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Burberry Autumn/Winter 2011 Campaign

The new Burberry Autumn/Winter 2011 Campaign featuring an all British cast of actors, musicians and models, shot in London by Mario Testino. All I can say is droooool…

WeWood Time Pieces

WeWood watches hit SA shores next week.

The baby of an Italian shoe dude who loves watches and two eco-smart entrepreneurs with a crush on the environment, WE fashions wooden timepieces from mostly scrap-wood and uses state-of-the-art Miyota movements for the guts, resulting in a unique watch that’s handsome, earth-friendly, and splash-proof.

The first timepiece was designed in Florence, Italy (2010) and with the widespread craving for newstalgia and eco-friendly ethos, WEwood hit the scene as the avant-garde approach to sophisticated sustainability. A few months later, WEwood opened a branch in Los Angeles, CA and teamed up with tree-planting-partner, American Forests.

With this happy pact, the goal is to help restore Mother Nature, one watch at a time, by planting a tree for every WeWOOD purchased. In just the first three months, WEwood planted 5,000 trees with American Forests, and sets challenging targets for 2011 and beyond. Keeping forests healthy and happy keeps us healthy and happy, we like to keep our reminder on our wrist.

Check them out here.

Staub vs Le Creuset

The Cape Town Good Food and Wine Show is happening this weekend and I’m hoping that now that Staub is available in SA, they’ll have a presence.

There’s much debate over which is better, Staub or Le Creuset, but after doing some research online, I’ve found that the overwhelming majority tends to lean towards Staub for various reasons.

  • They’ve been around longer
  • The pots have got basting spikes on the lid (which allows even self-basting)
  • They’ve got a matte black enameled interior with pores which allows for better searing and flavour retention
  • The knobs on all Staub pieces are either nickel or brass, and are oven safe up to 500 degrees
  • and it’s favoured by most restaurants.
  • Plus they look much better than Le Creuset (in my opinion. I tend to prefer the more rustic look)!

Do any of you use Staub or Le Creuset? Which do you prefer?

Kate Bosworth: Cotton ‘Fabric of My Life’ Commercial!

I saw Zooey Deschanel’s Cotton ‘Fabric of My Life’ commercial at my hotel in NYC while waiting for the airport shuttle. It’s a year or so old, but its the first time I’d seen it and I absolutely loved the concept. Now, there’s a new one by Kate Bosworth (it’s her singing debute too). Check it out…

To Live a Creative Life

Rain rain don’t go away!

NYC was buckets and pails this morning and I’m sure Cape Town has much of the same. Who says you can’t be fashionably chic in rainy weather…

image from Do it in Paris

1. Pleated Swin Mac, R650, ASOS 2. Clear Bubble Umbrella, R130, Urban Outfitters 3. Liberty of London for Aigle Galoshes, R1120, Anthropologie 4. Cape Cod Double Tour Watch, R14,400, Hermès 5. Black Acetate Eyeglasses, R1,155, Dolce & Gabbana 6. Pocket Detail Tote, R899.00, Country Road