How to do a pin up hairstyle

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.

Step two:
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).

Step three:
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!


Win a hair pamper session from Mind the Curves and Esteem Hair

Let’s face it, sometimes we just get too busy to look after ourselves.
Few things make me feel grottier than looking down to see chipped nail polish, or seeing my ‘skunk line’ (as I call it) of blonde roots regrowing under my dark hair. As much as I abhor it, sometimes life just gets in the way, and finding the time to tend to these things becomes harder and harder.

It’s for precisely this reason than Courtney Ireland has started Esteem Hair, a mobile hair salon service. Taking the pressure off you to have to organise a babysitter or to sit in traffic, she offers the full gamut of hair salon services in the comfort of your own home – yes, even the head massage while shampooing – my favourite part 🙂

After training and working at Carlton Hair for several years, Courtney values keeping your hair healthy above all else, along with her belief that everyone is entitled to feel beautiful.

Courtney’s visit to my home was relaxing – no rush and no fuss – an the end result was undoubtedly as good as a salon visit.

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Feeling fab with my new ‘do’.

Style Esteem has kindly offered to sponsor a pamper session, including a cut, treatment and blowdry/flat-iron to one lucky Cape Town-based Mind the Curves reader. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. competition closes next Friday 27 Feb, and the winner will be announced the following week.

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Plus size OOTD: Valentine’s Day double feature

Ahhh, the annual Hallmark day of love. On which I will wear red, because yes, I am that cheesy.

And thanks to my gal Isabel De Villiers, I have just the frocks to wear!

What are you getting up to this V-Day?

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In retrospect, I look like one of those cheesey stock photo images here.
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How cool is this ring? It’s a bee! In resin!
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“Say cheese!”


Dress: Isabel De Villiers
Wooden scrabble coaster set: The Story of Mocholoco at Kin Shop
Ring: Eon Hoon at Kin
Earrings: The Story of a Bird Named Frank at Kin
Nails: ‘Hot Coral’ from Gosh at Edgars
Make-up: Teri Tomsett from Black Dust Make Up
Photographer: Nigel Pamplin

But wait! There’s more!
(I feel like I’m on the cover of a shmultzy romance novel in this shoot).



Mind the Curves - Plus-size fashion blog Probably my favourite shot from the whole shoot. How amazing is photographer Nigel Pamplin?


Dress: Isabel De Villiers
Necklace: Eon Hoon at Kin
Ring: Smith at Kin
Nails: ‘Hot Coral’ from Gosh at Edgars
Shoes: Zoom (looong time back)
Make-up: Teri Tomsett from Black Dust Make Up
Photographer: Nigel Pamplin

OOTD: Lady in black

This shoot was hella fun. My photographer extra-ordinaire, Alison, wanted us to channel ‘Hello Magazine’ vibes, so I mustered as much low-level British aristocracy as I have in me.
Which really worked with this awesome dress. This awesome dress that I never want to take off. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty sure it has transformative powers – I felt amazing from the very second I slipped it on.

Also a bit like a famous opera singer, lounging about her, uhm, lounging room, or a murdering regent heiress.

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“Hello dahlings. Did you see me in Aida?”

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“Hmmm, who I should I murder next? The Duke of Widdlyshmooshkins, or that French prince Phillipe?”

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“Shit. Where did I leave my poison ring?”

Dress: Jacoba Clothing
Necklace: Thrifted
Shoes: Woolies, aaaaages ago
Nails: ‘Metallic Purple’ from Gosh at Edgars
Make-up: Qaanita Abrahams from Onq Makeup
Photographer: Alison Westwood

Bonus pic where all propriety and sophistication goes out the window:

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Curvy inspiration from the red carpet

When in doubt, wear black.

While this might be the safe, comfortable option, let’s face it, it can also be pretty boring.

And there are some moments when you don’t want to fade into the background. You deserve to shine, not to hide.

After looking at all the stunning red carpet creations at the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015, I decided to look back at how some of my favourite plus-size stars have rocked the red carpet without having to resort to black.

Let me know – which do you love, and which do you loathe?


Danielle Brooks from series Orange is the New Black looking radiant at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild awards.

Singer Kelly Price sparkles in more ways than one at the Grammys in 2013.


Queen Latifah looks amazing in this ombre number at the 2011 People’s Choice Awards (similar to the one I wore here. No?)

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Melissa McCarthy ain’t no wallflower at Variety’s Creative Impact Awards And 10 Directors to Watch Brunch.


Gabourey Sidibe of Precious and American Horror Story looks divine at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.


Funny gal Rebel Wilson looking curvy and chic at a 2014 Park Hyatt event.


Grey’s Anatomy’s Sara Ramirez looking classic at Fall Fashion Week 2008.


If there’s one lady who really knows how to dress herself, it’s Oprah Winfrey. Here she is at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards looking superb.

Can you think of any examples that I left out? Please send them to me!

Funky viral video encourages women’s confidence with sport

I’m absolutely loving this video from British fitness organization Sport England, which was created to encourage more women to do more physical activity. The ‘#ThisGirlCan’ campaign, which has seen over 3.5 million video impressions in just a few days, is one with a difference. Rather than using the gorgeous, svelte glamazons we have come to associate sports videos with, they’ve used subjects that the average woman can identify with – women that jiggle when they work out, lose their breath and sweat like pigs.

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The organization found that 2 million fewer women between the ages of 14 and 40 play sports or exercise than men. The reason for this – a “fear of judgment – on appearance, ability or how they choose to spend time on themselves.”

Have to be honest, I can identify – nothing deflates my self confidence quite so much as hefting myself onto a treadmill at the gym next to a girl whose thighs are the girth of my calves, or feeling like I’m holding the whole group back on a hike.

Which is why, the message in this video is such a powerful one – we’re all in the same boat. Exercise is for you, because your body is a wonderful thing that needs to be looked after, and it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.

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Check out the video and let me know what you think. Hopefully you’ll feel a little more inspired to do something healthy for your body – I know I do!


Pure Romance Body Dew Moisturizer review – and a giveaway worth R1000!

Pure Romance’s Body Dew first caught my attention as an option of body moisturizer for tattooed skin. As I have a few little artworks sprinkled over my body, I liked the idea that not only did it leave your skin feeling silky soft and supple, but it makes the colours in your ink really pop too.

Now, I know it’s not a good idea to judge books by their covers, but who said anything about cosmetics? When I saw the pink polkadot bottle, I knew this product was going to be a great fit for me.



It’s recommended for use after a bath or shower, and I found that my skin absorbs the carnation oil-infused moisturizer quickly – leaving me with scrumptious, glowing skin, and a delightful fragrance (I’m not sure if this is just from the scent I chose – Sweet Fantasie – or from the added pheromones in the product.) Body Dew is also recommended after excessive sun exposure, so I will be put to benefit from that as I’ve been doing laps at the local pool and am developing quite the tan.

Body Dew is made by the US-based company Pure Romance which, along with bathroom and beauty goodies, also manufactures ‘relationship enhancement’ products (or, for the layman, sex toys.) This fact took me a bit by surprise – talking cosmetics in one breath and vibrators in the next – but I have to admit that the website and catalogue are both beautiful and classy – not a skeezy Adult Word connotation for miles!

I also think that sexual health and body positivity go hand in hand so closely, so was delighted to find a company out there helping ladies to both look and feel good about themselves.

Pure Romance South Africa Director Nadine Tsemach organises parties for ladies in their homes, where they are able to see the products up close and personal – and also ask any questions they might have.

She has also generously sponsored a delicious prize hamper worth R1000 – just in time for Christmas too!

The hamper includes:

  • A bottle of Body Dew
  • Coochy rash-free shaving cream
  • Body Bling shimmering body powder
  • And, for a last bit of fun, Just Like Me lubricant

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OOTD: The Goddess Dress

I’ve written about Jacoba before, and about how everything just fits perfectly.
This dress is a fine example of that. As soon as I had slipped it on, I felt like the star of a period-piece romance novel. Soft and feminine and lovely.

I didn’t want to get too carried away with the gushy girliness though, so I added the quirky ‘I love you like bacon’ necklace from Kin. It’s all about balance yo!

Now I’m just dying for an occasion to come up so that I have an excuse to break this bad boy out!

P.S. Don’t you love how those sleeves hide the tops of the arm?

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Dress: Jacoba Clothing
Necklace: Kin
Nails: ‘Metallic Purple’ from Gosh at Edgars
Make-up: Qaanita Abrahams from Onq Makeup
Photographer: Alison Westwood

OOTD: Teeter-tottering in leopard print

Today’s OOTD is from a shoot I did at the Cape Town Castle. What a great place to explore and lap up the history, never mind all the photo op’s it presents.

Loved how comfortable this frock by Linx available through Zando was – albeit a little shorter than I’m usually comfortable with (My legs are probably the bit of me I have to work hardest to love.)  Dem sexy heels did help though – now, if only I could learn to walk in them 😉

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Too gorgeous for words – just need to learn to walk in them!

Dress: Linx available from Zando
Shoes: Miss Black Peron heels available from Zando
Necklace: Papillon Belle at Kin
Nails: ‘Spot on! Pink’ from Gosh at Edgars
Lips: Mango Lip Butter by Korres
Make-up: Qaanita Abrahams from Onq Makeup
Photographer: Alison Westwood

Win a R300 voucher from Kin Shop!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you maaaay have noticed what a huge fan of Kin Shop I am. Every visit to either their Kloof Street or Waterfront stores is like exploring a little room of treasures, with wonderful and delightful surprises hidden in every corner. Just when you think you’ve seen everything there is to see, another amazing find pops out from some hidden nook or cranny. They’re always my first stop to find something special to go with a new outfit, or a really unique gift for someone special.

You can see some of my favourite finds here:

Sterling silver and enamel rings by the Story of Long Jean Silver at Kin  A gorgeous stone necklace from Inge Marais at Kin Shop. Leather earrings from Story of White Rabbit Days at Kin Shop
Resin flower earrings by Chasteau de Balyon at Kin Necklace by A Bird Named Frank at Kin ShopIMG_4819_Snapseed

The lovely ladies at Kin have also been a constant source of support and encouragement for Mind the Curves since itty-bitty day one. And now they’ve kindly offered to reward you for your support and encouragement too, with a R300 gift voucher up for grabs for one lucky reader. To get in line for this awesome prize, please enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below.

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