The Watershed :: V & A Waterfront

Situated next to the food market and Aquarium in the V & A Waterfront, The Watershed is Cape Town’s newest addition open plan shop block that provides a market experience. With a wide range of different stock from African curios to quirkier locally designed jewellery, clothing and accessories, The Watershed has taken a pop up store feeling and made it into a more sustainable and updated market place. Some of the stand out favourites for me were the whimsical art pieces at Vestibull, the stationery and cushions at QuirkyMe & Flick Inc, the jewellery by Famke, and the fashion at Adriaan Kuiters, Lo, Mungo & Jemima and Hannah Collection. The beautiful wooden satchels at Indalo Design are truly inspiring and unique local designs whilst Wolf & Maiden also have a beautiful display of handmade artisan leather goods. Go and check it out for yourself.

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Festival Essentials

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The party season is upon us. After Rocking the Daisies I realised that by having a few essentials on you you can save yourself from having a crap time. Your accessories can literally save you, here’s why:

A moonbag: One of these will allow you to have a great time with your hands free. Put essentials in here like a small sunblock, money, keys, phone, lipbalm and whatever else you need close to you. A sling bag is also a good alternative.

Sunglasses: You’ll regret it when you don’t have them, plus they can fit into your moobag when you’re done.

A hat: Wide brimmed or peak, make sure you get enough shade from the sun.

A scarf: I used a light chiffon one to drape over my shoulders when it was hot to prevent me from getting burnt and even dipped it into water to keep me constantly cool. It can also double up as a headscarf.

Comfy shoes: Sneakers and flip flops are probably the most comfortable but low heeled boots and platform sneakers provide a cool alternative that are still fairly comfortable on uneven surfaces. I took a pair for day and night.

Amongst other things, a warm windbreaker and headtorch are handy for when the sun dips. Carry a water bottle around and keep filling it up to avoid dehydration and don’t forget the sunblock kids.

Happy partying!

Just checking in …

As the winter laziness sweeps over Cape Town, I attempted to ditch social media for a bit (40% effective) and take a well deserved sanity break to go and climb in Rocklands, Cederberg and Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga. It’s amazing how a bit of space, time spent in nature and on the mountains, and time out from the city can bring about renewed perspective and appreciation. I love the city (well Cape Town is one of those special “cities” where the ocean and mountain encircle the city at a stone’s throw away) but I’ve also enjoyed a good dose of a more “African” landscape.

The exciting part is that Spring is around the corner. Watch this space for inspiring Spring fashion posts. In the meantime here are a few pics from my camping, climbing and chilling against some of Africa’s finest climbing backdrops in Waterval Boven …

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Craft Crush :: The Ceramic Factory

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Walking down Kloof street, I was visually pulled into The Ceramic Factory. With an attractive ordered colour palate of mint, citron, white and grey, these designs are the perfect balance of contemporary retro, available in a multitude of quirky shapes with an  “original Boland flair”. From ceramic horn wall mounts and wall hanging clocks to retro robot dogs, deers, skulls, dinosaurs, binoculars, African busts and retro cameras, they really do have something for everyone. I found it very clever how they cast vintage pieces like crystal cut jugs, ashtrays, book ends, wall clocks, paper weights and baking moulds into ceramics. They also have a range of well thought out horse shapes, horse chess pieces and riding helmets to commemorate 2014  being the year of the horse in the Chinese Zodiac.

If you want to get a decorative and practical use out of your purchase there is also a wide selection of ceramic platters and plates on display.  Besides ceramics there are also some interesting art pieces, woodwork pieces and stationery from Love Supreme that fully round off the artisan collection. Roast Re:public, a coffee brand with a conscience, is also available here. When you buy a pack of coffee, a percentage of the funds goes through World Vision International to school children in rural South Africa. A very worthwhile initiative to support.

The Ceramic Factory is well worth a visit for trendy and timeless works of art.

www.ceramicfactory.co.za

Ceramic Factory, 103 Kloof Street, Cape Town

Tel: +27 (0) 21 839 2103

 

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Focus On :: Dip Dying

Dip dye, Colourbleed, Ombre. For anyone fascinated with gradient, this is the ultimate way to explore the tonal effect of colour . Like a drop of dissolving ink into water, the inbetween subtle gradient of colour provides a harmonious flow of tones rather than the starkness of colour blocking. When done correctly dip dying has a type of  surreal, uncalculated and artistic feel to it, influencing fashion, homeware and decor trends.

 

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Clockwise from top left: dip dyed dress, Zoe Jordan S/S ’14, dip dyed hair, dip dyed interiors.

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Nixon Dip-Dye watch range.

 

2014 :: Be Your Own Inspiration

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Cape Town shines this time of year. All the beaching, swimming, outdoor parties and outdoor activities make me question my ability to return to normality. For the first time in a long time I feel relaxed. Super chilled. Content. I’ve found a big part of this could be related to spending more time outdoors and being more spontaneous, trying new things and enjoying the spontaneous process. Sometimes the thought of being out on a hot day climbing a mountain or going for a run can be draining but when we actually get down to it it’s that one thing that we need. So my resolution for 2014? Do more things. Climb mountains, jump in the ocean, run free and let my hair down. It gets the endorphin’s firing. We can choose to incorporate these elements into our life. It just starts with a small amount of effort and the willpower to keep at it irrespective of the result.

So what does “do more things” mean to me? I decided it means picking up something that I left behind thirteen years ago. When I left school I literally threw my towel in. I was a provincial swimmer and waterpolo player and at the end of grade twelve I decided that I’d put sport on hold and discover other elements of life, the big life that was waiting for me. I focused on my creative side to counter balance my sporty side, which lead me to study fashion and take an interest in the arty world. The truth is when you’re passionate about something there’s always that voice in the back of your head calling you back. For thirteen years I haven’t really done any proper swimming as I know I’ll never be as good as I was, because I won’t be able to invest as much time and energy into it. The reality is that I just need to find a pool and swim. If I enjoy it then I’ll reintegrate it back into my life. If not then no love lost, at least I gave it a shot.

Epic moments are made up of those unscheduled events that happen in the places you choose to put yourself. The more places you put yourself, the more chance there is of something happening. We need to keep moving with the current but we can pick the flow. We can choose what we want to do in our spare time, and if we have minimal spare time then what we do in it is even more precious. So in 2014 my challenge is to be the best me that I can be. By pushing our limits bit by bit we stay inspired, and by staying inspired we inspire.