The Two Must Try Shoe Styles This Winter

April 6, 2018

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.

wearing: 
H&M Trend mohair sweater
AG jeans high waisted black cords
Call It Spring Baylith boots
Thalia Strates bucket bag with additional sheep skin strap
Urban Outfitters tinted aviators


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.

Don’t trust me, take your cue from Gucci, Prada and Stella McCartney.

wearing:
IDEA Winona tee via Dover Street Market
El Corte Inglés suit 
Call It Spring flatforms
I Am Trend sunglasses
Galerie Lafayette beret
Lucy Williams x Missoma mini fang necklace


*Shot in collaboration with Call It Spring.  All views and opinions are my own.

Styling & Creative 
Emma Jane Menteath

Photography 
Justin Polkey 

Transeasonal Denim Done Two Ways

March 29, 2018

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.

Wearing:
Country Road maxi dress
Country Road black denim jacket
Country Road leather handbag
Falke anklets
Converse trainers
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?

wearing:
Country Road denim overalls 
Country Road roll neck knit
Vintage basket bag
Falke anklets
Converse trainers
Dreamland Vintage beret 

*Shot in collaboration with Country Road.  All views and opinions are my own.

Styling & Creative 
Emma Jane Menteath

Photography 
Justin Polkey 

Japanese Minimalism – H&M Studio SS18

February 23, 2018

On the 28th February H&M will reveal their new Studio collection in true style at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs during Paris Fashion Week. A collection inspired and revolved around Japan’s minimalistic design and quiet grace.

In line with their new Studio collection H&M will also be sponsoring a major exhibition about Japan at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The exhibition will open later in the year and celebrate 150 years of cultural exchange between France and Japan, plus explore Japan’s influence in Western culture.

A collection featuring clean silhouettes, head-to-toe prints and bright colours while still embracing an overall relaxed feel. Think flowing full-length dresses, easy tunics worn over trousers, utilitarian tailoring and statement knits.

The collection will be available in the Sandton City store on the 1st of March 2018.

photography Justin Polkey 
styling & creative Emma Jane Menteath

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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

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