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. 
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.

fashion friday: diy gold feathered shoulders

This week I fancied a grey shirt with gold feathered shoulders. The nineties are back people, and there is nothing you or I can do about it.

For this project I used:

1 grey shirt, cropped-ish (I got mine from Mr. Price!) That’s like Old Navy for all you ‘mericans. I got a cropped-ish specifically so I could wear it with my high waisted pants (like above) or my pleated black midi skirt and a loud skinny belt.

1/8 yard vinyl (any color)

spray paint (gold)

needle and thread


First I cut my vinyl into shapes like so. I made about 50. It’s not an exact science, shape and size wise.

Like many things on this blog, I took them outside and spray painted them. I picked gold. Black would look nice too. 

Then I put on my shirt and marked where I wanted the shoulder pad thingies to start with a pin. Then I started sewin’. About 5 or 6 in a row closer to the top, and 4ish towards the bottom. Again, this is not an exact science nor is it Project Runway.

Et Voila!

The only lame thing about this project is my pictures. I’m sorry. Sometimes the stars, lighting and photographer availability don’t align. Maybe I’ll re-photograph it and add it later on. When I wear it I feel like I have cool bird shoulder wings. It’s like an extremely less severe version of this shirt that Kim Kardashian was wearing. And when it comes to Kim Kardashian, it’s always a good bet to be less extreme than her.

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: 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