21 May 2017

one of those days...

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Primark top and sunnies - Scarf, c/o Boden - Asos jeans - Topshop shoes - Bag, c/o Cath Kidston
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Over the last few months I've got into the habit of balancing my weekends between 'getting shit done' and allowing time to be a little lazy (read: a total slob). I had so many things I wanted to achieve yesterday, before rewarding myself with a relaxing evening, but it ended up being one of those days that just did not go to plan. The tidy up I wanted to have? My bedroom is now messier than it was on FridayThe blog post I planned to write? I spent three hours staring at my draft and couldn't string a single sentence together. The book I had lined up to read? I haven't even picked it up. I felt overly emotional, tired and frustrated, and spent most of the day staring at the television, stuffing my face, falling into the social media comparison trap and doubting myself.
I've had an amazing run of happiness and contentment this year, so this bout of negativity came as a total surprise, and I just couldn't snap out of it. In the evening I had a late night chat with Rob, to vent my frustrations of having such a down day, and what he said really resonated with me - Some days you don't see progress, and that's okay. As long as you see progress in your life month on month, that's what you should be aiming for. And it's only Saturday night, there's still time to have a good weekend. And that's the plan. It's Sunday morning as I write this, so I have 12+ hours to turn my weekend around, meaning I can go into my next working week feeling content. The plus side is, I've unintentionally ticked off a blog post off my list (even if this wasn't the one I wanted to write) and now I'm feeling more inspired to tackle the rest of my to-do list. Let's do this! Love, Jazz x
Photos by Chloe  

14 May 2017

my holiday fragrance - jo malone's mimosa & cardamom

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Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom cologne - Primark sunglasses - Summer dress, c/o Next
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Let's talk about scents, baby! I find the power of scent so amazing; how different fragrances can be so evocative and nostalgic, triggering memories of specific times, people, places and emotions. The Body Shop's sweet vanilla body mist reminds me of my secondary school years, Guerlain's Samsara feels like a hug from my mum, and more recently, Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir - my now signature scent - brings back distinctive memories of dating, and then falling in love, with Rob. 
Years ago I remember reading an article recommending wearing a new fragrance for a special occasion or holiday, so in the future your memories and feelings will forever be tied to that scent. Our recent Florida trip was the perfect opportunity for me try this - as mine and Rob's first holiday abroad together and being the sentimental person that I am, the thought of a scent that would transport us back sounded quite romantic - soppy, I know! Having only Jo Malone's Pomegranate Noir (and occasionally borrowing my mum's Lime, Basil and Mandarin cologne), I knew I wanted to expand my collection, so after a couple of visits to store to sample their fragrances, I opted for Mimosa & Cardamom. Rich, spicy and sweet, with hints of vanilla (thanks to the base note of tonka bean) and powdery mimosa, this scent is so 'me'. Perfumes are such a personal thing, you just know when you're wearing one that fits right, just like a good pair of jeans.  
While Florida is still fresh in my mind, I gave myself a little spritz of this fragrance yesterday and the memories all came flooding back. Hot, sunny evenings, warm hugs from Rob, splashing in pools, cool breeze and sand between my toes. This really is my holiday in a bottle! Love Jazz x

10 May 2017

photo diary #1 - florida on film

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Topshop top, belt & shorts - Keds c/o All Sole - Primark rose pin & sunglasses - Blouse c/o Next - Backpack c/o Accessorize - Bikini c/o Triangl
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Yesterday Rob and I safely arrived home after the most perfect trip to Florida - our first ever holiday abroad together! Right now I don't think I can fully describe how beautiful, magical and special our trip was, so for now here's a little photo diary of some of the moments we captured on film while in Disneyworld, Tranquility Bay in Florida Keys and Key West. I'm so full of love and happiness (with the added bonus of a great tan!) right now, the memories Rob and I made together are going to be treasured forever. I can't wait to share more with you very soon! Now, I best be off to bed - it's my first day at my new job tomorrow! Love, Jazz xx

23 April 2017

life lately...

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Hello, hello! Days have been blurring together for me recently, so today has been spent taking it easy, reflecting on the last couple of weeks and thinkin' ahead. I thought I'd catch up with y'all and share a few things going on in my life lately...
1. Ten days ago I quit my job. And in the last ten days I've felt the most content and carefree I've felt in a very long time. It's a different sort of contentment to usual too, as it hasn't just been for a weekend or a few days, resulting in Sunday evening sadness and back-to-work blues, as this time I've really been able to switch off. Of course my mini break will eventually have to come to an end, but even then it will be to start something new and exciting, so it's a bit of a win-win situation!
2. In five short days Rob and I will be jetting off to Florida! The anticipation of our first holiday abroad together has been so special, yet the worrier in me can't seem to fully allow myself to get too overexcited. I'm not anxious about the flight itself, it's more the whole airport experience that I find a little overwhelming, though once the plane has taken off I know I'll be lovin' life and will be annoying Rob with my giddiness!
3. Despite getting back into the swing of posting more regularly on my blog (all thanks to Chloe's lovely photography), I'm still figuring out the direction I'd like to take Jazzabelle's Diary. Ultimately my blog is just a hobby for me, but I'm thinkin' 2017 will be the year I finally shake things up on my little corner of the internet! In the seven years I've been blogging, I've never changed my template, so that's something I'd like to explore. I also really want to think about injecting more personality and creating meaningful content that I'm proud of. Is there anything you'd like to see on here? I'm really open to all suggestions, and do let me know your favourite blog designers and developers too!
I'll chat to you next week, I should have another post popping up before I go on holiday! Lots of love, Jazz xx 

20 April 2017

floral fancy.

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Top, jeans and boots - all c/o Next
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When I first started my blog at the age of seventeen, my style was very simple - black, grey and muted tones were my go-to colours, and I often shied away from statement pieces. The idea of bright colours, patterns and experimenting with trends really appealed to me, so I dabbled occasionally, but as I wasn't the most confident person, I really didn't want to stand out from the crowd. I wasn't happy with my body shape or general appearance, so the last thing I wanted was to draw unnecessary attention to myself with eye-catching outfits.
Confidence is something I often talk about - I feel that there's a clear correlation between my age and self esteem. As I get older and become more confident, I'm making bolder fashion choices - what I wear now reflects my personality and favourite things... hello William Morris prints and pops of colour! Take this outfit, clashing prints aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I couldn't resist doubling up on florals, and tryin' out a pair of jeans different from my favoured high waisted variety. Sometimes I long for a really strong, signature style and a 'capsule wardrobe', but right now I'm still finding my feet with my personal style, and I'm happy that I finally have the confidence to experiment with clothes and wear things that truly make me smile. Love Jazz xx
Photos by Chloe 

13 April 2017

the start of something new...

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Topshop jacket and vest - Asos jeans - Primark shoes - Cath Kidston bag
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Hello y'all... Oh, have I got some exciting news to share with you - finally! I've been keepin' it secret for a while now - call it not wanting to tempt fate and being a ridiculous worrier - but I've quit my job! Well technically I handed in my letter of resignation professionally and worked my full notice period, but saying "I quit" does sound a little more ~dramatic~ doesn't it?
So, why did I quit? I have a new job in the pipeline! I've been the Marketing & PR Executive for an independent company for nearly two and a half years now, and whilst I've grown up and learnt so much in my role, I had become a little unhappy and uninspired. I knew it was time for a change! Everything seemed to fall so perfectly into place with my new job - where I'll be Social Media & Marketing Executive - I'm so excited for the the next chapter in my career! And if you thought things couldn't get any better, well, they can... Today is my last day in my current role, and then I have a whole month off before I start my new one. Yes, you read that right, a whole month off to do what I want! I'm spending Easter with Rob, then visiting my family in Bournemouth, celebrating my mum's 50th, and at the end of April Rob and I are off to Florida!
I honestly don't think things could be any more perfect for me right now, I'm so bloody happy. Chat soon! Jazz x
Photos by the lovely Chloe   

02 April 2017

spring in my step.

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Hello and happy April! I've been feelin' pretty darn fine this week - the wonderful weather, my family, Rob and our upcoming holiday (plus somethin' else very exciting... but more of that in another post) have definitely put a spring in my step! Yes, I've had a couple of trips (and tears!) recently, but I've been making a conscious effort to pick myself back up and make positive changes to do what makes me happy. And do you know what? I'm really happy right now. I feel like sometimes people can play down their happiness, finding it easier to focus on the negatives and be self deprecating - I'll admit it, I'm guilty of doing the same - but right now I'm owning my happiness. I don't know how long I'm going to feel like this for, so I'm embracing every moment and am determined to do what I can to keep this feeling alive. Love, Jazz x 
Photos by Chloe  

12 March 2017

a few things to look forward to...

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New Look coat - House of Hackney top - Topshop jeans (similar) - Topshop boots (similar)
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I always love filling up my diary with things to look forward to. Whether it's something as little as a lunch break date, a day off work or something bigger like family get together, having things to be excited about definitely makes the long, monotonous days a little bit better. There are a few things I'm really looking forward to over the next couple of months - first up, this Friday Rob and I are off to Bournemouth for a long weekend to see my family. Bournemouth has always been my happy place, it's going to be lovely to escape London for a few days to be with my favourite people. In April it's my mum's big 'five oh' birthday so we'll be planning a big family party, and then - this is SO exciting - at the end of April, Rob and I are going to America for our first ever 'proper' holiday together! He completely and utterly surprised me with a trip to Walt Disney World and Florida Keys for Christmas, I can't wait to make some amazing memories with the man I love. This year is lookin' to be a good'un, I'll have some more exciting things to share with you very soon, too!
On a side note, I'm so proud of myself for the amount of blog posts I've already shared this year - this is now my sixth post of 2017 - that's how many I managed for the whole of 2016! Thank you so much for all the kind words, comments and feedback you have left so far. Since I've taken the pressure off my blog and have put it out there that this is just a hobby for me, things really have fallen into place - it's great to start to have a little confidence in Jazzabelle's Diary again! x
Photos by Chloe