I have always been far more obsessed with accessories, especially jewellery, than clothes. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found a better balance, but it’s hard to curb my tendency to head straight towards shiny, sparkly things. Now days I try to pick pieces carefully. Pieces that I know will never go out of style, pieces that elevate an outfit rather than just complement it, or pieces that really mean something to me.
At the beginning of the year, I had a post on here about Elegance & Joy jewellery (see here). What drew me to the brand right from the get-go was the story and meaning behind each piece. In today’s post, I’m wearing the new “Thrive” collection, and as soon as I saw it I really identified with the concept behind the pieces.
For those of you who don’t know, in my “other” life, I own a full-time ballet studio. I work with kids as young as 4, but once they reach 14, they leave school to study ballet full-time. That means dancing at an elite level, from 7am-3.30pm, 5 days a week.
A lot of the kids who come to me are already training at other studios, but they need more hours or some technical refinement. Some of them have no confidence. Full-time is my favourite age to teach because I can really see the huge impact that the training is having on them in a short space of time.
I love my job. Not only because I think good ballet is so heartbreakingly beautiful, not only because I work with some pretty fantastic people, but because I feel like I’m leaving a positive footprint in the lives of these girls, whether they pursue it right to the end or not, and I love that I get to do that. I identify with nurturing talent and watching these young people thrive.