Weekend Musings: On the Way to Betty’s Bay

March 4, 2019

I’ve had an inner battle with myself and my blog over the past year. Do people even bother to read blog posts nowadays, or do most of you simply stick to instagram? If so, what’s the point? After my inner debate I’ve decided to keep the blog running purely as a journal for myself to look back on one day. I’m not the greatest writer, but I do love documenting and curating the pleasures of life, be it fashion, travel, food or just general life hacks and daily inspiration, having a space to share these things and a community of online ‘friends’ has been such an exciting journey and I thank you all for being a part of it.

One of the things I think I’d like to start sharing more of on this platform is a more ‘unfiltered’ version of my life. By unfiltered I mean what I truly get up whether it happens to be blog worthy or stylish or not I feel like sharing a little more of that side of myself. The side of un-ironed shirts, flat hair, makeup-less faces, more friends, more family and just more of life itself. I’ve started shooting a lot more on my film camera which has been a great way for me to stay connected to the present – there’s no scrolling through images making sure I’ve perfected the pose – just one click and a week or so’s wait till I get the film back. It’s kind of exhilarating!

On that note, here is a roll of film I shot this last weekend…

We spent a rather hangover Saturday morning at the Lourensford Hanepoot Harvest in Somerwest-West scouring  the vines for hanepoot grapes. Every year around harvest time Lourensford opens up their vineyards to the public for 2 days where you can pick as many table grapes for R25 a kg. This year the farm experienced bumper participation that far exceeded that of previous years and supple was limited, however we still managed to walk away with 4kg’s of juicy sweet hanepoot grapes.

After our harvest session we headed over to the Lourensford Winery for a wine tasting. Lourensford offers 5 kinds of wine tastings: Flagship Chrysalis tastinga premium tasting, a standard tasting, a wine and chocolate pairing – and the latest addition to the family – a blind wine tasting challenge.

We opted for the premium tasting which includes any 4 wines of the Limited Release range or MCC. Seeing as the sun was out I opted for a choice of lighter, fresher wines:
– MCC Brut 2012
– Chardonnay 2016
– The Chrysalis white blend 2015
– SMV 2016

We walked out with a box of bubbles, a bottle of their honey liqueur, and another wine farm ticked off my list.

After our tasting we road tripped to Betty’s Bay for a night’s escape by the sea. The poor town of Betty’s Bay and surrounds was recently attacked by wild fires that left something like 48 homes burned to the ground. I felt like I was starring in an apocalyptic film alongside Denzel Washington at times, beautiful yet eerie.

We rented a quaint home right on the seaside. Cosy and unpretentious, the perfect little weekend escape. (I’ve linked the airbnb page for you should you be interested.) We spent the afternoon drinking Corona’s on the rocks while soaking up the sun and as dusk began to occur we made geroosterde broodjies (Afrikaans for toasted sandwiches) on the braai (BBQ).

On Sunday, after returning from Betty’s Bay, we attending the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Series to watch the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra preform at the beautiful botanical gardens amongst the trees and looming mountain range. We packed an epic (if I do say so myself) picnic basket and spent the evening listening to Mozart and Beethoven.

As the sun began to set and the weekend came to an end I thought to myself how incredibly blessed I am to be constantly surrounded by such positive energy forces. Cheesy I know, but it’s the truth. I have a life that I live to the fullest and I’m proud of it.

Denim Connects

April 21, 2015

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I’m so excited to be apart of the new MRP campaign that officially launched yesterday. Been dying to share these images with you.

MRP decided they wanted local creatives and influencers to create and share our own denim story through imagery and video and what connects us to one of the worlds most iconic fabrics.

Justin and I played around with a couple of ideas and eventually decided we wanted to create a short narrative film about the freedom of denim but what we ended up creating was a lot more beautiful.

He had to location recce this beautiful beach up on the West Coast one afternoon and I just happened to be wearing my fav denim overalls from MRP. I started rolling around in the sand and he just started shooting. No fancy hair or make-up, no planned creative concept, we just jumped in and went with the moment.

What we ended up capturing was so raw, real and true and the exact message I wanted to portray: “You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self  here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.”

Make sure to check out the full campaign on the MRP site and also let us know what you think of our story.

xxx
EJ

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Dungarees: Mr Price

Photographers by Justin Polkey

 

Days of Summer

November 5, 2014

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My latest ELLE shoot celebrates the fact that Summer is finally here with a “surfer chic aesthetic”.

I landed in Cape Town from a 28 hour trip from New York to London to Cape Town to ELLE’s November shoot. However my energy was high due to the fact that I got to work with my favourite ELLE Belles.

Senior fashion editor, Tarryn Oppel, says “The basic concept was to embody summer in 10 pages. The best way we could do that was to take it outdoors and, of course, showcase a range of swimwear. I wanted it to look easy-going and effortless, which I feel has been achieved.”

For an overdose of Summer inspiration grab yourself a copy of the latest ELLE magazine, you won’t be disappointed. Plus Miranda Kerr is on the cover!

xxx
EJ

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Stylist: Tarryn Oppel
Photographer: Kristin Lee Moolman
Make-up: Sylvie Hurford
Hair: Kevin Epstein
Videography: Roice Nel
Model: Me 🙂 Emma Jane Menteath from Outlaws Model Agency.

GIVEAWAY: #CrackTheSafe with Grand Africa

June 12, 2014

It’s almost the weekend and I have some fantastic news for you. Grand Africa, the brand behind Grand Beach in Granger Bay, Grand Society in Camps Bay and the boutique hotel and Grand Rooms in Plett, have the most amazing giveaway running at Grand Beach…

A weekend away for two at Grand Rooms in Plettenberg Bay overlooking the lagoon, to be used any time of the year. The prize includes all meals as well as spa treatments! Um, amazing right!?

All you gotta do is guess the safe combo… if it unlocks the prize is yours!

To stand a chance to win this fantastic prize head over to Grand Africa’s Facebook page by clicking here and follow the steps below:

1.) Like their Facebook page
2.) Make sure you at the Grand Beach on Friday, 13 June from 5:30pm onwards where you’ll have the chance to unlock the safe and WIN!

Grand Africa have decided to help you out by handing out some clues as to which lucky numbers unlock the safe. All clues are on their Facebook page.

Love cocktails? Well every Friday till the end of June Grand Beach are running a two-for-one cocktail special from 5:30-7:30pm.

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I suggest grabbing your friends and heading over to the Grand Africa tomorrow for some free cocktails and who knows… maybe after a cocktail or two you’ll “crack the safe”.

xxx EJ
Good Luck

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Pictures courtesy of Grand Africa.

 

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