2012 was quite a year. And the world didn’t end! Fancy that.
High highs and low lows
2012 was quite a difficult year for many of the people in my life. I had it relatively easy, but in hindsight I think it’s just because 2011 was such an absolute stinker of a year for me personally. But 2012 was tough for my bestie (who conversely is already having the best year of her life in 2013, and we’re only 3 weeks in!) and my family. So sayonara 2012, you were a wicked b*tch to the best of them!
Since going freelance I’ve had a variety of interesting experiences. I’ve learned a mother load of stuff about myself. Nothing like working by yourself in your tiny apartment by day! I’ve come to appreciate aspects of both freelance and office work. I’m still working on my branding, and there will be some changes to the blog and my portfolio coming up. Exciting stuff!
I’ve done quite a bit of good work on our apartment, but by far my best, most exciting purchase has been our new couch! I bought it as a birthday present to myself. Coricraft was having a R500 off sale, so how could I possibly say no?
My main theme in the apartment this past year was to keep it black and white. I’m trying to pare down our furniture and accessories. Not an easy task for an tchotchke hoarder like myself. Overall I’m feeling a move towards simpler and better things in my life, and I’d like our apartment to reflect some of that.
Hobbies, or the death thereof
In between the bits of working and life organizing I’ve been doing, I managed to develop some new skills. And then promptly lost them due to inactivity. In 2013, I’m going to get back to baking and taking French lessons. Two things that make my heart very happy.
Music to my ears
I saw Eagles of Death Metal, Bloc Party and Lady Gaga! And in that order it was fun, wonderful, and face-melting levels of awesome-sauce. I also saw Little Dragon, but it was a resounding meh for me.
I’m kind of a die-hard fan of EoDM so seeing them live was pure wish fulfilment. The sound at GrandWest was terrible as usual but they seemed so stoked to be playing regardless.
Bloc Party was even better than expected, and performed so many of the songs off their new album, which I love to bits. I also have new-found soft-hearted feelings towards This Modern Love after seeing it performed live.
I’ve been a Gaga fan since well, fairly early days and it was beyond amazing seeing her live. Its the best show I’ve ever seen. I was well broken and bruised afterwards, craning my neck to the breaking point, standing on ballerina tippy toes, screaming till my lungs hurt *sigh* Memories!
This one goes out to the one I love
I got to spend another year with this guy. A year in which he proved himself to be, yet again, my favourite favourite. Here’s to another year, my lovely!
That’s my rather brief 2012 round-up. What can I say, I’m just ready and willing to move on in to 2013. It’s gonna be a good one!
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Weeeeeee! 100th blog post! Can’t believe I’ve actually been posting that long!
That (rather grainy) image above is a snap I took of our kitchen shelves. I bought those awesome letters at the new Typo shop at Canal Walk. Now I can remind myself to EAT! Yeah it’s not like I needed a reminder!
The shop is pretty cute looking, but what’s even better is that it’s filled to the brim with awesome stationery, crafty items, gifts and gadgets. I took at least half an hour to scan through everything to make sure I got all the best stuff – my boyfriend is both really awesome and really patient!
I left with my wallet feeling substantially lighter, but it was so worth it! I totally geeked out with some organizing goodies, like a business card file (!) and a handy notepad that I can keep right next to my laptop. I’m always jotting down tasks and reminders as I work, so this is super handy. I also got a cute pencil cup, two rolls of washi tape and some lovely twine. I’ve been meaning to order some washi tape from Etsy, so this saved me about half of what I would have spent on shipping. Awesome!
The business card file and washi tape in action. I’m really loving all these bits I’m getting together for my office space. It feels more and more like an official office space. Even though I can see my office from my bed – ha!
Also I advise everyone to have Mallow Mice for breakfast. It does wonders for your stress levels!
I can’t really have a weekend round up without showing my manicure. I went pink and aggressively sparkly with OPI Excuse Moi. I’ll admit it’s probably a little too glittery and twee for most, but I love it.
It was a Scrubs-a-thon at the Dalton-Walter residence. This is now our third (I think…) watch through. Yes, we are crazy like that. I <3 Turk & J.D. forever…
Finished off the weekend with date night at Taiwan City restaurant. They have an amazing (and affordable) hotpot special for two. I ended the weekend with a belly full of delicious dim sum, chicken hotpot and crispy pork. Hmmmm I want to go back there right now!
Don’t recall wether I actually blogged about my new-ish banner… you can get one just like it here!
- Why I’m Unemployable, by Susannah Breslin, is a really great essay on not fitting in, in a conventional workplace – and how that’s totally ok.
- Jessica Hische’s engagement website, Jess & Russ, is so unbelievably awesome. Love the colour palette and the unique illustrations contributed by artists and friends.
- 100 Greatest Free Fonts, a great round-up of free fonts. I haven’t even made it all the way through the list! Found via the always awesome Nubby Twiglet.
- J.K. Rowling is No Longer a Billionaire, and you’ll love the reason why. God, I love this gal!
- Tydepool is a superbly curated collection of ‘remarkable creatures’ from Amazon and Etsy. I’m keeping this one tucked away in my bookmarks bar until I’m flush with cash!
- Who Made That Soy-Sauce Dispenser? Loved learning a little more about Kenji Ekuan.
- Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? I vote yes! I also think it’s reducing peoples’ ability to maintain real friendships. Perhaps I am just old fashioned?!
Had to share this beautiful Chelsea, New York townhouse renovation by Julian King. Utterly gorgeous and luxe to the nth degree.
Originally a bedroom, this space now houses a kitchen and dining area that opens onto a deck.
The walls of the kitchen were built out to meet the cabinets.
The fridge was built into an existing arched doorway.
Love the hint of natural wood beneath the cabinet’s glossy white exteriors.
The sink in the basement bedroom. The cabinet is recessed into the wall, with a small gap to create a grip.
The inside of the cabinet reveals a peek of the original brickwork.
The back of the house showing the remodeled bottom floors. The stairs were anchored into the wall.
The basement bedroom is flooded with light thanks to the full-width sliding doors.
For more info on this beautiful remodel, head on over to this NY Times article. For a more in depth look at the architect’s choices, view this Remodelista article. Remodelista also created a great Pinterest board which addresses a lot of the questions and sources used in this townhouse.
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