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

Game, Set, Match

Tennis is without a doubt the most stylish of all the Summer sports, a sport that is chic and effortless and know’s just how to make the right statement.

There’s no need to break a sweat when it comes to sporty fashion, V neck sweaters and sneakers will not only score you points on the court but off the court too.

So grab you bright whites, sporty shoes and skater skirts and make a statement

P.S Next week Monday, 25 August, is the start of the US Open here in New York. If you here it’s definitely worth getting tickets for and dressing up!

xxx
EJ

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Top: Cotton On
Shorts: Country Road
Socks: Ackermans
Shoes: Woolworths
Sunglasses: Spitfire
Watch: Swatch

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Foodie Friday: Baked Sweet Potato Fries

I love fries! Wait, I’m obsessed with fries! One problem though… they ain’t so healthy. So when I discovered baked sweet potato fries I was ecstatic. For starters they baked, not fried, secondly they healthier and lower in calories and thirdly they so simple to make.

I made myself some baked sweet potato fries the other night along with some homemade guacamole and added a twist to my mayo and sat down to enjoy a movie. A perfect night in along.

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Serves: 2
Prep time: 5min
Cooking time: 20min-30min
Total time: 25min-35min
Calories: 122, without sauces. 

Ingredients: 

For the Sweet Potato Fries:
2 large sweet potatoes
2 Tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp of each: salt, paprika, cheyenne pepper, cinnamon
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 sugar

For the guacamole: 
1 avocado
1 lemon/lime
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper

For the mayo:
** I only made a small amount of this mayo to keep this dish healthy. You can always make more.**
3 Tbs mayo
1 clove chopped garlic
Lemon
Salt and pepper

Method:
1.) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees celsius.

2.) Wash and dry the sweet potatoes and then proceed to cut them to your desired size. (I like to cut mine a little thicker then french fries but not too thick. They get more crispy when they thinner.)

3.) Place your cut potatoes in a large mixing bowl and coat them with the olive oil. Make sure all your chopped potatoes are well coated. Add more olive oil if there isn’t enough.

4.) In a small bowl mix all your seasonings together.

5.) Sprinkle the seasoning on your potatoes and mix well.

6.) Spread your chopped potato pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet on a baking tray.

7.) Bake for 10min then remove and turn them over. Bake for another 10min.

8.) While your fries are busy baking mix together your mayo, chopped garlic, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. (This tastes so good!)

9.) For your guacamole roughly mash up your avocado using a fork. (I like my guacamole to still be a little chunky, I don’t like it too smooth.) Then add your chopped onion and tomato. Mix together. Now squeeze in your desired amount of lemon/lime juice and some salt and pepper.

10.) Once your fries are done, I like mine golden brown, remove from oven and sprinkle with some salt and pepper if desired. (If you want your fries crispier cook them for an additional 5-10min)

Enjoy
xxxx
EJ

Bleeker Street

Everyone always ask’s me “What’s your style” and I find it so hard to answer them. Thing is I don’t have a specific ‘style’ and maybe that’s a bad thing but to me it’s a good thing.

I dress according to my emotions when I wake up in the morning and as fashion evolves and moves on so does my style. Whether I’m in a preppy I’m-off-to-tea kinda outfit or a simple Scandinavian inspired outfit it’s still me, it’s my style. Every day I am inspired by things I see walking the streets, my travels, the internet, it all influences my style and my personality.

So no, I can’t define my style, last week I was boho-chic and this week I’m preppy… and I kinda like it that way…

xxx
EJ

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Top: H&M
Jacket: Zara
Skirt: Zara
Heels: Zara
Bag: Urban Outfitters
Bangle: Topshop
Alice band: Claire’s

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Cronutty

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On Saturday morning we woke up super early to stand in queue for the famous cronut. What’s a cronut? It’s the unique creation of pastry chef Dominique Ansel, a croissant-donut hybrid. Fried in grape seed oil, rolled in sugar, filled with cream and topped with a glaze, the entire process takes up to three days!

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So why get up early to queue? The bakery only makes 350 cronuts every day and demand is high. We got there at 7am and there was already people who had been waiting since 5am! After 2 hours, 22 minutes and 25 seconds we were eventually served.

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I must say I did enjoy the cronut. It was unique and tasted great but it’s not something I would queue for again. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely recommend you try it at least once but it was Dominique’s latest creation that had me drooling. The pretzel lobster tail.

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Made from a soft pretzel, stuffed with homemade peanut butter and buttercrunch brittle, it’s rolled into bite-sized segments and shaped into a lobster tail. It is then sprinkled liberally with sea salt, and served warm, with a pot of whipped honey brown butter on the side.

The pretzel lobster tail was the perfect combo between opposites. Soft and crunchy, sweet and salty. I highly recommend trying one of these bad boys.

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Damage: 
A cronut will set you back $5.00 and a lobster tail $8.00. (Pre tax).

Address:
189 Spring Street
(between Sullivan and Thompson)
New York, NY 10012

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p.s look out for Dominique himself. He’s usually the one opening the doors at 8am and you’ll see him roaming around the bakery while you placing your order. Always has a smile on his face :)

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xxx EJ

Oh So Soho

I love shopping in Soho there’s something slightly unsettling for me whenever I pass 14th street in NYC. The sidewalks become overcrowded, taxi’s are continuously hooting and the smell of garbage fills the air.

Soho on the other hand is still busy but not overcrowded, the stores are smaller, the smell of cupcakes fills the air and your chances of stumbling upon a stylish boutique or cute cafe are high.

So on Saturday we did just that, strolled though Soho, stopped at a bakery and did a little shopping.

My big floppy hat from Witchery has been a life saver here in NY, I’m on the streets all day every day and the sun is pretty intense. It’s definitely a city where the hat-a-day policy applies.

Not only that, but teamed up with a pair of distressed denims and a monochrome look one cannot go wrong. Simple and understated yet chic, a perfect on-the-go kinda outfit.

p.s if you currently lusting over the latest Celine trapeze handbags but can’t afford one try Colette Hayman. (The one I have in the post below) It’s looks practically the same for a 50th of the price!

xxx EJ

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Top: Mango
Gillet: Mango 
Jeans: Zara
Hat: Witchery
Shoes: Zara
Handbag: Colette Hayman 
Necklace: Woolworths

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Reflection

“May your memories linger long after your footprints in the sand have gone” 

Today’s look post is a little bit of a throwback, we shot this just before I left South Africa in July, it’s from our holiday in Yzerfontein.

Whenever I spend time down by the seaside I find myself in a state of reflection and day dreaming. I reflect my past and daydream my future as I listen and watch the waves crashing onto the shore.

I received a really beautiful message from someone very dear to me, it was too beautiful not to share:

“Life is a story that we manage with our thoughts. It’s really easy to loose confidence if those thoughts attack us and don’t support us. Thoughts are the most powerful tool we have! Trusting ONESELF can get lost very easily- but when we look back on what we have already overcome, we are often even a bit impressed with how strong we are.”

The above is so true, we do often loose track of what we have already achieved in life. It’s important to take moments in our busy lives to breathe and reflect on our achievements. Otherwise we’ll just end up going crazy.

So this weekend, find a place you feel relaxed in and take a moment to reflect. Think it, speak it or write it down, whatever works for you… but do it. It’s the perfect way to start a new week on a positive note.

xxx EJ

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Top: Woolworths
Jeans: Zara
Shoes: Mr Price
Sunglasses: Ray-ban from Sunglasses Hut
Necklace: Little kiosk at the V&A Waterfront
Rings: Family heirlooms

Photos by Justin Polkey

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

I’ve been eating a lot of quinoa recently and have been experimenting with a couple of dishes and this broccoli casserole is one of my favourites.

It for one tastes delicious, two a little goes a long way, three zero carbs and high in protein and four gives me stacks of energy.

Don’t be alarmed at the high calorie count for 385g, I eat about half that amount so it really isn’t so bad. I mean what’s 290 calories out of 1500 right? If you making for yourself you can always half the recipe too, I prefer to make the full recipe and keep it in the fridge and eat it over two or three days.

XXX
EJ

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Serves: 6
Prep time: 15min
Cooking time: 30min
Calories: 587 for 385g

Ingredients: 
2 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
4 1/2 cup vegetable stock, you can also use water
2 tbsp pesto sauce
1 tsp salt
2 tsp arrowroot powder, or cornstarch
2 cups fresh organic spinach
1 1/2 cups skim mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
2 cups fresh broccoli florets (I used 3 cups, I love my veggies)
3 green onions, chopped

Method:
1.) Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.

2.) In a medium size baking rectangular dish place the quinoa and green onions. Make sure you rinse you quinoa before.
NOTE: 
Rinsing removes quinoa’s natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. Although boxed quinoa is often pre-rinsed, it doesn’t hurt to give the seeds an additional rinse at home.

3.) In the meantime, steam your broccoli. I prefer to use the stove over the microwave. It’s healthier. Don’t let the broccoli get mushy. I suggest steaming for about 5min.

4.) In a large mixing bowl whisk the vegetable stock, pesto, arrowroot powder and salt. Heat mixture until boil.

5.) Add the vegetable stock to the quinoa followed by the spinach, parmesan and 3/4 of the mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

6.) Take the quinoa casserole out of the oven and mix in the broccoli. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the quinoa and broccoli and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

7.) I place my casserole under the grill for 3-5 minutes to brown the top but this is just optional. Serve while still warm.

**ENJOY**