Posts tagged Art
{To wander} Edinburgh Festival Time 2014

Well everyone, today marks the final day of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It has been incredible to be here during this time. A lot of locals find it manic, and yes, getting from A to B in town is trickier. :) But with the chaos is a fantastic, almost electric vibe, with street performers every few metres along the Royal Mile, doing an array of weird and wonderful things. From music to tap dancing, star wars characters to jugglers, the festival attracts a huge array of creative folk all vying for your attention. There are numerous hubs where larger shows take place, all with a great selection of some of the best street food I have ever had, and bars aplenty.

I love that eclectic, artsy Edinburgh opens its arms every year in August, to everyone. Nothing is too odd, no act too small. I have seen a mix of shows, some rather average (free comedy should come with a disclaimer) and some absolutely brilliant. My top three were: Camille O'Sullivan with her diva-esuqe, Irish charm, beautiful voice and wonderfully eccentric stage presence, David O'Doherty (loving the Irish) with his honest, genius comedy and trusty partner "Keybs" (his keyboard) and Abandoman - an outstanding team of three whose witty, energetic and engaging show is hip hop rap, comedy genius. 

Adding to the joy was a visit from a dear friend in London and another great friend from South Africa being sent here for work for five weeks over the festival. Fabulous! Without further a do, some photos from this month:

Some tips for maximum enjoyment next year:

- Wear comfortable walking shoes and take an umbrella (standard for Edinburgh exploration, really)

- Keep an open mind, but read reviews to make sure you catch some of the best shows

- Buy tickets at the festival box office , or check out the Half Price Hut next to the National Gallery to save money

- Be prepared to face crowds, and full pubs. If you want to have a relaxed meal, rather opt for the outskirts of New Town or further afield and avoid the Royal Mile come eating time

- Have a game plan for getting home aside from cabs late on a Saturday night

- Just embrace it. Take photos, have a laugh and soak it all up

There has been fireworks above the castle almost every night with the Military Tattoo and I for one will miss the air of celebration.

I loved showing Edinburgh off and it's amazing how much calm you can find from the chaos of the festival just a few steps up onto Calton Hill:

Megs and I did a bus tour of Edinburgh and it was so great to hear more about the history and visit the outside of the castle for the first time.

If you get the chance to visit Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival, I can highly recommend it. Yes it's crowded, but it's worth it for the culture-feast! Keep exploring, dear readers.

{To Delight} Zara

So, having heard many an excited tale about Zara opening Joburg and Durban, both in South Africa, I decided to have a look at their website in anticipation of the store opening here in Cape Town... Well.It's pretty damn impressive. I'm not going to ramble about the clothes, as great as they are. You can check them out on their site.

What really impressed me was the video that opened as I clicked on the "Woman" section. Artistic, subtle, black and white.. a pretty french girl (I'd like to add at this point that a kind reader pointed out that she is a model, Freja Beha) doing, well nothing really, apart from prancing around and looking in drawers etc, but the result is beautiful. Suggestive of a lifestyle. One can only assume that the clothing will hand us this lifestyle on a hanger, but as cynical as I sound.. I watched it twice. It really paints the brand as something cool, alternative and feminine. Lovely. I especially like the way it fills the screen. Web design has so much more impact and usability these days. Here are some screen shots to give you an idea..

So many great shots in such a short space of time! Fiiine.. here are some of their gorgeous clothes too..

Cannot wait for the Waterfront store to open! Over and out*

Florian Nicole

This illustrator's style is so so beautiful! It captures a depth and darkness in the portraits and the unfinished edges add mystery and modernity to the pieces. This makes me want to scan in my old drawings or paintings and make them awesome with Photoshop! It really is something that designers often forget: the power of hand illustration combined with computer technology. When done well, as in this case, it's stunning.

Check out more at his site, Florian Nicole. Over and out*


I Want to Explore... Edinburgh!

Ever since a red-glass-of-wine fuelled chat with my friend Kirsten about her year of studying in Edinburgh, I am just itching to go there! It sounds fantastic, like a smaller, more natural, London. The capital city of rustic, rugged Scotland, its historical, mountainous beauty is framed with a gorgeous coastline and there's something so deeply appealing to me about the cobbled streets and crumbling castle. Yes, it's cold.. but quite frankly I feel that all the elements I mentioned wouldn't be what they are in hot, sunny weather. They wouldn't be.. well... Scottish!Once termed, the 'Athens of the North', it was a part of the Enlightenment (acc to Wikipedia: "The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment) is the era in Western philosophy and intellectual, scientific and cultural life, centered upon the eighteenth century, in which reason was advocated as the primary source for legitimacy and authority.") and has since become synonymous with art, music and creativity. The annual Edinburgh Festival attracts thousands of people to the city in August and it is The largest cultural event in the world. (New goal for 2011- get there!)

Here are some pics to show you what I mean...


Thanks to Kirsten for most of these great photos! Och aye :)