maandag 24 april 2017

Magical street art in Johannesburg!

Street art is popping up all over Johannesburg, and the rest of South Africa for that matter, even international renowned streetartists find their way to they city. Durban, Cape Town and Joburg are street art hot spots and street artists and appreciators are fond of areas like Woodstock, Newtown and Troyville to name a few. In Joburg much of the city’s public art is concentrated in the Newtown Cultural Precinct.

Just down from Gandhi Square, where Mahatma Ghandi’s contribution to South Africa is commemorated, is one of the country’s most impressive pieces of street art. Una Salus Victis Nullam Sperare Salutum can be found on the corner of Rissik and Fox Streets and is renowned artist Faith47’s massive rendering of galloping and fighting zebra (zebra may look adorable but the males attack each other mercilessly for the right to mate: routinely biting, stomping and ‘thwacking’ each other with their heavy necks and bodies).

The Latin inscription is from a poem by Virgil written in 19BC and means: 
‘The only hope for the doomed is no hope at all’. Or in longer form: 
The only safety for the vanquished is to abandon the hope of safety. 
Surrendering to the knowledge that there is no hope, can bring courage.’ 

The juxtaposition of a classical Roman poet with something as primal and dynamic as zebra somehow mirrors the seeming paradox of the quote. Creative director Donyale Mackrill is dwarfed by the mural, which takes up a city block and was painted in the deserted lot after a department store was demolished.

If you go down to Doornfontein in Johannesburg today you are in for a big surprise. Look up along Sivewright Avenue as you travel north in the direction of Yeoville and there, hanging on the wall of an otherwise ordinary commercial face-brick block, is an elephant, a rhinoceros, a giraffe and other wild creatures.

They appear to be lying across the reinforced concrete beams, their limbs hanging limply, their eyes closed. Asleep or extinct – the artist has left it up to you to decide.

The remarkable work is by Belgian street artist ROA and is one of a new collection of large-scale murals that dot the eastern part of the city, spreading out from the Maboneng district.

It is part of the I Art Joburg project that launched this month with five artists – ROA, Steve "Espo" Powers from New York City, Remed from Madrid, Durban's Cameron Platter and the pioneer of South African graffiti culture, Falko, from Cape Town.

The Orlando Towers are one of the most recognizable landmarks in Soweto. All that remains of a defunct power station, the towers’ lively murals were designed by Janine Kleinschmidt, who was inspired by both the ordinary and famous faces of the sprawling township. The Soweto String Quartet – founded in 1992 by four classically trained black musicians who use Western instruments to make African sounds – are sandwiched between a black-and-yellow Metrorail train (hundreds of thousands of commuters use them daily to get from work to home) and a domestic helper, emblematic of the millions of black women who earn a living cooking, cleaning and taking care of children in other peoples homes.

The towers also depict women warming themselves around a brazier – a common sight in winter – and Regina Mundi church, the largest black Roman Catholic church in the country and the scene of many clashes during the struggle against apartheid. You can visit Regina Mundi (which means ‘Queen of the World’) on a walking tour of the history of Orlando

The German street art duo Herakut painted this signature mural which reads “You Can Not Catch Me So Just Let Me Be”. Impressive is the beautiful reflection in the eyes. If you are in Joburg, you’ll find it in Old Chinatown near the corner of Commissioner and Miriam Makeba Streets. 

The Long Wait by Faith47
Miners are waiting for justice. workers are waiting for a living wage.
Men are waiting for jobs. we are all waiting for an honest politician.
So many people are waiting for others to do things first. to take the blame.
To do things for them. to take the fall. to build the country. to admit defeat.
There has been so much waiting in this country that much time has been lost. –Faith47

Freddy Sam was invited to paint a 40 Meter tall Nelson Mandela mural in the east city of Johannesburg commissioned by the Maboneng precinct as a gift to the city in memory of this giant of a man. The mural is inspired by Madiba’s definition of ‘Ubuntu’ which is: ‘You cannot be human all by yourself’.  The artist chose to paint the iconic image of him boxing as he believed all were equal in the ring. Also this wall is not to far from the rooftop where this image was taken.

zondag 23 april 2017


The Helleborus is welcome sight in the garden as it remains green all year and has beautiful flowers that start bloom in mid winter ( sometimes while the ground is still covered with snow) until end of spring. They come in different variations of  white, pink, purple, and green. 

Helleborus has a lot of nicknames, including “Christmas Flower”, “Hellebore”, and “Snow Rose”. However, don’t let these sweet names fool you. 

Growing hellebores is a worthwhile task for the gardener. Aside from lovely and unusual flowers, the hellebore plant has attractive green foliage that is aesthetically pleasing in the landscape. Once established, hellebore care is minimal. 

Soaking the soil in which the hellebore is growing helps the hellebore plant to look its best. Hellebore care includes removal of older leaves when they appear damaged. Care for hellebores should also include careful fertilization. Too much nitrogen may result in lush foliage and a shortage of blooms.

This herbaceous or evergreen perennial is disliked by deer and other animal pests prone to munching on plants. All parts of the hellebore plant are poisonous, so take care to keep children and pets away. 

zondag 16 april 2017

Farrow and Ball - Off Black No. 57

I have a new colour crush "Farrow and Ball - Off Black No. 57".  This soft black is one of the original Farrow & Ball colours. Off-Black feels milder in tone than stronger blacks like Pitch Black No. 256 or black with even more underlying cool blue tones like Railings No. 31 or Black Blue No. 95. And because of this it is more flattering to adjacent colours.  

Farrow and Ball - Off Black No. 57
Off Black No. 57

Farrow and Ball - Off Black No. 57

Farrow and Ball - Off Black No. 57

Farrow and Ball - Off Black No. 57

Farrow and Ball - Off Black No. 57

Farrow and Ball - Off Black No. 57

zaterdag 15 april 2017

Coco Chanel

101 years ago Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel opened up the doors of her atelier at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. Gabrielle Chanel was the original independent woman. In honour of her Wmagazine made this really cool video with among others Amber Valletta and Pharell to quote some of Coco's most inspiring expressions.

zondag 2 april 2017

New pair of jeans

I am looking for a new pair of jeans and really like the 2001 and the 2003 by Sézane. Just can't decide on the colour ... which one do you like?

donderdag 30 maart 2017

Bastiaan Woudt

According to Dutch photographer Bastiaan Woudt (1987) “Black and white photography is pure and doesn’t distract”.

I came across Bastiaan Woudt's work at the gallery of Roy Kahmann @ Pan Amsterdam. I got struck by his work, that is why I wanted to share it with you.

woensdag 22 maart 2017

Maison Lautrec

I really love this place! 
A wonderful atmosphere, a really good crowd that visits, great service and delicious food.All the food comes from small producers and farmers who are located in the surrounding areas of Paris. They even harvest their onw honey. It is the perfect place to start the evening in Paris (and maybe end it at their cocktailbar).

Adress: 63 rue Baptiste Pigalle,75009 Paris
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dinsdag 21 maart 2017

How to look taller? ( Part 2)

Some handy tips to look taller and slimmer ... you can also read one of my previous posts.

1. Try flared jeans.
 Fitted jeans with a distinct flare at the bottom create the illusion of a longer leg— especially when the hem hits the top of your shoes (heels, of course!) The trick here is to keep the fit of the jean super-slim through the leg, and to make sure the waistband hits your natural waist—not any lower. For optimal height, be sure to pair your flares with a waist-length top, or a blouse you can tuck in.

2. Don’t discount maxi skirts!
11. Chop your hair.

4. If you’re going short, go short!

13. Be mindful of proportion.
14. Wear V-necks.
It’s common fashion folklore that small women simply cannot wear floor-grazing skirts and dresses, but luckily that’s been proven entirely false. In fact, a well-cut maxi skirt can actually give you the appearance of looking taller, as evidenced by petite gals like Rachel Bilson, Rachel Zoe, and Mary-Kate Olsen. Choose solid versions that skim the length of your body, which will create a long vertical line (forego anything with thick pleats or too many layers.) Be sure to keep your top fitted—a tucked-in T-shirt and a cropped leather jacket, for example—so as to not drown in fabric. Also, make sure the skirt’s hemline is as long as you can go without tripping, and add a pair of wedges or heels underneath.

3. Choose heels with a low-cut vamp.
 Here’s small trick that can change the way you shoe shop: Shoes that have a low-cut vamp instantely elongate your leg (and make them look slimmer, as well) when you’re wearing skirts, shorts, and dresses. What’s a vamp? It’s the portion of a show that cuts across your foot at the front. So, a low vamp cuts across the base of the toes, while high vamp can come up the foot and possibly up to the ankle. If you’re able to find a pair that matches your skintone, like the image above, that’s even better to give the illusion of mile-long legs.

 When you’re petite, it’s just a fact that—when it comes to skirts and dresses—you should either go super-long, or super-short (translation: avoid calf-length and knee-lengths). Mini-skirts show more skin, which creates the illusion of a longer leg. Here, petite It-girl Miroslava Duma pairs her mini-skirt with a matching top (see tip #6!) and sky-high platforms. While ankle straps typically aren’t ideal for short ladies (they cut off your leg), they can work with super-short skirts since more skin is being shown. Of course, if you’re wearing a mini, make sure it’s not offensively short—let’s keep it chic, ladies.

5. Rock a top knot!
Obvious, yes, but piling your hair on top of your head really does gives a taller impression, again creating a more vertical line. Same goes for hair that’s simply voluminous—it adds inches! Time to put away that flatiron, friends.

6. Wear all one color.
 Using color to enhance the illusion of height is a highly effective strategy, as it helps create a vertical line. While wearing head-to-toe black is the simplest—and eternally chicest—option, saturated hues work well, too (a look that’s incredibly now, as well.) The trick to monochrome dressing: Keep each silhouette crisp and tailored.

7. Say yes to high-waist bottoms!
 High-waist bottoms get a bad rap, possibly thanks to an unfortunate Jessica Simpson style mishap, but when worn correctly, they can trick the eye into thinking you’re taller by elongating your lower body. Whether you choose skirts, shorts or skinny jeans, be sure to make the elevated waist visible by tucking in a tailored blouse, or opting for a slightly cropped top.

8. Wear pointy flats.
 Since nobody can be expected to wear sky-high heels every day, petite gals should invest in a pair of pointy flats. Why? Because it’s a known fact that shoes with pointed toes lengthen your leg line.

9. Rock out with vertical stripes.
 It’s the oldest trick in the book for a reason: Vertical stripes create long lines, thus making you look, well, longer. Bonus: Stripes are one of spring’s biggest trends, so you’ll have absolutely no problem locating some cute striped options.

10. Ditch the gigantic shoulder bag!
 Keeping your accessories appropriately scaled to your body size is a smart move for petite girls, starting with that oversized bag. Here’s why: Every time you cause the eye to take in width, you reduce the amount of height it takes in. That means smaller cross-body bags, clutches, and small top-handle totes are your best bet.

 Long hair drags petite girls down, while shorter hair does the opposite. For the wary: A wavy lob (long bob) is the best option—it shows off your shoulders and your neckline, which makes you look taller (plus, it’s so chic!). Daring gals should go even shorter: a super-sleek chin-length bob or an elegant gamine-esque pixie.

12. Stick with skinny belts.
 When it comes to belts, short girls should always opt for a skinny version—it’ll define your natural waist in the most flattering way possible, but won’t cut you in half the way a super-thick belt can, which causes you to look shorter.

When you’re petite, it’s imperative to be sure all your clothes fit properly (a good tailor is key!). Wearing cropped skinny jeans? Make sure they’re not too cropped and that the hem hits the ankle area—small gals should avoid anything resembling capri pants, as they cut your leg awkwardly. With blazers and jackets, always make sure the seams sit perfectly at the bony tops of your shoulders and that the sleeves hit exactly at your wrist.

 Tops with plunging V necklines give the illusion of a longer, leaner torso, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping for new tops this season!

15. Nude colored pumps
Looking for an easy trick to make your bare legs look longer? Try nude-colored pumps. Dark shoes make your legs look shorter, but light-toned versions give the illusion that they extend a few extra inches.

maandag 20 maart 2017

Beautiful garden

I really liked this garden tip: plant flowers ( or flower bulbs/ alliums for a nice spring surprise) in the middle of a double row of grasses.

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