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!)
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?
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…..
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.
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.
Doing something a little more casual this V-day?
No excuse not to feel at your cutest.
This polkadot circle skirt brings out all the cute for me – I feel like a little Betty Boop, or Minnie Mouse (just need the ears!)
What makes it extra special is that it was made by fellow blogger Michelle from Ordinary Misfit, initially as a hobby, and now as a new business.
The skirt is totally profesh, with an elasticated waistband (comfortable!) and lining. I love the froof of tulle at the bottom – such a gorgeous detail. Polkadots are a favourite of mine (yes I know you know that already) and I find the styling options to be limitless – so many colours, mix with other patterns or statement items, casual or dressy. A great investment piece, really!
So come on, click through to support local and score yourself adorable new threads! What makes it even cooler is she custom makes for your size (besides, circle skirts are flattering on everybody and their cats), and her rates are incredibly reasonable.
It’s summer time, so let your tropical goddess shine! Yellow is such an unusual colour for me (previously my worst!) but there was something about this dress that I fell in love with. And boy am I glad I gave it a try!
I find the draping of Ms MoneyPenny’s designs so perfect for the curvier and plus size figures – they just know exactly where to distract, and where to enhance. The fabric is lovely and slinky and high-quality.
This frock is the perfect choice if you want to stand out from the crowd and make a splash – and yes, it’s available in other colours, even though I just love it as a ray of sunshine!
This Valentine’s Day, go for something fun, go for something bold and breathtaking.
This dress is so light and floaty – and comfortable too – it won me over real quick. As I so often say, I’m usually a little cautious of bold prints, but something about having this dress on, swishing and swirling around you, makes you feel like a tropical diva. (But, like, in a good way).
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking what you’re going to wear on your hot date. And hey, I’m not just talking about hot dates with man meat, ok, I mean like hot dates with your bestie, or your four-legged, or your mom, or even yourself, ok?
(That’s right, I look for any excuse to plan a new outfit :P)
Here’s plus size outfit idea number 1, for the good ‘ol coffee date.
Skirt: Style Republic Plus at Spree
Pumps: PnP Clothing
Hair flower: Koffin Kitten
Lipstick: ‘Striking M-attitude’ CO2 Matt Lip Colour from Alluring Reds collection by Catrice
Nails: Hallo Pragtig
Hair cut and colour: StyleBar
Photographer and Stylist: Simone from Yellow Papaya
Shot on location at Field Office, Woodstock
Luckily for me, not only is Abi a fantastico-brilliant photographer, but she’s just damn rad too, and she was totally amped to do a fun shoot with me. I got involved with her incredible #CTConfidence Reverse Before and After project, but we also wanted to do something a bit more quirky and whimsical. We brain-stormed about some of the things I like, and an idea was born. To make matters even more exciting, Abigail’s studio mate designer Rose of Molteno Creations wanted to get involved too, and offered to custom make me my own gown for the shoot. My own custom gown, you guys!
A few fittings later, and some gathering of fun and arbitrary props, and we were ready for shoot day.
This is the breathtaking dress that Rose made me:
I mean, just look at that detail. That polkadot lace is sewn on by hand. The weirdest thing for something that looked so amazing? It was SO COMFORTABLE. (Seriously, I could have done pilates in it. I mean… not that I would. But I could have).
Kristine from Kruz4Makeup came onboard to do my hair and makeup, and created a look so amazing I never wanted to wash my face again.
And then there were the props. A trinket from here, a scrap from there, and these babies:
Painstakingly custom-made to our specifications by Kerrith from Over Indulgence Cupcakes, and gobsmackingly delicious to boot! (They were promptly demolished following the shoot, so I can testify as an authority).
Shooting with Abi is such fun, and my memory of it is a blur of giggles and laughter. The process of pulling off these images is pretty involved, and there’s nothing quite like being dressed up like a fairy princess and holding ridiculous poses to give you fits of chuckles.
But the end result took my breath away. Without further ado:
I love them so much. I just want to live in those little moments. I want to *be* that cupcake-obsessed fairy creature.
I can’t recommend the entire team involved in this folly of a project enough – we couldn’t have done it without each of them.