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!
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.
“Hello dahlings. Did you see me in Aida?”
“Hmmm, who I should I murder next? The Duke of Widdlyshmooshkins, or that French prince Phillipe?”
While this might be the safe, comfortable option, let’s face it, it can also be pretty boring.
And there are some moments when you don’t want to fade into the background. You deserve to shine, not to hide.
After looking at all the stunning red carpet creations at the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015, I decided to look back at how some of my favourite plus-size stars have rocked the red carpet without having to resort to black.
Let me know – which do you love, and which do you loathe?
Danielle Brooks from series Orange is the New Black looking radiant at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild awards.
Singer Kelly Price sparkles in more ways than one at the Grammys in 2013.
Queen Latifah looks amazing in this ombre number at the 2011 People’s Choice Awards (similar to the one I wore here. No?)
Melissa McCarthy ain’t no wallflower at Variety’s Creative Impact Awards And 10 Directors to Watch Brunch.
Gabourey Sidibe of Precious and American Horror Story looks divine at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.
Funny gal Rebel Wilson looking curvy and chic at a 2014 Park Hyatt event.
Grey’s Anatomy’s Sara Ramirez looking classic at Fall Fashion Week 2008.
If there’s one lady who really knows how to dress herself, it’s Oprah Winfrey. Here she is at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards looking superb.
Can you think of any examples that I left out? Please send them to me!
I’ve written about Jacobabefore, and about how everything just fits perfectly.
This dress is a fine example of that. As soon as I had slipped it on, I felt like the star of a period-piece romance novel. Soft and feminine and lovely.
I didn’t want to get too carried away with the gushy girliness though, so I added the quirky ‘I love you like bacon’ necklace from Kin. It’s all about balance yo!
Now I’m just dying for an occasion to come up so that I have an excuse to break this bad boy out!
P.S. Don’t you love how those sleeves hide the tops of the arm?
Today’s OOTD is from a shoot I did at the Cape Town Castle. What a great place to explore and lap up the history, never mind all the photo op’s it presents.
Loved how comfortable this frock by Linx available through Zando was – albeit a little shorter than I’m usually comfortable with (My legs are probably the bit of me I have to work hardest to love.) Dem sexy heels did help though – now, if only I could learn to walk in them 😉
When you have an *unconventional, or *troublesome figure (*I find all of these terms problematic), it’s very seldom that you put on a dress and think, ‘HOT DAMN that looks good on me!’. Yet, somehow, every outfit from designer Anna Geldenhuys’s brand Jacoba Clothing fit like it was made for me.
The sizes were easy and comfortable, the fabric both luxurious and flattering, and the cuts a variety of classic, sexy, stylish and fun.
And when something doesn’t fit like a glove, Anna is quick to say that she’ll alter it to fit you. Of course, the approach that you make clothes to fit your body, and not change your body to fit clothes, is one that resonates with me deeply.
Traditionally dealing in bridal party-wear, Jacoba Clothing is now expanding to all occasion-wear. You can see one of my favourite of her frocks below, with more to come in the next few weeks.
I can tell you here and now, never in a million years did I ever think I’d rock a cat suit.
When uber-talented designer Isabel de Villiers first showed it to me, I was skeptical. Surely it was going to cling in all the wrong places, and, and, and… it was pants! But then I tried it on. Like a dress (did you know I love dresses?) it just slips on, and you don’t have to worry about coordinating tops and bottoms. And Isabel’s designs bear our curves in mind, so it’s forgiving in the places it needs to be.
Now I’m sold, and wear mine often.
She has several new variations of this design on her website – check it out here: isabeldevilliers.co.za.