15 ways to improve your instagram engagement

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There’s a funny mood in the insta-air. For the first time in my memory, people are stepping away. Twitter is awash with people saying it just doesn’t work for them any more – for inspiration and for engagement – and the frustration is growing daily. I have a lot of thoughts on this – on why it’s happening, and how it might change. There’s too much to include in this post, so I’ll save most of that for…

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my favourite minimalist fashion stores

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This is the post that google did not deliver. I searched for it over and over again : stores like COS, minimalist fashion online – but only ever seemed to hit the same three or four results. First up: when I say minimalist here I’m referring to the style and aesthetic, rather than the lifestyle movement. There’s sometimes some overlap but for this list, use ‘minimalist’ as shorthand for simple garments, clean lines, interesting silhouettes,…

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that time I met Mark Hamill

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Regular readers might remember my resolution to make Mark Hamill my new best friend. It was sort of a joke – ‘when me and Mark Hamill are new best friends, you can’t hang out with us‘  –  but also, as anyone who’s ever creeped my twitter timeline will attest to, sort of… y’know.. not 🙈. It proved to be a lot of fun – making new friends, laughing so much that it (probably) counts as cardio and…

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further adventures in cinemagraphs

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(if for any reason you don’t see the photographs in this post, hit refresh to reload!) Hopefully you can see some improvement compared to the first ones I shared. They’re still relatively rushed – the work of minutes, squeezed in between pasta, playing Peppa Pig and panicking about deadlines, but then what’s new? I find work best wihin parameters, anyway! 😉    Lessons learned: As with all other video media, cinemagraphs just work best in landscape.  A tripod is…

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morning inspiration – with Tropicana juices #ad

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This post is in collaboration with Tropicana. All thoughts are my own – as usual!   When I was working full time, it seemed I was always bubbling with ideas. Rising at six and running out the door with wet hair and Orla’s fat little hand in tow, I’d sit in my daily commute traffic dictating blog posts to my audio-notes, listing the photographs I’d create when I only had the time. So when I…

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insta-inspiration: July

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A series of favourite photographs I’ve found on Instagram this month. These are the kind of images that make me passionate about the platform again. They inspire me and energise me and give me just enough despair that I’ll never ever be able to create anything as brilliant. They make me feel like I know nothing about photography, and have to begin again – and I kind of like that. Found any inspiring instagram accounts…

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the instagram tools I recommend to all my clients

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Instagram is, at its heart, incredibly simple: take pictures that people want to see, and share them properly. That said, to run a professional, popular and engaging account, there are a few tools that I always recommend… ifttt.com. If you’re posting regularly to Instagram and not sharing to your other social media, you’re missing a trick. Sharing your popular content on twitter, Facebook and Pinterest is a super-simple way to increase engagement, tie together your different platforms…

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Show & Tell – June in iPhone pictures

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It occurs to me as I write this that almost of half of my adventures month happened in London. I’ve been up and down so often that I’m almost developing a cockney accent, & I’m not done yet! How about some blogger events up North soon, world? Have you come across the Instagram #mystory project? Launched in 2015, the #MyStory  initiative focused on women using the platform who share pictures & images telling their stories, pushing boundaries…

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Paris for families – tips for travelling with a toddler

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Europe, I love you. I love Venice in October when the sun is low over the cold lagoon. I love the fantasyof  living over Shakespeare Co, earning my keep by selling dusty old books in the morning light of the Marais. I’ve been to the States and loved it, but Europe is something magical, and it’s right here on our doorstep. And, until last week’s decision, all of its possibility was open to us.  This is a post I…

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what I learned from #meandlukeskywalker

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What’s that? You just thought I was having a weirdly specific psychological breakdown? How rude! 😂 I’ll have you know, there’s always a method to my madness, even if I myself can’t quite see it at first. As one of my Instagram commenters put it,  ‘I thought you were insane, but now I see that you’re an actual GENIUS“. It’s a fine line, people. Oh ok then, perhaps not – but I swear this little sideline…

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