Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Sometimes a girl needs vinyl


One thing I love to do is go to record stores. Now, it’s important to note that I do not own a record player, so when I visit said stores it’s always for someone else. :/ I would *love* to own a player but they’re quite expensive and I’d literally have to rebuy everything I’ve ever bought (because what’s the point in spending all that money to play one or two records?!).

So last night I watched in envy as Kirsty and Lauren bought their vinyl swag. I pottered around the US Indies collections, Tom Waits, Punk girl bands and modern classics knowing full well I wouldn’t walk out with anything. It’s a tolerable kind of torture, plus who is going to turn their nose up at very cute boys playing records in store?! Not me!

Onto my outfit. It’s been really nice these past few days so I have slowly started to bring out my gorgeous swing dresses. The one I wore yesterday is from one of my favourite faux vintage dress (online) stores: Lady Vintage London. If you shop with them, I really advise you to read the rest of this post!

Dress: Lady Vintage London
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Tights: Boots
Shoes: Next


Closeup of dress print and belt (thanks Soph for taking my pics!)

I’ve been shopping with them for a while now, but unfortunately their sizes have changed. The reason I love their dresses so much is because they are (or were) the only place I could find dresses that fit me PERFECTLY! I have a relatively small waist compared to the rest of my body and the waist had always been perfect with Lady V.

I ordered a couple of dresses recently and when I tried them on, I realised they were a little snug. I’ve never had this problem before so thought it was quite odd. I’m quite anal, so I took one of my old dresses and placed a new dress on top. To my great surprise the new dress was literally 2-3 inches narrower! I sent an email to Lady V to enquire as to whether anyone else had this problem; and they confirmed my worst fear – they had indeed “reassessed” their sizing and had subsequently made the sizing of dresses smaller. Apparently, they had various comments from people stating the dresses were a little big for their liking….

I have no problem with sizing up (which is what I will have to do from now on), but especially when you’re plus size, it can be such a struggle to find things reasonably priced which fit like a glove – this was the one place that did this for me and now the dresses I order will be big on the waist. I always wear a belt so it’s not that big of a deal, but it is one more disappointment for plus size consumers.

 So ladies – it’s time to size up!

Oh one more thing, I now own my blog domain - joy, joy, joy!


'Til next time :)
xxx

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Photoshop fun in the sun!


Hi guys,

Hope you’re all doing fabulously!

Sunday was such a gorgeous day, so I was happy to arrange an outing with the gorgeous Hanna. She so kindly agreed to help me with editing photos, as I’m currently working on something I hope to tell you all about soon. It’s nothing life changing, but just in case it doesn’t happen, I don’t really want to indulge too much. Watch this space….anyways, the workshop went well, and I can’t wait to get to work!

Hanna is also an angel because I was in a really foul mood – people can just be *insert agitated description here*, but she put up with me nonetheless, and took my outfit picture. I have this dress in three colours: Blue, White, and Flower patterned, and it’s perfect for this kind of weather. It’s light, well ventilated and has pockets! I’ve had these dresses for a couple of years now, so you won’t be able to get them, but there are so many lovely summer dresses around you’re bound to kind something similar:


Dress: New Look
Belt: Camden Market
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Leggings: South (via Very)
Shoes: So Fabulous
Sunglasses: Dorothy Perkins

In other news, Plus London have announced where we are hosting our third year – Hoxton Arches! You can see the full post here, but we’re so excited about this space. As soon as we viewed it, we knew it was the perfect place. We cannot wait to give you all the full schedule, but we’re keeping that under our hat…for now! We also have a WordPress and you can see the full team with mini bios, here.

Exciting stuff ahead – you must all come of course!


Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Polka, Polka!


So I’m pretty much always in a dress. There are loads of variations in the type of dresses I wear, but one of my favourite patterns is the fabulous Polka Dot. I adore Polka dots and have many dresses of varying styles, colours, lengths, etc – all in Polka dot. It screams vintage to me and you know I love my vintage!

This gem was found while looking through the ASOS website for…..yes, dresses! The shape of this is cool with the zip at the front, and the little cute pockets. I’m not usually one for wearing anything without covering my arms, but this dress has just enough sleeve for me to feel comfortable.

It’s light, airy and perfect for this season.

With one of my ever trusted cardigans :)

Dress: ASOS
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Belt: Camden Market
Tights: Boots
Shoes: Next

Good length sleeves here - just enough for comfort if you don't like your upper arms

The pockets are super cute!

I wore this for my girl date with my great pal, Rosie. We headed to The Diner (I swear I spend most of my time there!), and we had burgers, lots of fries and a milkshake each; although they didn't have any Banana (I was beyond distraught!). Hanging out with one of my favourite people, in my new favourite polka dress - good times. :)


Hope you guys are well. 

Love and hugs,
Isha 
xxx