Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Super Best Vintage on Instagram

If you know me, which you sure do if you've been reading this blog, you'll know there are two things I spend lots of my free time on...  Cats & Antiquing.  Yeah, I know what you are thinking...  What? Youth & antiquing?  Yes!  Antique is totally on fleek right now and I realized that my love for vintage is almost like my love for cats: a bottomless subject topic of conversation with other fanatics but a "don't mention it" (really please don't) for other folk (also known as "dog people").

That is why I decided to create a second Instagram Account: @SuperBestVintage that focuses on old school cool only.  The profile is just for fun, mostly to share my finds and adventures antiquing with other vintage fans!

So, if  you know of a cool vintage spot in or around Gauteng or even South Africa, I'll be there like a bear, snapping pictures, posting them on Instagram with a lot of hashtags but not eating people and causing pandemonium like an actual bear would do (bear people, you're into some pretty weird stuff).

Which spots do you love?  I wanna know!  And... if you love all things vintage, go and be a super best pal and visit @superbestvintage!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Places: 27 Boxes, Melville, Joburg

I spent last Saturday with my dear friends Aamena and Mikaal.  Aamena and I have been friends for about 10 years.  We are so close and have the type of friendship where you can pick up where you left off after months of not seeing each other. Time passes and things changed, she lived in Cape Town for a while when we moved to Pretoria but we've stayed close over the years.  She now lives in Joburg and it's great to see her more often.

Last Saturday, we visited a park / shopping and food market space called 27 Boxes in Melville, Joburg.  Given the complaints one constantly hears about Gauteng, the lack of open space and its preoccupation with malls for recreation, we were pleasantly surprised and excited to come across 27 boxes.

27 Boxes is characteristic for being constructed with striking red shipping containers which stack in a way that allow container spaces to be used as shops.  The space also has plenty of outdoor areas, park furniture, and playground furniture for children to play.  Mikaal had a wonderful time climbing the containers.

The shop mix is quite exciting - we found some lovely designer clothing and décor as well as sweets, children's products, cosmetic products and an urban gardener where you can get plants which are grown from clippings.  We ate at Ritual - the potato curry was a complex balance of Indian flavours and the coriander garnish was nothing like I've tasted before - spicy & delicious!

It was a happy, sunny afternoon and I suggest you give it a go!  If you have kids, they will have a great time as well.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Recent Work (Illustration): Collab with In'Awe!

It's always wonderful to see my illustrations come to life in print!  When Helene from In'awe approached me about collaborating on a product design, I was so excited!

In'awe recently launched their first product range which comprises of high quality, beautifully detailed furniture, lighting and décor items.

My involvement was with providing illustrations for the cushions which suited the furniture range beautifully.  Helene of In'Awe carefully selected a textile base that was of great quality, durability and would take the screen printing of illustrations well.

These cushions come with duck down inners and are quite beautiful!  What do you think?
Images from In'AweYou can check out the products LIVE at In Bloom showroom and you can buy these and more products on In'Awe's online store!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

I turned 29!

My birthday is something I always look forward to.  It's a day of cake eating, birthday song receiving, non birthday suit wearing shenanigans.  Everyone sends you messages and you feel so special. 

My birthday was officially last Monday, 7 September.  Turning 29 is a reminder of facing the facts:  I will become a 30 year old soon!  Being almost 30 could be devastating.  I'd love to be cool forever, a youth icon.  Perhaps I'll think back at 39 and laugh at myself for dreading my 30's. 

The truth is, I feel like a giant kid still but I've become wiser, learned to understand myself, learn from my past, I pass on my knowledge and cherish the life experience my 20's have offered me!

I think of those closest to me and am thankful for my friends, my cats, my immediate family and most importantly, Suhale.  These relationships and life experiences have made me into a fully functional, independent giant kid. I suppose at 40, I'll be a more experienced kid. Here's to youth having no age!