• Beauty & Lifestyle

    Nail art ideas: Valentine’s Day nail art

    With the annual day of shlock and snoochies coming up tomorrow, it’s the perfect excuse for a little bit of nail art with a theme. Nail art prodigy Roxy of Hallo Pragtig and I put our heads together, and this is what we came up with:  I adore how this one turned out – on-theme, for sure, but also chic with an Eiffel Tower and pink poodle kinda vibe. Here’s how to create the look yourself. What you need for Valentine’s Day nail art: a base and top coat Pastel pink, black and gold nail polishes or gels. We used: Bluesky Shellac A21 (black), Bluesky Shellac 80547 (pink), Gelish All…

  • Fashion

    Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 10: Pin-up poppet

    This frock is Valentine’s pinup perfection. It’s got the colours, it’s got the flirt, it’s got the fun. The dress totally makes me feel the part – it makes me want to giggle, flutter my eyelashes and spin and twirl the night away! The dress has a halter-neck and zip at the back, set in a stretch panel, which I think is a large part of why it gets such a perfect fit. I’m also grateful that the top is correctly graded for my ample bosom – not too much cutaway at the armpits, which is a common problem I experience. The petticoat comes separately – I was super lucky…

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    Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 9: Ooh-lah-lah-leopard

      Sometimes… well sometime’s a girl’s just gotta get glammed up. And what’s more glitz and glam than shparkly golden leopard print? NOTHING, NOTHING I TELL YOU. This dress is one of those rare beasts that looks amazing on the hanger… and even better on your body! The first layer is a fun metallic leopard print pattern, and for extra opulence there’s a second layer of mesh, segmented with ribbons. The ribbons don’t just add to the rich sense of quality, but also help to draw the eye vertically, with a very flattering effect. This dress has spunk, it has spangle and it has class. I paired it with some…

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    Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 8: The classic little black dress

    Ahhhh, where would we be without the little black dress? Dress it up, dress it down – it’s the wardrobe save-all. Bet you you could wear this dress every day for a month and style it differently each day and you’d get away with it. This specific LBD is the Jacki-style dress from Captive8. The fit and flair cut of the dress pleases me, and the knot feature as a great detail. The fabric has a nice weight to it without being too hot – you could get away with this dress is summer or winter, depending what you wore it with. It’s definitely been designed with a curvier/plus body…

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    Plus size Valentine’s Day outfit idea 7: Jivin’ jumpsuit

    Wanna wear something special for the big, red day, but aren’t into skirts? How about a jumpsuit? They cut a mighty fine silhouette, are fresh, funky and are feminine without being girly. Also, with Cape Town winds, they’re kinda practical. I’ve loved my different iterations of Isabel de Villier’s jumpsuits over the seasons, but truly, this one is my best yet. The legs are slightly wider, which I prefer, and it’s just proportioned perfectly and sits beautifully. The fabric is lovely and thick and heavy, which adds a little extra to the confidence bank, and I adore the low ‘V’ at the back – just low enough to be sexy,…