Category Archives: Instagram

Week In Pictures #3

Dogs, Weimaraner, Treats, Weim

 Whilst checking for cats in the garden he remains aloof with a chew.

Thought of the Day, Thoughts, Quotes, Tooting Broadway, London Underground, Tube, London

 A thought a day at Tooting Broadway (Now I rhyme!)

Walthamstow Stadium, Walthamstow, London, Dog Track, Dogs, Dog Racing

One of London’s greatest past times is now being made into flats.

London Underground, Northern Line, Tooting Broadway, London, Transport, Transport for London, TFL, Journey, Home, Work, Station, Escalator, Crowd

 Friday night and on my way home isn’t it great when the crowd is going the other way.

Soho Grind, The Grind, Shoreditch Grind, Holborn Grind, Coffee, Coffee Addict, Espresso, Signage, Signs, French, London

After waiting for a long while I finally made it to Soho Grind and ran into this sign!

 What have you been up to this week?

To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do Tuesday

Going back to work after time off is never a nice thing to have to do. It is even weirder when you go back to work and it feels like you have been gone for even longer as so much has changed. I am sure that I am not the only one that has things that really grind on me at work that I would love to change. Isn’t it funny that those little niggly things have a way of sorting themselves out and when you are not even there – like elves have been in! There are a couple of things that I will be carrying over to this week but that is purely because I want to perfect things rather than leaving them half done.

Last Weeks List

- Find new social network buttons

- Check out new bloggers

- Write trip post & edit photos

- Edit Pinterest boards

- Back up blog and photos on computer

- Go through Bloglovin‘ and edit lists

This Weeks List

- More Pinterest organisation

- Revise for work

- Make template for Monday posts

- Ideas for new blog button

What are you up to this week?

I will be on and around Twitter & Instagram as usual.

#IMWAYR

Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

 Last week I returned from Amsterdam on Monday but was too late to put up my Monday post due to ridiculous delays with British Airways. Surprisingly the flight and customer services was awful but thankfully we are home safely.

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
Finished

Little Lies, Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, Books, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay
I finished this last week and absolutely loved it, my review will be up this week so keep your eyes peeled.

Next Up

Last Anniversary, Liane Moriarty, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Audiobooks, Audio, Audible

In the mood for more Moriarty I started listening to this and it is no surprise that I am already hooked.

Written Review

shopaholic-to-the-stars-by-sophie-kinsella

Check out my review HERE.

Beauty

Lime Tree Blossom Shower Scrub, Shower, Scrub, Lime Tree Blossom, Douche, Blog A Book Etc, Beauty, Skin Care, Fay

€2.50 – 150ml
Last time I went to Amsterdam I remember this product and lucky for me the HEMA shop were still selling it. It smells amazing and although it is over the 100ml mark and I am unable to take it back home it is just the right price to use whilst there and not feel bad leaving it behind.

Hair Care, Hair, Serum, Beauty, Hema, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

€4.50 – 30ml

Perfect sized bottle of serum which I can say from experience works on Afro Caribbean hair very well. Leaving my locks feeling well nourished and smelling fresh – also it seems to tame the frizz. Of course I bought it home with me!

Life

Coffee, Barneys, Amsterdam , Caffeine, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Just one of the many delicious coffees we had whilst in Amsterdam – maybe it is because they use creamer instead of milk. Yummy!

Spongebob, Spongebob's Squarepants, Cartoons, Kids, TV, Amsterdam, Street Art, Art, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Most nights we would take a stroll around the town and on our first night we came across Spongebob watching us.

Amsterdam, Couple, Love, Relationship, Travel, Photo, Instagram

What have you been up to this week?
Any plans for the week ahead?

Week in Pictures #1

In an attempt to keep track of 2015 I am going to try and post a weekly collection of photos that I have taken over the previous week. There are so many of you out there that are taking numerous photos and putting them up for different challenges. Instead of taking part in a challenge (they tend to never get finished!) I thought it would be a nice way without the commitment of a challenge to share my photos.

Amsterdam, Teddy's, Cafe, Food, Drink, Breakfast, Pancakes, Syrup, Bacon, Lights

This was definitely the place to go when it came to breakfast in Dam.
Those pancakes you can just about see didn’t last too long!

Spongebob, Spongebob's Squarepants, Cartoons, Kids, TV, Amsterdam, Street Art, Art, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Little bit of spongebob goes a long way! And he made it to Dam!

Coffee, Barneys, Amsterdam , Caffeine, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

One of many coffees had in Dam – cannot tell you how good they were!

Kiss, Kisses, Love, Romance, Relationships, Life, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Quotes

Very true.

coffee, screaming beans, caffeine, espresso, latte, cafe au lait, coffee addict, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

In a proper coffee shop if you know what I mean!

R, Letters, Art, Street Art, Amsterdam, Shops, Books, Walking, Travel, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

After walking through London and seeing all of the beautifully decorated chairs etc it was nice to see this  painted letter in Dam.

Coffee, Coffee Addict, Espresso, Cafe Au Lait, Latte, Barney's, Amsterdam, Football, West Ham, Travel, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Himself just had to find somewhere to watch the football and luckily for him Barney’s obliged. I was happy as I had coffee and wifi – plus for him West Ham did win!

What have you been photographing this week?

5 Favourite Instragrammers

Instagram is something that I use little and often, there will be a period of days where you will not see me for dust and then other days where I just cannot stop finding things to photograph and want to share with everyone. Some may disagree with the concept of instagram as they may find it unnecessarily intrusive but people only post things on there that they want to share. There are some taboo topics on there but the majority of posts are harmless. Through my blog I have found a number of lovely people to follow and have highlighted five of my favourites below. I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I do and if you have never heard of them then head on over and check out what they have to share. Most have blogs so there are links to those also.

Monday, How To, Blackboard, Chalkboard, Instagram, Photos, Pictures

Christine @ The Happily Ever After

The Book Witch, Instagram, Books, Reading, Photos

E @ The Book Witch

Paris in Four Months, Photos, Instagram, Not the Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham, Books, Reading, Sunglasses

Carin @ Paris in Four Months

MelinWonderland, Instagram, Photos, Pictures

Melina @ Melin Wonderland or Serendipity

River City Reading, Reading, Book Blogger, Blogger, Books, Fiction, Photos, Instagram

Shannon @ River City Reading

Great right!

To Do Tuesday

To Do, Tuesday, Lists, Organisation, To Do TuesdayAfter being away for most of last week my to do list both personal and on the blog side of things has grown extensively. Whilst away I was unable to take part in the mini bloggiesta so I will be organising myself over the next couple of days (hopefully!). As I have already changed my theme and other little things on the blog there isn’t too much to do but there are the little things.

So . . .

- Find new social network buttons

- Check out new bloggers

- Write trip post & edit photos

- Edit Pinterest boards

- Back up blog and photos on computer

- Go through Bloglovin‘ and edit lists

What are you up to this week?

I will be on and around Twitter & Instagram as usual.

 

#IMWAYR

Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayHow is your New Year panning out so far? For me the time is just flying by and things are a bit of a fuzz! With plenty to read/listen and my skin causing me a ridiculous amount of problems with the bitter weather that has been dealt out I just want to curl up with copious amounts of caffeine and chill out. Although I have not made any New Years resolutions there are goals that throughout the year I set myself and slowly try to tick off of my list each month. One goal I am working towards at the moment is a work goal so I won’t be writing it on here but I may be a little bit distracted so bare with me.

So what have you been up to over the past week?

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Little Lies, Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, Books, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

It has certainly taken some time but I am LOVING this book. Although the narration is slightly grating it is a really gripping read that you just don’t know where the next chapter will lead you.

Next on the list . . .

Last Anniversary, Liane Moriarty, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Audiobooks, Audio, Audible, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Listening

 

I am contemplating finishing the rest of Liane Moriarty’s books whilst I am in the mood.
However I really am thinking about finishing off this . . .

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, Fiction, Audible, Audio Book, Books, Reading, Listening, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

It has been sitting in my Audible library unfinished for quite some time now so I am thinking I might just have to grin and bear it!

What is on your reading list this week?

Fashion, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Collectif Clothing, Clothing, Collectif, Fashion, Vintage, Tartan, Green, Blue, Dress, Cynthia Blackwatch Check Dress, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

I managed to pick this up in the sale on the Collectif website – it was an absolute steal and was delivered today. It fits like a dream and I am in LOVE! The fabric is thick and in abundance! Trying to get it on and off was a bit of a chore but worth every minute! I will take pictures of me in it of course and post that soon.

Beauty

Elizabeth Arden, 8 Hour Cream, Skin Protectant, Lips, Face, Hands, Skincare, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

With the cold weather really battering my skin keeping my hands, face and lips smooth is a task as they are the first areas that feel the brunt. Air conditioning is yet another issue to be dealt with whilst at work that causes chapped lips. This wonderful product really does put paid to harsh weather conditions and artificial air circulation. After washing my hands of course a couple of dabs and my lips are kept moist and smooth. The smell of this product is not for everyone but I like it very much.

Soap & Glory, Hand Food, Hand Cream, Cream, Skin Care, Beauty, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

As part of the gift set I bought myself last week this lovely product is my go to hand cream for work as it makes my hands feel silky smooth after so many washes of my hands. Have you tried it yet?

Life

Baileys, Alcohol, Beverage, Candy Cane Lane, Yankee Candle, Candles, Christmas, Festive, Drink, Relax, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Instagram

With himself we settled in the front room and both spent some laptop/work time together. Although we were working on different projects we chatted, chilled and just had a generally nice evening. Then the Baileys came out – delicious as always!

Mikado, Pretzels, Nutella, Chocolate Spread, Hazelnut Chocolate spread, Food, Treats, Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Comfort food

Although Mikado’s are absolutely delicious there is something about pretzel sticks and nutella that just taste absolutely divine. Soft chocolate with a touch of salt is YUMMY!

What have you been up to?

#IMWAYR

Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayAs I haven’t blogged for almost a week (a nice refreshing break!) I thought it would be a good idea to start back at the beginning of the week. Why not right?! Also there have been quite a few changes on the blog. Finally taking the self hosted leap has given me so much freedom with my blog and reason to change even more than I already have. The changes that I am planning are quite exciting (for me anyway!).

How is your New Year going so far? Fast, like mine?! 

Reading, Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Little Lies, Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty, Books, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

This is one that I have been putting off for a while but after listening to it for a while (thanks to Audible) it is not that bad. After the first two chapters Moriarty’s writing style returns and you know that you are in for the long haul. Once again I am going between reading and listening.

Beauty

soap for soap and glory box

With Christmas well and truly behind me I headed out to pick up a few bits to prepare for the next one. This may sound ridiculously organised but I think it is just sensible as I pay bargain price for premium products (gift wrapping etc) and don’t have to go on a mad rush at the end of the year and spunk a wad of cash for no reason. Whilst bargain hunting I picked up a few toiletries and decided to treat myself to this little gift set. With a couple of items that I was going to buy anyway it was a true bargain and a little treat. Have you treated yourself in the sales yet?

Life

Leaves, Walking, Dog Walking, Woods, London, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

ducks, river lea, walthamstow, london, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

River, River Lea, Walthamstow, london, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

walking, dog walking, dogs, weimaraner, river lea, walthamstow, london, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Isn’t it just lovely when you get to take the dog out and even though it is freezing outside it feels incredibly fresh with the ground crunching beneath your boots and you can forget about not feeling your fingers and toes?! No!

Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Cocktails, Christmas, New Year, Festive, Harrisons, Bar, Balham, London, Alcohol, Beverages

Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Cocktails, Christmas, New Year, Festive, Harrisons, Bar, Balham, London, Alcohol, Beverages

Well if dog walking is not your thing how about New Year’s cocktails with a girl friend followed by a late breakfast at one of our favourite haunts! M1lk in Balham is just lovely and if you are close by you really should drop in.

Blog A Book Etc, Fay, Festive, M1lk, Breakfast, Smoothie, Coffee, Balham, London, Beverages, Caffeine Magazine, Roasted Beans

What have you been up to over the past week?

To Do Tuesday – Blogmas Day 16

To Do, To Do List, Lists, List, Organisation, Organise, Blogging, Blog, Writing

Last Weeks List

- Write Christmas cards and send for Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange

- Wrap and bag Christmas presents

- Put up Christmas lights

- Schedule 1 week of posts

- Comment on 10 news blogs

- Put together gift basket for mothers

How Did I Get On?

Still working on the Christmas gift baskets for our mothers however it is taking longer than I anticipated due to lack of time to go out and shop for the contents. Bit by bit I am getting there – it will happen. On the wrapping side of things the other day I got into a bit of a wrapping frenzy put my audio book on and got cracking. With only 3 more presents to wrap and a couple more to buy I am pretty much all sorted.

One thing I do regret this year is not planning ahead enough to participate in The Broke & The Bookish Secret Santa – such a shame but next year will be a good one! (Not wishing the time away of course!).

Commenting has not been my strong point this week but I have visited almost 10 new blogs and let me tell you there are some awesome bloggers out there – as if you didn’t already know.

This Weeks List

- Edit Christmas baking blog and put on You Tube

- Comment on 10 news blogs

- Find 5 new blogs on Bloglovin’

- Organise 2 Pinterest boards

Once again I will be on Twitter & Instagram this afternoon whilst out and about!

See You There :D

Snap App Happy

App Happy, Apps, Phone Apps, Photo Apps, iPhone, Photography, Blog A Book Etc

The app market is saturated to the hilts with free and not so free photo editing apps. There are also plenty of posts about peoples most used and favourite editing apps. So . . . here are mine!

Snapseed

Google+, Snapseed, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

For dramatic stormy skies and scratchy vintage like finishes this is the app for you. Not only is it free but if you like the sort of app where you can just upload straight to many social networks this is great.

Pixlr-o-Matic

Pixlr-o-matic, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Add-ons plus minor twists and turns this app has pretty much everything you need to transform a plain Jane photograph into something spectacular. My favourite filter is . . .

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Although I had to pay for this app (About £1 – I think!) there are a few nice features on this app. However the one disappointment is despite paying already for the privilege of taking up storage space on my phone if I were to use certain fonts I would have to pay more.

Click Serendipity

Click Serendipity, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

This is an app that I have neither used or owned however have looked and seen great things about it – I am still thinking about making the purchase but with so many other apps available for free it won’t be happening any time soon.

VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam,App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

Lots of rave reviews for this lovely little app, however I am still waiting for it to show me it’s best. Maybe it is time to sit and play about with it a bit.

Retrica

Retrica, App, iPhone app, Photography, iPhone, Photo Apps, Blog A Book Etc

This app was introduced to me by some colleagues and although it is more about the instant photos rather than uploading and saving photos (saving on the memory) it isn’t really much different from instagram. The resemblance doesn’t stop from instagram even down to the apps icon.

What are your favourite photo apps?