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.

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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.

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Dress, Forever New, Earrings, Necklace and Ring, Elegance & Joy “Thrive”

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.

Heidi xx

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