Sunday, 19 May 2013

Dip-dye Swan Dress

Well, I say dip-dye, but it’s not. The pattern is an array of Blue and White flowers, which is perfect for spring days (although I wasn’t exactly blinded by the light on this particular day). I’ve had this beaut for about three years now, but this is only my second time wearing it. I was never really sure about the top half, but now I love it! It looks like gorgeous dip-dye swan wings.

The fabric is so light which is lovely, although not great for the wind and proved to be quite bothersome while taking the below pictures. I kept the rest of the outfit simple with a Grey cardigan and cute ballet pumps.

Floaty, feminine, and comfortable – perfect!

Dress: M&S
Cardigan: South (via Very)
Tights: Boots
Ballet pumps: Next

Close-up of the pattern
Struggling with the wind :/

I’m really looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend – I intend to get up to much mischief ;)

Hope you’re all well!

‘Til next time.
Isha Reid

Sunday, 12 May 2013

I do love a quote or two

Anyone who knows me knows, I love quotes. I’m utterly unashamed in basking in other peoples’ wisdom, and this post subject will have a regular spot on my blog. I am so bad a logging into my Tumblr account, but it is wonderful for finding new quotes you may not have come across before; so I have listed some below – some are from Tumblr, some from books, and some from various other places.

These resonate with me for various reasons, but in truth, I think we can all relate to a good quote. I’ve hash-tagged each one in regards to subject matter….

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
     - Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP #Love

“I want
my heart
and my
passions to
be the
most beautiful
things about
      - The love yourself challenge  #Self love

Suppose a man makes unwanted social advances to a woman in, let’s say, a restaurant or theatre, and she eventually has to tell him loudly or angrily to get lost. She is the one who will be perceived as rude, hostile, aggressive, and obnoxious. His verbal aggression and invasiveness are accepted and expected; her rudeness (or mere curtness) in getting rid of him is noticed and condemned. One of our great myths is that a “real lady” can and should handle any difficulty, defuse any assault, without ever raising her voice or losing her manners. Female rudeness or violence in resistance to male aggression has often been taken to prove that the woman was not a lady in the first place, and therefore deserved no respect from the aggressor or sympathy from others.
      - D.A. Clarke, “A Woman With a Sword” #Feminism

The fact that you’re struggling doesn’t make you a burden. It doesn’t make you unloveable or undesirable or undeserving of care. It doesn’t make you too much or too sensitive or too needy. It makes you human. Everyone struggles. Everyone has a difficult time coping, and at times, we all fall apart. During these times, we aren’t always easy to be around — and that’s okay. No one is easy to be around one hundred percent of the time. Yes, you may sometimes be unpleasant or difficult. And yes, you may sometimes do or say things that make the people around you feel helpless or sad. But those things aren’t all of who you are and they certainly don’t discount your worth as a human being. The truth is that you can be struggling and still be loved. You can be difficult and still be cared for. You can be less than perfect, and still be deserving of compassion and kindness.
      - Daniell Koepke #Life lessons

I decided on you, don’t you get that? I decided on you. I don’t want to go fucking other people and then walk around feeling thrilled and then sad, or empty, or whatever. I like the smell of your hair, and I like the sound of your voice, and I fucking decided on you.
      - Unknown (Tumblr) #Love

 “She left you because:

- She got tired of waiting
- You blamed her, ignored her, disrespected her, played in her insecurities and made her feel second best
- You gave your ex more attention than you gave her
- You didn't make her feel like the only the best, most beautiful, perfect girl
- You have no idea how much she cares
- You didn't give her a reason to stay
- You only wanted one thing from her, and it wasn't her heart
- You only gave her attention and affection when it was convenient for you
- You were busy taking care of other peoples' girlfriends and not her
- She got tired of waiting for you to care
- She didn't leave you. She's still here. You're just dumb!”
      - Unknown (Tumblr) #Love

“The danger is that we’ll soon stop feeling outraged over the erosion of trust.”
      -  Gary Younge #Trust

“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything!”
      -       Win Borden #Life

“You can’t break the rules, not even when it seems like everyone else is doing it. Because if you do – if we all do – then the world becomes a very scar place….the best thing is what you think should be done. The right thing is what needs to be done – when you think not just of you an how you feel, but also who else is involved.”
      - “Unknown”. I’m so ashamed to have forgotten where I read this, but it’s from a book I read relatively recently. If anyone recognises this, please holla! #Morals

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Everyone needs a makeshift ‘Carrie’ dress

No, I’m not talking about the pigs-blood soaked, prom dress Carrie, I’m talking about the column-writing, tutu wearing Carrie.

This “dress” is actually a skirt and I’ve blogged about it here. One of the things I really like about myself is being pixie height. Having maxi skirts means I can make a makeshift dress out of one, and this is what I did with this outfit.

A bunch of us went out last night for an all ladies dinner night. It was a dressy affair so wanted to make an impression with something fab, and this moment of genius hit me. I belted the skirt to give it shape – you all know how much I love belting my dresses, and it was definitely needed here. The affect is great and the belt gave the bottom the volume it needed to work; because of this, I kept the rest of the outfit really simple:

Skirt (Dress): Joy
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Shrug: eBay
Tights: Boots
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins

There were 7 of us in total and we headed to the Lebanese restaurant, Noura. It was a fun, giggle fest with lots of great food. Here a a few random pics:

Table decor

I may have had more than one of these - Exotic Passion

One of our many starters

Crappy shot of gorgeous, Albert Bridge (through a car window)

I hope you’re all well. Enjoy your Bank Holiday :)

‘til next time!