Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Pick A Pocket In Blue

Another vintage number for you guys and this one is utterly lovely. I've found a new haunt to shop for vintage goodies and best of all, they're all so cheap! It's so hard nowadays to find genuine vintage items for prices of old so I was super happy when I found this dress. I always try to find the origins of a vintage item but it was difficult with this one, late 80s was the closest I could get. It's also a good indication with elastic as that didn't really come to the forefront of dress fashion until 70s/80s, so I'm pretty confident with that date. 
Dress: Vintage
Tights: Boots
Shoes: Simply Be
I absolutely adore the blue. Royal blue is my favourite colour and this is a little darker with more sheen. Blue really is becoming quite prominent in my wardrobe and I'm always surprised at how well it goes against my skin tone. The features of the dress are great too. The buttons are awesomely bulky, the flowers are made of rich colours, and as ever, I was thrilled to find another vintage dress with an elasticated waist. The gem of all gems though are the pockets! What I wouldn't give to have more pockets on dresses. The print and length makes this dress great for this time of year and I can't wait to ditch my tights for a bare-legged, sunshine spring look with sandals and shades.....speaking of sandals, head to Primark if you're looking for fab, cheap sandals. I bought a few pairs a couple of days ago during my lunch break and I aim to buy a few more come payday! 

'til next time!

Love and hugs,
Isha

xxx

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Oh So Creamy

There are so many ridiculous "rules" us plus size ladies are told. We can't wear this and we can't wear that, but guess what? We can wear whatever we like! Amongst those farcical "rules" is the caution of wearing white or cream. It's true, they are not forgiving shades and will show everything you've got and more, but there's nothing wrong with that. The only thing that matters is how you feel in the outfit you've got on, and I felt great in this cream and black beaut.
Dress: Lovedrobe (via Simply Be)^
Belt: Dorothy Perkins^
Leggings: South (via Very)
Necklace: Tatty Devine^
Boots: Dorothy Perkins^
These pictures were taken on a not so glorious day, but the dress is so perfect for spring. Dark colours attract the sun and as someone who hates to feel overheated, having as many lighter shade items as I can get, is a must. I also find that lighter shades work so well on those with a darker complexion and my skin tone seems to magically balance itself out when I'm wearing brighter colours - a win on all fronts. 
Lace can be tricky to work with, but I think the double panel at the bottom and on the cuff of the sleeves finish off this dress beautifully and instantly makes it a dress that can be worn for almost any occasion. Because of the weather, I teamed the dress with my favourite bulky ankle boots and my gorgeous mermaid necklace from Tatty Devine. For warmer temperatures I will be swapping my boots for cute flat sandals or kitten heels for a dressier look, and with a cute dark tone lipstick I really will be ready for dinner with friends or a trip to the museum. 

Can't wear cream? I beg to differ.

'til next time.


Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Shimmering Bronze


You know the song 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend'?, well I've never plugged into that notion. I love a different kind of shimmer - sequins. Whether it's a skirt, top or dress, nothing says glamour like a little sequin number. I bought this amazing pencil skirt last year during the festive season and literally couldn't wait to put it on and create this fun, sexy and sophisticated look with it:
All items: Dorothy Perkins^
This is one of my favourite recent looks and I'm finding myself more in love with showing off my silhouette. The skirt has a thin underlay so the sequins don't rub against your skin (there is nothing worse!), and the elastic waist means you can wear it as high or as low as you want. Mixing fabrics and textures can be tricky, but I think the outfit works really well; the subtle 3D spiral pattern of the jumper ensures the skirt is the standout piece, dripping with glitz and glamour. The sandals are a nice touch with the blush pink and shows you don't have to wear sky-high stilettos to look or feel sexy. I rarely wear heels so was pleased to find flats that worked without resorting to standard black. 

I found the headpiece while standing in the queue, and best of all, it was on sale! A total bargain and perfect to complete the 40's look I was going for. I have really fallen for the 40's look of late. Fitted,
unapologetic wiggle dresses and skirts that show every lump and bump, and although I'll always be a 50's bunny in circle skirt mania, the fact that I'm loving my body more and more each day has resulted in me not giving two hoots what anyone else has to say about how I look. As long as I feel amazing that's literally all that matters. 

'til next time!

Love and hugs,
Isha 
xxx

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Liebster Awards 2015


So I received a lovely surprise last night and found out that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award. The award is designed so people can get to know blogs they may not have come across before, and to spread the blogger love by passing nominations onto some of your favourite lesser known bloggers. I was nominated by lovely Vicky from The Randomness of Twee who set all three of her nominations a set of eleven questions. Below are my answers.....

1. What inspired you to blog? I started reading blogs before I started blogging, but it wasn't until I saw a magazine article with Georgina and Sian where I felt like I really wanted to create something of my own. I found their words incredibly empowering and even though I hadn't even met them, I felt their conviction to my core and I just had to plug into that. I've never looked back and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. 
2. Who are your favourite bloggers? Gosh, there are so many, too many to list. Honorable mentions for Hanna, Ragini, Rosie, Amy, Naomi, and of course my three nominations.
3. What is your dream outfit? Swing dress, petticoat and polka dots. It really doesn't get any better than that for me.
4. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I'm lucky to live exactly where I want to be - London. Born and raised here and I can't imagine myself anywhere else. 
5. What would be your last meal? Thai Jungle Curry followed by cupcakes.
6. Who is your style Icon? There are so many, but Josephine Baker was the first of my memory. I could write about her for hours, but as we're talking about style, she was (for her time) extremely outlandish and often shocked with her burlesque attire consisting an array of sparkles, prints, head pieces, but also nudity. She was striking and daring and embraced her femininity and her right to show it off, throughout her life. For me, style started with Josephine Baker.
7. What are the three songs you would listen to if the world was ending? I'm going to lame out on this one and instead put my iPhone on shuffle. Having said that, I'd be bitterly disappointed if 'Fake Plastic Trees' wasn't one of the three. 
8. Dogs or Cats? Cats all the way!
9. What is your beauty essential? Lipstick! I rarely wear a full face of makeup, but I never leave the house without at least one stick of lipstick. For me, it completes an outfit. 
10. What is your favourite smell? The smell of the sea. I will forever be a mermaid living on land.
11. Where is the best place you have ever been to? New York. I'd go again in a heartbeat if I could.

So hopefully you know just that little bit more about me. Thanks so much to Vicky for the nomination, and here are mine:
I just love her style versatility and her fearlessness to step out of the box to create outfits that are fashion forward and perfectly executed. I weep at how incredible she looks in this leopard print Medusa. 
A fellow lover of vintage, but always brings a modern edge to it. She mixes her styles so well and always does it with a smile on her face (probably because she knows she looks hot!).
Marie - Migg Mag
My kindred spirit and living proof that angels do exist. Amongst the many things I've gained through blogging, meeting people like Marie is without doubt one of the best. Her style is effortless and there literally hasn't been an outfit I haven't adored on her. Again, she has a vintage flare but she is so much more than that. Through being a writer for Bustle, she is able to break down barriers and write articles that are engaging, thought provoking and articulate. She inspires me everyday. 

My set of questions for these beauts are:

1.     What made you want to start blogging?
2.     What is your proudest achievement through blogging?
3.     What one item in your wardrobe would you be lost without? 
4.     What's an ideal item of clothing that you love but don't see in size fat? 
5.     How would you describe your style to someone new to your blog?
6.     Which plus size brand(s) make you swoon the most?
7.     You're being treated to a banquet. Who do you want there to enjoy it with you? 
8.     What are some of your favourite things to do in your spare time?
9.     Dream holiday destination? Somewhere you are yet to venture.
10. What advice would you give your younger self knowing and feeling the way you do now?
11. What does the body positivity movement mean to you? 
   
    Liebster Award Rules:
·      Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
·      Answer the 11 questions they have asked you.
·      Nominate bloggers who have a following of <200 on Bloglovin’
·      Ask them 11 questions.
·      Notify the nominees

    Can’t wait to read my nominations answers.

    ‘til next time.

    Love and hugs,
    Isha
    xxx