fashion. My thoughts on that flight ranged from would the North Koreans attack and we’d all die? To would I survive the apocalyptic Korean winter? (I did, but only just).

Denim in Seoul

Culture Shock

Before I left people said I’d experience various forms of culture shock. I was away from home in a strange country, with a culture very different from my own. I kept waiting for this ‘shock’ to set in. It didn’t. What did happen was that I fell in love with the Korean people and their style. Oh man these people can dress! Soon my eyes were open to a world where couples match at all times, trainers went with everything, and androgyny was the order of the day.

Seoul Couple Street Style

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Big Magic

I believe creativity is a form of magic. I believe that the universe gifts us our creativity, and it is up to us to bring forth its creation. I got this idea from Elizabeth Gilbert the author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. The book demystifies how to live a creative life without the fear and torment. This book landed on my lap at a time when I was struggling with my creativity and figuring out what I want to do with my life. (Was the universe lending me a hand in some magic way? I think yes!) I suppose it would be a cliché to say this book changed my life. So I will rather say this: it calmed me down, and let me come up for air at a time when I needed to breathe.


The book has six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust and Divinity. These six things are the fundamentals of living a creative life. The book is filled with personal anecdotes from Elizabeth Gilbert’s own creative life and her friends’ creative lives. She writes in a friendly, humorous and inviting way. It makes you feel like she’s written the book just for you. Here is a little taste:

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Steven Spielberg’s screen adaption of Roald Dahl’s 1982 beloved story The BFG won’t go down in history for being Spielberg’s greatest work. Competing with E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report it has a lot to live up to. Yet, I don’t think Spielberg intended it to be this way.

The BFG Film Poster

The BFG Film Poster

I have been re-tweeting every post from Disney about the upcoming film. Its release this weekend was much anticipated. I wasn’t disappointed, but I knew I wasn’t going to be. I’m an avid Roald Dahl and Disney fan and the film was just how it should’ve been. I believe (and have read) a lot of people were expecting an action packed, edge of your seat, hold your breath type of film. I’m afraid those people will be disappointed.

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