September Favs

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Lazy Sunday Mornings // Jasmine // Marchesa SS15 // New Witchery Line // All white outfits // The iconic Love bracelet by Cartier // adidas Superstar sneakers // Lace details // Catbird rings // Jack Johnson, In Between Dreams vinyl // George Clooney’s wedding.

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EJ

Rain Maker

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A truly remarkable women once said “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance” and I couldn’t agree more.

Owning classic, simple pieces is a must for any women’s wardrobe. Such as the white button down shirt or a black leather jacket, but the number one classic item every women should own is a pair of perfectly fitted jeans.

Recently I have fallen in love with J Brands amazing jeans collection. They have every colour and style you can image. I found this pair at a sample sale in NY and literally wore them everyday during my fashion week castings.

For this look post I paired my JB denims with an oversized knit from Mango, things were starting to get a little chilly just before I left New York, and a pair of classic patent pumps and Audrey sunnies. Everyone was hiding in their apartments and it felt rather cinematic to be alone down on the piers having my morning flat white and croissant as the steam rose from the Manhattan skyline.

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EJ

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Top: Mango
Jeans: J Brand
Shoes: H&M
Sunglasses: Topshop
Clutch: Colette Hayman
Rings: Catbird

Photos by Justin Polkey

Vogue Eyewear Summer House Competition

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It’s Monday and I’ve got an awesome surprise for you dear readers!

Myself and Vogue Eyewear are giving away 2 plus 1 tickets to their Summer House competition taking place tomorrow in Cape Town.

So if bubbles, canapés and Vogue Eyewear frames are your thing enter below.

Who knows you may even win a trip to Phuket, Thailand…

xxx
EJ
Happy Monday

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Competition Details:

1.) Comment on this post why you should be chosen to attend tomorrow’s Vogue Eyewear Summer House Event.

2.) Make sure you are following both Vogue Eyewear and My Life in Pink with Emma Jane on Facebook.
Terms & Conditions:

1.) Chosen winners are final.

2.) You must live in Cape Town to enter.

Good Luck :)

Once Upon a Time in America

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The early morning light, cobbled streets, old buildings and the smell of strong coffee teamed up with my slightly masculine look had me feeling like I’d just stepped off the set of a New York gangster film.

Hiding away in my oversized coat that not only offered me warmth but added a sense of mystery once tied up at the waist.

I decided to dress my high waisted, tailored trousers down with a simple, classic cotton tee and a pair of stark all white sneakers. Adding an oversized coat to a relaxed outfit such as this, helped give a strong finish to my Mafia outfit.

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EJ

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Top: JBrand
Trousers: Mango
Coat: Mango
Shoes: Lacoste

Photos by Justin Polkey

Back At It: Full Body Workout

So I’ve been pretty lazy over the past couple of weeks with regards to exercising and staying in shape. Thankfully I’ve been walking and cycling around to all my meetings so things haven’t gone too downhill.

But enough is enough! It’s time to pull myself towards myself and start working out again. Below is a simple full body workout I really enjoy and depending how many times you stop to rest it should take you around 45min to complete. Best part of all… you don’t even need a gym.

I’m in Durban the moment, just arrived at my hotel, as I have a two day shoot here and I even packed my skipping rope so I can work out right here in my hotel room. No excuses this time!

If you have any questions about the below workout or what each exercise means just leave me a comment and I’ll get back with a more detailed description.

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EJ

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  • 10min warm up run
  • x10 burpees
  • x30 jumping lunges (15 each leg)
  • x15 pushups
  • x15 sumo squats
  • x60 mountain climbers
  • x15 leg raisers
  • x24 commandos
  • 2min skipping

REPEAT

Black Magic

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After three amazing months in the Big Apple I am finally back in Cape Town. The past three months have been an adventure I can not even begin to describe over a blog post and to tell the truth I am not exactly sure how I feel about it all. Maybe it’s the jet lag or the lack of sleep who knows, but right now my emotions and thoughts all seem a little scrambled.

While I was in New York I took part in New York Fashion Week and that meant casting after casting after casting. To be honest I would not have survived all my castings without a trusty pair of heels and my trusty choice was a pair of Charles & Keith black booties. Comfort without disregarding style, sounds like a perfect winning combo right?

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EJ

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Top: H&M
Vest: H&M
Skirt: Improvd via Atrium
Hat: Witchery
Necklace: Woolworths
Shoes: Charles & Keith

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Fashion Memo – Military Khaki

“The colour of money and the shade of envy – hardly a coincidence”

One of the dominating colours this season is without doubt military khaki, embraced by designers such as Balmain, Calvin Klein and Isabel Marant.

A dominating colour that suits every skin tone and can be more forgiving then a heavy black look.

Tips for wearing khaki this season:
- Khaki acts as a neutral working well with pretty much all colours.
- An oversized knit or a pair of high waisted trousers in khaki will be your best friends this season.
- Khaki can come across quite hard and masculine, wear a piece with ruffles for a more feminine look.
- Keep it crisp and clean.

xxx
EJ

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Behati Prinsloo for Porter Magazine // Balmain pieces // Nike Roshe Run Premium // Christian Dior Eyeshadow //  // Mango Trousers // Isabel Marant Knit // Chanel Nail polish // Celine Eyewear //  // Marc Jacobs Watch // Chanel Handbag // Runway Trends // Behati Prinsloo for Porter Magazine.

Collage made by myself.

New York Rooftop

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There’s something remarkable about being up on a rooftop in New York City during sunset. Life below on the streets becomes a distant murmur and everything begins to move in slow motion. You have a 360 degree panoramic view of Manhattan in it’s most whimsical hour.

Apart from falling in love with NY rooftops I also fell in love with the new Premium Collection from Mango. Ok I am slightly biased because a.) I love Mango and b.) I love Anja Rubik even more, but seriously the pieces from the new Premium Collection are not only top quality and comfortable but they all about originality when it comes to design. From wrap-around kimonos to wedged and platform sandals, it’s all about a minimal look with edge.

xxx
EJ

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Top: Mango
Pants: Mango
Shoes: Mr Price

Photos by Justin Polkey

NYC Restaurant Week: My Top Five Picks

For those of you that know me you’ll know that I am a complete food freak… a foodie. I love eating food, taking pictures of food, talking about food and creating memories over food.

I love how food brings people together and the joy and smiles left on peoples faces after a delicious meal. The breaking of bread and the sharing of wine.

So when I discovered NYC Restaurant Week while reading an advertisement in an elevator I nearly died. I pulled my phone out of my bag so fast that half my bag’s contents came out with it too. I needed to Google this God sent message and make sure it was real!

“New York Restaurant Week is an event held twice a year in which participating restaurants in New York City offer prix fixe lunches and dinners. At the finest restaurants, this can be a fraction of the usual prices. The event is held in early winter (January/February) and summer (July/August).”

Needless to say at $25.00 for a three course meal I was out trying as many NY foodie hot spots as I possibly could in one week. I was in Heaven. Below are some of my favourite spots I discovered…

The Spice Market, Meatpacking:
Situated in the middle of the Meatpacking district this remarkable place serves Southeast Asian street food with a  twist. Amazing decor and an vibey atmosphere practically 24/7 it’s a definite must try. My favourite dishes were the spicy chicken rice balls with tamarind dipping sauce and the udon noodles with garlic, chilli and vegetables.

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Fig & Olive, Meatpacking:
If you looking for a place to cool down from the hot and humid New York heat and enjoy a decent glass of vino along with fresh Mediterranean food Fig & Olive is the spot for you. Not a beat is skipped on the quality of ingredients sourced and used for each dish. No dish will let you down but I highly suggest you try the truffle mushroom croquettes.

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Hangawi, Midtown:
Finally, a vegan restaurant where meat eaters won’t feel deprived. Each dish explodes with originality and tantalises the tastebuds. I simply love how you have to take you shoes off as you enter the restaurant. My firm favourites were by far the cold black sesame porridge and the stuffed shiitake mushrooms with almond cinnamon sauce. They also have an amazing selection of unique tasting teas.

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Sushi Samba, Soho:
“A unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine” if that’s not enough to hook you then maybe the Kuromitsu glazed pork belly lettuce wraps will. For those of you that are avid Sex in the City fans, such as myself, you may recognise this place at the restaurant where Samantha throws a dirty Martini in Richard’s face and rather calmly says “Dirty martini, dirty bastard.”

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Nobu Next Door, Tribeca:
Nobu Next Door is an extension of the original Nobu and caters for spontaneous diners by offering a first come, first serve table seating from 7pm till 9pm. Nobu needs no introduction amongst foodies, every dish will leave you smiling and highly satisfied. My recommended dish? The black cob miso… yum!

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Carmen Marc Valvo – NYFW

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Opening Carmen Marc Valvo’s 25th anniversary show during NYFW

Last week Friday I walked my first ever fashion show for designer Carmen Marc Valvo at the Lincoln Centre for New York Fashion Week. It was such an incredible honour to be chosen to open his 25th anniversary show.

I was SO nervous! When we had our run through before the show I walked out onto the runway and almost wiped out, the runway was as slippery as a butchers prick! I immediately went into a state of panic, only to be informed 10min later that the plastic on the runway was to be taken off just before the show started. Saved from embarrassment.

Backstage is always madness, everyone is running around getting final touches to their hair and make up, photographers are wanting to squeeze in a last pic, someone wants an interview, stylists are squeezing you into your shoes and at the same time you getting pushed into a queue by some official in black clothing and a headphone.

The lights dim and a cover of Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams begins to play, someone pushes me from behind and the next thing I know I’m on the runway with hundreds of people and cameras staring right at me. To be honest I can’t really remember it too well, it’s all a blur, but I do remember telling myself to take my hands out of my jumpsuit pockets and for some reason they weren’t budging haha. Dammit nerves!

For my second look I had eased into it and by the time the finale came around I was having so much fun I didn’t want it to end.

It was such an incredible honour to walk for Carmen and to be a part of his silver anniversary during NYFW.

xxx
EJ

Backstage madness

Backstage madness

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Getting my hair done by Ted Gibson, celebrity hair stylist. Some of his clients include Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Cameron Diaz and Lupita Nyong’o.

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Being interviewed backstage. See my nervous OTT smile haha.

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Beauty shots backstage

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The line up

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My rail.

The fashionista's gathering together.

The fashionista’s gathering together.

Wall of cameras  ready to capture every moment.

Wall of cameras ready to capture every moment.

Marly Marls. My dearest manager.

Marly Marls. My dearest manager.

Backstage press. With designer Carmen.

Backstage press. With designer Carmen.

My dearest partner, Justin Polkey. Thank you so much for your continuous support and love.

My dearest partner, Justin Polkey. Thank you so much for your continuous support and love.

Photos by Justin Polkey