FIRST HIT OF SPRING

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  So today I thought I'd bring you guys an old time favourite but never get bored of look. Jeans and a blouse. For my more casual days it's all about the jeans and t-shirt but I'm having a real moment for jeans and blouse. In my last post I featured that beautiful floral blouse with jeans and now I've found this retro Parisian blouse to go with these burnt red jeans for colour block dream look. 

It's official I'm over winter, all I want right now is to not have to wear knitwear to work. I am ready for Spring and I would happily grab it with both arms and give a massive squeeze. Even though we are a few weeks away from it, or dare I say it maybe a month away from spring being sprung, you can definitely feel a change in London. With fashion week just around the corner I fancy changing up my wardrobe adding in some more colour. It's time for us to stock up some springy things. 

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Colour blocking isn't anything new but it was heavy featured across the catwalks. Taking a focus towards primary colours right through to the colour of year from Pantone ... lilac. Here I have linked this look and created some other ways to style up colour blocking for the coming season. Let's get our wardrobe ready for the change of season. 

What I've done here is to create a scrolling system, a bit like the one from Clueless. You can scroll through until you find a top to match with some jeans you love. Plus not forgetting the shoes. Do let me know which outfit you loved the most! 

Joey x

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The top ...


The jean ...


The boot ...


What I'm wearing.

WHITE BLOUSE - TOPSHOP

JEANS - TOPSHOP

BOOTS - PUBLIC DESIRE

HANDBAG - ALEXANDER WANG*

BLOGGING WITH A FULL TIME JOB

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Some days I feel like a professional juggler, I'm not even sure if that's a fully recognised profession but I definitely think I'd give them a run for their money! Since I started my blog over three years ago, it has gradually grown over time. I started Northern Magpie when I was in a job that was very quiet and I had time to focus on building a platform and working on my website. Then it all changed when I moved jobs and my role as a designer stepped up. This last year has been amazing for my career but since my workload has increased I've been left with little time to focus on my blog. This has meant strategically fitting things like writing and photography into an already packed day. I know how precious my time is, whether I'm spending it with friends or working on a project, I always want to get the most out of life. Friends and family always ask how I manage a full time job, blog and still have a life at weekends. It honestly comes down to planning and taking advantage of situations that occur from day to day. I thought I'd share how I keep my blog running along side my job.

Planning

For me I can be a scatterbrain and a proper creative when it comes to ideas. I have so much going on in my head I have to make notes of what content I want to create for the following week and even month. For me I like to physically write down my thoughts in a notebook or if I'm on the go I quickly get them written down in my notes app on my phone. Sometimes I will get an idea from talking to someone or while I'm in a meeting in work, so have to write them all down before I forget. I would recommend starting a notes page on phone just for blog post ideas.

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Bulk take pictures

As a fashion blogger photos of course play a massive part of my blog and social media channels. Over the years I have learnt that bulk taking photos on a weekend helps me out tones. Planning my outfits so I can take up to 5 outfits on Sunday, means I have enough content to post across my Instagram and blog. Sometimes I pick different areas to photograph my looks, but this mean carting all my clothes across town. The less glamorous side of blogging is the outfit change in pub toilets, cafes and even McDonalds toilets. They didn't tell me about that when I started blogging! If I have a busy weekend ahead I try and fit in a mini photo shoot on my lunch hour. Joe being a good egg will come across town to meet me at work or I'll travel to see him. The aim is always to have enough content to last the week.

Early starts

I get up around 5am and head to the gym for a workout. After my workout I then have around half an hour where I post my first image of the day on Instagram. I spend at least ten minutes to half an hour engaging with my followers, liking and commenting. Thinking about how people head straight for social media apps when they first wake up, I like to make sure my photo is out there for all to see. This doesn't take up a lot of time if you plan it well. With bulk taking images and editing, posting actually only takes a couple of minutes.

Making the most of your commute

Living in London I have quite a commute to work, some days it can take over an hour to get to work. I use this time sat on the tube to write my blog posts, like I said time is precious, so I make the most of these two hours a day to write, edit photos and answer emails.

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Taking advantage of situations

This is a simple one but can help you get ahead with blog work. Anytime you find yourself waiting for a friend, stuck on a delayed train, on long journeys or have a spare hour on your lunch break, take advantage of this! Use this time to research on Tumblr for new outfit ideas, engage with your followers on Instagram or comment on other bloggers blog posts. I find taking advantage of these moments can take you on a journey of inspiration and you end up brainstorming new blog posts and outfit ideas.

Passionate

The number one thing that keeps this blog going strong against my full time time is the passion and love I have for it. Without that it wouldn't be much fun. You have to want it to make something like a blog work. It's not about working late, it's about working smart. God I sound like a Ted talk but it's so true. For now my blog is my hobby but it doesn't make it any less important than my job. It's important to say how passionate I am about creating content and and I love the fact I can inspire people. This little place I have on the internet is about escapism. Fashion is something I love and want to share with you and inspire you, so I'll carry on creating content until I don't feel that passion anymore. Thankfully that's not going to happen any time soon.

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Hopefully, these insights into how I run my blog were interesting. If you run a blog and work full time, how do you keep on top of things? Do you have any tips or tricks?

Joey x

P.S. This top is a silky dream and goes perfectly with my vintage jeans. Styling tip for summer, tie necks are very much in!

SILKY TOP - TOPSHOP

JEANS - VINTAGE

BOOTS - MISS KG

SUNGLASSES - ASOS (alternative ones here)

EVERYDAY BASIC OUTFITS

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The weeks seem to be flying by already and I know most people keep saying I can't believe it's February already but I actually can't! This last week has been so busy with my full time job, so I've not had time to think about what to wear. At this time of year I retreat to the same uniformed look for most of the weekdays. This includes multiple jumpers with different pairs of jeans and a good pair of  ankle boots.

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Its not always the most inspiring time of year but I'm so thankful for investing in some key knitwear pieces this winter. My usual places to shop for trusted knitwear and added value for my purse is H&M. They have so many affordable stylish pieces and they last much longer from the quality of the wool. But being a creature of habit at this time of year I feel like I exhaust the same shops and need to expand my shopping pool. Of course quality is at the forefront of mind when shopping for basics so I turned to Weekday which if you didn't know is still under the same umbrella group as H&M, so I knew the pieces would still be top quality.

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Here I have two very similar looks that I have been wearing on repeat most days. I find myself mixing and matching different pairs jeans with long sleeve tops to create outfits. For the dark mornings and rushing to work, I just want something easy to wear that has been tried and tested for comfort in these winter months. All I've done here to mix things up is take out my trusted oversized jumpers and add in this chunky knit cardigan for a point of difference. When running around for work I love anything that is oversized so I can wrap myself up in these winter months. These are not the most revolutionary outfits but pieces like this chunky knit cardigan see me through the winter months and I can see the potential in teaming it with a dress for the coming spring months.

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Do you find yourself dressing in a uniform without even realising? What are your go pieces for this time of year?

Joey x

LONG SLEEVE TOPS - ASOS

JEANS - TOPSHOP

JEANS - VINTAGE JEANS

CHUNKY CARDIGAN - WEEKDAY

BOOTS - KG KURT GEIGER

HANDBAG - ALEXANDER WANG*

THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ME

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I actually saw this tag on Instagram and saw a few bloggers post three random facts about themselves on their stories. But I thought it would make a good blog post. I did one of these kinds of posts a couple of years ago, but thought it would be a good thing to do again for anyone who's new to following me. 

 
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EBay queen 

EBay is actually something I have been doing for over 10 years now. It started when I'd booked a holiday to go away with the girls. Knowing it was going to be a party week in the sun, I wanted to kit myself out with lots of new looks for the  week. So I ruthless went through my wardrobe to clear any clutter out and sell it on EBay. Honestly it feels so good to clear out old items you might have only worn once, plus knowing they will go to a home that will love them more than I will, is even better. Since then I've been listing pieces nearly every month. I don't see the point of keeping something that you know you wouldn't wear and the added bonus of course is that you have all this extra money, which can be spent reinvesting back into your wardrobe. I would highly recommend if you need a clear out and some extra cash!

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The weather 

Oh man I love the weather, not just watching to see what weather we have here. I am interested in what the weather is doing around the world and on turn how it effects us in the Uk. One of my favourite weather points to follow are storms. That muggy feeling before a storm is about hit and the air goes really thick and dark clouds start to roll in. All sounds a bit like the world is going to end, but I love watching the storm roll in. I find the whole weather system fascinating especially how the weather affects us, to how the moon controls the seas. Honestly if you ever meet me, start a conversation up about the weather and we will be talking for hours. 

I love Coronation Street

This one cracks people up but I am an avid viewer of Coronation Street. Making time each day that it's on to watch every episode. I bloody love! I actually can't remember a time when I've not watched. From an early age I remember my grandma and my mum watching it, so I think it's just stuck with me. Plus it has that nostalgia feeling to it, making me think of Manchester and how much I miss that manc twang. 

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I can cook but I love to bake instead 

This one comes from my mum, she would always be baking every Saturday and Sunday. Making all sorts of cakes and pastries goodies for the week. She would always give me the chance to get involved with the baking and help her out whenever I could. And it meant I could eat the cake mixture. So when it comes to baking I feel like a natural who can throw ingredients together without measuring. This I think it quite a skill. But cooking on the other hand I find rally hard and measure out everything. I know this is so backward as so many people do the opposite. 

My unhealthy obsession with cheese 🧀 

Talking of food I have an unhealthy obsession with cheese, I would eat it for breakfast with my scrambled eggs, having it in my salad at lunch and sprinkle it on my dinner if I could. I love cheese that much that people have bought me cheese for Christmas and birthday presents. A perfect Friday night in, would be a cheese board plus some Aldi chutney. Chuck a bottle of Malbec and some Blue Planet and I would be a happy girl. 

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Phobia of holes 

Yes, you read that right I have a fear of anything holey. I'm fine with unified holes, like speakers, it's more the holes in plants. Just thinking about makes my skins crawl. It's the fear of what might come out of the holes and if you cut open the plant and find even more smaller holes. Writing it this all down makes me sound like a crazy but it's something I just can not look at. When eating crumpets I have to not think about what's inside. It's honestly the thought of what might be inside and the fact they can keep getting smaller. I might be alone here, but DM if you feel the same then I'll know I'm not alone. 

Hopefully, you enjoyed reading these random fact about me and what makes me tick. Let me know if you like this kind of post? And if you have a random fact you want to share!

Joey x

CROPPED RIB TOP - H&M

TROUSERS - MANGO

BOOTS - EGO SHOES*

COAT - STAND

HANDBAG - ALEXANDER WANG*