I take all my photos on iPhone. It’s easy, quick and always accessible when I need a camera. I got a lot of questions about how I edit my photos I post on Instagram and here is a small tutorial for you. It took me a few months to find the edit style I like. I follow some really beautiful profiles on Instagram and had always been wondering how they get these perfectly clean photos until one of them revealed it was a DSLR… Nevertheless you can achieve really good results with your phone only. This is one of my favourite streets in Chelsea – Cheyne Row. It’s a bit hidden and has very beautiful and photogenic houses. I’m going to show you how I edited this photo which became quite popular on my Instagram account. I edit all my photos before putting them online and this is how I do it. It can look overwhelming, but truths to be told sometimes I only apply a filter and that’s it. I hope it will be an inspiration for you to experiment with your photo edit style. 1.  I take a LOT of photos from different angles. It’s always a good… View Post

I’m back to my mission to explore where Londoners get caffeinated and today’s pick is Prufrock Coffee. I’ve heard about this place for some time already and I finally got a chance to visit it. Also, it’s in my UK Bucket List and I’m very determent to tick as many boxes as possible in the next 12 months. The first thing I like about it is location. It’s a bit off the tourist path so you can actually get a table and enjoy your coffee. I also like the space itself – huge windows bring a lot of light and it’s bigger than most of London’s coffee shops.  I love minimalistic design and Prufrock Coffee made it up in the list of my favourite places. It was lunch time so I ordered avocado salad with poached eggs and latte. The salad was huge and filled me up for another 3 hours. This was perfect because I had planned a lot of walking that day. There were a lot of onions in the salad, if you don’t like it – ask not to add when ordering (this is something I forgot of course…). Latte was… well, I always find it difficult… View Post

It was July when I realized I still hadn’t done certain things in London (and in this country) I wanted since I got here. In panic I drafted UK Bucket list: 80 Places To Go, Things To Do And Food To Try and exhaled with a relief – now I have a plan!  I believe that when you write things down, whether it’s a plan or a dream, it becomes more real and achievable. Two days later I have already ticked 2 boxes off the list, which was really unexpected as I didn’t plan it at all – I finally watched a play in Shakespear’s Globe Theatre (“Macbeth”) and had a well-known Sunday roast. Learning point number one – write down everything you want to do. I’m an old school girl; I have a pocket size notebook where I write important things and ‘to do’ lists. It’s always with me whenever I need it. Later in the month I got on a plane and went home for a holiday. As always it was very intense because there are too many good people to meet and catch up with.  Saint Petersburg in summer is simply amazing. I haven’t been home for… View Post

  I know I know, for some people the idea of having The Bucket List seems stupid and too cliche, but for me it’s the only way to organize myself and plan my time. I’ve been in this situation before – after a year of living in Budapest, one week before leaving this beautiful city I realized that I hadn’t done a lot of things I wanted to. I know that we won’t be living in the UK for the rest of our lives and one day will be moving somewhere else, I want to make sure that I’ve done everything I wanted and haven’t missed out. Also, it’s good way to get up on Saturday and start doing things (not that I don’t do anything, but you know… ). What London has taught me is to plan everything in an advance. It can sounds ridiculous, but sometimes we even book theatre tickets a year before the performace (crazy!). Anyway, I initially wanted to write down a list of ‘100 things to do before leaving the UK’, but I’ve decided to leave a room for some spontaneity and cut the list a bit.   Touristic stuff and museums: 1. Tate Britain 2. London Eye… View Post

I’ve always found it exciting to take photos on a given topic. And it’s even better if there is a deadline and other people involved. I’ve been thinking to run a photo challenge on Instagram and I gave it a chance last week. The theme was ‘Street Light’ and I asked people to use a hashtag ‘#kj_streetlight‘ to tag photos they would like to submit. I thought no one would participate and I would quietly delete my post announcing this idea. I was so wrong! I got a really positive feedback and I felt a huge relieve that idea was actually interesting. Aaand.. Join us this week with a topic ‘Road Crossing’! I put all the instructions here. On Sundays I repost some of the photos on my personal account. Let’s do it! Here are some submitted photos from last week: @meanderingmacaron   @arinainlondonland   @marzipandaaa   @justinbiegall   @the_london_gentleman   @sne.24   @roxyextreme     Want to know how to take beautiful and eye-catching photos of London?

We are still in the middle of never ending decoration of our flat (‘remont‘ in Russian). At some point I stopped worrying about finishing it as soon as possible and spending every weekend on it. In June we only did a small progress and this is why: Weekend in Prague to attend a wedding of our friends. I once spent a month there (10 years ago actually) and it felt so good to come back again. We had a little time to explore the city, but I had a chance to check the bar/club where I used to go back in that time. I was really surprised to find same barmen still working there (to my friend Katya – yes, we went to Bombay, ha!). Blogtacular conference for creative entrepreneurs and bloggers. I went there last year and it gave me motivation and confidence to start this blog. This year keynote speakers were artist and author Lisa Condon and one of the first employees on Pinterest Enid Hwang. Both were very inspirational about being a creative person and gave me a lot of food for thoughts. I learned a new phrase in English describing what I thought only I experience all… View Post

Instagram is the fastest-growing social media platform with over 400,000 million active users each month. It’s become more than just a platform to share your snapshots of everyday life: it’s a marketplace, search engine and, most importantly, a community. It’s a 24/7 platform and the best way to reach people of almost all interests and demographics. I’ve been asked many times about how to grow an Instagram account, so after checking several profiles and noticing common mistakes I decided to write about how to build a solid foundation for follower growth. Instagram is a 100% visual platform, but before talking about the content (which should be really good), let’s start with how you present yourself there.   ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression,’ – Harlan Hogan.   1. Easy-to-spell username Your username on Instagram or any other social media platform should be clear, unique and easy to remember. If it’s your business account, use your brand name. If you are promoting yourself as a specialist in your niche, it’s good idea to use your real name if possible. Think about it: is it easier to remember an account with the handle @superluckygirl1994_ or the simpler… View Post