Around the World with Witchery First Edition

June 2, 2017

The latest Witchery First edition limited collection just hit the shelves and it’s a goodie. Exploring the importance of edgy yet subtly feminine styling, Witchery looked to the streets of New York for inspiration by creating an assortment of ‘must have’ pieces that are elevated and street-smart.

A firm favourite of mine is the bottle green faux fur coat a.k.a the Cookie Monster coat. It’s the must have colour in every fashionista’s wardrobe this season.

Whereas Witchery looked towards the streets of New York for inspiration we looked towards the streets of London for ours.

London is my second home. I’ve been living on-and-off here for almost 10 years due to my modelling and freelance career. It’s an incredible city where anything is possible especially when it comes to creativity. There is something for anyone and everyone in London and the more you look the more you find. It’s a city that never stops giving.

With London Fashion Week being famed among the big four for new and emerging talent it’s no wonder London has made a name for itself as one of the worlds top fashion destinations – an upstart of designers are creating a niche for themselves in this contemporary landscape.

Streetwear is in London’s DNA – from the punks to the minimalist’s – London has a long history of street culture which can be found all over the city. Inspired by the cultural diversity and the breaking of gender barriers it makes wearing statement clothing almost ‘normal’. High fashion meets low on a daily basis and people watching while sipping my flat white has never been more exciting.

Below are my top 3 looks from this season’s First Edition collection shot in and around spaces & places in London that inspire me – empty early morning city streets, museums and instagramable coffee shops. Which look is your favourite?

Shop the collection in selected Woolworths stores and online now.

photography Justin Polkey
creative & styling Emma Jane Menteath

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It’s all about statement when it comes to this outfit. Milk white ankle boots that have an ever so slight cowboy feel to them and an oversized, deep bottle green faux fur coat, the perfect wardrobe piece with Winter settling in. Paired with a black slim-fit jumpsuit adding an edge of confidence and sophistication.

STYLE TIP:
Don’t fear away from statement pieces this season. Wear them with confidence and a fashion editor stride. It’s the perfect antidote to Winter blues as seen at Miu Miu, Prada and Fendi this year. 

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There’s no denying that velvet ruled the runway this past season, everyone celebrated this luxury material from Gucci and Fendi to Dries Van Noten. Witchery’s First Edition collection embraced this trend with clean-cut silhouettes in tops and pants inspired by significant runway trends. Easily wearable with the possibility of dressing the pieces up or down for various occasions.

I teamed my velvet top with a pair of sleek slim fit trousers and velvet loafer slides for a cool and modern street style look. The Clekenwell Grind served as the perfect backdrop thanks to it’s highly instagramable interiors and pops of colour to an otherwise all black ensemble.

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The V&A Museum was the perfect inspiration for this sophisticated outfit of lace and knitwear. The lace maxi skirt creates a chic and progressive look when paired with Witchery’s asymmetry mohair frill knit creating a sense of luxury and elevated styling. 
STYLE TIP:
Embrace your figure and add a wide belt to your look for an extra clinch and accentuation to your waistline. Keep things modern and pair this sophisticated look with a pair of loafers and fun socks instead of heels for the perfect street style look. 

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*A post in collaboration with Witchery. All views and opinion are my own. 

5 Podcasts Worth Listening To

May 22, 2017

I discovered podcasts about 3 years ago while road tripping to the Drakensberg mountains but it wasn’t till I was living in Berlin back in 2015 that I truly got hooked. Everyone was talking about a podcast called Serial and my FOMO kicked in – what was this show I was missing out on?

Turned out to be an incredibly gripping true crime series (I’m sure you know what I’m talking about but incase you’ve been living under a rock there’s more details further down.) and I was hooked!

Podcasts have now become a daily habit of mine – be it when I am driving, commuting around London or simply cleaning the house or cooking dinner I’ll have one playing in the background. They entertaining, educational and they stimulate my mind while I’m otherwise doing boring, menial work.

I’ve teamed up with Sudio – a Swedish headphone company – to offer all my readers a 15% discount on any Sudio purchase. Simply use the code  MYLIFEINPINK15 at checkout to receive your discount.

I use Sudio’s Vasa Blå wireless headphones on a daily basis and I’m obsessed. They don’t blow your eardrums like the Apple one’s do and the quality is exceptional. It has an 8 hour battery life and a built in microphone so you can take/make your calls too. Best part – no more tangled headphones!

Below I have compiled  a list of my top podcasts that I’ve find to be either entertaining or inspiring. I would love to hear what your favourite podcasts are so please do leave comments below in the comment section, or find me on Instagram at @emmajanementeath and drop me a message.

photos: Justin Polkey
location: The Yellow Warbler, Stoke Newington

*in colabaration with Sudio Headphones. All views and opinions are my own. 

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MY TOP 5 PODCASTS (CURRENTLY):

SERIAL 

If you haven’t already listened to the first two seasons of Serial you seriously missing out. Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig and tells one story, a true story, over the course of a season.

The gripping first season deals with “a high-school senior named Hae Min Lee disappeared one day after school in 1999, in Baltimore County, Maryland. A month later, her body was found in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was sentenced to life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.”

The second season is about Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S soldier that was held prisoner of the Taliban for nearly five years after having walked into the desert and deserted his responsibilities as a soldier. In May 2014 he was finally released. The military charged Bergdahl with two crimes, one of which carries the possibility of a life sentence.

Genre: True crime

Perfect For: People who enjoyed watching True Detective and Making A Murderer.

Episodes to get hooked on: The whole of season 1!

Listen here: https://serialpodcast.org

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THE WAY I HEARD IT WITH MIKE ROWE

The Way I Heard It is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span. Each episode of The Way I Heard It is a true story about a real person, place, or thing. From pop culture to politics, Hollywood to history each episode is about six minutes long and is written and narrated by Mike Rowe.

Genre: Documentary/Trivia.

Perfect For: People with a short attention span.

Episodes to get hooked on: Episode 1, The 25 Million Dollar Kiss & episode 15, Sorry – Wrong Number.

Listen here: http://mikerowe.com/podcast/

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UNMISTAKABLE CREATIVE 

Hosted (and founded) by Srini Rao with over 600 interviews that are deeply personal, insightful and thought provoking with the worlds’s leading thinkers and doers. From happiness researchers and best selling authors to former bank robbers. The perfect podcast to get you motivated and to help you with any creative blockages. Unmistakable Creative has been called the “TEDTalks meets Oprah” podcast. I LOVE IT!

Genre: Interview 

Perfect For: Instigators, rebels and people with an inability to accept the status quo.

Episodes to get hooked on: Biohacking, Your Way to a Bulletproof Life with Dave Asprey and Moments of Creative Daring with Erika Lyremark.

Listen here: https://unmistakablecreative.com

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S – TOWN 

Once again This American Life knock the ball out of the park with their new podcast S-Town (aka Shit Town). To say too much about S-Town is to ruin the slow-burn impact of its wildly unpredictable real-life Southern Gothic story, which explores the life and locale of a chronically dissatisfied Alabama man named John B. McLemore. It’s sad, it’s strange and it’s totally bewitching.

Genre: True Crime/Human tragedy

Perfect For: For anyone who got hooked on Serial.

Episodes to get hooked on: Episode 2 (particularly the end…)

Listen here: https://stownpodcast.org

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MY DAD WROTE A PORNO:

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much in my entire life! Host Jamie Morton’s father went through a mid-life crisis and wrote an erotic novel called “Belinda Blinked.” It’s bad. Very bad. But so so good! Not for the faint hearted and I highly recommend listening to it with someone else, laughing together is just so much funnier.

Genre: Comedy

Perfect For: People who aren’t easily embarrassed by their parents’ Facebook pages.

Episodes to get hooked on: Episode 1, The Interview.

Listen here: http://www.mydadwroteaporno.com/

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A Shoe for Every Occasion – the Espadrille

May 8, 2017

There’s no denying that we all live extremely busy lives, whether you a stay-at-home mom, a new student or a freelance creative we all spend our days running around from point A to point B.

I’m a sucker for anything that can make my day more comfortable when my head is spinning and I’ve forgotten to fill up for petrol and I’m already running 10 minutes late for a meeting. So what’s my go-to solution? A comfortable AND versatile pair of shoes obviously.

Usually I’m a white sneaker kind-of-gal but lately [it’s good to shake things up every now and then] I’ve opted for a pair of espadrilles to get me through the day. Why? Simple – dress em down, dress em up, they work either way. One doesn’t need to wear a summery dress to be able to pull off a pair of espadrilles. I pair mine with tailored trousers most the time and love it! They my go-anywhere shoe.

I’m itching to book a Mediterranean holiday this year and the first thing I’ll be packing [that’s if I do book one] will be my Espadril’s, no question about it. Think Grace Kelly in her rope-soled espadrilles in To Catch a Thief (1955) … just too chic.

shot by Justin Polkey in collaboration with Espadril

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Look One
shirt – COS
trousers – Tamara Chérie for Mr.Price
shoes – Black Mini from Espadril 
bag – Thalia Strates
necklace – Pinny from Kirsten Goss

Look Two
dress – Zara
belt – Witchery
shoes – Tan leather from Espadril
hat – Mango
necklace – Country Road
bangles – Country Road & Henriette Botha

Look Three
top – Witchery
shorts – Witchery
jacket – Levi’s
shoes – Customised version of the cream Mimi’s from Espadril
basket – Bohemia Design
necklace – Country Road

Mindful

April 11, 2017

Imagine a clothing collection created from recycled shoreline waste… well that’s exactly what H&M’s new Conscious 2017 Collection is all about. The entire collection is made from sustainable materials including BIONIC – a polyester made from recycled shoreline waste. The collection showcases how fashion can be mindful of the planet.

The collection embodies a sophistication that makes it easy to take the pieces from day to night – a light shimmer and a touch of sequins including an array of cocktail dresses to choose from.

Details such as fine embroidery and big cuff sleeves compliment the clothing. A favourite of mine is the tuxedo reimagined as lounge jacket made from an organic silk paired with a playful pair of trousers.

The collection launches worldwide on the 20th April and will be available in 160 stores and online. For my South African readers the collection will be available at the V&A Waterfront.

photography: Justin Polkey
styling & creative direction: Emma Jane Menteath

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