Sunday, 28 February 2010

under a banana leaf

About a year ago I was living in Durban, South Africa, and working long distance for my publishing house. Our branch magazine wanted to do a short interview with me about that, and asked if I could also get my picture taken for the piece. I was recommended the very talented photographer Val Adamson, who luckily agreed to the job. It was just supposed to be one portrait inside the magazine, but somehow I ended up on the cover and they asked us to take another pic for the insides, which is the green one. Except from my wedding pics this is probably one of my fave pics of myself ever. The dress is one of my best buys, from a local Durban designer called Soul Skin. It cost R280 (about the same in kronor), and I had to convince myself to pay that "much", cos at the time I had decided to have a strict shopping limit for a while. I'm glad I convinced myself to make an exception. I love how it manages to look both African and 50's vintage at the same time.

In the cover pic I'm wearing a little teal brocade vest jacket, also from Soul Skin, a find for R50 from my first visit to Durbs in December 2007. There's so much great shopping in Durbs, I went a little berserk that December actually. Malls, markets, boutiques, department stores: I had fashion shows almost every day when we came home to show off what I'd bought. That was a very fine holiday indeed.

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