Sun Escape with Summah

January 15, 2018

We recently did a weekend takeover with Summah – a South African brand that hand selects beautiful, luxe Turkish towels and holiday must-haves – titled “Sun Escape” and consisted of rock pool adventures, picnics with vino verde and Jason’s Bakery croissants and my holiday read – The Sense of an Ending.

Ever since discovering Summah towels they’ve been a consistent holiday/beach essential for myself. Light, breathable, stylish with an array of suitable uses and 100% cotton. Their latest collection is inspired by the Amalfi Coastline in Italy, drawing inspiration from pastel houses and bright coloured beach clubs. (One of the towels is named after my favourite summer cocktail – Aperol Spritz.)

Besides my love affair with Turkish towels my other beachside essentials include the following:
– a quality pair of sunglasses. My eyes are just too sensitive to spend time on the beach without a pair.
– a big sun hat.
– a cute swimsuit/bikini.
– something engaging to read. I just finished The Sense of an Ending (which I LOVED) & have now started on The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry which won the Waterstones book of the year in 2016. Anyone read it? I must say, I’m struggling a bit with it and wondering whether to push on through.
– a beach bag. (My woven beach bag collection has seriously gotten out of hand, I’m clearly addicted.)
– SUNSCREEN! So important with the South Africa sun. I recently fell asleep on the beach with my tanning oil and suffered third degree burns. I’ve peeled through 3 layers of skin and it’s still not healing. Any tips would be appreciated.
– my Caudile grape-seed water facial mist. So refreshing.
– lastly some fresh fruit & water (read champagne/vino)

What’s your must have beach essentials? Also anyone found any new beach hideouts or cool waterfall hikes in the Western Cape of late? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Photography  Justin Polkey
Creative & Styling Emma Jane Menteath

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wearing:

Summah Amalfi towel (bright pink)
Cotton on straw market shopper
Olive green Billabong bikini
Adam Selman x Le Specs sunglasses
Vintage Bacardi tee
Akina Pansy full piece swimsuit
Lucy Williams x Missoma mini fang necklace 
Summah Egg Shell Blue towel 
Mango straw sun hat
Earthling & Moon Poppy full piece swimsuit
Summah Sorrento Peach towel (soft pink)
Brandy Melville wrap dress
Saint Laurent Nu Pieds Leather Slides
Miu Miu sunglasses
Bohemia Florence round beach bag 
Summah crochet beach bag

Un Long Dimanche [A Lazy Sunday] with Falke

November 8, 2017

The most daring trend on the Spring 2017 runways was not the rhinestone-encrusted nip slip at Saint Laurent but rather hosiery with open-toe shoes. Everyone from Altuzarra, Balenciaga and Celine donned the trend on the runway this season. It’s a look that’s bound to inspire mixed reactions.

We teamed up with Falke to show just how effortless hosiery can be with an added Parisan flair. For some, tights are a comfort blanket and an instant slim-fast for thighs or a quick fix to freshen up an outfit. Remember, there’s so many other options besides those 50 denier black tights.

My earliest memory of tights are of my mother getting ready for work in the morning, pulling up her tights with curlers in her hair. I used to be fascinated with how something so delicate and light could enhance a woman’s legs. For example, take the film The Graduate (1967) starring Anne Bancroft as Mrs Robinson, her stockings (well stay ups) are such a key element to her character, the design of the film and of course, in seducing Dustin Hoffman.

For now, you’ll find me lazing around my apartment in my Falke hosiery, reading a new novel or rearranging my flowers. Clothing optional…

p.s MLIP created their first video short. It’s at the end of the post. Please do give it a watch and let me know your thoughts. We spent a lot of time working on it so I hope you like it as much as I do 🙂 We plan to play around with more video in the future.

Shop the full Falke collection online here

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team
director & photographer – Justin Polkey
creative & styling – Emma Jane Menteath
dop & editor – Rory Springthorpe
production assistant – Reece Menteath

Special thanks to LUSH for the most incredible bouquet of flowers I have ever held and Fisherman’s Cove in Simon’s Town for sharing their beautiful location with us. It’s the perfect hidden gem for a weekend just outside of Cape Town with the friends or family. Sign up with air BnB using this code for a discount on your booking.

Funfair

July 24, 2017

“It was the flashing lights, and the noise of the machines, and the loud, loud music, all seeming to refract and contract around her, her eyes widening, her hair swooshing, her slow smile shining. She seemed an actual part of the place – all fun, all joy, all shimmery skittering energy.”

A few weekends ago Carters Steam Fair pulled into town. A unique attraction consisting entering of rare vintage equipment and rides and is believed to be the largest vintage traveling funfair in the world.

We decided to make a day of it and cycled over to the funfair to try out all the rides and stuff our faces with candy floss and hotdogs. I felt like a kid again and it was truly marvellous!

Styling was kept bright, colourful and playful to match our surroundings and Justin opted for a candid approach snapping pics of me when I least expected it.

Colour is a big trend this season and I am loving all the yellows and reds. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your prints and colours – be bold and have fun!

photography – Justin Polkey
creative & styling – Emma Jane Menteath
retouching – Sherwin Liang

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Look One: 
Yellow Bardot Top – H&M
Pink Maxi Skirt – & Other Stories
Red Heels – Mango
Bunny Purse – & Other Stories

Look Two:
Green Dress – Zara
Pink Heels – Zara

Look Three:
Green Pinafore – Mango
White Puffed Sleeves Top – Zara
Stripped Handbag – Zara

Look Four: 
Red Top – H&M
Printed Maxi Skirt – H&M
Red Heels – Mango

Wonderlust with Michael Kors

June 28, 2017

Wanderlust – “a strong desire to travel.”

If you anything like me you spend a lot of your time scrolling through your insta feeds and pinterest boards saving imagery of sun kissed faces and palm lined streets while the burning desire to travel is ignited inside of you. A sense of wanderlust.

We teamed up with Michael Kors a few weeks back to explore their new fragrance Wonderlust by Michael Kors. A blend of luxurious blossoms mingle with delectably spiced notes in this oriental floral gourmand. The fragrance begins with the freshness of Italian bergamot and a tantalizing pop of pink pepper, soothed by the refined gourmand of almond milk. Think vanilla meets sandalwood.

Wonderlust is an infinite desire for adventure, romance, and discovery,” says Michael Kors. “It’s for the woman with the curiosity and passion to trust in herself and follow her heart.”

We captured the fragrance, and all that it stands for (adventure, romance and discovery), at some of my favourite hideaway wanderlust locations in and around Cape Town while embracing the African sun and it’s diverse range of terrains.

In the words of one of my favourite authors, J. R. R. Tolkien “Not all those who wander are lost”.

art direction & styling: Myself
photography: Justin Polkey

Purchase the Wonderlust fragrance here.

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Babylonstoren is my favourite place to visit in Cape Town and it’s surrounding areas. Spending time walking around the fruitful gardens smelling flowers and wadding my feet in the splash pool is a total destress after a long week.

With something for everyone it’s the perfect ‘Wonderlust’ destination – from wine tasting and farm to table dining or for something more simple stop by their farm stall to purchase some baked breads, matured cheese and fresh fruit and opt for a picnic around the garden.

p.s make sure you visit the cycad garden!

Look 1:

Dress – Michael Kors
Slides – Zara
Hat – Babylonstoren
Basket – Cotton On

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What’s more picturesque then a still ocean, palm trees, summer sun and one of the world’s natural wonders? This little slice of heaven is one of my hideaway gems in Cape Town. Right between two popular beaches you’ll find a tiny beach just big enough to fit a few people.

During the Summer months I pop by almost everyday for a quick dip in the ocean either before work or in the evening as traffic starts to settle. You’ll find me lying on a rock soaking up the last rays of sunshine while reading my book and snacking on oranges or watermelon.

It’s la dolce vita all right.

Look 2:

Costume – ASOS
Denims – Topshop
Sandals – Nomadic State of Mind via Urban Outfitters
String Bag – MASH Boutique
Necklace – Michael Kors
Watch – Michael Kors
Scarf – The Lot

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I like to think of myself as a book worm, it’s not that I read a book a week but I definitely get through enough each year to call myself a bookworm. (20-30 books a year) Books evoke a sense of discovery and adventure and at times, when jumping on a plane isn’t an option, retreating to my favourite holiday classic always comes in handy.

I just recently finished reading Fates and Furies and The Handmaid’s Tale which were both exceptional in their own ways. Any suggestions please send them my way – I’m about to start reading the Essex Serpent which I am truly excited about.

p.s if you looking for a delicious and healthy lunch or breakfast option in the Mother City look no further then Skinny Leg’s and All. One of my favourite foodie spots.

Look 3:

Blouse – Michael Kors
Shorts – Witchery
Sandals – Bought at a little store in Greece
Watch – Michael Kors
Bag – Michael Kors

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“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.”

Look 4:

Dress – Michael Kors
Hat – H&M
Shoes – Mr Price
Backpack – Michael Kors
Glasses – Mango

*Shot in collaboration with Michael Kors. All views and opinions are my own. 

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