Isabel de Villiers is probably the biggest name in South African boutique plus size fashion, and the amazing lady behind the brand was one of the very first contacts I made when starting this blog and my plus size fashion journey.
I look back now and realise that when Isabel asked me to model for her A/W 2015 range it was something of a turning point – or maybe the springboard – that has lead to so many exciting opportunities since then. Suffice it to say that I owe a lot of the high points of my journey to Isabel.
Anybody who has had the good fortune to meet this talented designer will know that she getsit. She gets the beauty of bodies in different shapes and sizes, she gets how important it is for confidence to come from inside, from how you feel, and she gets the plus size fashion scene – that us larger ladies want to be edgy and fashion-forward sometimes too.
So when Isabel asked me to be a part of her A/W 2016 lookbook I didn’t hesitate for a heartbeat – I knew something good was in store – and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.
Now I’ve chosen five of my favourite looks from the range to give you a little preview – but you can see the whole thing here. Isabel has also kindly offered 3 lucky Mind the Curves readers an outfit of their choice from the collection, so get on entering below!
My five favourite looks from Isabel de Villiers A/W 2016
One of the biggest gripes of South African plus size women is that there just aren’t enough fashion-forward plus size clothing options available. So, when I found out that leading UK plus size brand Evans was coming to South Africa via Spree – well, you can’t even begin to imagine my excitement!
I was given an exclusive sneak peek at the launch range, and had a bit of fun styling the Evan garments with other things available from Spree’s plus size offering, as well as my own closet.
Belted sleeveless trench: Evans at Spree
Mid-blue jeggings: Evans at Spree
Boots: Edit at Spree
I’m a big fan of online shopping – I loathe few things more than trying things on in a tiny cubicle and unflattering lighting. I keep my measurements saved at hand and after comparing them to the size chart available on site can order my size with confidence – and if it doesn’t look quite right Spree’s return policy means it’s not a big deal if it doesn’t look as awesome as it did in my head.
So now on to the exciting part! In celebration of Evans coming to South Africa, Spree is treating one lucky Mind the Curves reader to a ‘model for a day’ experience. The winner will join me, along with two other bloggers and their winners, for a makeover and photo shoot. The images will be used as part of the launch campaign, so this is a great opportunity for aspiring plus size models out there. The winner will also receive a R1500 voucher to spend on their favourite Evans garments.
NB – the winner needs to be available for the shoot in Cape Town, on 10 May 2016, and transport is not included. The Evans size curve is 16 – 28, so the winner needs to fall within these sizes.
Good luck, curvy readers – get your entries in here:
I have been obsessing over these tulle skirts since I first saw them.
To put into context, let me explain that when people ask me to describe my taste in fashion, I often say “Imagine what a 3-year-old girl would like to wear all day. That’s me.” Tulle skirts appeal to my inner princess. My secret ballerina. If you’re in one, magical things surely will happen, right?
So, when I saw this object of my desire in a beautiful range of colours start appearing on local plus size designers Revelation Fashion‘s Instagram feed, I knew I had to have one.
Now, lucky readers, Revelation is not only giving one lucky Mind the Curves princess their very own skirt, but all readers a 10% discount off anything on their website if you quote a special top secret code. Scroll down for more info!
If you can’t stand it and need to order your tulle skirt IMMEDIATELY, you can order from Revelation Fashion now. To qualify for a 10% discount on this, and anything else on their site, enter the code MINDTHECURVES on check out. This offer is valid until Thursday 7 May 2015.
Revelation has also kindly sponsored a tulle skirt for one lucky reader. To get in line, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.
Let’s face it, sometimes we just get too busy to look after ourselves.
Few things make me feel grottier than looking down to see chipped nail polish, or seeing my ‘skunk line’ (as I call it) of blonde roots regrowing under my dark hair. As much as I abhor it, sometimes life just gets in the way, and finding the time to tend to these things becomes harder and harder.
It’s for precisely this reason than Courtney Ireland has started Esteem Hair, a mobile hair salon service. Taking the pressure off you to have to organise a babysitter or to sit in traffic, she offers the full gamut of hair salon services in the comfort of your own home – yes, even the head massage while shampooing – my favourite part 🙂
After training and working at Carlton Hair for several years, Courtney values keeping your hair healthy above all else, along with her belief that everyone is entitled to feel beautiful.
Courtney’s visit to my home was relaxing – no rush and no fuss – an the end result was undoubtedly as good as a salon visit.
Style Esteem has kindly offered to sponsor a pamper session, including a cut, treatment and blowdry/flat-iron to one lucky Cape Town-based Mind the Curves reader. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. competition closes next Friday 27 Feb, and the winner will be announced the following week.
Pure Romance’s Body Dew first caught my attention as an option of body moisturizer for tattooed skin. As I have a few little artworks sprinkled over my body, I liked the idea that not only did it leave your skin feeling silky soft and supple, but it makes the colours in your ink really pop too.
Now, I know it’s not a good idea to judge books by their covers, but who said anything about cosmetics? When I saw the pink polkadot bottle, I knew this product was going to be a great fit for me.
It’s recommended for use after a bath or shower, and I found that my skin absorbs the carnation oil-infused moisturizer quickly – leaving me with scrumptious, glowing skin, and a delightful fragrance (I’m not sure if this is just from the scent I chose – Sweet Fantasie – or from the added pheromones in the product.) Body Dew is also recommended after excessive sun exposure, so I will be put to benefit from that as I’ve been doing laps at the local pool and am developing quite the tan.
Body Dew is made by the US-based company Pure Romance which, along with bathroom and beauty goodies, also manufactures ‘relationship enhancement’ products (or, for the layman, sex toys.) This fact took me a bit by surprise – talking cosmetics in one breath and vibrators in the next – but I have to admit that the website and catalogue are both beautiful and classy – not a skeezy Adult Word connotation for miles!
I also think that sexual health and body positivity go hand in hand so closely, so was delighted to find a company out there helping ladies to both look and feel good about themselves.
Pure Romance South Africa Director Nadine Tsemach organises parties for ladies in their homes, where they are able to see the products up close and personal – and also ask any questions they might have.
She has also generously sponsored a delicious prize hamper worth R1000 – just in time for Christmas too!
The hamper includes:
A bottle of Body Dew
Coochy rash-free shaving cream
Body Bling shimmering body powder
And, for a last bit of fun, Just Like Me lubricant
Please enter using the Rafflecopter entry mechanism below.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you maaaay have noticed what a huge fan of Kin Shop I am. Every visit to either their Kloof Street or Waterfront stores is like exploring a little room of treasures, with wonderful and delightful surprises hidden in every corner. Just when you think you’ve seen everything there is to see, another amazing find pops out from some hidden nook or cranny. They’re always my first stop to find something special to go with a new outfit, or a really unique gift for someone special.
You can see some of my favourite finds here:
The lovely ladies at Kin have also been a constant source of support and encouragement for Mind the Curves since itty-bitty day one. And now they’ve kindly offered to reward you for your support and encouragement too, with a R300 gift voucher up for grabs for one lucky reader. To get in line for this awesome prize, please enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below.