Sunday, 13 September 2015

a trip to kelmscott manor

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Acanthus Shirt and Ruskin Jacket, c/o Barbour - Asos denim skirt - Bag, charity shop - Boots, c/o New Look
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I can't quite pinpoint the exact moment I fell in love with William Morris' work. As a teenager I remember spending hours visiting the V&A, sometimes more than one a week, always winding up at the British Galleries to look at the small selection of Morris' work on display. Strawberry Thief was one of the first pieces I was drawn to so last week it was amazing to visit Kelmscott Manor, the summer retreat of Morris, the spot where he first gained inspiration for that famous design.
 The trip to Kelmscott was to celebrate the launch of Barbour's new Morris collection - which was basically a dream for me. I own a couple of pieces from previous collections, so I was excited to see what was in store this season. Rebecca came along for the ride too, making it a super fun Friday away from our usual (often tiring) working days. During the afternoon we were treated to talks from Barbour and Morris & Co all about the history behind the designs, a lovely lunch and a tour of the manor. It was incredible to see so many of the designs I have on cushion covers, notebooks and candles first hand, it's making me long for my own home so I can finally invest in the Willow wallpaper I've lusted over for many years! As Rebecca touched on in her post; it's not often I talk about the perks of being a blogger, especially as I don't post very often, but I feel so lucky to have been invited. A big thank you to Sarah from Barbour who has known about my love of Morris for many years, gifted me with some beautiful pieces and invited me along for wonderful day out.
The only downside of the day was that I had too much fun exploring that I didn't have time treat myself to anything from the gift shop. But let's be honest, anyone who knows me knows that was probably for the best...

Sunday, 23 August 2015

i thought that i'd been over my head for the last time.

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Topshop pinafore - Asos crochet top - Office boots - Secondhand bag - Wildfox sunglasses
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Whether I've been on a holiday, had a weekend away or simply taken some time off, I always get that dreaded 'back to school' feeling the night before I return to work. Being someone who is often either very happy or sad and nothing in between (damn my overly emotional self!), I guess I just get a little upset about leaving a wonderful time behind and feel nervous about getting back into the swing of things. But I suppose that's normal, right? My time off this week has been just perfect - my mum and I moved into a new two bedroom flat this month (after living in a one bedroom flat for 21 years!) so we've been making it feel like a home. I've also started running again after giving up athletics when I was fifteen and have been spending lots of time with my family, boyfriend and friends. 
 So, here's a little list of things I'm going to do in order to make my first week back pretty lovely. I mean, you know what they say, if you write down your goals you're more likely to achieve them!
Make time for a cup of tea every morning before leaving my house, read a book on the overground to and from work, dress up and wear my favourite clothes every day, make the most of my lunch breaks, go out for a lovely dinner or two, have earlier nights with no internet an hour before bed, go for runs around my local park, treat myself to a hot chocolate/new lipstick/magazine if I fancy it, smile more, don't bring too much of my work home and take each day as it comes. I can do it!
How do you beat the back to work blues? Love, Jazz x