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. 

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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