Tuesday, 4 November 2014

brunch in battersea.

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Shirt, c/o Free People  |  Jumper, Topshop, £36  |  Jeans, £36 and Shoes, £55 - both Topshop |  Wildfox Sunglasses c/o Asos. 
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Hey y'all! Something a tad different from me today, but as I'm keen to start showing you a little more around my home town of Battersea, I thought what better place to start than with my new favourite local spot, Ben's Canteen. After mentioning on Twitter that it was on my list of places to visit, the lovely Ben invited me and my mum along one Monday morning to sample the brunch menu over a cup of coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. From the first time I read the menu online, I just knew that I had to try the pancakes - I mean, pancakes with banana, bacon, yoghurt, maple syrup and caramel sauce sounds far too good to miss, right? As expected it was pretty darn amazin', and my mum loved her 'The Big Ben' breakfast too. As I write this post I've been eyeing up the menu again to see what I'll be having next time - I popped by again last week for a lazy brunch, so I think it's about time I visit for dinner and cocktails.
I'm a sucker for places with wooden tables, simple style and cosy decor, so Ben's Canteen is just the type of place I know I'll be hangin' out at again and again. What I love about Battersea is that we have so many great independent spots and lovely locals, it certainly is a great place to live. I'll be showing you more of my favourite places every now and then, so if you'd like any recommendations or have any for me, do let me know! Love, Jazmine.
Brunch was indeed on Ben, but all views are of course my own!

Monday, 13 October 2014

flaws and all.

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Looking at my first photograph, I can't help but instantly focus on some of my flaws - from my crooked front teeth, to my large forehead and frizzy hair - all things I have spent far too long crying over in my lifetime. Despite focusing on my imperfections at first glance, I really do love this picture. I actually think I look rather beautiful, and that's not something I often say about myself. Maybe it's just my current mindset that is making me feel this way, tomorrow I might not even like this photograph, but all that matters is right now I do, and I am so proud of how far I have come with my confidence and body image over the last few years. I'm learning to love myself for who I am, because after all, I can't change the way I look (well, I can within reason) so I may as well just embrace my appearance and spend less time worrying and more time being happy. Plus, who doesn't want to prove their bullies wrong? I may not be some people's idea of beautiful, but I'm not doing half bad in my life.
The one thing I am so happy to say is currently not on my list of 'flaws' is my skin. Since the beginning of September I've been changing my lifestyle and diet to help improve my general well-being and complexion, and so far things really seem to be working, This is the best my skin has looked in ages, and (fingers crossed!) hopefully it will be staying this way for a long time. I plan to share a little more of what steps I've been taking to be happier and healthier in a future post, so do look out for that! Also, I can't end this post without mentioning my jumper - it's now the cosiest thing I own by far. Topshop, you've done well. Love, Jazmine. 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

i will never let you down.

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Top, Topshop, £8 - Trench, Asos, £55 - Jeans, c/o Asos - Bag, charity shop, £5.99 - Boots, c/o Bertie - Fedora, c/o F&F
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If there's one item in my wardrobe I feel is a signature piece of mine, it's most certainly a pair of high waisted skinny jeans - the higher and skinnier the better, in my books. It's something I've been wearing non stop for the last decade, and whilst I've always admired girls that can pull of the effortless 'slouchy' look, it's never really something I've considered would suit me. Nevertheless, I thought it was about time to try something new, so here I am stepping out of my comfort zone in a pair of 'mom jeans', putting my spin on Asos' Nineties Normal trend! I have to say that it did feel a little odd wearin' something a bit more roomy, but it was a welcoming change and has certainly inspired me to do what I can to get out of my current style rut! 
Have you worn something different to your usual style recently, or do you have any suggestions for pieces you think would suit me that I haven't really worn before? I'd love to know! Love, Jazmine.