SO much to talk about in this post!! As you may know if you're a reader of my blog, I am off to New York on Monday! I've wanted to go my whole life and it all feels so unbelievable that I haven't really thought at it yet! As we speak my parents are on their way to the States. They should be landing in NY in a couple of hours and arrive here in Duluth at 11.15pm tonight. I'm so excited. I haven't seen them for almost two months and this is the first time they've come to visit me here in America. I can't wait for them to see where I live and meet my friends and my boyfriend. At the moment I'm just too excited about that to think about New York!! I'm going to try to post while I'm away if I get time, otherwise you'll have a week without me and a HUGE NY post next week!!
Okay, what else do I have to tell you? Well, my Modcloth order has shipped!! It won't be here until I get back from Spring Break and they're Birthday present from my parents anyway so I might wait until my birthday to open them (I ordered the Just Because I Love You Dress and the Flowers of Romance Dress). I am also getting seriously attached to the Simply Stylish dress (which I wore here and here), which was sent to me via The Lovely Ones courtesy of Modcloth. I want my own version of it so much- I really don't want to send it on!
Ooh I also loved this week's Friend Friday questions so I'll answer them within this post too, whether that is orthodox or not!
1. When it comes to prioritizing your life, in what place does blogging fall?
I am the kind of person who gives 100% to everything in my life, and my blog is no exception. It is a big part of my life. Especially as I am hoping to one day be a magazine journalist I think it's great experience to write as much as possible. There was a time when my blog was dangerously high in my list of priorities, but now I do put myself and my me-time first. I think it's definitely pretty high after school work, my friends and family and my boyfriend. I try to update as much as possible, but I try not to let it take over my life. It's definitely more than just a hobby though.
2. We all wish we had more free time to dedicate to blogging and all it entails. What are your tricks for taking advantage of the time you do have to be as productive as possible?
These days I have a sort of schedule in my head. I always try to do outfit posts on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Because my blog is quite outfit-driven, I don't really write posts in advance. But sometimes ideas about what to write about come to me in strange places so I always write them down for later. I always put aside about an hour and a half on blogging days to take pictures, edit them and write my post. I'm kinda an obsessively organised person so I just work it into my day.
3. Have you discovered any short-cuts that makes blogging easier or more time efficient?
I think just knowing when I'm going to post and I always, ALWAYS write down potential outfit ideas. I sometimes spend an evening putting outfits together.
4. Do you have an editorial calendar or something similar that helps you plan ahead?
Not really, no. I can be really bad with this when I have ideas for posts that aren't outfit posts, I tend to lose track of them. I have so many drafts! It's something I should definitely consider to keep me more organized. But like I said, I always do outfit posts on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and I have set times of those days that I know I can blog so I try to stick to those days.
5. If time wasn’t an issue what you would be doing on your blog/for your blog that you aren’t doing now?
I think I would take more outfit pictures in new and more fun places and I would write more actual content instead of just outfit posts. I do a lot of writing for other publications (I write for 8 different publications, which adds up to 3-4 a week if not more), so quite a lot of my more creative work is demonstrated in other places. I'd like to have more of a place for that in my blog. And more time to reply to emails and comments! I do appreciate them so much, I just have to put time aside for a huge reply-session!
You can read the answers of other bloggers over at ModlyChic!
shorts- charlotte russe
This outfit is not exactly life-changing but hey, I really like it. It came together completely by accident too. Like I've said above, I tend to post outfits only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursdays and Tuesdays I tend to get back from my boyfriend's house and the idea of finding something to wear always feels like far too much effort. I'm getting really bad for this- if I don't intend to photograph my outfit I don't want to "waste" it, so I never know what to wear! Anyway, I pulled out these shorts and found they completely fell off me (weight loss success!! yes!!) so I thought, hmmm belt holes. That could work. I added the jumper and just thought, I really, really like this. Yes, it's really simple, but I think it's perfect for not-quite-Spring-yet. So today I decided to be gross and wear the same thing two days in a row. Don't judge me!! I added the red lipstick at the last minute and I'm really glad I did. Sometimes I love a head-to-toe monochrome outfit (grey is a personal fave), but I think the lips really brighten it up!! Plus I haven't worn lipstick for a while- boy doesn't like it all over his face :P
This is the kind of outfit that makes me realise that I'm really going to miss winter. Okay, not Duluth winters. But winter style. I think Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons. I like temperate climes and temperate style.
Well, I might get chance for an update before and/or during New York, but if not have a great week and I'll be back soon!!