OOTD: Cosy knits & “How to feel pretty”

Hello World. It’s time to Break Out an OOTD ( Outfit of the day post), Girl it’s another jumper/jersey post .

I wasn’t lying when I said I’m living for snug knits this winter. Paired over here with a fur gilet, it immediately changes the whole knit/legging/boot combo. To not end up looking the same I also changed up the accessories in this look , including the massive earrings, added a hat & different sunglasses.

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The fur gilet was gifted to me two years ago which was bought on sale at Woolies for wait for it R100. This is on trend and will be around for a good few years still. The earrings I nabbed off my friend and is from Mr Price where it retails  for R19.90, the hat is from Trenery and sunglasses from Aldo (three/four years ago)

A few weekends ago all snug in my knit we went to the movies . I wanted to watch ‘I Feel Pretty’. A romcom starring Amy Schumer who plays Renee a woman who doesn’t believe she’s beautiful. Instead of having a makeover, or going on some fad diet, after a little bump on the head, something changes for her. What changes is the way she sees herself.

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This movie is relatable in so many ways. There was a time when I was Renee, I felt ignored & definitely not beautiful . I hated being fat and thought to the world I was ugly and invisible, until I changed the conversations I was having with myself. I started loving me for who I was, an imperfect mess. I invested my time in people who accepted me for me. I spent my time doing things that fed my soul. The world slowly changed for me. It proved to me that who I see myself as is who people will see me as. And what people were seeing was someone who was loving life.

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The world we live in will still judge you for being fat because people have been conditioned to believe that beauty has one standard look. And that look is a size zero. The change comes when you believe in your worth. We need to change our dialogue. Being fat isn’t being ugly, being fat doesn’t mean you are not worthy of love , being fat doesn’t mean you are invisible .

J.K Rowling says it better than I ever will – “Is fat really the worst thing a human being can be? Is fat worse than vindictive, jealous, shallow, vain, boring, evil or cruel? Not to me”

As always thank you for reading , with all my love F xx

OOTD:The Fix

Hello World. It’s time to Break out a OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post.

I picked up this t-shirt dress from The Fix two months ago. Since The Fix rebranded from Fashion Express they don’t have a dedicated plus size section wgich was a bit dissapointing.However  I popped in on a whim & was surprised when some of their items actually fit. I love that I can style this dress as a lazy summer throw over to the beach and pair it with stockings & boots for colder days. This dress was approximately R260. 00.

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This past weekend because of a work commitment at Clovelly Country Club I found myself exploring Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fishoek & this was the perfect no fuss dress. I hadn’t walked these streets for years and yet it felt familiar. The way home does. I remembered summer nights spent at Cape to Cuba and summer days spent at St James Beach swimming until you were exhausted from the sun & sea water .

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What feels better than sitting on the beach eating fish and chips straight from the wrapping it came in. Sometimes it is the little things!

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Being a tourist in your own city can be as exciting as hopping on a plane to go somewhere foreign. What places give you those feel good memories? As always thank you for reading, with all my love, F x

OOTD

Hello World. Its time to Break Out another OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post. Recently I introduced you to Kalathea Clothing who I featured on my first OOTD post & today my OOTD is another Kalathea original. Asked to walked in a charity event for them recently , with little time , I arrived on the day of the event to this beauty, custom made for me. This pleated  full length dress with 3/4 sleeves & side seam pockets  feels luxuriously soft.

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As a plus size community we have come so far when it comes to whats readily available at retail stores, the sizes/styles & options definately are more inclusive now , but we are still a far cry from where we should be. A few years ago bored with the selection on offer I started looking at local designers, pop up shops & online/instagram stores. Boy am I glad I did. Fashion labels like Kalathea clothing make it easy to love & buy local.

I now use my voice to influence the plus size fashion industry by choosing who I spend my money with. In fact we all have that power, we have been ignored for so long that the only way for our voices to be heard loud & clear is the brands we choose to support.

As always thank you for reading lurvlies. With all my love F xx

Love Local!

A few years ago I started a networking event called ‘Women Supporting Women in Business’. It is with this theme in mind that I want to introduce a Women Supporting Women in Business segment to the blog. I started this initiative as a way of connecting women within a network, empowering women and most importantly supporting women run and owned businesses. I encourage supporting local, because its simple, buying local not only promotes job creation, it stimulates our economy.It is my hope that we all move towards a culture of buying & supporting local.

While browsing and looking for local I came across Isabel De Villiers. Isabel invited me to her studio where I had an opportunity to fit and feel her garments. The prints and sheer comfort of her wrap dress had me in heaven! I love the clean lines and simplicity of her garments which fits you like a second skin. Limited amounts of each style are produced to ensure exclusivity and quality of each garment.

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Launched in 2012 the Isabel De Villiers label had a vision to design for women of all shapes and sizes. With her sizing ranging from 32 to 48, no longer does plus sized shopping need to be an exercise of frustration.

As Isabel says ‘I am very proud to be part of the Plus Size activists of South Africa. There is a lot of negative talk about the word ‘plus size’. Your size is not a reflection of who you are. The word should not be taken seriously. Curvy sizes/Plus sizes: celebrate your body, don’t put it in a box with a label on it. Rather focus on celebrating all the strong, confident, independent women around you. We have some amazing plus size women paving the way: Meg from Mind the Curves, Lala from Plus size is me, Candice from a Gorgeous Life, just to name a few.’ I couldn’t agree more, break the label and you free the femme divine.

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I asked Isabel to share her top five wardrobe must have’s with us:

1. Underwear: Every great look starts with amazing, supportive underwear.
2. The Wrap Dress: The only dress that flatters any shape & size. Young & Old, Printed /Plain. You can’t go wrong with a wrap dress.
3. A Pencil skirt: To shape and accentuate your body
4. A Shirt Dress: Dressed up or down, it’s a winner
5. Jumpsuit: Effortless dressing at its best.

Thank you for reading and for loving local!

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