fashion friday: birthday present and how to tie a scarf

it’s lame to post two things buy the same designers two weeks in a row, but you get what you get and you don’t have a fit. i demanded got this Alexander Mcqueen skull scarf for my birthday. i’m using this how to tie a scarf card by Hermès for how to wear it in a way that’s not tying it onto my bag. i’m running a 10k called We Run Jozi in two weeks and since running for me is just an excuse to pretend i’m dancing this is what i’m run/dancing to lately. happiest of weekends!

fashion friday: alexander mcQueen

I bought myself a little treat in the form of a purse. My mom transported it to SA for me and this week I can’t bear to be apart from the buttery leather for too long. It’s a big one, so I can throw my MacBook in and bring it to work. I can also bring it on safari (P said he the hippos were going to eat it). Nothing like a new bag to make you feel like your birthday is next week.

(mcQueen tote via farfetch)

Happy Friday from Johannesburg town

diy: alexander mcqueen-inspired flats

     I was admiring these McQ by Alexander McQueen studded pointy toed flats. Even though McQ is his ‘cheap’ label, they’re $375 usd. Why thank you McQueen, for making design accessible to the people. And yet, I couldn’t get them out of my mind- some damned flats with pointy studs on them would be the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe (it’s winter here, COMPLAINCOMPLAIN). 
     So obvi, I got over myself and made a pair of my own. It’s not a bag after all, it’s a pair of shoes that I’m going to wear into the ground in one season. 
Materials:
1 pair of black pointy {faux} suede flats
34-50 pointy studs (depending on how many you want)
gold spray paint (if your studs aren’t the right color)
glue gun
I had to spray paint my pointy studs because they were not gold, and I couldn’t find any gold ones. Then I simply glued them on to the back of my shoes in a similar pattern as the McQ shoes. I meant to do 25 on each but I think my studs were too big. 
Going to wear these all around town, smugly.

This little piggy went to market….

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

We have visitors throughout the winter (summer) coming from the States and one of them will have the duty to mule me a new bag that I have decided I surely deserve. I had to go to Pretoria for work and on the train ride I couldn’t think of anything to sketch on my iPad (since I got a new stylus to use with Paper by 53)  so I sketched the bags I’m deciding between.  I’m leaning towards the Chloé. I also experimented with the bunting, fabric strip, and circle badge free PNG downloads from Pugly Pixel to make my drawings and blog a little more pleasing to the eye. I’m pleased with the results, considering it was quite a rough attempt. I would like to get into some amateur graphic design. I think it’s time I bit the bullet and bought Adobe Photoshop CS5.

 Chloé bag via farfetch

Alexander McQueen via farfetch

YSL via farfetch

3.1 Phillip Lim via farfetch