Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Oh, I Do Love A Podcast!

I've made it no secret on Twitter that I am obsessed with podcasts. I'm always on the lookout for new ones to dive into and I love recommending the ones I love to people, so with that in mind I thought I'd do a blog post about my current favourites. I haven't put them in any order for the simple fact that I couldn't really tear them apart; they're all so different and each offer something that the other doesn't, so here goes:

1. My Favorite Murder
Their American spelling of favourite can be forgiven because the content of the podcast is so good. I love true-crime and the co-hosts, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, have a really great balance between seriousness and humour in their podcast My Favorite Murder. Humour?! Well, yes. They are completely respectful of the victims and their families, but obviously the subject and specific details they discuss are really hard to listen to at times, so the dashings of humour are most welcome and necessary.

2. Terrible, Thanks for Asking
I saw a review of Terrible, thanks for asking on the Guardian and the title caught my eye. You see, we have a tendency to pretend we're OK even when we're not. We smile and say "I'm fine" when we know deep down we're struggling to keep our heads afloat. The host Nora McInerny, is unapologetic about telling people how she's really feeling, particularly after having a miscarriage, and loosing both her husband and father within weeks of each other. Who has time to pretend, right?! It's a serious podcast and talks about hard-hitting life experiences like death and depression, so it may be quite triggering for some, but I found it really cathartic hearing others' stories on these issues. Season one is available now, but thankfully, season two is being worked on as I type!

3. Serial
Although two seasons in, season one is still the most potent one; the story of Adnan Syed. Adnan was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. The host, Sarak Koeing, goes through the entire case from start to finish, talking to witnesses, the police and the family and friends of Adnan to try and discover if the conviction was just. In July 2016 it was announced that Adnan would receive a new trial as there was enough evidence to suggest the conviction was ropey at best. It's brilliant story telling from Sarah and Serial was my very first podcast so it'll always have a special place in my heart.

4. Invisibilia
There isn't a podcast like Invisibilia. Invisbilia talks about the things that are out of our control but shape us as individuals. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin, and Alix Spiegel (who appears in season two), they delve into scientific research and speak to people whom feel they have been affected by invisible forces. Topics include the forces which make one individual more fearless than others, and forces that make an individual more inclined to achieve their potential above another. It's so interesting and I can't wait for season three which is coming real soon!

5. Bad Fat Broads
You know when you know someone doing something awesome and you're nothing but super proud? Well that's how I feel about Bad Fat Broads. You see, Ariel is one half of BFB and I'm honoured to say that she's a friend. I nicknamed Ariel 'The Oracle' because her Twitter feed is just full of wisdom and thought provoking subjects, so the fact that she now has a place to call her own, along with co-host KC, is a great thing. They talk all things fat politics and they aren't afraid to call out brands and public figures who miss the mark on the fat acceptance movement. I love listening to these two.

6. 2 Dope Queens
Co-hosts Jessica Williams and Pheobe Robinson are two black queens who started as solo stand-ups, but when they met they realised they would be a duo to be reckoned with, and the 2 Dope Queens podcast consists of their live stand-up with other comedians in support. They talk about their first time having sex (Phoebe's story is so flipping funny!), shopping in-store and being stalked by security because they're black, growing up with embarrassing parents, and dating. It's such a perfect mix and their third season has just been released. Speaking of 2 Dope Queens....

7. Sooo Many White Guys
This podcast is hosted by Phoebe Robinson, one half of 2 Dope Queens. I love Sooo Many White Guys because, although it's still funny, Phoebe sits down and interviews people in the entertainment world, taking the focus away from white guys (hence the name) as white men already get plenty of coverage, right?! The second season just finished and I personally liked it more than the first season as it's a lot more serious and really addresses race and politics in a way few others are currently.

I also wanted to give a special shoutout to a podcast that isn't seasonal. It's one season of one story and it's so good I couldn't leave it out:

S Town
S Town is Serial's sister and starts off as this bizarre murder mystery, but ends up being a heartbreaking and touching story about life and the legacy we leave behind. S Town is hosted by Brian Reed, and he tells his journey throughout this story so beautifully. It's a moving tribute to having someone in your life one minute and not the next, and assessing how they lived their life and how they affected (for the good or for the bad) the people they encountered throughout their life. The artwork that accompanies the podcast is stunning and fits so perfectly with the story. It's only seven episodes long and so, so worth the listen.

So those are all the podcasts that get me through my day. Looking at the list, do you know what I've noticed? They're all either hosted by and/ or produced by women! How awesome is that?!

I'll be sure to share any other podcasts I come across that thrill me, but I hope I've given you some inspiration. All of the above can be found on iTunes or via their individual websites (They've all been linked).

'til next time!

Love and hugs,
Isha xxx

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Lace It Up

Hi folks!

Sorry I keep disappearing from you guys. The first half of the year has been so odd, but I'm trying to find my equilibrium to post more. I do partially blame winter because I just can't find the motivation to blog loads in the winter months. All I want to do is hibernate, curl up in a blanket and watch Netflix series, eating hearty stews. I make no apologies for that (particularly the stews), but now that the sun has started to make more of an appearance, I'm starting to look at my wardrobe with excitement with all the bright fun colours and patterns I have waiting to be unleashed onto the world.

The following set of pictures were taken a fair while ago, but I love the dress and can see myself ditching the boots and legging for gold strappy sandals and bare legs. I love lace. I have so many items of clothing with either lace or mesh and find them so fun to play with as almost all I own can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. This occasion was for a catch-up lunch with the lovely Hanna. I headed to her neck of the woods, in North London, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a few snaps taken before heading home.

Dress: Very*
Scarf: Dorothy Perkins*
Boots: Dorothy Perkins*
Leggings: Very
Satchel: Gifted by lovely Hanna

I can't help but laugh when I look at these, and many other outfit photos I've taken. I seem to have an aversion to looking into the camera, and I have no idea where I picked this habit up from. I don't know if I thought it made me look really deep and thought-ridden, but whatever the reason, I'm going to actually start looking into the camera, haha. 

I have so many outfit ideas for spring/ summer and can't wait to show you all. Stay tuned and thanks again for sticking with me and letting me be as lazy as I want to be for this little blog of mine. 

'til next time!

Love and hugs,
Isha xxx

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Find It In Everything: Winter 2016/17

Hello gang! Oh how I've missed you.

I recently moved (again, but the last time this time), and I found myself without the internet for the best part of two weeks! No internet is a bit of a nightmare when you use it so much so my blog really felt the affect. Thankfully I'm up and running again and just in time for Spring! Yesterday marked the very first day of Spring, so it's time for another 'Find it in Everything'. This one is a little unusual as, although London can be super pretty in the Winter months, I found myself mesmerised by the the stunning light display at the Magical Lantern Festival. The festival is to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and I simply couldn't take enough pictures; there was so much to see and marvel over. I believe it's on until the end of February, so do take some time to go if you can.

In honour of my first trip there, this Winter's edition is all about the lights!

I look forward to snapping away during the Spring months - see you then. :)

'til next time,

Love and hugs,
Isha xxx

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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