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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There is something about vintage shops that attracts me – the sweet memories of childhood full of new discoveries, a connection with the past when things were very different and that tiny feeling of nostalgia. Vintage shops make me reflect about what people valued in a past comparing to insane time of consumerism nowadays. In the middle of Soho I stumbled upon ‘Vintage Magazine Shop‘ which I couldn’t ignore. Interestingly, even though Russia is very different from England, the atmosphere of last century in the shop was as I remembered it back home. The only difference is the language on vintage posters – English. Passing by the shelves with old magazines and postcards I remembered how my old brother and I would find the first chewing gum in the town we lived in – ‘Turbo‘. The most interesting part was to unfold it and check what insert you got. Then there would be a debate who should keep it, and I would always loose…  Then there was a ‘Love is’ mania and perhaps the beginning of scrapbooking in a form of collecting all the inserts in one notebook. When I’m in such places I would always try to imagine how…

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It’s not a surprise that everyone, who is related to creativity sometimes has questions like ‘Why am I doing this?’, ‘How to find a perfect idea?’ or even ‘Who is interested in what I am doing?’. I am the same and I know how it feels. One day you are full of ideas and you work hard till you get it done, another day you have no mood and maybe thinking to give it up. Last time I had such a period in my life I stumbled into new book ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote ‘Eat.Pray.Love’. I put it to my ‘read list’ and forgot about it.  After a few reviews on Facebook I thought it was the time to sit down and read it. I had no expectations at all and was curious why it was so good. Oh. My. God. Now I have what is called a ‘book hangover’ – it’s when after you have read a book you continue thinking about it again and again, trying not to forget important ideas and eventually turning your notes into a blog post. I admire Elizabeth’s ability to deliver simple ideas so easily, so you feel like you are sitting with her…

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I started talking about trendy places in Shoreditch and Redchurch Street earlier this week. A minute away from ‘Barber and Parlour’ there is the ‘Labour and Wait’ shop offering functional products for the home. I like that the idea of simplicity and minimalism is becoming more and more popular nowadays. For me personally it means people become more conscious of what they buy and why, without being obsessed with unnecessary shopping for the sake of owning an item. Or I just would like to think it’s like this. Interestingly, the shop is located in what was a pub previously. You can tell this from its exterior – glazed green tiling, which is coming from the early 20th century. It is also one of the most photographed places in Shoreditch. ‘Labour and Wait’ sells items for the house (espresso makers from £25.00, jars from £4.50, etc) and accessories (bags from £55.00) among others. I get always hooked by a book selection about London life, for example ‘A portrait of Hackney‘, ‘Drivers in the 1980s‘ and ‘I’ve lived in East London for 85 and 1/2 years‘. I have decided to include some interesting shops to this blog for several reasons. Firstly, visiting and exploring a new city always includes local…

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This summer I had the chance to participate in a meeting of creative entrepreneurs and bloggers all around the UK. This was a very spontaneous and last minute decision which turned out to be a very inspirational and fun networking event. By that time ‘OK, But First Coffee’ was 1 month old and written in Russian only. I had wanted to meet UK bloggers for quite a long time so this was a perfect moment for me to do this. Blogtacular is the place where bloggers come together for one day to share their experiences, get inspired  and have fun. This is the second conference organized by Kat Molesworth and Kat Goldin and I can’t wait to go there next year. Thanks Mollie Makers for the nice photographs and all the sponsors: Pinterest, Mail Chimp, Thomson, West Elm and others. It all started with the keynote speech from Grace Bonney (Design Sponge), who shared her experience and ideas on overcoming fears we all sometimes have. I can’t express more how helpful it was for me personally at that time, when I started my new adventure – this blog. I spent a lot of time thinking about the idea ‘Ok, But…

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