27 February 2017

mini book review - my not so perfect life, sophie kinsella

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Since I was a teenager, Sophie Kinsella has always been my favourite author. With fun, relatable women in the lead and always with a touch of romance, her books are easy to read, and hard to put down. My admiration for Sophie grew when I served her while working as a sales assistant at Cath Kidston; I held it together until her transaction went through, then I had a mini fan girl moment - she couldn't have been more kind and humble. From the Shopaholic series to her stand alone novels and the early books penned under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, I've read them all, so as soon as I found out she had a new release up her sleeve, I of course pre-ordered it straight away and couldn't wait for it to arrive...
My Not So Perfect Life, is a breath of fresh air - a witty take on our social media culture, this novel follows Katie pretending to have the perfect life on Instagram, but in reality that's not the case - she rents a tiny room, has annoying flatmates, an awful commute and can't seem to catch a break at work. She longs for the perfect life her boss leads, but all is not as it seems... I don't want to give too much away, however here are a few lines that really resonated with me; 'Every time you see someone's bright-and-shiny, remember: they have their own crappy truths, too. And every time you see your own crappy truth and feel despair and think: Is this my life...? you should remember: it's not. Everyone's got a bright-and-shiny, even if it's hard to find sometimes'. My Not So Perfect Life is Sophie Kinsella at her finest. Funny and uplifting, I guarantee this will have you nodding your head in agreement and laughing aloud throughout - trust me, I got some looks on my commute because of this. Jazz x

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