Hand Me Down

For me having an older sister has meant that I’ll always have a best friend, an advisor, a ride or die, a last minute plus one at events and most importantly an entire wardrobe of clothes to choose from! 

Hand me downs from her have been fewer and fewer over the years as my sister is smaller than me. When I was younger, mostly during my toddler years, I would have the full benefit of her hand me downs but when I hit my teens most of her clothes were too small and by the time I finally caught up and hit adulthood – she had slimmed down and could fit into size 36 clothes at some point (that’s a size that’s never featured in my life)!

So when she came back with the top I’m wearing one day after hanging out with one of her friends, I was only left feeling so green with envy (pun intended). She told me she got it from a boutique known as envy and being a plus girl all my life, I know the boutiques never loved us so all I could do was sigh and cry on the inside especially when I found out it was a size 3! what is a size 3?? The only time I’ve heard of such small numbers in my life was when we referred to shoes. So you can imagine my surprise (and shock) when she threw the top at me while sorting out her laundry and simply said “try it on and if it fits, keep it.”

I was on cloud nine but then I remembered the size and I wondered if would end up being kept in the wardrobe until my niece can fit into it. It was such a pleasant surprise to try it on and find out that it fits perfectly and that I can rock it with skirts and jeans! It had become my favourite top and has me looking forward to my next hand me down! 

Hand me downs are sometimes the best fashion finds!

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Mix It Up!

Everytime I wear my prints, I usually pair it with a neutral so that my print item is the star of the outfit. 

Today I decided to step out of my comfort zone and mix it up! I’m wearing the very first items that I ever had made by my now business partner, Bijou. I’ve only ever worn the top once and anyone who knows me well, has seen me in the Ankara skirt at least once! 
 

Print on print is so much fun!

 
If you’re a little wary of rocking print on print, here are my 5 tips to get you started: 

1. Try prints from the same colour family – different hues of the same colour make it easier for the prints to work well together.

These two ankara prints in these hues of pink are amazing to pair!

2. Stripes or polka dots are the easiest to match your prints with. Like your neutrals in colours, these graphics are the go to for mixing it up!

It’s like they were made for each other!

3. Use the same print in different colours or sizes. 

Always trust your (animal) instinct!

4. Add a neutrals if you feel the look is too busy. 

Rock the blush tulle with your plaids and look magical!

5. Use accessories for a lighter but still effective mix. 

Accessories are a fun way to pull off any trend!

Have fun with it and with so many colours and patterns to play around with this season, you’ll definitely have fun mixing it up! 

From A Boy

I have two reasons why I’ve never tried the borrowed from the boys look. 

The first is that I’ve always thought it’s more authentic when the clothes are actually borrowed from a boy and finding one (a boy that is) with items that fit me in my circle of friends and exes is almost impossible.

Secondly, I always thought my curves would get in the way of pulling of the androgynous look. 

Earlier this year I found the flannel shirt I’m wearing in the laundry pile of the guy I was dating at the time and I decided that it would look so much better on me!

And so every once in a while, I get kitted out in my #BoySwag with Ciara’s ‘Like A Boy’ playing in my head and I rock it out like one of the homies! 

  

Flannel shirt – #BorrowedFromABoy

Longer length tee with zipper detail – Mr Price Fashion

Leggings – Woolworths 

Kicks – Adidas

Backpack – Rowdy Bags

Jeanius!

I got my first pair of jeans at age 27 – I just couldn’t get myself to buy a pair despite seeing women twice my size rocking a pair like a boss. 

I saw it at Donna Claire while walking in the mall and it was the colour that got me and coloured skinny jeans were in so I thought “let’s try it on, that can’t hurt!” I was hooked – I walked out with two pairs and have never looked back!

The first pair from Donna Claire that caught my eye! Still looks good!

 Jeans and Longer length top – Donna Claire

Sandals – Mr Price Fashion

Longer length tee – Forever21+

My collection has since grown and the only reservations I have now is how another pair is going to dent my wallet and no so much about how big my butt will look in a pair!

My Torrid distressed boyfriend jeans are one of my favourite pairs!

Jeans – Torrid

Bird print crop – Envy

Sandals – Mr Price Fashion

Denim shirt – Fashion Express 

Wedges – Woolworths (Country Road)

 They are so versatile and can take you from the office to a turn up sessions with the girls to date night and with the right wash and cut a job interview! 

Big girls shouldn’t wear white – says who? Love my white Donna Claire jeggings even though I struggle to keep them clean!


Jeggings – Donna Claire

Bodysuit – Pick n Pay Clothing

Kimono and, Sandals and Wedges – Woolworths

Ankara Peplum top – #madewithlove

These Donna Claire skinnies have a special place in my heart as they were the second I bought!

Jeans – Donna Claire

Crop, Shirt, Longer Length Muscle tee and Hoops – Mr Price Fashion

Kicks – Converse

They’ve been called everything such as timeless, edgy, classic, sexy, simple, wardrobe staple and what I love about jeans the most is that when they get old and start to fray and tear, you can still rock them and look all kinds of fresh!

Bringing back that 70s swag with my flare jeans! My sis bought them for me from Gap and to think I wanted to alter them and make them tapered!

Jeans – Gap

Crop – Mr Price Fashion

Black Wedge – Torrid

Character tee – Pick n Pay Clothing

Wedge with bow – Woolworths 

Yellow

“Everytime I hear you say hello

All I see is yellow

Like daisies in the meadow ”

As India.Arie sings these lyrics I literally fall in love every single time… it’s from her 2009 album Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics and features the smooth voice of Terrell Carter and will be playing as I walk down aisle one day! In her lyrics she gives love colour and it’s one of my most favourite songs! 

I’ve loved the colour since I could remember and my family has a joke about how I ate my first yellow wax crayon which explains my complexion… *as I roll my eyes*

Yellow is my favourite colour and although I don’t wear it enough, I believe I don’t have to because my aura is yellow! To me, the colour represents happiness, sunshine, laughter and custard! 

In colour therapy, yellow is an energising and uplifting colour that helps with encouraging inner power and positivity. The colour can aid with the digestive and nervous systems, calming those butterflies in your stomach (seems it’s the perfect colour to wear on that first date!).

It’s a fresh and fun colour and you should at least have one yellow item to brighten up your wardrobe! 

  
Dress – Foschini

Denim Shirt – Fashion Express

Sandals and Skirt (worn as underskirt) – Woolworths