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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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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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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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Lovely Blogs (Part 1)

I’m new to the world of blogging. I’m not even in ‘blogging kindergarten’ yet. The most important and valuable thing I’ve learnt so far is to read other blogs. Look at what the pros are doing. I find it inspiring and something to work towards. I read A LOT of lovely blogs and my email feed is jam packed with newsletters. It’s been helpful on this little project of mine.

In this post I thought I would share some of my favourite and inspirational blogs. Perhaps you know some of them, perhaps you don’t. In any case, these are my favourites. Let’s start with a proudly South African one!

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