25 February 2017

a little saturday catch up...

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Boohoo jumper - Whistles bag (similar) - Asos jeans
Remember the good old days of blogging when you would shoot a few snaps, say "that will do" and pop your post up same day with just a line or two? Nothing fancy, just a classic ootd. Now that I've taken the unnecessary pressure off my blog, well, I thought I'd give it a go! So, this is what I wore today for brunch with my family, a coffee catch up with dad and wander around the shops afternoon. I picked up this jumper after seeing it on Laura - the sleeves are brilliant and hilarious in equal measure - it really does make me smile. The jeans are another recent addition to my wardrobe, and I've had this Whistles bag for around three years now, bought secondhand off a colleague at a previous job. It's lasted me pretty well so far, and I may have bought the matching pouch, coin purse and card holder since then, with the luggage tag and passport holder next on my list! 
If you're after more of a read this weekend, I highly recommend Kristabel's latest post, all about her experience on being black, British and a blogger. Being mixed race (Jamaican and British!), this post so so amazingly relatable for me - I'd love to write more about being mixed race and how racial issues affect me, but as I've said previously, I'm just unsure if I'd be able to articulate my thoughts eloquently enough. I'll start making notes for now, and maybe one day the post will end up on here. We shall see! Have a super weekend, y'all! Jazz xx

15 February 2017

wild at heart

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Painted Horses Blouse and leather bag - c/o Cath Kidston - Topshop jeans (similar) and shoes 
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Why hello there! Those of y'all who have been long time readers of my blog will know how much of a part Cath Kidston played in my life. Working there for three years in my early twenties, it became a part time job of dreams to the place where I started my career. I grew so much as a person, gained skills for life and met some lovely people along with way. As cheesy as it sounds, even though I no longer work for the company, it's always got a place in my heart. Plus, I still have friends that work there, which means Cath Kidston gifts for me (oh yes)!  
My pal Maryam sent me this Painted Horses Blouse, which on paper isn't really my style, but I'm glad I gave it the chance as I actually really love it! The print is painterly and abstract enough that the horses aren't erm... too horsey, plus I'm lovin' pops of bright pink at the mo' - it's a pretty snazzy look for me but I'm embracing it! These are my favourite bunch of photographs that Chloe took a couple of weekends ago - we couldn't resist snapping away at Wild at Heart, I mean, those tiles! So worth getting a wet bum for. It made a super lovely change to go out and about to a different part of town, but after hours wandering around a chilly Notting Hill and being the homebody that I am, oh was I glad to get back home and pop my pajamas on... Jazz x
Photos by Chloe

10 February 2017

simple stripes

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Whistles jumper - Leather bag, c/o Cath Kidston - Topshop jeans
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Well, am I glad it's finally the weekend! This week was super productive, but oh my has it dragged on. I'm writing this tucked up on the sofa in my pajamas, eating a big bowl of pasta and watchin' the Fresh Prince - I've always favoured staying at home over going out on a Friday night, and as my mum is working late and Rob is out for the evening, I'm relishing having the flat to myself. 
 So far this year I've had one great weekend after another, with another lovely one lined up! There was a period around a year and a half ago where I really didn't get up to much at the weekends, and I soon realised that working all week and then being totally lazy at the weekend really wasn't making me feel very good at all. Now I'm tryin' to find the balance between being more active and social, but still leaving myself a little time to relax and recuperate without feeling like I've wasted my time off. Last weekend was a great example of that - on Saturday morning I met up with Chloe to shoot some blog snaps around Notting Hill and then spent the rest of the day at home chilling out with my mum. On the Sunday I went to my first ever HIIT class at Oncore (thanks to Emma for the recommendation!), and then spent the evening watching tv and making plans for the year ahead. I woke up on Monday feelin' super positive (my colleague even said that I was glowing!), but I guess they do say that 'a Sunday well spent brings a week of content' after all! I actually enjoyed my fitness class so much that I've booked myself on for this Sunday too, and as well as that I have some lovely plans with my family and Rob. I hope you have a super weekend... I know I will! Lots of love, Jazz.
Photos by Chloe

10 January 2017

my little corner of the internet

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Asos dress - Topshop hat (similar) - Whistles bag - Asos tights - Boots c/o Next 
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I'm sure we all have those moments, moments of self doubt over our blogs. That's something I've had frequently over the years, one of the many reasons why my posts are now so few and far between. I worry that I'm not articulating my thoughts and feelings eloquently enough, lack confidence in my appearance (I'm confident IRL, but y'know what it's like when you have to look at hundreds of pictures of yourself) and sometimes struggle to turn my ideas into exciting blog content without repeating the same old chat, outfits and poses. I wear the same clothes days in a row, tend to venture to the same part of town and don't feel that I know enough to give advice, so what does my blog really offer to those that read it? Seeing how so many other bloggers have succeeded over the years, I occasionally wonder where I would be now, if a few years ago I followed the evolution of blogging, but I know I shouldn't let my mind wander in that way - blogging so regularly/full time isn't everyone's goal or path, and I certainly don't think it has ever been mine. I've never been completely and utterly driven to make my blog bigger and better, but that's totally okay.
Over the years I've felt like the less I've blogged, the happier I've become. I know I can't make that fact the sole factor of my happiness - as getting older, learning to love myself and falling in love have definitely made me the happy, content and positive person I am today -  but spending less time scrutinising pictures of my face and shooting/editing/writing posts means I have more time to just be me. I'm not turning my back on blogging (because hey look, I've actually posted!), but I definitely need to remember why I started my blog in the first place, find new inspiration, stop worrying about the perfect content and just post! In one way I'm lucky to not have the pressure of blogging being my main income, and all I want to do is keep my little corner of the internet alive. Jazzabelle's Diary has always been just that, my little diary, I couldn't imagine it being anything else. 
Lots of love, Jazz xx