Embracing Good Food - Thai Cuisine

Isn't it  just wonderful when you come across a restaurant or bar tucked along one of London's many scenic roads? Isn't it even more amazing when you dive into their lunchtime menu and pull out what one can only describe as a fabulous hidden treasure?


I have the pleasure of working within close vicinity of Chayada Thai, a South East Asian restaurant that offers an array of authentic Thai dishes that will appeal to even the pickiest of eaters.
My personal recommendations you ask? Well, a portion of Thai fishcakes for starters followed by a Pad Prik Gang prawn curry with coconut rice washed down with an icey coke is usually my go-to meal when I'm here (put it like this - the woman recites my order to me every time I walk in there.)


I can't quite put my finger on whether this is down to my predictable nature, or because I eat out way too much.

I know it may sound strange, but I sometimes suffer from some very strange food cravings whenever my mood is down (hey, symptoms are symptoms!) and I'm sad to say, this is one of those moments.




I believe I am going through a major transitional period in my life which will require a much more mature and equipped Jade to take over the reigns and complete the journey.

Although I can't really go into too much detail, what I can say is that next week, I will be off on a fabulous trip with two good friends of mine in order to unwind. By the time I come home, I expect to have some very exciting news in my email inbox. But until then, I have to wipe the frown away and carry on with my day (definitely didn't mean to rhyme there).

I hope you're having a better week than I am. So many amazing things have happened to me this last month, but sometimes it can take the smallest sad moment to completely crumble those memories. So however you are spending these beautiful sunny days, embrace the good people around you, embrace those wonderful moments we all experience and embrace the good things going on in your life.


Chelsea Harbour... Luxury Waterfront Apartments

If there's one perk of my current job role, it's definitely all the talented and highly reputable developers we work with each day. My role is to ensure their property is packaged and presented to prospective clients in the best and most complimentary way.



To make sure I have a full understanding of the brand and their product offering, I will once in a while attend a show apartment day hosted by the developer.

On this occasion, I had the pleasure of attending the Chelsea Waterfront development a few weeks back - this is back when the sun actually shone when the rain hadn't quite settled on a 'suitable' play date until now...





























To say the apartment was beautiful is an understatement - the whole development will include two glass residential towers, three riverside buildings with landscaped gardens (I viewed this apartment style) and the redevelopment of the Lots Road power station.


The quality of the appliances and materials used alongside the clear consideration that was taken to preserve the area and its background whilst creating a fresh, highly contemporary place to live was truly inspiring.



I mean, can you imagine the sort of views resident's will have every morning? If this isn't enough inspiration to get someone to wake up, I really don't know what is!






Although those purchasing ought to be considered lucky to own a piece of such a historical build, those who designed, built and will eventually sell these apartments off should also count themselves lucky. 


Watching the progress of the build really does feel rewarding to me. It signifies growth, development, innovative approaches and true collaboration, everything I stand for and believe in. This is just the approach I like to take in every day life too. Overall, making every single experience of mine fresh, fun and rewarding. After all, isn't this what life is all about?

Planning and attending a hotel launch

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I was luckily enough to both plan and attend the launch of a stylish and rather quirky hotel in North Wales this week where I got to meet all our clients, learn even more about the developer we work with and hear of some of their upcoming projects. Naturally, my stomach wanted some involvement in the festivities which is why room services, brunch and the evening dinner and cocktail reception were all utilized well...

          

Being in Wales really gave me the chance to unwind and think about where I am in life right now - admittedly, my early morning sauna/spa session would have played a contributing factor here...


...not to mention the amazing sugary treats that were served during the talk over at the other manor hotel.


So much work goes in to the planning, site sourcing/preparation, grading, construction and investing of the entire project. So many people are involved in the process, with some of the most important stakeholders being the investors who have each put funds in for their own share of the hotel. This is why we decided to hold a very special, private launch event ahead of the hotel's official opening as a way of congratulating them as well as ensuring they felt just as involved as any other individual involved in the process.


Every time I attend these events, I meet some very exciting, inspirational and influential figures I know I can learn a lot from so I am never ever closed off to the idea of gaining more knowledge from others.




It's easy to think you can do it all yourself, but the journey of life is hard enough as it is without the support of the people who love and care for us.





 


I'm so optimistic about my future plans as well as all the spontaneous things that are completely out of my power. Where some may feel fearful of the random moments life throws at us, I am always excited to take on a challenge and find out what really is down that rabbit hole...

Give Yourself a Time Out


I hope everyone's week is going as swimmingly as mine - particularly at work and with my brand! As excited as I am to talk about Colbert London, I will solely focus on my day work and current mood in this post! *sigh of relief from reader!*

Venture Out and Explore Like a Tourist Sometimes!

I know I mention it a lot, but the feeling I get when I can escape the office after a morning session and begin wandering along the wide, picturesque streets of St John's Wood is truly inspiring to say the least. Although I am very familiar with the area, I treat it like a new find - exploring it as if I were a tourist in an unknown location. It really does add more excitement to the walk. 

This short but sweet time-out gives my brain a chance to re-cooperate after opening several emails, conducting meetings and burning out my fingers on the keyboard all morning.

*There were little old ladies peaking out from behind their transparent curtains, wondering who the hell was photographing on their roads as we took these!

I love the pastel coloured doors, window shutters and garage doors - both those lining the peaceful streets as well as those complimenting the pretty mews homes set on private cobbled lanes. They give my so much inspiration whether it be for the next bag I want to purchase, or a saucy new colour palette for a feature wall in my flat!


The air smells so sweet... The breeze - warm and light.


Sometimes I actually forget I'm even working a shift! This tends to happen when I'm staring in awe at all the stunning homes and luxury cars cruising by. The air smells so sweet and the the breeze is completely light. I could sit here thinking up master plans all day, but I'm aware I have an appointment within the hour.





I could swear, people seem so much more friendly at this time of day! It's like all the stressed out people are locked away in their miserable offices, counting down the hours till they can run off and scowl at fellow passengers during the dreaded commute home. The moment 4:45pm hits, the city turns into a completely different place until things calm down around 7:30'ish.


With my flexible work hours, I am able to come in and work during my most productive hours without feeling like my efforts aren't appreciated, or feeling forced to stay in the office pretending I'm working when I really rounded things up a couple of hours before! It's great not feeling guilty leaving early and as a result, I end up almost working more hours than required for the month!


Some of us do not have flexible hours, but this doesn't mean there aren't other methods of relaxing around fixed work hours and an hour lunch break. If you're finding it hard seamlessly blending work hours and 'happy hours', take my advice - make sure you're using your lunch breaks wisely. Eat a good meal and enjoy it. Take a walk and talk to a loved one, or even a complete stranger in a park. Or perhaps sit in a coffee shop whilst it's raining, and enjoy a hot beverage while reading a great book. Whatever you decided to do, do it with a smile and appreciate the 'here' and the 'now'. A please, do not miss your lunch break when you can help out. We work our minds and bodies hard on a daily basis. So give yourself a break and don't feel guilty about it!


A Different Kind of Spring Break





'Spring... a time for renewal and new ideas.'

When the beautiful, crisp brown leaves on the ground no longer crunch under our soles, the birds begin to sing their lullabies and the sweet smells of lavender, daffodils and magnolia float among a much calmer flow of wind, you know exactly what season is trying to break through.

I decided to leave work earlier today in order to take this all in - after all the spring is probably my favourite season. It is a time for renewal and new ideas which comes at the perfect moment - right after the New Year. It really does present the opportunity for you to evaluate the first two or three months of the year and make relevant changes.

  

I mean, who wants to wait until next December to do the 'New Year, new me' thing again? Definitely not me! 

Each year, without even planning it, my mind begins to crave a major de-clutter; not only of material junk I have carried into the new year, but also of the unnecessary people who have weighed down my life and blocked the pathway for all the blessings I'm supposed to be receiving. What's crazy is that, the moment you let go of these burdens, it literally feels like a door has been opened and a huge weight as been lifted from your shoulders! As a result, I have become a  huge believer of the whole 'clear environment equals clear mind' mantra,  so I am always looking for ways to ensure my home, office desk, bag etc. are as clear as possible, as the smallest amount of clutter can completely disrupt my thought process. Who else is like this?!
 
 
I also make sure I take regular walks during work hours as I really do believe that balance is key - that is, a good work balance mixed with enough time for my thoughts and planning (away from my phone and especially away from 'the gram'!) 

I absolutely love my job, but I also understand that 
life is more than career goals and salaries

You need to take in new experiences that will expand your mind and inspire you to venture out your comfort zone and try something different. I value the hours between my work shift because once I get home, I have other priorities which most of the time, take up the remainder of my concentration and energy. I mean, once I've cleaned, worked on Colbert London, caught up with friends and family, worked out, made (or ordered) dinner and spent time with my love, I'm often completely wiped out for the evening!

So if I can leave you with even just one piece of advice, it's this - make sure you have enough time for you. Make sure you look after yourself and really show yourself the attention and care you would like others to show you because no one is going to set the standard for that better than you can.


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The Start of Something New



After spending years writing about my personal experiences and sneakily ducking and diving anyone who expressed an interest in reading about or tapping into my musings, I have decided I am now tired of hiding. So, as a therapeutic release, it is only right I begin my very own online diary; not only to develop my confidence further, but to finally have a platform to share my views and opinions on life's happenings, in the hopes that others may be able to relate to some of the beautiful and rather crazy things I encounter along this journey of life. My posts will cover my career, my family life, the fashion industry, property and music (one of my first loves.)

My full time job is as a marketing professional at a property investment consultancy in London. My evening job is as the director of a new womenswear brand. That leaves some weekends, early mornings and lunch breaks for one other thing - my thinking and writing sessions. I've also been known to take up freelance jobs as a marketing contractor, freelance copywriter or project manager in order to dip out of property for five minutes to experience other exciting industries. 

So please, sit back and enjoy my visual/written diary.
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