a medicine cabinet full of nail polish.

Untitled-2My feet are tiny and they used to be cute (as cute as feet can be). After I started running pretty regularly this past year they became terribly ugly: blistered, calloused, black toenails, no toenails, or toenails that are growing back at an angle. Pedicures are a pointless, uphill battle (I haven’t yet tried shellack/gellish/biogel on my toes…does that work for anyone?). All I can do is schlup more and more nail polish on disguise my feet during sandal season (which is a lot of the time in South Africa). How do you keep your feet from becoming totally embarassing? Do blister band aids work for you? Shellack? Nylon socks? Two pairs of nylon socks?

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: 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: 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.

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

fashion friday: on a saturday

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

Friday was just too busy for me to post. We have bought a manual car and I’ve been spending all my spare time in the driveway practicing starting up-hill. Anyway I’ll post about that another time. Today since I’m obsessed with color-block I thought I’d try it on my nails. My nails are still covered in my gelish manicure in Mint Icing. I just added a block of OPI in Need Sunglasses? to the  top half of my nails. I needed something festive for the party we are headed to today.

PS if you have a base of Gelish and mess up with your regular nail polish just use non-acetone remover to take it off, and ta-da your Gelish color remains! Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

If you want to be more exact about the whole thing I would cut masking tape in a straight or curved line and put it on each nail before painting the top half on. I don’t have time for those types of things though!

Nail polish : Gelish in Mint Icing with OPI in Need Sunglasses?

Rings: Wedding ring and Zoja Mihic

Bracelets: Metal bracelet by adia kibur via Shopbop and yellow bracelet by Belle Costes in NYC.

Shirt: topshop

Have a great weekend, and wish us luck with our manual transmission!

fashion fridays.

i realize that this outfit is a bit plain and a bit of a cop out since i already featured the shirt and necklace this week in a post about neighbourgoods. my reason for using it anyway is that i should focus on local african designers as much as possible. and to make up for my lack of creativity i have a little extra for you: my nails. in a pathetic heroic attempt to save money since we are dropping hard earned cash for cars sometime this month i decided to do my own nails, (p, my parade please).

i wore this outfit to lunch at my friend bing’s house (she cooked and hosted a delicious lunch with some other ‘real’ bloggers- heather, martina, sine and clare) and to my first photography class. i learned a ton at both. a very successful day in south africa.

glasses: garrett leight via shopbop

necklaces: ruby, skermunkil, and i don’t remember from an nyc flea market

shirt: take care clothingvia neighbourgoods

black bandeau: h&m because see-through shirts need bandeaus

jeans: mavivia the mavi store in hackesher markt (berlin), they were like 2 for 1. i don’t really like them though because they get super loose after one wear.

and le manicure. i got my inspiration via this pin on pinterest. i think it turned out okay. it is a feat to properly photograph your own nails though.

grey: opi in moon over mumbai

gold glitter: opi in only gold for me

top coat: essie in no chips ahead (i only mention because it works preeetty well)


i am off to cape town for the week with ptomorrow and i am incredibly excited to see the city that the whole word talks about (and by ‘see’ i mean ‘drink my way through several wine farms’). i hope your weekend is fabulous and restful. bis nächstes mal meine kartoffelköpfe!!

21st october, 2011