Fashion

Finding my style

January 28, 2017

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It’s a difficult thing understanding your personal style. I find myself reusing words like simple, tailored and casual when trying to explain mine. The crux to doing it is by trying new things, being brave and finding what you feel comfortable in.

Don’t get me wrong, finding it has taken a while and has seen me make my fair number of mistakes – ones that are better left unsaid. In your early days you try things out, something you don’t normally wear. That’s how you learn. If you find yourself feeling good when wearing it, then you help find a little bit more about your personal style. If you don’t, well it’s a lesson learnt through regular impulse buys. But what’s comforting is that everyone, and I mean everyone, goes through this.

Seeing people own their personal style pushes me to test and refine my further.

Overtime I’ve learnt what works for me and what I can leave for others to appreciate. I know that the colours I tend to stick to are shades of grey, blues and blacks and I’m happy with that. I also know that my go to outfit is a plain t-shirt, trousers and trainers. Though this may sound quite basic, I’ve found myself appreciating the finer details in an outfit, whether it’s a quality cotton, an interesting silhouette or its little touches. Just something that makes a grey sweatshirt more premium and a long sleeve that is not going to bobble and misshape.

I’m always learning different things about my style and appreciating new ways of wearing things and that’s down to the people I surround myself with. Seeing people own their personal style pushes me to test and refine my further.

Photography by Matthew Pike

Jordan
Lifestyle

Twenty-two is old

January 15, 2017

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At eighteen you get a big sense of excitement about university and independence. At twenty-one you’re in your final year and graduating, having enjoyed three years finding out what it is you want to do in life. But at twenty-two… people expect you to have your sh*t together.

I’m out of university, freelancing for myself and it’ll be the first full year of not being in education. It’s very easy for someone who is young and working for themselves to not take everything seriously as you get to let yourself off the hook. Everything I’ve done before has come with the safety blanket of education and everything was a side hustle to learning. Now I want to take that side hustle and make it a full-time thing. Only a few months into freelance life I have to constantly be on emails sending off pitches and spending more money on trains than I do my social life. It’s good to take it seriously and put real work in, as the reward of working for yourself is fantastic.

So what’s the plan for this year? Simple. Work hard.

Looking ahead it would be great to make some real avenues within freelancing as I know it’s a slow burner. This is what I want this year to be. A year of progressing, making more contacts and effectively learning the ins and outs of what I want to be in, because if I don’t, what’s the point of it all? I’ll slowly learn when to put away the laptop and take some time out, but right now I’ll choose the extra coffee and say yes to everything (within reason).

Things are starting to come good and I’m now not only travelling to London for work, but overseas as well. I’ve been in Florence this week for Pitti and it’s been great to see people push their personal style and meet a whole new bunch of people. I was out working with Monobi, an Italian outerwear brand that focus on using only the best materials. Designed and made in-house just down the road from Florence, the coats and jackets are the real deal.

Thank you 22nd birthday for making me work even harder.

Jordan
Lifestyle

Hello 2017

January 1, 2017

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Photography by Matthew Pike

Happy New Year guys! It’s the start of another year and that means, for a few days or so, everyone feels super motivated to make 2017 their year (myself included) and I’m all for it. Though most may find their resolutions over before they’ve even begun, the New Year is a good time to evaluate where you are in life and where you want to be.

For me, the last few months of 2016 were a chance to see if freelancing was for me. Working for myself and having complete freedom. I’m in quite a happy position to start off the new year where I’ve learnt that freelancing can be extremely rewarding, but brings plenty of challenges as well.

Now, I really want to kick on with the blog and freelancing. To help, I’m sharing my five goals on here so I try my upmost to honour them. They are a mixture of blog goals and personal ones that will hopefully make 2017 a good’un!

Drumroll… I’m redesigning my blog!

This is the big one! You’ll find inspiration clippings everywhere on my laptop and now I’m ready. I’ve found a designer that I’m excited to work with, who also happens to own my favourite café in Dorset. It’s been on my mind for the whole of last year and I’m going to be writing up a post soon asking for your thoughts on the blog and what you’d like to see happen.

Focus on content

It’s far too easy to get trapped into overthinking social media at the minute. I say to people “I want to get to 10k on Instagram and then I’ll be satisfied,” but does it matter when it happens? I’m proud of the photos I take, although I know there’s room for improvement! If I keep it up I’m sure I’ll pass 10,000 followers this year. But following positive chats with the blogging community and friends, quality content comes first and followers second.

New York I’m coming for you

So one of the places that’s eluded me for too long is New York. It’s somewhere that is right up there on my list, but because I know I’ll visit there one day, there’s been no urgency to visit. Well, I want to make it this year! I see more and more of my friends making the trip over and with my girlfriend being NYC’s number one fan, I want to visit New York with Emily so I can experience it all for myself. Tourist hat is most definitely on.

Snap away just for myself

I don’t spend enough time taking photos for myself. Ones that don’t need to be symmetrical or completely in focus. I just want more photos on my camera roll where I can look back on things in a less perfected way, a raw way.

Laptop off, phone off, book open

I’ve actually started this one already. I enjoy finding new magazines to read and learning something new when I pick it up. I’m no longer skimming an article to get to the next, I’m taking it in and re-reading a line if I didn’t quite get it. I might try and carry this on into fictional books, but I have no idea where to start. Suggestions below please.


These are five simple goals I have set myself for the next twelve months. Hopefully I’ll be able to tick all of them off. I’d definitely encourage others to set goals for the year, it’s a way of staying motivated and stops you feeling lost. Feel free to share yours below, I’d love to hear what your aiming for this year. Happy New Year folks!

Jordan