While I must admit I do love me a good change in seasons, it’s always a wistful goodbye when I pack my summer frocks away at the end of the warm season, so I’ve been trying to get the most wear out of them as possible before it really is too cold. I spied this classic beauty on my recent Queenspark shopping spree, and knew, even before I tried her on, how perfect she would be for me.
The dress is made from a really lovely high quality fabric, and is actually pretty perfect for this inbetween season – it’s not flimsy at all, and with a cardi over my shoulders the dress is still perfect when it starts to get nippy. But it’s the cut I love the most – considerate of a plus size figure, there is ample fabric to allow for larger bosoms and a chubby tum (my worst is finding a wonderful dress that has a weird cut under the arms and shows off half your bra as there isn’t enough fabric). I’m usually a size 20, but took this dress in an 18 with plenty room to spare.
It’s so completely effortless to wear, I know this is going to be a favourite for me for many years to come.
See more of the grand lady below (I’m talking about the dress, not me, although both are below).
Plus size fashion: Polkadot swing dress from Queenspark
Shoes: Tsonga at Poetry (past season)
Lipgloss: Rosebud by Hannon
If it weren’t for our desperate need of rain here in Cape Town, I’d say I wish the weather could always be like this. The skies are sunny and it’s warm enough to be out in a t-shirt, but not so hot that you get all sticky and flustered.
I find dressing for this season a challenge though – my winter staples are all far too warm, but those flimsy summer dresses aren’t quite cutting it either. At the same time, I want to get my last few ‘frock days’ in before I have to reluctantly bid them goodbye until warmer days are back again – let’s just face it, this plus size fashionista is really not a pants person.
On one of my recent perusals of Queenspark (which has REALLY upped its plus size fashion game) I found this satin bomber jacket, and although a little out of my usual style scope, I quickly fell in love. Turns out it’s been the perfect thing for the season – just the thing to go over a t-shirt when the day starts chilling off, or even over a warmer jersey if it’s proper cold. I love that it can be dressed up or down – a really versatile piece.
I had a bit of fun styling it somewhere in between. Check out the images below, and let me know what you think 🙂
Plus size fashion: Satin bomber jacket from Queenspark
I was recently surprised with a link to an interview I did with W24 some time ago, which just got published. Aside from cringing at the sight of myself in video (do I really have such an expressive face?), and lolling my pants off at the fact that it’s filed under ‘celebrity gossip’, it was a little reminder about why I started this whole blog thing in the first place.
Hi, my name’s Meg, and I’m a chronic over-committer.
The below post was due… hmmmmm… lemme see…. over six months ago? Yeah, maybe longer… #worstbloggerever
I’m going to spare you the whining about my guilt and remorse, and just get to the good stuff about fricken’ awesome hair flowers.
So, I’m crushing harder than ever on all things pinup (I think we’ve moved past ‘phase’, through ‘obsession’ solidly into ‘lifestyle’). Along with pretty pouffy skirts, red lips and winged liner, hair flowers are a pretty integral part of the look. It took me a little while to figure out how to style them right – running the risk of looking like I’ve plopped some sparkly plastic on my head – but now that I’ve kinda got the hang of it, I’m beyond smitten with them and don’t feel like my outfit is complete without some pretty foliage. Naturally I’ve needed one of every colour ever to go with any conceivable outfit, and so began the early days of a pretty robust collection.
Here are some of the awesome places I’ve discovered to get hair flowers from along the way:
This be-you-ti-ful online store is run by the outrageously creative SA pinup bombshell, Miss T Bird. Her artistically assembled flowers have a fresh, realistic look to them – like they’ve just been plucked from the most exotic jungle, or generous garden. Because of how lifelike they look, I find they’re some of the flowers I wear the most – they’re that perfect touch to complete an outfit and take you to bombshell level, without pulling all the focus and looking gaudy. The white orchid especially seems to go with just about everything ever, and the pink camellia perks up drabbest of outfits.
Lady Flamingo Boutique hair flowers are available both via Hello Pretty and on Facebook. Lady Flamingo also does custom orders – perfect for bridesmaids and bachelorettes!
MissHapp has long been the one-stop pinup shop for all things scene-related in South Africa, and hair flowers are certainly not an area that this brand disappoints on. This summer has seen designer Mandy bring a touch of fruit to her fresh, funky designs. I love the funky tropical vibe of them, and the texture of the different elements – truly miniature works of art! Cherries remain a personal favourite of mine, so I adore her options which include this fruit.
Calling all geeks and fangirls! Another of South Africa’s incredible pinup ladies, Cherry Lady Lisa (who I have profiled before here), is the creative genius behind Frockabilly, an artisanal hair bow business. She caters to a very wide array of cute and geeky proclivities (from Pokemon, to Harry Potter, to Disney, to oh-so-many more). I was super, super excited to discover some of her spooktacular Halloween-themed goodies (my personal brand of geekiness), which are super cute to wear in your hair – or add to your outfit. (I’m actually pretty tempted to order a pair of something and see if they work as shoe clips!)
I was totally smitten from the first moment I laid eyes on HellRazor‘s designs on Instagram. The combo of fun, funky colours and spooky black cats, eyeballs and Dias Los Muertos paraphernalia had me from the get-go. Lovely creator Jen describes her goods as ‘retro pinup goth style’, which strikes me as kind of perfectly accurate.
HellRazor is US-based, but ships worldwide via etsy.
When I spotted these gorgeous paper flower clips at a local market, I quite literally couldn’t resist. The fine details and delicate colouring give these flowers a delightful vintage feel. Designer Samantha, who is also an incredible wedding, portrait and lifestyle photographer, handmakes a huge variety of quirky and unusual designs.
Sunkissed Handmade flowers are available via Facebook and at the Palms Market in Woodstock, Cape Town.
I would love to make this a comprehensive list of awesome hair flowers (and bows!) available in South Africa, so if you know of someone I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments, or via email at mindthecurvesza at gmail.com.
Nestled in the ‘Deep South’ of Cape Town is Fringe, a sweet little salon and barber shop with a difference. Stepping through the doors, you’re whisked away to another decade. From the checkered floors, to the old barber’s chair, no detail has been overlooked, and I was still discovering fascinating decor delights right up until the end of my appointment. Throwback music and classic movies are the perfect finishing touches. (I was totally enraptured by Little Rascals while I was having my hair washed. Do you guys remember when that came out? “Oh Alphaaaalpha!”)
While the surrounds feel like they’re from another decade, the service and technology most certainly does not, and so I felt in very safe hands when I decided to take the plunge and get Fringe to transform me into a redhead. Red/ginger is pretty much the only colour I’ve never tried, and I was kinda stressing that the wrong shade of red would make me look like the love child of Miss Piggy and Carrot Top. The ladies at Fringe totally put me at ease though, and the level of expertise was super reassuring. Joanie Holloway, here I come!
When the colour didn’t come out quite as we’d like on the first go, it was try, try again until voila! It came out perfect! MISS PIGGY BE GONE!
The end result was exceptionally natural-looking – you won’t believe how many people thought I was a legitimate redhead after this do. This is especially impressive when you consider I showed up with bright pink tips to my hair!
As an extra special treat I was treated to a retro styling session with Chantelle, the salon’s owner. Naturally, Fringe specialises in the vintage do’s, and DAMN do you ever feel like a million bucks walking out of there.
The salon’s motto is ‘Bringing Glamour Back,’ and I think they pretty much nailed it.
And now for the end result:
Most awesome experience from start to finish, and super reasonable on the ‘ol pocket book too. (I have LOTS of hair and am usually horrified when the bill comes). Definitely worth the drive out for the amazing experience – and take your man for an authentic hot towel shave experience, while you’re at it!
Fringe Retro Salon is located in the new Sunvalley Mall.
SHOP 21, SUNVALLEY MALL, NOORDHOEK
It’s my birthday this week. I’m one of those childlike (childish?) people who really likes celebrating birthdays every year. Usually with a costume party of some sort. (Like last year’s Rockabilly Bash. Oh gawsh, has it really been a whole year since then!?). Plus, there’s usually cake, and I mean, ANY excuse for cake, amiright?
Well, this year I’ve held off on the costume party part (renovations take up all of my ‘organising’ energy – and just about every other sort of energy, for that matter). But I still thought I’d let myself indulge in a little fantasy, by composing my Ultimate Birthday Wishlist – and please – lemme stress the fantasy part here. I really would be very mortified if anyone I knew got me anything on this list. This is definitely more of an indulgent ‘if I won the lottery’ scenario.
Without further ado:
Joolz Fashion’s Fat Unicorn dress
I discovered the mega-talented Aussie designer Joolz over Instagram, and have been in love with her awesome plus size designs and quirky prints – that she designs HERSELF – ever since. I even had the massive honour of featuring her V-dress on the blog, which is currently amongst my most prized possessions. But that was before her unicorn dress came out. Guys, it’s a dress with a full skirt, and it has chubby little unicorns on it. I can’t even think of anything else, it haunts my waking hours and my sleep.
An Erste Wilder brooch
All the cool pinup girls on Instagram have Erste Wilder brooches. Basically my life is incomplete without one – or many of these beautiful, quirky works of art. And the Halloween range has just come out. A sign? I think so.
Plus size Harlow ’50s dress from Hell Bunny
I’m pretty sure they designed this dress with me in mind. I mean, my buxom heroine George of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust got to model it, but I’m pretty sure that was just because they knew I was busy on that day. Really, this dress is meant for me.
Anything from Creepheart
What is it with the Aussies and making awesome stuff? Creepheart is another Instagram discovery-turned-massive obsession of mine. Her prints, her jewels – everything is breathtaking. One day one of this pretties will be mine. One day…
Here’s more, just in case you haven’t got the full effect of how awesome Creepheart is:
Anything from Lou Harvey in the Gnome print
I’ve lusted after Lou Harvey for a while now, and there are a number of prints that I adore (Robot, Worthington, Alex Sage), but none more than the Gnome print. Look at it. Just look at it. They’re actually having a website sale, so maybe this will be a ‘happy birthday to me’ situation.
A GhostGoods pin
Cape Town is not without it’s own dose of design awesome though. I have been gazing longingly at local lovelies GhostGoods pins for some time now – and am so thrilled to see some new designs out for Halloween. Most wonderful time of year indeed.
You may remember Donna‘s predecessor – Donna Claire – but you aren’t going to be seeing her coming around any more. It isn’t that we didn’t like Donna Claire – she was lovely and dependable, if a little conservative and mature for our tastes. Donna Claire was like the older sister you could trust to be perfectly sensible about things, who was supportive and reliable – but she sure as heck wasn’t going to be condoning any spontaneous nights out dancing ’til the sun rose (HAHAHAHAH I HAVEN’T DONE THAT IN 10 YEARS) or pinching that cute barman’s bum.
But Donna – the new Donna, that is – well, she has her forebearers best qualities, but her own fresh, fun take on life. It might have something to do with that new chick she’s hanging out with. What’s her name? Oh yes, Fluvia Lacerda. Since plus size super model and body positivity movement OG Fluvia came on the scene, Donna’s been trying all sorts of new things. She’s more relevant. She’s more daring. She’s more sexy. She’s a whole heap more fun.
Don’t believe me? Here are a few of my favourite looks with the new Donna.
Plus size striped boatneck shirt from Donna
I’m all about that boatneck. Totally works with my pinup crush, and even if you don’t share that particular proclivity, it adds a fresh edge to your outfit. I love the nautical stripe, and the sizing is great. I’m comfortably wearing a 20 here, which is true to size for me.
Styled here with a skirt from Spree, a brooch from Miss Happ and some Donna Claire-era shoes.
Plus size polkadot top and curve-enhancing pencil skirt from Donna
Never mind my passion for polkadots, the little back peek-a-boos in the top are just perfectly cheeky. ALL OVER THAT.
The skirt, if you can believe it, I almost didn’t take.
Then: “I already have like 5 black skirts. Actually, it’s more like 9.5. What’s so special about this black skirt? It’s just a black skirt.”
Now: “OH MY FRIKKEN GOSH I CAN’T GET THIS THING WASHED A DRIED FAST ENOUGH IT’S THE FRIKKEN BEE’S KNEES HOW DOES IT MAKE MY TOOSHY LOOK SO GOOD? LOVE LOVE LOVE”
Styled here with Queenspark shoes and a hair flower from Lady Flamingo Boutique.
Nautical pyjamas from Donna
CAN YOU EVEN HANDLE THIS CUTENESS?
Let’s just dwell, for a second, on the fact that it’s plus size pyjamas in a cute print. TELL ME ONE OTHER PLACE THAT YOU CAN GET THAT? I EXTRA love the reasonable length of this nighty – and it’s extra long in the back. I actually truly, really, feel it’s been designed with my body type in mind. Will you guys judge me if I try rock it as a dress? I could totally rock it as a dress, right?
Plus size dungarees from Donna
I especially left this one for last, because I feel like it’s my exclamation point. DUNGAREES, mothertruckers! AND THEY FIT ME LIKE A SWEET, SWEET DREAM. The last time I could find dungarees that fitted me I think I was 12, and then I wore them so much they dissolved into nothingness. I intend to do the same with these.
They are stretchy, and INCREDIBLY comfortable – hear me on that. I wanted them a little bit on the looser side, so I sized up. Wearing a 22 or a 24, I think.
So, if you haven’t paid Donna a visit in yonks, my recommendation is that you make a plan to swing by. You might be pretty surprised by what you find. I know I, for one, intend on kuiering MUCH more frequently…
These gorgeous pics were taken by Gronja from Gronja Lennox photography. You can check out her amazing portfolio here. Gronja specialises in portraits, family and pet photography, as well as capturing special events – so get in touch to get some awesome photos taken!
In Cape Town it’s kind of schizophrenic – golden summer days on one day, and grumpy rain bursts the next. My personal nemesis is the days that look delicious from the inside – so you get all kitted up in your best frock and peep-toes – but the second you step outside you realise it was all a ruse and it’s actually sub-zero outside (but you’re really stubborn so you spend the rest of the day being freezing but oh-so-cute and stylish).
Wardrobes are hard to manage in this season (especially if you have limited space like I do, thanks to renovations-with-no-forseeable-end-in-sight). You’re not quite ready to bring out the summer frocks and sandals, but chunky winter jerseys are too much too. What you need is the inbetween stuff.
This inbetween stuff is exactly what I spotted and loved in the latest range from AfriBlossom – a gorgeous local range designed with the South African plus size woman in mind. Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the line.
Plus size kimono from AfriBlossom
The kimono is loose and relaxed, yet still incredibly classy. I love the weight to the fabric, which lends itself to the beautiful draping on this top. For warmer days it works great as an over-the-shoulder shrug with a tank top, but if the clouds come rolling in you can also wear a warmer top underneath.
As a side note, the kitten in this picture only has 3 legs and she’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and I wanted to steal her. Little squirrel!
Plus size faux trench coat from AfriBlossom
I came for the lace trim, but I stayed for the sleeves. Look at those sleeves, people! They’re actually bonafide works of art. Plus, full-length coats come with this sort of sexy, sexy power. (Didn’t Trinity from the Matrix wear one? I’m sure she did). There’s nothing not to love about this coat.
Plus size poncho from Afriblossom
If I can be candid, I wasn’t sure this was my style, before trying it on. I felt it might be a little bit conservative for me, and that I wouldn’t like the way it looked on my body shape – loose things on top tend to make my busty busts look even bustier.
But then I tried it on – and really liked how it worked! Another ‘no-pressure’ piece – I felt free to move in it, and definitely felt like it was classy at the same time (to be fair I’m pretty sure I could wear gardening overalls with those peep-toes and they’d look classy). But it turns out I love it! What do you think?
The gorgeous pictures in this blog were taken by Gronja from Gronja Lennox photography. You can check out her amazing portfolio here. Gronja specialises in portraits, family and pet photography, as well as capturing special events – so get in touch to get some awesome photos taken!
Pinup. Quirk. Sparkles.
On any given day, any one of these three things is guaranteed to be a hit with me – but combined? Oh damn, combined we’re talking about smittenness of – dare I say it? – plus size proportions.
And that is exactly which category this skirt from Atomic Starlet falls into. I stumbled across the quirky awesomeness by designer Jennifer Engelbrecht while perusing Etsy one day, and fell head-over-heels. Not only are her designs available from size XS to a 4XL, but they’re so fun and quirky and different too. On her website Jennifer explains that her designs are inspired both by her love of ’40s and ’50s style, and her appreciation for all things sci-fi.
Exploring the Atomic Starlet site is worth it just for a fun read – each skirt comes with it’s own outer-worldly story. The best part? You only get the resolution when your order arrives! (And oh is it ever worth the wait!)
While it was a tough call, the skirt I fell hardest for is the ‘Mesmerism‘ design. At the time I thought it was because of my affinity for blues, but when the skirt arrived in real life the reason was obvious – it’s TOTALLY a mermaid print! (Or chimera scales, depending on which you favour!)
The fabric – 100% cotton – feels incredibly luxurious and has a gorgeous weight, which is amplified by a stiffened hem, which gives you that awesome swishy, swirly feel, even without a petticoat.
The sweet bow is the perfect finishing touch, and is removable, which I think is an awesome feature. There’s something about a bow at the waist that just makes a pinup look ‘finished’, but I’d really like to try pin it to my top and see how that looks, but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet (damn you, winter weather! *shakes fist*).
The craftsmanship of this item is beyond reproach – it’s made to fit perfectly, it’s finished perfectly, and it’s just gorgeous quality.
Mesmerism‘s special story not only includes the standard aliens and intergalactic space travel (obviously!), but also lava, costume balls and a chimera. Want to see how it all weaves together? Well, you’ll have to find out here!
For this post I’ve styled the Mesmerism (how perfect is that name for it? Let’s be real for a sec!) with the cape top from Afriblossom‘s summer line (hallo, how perfect is that colour match!?) – and some glitter wedges (that I’m more than a little obsessed with) from Queenspark. They even have that kind of ‘outer space’ aesthetic, so I thought they were just beyond perfect.
I have a thing with frocks. Have you noticed? I’m happiest when I’m in a frock. In all my best memories, I’m wearing a frock. Definitely getting married and giving birth, in a frock. The world is just better, in frocks.
So, when BGN Workshop offered me a dress from their new line to review, I said FROCK YEAH! (guys, I totally just came up with that). :,D
It was hard to pick a favourite to go with – this plus size brand caters for a number of tastes, from my more classic, feminine fit ‘n flair favourites, to summery maxi’s, elegant evening-wear and casual day-wear. It came down to a coin-toss at the end, but I opted for the Sweetheart Neckline Dress both for its shape, and the gorgeous print – and when it arrived, damn am I ever glad I did!
The dress is super-high quality – there are no loose threads or funny stitching. The top is lined and silky, and the over-all feel of the fabric is luxurious. There is a lovely weight to it that makes it fall beautifully, and no clinging.
The cut has definitely catered for the plus size figure – there are no funny gaps under the arm, or gaping cleavage due to a bad pattern. I took a size 20 and would say the sizing is even a little bit on the generous side, although I’m very comfortable with the extra room to move.
There were two awesome surprises that came with the dress:
the most amazing belt. It’s elastic at the back and super comfortable – I think it’s going to get used with just about every outfit I own.
It has these thingies – I’m sure they have a proper name – but basically, you clip the inside of your dress straps around your bra straps so that your bra straps don’t hang out. It’s INGENIOUS. WHY DON’T ALL DRESSES HAVE THIS? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? Seriously, even the caps don’t convey my excitement about this revelation.
Overall I’m incredibly chuffed with this dress, and based on this design, would definitely order from BGN Workshop again. In fact, I already have my eye on these lovelies, here and here.
It’s worth noting that BGN delivers internationally and offers free shipping, and also that my order arrived, to my doorstep, in two days. TWO DAYS.
So yeah. I’m done gushing. Lemme know what you think in the comments.