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!”

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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).

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

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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?

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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
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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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Get the Swingstar look

My crush on all things vintage doesn’t just extend to fashion. The trill of trumpets, the infectious rolls of drums and sultry vocals of swing music are one of the few sounds that will actually get these uncoordinated toes tapping and jazz fingers fluttering. So, when I saw the Swingstar Mansion event invite pop into my Facebook inbox for this coming Saturday 25 October, it was an instant ‘yes’. Centered around the album launch of Cape Town-based band The Swingsetters, the event looks like it’s going to be quite the spectacle, with live bands, burlesque, fire breathers, swing dancers and more. With such an awesome event on the cards, there’s just no way I go without looking the part. So I enlisted the help of makeup artist extraordinaire Quaanita Abrahams of Onq Makeup, to create the effect I was after. While there are a few different styles that one can associate with Swing culture (which was at its height in the 1930s), obviously I went with the pin-up iteration (obviously). So, without further ado:

How to get the pin-up makeup look:

There are four basic characteristics of the pin-up look that make it rock. 1. Flawless skin 2. Winged eyeliner 3. Arched eyebrows 4. Red lips

What you need:

IMG_1962.JPG Qaanita is like the Mary Poppins of makeup. She just keeps pulling new goodies out of her bag. Included in my look were:

  • Gosh CC Cream Illuminating Foundation – lightweight, oil-free formulation and is packed with pigment to even out the complexion which adds a luminosity to the complexion that lifts and perfects your skin.
  • MAC Mineralize skin finish in light – To set the foundation and also to give skin a light porcelain glow
  • MAC Prep+Prime – soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. Improves application of foundation or powder.
  • Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer – preps skin to create a perfect canvas for flawless foundation application which is used to give you beautiful mattefinish complexion.
  • Clicks full set lashes – elongates your lashes and gives that desired flirt & prominent effect.
  • Inglot Gel liner paste in jet black – to create winged eye which is critical for this look.
  • MAC liquid liner fine tip – makes eyes more dramatic which is used to create a perfect cat eye.
  • MAC Mascara Haute Naught Lash –  few coats gives an intense dramatic feel
  • Estee Lauder Brow powder in dark brown – to shape eyebrows
  • MAC Blush peach – defines your cheekbones and used to bring out and give a precision cheekbone structure with blush effect.
  • NYX lipliner – ensures that the product lasts and does not go outside the lines which makes it for a long lasting stay.
  • NYX Red Matt Lipstick – is  statement for this look which gives your lips fuller & desirable effect.
  • MAC Mineralize Charged Water Hydrating Mist Finishing spray  – sets the entire look and makes the  makeup last longer.

 

 1. Prepare the skin

Key to this look is flawless skin. Start by applying moisturizer. Prepared skin for makeup with moisturizer, then add a primer (e.g. the Photofinish Primer by Inglot and/or Prep and Prime powder MAC that we used). Use a brush to apply foundation all over and blend along the neck. Set with a natural satin finish powder. Apply a light, natural looking blush to the apple of the cheeks, sweeping back to the temple.

2. Add winged liner

Prepare the eye with concealer and setting powder. Apply a eyeshadow in a natural shade across the lid. Use a gel liner with brush to create your winged line, sharpening it up with a liquid liner pen. Follow the natural curve of your eye, as seen below. Add a coating of mascara. IMG_1963.JPG

3. Arch dem eyebrows

Using an eyebrow powder and angle brush, fill in the brows and darken them. Give your brows that je nais se arch with an eye pencil in a matching colour. 

4. Paint your lips red

Using the lipliner, outline the lips, then colour them in slightly. This will help the colour to last longer and prevent smudging or bleeding. Fill in with a matt lipstick for ruby red lips to delight in. IMG_1965.JPG

5. Finishing touches

You’re almost ready to go! Just add that fluttertastic falsies and a spritz of finishing spray and you’re good to go. Badda-bing, badda-boom! IMG_1951-0.JPG

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