Monochrome mamma

This outfit was from my very first shoot ever for Mind the Curves.
It was in a freezing parking garage, with a photographer who patiently waited for me to stop pulling faces and playing the fool, while my stylist sweetly instructed me on how to pose, and ensured that I had a neck in the pictures and that they weren’t all just up-the-nostril shots, on top of doing all of the important stylisty things.

I learned a tremendous amount that day.

When I think back on it, I’m met with a strong wave of insecurity, and recall the mortification of having a camera pointed at me and how uncomfortable I was being the centre of attention for such a long period of time.

But when I look at the pictures, I see other things too. That dress is completely outside my comfort zone, but I dared to wear it. I got over myself, and my fears to take the first step towards a project I really believed in. If I can do that on day 1, what else can I accomplish on this journey?

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Dress: XOXO Clothing
Jacket: Penny C at Edgars
Clutch: SAS Couture
Lips: Moisture Renew Lipstick in ‘Diva Red’ by Revlon
Photographer: Alison Westwood
Stylist: Candice Lee Robinson

Who’s a sassy secretary?

I picture this outfit for a kinda ‘work smart’ vibe. You know, in an alternate reality where the people of Cape Town don’t go to work in the pajamas. 🙂

I absolutely love how the delicate necklace (from Kin on Kloof, my favourite little shop of wonders!) picked up the colours in the blouse perfectly.

I was a little bit nervous about how short the skirt was – the adjectives that I use to describe my legs are not very nice ones. But challenging myself is what this journey is about, innit? And it was stretchy and comfortable, and I like that.

What do you think?

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IMG_5066_SnapseedIMG_5113_SnapseedIMG_5144_SnapseedBlouse: G-Couture
Skirt: XOXO
Shoes: Madison
Necklace: Inge Marais at Kin
Nails: ‘Berry Me’ by Gosh
Lips: ‘304’ Intense Lip Colour by Gosh
Hair & makeup: Celeste Saville-Fourie
Photographer: Alison Westwood
Shot on location at Cardomom Monkey

Flowery frocks

Ok, so clearly I still have a bit to learn about regular posting. But, I’ve been thinking about it a lot.
That counts, right?

So, ’50s style frocks are something that I’ve always had a deep love affair with. They emphasise your smallest bit, hide the bits I’m not wild about, and make me feel fun, feminine and confident. I kinda want to use the word ‘frisky’, but I’m worried you’ll misinterpret it.

They’re not super easy to come by in fun prints though. Which is why I was overjoyed to discover Lara Mars, a designer local to Cape Town. Lara sources her fabrics on her travels around the world, and as a result has some really unique and quirky limited-edition ranges. Her designs are quite vintage and whimsical, and I would wear preeeettyyy much all of them, if only they fit (I’m in loooooooove with one covered in bunnies in particular). She says she’s completely open to making a wider range of sizes if there’s demand, so let’s show her that there is!

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Books! How interesting they are! Maybe I will ready one.

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Dress: Lara Mars
Jacket: Penny C at Edgars
Necklace: Tessa J Kelly at Kin
Hair & makeup: Celeste Saville-Fourie
Photographer: Alison Westwood
Shot on location at the Cardomom Monkey

Sailor chic

This dress won all the points for me. ALL OF THEM. It is classy, flowing and graceful, but also comfortable because of the stretch. Add the striped blazer to the navy blue and you have a nautical thing going on that makes me wheee! Also threw in a compass-style locket necklace given to me by my bestie when I returned from my travels.

What do you fink?

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Stairs. I like to climb them.
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Trying not to be creeped out by the little boy crying behind me.

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Girl in the Pearls IMG_4836_SnapseedDress: Beau Design
Blazer: G-Couture
Nails: ‘Berry Me’ by Gosh Cosmetics
Hair and makeup: Celeste Saville-Fourie
Photographer: Alison Westwood
Shot on location at the Cardomom Monkey

 

High-waisted skirts and pretty flowers

I absolutely love this outfit, which comes as a huge surprise considering before now I’ve never worn a) a high waist b) bright colours or c) patterns. And this skirt is all of them, and it rocks! I also love the mesh in the top – just enough to make you feel sexy-like, without showing too much skin. Hooray!

It’s also a very comfortable outfit – I can do my impromptu T-Rex impersonation or a rendition of the Ministry of Funny Walks at any given moment, if I want to.

What do you think?

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Girl in the Pearls

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Oh, haai! Just getting some suitcases! 🙂

Top: Georgie B
Skirt: G-Couture
Hair and make-up: Celeste Saville-Fourie
Photographer: Alison Westwood
Shot on location at The Cardomom Monkey.

 

A blog is born

If this blog has been in incubation for several years, I’ve been in labour with it for several months now.

It’s been fully-grown and ready to meet the world for quite some time, but truth is I’ve been too scared to publish.

Putting yourself out there is scary, even for something you believe about so deeply. And I do, care deeply about the core subject of this blog, body positivity.

I hit puberty when I was 9. By age 12 I had bigger boobs than my mom had ever had. Finding off-the-rail clothes has always been difficult, and more difficult still was hearing my body shape described as ‘difficult’.

As a result, I imposed on myself a lifetime of dark colours and small variations in style, always too scared to wear anything different in case I drew too much attention to myself. No heels because they make me feel like a hippo balancing on toothpicks. Nothing trendy, because then I’d look like I was making an effort, and that would just be embarrassing. I’ve dieted and worked out, and been heavier and lighter, but how I’ve felt about myself has never really changed.

And it never will, unless I change the way I think.

I look around, and see women in all different shapes and sizes, and think how beautiful they are. Why can’t I be so kind to myself?

So, here I begin. This is what I got, and I’m going to learn how to rock it. No more hiding in the same A-line black dress. I want to learn to feel good in my body, no matter what size it is.

And hopefully, as I do, I’ll find some people on the same journey.
Please share your thoughts and stories with me if you’re in the same boat.

Sincerely yours,
The Girl in The Pearls
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