Body Personal

Swimsuit & Hat – c/o Beach Cafe

Having looked at just how much flesh I’ve got on show in these photos, you might not believe me when I tell you it took a huge amount of deliberation in my head about whether or not I should write this post (I almost deleted the entire thing three times). But I rarely get very personal on here and I think this one’s quite important…

I tend to shy away from answering questions like ‘What’s the least favourite part of your body?’ because while I don’t like it to show, in reality I have more insecurities than I can count on my two (unevenly skin-toned) hands. From I-cant-actually-help-it things like having broad shoulders, to my calves, waist, (lack of) derriere etc etc etc. When I was younger (and a little chubby) these thoughts had me obsessed with my weight and how I looked to everyone else, and there’s a part of me that will always check calories and tell myself to do more ‘waist-tightening’ exercises (yes they exist) to get that constantly-striving-for hourglass figure.

But, I don’t let myself get hung up on any of it (not even the small waist one, which is a biggie). Why? Because I’m, *deep breath* really, truly, genuinely okay with my body. Yes, it is SO not my idea of perfect, but it is mine, all mine. And there’s something about the fact that this is the body I’ve had and will have for the rest of my life- unless body copying becomes a thing in the future and I can try out Kim K’s bootylicious figure- that makes me appreciate it, all of it. So even though my body isn’t curve-perfect with the right amount of cleavage, I’m okay with it because, simply put, it’s my body! And hey, whether you like it or not, that’s what I’ve got : ). x

Missguided Maxi: Night-time

What I Wore: Dress – c/o Missguided, Shoes – c/o Missguided, Leather Jacket – Nasty Gal, Bag – ASOS

In my last post you might have seen me styling a Missguided maxi dress for daytime, and here’s round two! Wearing a maxi dress isn’t something I’d normally consider for an evening occasion, because I associate it mostly with the glamour of floor-length-gown events that require a red carpet entrance (rather than my usual red London bus).

But, I decided to go for a chunky pair of peep-toe boots instead of heels to make the dress slightly less over-dressed. And in true Dunya form, I had to match everything else with it! I haven’t taken my leather jacket and bunny ears bag out and about in a while, but it seemed to be the right choice to add a little touch of evening-ness- my bag has been the object of quite a few conversations on nights out! If you weren’t convinced (like me) before about wearing a floor-length maxi dress for either day or night-time, I hope I’ve persuaded you a little. And if you have a preference, I’d love to know which one was your favourite! x

Missguided Maxi: Daytime

All pieces from Missguided

Wearing a maxi dress isn’t in my favourite items-to-wear section usually, mostly because I struggle to find one that’s casual enough for daytime, or one that’s glam for an evening out. But, Missguided recently asked me to style up the same maxi dress for both day and night, and I thought taking the challenge might help me face my demons! Because I’m a sucker for anything with a low back, I picked out the most simple(ish) of dresses; the strappy style of the back is what makes it, but being able to throw on a bomber on top hides over-fleshing (made up a word) in the daytime, so I didn’t feel too ‘nude’ in daylight!

And obviously, I chose to match the pink in the jacket to the pink sandals. The chunky heel is necessary for any extra-long maxi dresses like this one, and after shooting this outfit I was almost won over by maxi dresses…wearing the same dress for an evening look was what sealed the deal for me, I’ll be posting a more ‘sultry’ maxi dress next! x