Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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

With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday in the US and South Africa I did some digging around for some lovely Mom presents. Maybe you have a good friend (or a good daughter?!) that’s a new mom, or your partner just gave birth and deserves something extra special, or you want to find something incredible for your mom this year (and surely you do, with all of the blood, sweat, and tears she put into you).

From the top:

*Tiny gold staple earrings by Kathleen Whitaker at Alder & Co.
These are usually sold as single earrings, and I thought it was more mom-appropriate to give a pair of earrings.
*Linen Whale by Tamar Mogendorff at Alder & Co
This is not a gift for a child but for a mom, maybe a mom that’s really into decorating her baby’s nursery. Because for 295usd there’s no way I would let a child play with that thing.
*Ancienne Infinite Love Ring by Elisa Solomon at catbird
This is an extra special gift, but it’s a Mother’s Day gift that can one day be a {very stylish} family heirloom.
*White and Gold container by Mark Braun at Alder & Co
Perfect for storing those rings on a dresser or night stand, or just something pretty to look at in the living room.

DIY: DANNIJO inspired necklace

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

It’s a well-documented fact that I know my way around a spray paint can. After salivating over DANNIJO‘s and other sufficiently loud necklaces at Shopbop and deciding 400 USD was more than even someone with a completely insane weakness for every kind of jewelry such as myself was willing to spend, I was inspired by this pin and decided a trip to Chinatown and Builder’s Warehouse could get me something in the vicinity for only 10 USD.

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

I bought a god-awful necklace from Chinatown with a nice shape and proceeded to spray paint it within an inch of it’s life.

I daresay, I think it turned out quite nicely. I wore it to work already this week and I’m kind of in love. Beware of the color of your original piece, it will affect the end result: check out how different the spray paint looks when it’s sprayed on black plastic sheeting verses white rhinestones.

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Catbird

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

While in nyc I made my annual pilgrimage to my favorite jewelry store, which I’ve talked about several times on this blog so much so that I now have officially declared myself a Catbird Evangelist. I’ve forced P to purchased several things from there but my favorite thing to get is their first knuckle ring. I routinely give them out as presents because they are the best thing ever. A hammered band that sits just below your knuckle. I now get it in the size xxs, because I’ve owned a few xs bands that have sadly fallen off into oblivion- and this time I got it in rose gold. I don’t think that xxs is available on their website but you could write it in the ‘notes’ section of your order. I also picked up their threadbare ring, which is a very very thin hammered gold band. They have the best customer service, and it’s a small woman-owned independent jewelry store that sells MOST FABULOUS designers. Can’t get much better than that.

Catbird is located at 219 Bedford Ave, just take the L train to the Bedford stop. Or shop online, for all you expats they do international shipping. Wahoo!

DIY: Adia Kibur Inspired Necklace

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

Sorry for the no-post Friday but things got too crazy around here! I have some good news to share, but only after I’ve dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s. On Sunday I worked till my fingers bled (literally) doing DIY projects, sanding and spray painting the crap out of a bunch of pieces of furniture I kept meaning to re-do but never did. I’ve finally made a few decisions about how I want our bedroom to look (a mere 6 months after moving here) so this week I’ll have a big post with pictures about that. Today I have an Adia Kibur inspired DIY. I’ve been trolling Shopbop every spare minute for a dress to wear to an upcoming wedding of two good friends (in NYC at the Plaza, hoody hoo!) and though I just can’t seem to pull the trigger on a dress I came upon this necklace. I’m a sucker for flourescent but 145USD + customs is a bit steep for something I could make after a cheap trip to Builder’s Warehouse (the South African Home Depot).

For this project you will need:

2 lengths of chain which add up to anywhere that fits around your head up to a metre (can be the same or different, you decide) These are available by the metre/yard at your local hardware store.

1  flourescent spray paint color (I used the one from my credit card necklace)

2 jump rings

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

Take one of the  lengths of chain outside or to a garage (or if you have a balcony spread out some garbage bags and cover everything) and spray paint it. Let it dry for an hour, turn it over and spray paint the other side. After it has dried for at least 24 hours (er, um 5 hours in the sun if you’re lazy) use your jump rings to attach it to the other chain length so that it is one giant necklace. You can wear it long or short, or take ribbon and tie it through the jump rings and wear it in half like pictured above. Enjoy your awesome necklace and the money you didn’t spend!

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

Fashion Friday: Red Lipstick.

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’ve searched my whole adult life for a red lipstick that didn’t make me look like the walking dead on account of my dark skin and olive colored undertones. My friend Anita suggested I try MAC’s matte Ruby Woo. Despite my skepticism I did, convinced that yet another red lipstick would not work for my skin color. Well it works on my skin color and EVERYONE’S SKIN COLOR. At least I’m pretty sure since every female in attendance tried it on and we had a range from very white to Asian to me and it looked AMAZING on everyone. And it is matte so it STAYS IN PLACE. ALL DAY. SORRY FOR THE SHOUTING I’M JUST THAT EXCITED. I also bought the coordinating lip pencil and gloss. My lips shall never not be red. I even wore it work. YOU’RE WELCOME.

This week’s Fashion Friday is an outfit I wore to my friend Kate‘s for dinner and then drinks at Wolves.

Glasses: Garrett Leight via Shopbop

Lipstick: MAC‘s Ruby Woo 

Shirt: Woolworth’s (120ZAR, thanks Neha)

Necklace: Tiffany’s (I know what I said, but it doesn’t say Tiffany’s and I got it a looong time ago!)

Jeans: Mavi

Nail Polish: Essie in Bright Tights

Ring: This one from Mal Jewelry (my wedding ring while I’m in SA, it gives me confidence and makes me feel like a bamf)

Shoes: French Connection from a few years ago

Photos courtesy of THE HUBS

PSA: No.

                                                                                                                                                          Source: tiffany.com  on Pinterest

 

I couldn’t think of anything to blog about today so I thought I’d do a short public service anouncement. The above Tiffany’s bracelet and corresponding necklace or any of that Return to Tiffany’s jewelry is no. Just no. If it says Tiffany’s then no. Money can’t buy you style. And while I’m at it, those C’s on your Coach bag are not cute. Please spend that $300 bucks on something else. Say it with me, WWMW?  I’m sorry. And you’re welcome.

DIY: Geometric-ish Gold Leaf-ish Necklace

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

I’m in a crafty mood this week so you’ll just have to deal with it. Tomorrow I’m painting a god damn chair. Today though, another necklace. While this necklace isn’t as inventive as yesterday’s it’s still cool. For this project you’ll need:

Polymer clay in whichever color you want.

A razor blade

A toothpick

Acrylic paint in gold

Paint brush

Oven

Long chain

First, cut off a chunk of your clay with a razor. It is often already marked so just cut off the smallest chunk. Prep it by massaging it with your hands so it is no longer flaky (this is a must). Roll it into a ball with your hands. Then take your razor blade and slice off chunks from the sphere so you are left with a vaguely geometric shape that you are happy with. Use your toothpick to make a hole in your bead where your chain will go. Use your razor blade to fix the parts that got misshapen when you stuck the toothpick in. Then take the slices you cut off earlier with the razor and smush ’em together until they are one big mass. Repeat the steps to make two smaller vaguely geometric beads. Bake it in the oven according to the instructions to set them. After they cool paint them with your gold color. You can dip them, paint them partially or cover the entire bead. I used a brush to partially paint them because the paint was too thick to dip and I was too lazy to thin it out. Let them dry. Put them on your chain with the biggest bead in the center. Voila! I’m going to try for earrings whenever I get to a store that carries jewelry findings.

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

*Sorry for the low quality and high noise of the pictures, I was too lazy to use my tripod. My 50mmF1.8 is coming soon though and then NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY WILL BE MY MINE!