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Plus size style file: Lisa from Cherry Lisa

It is my great pleasure to showcase the awesome style of another lovely local lass – Cherry Lady Lisa of Durban. A little bit goth, a little bit pinup, a little bit geeky  – I could just gobble this lady up in one, smooth bite! (Does that make me sound creepy? Good.)

Here’s what I found out about her:

Plus size style file: Lisa Hayes Foley
Credit: George Vosloo Photography

About Cherry Lady Lisa:

My name is Lisa Hayes Foley, also known as Cherry Lisa. I am a textile designer and I own and run Frockabilly SA, an artisanal store specialising in handmade cute & geeky hair bows. I’m curiously obsessed with the 1950’s, My Little Pony, Alice in Wonderland, American McGee’s Alice, cats,  crafting and Studio Ghibli.

How do you define your style?

Rockabilly with a dash of Goth and a sprinkling of Geek. [Note from Ed: ‘Hey! That’s what I said!’]

Who inspires your style?

I am inspired by the Rockabilly culture as well as the modern Goth culture. I use Tumblr for a lot of my inspiration.

Plus size style file: Lisa Hayes Foley
Credit: George Vosloo Photography

What are some things you can never leave the house without?

A pair of ballet flats (I own many different coloured ones), a Geeky accessory of some kind (be it a hair piece or jewellery) and lipstick – my favourite brand is Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks, I have quite a collection growing.

Which is your favourite fashion item at the moment?

Cupcake petticoats. I absolutely adore them and currently own 4 in different colours. They are the perfect accent to a full circle skirt or dress.

Plus size style file: Lisa Hayes Foley
Credit: George Vosloo Photography

What does the term ‘body positivity’ mean to you?

It means acceptance for all body types and not judging someone based on their appearance. Everyone is walking on their own path, separate to yours, and going through their own trials and struggles. There is no room for judgement in this world.

What are your ‘secrets’ for learning to love your body?

Figure out what you like about your body and focus hard on that, and flaunt it as best you can. The things you don’t like about your body will slowly diminish as they are overpowered by the positive.

What do you still want to achieve?

I feel that travelling the world would be a big personal feather in my cap. Raising the money myself, not asking for handouts, and then going to visit all the countries still on my bucket list would be a huge personal achievement. I am a self sufficient person and I don’t like to rely on others to help me achieve the goals I set for myself.

What are you passionate about?

My work and standing up for what you believe in.

What do you do for fun?

Crafting and sewing are my hobbies as well as collecting and restoring vintage My Little Ponies. I also love dressing up for classic car shows and the few Rockabilly events that Durban has to offer. Spending time with family and friends is important to me but I’m an introvert so I enjoy my own company just as much.

Plus size style file: Lisa Hayes Foley
Credit: George Vosloo Photography

If you were a character from a book, TV or the movies, who would you be and why?

As a child I would’ve been Alice in Wonderland, living in my own fantasy world. Growing up that character would’ve morphed into the darker form of Alice, from the video game American McGee’s Alice. Straying down the path of darkness and fighting off her inner demons, eventually succeeding.

Who has been the most important person in your journey to body positivity?

Tess Munster-Holliday for sure. When I first discovered her on Tumblr 5 years ago I was in awe of her confidence. She made me realize that I don’t need to shrink myself to be accepted. And that anyone who expects you to be less than who you are, is not worthy of being in your life and not worthy of your time.

What wisdom would you pass on to someone at the beginning of their body positivity journey?

Don’t put up with anyone in your life that isn’t supportive of you as a whole. Yes, even your family. If someone is hurting you with their actions and words, confront them. If they refuse to change, sever the ties. Never change yourself to accommodate someone who wouldn’t do the same for you.

What is your favourite feature, and how did you discover it?

Definitely my bosom and my freckles. Plus model Teer Wayde helped me on my journey to freckle acceptance, and my boobs, well, they’re just awesome.

Plus size style file: Lisa Hayes Foley
Credit: George Vosloo Photography

Please finish the sentence. ‘I love my body because…’

It is unique to me and belongs to me alone.’

Where do you go shopping?

I mostly sew my own clothes, particularly summer dresses. I also love Rockabilly brand Hell Bunny. Other than that, I shop at the general clothing chain stores but try to find items that suit my sense of style rather than being trendy fashion pieces. I dress for myself, not to keep up with trends.

If you’d like to see more of Lisa, please check out her blog, her Facebook page, or follow her in Instagram.

Missed the last Plus Size Style File? You can read about Shannon from The Feminist Unicorn here.

If you would like to be featured on my plus size Style File, please drop me an email on mindthecurvesza@gmail.com.

 

The best places in South Africa to buy hair flowers

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:

Lady Flamingo Boutique

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.

Hair flowers from Lady Flamingo Boutique on MindtheCurves.com
Some of my favourite hair flowers from Lady Flamingo Boutique
Hydrangia hair flower available from Lady Flamingo Boutique on MindtheCurves.com
Hydrangia hair flower available from Lady Flamingo Boutique.

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

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.

Hair flowers from MissHapp on MindtheCurves.com
Hair flowers from MissHapp.
Beautiful blue hair flower available from MissHapp
Beautiful blue hair flower available from MissHapp
Having fun getting my hair styled for pinup at Fringe Retro Hair Salon
Having fun getting my hair styled for pinup at Fringe Retro Hair Salon

MissHapp hair flowers are available via their website and at Retrospective stores.

Frockabilly by Cherry Lisa

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!)

Hair bows from Frockabilly by Cherry Lisa
Geektacular hair bows from Frockabilly by Cherry Lisa

Frockabilly hair bows are available for order via the website. 

HellRazor

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.

Retro goth pinup hair flowers from HellRazor
Wish my hair looked like this every day.

HellRazor is US-based, but ships worldwide via etsy.

Sunkissed Handmade

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.

Delightful paper hair flowers from Sunkissed Handmade

Sunkissed Handmade flowers are available via Facebook and at the Palms Market in Woodstock, Cape Town.

A massive thanks to Chantal at Fringe Retro Hair Salon who did my gorgeous pinup style for these photographs.

Did I miss anyone?

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.

Plus size style file: Georgina from She Might be Loved

This week’s plus size style file is on another Instagram crush, Georgina from She Might be Loved. Not only is Georgina a foxy ‘Instalebrity’, but she also holds several awards and accolades for her achievements in plus size blogging. Read below to find out why I’m so smitten with her.

Plus size style file of Georgina Grogan

About Georgina from She Might be Loved

I’m Georgina and I’m a Beauty and Fashion Blogger/Social Media Manager from Sheffield, UK.

How do you define your style?

I’m what they call an ‘hourglass’ shape so I really love to show that off in skater dresses and fitted dresses to accentuate my curves.

Plus size style file of Georgina Grogan

Who inspires your style?

That’s a tough one as I don’t really look to anyone for inspiration, it’s more so a collective of everything I see mixed with my imagination and then I wear what I can find.

What are some things you can never leave the house without?

MAC Diva, concealer and my phone!

Which is your favourite fashion item at the moment?

My Newlook boots actually, they make me so tall and feel like a goddess.

Plus size style file of Georgina Grogan

What does the term ‘body positivity’ mean to you?

It means being able to look at anyone and not judge them over their shape, size or anything else other than their personality. It means loving yourself and others for the way they are and not wanting to change anything about them or yourself. Loving everyone for how they look. It’s such a simple concept but not many seem to be able to comprehend or put it into practice.

What are your ‘secrets’ for learning to love your body?

Look at yourself in the mirror a lot, I’m often called vain, but I’m just generally happy with what I’ve got and I’d rather always look out for mirrors and stop than avoid them.
Also finding your ‘style’ and those clothes that can really make you feel hot and confident is so important.

Plus size style file of Georgina Grogan

What do you still want to achieve?

I’m nearly 21 and I’ve done so much more than I ever expected, so this is a really tricky question. World Domination? Seriously though, I just want to do more of everything that I’m already doing and try to spread more of my positive attitude to more people.

What do you do for fun?

I hang out with friends and ignore emails!

If you were a character from a book, TV or the movies, who would you be and why?

Piper from Charmed, came to mind but I think that’s more of who I’d like to be as she was wise and always had to solve things. I asked my boyfriend and he said Maleficent, but again, that’s probably just my obsession with her. I mean I guess I could come off as Maleficent, as many people think I’m intimidating until they actually get to know me. I think it’s how I draw my eyebrows on….

Plus size style file of Georgina Grogan

Who has been the most important person in your journey to body positivity? Can you tell me about him or her?

Another difficult one as it’s actually been myself. I was the one who despite what other people said, I’d always be happy with myself deep down, I just needed to stop listening to others. As soon as I was to come away from all those negative people, I did, and since I’ve surrounded myself with positive people and tried to keep a positive mindset and that has really helped. It wasn’t easy, but there’s never been anyone in my life growing up who was just fat and happy, so I guess I had to be that person for me as I didn’t and still don’t want to change myself. I’m happy, others will just have to deal with it.

What wisdom would you pass on to someone at the beginning of their body positivity journey?

Get rid of the negativity in your life, if it means losing friends, it’s not the end of the world and you will make more when you’re ready. Delete people on Facebook, get a hobby where you can express yourself, clear out your life and start a new positive one.
It really worked for me and although I was at my lowest before I started my blog and started to climb the really steep hill up to body positivity, I now look back and realise I’m better for doing it.

What is your favourite feature, and how did you discover it?

Immediately I think my eyes, but then I like my cheeks too. I discovered it from makeup and knowing how to accentuate them, but then I started to appreciate them without anything on them.

Plus size style file of Georgina Grogan

You can read Georgina’s blog here, follow her on Instagram here, on Facebook here and Twitter here.

If you missed last week’s plus size style file, you can read about Cherry Lady Lisa here.

If you would like to be featured on my plus size Style File, please drop me an email on mindthecurvesza@gmail.com.

 

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