WHIMSICAL & MAGICAL: Coucou Illustrations

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BRUSH STROKES

Looking at the gentle washes of colour by 21 year old French illustrator Cecile, aka COUCOU_ILLUSTRATOR, on subjects like pugs, foxes, flowers and more really makes my heart happy. So young, fresh and talented! I’m deciding on a purchase, but can’t decide which one as they are all just so lovely!

coucou illustrations

On her illustrations Cecile says, “I post my illustrations on social media under the name ‘Coucou Illustrations’.’Coucou’ is a French word I always use to say hi, (it is a bit childish, but I love it!). I find it kind and warm and comforting. I really wanted my illustrations to get the feeling of friendliness and happiness, so I decided to use this name. I really enjoy faded colours, simple shapes and patterns – though, once in a while, I like to let aside my watercolours and use my coloured pencils for a bolder, more colourful drawing. I also like to play with black and white drawings and add bits of colour here and there, to let some elements pop out. I like to think my drawings can sometimes look like old pictures, with these greyish colours. At least, that’s what I try to create most of the time!”

I rounded up some of the ones I really love – take a peek!

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(I love this one as a gentle reminder to take time to contemplate life and enjoy a cup of tea)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATION

(I remember we had typing as a compulsory subject in grade 9 which was so boring except for our introduction where our teacher belted out the music for IPI TOMBI as it had good rhythm to type to – how funny!)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(Say it with flowers)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(Life is a bowl of cherries… or strawberries are just as good!)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(In my head I see stars and flowers; the eternal optimist)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIOINS

(Imagine this as wallpaper – nice huh!)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(Pug love!)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(What could be nicer than a fresh bowl of strawberries?)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(My favourite animal)

(Teepees remind me of summer holidays spent in Vermaaklikheid where the house overflowed with people, so a teepee was erected every holiday to accommodate the kids)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(This one reminds me of my mother’s jerseys she would knit for my dad – splashes of colour woven together with intricate patterns)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(A handful of flowers)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(How lovely are these characters! I always wanted to be a trapeze artist in a circus as it seemed so glam and thrilling, but we moved to a small town so my dreams stayed in my head)

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LE CRUESET Sorbet Collection

LE CRUESET SORBET COLLECTION

ICE-CREAM YOU SCREAM WE ALL SCREAM FOR…..

Le Crueset Sorbet Collection has one dreaming of yesteryear, a reminder of the simple pleasures, of lazy summer days eating ice-cream whilst staring up at an endless blue sky, pastel candyfloss stands at a fun-fare… le Crueset’s Sorbet Collection can have you reinventing those times with their collection of ice cream bowls, mugs, teaspoons, mini cocottes and more. I’m ready to throw a summer tea party for my friends, but which ones to buy? I think I’ll start with a gift set of mini bowls and teaspoons – Pretty cool hey!

LE CRUESET SORBET COLLECTION

Set of six mugs R1470

LE CRUESET SORBET COLLECTION

4 13cm square dishes R1160

LE CRUESET SORBET COLLECTION

6 mini ramekins R490

LE CRUESET SORBET COLLECTION

LE CRUESET SORBET COLLECTION

6 mini bowls R1100

LE CRUESET SORBET COLLECTION

LE CREUSET SORBET COLLECTION

4 ice cream R1099

LE CRUESET SORBET COLLECTION

6 spoons R490

Visit www.lecreuset.com and yuppiechef for more on the delish sorbet collection gift sets

SEW MANY DAYS IN THE YEAR….

GINA NIEDERHUMER ARTIST

STITCH BY STITCH

Gina Niederhumer an artist and traveller started a project on the first of January 2016, documenting each day on material, a journey via needle and thread. “A stitched ritual of being present, of pinning down the highs and the lows of what happened in the world around me every single day”, Gina says.

GINA NIEDERHUMER ARTIST

GINA NIEDERHUMER ARTIST

Free from any prescribed needlework technique, she gave herself permission to doodle in stitches hoping to stay focused for an entire year. ” My little portable workbox accompanied me where ever I went on all my journeys, geographical ones and the silent ones in my head”, she says.

GINA NIEDERHUMER ARTIST

“I stitched in Barrydale by the river, in airports while waiting for flights, on backseats of cars, trains while visiting family and friends in Europe and most often in Cape Town, while watching a late night movie. This resulted in a collection of 366 title images, which became my journal of my year’.

GINA NIEDERHUMER ARTIST

Gina is originally from Austria, has a Masters degree in Fine Arts, and can be found in her studio in Muizenberg, Cape Town.

GINA NIEDERHUMER ARTIST

GINA NIEDERHUMER ARTIST

GINA NIEDERHUMER ARTIST

GINA NIEDERHUMER ARTIST

Go see her work Muizenberg Festival on until 15th October
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CONVERSATIONS: You & Me: Glamour Editor Pnina Fenster

Pnina Fenster Glamour Editor

When in Paris….

Pnina Fenster is the launch and current editor of GLAMOUR. Prior to this, she was the launch editor of Marie Claire, and before that, she was an award-winning journalist, Sunday Times columnist, and occasional short story writer and illustrator. She is an unabashed coffee obsessive, lover of all things vintage, happy bookworm, passionate traveller and the recipient of several style awards.

Pnina Fenster Glamour Editor & Real Coffee DJ

With Black Coffee at GLAMOUR’s Most GLAMORous event #gmg17

If not an Editor what career path would you have taken?

Outside of editing and writing, I’m fascinated by fragrance, flowers, vintage and the arts, among other things, so those interests might have led elsewhere, but really, magazines and media were love at first sight. And it’s just as well — I really had no idea what I was going to do with my life until the legendary Dene Smuts gave me a career break on the basis of an ocean of enthusiasm and some poetry I’d written along the way.

Pnina Fenster Glamour Editor

With ‘fashion’s most favourite’ milliner, Albertus Swanepoel

How do you draw inspiration from month to month?

In terms of editing, my most important inspiration by far is the GLAMOUR consumer. What is thrilling, concerning, intriguing, delighting her right now? What’s the mood in the air? What’s the conversation on our social media and website? And how can we celebrate and reinforce her self-esteem, style and happiness?

In terms of my personal life, I love the Henri Matisse saying: “There are flowers everywhere for those who bother to look”. Inspiration comes from all over; it could be a book, a TV series, a movie, an image, the sight of the ocean, a piece of music, an open road, traveling, time with people I love, meditating. And YouTube! That’s a galaxy of inspiration at the touch of a button, from spiritual talks and interviews to performance pieces and narrative platforms like The Moth (if you haven’t discovered it, give it a whirl – 15 or so minutes of spellbinding storytelling).

Have you noticed a change in print industry over the last few years?

More than words can say!

Pnina Fenster Glamour Editor & Dr Presious Moloi-Motsepe

Mercedes Fashion Week Cape Town with Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe #mbfwct17

Your greatest influence over the years has been

A mix of fabulous and not-so-fabulous people.

Pnina Fenster Glamour Editor

Pnina standing in the impressively stocked library in Stockholm

How would you describe your style?

Expressive, romantic, feminine, retro.

Pnina Fenster Glamour Editor

With Terry Pheto and Taryn Louch at SA Style Awards #sastyleawards2016

What do you never travel without?

A book, lavender aromatherapy essence, a cashmere shawl, perfume and rubber-soled boots for urban exploring. And Uniqlo Heat-tech tights and camisoles – a lesson I’ve learned after years of emergency shopping in the alleged summertime of cities like London, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

Pnina Fenster editor of Glamour

Hot air ballooning courtesy #CHANEL in Grasse, South of France

Favourite quote?

It wasn’t given to me in person, but I do love Miss Piggy’s classic wisdom: “Be yourself or it gets really confusing for the postman.”

pnina venster editor of glamour

Love this one of Pnina ‘showered in petals’ at #CHANEL’s rose farm in Grasse for the launch of Chanel’s No.5 L’Eau fragrance

Favourite movie

There are too many to choose just one, but the long list would definitely include a bunch of musicals (from Singin’ in the Rain to Chicago), the Studio Ghibli masterpieces like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, and the great works of genius directors like Scorsese, Polanski and Fellini. And I love the live-stream performances from the National Theatre. All in all, it’s about being shaken to the core by a drama like The Counterfeiters, transported to a world of wonder by whimsies like The Grand Budapest Hotel, or dazzled by the wit and inventiveness of crime capers like American Hustle and Baby Driver.

pnina fenster ditor of glamour, michelle brownlee smith, deputy editor Glamour

With Deputy editor, beauty director Michelle Brownlee-Smith and International celebrity hair stylist Christopher Naselli

Would you change anything if you could do it all again?

The standard response to this question is ‘no regrets’, but truth to tell, I would have started saving way sooner, I would never have gone anywhere near cigarettes (I’ve long given up, but why begin in the first place?), and I would have ignored my friend Mervyn when he told me to down a glass of champagne. Never down a glass of champagne!

Pnina Fenster and Kunene Ntando Miss SA

Pnina as one of the judges for Miss SA, standing with fellow judge Sophie Ndaba and Miss SA Kunene Ntando SA2016

pnina Fenster glamour editor

Winning a well deserved South African Style Icon Award 2016 #sastyleawards2015

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Illustrator: Katie Daisy

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INSPIRING & MAGICAL

I stumbled across Katie Daisy last weekend and thought her illustrations were so colourful and filled with happiness that I had to share with you! Katie grew up in a small town in Illinois and, in her words was “brought up among the other wildflowers with roots planted deeply in the natural world”. Inspired by Mother Earth, Katie captures nature’s wonders using watercolours and acrylics in vibrant hues, interspersed with inspirational quotes by poets, philosophers and artists.

katie daisy illustrator

katie daisy illustrator

Her use of floral patterns, birds, landscapes and constellations makes for a romantic and whimsical series, where she hopes to inspire people with the joys of nature and a gentle reminder to keep on dreaming. Her prints are available from Etsy and her book “How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide,” is Katie’s first published book, where she says, “my very heart and soul is translated to paper. It’s a glimpse into my past and present, and the enormous amount of the beauty I have encountered in the natural world”. This book is so on my wishlist – LOVE!!

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katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

How nice!!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY

CONVERSATIONS: You & Me: Jenny le Roux of HABITS

jenny le roux habits fashion

Jenny le Roux, owner and designer of HABITS is not just an outstanding fashion designer but has a brilliant sense of humour, tres stylish and very down to earth. I love popping into her Claremont shop, where one is always welcome! Read on to see what she never travels without, best advice someone gave her and more…

If not a fashion designer what career path would you have taken?

Oh lors, that’s a tough one.

Your greatest influence over the years has been

The young have always been a great inspiration for me – they take chances with fashion and I find that appealing.

jenny le roux habits fashion

How would you describe your style

Black black black, untilI I find a darker colour!

Your most treasured possessions

My Habits staff.

What do you never travel without

My Habits Travel Range obviously as you fit 30 pieces into an overnight bag.

Best advice someone gave you

To buy the Habits building.

jenny le roux habits fashion

What’s on your bedside table

5 books all half read, pills, iPad and a torch for load shedding.

Best beauty products

Jo Malone Red Roses makes me feel fabulous. I’ve just discovered Dermalogica’s “sponge cloth”, seriously soft on the skin and reusable.

jenny le roux of habits

Jenny at the #MBFWCT17 media launch at Shimmy Beach

Favourite movie/ book

Bookwise it obviously started with “The Catcher in the Rye” and has never stopped. Movies I can’t even begin! Deer Hunter, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Withnail and I, Godfather x 3 and and and…

Is there a place that inspires

The colours of Kenya.

Would you change anything if you could do it all again?

Absolutely not.

jenny le roux habits fashion

#MBFWCT17 #ITSCOMPLICATED #prefall17

Biggest extravagance

Not sitting in the back of the plane.

And lastly tell us about your signature red lippies & nails

I don’t know where the whole bright red glasses, lips and nails came from, but I don’t feel properly dressed without them. I love Mac Ruby Woo lipstick and OPI Big Apple red nail polish.

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I love this photo I nabbed from Instagram of Jenny getting showered with confetti inside her shop – birthday celebrations -just lovely!

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CONVERSATIONS: You & Me: Josie Borain

Eighties supermodel Josie Borain, one of the first models to sign a million dollar contract, is down to earth, modest and unpretentious. She became known for her Calvin Klein Campaigns shot by photographer Bruce Weber.

Josie’s been up since 4 am watching the Mayweather vs McGregor fight down in the hood as she doesn’t own a TV and is washing up the remnants from yesterday’s farewell house party. I mixed up the dates so Ian and I arrive with breakfast goods and she rustle’s up a breakfast in between supervising the kids and their friends to move dining room chairs and furniture onto the balcony; Josie’s finally taken the plunge and moved house, not too far, as in next door. “Why be a single mom with three kids and own two houses? I don’t want the pool and the garden and major upkeep anymore, so we are downscaling.”

Black and white prints are already mounted on the walls and while Josie with Ian’s help are deciding where to move the couch and table, she answers my questions I’ve prepared for this post. There are books and interesting items everywhere so it’s hard to concentrate as her house is a treasure trove of collected items from her travels. Three coffees down and the lounge in semi order, she answers my questions in her inimitably candid and honest way:

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WHAT CAREER WOULD YOU HAVE CHOSEN IF IT WASN’T AS A MODEL

I would have loved to have been a war photographer or a marine biologist!

IF YOU HAD TO DO IT ALL AGAIN IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE?

There’s plenty I would have changed in decisions I made, but what’s past is in the past

WHAT IS A MEMORY THAT STANDS OUT FROM YOUR TRAVELS?

Sitting on the Spanish steps in the evening light watching birds fly in unison with the light catching their wings – sheer beauty!

YOUR WORST HABIT?

Not charging people for the work I have done for them as a photographer

josie borain model

MOST TREASURED POSSESSIONS:

Besides my kids, my photographs and books

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF DRESSING?

Tees, jeans and cashmere sweaters

josie borain model

HEELS OR FLATS:

Flats

BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT;

I’ve been using COMPLEX15 Daily Face Cream for over twenty years as it’s oil-free, unscented and hypo-allergenic; in fact I have about five tubes I keep in my fridge so that I never run out! (She does, I checked!)

Josie Borain Model

WHICH SUPER POWER WOULD YOU LOVE THE MOST?

Time travel

YOUR FAVOURITE PAST TIME?

Listening to live music especially local bands

SO, WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE BANDS?

Just Jinger’s lead singer Ard Matthews; Jack Mantis from Jack Mantis Band; Pat from Two minute Puzzle and This is Tailor

josie borain model shot by Ian Reeves Photographer

BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE:

I have a Richard Avedon self-portrait

FAVOURITE FOOD:

Tomatoes

DREAM LUNCHTIME OR DINNER DATE:

Mohammed Ali

FAVOURITE MOVIE OR BOOK:

An old movie called Brazil

SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW:

I’m dyslexic

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ARTIST AT WORK: Billow Studio

Billow studio artist Carine Muller

I’ve long been a fan of the talented Carine Muller. I was fortunate enough to work with her at Good Housekeeping magazine, but being the modest and sweet girl that she is, I only stumbled across her beautiful illustrations much later! I’m sharing some of her work here, and yes, she does commissions too. Take a peek.

Billow Studio Carine Muller artist

What inspires you?

First and foremost the ocean; without it I wouldn’t have the fire to fuel creativity, and studying Fibonacci in nature, where things seem chaotic and random, yet on closer inspection are organised elements of perfection.

Billow Studio Carine Muller artist

What mediums do you use?

I love working with ink. I mostly do pointilism with an 0,05 point archival ink Sakura pen. I have a crop of Indigo growing on Kogman & Keisie Organic farm in Montagu, where I want to utilise the plant pigments, if I can only find the time! I’m also keen on experimenting with brass and wood.

Billow studio Carine Muller artist

Your subjects?

Natural History and the ocean fascinate me; I think it comes across in my ocean and fish paintings.I have illustrated a lot of fish in my life!

Billow Studio Carine Muller artist

When did you start drawing?

It must have been in preschool. I remember a friend drawing incredible viking boats where the intricate detail intrigued me. He must have only been 4 or 5 years old where he spent endless time perfecting one drawing. I think I’ve subconsciously carried that with me as I take a long time perfecting my own illustrations.

Billow Studio Carine Muller artist

Did you study?

I never thought I was good enough, so didn’t consider studying. I did art in high school, the only subject where I achieved a distinction! I loved History of Art so went on to study Publishing, with Honours in Visual Studies, so I could be as close to the Art Department as possible.

Billow Studio Carine Muller artist

Any projects you’re currently working on?

I have an upcoming exhibition using new techniques and mediums involving patterns and structures. I’m exploring the negative and destructive impact man has had on his natural surroundings with the intention that nature reigns supreme!

Carine Muller artist Billow Studio

Other passions?

Music and dance! In a dream world I would own a drive-in theatre on an island (with the perfect longboard break) and sing in a band. I would have horses, Irish Wolfhounds and far too many cats. I am part of an all-girl 1960s dancing DJ trio called The Jackie Oh!s.

Billow studio artist Carine Muller

Billow studio artist Carine Muller

Billow studio artist Carine Muller

Carine Muller Artist Billow Studio

I am contactable for commission pieces at studio@billowcreativestudio.com.

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CONVERSATIONS: David Gillson

David Gillson Of Carlton Hair

You can understand why hair stylist extraordinaire David Gillson has a huge client following, as his knowledge of colour, cut and style reigns supreme! Frequenting Carlton Hair salon is always a treat – from the delicious cappuccinos and catching up on the latest magazine news to the sublime head massages and hair treatments. There’s no doubt, a visit to the salon makes for a relaxing experience.

So how does David himself like to relax and spend time? I caught up with him just before he jetted off to London today to find out what inspires this hair guru.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS FIELD?

I started my career as an apprentice with Carlton Hair and then went on to work in London and Los Angeles to further my education and career.

FIVE WORDS THAT WOULD DESCRIBE YOU:

Fashion forward, fair, fun, sensitive and creative

DO YOU HAVE A CELEB/ACTRESS/ YOU WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH AND WHY

I would have loved to have done Linda Evangelista’s hair in the 90’s

FAVOURITE CITY:

London

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF DRESSING?

Eccentric, edgy and unexpected

BEAUTY ESSENTIALS:

Comfort Zone Sublime Skin line Serum and moisturiser, Chanel Sublimage eye cream, Lush Ocean salt face scrub and Santa Maria Novella shaving foam.

BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE:

Shoes!!!! Saint Laurent clothes!! Basically anything at 2A in Hyde Park!!!

FAVOURITE FRAGRANCE:

Chanel Misia and Chanel 1932

WINTER OR SUMMER

Summer, but love a change in the season.

DREAM LUNCHTIME OR DINNER DATE:

I’d love to have lunch with Alessandro Michele the new designer at Gucci.

FAVOURITE MOVIE OR BOOK:

I loved The Night Porter with Charlotte Rampling, my favorite actress.

AN INSPIRING QUOTE OR A LIFE RULE:

It will have to be something by Louise Hay her work really inspire me.

‘Every thought we think is creating our future’

SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY /ABOUT YOU THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW:

I meditate regularly and can’t miss my weekly Reiki season.

David Gillson

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