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! Dress: Isabel de Villiers
Photographs: Alison Westwood
Earrings: White Rabbit Days at Kin
Necklace: Carnelian precious stone pendant by Inge Marais at Kin
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!
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!
While I’m deeply lamenting the end of summer frock season, the good news is that the shops are chockablock full of some great sales.
This Olkpolka skirt at Big Blue was one such score. I fell in love with the unusual print immediately – an awesome fusion of African vibes with a retro nautical feel. Plus I’ve always had a thing for swallows 🙂
With an awesome stroke of luck, the gorgeous scarf Earth Addict sent me from their new Autum/Winter 2015 is the perfect accessory to this gettup. Whatcha think?
Anyone else get some awesome end of season scores they wanna share?
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:
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!
I’m so thrilled and flattered that the divine Cupcake Mummy has done a doodle of me – even featuring my silly kitten, Spooky!
I’ve really loved spotting this talented illustrator’s doodles of the day on her Facebook and Instagram pages. Her latest series, which she’s calling ‘Our Garden Secrets’, all feature a touch of nature collected from her garden by her darling son Fysh.
Here are some of my other favourites:
She’s taking commissions, so if you’re looking for a unique birthday gift, this could be a total winner! Or Christmas cards even! How cool would that be?
With all the excitement of my looming shoot with Grinkie Girls photographer Christi Williams, Courtney of Esteem Hair and I set about creating my very own pin-up look.
Because of my medium-length hair and fringe, we decided to go with victory rolls with the rest of my hair down. This is how we did it:
Step one: Start with clean, dry hair.
Curl your hair using your preferred method. We used a GHD to create curls, pinning them as quickly as possible so that they cooled in a pin-curl. Spritz with a workable hairspray (nothing that will make the hair hard and sticky).
Drag fingers through curls to get a relaxed look. (Wish my hair could look like this every morning when I wake up.)
Step four: Draw a parting over the top of your head, from ear to ear. This is known as your contour line. Separate the hair between the contour line and the beginning of your fringe (or hairline if you don’t have a fringe) into two sections. Clip them to hold them in place. Back brush gently at the roots of each of these sections to create a bit of volume. Begin to roll your hair, from end to root, with hair coming from underneath rather than on top. Secure in place using a plentiful supply of bobby pins. Finally, spray the shit out of it with a heavy-duty hairspray.
If you give it a bash, please do send me pics – would love to see how it turns out!