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

Velvet Touch

July 11, 2016

For those of you that follow me on Instagram or snapchat you’ll know that I’ve just returned from the most incredible, once in a life time holiday sailing around Greece. It’s been real hard ‘reintegrating’ back into normal life. I don’t want to get into Greece too much right now as I snapped about 5000 photos that I’ve been editing through and have 6/7 blog posts about Greece planned for you all!

On another note who watches football? In this particular case who watched the Euro 2016 Finals last night, France vs Portugal? I’m a Spanish supporter at heart but last night I supported France in honour of all the amazing French friends I have in my life . However when Cristiano Ronaldo had to leave the field after 25 minutes due to a knee injury my heart felt heavy and I actually shed a tear or two. He’s an undeniably talented footballer but man, do I dislike the guy. Probably as much as I dislike those weight lifting guys in gym that sound like they animals giving birth or guys that drive around in overly expensive cars with their tops down blasting music from their cars! However I have an extremely sensitive heart and seeing him leave the field on a stretcher knowing this is most likely the last Euro tournament he’ll ever play in tugged on my emotional chords. I’m glad Portugal won, they’ve never won a tournament before, and I’m a firm believer that everyone deserves a chance to shine.

Enough football let’s talk fashion!

There’s no denying that the Seventies have made a major comeback these past two seasons and along with their comeback is the rise of the one of my favourite materials – Velvet. This luxurious material is no longer reserved for old people’s living rooms but has recently graced the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Alberta Ferretti and Givenchy – think three piece suits or simple slip dresses.

It’s a bold trend to pull off and not everyone will feel comfortable wearing a head to toe velvet look. I opted for a dark green shade that was closer to the colour black to keep my look chic and effortless rather then a brighter colour that screamed “LOOK AT ME NOW!”

For those of you that are tempted to try the trend  but you not too sure if velvet’s your thing, stick to the one piece rule. So either a pair of velvet trousers or a velvet top. And if that’s still too much for you you could simply add a black velvet chocker to your outfit.

Viva le Velvet!

xxx
EJ

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Top: Zara
Pants: Zara
Boots: H&M
Earring: Witchery
Clutch: Balmain x HM
Watch: Witchery

Photos by Justin Polkey

Fall Knits

May 6, 2016

If white cotton shirts are my Summer staple, then knitwear is my Winter addiction. I can’t get enough, no matter how high my knitwear pile grows (yes, my clothing is categorised…) I just don’t stop buying more.

There’s just something so cosy about wearing a slightly oversized knit with a pair of denims or trousers and your favourite Winter scarf while you run out to go grab your mid day coffee.

This Winter I’ll be wrapping up in this warm wool-blend knit with a roll neck and extra long sleeves from Witchery. Keeping things on the more masculine side with baggy trousers and a pair of loafers. For a feminine approach, style your knit with skinny jeans and a pair of ankle boots.

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Your alarm buzzes for the umpteenth time and you realise you only have 15min to get ready and on top of the rush you have no idea what to wear.

We’ve all been in above situation many times before and one of my go-to’s in such situation is the ever so loyal twinset. From the Wimbledon courts to a high street must, the twinset  makes getting ready in the morning a whole lot easier.

I’ve kept my outfit casual with a pair of grey slip on’s but if you wondering how to pull this look off for work simply add a pair of heels and a loose bun.

There’s no reason not to get cosy this Winter.

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* An editorial post in collaboration with Witchery & Woolworths

These Boots Were Made For Walking

May 2, 2016

With temperatures starting to drop it’s no secret that Winter is right around the corner… and what’s a must for every Winter? A pair of boots of course.

Skimping on proper good quality footwear is never an option, especially during Winter. No matter how many pairs of boots I own I still find myself browsing the stores trying to find that perfect pair of boots that are a.) Waterproof. I cannot stand wet socks! b.) Durable c.) comfortable and d.) of course stylish.

Layering is key during the colder months and I’ve teamed my cosy turtle neck with the ultimate double breasted military coat, a pair of fish nets (yes you heard me right, when was the last time you wore a pair of fishnets?) maroon Chelsea rain boots, a classic gumboot with a sleek style upgrade, and a simple clutch.

There’s something rather sleek about carrying around a clutch bag instead of a tote or cross-body. They form an essential part of any wardrobe, and can transform your look from classic to cool in a flash. Or course I opted for the more minimal clutch, though I did make sure that they matched my boots. The Perry Clutch from Witchery also comes in black and it’s on sale.

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For a classic take on the Seventies I teamed a navy turtle neck (because sometimes it’s nice to take a break from black.) with a pair of cropped, frayed denims and tan leather accessories: the skinny belt and block studded heels, the two must have accessories this winter.

Belts are often the go to accessory to enhance the seasons latest trend. For an evening look add a velvet or bejewelled belt. For a feminine look and a way to enhance your figure when wearing a winter knit or your favourite winter coat add a waist belt that helps clinch in the waist line. Or for a simple, minimal update add a thin tan or black belt to your look.

Let’s talk about the block heel. Seen on the runway thanks to designers such as Anthony Vaccarello and Dior, the block heel is a comfortable and reliable heel. This particular pair has some added flair with it’s gold studs and double buckles. What’s not to love?

What’s your must have accessories for this Winter?

xxx
EJ

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* An editorial post in collaboration with Witchery & Woolworths

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