20 Random Facts About Me…

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1.) I’m a lefty and so are polar bears.
2.) I’m on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer and truly have attributes from both star signs.
3.) My younger brother looks like Justin Bieber.
4.) One of my favourite books was a book I stumbled upon in a second hand book store for fifty cents called Moulin Rouge and no it wasn’t the love story the film Moulin Rouge is about but rather a story written by Pierre La Mure in 1950 about the life of one of my fav artists Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
5.) I have a 70% chance that I’ll give birth to twins one day.
6.) I’m a morning person through & through. Therefore I’m the worst person to take out any time after 10pm.
7.) I collect postcards from art galleries & museums I visit all over the world.
8.) I don’t want a wedding ring, I’d rather my boyfriend/fiancé propose to me with a classic, black, quilted Chanel bag and a gold Cartier love bracelet.
9.) I have a major in communication science & I am currently doing my major in business management.
10.) I’m basically a crack addict when it comes to sugar. Eating out is all about reaching the dessert part & if I’m with a group of people I’ll make sure the waiter places the dessert closet to me as possible.
11.) After my latest trip to New York I’ve officially run out of closet space.
12.) I’m incredibly stubborn. Shame, my boyfriend gets the worst of it.
12.) Road rage. It’s one of my downfalls.
13.) If I buy a magazine no one is allowed to page through it till I have. Just one of my strange OCD habits.
14.) I can’t stand how the fashion industry still uses fur. It’s the only thing I refuse to do/work with on set as a model. Even if it means getting kicked off set & loosing the job. 15.) Red lips & soft curls. That’s my vibe.
16.) I make lists of my lists.
17.) I still sleep with a fluffy, white bunny called London.
18.) Tamboerskloof Syrah is currently my fav wine.
19.) I used to coach a football team.
20.) I was discovered (as a model) in a shopping centre.

Now that you know 20 random facts about me, why not leave a comment believe with a random fact about yourself… I love getting to know my readers…

Happy Friday Beauties,
xxx
EJ

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4 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

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So I have about 10kg of flaked coconut sitting in my pantry, why I don’t know, so I decided to make something yummy with it… and the first thing that come to mind were these coconut macaroons. a.) because they delicious and help kick the sweet cravings b.) they gluten free and c.) well the recipe needs five cups and I have more then enough coconut lying around.

They came out perfectly – warm and chewy. I’ll defnitely be making these again. I may even try dipping them in melted chocolate as an extra treat!

xxx Enjoy
EJ

p.s if you bake these please leave a comment letting me know how they came out and whether you enjoyed them as much as I did. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 cups flaked coconut 
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar, I used natural brown sugar. 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 

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DIRECTIONS:

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together egg whites, sugar and salt until frothy.

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2.) Gradually fold in coconut until it is well coated in wet mixture.

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3.) Roll into balls and place on a baking tray (I like to line mine in parchment paper and a bit of cooking spray) and bake at 180 degrees celsius for about 20min. 

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4.) Check on your coconut macaroons every 5min, they may go golden before 20min depending on your oven. Once golden take then out of the oven to cool down. 

5.) Lastly enjoy your chewy, sweet, gluten free treats with a cuppa tea… yum yum. 

For a yummy guilt free muffin recipe click here

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Invitation Only: The Key To Event Dressing

Just before I left for New York I was approached by one of my favourite brands, Witchery, and asked whether I would be interested in coming onboard as one of their fashion influences for their Style Collective blog in Australia the ‘W Edit’. You can imagine my excitement! Below is my first trend edit which is all about dressing for events.

xxx EJ

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This season there’s no reason for you to walk into an event and have that sinking feeling in your stomach because you’ve arrived underdressed or under styled.

With a colour palette of cashew, “Summer black” and hints of metallic, modernising your wardrobe for special events this Summer has never been easier.

Summer is always a busy time of the year with events taking place around the clock. Here are two looks I’ve styled to take you from that day time launch event to the exclusive dinner party.

LUXE BY DAY:
Day time events allow us to have a little more fun with our outfits, leaving room for statement pieces. Take this V-neck slip dress for example. It’s classic, elegant and refined, add a pair of heels and you all set to go.

However teaming this classic V-neck slip dress with touches of metallic will create a luxe look that has an extra modernised ‘oomph’. No doubt you’ll have heads turning your way.

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GLAM BY NIGHT:
I recently attended a red carpet event in New York City and decided to ditch the LBD for something more exciting. Instead I opted for an all white suit.

These Bermuda cuff shorts are the perfect tailored piece to dress up for a Summertime event. It’s a look that can carry you from a busy day at the office to a glam night out. Swap the flats for a sexy pair of stilettos and exchange your handbag for a timeless clutch and you good to go.

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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

Alexander Wang x H&M

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It’s 10 days to go till Alexander Wang’s highly anticipated collaboration with H&M hits the shelves. This year will be H&M’s fourteenth collaboration with a designer and the first time they’ve collaborated with an American designer.

This collection definitely takes sportswear to the next level with it’s refined tailoring, a Wang trademark, and luxurious materials. Performance clothing with a function.

The 61 piece collection is said to retail between $10 to $350 and is set to launch on 6 November 2014. Online shoppers will only be allowed to purchase two items, no more.

Below are some of my favourite items from the collection, I can’t get enough of the crisscross sports top. Wang has outdone himself… yet again!

xxx
EJ

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A few days ago H&M released a teaser lookbook video that feels more like a Hollywood blockbuster featuring football star Andy Carroll and supermodels Joan Smalls, Natasha Poly, Isabeli Fontana and Raquel Zimmermann.

For a more interactive version of the video click here otherwise watch below.

LOOKBOOK:

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“Oscar de la Renta, Who Clothed Stars and Became One”

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The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.

Two days ago one of my favourite designers of all time passed away, Mr de la Renta, at the age of 82 after a 8 year battle with cancer.

I remember telling my mother and my friends when I was growing up that one day when I’m famous and attending the Oscars (I wanted to be an actress when I was growing up and marry Johnny Depp) Oscar de la Renta would design a one of a kind princess gown for me. As the years passed, I dropped the idea of being famous and becoming an actress yet my dream of being able to wear an Oscar de la Renta gown on the red carpet still lives.

Oscar you will live on forever as one of the greatest fashion designers of all time, a true creative genius.

R.I.P

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“Walk like you have three men walking behind you”

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The New York Times wrote a great article on Oscar de la Renta, a detailed story of his colourful life, it’s worth a read… see here.

xxx

EJ

True Blue

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This Summer it’s out with the shorts and in with the pants! You might think I’m crazy to suggest wearing long pants in thirty degree weather but you’ll be surprised just have airy and Summery a pair of light weight denim/linen joggers or trousers can be.

As I get older I tend to fall in love and choose clothing that covers my legs or my cleavage. It’s not to say I’m ashamed of my body, quite the contrary, I love my body! It’s not that I’ve become conservative either, I love experimenting with new styles and pushing boundaries. It’s simply because I find a pair of trousers or joggers more elegant then a pair of denim shorts and what women doesn’t want to be elegant?

Don’t get me wrong, I still own about five pairs of denim shorts that I’ll wear to the beach and around the house, just not all the time like I used to. Especially not to my business meetings.

One of my current favourite places to shop for elegant yet trendy pieces of clothing is Witchery. Take these denim joggers for example, they light, comfortable and simple, the same goes for the denim shirt. Want a less casual look? Team the denim joggers with a lace cami and a pair of matching heels and you set for your business meeting or lunch with the ladies.

xxx
EJ

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Top: Witchery 
Joggers: Witchery
Shoes: Witchery
Watch: Swatch
Rings: Catbird NYC

Photos by Justin Polkey

Interview with Charles & Keith: Life with Emma Jane

- Originally posted on Charles & Keith Says

Full time model and part time student, Emma Jane talks us through her style secrets and life after New York Fashion Week.

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Rules of Style

1. Be yourself

2. You can never go wrong investing in classic pieces such as a white button down shirt or a pair of beautiful ankle boots. Classic pieces are called classic for a reason.

3. Don’t neglect the hair and the nails. Healthy hair and manicured nails will complete your outfit and elevate your style.

4. A good pair of shoes is a must. Once your shoes start to look scruffy, move on. No matter how much you love them.

5. Don’t be afraid to bend the rules and stand out. If you want to be irreplaceable you got to be different.

6. Buy what you like and what suits you first; then indulge yourself in trends.

7. And as Mademoiselle Chanel once said,”Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” Because more is less.

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First fashion memory…
“I have always loved dressing up. As a kid I used to have a dress up box filled with party costumes and bits and pieces of my mom’s old clothing. It used to keep me entertained for hours!”

Beauty secret…
A green smoothie every morning! Besides that, staying out of the sun and drinking plenty of water all day, every day.

My non-fashion distraction…
Food!!! I’m food obsessed! I love eating it and cooking it. Inviting friends over for dinner and feeding them till they have to roll out of my house always makes me smile.

Required reading of the week…
I’ve just finished reading “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” by Susannah Cahalan and I couldn’t put the book down. It’s an autobiography and I don’t even like autobiographies. It was such an engrossing read and, unquestionably, an important book on both a human and a medical level.

Now I’ve moved onto “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson and I can’t stop giggling.

I’ll unwind with…
A glass of red wine. My naughty indulgence. That and white chocolate.

Photos by Justin Polkey 

Nick Coutts for Mr Price Fashion

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With less then two weeks to go till the next ELLE Rising Star is announced I thought it only appropriate to dedicate this look post to last years fabulous winner, Nick Coutts.

Nick Coutts released a capsule collection in collaboration with Mr Price just last month and his designs are flying off the shelves. A collection that is fresh with no fuss attached and a colour palate that has us dreaming of ice-cream and milk bottles, Nick still manages to honour a women’s figure with his perfectly tailored, body skimming designs. I only wish I had managed to get my hands on his black, mesh dress before it sold out.

Did you notice my shiny shoes? Let’s talk about these metallic sandals for a moment please… aren’t they funky as hell?! There’s a story that makes me smile attached to these shiny guys. Not only are they a.) comfy as anything, b.) a perfect Summer trend piece for your wardrobe and c.) made in South Africa but what really makes me smile is knowing that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these genuine leather sandals will be donated to the MrP foundation programmes. It’s fashion with a conscience!

With the Nick Coutts line selling out fast nation wide and the introduction of the new genuine leather line of sandals I highly suggest making a stop at MrP this weekend…

Happy Friday Beauties,
xxx
EJ

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Top: Nick Coutts for Mr Price
Skirt: Nick Coutts for Mr Price
Sandals: Mr Price
Bangals: Mr Price 
Rings: Witchery

Photos by Justin Polkey

Guilty Free Banana Muffins

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I have two major food weaknesses, one sugar and two carbs. I love carbs so much so that my family eventually nicknamed me the “Carb-Queen”.

It’s because of my addictions that I am constantly trying out new gluten free recipes, this way I get to satisfy my carb craving without the bloating.

I had some overly ripe banana’s lying around so I decided to try out a new banana muffin recipe. They came out super tasty for a gluten free, sugar free treat.

Sneaky tip, the muffins are great with your morning tea/coffee or take them to work for a guilt-free treat.

Enjoy!
xxx
EJ

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INGREDIENTS: 

  • 3 overly ripe bananas. As in almost black bananas.
  • 1/4 cup honey or rice malt syrup.
  • 2 TBS melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup COOKED quinoa
  • 1/2 gluten free flour. I used coconut flour.
  • 1/2 shredded coconut
  • 1/2 ground, gluten free oats.
  • 1/4 chai seeds
  • 1/4 ground almonds
  • 1/4 ground walnuts
  •  1 tsp baking powder

DIRECTIONS

1.) Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. 

2.) In a large bowl mash up the bananas and mix in the honey/rice malt syrup, coconut oil and vanilla essence.

3.) Next add all the other ingredients and mix together well. If the mixture is too dry add a little milk/rice milk.

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4.) Spoon the batter into a greased  muffin tin or individual cupcake holders.

5.) Add any additional toppings to your muffins. I added banana slice and cacao nibs.

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6.) Bake them in the oven between 15-30min. Depending what consistancy you what you muffins to be. Just make sure you check them every 5min with a toothpick so they don’t burn.

7.) Allow them to cool down and enjoy with a cup of tea or milk… guilt free.

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Photo’s by yours truly…