These Boots Were Made For Walking

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With temperatures starting to drop it’s no secret that Winter is right around the corner… and what’s a must for every Winter? A pair of boots of course.

Skimping on proper good quality footwear is never an option, especially during Winter. No matter how many pairs of boots I own I still find myself browsing the stores trying to find that perfect pair of boots that are a.) Waterproof. I cannot stand wet socks! b.) Durable c.) comfortable and d.) of course stylish.

These Chelsea Rain Boots from Witchery will definitely be helping me face the wet weather is style. A classic gumboot with a sleek style upgrade.

Layering is key during the colder months and I’ve teamed my cosy turtle neck with the ultimate double breasted military coat, a pair of fish nets (yes you heard me right, when was the last time you wore a pair of fishnets?) and my maroon Chelsea rain boots.

I’m definitely all set for a waterproof season.

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For a classic take on the Seventies I teamed a navy turtle neck (because sometimes it’s nice to take a break from black.) with a pair of cropped, frayed denims and a pair of tan leather ankle boots.

If you looking for a pair of sturdy ankle boots this season look no further. The Violet Boot from Witchery has the perfect heel – the block heel. Seen on the runway thanks to designers such as Anthony Vaccarello and Dior, the block heel is a comfortable and reliable heel. Made with genuine leather and covered in gold studs. What’s not to love?

What’s your must have boot that you searching for this Winter?

xxx
EJ

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* An editorial post in collaboration with Witchery & Woolworths

adidas Originals x HYKE

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Japanese womenswear label, HYKE, have once again teamed up with adidas Originals and designed a collection that makes my heart pound. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with simple and clean aesthetics and that’s exactly what the new adidas Originals by HYKE SS16 collection is all about.

Myself and Aqeelah Harron Ally (Fashion Breed) teamed up with adidas Originals to shoot a localised version of the new HYKE SS16 lookbook with Justin Polkey.

 The collection focused on a colour palette of navy and white all while keeping in line a clean and collected range with authentic sportswear elements. Fashionable minimalism.

Favourite piece of the collection? The ultra white high top Stan Smiths! As far as shoes are concerned there’s nothing that gets me more excited then a pair of fresh white sneakers. (I currently own 11 pairs!) I’ve officially labeled this sneaker as the must have shoe for 2016. Also the socks insert emoji with heart eyes – #JustSaying.

The adidas Originals by HYKE SS16 is available at AREA3 in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, and adidas.co.za.

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Photos by Justin Polkey

Two Ways To Wear Denim

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My denim collection grows bigger by the day, it’s kind of strange considering two years ago I only owned one pair of black skinnies. Now a quarter of my wardrobe consists of some form of denim. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and theirs something sophisticated and free about a pair of denims. Or maybe it’s my Parisian obsession, either way a pair of well fitted denims is a must for any women.

Today’s post features the two different styles of denims, a pair of blue skinnies and a pair of black coated skinnies, each styled differently.

The first denim look has a more laid back feeling for those Summer Bohemian nights or a lunch out with a friend. Team your denims with a block heel for a comfy yet elevated look, throw on a pair of sunnies and you good to go. These Witchery skinnies are made from a stretch fabric providing the outmost comfort.

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For my second look I embraced my love affair with Paris. Classic, well fitted black skinnies, a stripped tee teamed with a red lip.

This particular pair of denims are made from coated fabrications for a leather look finish. For a comfortable yet stylish look for the office and after work, simply add a leather coat or a blazer, swop your work bag out for a clutch and head out for drinks.

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* An editorial post in collaboration with Witchery & Woolworths

A Knitted Affair

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Recently I’ve been staying in the most unbelievable house in Cape Town that I never want to leave. Every morning , as the sun rises, I am greeted with an unobstructed view of the full length of Table Mountain (One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World) and feel, excuse the hashtag, utterly #blessed.

Lately I’ve been feeling uninspired by work and life in general but I think this house may just have ignited my ambition, perseverance and creative juices. Fingers crossed it’s a permanent thing…

When it comes to ease, nothing beats a twinset. Your outfit is already paired together for you and all you got to do is add a pair of shoes and an accessory or two and you good to go because we all know that taking over the World requires our full attention.

xxx
EJ

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Twinset: Zara
Shoes: Zara
Earrings: Country Road

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Weekly Inspiration

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WSJ, February 2016
model: Sophia Ahrens
photographer: Angelo Pennetta
stylist: Geraldine Saglio
hair: Rudi Lewis
makeup: Lisa Houghton

This story evokes some serious holiday/adventure feels. All I want to do is book the soonest flight out of Cape Town to Bali and disappear into the jungle for a full month.

xxx
EJ

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First Edition with Witchery

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As always Witchery is at the forefront of translating the latest resort trends with a Winter twist. A collection that places as much emphasis on quality as it does on style.

A collection that focuses on the season’s latest trends and boasts a palette of the must-have colours, smokey pink, soft winter whites and sharp-edged black.

My firm favourites being the stand-out sleeve that flares, just covering the hands and exuding a sense of mystery and sexiness. The waisted black tailored trousers that are as easy to dress up as they are to dress down. Lastly the smoky pink streamlined coat, perfect for pairing with the easy-yet-elegant staples for the office or everyday outing.

We looking at a modern revival with winter thanks to Witchery.

xxx
EJ

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Shop the looks online at Witchery or Woolworths

All items of clothing are available at Witchery from select Woolworths stores.

Photo’s by Justin Polkey

AKJP

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Today we celebrating local design duo Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen, also know as AKJP. Apart from designing their own clothing line, Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen also own the AKJP Collective. A concept store in Cape Town brought to you to showcase local SA design at its best.

The duo was one of three local South African designers to be selected as one of the finalists in the Who Is On Next? Dubai scouting project launched by Vogue Italia and dedicating to discovering design talent from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

I recently attended AKJP’s AW’16 fashion show and opted to wear something from the designers themselves. A shirt dress (which I actually think is a longer length tee from the guys section) from one of their previous collections. I wanted an overall athleisure look so teamed the tee with the new “it” sneaker from adidas Originals, the NMD’s, and knotted hair instead of boxer braids. My final touch was my dark lip, Plum and Base, courtesy of Catrice.

With the duo making waves in the design industry both locally and abroad I think we can expect some extraordinary things from Keith Henning and Jody Paulsen.

xxx
EJ

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Shirt Dress: AKJP
Bag: Chanel
Sneakers: adidas Originals
Septum Ring: MrP
Lip Colour: Catrice Ultimate Stay Limpstick in Plum & Base
Hair: Fazli Krasniqi

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Weekly Inspiration

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models:
Marta M, Jules Raynal & Valentin Soares
photographer: Nicolas Guerin
creative director: Robin Navarro-Harraga
stylist: Pascal Pache
hair: Robin Navarro-Harraga

A story filled with freedom, love and adventure…

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Weekly Inspiration

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models: Lou Schoof and Nils Schoof
photographer: Elizaveta Porodina
stylist: Julie Pelipas
make-up & hair: Heiko Palach

Today’s weekly inspiration is a throw back to last year, I’ve been wanting to share this editorial for some time now. It’s such a beautiful and classic black and white masterpiece of a story between a brother and sister. Kudos to Elizaveta and her lighting, simply magnifique!

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Friday Favs: Coconut & Lemon Bliss Balls

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These bliss balls are so damn refreshing and tasty, contain healthy oils and is the perfect treat to help curb those sugar cravings.

Ingredients: 
– 2 cups shredded coconut and a little bit extra for the end
– 1/2 cup almonds
– 2-3 teaspoons rice malt syrup (vegans) or honey
– 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
– zest and juice of one organic lemon. (I prefer using organic lemons when I need zest.) 

Method:
– Pop all your ingredients into a food processor and blend.
– If the mixture isn’t sticking together add a lil more coconut oil.
– Roll into balls.
– And cover with the extra shredded coconut.
– Refrigerate for until firm.

Makes about 18 balls, 130 calories per ball.

Enjoy
XXX
EJ