So basically, if you ever wanted to feel as a King or a Queen and have your cup of coffee in a place looks like a palace room with high ceilings, mosaic windows and live classic music – you should head to Victoria & Albert Museum. It’s not so obvious from outside, but шf you go to V&A, pass all the shops on the ground floor and get to inner court you will find one of my favorite hidden places in London – V&A Coffee Shop. I sometimes go there for my lunch break to chill and do some blog work. I really like the fact that it’s hidden and not everyone knows about it.  Now the weather is not so good to sit outside, but at summer it’s a small paradise with a small pond in the middle of the court. Interior design is simply mind blowing, I’m amazed every time I go there. Must visit! P.S. One of my resolutions will be to stop eating muffins … but seriously, I just can’t resist, they look so delicious! London, what are you doing! Where? Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL View Map Want to know the best places for beautiful… View Post

What I love doing the most is planing my trips and booking this time in my calendar. Yes, I’m a planning geek… Anyway, I recently went to Portugal for work and small holiday after. Lisbon is the place where I got an idea of starting this blog. I was very excited to back and explore this city one more time. The beauty of going to the same place for the second time is there is no rush to see as much as possible. This time I checked all my favourite places in the city centre, had a massive overdose of pastel de nata and spent some on a beach in Cascais. If you go to Lisbon, check out these 2 places: Pastéis de Belém Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata And please, don’t feel guilty about holiday fat after all Pastel de Natas you eat there… It really worth it! 😀

It’s a perfect time of the year when the summer is gone and everything has turned into yellow and red colours, even the front windows of shops! Autumn is my favourite time of the year for photography and I would like to challenge you for a week with daily themes for photos. Dates: 1 – 7 November 2016 How it works: Every morning for 1 week I will be sending you an email with a topic of the day and all you need to do is to take that photo and post it on your Instagram with a hastag #instaphotomission Simple! The challenge is open to EVERYONE from all around the world. How much does it cost? – FREE Do you wanna have fun? Sign up now!

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