This is my last blog post for the year. I live close to the ocean so that's where I'll probably be hanging out during the holidays. Last week, I took this picture at Kalk Bay Harbour, it's one of my fave places to visit. Anyway, I hope you all have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Years. Be safe and I'll be back in 2014 (obvs) xxx
Melbourne based designer, Carly Hunter's A/W 2014 home wear collection is so dreamy and captivating, I absolutely love her minimalist designs. Here are behind the scenes images of her latest collection.
Images via: oyster mag, anchor-agency
Naomi Wilkinson is an illustrator based in Bristol. Her playful and colourful illustrations caught my eye via pinterest. I did a little research and discovered that she's inspired by reading and watching documentaries, making use of gouache and inks. Naomi wanted to pursue fashion at art college but realised that she was drawn to illustration. I would love to have one of these hanging on my walls. Shop Naomi Wilkinson here
Vogue US January 2014
Photographer: David Sims
Styling: Camilla Nickerson
Hair: Guido Palau
Model: Sasha Pivovaroma
I recently bought myself two caftans and it's probably one of my best purchases for Summer. A few years ago, I hated caftans and I always associated them with over weight mom's but recently I've realised it's completely untrue. In fact, I think they are quite tres chic so it was quite offensive and small minded of me to have such a ghastly opinion. Anyway, it was a coincidence because as I was surfing the web in one of my delicious printed caftans, I spotted Two. Brooklyn based designer, Monica Patel-Cohn was inspired by the detail of handwoven sari's from India. She created a line to modernize it, making it more wearable and accessible.
P.S: I'm also loving their tunics. To see more go here.
This is not necessarily a gift guide as Christmas is in 10 days but view this post as you will (for the holidays/Christmas/the New Year?). As you know I'm teacher and a proud aunt so inevitably I'm on the look out for children's clothes and toys . These are just a few goodies I'd love for my nieces and nephew. Click on the titles for the links
I've blogged about Muku before. Their clothes are made with organic fabric, it's easy to wear and appropriate for kids.
"Whimsical children's coats are sure to inspire warm smiles. In store find beautifully crafted children's clothing with an emphasis on creative yet classic design and high quality."
How delightful is the December look book? If I were a mom, I'd totally rush to the closest Zara store and lavish my kids in their heavenly apparel.
To enlarge, click on the images
I much prefer wooden toys for kids. These are eco-friendly and safe.
Sticky Fudge is a South African kids clothing label. It's vintage inspired and just too lovely for words. My beeeaaaaauuutiful niece modelled for them before (see here)
Old story books
I recently found this vintage children's story book collection from the 1950's. Now, presently most children's reading skills have deteriorated due to spending endless hours of watching TV, playing on their Xbox etc etc etc. It's not stimulating and from my observation, most kids are over indulged in this regard and it inevitably has a negative effect on their learning. Soooo, I really love the idea of children collecting vintage story books and exposing them to old literature at a young age.
My little Dress Up caught my eye and LOVE their concept. Their online shop will open in January
"My Little Dress Up design fancy clothing for special occasions of two to ten year olds. Whether it’s for an exciting wedding,a communion celebration or just an unique garden party, ‘My Little Dress Up’ will add a lovely touch to the unforgettable day."
Two weeks to go and it's Christmas people! My most sincere apologies for not creating a gift guide/Christmas wishlist but I do believe it may be too late. Anyway, just look at these images from LIFE and you'll totally forgive me. Yes, it's that adorable, it's definitely worth a share. In 1947, FAO Schwarz, a well known toy store in New York created a Christmas subterfuge whereby children could dial a specific number to call Santa Claus and tell him their Christmas wishes. I just love the reaction on their faces. It's so darn cute, my bottom lip just slightly quivered (broody much?)
Wrangler's Festival collection is vintage inspired ( I recently blogged about them, see here). It's easy to wear, relaxed and puuurfect for Summer. So fitting for this festive season
Photographer: Charlie Brophy
Models: Chloe Worthington & Tyrone Susman
I hope you're all enjoying Winter, I'm a little jealous as I have a penchant for vintage coats and I was slightly devastated when I had to pack them away. However, it's sunny and very windy in Cape Town so everyone is loving the African sun ( not so much the horrid wind). Anyway, I need to cater to my readers on this side of the globe and do more Summer related posts. Although, I am in like with this editorial for Schon! Magazine #23. Summer posts coming soon.
Photography: Jens Langjkaer
Styling: Santi Rodriguez
Make-up: Ariel Yeh
Hair: Teiji Utsumi
Model: Franzi Mueller
Our country has lost one it's most influential political leaders. Our nation and the world is in mourning. My sister's fb status update was apt and I couldn't have said it any better myself: "Wisdom, Justice, Equality, Sacrifice and Love. Characteristics embodied and practiced by South Africa's Tata in a temporary world, pointing to the characteristics of the Kingdom in a permanent world to come with the ultimate Father. Goodbye Madiba. Your legacy has shaped a nation. We pray for your beloved South Africa now, that those characteristics will be honoured in it's future and leadership."
The name is Romy Alfino, I reside in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a personal blog about fashion, vintage, art and photography. I share images for your visual pleasure
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