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I've finally found a concept store! I'm on holiday near Saint Gervais les Bains, Mont Blanc in France and I've spent the best part of it trying to find a unique interior deco concept store. I came across this little gem when I was exploring the town of Chamonix (which is great by the way, full of street cafes and lovely shops) and it honestly brightened my mood so much (sad I know).

RĂªves d'Hiver (which means Winter Dreams) sells a range of design lead homeware products from some of my favourite design companies such as Ferm and Bloomingville as well as local designers and (I had to restrain myself from buying everything!). They also stock some really cute fashion accessories too, like jewellery (I was eyeing up a funky cactus bracelet) and purses.

As soon as I walked into the shop, so many beautifully designed products caught my eye and everything was presented so luxuriously. A lot of products were shown in their intended settings so that they could easily be put into context and imagined in the customers own home.

The minimal and contemporary style of the products sold there really appealed to me as this is the sort of design that I really really love! I ended up buying a couple of things although I really wanted so much more!

If you in that area I definitely recommend checking it out - if not you can have a gander at their website - revesdhiverchamonix.com -  or their Facebook page - facebook.com/reves.dhiver

Here are a couple of pics of the lovely jubbly bits they had in stock whilst I was there!

Much love, Jas xoxo

P.S. If anyone knows of any cool concept stores anywhere around the world let me know because I am obsessed :)


REVES D'HIVER | CONCEPT STORE


Having had anxiety and depression on and off since I was 7 (no joke I was on beta-blockers) I've sort of come to terms with how to deal with any rare mental blips I may have (even if it does take a while to recognise that I'm not in a great place). I get myself into a bit of a state where I don't like to leave the house or sometimes even my room or bed because it sends my brain into overdrive of all the things that could happen (usually my irrational fear of being judged) and no matter what anyone close to me says when I'm like this, I'm the only person that can/will get myself out of it. 

I'm a very social person and when I'm at uni I'm constantly surrounded by loads of my friends (which I love sooooooo much), so when uni ends for summer and most people go home I tend to feel a bit lost and out of sorts. I've also learned that I need a lot of structure in my day so that I have something to get out of the house for and to distract my mind from its inevitable overthinking. 

Whenever I've relapsed a bit in the past I've always eventually got myself out of it but never really taken myself out of it to re-evaluate and kind of see what I need to do to look after myself in a more long term sense. So a couple of weeks ago when I started to feel a bit out of sorts if you will, I thought it would be best to step back and take a break from my surroundings and situation and go home for a few days. (FYI: this was the best decision I've ever made in my entire life! 10/10 would recommend). I'm really lucky that home is so close to the beach so I spent a lot of time there getting fresh air and clearing my mind. Mum also took me to the spa one afternoon which helped so much as I guess I was kind of forced to relax in that environment, and it was something luxurious and different to appreciate. 

Anywho, less of the depressing stuff more of the positive things that I've found get me out and help me stay out of a depressive funk. I'm no expert but these are just some things that I've learnt that give me a boost in the right (a.k.a happy) direction. 

Taking a step back - this can be the hardest thing to do and for me its taken a hell of a lot of practice. But it definitely helps to remove yourself from the situation and see it from a different perspective. This is always the first step for me otherwise nothing else will work.

Getting out the house and having something to do everyday - the more I am around people and talk to people the less nervous I am in social situations so I try to get out of the house everyday. Whether that be going to a friends house or popping to the shop (not self checkout though, that defeats the object!)

Rules of threes - so I don't get overwhelmed I try to only give myself three things to do in a day, and if I get more done thats a bonus!

Positives journal - this is something that I've tried to do (on and off) for a few years now that helps me when I'm in a bit of a state but also helps me to stay out of one for a while. I also think this is good practice to keep a healthy mindset (thanks Debra from CBT!) as it reminds me of all the positive things that have happened or that I've done in the day. I just write a list at the end of the day of anything good that has happened, even small stuff like getting out of bed (if I'm having a particularly crappy day).

Never beat yourself up for feeling a bit down. With time you'll recognise the things that trigger you and you'll learn ways that help you to cope and feel better :) I hope this helps anyone who might be going through a bad patch!

Much love, Jas xoxo


BREAK TIME | THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING TIME OUT


I’ve finally moved house and I cannot be happier! The stress was real, but I’ve moved in with the yin to my yang and I finally feel comfortable in my own home (something that didn’t happen in my last place).  Although we’ve moved into a smaller house, it is so lovely and my room is actually LOADS bigger (more room for all my crap! Yay!) AND I have my own bathroom!! 

The moving day itself was super duper stressful because the girl who was moving out didn’t realise she had to that day and so was still living there when we had to hand our keys in for our old place (and they were not happy!). But once we were finally in everything ran quite smoothly and didn’t take too long to unpack (thanks Mum and Dad!)

I've been in for about three weeks now (two of those without wifi or data so loads of books were read) and I'm still loving it. Its a lovely little place with quick and easy snack access into Headingley which can only be a good thing.

Anywho, I wanted to show off my new place so here are some snaps!

Much love, Jas xoxo

P.S. Most stuff is from Ikea because Ikea is life (apart from my bedside thingy which is a veg trolley from Amazon and the green marble box from Urban Outfitters).

MOVING HOUSE