Travel

A carry on only packing list for Paris in winter

02.09.18

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Paris is my favourite city in the world and I like to go as often as possible – mainly to stalk Parisian women for style tips. Packing for Paris is always a little bit more exciting because I already know exactly what we’ll be doing when we get there. When I’m picking out what to take, I can hold onto visions of sitting outside cafes (people watching), wandering the streets of Le Marais with my camera and staying out until my feet won’t carry me any longer.

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Photography

Simple photography tips that will instantly help you take better photos

02.02.18

simple photography tips that will instantly help you take better photos - Jessica Rose WilliamsI’m no expert when it comes to photography, I’m a self-taught amateur with a deep love of taking photos and a heck of a lot to learn. That doesn’t mean you should stop reading because I have nothing valuable to share – quite the opposite. I’m an enthusiast you see, determined to improve as a photographer and soak up everything I can relating to photography; and that means I’ve got a whole heap of tips and tricks to share with you. My hope is that sharing what I’ve learned with you will help you get better too, RIGHT NOW!

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Travel

New Year Skiing in Trysil Norway

01.26.18

Skiing in Norway Trysil - Jessica Rose Williams

Ski holidays weren’t on the cards for me when I was a kid. My mum used to dismiss my pestering with ‘it’s too expensive and we could go somewhere hot and sunny for the same price’. My odds didn’t get much better when I graduated to being able to travel with friends, they preferred The Inbetweeners like boozy trips to Mallorca over a trip to the mountains in winter.

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Travel

A slow travel guide to Oslo

01.19.18

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Our plane landed on snow. On snow! I was caught up somewhere between feeling like I’d just jetted through the wardrobe to Narnia and wondering how can Norwegian airports could be so much more sophisticated than those in Britain – where they’d have been closed hours ago with weather like this. From the moment the clouds cleared and I caught a glimpse of those snow drenched trees, I was head over heels for Norway.

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Capsule Wardrobe

A minimal loungewear capsule wardrobe

01.12.18

This post is in partnership with Toast and all the items featured were kindly gifted, but the words and opinions are all my own.

If you’re anything like me you love being at home and those quiet cosy nights in are your idea of heaven. I grew up in the kind of house that celebrated pyjama days and I’m still a loungewear loyalist. If you’re one of those people who lounge around watching telly in your jeans and then change straight into pjs (or not) for bed, firstly I’d argue that you don’t know what you’re missing but secondly, this might not be the post for you.

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Living

7 simple things that worked wonders for me in 2017

01.03.18

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2017 was a selfish year. That should be a bad thing right? Wrong. There’s a difference between the stereotypical selfish that makes us envisage spoiled children who refuse to share their toys and the selfish I’m talking about. I’m talking about the self-love kind of selfish, the kind that’s good for you, the kind we intentionally deprive ourselves of when we should be doing the very opposite.

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Travel

A carry on only packing list – skiing in Norway

12.30.17

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I really should insert (sort of) into the title of this post. Never has packing carry on only for a trip challenged me the way this one did. Packing carry on only for a city break is a breeze, packing carry on for a ski break is tough but do-able, packing for both at the same time? Almost impossible. For the first time, I’m going to advise that you’ll need a travel buddy with a little extra room in his or her case to pull this one off – or you’ll need to hire your ski boots in the resort.

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Living

A new hashtag for Instagram #mydarlingminimal

12.19.17

#mydarlingminimal - Jessica Rose Williams

We all love Instagram, right? If you’re anything like me, that’s a rhetorical question. I love that little app (follow me here). Sometimes I love it too much and I have to have a little word with myself about how addicted I’ve become, but the escapism is irresistible. Beautiful visuals, a community vibe and the most positive bunch of people you’ll find on any social media platform keep me checking in throughout the day. Where else would you find social media accounts unapologetically dedicated to beautiful flower arrangements, Shetland pony adventures, hedgehogs, tiled floors or symmetrical breakfasts? I’m all in when it comes to Instagram.

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Capsule Wardrobe

A minimalist winter capsule wardrobe

12.09.17

If I were a season I’d be winter. Cosy nights in, hot drinks on tap, wrapping up warm and ski trips make me secretly ache for those cold dark nights to arrive. For those of us with body issues (raises hand) we can all enjoy feeling slightly less self conscious too thanks to it being perfectly acceptable to wrap ourselves up in copious amounts of material.

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Minimalism

Note to self: it’s okay to love beautiful things

12.03.17

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I know clutter is bad for me. I know this to be true. I’ve lived with clutter and I’ve lived without it. I know the difference. I know how much better I feel in a spacious home that’s free from meaningless junk I kept just because I thought I should. I have more time, money and freedom thanks to living with less. That doesn’t stop me loving beautiful things, nor should it have to.

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Minimalism

Decluttering Tips Whether You’re Moving House Or Not

11.24.17

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If you’re signed up to my monthly letter or follow me on Instagram, you’ll know we’ve sold our house and we’re moving! I feel a weird guilty lucky feeling that we’ve found a dream home that ticks every single item on our priority list, but at the same time we’re in that really awful stage of not knowing if it’ll all go ahead smoothly. My natural reaction is to try not to think or talk about it as if this might actually be happening. If I think worst case scenario, anything else is a bonus.

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Capsule Wardrobe

Finding your personal style. How to do it and why it’s your secret weapon.

11.16.17

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When it comes to capsule wardrobes, the reason the thought of having so little stirs up those feelings of fear that come out in the form of questions like – ‘but what if I don’t have enough? and what if I change my mind?’ What if, what if, what if… is because we’re lacking confidence in our own personal style. We all have a personal style but like all hidden treasures, we have to find it. Let’s add this to the list of lessons I wish we were taught in school.

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Minimalism

Embracing a Simpler Christmas

10.26.17

Embracing a simpler Christmas - Jessica Rose Williams

It’s not that I hate Christmas, I just don’t love it. I do, however hate what it’s become. Christmas is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s portrayed as the happiest time of the year filled with gifts, cards, endless get togethers and plenty of eating and drinking. But there’s another side, endless to do lists, feeling like there’s not enough time in the day, not enough money in the bank, not enough left on the credit card limit and not enough energy to keep up with all those things you’ve said yes to. Exhausting!

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