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,


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A Look At My Favourite Places


During the 15 years that I've lived so far, I've been fortunate enough to travel to quite a few places - both around the world and around England, which is where I'm from. I don't go on holiday every year and I haven't been to every continent, but that's something that I'm working on and the parts of this planet that I have been to will always hold so many special memories in my heart from my time there.
As a tradition, my family and I usually have always visited either the Canary or the Balearic Islands. That's not to say I haven't been to other places, because I've been to Turkey and a couple of different Greek islands as well, but generally, we have only really ever been to Spanish islands since I've been around.
The first picture that I've got is from my holiday to Lanzarote in April 2014. I'd only just become a teenager by that point and it's the first holiday that I remember having with my whole family. We went away as a whole when I was younger, but I don't have that good of a memory, so this is the only one that I can actually remember. The people that went were myself, my mum, my stepdad, my sister, my grandma, my granddad, my aunt and my uncle. Even though we only went for a week, it was long enough to create memories that would last me a lifetime. Spending time with my family is one of the most important things to me and it meant a lot that we could just enjoy each others company and have a laugh without having to think about school, work or other mundane commitments. Even though the weather wasn't always on our side and I most definitely didn't get a tan, I really enjoyed myself and I'm sure the rest of my family would agree if you asked them!
What a surprise it is to see that my other favourite place, which is also abroad is from a Spanish Island too. I told you my family loved them! If I could go back to Mallorca, even just for one more day, I genuinely would do it in a heartbeat. Now, I can't really explain what I loved about this particular holiday. Not all of my family went this time and it was only actually the 5 of us (my mum and I, my stepdad and my grandparents), but the whole atmosphere of the area was just insane - it was like no other, in fact. The people there were so lovely and we actually become quite close to the waiters and waitresses as well, which is always a bonus. Every trip we went on was incredible and the weather was also pretty good for the most part. I even made a friend, who I still speak to from time to time! I'd definitely go back to Mallorca, because even after 2 weeks, I hadn't had enough.
Next up is my chance to be a little bit biased. I was born and raised in London. That's a fact, people. I'm not trying to show off about the city that I come from, but instead, I'm just expressing my love for it, y'know? It truly is the place to be. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm sure there are many other amazing cities out there, such as New York, Paris, Rome and Berlin, but I just don't think any of them could compare to London. It's culturally diverse, it's welcoming, it's bursting with everything that you could possibly want and it's absolutely bloody mahoosive. There are so many landmarks that I could talk about, but it would take me all day if I wanted to get through them! In the picture I chose to represent London, it features the London Eye, looking as grand as ever. It's such an iconic part of the city that I couldn't write up this sort of blog post without sharing it with you all (and showing off my amazing photography too, of course!).
I'm not sure how many of you will know this next town that I'm going to talk about, but I'll give the description my best shot none-the-less! Windsor is located along the River Thames in the South East of England and it's best known for being home to Windsor Castle and the infamous Windsor Bridge. My aunt and uncle don't actually live too far away, so I'm lucky that I get to go there quite a lot on day trips. If you're ever eager to have a look, I definitely recommend checking out the castle and going for a tour if you have some free time, because it's 100% worthwhile.
My last favourite place in the UK that I've been to is Brighton. I know, I know. I sound like such a typical blogger/YouTuber right now, but there's a reason why everyone keeps raving about it, guys! It's incredible - and no, I'm not just saying that because Zoella lives there either! I'm actually pretty proud of the picture that I took featuring the carousel and the beach, because it just looks so magical and dreamy, which is exactly how the town is as a whole! I've only been once, which was last year, but I'm determined to go again, especially as I got older and it becomes less of a chore to travel. All of the little shops are so lovely and there are plenty of places to pop in for an ice-cream or a snack! Both the beach and the pier are always full of people, so you won't ever feel lonely whilst you're there, even if you went alone in the first place! It's just such a pretty town and it's definitely worth checking out if the seaside areas in the South East are your sort of thing!
Have you been to any of these places on my list? Which one do you like the look of the most?!
Lots of love always,
Jade xo

Friday, 4 November 2016

Monthly Memories: September & October


As I didn't do a post dedicated to my monthly memories of September, I decided that I'd combine them with the ones that I made during October too, so that you have a mixture of both pictures, and words, like usual.

September was a pretty crazy month, as I'm sure you can imagine. I started school after the Summer holidays, and since then, it's pretty much been work, work, work, work, work (yes, I intentionally wrote that many repetitions of the word!).

Before I get into that though, I would just like to point out that the Autumnal issue of Love from.. came out, which I received on the 3rd, and it was the first copy that had my article in it - how exciting! Speaking of the magazine, the Spring/Summer issue for next year is now available for pre-order. It costs a measly £2, so please go, and have a look at it if you would like to support the team, and have a copy of your own.

September was also the month that I reached 600 followers on my blog. I still can't quite believe that I've come so far in such a short amount of time! You will all be pleased to know that I have been saving up for a few months now for the giveaway that I have been promising since I reached 500 followers back in August, so it's certainly been a long time coming, but hopefully you'll think that it was worth the wait! Let me know in the comments below what sort of things you would like me to include, or if you would rather I just have a few small things put together for 4, or 5 different winners. I already have a couple of ideas, but it's a giveaway for my readers, so I want you to have your say too!

Although I didn't take any pictures worth posting during September, I hope you enjoyed reading about a few of my highlights none the less. It was a busy month, but a productive one that I tried to embrace as best as I could, despite the fact that it felt as though I was drowning in work on some occasions!

Now, moving onto October..

One of the main things that happened at the beginning of the month was in relation to school, and the Controlled Assessment that I had done previously for Geography. It was an incredibly big deal, not just for myself, but for quite a few people in my class, and honestly, I couldn't have been happier with the results. I initially found out that I got an A overall, which was 50 out of 60 marks, but then a couple of days later, I found out that after moderation, I'd managed to bag an A*! I'm still not entirely sure how I did it, but believe me when I say that I put in so much hard work, and effort. I'm incredibly proud of myself, but I can honestly say that I feel as though I deserve that grade.

Similarly to September, October was yet another hectic month. I feel like this is going to be a running theme, but can you really expect any less from Year 11? It's all in preparation for my GCSE exams in the Summer, after all!

At the very beginning, I met one of my best friends Maisie. I'd never met up with her outside of school before, and so I was feeling quite apprehensive at first, in case there were uncomfortable moments, or awkward silences, but I can honestly say that there wasn't at all. We have been 'PE Pals' since the Summer, but we have recently begun texting more, and now we hope to meet up much more often, which is so nice.
When school work, and studying all becomes a bit too overwhelming, it's always an idea to take a few hours off, and go to see a girlfriend. Trust me, you will notice the difference!

The final thing that has been a major highlight for me recently is the fact that my sister's graduation from University was on the 31st of October. What with me being in Year 11 now, I'm sceptical about missing school, and I haven't actually had any days absent prior to this event, but I knew I had to make an exception this time around. The whole day was insanely amazing from start to finish. Even though all of us had to wake up ridiculously early (we're talking 6AM..), it was 110% worth it. I could have honestly cried with pride at my sister, and her achievements, because she really has done us all so proud over the last 3 years. It was a really special day, and I'm so glad that I was able to attend the ceremony, and join in with the celebrations.

I think that's it for today's post! Hopefully you all enjoyed it, and you're happy to have me back on my blog. I definitely never fell out of love with blogging, but I'm just trying to find any spare time that I have to write up a post, or take some photos whenever I can. I may not stick to my Wednesday, and Sunday schedule all of the time, but I'm trying my best, and that's all that I can do at the moment!

If you want to keep up to date with me, and my life, you're more than welcome to follow me on any of my social media links. I'll always be happy to hear from you!

How has life been lately? Do you have anything nice happening in November?
Lots of love always,
Jade xo

Friday, 16 September 2016

Monday, 12 September 2016

Monthly Memories: August

As expected, August was an incredible month for me, filled with many highs, and exciting opportunities. I took quite a few pictures, but I've got a post scheduled, where I share with you some of the pictures that I gathered from my day trip to Brighton, so you will see more of them then. Instead of this being a photograph heavy post, I'm going to just list some of my favourite memories from the month of August, and hopefully you will be as happy, and pleased for me, as I am for myself!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Camden Town: A Photo Diary

Camden Lock (hence why there are numerous padlocks along this bridge)


A boat passing through Camden Lock

A better view of the bridge at Camden Lock

Ooh, I'm such a typical tourist here..

Street art really does fascinate me

It fascinates me so much that I wanted to show you some more..

Look at all the pretty colours!

I couldn't not take a picture of coloured houses

The shop fronts were just too damn cool

They were quite literally off the wall..

A couple of months ago, myself, my mum and my stepdad decided to go on a day trip to Camden. I've been wanting to go for the longest time and then when the day arrived, I honestly couldn't have been more excited. I was practically peeing my pants. That's how serious it was!

The funny thing is, I actually had this whole post written up and scheduled, but little did I know, I'd already scheduled another post to go up on the same day, so in the end, I took down this one and then ended up losing all of writing that went alongside it!
Although that was a right pain in the bum, I'm determined to write an even better (or almost as good..!) version today, so let's cross our fingers that it actually ends up staying on my blog this time!

For those of you who don't already know what Camden is, or why I'm making such a big deal about the fact that I got to spend the day there, I'm going to be enlightening you. Let me just start off by saying that it's either one of those places that you absolutely love or it will be one of those places that you absolutely loathe. I don't really think there's an in between!

As someone who isn't always the best traveller, I tend to worry myself and end up thinking that my anxiety may hold me back from visiting these places that I've been dreaming of since I can remember. When there are large crowds, I usually get the feeling that I'm trapped or that I can't escape and it makes matters worse when I don't actually know the place very well. Now, Camden is a very busy place and when walking around the town, you feel like you're packed so tightly in a tin of sardines that you can't walk for even a second without someone being either in front of you, behind you or to the side of you.
Having said that though, it isn't as extreme as somewhere like London, so you don't have to fret too much!

Camden is one of those really quirky, hipster places. As you can see from the images above, there's a lot of street art, graffiti, colour and there's also the sort of shops that would definitely stand out from the crowd - except in Camden, there really is no crowd, because all of the shops are just so different from the one next door! I don't think it's a town that's to everyone's taste, because some of you may think it's particularly appealing for those who are into gothic fashion and what not, but I personally think that you should just go there, experience the hustle and bustle and see what you think.

If you're into art and photography, then Camden will probably be the town for you. I'm not that much of an artist myself, but I'm hugely into photography and so I really enjoyed going out and taking all of these pictures, because I just love the fact that there's so much vibrancy and there's literally something that captures your attention in every street that you go down.

I literally have been wanting to get a picture of coloured houses for the longest time, because I so badly wanted to feel like one of those Tumblr girls and now I've finally done it and I couldn't be happier. It just looks so aesthetically pleasing, don't you think?

Anyway, that's it for today! I hope you like seeing my collection of snapshots from Camden! Have you ever been there? Is it your cup of tea, or not so much?

Lots of love always,

Jade xo


Friday, 26 August 2016

Monday, 1 August 2016

Monthly Memories: July

If July hasn't been one of the most eventful months of this entire year, then I don't know what has been! It's been go, go, go since the start and boy, do I feel emotionally drained now that we have come to the end of it. As I'm now on my summer holidays, I feel like August is going to be equally as hectic, but hey, I'm not complaining, because it's all worth it in the end for the amount of fun and fulfilment that I receive!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Monthly Memories: June

How are we already halfway through the year? I literally can't believe it! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the selection of pictures that I took throughout the month of June..



Lots of love always,
Jade xo

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