consumerist: series 2. ring in spring (in the northern hemisphere)

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We’re transitioning into fall in the southern part of the world but that doesn’t stop me from shopping for spring (if I ignore winter, it won’t come right? RIGHT?). I needed new sandles (3/4 of the year I am in sandles, after all) so I grabbed these from Fab when Kate Spade was debuting her new Saturday line. Then I saw this Nanette Lepore one piece from Anthropologie and it needed to be mine. We have a pool and so it wasn’t too hard to justify. Since I have 20/10 vision (AHEM that’s sniper vision people) I couldn’t quite justify these Warby Parker tortoise shell glasses in violet magnolia without an Rx (I think I’ve spent enough money on fake glasses to last me a life time). Lastly this turquoise ring from Catbird would look absolutely splendid on my middle finger in spring but I have done nothing to deserve it (unless you count tirelessly instagramming my pup).

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DIY Anthropologie Inspired Bracelets

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

I came across this adorable bracelet at Anthropologie and realized it was easy enough to make!

All you’ll need is:

Metal findings (I used a part of an old necklace as well as some pressed separators)

Embroidery floss, or a type of cord you’ll feel comfortable using

Dexterity

First knot your cord on each side of your metal finding using a slip knot.  Maybe you want to spray paint your metal finding first for some color.

Measure your bracelet to the right length, and make a closure sliding knot or perhaps you would like to add a real bracelet closure.

Wear several on your wrist. Voila!

*Bottom picture from Anthropologie.

House tour: Home Office

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

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

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

I have been meaning to share our home little by little and I finally edited my photographs (which I took in December) of the study. My favorite room in the house is my our office. There is so much light, plus all my art supplies, and all our books. The couch also folds into a bed and it is where guests sleep when they visit. I went with a kind of cabinet of natural curiosities feel, which I suppose is my favorite feel. It’s far from finished, I need a rug that I hope to diy, and there are a bunch of pictures to put up on the wall including a metallic plate of P’s first front page story for the Wall Street Journal. I enjoy that it’s practical and whimsical at the same time.

The room is painted a very light grey, and the built-ins have yellow painted behind the books. I diy’d a lot of the stuff, including the sewing table, it’s chair, and the desk chair. I bought a few of the knick knacks from a store called The Space and Anthropologie. The rest I’ve collected from our life and travels.  A lot of the furniture is from Ikea (sorry but cheap pre fab has a certain appeal) and survived the shipping container from Berlin to Johannesburg. The books are organized by author and fiction/non fiction by P. I wanted to organize them by color but sometimes you need to cede the book shelf to your partner.

Do you have a space in your home that feels like a retreat? Where you can go for your personal time or that inspires creativity or relaxation? In NYC this might mean a corner of your apartment (in my studio I literally had a shelf for a desk) or maybe you’re lucky and like me live in a city where studies are commonplace.

Fashion Friday: courtesy of MIL

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

P and I received our Christmas package from his parents (just a couple days after Christmas, which is not bad in these parts!). The lovely woman picked out two tops for me from Anthropologie. She got P a bunch of hiking gear. Two tops that I will actually wear from my mother in law. Not bad eh?

I wore this outfit photo-walking around Sandton and to a dinner party.

Red/Organge silk top: via Anthropologie thanks to MIL

High waisted shorts: Sparkle and Fade via Urban Outfitters 

Heels: Seychelles via Urban Outfitters

Happy weekend! My sister is coming so I’m predicting some sister themed Fashion-Fridays in the near future!

Photo Courtesy of Karen Lim

DIY: Anthropologie Inspired Chair

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

While trolling Pinterest I came across this chair from Anthroplogie. I love me some chairs from Anthropologie but alas I live in South Africa, plus they’re on average like 2,000USD. You can’t exactly go buying one every week. This adorable little chair‘s  (it’s sold out now)  description said something like ‘New Orleans artist Kaki Foley painted the gold cross on it.’ Well, Kaki, I too can paint a gold cross. For this project you’ll need:

1 Chair, preferably upholstered with a light colored fabric. I used a piece of crap from Ikea. God bless Ikea.

Acrylic paint in metallic gold and/or metallic bronze. I mixed gold and bronze to get the color I wanted.

Acrylic Extender or Textile Medium, they work the same way by allowing you to paint on fabric without the paint getting crusty

1 Paint Brush

1 plastic palette to mix your paints

First mix together your paints to get the color you want, keeping track of how much you’re using. Mix in the acrylic extender or textile medium. The reason you were keeping track of how much paint you used when mixing is because the ratio is 1:1 for paint:extender, so you must pour in roughly the same amount of paint you used. Mix it together well with your paint brush. Paint away! I actually used first a layer of just the gold, then a layer of bronze + gold to make it more shiny and metallic-y. I also ended up painting two crosses since my chair is skinnier than the Anthro chair and it was looking like it belonged in a church. Let it dry according to the directions on the acrylic extender. Mine just calls for 24 hours of drying time. Some fabric mediums call for a hair dryer or a trip in the dryer. Voila you have an Anthro-inspired chair for next to nothing! I think I spent 200 rands on the supplies, which is not even 20 bucks. I may improve upon the chair and paint very faint turquoise or teal on the white parts in the future, we’ll see how gung-ho I’m feeling.

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

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

Fashion Friday

Land of Nams: living in johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
I’m a sucker for grey and while wandering around Rosebank (barf) I found this store called The Space (a blog post of its own to come). I found some amazing accessories for my office as well. I am not a shell person, but I am a grey person and I’m living in a hot-as-hell environment so shells seem appropriate, plus they don’t even look like shells. PLUS it can be worn as a necklace too. Or layered with several of them since they’re only about 12USD. They’re reminiscent of meditation beads so you earthy-crunchy gals would like it too.

Land of Nams: living in johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love I wore this outfit to the 12 decades art hotel.

Shell Necklace: (who knows) via The Space

Other necklace: Anthropologie. my mother-in-law took me shopping for my birthday, she’s cool like that.

Romper: H&M

Ring: the Sunday flea market on 77th and Columbia (NYC)

Nails: gelish manicure in Mint Icing  (you really have to start getting no-chip manicures, hello they’re NO CHIP)

I have a bonus for you, a new web log whose drawings I’m obsessed with (via Pinterest). I think I would file it as at least partially a fashion blog, the illustrations are usually of clothing by Comme des Garçons or Prada or chose comme ça. Anyway, I’m so inspired Eri Makiyama’s sketches/paintings on Mermaid Hair that I want to start drawing and watercoloring again.

ps. Zara opened in South Africa. Sandton City Mall. It’s not even on their website yet! You’re welcome.

fashion fridays.

okay i’m doing it. fashion fridays. disclaimers: 1) i don’t claim to know anything about fashion, except that i like it. 2) i’m just learning how to use my camera, and take pictures of my outfits so bear with me! maybe i’ll be too shy to do this again and 3) i must apologize for my look of fear-masked-by-determination in this photo, i’ll get it one day. ok, let’s get started shall we?

i wore this to watch the south african ballet perform sleeping beauty at joburg civic theatre.

sunglasses: miumiu via galeries lafayette. i had a bad day at work and they made me feel better like p couldn’t no one else could

tank: h&m. that is because jcrew recently decided to make their tanks out of shit very thin material. bad move jcrew. i loved your tanks. 

neon maxi skirt and necklace: anthropologie. i got that ish on sale, yo. 

bag: alexander wang via shopbop. because mr. wang is a bad*ss. and now by the transitive property, so am i. 

bracelet: adia kibur via shopbop.

alright, i hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! singh: out. 

14th october, 2011