Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Avant Garde

Happy New Year!! Yes, I know I'm a little slow on the uptake here as it's well past the start of a new year, but as it's my first post of 2017 I thought I ought to say it. I'm not sure how your year has started but my 2017 hasn't been the best. I don't know what it is about feeling like a new year is going to be a fresh start, but I can't help but fall into the trap a little bit. I always think I'll spring out of bed on January 1st ready to take on the world, but find that it's of course just another day and the struggles and/ or frustrations I had on December 31st aren't going to magically disappear because the end digit of the year has changed. However, part of my to-do list for this year is to be a little bit more positive so I'm going to do just that.

Now, these pictures are actually a few months old, but I couldn't disregard them as I'm so in love with this dress from Next and decided to wear it for the first time during my last trip to Nottingham to see the lovely Charlotte.
I think you can tell why I called this post Avant Garde. This dress couldn't be further from what I would normally pick, but the colours really caught my eye and I just had to order it and give it a go. Your eyes just don't settle do they?! There's so much to look at. I love the frills on the deep v-neck and sleeves and I love the zip-zag flower design of this explosion of technicolour goodness, and I couldn't be happier to have given it a go.
I plan to head out of my comfort zone a little more this year and I think this is a great start!

'til next time!

Love and hugs,
Isha xxx

Friday, 23 December 2016

Find It In Everything: Autumns 2016

A few days late as Winter has already started, but here it is, my final Find It In Everything post for 2016. It's a collection of some of my favourite pictures from my favourite time of year: Autumn. There's a lot of trees and general greenery here as I love the transition in colours during the Autumn  months. It's all so very beautiful and I hope you like the photos :)
I think the last picture is my favourite. I love photographing at night and the Christmas lights look a little magical, don't they?!

Speaking of Christmas; however you are spending it and whomever you are spending it with, have a great break....if you're fortunate enough to have one!

'til next time.


Love and hugs,
Isha xxx





Thursday, 1 December 2016

Polka Dots and Batman!

It's not a title you'd think would necessarily go together, but yes, polka dots and Batman did indeed happen on my latest trip to Nottingham to see the lovely Charlotte. I have talked at length on my blog about how much I love both Nottingham and Charlotte, and in the past I've only headed down for the day. This time, however, I stayed for two days and it was a glorious time.

I love exploring a different part of Nottingham whenever I go back, and this time was no exception because WE WENT TO BATMAN'S HOUSE! This will mean nothing to you if you're not into graphic novels or the Batman franchise headed by Christopher Nolan, but this house is the very one used in Batman Begins. I literally couldn't stop grinning as we walked up the pathway and took many pictures from each and every angle. It's such a breathtaking building; irrespective as to whether or not you like the Batman movies, you can't deny the architecture is simply stunning. I'll only post a couple of pictures of it from two of my favourite angles, but I seriously encourage you to go for a visit when you can and marvel at its beauty.
We walked around the grounds and wandered into the lovely gardens, where I just had to take some outfit pics. I wore my Collectif black and white polka dot dress, with my favourite satchel, and stood in front of the most fitting autumnal setting:
Dress: Collectif^
Cardigan: H&M
Shoes: Next^
Satchel: Urban Outfitters^
Tights: Boots





























It  was such an awesome time with Charlotte, and keep a lookout for a new outfit post where I'll have my second outfit from my Nottingham visit.

'til next time!

Love and hugs,
Isha xxxx


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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Brexit & Trump-Dump Suck, So I Put On A Pretty Dress

Trying to get back into the swing of life has been hard over the last two weeks. In fact, this year has been one of the worst I can remember in recent history. I've lost count to the amount of public figure deaths we've had this year, and politically...well, its been one horror after the other.

I still can't quite believe the world we're living in today. I can't get my head around the choices that have been made on my behalf; choices I so passionately disagree with. It sounds naive, but I didn't see Brexit or Trump-Dump happening. I really didn't. The thing is, for the most part, we surround ourselves with like-minded people. People who share our views and perspectives on the most important things in life; the things that form part of our personal makeup. We have conversations and find a middle ground, we're alarmed at the same things and can't fathom how anyone else could feel differently. On social media we follow like-minded people and agree to rants about life and politics thinking how lucky we are to follow the "right" people.

But what both Brexit and Trump-Dump have shown is that I am part of the minority - we are the minority. There is a big old world outside of the bubble I choose to live in, and I guess I underestimated just how divided the world is on the most important issues that will affect us all for literally years to come. There's a dark road ahead for us, but even with that, you have to find a little ray of sunshine from somewhere. For me, one of my rays is clothes.

I headed to North London to see my friend, Hanna. We went for a lovely walk on the Heath and grabbed a bite to eat after. While on our walk, we stopped to take a few outfit pics. Regular readers will know that I adore polka dots so I couldn't resist nabbing this colourful 'Sprinkle of Glitter' polka dot dress from Simply Be. I teamed it with some wholly tights and a cardigan.
Dress: Sparkle of Glitter for Simply Be^
Cardigan: H&M
Tights: Boots
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins^

So yeah, the world is spiralling into a black hole, but it doesn't mean you can't look good while it happens!

'til next time!


Love and hugs,
Isha xxx


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Thursday, 20 October 2016

I Remember It Well

Summer is now a distant memory, but these photos are filled with happy memories of a day in Nottingham with my dearest Charlotte. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I really love Nottingham. It's only two hours away from London but it feels like a different world. It's a city, but really quaint and quiet compared to London. Myself and Charlotte always have the best time and I seriously need to make plans to visit for longer than a day.

These photos were taken from my last trip during the summer and I love the way Charlotte photographs me. I feel so comfortable with her and our sessions are always filled with laughter.
 Skirt: Joy^
Top: Dorothy Perkins^
Cardigan: H&M
Sandals: Dorothy Perkins^
This outfit is a summer's dream: Light colours, airy fabric, fun and whimsical. The skirt is the standout here and I also have it in Navy because why buy a fab skirt in one colour when you can get it in two?! Joy don't do plus size clothes (well, they go up to a size 16), but the skirt has an elasticated waist for ease of wear. It's gorgeously pleated and is perfect for a summer's day like this one. I teamed it with a flower top, thin cardi, and the most spectacular sandals.

Yes, I was definitely loving this outfit and look forward to my next trip to Nottingham.

'til next time!

Love and hugs,
Isha xxx

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Find It In Everything: Summer 2016

Yesterday marked the final day of summer, and you know what that means....AUTUMN IS HERE! Glorious, wonderful, splendorous, autumn. I can't wait to take snaps of my favourite season, but for now, here's my summer edition for Find it in Everything:

I enjoyed summer this year and I think that's reflected in my photos. Hope you enjoyed!

'til next time.

Love and hugs,
Isha xxx



Monday, 12 September 2016

I Will Rise

There's never a right or articulate way to say you've been in a funk, but I have indeed been in a funk. I haven't blogged in a while because I've been questioning my style a lot recently and haven't really known what to do about it. I made a promise to myself when I started blogging and that was to stay true to myself and to always be myself. It would have been fake to blog knowing that I wasn't feeling right within myself.

I love reading blogs. Reading blogs has given me so much strength to be unapologetic about my body and how I choose to dress it. Blogging has been a vehicle for so many bloggers and non-bloggers, to find confidence and to stand side-by-side together in support. This is a big reason why I still enjoy blogging, and even if/ when I stop, I know I'll still read blogs and get a mass amount of joy doing so.

But for me, a downside has crept in. That little voice inside questioning whether my style was worth blogging about. If you know my blog, it's pretty clear that I have an aesthetic: dress, cardigan, ballet flats. Yep, that's it, just two pieces of clothing and simple flats to walk around in. There isn't anything overly exciting about it and when reading other blogs and seeing all the edgy street style others are so comfortable rocking, I have found myself saying to myself about my own style "Is this it?!". Bloggers should be pushing the boundaries, taking risks and breaking those ridiculous rules, but that's not really something I have done a huge amount of. I thought a lot about changing everything about my style, almost like a reinvention.

While deliberating about which avenue to go down, and while going through my two wardrobes full to the brim, the thing I came to realise is that merely existing in the blogger world by being fat, short, disproportioned, and most importantly, black, and still choosing to be visible is pushing boundaries, is taking risks, is breaking rules. I wasn't giving myself nearly enough credit. What I choose to wear is just that, a choice. I love my style and love the clothes I wear, and I think that shows in blogging and in real life.

But that's the thing, right?! It doesn't matter what you're wearing, as long as you feel good. It doesn't matter how many variations of the same thing you happen to wear; it's your happiness that shines through, that draw people to you and your blog or social media feeds. I think that's what I forgot. I guess this post is just a reminder to myself that I need to be kinder to myself. It's ok to have a confidence crisis and to reassess where I am and perhaps where I want to go. It's ok to change things up if I want to, not because I think I have to.

I was down in the dumps, covered in rubble trying to fight my way through. This will happen from time to time and that's ok, but I know in the end that I will make my way through. I will rise.


'til next time!

Love and hugs,
Isha xxx