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Jo's Journal - August 2019

Posted: by Jo Monday, 29 July 2019 @ 12:00

July started and ended with an open air festival, for me.

Firstly - I was lucky enough to go to my first Glastonbury, on what was one of the sunniest, loveliest weekends of the year. It was enormous fun, with a great music line-up, and so many wonderful people.

Jo Stroud and Paul on Holiday

It is absolutely true that it is one of the friendliest festivals, with 175,000 people all co-existing in a spirit of kindness, patience and tolerance. I loved it!

Much of the month was focused on working with our newest collaborators, to finalise designs and launch new pieces. Persia Lawson signed off her second necklace with us, a design of interwoven hearts; and new collaborator Chloe Brotheridge loved the sample piece for her Chakra design, which launches early September. Keep an eye on our social media to see them first.

Four brand new designs arrived with us a couple of weeks ago, ready to launch in late August.

One of my absolute favourites is ‘Be Here Now’, with the mantra, ‘Where am I? Here. When is it? Now’. One of the key purposes behind Mantra Jewellery is to encourage us to be more present and in the moment - and this necklace is designed to help with this. Read more about this mantra and the story behind it, here.

Another favourite new design is a beautiful floral disc, bursting with blooming flowers. This lovely piece represents a self-care mantra, ‘What do I need right now, to flourish?’ Imagine you are these lovely flowers - what is the equivalent of the water that they need to flourish - for you? Check back for more details on this very soon... 

Sunflowers in Burgundy

My husband and I headed off to Burgundy for 10 days in the middle of July, a part of France I had never been to. I love the wine from this region, so was really keen to see the area. It has instantly become a firm favourite, and I will certainly be back. Pretty stone villages, rolling green hills covered in vineyards, mediaeval chateaux, and sunny skies, it feels like stepping back in time to a calmer, stiller, less frenetic world.

My month finished with Wanderlust, the life-affirming yoga and meditation festival in Battersea Park. We took Mantra there to showcase the brand, including our Wanderlust collaboration necklace - and loved meeting many of you in person.

As July closes and August begins, the weather is glorious, and people are in a happy and light mood. I look forward to catching up at the end of next month, to see what August brings.

Enjoy! Jo xx



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