fashion friday: i hereby do solemnly embrace man-repelling.

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 don’t know why I was the last person to wake up to Man Repelling, but I was, and now I solemnly and lovingly embrace it. My favorite outfits are man-repellent.  I feel like I did when I first learned the German word fremdschämen (to feel vicariously embarrassed for other people): Liberated and finally able to express a state I’m constantly in, in a succinct manner. I now have a word to describe my personal style.
From the O.G. Man Repeller, the definition:

man·re·pell·er1  [mahn-ree-peller]

outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. This includes but is not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see:human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.
–verb (used without object),-pell·ing, -pell·ed.
to commit the act of repelling men:
Girl 1: What are you wearing tonight?
Girl 2: My sweet lime green drop crotch utility pants
Girl 1: Oh, so we’re man repelling tonight?
*DISCLAIMER: the above conversation took place in this room 5 minutes ago.
     Bright orange lipstick? They hate it! High-waisted pants? Unattractive. Huge glasses? Nope. A giant sparkly collar necklace? Überhaupt NICHT.
     I guess we could also explain it as a venn diagram, and the circle which contains Man-Repellent clothing almost completely contains MOM-Repellant clothing (a lot of décolletage would be one thing Moms hate and Mans love). Moms hate it when you try and be too fashionable in front of their friends. “Beta, why don’t you wear that nice navy turtleneck?” Mans hate it when you try and be too fashionable in front of their moms. “Hmm. That might be a little much.” Even in high school I once wore glitter jeans from Arden B (remember that store? ok, not the greatest sartorial choice I’ve ever made) and I had to hear about it for days from all the MANS (well, boys).
Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love
     I have a word for my clothing style. It’s called man-repellant. And I embrace it. Thank you Man Repeller, THANK YOU. 
{photos by Lisa P.}
P.S. My new shoes are by Amanda Laird Cherry. My belt’s from last week

fashion friday: winter in the southern hemisphere

The days are officially getting longer down here and this week has been warmer than usual. Last weekend we walked all around downtown Joburg and sipped coffees and kept warm and listened to Graceland in the car. When I made the graphics for this post last week it was freezing and still officially fall. The weather’s turned a bit warmer (for now) and I’m so excited because we have an action packed weekend of fun planned with our friends. 
bottom to the top:
my reliable oxfords from Some Store in Berlin.
wool tights to keep me warm from Falke
high waisted short from Urban Outfitters
bright purple belt by The Summit from Egality in Joburg (best store ever)
mustard shirt by Non-European from the Mememe in Joburg
Long ass scarf from Zara in Berlin
bag from  Second Attitude Vintage in Parkhurst
little silver star earrings that you can’t really see are by Silver Fig also from Egality

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!

Fashion Friday: Upside-down French Braided Top Knot

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

recently, anna made all my lazy hair fantasies come true by upside down french braiding my hair. if you know how to french braid then doing it upside down is quite intuitive. if it isn’t as easy for you as i’m making it sound try and train your man (or woman). or watch this video. or if you’re like me enjoy it whenever you have a friend around to make your hair dreams come true.

have a lovely weekend with your lazier yet cooler than thou hair-do.  xx

photo credit: maureen!

Fashion Friday: Dokter and Misses

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

Today’s Fashion Friday is a necklace a I picked up from Dokter and Misses. They design great modern and minimalist home and office furniture, which is beautiful and sleek. I grabbed this industrial necklace that goes with everything, and I’ve been wearing it like it’s my job (and to my job).

In other exciting news I bought Adobe CS6 and had my first foray into Photoshop, the fruits of which are displayed above. I used this handy tutorial and purchased these vintage label shapes, both from Pugly Pixel. I should have made the back layer a darker grey, since you can barely see it. I’ve decided and P has very enthusiastically and kindly agreed that it would be worth my while to take an evening class some time during the upcoming months for Photoshop and then Illustrator. Before I do that I’m going to use the internet and teach myself so I don’t go in completely unprepared.

Last night we went to the opening of the new Wits Art Museum and it is grand to have a proper art museum in Jozi, another great stop for our visiting guests. It opens to the public on May 19th and I’ll write about it next week.

Have a great weekend!

Doktor and Misses
68 JUTA STREETmonday – friday 10 – 5
saturday 10 – 3
or by appointment


tuesday – friday 10 – 5
saturday 10 – 4 sunday 10 – 3
monday closed

Fashion Friday: Second Attitude Vintage

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

I was on the hunt for an inexpensive, small tan leather bag to lug around this town. I found it at Second Attitude Vintage in Parkhurst. Well okay, I found it at their Sunday Stall at Arts on Main. Owned by an adorable Parisienne named Lolo and her Xhosa husband named Quiet. Their store has been open a year already. Makes me feel like I should get my act together.

Anyway, I got me a new bag that fits my beloved iPad plus essentials and is omgadorbs for 900 rands. Yay!

Glasses: The mememe in Cape Town

Shirt: Zara, a million years ago

Jeans: Joe’s Jeans

Oxfords: somewhere in Berlin, lost to memory

Fashion Friday: Frenchie

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

I got a special French manicure, with stone grey as a base and electric (day glo?) orange for the tip. My manicurist is back from her 6 week (!!!!) vacation during which time my sorry self didn’t have my nails done once because she is the best and I don’t have to explain what I want. Plus when she paints my nails they last for almost two weeks and it’s not even gel polish. A regular Christmas miracle at any time of the year. Which reminds me, one of my colleagues who lives in Pretoria asked me for a good spot to get her nails did in Jozi and I realized everyone should know- Shereen at Studio 9 (011-684-1002) at Melrose Arch is a miracle worker.