I’m very thankful for this September; it’s been full of interesting people, places and surprises. As always I had a hard time choosing only 9 photos to summarize the past month. Between painting the flat and sanding windows (never ever again…) I had a chance to visit the house of English textile designer William Morris. The famous Red House was amazing and I again gave myself a promise to do more stuff like that… will see! My UK Bucket List keeps me on track with all the things I want to do while here. I recommend everyone to come up with something similar because when you are not a tourist it can be very tempting to be lazy and postpone sightseeing. The best moment of the month was my birthday which was a joint celebration together with my friend who came a day earlier than planned. This was the first time in my life when somebody organized a proper surprise for me and I was basically on cloud nine! It was a four days celebration that finished in a courtyard techno club on Brick Lane (something that I would not have expected to do this year). I also went to… View Post

Every Saturday my husband and I start the day with a discussion on who’s going to get out of bed and make the coffee. Whilst I don´t really have a problem with it being me, Nick’s argument is that I have a coffee blog and so there’s no question about who the coffee maker is in our house. My latest coffee discovery is White Americano (aka ‘white amo’) but I used to be a huge fan of flat white. My goal is to learn about the many different styles of brewing coffee, and so far my skills cover Latte and Americano. I thought it would be a good idea to keep moving towards my caffeine-centred goal so this week I went to a Flat White Masterclass run by Costa Coffee. But just before we move on – ‘what is a Flat White?’ I hear you ask (as do the local baristas in my home country of Russia). Let me explain… Flat white is an espresso with hot steamed milk which gives the coffee a very smooth texture. There is no froth hence it’s known as ‘Flat’ and it’s actually one of Costa’s signature drinks. My first encounter with Costa Coffee was… View Post

In August I started a new project for myself – UK Bucket List. The idea is to motivate myself to explore London and the UK more while there is a dangerous possibility to postpone everything to the last moment. To my surprise this initiative was supported by my friends (and even colleagues) and we teamed up to tick off the boxes from my list together. I have finally visited Lavender farm in London as well as Buckingham Palace – something I had been thinking about for 2 years. We spend half a day taking photos in lavender which you can check here. I’m also constantly trying to overcome my fear of the heights, that’s why I force myself to go the skyscrapers where possible. So far no results, I still feel dizzy every time I go up. But I simply couldn’t miss this view of London from Duck&Waffle (as well any other opportunity to take photo of London from above). August ended with a  nice weather and a wedding  party on one of the beaches of Cornwall – an amazing place in the South West of England. We had to wait a few hours for a tide to go out… View Post

People keep asking me questions about Instagram and I simply can’t help but write about this social platform on my blog. I’ve already shared my ideas on ‘Why I love Instagram without taking endless selfies’ and ‘3 fundamental steps to grow your following’. Then for one week only I offered a free Instagram Audit where I had a look at the accounts of all those who emailed me. I wrote individual recommendations and ideas about improvements. To be honest, I didn’t expect so many people to ask for help, but I was more than happy to share my knowledge and provide feedback. While there are no official guidelines on how to rock on Instagram, I often see people making very similar mistakes. If you use Instagram to promote your blog, business or something else, then you need to focus on growing your engagement. Here, I’ve put together five common mistakes I see and shared ideas on how to avoid them. If you have a personal profile and do not really care about engagement and numbers, the following information doesn’t really apply to you.   Private account To be honest, I thought it was very obvious that if you are hoping… View Post

When you think about a big city what do you picture yourself? Probably a lot of commercial and residential buildings, shops, monuments and some parks. What I love about London is that you can have such amazing places as lavender farms right in the city! Yes, it’s not in the centre, but still not that far away! I have been seeing a lot of photos from there on Instagram and have always wanted to go there. There are 2 lavender farms, one is actually in London – Mayfield Lavender and another one is just outside of the city – Hitchin Lavender. Lavender is blooming in July and August only, so it was a very quick decision to go there asap. It was easier and faster to go to Mayfield Lavender and so we did. There are different ways to get there: by public transport or by car. There were 4 of us and the cheapest was to rent a car. 50 minute drive from Clapham Junction and we are there! The entrance is 1 GBP only and you get to spend a day in amazing huge field full of lavender. I’m not a big fan of lavender flavour in cosmetics, but… View Post

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 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 idea… 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