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