My 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?
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.
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.
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.
Shirt: Woolworth’s (120ZAR, thanks Neha)
Shoes: French Connection from a few years ago
Photos courtesy of THE HUBS
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.
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!
Rings: Wedding ring and Zoja Mihic
Have a great weekend, and wish us luck with our manual transmission!
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.
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