Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Electric Run for Breast Cancer Care



So I've only mentioned this once on the blog, but Electric Run is just over a month away now. Training has been going well and I guess I'm as ready as I'll ever be, and I'm really excited because I get to have one of the best experiences I'm ever going to have, and for charity. 

I'm running for Breast Cancer Care and hope to raise £150 for the cause. Breast Cancer Care focus on providing personal and practical care for those affected by breast cancer and aim to give a personable approach to treatment and information. Being from a family where cancer has been quite prominent. I could not think of a more worthy charity to do this run for, and as it's payday, I'm hoping you have a few extra pennies to help me run that little bit further for Breast Cancer Care. Honestly, anything you can donate will be truly appreciated and a huge thanks in advance to those who are able to help.

You can check out my page link here

My next post on this will probably be after the event itself so *fingers crossed* I'll have nothing but amazing memories to share with you all. 

'til next time.


Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A Splash of Colour


It's always a good sign when brands branch out and create a plus size line, but it really can go one of two ways. Thankfully, Missguided have gone the right way with their very first plus size collection from last year which had many plus size babes, including me, with a extensive list of items in their virtual shopping bag. I ordered this fab two-piece. 
Crop Top: Missguided^
Skirt: Missguided
Boots: Simply Be^
Now, the problem with being pixie height is that crop tops are very rarely that. I don't have a long body and thus, crop tops are often mid torso on me. This was the case with Missguided's crop top but I didn't let that deter me as I still think the look works with me tucking the top into the skirt. It gives the illusion of a dress and still looks great with the chunky boots I chose to finish the look off with. Missguided's sizing is very generous and I could have easily sized downed, particularly with the skirt, and being 95% Polyester make both items very stretchy and accommodating. 

I love the literal splashes of colour on this two-piece, and the colours work so well with my skin tone and gives a really good balance. I've worn these pieces in various versions as single items which goes to show that despite the array of colours, they still work incredibly well on their own. I love that the top has sleeves long enough not to need a cardigan and with it being spring, this will look great with so many of my bright and colourful skirts. 
It's clear that Missguided are on the right track and creating plus size collections that are fashion forward, affordable and versatile. Long may it continue. 

'til next time!


Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx


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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Find It In Everything: Winter 2014/5


As tomorrow marks the official start of Spring, it's time for another 'Find It In Everything'; this time it's the Winter addition. I've really enjoyed taking pictures during the winter months, but spring is so exciting for me as a lover of taking photographs. There is always so much vibrancy, so much colour and cool places to explore as the sun sets a little later, I literally cannot wait to start snapping away. For now, here is a selection of my favourite pictures from this season:


'til next time!

Love and hugs, 
Isha
xxx





Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Like Royalty


The plus-size world of the vintage persuasions audibly exclaimed when Georgina Horne of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, announced a range of fabulous dresses she had designed for Lady Vintage London, called Lady Voluptuous. There are four styles in total with a variety of colours and patterns, and being a 50s bunny who practically lives in swing dresses, I immediately set eyes on the Cosette, particularly after seeing Lucia in it. WOW, right?! But there was another dress that was catching my eye.....enter, the Medusa. The Medusa is another 50s sensation, but a fitted design. I have been hoarding wiggle/ fitted dresses in one of my two wardrobes for a few months now and realised how much I loved my silhouette after wearing this 'out of comfort zone' dress. I'm naturally an incredibly curvy (I know many hate that term, but I know what I mean) woman, but I have often avoided dresses like this through fear of the VBO; but during my continued journey to self-love and body positivity, I have completely thrown out the fear of wearing what "plus-size women shouldn't wear" and fitted or bodycon dresses is certainly in that ludicrous list. I love every lump and bump I have and am no longer afraid to show it, so the Medusa was the baby I wanted. Lucia, again, led the way in her Medusa, followed by the lovely Mayah, and many others whom you can see via the Instagram account of Lady Voluptuous.

I decided on the Royal Blue because as it's my favourite colour, I have very little of it in my wardrobe. I couldn't wait for it to arrive and I may or may not have yelped when I opened the packaging. The colour! The colour is utterly scrumptious as it has a true Royal Blue depth that I instantly fell in love with, but there was so much more to love. The material is Bengaline, which is a woven fabric and gives a ribbed affect. Such a good call because while it sculpts the body beautifully, it remains totally breathable. I was a little worried about the length. It's a true 50s design with a length of 42", so I kept my fingers crossed that it wouldn't look like a maxi on my 5'1" pixie frame. I was thrilled with the results! 
Belt: Simply Be^
Tights: Boots
Shoes: Simply Be
The length is actually perfect on me, just hitting midway down my calf, it's such a lovely length for anytime of the year and I didn't feel swamped in it at all. The fit is also a dream - nips in at the waist but structured to perfection in order to accommodate a plus side woman's body (so many brands and designers could learn from this!) and I felt nothing but comfortable throughout the day. The sleeves are a great touch as many wiggle/ fitted dresses are often with short sleeves or without, but the sleeves allow head-to-toe glam without having to cover-up with a shrug or cardigan. I can honestly say I wore this all day without a cover-up and I felt nothing but sexy and chic.
I wore this wonderful dress for a fun-filled day with some lovely people. First I headed to an event with Hanna (who also took my pics) and Mayah for a glimpse of Spring/Summer fashion, then I headed to an early dinner and a wonderful night at the theatre watching Miss Saigon. Such a great day, and there's no better way for a woman to feel other than like royalty. 






'til next time!


Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Postcard From Paris


Last month I was lucky enough to run away to Paris for the day. I love Paris. I'm a huge nerdy fan of architecture and Paris is an embarrassment of riches, so I never need an excuse to cross the channel. However, I've never gone for just a day before and wondered how I would find it. Having been there multiple times already though, I found that the day was a perfect length of time to soak in another culture, enjoy the winter sunshine and devour yummy food. 

We had an early start - 7.55AM was our train time but when you're with great company, the two and a half hours fly by. When we arrived we went straight to my favourite building in Paris, Notre-Dame Cathedral . It is, to put it simply, one of the most stunning buildings I have ever seen. Everything about it is breathtaking whether inside or out:
We then just pottered around, ate a hearty meal and then headed to Shakespeare & Co. Bookshop. It's literally my favourite bookshop because it's old, creaky and traditional, with little nooks and crannies filled to the brim with wonderful literature. Shakespeare is one of my adored literacy loves, so I almost feel like this bookshop is my little home away from home. 
Our next stop was the Eiffel Tower. Now, one thing I have never done was go up the tower; not because I'm afraid of heights but because all the other times I have gone, the queues have been hideous. I don't know if it was the bitter cold or the fact that we went on a weekday, but the queue was virtually non-existent. WIN! I absolutely loved the views on the way up but when we reached the peak it was even better:
Going up....
We also got a little snow while at the top which made the trip even more magical, I really couldn't have wished for a better day. So what did I wear for Paris fun-times? I went vintage. 

I've been super lucky recently to have found a bunch of vintage gems to add to my collection and this one is a worthy wardrobe filler. If you're a regular reader you already know about my polka dot obsession, so I inevitably snapped up this late 70s baby the minute I saw it. It has a elastic waist and is the perfect lengthy for any time of the year. It is also super light-weight so I paired it with my burgundy cardigan and I thick pair of tights. I finished off the look with my favourite belt, and I was ready to go.
Dress: Vintage
Cardigan: H&M (Burgundy currently out o stock online)
Belt: Dorothy Perkins^
Tights: Boots
Flats: Simply Be

We had the best time and are already planning our next adventure (we're currently thinking Berlin....)

'til next time. 


Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx

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