20 Random Facts About Me…

October 31, 2014

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1.) I’m a lefty and so are polar bears.
2.) I’m on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer and truly have attributes from both star signs.
3.) My younger brother looks like Justin Bieber.
4.) One of my favourite books was a book I stumbled upon in a second hand book store for fifty cents called Moulin Rouge and no it wasn’t the love story the film Moulin Rouge is about but rather a story written by Pierre La Mure in 1950 about the life of one of my fav artists Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
5.) I have a 70% chance that I’ll give birth to twins one day.
6.) I’m a morning person through & through. Therefore I’m the worst person to take out any time after 10pm.
7.) I collect postcards from art galleries & museums I visit all over the world.
8.) I don’t want a wedding ring, I’d rather my boyfriend/fiancé propose to me with a classic, black, quilted Chanel bag and a gold Cartier love bracelet.
9.) I have a major in communication science & I am currently doing my major in business management.
10.) I’m basically a crack addict when it comes to sugar. Eating out is all about reaching the dessert part & if I’m with a group of people I’ll make sure the waiter places the dessert closet to me as possible.
11.) After my latest trip to New York I’ve officially run out of closet space.
12.) I’m incredibly stubborn. Shame, my boyfriend gets the worst of it.
12.) Road rage. It’s one of my downfalls.
13.) If I buy a magazine no one is allowed to page through it till I have. Just one of my strange OCD habits.
14.) I can’t stand how the fashion industry still uses fur. It’s the only thing I refuse to do/work with on set as a model. Even if it means getting kicked off set & loosing the job.
15.) Red lips & soft curls. That’s my vibe.
16.) I make lists of my lists.
17.) I still sleep with a fluffy, white bunny called London.
18.) Tamboerskloof Syrah is currently my fav wine.
19.) I used to coach a football team.
20.) I was discovered (as a model) in a shopping centre.

Now that you know 20 random facts about me, why not leave a comment believe with a random fact about yourself… I love getting to know my readers…

Happy Friday Beauties,
xxx
EJ

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Urban Chic

October 13, 2014

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My wardrobe is currently in a state of transition with Winter on it’s way out and Summer on it’s way in. It’s that time of the year were weather is unpredictable.

During these periods is always better to invest in pieces for the upcoming season, Summer/Winter, instead of the transiting season, Spring/Autumn. This way you’ll have your wardrobe foundations organised and ready.

Currently I can not leave the house without one of my five blazers. They make the perfect transeasonal piece. Wear it when the wind starts to pick up or through it over your shoulders when things heat up a little.

I paired my almost-completely-white outfit with a pair of denim shorts but a pair of distressed boyfriend or skinny jeans would work perfectly too.

Do you have a favourite transeasonal piece?

xxx
EJ

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Top: Mango
Shorts: Mango
Blazer: Mango
Shoes: Nike

Photos by Justin Polkey

Roar, I’m a Lion

August 5, 2014

So the reason things went a little quiet last week was:
a.) My parter in crime, Justin Polkey, was away in Paris shooting a fashion campaign. (a.k.a no My Life in Pink photographer.) and…
b.) I joined a model agency here in New York called The Lions. Which meant meetings, castings, go-see’s, test shoots, gym etc etc.

For those of you that don’t know this already I’m a full time model. It’s the reason I get to travel the world and make my moola, it’s a lot of hard work despite what everyone thinks and I feel incredible blessed at the opportunities that come my way.

Meeting the owner of  The Lions NY, Ali, over coffee one day was one of those incredible opportunities. I told him I was looking to join an agency here in NY and he told me to come in and meet the team, so I did and the rest is history.

Before I left South Africa I wrote down exactly what I wanted from an agency:
1.) Smallish, like a boutique agency. No more then 50 girls.
2.) Yes small but still reputable.
3.) An agency that can get me editorial work but at the same time commercial work. A girls gotta cover her bills.
4.) A strong team of bookers and with a top shelf work ethic, and most importantly,
5.) A team that would be excited to take me on. In a city like NY which has models bursting out every nook and cranny the competition is crazy. Having a booker behind you that believes in you and is willing to push you in the right direction is a must.

Lions ticked all those boxes. Everything I wrote down, manifested itself and I couldn’t feel more blessed. I now belong to a boutique agency with less then 50 girls along with the likes of Cameron Russell and Irina Shayk.

Reason for this post, believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to dream too big. Seriously.

xxx
EJ

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.44.47 PMMy compcard. Which is basically my business card I leave behind after seeing clients.

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Part 1: My Skincare Beauty Tips

April 30, 2014

I’m super pedantic when it comes to my skin, I guess it’s partly because I’m a model and partly because of the way I grew up, but a good skin routine is of upmost importance to me.

A couple of my readers have mailed me asking me to share my skincare routine and what products I use for my skin so I’ve decided to do just that in two parts. Today I’ll share my skincare tips and tomorrow I’ll share my skincare routine.

I’m often being told what great skin I have and get asked what are my secrets, the fact is I never used to have clear skin. I struggled for some time, at one stage my skin was so bad I dropped out of modelling, stopped seeing my friends and spent most of my time locked up at my parents house. I was so embarrassed and every time I caught a glimpse of myself in a window reflection or in the review mirror of the car I would burst out crying. My skin was bad! My whole face was covered in heavy ache and I kept squeezing the pimples hoping they would go away but I just kept making things worse. After seeing the dermatologist and changing my products my father put me of a strict raw diet and threw away my make-up products which were clogging my pores. About six months after that my skin was pretty much brand new and I discovered a part of myself I had never known, a confident me. Having troublesome skin is not easy and it’s because of that that I am so pedantic about my skin now days. We only have one face, may as well treat it right.

Firstly I’d like to start off by saying that what works for me may not necessary work for you, the best advice I can give to you all is to go see a recommended skincare professional, such as a dermatologist. I have dry skin so the products that I use would not suit you if you had oily or combination skin types.

Secondly I chop and change my products around after I have finished using one, I don’t like my skin to get dependent on one specific facial wash or cream.

Thirdly if you can afford to treat yourself to a facial/deep cleanse once every 6-8 weeks then do. My favourite place to go for a facial is the Quantum Spa at the Radisson here in Cape Town. If you can’t afford it, do your own one at home. Boil a kettle and pour the hot water into a big bowl, put your head over the bowl and cover yourself with a towel and allow the steam to work it’s magic for about 10min. Once you’ve done that rinse your face and exfoliate, then put a face mask on (I’ll recommend some face masks tomorrow) and finish off by moisturising.

And lastly if there are some things I can stress more then anything it would be the following:

1.) Drink water… lots of it!
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2.) Stay out of the sun and always, always wear sunblock, no matter what the weather is like.
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3.) Stop smoking. Yes those terrible little sticks that you so dependent on, cut it out your life.
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4.) Alcohol is extremely dehydrating and bad for your skin especially the one’s high in sugar like your cocktails. Try cut back on your alcohol consumption as much as possible.
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5.) Coffee… say bye to your coffee and hello to herbal teas.
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6.) If you have a pimple, don’t squeeze! You’ll just make a mountain out of a molehill.
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7.) Try green juicing. It’s one of the best things I have ever done to clear my skin.
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I know these all sound like the typical things you’d hear from your mother, but trust me, simple changes like this make a huge difference on the skin. Try it for a month and you’ll see the changes.

xxx EJ

Read part two tomorrow where I’ll be sharing my skin routine with you and what products I use. 

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