If you’re anything like me, scrolling through instagram can be an exercise in fomo when you see all your favourite international babes wearing incredible outfits you’ll never be able to get your paws on. So I was surprised and delighted to discover that one of my absolute favourite UK brands, Yours Clothing, has a number of international sites and does ship to South Africa.
Yours carries a variety of affordable fashion forward brands in sizes 14 to 34, and cater for everything from comfy pyjamas to fancy formal-wear. In addition to their fabulous in-house brands (Limited Collection, Yours London, and Yours Luxe), Yours carries a variety of plus size lines I’ve been obsessing over forever – such as Chi Chi London (the most incredible lacy numbers!) and Hellbunny (plus size pin-up perfection!).
In the spirit of the festive season and pending new years celebrations, I’ve done a round-up of some of the items from their site that I’m lusting after.
Hell Bunny Black and Silvery Glittery Mesh Cosmic Dress
It’s like a festive fairy/prom mash-up, and I’m all over it. I also love the galaxy vibe that’s super on trend.
Yours London Red Sparkle Wrap Dress
What’s Christmastime without a red sparkly dress? This one looks so comfy to wear – with just the right amount of bling!
Chi Chi Silver Floral Mesh Dress
Dressed in this, you’re basically ready to take the place of the angel atop your Christmas tree! (Although I can’t promise it will be comfortable hanging out there all day long).
Yours Luxe Black Sequin Cape Dress
You just know that New Year’s is all about that sequin life. This number is the perfect roundup of effortless glam.
Hell Bunny Panthera Midi Dress
I’m all over this season’s favourite neutral – leopard print! And can you even handle that neckline?
Take a peek through their site(s), and let me know which items are your fave. And if you make an order, be sure to tag me in your pics on Instagram – @mindthecurvesza!
Happy Holidays everyone!
** Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Yours Clothing. All opinions are my own.
My job allows me to work from home for much of it, which, as you can imagine, has its perks. While I can’t say that I work in my pyjamas every day (although, let’s be real, that has happened on the odd occasion), I take my shlumphy clothes pretty seriously, and am usually pretty mortified if the doorbell goes and anybody actually has to see me dressed like this.
What it does mean is that when I have meetings, more often than not I like to have a bit of fun with what I wear. So when Superbalist asked me to put together a list of work-ready staples, I was more than ready for the challenge – and rest assured you aren’t going to see any pant-suits or polyester here!
Here are 3 of my must-have items to tackle a work week in style.
I love how this gorgeous piece ticks all the work professionalism boxes, while still hinting at a bit of fun and character with the harness feature. A trusty black blouse is the very definition of a wardrobe staple and can be paired with pretty much anything from comfy jeans for a casual day, to smart slacks or a pencil skirt for a more formal affair. Yes, yes, and yes please.
The plus size harness detail blouse by Missguided costs R449 and is available in sizes 16 – 24.
A good jumpsuit is almost as good as a dress in my books – I love that you can put one thing on and your outfit is DONE. None of that faffing about with co-ordinating and all that. Jumpsuits have been super on trend for a while now, and are so comfy that you might as well be working at home in your pyjamas!
The plus size jersey wrap plunge jumpsuit by Missguided is R599, and available in sizes 16 – 24.
Obviously I’m going to leave the best ’til last. Nothing tickles my pickle quite like a dress does. I’m totally smitten with the one below – to me it’s the perfect combo of gorgeous design, a comfy cut and versatility – this baby is going to take you safely from the office right into date night without breaking a sweat.
The plus size slinky kimono dress by Missguided is currently on sale for R419, and is available in sizes 16 – 24.
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Superbalist. All opinions are my own.
I know I’ve been a terribly bad blogger of late, but I made some time this morning to share some of my favourite finds of late.
One always thinks of their teen years as the time that our bodies go through lots of changes, but I’ve been surprised to find out how much things change when you hit the big 3-0. It’s like overnight I needed glasses, a second shot of espresso in my coffee, and to lavish more attention on my skin. I was sent some Healing Earth products to trial and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect – these gentle, luxurious, natural products have been just what my thirsty, thirsty epidermis has needed to feel happy and healthy. The products are pure and organic, full of aromatherapy oils and plant extracts, and boasting anti-oxidant qualities. I’ve been using the Pinotage Cleansing Cream, which leaves my skin feeling supple and pampered, and a quick wipe of the toner adds a fresh zing to my routine. With some reluctance I’ve had to share my stash with my beloved, who battles with sensitive skin and bouts of eczema – but we’ve been pleased to find that these gentle products have done wonders for his skin too. By far my favourite is the Stimulating Face Serum, which I use in place of a night cream. I’ve never used an oil on my face before, and expected it to leave my skin gunky and, well, oily – but a couple drops every night have done incredible things for the dry skin around my eyes, and leave my skin beautifully balanced and radiant. Well impressed with these products, and definitely recommend them for those with sensitive skin like mine.
Hannon Colourblend Lipstick in Cherry
I’ve had great fun stepping out of my red-lip comfort zone with this bonny shade of pink. The lippie goes on nicely (not too waxy or drying), and is pretty long-lasting. This range prides itself on striking the right balance for every skin tone, and while I can’t vouch for anyone else, I do have to admit it strikes a pretty sweet chord in terms of not being too warm or too cold of a colour. If you order online and use the code MINDTHECURVES, you will receive 15% off!
Dare Volumising Mascara
My one-minute makeup routine (for those days you’re rushing to get out the house) involves brows, a good mascara, and slapping on some lippie. If you pare things down to the essentials, you best ensure they be good ones! Dare is a new brand that I recently got to attend the launch for, and along with their gel effect nail polishes (bloody brilliant) and shimmer dust (so sparkly), I found the all-in-one mascara to be a stand-out product. The packaging has a really cool feel to it, and the product goes on like a dream. Just enough volume to make you feel all fluttery, without turning your lashes into a clump of spider legs. The stuff wears really well – I’ve been amazed at how fresh it still looks, even at the end of a tedious day!
Lamelle Dermaheal Foaming Cleanser
I love the fresh tingle of the Dermaheal foaming cleanser, and find it to be the perfect product for days that I’ve packed on the makeup. It does a brilliant job at getting all the grime off in one fell swoop (I don’t even bother with makeup remover when I use it), but unlike many cleansers that I battle with, it doesn’t dry my skin out to a crisp.
Forever 21 felt hat
I’ve received so many compliments on this guy, I thought I’d do y’all a favour and throw him onto this list. I looked for ages for a good winter hat, but every one I found either fit weird, or galled me at its price. This buddy jumped out at me in Forever 21 and was just what I was looking for – plus, at its current sale price, it’s a steal!
You know when you spot something you like online, and then the ad seems to follow you everywhere you go until you finally cave in and get it? So it was with this incredible bandage dress.
I probably don’t need to explain what I like about it, but suffice it to say I love the simple, classic classiness of it – I feel kind of like a plus size Jackie O in it. Despite the dress being from Queenspark’s ‘straight size’ offering (they also have a Queenspark Plus line), the cut was accommodating for my curves, and the size 20 left ample space for me. The bandage style, while figure fitting, is super forgiving of any lumps and bumps should you want to hide them.
My only complaint? Well, it’s too darn cold to wear it at the moment! Can’t wait for wedding season, when I’ll be sure to get good use out of it!
Check out all the pics below:
Plus size fashion feature: Off-shoulder bandage dress from Queenspark
Lipgloss: Rosebud by Hannon
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
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.
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.