Q&A Send in your questions!

Hi all! I am really excited to announce that I will be doing a Q&A in the upcoming weeks! But in order to do a Q&A, I need you, the readers to send in your questions! So feel free to send in your questions for me via Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (if you have me on snap) or just down below in the comments! The closing date will be Sunday, 13th of August. So send in your questions! 

Love ya!

Kess

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What’s on My Phone// Fav Apps

Hey babes! Today I’ve decided to show you all what’s on my phone and a few of my favorite apps. Comment down below your favorite apps! Hope you like!

 

So here are all my apps! On the first page, I have the same typical built in Apple iPhone apps that everyone else has, and then on the second and third pages I have my own apps. I know there are a lot of them, and that’s partly because my phone is basically my assistant, so I’ve picked my top 9 favorite apps for you.

 

  1. Pinterest-For the first four I have all my favorite social media apps! Pinterest is where I get a lot of inspiration and ideas for this blog on, and for fashion, makeup or anything else.
  2. Snapchat-For me snapchat is very private, I like to keep that to my close friends and family only, but I love it, especially the filters!
  3. Instagram-Instagram is another favorite because it is one of the best ways to keep in touch with old friends, sharing snippets of our lives! Follow here!
  4. Twitter- My favorite social media app has to be twitter. I was only recently allowed to get a twitter account and for someone who is so very opinionated, it is perfect. It’s also a great place for me to keep up with the news and pop culture.
  5. Candy Crush- Candy Crush is very self-explanatory, but I will say that if I’m always trying to beat a new level because it is so addictive. Level 161 and still going strong!
  6. Snapseed-For those of you who haven’t heard of Snapseed, it’s a photo editing app by google and it’s amazing. I use it to fine tune all of the photos that you see on my social media and blog and I totally recommend it.
  7. Amazon Alexa- If you’ve seen my Snapchat spams, then you know that we recently got an Amazon Echo Dot. This thing is amazing in how much she can do, and this app goes along with it. It is always recommending things for me to do with Alexa (the Amazon version of Siri), and as we’re still figuring out how to use the Echo Dot, the app shows us useful tips and tricks for it.
  8. Fitbit- So honestly I don’t have a Fitbit yet, but this app is still pragmatic! It still manages my steps and my water intake, and tells me how I can be healthier, and suggests fun challenges for me to take part in.
  9. Crowdfire-As a blogger, this app is practically my best friend. Every day I get some stats on my social media and then some suggested articles to share on them to boost my social media presence and blog views. It’s perfect for me personally because I don’t really know how to market so this app basically does it for me.

Come on guys! What are your favorite apps? Comment down below!
Love ya!

Kess

 

The Business of Ballet Pt. 2

Hi all! Today I am sharing the second part of The Business of Ballet, a piece that I wrote for Vogue's Annual Talent Competition 2017. If you haven't read the first part- you should start here. I hope you enjoy!

The Business of Ballet (part 2) 

My following question was a bit more serious: “In your own words, describe feminism” she paused, contemplating her response.

Personally, there was one question on of my list that I needed to ask her. I asked her: ‘In what ways do you think that you and I are alike?’ A question I asked, not looking for compliments, but a raw answer.

“Ooh Kessley, I think it’s the inner Beyoncé” she joked at first, before her and I shared a brief chuckle about my very evident love of Beyoncé. “I think you’ve got a lot of drive, and I think that’s probably something that I had. I wanted to do well and was willing to work hard. So I think in that sense I don’t doubt that you will be hugely successful. While Payne has never taught me personally, I do look up to her as a successful business woman and entrepreneur

We finished with her definition of feminism.

“My idea of feminism is for women to have the choice to make decisions based on what is best for them without prejudice. I do not believe you should be judged for the choices you make – if you want to be a stay at home mum then that is great – good for you!  If you want to be a business woman – great!  If you want to be a scientist – great!!  Make your own choices and be confident in them – do not feel you have to justify your decisions.  Feminism should not be about undermining men – I have a son who I adore and think he is amazing!  I also have a daughter who I adore and believe she is amazing too.  Some women have a natural maternal instinct and some don’t!” she continued on. “If you want to cook and clean for your family and nurture them (in whatever way) why should you have to justify this.  If you would rather not then who are we to judge! Personally I enjoy both – I love looking after my kids and my home but I also love going to work and facing the different challenges each day.  Feminism is having the choice to be who you want to be – life is not always easy and often things don’t go the way we want but if you want something you have the power to make it happen! Take responsibility for your life and for what you want out of it – it’s your story and your journey so make it count.  I love being a woman and am proud to be a mother and to have my own business but I also love the men in my life (my son, my brothers, my nephews and my best friend) very much and respect them as I hope they respect me.”

As I concluded this interview Payne introduced me to a quote that I now love “A girl should be two things; Who and what she wants” Coco Chanel

-So, what did you think? I had a lot of fun working on this piece and I think that this piece came out great! I hope you liked! Let me know in the comments!

Love ya!
Kessley Janvier

 

The Business of Ballet Pt. 1

Hey! I am so excited to share this piece with you! I recently decided to enter the annual Vogue Talent Contest 2017. While I am not a finalist, I have finally decided to share one of my pieces with you. I interviewed the very inspirational Claudine Payne, owner of Studio 74 (The dance school I attend). The finished interview is a bit lengthy, so I decided to split it into part one and two. I hope you like and if you do-like this post and comment down below!

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The Business of Ballet

From the minute I stepped into Studio 74 Dance School in September 2014, I knew it was a special place and I was lucky enough to sit down with its captivating owner.

Claudine Michelle Payne grew up with her mom, dad and brothers near Milton Keynes with the passion of dancing. Later, she turned that passion into a successful business, giving thousands of children in the local area of Bromley the chance to shine with Studio 74 Dance School discovering and nurturing talents.

I started by asking her what she would do with all the extra time if she did not have to sleep at night. “I would probably do more exercise, more Pilates and yoga. I would probably spend more time with my children.”

I went on to ask her about any lessons she’s had to learn the so called “hard way”.

“Yeah, everything really” she laughed before continuing on, “everything you learn by making mistakes”. “Everything is hands on. It wasn’t something that I had already had experience in. So we have to kind of learn as we go.” In other words, starting a business is like growing up, the older, the wiser.

Henceforth, I asked a little more about her background. As you would expect, Payne had studied dance at a Kent school and absolutely fell in love with it. She recounted some of the many dance trips that she went on throughout the UK and Europe, all at about my age of fourteen.

She then went on to study at the Laban Centre in New Cross, London where she discovered that while she did not want to be a performer herself, she wanted to train little ones. Teaching little children dance was not the only career path that Payne considered however, she also worked as a nanny and considered opening up a nursery.

-I hope you enjoyed part one! Let me know what you think!-

Love ya

Kess

Tk Maxx Haul!

Hi all! I know back to school is ages away, but my mom and I went to TK Maxx and I just decided to show you all what we got!

I love shopping in TK Maxx, because there is so much selection. A lot of pieces in my room are from TK Maxx, and you would never be able to tell. You can guarantee that when you shop at TK Maxx you are getting a unique piece and I really love that. So here’s what I got:blog tk maxx haul 2

So firstly I have  this gorgeous teal journal, with one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite role models, Michelle Obama. “When they go low, we go high.” The journal is so pretty and the pages are really good quality for biros or ink pens.

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Next I’ve got this really lovely magenta notebook. The text on this journal reads “SQUAD GOALS” in holographic lettering. I love the writing on this one because it is so current and so relatable. If there had been more than one in the store they would have made perfect gifts for the squad.

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Now onto my favorite journal, we have this amazing grey journal with my favorite word- ‘slay’ written across the front. For me, I decided this was a Beyoncé reference, but we all know that’s just me. And because it says slay across the front, it’s my favorite one.

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Next we have this color block journal, which I found to be really interesting, because it has two different colored flaps as the cover. I love the bright colors on the cover and I really like the flap design. It definitely makes the journal much different than all of the other ones that you often see. blog-tk-maxx-haul-7.jpg

On the other hand we have this more aesthetic notebook. I for one love the color lilac- it is just so pretty. And the holographic text is awesome. The text is really inspiring as well. I would say this is probably my second favorite journal.

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Lastly, we have this pastel and gold striped journal! I quite like the  gold stripes on it, but the downside is that it’s wire bound. In my experience, what happens is the wires get damaged and then the pages start falling off of the book. The text is probably the most inspiring of all of the journals, and so would be nice to use for school-but I don’t think that will happen. blog tk maxx haul 11

 I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next week!

Love ya!

Kess

 

 

 

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My Bedroom Tour!

Hi guys! Today I decided to let you all in a bit on my lifestyle and show you my bedroom! Honestly I’ve been working on this room for a long time, trying and failing at different colour schemes and duvets, but now I think I’ve found the perfect combination. For me, your bedroom should serve three main purposes, to be an oasis to unwind and relax in, my own space and still be somewhere where I can focus and get work done.

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First of all welcome to my bedroom! This is the view from the door and you can see my desk and my window, and to the left we have my shelves., which I’ll go into later. blog bedroom tour 4

So here we have my shelves which are organized (or at least I like to think they are) based on what’s actually on them. In the middle shelves we have my hair shelf, with all of the products that my mom and I use in our hair and then under that shelf we have what I like to call control centre. In the little brown bin, I have things that I like to take with me on the go, for example my keys and my oyster card. On the shelf directly below that one, we have my actually bookshelf, where I keep my favorite books and anything that I might need for school.

Now we have my wardrobe, which I will not open for you all as the inside is a complete mess, and I mean complete mess which I need to blog bedroom tour 1declutter. But this is my wardrobe and on the inside is has some lovely built in shelves similar to those next to it and a rod where my clothes are all hanging up.

Here we have my desk, which is actually an old school desk from my brother’s primary school. It has two lift up flaps, and on top it has my laptop, my journal and some other journals (for an upcoming post) and my fan, which is really handy  as it plugs into the computer, so I can use it as I’m working on posts like this for you all!

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After this we have my chair, which looks so much more expensive than it actually was because we bought it from Tk Maxx and so it was like 80% off.My mom also managed to find this gorgeous gold ottoman to go with it, and it’s one of my favorite pieces in my
room. blog bedroom tour 5 Over in this corner we also have my fireplace (which does not actually work) and mantle, which houses a lot of pictures and small gifts from the travels of some of my best friends.

Finally we have my bed which has some handy drawers that have the rest of my clothes. Then I have this lovely duvet on the bed which matches perfectly with my chair and ottoman. There’s also a massive Beyoncé poster on the wall courtesy of two of my best friends. And hanging above my bed there are some dance photos from competitions that we’ve done.

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I hope you enjoyed touring my room! I love it and I can tell you that it was 80% inspired by Pinterest so check out my board room decor .I hope you liked this post!

Love ya!

Kess