I’ve shared London themed ‘5 Things to do’ posts in the past but I will be making it a regular feature the first Saturday of each month. Sadly I only thought of this on Tuesday and therefore I’ve missed the first weekend of May meaning this post is a little later than I would like but I’m hoping it will still be helpful.

1. Visit the new Lush Mega store in Oxford Street
If you’re a Lush fan then the Mega Store is a must, it’s three floors filled with all your bath, shower and body needs. They offer beauty treatments, a whole range of fragrances and so much more!

2. Attend an outdoor cinema
Rooftop Film Club opened earlier this month and although it is still a little chilly I had a great time. There are four locations in London, screening a range of films from Ghostbusters to Bridget Jones- I’ve booked to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel and am really looking forward to it. It’s worth booking tickets soon as they do sell out quite quick. If you do book tickets than they have a good selection of food and cocktails but I would recommend a jacket and a large scarf you can use as a blanket although they do also provide blankets- but it’s London so an extra one is always nice.

3. Explore the London canal
Start in Camden Town with a light lunch and make your way through Regents Park along the canal, through Little Venice and finish at Westbourne Park. If you don’t fancy the walk then you can cycle or there are also boat trips.

4. Go for Tea at Sketch
I love afternoon tea and Sketch London so the two put together is a must! They currently have the cutest Into The Woods Themed Tea with delicious cakes, sandwiches, scones, tea and champagne!

5. Head East
East London is the one area of London I should really explore. Take a trip down Columbia Road, Brick Lane and around Shoreditch.

Leave your ideas for June below…

1. Start using Pinterest
Pinterest is a great tool for any blogger, I love to use to save inspiration to but it can also be used to drive traffic to your blog. There are a few tutorials on how to do so online but it does take time and commitment before you start seeing a increase in traffic. A great place to start is by changing over to a Business Pinterest account which is super easy and free to do, it just involve you adding  a little code to your blog to verify the account.

2. Plan your blog posts
Knowing what you are writing over the next few weeks really helps you post more regularly and often helps you produce better content as you aren’t left writing about something for the sake of simply getting a blog post up. If you’re stuck for ideas have a look here, where I share lots of my own ideas.

3. Comment on other peoples work
Whether it is on Instagram, YouTube or blogs, leaving helpful comments on other peoples posts can really help form a relationship but also get your name out there and seen by other commenters.

4. Start scheduling your tweets
We don’t always have time to tweet and share links which is why it’s great to be able schedule them instead in order to keep people up to date. Take a few minutes out of your day to schedule five tweets using such tools as Buffer or Hootsuite 

5. Learn how to use your camera
This is one I should really spend some time doing this week as I’m still not happy with my photos , Media Marmalade has a great blog post which I will be re-reading over the weekend.

My ‘10 Blog Post Ideas‘ posts are usually quite popular however I’ve now also ran out of ideas of posts so instead thought I would share some ideas as to what you can share on Instagram. I think it’s quite important to keep a regular stream of content going on Instagram if you are trying to build it as part of your blog and in order to do this lots of bloggers (myself included) take lots of photos in a day and then post them throughout the week. I often write a list of what I want to photograph and thought I would share some of my list today. Remember you can mix up the different ideas in flat lays and other interesting compositions, I’m not at all an Instagram pro but heres a few idea

Beauty
1) The Nail Polish you are wearing
2) Favourite lipstick combination
3) Favourite Fragrance
4) What’s inside your makeup bag
5) Makeup of the day flat lay
6) Evening Skincare
7) Recent purchases
8) Current Favourites
9) Makeup Selfie
10) New palette close up
11) Makeup Storage
12) Favourite pamper products
13) Go-to eyeshadow look for the evenings
14) The after shot post hairdressers
15) Collections (eg. Lipstick, nail polishes and blush)
16) Product results

Fashion
1) Outfit of the day
2) Collection (eg. Shoes, Handbags, glasses)
3) Items that catch your eye in store
4) Shoe of the day
5) Close up of accessories
6) Flat Lay of outfit
7) What’s inside your handbag
8) Sunglass Selfie
9) Your favourite slogan T-shirt
10) Fashion travel essentials
11) Your work out outfit
12) Day to Night Outfit

Everything else…
1) What you are eating
2) Favourite local street
3) Flowers
4) Currently on your Desk
5) Sunset
6) Quotes
7) Holiday Throw Back Photos
8) Daily Life – but I don’t mean you brushing you teeth, more like a scenic walk.
9) Shop Displays
10) Pets
11) Beautiful Views
12) Currently reading
13) What you are drinking
14) Collections (eg. Cakes, mugs and pillow)
15) Interior design
16) Your latest DIY
17) Repost and share the love
18) Vintage cars
19) A photo of your Polaroid/photo booth photo
20) A screen shot of your latest blog post
21) What you are cooking/baking
22) Your favourite candle

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Finding a background can often be quite a difficult decision, especially if you want to change it up every now and then. More and more bloggers are opting for not only beautiful backgrounds but also the usage of props, although that isn’t something I’m covering much in this post. The key is really to work with what you have around you but I thought I would share some basic ideas which I use regularly. 

Simple White
I think a lot of bloggers have painted their room white in order to use a simple plain white background and I think it will always be my favourite. The white surfaces help bounce around light and it also means you have nothing in the background distracting you from the product. Alternatively you could also use a different colour background but I would keep it nice and light. I personally use my white walls and my white desk from IKEA but you could also just get a cheap small table top to use as the base of your photos from IKEA or even some paper/card. 

DIY Marble
If you’re lucky enough to have a marble table top than make the most of it, I personally don’t so simply stuck some sticky-back plastic in a marble effect to a piece of thick plastic and I love it because the photos look quite smart up against it but also because it’s portable. 

Photograph
I save beautiful photos which I find in old calendars, books and postcards to then take photos on top off, I usually try and make them slightly related even if it’s only because of the colour choices but I find it’s an easy way to dress up a boring background. 

Framed Print
One of my favourite backgrounds, as once again it is portable and I love how the glass reflects the light. I usually use quite a monochromatic print which has lots of white to keep the image still very bright. 

Magazine
I love using the beauty pages of my favourite magazine as a backdrop and often rip them out and keep my favourite images. They’re also great inspiration for a look both for you and your readers. 

Desk/Notebook
One of the easiest is when I use my desk or a notebook as they are always to hand. Sometimes I don’t feel like removing everything off my desk in order to make the space all white but find that keeping my frames and belongings can add a bit of personality to the image although as always I try not to keep it too cluttered and insure my product doesn’t get lost amongst everything else. I also like a notebook as the lines don’t clutter up the image too much but it’s something a little different. 

Acrylic Storage
The nice thing about using acrylic storage is that it’s clear so you can put product’s in the drawers, under the drawers or on top of them.

Fabrics/Throws
You can use anything from your duvet cover to a jumper but I think fabrics work best in Autumn/Winter to add quite a warm feeling to your photos.

Wooden Floor Boards
Sadly we don’t have the nicest floor but if I did (or even beautiful tiles) I would use them non-stop! 

Trays
I’m still on the hunt for the perfect one but trays are become continuously more popular as blogger backdrops, you can place product on and off the tray which can make the photo composition particularly perfect, 

What do you use as your photo background? What will you be trying in the future?

 Of course a bloggers desk varies from person to person but these are my personal must-haves which I think you too may find useful if you are a blogger or not.

Desk Planner
I love my desk planner. Absolutely love it. I draw extra lines on mine and turn it into a monthly planner rather than a weekly one but actually go through a few pages a week as I am always making changes. I use to print out planners online and that’s a great option if you don’t want to spend any extra money (eg here and here) but I find these to be a little neater and aren’t too expensive either. I get mine from Paperchase and always opt for the ones with just days and no months or dates but Not On The High Street have great ones too.

Diary
My diary doesn’t strictly live on my desk but when I am home it’s usually there and I find it absolutely essential to keeping me organised. I like to keep all important dates in it and this year I chose one which has a page a day meaning I can write more in-depth daily plans.

Notebook
I like to keep it old school and although I often use the notes section on my phone and write lists on Google Keep I still think nothing beats a good old pen and paper. I love that I can keep them and go back to them in a few years time to see what I was up to and get inspiration. I get a new notebook every year and although I use to get Moleskines I now buy the Ryman’s version which is just as good but far more affordable.

Baby Wipes/ Detol Wipes
Being a beauty blogger I am always photographing products and swatching them on my hands meaning that I need to make sure that the product is clean, as is my desk/background and I am always using wipes to remove swatches from the back of my hand.

Sharpies/Pens
I’ve always had a soft spot for Sharpies and pens; and I am far more picky that I’d like to admit. A good Sharpie brings me a world of joys almost as much as a lipstick would and I love the Uniball Rollerball Needle black pens. So much love.

A ‘to-do list
Not essential but a nice extra, I love the little tick boxes and they really do give me great satisfaction- alternatively I could just use a scrap piece of paper or my notebook but any excuse for more stationary!

A few books and magazines
Great for inspiration for both photographs and content.

A lamp
I hate doing work in the dark so a lamp is essential. Unfortunately my desk is always dark as it’s in the corner of my room but even if it wasn’t I think I would always need a little extra light and a nice lamp. Mines is from Habitat, comes in a variety of colours and is affordable.

Let me know if you would like to see a my desk beauty essentials.

What are your desk essentials? 

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