Category: Fashion

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 6: The sweetheart next door

If you’re not feeling the whole hubba-hubba mamma, oozing sex appeal look this Valentine’s Day, maybe you want to stretch your wings and try the pure, fresh angel-next-door look.

This sweet dress from Jacoba is perfect for it. Pick it out in a soft romantic colour – from the mint (pictured) to a caramel or dusty rose, and pair with flowers and a touch of sparkle. All of Jacoba’s dresses are cut to flatter, with this one being no exception, and somehow the fabric manages to be delicately soft on your skin while also slinking right over the lumps and bumps we’d rather not draw attention to.

The sweatheart neckline and loose cap sleeves are the perfect finishing touches. This dress is made in heaven, and if you wear it, you’ll look like that’s right where you’ve come from.

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Dress: Jacoba Clothing
Shoes: Milady’s
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 5: Tango in red

The thing about being sexy is you need to *feel* sexy. We all have those little things that help. For me it’s smooth legs, false eyelashes and a good scent. I’ve got a friend who says high heels and lacy knickers do it for her.

So, if you want to heat things up this V-day, find your thing. And let’s face it – this slinky red dress from Queenspark couldn’t hurt matters.

It’s a lovely slinky fabric – with an extra lining to heal hide lumps and bumbs – and a fantastic bit of added sparkle. I really like the arm and hem length, as well as the neckline – I feel these slightly demure features perfectly compliment the more raunchy silhouette – it’s all about balance after-all.

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IMG_0191Dress: Queenspark Plus Collection
Earrings: Miss Happ at Retrospective Fashion
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 4: Polkadot perfection

 

Doing something a little more casual this V-day?
No excuse not to feel at your cutest.
This polkadot circle skirt brings out all the cute for me – I feel like a little Betty Boop, or Minnie Mouse (just need the ears!)

What makes it extra special is that it was made by fellow blogger Michelle from Ordinary Misfit, initially as a hobby, and now as a new business.

The skirt is totally profesh, with an elasticated waistband (comfortable!) and lining. I love the froof of tulle at the bottom – such a gorgeous detail. Polkadots are a favourite of mine (yes I know you know that already) and I find the styling options to be limitless – so many colours, mix with other patterns or statement items, casual or dressy. A great investment piece, really!

So come on, click through to support local and score yourself adorable new threads! What makes it even cooler is she custom makes for your size (besides, circle skirts are flattering on everybody and their cats), and her rates are incredibly reasonable.

 

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Skirt: Ordinary Misfit
Shoes: Rosie Toes
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 3: The Tropical Temptress

It’s summer time, so let your tropical goddess shine! Yellow is such an unusual colour for me (previously my worst!) but there was something about this dress that I fell in love with. And boy am I glad I gave it a try!

I find the draping of Ms MoneyPenny’s designs so perfect for the curvier and plus size figures – they just know exactly where to distract, and where to enhance. The fabric is lovely and slinky and high-quality.

This frock is the perfect choice if you want to stand out from the crowd and make a splash – and yes, it’s available in other colours, even though I just love it as a ray of sunshine!

 

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car_grouping_01Dress: Ms Moneypenny available from Fefla Couture
Earrings: Violet Vanilla Shop
Hair flower: Miss Happ at Retrospective Fashion
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 2: The Jungle Queen

This Valentine’s Day, go for something fun, go for something bold and breathtaking.

This dress is so light and floaty – and comfortable too – it won me over real quick. As I so often say, I’m usually a little cautious of bold prints, but something about having this dress on, swishing and swirling around you, makes you feel like a tropical diva. (But, like, in a good way).

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Dress: G-Couture
Shoes: Zoom (past season)
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 1: The Coffee Date

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking what you’re going to wear on your hot date. And hey, I’m not just talking about hot dates with man meat, ok, I mean like hot dates with your bestie, or your four-legged, or your mom, or even yourself, ok?

(That’s right, I look for any excuse to plan a new outfit :P)

Here’s plus size outfit idea number 1, for the good ‘ol coffee date.

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Skirt: Style Republic Plus at Spree
Pumps: PnP Clothing
Hair flower: Koffin Kitten
Lipstick: ‘Striking M-attitude’ CO2 Matt Lip Colour from Alluring Reds collection by Catrice
Nails: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya
Shot on location at Field Office, Woodstock

What they wore: Plus size celebrities at the Golden Globes 2016

As a little girl I used to like cutting pictures of celebrities in their sparkling gowns out of magazines, and making them into my paper dolls. Old habits die hard, and a guilty pleasure as an adult is squizzing through the red carpet pics online.

Since starting this blog I’ve paid particular attention to what plus size celebrities have worn, but to be honest, spotting them is a bit like finding hen’s teeth. Moreover, when you do, the outfits are often a bit dowdy and unexciting – maybe something to do with plus size women battling to find designer dresses, as Melissa McCarthy has long griped about.

(My concern here is two-fold – both with the availability of clothing in all sizes, but more importantly with the representation of all body types in popular media – but I won’t get into that now).

When I finally got round to checking out this year’s ‘who wore what at the Golden Globes’ I was pretty chuffed to see some of my favourite plus size celebrities looking smashing in their fancy shmancy gowns.

Here’s the lowdown:

Melissa McCarthy

Plus size celebrities at the Golden Globes 2016
Source: usmagazine.com

Top of the list has to be Melissa McCarthy. Not only does she look totally smashing in this glitsy number, but it’s quadruple the awesome because she designed it herself! Whoohoo for this multi-talented chica!

Amy Schumer

Plus size celebrities at the Golden Globes 2016
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While Amy’s hardly the biggest ‘gal around, I couldn’t resist featuring her for all the good bodyposi vibes she’s put out there this year. I usually see her in uber mini’s, so was pleasantly surprised to see her in this full gown, and think she looks totally on point (woohoo! Look at me using the cool kid fashion lingo!)

Laverne Cox

Plus size celebrities at the Golden Globes 2016
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In a sea of skinny mini’s, Laverne Cox is another we’re claiming for the plus size team, even if it’s a stretch. She looks like a total goddess in this white gown.

Queen Latifah

Plus size celebrities at the Golden Globes 2016
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I’ve long been an unlikely fan of Queen Latifah’s style. From what I’ve seen she really knows how to dress herself to make the most of her assets, and I totally love what she’s worn this year. You can see one of my all-time favourite outfits of hers here.

Uzo Aduba

Plus size celebrities at the Golden Globes 2016
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How amazing does Suzanne – uhm, Uzo – look here? This is a total case of being really jolted seeing an actor out of character. ‘Ol crazy eyes looks like royalty to me in al ze sequins!

So yeah, it’s pretty short and sweet, but I’m glad to see ladies of all shapes, sizes and shades rocking the red carpet in true and unique style. Here’s hoping the next big even has an even more diverse array of beauties for us to ogle over 🙂

 

Plus size style file: Lala from Plus Size is Me

While around the world plus size liberation and the body positivity movement are big, booming trends, here in South Africa those talking about the topic are fewer and far between. Lala and her sister Nkanyezi Tshabalala are amongst some of the most well-known voices on the subject in South Africa, with almost 50 000 followers on their Facebook page alone. I had the great honour of chatting to Lala about her personal style, and thoughts on body positivity.

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About Lala from Plus Size is Me

My name is Lala, I am a plus size fashion blogger, activist and sometimes model. I have my own fashion and lifestyle brand for fuller figured women called Plus Size is ME which I started 3 years ago.

How do you define your style?

Style is about figuring out what looks good on you whether it’s a current or past trend. It’s about taking chances and creating a look which people can identify you with. E.g. Kim Kardashian may wear new items everyday but her ‘style identity’ is pieces that are tight fitted, sometimes revealing and accentuate her curves.

Who inspires your style?

My top 3 ‘style icons’ would have to be Amber Rose, Kim and Khloe Kardashian.

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Where do you shop?

I shop at many different stores. I’m not afraid to pop in even if I don’t think they will have my size because you never know. I have assumed the worst about certain stores and walked out with items. My main stores would have to be Cotton On, YDE, Mr Price and a lot of boutiques.

Who is your favourite designer or label?

My favourite label would have to be Babes and Felines. It is an international brand and the reason I love the clothing so much is because it WORKS FOR CURVY WOMEN AND LOOKS DAMN GOOD. I haven’t bought anything from their online store yet because I’m so afraid of purchasing from so far away and the size not quite fitting my body, BUT I’m DETERMINED TO OWN some of those pieces.

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

I wouldn’t leave the house without a phly pair of shades, red lipstick, mascara and my wallet.

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What is your favourite fashion item at the moment?

Bodysuits

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

Body positivity is a positive way of looking at your body and a positive messages being spread about body image.

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

I have four factors that have helped build my self-esteem. Social media, people, physical and psychological health. Social media refers to taking control of your pages and following pages that contribute to the way you feel about yourself positively. “People” is about surrounding yourself with positive people and physical and psychological health is about taking care of YOU by being active and kinder to yourself. I had posted a video on YouTube explaining all of this in depth.

What are you passionate about?

I’m super passionate about this body positive/ healthy body image movement. I live for it every day, it is my work, I believe in it and will keep working on it. It’s important that we spread this message and get it right so that men and women can learn how to love themselves, so that we can keep fighting eating disorders, suicides and all these issues that come from self-hate.

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

I would want to be Hannah (Lena Dunham) on the tv series “Girls”. I watched that series for the first time a few weeks ago and I remember thinking ‘now this is absolute SELF ACCEPTANCE’. Lena has put herself out there on one of the most public platforms for literally the world to see and you can only do that if you are more than ok with yourself. I don’t know if her intention was for her character to inspire women to be at peace with their bodies and love themselves but that is exactly what she is doing without outright saying it. One of my favourite scenes is when they were away on vacay and Hannah rode her bicycle from the house to the shop in her bikini!!! Ahahahhahaha ha  hahahhahaha! Not even her skinny friends did that. She is too awesome.

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

I would have to say Toccara Jones definitely put me on the path of body love and acceptance. Watching her on America’s Next Top Model as the first plus size woman gave me a sense of hope and belonging. Now I would have to say I’m inspired by a lot of plus size bloggers, activists, models and other women who are owning their “flaws” and are choosing to celebrate them, such as Chrissy Teigan and Lena Dunham. The most important lesson about confidence I have learnt is to surround yourself with positive people. If you are constantly around negative people it will rub off on you and it will be very hard to feel good.

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

Be patient with yourself. You will have good days and bad days but whatever happens remember to be good to yourself.

I love my body because…

… it has been so good to me. I have abused it and mistreated it but every morning it gets up and carries me through my life.

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You can read Lala’s blog here, or follow here on Twitter and Instagram on the handles @misscurvylala + @plussizeisme. Her Facebook page is here.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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….

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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.

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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.

 

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.

 

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