Summer Daze with My Theresa

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I do love an all white story. The simplicity, the elegance, the sophistication, it’s just too beautiful. I felt like a real princess wearing dresses from Saint Laurent to Balmain complete with dainty gold jewels and sparkly head pieces.

I’ve been following Justin O’Shea, the buying director of My Theresa, on social media for some time now so was over the moon when my agency called to let me know I’d be working for the company. I had a second “insta” moment when Valentino posted one of the images from the editorial on his Instagram. It’s silly I know but come on, it’s Valentino!

If I could afford any of these pieces I would of loved to have taken home the Saint Laurent collared maxi dress and Miu Miu head piece (ft. below).

xxx
EJ

P.S You can shop the story on My Theresa right here.

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Photographer: Michael Munique
Styling: Daoud Daftarie
Hair & Make-up: Richard Wilkinson 
Model: Me, Outlaws Model Agency

Customised & Tailored

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It’s funny how are wardrobes can do a 180 degree turn in the space of a year. A year ago you wouldn’t catch me in a pair of denims unless a.) they were tiny denim daisy dukes or b.) a pair of black skinny’s when casting for shoots or runway shows. Now I own about ten pairs of various denim jeans and I still have my eye on a few more.

One of my favourite denim additions to my wardrobe this year is a pair of vintage Levi 501 CT’S from 1982. I’ve been wanting a pair of “mom jeans” for some time now so was pretty stoked to finally own a pair.

Today’s look post is very must inspired by That 70’s Show: Double denim, mom jeans, granny polar-necks and yellow tinted Miu Miu’s.

xxx
EJ

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Top: Woolworths
Jeans: Vintage Levis 501 CT
Jacket: Topshop
Shoes: Country Road
Sunglasses: Miu Miu, Sunglass Hut
Earrings: Country Road
Rings: Country Road & Witchery 

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Welcome to the West

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I feel like every editorial I shoot in Cape Town goes hand in hand with a weather story. What’s up with that?

I was so excited to hear that I would be working with Jonas again for this Olivia Magazine editorial, I’d previously shoot with him when I was in Finland in 2012 and loved his work.

I’m not gang lie I had my doubts about the outcome of this editorial when we were shooting because the wind was RAGING! It felt like my clothes and hair were all over the place. Just goes to show you how a great team with talented skills can pull off a shoot under such conditions.

High five to our amazing team for pulling through, I absolutely love these images.

xxx
EJ

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Photography: Jonas Lundqvist
Styling: Anna Komonen
Hair & Make-up: Janine Pritschow
Model: Me, Outlaws Model Agency 

Greyscale

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I think I just may have found a colour I love as much as black… Melange. Call me crazy but it’s true. It a softer version of black that works with practically everything.

So when I saw this melange knit midi dress at Witchery is basically screamed at me from across the room. It’s cute and figure hugging in all the right places and I absolutely love the slits on the sleeves, adds a little asian touch.

Oh and then we have this adorable felt backpack from Country Road (yes it’s totes matching my shoes) which is the perfect size to hold all my goodies including my laptop and portfolio when I’m running around the city.

Playing with textures adds that extra touch to an outfit and can take your outfit from drab to fab. Have a little fun with your outfits, it’s fashion after all.

xxx
EJ

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Dress: Witchery
Backpack: Country Road
Shoes: Country Road
Rings: Colette by Colette Hayman

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Hemingway

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There’s nothing quite like a morning escape to the beach with my book. I must say I haven’t been reading a lot lately due to my approaching exams and I miss my morning walks on the beach with my book. This look post has me reminiscing.

There’s two things I love dearly 1.) hats and 2.) a decent button up. One of my recent purchases from Witchery is this oversize khaki button up which allows me to embrace my inner tomboy with a military kick.

xxx
EJ

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Tops: Witchery
Pants: Topshop
Hat: Forever 21
Scarf: Louis Vuitton
Shoes: Witchery

Photos by Justin Polkey

Horse Back Riding at St.Bernards Peak

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This is a super belated post that’s been sitting in my drafts since the beginning of the year… oops :)

In January Justin and I headed up to the Drakensberg to celebrate his granddads 90th birthday party. The man’s a legend in my eyes, he threw the most amazing Scottish themed party in the rolling hills of the Drakensberg complete with bag pipe performances and haggis and he out partied us all!

A stand out moment for me was an afternoon of horse back riding in the mountains. There’s something magical about galloping over hills and through rivers. A horse’s stamina and strength never cease to amaze me.

St.Bernards Peak also offers over night rides into Lesotho for more experienced riders with stops at rustic bars in bush. If I had the time I would of loved to have signed up for that.

Anyone else a major fan or horse riding?

xxx
EJ

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Wearing:
Tops: Mango
Flannel: Woolworths
Leggings: Country Road
Boots: Topshop
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Sunglass Hut

Photos by myself and Justin Polkey

Women’s Health Editorial: Underneath Your Clothes

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My latest editorial for Women’s Health is all about what to wear underneath your clothing when training. From multi strap bras to high waisted briefs all while sticking to my favourite colour palette of monochrome with a touch of melange.

My must have item from this shoot is the Stella track top from adidas. (See above) The matching track pants aint bad either 😉

P.S Did anyone get up early on Sunday morning to watch the Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather fight? How darling is Pacman, he’s still the champion in my heart #TeamPacman all the way!

xxx
EJ

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Photographer: Bettina Du Toit
Styling: Mari Groenewald
Hair & Make-up: Shahnaz Cola-Wrench
Model: Me, Outlaws Model Agency 

#ITSTARTEDWITHMOM

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I’m excited to be celebrating my mother on today’s blog post because after all… it all started with mom. My mom is my hero in so many ways.

Growing up I used to sit on her bed and watch her get ready and always used to say “Mommy when I’m old can I wear this?” she’d turn around with a smile of her face and promise to keep aside whatever item it was that I eyeing for when I grew up. Her sunglasses collection always fascinated me, from the classic Ray-Ban wayfarers to her cat eyed reading glasses with rhinestones of the sides. I blame my mother for my for my eyewear addiction.

My mom instilled my love for fashion, she was my very first style icon with her stripped socks and oversized denim jackets. She taught me how to shop a bargain and at the same time how quality matters over quantity but most importantly she taught me to be none other then myself. No matter what.

It’s no surprise that we both pitched to the shoot in double denim and oversized sunnies, I’m clearly my mother’s child.

I can’t wait to spoil my mom with another pair of sunglasses this Mother’s Day, who’s with me because I have a R500 gift card to give out? All you got to do is make sure you following both myself and Sunglass Hut SA on twitter, @emmamenteath & @sunglasshutSA, and tweet your style inspiration you got from your mother. Make sure you use the hashtag #ItStartedWithMom.

xxx
EJ

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I’m wearing:
Top: Levi’s
Jeans: Zara
Bag: Woolworths
Shoes: Witchery
Sunglasses: Miu Miu, Sunglass Hut

My mom’s wearing:
Top: Witchery
Jeans: Witchery
Shoes: Mimco
Bag: Witchery
Watch & Bracelet: Mimco
Scarf: Louis Vuitton
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana, Sunglass Hut

Shot on location at Honest Chocolate
Photographer: Justin Polkey
Hair & Make-up: Amori Birch

Throughly Modern Nineties

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History always tends to repeat itself and we see how true that is through fashion. With the nineties revival on our doorsteps from minimal coats to slip dresses and overalls we can finally celebrate the comeback of our favourite style icons of the decade, think Clueless, The Craft and my favourite celebrity couple of all time: Johnny Depp and Kate Moss.

As per usual Witchery refuses to be left behind, with their constant fashion forward approach with their collections.

This collection focuses strongly on the minimalist nature of the items: tonal with clean and slim silhouettes yet keeping a modern spin throughout the collection.

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My must have items from this latest Witchery collection? The sleeveless knitted maxi dress of course! It’s the perfect all round item for your wardrobe. Dress it up with a pair of heels for an evening look or play it cool in a pair of brogues and a minimal maxi coat.

The nineties have never looked so modern.

xxx
EJ

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See my full edit and shop this look on the Witchery blog here

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

Photo’s by Justin Polkey