Dress my Shape

We all have heard the saying that women comes in different shapes and sizes, and looking at ourselves and our friends we all know that this is true. Unfortunately, we aren’t always happy with the shape that we got with our birthday suit. But ladies, there is always a way to “dress it up” and show your body shape off in the perfect way. It is Mae West who once said: “Curve: The loveliest distance between two points” and [hell yeah] I agree with that! We as women are sexy and powerful. So if you have it, flaunt it! Here is some of my tips to dress those curves up…or down (in the cases where you might just be too hot to handle ūüėČ )

Pear Shape

Your curve will be at your hips and butt, therefore your shoulders and waist are smaller. The secret in making you look instantly fabulous, is to wear dresses or shirts with shoulder pads or puffiness. This will broaden your shoulders and give you that perfect hourglass shape. Trouser jeans will also help with this illusion as the wider pipes will make your hips and but look smaller.

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Apple shape

Your curves will be at your waist and shoulders and these two body parts are larger than your hips. The secret in showing off those beautiful curves, is too create the illusion of a smaller waist. Achieve this by wearing dresses, blazers and shirts that are pulled in at the waist or has a belt at the waist. Avoid halter-neck tops and dresses.

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Rectangle shape

You have very little curves and is one of those lucky ladies who has a flat stomach and a lean body. Your shoulders, waist and hips are the same width. To take your shape from hot to super sexy, you need to wear blazers with shoulder pads, in order to broaden your shoulders. Another trick will be to wear dresses with belts or waistbands. This will pull in your waist and give you curves.

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Hourglass shape

In modern day, this is considered the sexiest shape and everyone dresses in a way to make their bodies look like it. You have broad shoulders and hips, with a tiny waist. In order to show off those sexy curves, wear tight dresses that falls just above the knee. This will make the guys crazy!

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Inverted Triangle shape

You have broad shoulders, with a narrow waist and hips. To dress those beautiful shoulders up, wear a dress with a definite waistline, that flares out from the waist. This will make your hips look bigger and will compliment your shoulders. Another trick will be to wear dresses and shirts that cover up your shoulders, and has a low v-line. Work it sister!

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3 Inexpensive things to do in Cape Town

I have been to Cape Town this week in search of fun things to do while I’m there. I am just that type of person who loves discovering new and interesting places. There were three places that caught my attention and the best part about them was their prices!

The next time you are visiting, be sure to visit them for a bit of adventure. Remember your camera…

Start your day off at World of Birds in Houtbaai

It is a bird and monkey sanctuary where you can enter the cages of the animals and experience them on a personal level. This will cause your heart to skip a beat as the monkeys jump above you and climb on you, while owls stare at you with those big scary eyes. You can experience this for less than R100 p.p. Your student card will give you extra discount.

The next activity is the Castle 

This is the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.

Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa (castleofgoodhope.co.za).

From 1678 it was the centre of civilian, administrative and military life at the Cape, until the settlement grew and some functions and activities moved away from the Castle. Today the Castle is the seat of the military in the Cape, and houses the Castle Military Museum and Iziko Museums of Cape Town (William Fehr Collection) (castleofgoodhope.co.za).

You can take the most beautiful photos at this building and see how the people of the earlier times lived. The entrance fee is R28 for adults and R12 for students, so remember your student card!

Kitchen

Your last stop is to fill your tummy at Burger Fair in Bellville

We all got to know the now famous Burger Fair through Jack Parow’s Music video “Cooler as ekke”. Experience the old fashioned roadhouse set in Bellville. Your food is delivered at your car and you eat in it. This is loads of fun with friends and family. My favourite is the Milo milkshake for as low as R9! It is the perfect place to end your inexpensive, adventurous day in Cape Town…

Enjoy my fellow BFF’S!

Surviving the photoshoot

The next step in my Miss Spring Show journey was a photoshoot. This was always the most stressful part for me in competitions, as it is difficult to get that one perfect shot. Luckily I have watched a few programs, America’s next top model at the top of my list, in order to improve my confidence and skills.

These skills are necessary for everyone of us, as we are ladies and we do like to take nice photos, whether we are models or not. Therefore I want to share some of my tips with you.

Preparations

  1. Remember that everything can be in the photo, from head to toe. Therefore it is important to ensure that your nails are done, even if they are just clipped properly.
  2. Always shave as closest to the time of the shoot as possible. The quality of photos these days are excellent and so all the finer details are captured. You don’t want black hair sticking out that can cause embarrassment.
  3. Lay your whole outfit out on your bed. Make sure that it fits properly and that you will be comfortable to pose in all positions.
  4. When it comes to clothing you should avoid the following: boob tubes (you may appear naked in your head shots), polo neck shirts and knits (this will make your head look bigger) and too many patterns (you will be lost in the photo and the attention will be on the outfit and not you).
  5. Remember that if you have a dark skin, don’t wear all white just as you shouldn’t wear all black when you have a white skin. Cameras work with light sensitivity settings. This will cause that your head will be very dark and fade into the background in the first scenario. In the second scenario, it will make your face very pale and there will be too much light on it.
  6. Make-up: your make-up must be age appropriate, competition appropriate and outfit/style appropriate. It must be done darker as the flash of the camera reflects a lot of light. These two rules are very important: DO NOT wear a base/foundation with SPF in it as it will reflect the flash of the camera and make your skin pale and white on the photo. And DO NOT put heavy eye-liner on your bottom lash line. This looks very unnatural on the photo. Rather use your shadow as the liner in a dark brown colour as it will soften the line.
  7. Research different poses in magazines and on the internet and practice them in front of the mirror. When you know different poses, you are more confident and you will feel more comfortable in front of the camera.

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The shoot

  1. When you arrive on set, firstly greet the photographer with a handshake. Introduce yourself and be friendly. When you have talked to the photographer, you will be more relaxed around him or her.
  2. Always pose in different ways and positions, but it is important to let the one flow onto the next. Don’t go sit and stand and then sit again. Just turn your head slightly, move slowly and let every pose flow into one another.
  3. Flirt with the camera. This is the oldest trick in the book, but it really works! Pretend it is your boyfriend or your crush and flirt on.
  4. The most important skill I can give you is CONFIDENCE. When you are confident on set, your picture shows it! And there is nothing more attractive and beautiful then a confident women. Move around, smile with your eyes and believe in yourself. Be sexy and believe you are sexy. The photographer will feel your energy and the camera will love it!