Category: Fashion

Plus size OOTD: mosaic wonder maxidress

I, for one, made the most of the delicious Cape Town weather this weekend. Who knows how much more weather like this we have left?

There was beach, there was waterfront, and there were cocktails with friends. Utter perfection.

It also meant I got to wear my Isabel de Villiers sale rail score. Remember seeing this plus size dress when Isabel first launched it, and going weak at the knees. Somehow I forgot about it, until I saw it again on her sale rail. Score indeed!

It’s super light and floaty, comfortable as all heck, and, with a belt in the waist, really flattering too. One in every colour, please!      IMG_5276_Snapseed IMG_5294_Snapseed IMG_5313_Snapseed IMG_5343_Snapseed IMG_5387_Snapseed photo 4_SnapseedDress: Isabel de Villiers
Photographs: Alison Westwood
Makeup: OnqMakeup
Earrings: White Rabbit Days at Kin
Necklace: Carnelian precious stone pendant by Inge Marais at Kin

Plus size OOTD: Pin-up pouts and sailor stripes

 

With huuuuuuge reluctance, here is the last batch of photos from my shoot with Christi Williams of the Grinkie Girls.

I’m so sad that this is the last of it from my amazing time as a plus size pin-up princess. Would that I could do it all over again – Christi – you HAVE to come back to SA!

The awesome shirt in this set is from Cape Town’s pin-up clothing queen, Miss Happ Clothing. I take the largest size in her range, but am hoping, with our support, that she will consider doing more plus sizes.

Coincidentally, the girls from Miss Happ are in Vegas at the moment, representing SA at the world’s biggest pin-up event at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. The Blue Haired Betty, who I had the extreme pleasure of working with on this shoot, was crowned 2nd runner-up in the Miss Viva Las Vegas Pin-up Pageant – so well deserved! To see more of our local pin-ups’ adventures, follow Miss Happ on Facebook or Instagram.

I’m hoping the pin-up scene will only continue to grow and grow in South Africa – I know I’m certainly not done with it!

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Photographer: Christi Williams from Grinkie Girls
Top: MissHapp
Hair accessories: MissHapp
Makeup: Qaanita Abrahams – Onqmakeup

Plus size OOTD: Tropical maxi dress

This tropical-print dress was another score from the sale-rails. Wooohooohooo!
Since adding it to my wardrobe it’s become an insta-favourite, great for everyday wear. It’s comfy and looks awesome – I just can’t get enough of it!

I found it at Milady’s, who I find have some awesome gems if you look. I was interested that it was around 2 sizes smaller than I usually take. Their cuts really lend themselves to the curvier, plus size body. It really feels great to wear a dress that was made for my shape – give and take in all the right places!

Like it or lump it?

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Makeup: Qaanita Abrahams of OnqMakeup
Lips: Be Legendary Long-wear lip lacquer in After Dark from Smashbox
Dress: Milady’s
Scarf: Earth Addict
Hat: Emthunzini Hats
Earrings: Leaves by Forever Love from Kin

Plus size OOTD: Navy and papaya

While I’m deeply lamenting the end of summer frock season, the good news is that the shops are chockablock full of some great sales.

This Olkpolka skirt at Big Blue was one such score. I fell in love with the unusual print immediately – an awesome fusion of African vibes with a retro nautical feel. Plus I’ve always had a thing for swallows 🙂

With an awesome stroke of luck, the gorgeous scarf Earth Addict sent me from their new Autum/Winter 2015 is the perfect accessory to this gettup. Whatcha think?

Anyone else get some awesome end of season scores they wanna share?

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Makeup: Qaanita Abrahams of OnqMakeup
Lips: Be Legendary Long-wear lip lacquer in After Dark from Smashbox
Skirt: Olkapolka at Big Blue
Scarf: Earth Addict 
Necklace: Antique brass by A Bird Named Frank at Kin
Bracelet: Silver and leather by Amari at Kin

Plus size OOTD double feature: The last of the summer frocks

The chill weather in Cape Town over the past couple days has given me a very rude awakening. SUMMER FROCK WEATHER IS ALMOST OVER!

What even the hell!?

Truth be told, I don’t much mind the changing of the seasons. I like variety, I like snuggling up and reading on rainy days, I like boardgames in front of the fire, and gumboots and umbrellas and crunchy leaves.

But I also really, really like my summer frocks. So I’m going to have to squeeze in wearing as many of them as I can before the full turn of the weather.
Here’s two I really love:

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Dress: Isabel De Villiers
Windmill:  Kin Shop
Necklace: Penelope Frog
Nails: ‘Hot Coral’ from Gosh at Edgars
Lips: Velvet Touch in ‘Lambada’ by Gosh Cosmetics at Edgars
Make-up: Teri Tomsett from Black Dust Make Up
Photographer: Nigel Pamplin

And:

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Dress: Isabel De Villiers
Felt apple:  Kin Shop
Heart ring:  Kin Shop
Nails: ‘Hot Coral’ from Gosh at Edgars
Lips: Velvet Touch in ‘Lambada’ by Gosh Cosmetics at Edgars
Make-up: Teri Tomsett from Black Dust Make Up
Photographer: Nigel Pamplin

 

Plus size OOTD: Pink pinup fun at the vintage car graveyard

I recently had the extreme pleasure of doing some photo shoots with Grinkie Girls‘ pinup photographer Christi Williams, in town all the way from the US.

We did three fun shoots in three consecutive days, and, truth be told, I now feel like I’m in some kind of pinup withdrawal. The whole vibe of the thing is completely my scene – the pretty frocks, the cat eyes and red lips, the curled hair. The femininity that makes it even more shocking when you do something naughty. It’s all me to a T.

I was quite bleak when Christi and her awesome companion Amy had to return home to the states – I would import them here if I could. But I do have a little flame in me to start growing the pinup scene in Cape Town – give me a shout if you’re onboard 😉

In the meanwhile, I’m excited to share the photographs that Christi took of me. I’m starting with the last first – a fantastically fun evening we spent at a vintage car graveyard. I got to wear a gorgeous top from the Cape Town pinup clothing queen, Miss Happ (I got to do a shoot with her a few days before – coming to the blog soon!)

I didn’t have a skirt to go with the outfit, so guess what? I made my own! It only takes a couple hours using Annika Victoria’s helpful YouTube Video. (Just a note, if you do make it, to make the waist on the small side as I think the measurements are a little off).

Also, how perfectly does Penelope Frog‘s necklace go with the whole get-up? It’s like it was made for me!

Here are the pics. Let me know what you think.

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Photographer: Christi Williams of Grinkie Girls
Top: ‘Katy’ by Miss Happ
Necklace: Penelope Frog
Lips: ‘Funtime Fuschia’ in Moisture Renew Lipstick by Rimmel

Win with the Isabel de Villiers Autumn/Winter 2015 range

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Isabel de Villiers. Her clothes are flattering, fun and comfortable, and she goes up to a size 48!

The Cape Town-based designer’s passion for making women of all shapes and sizes feel great in what they wear is really one I can identify with.

So, when she approached me to model in her latest catalogue, I was beyond flattered. A fun day of shooting and 13 outfits later, we put together this season’s lookbook.

The autumn /winter 2015 range features some bold, boxy cuts and colours and a ’60s vibe that I adore. Best of all is how comfortable everything is.

Here are some of my favourites from this collection:

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Scarf dress (R760)
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Jumpsuit (R790) and boatneck dress (R580).
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Boatneck dress (R580)
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Reversible scuba jacket (R1600)
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Drape Top (R580) and Pencil Skirt (R560)

 

To see the rest of the line or to make one of these gorgeous get-ups your own, visit here.
You can also find Isabel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Isabel has generously offered a R1600 gift voucher to one lucky Mind the Curves reader.
Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and you could be walking away with a brand-new outfit!

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For some of my other favourite outfits from Isabel de Villiers Clothing, see here, here and here.

Plus size OOTD: Valentine’s Day double feature

Ahhh, the annual Hallmark day of love. On which I will wear red, because yes, I am that cheesy.

And thanks to my gal Isabel De Villiers, I have just the frocks to wear!

What are you getting up to this V-Day?

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In retrospect, I look like one of those cheesey stock photo images here.
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How cool is this ring? It’s a bee! In resin!
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“Say cheese!”

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Dress: Isabel De Villiers
Wooden scrabble coaster set: The Story of Mocholoco at Kin Shop
Ring: Eon Hoon at Kin
Earrings: The Story of a Bird Named Frank at Kin
Nails: ‘Hot Coral’ from Gosh at Edgars
Make-up: Teri Tomsett from Black Dust Make Up
Photographer: Nigel Pamplin

But wait! There’s more!
(I feel like I’m on the cover of a shmultzy romance novel in this shoot).

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Mind the Curves - Plus-size fashion blog Probably my favourite shot from the whole shoot. How amazing is photographer Nigel Pamplin?

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Dress: Isabel De Villiers
Necklace: Eon Hoon at Kin
Ring: Smith at Kin
Nails: ‘Hot Coral’ from Gosh at Edgars
Shoes: Zoom (looong time back)
Make-up: Teri Tomsett from Black Dust Make Up
Photographer: Nigel Pamplin

OOTD: Lady in black

This shoot was hella fun. My photographer extra-ordinaire, Alison, wanted us to channel ‘Hello Magazine’ vibes, so I mustered as much low-level British aristocracy as I have in me.
Which really worked with this awesome dress. This awesome dress that I never want to take off. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty sure it has transformative powers – I felt amazing from the very second I slipped it on.

Also a bit like a famous opera singer, lounging about her, uhm, lounging room, or a murdering regent heiress.

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“Hello dahlings. Did you see me in Aida?”

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“Hmmm, who I should I murder next? The Duke of Widdlyshmooshkins, or that French prince Phillipe?”

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“Shit. Where did I leave my poison ring?”

Dress: Jacoba Clothing
Necklace: Thrifted
Shoes: Woolies, aaaaages ago
Nails: ‘Metallic Purple’ from Gosh at Edgars
Make-up: Qaanita Abrahams from Onq Makeup
Photographer: Alison Westwood

Bonus pic where all propriety and sophistication goes out the window:

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