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

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

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