THE SHIMMER IS REAL

zara shimmer two piece, wedding guest outfit, northern magpie, joey taylor 1
zara shimmer two piece, wedding guest outfit, northern magpie, joey taylor 2

Hello guys and welcome back. I’ve had the best week working from home. As I’ve mentioned before I’m travelling a lot with my job, so any weeks I am able to spend at home are cherished. I just find eating healthy, working out is way easier when you aren’t travelling and staying in hotels or with friends. I am such a sucker for a routine! The added bonus is that I’ve got to spend a full week with my little babe Bernard. He is squeeky clean after having a soapy bath and now his coat is super soft when I cuddle him now.

zara shimmer two piece, wedding guest outfit, northern magpie, joey taylor 3

As well as spending as much time as possible this week with Bernard. I have decided to really challenge myself and start Crossfit. To be honest I was getting a little bored of my gym routine and not seeing the results I was after so decided to mix things up and start Crossfit. So far so good, it’s been good to see how far I can push myself in training and try new things like Olympic weightlifting that I would have never have done in a normal gym. I’d find myself being too nervous in a normal gym to try the squat rack, too many bodybuilding men making weird noises. Anyway I’m finding Crossfit loads of fun and it takes my mind off of any stresses I have with work, which is perfect.

IMAGE 24.jpg
zara shimmer two piece, wedding guest outfit, northern magpie, joey taylor 4

Anyway enough of my day to day, I’ve decided to try something new in the way of fashion. I have been a massive fan of anything shiny and actual loved seeing splashed across the catwalk in a tasteful manor. Granted the past couple of seasons I’ve shied away from anything shiny as mainly because a) I didn’t want a trashy version and b) Look like I’m out in fancy dress.. Until I found this stunning shimmery two pieces, which gave me the Studio 54 vibes.

zara shimmer two piece, wedding guest outfit, northern magpie, joey taylor 5
zara shimmer two piece, wedding guest outfit, northern magpie, joey taylor 6
zara shimmer two piece, wedding guest outfit, northern magpie, joey taylor 7

You guys know I am a sucker for a two piece, I bought one a couple of months from Topshop which kind of covered the whole rainbow trend but in my own way. When I saw this set I knew straight away this would be perfect for British wedding or a formal occasion. Sometimes I think it’s nice to mix things up and wear a trouser co-ord as I don’t always feel that comfortable in a dress and massive heels. Trousers are sometimes the better option. I know this look might be a bit out there for so people so I’ve put another shimmery looks that is perfect for occasion wear this summer.

Joey x

SILVER SHIMMER TOP - ZARA (sold out)

SILVER SHIMMER TROUSERS - ZARA

SILVER BAG - TOPSHOP

NECKLACE - ASOS

LOVELY LINEN

linen top, vintage jeans, northern magpie 1
linen top, vintage jeans, northern magpie 2
linen top, vintage jeans, northern magpie 3
linen top, vintage jeans, northern magpie 4

Happy Sunday guys! Hope you are having a lovely weekend and enjoying this sunshine. I’ve been down in London this past week and it’s been so muggy and not half as much sunshine as Manchester. London always makes me think of work and being more business like, but as soon as I step off the train in Manchester I just seem to relax and the stresses I’ve felt go away. After a full week down there I was so ready to be back up north to see my boys and climb into my own bed, nothing beats sleeping in your own bed.

I’ve mentioned before how me and Joe are exploring Manchester since moving back and we decided to explore more of Beech Road in Chorlton where we took these outfit shots. I’m going to do a monthly update of places we have eaten and visited so I’ll leave that for another time. But today I wanted to talk about how much I’m loving linen and how easy I find to wear this fabric in the summer. It is just perfect for all the sunshine we have been having recently.

Other lovely linen pieces...

linen top, vintage jeans, northern magpie 5

Other lovely linen pieces...

linen top, vintage jeans, northern magpie 6
linen top, vintage jeans, northern magpie 7

I picked up this top after being inspired by Pinterest images of people like Emma Hill & Lindsay Holland wearing these buttoned blouses. Zara seems to have nailed this blouse perfectly and here it was so easy to style with some vintage jeans and my trusty pink velvet mules. This look is one I can turn to for a relaxed day wondering around exploring the city.

With a holiday around the corner, I’ve picked out some other pieces that have caught my eye for summer. I’m really feeling for the striped jumpsuit, paired with a massive straw hat for a wine and cheese night in Bordeaux.

Joey x

LINEN TOP - ZARA

JEANS - VINTAGE LEVI

MULES - DUNE

EARRINGS & NECKLACE - TOPSHOP

SUMMER DRESSES

IMAGE 4.jpg
IMAGE 6.jpg

Hello and happy Tuesday, hope you've all had a lovely bank holiday and enjoyed the sunshine! We had very relaxed weekend enjoying this glorious weather with a BBQ and wandering around Chorlton. I enjoy these low key weekends just as much as the busy ones, it gave me some time to enjoy our house before rushing back down to London for work.

IMAGE 1.jpg
IMAGE 2.jpg

This weather has inspired me to update my wardrobe so I’m ready for whenever the sun shows his face! Like most I turn to dresses for the summer months to look stylish and keep cool. This summer season I’ve found myself leaning more towards midi and maxi dresses, for a more stylish piece to wear on a day to day. For years I thought because I’m small I couldn't get away with maxi dresses - a mixture thinking they didn't suit me and thinking when on earth would I wear them apart from my holidays. Well this all changed after I found this floral dress from H&M last year. I’ve worn this midi dress so many times since as it ticks two boxes I want when looking for clothes and shoes now, comfort and stylish.

Some other lovely summer dresses...

IMAGE 13.jpg
IMAGE 14.jpg

So for this summer I headed back to H&M and found this floral dress, perfect for summer days in the city. I love the awkward length and how I could wear heels with it but I think it’s also chic with some black flat sandals. After wearing this I’m already on the hunt for another midi/ maxi dress for our trip to Bordeaux and Paris next month, so I’ve picked out some of my favourites from the high street. I’m torn between the cream Zara buttoned down style and the blue check strappy Mango dress. Both would be great to wear for a wine tasting day! Let me know which style you love the most.

Joey x

WHY I LOVE MANCHESTER

front print t-shirt, paper bag trousers, geometric earrings, manchester, joey taylor, northern magpie 2
front print t-shirt, paper bag trousers, geometric earrings, manchester, joey taylor, northern magpie 3

I thought I’d write a post about how I’m falling in love with Manchester all over again. I spent last weekend eating and drinking with my friends/family in some very cool spots around Manchester. Even though I have lived here before, it’s been really nice rediscovering Manchester all over again. Me and Joe have been so excited to move back up north to be closer to friends and family but it’s an added bonus to have so many amazing places round the corner from our house. Plus it’s been great hearing that Manc accent wherever we go!

It feels good to call Manchester home again.

front print t-shirt, paper bag trousers, geometric earrings, manchester, joey taylor, northern magpie

Living in London I felt like I had been spoilt for choice with places to eat and go out. But after visiting a few spots so far, Manchester is giving London a run for the money with the quality of places to eat. So far I’ve had some delicious tapas at Bar San Juan in Chorlton, a lovely brunch & coffee at Thyme Out and some great beers at Heaton Hops. I feel like I’ve only just scratched the surface with places to eat and I can’t wait to try out so many more amazing places. I could even do a mini review of places to visit in Manchester, once we have been back for a few months. It will be nice to look back at where we have visited.

Like I said before I love the Manc accent, what I'm slowly getting used to is how friendly everyone is and people saying hello to you in the street, which seems very strange at first. After living in London you do get used to having your head down, not talking to anyone on the tube, let alone saying hi to your neighbours. It’s just not the done thing! But up North people are so much happier and want to speak to you whether you know them or not. It really is quite refreshing.

front print t-shirt, paper bag trousers, geometric earrings, manchester, joey taylor, northern magpie 4
front print t-shirt, paper bag trousers, geometric earrings, manchester, joey taylor, northern magpie 5
 
front print t-shirt, paper bag trousers, geometric earrings, manchester, joey taylor, northern magpie 6
front print t-shirt, paper bag trousers, geometric earrings, manchester, joey taylor, northern magpie 7

As much as London had so many pretty streets, I had forgotten how stunning the architecture was in Manchester. We took a little trip into town this week and ended up in the Northern Quarter to take my first set of photos back in Manchester. I love how they turned out with the red brick backdrop in the Manchester sunshine.

I'm really looking forward to settling into Manchester life and taking you guys along the way with me. It feels good to call this city my home, again.

Joey x

T-SHIRT - URBAN OUTFITTERS

TROUSERS - H&M

SANDALS - JIGSAW

BAG - AND/OR

SUNGLASSES - H&M

EARRINGS - MANGO