Summer has officially started and I see more and more people coming to the city to enjoy their holidays. Every time I go away I write a list of things to take and places to see. For your visit to London take the most comfortable shoes because even though it doesn’t look big on the map, the city is huge. Here is the list of items from the pic above. Let me know in comments what are your travel essentials 🙂 1. Miss Selfridge Femme Slogan Tee 2. Hollister Ultra Low-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans 3. Kate Spade Sunset Sandals 4. MM6 Maison Margiela Unstructured Backpack 5. London Photo Guide – The Instagram Guide to London 6. London Style Guide is full of food and shopping recommendations. 7. 8. Cat eye Spring Sunglasses 9. Travel Mug Bamboo Melamine Black Zig Zag 10. Doppler Uni Magic Fiber Red Umbrella 11. Juicy Couture Women’s Fergie Casual Watch 12. Swarovski Slake Wrap Bracelet 13. White Triangle Diamond Ring 14. Issey Miyake Geometric Earrings 15. Horizn Studios’ Cabin Trolley with a portable charger Have a great trip!  

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Spring is undoubtedly the most beautiful season in London. It starts with the first blooming tree – at the beginning of Portobello Road, followed by beautiful magnolia, cherry and wisteria blooms. At this time Instagram is going crazy, everyone is getting excited for checking their favourite photo spots. The best place to go is of course Notting Hill. Get off at Notting Hill Gate station and start Magnolia hunting at Kensington Pl. In my London Photo Guide, I included a few more places to Instagram in that area, check it out. A while ago I blogged about Why I love Instagram Without Taking Endless Selfies, and now I can add one more reason for that – meeting like-minded and really interesting people. My contract at previous job finished just on time for Magnolia blooming season and I had a lot of time to explore miles of streets for beautiful photos. One day Margarita Karenko, a London-based portrait and lifestyle photographer, contacted me with an irresistible offer to go for a photo shoot with Magnolias. I usually don’t like posing for photos, because I feel super awkward and simply don’t know what to do … but I really like beautiful photos of myself hehe. It turned…

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Photos of coffee and coffee shops interiors are still trending on Instagram and London is the perfect place to master this type of photography. I’m not going to lie if I say that sometimes I pick Instagram-worthy places for my meetings (guilty).  What attracts me in coffee shops as a photographer is a combination of a wooden interior, lots of light from big windows and interesting colours. Some places look better on the photos from outside rather than inside, for example, Monocle, Peggy Porschen and Monmouth. Here are 14 of most Instagrammable coffee shops in the city. If you are interested in other places to take a beautiful Instagram photo, please check London Photo Guide. 1. Story Coffee 115 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1SZ |

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Introducing a free 5-day email course for bloggers, creatives, and creators to set up the foundation for a successful Instagram account. You know what all successful Instagram accounts have in common? They focus on a specific niche, post regularly and provide value to their audience. When I started my IG account, it looked very different from how it looks now. I didn’t think about curating my photos or consider who they were for. Well, the truth is I posted for my friends whom I knew from school and university. Little by little, I’ve developed my own visual style and have built a community of like-minded people. Instagram is such a powerful tool to express your creativity, get inspired and make interesting connections. It is also one of the best platforms for sharing your blog, work or business. I see a lot of articles and courses online all say the same thing: niche down, find your tribe and produce content specifically for your target audience. And that’s all 100% correct. But I haven’t seen anything that shows you exactly how to do those things. That’s why I’ve created Build an Authentic Instagram Account e-course. What you will learn: How to find your…

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If I’m not mistaken it was Autumn of 2000 when we were studying world explorers at geography class. The teacher wasn’t able to keep an order in a class and everyone was talking and not paying attention to what she had to say. But not me. I was so intrigued and fascinated by those people and what they did so I was dreaming about being an explorer myself. That was the time when I said to 12-year-old self that I have to see a Cape of a Good Hope. I can’t recall why exactly this place, but it’s been on my mind ever since. Fast forward to 2016, I’m on a long flight London – Johannesburg still not believing I’m actually doing this – going to make my childhood dream come true! We spent 10 days exploring Cape Town and it’s surroundings. It’s an incredible place with the most beautiful scenery I ever saw in my life. We spent 10 days exploring Cape Town and it’s surroundings. It’s an incredible place with the most beautiful scenery I ever saw in my life. There are 2 oceans, a massive national park with a Table Mountain, surfing, vineyards, and penguins! What else…

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This year ‘Ok, But First Coffee’ will turn 3 years. It started as a place where I would share photos of London coffee shops. It worked as a motivation to explore this city and go to places I usually don’t go. Then the focus moved to mobile photography and memory keeping on Instagram. Even though the name of the blog has a word ‘coffee’ it’s not about coffee at all. It’s about things that make me happy, i.e. photography and discovering new places. In the beginning of this year, I started thinking about simplifying my life and slowing down. And I think it will be a new category of posts here. What it means for me is to live more in present, enjoy small things and try something new.  It’s also about starting doing what I’ve been thinking about for 10 years, getting rid of things that don’t make me happy and becoming a minimalist. Also, since I don’t have a standard 9-5 job anymore, I’m trying to be cost-conscious, save more and spend less. We live in a small 64 sq m flat which doesn’t have any room for storage but 2 small wardrobes. It’s all packed so you…

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I wrote this post for the online magazine Story of My World. When I think about London the first thought that comes to my mind is beautiful houses and weekend markets. While architecture varies from one area to another, markets are an essential part of almost each part of London. And when every tourist goes straight to Borough market and then wander around Southbank and Tower bridge, I recommend you spending your Saturday afternoon exploring Chelsea in the west part of the city. Chelsea is an area famous for its expensive properties and good shopping. I like exploring new places through photography and places to have a good cup of coffee. Thanks to the location of the office where I work, I got very familiar with this area and all hidden places worth visiting. Let’s start!   Chelsea Farmers Market 10am – 4pm 2 min away from Sloane Square is Duke of York Square where on Saturday from early morning till early afternoon you can enjoy a local food market. My best advice here is to come hungry. Market food is always delicious and healthy. Scroll down through stalls to choose what interests you the most. You can have either scotch…

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