What is your favourite place to walk around in London? 💃🏻
Mine is getting off at Embankment (because District line), going through Covent Garden and getting coffee in one of the many coffee shops on the way (usually it’s Timberyard, Jacob The Angel or Monmouth). .
Then continuing past Drury Lane (normally avoiding the busy Covent Garden Piazza) towards the Old Curiosity Shop, Lincolns Inn and Royal Courts of Justice. Of course I also stop for an obligatory photo with the red phone booths on Carey Street.
I usually end up at the One New Change terrace next to St Paul’s Cathedral after walking the entire Fleet Street and sometimes detouring into Temple. 🐾 .
That’s precisely the walk I did last weekend under the pouring rain. ☔️
💁🏻♀️ Where is your favourite place for a long walk in London?
Где погулять в Лондоне? 💃🏻 .
Один из моих любимых маршрутов начинается в самом цетре у района Covent Garden. Там я забегаю за кофе в одну из многочисленных кофеен - Timberyard, Jacob The Angel, Monmouth в числе любимых. .
Затем брожу по улочкам вокруг туристической Covent Garden Piazza, которую чаще всего избегаю из-за большого количества людей.
Находясь все еще в Covent Garden, я иду вдоль Drury Lane в сторону Royal Courts of Justice. На пути прохожу мимо маленького покошенного домика The Old Curiosity Shop среди высоких каменным построек, и мимо Lincoln’s Inn - одной из самых престижных юридических школ мира. То что на этой фотке - это задняя стена Royal Courts of Justice на Carey Street. Делаем обязательную фотку у красных будок, и выходим на Fleet Street. .
Ну и тут уже не делеко до St Paul’s Cathedral, и моей любимой террасы на крыше One New Change магазина, с которой открывается красивый вид на Лондон. 🖤
What makes you interested in a person and their account here on Instagram? 🤔 I wonder what makes people follow or unfollow others - do you follow just for follow-backs or because something has genuinely interested you? .
Some things which attract me are someone’s ability to tell stories, be it through captions or visually. I generally pay more attention to images which make me wonder - why is it taken the way it is, what happened at the moment of capture? Also I love seeing a person behind their content, their genuine thoughts, feelings, personalities. Someone’s ability to connect with their audience and share their relatable life stories and experiences. And lastly - value. Although to be honest, value doesn’t always make me double tap or follow. There is that “save” button, where most of the valuable posts end up going, but they’re not often my most favourite ones. I find value in connection and genuineness, in stories and thoughts behind images, in desire to bring inspiration and beauty to someone else’s few seconds of attention. 🖤 .
What about you? .
Что заставляет вас подписаться или отписаться от профиля тут на инстаграме? Что для вас важно видеть а контенте других людей? Я заметила, что русскоязычный инстаграм очень сильно отличается от западного, где в основном важны красивые картинки, больше, чем длинные текста.
Для меня важны истории - или в рассказе или в самой красивой картинки. О чем думал автор, что происходило в момент фотографии? Не всегда столько важен текст. Иногда визуальная часть говорит сама за себя. Так же, часто привлекает личность за профилем и картинкой. Мне нравится, когда люди не боятся показать себя такими, какие они есть. Когда люди делятся своим опытом и искренне показывают свои чувства интересы в таких казалось бы безликих соц. сетях. .
А что привлекает вас?
Sunday isn’t complete without #asundaycarpic right? 💁🏻♀️🚙 What is your view on owning a car in a big city by the way? I grew up in a place where everyone, as soon as they turned 18, would go and get their drivers license almost as an obligation. I moved to London before I turned 18, so I didn’t get a chance to learn how to drive, mainly because living here it wasn’t a priority for me. Do we even need to own a car nowadays, when there is such a wide availability of car services on demand, and especially living in such busy cities where cars can sometimes become a nuisance more than a convenience? 🤔 What do you think?
Начать снова писать по-русски, чтоли? 🙈 Какое-то время назад я писала долгие текста для русскоязычных читателей, но как-то быстро забила на это дело. 🤷🏻♀️ Так вот, начнем с вопроса - русским текстам быть или не быть? 🤔
Happy Saturday! Who’s having exciting plans for today? 💁🏻♀️ Definitely not me. I almost wrote “good morning” just now, so you can see that this day was nothing but sleepy today. 😴 .
It also seems like London is back to its regular weather today, so can we say that summer is officially over now? ☔️
Look at this cute little guy who barked at me for about 20 minutes as I was trying to take a photo of the sunrise on this misty morning in Ibiza! 😍🙄 (Yep, this and previous photo were taken by my friend Tripod with the Panasonic Image app on my phone. So proud of my new selfies 😆). .
Would I suggest Ibiza as a good holiday destination? Yes, only if your main goal is to get tanned and party hard. Otherwise, I found that this little island lacked identity and authenticity. Everything was catered for foreign (mainly British) public, and there wasn’t as much charm as there is in many other big cities and small towns in the world. I can definitely say that I wouldn’t like to travel to Ibiza on holiday. 🤷🏻♀️ .
Have you ever been to a new place which didn’t impress you and you’re not considering coming back? 🤔
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Sooo Ibiza... That’s an interesting change of pace for a grandma like me. 💃🏻 You may wonder what brought a couch potato to the party island? Skincare. Well, and work, thanks @somiarian. 💁🏻♀️ .
You know, I always struggle with finding good skincare, being in a lucky possession of an oily, dehydrated, acne and rosacea prone skin, which is, well... A great cocktail of problems which isn’t particularly fun to have.
Oh it feels like the next line should be “and then I found this miracle cure” just like in the 80s commercial. But that’s not the case. .
The miracle didn’t happen, but a wonderful opportunity arose to try @beaskinclinic skincare over the past month, and I ended up loving it. Particularly their 20% Vitamin C serum and SPF50 spray, which became an amazing addition to my skincare regime. .
But then again, what does Ibiza have to do with it, you ask? Lovely people behind @beaskinclinic have a Vitamin Injection clinic @vitaminivlondon in London, and they host a pop up clinic at a cool and quirky @pikeshotel in Ibiza.
Now, vitamin injections is something a chicken like me still hasn’t tried out, but it’s amazing how much you can learn from the founder Bianca about the purpose of it. As well as detailed benefits, science and purpose behind all of her BEA products.
By the way, this was totally not sponsored, so if you’re thinking I’m trying to sell you something, well.. I kind of am. All out of my own genuine interest, because you know, I’m sure there are loads of you who are, just like me, on a lookout for great skincare and a boost of vitamins. ✨ Tell me, do you have a skincare brand you stick to, or do you love exploring new stuff?
Can you imagine London without floral displays now? No, me neither. 🌸 It has become such a staple in our city, and attraction bigger than Big Ben, especially now since he’s under construction. 🤷🏻♀️ But at the same time, don’t you feel that this floral trend is a bit too old already? Seeing new floral displays popping up on Instagram only makes me wonder - is that all we need nowadays? Can we be a bit more creative, rather than repeating the same trend over and over again? 🤷🏻♀️ Now, as you can see from this picture, I’m totally giving in to the trend. But it’s the skeleton painting in the middle of it I’m interested more in. ☠️ Oh and can we have bone and spider web arches as grand as floral ones around stores for Halloween? 💁🏻♀️🕸
Despite its appearance, autumn is actually one of my favourite seasons of the year. Its warm light and colours, loads of coffee during the day, and cozy night in with tea in the evening. 🍂 But seriously, why does it haven to be so dark all of a sudden anyway? It feels like over the past two days it got so dark in the mornings, as if someone just turned off the light. 🌑 Early risers, share your tricks on how you get up early in the dark please! 🙋🏻♀️
Oh how do I always forget to post all my photos of beautiful coffee? 🤦🏻♀️☕️ You know, I actually began posting on Instagram because I was finding all these cool coffee shops around London, and I wanted to share them with people! That was inspired by my job as a barista from ages ago, and I wanted to convince everyone I could, that only good quality coffee should ever be consumed.. 💁🏻♀️ What were your first posts on Instagram and the idea behind it? 🤗
Truth be told, London houses look dreamy and amazing from outside, but sometimes I get so fascinated by how badly things are done on the inside! Ok, I never lived in a house like the one on the picture, so perhaps it’s only peasants like me who encounter what I’m about to tell you. 🙈 .
A little more than a year ago I moved in to this Victorian type of house, which seemed quite amazing at the time. But the more I looked at it, the more something seemed off. “Don’t you think our walls look crooked?” I asked my boyfriend, who was noticing the same thing at that exact moment. “It’s not just the walls”, he said, putting a ball on the floor, only to see it roll to the opposite side of the room. Once seen, it cannot be unseen! Victorian conversion, dammit.. With crooked EVERYTHING. 🤦🏻♀️ ▫️
Just a few hours later my boyfriend heard loud screams coming from the bedroom. Yep, you’re thinking right. There I was, laying underneath the chest of drawers, with clothes scattered all over the room. Clothes that I was happily putting away into the drawers, until it fell right on top of me. How? Because crooked floors - they can’t even hold a piece of furniture! 🤷🏻♀️ .
And what is your favourite thing about London houses? 😬😜
What was your first job ever? 👩🏻💻 If we disregard that time when I, as a 9 year old kid went out buying flowers from an old lady, reselling them to random strangers on the street, my first ever official job was at a KFC in Hastings. 😅 At 17 years old, just a year after I moved to the UK. At first I loved it, but ended up hating it and leaving just after few months. 😆 Then I worked at countless coffee shops throughout college and university, which was actually my favourite thing to do. I learned so much about coffee, thanks to that one very unknown coffee shop which actually focused on training their baristas. This is how my love to coffee came about and why I cringe at a sight of improper coffee making process at many chain coffee shops in London. 🤦🏻♀️ These were the times when I didn’t have to stare at the screen 24/7. Fun times.. or not. Who would wanna go back to cafes and KFC? 😬 Sooo, share your first jobs with me!