The Chaos Theory

December 4, 2018

I’m currently sitting in one of my favourite London coffee shops, Clerkenwell Grind, putting this post together before having to rush off to the airport for a few days of work in Portugal. I had the most magical time road tripping through Portugal last year so I am excited to see what the country has in store for me this time around.

Ever heard of the Chaos Theory? Well it basically states that every single decade now influences our current sartorial choices. The 70’s are a trend but so are the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.

My look in today’s post was definitely inspired by a little 70’s courtesy of my canary yellow flared trousers and aviator sunglasses, with a touch of 90’s thanks to my beaded sweetie bag and Nike Air Max 95’s. Chaos Theory.

Speaking of beaded bags, I’m so into my new one from Mango! It reminds me of my childhood days – mini plastic or beaded handbags filled with handfuls of sweets, my mom’s leftover lip ice and perhaps a Puppy in my Pocket or two. Now my beaded bag is home to my iPhone, a pack of gum and a Chanel powder palette. I guess that mean’s I’m a grown up now.

wearing:
Checked blazer | Mango
Yellow linen trousers | Mango
Cream turtle neck knit | Mango
Trainers | Nike
Beaded bag | Mango
Sunglasses | Ray-Ban
Necklace | Mango

Shot by 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 

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

Last Days of Summer

August 30, 2016

Leaves begin to fall or flowers begin to bloom and with it comes the inevitable change of our wardrobe: trans-seasonal dressing. My absolute favourite kind of wardrobe, I guess it has something to do with the fact that trans-seasonal pieces are the building blocks for the season ahead. Stability meets transformation meets renovation.

One of the only fundamental shopping rules when it comes to trans-seasonal clothing is to buy items that evoke the season ahead rather than the season that has just passed. Think of it as a reboot for your wardrobe.

So how does one bridge the gap between seasons and get ahead of the upcoming trends?

Tips for trans-seasonal dressing:

Show off your ankles with midi skirts and culotte trousers.

Change up your colour scheme. Deep reds and navy’s for fall and neutrals for Spring.

Get some fresh wardrobe injections. There are some key SS16/AW17 trends you can start playing around with right away, why wait till next season to embrace them?

Choose classics with a twist. Think white shirts with extra long sleeves or patterned two piece suits.

Don’t be afraid to play with various textures and layering. Leather over soft knits or denim paired with lace.

xxx
EJ

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Styling Emma Jane Menteath
Photography Justin Polkey

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