Friday, 26 August 2011

Before the sun comes out

Hello guys! I wanted to show you guys a typical winter outfit of the day for me. Winter is on its way out, and I've hardly posted anything. I thought I should show you guys what I normally wear to work before the beautiful summer sun comes out and I start frolicking  about in my short shorts.

Like I said in an earlier post, I hate winter! And I never feel like any of my outfits are "post-worthy". It's not like I'm running around in my sweat pants all winter, its just that I normally have so much on! I layer all of my clothes to a point where I'm just uncomfortable and on days when I am dressed really well,  time just seems to fly, by the time I want to take some outfit pictures the day is over, and I'm beat! I love summer though, the days are longer, I love dressing up in summer,  wearing nice light pieces, colorful pieces that just put a smile on my face. I'm an even bigger fan of spring, simply because it's not too hot, there's always that light breeze of fresh air, that keeps me from being too sweaty.

Well, in summation, this is a typical outfit of the day for me in winter. I'm always in a pair of trousers/pants, I'll have on a long sleeved shirt, jersey or a turtle neck depending on how I'm feeling or how cold it is. I love blazers! They have been my go to "outfit finishers" for this winter. If it's really cold I'll have a trench coat over the blazer and take it off once I'm in doors and the air con has the office warm and toasty.

It's Friday today, and I felt this outfit needed a bit more pizazz, then I remembered a trick I saw on one of my favourite blogs  Frantic Dreams, I decided to take one of my new scarves and knot it much like Fran did here and also here in her knotted details post.  I get SO much inspiration from my fellow bloggers, I just love the blogosphere!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Style -inSpiration

Hi everyone,  last week I was going through my favourite blogs trying to catch up on my reading and I came across Toya's  style muse post (The Grey She looked so good she inspired me create my own distressed denim shorts. So on Saturday afternoon I took a pair of scissors, a razor and some bleach and I went to work creating my own funky pair of distressed jeans. I love the way the jeans turned out, but I don't like the way the photo's I took turned out though. My boyfriend was the photographer for the day, and he was in a hurry to have our photo session over and done with because he wanted to go watch the Tri-Nations rugby game, this leg of the game was between South Africa and Australia.

I decided to wear the shorts with a pair of what we call pumps here in SA and they are called flats in the USA I think. I hope the pictures do justice to this masterpiece of mine. Thanks for stopping by guys, much appreciated.

Close up view of my earings and necklace. I thought this shot would be sexy and gangster. Don't know why. I'm breaking out lately! Acne is making my life difficult.
See what I mean? He cut off my whole head here. LOL.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

A little shimmering gold

It was women's day on the 9th which was yesterday. Some friends and I decided to celebrate the day on Saturday, this is what I wore.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Voluptuous Vixen of the week

Hey Vixens, today's posts is all about the Voluptuous Vixen of the week. It'll actually count as Voluptuous Vixen post of the month because I don't think I'll be featuring anyone else anytime soon. Largely because I don't have time to blog as much as I'd like to, and secondly because some of the Vixens I'd like to feature on here are celebrities. It’s difficult to get any information on SA celebrities let alone information relating to their fashion choices. There aren’t a lot SA celebrities the net so without proper info on them I don't really like to blog about them.

Mihlali wearing one of her own creation under her clothing line of  S'dudla Haute Couture
Today's vixen is someone I'm very excited to have on the blog. Her name is Mihlali Qqada, she's got a killer dress sense, and she’s what I'd like to call an O-D, Original Diva. She was kind enough to agree to take part in a Q and A and she sent me some fun pics of herself. The interview is below, enjoy!

Mihlali is what we here in SA would call S’dudla-fabulous (S’dudla is a term of endearment for phat girls in SA). She lives in Pretoria the Capital City of South Africa, but says as a Xhosa woman her heart is still in the Eastern Cape where she was born in the coastal town of East London. She's an all-rounder kind of woman, working in the professional world and also holding it down in the fashion scene as the designer and owner of S’dudla Haute Couture.

The name Milhlali means joy and happiness. It’s almost like when her parents named they were predicting she would be the blissful woman she is today, because her name matches perfectly with her warm personality and her radiant smile. Without further ado, here’s the interview.

1.    From all the photos I’ve seen of you, one thing that stands out to me is the confidence you exude. Not a lot of women are blessed with this kind of confidence. Some women go into their 40s hating their ample bodies and appearance, how have you gotten this right?

From a very early age my Mother (Indlovukazi - Quees- Lioness) has always affirmed not only by beauty but my worth too.  She mastered the art of self-love and appreciation and never failed to let me and my sisters know how special and unique we were and how grateful she was to have US as her daughters.  This catapulted my confidence and made me the woman I am today.  I feel like women have so many issues and problems they deal with from being an all round care giver, to being a nurturer and protector. All of this is done with poise, a smile and high heels; lack of confidence does not even make the list of things women have to worry about.  For me you need to start with self before saving the word (which is the invariable the role of a woman).  My confidence comes from my love and respect of self.  I am beautiful in all ways imaginable and the comments of others only seek to affirm what I already know.  And this by no means is arrogance.

2.    You have a killer dress sense, who would you say your style icons are? Which women plus size and or straight size would you say inspire your style?

Mo’nique is most definitely one of my favorite voluptuous women icons.  I do not refer to perfectly rounded women as plus size largely because I do not understand PLUS to what, who is the benchmark of size and why.  So for me size is like age, it ain’t nothing but a number.  My dresses (that I design under my label S’dudla Haute Couture) are shaped and sized to every, and any woman’s figure and do not possess sizes.

I love exploring with fashion and setting trends, I love different color pastels and I enjoy styling people (big or small).  For me fashion is about expressing your inner style sense.  I also love vintage wear, I sell vintage dresses, skirts, blouses, jewelry all because I love styling people and of course myself too. 

3.    Do you work in the fashion business? And if so what do you do? Are you a designer, jewelry maker? If not, do you have ambitions of entering the fashion business?

Yes I am a designer, I design my own clothes and for the others too.  My label is called S’dudla Haute Couture by Mihlali Gqada, I also scout vintage for retail and commercial purposes.  I really love this part of the life; I am inspired by a range of things, from making women smile when you style them to finding perfect accessories for a gown etc.  For the Durban July 2011 I dressed and styled about eight ladies, all different sizes, shapes and styles. It was challenging and intriguing at the same time. 

4.    Do you design and make some of your clothes?

Most of my clothes I design myself
5.    What are your favorite stores to buy clothes? Stores which you find cater aptly to the plus girl?

The Space, SOWETRO, World Wear, Forever New (shoes and accessories) Woolworths (amongst others) shoes ALDO, EUROPA, SOCRATI and occasionally NINE WEST I also love MR Price pumps - it depends what I am looking for.

6.    Are you a bargain hunter? Do you ever buy at bargain shops? And by that I mean, those down town, china town stores, that might offer the same shoe, skirt, or pants at a high end retailer for cheaper?

Well…look the China shops do sell GENUINE goods, so I am overly skeptical of them BUT with that said I go any and everywhere, I know bargain spots and love sale season.  Where I can get good quality goods for less you will find me all styled up smiling all the way to the till.

7.    If you do bargain shop, what are some of the secrets you’d like to share with us? What are the big no-no’s to do when bargain shopping?

Do not buy cheap high heels – for us heavier women high heels need to be stern and able to carry our weight. So as far as I’m concerned NEVER EVER compromise on shoe quality otherwise they will break at the oddest hours of the day

I love bargain shopping but only on sale season – then you’re guaranteed to find the same quality at a lower price. 

8.    What do you prefer most for your shape? Pants, skirts or dresses?

Skirts and dresses are my ultimate favorites, shorts as well make you feel casual and sexy but nothing beats a tight yellow knee length dress with purple sandals and red jewelry … you can never go wrong with a dress and it cuts out thinking about the tope etc.

9.    What is on your must have list for this spring /summer

Short and long sun dresses, shades (I love this accessory), colorful earing, bangles and rings.  And as for the sandals and bags – GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!

Bold colors are the order of the day this summer

10. I love how you wear anything you want! You wear pencil dresses, form fitting skirts, things which some people would say plus size women should not wear due to the shapes of their bodies. Do you ever have friends or family members that are surprised at your fashion choices and how do you deal with people who frown upon what you may choose to wear?

I live for me and do me every day all day all year round.  I learnt to ignore the glances whether good or bad because for me it’s not what the next person says or thinks but how I feel.  My mother at times thinks my outfits are small and I have learned to tone down for conservative activities like church work etc. but I still stay true to me! Just like Steve Biko wrote what he liked, I wear what I like.  When it comes to the haters – all I have to say is GET A LIFE!!! Because I’m living mine

11. Any words of wisdom you’d like to impart on fellow Sista’s who are having problems dressing their bodies?

First accept and understand your body shape (and trust me this applies to every single woman thin or fat)…Learn to want to dazzle and believe that looking HOT and feeling SEXY is not the exclusive right of smaller figured woman, there is enough space for all of us to look great…then GO shopping (or give me a ring and I will hook you up, in your own budget)…Appreciate your body and always remember that less is more, avoid looking overly desperate to look hot by wearing small garments, be real to you and dress for your body.

Thanks again S’dudla Diva it was fun!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

And the award goes to ... mwa!

How you doing? (Wendy Williams's voice, dimmed eyes, parted lower lips and all!) view the how you doing instructional vid here.

Big shout out to my girl Olivia from She showered me with some love earlier this week, giving me the one lovely blogger award.

The rules are similar to the last award I got, you have to link it back to the person who gave you award, write seven random fact about yourself and pass it on to fifteen bloggers. Well, I'm gonna break the rules and tag the post of the last award I was given. It already has all this information and to read it you can click HERE.

Thanks again Olivia, welcome to all my new readers. Hope you stick around.


Been a while

Hi fellow Vixens, I know I've been gone for about a minute! I've kinda been busy and I've been trying to hustle some new projects for the blog, so those endeavours have been taking up my time. These new projects are actually very challenging and I don't have anything to show for them yet:/

Here are some fashions, I'm wearing my military jacket and these blue jeans I bought from edgars, they are actually supposed to be wide legs but they sit on me like bootlegs, I'm not sure what's up with THAT, but I love them still.

Me on the phone trying to order some debonairs pizza.  yummy!

Military jacket
My friends and I