23 April 2017

life lately...

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Shirt, c/o Boden - Jeans, c/o Next  photo jazzabelles diary smart shirt polka dot boden_zps3y5j3wlu.jpg
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