Thursday, 31 January 2013

‘Gangster Squad’ Girl Date!


Hi guys,

It's been a little while since I've blogged and I must apologise.

I just had the worst week last week, so wasn't overly concerned with blogging. I'm feeling a lot better though and hope to be back to my best in no time. :)

Tonight was a thrill because not only did I get to see one of my best friends, Rosie, I also got to spend a few hours with my movie husband - Ryan Gosling! Anyone who has had the misfortune of meeting me, will no doubt vouch to being talked at, at length, about Ryan Gosling (sorry folks); so when his new movie 'Gangster Squad' came out, I of course had to check it out. So myself and lovely Rosie, had dinner, then made our way to the cinema.

I must admit, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. I'm not really one for Gangster/Mob movies (I could quite possible scratch your eyes out if you bring anything of that ilk, near me), but I really enjoyed it. The fact that the movie has a dream cast, probably helped too though: Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn (one of my favourite actors ever!), Josh Brolin and Nick Nolte. I would definitely recommend it if you like any of these actors. :)

So, this is what I wore. I wanted to dress a little fancy as I've been feeling so crap, and a pretty dress always does the trick! Because it's so busy, I wanted to keep everything else super simple – it’ll be fab in the summer too! :

Dress: Luxe
Vest: M&S
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Tights: Boots

Oh, and because I'm an odd child, I thought it would be fun to add a couple of out-takes - the wind was not friendly today:

This was not the desired look!

Myself and Soph became a little hysterical :/

Hope all is well in your worlds - speak soon!

Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Evans Shape Studio Event


Hi guys,

So on Thursday, I was lucky enough to head to the Evans Shape Studio Event. It was a great opportunity to meet some bloggers I hadn’t met before; it’s always great to meet the people whose blogs you love reading. The lovely and gorgeous Hanna and Caroline took really good care of me, and we may or may not have had pizza afterwards ;p

The studio was full of fantastic clothes, shoes and accessories. There was also a professional photographer, who was there to take pictures of anyone who wanted to have their own little fashion show - I was not brave enough to do this, but it was so fun to see everyone else have such a great time.

I wanted to look presentable so turned to my faithful, Lady Vintage London. Their dresses are so beautiful, well made, value for money and comfortable. I accessorised with my favourite belt at the moment and I made sure to get a close-up of the detail (big thanks to Hanna, for taking my picture!):


Dress: Lady Vintage London
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Tights: Boots
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins
Close-up of the gorgeous print
I love is tortoise belt!

I’ve also added photos of the event itself and some of my favourite pieces:


             
               
     


Beautiful collections, lovely organisers and great company – what more could a girl want?! :D

‘Til next time folks.
Xxx


xx

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Make-up session for Plus Size Tall


Hi guys,

Just a short, but rather fabulous one from me. Last week I did a make-up article for Plus Size Tall. It was about how to do make-up for darker skin, for the daytime and after work drinks.

Screen shot is below, but you can read the full article here.




Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx

Monday, 7 January 2013

Picnic anyone?


You know when you’re browsing and come across something so weird but fabulous, you just have to have it? Well this skirt is exactly that. I was on the ASOS website a couple years ago and saw this gem of a skirt in the sale section. Some of you may think I should have quite frankly left it there, but I absolutely love it!

I proudly call this my picnic blanket skirt and tend to wear it during winter; it’s so warm against the cold and very comfortable. I didn’t want to detract from the skirt, so kept the rest of the outfit black, with a pop of colour from the scarf.

A close-up of the pattern in all its fabulousness!

Skirt: ASOS
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Top: Topshop
Scarf: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins

So glad the Christmas and New Year shenanigans are over. It’s nice to have a normal routine again (other than having to go back to work, obvs!).

‘Til next time folks :)


Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

2013 ‘To-Do List’


Happy New Year guys! I’ve been totally M.I.A from social media for a little while and it was a good break. Twitter and Facebook are fun and all, but sometimes you just need to remove yourself and actually do something other than check your phone every two minutes or stare at your computer screen. It’s essential for me, and I’ll continue to take a few days off here and a week or so off there, in the year 2013 :)

Now, I’m not one for New Year Resolutions. I just think you’re putting too much pressure on yourself, if you do not do these things you’ve somehow failed?! I don’t think that’s a very healthy way to start a brand new year, so instead of resolutions, I make a ‘to-do’ list. It’s a list of things I’d like to do, or plan to do- I’m going to share mine with you; there’ll be practical and personal things:

Start finishing my writing projects:
I cannot overstate how much writing means to me. I adore writing and it’s a huge part of my life- my head is always full of ideas. The downside to this is I tend to leave things unfinished. I’m not procrastinating in regards to my novel, because that will take years to finish and I intend to take my time and make it amazing. I’m talking about the short stories I’ve started or the pages of brainstorming I have tucked away in my draw. I need to just finish stuff! I also started a self -assigned dissertation last year- it’s half done but when it is done, I think it’ll be a really good read. I never show anyone my writing, but the subject matter is so interesting, that I may just have to share it….we’ll see though :/

Do more travelling in regards to my photography:
I don’t mean jumping on a plane every two months, I mean jumping on a bus or tube and going to different places to go shooting. I tend to stick to the same haunts and as much I love said places, I know there’s more out there. Spring and Summer are wonderful times in the year for this, with bright colours, happy people, beautiful scenery, and blue skies; so I plan to make the most of it. I love pottering around with my various cameras and plan to do more of it- much more.

Blog more:
I simply didn’t blog much last year. I love to blog but I was tentative as to what I thought I should post, as opposed to what I wanted to post. I touched on this briefly in my ‘End of Year’ post, where I talked about how ironic it was that my favourite posts of last year were those not based on clothes. They were commentary posts I enjoyed writing, and I want to do more of it…whether that means creating another blog purely for commentary posts, or incorporating commentary posts with my fashion blog, I haven’t decided yet. As much as I love it, there is more to life than posting pictures of myself in various outfits, and I have so much to say….I’ll figure it out.

Work on my bag making:
Last year, I started to make bags, but it was a very seasonal thing. I spent the Summer months making bags and set up a stall with a friend in Camden. As soon as the sun went away, I stopped making them. So, this year I plan to spend more time on designing and making bags. I’m not very good at the moment in truth, so want to get better and add another string to my bow.

OK, those were the practical things, now onto the personal-

Stop being a Twitter scardey cat!:
Again, I talked about this briefly in my previous post. When I created my Twitter account, I talked to everyone and was very enthusiastic; but being ignored, regardless of how secure you are within yourself, is not fun. So, instead of returning the favour to those who chose not to bother, I stopped talking to everyone. It was poor form on my part because I let a handful of people affect the way I conversed with others- I will not do that again. I just need to be a bit more brave with it and talk to people I genuinely like on there. Starting……..NOW! ;p

Let go:
No, this is not an Avril Lavigne reference, but this is something I’m appalling at. I just need to stop and realise that I’m a good person and shouldn’t need to wrap myself around people to keep them in my life. I need to let go of the people who I may love and care about, but who do not either feel the same and/or quite simply cannot be bothered to make the effort. I’m talking in regards to all relationships which we all experience: friends, family, significant others, etc. I’ve wasted so much time on people who do not/have not deserved it and I’m getting old! If you’re the only one putting in the effort to maintain a relationship or friendship, you need to do what I’m doing- sustaining takes a lot of work and should never be one way.

I’m taking this new stance from the inspirational YouTube video from Franceta Johnson, entitled ‘Confidence’ (I again referred to this video in my previous post). Part of her advise is if you have to make a vast effort to get a little appreciation for the person you are- you need to move on. So that’s what I’m going to do, I’m move, move, moving on (I have one more thing to do, but after that I’ll do this!!!!).

Ok, done. That’s a very productive, honest and hopeful list of things ‘to-do’, and I’m happy with that. I look forward to reading your various blogs and seeing what’s on your ‘to-do’ lists : )

Love and hugs,
Isha
Xxx