things to do in joburg: neighbourgoods market

Namrata Singh//neighbourgoods market sign

this weekend we visited the neighbourgoods market. it was just lovely! it is located on the corner of juta street and de beer street, in downtown joburg. it runs on saturdays until it dies out around 3 (we were there until 4). hot tip: when using a satellite navigator in joburg, typing in an intersection gets accurate results more consistently than entering a regular street address…but more on that in another post! it is not unlike the Arts on Main market, in that there are delicious foods and such.

Namrata Singh//plants in a bag at the neighbourgoods market

the crowd is sexy, the food is yummy, and after you’ve had a few belgian beers or margaritas you might find yourself dancing with some new friends. the market only opened a little over a month ago so you should visit before it becomes oversaturated and cliché soon. i heard from a new friend that renting a stall is only about three or four hundred rand per day, so i’m thinking of selling my cupcakes or other baked goods if i can ever get it together. i think an exploratory visit to kadies is in order!

Namrata Singh//sexy people at the neighbourgoods market

as noted, local fashion designers and artisans fill the stalls of these markets, so I found this white shirt from Take Care Clothing and that tube necklace from Skermunkil Design Studio, (you can find her blog here to find out where to buy her awesome pieces).

Namrata Singh//loot from neighbourgoods

i am so inspired by ladies like them…creating beautiful pieces for affordable prices, running their own businesses and not letting things like Fear of Failure stop them. for me, one of the biggest appeals of going to these markets is seeing people selling their wares…it is like they are baring a piece of their soul and saying: Hello. I made/designed/created this. I’m standing here and hoping that you like what I made and want to further my business and creativity by buying one. although the designers probably don’t think about it like that since they are used to doing this type of thing a lot, for me watching it is a profound experience. one of the reasons we made the decision to move to joburg was so that i could decide what it is i want to do with the rest of my life. i am forced to not work for a while as a holder of a dependent visa, and I don’t want this time to be for naught. i want to make the right decision for my career path, and not let fear keep me from making the right one.

17th October, 2011

Johannesburg Take Care Clothing baubles jhb neighbourgoods market skermunkil design fas fashion
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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

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local fashion

Namrata Singh//in our backyard….sorry the africa necklace is twisted backwards! 

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my addiction to penchant for shopping is fortunately (p might ask fortunately for who?) finding a good home in joburg. so far i’ve mostly only been shopping (and by shopping i mean making daily frantic runs to) in builder’s warehouse and this store called @home for curtains and paint and stuff. then last weekend when i was supposed to be picking up lunch for my hungry husband (who was painting the dining room per my orders request) i wandered into a store called young designers emporium. um, so it is a store that carries the clothing of young south african designers. a cool thing is anyone can submit their designs and get a ‘rail’ (if you are good enough and commercially viable). so to recap you can find fashionable, cheap clothing & accessories and support  young, local talent. srsly. so i wandered in and had to restrain myself to walk out only with the above necklace which is a gold plated silver pendant in the shape of africa on a silk thread. so simple and bad ass, and most importantly inexpensive. and the designer of my necklace is ruby. so put YDE on your list of places to shop when you come to south africa or if you like this necklace just order directly from her website. (fyi mom, i also managed to grab lunch for p and didn’t just present him with my necklace to eat)

6th october, 2011

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i need an inexpensive bag for running around joburg….

Source: tinyurl.com via Namrata on Pinterest

i’ve seen this all around the internet, i can’t carry my normal bags around jhb, it’s good for a cheap stylish replacement while i’m here from cambridge satchel co….now the million dollar question is whether this will properly be delivered to our po box (you need one, mail doesn’t get delivered to your house) and what will the customs tax be? or will it be a bribe? will it be stolen? i don’t think i can wait for my sis to smuggle it here in jan…

fashion want jhb
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i think you’re supposed to blog about things like this:

Source: stylemepretty.com via Namrata on Pinterest

i forgot to proclaim online that i got these shoes for my wedding. i kept them on so long after they started hurting that according to one of the doctors in our wedding party i inflamed a nerve and one of my toes went numb for approximately three weeks. it was worth it, though. 

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a birthday gift i forced p to give me.

Source: maljewelry.com via Namrata on Pinterest

to wear as my wedding ring while living in RSA as my pretties are in a bank locker in the states while we’re here. this shall remind me that i am not afraid of thieving idiots. 

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i wanted it. so i bought it.

Source: anthropologie.com via Namrata on Pinterest

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Halston Heritage//Acai Berry Jumpsuit//via Cusp
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how i wish i had some extra cash and a bangin gold belt.

Halston Heritage//Acai Berry Jumpsuit//via Cusp

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how i wish i had some extra cash and a bangin gold belt.

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Missoni//Clog//via Curve

Sachin and Babi//Providence Dress//via Curve 

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 god. help me.

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Opening Ceremony//Juliette Elastic Flat Oxfords//Shopbop
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have i been in berlin too long? these would make me feel like a b.a.m.f. 
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via shopbop

Opening Ceremony//Juliette Elastic Flat Oxfords//Shopbop

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have i been in berlin too long? these would make me feel like a b.a.m.f

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via shopbop


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