Two trips to Manchester, a workshop and a whole lot of planning #littleloves

Two trips to Manchester, a workshop and a whole lot of planning #littleloves

Hello you, hope you’ve had a good week? As usual it’s been a busy one for me, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I did carve out time to tackle my children’s bedrooms this week so we can actually see carpet again in both their rooms. So there’s a win right there! It’s times like this I’m thankful I’m not a parent blogger that has to share their kid’s bedrooms with the world! Apart from my domesticity, I’ve had such a fun week from planning my podcast, to attending an Instagram workshop and even just sitting out in the sunshine and watching the girls play in the evening.

I do have a bit of important news, I’ve made the very difficult decision to no longer post a weekly Little Loves like this one but instead it will be monthly. With all the changes going on for me work wise I just don’t have the time for this to be a weekly post as well as hosting it and commenting on all the lovely posts. I want to go back to enjoying sharing my Little Loves and not worrying when and how I’ll find the time to do it. Thankfully the majority of the bloggers I’ve messaged about this change are on board with it, and some are relieved about the change too as it releases them from the weekly pressure too.

Right, lets get onto the wonderful little things from this week, grab a cuppa (or a glass, depending on the time of day..!) and have a read.

 

  read 

Sadly another week has gone by and I’m no further on with any of my fiction books. I’m doing lots of reading for work but none just for fun. It doesn’t help that I forgot to bring a book for any of my train journeys!

 

watched

This Monday saw the return of the epic series that is Westworld. We were rather obsessed with the first season and all its twists and turns and were ridiculously excited for the second season. I even did the geeky thing of watching vlogs that unpacked aspects of the complex storyline to refresh my memory. Thankfully it did not disappoint and had us on the edge of our seats. 

I watched an Instagram marketing pro at work on Saturday. The ever so lovely and crazy knowledgeable Sam Burgess aka Social Mouth Sam held a workshop in Manchester for small creative businesses on how to build your brand on Instagram. It was held in the most beautiful little shop in the Northern Quarter, 49 Hilton Street. Honestly I wish I could move in there, the owner’s taste is to die for.

I found the content of the afternoon incredibly insightful, it confirmed a lot of what I already knew but taught me a few hints and tips as well as giving me food for thought as I transition my business. The biggest thing I took away was to remember that Instagram is a marketing tool for your business (whether you are a blogger or shop owner) and not to get caught up in the numbers game but to look at conversions and click throughs as you build your community. 2k of engaged followers is better than 20k of passive likers that aren’t your tribe and don’t engage beyond Instagram. Obviously this is advice for those that use Insta for their business and not for personal reasons.

 

MAde

I’m in the midst of starting quite a few projects and I’ve been getting frustrated with my terrible task management. Time is disappearing and I’m left with little to show for it! In attempt to get organised I’m trying out Trello. It’s an online task management, um, thing – technical term right there – and it was recommended by lots of creative business owners in a Facebook group I’m part of. I’ve tried so many different systems, from bullet journalling to GTD to random bits of paper so I really want to stick with this one and get it to work for me.

I also, rather excitedly had another trip in Manchester this time for a podcast planning meeting. We’ve finally allocated tasks out ready to start recording in June. I cannot wait to start sharing more about this, but for now we are keeping as much under wraps as we can (it’s killing me!). Having a mammouth planning session requires coffee and food so it was the perfect opportunity to visit Mackie Mayor, the sister location of Alty Market.

 

I donned a pretty dress on Sunday for the gorgeous Jenny‘s baby shower! You can read all about it and see the cutest baby cupcakes over on her blog post -Baby Cupcakes Steal The Spotlight At My Baby Shower

Like at lot people I’ve been digging out my summer clothes for those hot sunny days we’ve had. I had a lot less than I thought, which I think is always the case, so I’ve been busy scoping out some new summer style picks. Sadly everything on my ASOS wishlist has sold out in my size! That’s the problem with being Petite, they don’t stock as many pieces and they fly out crazy fast. I’ve been hitting the refresh button daily to see if anymore have come in. Here are some of my wishlist favourites, and yes, I know, they’re pretty much all black.

ASOS PETITE Plisse Short in Spot Print with Lace Hem
ASOS PETITE Plisse Short in Spot Print with Lace Hem
£20
TOPSHOP PETITE Square Neck Jumpsuit
TOPSHOP PETITE Square Neck Jumpsuit
£36
TOPSHOP PETITE Lola Duster Coat
TOPSHOP PETITE Lola Duster Coat
£49
TOPSHOP PETITE Black Spot Pinafore Dress
TOPSHOP PETITE Black Spot Pinafore Dress
£55
Petite Nude Button Front Boxy Shirt
Petite Nude Button Front Boxy Shirt
£15
New Look Petite Button Through Playsuit
New Look Petite Button Through Playsuit
£14.99
Boohoo Petite Denim Jacket
Boohoo Petite Denim Jacket
£25
ASOS DESIGN Petite easy spot tie waist culotte
ASOS DESIGN Petite easy spot tie waist culotte
£28
ASOS DESIGN Petite linen button through maxi dress in stripe
ASOS DESIGN Petite linen button through maxi dress in stripe
£38
ASOS DESIGN Petite off shoulder popper front midi dress in rib
ASOS DESIGN Petite off shoulder popper front midi dress in rib
£20
ASOS DESIGN Petite maxi skirt with button front and split detail
ASOS DESIGN Petite maxi skirt with button front and split detail
£18
ASOS DESIGN Petite wrap jacquard midi skirt in mixed floral and spot print
ASOS DESIGN Petite wrap jacquard midi skirt in mixed floral and spot print
£35
ASOS DESIGN Petite tab back drape hareem maxi dress
ASOS DESIGN Petite tab back drape hareem maxi dress
£22
ASOS DESIGN Petite Pocket Stripe T-Shirt With Contrast Binding
ASOS DESIGN Petite Pocket Stripe T-Shirt With Contrast Binding
£16
ASOS DESIGN Petite Deep V Strap Back Jumpsuit
ASOS DESIGN Petite Deep V Strap Back Jumpsuit
£22
ASOS Petite | Design Ditsy print maxi dress
ASOS Petite | Design Ditsy print maxi dress
£55
ASOS Petite floral maxi dress
ASOS Petite floral maxi dress
£40
PETITE | Cropped wide leg jeans
PETITE | Cropped wide leg jeans
Petite spotty button blouse
Petite spotty button blouse
ASOS Petite Ruched Waist Jumpsuit with Embroidery
ASOS Petite Ruched Waist Jumpsuit with Embroidery
£32
ASOS Petite Ultimate Maxi Tshirt Dress
ASOS Petite Ultimate Maxi Tshirt Dress
£18
ASOS Petite Minimal Jumpsuit
ASOS Petite Minimal Jumpsuit
£35
Rib Popper Midi Skirt
Rib Popper Midi Skirt
£16
City Maxi Tea Dress
City Maxi Tea Dress
£30
Washed Black Mom Jeans
Washed Black Mom Jeans
£40
Blossom Leather Look Jacket
Blossom Leather Look Jacket
£49
‘Got Your Back’ T-Shirt
‘Got Your Back’ T-Shirt
£16
Mini Faux Leather Pencil Skirt
Mini Faux Leather Pencil Skirt
£25

 

heard

I’ve been loving listening to Lucy chat with Sas Petherick on a What She Said episode this week. Sas is just so full of wisdom when it comes to working on confidence and tacking self doubt.

Music wise I’ve been keeping it chilled and sticking with Ry X. His stuff never fails to relax me

 

 

and lastly

We’ve got a fantastic weekend of family ahead of us with my sister and brother in law coming up to stay with their kids. I hope we get some sunshine, I’ve been refreshing my weather app like a crazy person so I can properly plan what we’re doing!

Remember this is the last weekly Little Loves post so the next one will be at the end of May, the 25th to be exact. I look forward to sharing all my May Little Loves with you then.

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. April 27, 2018 / 7:09 am

    Wow! Sounds like a full on week for you Morgana! How do you fit it all in!! Hope you have a lovely weekend with your sister and brother in law! Fingers crossed the sun shines xx

  2. April 27, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a busy week Morgana and the projects you have coming up sound so exciting! I can totally understand that hosting Little loves on a weekly basis would get too much to do. Would it be okay to continue to post on our own blogs in the intervening weeks (without the link up), as and when we wanted? I have a couple of people who look out for it each week but on the other hand, as you say, not having the weekly pressure might be nice! xx

  3. April 27, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    Sounds like you have had a busy week! I’ll definitely be still linking up to little loves monthly. I can understand it being hard to run on a weekly basis.

  4. April 27, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Wow sounds like it’s all go for you Morgana. A little sad that you’re going monthly but completely understand why, you’ve got some pretty exciting things happening and I have no doubt there’ll be some very exciting things to be sharing at the end of each month. I’ll certainly continue to link up! Hoping to get my mojo back as haven’t posted in a while. Hope the sun shines for you this weekend and you ahve a great time x

  5. April 27, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    This is the best news for me Morgana as I only seem to manage once a month anyway!! And definitely more do-able! Wow! Your life sounds like a whirlwind at the moment – but lots of exciting changes ahead! I really hope it all goes well for you! Xx

  6. April 27, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Aww Morgana, our last weekly little loves post. I’ll definitely continue to join in of course. I love this linky so much. Yay to finally getting to Mackie Mayor, what did you think? Yay for the weekend of fun, we’re the opposite after some busy ones so looking forward to nothing but taking it slower. Have a gorgeous weekend you x

  7. April 28, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I think a monthly little loves will be just as awesome as the weekly one has been. I’ve struggled lately to take part weekly so I’m happy you’ve decided to move to monthly and I look forward to taking part x

  8. April 28, 2018 / 10:34 am

    What a fab but exhausting week you’ve had! That market looks beautiful (total history geek so the architecture is all dreamy to me). I’m intrigued by the podcast – especially by the use of the word ‘we’ – nosey cow aren’t I! Can’t wait to hear it, you can become my new podcast addiction. Have a great weekend with your sister x

  9. April 28, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting this linky, I’ve enjoyed it sooooo much!

  10. April 29, 2018 / 9:50 am

    Gosh what a busy week! I can’t wait to watch the new season of Westworld. We loved the first season and have decided to watch the whole thing again before starting season two, so no spoilers please! Hope you’re having a lovely family weekend.

  11. April 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Right behind you with Little Loves going to monthly, as I said when you messaged me I might actually ‘make something’ over the course of the month lol. Sounds as if you have lots of exciting things in the pipeline and can’t wait to hear all about them when the time comes x

  12. April 29, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    So excited to find out more about your podcast! I really got into listening to The Fringe of It this week and I’m loving it x

  13. April 30, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    I really love the sound of the Instagram session. I have no idea how to grow my channel, however, I am enjoying it much more than I ever did. Concentrating on the content rather than the numbers

  14. May 1, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    Sounds like an exciting week, I need to get my head around podcasts for cruising with kids! And yes we sometimes look at Instagram all wrong don’t we? I sometimes take it all a bit personal but its just business x

  15. May 4, 2018 / 8:07 am

    I haven’t yet managed a Little Loves post since Teddy was born, but maybe I’ll manage monthly. Hopefully see you on the 25th! x

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