Monday, 30 May 2016

Why it's important to take a break

Hey lovelies

I'm back! I had to take a little break for myself, but now I have returned and I have so many ideas for blog posts! During my time out, I had a big think about where my blog is now, and where I want to take it in the coming months, and I have decided that I would quite like to branch out and try different styles of blogging. Although my blog is primarily focussed on fashion at the moment, it did actually start out as a beauty blog; and I think I would quite like to return to more #bblogging

I have a couple of holidays planned for this summer - including one to America - so I will definitely be writing about that, and there will be hundreds of pictures no doubt, so plenty of things to show! A big part of my life, even though I don't talk much about it, is health and fitness. I did post about it here and here when I first got into it, but now three years down the line, I have learnt so much more and have so much more to share, I think this will have to become a permanent feature on my blog!

And finally to lifestyle. I already include a little bit of life in my posts, but this is something that I want to do more of. It's time to dip my toes into the beautiful sea of lifestyle blogging!

So to kick my "new" blog off, I thought I would discuss something very relevant; why it's important to take a break.

1. It's supposed to be fun
I started my blog out as a little hobby and something to do on the side and over the years, it has stayed that way. My blog is not my job and currently I am trying to juggle a full time job with a hell of a lot of driving, gymming, seeing the boyfriend and visiting family. Whilst I love blogging, sometimes it just gets a bit much and I feel like I have to write a blog post, rather than actually have things to say. Blogging is something that I want to enjoy so as soon as it turns into a chore, I know I have to stop.

2. To rebuild ideas
For the past two years, I pretty much had a new blog post going up every week. It's great to be consistent, however, I often find myself running out of ideas and not quite knowing what to say. My posts have also pretty much all been fashion posts which is what I love to talk about, but I have so much more going on in my life that in taking a break, I have built up a list of possible ideas in different areas. I am very aware that my content is all so similar and I am saying the same or similar things about my outfits. I read a lot of other blogs and I am constantly in awe of the high quality content that they produce time and time again - I know blogging is their job so they have a lot more time to regularly create the content they are happy with.

3. To take some time out
Possibly the most obvious one; to simply have some time off, whether it's to spend some time with friends/family, to do different things, or to just have a break. I work a full time job where I spend about 40 hours a week, I live 30 miles from that job so I spend around an hour and a half every week day driving to and from work. I also go to the gym 4 days a week, and then when you add in sleeping and eating, that doesn't leave much time to myself. Factor in visiting home and seeing the boyfriend at the weekends as well and I honestly don't know how I manage to fit in taking blog pictures and writing the posts!

4. To get organised
In having such a busy lifestyle, it is so important to be organised and that is one thing that I have always tried to be; I write lists for everything and try to plan ahead. This isn't so easy to do when you have limited time to yourself so I needed to take some time out to catch up, sort my life out and start afresh.

I hope you will agree that this break from blogging has been a good thing and that, if you need it, will take a break every now and then too.

Jess xx

Two Piece: MissPap

Heels: Sold out from Public Desire


Monday, 2 May 2016

Ivy Park

Hey lovelies

I hope you are all having a wonderful bank holiday weekend! I took Friday off and I've come back home so I get a lovely long weekend, which I have absolutely needed; and of course, I have made some time to take pictures of a few outfits that I am absolutely loving at the moment.

I'm sure for many of you Beyonce is a massive inspiration, she sure is one of my major girl crushes - she just seems to have it all; amazing voice, stunning body, and the perfect life. It is, therefore, sometimes easy to forget just how hard she has worked, and continues to work for it all!

In a promotional video for the Ivy Park range, she describes how she used to go to Ivy Park as a young girl, and how it still inspires her today. "I remember wanting to stop but I would push myself to keep going". Words that the Queen Bey, herself, seems to live by; having not only released an entire clothing range and beginning her Formation World Tour, she has also dropped a surprise new album 'Lemonade'. And a visual album no less! (I strongly advise you watch it as it truly is incredible.)

She also states "There are many things I am still afraid of. When I have to conquer them, I go back to that park" and 'The park became a state of mind". These phrases mean to me, that 'Ivy Park' is a place that she grew, and a place where she became what she is today. It is a symbol of hope, of empowerment and of her success, whilst not overlooking the fear and hard work that she has experienced. 

The video finished off with her asking "Where's your park?", wanting us to think of a place that inspires us to keep going, and encourages us to dream and work hard. There is nothing that we cannot achieve if we put our minds to it.

If I was inspired by Queen Bey before, I am certainly in awe of her now!

The Ivy Park collection itself is designed to empower women through sport, no matter what their sporting ability or shape. It is an activewear and athleisure brand mixing high performance technical sportswear with fashion-led casual wear.

Today's outfit focuses on this bodysuit from the Ivy Park range. I am sure I'm not the only one to have completely Ivy Parked themselves up since it was released a couple of weeks ago, and this bodysuit was probably the fastest selling out of everything!  It sold out online pretty much straight away, and I had to go into at least 2 different Topshops to find one in my size - but lo and behold, I managed to get my claws on it.

This bodysuit is the perfect combination of style and comfort so it is extremely versatile; team it with some joggers and a hoodie and you have a wonderfully comfy outfit, but swap the joggers for some jeans and finish it off with a pair of heels, you are ready for a night out!

It fits so well too, as I have quite a long body, I do sometimes struggle with bodysuits pulling on my shoulders or ending up with a wedgie(!) but I had no trouble with this one.

The colour is also a great choice because it means it can go with practically anything - adding to the versatility. I went for some skinny black jeans and trainers to create the ultimate smart-casual look.

All links below, and remember, you have as many hours in the day as Beyonce!

Jess xx

Bodysuit: Topshop

Jeans: Miss Pap

Trainers: ASOS

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