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If you haven’t heard of this girl, that’s unfortunate because you’ve been missing out. But it’s okay, I’m here to catch you up! You know that girl in your life that makes everything look effortlessly cool and chic? You know the one. Yea, that’s this girl – Jayde Scukovic.
A few month ago I landed on her flawless Instagram feed and I knew in about .5 seconds that I needed to learn more! Self proclaimed “seeker of everyday magic,” Jayde is the creator and writer behind the blog Jayde Archives. She writes about all things intentional living, capsule wardrobes, and slow travel.
Basically, our kind of girl, right?
I’ll let her share the rest:
Hi Jayde! Introduce yourself:
I guess I would call myself a bit of a wanderluster – actually I’m not sure that is even a real word! I’m always planning a new adventure, chasing my dreams and seeking the magic in the everyday. Having grown up and lived in Australia for most my life, at the end of 2016 when my husband was offered a job in Switzerland we both jumped at the opportunity. We knew that it would be the adventure of a lifetime for both of us. And so, my dream to turn my Instagram account (@jayde_archives) into a blog was realised.
Tell us about your blog:
Jayde Archives started out on a whim as an Instagram account in 2015, which quickly became my daily obsession. I’ve always been a very visual person and love anything to do with making or seeking beautiful things, whether it’s taking photos, decorating spaces, finding places or putting together outfits. So when my Instagram account expanded out to a blog I really wanted to explore the theme of seeking everyday magic.
I think we all spend so much time focusing on the things we think will make us happy in the future but we forget to stop and enjoy the now. One of my favourite quotes sums this up really well – “Happiness is the journey not the destination”. So through sharing my life adventures on jaydearchives.com I hope to inspire women around the world to live a more intentional life and find their happy place in the present moment.
Your blog has a focus on travel and intentional living. Do you think the two things correlate?
For sure. When we travel it is so easy to get caught up in doing what everyone else is doing and visiting popular sights just to get the same photo everyone else has gotten. It’s also easy to jam in as many activities and locations as physically possible. Which usually just ends up leaving us feeling rushed, stressed out and exhausted. But by being more intentional about travel and slowing things down we create much more meaningful and enjoyable experiences and memories. It’s funny you asked this question because I’ve actually just put together a post all about slow travel, what it is, how to do it and why you’ll love it, which you can take a peek at here.
What does intentional living mean to you and how has it added value to your life?
Intentional living is all about mindfully experiencing and enjoying the things we are spending our time on. Being present, not distracted by thoughts (or phones!). There was a time (not so long ago) that the smallest things like picking an outfit or attempting a new recipe could have me in a big stressed-out, melt-down mess. But since embracing an intentional lifestyle I feel calmer, happier and more in-tune with my emotions. I’ve shared some of my favourite ways to start living more intentionally here.
If you were to encourage someone to live life more intentionally, what would be your number one tip?
Before you can implement any other intentional living techniques you really need to accept and be willing to let go of wanting to have so much control over situations and other people. You are never going to be in control of anyone else but yourself. Which is a good thing. That means that nobody else is ever in control of you either. You are free to think and feel as you want to. Your happiness only relies on you. It’s helpful to remember that just because you believe something should be a certain way, doesn’t mean that is everyone’s truth. Everyone has their own truth and their own reality. You only need to focus on yours.
(Tara here: How obsessed are you with this answer? Genius!)
Tell us a little bit about your capsule wardrobe. What is the first step someone should take in creating their own?
My capsule wardrobe has had such a positive impact on my life – more than I ever thought it would. Which may sound a bit dramatic! But by simplifying my wardrobe I have been able to spend less time getting dressed, waste less money on clothes I never wear, and spend more time feeling happy and confident in my outfits.
Before you can start putting together your dream capsule wardrobe it is important to do some ground work. The better you can understand and define your style at the beginning the easier it will be to select the perfect items (and stay away from the items you’ll never end up wearing). I was so excited about how good I felt about my capsule wardrobe that I wanted to share my step-by-step process. So I put together my free Capsule Wardrobe Workbook and three step post series to help you identify + define your unique style, refine + organise your current wardrobe and start to build your very own capsule wardrobe.
You shared with us that you have a wanderlust spirit. Where is your favorite place you have visited?
Ooh I get this question so often and always find it difficult to answer! Every place is so unique and beautiful it it’s own way but I would have to say that at the moment my stand out trip would have to be my dreamy Spanish road trip. We started in Barcelona, drove along the coast line and then inland to finish in Madrid.
Who is your ideal reader?
Anyone who wants to start living a simpler and more joyful life now, instead of always looking to the future to provide happiness.
What can we expect from you in the future?
We will be living in Europe for a little while longer yet so there will plenty more slow travel diaries (so far the next six months includes trips to Poland, Belgium, Canary Islands, Morocco and Denmark), as well as my seasonal capsule wardrobes, and plenty more tips, techniques and inspiration for living with more intention. For anyone who wants to keep up with my adventures and stay inspired with newsletter-only affirmations and happiness habits, you can sign up to my Monthly Musings here.
So good, right? Love her!
If you have someone you’d like to see on the blog, be sure to send me your recommendations. Or better yet, reach out to your favorite blogger and let them know!