fashion friday: arm party

Unless I’m attending an Indian wedding, I’m a less is more kind of woman. I like barely-there rings from catbird, that are a nice surprise when you notice them. But I gotta love  a trend that allows me to buy bracelets like they’re going extinct and embrace my 7th grade self who wore a ring on every finger and thought I was The Shit (I wasn’t the shit. I looked like a boy and thus boys didn’t “like me like me” and the essays I wrote in Mr. Billing’s English class were far too serious for a 12 year old).

So I present my Arm Stack.

1. Stella and Dot Renegade Cluster Bracelet 
2. & 3. Randoms from Arts on Main
4. YDE {Young Designer’s Emporium}
5. Adia Kibur from Shopbop

And, I gots me a manicure with Scotch Naturals in Leprechaun Lynch and for my party nail, Christian Dior in Paradise.

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fashion friday: diy first knuckle rings

     After making some jewelry when Anna and Maureen came to visit, I had about 1,000 crimps left over and no ideas. So for this Fashion Friday, I’m combining some of my favorite things: first knuckle rings, jewelry made of thin strings and DIY.
You’ll need:
Silk thread, or embroidery thread in the color of your choice
A pair of pliers
     Simply follow the instructions above, except I forgot to add: TRIM OFF THE EXCESS THREAD after your clamp down on the crimps. You can make a whole stack or just a couple to add to the party on your hand. I used black thread, obvi but feel free to get crazy. For the pinky ring I just added a separator. Add anything you like!
The two thin bands on my hand are the catbird first knuckle ring in rose gold and their threadbare ring in yellow gold.

Fashion Friday: The Party (Nail) Train


     Since I’ve noticed my South African as well as expat friends wearing their engagement rings without seeming to be in constant terror that someone is going to run out and chop their fingers off, I decided the time was now (famous last words?) to start wearing mine again  -thanks to Anna and Mo for bringing it to me from the States. To celebrate our reunion (me and my handsome art deco ring’s reunion, obv) I decided to jump on the party nail train. The train where you color-block, fluorescentize, glitterize or in some way make your ring finger(s) pop. I needed something to make me feel like I’m young and cool again. So, I had my nail lady paint Essie’s Borrowed and Blue (almost white, barely blue) and on my ring fingers and an additional layer of OPI for Sephora in Only Gold For Me only on my ring fingers.  Unfortunately you can’t really see it in my pop art collage above, probably the most clearly in the black and white photo.
     Last week I had a dark navy blue, Essie’s Midnight Cami on my fingers and a neon pink Essie’s Lights on my ring finger. I’m really keen to next time try dipping my ring finger in a pot of glitter and omg Sephora and Pantone made a color of the year inspired nail polish set, what???, (why isn’t there a god damn Sephora in South Africa??) so it seems there will be plenty of crap for me to order to my in-laws’ house so they can lug it to me when they visit us in August. How lucky for them!
I made my confetti brush using Pugly Pixel’s photoshop tutorial once again, long live PP!


a half hearted blog post of things i full-heartedly want. don’t worry, i have a few lovely TERRARIUM POSTS coming. mini terrariums, medium terrariums, big terrariums. goldilocks and the three terrariums.

click on the links below each item above to be magically transported.

1. sparkly camera strap. there’s no reason my ever-present camera shouldn’t look adorbs. via bloomtheory.

2. metal thin hand cuff bracelet. need. NEED. via shopbop.

3. tiny turquoise ring to add to the growing stack on my wedding finger. via catbird.

4. metallic lace-up booties. OBVI. via shopbop.

DIY: Maison Martin Margiela Inspired Necklace

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

I love jewelry and I’ve been feeling lately that all of the crazy chunky stuff that is in is SO DIYable. Often I part with my money only too happily for jewelry but I feel wrong spending 300 dollars on some chains that were welded together, even if they were welded together quite beautifully. I had been admiring this necklace (sold out, sorry) a while ago from Maison Martin Margiela:

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

So I put together my own.

(Here, here, here, here and here are some similar necklaces)

You’ll need:

2 or 3 lengths of chain in progressively smaller sizes. You can find them at your local hardware store, just ask the nice man to cut them into the lengths that you want. As you can see I only did 2.

Ribbon for a closure

A subtley colored, strong thread or floss to hold the chains together

A lighter (optional)

Hex or other nuts (we only had quad lying around)

Find the middle of the biggest chain which will go around the neck. Weave the medium piece of chain through with your floss. Do the same thing with the third piece, or hex nuts or whatever you’re using.

I used a lighter to carefully ‘fuse’ my knots. Be careful though because you can burn through it if you’re not careful and you’ll have to start over, which is terrible.


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


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.