Plus size style file: Anna of Glitter and Lazers

For my answer to Woman Crush Wednesdays, I’m starting a series of plus size Style Files with bloggers, both local and international, that I love.

For my very first one, I could think of none better than my InstaSoulMate, Glitter!
From the minute I discovered her on Instagram, I’ve been crazy in love with this funky, US-based blogger and yogi. Not only does she really know how to rock the funkiest of fashions, but she is a total inspiration for being fit and healthy at any size. Plus she makes me lol a whole lot, which is pretty high on my hierarchy of needs.

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Check out my Q&A with Anna below:

Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Anna, but I go by Glitter. I’m not sure how I started getting called that ( I never introduce myself that way), but it’s so common that even my coworkers will occasionally call me Glitter. I work for technology start-up, which I love. Most people don’t know that I am super hardcore geek – I have a master’s in statistics and love studying languages. That said, I am a loud person, who usually puts her foot in her mouth. I would like to submit the animated gif my coworkers made of my slightly tipsy dance moves at a conference as evidence. There’s never a dull moment, but always am there to support people when they need me, so i have the carte blanche to be me. I guess I am pretty damn lucky.

How do you define your style? 
I suppose I would define my personal style as if Elton John, Grace Jones and Mae West some how managed to have a love child. The three of them.. yes, all three.

Who inspires your style? 
Most of the things I wear have a story behind them. I suppose it those stories that inspire my outfits. I like to feel like I’m telling a story with what I wear. Like I am bringing to life a new voice through fashion.

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How many pairs of shoes do you own?
So this reminds me of a story. I once stopped seeing a fabulous guy I was dating just because he thought I spent too much on a pair of shoes. Do not try to come between a glitter-obsessed girl and her shoes, ok? That’s just crossing a line. Back to the question at hand… I am not exactly sure how many I have… maybe 40? I buy quality over quantity and when I find a pair i love…. well I wear them to death.

Which is your favourite fashion item at the moment?
SCARVES!!!!!! I can make the same bland black dress look like 5 different looks just by working that scarf in a different way. [You can see Glitter’s awesome tutorial on how to tie a scarf 7 different ways here].

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What does the term ‘body positivity’ mean to you?
It means loving yourself regardless. I say regardless because I think it’s stupid to ever aspire to not dislike things about yourself. If you assume you’re perfect, that just leads to unnecessary vanity and arrogance. Heaven knows the world does not need more of that.  Looking at ourselves rationally and with love allows us the opportunity to find inspiration on how we can grow and change into the best person we can be. However, noting an area for improvement is not the same thing as belittling oneself as individual because of a flaw. One is a catalyst for enlightenment, the other in path to self destruction.

What are your ‘secrets’ for learning to love your body?
Here’s my big tip. Stop focusing on your body like it’s the only damn piece  in the puzzle of who you are. Constantly I see women trying to put ther entire worth on their bodies and it makes me tremendously sad. Bodies are hard to predict. In some cases we have no control of the cards we were dealt. However when you focus on finding out your talents building out who you are – you have a lot of room to define and create the beautiful person you want to be.

The body is just a small piece of your identity. It’s a box, a storage unit. Storage units aren’t exciting. But you know what is? All the crazy weird, wonderful shit inside them. They all hold different, unique and personal things. So fill up that storage unit and stop giving a shit if the outside is a bit rusty.

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Who has been the most important person in your journey to body positivity? Can you tell me about him or her?
Honestly, myself. I took a lot of time to build and develop my skills through self exploration. It sounds like a smoked something and joined a cult, but really getting to know myself and my needs helped me love myself.

What is the most important lesson in confidence you’ve learned, and from who?
I once volunteered for a prom like dance for kids with special needs. I remember going there and having more fun dancing and partying than ever before, because no one cared what they said, looked like or did. It was extremely mind opening to me. If I could just stop giving a shit about what other people thought, life could be a lot more fun. And you know what? It’s 100% true.

What wisdom would you pass on to someone at the beginning of their body positivity journey?
Learn to find things you like about yourself that aren’t related to your looks. The years I spent so much time trying to make myself look better are hilariously the years I looked and felt the worst. I was trying to fit in someone else’s mold. However when I explored my own interests, found confidence and experimented with how my body allowed me to celebrate those thing- that’s when all the sudden I became “beautiful”.

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For more of Anna’s awesomeness, read her blog, check out her pics on Instagram, Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

If you would like to be featured on my plus size Style File, please drop me an email on mindthecurvesza@gmail.com.

Plus size OOTD: The modern day power dress

 

“Dunn, dunnn dun-dun, dunnnn, dunnnn dun-dun, I’VE GOT THE POWERRR!”
That’s the song that plays in my head when I wear this tulip dress from Revelation Fashion. (If it’s stuck in your head now, you can listen to it here).

It’s something about the shoulder pads, and the perfect draping. I feel like I could take on the boardroom, or make a carnivorous venus fly-trap with an insatiable thirst for human flesh submit to my will. (There’s was something about the leafy greenhouse we were shooting, ok?).

Total bonus that it’s really flattering to the curvy figure, and my favourite shade of blue.

What y’all think?

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Dress: Revelation Fashion
Shoes: Madison
Necklace: Like Clockwork Steampunk Jewelry
Makeup: Delicia Krause
Photographer: Alison Westwood
Shot on location at Banksia Boutique Hotel

Glammed up in a boudoir shoot with Miss Hepburn – and get 50% off your booking!

I recently had the sublime pleasure of doing a boudoir photo shoot with Miss Hepburn Photography.

I’m not gonna lie, the prospect of taking my kit off for a camera had me feeling very nervous and vulnerable. Did I really want to expose all those lumps and bumps and wibbly bits that I’m trying to learn to love to the scrutiny of a camera? What if I just looked like a bathing hippopotamus, or beached whale?

When the shoot day came, I immediately took a liking to Kylie – aka Miss Hepburn – who is charming and relaxed, and immediately puts you at ease. And then her partner in crime, Sam, of Sam Ellenberger Makeup artistry, began working her magic on me. With curls in the hair and long fluttery eyelashes, one can’t help but to start feeling a little bit glamourous.

I was exceedingly blessed to have Matilda’s and Sarah Elizabeth offer me some gorgeous lingerie that catered for my curves, and by the time we were ready to start rolling, I was feeling the minxy part.

The shoot itself was uber relaxed. Our set was a sweet little room in the White Lodge Constantia Guesthouse, and we chatted beforehand about going for a sort of Hollywood glamour look and feel.

Kylie was great about making sure I was relaxed and comfortable, and gave good guidance about how to pose and hold myself when I wasn’t sure what to do.

The whole experience is kind of sexy and sensual, and I felt pretty good doing it, but I wasn’t nearly prepared for how the images turned out.

Is that even me!!?? I can’t possibly be that hot. Right? Right?

The boudoir shoot was a total self-esteem boost. I’m not super comfortable looking sexy – I always feel a bit silly – but I love the smokin’ hot pictures that Kylie got me to pull off.

A few people I’ve spoken to have said they love the idea of doing a boudoir shoot, but don’t think they’d ever have the guts to go through with it. I say, do it. The photos are just for you – nobody else. They helped me to see myself in a totally different light – I seriously didn’t know I could pull off sexy – and when I saw how they turned out, I felt pretty darn good about myself.

Besides, when you’re a wrinkly old granny, wouldn’t you love to look back and remember how you are now?

I’ve got a whole whack of keepers (enough to make my own raunchy calendar!) but have chosen a few of my favourite (more modest) ones to share with you. Family and colleagues are going to see this post, after all. (Dudes, you better still look me in the eye).

To make the deal sweeter still, Miss Hepburn is offering an incredible special, just for Mind the Curves readers! Scroll to the bottom to find out more!

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Hair and makeup: Sam Ellenberger
Corset: Matildas
High-waisted Amelia briefs by Elomi from: Sarah Elizabeth
Blue and pink Orla bra by Elomi from: Sarah Elizabeth
Leopard and flower Chi Chi bra by Panache from: Sarah Elizabeth
Shot on location at White Lodge Constantia Guest House

And now, for the super-de-duper special from Miss Hepburn Photography.
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Check out the deals below, and when you book with Miss Hepburn, be sure to quote our top-secret code, ‘CelebrateMyBeautyMTC‘.

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Plus size OOTD: The Layered Maxi Dress

Yaaaaaaaay for new blog post!

These shirt/dresses/maxi dress with a split (don’t really know what to call them!) have become pretty popular on the plus size fashion scene. I fell in love with the red of this one, and thought I’d give styling it a bash.

Do I remember correctly that this style was around in the ’90s? At any rate, it has that vibe for me. There’s something a bit tomboy-ey about it; feminine with an edge, which as you know I love. So I played up the ‘tough chick’ angle and paired it with some combat boots and kickass steampunk jewels, and am pretty chuffed with the result.

What think you, readers?
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Dress: Edit at Spree
Necklace: Like Clockwork Steampunk Jewelry
Makeup: Delicia Krause
Photographer: Alison Westwood
Shot on location at Banksia Boutique Hotel

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Plus size OOTD: The Beetlejuice skirt

How is it that I spend so much time thinking about the blog, but the posts materialise so infrequently? Despicable.

This striking black and white stripe skirt from Revelation Fashion give me great glee. Natch, I’ve dubbed it the ‘Beetlejuice skirt’. (Could black and white stripes really ever hold any other significance?)

I love the clash of a classic cut with an edgier print. The result: whimsical. Pair with some rocking, unusual jewelry, a microprint clutch bag, and some gorgeous surrounds, and what you have is a big ‘ol puddle of fun!

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Stripy clutch purse from Spree

Skirt: Revelation Fashion
Clutch: Spree
Ring: Like Clockwork Steampunk Jewelry
Makeup: Delicia Krause
Photographer: Alison Westwood
Shot on location at Banksia Boutique Hotel

Win a tulle skirt worth R900 with Mind the Curves and Revelation Fashion!

 

I have been obsessing over these tulle skirts since I first saw them.

To put into context, let me explain that when people ask me to describe my taste in fashion, I often say “Imagine what a 3-year-old girl would like to wear all day. That’s me.” Tulle skirts appeal to my inner princess. My secret ballerina. If you’re in one, magical things surely will happen, right?

So, when I saw this object of my desire in a beautiful range of colours start appearing on local plus size designers Revelation Fashion‘s Instagram feed, I knew I had to have one.

Now, lucky readers, Revelation is not only giving one lucky Mind the Curves princess their very own skirt, but all readers a 10% discount off anything on their website if you quote a special top secret code. Scroll down for more info!

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Skirt: Revelation Fashion
Earrings: Zuri
Nails: Nails Inc in ‘Leather Effect’

If you can’t stand it and need to order your tulle skirt IMMEDIATELY, you can order from Revelation Fashion now. To qualify for a 10% discount on this, and anything else on their site, enter the code MINDTHECURVES on check out. This offer is valid until Thursday 7 May 2015.

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Top plus size red carpet fashion from the MTV Movie Awards 2015

The annual entertainment spectacle that is the MTV Music Awards took place on Sunday in LA. It was wonderful to see some beautiful curvy ladies lighting up the red carpet and stage – wish some even going so far as to make a comment about body positivity!

Funnygal Amy Schumer, who recently responded to criticism of her weight in the media by posting sexy topless pictures of herself, hosted the event. By my books, Amy isn’t anywhere near plus size, but I do find it really heartening that someone with a relatable body type is in such a high-exposure position (pun intended 😛 ). Her little monochrome number isn’t something I could see myself in, but I think she looks super sharp in it.

Plus size celeb Amy Schumer on the red carpet at the MTV movie awards
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Another blonde comic also made waves on the night. Rebel Wilson looked pretty classy on the red carpet in a LBD and cape with a bold splash of pink. Not gonna lie, I think she rocked this look.

Plus size star Rebel Wilson on the red carpet at MTV Movie Awards 2015
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But it was when Rebel took to the stage to promote Pitch Perfect 2 that she really made an impact. Wearing a spangled bra, leather pants with ‘Think’ emblazoned across the butt, and giant feather wings, Wilson explained that her outfit was about embracing her shape. “I like to encourage girls to think, which is why I put that on my butt. It’s really about what’s up here [points to head], and not whats here [points to backside],” she said in the press room, according to Style News.

Plus size star Rebel Wilson on stage at the MTV Movie Awards 2015
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What do you think of this getup? Think she pulled her message off?

Kelly Osbourne, who has trimmed down a lot in recent years, was also present on the night. While I think her Alexander McQueen coat-dress is gorgeous, I really think she could have gone with something a little more exciting for such a high profile event. Not a huge fan of the pineapple hairdo either. (Awwww! I don’t like saying mean things about people! :S).

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I kind of love the quirky Judith Leiber rubber duck clutch she accessorized with though. 😀 I’m totally down with adding a touch of bizarre to otherwise ‘pretty’ outfits.

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After her arrival, she went on to host in this monochrome summer dress. I’m much more in love with this look 🙂

Plus size star Kelly Osbourne hosting at the MTV Movie Awards 2015
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Looks like black and pink was a hot combo for the plus size scene on the red carpet. Actress and comedienne Nicole Byer hosted the Red Carpet Report, a show airing all the lead up hype to the awards themselves. She was dressed in a LBD with neckline sparkle, and pink cardigan. Again, pretty un-glam for the red carpet. Hmmmmm….

Plus size comedienne Nicole Byer hosted the Red Carpet Review at the MTV Movie Awards 2015.
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By my count, it would appear that little monochrome numbers and black and pink colour blocking are the hot plus size red carpet fashion looks of the moment. Which were your favourite looks of the night?

Plus size OOTD: mosaic wonder maxidress

I, for one, made the most of the delicious Cape Town weather this weekend. Who knows how much more weather like this we have left?

There was beach, there was waterfront, and there were cocktails with friends. Utter perfection.

It also meant I got to wear my Isabel de Villiers sale rail score. Remember seeing this plus size dress when Isabel first launched it, and going weak at the knees. Somehow I forgot about it, until I saw it again on her sale rail. Score indeed!

It’s super light and floaty, comfortable as all heck, and, with a belt in the waist, really flattering too. One in every colour, please!      IMG_5276_Snapseed IMG_5294_Snapseed IMG_5313_Snapseed IMG_5343_Snapseed IMG_5387_Snapseed photo 4_SnapseedDress: Isabel de Villiers
Photographs: Alison Westwood
Makeup: OnqMakeup
Earrings: White Rabbit Days at Kin
Necklace: Carnelian precious stone pendant by Inge Marais at Kin

Plus size OOTD: Pin-up pouts and sailor stripes

 

With huuuuuuge reluctance, here is the last batch of photos from my shoot with Christi Williams of the Grinkie Girls.

I’m so sad that this is the last of it from my amazing time as a plus size pin-up princess. Would that I could do it all over again – Christi – you HAVE to come back to SA!

The awesome shirt in this set is from Cape Town’s pin-up clothing queen, Miss Happ Clothing. I take the largest size in her range, but am hoping, with our support, that she will consider doing more plus sizes.

Coincidentally, the girls from Miss Happ are in Vegas at the moment, representing SA at the world’s biggest pin-up event at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. The Blue Haired Betty, who I had the extreme pleasure of working with on this shoot, was crowned 2nd runner-up in the Miss Viva Las Vegas Pin-up Pageant – so well deserved! To see more of our local pin-ups’ adventures, follow Miss Happ on Facebook or Instagram.

I’m hoping the pin-up scene will only continue to grow and grow in South Africa – I know I’m certainly not done with it!

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Photographer: Christi Williams from Grinkie Girls
Top: MissHapp
Hair accessories: MissHapp
Makeup: Qaanita Abrahams – Onqmakeup

Plus size OOTD: Tropical maxi dress

This tropical-print dress was another score from the sale-rails. Wooohooohooo!
Since adding it to my wardrobe it’s become an insta-favourite, great for everyday wear. It’s comfy and looks awesome – I just can’t get enough of it!

I found it at Milady’s, who I find have some awesome gems if you look. I was interested that it was around 2 sizes smaller than I usually take. Their cuts really lend themselves to the curvier, plus size body. It really feels great to wear a dress that was made for my shape – give and take in all the right places!

Like it or lump it?

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Makeup: Qaanita Abrahams of OnqMakeup
Lips: Be Legendary Long-wear lip lacquer in After Dark from Smashbox
Dress: Milady’s
Scarf: Earth Addict
Hat: Emthunzini Hats
Earrings: Leaves by Forever Love from Kin

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