Evans Plus launches in South Africa – Win a VIP modelling experience and R1500 voucher

One of the biggest gripes of South African plus size women is that there just aren’t enough fashion-forward plus size clothing options available. So, when I found out that leading UK plus size brand Evans was coming to South Africa via Spree – well, you can’t even begin to imagine my excitement!

I was given an exclusive sneak peek at the launch range, and had a bit of fun styling the Evan garments with other things available from Spree’s plus size offering, as well as my own closet.
These are some of the looks I came up with:

Evans Look 1:
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Jersey bar back top:  Evans at Spree
Skirt: Similar one available from Style Republic at Spree
Shoes: Footwork at Spree

Evans Look 2:
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Zip front dress: Evans at Spree
Shoes: Footwork at Spree

Evans Look 3:

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Printed hourglass fit dress: Evans at Spree

Evans Look 4:

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Pleat front maxi dress: Evans at Spree
Shoes: Solle at Spree
Choker: c(inch) at Spree

Evans Look 5:

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Belted sleeveless trench: Evans at Spree
Mid-blue jeggings: Evans at Spree
Boots: Edit at Spree

I’m a big fan of online shopping – I loathe few things more than trying things on in a tiny cubicle and unflattering lighting. I keep my measurements saved at hand and after comparing them to the size chart available on site can order my size with confidence – and if it doesn’t look quite right Spree’s return policy means it’s not a big deal if it doesn’t look as awesome as it did in my head.

So now on to the exciting part! In celebration of Evans coming to South Africa, Spree is treating one lucky Mind the Curves reader to a ‘model for a day’ experience. The winner will join me, along with two other bloggers and their winners, for a makeover and photo shoot. The images will be used as part of the launch campaign, so this is a great opportunity for aspiring plus size models out there. The winner will also receive a R1500 voucher to spend on their favourite Evans garments.
NB – the winner needs to be available for the shoot in Cape Town, on 10 May 2016, and transport is not included. The Evans size curve is 16 – 28, so the winner needs to fall within these sizes.
Good luck, curvy readers – get your entries in here:

 

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Plus size OOTD: Teal fit and flare dress from Edit at Spree

I’m not even going to bother with apologies and explanations about why it’s been so long since I last posted.

Instead, I’m going to launch straight into the fact that a dress I really like is ON SALE at Spree!

Check out the below, and if you like it, score yourself a deal!

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Heels: Mr Price
Necklace: Penelope Frog
Lipstick: ‘Tramp’ by Manic Panic available at AnonaMiss Beauty Emporium
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya
Shot on location at the Woodstock Exchange

How the #Jetloveyourself campaign can change the world

Ever had that nightmare – the one where you rock up somewhere with everyone you know, only to realise you’re in your underwear, or worse, naked?

Well, this nightmare came true for me – except that it turned out not to be such a nightmare after all.

The response to the #JetLoveYourself campaign has been overwhelming, and I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am to be a part of it. Showing how women of all different shapes, sizes and skin tones can be beautiful in a large-scale media campaign is a giant leap for South African media, and one that I hope paves the way for many more campaigns like it.

Despite my conviction of the message, it was incredibly daunting to partake. I’m a blogger, not a model, and taking your kit off knowing that hundreds of thousands of people are going to see you vulnerable is a pretty intimidating thought. Luckily I wasn’t alone in this boat – the other gorgeous women in this campaign – LeAnne Dlamini, Yoliswa Mcoqo, Melanie Ramjee and Nova Masango – were a great source of support and camaraderie – a living embodiment of what women should be for each other. Five strangers coming together to build each other up and create something beautiful, something inspiring – perhaps even something that could change lives.

I think back to teenage me – the one that would have died a million deaths at the mere thought that the underwear ‘nightmare’ could come true. The one who tied baggy shirts around her waist to try and mask her butt and thighs. The one who wore shapewear several sizes too small underneath her school uniform to try and make her look smaller. I wonder what she would have thought if she saw more familiar bodies – ones she could relate to –  depicted as beautiful in the media. Bodies like this:

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I really hope that the #JetLoveYourself campaign moved you. And that if you can see the beauty in the women that appeared in it, you can also see the beauty in your own body. Because imagine how different the world would be if we weren’t told there were good bodies and bad bodies, right bodies and wrong bodies. Imagine a world where all bodies are considered beautiful, where their value isn’t a number on a scale, and they were appreciated for the things that they allow us to do – touch, and explore, and create and build and comfort and love. Think of how different our lives would be, and what incredible things we could achieve, if this were so. If being a part of this campaign took one small step towards that world, then I’m prouder than ever before. Here’s to many more like it.

Nail art ideas: Valentine’s Day nail art

With the annual day of shlock and snoochies coming up tomorrow, it’s the perfect excuse for a little bit of nail art with a theme.

Nail art prodigy Roxy of Hallo Pragtig and I put our heads together, and this is what we came up with: 

I adore how this one turned out – on-theme, for sure, but also chic with an Eiffel Tower and pink poodle kinda vibe.

Here’s how to create the look yourself.

What you need for Valentine’s Day nail art:

  • a base and top coat
  • Pastel pink, black and gold nail polishes or gels. We used: Bluesky Shellac A21 (black), Bluesky Shellac 80547 (pink), Gelish All that glitters is gold (glitter), Artistic Colour Gloss Gorgeous (plain gold).
  • a striper brush, oval brush and dotting tool

Step 1: Paint the base colours

Remove all traces of previous polish. File and buff nails into desired shape. Apply and bake two layers of base coat, before applying base colours. We did the middle finger gold glitter, pointer and ring fingers in pink, and thumb and pinkie fingers black. Apply as many coats necessary per colour to get a solid base coat. On average, we applied three.

Step 2: polkadot nail art

Using the dotting tool, apply dots all over the pointer nail. start by creating a line down the centre of the nail, and then build out from there with even spacing. Bake and then apply top coat.

Step 3: striped nail art

Using a striping tool, create lines across your ring finger nail. Start by doing the top and bottom lines, and then do the centre one in order to space them evenly. Bake and then apply top coat.

Step 4: Glitter heart nail art

To add a glitter heart over the stripes, first paint it in a plain gold. Make sure to do it small enough that you can still see the stripes behind. Bake. Then, using an oval brush, add gold glitter to give it that special bling. You can dab the glitter onto ab absorbent makeup pad to absorb all excess liquid leaving you with just the glitter, if that helps. Bake and apply top coat.

Eh voila! Something fun, funky and a little girly too! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

If, like me, you don’t have the skills or equipment to do fun and lasting nail art, give Roxy a call on 079 086 7741, or message her through her website. You can also follow Hallo Pragtig on Facebook for more amazing nail art ideas.

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 10: Pin-up poppet

This frock is Valentine’s pinup perfection. It’s got the colours, it’s got the flirt, it’s got the fun.

The dress totally makes me feel the part – it makes me want to giggle, flutter my eyelashes and spin and twirl the night away!

The dress has a halter-neck and zip at the back, set in a stretch panel, which I think is a large part of why it gets such a perfect fit. I’m also grateful that the top is correctly graded for my ample bosom – not too much cutaway at the armpits, which is a common problem I experience.

The petticoat comes separately – I was super lucky that mine matched perfectly – and while it adds that extra fun bit of froof and volume, the dress is perfectly beautiful and full without one.

Thanks for reading everyone. I hope you had as much fun reading this series as I did doing it. And whether you’re with your lover, a friend or on your own, have a rocking Valentine’s Day – and don’t forget to show your body a little love!

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Dress: Pinn’d Up
Petticoat: Pinn’d Up
Necklace: Penelope Frog
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 9: Ooh-lah-lah-leopard

 

Sometimes… well sometime’s a girl’s just gotta get glammed up. And what’s more glitz and glam than shparkly golden leopard print? NOTHING, NOTHING I TELL YOU.

This dress is one of those rare beasts that looks amazing on the hanger… and even better on your body! The first layer is a fun metallic leopard print pattern, and for extra opulence there’s a second layer of mesh, segmented with ribbons. The ribbons don’t just add to the rich sense of quality, but also help to draw the eye vertically, with a very flattering effect. This dress has spunk, it has spangle and it has class.

I paired it with some velvety heels to add to the textural orgy, and broke up my silhouette with a thin gold cord belt (I find it flattering to draw attention to my smaller parts on my body type). I topped everything off with a creepy skull necklace (‘cuz we couldn’t go having too much formal in one place. Oh no we couldn’t!)

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Dress: Queenspark Plus
Shoes: Mr Price
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 8: The classic little black dress

Ahhhh, where would we be without the little black dress? Dress it up, dress it down – it’s the wardrobe save-all. Bet you you could wear this dress every day for a month and style it differently each day and you’d get away with it.

This specific LBD is the Jacki-style dress from Captive8. The fit and flair cut of the dress pleases me, and the knot feature as a great detail. The fabric has a nice weight to it without being too hot – you could get away with this dress is summer or winter, depending what you wore it with. It’s definitely been designed with a curvier/plus body in mind.

For Valentine’s Day the obvious choice to pair it with is red. I married it up with my favourite red shoes and some bold red earrings to draw through the theme.

P.S. I’m not sure who the star of this shoot is. Me, or Spooky?

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Dress: Captive8
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 7: Jivin’ jumpsuit

Wanna wear something special for the big, red day, but aren’t into skirts? How about a jumpsuit? They cut a mighty fine silhouette, are fresh, funky and are feminine without being girly. Also, with Cape Town winds, they’re kinda practical.

I’ve loved my different iterations of Isabel de Villier’s jumpsuits over the seasons, but truly, this one is my best yet. The legs are slightly wider, which I prefer, and it’s just proportioned perfectly and sits beautifully.

The fabric is lovely and thick and heavy, which adds a little extra to the confidence bank, and I adore the low ‘V’ at the back – just low enough to be sexy, without revealing bra strap (which, let’s be real, I can’t go without).

I went for simple and sleek here – some killer heels and bold jewelry, but I think it would rock with something even brighter and chunkier around the neck, and I’d love to try styling with a few feature belts too. Hmmmmm…..

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Jumpsuit: Isabel de Villiers
Shoes: Steve Madden
Necklace: Penelope Frog
Earrings: Miss Happ at Retrospective Fashion
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 6: The sweetheart next door

If you’re not feeling the whole hubba-hubba mamma, oozing sex appeal look this Valentine’s Day, maybe you want to stretch your wings and try the pure, fresh angel-next-door look.

This sweet dress from Jacoba is perfect for it. Pick it out in a soft romantic colour – from the mint (pictured) to a caramel or dusty rose, and pair with flowers and a touch of sparkle. All of Jacoba’s dresses are cut to flatter, with this one being no exception, and somehow the fabric manages to be delicately soft on your skin while also slinking right over the lumps and bumps we’d rather not draw attention to.

The sweatheart neckline and loose cap sleeves are the perfect finishing touches. This dress is made in heaven, and if you wear it, you’ll look like that’s right where you’ve come from.

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Dress: Jacoba Clothing
Shoes: Milady’s
Nail art: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 5: Tango in red

The thing about being sexy is you need to *feel* sexy. We all have those little things that help. For me it’s smooth legs, false eyelashes and a good scent. I’ve got a friend who says high heels and lacy knickers do it for her.

So, if you want to heat things up this V-day, find your thing. And let’s face it – this slinky red dress from Queenspark couldn’t hurt matters.

It’s a lovely slinky fabric – with an extra lining to heal hide lumps and bumbs – and a fantastic bit of added sparkle. I really like the arm and hem length, as well as the neckline – I feel these slightly demure features perfectly compliment the more raunchy silhouette – it’s all about balance after-all.

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IMG_0191Dress: Queenspark Plus Collection
Earrings: Miss Happ at Retrospective Fashion
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya

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