consumerist series 5: vintage neutrals


 All the early 20th century period films plus my recent main-lining of Boardwalk Empire are creating a hunger for that Prohibition era look.

1. Caroline paneled dress by LRK. It would go fab with my new MAC lipstick in Girl About Town.

2. I’ve been craving a head dress since my wedding. This is the perfect (& cheap!) solution.

3. Karen Walker cat-eye sunglasses. We are going to Zanzibar in a couple months for some fun in the sun. It will go perfectly with my…

4. High waisted 50s style bikini. Though I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that the one piece and high waisted suits are even harder to look good in than a skimpy bikini.

5. Loeffler Randall Octavia high top sneaker. They would feel and look divine while traveling.

**Welcome to the consumerist column, where I detail things I want. Because I want a lot of things and I’m not ashamed to say it.**



a half hearted blog post of things i full-heartedly want. don’t worry, i have a few lovely TERRARIUM POSTS coming. mini terrariums, medium terrariums, big terrariums. goldilocks and the three terrariums.

click on the links below each item above to be magically transported.

1. sparkly camera strap. there’s no reason my ever-present camera shouldn’t look adorbs. via bloomtheory.

2. metal thin hand cuff bracelet. need. NEED. via shopbop.

3. tiny turquoise ring to add to the growing stack on my wedding finger. via catbird.

4. metallic lace-up booties. OBVI. via shopbop.

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.

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

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 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

fashion fridays.

okay i’m doing it. fashion fridays. disclaimers: 1) i don’t claim to know anything about fashion, except that i like it. 2) i’m just learning how to use my camera, and take pictures of my outfits so bear with me! maybe i’ll be too shy to do this again and 3) i must apologize for my look of fear-masked-by-determination in this photo, i’ll get it one day. ok, let’s get started shall we?

i wore this to watch the south african ballet perform sleeping beauty at joburg civic theatre.

sunglasses: miumiu via galeries lafayette. i had a bad day at work and they made me feel better like p couldn’t no one else could

tank: h&m. that is because jcrew recently decided to make their tanks out of shit very thin material. bad move jcrew. i loved your tanks. 

neon maxi skirt and necklace: anthropologie. i got that ish on sale, yo. 

bag: alexander wang via shopbop. because mr. wang is a bad*ss. and now by the transitive property, so am i. 

bracelet: adia kibur via shopbop.

alright, i hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! singh: out. 

14th october, 2011