Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Stepping Into Spring With Style

 



 Top - Topshop
Skirt - New Look
Sandals - Primark
Necklace - New Look
 
Over the past few weeks (especially since the clocks went forward at the end of March), the weather has really brightened up in the UK. So, out come the skirts, vest tops and sandals whilst we wave goodbye to thick winter coats, boots and a million and one layers.
 
As I haven't done an outfit post in what seems like, (and probably has been forever), I thought now would be the perfect time to do so. Hopefully I'll do a variety of different ones when I've broken up for the Summer, because now that I'm in Year 11, I get almost 3 months off, so I'll have plenty of time to wear what I want and photograph it if it's warm enough!
 
On this particular day, I decided to go out of my comfort zone, due to the fact it was sunny outside and I wore a vest top and skirt for the first time in absolutely ages. I really liked the scalloped detailing on the top, as it just gives it an interesting touch and I think it makes it look more delicate and feminine when it doesn't just hang down. The skater skirt is also one of my favourites, because it's loose and it goes with a lot of different things too. I think the colour suits my pale skin tone, because it doesn't wash me out, which is always a good thing, especially during the Summer time.
 
If you want to see more of these outfit type posts, then let me know in the comments or my social media and I'll definitely make more of an effort with them in the future.
 
 
Lots of love always,
 


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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Getting To Know: Lucy Harbron


Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of people that inspire me and motivate me. Some of them are business women, some are bloggers and YouTubers, others are people in my personal life. However, there's certain people that stand out more so than the rest - and one of them is 18 year old Lucy Harbron.

Today, I thought I'd interview her and give you all a chance to get to know her better, because believe me when I say she really is quite incredible. I talk to her quite a lot on social media now and so forgive me if I'm being slightly biased but I know you'll all fall in love with her after this post, just you wait and see!

Hi Lucy! It's so great to have you feature on my blog today. For those who may not have come across you on social media yet, go ahead and introduce yourself!

I’m Lucy Harbron! I’m an 18 year old studying English at Uni, but I also run a fashion/lifestyle blog, founded and edit an online arts and culture magazine called Kiloran, and I write from the tab as well as a bunch of other sites. I write a lot of poetry as well and that’s my number 1. It’s my favourite thing and my best creative outlet. I’ve only ever wanted to write and I guess in the last year or two I stopped waiting for things to happen and started making things happen, and it’s all kinda taken off!

So, you run a blog, an online magazine, study at University AND you have just finished writing a poetry collection? You must be feeling on top of the world right now!
 
It’s pretty crazy, I feel like I blinked and suddenly all this stuff is going on. Luckily I love everything I’m doing. I love my degree and running the blog and magazine so nothing feels like a chore. It takes a lot of organising and prioritising to stay on top of everything, but I’ve honestly never felt so proud of myself or happy with my work.
Following on from the conversation about the online magazine (which I'm privileged enough to contribute to), talk us through what Kiloran actually is..

I was 17 when I started Kiloran, and I really had no idea what it was or what I wanted it to be. I’d been thinking about starting a collaborative blog, but I wanted to level it up a bit and challenge myself a bit more when I’d been running my blog since I was 13. At first I just set up a group of creatives with my friend Rachelle and just shared what was given to me. It was incredible and inspiring but it was far from organised. 4 issues later Kiloran has become a lot more refined. It almost accidentally became an arts/culture magazine as the work shared became more creative, more open, more political. I worked a lot on the branding, set up a blog to run alongside each issue and invited more and more people to get involved. It hasn’t been easy! When I set it up I really didn’t appreciate the level of commitment and leadership it was going to require, but also things like web design and stuff on the tech side, I definitely hadn’t considered that, but as it is now, I’m super happy and proud.
Kiloran, as it stands now, is an online platform for young creatives, releasing (hopefully) 2/3 issues a year while posting regular works on the blog. We turn no one away so our doors are always open for people that want to share anything with us. It’s 100% the best thing I’ve ever done!

It's been running for quite a while and now your poetry collection Chrysalism has just become available for pre-order. How did these ideas all come about? I can imagine it's been a pretty long process!
 
Strangely Chrysalism actually materialised really quickly. I’ve wanted to release a poetry collection for years but it was only a month ago that I actually got the courage to do it. The idea has been building for so long. I write pretty much every day so I have a notepad full of work, with some pieces that I really love but only felt right to share in a collection rather than solo on Kiloran or my blog. I’m super inspired by poets like Leonard Cohen and Patti Smith, whose work is clearly very personal but is still so beautiful and articulate. Getting into poets like that made me realise that there’s beauty in the vulnerability that had previously made me too scared to share my work, so I’ve been playing with the idea for a long time, but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s to stop thinking about something and start doing it. I just sat one day and put together some of my work, and Chrysalism was born from that!

Is there anything else in regards to writing that you hope to do in the future or are you just going to stick to books, poetry and creative writing for the time being?
 
Ooo I love this question. I think poetry will always be ‘my thing’ as I use it as a journal. It’s the way I process my thoughts and experiences so they don’t just rattle around my head. In the future my goals are to grow Kiloran and hopefully move into physical issues, gain more journalistic experience, hopefully at some point write another poetry book but I’d love for it to be properly published and distributed.
 
However, my newest ridiculous idea is to try and write a play and get it performed by my uni. Have I ever written a script? No. Have I imagined up the whole plot in my head? You bet I have!

You have achieved so much and you're still only 18! How do you keep up with it all? Does time-management ever become an issue?
 
At the start of Uni my time management was awful! I basically abandoned my blog for the whole first semester as I was yet to settle into my schedule, but I think if you want to do something you have to force yourself to make time for it. It can definitely be a struggle trying to balance all these projects with Uni and assignments and obviously having a social life, but I think I’ve learnt to split up my time pretty well and my degree is only 6 hours a week so I’m lucky to have a timetable that helps.
 My tips would be to be realistic with your timetable, but also sectioning off parts of your free-time as dedicated blog time and viewing that as part of your timetable is a really good way of making sure you get stuff done. I also view kiloran and my writing as my job, I give myself deadlines and stuff in true girl-boss spirit. Oh and to-do lists are life!

I'd definitely say that you're someone I would refer to as being an ultimate 'girl boss'! Who are some of the women that inspire you most and why? What does the term actually mean to you?
 
Aw thank you, that means a lot! Some women that inspire me are my mum, my sister and my friends Rachelle, Lucas and Sam. These are all people that go for what they want. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by so many incredibly driven people who remind me that nothing comes from nothing, but they also remind me that there is a huge amount of strength in being vulnerable which I think is really important. Patti Smith is a huge inspiration to me. To me, she’s a true artist and a true writer, and I look up to her and her work endlessly. In her speech ‘advice to the young’ she said “You just keep doing your work because you have to”, and that’s the way I see all this. I keep writing and working because it’s my passion so I have to.
What/who is it that motivates you and keeps you working hard to achieve all of your dreams?
 
I think the motivation mainly comes from me. I’ve always been terrified of going through life and achieving none of my goals and leaving no legacy or impact. I’m motivated by the knowledge that having dreams and ideas is all well and good, but you have to act on them. No one is going to hand me what I want, and I’ll get far more satisfaction if I build it for myself. As I said before, I just keep doing my work because I have to. I’ll always write so why not work harder and try and build something from it for myself. Maybe if I work hard enough, one day Patti Smith might pat me on the head!
 
Thank you so much to Lucy for agreeing to do an interview with me! I hope you all enjoyed it, because I'm really proud of how it turned out and I'm glad I got the opportunity to have a chat with one of my favourite girl bosses!
 
If you want to check Lucy out, then you can do so on any of these platforms:
 
Blog: thingsthebooksforgot.blogspot.com
Twitter: lucyharbron
Instagram: lucyharbron_
Pre-order Chrysalism: lucyharbron.bigcartel.com
 
Lots of love always,
 

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Beauty Of Brick Lane


 



Back at the end of March, myself and one of my best friends decided to take a day trip to Brick Lane. I'd been hearing about it through social media for quite a while and as it was quite a warm, sunny day, we decided that it would be the perfect place to go and admire.

Despite getting lost quite a few times thanks to Google Maps confusing me beyond belief, I can honestly say it was one of the nicest days that I'd had in a long time. Shoreditch as a city actually reminds me a lot of Camden. If any of you saw my photo diary from there last year (you can check it out here if you haven't already!) or even if you have been there yourself before, you'll know that it's artistic, quirky and the streets always seem to be full of energy. There are lots of market stalls with people selling unique goods for really affordable prices and there's a whole heap of food that you can choose from if you start to get peckish!

As neither myself nor my friend had been to Brick Lane before, we decided (when we eventually got there) that we just wanted to explore and see what we could find. Of course, we had to make sure we got in a few Insta-worthy snaps too! We went to the market and had a look at all of the handmade bath bombs, dream catchers and artwork that was on display and then in the street itself, we walked along and got a chocolate churro, which was honestly heavenly. Whilst we went to a grassy area and ate it, we saw a man who was spray-painting graffiti on the brick walls. It was quite fascinating and we'd never seen anything like it before!

Down the little side road was where we found the pieces that are in the photos above. I wouldn't have cared if we stayed there all day, because there were so many different images to admire and all of them were so unique to the artist who created them. I think my personal favourite was the last one I included, which had the man and the woman embracing with each other. I just think it tells such an intimate story that nobody else will fully understand apart from the person who designed it.

If you're ever in the Shoreditch area, I'd definitely suggest taking a look at Brick Lane and seeing what cool works of art you can find. You'll honestly be spoilt for choice!

Have you ever heard about or visited Brick Lane? What do you think about street art?
 
Lots of love always,
 
 

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Two Years Today


On this day 2 years ago, I published my very first blog post. It feels pretty crazy to be writing this, because I still can't quite put into words how I feel about the whole thing. I feel overwhelmed to say the least.

Throughout my life, I've never really felt fully accepted by other people. I used to get bullied when I was younger and I never had a proper group of friends. I guess you could say I never felt like I 'belonged'. I'd been reading blogs and watching YouTube videos since I was 9 years old and both of those platforms were pretty much an escape for me. I was too young to have Twitter and Facebook, so I wasn't exactly interacting with these like-minded people, but I still felt connected to them and their lives regardless. I knew that I wanted to start a blog and potentially even a YouTube channel one day, but I just didn't have the courage to do it at that point.

April 5th 2015 was when it all changed. I went onto Blogger during the evening and that was when Simply Jadey was born. My first post was all about beating body image issues, which you can read here if you want to see where it all started.

I was 14 back then and now I'm 16. A lot has changed in my life, but one thing that has grown is my blog and my love and true passion for everything to do with blogging and social media. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would come this far in such a short space of time. This platform has really helped me grow and develop as a person and I couldn't be prouder of myself for biting the bullet and creating it back in 2015.

When I was younger, I didn't have many reasons to be proud of myself. Sure, I was kind, considerate and always polite to people that I met, but I was so uneducated about the world that we live in. I didn't know anything at all really and that was only because I wasn't old enough to go out and explore for myself. Blogging has given me a reason to be proud of myself. I'm proud of the content that I produce. I'm proud of the way I connect with brands and work with them. I'm proud of the incredible friends that I have made. I'm proud of the comments and the feedback that I receive. I'm just so proud of this platform that I have managed to create. Blogging has given me so many opportunities and they still come in on a regular basis. I would never take them for granted, but I am so grateful that I do get the chance to do what I love and to do it as much as I can. It isn't my full time job, but not everybody has a hobby that they are genuinely passionate about and interested in.

I guess I just want to take this moment to say thank you to all of you. Whether you have been with me since the beginning or whether this is the first post of mine that you have come across, I still owe you the biggest thank you. I don't know where I would be without my blog and in fact, I dread to think about how lonely I would be if it didn't exist. I have made so many wonderful friends that are close to my heart and although I'm not going to go through and name all of them individually, they knew who they are. I couldn't have done it without them, their love and their continuous support. Every day I sit and think about how lucky I am and how proud I feel to be part of the blogosphere. The community is such a huge part of my life and I genuinely look forward to the conversations that I have with everyone. It has filled a massive hole in my heart and it's given me something to be both proud of and happy about.

To those of you who are always messaging me on Twitter and keeping me company throughout the days and nights, thank you. To those of you who always show support and comment on my posts, thank you. To those of you who I can always go to and who can always come to me, thank you. You all mean the world to me, whether we have spoken before or not. You contribute to my main source of happiness, which is this place where we all are right now. I hope you continue to follow me throughout the rest of my journey. The only way is up, after all!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Simply Jadey. Here's to another 2 years.
 
Lots of love always,
 
 
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Behind The Brand: Peaches & Co

 
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Photo taken from  http://www.peachesandco.co.uk with permission from Danielle herself.
 For those of you who may not be aware, I recently started working on a new series for my blog surrounding smaller businesses. I was inspired by the founders to introduce this collection of posts in the hope that it may give them the recognition and the attention that they deserve for all of their hard work and creativity. If you want to see the other posts that I've done so far, you can go and search 'Behind The Brand' on the home page of my blog! Today, I'm talking to the lovely Danielle from Peaches & Co to talk all about her business and how it all began. Anyway, without rambling on anymore, let's just get straight into it...
 
1. Hi Danielle! Tell us all a little bit about the background behind Peaches & Co…
Hello! Peaches and Co is and independent brand run solely by myself - Danielle Jeffery. I work from my bedroom studio in the South East of England and have fully converted this space with the facilities that are needed to run a sort-of ‘bedroom business.’
 
2. Where did the inspiration come from when you were thinking about starting up your own business? Did anyone in particular influence your decision?

It was often assumed throughout my education that the arts’ subjects were the ‘easy’ ones or that they weren’t academic enough. I thought that this was unfair and students shouldn’t be made to feel like failures before they’ve even been given the opportunity to work in their chosen field. Art isn’t and will never be a ‘dead end’ subject - which is what really gave me the motivation create my very own shop space.
 
3. Why is it you decided to sell illustrated products? Was that always what you had in mind during the initial planning stages?

In the initial planning stages, I experimented with digital illustration. This style of illustration can be seen within my earlier product range - which includes the ‘Origami’ Case. I had decided that this style of design was too clean and lacked any sort of challenge.
Throughout spring last year, I rekindled my love of watercolours and put together our most-loved ‘Garden Tea Party’ case. This style of painting is something I have adapted and hope to develop further over the coming years.
 
4. Would you ever have imagined that you would end up where you are today? Why/why not?

This experience has been so rewarding. From being featured by bloggers to being tagged in photos by customers, it creates such a buzz and gives me a reason to keep going. I would never have thought that my little brainchild would’ve done so well in its first year. I came into this experience blind, and have come across so many other independent creatives in the process. I’ve learnt the importance of #shopsmall - because behind each lovely brand is an actual person doing an actual happy dance. Social media is swimming with so many talented people - you’ve just got to know where to look!
 
5. Is there anything else you hope to add to your collection in the future?

Ok, so I saw this question and my brain got really excited because there are SO many products I’d love to add to P&C family. Three product goals for this year are *drum rolls* - enamel pins, notebooks and cosmetic bags. I have so many other products that I’d like to add to the collection but I’m still searching for those (perfect) suppliers - where art thou?
 
6. Do you have any bigger goals/dreams? Would you ever consider opening up your own shop to sell your products?

I currently work part time and run P&C in my spare time. Over the next few years I’d love to be in a position where I can commit to the brand full time and own a real-life shop - I’m now visualising the many plant babies I will adopt for said shop.
For me, the brand is about sharing my ideas. I want to enjoy the entire creative process, from quietly painting in my bedroom studio to receiving the final printed product. Painting is my therapy, and if the brand were to ever evolve into something more, I’d like to make sure that these morals stay the same.
I’d also love to develop my current style and be a little more versatile in the illustrations that I create, hopefully offering the opportunity to paint commissions for customers on my website. In my current state, dealing with a hard dose of OCD makes it impossible for me to do this which is something I’d like to work on during this year. I haven’t spoken to openly about this issue before - but it’s definitely something that I’d like to discuss with my social media family.
 
7. How do you come up with the designs that you have? Is there anywhere that you get the majority of your inspiration, and ideas from?

I wish that there was some special ritual to get those creative juices flowing - but mostly it depends on my mood. A typical set up would usually consist of myself with a milky tea, sat in front of the TV writing a super long list. I LOVE lists. I LIVE for lists. I write lists for everything. The reason I love lists so much is because my brain works so quickly. Once I am hooked on an idea, I find it so exciting to bullet point relevant words rather than sentences - which usually generates more ideas.
Many of my ideas surround natural forms. Whether fruits or florals - these forms are perfect for painting in watercolours. I love watching the paint bleed into each element effortlessly and tend to create designs that suit this painting method.
 
8. What advice would you give to anyone else hoping to start their own business from scratch? Any words of wisdom you would like to share?

Always do your research! I spent so many months researching products before opening P&C.
It was important to me to find the best quality products for the best prices. I’d never be okay with sacrificing quality for the chance to pay a little less.
The cases I sell are of utmost quality, they provide strong protection, hold vibrant colours and deliver a smooth, shiny print. *coughs* - Peachesandco.co.uk.
 
Do what I say and not as I do - keep content fresh. As one of my main goals for 2017 I’d like to maintain all three social media channels (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) as well as run a Blog and a YouTube channel. So far I am doing terribly but I am optimistic that I’ll get the momentum going soon!
 
Don’t forget to follow me on social media!
 
Personal accounts:
Twitter: @dxniellejeffers
Instagram: @dxniellejeffers
 
Shop accounts:
Twitter: @peachesandco
Instagram: @peachesandcoshop
Facebook: @peachesandcoshop
Shop: peachesandco.co.uk

Thank you for reading this post, as always and thank you to Danielle for being such a wonderful person to interview!

Lots of love always,



 

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