On any given day I (and you, and everyone else) am constantly staring at my tech, whether it’s my mac, iPhone or iPad, some kind of screen is usually commanding my attention. I try to make my machinery zen by changing up backgrounds (usually I pick something lovely from Design Love Fest) and so I thought I’d make my own. Here for your viewing and downloading pleasure I have a desktop background and two iPhone/iPad/tablet lock and home screens (click through above, and if you don’t know how here are some instructions for iphones).
Also, speaking of zen machinery here is a sleek case for your iPhone.
**Welcome to haute tech, wherein I fool around with CS5 to produce pretty illustrations to for your tech
We had a lovely weekend in Durban full of Indian food, sea food, and photo oppors. I hustled to get some good shots for P’s article and I hope they will suffice. Since we live in land-locked Jozi, it was a special treat to be able to do my running along the ocean. They have a great wiiiide paved sidewalk next to the beach and it’s full of Durbanites working out. If I had an ocean to run next to on a daily basis I imagine I’d do a lot more of it. Life gets crazy over the next month for both P and me so it was nice to chillax together before it all blows up. This week I’ll be working on editing my photos for P’s article and chilling with the dog before we go on a hike for Easter (sadly, mini daxy puppies are not equipped for hardcore hikes).
We had a lovely holiday with my parents through 3 countries and lots of animals. I took lots of shots that still need to be edited but here is what I got on my iphone. We safaried by air, land and sea (mokoro) through the Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe, and viewed Victoria Falls from Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was fun to add countries to our list and log even more safari time (you can never have too much safari) and get up close and personal with crocs, lions, elephants etc. We kept the mosquitos away (but not the spiders, I have a huge nasty bite) and kept cool to boot. There was lots of quality time and great memories.
The last iPhone accessory I purchased from Photojojo is the Holga Special Lens & Filter Turret (now available here). Amidst my incessant instagramming, it’s fun to use ACTUAL lenses and filters, it makes your iphoneography more of an experience. Plus, I think it’s a nice alternative to an actual Holga camera, since I don’t really have the patience to wait for film.
The lenses and filters include a macro mode, a heart outline, and lots of other fun stuff. I also like it because you don’t have to take the lenses on and off like my other iPhone lenses- sometimes they’re a pain because I drop them all the time. The Holga is ready for spontaneous photo action anytime the moment arises.
Despite my good intentions and lofty proclamations of posting while on vacation, it wasn’t to be: safari doesn’t allow for internet, not even a 3g stick worked. So I’m back on the horse this week- my page hits are as higher than ever, and I want to give the people what they want! We had an incredible week on vacation with my in laws- we got to show them where we live- touring around Jozi, introducing them to our friends, and taking them on safari- one of the great privileges of living in South Africa as a foreigner is being able to take your friends and family (lots of them!) on their first ever safari. I don’t think anything on this planet Earth compares to the first time a rhino or a lion is chilling a few feet away from you in its natural habitat. I’ll post pictures from our trip later on.
The second iPhone accessory that I acquired were some lenses from Photojojo for my iPhone. My idea was to iPhone-a-graph our safari. I didn’t quite work out as I wanted it to because I just couldn’t resist reaching for my telephoto but I managed to get some cool shots which I’ll share later.
For now, here are some examples of what you can do with your iPhone + simple lenses. PS. the Macro and the Fisheye are my favorites!
The affection I feel for my iPhone is a bit disturbing, I love it like it’s a person. I’ve had close calls where I’ve left it at a restaurant (and got it back!), dropped it in a cup of tea (and resurrected it) to not appreciate how much I depend on this beautiful little piece of technology. I bought some accessories for it which I will featured this week. First up, my retro Moshi Moshi handset. It makes me feel like I’m in 1989 (which was a pretty relaxed year, since I was 5) and reduces the radiation to my head when I’m on the phone.
On another note while we were walking around the Arts on Main market yesterday, and a super chill reader named Anna (sorry if I’m spelling it wrong!) introduced herself and said the kindest things about Land Of Nams. It made me feel so good, it was so nice to hear especially because I would be entirely too shy to tell someone that (except one time I made Detective Carver from The Wire and I just gushed and gushed about how much that show meant to me). Thanks for taking the time out of your day to say kind words! I was going to take a break this week while we go on safari this week with P’s family, but that interaction motivated me to do posts from the road.
Also, Happy Anniversary (yesterday) to P who makes me feel like I’m as badass as Beyonce.
P’s family is coming to visit in 6 weeks and therefore mule-ing me some desperately desired online shopping loot that I can’t do here (thanks family!). Every once in a while you gotta Treat. Yo. Self.
1. Native Union Moshi Moshi retro receiver for your iPhone in silver. I’m the last person on Earth to know about these things but I CAN’T WAIT to get my hands on it. I almost got it in gold but I thought P may like to use it to. You’re welcome P.
2. Stella & Dot Renegade Spiked Cluster bracelet. I’ve been looking for this exact bracelet for months ever since I spotted it on A House In the Hills. Too bad I’ll have to wait until August to add it to my bracelet stacking.
3. Brown leather weekender bag. I bought this locally during an after work shopping treat- it’s the perfect size and perfect for our upcoming adventures- we have two weekends away with friends in the next few weeks , a 1 year anniversary trip P has planned for us to do the Garden Route, and two safaris each with our respective families. The first safari will be a road trip, so not a lot of room for luggage. The second we’re flying in little planes around Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe with smaller than normal luggage restrictions. This is the perfect thing!
4. Alice + Olivia’s black peplum dress. I NEED PEPLUM IN MY LIFE. Plus we’re going to our first South African wedding in September and I’m so excited, I think this will be the perfect thing to wear.
Go buy some stuff you want. You work so hard, you deserve to TREAT YO SELF.
Two of my best girlfriends have been visiting us for the past two weeks. We went on safari in Kruger and flew down to Cape Town and explored Johannesburg thoroughly. It was a blissful time and I wish your best friends could always be across the hall, a few steps away like they were in college. It was sad to take them to the airport yesterday but if we all lived in the same place we probably wouldn’t have spent the last two weeks spotting lions together in Kruger, wine tasting in the Western Cape and eating meat and pap with our hands at a shisa nyama in Soweto. I feel so thankful that so many of our friends have come and visited us here in South Africa (and when we were in Berlin) and all the priceless memories we have running around the world with them.
These are images of life in Jozi from the past week. Isn’t she a beaut? (Yes, to answer your question Jozi IS a she). We’re having a steady stream of guests (and this just in- two of my best college … Continue reading →