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?

xxx
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

 

Alexander Freaking Wang

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I love how fashion has not only become more wearable in the last couple of seasons but how less in now more. Minimalism.

Take these Alexander Wang pants for example, a minimalist piece made with a luxe fabric. Something so simple and timeless it’s almost impossible to style them badly.

The minimalist trend is not attention grabbing but makes a statement effortlessly. Simplicity and luxury are combined to create an elegant effect.

Some tips for the minimalist theme: Don’t over accessorise and stick to a colour palette of black, navy, grey, cream and white.

xxxx
EJ

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Top: Zara
Pants: Alexander Wang
Shoes: Mr Price
Clutch: Witchery

Photos by Justin Polkey

Denim Blues

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Over the past couple of years I have learned to live out of a 23kg suitcase, and when you love clothes and shoes as much as I do it isn’t an easy task to master.

One of the ways I have managed to survive is by traveling with a few key pieces, this pair of denim shorts from Mango is one of my favourite key pieces. I can wear practically anything with them and it works, even denim on denim :) I love how they slightly high waisted to add that extra pinch to one’s waist.

Happy Monday Lovelies,
xxx
EJ

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Top: H&M
Shorts: Mango
Boots: Country Road

Photos by Justin Polkey

Downtown New York

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I love what weekends embody: food, friends, wine, adventure, relaxation and free will. It’s that time we can do anything our hearts desire. Go on a road trip, shop our hearts out or simply lie in bed watching series all weekend. And even though I don’t have a 9 to 5 job I love weekends!

This weekend I headed downtown for some designer bargain shopping at Century 21. Note to self, and everyone else, avoid C21 on weekends at all costs, unless  fighting over a pair of shoes is your idea of fun. Afterwards we spent the day exploring downtown Manhattan.

I love wearing simple, comfy outfits on the weekend. I spend my week dressing up for castings and running around in high heels seeing clients or shooting in studio so when the weekend comes around it’s goodbye stilettos and hello Birkenstocks.

I love my new panama hat which I got on sale from Forever 21 this past week. The perfect touch to add a little something extra to a simple denim and knit look.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend,

xxx
EJ

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Top: Zara
Shorts: Mango
Shoes: Mr Price
Hat: Forever 21
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: Colette Hayman

Photos by Justin Polkey

Boho Breeze

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One of my favourite singers of all time sang the lines “the times they are a changing” and those six words couldn’t be more true to me.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve wondered into the unknown, taken on new tasks and challenges and started to discover little things about myself that I never really knew… all thanks to New York City, The City of Dreams.

I guess it’s along with this sense of excitement and adventure that I styled this boho look complete with lace, a floppy hat and precious stones. Like I said in one of my previous posts, I don’t have one style, my style depends on the mood I wake up in.

… And right now I am feeling freer then a bird and braver than a lion.

xxxx
EJ

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Top: Urban Outfitters
Shorts: Urban Outfitters
Bra: H&M
Hat: Witchery
Shoes: H&M
Bracelet: Aldo
Necklaces: Urban Outfitters

Photos by Justin Polkey

August Favs

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Sheep skin throws // Juicy watermelon // Lace bras and dainty gold rings // Stella Maria Baer’s artwork // New York City Sunday brunches // Messy ponytails // Ladurée macaroons // Day dreaming about a seaside vacation // Pale pink Scandinavian apartments // Cat eye sunglasses // Lemon flavoured water // Jewellery from Empty Casket // Diptyque candles

xxx EJ