I woke up this morning to finally see my dream came true – it’s snowing in London! I got very excited to see Central London covered in snow so I basically ran there. By the time I got there (after of course being stuck in a tube tunnel for a while) it all melted. Still, there was a beautiful snowfall and I was lucky to pass this amazing window display of Ralph Lauren shop. Snow and bears, so cute! I got back to Primrose Hill to take a few more photos before going home to drink my morning coffee. What really surprised me (more than the fact of snow in London of course) was seeing parents with their kids carrying plastic sleighs… It’s snowing once in 5 years here and yet people were well prepared to enjoy it! I think I should go and find my wellies now, everything is melting super quick and we expect to see huge puddles everywhere.

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This week I had a chance to visit a Costa store in Brixton that had been recently refurbished to create speedier service and a fresher in-store environment. They did an amazing job! The store looks very modern and trendy, space is big but still makes you feel cosy.   The Brixton Costa launched a new installation to celebrate the ‘art’ of coffee and I met an illustrator working on a new build for the store. She was drawing community stories and I got on this board as a blogger and photographer, so nice! I would like to come back to the store to see the complete illustration. After all, how often do you get on the wall of a coffee shop? 🙂   There are 3 things that immediately caught my attention: a blue sofa, hanging cups with light bulbs and a brick arch that divides the space into 2 different sections. Ok, let’s get into details here. Brick arch. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I always have a discussion what I like more: pretty colourful houses of west London or brown brick  ‘industrial’ style of the city. What I always like are interior designs with…

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Here is the list of resources and tools I use for travel planning, photography, maintaining and monetizing my websites and social accounts. When I first started blogging, I used free platforms and that was enough. Just because I always wanted more I have never stopped discovering and learning about new opportunities and services that make my life a lot easier. I’ve grouped everything I use at the moment into 7 groups: Travelling, Photography, Instagram, Blogging, Productivity, Courses and Money that helped to achieve great results. Hope you will find something interesting for you too.* Travelling ♦ AirBnB  This is my a ‘go to’ service when I’m looking for a place to stay when travelling. If you spend some time looking for accommodation there you can find really interesting options: you can stay on a boat, in a lighthouse or in beautiful designer flat to name a few. Get £25 off for your next trip here.     ♦ Booking.com  When there are no suitable options on AirBnB, or I want to stay in a hotel or a hostel, I simply go to Booking.com. I really like using price filters when looking for a place I want. It gives me an idea…

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As much as I love planning trips in advance I enjoy making spontaneous trips. Last spring when I got redundant at my previous job and was sitting at home and thinking what to do next, I decided to go home and visit my family (also, being without a job in Russia is much cheaper than being in the same situation in London). Last minute tickets to Saint Petersburg are around £250-£300 which is quite expensive. Luckily, I had an American Express credit card (Amex) I had been using to collect miles. How it works is for every £1 spent you earn 1 mile. I use it every time I need to pay for anything, thus I’ve collected thousands of miles over a few years. It’s connected to a British Airways account and you can use it to cover your flight costs. You end up paying only airport taxes, which are vary from one place to another. For the dates I wanted to travel there was no economy class flight available, only business class. I ended up paying £25 and around 17000 miles for a business class ticket home (economy flight for other days cost 7000 miles). Since the only reason…

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Instagram has always been a great source of inspiration for me. First of all, as a passionate traveller, I would religiously follow my friends’ travels on the app and slowly I discovered more and more interesting accounts. That was in 2013. I can’t say I have always wanted to make money on Instagram or was growing my followers with this specific goal. As a blogger, my main aim was to increase reach for my blog posts and share my photographs. Moreover, I never thought of launching an Ebook. If someone had told me four years ago that I would be doing this I definitely wouldn’t have believed them.   Identify a pain point – yours or someone else’s There was a time when I struggled to find pretty places to photograph. I saw all these beautiful and interesting locations: houses, street corners, beautiful cafes and simply couldn’t understand where the photos had been taken. I reached out to Instagrammers whose photos I liked a lot and asked them for addresses, but it seemed to be an unspoken rule not to reveal ‘secret locations,’ which I personally find ridiculous. This bothered me a lot. I remember after receiving a short answer…

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I don’t really miss the time when we only had film cameras, but I do miss printing out my photos and organise them in albums. Each printed photo had some meaning when nowadays we can take thousands of photos a day and they will be buried either on our phones or laptops. At the same time, I love how iPhone allows me to take really good photos and it’s always with me. I’ve been thinking about printing some of my photos for some time when I found Inkifi, a company that will turn your photos into a beautiful art. I ordered 30 polaroid prints and they look so cute! I’m planning on printing some photo books, but actually, there are lots of other ways of displaying Instagram photos. Below is the selection of ideas I like and want to do as a DIY project (I’m not going to tell you how many ‘I will definitely do it’ projects I have haha but this one seems very promising). 1. Framed Prints I like the simplicity of this idea, looks very pretty and minimalistic. The main problem is how to choose only 9 shots? 2. Gallery Frame You can get something like this…

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  For Easter, I was thinking of going to New York but my friend convinced me to go to Iceland. Why not? I saw a lot of amazing photos of this place and of course wanted to go there too. I didn’t spend a lot of time preparing for this trip, I only looked at some places to visit and booked the cheapest accommodation on Booking.com. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you need a car. Road conditions can vary ( we got in a snow storm and a strong storm with a rain), so make sure you book something better than the cheapest option. What can I say… Probably European bank holidays is not the best time to go there because it felt a little crowded. To take a beautiful photo of waterfalls was #missionimpossible (I mean without people on the background). The wreck of the plane was the most popular place, luckily we got there in the late afternoon when the majority of people were already gone. There is one main road (the Golden Circle) that goes around the country, and it’s recommended to have 10 days to go around it.Well, we only had…

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One of my favourite online platforms to learn new skills is Skillshare. I’ve been a member of this community for almost 2 years now and from time to time I binge watching creative and business related classes. My favourite courses are of course about photography. What I like the most is that they are quite short and gem packed with really useful information. You can get 2 months of Skillshare Premium for free using my link to sign up. Below are 5 of my favourite classes which I highly recommend if you want to learn how to take better photos, find inspiration and get some ideas for your Instagram or blog photography.   1. Lifestyle Photography: Everyday Storytelling in Photo & Print Dan Rubin is a lifestyle & travel photographer, one of Instagram’s earliest beta testers and a speaker at the world’s first mobile photography conference, 1197. He shares his tips on how to plan shooting a story when meeting with a friend or family without being annoying or disturbing. If you like this class, check out his another one – Learn Mobile Photo Editing: Apps for Beauty and Efficiency. It was him who introduced me to my now favourite editing apps SKRWT…

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