13 September 2015

a trip to kelmscott manor

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Acanthus Shirt and Ruskin Jacket, c/o Barbour - Asos denim skirt - Bag, charity shop - Boots, c/o New Look
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I can't quite pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with William Morris' work. As a teenager I remember spending hours visiting the V&A, sometimes more than one a week, always winding up at the British Galleries to look at the small selection of Morris' work on display. Strawberry Thief was one of the first pieces I was drawn to so last week it was amazing to visit Kelmscott Manor, the summer retreat of Morris, the spot where he first gained inspiration for that famous design.
 The trip to Kelmscott was to celebrate the launch of Barbour's new Morris collection - which was basically a dream for me. I own a couple of pieces from previous collections, so I was excited to see what was in store this season. Rebecca came along for the ride too, making it a super fun Friday away from our usual (often tiring) working days. During the afternoon we were treated to talks from Barbour and Morris & Co all about the history behind the designs, a lovely lunch and a tour of the manor. It was incredible to see so many of the designs I have on cushion covers, notebooks and candles first hand, it's making me long for my own home so I can finally invest in the Willow wallpaper I've lusted over for many years! As Rebecca touched on in her post; it's not often I talk about the perks of being a blogger, especially as I don't post very often, but I feel so lucky to have been invited. A big thank you to Sarah from Barbour who has known about my love of Morris for many years, gifted me with some beautiful pieces and invited me along for wonderful day out.
The only downside of the day was that I had too much fun exploring that I didn't have time treat myself to anything from the gift shop. But let's be honest, anyone who knows me knows that was probably for the best...

23 August 2015

i thought that i'd been over my head for the last time.

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Topshop pinafore - Asos crochet top - Office boots - Secondhand bag - Wildfox sunglasses
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Whether I've been on a holiday, had a weekend away or simply taken some time off, I always get that dreaded 'back to school' feeling the night before I return to work. Being someone who is often either very happy or sad and nothing in between (damn my overly emotional self!), I guess I just get a little upset about leaving a wonderful time behind and feel nervous about getting back into the swing of things. But I suppose that's normal, right? My time off this week has been just perfect - my mum and I moved into a new two bedroom flat this month (after living in a one bedroom flat for 21 years!) so we've been making it feel like a home. I've also started running again after giving up athletics when I was fifteen and have been spending lots of time with my family, boyfriend and friends. 
 So, here's a little list of things I'm going to do in order to make my first week back pretty lovely. I mean, you know what they say, if you write down your goals you're more likely to achieve them!
Make time for a cup of tea every morning before leaving my house, read a book on the overground to and from work, dress up and wear my favourite clothes every day, make the most of my lunch breaks, go out for a lovely dinner or two, have earlier nights with no internet an hour before bed, go for runs around my local park, treat myself to a hot chocolate/new lipstick/magazine if I fancy it, smile more, don't bring too much of my work home and take each day as it comes. I can do it!
How do you beat the back to work blues? Love, Jazz x 

14 July 2015

i don't know about you...

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Denim shirt (similar), Cheap Monday jacket (similar), button up skirt, heels (similar) - all ASOS. 
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Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm honestly so excited to be turning 23. For the first time, this year, it feels like I'm not just celebrating turning a year older, but actually celebrating the start of an amazing future. Things are falling into place for me and I feel like I'm where I want to be with my confidence, outlook on life and my short term and long term goals. I couldn't be happier. I've still got lots to learn, experience and money to save (oh London, why are you so expensive?), but that's all part of the fun of 'growing up'. Of course I'll never be too old to watch High School Musical, eat Happy Meals or have the occasional messy bedroom, I'm just looking forward to doing that even more when I'm settled down in my own place with my favourite guy. 
I'd best be off, I've got less than twenty four hours to enjoy Taylor Swift's '22' to the full! Love Jazz x
A big thanks to Sofala for the amazing photos.  

09 May 2015

life lately...

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It's been a while since I've posted on here, over the last year I really have stepped back from my blog a little, more so in the last six months. Why? I've just not been feeling that inspired with it - the more I try to focus on my blog the more I compare myself, my photography and writing skills to others, which is unnecessarily bringing me down. And let's be honest, I work Monday - Friday so at the weekend sometimes all I want to do is be lazy and spend time with my boyfriend and family. I absolutely love my blog and what having it has done for me, but right now I'm doing what I can to keep my happiness levels up. And let me tell you, I really am pretty happy...

Life - Things in my life have been going pretty well this year, I've been feeling so content. I've started to get the itch to move out into my own home (hello, endless interior shopping!) and settling down a little, but I'm not in too much of a rush and I know that things will happen at the right time for me. I've reached a milestone on my savings and I've been making the most of the time I spend with my family, which are two of my priorities at the moment. 
Love - If you haven't worked it out from my Twitter and Instagram yet, I've fallen in love for the first time with the most amazin' guy. I never believed it when people would say "you'll meet someone when you least expect it", but in this case it certainly was true. I'm a pretty emotional and sentimental person so I won't ramble on for too long, but being in love and knowing that I'm with someone who loves me for who I am has made me feel so overwhelmed with happiness. Even my manager has said that when she looks at me she can see heart emojis above my head, haha! 
Work - I can't believe that I've been in my new job for five months already! Saying that sometimes it feels like longer. It's all been quite a learning curve for me, but I'm really proud of my career progress over the last 3 years. Going from a sales assistant to a visual merchandiser then the Flagship Marketing and Events Assistant at Cath Kidston, before moving to Tatty Devine to become their Marketing Executive, dabbling as a stylist in between. All of this without going to university shows it is possible, and even better? I have no debts to pay off! 
Well-being -  Since I wrote my 'flaws and all' blog post back in October, things have remained pretty similar. I've been taking little steps to improve my confidence, complexion, health and fitness, and besides two little blips since then (thanks to the pill and anxiety), things have been lookin' good. I've been getting earlier nights, making time to read, eating more fruit and veg, not working from home and generally just trying to keep positive. 

This post is a little bit different for me, but it's something I just had the urge to write, so I do hope you liked it! I don't know how often I'll be blogging in the near future, but you can always find me posting away on Twitter, Instagram and FacebookI'll chat to y'all soon. Love, Jazz.  

03 April 2015

short & sweet.

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Denim dress, Miss Selfridge, £42 - Hat, Topshop, £25 - Knee high boots, courtesy of Free People
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Why hello, just a short and sweet post from me today! I'm currently cosied up on the sofa feelin' very happy, as today marks the start of ten days I have off work! It's been a long few months, so I'm super excited to spend some time with my family in Bournemouth, sleep in and catch up on general life admin. I plan to put together a little 'life lately' post soon so I can update y'all up on just what has been going on in my life (and quite a few lovely things have happened recently, I have to say!), so do look out for that. 
Anyway, to the outfit... Following on from my last outfit post, this look was also shot by the lovely Amber on a chilly day in February. This dress has become my go to outfit as of late - it's super flattering for my shape as it nips in at the waist (giving me the illusion of hips, wahey!) and the length is just perfect. Teamed with my extra sassy knee high boots and a classic fedora, this combo certainly did make me feel fancy enough for my Chelsea surroundings. Love Jazz.  

22 March 2015

we never go out of style.

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Velvet jumpsuit, heels and clutch (similar here), c/o Asos - Sleeveless trench, Asos, £55 (similar here)
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It's been a while since I last posted an outfit on here, so what better way to come back with a bang than in a very revealing jumpsuit? Last month I decided to brave the February chill and shoot a couple of looks with the lovely Amber - this was the last ensemble of the day. The jumpsuit has been hiding in the back of my wardrobe since the beginning of the year, ready to make it's perfect debut. Of course we all know that if you wait for a perfect moment you'll be waiting a damn long time, so I thought I may as well get dressed up, even if I didn't really have anywhere to go...
We shot this look against one of my favourite backdrops, Albert Bridge in Battersea, only a short walk from my house. Anyone who has shot more than one look in a day knows the process of finding the nearest wall, bush or corner to get changed behind, so this bridge became my changing spot, almost resulting in me flashing an overly keen six year old on a scooter whilst trying to adjust my boob tape. The things we do, hey? I may have got a few odd looks and the occasional "ain't it a bit cold to be wearing that, love?" remark whist out (even though I did have a blanket just out of shot), but it was definitely worth it to get some sassy shots that make me love and appreciate my figure. Chat soon! Jazz.

12 February 2015

like mother, like daughter.

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Mirror, car boot sale, £5 - Gold frame, charity shop, £2 - L'Oreal Age Perfect skincare - Paperblanks Diary, gift.
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Those who have been reading my blog for a while may recognize the lovely lady in the pictures, but if not, everyone, meet my mum! My mum has been a massive part of my blog right from the start, is one of my best friends and has shaped me to be the person I am today - all in all, she's pretty amazing and ever so beautiful (I mean, check out those cheekbones!). It's still hard for me to believe that in a couple of months Barri is turning forty eight, so to celebrate L'Oréal's Perfect Age campaign, I thought it was about time that you find out a little more about me and my mumma... 
Where we are with our confidence
B: My own confidence has definitely grown with age. I've reached that point where I always have that 'I don't care' attitude. After years of worrying it's about time I no longer fret about what people think of me - I know in time Jazmine will start to feel completely like that herself,

J: Seeing and feeling how much my confidence has improved over the last couple of years is pretty amazing. My self doubt and anxiety are now under control and I've learnt to accept my appearance , flaws and all - I feel so happy and content with everything at the moment. 
Our skincare routines
B: I have my mother's great genes to thank for my good skin, but when I was younger she gave me some pointers I still stick to every morning and evening - I simply wash my face with warm water for a minute, then apply moisturiser before repeating the two steps again. Recently I've been using L'Oréal's Age Perfect Day and Night creams and I've found that a little goes a long way. In the mornings it barely takes me any time at all to get ready - I just apply moisturiser, a slick of lipstick and occasionally some mascara and I'm good to go.
J: I tend to be more productive in the evenings which means it's usual for me to not go to bed until the early hours - often my mum has to remind me to take my makeup off so I don't forget before bed! I try to cleanse twice a day and moisturise in the evenings, and every now and then I apply a face mask. I've also cut out some sugar and milk from my diet and have been drinking more water and Dr Stuart's Skin Purify tea to try and keep my spots away (and so far so good!).
Things we've learnt from each other
B: I've learnt so much from my mother, but Jazz has taught me so much more about myself. It may seem like a silly little thing, but she's the person who made me feel comfortable about spending time alone in public, as that's something I've only been able to do in the last few years. She is the person I always wanted to be as a young woman.
J: To not give a damn about what people say (well, within reason!) and to always have time for your family, no matter what. 
What makes us happy
B: Watching Jazz grow into a beautiful and confident young lady makes me happy, plus spending my days crafting, tutoring children, going out for drinks with friends and baking. 

J: I love the simple things in life - spending time with family, sitting in cafes, having lazy weekends at home and hangin' out with my mum (particularly when loud music sessions, dancing and cosy nights in are involved).
What we love about each other
B: Jazz is so humble and grateful for what she has. She is honest, open and I love that she comes to me for advice and isn't afraid wear her heart on her sleeve.
J: I love that my mum is always so supportive and proud of my choices in life. She has a super laid back attitude and always has time for my rambles and stories. I hope that when I grow up I'll be even just half as lovely and beautiful as she is. 
 Post in collaboration with  L'Oréal Paris UK