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.
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
Vintage leather gloves
*Shot in collaboration with Lowndes London. All views and opinions are my own.
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.
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.
*Shot in collaboration with Call It Spring. All views and opinions are my own.
Styling & Creative
Emma Jane Menteath
“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!
Yellow Bardot Top – H&M
Pink Maxi Skirt – & Other Stories
Red Heels – Mango
Bunny Purse – & Other Stories
Green Dress – Zara
Pink Heels – Zara
Green Pinafore – Mango
White Puffed Sleeves Top – Zara
Stripped Handbag – Zara
Red Top – H&M
Printed Maxi Skirt – H&M
Red Heels – Mango
With a mix of intricate textures, sporty shapes and complex detailing the latest Witchery First Edition limited collection is an instant wardrobe update for the upcoming festive season. A collection consisting of silhouettes suitable for parties, day events through to sparkly nights out. Here’s three festive trends to try now.
There’s no surprise that the jumpsuit has supplanted the cocktail dress as there is nothing easier then throwing on a full length jumpsuit and instantly looking sleek. The Rampling jumpsuit is made from a luxurious silk and is the perfect versatile wardrobe staple that you’ll wear on many an occasion. Think sandals and fedora for a day down by the beach or heels and classic jewels for a dinner party with friends.
tip: Add a thick waist belt to your outfit to accentuate your waist-line and a pair of stiletto’s to elongate your figure.
Sequins of Events
With the festive season and end of the year celebrations right around the corner owning a little sparkle will never let you down. The short milk white jumpsuit is a wonder onesie with sequins and cross back detailing that provides a laid back evening-wear option that still retains the glam.
tip: Swop out your flats for a pair of kitten heels and a bold lip to take your look from day-time party to night-time sparkle.
The off the shoulder ribbed knit offers the perfect amount of sexy meets sweet. A style that feels just as right for a Summer soiree as it does for a beachside lunch. For a modern update opt for monochrome separates and a pair of trousers over a summer skirt or a pair of shorts. You don’t want to show off too much skin.
tip: Make sure you wear a good strapless bra with your off the shoulder top and add a quick dusting of bronzer on the décolletage to ensure the look is red-carpet ready.
Shot by Justin Polkey
Make up by Tyler Williams
*Advertorial post in collaboration with Witchery. All words and outfit choice are my own.