Timeless Elegance with Lowndes London

May 18, 2018

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.

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Creative & Styling: Emma Jane Menteath
Photography: Justin Polkey

wearing:
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
Witchery belt
Vintage leather gloves


*Shot in collaboration with Lowndes London.  All views and opinions are my own.

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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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