The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activities and adulating. On a positive note, my spousal visa finally pulled through and so our tickets to London have finally been booked. Going to be experiencing my first ever UK winter. If you have any tips, please do send them my way – particularly how to dress for cold weather, I’m truly shocking at it. Before I get carried away with winter, spring’s on the rise here in Cape Town and with it a new Witchery collection, Marseilles, inspired by effortless French fashion.
The silhouettes are long and languid in the new collection, often wrapped and folded with exaggerated proportions and boasting a colour palette after my own heart – natural and parchment with accented spice notes. Yes please!
A favourite of mine from the collection is the long sleeve, polka dot midi dress. The perfect piece to layer and play around all year long.
In true French style every piece from this new collection is versatile and effortless. Finished work and have last minute drinks with friends? Not a problem, just throw on your trench, add a red lip and you ready to go.
Witchery silk blouse
Zara oversized trousers
Goya shearling and leather sandals
By Cara Lee face drop earrings
Witchery oversized mohair knit
Witchery silk slip skirt
Me & B tortise shell earrings
Vintage basket bag
Witchery black polka dot midi dress
Witchery black turtleneck
Mango waist belt
Public Desire thigh high boots
Witchery felt fedora
My mind is a complete hot mess today! I’ve been a total manic running from point A to point B today leaving my phone here, my sunglasses there. I guess that’s what 2 hours sleep does to you. Been suffering from insomnia lately and it’s playing havoc on my day to day routines. You forget how important sleep is until you deprived of it.
On another note here’s our latest collaboration with contemporary fashion jewellery brand Lowndes London – who I had the pleasure of shooting one of their previous campaigns a few seasons back – and their timeless rose gold Georgiana collection. “Named after Lowndes Square in Belgravia, one of the city’s most fashionable addresses, the brand is partly informed by the rich history of London’s High Society. Stories of opulence, wild eccentricity, scandal and whimsy underpin ‘Inspired by London’s forgotten past and hidden present’ – the brand positioning developed by Yang Rutherford.”
The Georgiana collection is inspired by Lady Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, herself – a modern women for her era who captured the hearts of the women in the 18th century with her vivacious character. As the story goes “she gambled, she danced and she flirted in a way that few would dare.”
The designs, however modern they are, remind me of something timeless I would find on my grandmothers dresser and was thus inspired to reach into the eighties for styling inspiration for our shoot. High waisted trousers, power shoulders and leather gloves, reminding me of those powerful and elegant women I have seen while flipping through older issues of Vogue magazine.
Lowndes London Georgiana rose gold necklace
Lowndes London Georgiana rose gold earrings
H&M polo neck
Zara houndstooth blazer
Celine clasp bag
I Am Trend Riri sunglasses
M&S kitten heels
Vintage leather gloves
*Shot in collaboration with Lowndes London. All views and opinions are my own.
I must say I was a little sad when the season began to change here in Cape Town, I mean who doesn’t want a 12 month long beach season, but the chiller evenings combined with oversized sweaters and red wine have definitely started convincing me that a change of season isn’t all bad but rather something to be welcomed and enjoyed. As a good friend of mine always reminds me “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.”
Which brings me to the mention of my new footgear – the Baylith boots – black, slick and uber comfortable. Forget the classic ankle boot, the true trend this fall is a pair of chunky and flat military-inspired boots. Think 80’s Berlin.
Paired perfectly with my favourite winter garment – an oversized mohair sweater (there’s nothing cosier) – a pair of cords and my new Thalia Strates sheep skin handbag strap. Even my bag gets to dress up this fall.
Something that’s a little more transeasonal that I can never get enough of is a matching suit. This one I got for a steal when I was traveling through Barcelona last year. They the easiest clothing items to play around with. Dress em up with heels and a sexy lace bra underneath for a night out or keep it cool by playing around with layers – such as a logo tee (pictured below) or perhaps a turtle neck for a chilly evening out.
Flatforms – anyone tried them? I love the instant ‘jazz‘ they add to any look, think nineties Spice Girls. Despite their ugly undertones, flatforms are surprisingly versatile and of course, lend you a couple of extra inches which never hurt anyone.
*Shot in collaboration with Call It Spring. All views and opinions are my own.
Styling & Creative
Emma Jane Menteath
Has anyone else felt like March has been an insanely emotionally challenging month? My personal life has felt like a pan of scrambled eggs. Everything from work deadlines to challenging health obstacles I’ve never so eagerly awaited the end of a month as much as I have with March 2018. (Not that the end of a month solves anything but you know, clean slate just helps things mentally.)
At least seasons are changing and I’m grateful for that. I just adore transeasonal dressing. More layers = more fun!
Speaking of transeasonal, is there anything more versatile than a denim jacket? This one has a dark black wash and finished with light brushing and abrasions for a beautiful lived-in feel. I was clearly inspired by the 70’s and the flower power kids, embracing my inner hippy with a floral maxi dress paired with some comfy trainers for the perfect effortless street style look.
Country Road maxi dress
Country Road black denim jacket
Country Road leather handbag
Lucy Williams x Missoma mini fang necklace
Adam Soloman x Le Spec sunglasses via MatchesFashion
Denim overalls – the ultimate off-duty style. A.k.a coffee hunting outfit. Comfortable and adaptable for any situation or style. Also having a major crush on beret’s at the moment ever since I discovered they the perfect beanie alternative, they really do keep your ears warm!
Which look do you prefer? L.A chic flower power gal or wannabe Parisian painter?
*Shot in collaboration with Country Road. All views and opinions are my own.
Styling & Creative
Emma Jane Menteath