Category: Fashion

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
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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.

South African plus size style - Lala Tshabalala

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.

South African plus size style - Lala Tshabalala

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.

South African plus size style - Lala Tshabalala

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.

South African plus size style - Lala Tshabalala

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Plus size style file: Shannon from the Feminist Unicorn

It’s a Wednesday, and you know what that means, don’t you? PLUS SIZE STYLE FILE DAY! WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!

Today’s juicy nugget of awesomness is Shannon from the Feminist Unicorn, another pinup-inspired fashionista I was introduced to via Instagram. Deeply in love with this gal’s funky, whimsical style – frocks and novelty prints all the way! I think if my fairy godmother magically granted me a wardrobe swap with anyone in the world, Shannon’s would be pretty high on the list.

 

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Let’s go a little deeper, shall we?

 

About Shannon from Feminist Unicorn

I’m Shannon! I’m 24 and I’m the assistant manager of a Safehouse for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. I’m also the owner of the sweetest little kitty you’ll ever meet, even though I’m a dog person to my core.

 

How do you define your style?

Hmm, I guess I’d define it as quirk retro-inspired that follows no fashion rules.

 

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Who inspires your style?

Oh gosh! So many people! I’m constantly being inspired by things and concepts on Instagram and Tumblr. I’m most inspired by colors! I’m constantly like looking for new ways to combine different colors together.

 

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

My phones (in my line of work I’m lucky if I only have two on me), my planner, and my photo remote. You never know when you’re gonna stumble into the perfect spot.

 

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

To me it means allowing all bodies to be good bodies and appreciating the varying spectrums that a body can be!

 

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

Surround yourself with other people who are positive supportive people who love their bodies.

 

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What do you do for fun?

I’m a workaholic as someone recently told me, so I spend most of my days at work. I haven’t been able to participate in theater and improv given my job, but that has typically been my fun outlet throughout my life. I also love reading and binge watching TV shows. Trips to the river when the weather cooperates and I have a lot of fun going on photo adventures.

 

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

I have always identified with Charlie from the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower (so much so that I’ve got a tattoo from it) I think because we think and behave really similarly, or at least we did when I was in high school.

 

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

 I haven’t always been plus size and before I was plus size I had THE WORST body confidence. Right around the time I became plus size, which actually helped me find and embrace my style, I started being a camp counselor at a summer camp for middle school girls that was all about teaching them self confidence. Up until that point I had always faked my confidence, but working there being surrounded by a whole bunch of body positive women and passing that message onto the girls taught me to love myself. I have also learned so much from Tumblr, which is odd to say, but true nonetheless.

 

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

Find a body loving community in your town or on the Internet. I cannot stress how much being around positive people, instead of toxic people can completely turn your world around.

 

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

As a way to learn to love my thighs, I tattooed a giant magical unicorn on one. Now I think my magical thighs are the best.

 

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

Because it allows me to change the world.

 

Where are your favourite places to shop?

I have been aaaaall about Pinup Girl Clothing lately, but Heart of Haute, Collectif, Eshakti, and Modcloth are still favorites.

 

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To keep up to date with Shannon’s fabulous outfits, follow her on Tumblr or Instagram.

To see past plus size style files, click 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: Monique from Monrobe by Monique De Villiers

It’s my absolute pleasure to introduce you to another South African plus size style blogger, Monique De Villiers. Like so many of the people I stalk, I discovered Monique on Instagram – and have been an avid follower ever since.

To be honest, one of the things I love most about Monique is how completely different her style is than mine. I love the bright, funky colours and patterns she wears, and how chic and mature she looks (let’s face it, I look like I’m dressed up for a theme party most of the time). Not to mention my hair envy over her gorgeous locks, and her drool-worthy nailart.

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Let’s find out a bit more about her, shall we?

About Monique from Monrobe by Monique De Villiers

My name is Monique De Villiers-Delport. I am a 25-year-old magazine journalist and online coordinator for a Ballito and Umhlanga community magazine. My job allows me to be super social and I am often attending beautiful gala dinners, openings and media launches where I am mingling with celebs and well known people within the community I live in. I got married a year ago to my best friend whom I met at the age of 18. Together we have two fluffy children, Minx a toy pom and Sox our chihuahua. I love photography and I am an avid crafter, particularly scrapbooking. On the weekends you are likely to find me in our craft room (yes I have a whole room dedicated to my hobby) or shopping! I love fashion and love putting together unique looks and creating my own style that compliments my shape and personality. I am a foodie, a lover of life and my faith is something I hold close to my heart.

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How do you define your style?

I love taking what’s in ‘fashion’ at the moment and giving it a ‘Monrobe twist’. I love making a look my own by mixing old with new, classics with contemporary, prints with solids and showing that plus size women can pull off any look a smaller woman can! I love prints and most of my cupboard is prints! I love maxis, high waisted jeans and skirts, kimonos and ACCESSORIES are everything! I think I own more statement neckpieces than I do shoes!

Who inspires your style?

I read a lot of fashion magazines which gives me a feel for other peoples style and what is in fashion. I wouldn’t say I follow fashion as such, I like to use elements of what is in fashion to create my own style and look. I have timeless items in my cupboard that are years old that I love to match up with a brand new item. The world around me – street style, art, trends… these are things that inspire me. Although I do feel like plus size fashion is not something you are exposed to in fashion magazines or in stores so I love following people on Instagram and looking under the plus size fashion hashtags for inspiring bloggers and Instagramers who have amazing style and who rock such amazing looks!

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

My cellphone, sunglasses and a good lipstick!

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

I am addicted to buying Holsters and own about 12 pairs which I live in most days but I do love to buy good quality heels and boots for those nights out on the town so lets say I own 30 pairs of shoes!

Which is your favourite fashion item at the moment?

At the moment I am loving high waisted jeans!

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

Unconditionally loving your body, being comfortable in your own skin, inspiring others through your confidence and rocking any look you throw together!

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

Learn how to dress your body – learning what cuts, fabrics and items look best on your body shape can do you the world of good! If you feel comfortable and feel sexy – you will look sexy and people will complement you!

Don’t be so hard on yourself – you are not as ‘big’ as you feel! People are not judging you as harshly as you think they are!
Understand your weaknesses and enhance your best features – be it your waist line or your pretty face – invest time into researching ways to enhance your waistline or how to do amazing make up.
Work out – When you are having a ‘fat day’ get out the house and head to the gym or go for a walk – trust me a good work out gets the blood flowing and you will feel amazing!
Be aware of your inner thoughts – Compliment yourself and motivate yourself daily. Watch out for bad thoughts that dampen your mood and get you thinking horribly about yourself.

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What do you still want to achieve?

I would love to be a mom one day. I’d love to be fitter. I want to inspire, inspire, inspire in everything I do. I believe that there are so many girls and woman who can be reached who are battling on their body positive journey and I hope to inspire these beauties to love themselves and to stop listening to societies ideal of beauty and rather make their own beauty!

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about everything in my life. I am a person who wears her heart on her sleeve and I tend to put everything I have into everything I do. Particularly with my blog, I am hugely passionate about plus size fashion and inspiring ladies of all shapes and sizes. Ever since starting my blog last year I have been so inspired by the emails and messages I receive from slender ladies and plus size ladies who have been touched by a post or inspired to wear an outfit they have been too scared to wear because they lack the confidence. One thing I know for sure is insecurity comes in all shapes and sizes and I have always believed style is sizeless…

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What do you do for fun?

I love taking photos. Anyone who knows me well know that I always have my little point and shoot in my handbag and that if they go to an occasion with me, I will most defiantly have photos covered! I love scrapbooking and crafting so photos and scrapping go hand in hand. I find it a relaxing hobby that keeps me busy for hours! I am on my 10th album at the moment.

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

I think I would be Andy Sachs in the Devil Wears Prada because I share her determination to go far and wide to reach my goals and dreams even when the world (Miranda Priestly) is hard on me and it seems impossible.

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

Jesus Christ. Once I was saved and became a Christian I learnt to love myself and see myself the way God sees me. I am an imperfect person loved by a perfect God. I was made in the image of God and I believe I was put onto this earth to reach those who are struggling and help inspire them to love themselves for who they are because at the end of the day we are all beautiful children of God.

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

If you think you look amazing in those jeans… you will LOOK amazing in those jeans! People feed off your energy and if you are putting out a insecure energy – chances are people will pick it up. Fake it until you make it. Learn to love yourself, wear those jeans! Your legs are not as big as you think they are! Eventually you will love yourself and realise how hot you really do look in those jeans. At the end of the day who cares what others think of you? Just because society has painted a picture of what beauty should look like doesn’t mean this is everyones ideal! If you love yourself, others will too!

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

I would say my face because I have learnt how to do my make up well to work for me. I think having a pretty face grabs peoples attention 🙂

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

It has scars, it has been harmed, it isn’t perfect but it has made me who I am today and has got me through this now, amazing life I have been blessed with. My body is me…

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For more of Monique’s awesome style check out her blog, or follow her on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

To see past plus size style files, click 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: Katie from Life Through Kat Eyes

And so my #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) series continues – this week with another stunner I obsessively follow on Instagram. I’m head over heels for Katie’s wearable pinup look. She has exquisite taste, and really knows how to dress to make herself look good.

 

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Let’s find out a bit more about this hot tamale:


About Katie from Life Through Kat Eyes

Hi!  I’m Katie, a 31yo Kiwi girl living in the land of Aus. I’m a fashion-obsessed, sometimes blogger with a love of pinup style with a modern twist, and ’40s and ’50s hair!  I’m an inbetweenie, meaning I fall between plus sizing and straight sizing, which is sometimes the best of both worlds and sometimes a challenge!

 

How do you define your style?

I  like to describe my style as everyday pinup. I would love to wear big beautiful dresses with corsets, stockings and garters, heels and full pinup makeup with intricate hairstyles on a daily basis, but its just not always practical, I’m not a morning person and I like my extra sleep in the morning.
I tend to pop a suicide or victory roll in my fringe most days, and leave the rest out or pop it in a pony tail, then add a flower or a scarf. Makeup wise, I just do a basic face with a slick of winged eyeliner and red lips.

 

I think hair, makeup and accessories set the vibe of the outfit. A simple skater dress with retro hair and makeup, and pearl jewellery can look quite retro. Cherries and pearls are my favourite for jewellery.
Prints like stripes, spots, florals, cherries and anything nautical looking help create a great pin up vibe – either on dresses or on a top, paired with a pencil skirt or cropped jeans. I adore cardigans too, a key piece in creating a retro look.

 

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Who inspires your style?

So many beautiful women! I manage a plus size clothing store so it’s not just bloggers and celebrities, but also the women I work with and some of our beautiful customers too! I met a lot of my friends when I moved to Australia through a plus size fashion Facebook group and I always admire how stylish they look.I absolutely adore lingerie bloggers Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust and Curvy Wordy, they rock gorgeous pinup dresses like no-one else.

 

And of course modern pinups Dita Von Teese, Bernie Dexter and Micheline Pitt.

 

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What can you never leave the house without?

Lip balm, red lipstick and my cellphone! Having dry lips is the worst, so I always need a balm or a gloss, red lippy is my staple makeup item and I’m addicted to checking social media so my phone is never too far away.

 

What does the term body positivity mean to you?

Appreciating the skin you are in and all that your body does for you. Living in the current moment rather than waiting until you are thinner, curvier, more tanned, toned or fit (etc) to do certain things in your life or to dress a certain way.  Being confident in your skin and how your body looks. Whether you are completely happy the way you are or whether you’d like to make changes, you can be body positive and love your body at every step of the way.

 

What are your secrets for learning to love your body?

Follow blogs or Instagram accounts of women whose style you admire who are a similar size or shape to you. You’ll soon realise you think they look incredible in things you are too scared to wear, and you’ll find yourself questioning why you don’t wear these things yourself. That’s how I got into pinup, I admired it from afar for quite some time before I dipped my toes in the water and realised I could do it too.
Also, be kind to your body – don’t say things about yourself you wouldn’t say about your best friend.  Find an exercise activity you enjoy and do it because you want to, not because you feel you have to.  Wear something out of your comfort zone – soon enough you might find you feel comfortable after all.

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What are you passionate about?

It may sound cliche, but I’m so passionate about my job, I feel like we don’t just sell clothes,  we help people. To a lot of people, it’s just retail, but I’ve had customers get emotional about being able to find beautiful dresses or pretty bras in their size and leave the store smiling ear to ear. Teenage girls leave the store elated as they can buy trendy jeans like the ones their friends are wearing. When I was a teenager, it was impossible to find anything cute to wear above a UK14 and I’m so glad there are options out there now as every woman deserves to feel beautiful and wear trendy clothing.

What do you do for fun?

As much as I’m a girly girl, who loves to blog, shop, paint my nails and muck around with hairstyles, I like getting out in nature, hiking, random road trips, boating, exploring new places! I also love good wine and good food – so cooking, eating out and wine trails!!

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

Fake it until you make it! Confidence doesn’t happen overnight, you have to work at it. It’s ok to have bad days or moments of doubt! Even supermodels have insecurities.

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

My favourite feature is my body shape. After years of dressing to hide my body, i realised I’m actually quite shapely and I dress to highlight my shape and curves. I like to accentuate my hips and I wear a lot of waist belts with pencil skirts.

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

I love my body because it carries me around each day, it helps me work rest and play, i have working limbs, it’s in good health, what more could I ask for!?

 

Where are your favourite places to shop?

My fave brands are Pinup girl clothing, collectif, lindybop, hell bunny, lady vintage & sourpuss. I love glassons for basic cardis and trousers and of course City Chic!

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For more of Katie’s awesome style, check out her blog at www.lifethroughkateyes.blogspot.com or follow her on Instagram.

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: Tammy from Painting in Pink

After the amazing response to last week’s debut of the Style File feature, I’m thrilled to bring you the second in the series, where I introduce you to another of my favourite plus size style bloggers.

Tammy from Painting in Pink is one of the very first bloggers I ever started following, and have always loved her fearless style, and trendiness with a bit of an edge.

Check out below what Tammy had to say about blogging, body positivity and her toes in our little Q&A session.

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Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Tamlyn Jacobus, I do have a second name but i’ll choose to omit that for now. I’m a fashion and beauty blogger from South Africa who has an obsession with photography and sewing. I would like to think that I am a strong, confident woman that started her online fashion journey once my body changed, and for the first time, I had respect for the struggle that a woman who no longer have the same bust, waist and hip size have to embrace.

Through my quest, I hope to inspire women to embrace their bodies and respect it enough to not allow any human being to put it down. Confidence is key, walk out of the house like you’re drenched in it.

How do you define your style?
Liberating? I wear what I feel comfortable in and what I feel works best for my body.

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Which is your favourite fashion item at the moment?
My black booties from bronx.

What does the term ‘body positivity’ mean to you?
I’ve spent a week debating what it means to me, trying to convey the best possible message, but in the end it’s as simple as this… I don’t always love my body but I won’t shame it. I’ve spent so much of my life hating what I’ve seen in the mirror and trying to change it to look like the models in magazines and the unreal expectations set my society. This is me. I’m not going to allow a group of online publications and media houses fat shame me and make me hate my body. I will walk with my head held high and I will strut with pride this body that I have and own. It’s mine, it’s beautiful and it’s fierce!

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What are your ‘secrets’ for learning to love your body?
Acceptance is the first step in learning to love your body.

What are you passionate about?
I’m really passionate about photography and sewing. I’m working towards having a business/brand successful enough to leave behind for my daughter to take over someday.

If you were a character from a book, TV or the movies, who would you be and why?
It would have to be Matilda from Roald Dahl. Growing up I was obsessed with Roald Dahl. I’d occupy the library isles where his books were situated and get lost in his words for hours. I’ve always been obsessed with being the best and being first which led me to always try and learn something new. In my personal life, as it relates to me, I believe that being great is a priority, being beautiful is not. Beauty fades but brilliance lives forever.

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Who has been the most important person in your journey to body positivity?
Funny enough it’s been my daughter. It’s incredible what we can learn from these little ones. Seeing how free she is has made me feel more comfortable in my own skin.

What wisdom would you pass on to someone at the beginning of their body positivity journey?
Never hate your body. Never look at yourself and just despise what you see. Instead, turn off the lights; look in the mirror while standing in a dark room and start complimenting yourself. Soon enough you’ll be able to do it with the lights on and believe what you’re saying. Affirmation is everything.

What is your favourite feature, and how did you discover it?
I love my toes! I’ve always loved them and they are the one thing that hasn’t changed since having a baby.

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For more of Tammy’s great style, check out her blog, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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

Plus size OOTD: A spot of polkadots

So, we all know I’ve got a soft spot for dots. (See what I did there).

So when one of my favourite designers has a dress, with spots, in one of my favourite colours, it’s just a guaranteed win. This pretty wiggle frock from Revelation Fashion hugs all the right places, and will get a lot of wear come summer. Would love to pair it up with a white belt and little denim jacket. (if only my wardrobe had everything my heart desired ever).

I added some vintage Italian peeptoes for a little pinup authenticity 😉

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Makeup: Delicia Krause
Photographer: Alison Westwood
Shot on location at Banksia Boutique Hotel

Plus size style file: Anna of Glitter and Lazers

For my answer to Woman Crush Wednesdays, I’m starting a series of plus size Style Files with bloggers, both local and international, that I love.

For my very first one, I could think of none better than my InstaSoulMate, Glitter!
From the minute I discovered her on Instagram, I’ve been crazy in love with this funky, US-based blogger and yogi. Not only does she really know how to rock the funkiest of fashions, but she is a total inspiration for being fit and healthy at any size. Plus she makes me lol a whole lot, which is pretty high on my hierarchy of needs.

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Check out my Q&A with Anna below:

Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Anna, but I go by Glitter. I’m not sure how I started getting called that ( I never introduce myself that way), but it’s so common that even my coworkers will occasionally call me Glitter. I work for technology start-up, which I love. Most people don’t know that I am super hardcore geek – I have a master’s in statistics and love studying languages. That said, I am a loud person, who usually puts her foot in her mouth. I would like to submit the animated gif my coworkers made of my slightly tipsy dance moves at a conference as evidence. There’s never a dull moment, but always am there to support people when they need me, so i have the carte blanche to be me. I guess I am pretty damn lucky.

How do you define your style? 
I suppose I would define my personal style as if Elton John, Grace Jones and Mae West some how managed to have a love child. The three of them.. yes, all three.

Who inspires your style? 
Most of the things I wear have a story behind them. I suppose it those stories that inspire my outfits. I like to feel like I’m telling a story with what I wear. Like I am bringing to life a new voice through fashion.

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How many pairs of shoes do you own?
So this reminds me of a story. I once stopped seeing a fabulous guy I was dating just because he thought I spent too much on a pair of shoes. Do not try to come between a glitter-obsessed girl and her shoes, ok? That’s just crossing a line. Back to the question at hand… I am not exactly sure how many I have… maybe 40? I buy quality over quantity and when I find a pair i love…. well I wear them to death.

Which is your favourite fashion item at the moment?
SCARVES!!!!!! I can make the same bland black dress look like 5 different looks just by working that scarf in a different way. [You can see Glitter’s awesome tutorial on how to tie a scarf 7 different ways here].

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What does the term ‘body positivity’ mean to you?
It means loving yourself regardless. I say regardless because I think it’s stupid to ever aspire to not dislike things about yourself. If you assume you’re perfect, that just leads to unnecessary vanity and arrogance. Heaven knows the world does not need more of that.  Looking at ourselves rationally and with love allows us the opportunity to find inspiration on how we can grow and change into the best person we can be. However, noting an area for improvement is not the same thing as belittling oneself as individual because of a flaw. One is a catalyst for enlightenment, the other in path to self destruction.

What are your ‘secrets’ for learning to love your body?
Here’s my big tip. Stop focusing on your body like it’s the only damn piece  in the puzzle of who you are. Constantly I see women trying to put ther entire worth on their bodies and it makes me tremendously sad. Bodies are hard to predict. In some cases we have no control of the cards we were dealt. However when you focus on finding out your talents building out who you are – you have a lot of room to define and create the beautiful person you want to be.

The body is just a small piece of your identity. It’s a box, a storage unit. Storage units aren’t exciting. But you know what is? All the crazy weird, wonderful shit inside them. They all hold different, unique and personal things. So fill up that storage unit and stop giving a shit if the outside is a bit rusty.

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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?
Honestly, myself. I took a lot of time to build and develop my skills through self exploration. It sounds like a smoked something and joined a cult, but really getting to know myself and my needs helped me love myself.

What is the most important lesson in confidence you’ve learned, and from who?
I once volunteered for a prom like dance for kids with special needs. I remember going there and having more fun dancing and partying than ever before, because no one cared what they said, looked like or did. It was extremely mind opening to me. If I could just stop giving a shit about what other people thought, life could be a lot more fun. And you know what? It’s 100% true.

What wisdom would you pass on to someone at the beginning of their body positivity journey?
Learn to find things you like about yourself that aren’t related to your looks. The years I spent so much time trying to make myself look better are hilariously the years I looked and felt the worst. I was trying to fit in someone else’s mold. However when I explored my own interests, found confidence and experimented with how my body allowed me to celebrate those thing- that’s when all the sudden I became “beautiful”.

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For more of Anna’s awesomeness, read her blog, check out her pics on Instagram, Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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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