“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
Wanderlust – “a strong desire to travel.”
If you anything like me you spend a lot of your time scrolling through your insta feeds and pinterest boards saving imagery of sun kissed faces and palm lined streets while the burning desire to travel is ignited inside of you. A sense of wanderlust.
We teamed up with Michael Kors a few weeks back to explore their new fragrance Wonderlust by Michael Kors. A blend of luxurious blossoms mingle with delectably spiced notes in this oriental floral gourmand. The fragrance begins with the freshness of Italian bergamot and a tantalizing pop of pink pepper, soothed by the refined gourmand of almond milk. Think vanilla meets sandalwood.
“Wonderlust is an infinite desire for adventure, romance, and discovery,” says Michael Kors. “It’s for the woman with the curiosity and passion to trust in herself and follow her heart.”
We captured the fragrance, and all that it stands for (adventure, romance and discovery), at some of my favourite hideaway wanderlust locations in and around Cape Town while embracing the African sun and it’s diverse range of terrains.
In the words of one of my favourite authors, J. R. R. Tolkien “Not all those who wander are lost”.
art direction & styling: Myself
photography: Justin Polkey
Purchase the Wonderlust fragrance here.
Babylonstoren is my favourite place to visit in Cape Town and it’s surrounding areas. Spending time walking around the fruitful gardens smelling flowers and wadding my feet in the splash pool is a total destress after a long week.
With something for everyone it’s the perfect ‘Wonderlust’ destination – from wine tasting and farm to table dining or for something more simple stop by their farm stall to purchase some baked breads, matured cheese and fresh fruit and opt for a picnic around the garden.
p.s make sure you visit the cycad garden!
Dress – Michael Kors
Slides – Zara
Hat – Babylonstoren
Basket – Cotton On
What’s more picturesque then a still ocean, palm trees, summer sun and one of the world’s natural wonders? This little slice of heaven is one of my hideaway gems in Cape Town. Right between two popular beaches you’ll find a tiny beach just big enough to fit a few people.
During the Summer months I pop by almost everyday for a quick dip in the ocean either before work or in the evening as traffic starts to settle. You’ll find me lying on a rock soaking up the last rays of sunshine while reading my book and snacking on oranges or watermelon.
It’s la dolce vita all right.
Costume – ASOS
Denims – Topshop
Sandals – Nomadic State of Mind via Urban Outfitters
String Bag – MASH Boutique
Necklace – Michael Kors
Watch – Michael Kors
Scarf – The Lot
I like to think of myself as a book worm, it’s not that I read a book a week but I definitely get through enough each year to call myself a bookworm. (20-30 books a year) Books evoke a sense of discovery and adventure and at times, when jumping on a plane isn’t an option, retreating to my favourite holiday classic always comes in handy.
I just recently finished reading Fates and Furies and The Handmaid’s Tale which were both exceptional in their own ways. Any suggestions please send them my way – I’m about to start reading the Essex Serpent which I am truly excited about.
p.s if you looking for a delicious and healthy lunch or breakfast option in the Mother City look no further then Skinny Leg’s and All. One of my favourite foodie spots.
Blouse – Michael Kors
Shorts – Witchery
Sandals – Bought at a little store in Greece
Watch – Michael Kors
Bag – Michael Kors
“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.”
Dress – Michael Kors
Hat – H&M
Shoes – Mr Price
Backpack – Michael Kors
Glasses – Mango
*Shot in collaboration with Michael Kors. All views and opinions are my own.
I little mid week inspo courtesy of the new Vanessa Mooney collection. I’m just obsessed with her new look book shot by Jason Lee Parry staring Anna Speckhart who lives in this bohemia rhapsody lounging around her pool painting all day while drinking red wine.
“This collection is about expression – unadulterated and uninhibited. Dancing to Purple Rain in the desert, standing in the sun with a protest sign. In a time of a thousand causes to fight for, it’s easy to forget how powerful a single statement can be.”
The collection is filled with door knockers and chain links and is inspired by Mooney’s memories of the eighties.
“I remember in the eighties watching Sid Vicious. He wore bike chains and chain mail, he bled on stage. In everything he did, he was making a statement. Madonna was doing the same. She wore cone bras and bows and fishnets and bondage. She made sexuality synonymous with powerful women. She had me dancing in underage clubs, with big hair and big jewelry, rolling my hips, mouthing “touched for the very first time”
Oh to live with a free spirit of an artist or a child with zero inhibitions.
Shot in Cape Town adventuring between beaches and rocky cliffs in an array of colourful knits, boyfriend shirts and oversized parkas – no reason not to look cool when camping or festival going.