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

At the beginning of the month I was walking home on Kings Road when I saw people gathering at front of Saatchi Gallery. I knew there was an exhibition about to open so I stopped to check what was going on. Apparently Rolling Stones were coming and band’s fans came to say hello. This is The thing in London – to meet somebody famous. I’m sure I’ve met already somebody, I just never recognize them. Anyway, I don’t really care about it that much (I only want to meet Hugh Grant and Jude Law in London haha) I had relatively free evening that day so I stayed. To make a long story short, now I can tick the box in some imaginary list of things I have to do until I’m X years old – ‘To have a selfie with Mick Jagger’. By the way, the exhibition is on till 4th of September, if you are interested. But I’ve shifted away from the most important moment of April – Launch of my very own London Photo Guide. I still can’t believe I realized an idea I got about 7 months ago into a real 47 page ebook. I’d been running… View Post

Today is 2 years since I moved to London. Even though I was super excited, I was deeply sad to leave my family and friends in Saint Petersburg. A woman at Russian border control tried to cheer me up saying that my passport is valid for the next 10 years and I can visit home often. The moment I landed in London I was back to my normal mood of being excited about starting a new adventure.   2 years have passed quickly and I feel like I have always lived in London. I believe that certain places influence us to do or not to do something. For example, Budapest was all about partying and I couldn’t be bothered of doing anything else. In London I’m constantly inspired to embrace creativity and challenge myself as much as possible. This city can be very exhausting, yes, but at same time it gives so much energy I don’t have time to spend it all. Ideas are in the air; incredibly aspiring people are around – a perfect place to live.   What I love to do the most in London is to explore it with a camera. Today I wanted to share Instagram… View Post

When my parents ask me what I do in London in my free time I say ‘I love doing street photography!’. They are like: ‘What? You just photograph a street? Like any street? A road? A wall? What?” Well…yes and no I answered. And then they came to visit me in London and my dad was taking photos of everything: signs, tube, houses, cars, etc. I found myself giving him advice on what he can take a photo of to capture London and London life. This is what I recommended: 1. Outdoor cafes Regardless of the season you will always find somebody standing or sitting outside a pub or a restaurant. British pubs look great on photos and people out front will make your picture look alive.  London coffee shops are also not to be missed out. There are many with eye catching exteriors and are an essential part of London street life.   2. A Black Cab This is a symbol of London for me and they make a photo look great. When crossing the road you can stop in the middle (at a special place for pedestrians) and you will always see one of two of them in front… View Post

  Yes, I’m giving away ‘OK BUT FIRST COFFEE‘ bag full of goodies! Enter Giveaway right here. It will take 5 seconds >>> What am I giving away: A Cotton Bag to carry stuff around (also good for shopping!) Milk Chocolate Truffles – my favorite! Water Bottle to stay hydrated Notebook to write down your thoughts when in London Round Mirror to double check how awesome you look today London stickers to add to your notes Workshop Coffee Beans – Buf Espresso, Country Rwanda, Variety Red Bourbon to stay well caffeinated. You can taste London coffee before you come here!I LOVE it! How to win the London Travel Kit: 1. Enter the giveaway here! 2. You will get your unique Lucky URL after you enter the giveaway. Share this link with friends. 2. For every friend that you refer, you get THREE additional entries into the giveaway! 3. The more people you refer to sign up, the more chances you have to win. Awesome! This contest is on till 26th of April. That means you have 8 days to promote your Lucky URL with friends on: – Instagram – Facebook – Twitter – Blog – Email list Enter the giveaway… View Post