OOTD:How to dress for your body type!

Hello World. 💛 Today I wanted to share my latest OOTD ( Outfit of the day ) with you.

What’s better than a sale ? Getting your favourite brand in this case David Jones on 65% less that’s what. Thanks Woolworths, we love your 50% & up sales.

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I picked up this grey turtle neck knit dress for just R240. 00. Whaaaat! I have been eyeing it online for a while and was pleased as punch when I managed to pick it up in store.

This dress is the perfect transition piece as I can see myself wearing it well into spring because it’s such a lightweight knit.

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Before my body positive journey my wardrobe consisted of pants & jeans and I would never consider wearing a body con dress like this in a million years . Dresses like this that hug every curve. Surely I’ve read enough articles as a teenager on dressing for your body type & which clothes would flatter you most to know better.

Yes I do know better now . I’ve let all those do’s & don’ts take a backseat and use one rule only . If it makes me feel good , I’m wearing it.Feel good fashion is my thing. And that is how to dress for your body type!

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Thank you for reading lovelies xx

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:David Jones

Hello World. Time to Break Out a young OOTD (Outfit of the Day post).

As a plus size woman I have always struggled to find clothes I love. Over recent years that struggle has become easier with more brands branching out, local designers offering inclusive ranges & Instagram stores filling the niche market.

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My love for local designer Isabel de Villiers is apparent on my OOTD posts here , here and here. As well as new and upcoming modest wear brand Kalathea Clothing which you can read about here and here. However what about when you just need something simple, you know the staples: a white tee or jeggings. I love Mr Price but their leggings never last me more than a few months.

Thank God for David Jones! If you didn’t know David Jones is an Australian department store brand bought over by Woolworths in 2014.  I started picking up a few items here & there two years ago, I am now a big fan of the brand.

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My jeggings purchased a year ago are still going strong thank you very much. At a price of about R350.00/ 27 USD/20GBP it doesn’t sound like it’s the cheapest , HOWEVER if you use my cost per wear ratio, which I use on everything I buy (this is the Total cost of the item/ estimated number of days you’ll wear it = the cost per wear) I currently pay R1.04/0.08USD/0.61GBP  a day, for jeggings!

Back to my current OOTD post.This light pink sequined David Jones knit  paired with leggings and boots for a cosy & snug fit in the chilly winter days is currently my favourite combo. Because knits and leggings are becoming my go too, I try to use accessories to change-up my look a bit.

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Here I am wearing a ripped knit beanie in a darker pink from Woolworths (R120.00), tassel earrings from Mr Price (R39.90) and Witchery Sunglasses to complete the look.

I got 99 problems but (thanks to fully inclusive brands) my curves ain’t one. Spend your money with brands who value your business, not with brands who treat you as an afterthought. As always thank you for reading , all my love F xx

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, it should be though!

 

 

 

 

 

 

OOTD: Little Miss Sunshine featuring Isabel De Villiers

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

The dress I’m wearing in this post is by one of my all time favourite designers, Isabel De Villiers. I wasnt sure about this dress at first, as the colour is so far out of my comfort zone but I took the plunge anyway and decided to try something new.  This dress was the second dress I picked up on sale , you can read about the other dress I picked up over here.

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This yellow Tulle Summer Dress, is the most dreamy princess dress anyone could ask for and can be styled in many ways. Here comfortability was key as I knew I was going to be on my feet all day.I paired it with a pair of olive boots & because we not really in the heat of summer I wore a boat neck bodysuit underneath.

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Stepping out of your comfort zone is a good thing, it keeps your look fresh and makes you question everything. Fashion to me is about playing around with different things until I get something that is undeniably my style. Fashion also means not having any rules. At the end of the day clothes make you feel a certain way. And I always want to feel good. Feel good fashion. It’s a thing! Make it your thing.

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Have you invested in one of Isabel’s pieces? Let me know if you are as inlove with her work as I am. 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: The Snug Life with Trenery

Hello World. It’s time to break out an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post, its been long enough.

A month ago Woolworths had their annual sale & did I score big time. I picked up a few jumpers from Trenery  at 75% off. I find this outfit works well when its the end of the week, you mostly office bound and have to power through all the admin you put off during the week.

I paired the jumper with tights and velcro strap metallic sneakers from Studio W in this OOTD post. With the days getting a bit colder I feel this is going to become a firm favorite for casual Friday’s as its super comfortable and laid back.

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Polka Dot Jumper (Trenery), Tights (Mr Price) and sneakers (Studio W)

 

 

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How cute are these layered tassel earrings?! A steal at R39.99 (MR Price)
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Sunglasses Witchery

Happy Fake Friday everyone. As always thank you reading.

OOTD: Karoo

Hello World. I’m Breaking Out my first OOTD post for 2018.

Day two of the easter holiday saw us doing the most between breakfast, a failed easter Egg hunt & some work at the Old Mutual marathon after party hosted by Forrester Arms. After all that the only way to end the day was with a visit to Oude Molan Ecco Village. My nephew enjoyed some q.t with his horse Milo , who he knew for all of two seconds.

Before he could go riding we had to put everything on hold and take some blog pics. Can you blame me, the view was spectacular especially after some much needed rain.

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Really glad I chose to wear this Karoo dress from Isabel de Villiers Spring\Summer 2017 collection as it’s the perfect ‘on the go’ dress. I picked up this dress and one more on sale, and I’m happy to report it’s still currently on sale on Spree.

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I don’t know what it is about Isabel but she hits it out of the park every time . This woman just gets it . I had a chance to see her new Autumn 2018 range and I knew that she had hooked me forever.

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Wishing you all a blessed Easter , with all my love F xx

Arniston Travel Diaries!

Hello World. Time to Break out another Travel/OOTD post.

Sometimes you don’t have to fork out thousands of rands for a beach holiday and paradise might be closer than you think. I came to this realization on a recent road trip to Arniston.A small seaside village in the Overberg region close to Cape Agulhas.

 

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A mere two-hour + drive from Cape Town, Arniston has all the r’s you need: rest, recoup & relaxation. The Arniston Hotel has a picnic menu which is perfect for a day spent at the  beach. On our way back from the beach we drove pass these quaint white washed stone cottages some offering arts & crafts or home-cooked meals.

 

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Cowl Neck Dress from Isabel De Villiers Autumn Winter 2017 range

 

The peace & quiet that a small town brings made me want to go on more road trips and discover more small towns with quirky cafes where you can buy homemade jams & koeksisters from taanies  with purple hair . For the love of travel & adventure.

 

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If you looking to be more than just a beach bum on your holiday click here, I’ve got you covered. Thank you to  @Edwillmp for hosting us and showing us his hometown & @Capetourismcn for his gracious hospitality.

 

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Please share your local road-trip gems & secret hideaways with me below. As always thank you for reading , with all my love F xx

OOTD: 50 shades of Blue

Hello World. It’s time to Break Out another OOTD (Outfit of the day) post.

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Today I’m excited to introduce you ( not that this label needs any introduction) to my favourite South African brand , Isabel de Villiers.

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I stumbled across this brand two or so years ago  when I started planning my blog & fell in love. Isabel ‘s designs are simple but strikingly beautiful. It’s so easy to wear and I get compliments every time I wear one of her pieces. If this isn’t enough reason for you to buy local then I don’t know what is.

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This blue dress with mesh inserts is from Isabel’s Autumn/Winter 2016 Dark secrets and white lies collection. I paired it with my favourite Utopia Vamp Zip block heel,a red bandana necktie  & blue tassel earrings. Who said you couldn’t wear three different shades of blue!

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📸 taken by @iamnuraan_c

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

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