Around the World with Witchery First Edition

June 2, 2017

The latest Witchery First edition limited collection just hit the shelves and it’s a goodie. Exploring the importance of edgy yet subtly feminine styling, Witchery looked to the streets of New York for inspiration by creating an assortment of ‘must have’ pieces that are elevated and street-smart.

A firm favourite of mine is the bottle green faux fur coat a.k.a the Cookie Monster coat. It’s the must have colour in every fashionista’s wardrobe this season.

Whereas Witchery looked towards the streets of New York for inspiration we looked towards the streets of London for ours.

London is my second home. I’ve been living on-and-off here for almost 10 years due to my modelling and freelance career. It’s an incredible city where anything is possible especially when it comes to creativity. There is something for anyone and everyone in London and the more you look the more you find. It’s a city that never stops giving.

With London Fashion Week being famed among the big four for new and emerging talent it’s no wonder London has made a name for itself as one of the worlds top fashion destinations – an upstart of designers are creating a niche for themselves in this contemporary landscape.

Streetwear is in London’s DNA – from the punks to the minimalist’s – London has a long history of street culture which can be found all over the city. Inspired by the cultural diversity and the breaking of gender barriers it makes wearing statement clothing almost ‘normal’. High fashion meets low on a daily basis and people watching while sipping my flat white has never been more exciting.

Below are my top 3 looks from this season’s First Edition collection shot in and around spaces & places in London that inspire me – empty early morning city streets, museums and instagramable coffee shops. Which look is your favourite?

Shop the collection in selected Woolworths stores and online now.

photography Justin Polkey
creative & styling Emma Jane Menteath

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It’s all about statement when it comes to this outfit. Milk white ankle boots that have an ever so slight cowboy feel to them and an oversized, deep bottle green faux fur coat, the perfect wardrobe piece with Winter settling in. Paired with a black slim-fit jumpsuit adding an edge of confidence and sophistication.

STYLE TIP:
Don’t fear away from statement pieces this season. Wear them with confidence and a fashion editor stride. It’s the perfect antidote to Winter blues as seen at Miu Miu, Prada and Fendi this year. 

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There’s no denying that velvet ruled the runway this past season, everyone celebrated this luxury material from Gucci and Fendi to Dries Van Noten. Witchery’s First Edition collection embraced this trend with clean-cut silhouettes in tops and pants inspired by significant runway trends. Easily wearable with the possibility of dressing the pieces up or down for various occasions.

I teamed my velvet top with a pair of sleek slim fit trousers and velvet loafer slides for a cool and modern street style look. The Clekenwell Grind served as the perfect backdrop thanks to it’s highly instagramable interiors and pops of colour to an otherwise all black ensemble.

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The V&A Museum was the perfect inspiration for this sophisticated outfit of lace and knitwear. The lace maxi skirt creates a chic and progressive look when paired with Witchery’s asymmetry mohair frill knit creating a sense of luxury and elevated styling. 
STYLE TIP:
Embrace your figure and add a wide belt to your look for an extra clinch and accentuation to your waistline. Keep things modern and pair this sophisticated look with a pair of loafers and fun socks instead of heels for the perfect street style look. 

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*A post in collaboration with Witchery. All views and opinion are my own. 

Witchery First Edition

December 6, 2016

With a mix of intricate textures, sporty shapes and complex detailing the latest Witchery First Edition limited collection is an instant wardrobe update for the upcoming festive season. A collection consisting of silhouettes suitable for parties, day events through to sparkly nights out. Here’s three festive trends to try now.

Jump Start

There’s no surprise that the jumpsuit has supplanted the cocktail dress as there is nothing easier then throwing on a full length jumpsuit and instantly looking sleek. The Rampling jumpsuit is made from a luxurious silk and is the perfect versatile wardrobe staple that you’ll wear on many an occasion. Think sandals and fedora for a day down by the beach or heels and classic jewels for a dinner party with friends.

tip: Add a thick waist belt to your outfit to accentuate your waist-line and a pair of stiletto’s to elongate your figure.

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Sequins of Events

With the festive season and end of the year celebrations right around the corner owning a little sparkle will never let you down. The short milk white jumpsuit is a wonder onesie with sequins and cross back detailing that provides a laid back evening-wear option that still retains the glam.

tip: Swop out your flats for a pair of kitten heels and a bold lip to take your look from day-time party to night-time sparkle.

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Cold Shoulder

The off the shoulder ribbed knit offers the perfect amount of sexy meets sweet. A style that feels just as right for a Summer soiree as it does for a beachside lunch. For a modern update opt for monochrome separates and a pair of trousers over a summer skirt or a pair of shorts. You don’t want to show off too much skin.

tip: Make sure you wear a good strapless bra with your off the shoulder top and add a quick dusting of bronzer on the décolletage to ensure the look is red-carpet ready.

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Shot by Justin Polkey

Make up by Tyler Williams
*Advertorial post in collaboration with Witchery. All words and outfit choice are my own. 

WERK

August 10, 2015

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I think a lot of people underestimate the amount of work that goes into creating a quality blog – this included readers and clients – I think a lot of the time many think it’s just pulling out any sort of camera and shooting whatever I happen to be wearing that day in any random location I happen to be near. Actually it’s quite the opposite.

A lot, and I mean a lot of planning goes into each individual look post:
1.) I plan 3/4 looks over the course of the week
2.) I check the weather apps to see when will be the best day to shoot and the best time of the day.
3.) I have to find a day when both myself and Justin aren’t working.
4.) Then I spend about an hour driving around looking for potential locations that suit a.) the outfit and b.) the clients wishes.
5.) I decide on a hair and make up look that will suit each outfit.
6.) A lot of the time the best time to shoot is just after sunrise, which means waking up at 5am to do my hair, make up and steam my outfit. Tip for my fellow bloggers please don’t wear creased clothing! It comes across like you simply don’t care.
7.) We shoot the look, we edit the look, we retouch the look and lastly the blog post gets curated.

All in all, from selecting my outfit to putting the post together, each look takes about 4 hours. I know a lot of you are probably thinking “that’s a total overkill” but really it’s not. I take my blog seriously and that’s why clients do to. I am not someone who goes around life half-heartedly committing to things, when I commit it’s 120% or nothing.

So when My Life in Pink goes quiet, please bear with me, it’s because I choose quality over quantity.

On a side note let’s talk about this outfit: My trousers are from Witchery’s first First Edition range which launched last year and I’ve only ever  worn them dressed up with heels because of the length but I tried to play them down in today’s look post with my Stan Smiths and a crop top from Mr Price. Mr Price released a range of turtle necked, cropped tops not so long ago. I bought a black and white striped one, wore it so much that I went back and bought a dark green one, a maroon one and this melange grey one. They simple which makes them great for adapting to pretty much any outfit and any sort of look. Plus they only cost R60. (4,50 EUR)

xxx
EJ

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Top: Mr Price
Trousers: Witchery First Edition
Shoes: adidas Originals

Photos by Justin Polkey

Retro Oversizeness

March 31, 2015

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Today’s outfit features the oversized knit from Witchery’s First Edition collection. You may recognise it from one of my previous look post’s were I was wearing a blue version of it. (See here.) Some useful tips when wearing oversized items:

  • If you going baggy on top, go tight below and vice versa.
  • Balance your oversized tops with short hemlines, a mini skirt or mini shorts.
  • Clinch it in with a waist belt to accentuate your curves.
  • Add a pair of heels to lengthen your height and create a longer silhouette.
  • The must have oversized item this coming AW? The oversize coat!

Oh and before we move on can we please give a special round of applause for these amazing over the knee booties from Woolworths! I’m beyond obsessed with them and currently wearing them with anything and everything at the moment. You won’t believe how much they set me back… R599!!! I almost regret not buying two pairs.

xxx
EJ

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Top: Witchery First Edition
Skirt: H&M
Boots: Woolworths
Clutch: Colette Hayman
Earrings: Country Road
Bangles: Henriette Botha & Country Road
Rings: Witchery & Country Road

Photos by Justin Polkey 

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