10.22.2014

FIND WHAT YOU LOVE BUT DON'T LET IT KILL YOU

A bit of a change of pace today on the blog. I want to talk about the expression that I have seen plastered over social media lately - Find what you love and let it kill you. Now before anyone tells me to calm down, I know that no one means this literally but it is an expression I don't feel comfortable with for a few reasons. 

I first started to really think about this saying after watching a TED talk by the writer of Eat Pray Love. If you have a spare 20 minutes I would definitely recommend it - watch here. Basically it refers to creatives and the acceptance of the dark side of being one and techniques on how to avoid it. Personally I think it is tragic that as a society we tend to accept or expect to lose some of the world's greatest people at their own hands. 

After the last year being the crazy ride that it has been I have definitely had some huge highs but it has come with some pretty big lows and sacrifice. What worries me is the conversation around being busy and it's relation to loving what you are doing. Not that long ago I had a conversation with someone where I was explaining how I was feeling extremely exhausted and run down. The response to that was that along the lines of that it is expected I am feeling that way if I am doing what I love and that if I couldn't deal with that then I should look to do something else. This response to me was ridiculous - yes I love what I do but I don't think in any way that means I should be hardly sleeping, anxious, stressed and constantly feeling run down. 

It is the attitude around being busy that really scares me. The amount of conversations I see through social media regarding 'how busy' everyone is, it is so important not to entertain that and feel that if you are not that busy - you aren't trying hard enough or working hard enough. 

As someone who has worked my absolute arse off this year, I have missed out on nearly every social occasion, countless hours of sleep and any time for myself. It is only recently that I have realised it is completely up to me to take those things back into my control. I no longer entertain the idea of staying up till all hours replying to emails, saying yes to work when I am already booked out, taking shit people's comments personally or caring what 78 thousand people think of what I did today. After running myself down this year I have realised it is so important to slow down, breathe & say no. 

Not going to lie - I am definitely not zen yet or even close but at least acknowledging it is a start right?

so...

FIND WHAT YOU LOVE & LET IT THRILL YOU, NOT KILL YOU.

j x 




10.18.2014

THE ALPHA




Dress by Alpha 60 (shop here)

I will introduce to one of my favourite items in my closet at the moment - this serious polka dot number! To my surprise this was actually my only clothing purchase whilst down in Melbourne but it is absolutely golden. It is just one of those dresses that makes you feel like it's your birthday. Maybe because the pattern is close to a beige version of a twister mat? In my opinion this is perfection. The longer length that can be belted in, hidden side pockets, neutral tones, breathable fabric and cutaway neck line - congratulations Alpha 60, you nailed it. 

jasmine x 

9.27.2014

THE LAST STRAW











Top & Skirt by Asos (shop here & similar here)
Clutch by Chip Chop Fashion (shop here)
Watch by Larsson & Jennings (shop here)

What a week it has been.. I apologise for emails that haven't been replied to and general slackness on social media. I am now a month off graduating and keeping up the online store, blog, commissions and a large advertising campaign to start in October has kept me working and stressing from the moment I wake up to the moment I hit the pillow after midnight. I would love to say I am one of those very chilled people - but anyone who knows me knows that is far from the truth. I try put myself 100% into everything and it often leaves one very exhausted jasmine. 

This weekend Michael and I woke up both days at the crack of dawn to carry out this shoot today and my portfolio shoot yesterday. Huge thanks to The Autumn Co for letting Michael and I paint up a storm in their studio, I will be sure to share some of that soon. 

Back on clothing topic though - straw is my spring / summer friend. In August 2013 I had the watermelon clutch on my wish list from Chip Chop and I was so stoked to see this lemon version brought out this season. Keep it simple with clean black and white! I also have realised I have worn midi skirts to death lately, but I am really struggling to find a non-midi skirt that I like lately. I don't know why but they all seem a fall a little flat for me. 

Please let me know if you do come across one in your online store travels though!

I will also be down to Melbourne next weekend with Michael for a late birthday treat so leave me comment of things to do while we are there :)

j x