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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:





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



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:

Scarf dress (R760)
Jumpsuit (R790) and boatneck dress (R580).
Boatneck dress (R580)
Reversible scuba jacket (R1600)
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!”


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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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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Curvy inspiration from the red carpet

When in doubt, wear black.

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?)

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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!

OOTD: The Goddess Dress

I’ve written about Jacoba before, 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?

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Dress: Jacoba Clothing
Necklace: Kin
Nails: ‘Metallic Purple’ from Gosh at Edgars
Make-up: Qaanita Abrahams from Onq Makeup
Photographer: Alison Westwood

OOTD: Teeter-tottering in leopard print

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 😉

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Too gorgeous for words – just need to learn to walk in them!

Dress: Linx available from Zando
Shoes: Miss Black Peron heels available from Zando
Necklace: Papillon Belle at Kin
Nails: ‘Spot on! Pink’ from Gosh at Edgars
Lips: Mango Lip Butter by Korres
Make-up: Qaanita Abrahams from Onq Makeup
Photographer: Alison Westwood

Sky blue love

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 did this shoot on Heritage Day. This picture just kind of… happened. 🙂



Dress: Jacoba Clothing
Earrings: at Kin
Nails: ‘Metallic Purple’ from Gosh at Edgars
Make-up: Qaanita Abrahams from Onq Makeup
Photographer: Alison Westwood

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